Mazama grad named local foundation director

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Heidi Neel Biggs is the first executive director of the Community Foundation of the Klamath Basin. The foundation’s board president, Debbie Vought, made the announcement on Monday, saying the board was unanimous in deciding that Biggs should lead the foundation. Biggs (pictured) is a Mazama graduate and holds degrees from...
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State suspends compost operation in Crescent

BEND, Ore. — Protests by residents of Crescent in part have led to state officials suspending plans for a compost operation there. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality decided Monday they need more information to judge the environmental impact of starting a compost operation in northern Klamath County. DEQ decided to postpone the plan...
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Jackson Co. judge sanctioned by Ore. Supreme Court

MEDFORD, Ore. — A judge in Jackson County, who told a serial child molester he’ll “rot in prison,” has been sanctioned by the Oregon Supreme Court. Judge Tim Barnack told the man, Richard L. Taylor, that community members wondered why he wasn’t hanging from a tree. The incident happened in January. Judge Barnack’s behavior...
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Man dead after house break-in

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Authorities in Douglas County say a man is dead after he killed himself following a home break-in. According to a report, Johnathan Bunch killed himself after police responded to a call in Winston. The homeowner found Bunch in his house, called police, who upon arrival, were fired upon by Bunch. Finding...
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Gleneden vessel moved to landfill

GLENEDEN, Ore. — A boat washed up on the Oregon coast Tuesday, thought to be from the 2011 Japan tsunami, has been moved to a landfill. It was a 27-foot boat that washed up near Gleneden Beach. A contractor took it to a landfill on Wednesday. State parks officials say the boat resembles debris from...
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Oregon Governor provides Congress options for timber counties

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — There’s a range of options for Congress regarding the so-called O&C timberlands in western Oregon. Gov. John Kitzhaber provided the list to Congress in hopes to help rural counties shore up cash-strapped budgets and produce logs for local mills. Gov. Kitzhaber is hoping Congress will use the options to create...
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Body believed to be of missing Klamath Falls man

KENO, Ore. – A body discovered early Wednesday morning north of Keno is believed to be a missing Klamath Falls man. According to Oregon State Police, a man walking along Clover Creek Road found the body and notified officials. Several agencies responded to the scene and tentatively identified the body as 39-year-old Robert Lear, who...
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Bills proposed in Oregon to limit access to public information

SALEM, Ore. – Several Oregon lawmakers have introduced bills cutting off access to certain public records. One would block public access to information about bedbug infestations. Others would keep private the identities of lottery winners and information about public-employee retirement benefits. A legislative committee advanced the bedbugs measure on Wednesday. It was requested by Multnomah...
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211info launches in Klamath and Lake Counties

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A new service is available to residents of Klamath and Lake Counties. It is called 211info, a website and phone number providing up-to-date information regarding where to find, for example, financial assistance, health care and food. Over 6,000 programs provide information to the website – – and through the toll-free...
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Deputies arrest woman on weapons charge following standoff in Merrill

MERRILL, Ore. – Two Klamath County Sheriff’s Deputies received cuts to their arms or hands in an altercation Tuesday. It involved Jacquelyn Love, who was arrested following the incident. According to a sheriff’s office release, Love was accused of trespassing by parking in a lot that didn’t belong to her. There was a rifle and...
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