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County commissioners officially withdraw from KBRA

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Klamath County Commissioners officially withdrew from the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement during their weekly meeting on Tuesday. The board had taken public comments on the topic in prior meetings before making the decision to withdraw. Earlier, the county commissioners expressed reservations about the impacts...
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Dalai Lama’s visit to Eugene continues to sell tickets

EUGENE, Ore. — In his first appearance in Eugene, the Dalai Lama will be seen by at least 3,000 more people.  It took only 25 minutes Monday for the University of Oregon to sell about 3,000 general public tickets to the Dalai Lama’s May 10 lecture at Matt Knight Arena. UO spokesman Phil Weiler...
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Wal-Mart receives bomb threat

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A bomb threat to the Klamath Falls Wal-Mart closed the store for almost two hours on Monday while authorities searched for explosives. None were found. Klamath Falls Police Sgt. Morrie Smith told the Herald and News the store was reopened just after 6 p.m. According to the report, eight police...
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Bill requires judges to consider military background

SALEM, Ore. — A bill has passed in the Oregon Senate allowing a judge to give a lesser sentence or choose to put a military service member in a treatment program rather than prison. The bill now moves to the House. The Oregon Senate unanimously passed the bill that would require courts to consider...
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Conservation groups ask to keep transmission lines off federal lands

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Conservation groups have asked federal departments to keep transmission lines off federal lands. The groups want the U.S. Department of Interior to revoke approval for the lines to cross federal land from a wind energy project on Steens Mountain. The Oregon Natural Desert Association and Audubon Society of Portland filed the...
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Jackson Co. rescinds most layoffs

MEDFORD, Ore. — After receiving notices that their jobs might be eliminated, employees in Jackson County may no longer need to worry. County officials say they are rescinding most and perhaps all of the layoff notices sent to Sheriff’s Department employees last month. The county and the bargaining unit representing sheriff’s employees were in...
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Oregon agrees Klamath Tribes have Basin’s oldest water rights

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Klamath Tribes’ claim to have the oldest water rights in the upper Klamath Basin has been backed by the state of Oregon. Those findings were filed Thursday and if they are affirmed by a Klamath County Circuit Court judge, it would give the tribes a new dominant position in...
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Klamath Falls Airport control tower on closure list

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Klamath Falls Airport is on the list of the Federal Aviation Administrations potential control tower closures. It is one of five small airports in Oregon on the list for potential control tower closings under the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. The FAA says they are among 238 small...
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OSP traffic stop leads to multi-town marijuana bust

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — The Oregon State Police seized over five pounds of marijuana after a traffic stop near Lakeview last week. OSP said Wednesday that a trooper pulled over a vehicle with Utah license plates on Highway 140 East near milepost 13 and arrested two women, 54-year-old Susan M. Jackson and 53-year-old Cheryl K....
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Medford escapee arrested after theft

MEDFORD, Ore. — After leaving from the Jackson County Transition Center in January, a man has been arrested in connection with a burglary at a Medford business. Police say 30-year-old Daniel Ballard was arrested Tuesday after he initially fled from officers on a bicycle. Ballard and another man, 23-year-old Joshua Massey, are accused of...
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