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Hasson leads La Pine

LA PINE, Ore. – La Pine has a new city manager. The city council this week approved hiring Steve Hasson and he’s scheduled to begin work Feb. 21. Hasson is currently the planning director in Kuna, Idaho. Hasson will take over for Rick Allen, who has served as the city’s interim city manager since...
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Fire caused by hot ashes

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – We now know the cause of the fire at a Gatewood-area house Tuesday evening. Fire investigators say the homeowner at 5180 Starlit Court cleaned out a fireplace and put the hot wood ashes in a plastic trash container outside. When that caught fire, it spread to a nearby wood pile...
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Schools ask for repair funds

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Both the Klamath County school district and Klamath Falls City Schools are asking Klamath County for money to upgrade facilities. The funds would help make building improvements like fixing roofs and adding energy-efficient windows. The Klamath County School District requested $2 million and the Klamath Falls City Schools asked for...
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Jefcoat switches positions in Commissioners race

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A candidate has switched positions in the county commissioner’s race. Dennis Jefcoat is an active Tea Party member who has switched from the Position 1 race to Position 3, which puts him against incumbent Cheryl Hukill, business owner Jim Bellet and Klamath Falls mayor Todd Kellstrom.
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Mills Auditorium to host open house on renovations

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – As we reported recently, Klamath Falls City Schools have been awarded a $1.4 million seismic improvement grant from the state that will help improve Mills Auditorium. The bulk of the funds will help make it more structurally sound in case of an earthquake. As part of the project, the district...
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Cycle Oregon sells out

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The weeklong bicycle ride known as Cycle Oregon starts Sunday, Sept. 9, and ends Saturday, Sept. 15, in Bly, and that sold out in 31 minutes Tuesday night. The previous record was set just last year, at 36 hours. 2200 spaces sold at $895 each, and the 500 spots on...
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Mistrial declared in Springfield woman’s case

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – 24-year old Angelica Swartout of Springfield was accused of smothering an infant in an employee bathroom at the hotel where she worked and then putting the remains in a garbage can. She testified she only confessed because she was sleep deprived and not thinking clearly. And she testified she faked her...
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Whitsett proposal would regulate Twitter

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Ever heard of “flash mob tweets?” A new bill has been put before Oregon lawmakers by Senator Doug Whitsett of Klamath Falls that would create the brand new crime of “aggravated solicitation” for sending out inappropriate tweets. There is concern that people have been coordinating flash mobs on Twitter and...
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Skrah touts incremental budget process

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The committee to elect Frank Skrah for Klamath County sheriff continues to make known Skrah’s ideas on the issues that face public safety. Skrah has proposed an incremental budget process that he says will increase communication within the department and identify wasteful and obsolete operations. Skrah believes in retaining deputies...
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Two levies will likely be before voters in May

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – It’s the case of the dueling levies. Yesterday the Public Safety Advisory committee laid out their suggestion for a four-point-two million dollar levy that they want put before voters. County commissioners will vote on an exact amount next Tuesday. We’ve also reported Klamath Falls City Schools is expected to put...
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