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Two dead following weekend Hwy 97 crash

REDMOND, Ore. — Poor driving conditions and speed are blamed for a two-vehicle crash north of Redmond on Highway 97 Saturday evening. According to Oregon State Police, a pickup driven by 68-year-old Richard Bruce Fraker tried to pass a car driven by 19-year-old Justin A. Hendrix when the pickup lost control and collidded with...
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Chiloquin-area restaurant fined by DEQ

PORTLAND, Ore. — A restaurant near Chiloquin has been fined by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.  Melita’s Restaurant will have to pay $77,524 for allowing sewage to leak onto the property. The fine stems from a 2009 inspection by Klamath County that discovered the property’s wastewater treatment system had failed. DEQ required the...
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Verizon customers can expect faster speeds

Basking Ridge, N.J. — Faster data speeds for Klamath Falls Verizon Wireless customers are on the way. The company announced Thursday that Klamath Falls and Roseburg can both expect 4G LTE additions by Dec. 20. Phone users will be able to use internet-related services at 10 times faster speeds. Verizon already has LTE active...
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Two confirmed to Oregon Board of Forestry

The Oregon Senate Wednesday confirmed Gov. John Kitzhaber’s appointments of Tom Imeson as chair and Michael Rose as a member of the state Board of Forestry. They will fill vacancies left by current chair John Blackwell and board member Steve Wilson, whose terms expire at the end of December. Both Blackwell and Wilson asked...
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Critical habitat designation for Basin reservoirs and rivers

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Klamath Basin irrigation reservoirs and rivers have received a critical habitat designation by the federal government. The designation was issued Tuesday for Lost River suckers and shortnosed suckers. The network of reservoirs and rivers chosen for the designation are said to be critical to the survival of the fish. The decision came...
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KCSD bond input session is Thursday

The Klamath County School Board will meet Thursday for the second of three sessions regarding a nearly $30 million bond proposal. The purpose of the sessions is to collect public input. It starts at 6 p.m. at Henley High School. The last public session is in January. Wednesday is a professional development day for Klamath...
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K Falls woman arrested for attempted murder

A 38-year-old Klamath Falls woman is in jail after she allegedly shot multiple times at a man Monday. Gabrielle Freeborn Rigby is charged with attempted murder, unlawful use of a weapon and recklessly endangering. No injuries were reported and the victim’s name is being held. Rigby’s bail is $20,000.
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SWAT team practices at Klamath Community College

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Klamath Community College held a SWAT training Tuesday. It was a role play training for college employees where SWAT members taught a variety of potential emergency situations, including having an active shooter on campus. Among the goals were to help SWAT members earn a better knowledge of the college’s campus...
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Interview: Melanie Wingo on Clackamas Town Center shooting

CLACKAMAS, Ore. — Police say three people are dead, including the gunman, after a shooting at the Clackamas Town Center mall near Portland. 92-5 KLAD’s Sam Dunlap spoke with KATU-TV reporter Melanie Wingo about the Tuesday shooting. Clackamas County sheriff’s Lt. James Rhodes says law enforcement officers didn’t fire any shots and authorities believe the...
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Klamath Falls names new city manager

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The new Klamath Falls City Manager is Nathan Cherpeski. He was selected from an applicant pool of 58 from which three finalists were selected and will move from a Colorado town where he held the same position. “We are very pleased to find a candidate with strong leadership skills to...
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