Reducing risk of wildfire Pacific Power may cut electricity in high-risk areas during extreme conditions

Reducing risk of wildfire Pacific Power may cut electricity in high-risk areas during extreme conditions

As wildfires become more frequent and intense throughout the West, protecting the communities we serve from this increasing threat, while providing safe, reliable power, is our highest priority. We are building on our work over past years to strengthen our system and implement additional safety measures to reduce wildfire risks.

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2019 Fire Season Goes into Effect

2019 Fire Season Goes into Effect

Upcoming and forecasted warming and drying weather conditions have prompted fire officials in Klamath and Lake Counties to declare fire season beginning Monday, June 10, 2019 at 12:01 AM on lands protected by the Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Walker Range Forest Patrol Association.

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Flags ordered to half-staff in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day

Flags ordered to half-staff in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day

Governor Kate Brown orders all flags at public institutions throughout Oregon be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, May 15 in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day.  This comes after President Donald J. Trump issues a proclamation on Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, 2019.

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PacifiCorp and Tribes applaud dam removal agreement with Kiewit

PacifiCorp and Tribes applaud dam removal agreement with Kiewit

Portland, OR – PacifiCorp has entered into a site access agreement with Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. to allow the firm to conduct initial surveying and other work connected to planned removal of four dams on the Klamath River.

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Kiewit wins contract to remove Klamath River dams

Kiewit wins contract to remove Klamath River dams

Klamath Basin – Yesterday, the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) took a major step toward dam removal and creating a free-flowing Klamath River by entering into a dam removal design-build contract with construction firm Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. of Fairfield, California. The initial award authorizes $18.1 million in preliminary services, with a further award for project implementation work to follow once design is finalized.   

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Local unemployment rate up from a year ago

Local unemployment rate up from a year ago

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was little changed in the past month. The rate was 7.3 percent in March and 7.4 percent in February. The rate remains up from this time last year when it was 6.3 percent.

Klamath County added 100 jobs in March, typical hiring for this time of year.

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Greg Walden slams Democrat plan to allow government takeover of the internet [VIDEO]

Greg Walden slams Democrat plan to allow government takeover of the internet [VIDEO]

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) is continuing to call for net neutrality solutions that preserve a free and open internet for consumers without allowing a federal government takeover of the internet, as Congressional Democrats are proposing. Speaking in opposition to a Democrat plan to give the federal government near unlimited authority to regulate, tax, and control the internet, Walden said that the bill was a missed opportunity to bring real, bipartisan net neutrality protections to consumers.

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Simmons named Executive Director of KWUA

Simmons named Executive Director of KWUA

Klamath Falls, Ore. - The Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) announced last night at their annual meeting, the selection of Paul Simmons as its new Executive Director. Simmons has worked for KWUA as its attorney for over two decades. The KWUA board of directors made its decision last week, after work by a committee that assisted the full board in the hiring effort.

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Reclamation begins flood control operations on Upper Klamath Lake

Reclamation begins flood control operations on Upper Klamath Lake

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. The Bureau of Reclamation announced the beginning of flood control operations on the Upper Klamath Lake with increased releases continuing today. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions, including avoiding high-water areas, on or near the Link or Klamath rivers (including below Keno and J.C. Boyle dams) while flows are elevated.

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Klamath Basin refuges accepting cooperative farming proposals

Klamath Basin refuges accepting cooperative farming proposals

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex is seeking to contract with local producers for cooperative farming privileges on 3,501 acres at Lower Klamath NWR and 460 acres at Tule Lake NWR. All growers are welcome to apply and contracts are for crop share, meaning the resulting crop is shared by the cooperator and the refuge. Growers are responsible for all growing costs, and the refuge provides land.  

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Tule Lake National Monument Designated

Tule Lake National Monument Designated

Tulelake, Calif. — The National Park Service announces the redesignation of the Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument to the Tule Lake National Monument. This provision was passed as part of the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act (formerly known as the Natural Resources Management Act) which passed both houses of Congress in February and was signed into law on March 12, 2019 by President Donald Trump.

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Greg Walden statement on proposal to delist wolves across Lower 48 [VIDEO]

Greg Walden statement on proposal to delist wolves across Lower 48 [VIDEO]

For years, I’ve heard from ranchers across our district who watched as wolf populations continue to grow, harassing and killing their livestock. This truly threatens their livelihoods. Today’s announcement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is welcome news for Oregonians and people across the West who have been waiting for action to delist the gray wolf, after the…

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Department of the Interior celebrates recover of the Gray Wolf with proposal to return management to states, tribes

Department of the Interior celebrates recover of the Gray Wolf with proposal to return management to states, tribes

The gray wolf, an iconic species of the American West, had all but disappeared from landscape in the lower 48 states by the early 20th century. Now it roams free in nine states and is stable and healthy throughout its current range. This constitutes one of the greatest comebacks for an animal in U.S. conservation history. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is re-affirming the success of this recovery with a proposal to remove all gray wolves from protection under Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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JCSO Seeks Help in Finding Additional Sexual Abuse Victims of Robert Ernst

JCSO Seeks Help in Finding Additional Sexual Abuse Victims of Robert Ernst

Jackson County, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives believe a man investigated on child luring and abuse charges in Texas and in Jackson County may have more victims.  Robert Bernard Ernst, 38, formerly of Medford, has been in federal custody in Texas since the spring of 2018 after an arrest for enticement of a minor for indecent purposes.  

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Snow Days are Work Days for District Maintenance Crew

Snow Days are Work Days for District Maintenance Crew

Snow days for students are an unexpected day off – a reprieve from classes and homework. But snow days for the Klamath County School District maintenance crew are just that – days spent plowing and shoveling the white stuff.

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Local Stakeholders Announce Major Investments in Klamath Basin

Local Stakeholders Announce Major Investments in Klamath Basin

KLAMATH FALLS, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, joined by representatives from Klamath-area irrigation districts and tribes​, today announced significant investments in the Klamath Basin were included in the 2019 spending bills that recently were passed by Congress and signed by the president.

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Snow Blankets Region, 24-Hour Snow Totals

Snow Blankets Region, 24-Hour Snow Totals

Tuesday’s storm brought wet heavy snow to much of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Measurable snow was seen as far south as Cottonwood, California, 11 miles south of Redding.

For much of the Tuesday night into mid-day Wednesday, Interstate 5 was closed to semi trucks at the Oregon-California boarder to just north of Redding. Vehicles were allowed through if they met certain winter weather criteria (such as caring or using chains).

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