Klamath County Commissioners: 2nd Year of Drought

Klamath Falls, Ore.– Klamath County Commissioners voted this morning to declare a drought in the Basin… for the second year in a row. Commissioners plan to ask Governor Kitzhaber for assistance in setting up financial aid for farmers and ranchers. Since September 1st, Klamath Falls has only received just over an inch of rain....
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Special Weather Statement for Klamath Basin

Special Weather Statement for Klamath Basin in effect: Very cold air to return Wednesday through Friday. A cool air mass will become colder Wednesday into Friday with temperatures area-wide averaging 10 to 20 degrees below normal. This is likely to result in low temperatures on the immediate coast near freezing again on Wednesday morning,...
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Klamath Youth Development Center has New Name

Klamath Falls, Ore.– You knew it as the Klamath Youth Development Center, or KYDC. But the mental health provider has changed its name to Klamath Basin Behavior Health.  The organization’s director, Stan Gilbert, said in a press release that the name change better-reflects the inclusive nature of the treatment they provide for everything from...
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KFalls Man Charged with Child Sex Abuse

A Klamath Falls man is in jail… facing child sex abuse charges. 48-year old Brian Gene Russell was arrested last week, charged with sodomy and five counts of first degree sexual abuse. The victim was between the ages of five and six when the assaults occurred, starting in 2004 and continuing until last year.
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Two Men Arrested for Arson

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office says they arrested two men over the weekend after they set a house on fire… and then scuffled with Deputies. Deputies were enroute to the house when they saw Craig and Greg Sickler traveling away from the fire. Greg Sickler was armed with a compound bow and confronted Deputies....
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Deep Creek Prescribed Burn

Lakeview, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District Office will be conducting prescribed fires in Deep Creek are of Lake County, February 3 – 7. Fuels that will be burned are juniper hand piles. The overall goal of this burn is to reduce the fire hazard and intensity and restore wildlife...
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National Weather Service Issues Special Weather Statement

Medford, Ore. – The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement for the Klamath Basin, advising that cold temperatures are expected Wednesday through Friday. A cool airmass will enter the region early this week, causing temperatures to dip 10 to 20 degrees below normal. This means temperatures could drop below freezing , and...
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No Fatalities on Oregon Highways Over Superbowl Sunday

Salem, Ore. – Oregon State Troopers were out in force yesterday and early this morning… looking for impaired drivers. Troopers arrested 43 drunk drivers across the state… including 2 in the Klamath Falls Command area. No one died on Oregon highways on Super Bowl Sunday… a day the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration...
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Lakeview Schools Pilot Smarter Balance Testing

Lakeview School District #7 will pilot a new, controversial test this Spring. The Smarter Balanced test is part of the implementation of the national Common Core curriculum, which many states have adopted and started implementing, but some now want out of.  Parents will not receive the results of Smarter Balanced testing that takes place...
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Nolan Seeks Commissioner Seat

Lucinda Nolan has announced that she’ll run for Lake County Commissioner Position 3. Nolan so far is the only one seeking to unseat incumbent Ken Kestern. Last year, voters decided Commissioner positions should be non-partisan.
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