GMO wheat found in Oregon was stored in Colorado until 2012

According to new findings, the unapproved strain of genetically modified wheat found in Oregon and prompted a lawsuit from farmers was being stored in a government seed bank in Fort Collins, Colorado. The National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, operated by the USDA was formerly known as the National Seed Storage Laboratory. They started...
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Fire starts on downtown Klamath Falls hillside, contained quickly

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore, — A fire started on a downtown hillside last night, likely due to the mass quantity of illegal fireworks going of in area on the 4th of July. The fire started on 700 block of Roosevelt Street, and was quickly under control by Klamath County fire crews. The fire did spread...
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Mining limited in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. — To keep gold miners from California and Idaho from mining in salmon streams in Oregon, the Oregon Senate passed a bill to put a limit on the number of permits for suction dredge mining equipment, and prohibit mining in salmon spawning areas year-round. The Senate voted Wednesday for bill SB838. It...
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Car crash kills man near Keno, injures passenger

KENO, Ore. — A single car crash near Keno on Monday afternoon left one Klamath County man dead, and another other with injuries. Officials were called out a crash on Clover Creek Road where they found a vehicle driven by Edwin Ottenbacher that had hit a tree. The passenger, Brett Flowers, told officers that...
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First person convicted in Operation Trojan Horse drug bust

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The first person convicted in the Operation Trojan Horse case is on their way to prison. 20 year old Lee J. Harsfield of Klamath Falls pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to two years in prison. Harsfield was one of 28 people indicted on racketeering charges related to Mexican drug cartel...
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Flags at half staff for fallen Oregon firefighter

SALEM, Ore. — Gov. Kitzhaber has ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff today in honor of John Percin Jr. Percin was one of 19 firefighters who died Sunday while fighting a wildfire in Arizona. The governor says Percin gave his life to protect people, property and natural resources, and...
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U.S. home prices up from a year ago

WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices jumped 12.2 percent in May from a year ago, the most it’s risen in the last seven years. The increase could signal that housing recovery is strengthening. Prices rose from a year ago in 48 states and fell in only Delaware and Alabama. And all but three of the...
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School funding bill on its way to the governor

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon House passed the state school funding bill yesterday on a 53-5 vote. The bill will provide $6.55 billion for K-12 schools in the next two years. Senate Bill 5519 now goes to Gov. Kitzhaber who is expected to sign it.The Oregon School Boards Association’s exeucitve director praised the bill’s...
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2 out of 5 jobs hard to fill in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon employers are having a tough time filling jobs in our state. The Oregon Employment Department says 2 out of 5 jobs in our state are hard to fill, and the reason is because more employers are looking for education beyond high school, and many also want to see prior work...
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Rally downtown brings awareness to economic impact of water shut offs

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Crowds gathered yesterday for the The Agriculture/Economic Impact Rally on Main Street here in Klamath Falls. The rally was aimed at creating awareness about the impact that the water shut offs have on many businesses here in the basin, not just ranchers and farmers. Kyle Marino, President of Water for...
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