Ongoing Fall 2017 Prescribed Fire Projects

 Fire managers within South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) are utilizing the warm fall temperatures to continue with prescribed burning as weather and air conditions permit. Prescribed burns help decrease the threat of high-intensity, high-severity wildfires; reduce the risk of insect and disease outbreak; recycle nutrients that increase soil productivity; and improve wildlife...
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Human Case of Hantavirus in Klamath County

The recent human diagnosis of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), a rodent-spread disease, has prompted Klamath County health officials to remind residents to take precautions to prevent exposure to the virus that causes HPS at their places of residence, work, and recreation. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is a rare but serious respiratory infection that can be...
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Marine Board Names Klamath Deputy Officer of the Year

The Oregon State Marine Board recognized marine law enforcement officers from Klamath, Malheur, Coos, and Benton County Sheriff’s Offices for their marine law enforcement efforts during 2017. The recognition occurred during the Marine Board’s annual post-season conference, held in Redmond on October 16, 17. The Marine Board honors sheriff’s marine deputies and state police...
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Reward Now $15,500 For OR-33 Wolf Poaching

The reward is now more than $15,000 for information about the illegal poaching of a federally protected gray wolf found dead near Klamath Falls April 23rd.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and five conservation groups are teaming up to offer the reward for whoever killed the wolf known as OR-33 who was from the northeast Oregon Imnaha Pack. On April 23, 2017, a canid carcass was found about 20 miles northwest of Klamath Falls on Fremont-Winema...
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KCC to Host Elementary Education Open House

KCC is hosting an Elementary Education Open House next week for those who want learn how to become a licensed teacher. It’s Monday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. in the Work Skills Technology Center. Representatives from KCC and Southern Oregon University will talk about their partnership allowing SOU students to complete a BS in...
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Work Begins On New Peterson Elementary Buildings

This week Peterson Elementary took the first step toward addingsix new classrooms and two new restrooms at the busy school with585 students.  On Monday, workers began clearing ground where newbuildings will be constructed. These new, permanent structures,will replace four aging modular classrooms at Peterson. Klamath County School District Facilities Manager Justin Azevedo said this is just the start of the...
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Man Rescued After Three Days Under Rock

A man from Weed has been found after spending three days trapped in a hole under a rock. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office found Jonathon Engelstad Monday near the Carrick Edition housing area.  The Sheriff says Engelstad had an outstanding arrest warrant but due to medical needs from being trapped he was cited and...
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Local Employment Numbers Overall Steady

The employment situation was largely unchanged in September with hiring following typical seasonal patterns in both Klamath and Lake Counties.   Klamath County: The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in September, up slightly from 5.6 percent in August. The unemployment rate has been steadily trending upward since June when it was 5.1...
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Traffic Stop Yields 200 Lbs of Marijuana

Two people have been busted moving about 200 pounds of marijuana through Josephine County; An OSP Trooper stopped an SUV for speeding on Interstate 5 near Merlin and became a suspicious. Turns out the driver from Minnesota had flown to Medford and rented the SUV, then drove down to California to get the pot...
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Klamath Falls Man Dies in Beach Crash

A Klamath Falls man has been killed in a crash on the beach in Coos County. The Sheriff’s Office says a Jeep and motorcycle were driving on Horsfall Beach at a high rate of speed when the Jeep had a mechanical failure and swerved into the motorcycle. Michael “Dane” Shackleford who was driving the...
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