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Oregon State leaders continue to battle healthcare costs

Klamath Falls, OR – New reports predict Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s proposed health care overhaul would save less than half of the nearly $240 million assumption Oregon lawmakers had when they wrote the state budget. That might lead to reductions in Oregon Health Plan benefits or cuts in payments to doctors and hospitals. State...
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Commissioners continue to mull budget cuts

Klamath County, OR – A plan has been proposed that could save Klamath County over $475,000 for the remainder of the fiscal year. The plan was put together by a group of Klamath County department heads that met in private last week and it would prevent many deep cuts and facility closures. County commissioners...
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KWPA needs groundwater estimate

Klamath County, OR – A reminder that the Klamath Water and Power Agency is seeking to contract for ground water in the 2012 irrigation season to supplement surface water supply from Upper Klamath Lake, the Klamath River, and Lost River Supply for the Klamath Project, if necessary. They’d like to estimate how much irrigation...
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Pacific Power customers experience outage

Klamath County, OR – About 6600 Pacific Power customers have been without power in the past day as the company had to make what they said was an emergency repair. Four zip codes in the area were affected. Power should be restored now.
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Plan outlines closure of one elementary school

Klamath Falls, OR – A long range facilities plan has been approved by the Klamath Falls City Schools, which they’ve said sets the foundations for action in the future. It’s a $20.5 million plan that will make repairs to aging buildings. The plan allows for one of the district’s five elementary schools to close,...
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Workshops address sexual violence

Klamath County, OR – There’s a campaign to draw awareness to the fact that Oregon ranks No. 2 for Sexual Violence and Klamath County ranks No. 3 for Child Abuse and Neglect. There’s a free workshop coming up aimed at building awareness and education. Kim McArthur, Rape Prevention Education Coordinator at Marta’s House/Klamath Crisis...
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Oregon Rep. Walden encourages timber project

Lakeview, OR – US Representative Greg Walden organized a bipartisan letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in support of funding two job-creating and large scale forest restoration projects – the nearest in Lake County. The Lakeview Stewardship Landscape includes 150,000 acres to be treated, and estimates are it will create 80 jobs. Lake County...
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US Cellular adds coverage

Oregon – U.S. Cellular continues to expand and add towers. The company has just built a new one on Chase Mountain, which they say increases the company’s coverage along Highway 66 between Keno and Ashland. It’s one of more than 250 towers U.S. Cellular has now in Oregon.
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Local man sentenced after guns turn up in LA

Los Angeles, CA – 39-year old Dean Paul Wright of Klamath Falls took part in buying dozens of handguns in Oregon and selling them illegally to gang members in Los Angeles. He’s been sentenced to a little more than two years in federal prison. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was...
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Board recommends approval for bioenergy project

Klamath Falls, OR – The Oregon Department of Energy has recommended the approval of the Klamath Falls bioenergy project. A news release says the project could create hundreds of local jobs and bring nearly $500 million into the state’s economy over 20 years. A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31 at Oregon...
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