Basin Adventures: Top 5 Locations to Beat the Heat

Basin Adventures: Top 5 Locations to Beat the Heat

July and August are historically the hottest part of the year in the Klamath Basin. It is easy to stay home and chill under your air conditioning but what if you have cabin fever or you simply do not have A/C at home? You could just stay home and suffer wishing you had A/C or you could get out and have an adventure.

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20 Conservation and Agriculture Groups Send Letter to Zinke About Klamath Basin Wildlife Impact

20 Conservation and Agriculture Groups Send Letter to Zinke About Klamath Basin Wildlife Impact

Klamath Falls, Ore. — A coalition of California and Oregon conservation and agricultural groups – including the Family Farm Alliance - today sent a letter to U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke outlining concerns with recent litigation that seeks a preliminary injunction to stop all Klamath Irrigation Project diversions immediately and hold that water in Upper Klamath Lake (UKL).  

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Construction Continues on New Kingsley Field Fire Department

Construction Continues on New Kingsley Field Fire Department

Construction ramps up on new state of the art Kingsley Fire Department July 14, 2018, on Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. The construction crew broke ground for the new structure July, 2017 and is projected to complete the facility this fall.

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Oregon Unemployment Rate at New Record Low of 4.0 Percent in June

Oregon Unemployment Rate at New Record Low of 4.0 Percent in June

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in June, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon’s May unemployment rate was 4.1 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was also 4.0 percent in June.

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Smoke Intrusion from California Wildfire Influences Klamath’s Air Quality

Smoke Intrusion from California Wildfire Influences Klamath’s Air Quality

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Smoke intrusion from regional wildfires is expected to create air quality concerns in Klamath County. The air quality outlook from 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19, is expected to be in the range of unhealthy for sensitive groups to unhealthy for all.

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Lightning Fires Continue Cropping up on Modoc NF

Lightning Fires Continue Cropping up on Modoc NF

ALTURAS, Calif.— No lightning has been recorded on the Modoc National Forest in the last couple days, but lighting fires continue to present themselves and fire crews continue to get a handle on them.

Modoc Interagency Communications Center reports 31 active fires with varying levels of containment. Crews called two fires out yesterday and two new fires were discovered yesterday afternoon by the aerial reconnaissance plane.

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SCOFMP Firefighters respond to 58 Fires in 72 Hours

SCOFMP Firefighters respond to 58 Fires in 72 Hours

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – South central Oregon wildland firefighters responded to a third day of persistent lightning caused fires.

During the last 24 hours wildland firefighters responded to another nine confirmed lightning caused fires. This brings the total to 58 fires in the last 72 hours. Over 2,000 lightning strikes in the last three days kept firefighters working as a team to coordinate a response to each fire start.

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173rd Fighter Wing Hosts First Ever Cascadia Airlift Exercise

173rd Fighter Wing Hosts First Ever Cascadia Airlift Exercise

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. - Airmen from the 173rd Fighter Wing collaborated with C-130J crews from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. for a multidepartment disaster relief exercise on Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. 

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31 Fires Burn in the Modoc National Forest, New Restrictions on Friday

31 Fires Burn in the Modoc National Forest, New Restrictions on Friday

ALTURAS, Calif.— With 31 active fires currently burning on the Modoc National Forest, others likely smoldering unidentified at this time and more hot weather and lightning on the way, the 2018 fire season is off to an active start on your national forest.

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Peterson Elementary Classroom Building Nears Completion

Peterson Elementary Classroom Building Nears Completion

Work is nearing completion on the new classroom building at Peterson Elementary School. On Friday, Klamath County School District electricians spent the day installing lights in the new structure, which features six 980-square-foot classrooms and two restrooms.

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LaMalfa Tribal Restoration Bill "Intellectually Dishonest"

LaMalfa Tribal Restoration Bill "Intellectually Dishonest"

Happy Camp, CA— Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) recently introduced a controversial bill to restore a terminated Indian Rancheria in Siskiyou County called Ruffey Rancheria. However, historic records show that Ruffey Rancheria was little more than a parcel of land on which no Indian ever lived, leading noted Indian scholar Dr. Stephen Dow Beckham to describe HR 3535 as “intellectually dishonest” in a newly released report.

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41 Acre Holbrook Fire Burns South of Gerber Reservoir

41 Acre Holbrook Fire Burns South of Gerber Reservoir

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – South central Oregon wildland firefighters continue to respond to numerous lightning caused fires last night and today. From 5 p.m. yesterday to 9 p.m. today, wildland firefighters responded to 26 confirmed fires caused by lighting. This brings the total for Sunday and Monday to 49 lighting caused fires.

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Lightning Causes Eight New Fire Starts at Crater Lake National Park

Lightning Causes Eight New Fire Starts at Crater Lake National Park

CRATER LAKE, OREGON – Lightning throughout the region on July 15th resulted in eight new fires at Crater Lake National Park.  All are currently one half acre or less in size.  Smokejumpers arrived soon after the fires were detected and have put lines around the two largest fires.  The remaining fires are single trees and firefighters are working to extinguish those as well.  All the fires are being suppressed.

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Road Construction for the Week of July 16th

Road Construction for the Week of July 16th

Road construction season is in full swing. Here are this weeks area projects from the City of Klamath Falls Public Works, Klamath County Public Works and Oregon Department of Transportation. Please remember to slow down for flaggers and construction zones. 

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