Conservation groups ask to keep transmission lines off federal lands

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Conservation groups have asked federal departments to keep transmission lines off federal lands. The groups want the U.S. Department of Interior to revoke approval for the lines to cross federal land from a wind energy project on Steens Mountain. The Oregon Natural Desert Association and Audubon Society of Portland filed the...
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Jackson Co. rescinds most layoffs

MEDFORD, Ore. — After receiving notices that their jobs might be eliminated, employees in Jackson County may no longer need to worry. County officials say they are rescinding most and perhaps all of the layoff notices sent to Sheriff’s Department employees last month. The county and the bargaining unit representing sheriff’s employees were in...
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Oregon agrees Klamath Tribes have Basin’s oldest water rights

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Klamath Tribes’ claim to have the oldest water rights in the upper Klamath Basin has been backed by the state of Oregon. Those findings were filed Thursday and if they are affirmed by a Klamath County Circuit Court judge, it would give the tribes a new dominant position in...
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Klamath Falls Airport control tower on closure list

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Klamath Falls Airport is on the list of the Federal Aviation Administrations potential control tower closures. It is one of five small airports in Oregon on the list for potential control tower closings under the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. The FAA says they are among 238 small...
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OSP traffic stop leads to multi-town marijuana bust

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — The Oregon State Police seized over five pounds of marijuana after a traffic stop near Lakeview last week. OSP said Wednesday that a trooper pulled over a vehicle with Utah license plates on Highway 140 East near milepost 13 and arrested two women, 54-year-old Susan M. Jackson and 53-year-old Cheryl K....
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Medford escapee arrested after theft

MEDFORD, Ore. — After leaving from the Jackson County Transition Center in January, a man has been arrested in connection with a burglary at a Medford business. Police say 30-year-old Daniel Ballard was arrested Tuesday after he initially fled from officers on a bicycle. Ballard and another man, 23-year-old Joshua Massey, are accused of...
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CASA seeking additional volunteer advocates

Klamath County’s CASA organization is seeking more advocates to grow its program. The commitment is six to 10 hours a month where advocates help abused and neglected children someone consistent in their life. The organization says there are more than 70 youth waiting for a volunteer advocate, who can help work on their behalf...
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Volunteer of the Year nominations being accepted

The Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year award is accepting nominees now through April 18. Nominations include those for individuals or organizations and the group says there are five different categories. Forms for entries can be obtained from the United Way of the Klamath Basin. There will be up to ten finalists chosen before...
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Budget proposal raises education funding by 15 percent

SALEM, Ore. — A budget proposal by two Democrats from Ashland and Tualatin are hoping to raise education funding by raising more tax revenue and trimming pension benefits for public employees. Rep. Peter Buckley of Ashland and Sen. Richard Devlin of Tualatin, both Democrats, unveiled their budget proposal on Monday. It will serve as...
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ODFW to discuss dam fixes or removals

WIMER, Ore. — A new list of dams and other structures that block fish passage and should be fixed or removed should be adopted in a meeting Friday. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to meet as state law requires the list to be updated every five years. The new list has...
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