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Glass the reason for Highway 97 closure

Highway 97 – Oregon State police say glass was not properly secured on a truck yesterday, and when it slipped off, it led to the closure of Highway 97 near Spring Creek Hill for about two and a half hours. The glass did hit one passing car, but no injuries were reported.
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VA Clinic expands

The Klamath Falls VA Clinic is nearly doubling its size with the move to its new location this spring. The new space is being remodeled at 2225 North Eldorado Blvd, and will offer services the current clinic doesn’t have room for like outpatient alcohol treatment and physical therapy. Existing patients will be able to...
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Mental Health Dept adds software to help with billing

Klamath Falls, OR – Billing errors led to two audits at the Klamath County Mental Health Department, and the group says they’re purchased new software that should prevent those errors in the future. The state agency that oversees Medicaid billing is conducting an audit now, after Medicaid billing was linked to non-licensed practitioners. There...
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Klamath County budget to be addressed Wednesday

Klamath Falls, OR – The much talked about Klamath County budget cuts will be addressed tomorrow. There’s a proposed 9 percent cut on the table. If that would be implemented at the Sheriff’s office, for example, Sheriff Tim Evinger has said that would eliminate all patrols. In the 2012-2013 fiscal year, Klamath County faces...
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Students develop robot for competition

Klamath Falls, OR – A group of students from several local schools including Klamath Union and Henley high schools, and several Junior High schools are working together to develop a robot. By the time the students are finished, the robot will even be able to shoot basketballs, and it will compete with other robots...
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Library to get new space

Klamath Falls, OR – The properties at the corner of Summers Lane and Winters Avenue in Klamath Falls – a food pantry and a tavern – will be renovated into the new South Suburban branch of the Klamath County Library. The library district closed on the property last week for $205,000. The Klamath County...
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Public Safety could be funded with some Library money

Klamath Falls, OR – Library money may be used for public safety. Klamath Falls City Council member Bill Adams and Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum put a proposal on the table that would send a portion of taxes paid to the Klamath County Library Service Tax District to places including the sheriff’s office, district...
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Area lake shows algae improvement

Jackson County, OR – If you drive up to Lost Creek Lake for recreation, some good news. For more than three months a blue-green algae advisory has been in place. That could be lifted soon, perhaps this week. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says if the latest lab samples show no unsafe levels of...
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New minimum wage puts Oregon near the top

Salem, OR – With Oregon’s minimum wage now at $8.80, Oregon has among the highest minimum wages in the country, second only to Washington State. Oregon’s minimum wage is reviewed every year, and it’s tied to the Consumer Price Index. Minimum wage here has increased every year except 2010 since a law passed in...
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Man facing assualt charges will go to trial next week

Klamath Falls, OR – 22-year old Justin Allen Barthell is scheduled to go to trial next week for an assault that happened in November. Bret Barry was seriously injured after Barthell allegedly encountered him on Caroline Street near Peck Drive. Police said it didn’t appear to be a planned attack, but the two may...
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