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Klamath Co. Sheriff’s deputy graduates this weekend

The newest class of law enforcement officers in Oregon will graduate in a ceremony at the end of this week. The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training will see its 333rd Basic Police Class honored on Friday following a 16-week course. Deputy Westley Packer of the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office is one of...
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High-speed Oregon rail travel under discussion

EUGENE, Ore. — The future of high-speed rail travel in Oregon is under discussion. The Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council is a 21-member group considering four alternatives to the future route of passenger rail in the Willamette Valley. The Register-Guard reports the group includes five city mayors, six legislators and transit officials from the...
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Winners presented at 92nd Awards Gala

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The 92nd Annual Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala was held this weekend, recognizing Basin businesses and people. Fisher Nicholson Realtors won the Business of the Year award. Klamath Basin Home Builders Association’s Rachel Spoon said Fisher Nicholson was recognized for “amazing representation around the community in one of the...
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Klamath Falls teen injured in weekend motorcycle crash

BEND, Ore. – A 13-year-old Klamath Falls boy is at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland after a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon. The Bend Bulletin reports the boy, whose name has not been released, suffered serious injuries when he crashed on the Millican Valley OHV Trail System east of Bend. He was flown by...
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Governor proposing lessening firefighting cost from timberland owners

SALEM, Ore. — Timberland owners who feel they are paying too much to battle wildfires may soon get relief. Gov. John Kitzhaber is proposing the state picks up a bigger share of the costs for fighting wildfires when they are small. It is part of a bill in the Governor’s budget that would allocate...
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Oregon sheriffs tell VP they won’t enforce gun laws

EUGENE, Ore. — Potential federal laws won’t be enforced by several Oregon sheriffs. That’s the message in letters to Vice President Joe Biden from sheriffs in Douglas, Grant and Crook counties. They have joined Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller saying they wouldn’t work with federal officials to enforce potential gun laws they consider unconstitutional. According...
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Immunization deadline is Feb. 20

SALEM, Ore. — The state deadline has been set for school children to have immunizations up to date. Oregon parents have until Feb. 20 to finalize immunizations or their children could be excluded from school. The shots are required by law. Oregon Public Health says parents whose children still need shots will be getting...
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DMV offices closed Friday and Monday

SALEM, Ore. — DMV offices throughout Oregon will be closed Friday as part of a statewide furlough day and again Monday for a national holiday. Customer wait times are expected to be longer the day after the closings, so if you have upcoming DMV business, they encourage you to visit later in the next...
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Man arrested for murder in Klamath Falls

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — An 18-year-old man was arrested in Klamath Falls earlier this week after a warrant was issued from Multnomah County court. The charge against Shannon Anthony Lyons Jr. is murder. It is in connection with the death of 19-year-old Vinesh Ram Prasad of Portland in August 2011. Prasad died of a gunshot...
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Highway 20 project receives more funding

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Transportation Commission has approved an additional $142 million for an expensive, trouble-plagued project to realign a section of U.S. Highway 20 through the Coast Range. The stretch of highway links Corvallis and Newport. Wednesday’s vote allows the state Transportation Department to proceed with work to replace a twisty 10-mile...
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