Multi-car crash on Hwy 97 sends one to hospital

LA PINE. Ore. — A multi-vehicle crash on Highway 97 Tuesday afternoon resulted in one person transported to the hospital. 62-year-old Frances J. Sittel of La Pine was driving south behind two other cars when the car lost control on the snow-covered highway. It crashed into the back of a car it was following...
Keep Reading »
snowy roads

Highway 97 driving conditions remain treacherous

CHILOQUIN, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Transportation responded to a four-car crash near Chiloquin Monday which caused injuries and congestion on Highway 97. It was the third incident on the highway in the last three days. A two-vehicle crash north of Redmond on Saturday left two dead and a jackknifed semi-truck near Chiloquin...
Keep Reading »
Blue Water Swirling in a Whirlpool

City to assume pool control in April

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The City of Klamath Falls will assume management of the Ella Redkey Pool beginning in April. The city and Jeld-Wen announced the change Monday, allowing for one entity to oversee the pool before the busy swim season. Jeld-Wen will still pay one-third of the operating costs through the end of...
Keep Reading »
sheriffbadge Harney County sheriff

Cell phone workers trapped safely on Steens Mtn.

Four cellphone tower workers are stranded on Steens Mountain after their snow vehicle was stuck driving back from a repair job Saturday. Attempts to rescue them on Monday failed because of whiteout conditions. The workers are safe in a concrete block building with food, water and heat. Harney County search and rescue coordinator Matt...
Keep Reading »
snowy roads

Highway 97 reopened following jackknifed semi-truck

CHILOQUIN, Ore. — Highway 97 north is reopened after a jackknifed semi-truck closed it for about two hours into Sunday evening. The Oregon Department of Transportation responded to the incident about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. It happened at milepost 237 north of Chiloquin. The Basin is under a storm advisory Monday until 10 a.m. and was...
Keep Reading »
Ambulance Lights

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...
Keep Reading »

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...
Keep Reading »

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...
Keep Reading »
Forest in Boulder Creek Valley

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...
Keep Reading »

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...
Keep Reading »