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Josephine County lays off more than seventy workers

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — On Tuesday Josephine County voters said no to a levy fixing a $12 million budget gap created by the end of timber payments. And it didn’t take long for the layoffs to start. The Josephine County Sheriff laid off 70 deputies and civilian personnel yesterday. That will mean 90 inmates...
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Man fined for burning motor home

The Department of Environmental Quality has issued a fine to a Klamath Falls man for burning what was left of a motor home on his property on Altamont Drive. Furniture, insulation, treated wood, and bags of trash are among the things that burned, and the DEQ says those pose health risks and state law...
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City Council to talk budget

A resolution adopting a supplemental budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 is on the agenda at Monday’s Klamath Falls City Council meeting. The public hearing from May 7 will be continued, as will discussion on transferring appropriations within the general fund and the building reserve fund. Then a resolution adopting the budget for the new...
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Large fire near Chiloquin is started by a smaller one

Investigators say an unattended burn barrel started a fire near Chiloquin yesterday that took down a pair of buildings at the historic Braymill White Pine Company site. The blaze spread to more than 17 acres of privateland and the Fremont-Winema National Forest. The forest says recent warm temperatures and low live fuel moistures are...
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Oregon customers who bought certain Skechers eligible for refunds

Oregon’s share of a Skechers shoe settlement is almost $90,000 as part of a $40 million settlement that Skechers is paying to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission. It’s related to the Shape-ups shoes, and the unfounded claims that the shoes would help people lose weight and strengthen their butt, leg and stomach...
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Highway 58 construction project begins

Construction on Highway 58 starts Friday and it won’t finish quickly. Crews will repair the Salt Creek Tunnel and four adjoining viaducts on Highway 58, which will last through this summer and next. Drivers can expect lane closures and delays, including a four-day closure June 4-8. There will also be weekly nighttime closures, according...
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Incumbents defeated for County Commissioner

Voters chose new blood for County Commissioner. Tom Mallams won the Republican nomination for Klamath County Commissioner Position 1, with 43 percent of the vote. Kelly Minty Morris was second, and incumbent Al Switzer third. For Position 3, incumbent Cheryl Hukill was defeated by Jim Bellet. Klamath Falls mayor Todd Kellstrom came in second....
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Lake of the Woods Races set for early June

Lake of the Woods Races will be June 2 from 8 a.m. to 12;30 p.m., with a 15K and a 5K. They’ll also have shorter races for the kids. Adults who run the 15K make a circle around the lake on paved highways. The 5K is an out-and-back course, also on paved roads. e-mail...
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Levy passes for City Schools

Voters said yes to a three year levy for Klamath Falls City Schools. The $2.67 million levy will generate $890,000 each year to fund additional teaching positions and buy new textbooks. Property owners in the district will see their property taxes go up about $50 a year on a $100,000 home.
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Two Sheriff candidates to hold runoff in November

Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger is not running for re-election, and a crowded field aimed to replace him. No candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote yesterday, so the top two candidates will have a runoff in November. That’s Frank Skrah versus Mike Angeli.
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