Walden Applauds 2018 Farm Bill, Calls for Greater Action on Forest Management Reform [VIDEO]

Walden Applauds 2018 Farm Bill, Calls for Greater Action on Forest Management Reform [VIDEO]

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden today applauded H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill), but said that more work remains to improve forest management to prevent catastrophic wildfires in Oregon. Speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives, Walden said that while he intends to vote in support of the 2018 Farm Bill, he is disappointed that the legislation did not include the sweeping improvements to federal forest policy that he helped secure in the House-passed version of the bill.

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Missing Snowboarder on Mt. Ashland [UPDATE]

Missing Snowboarder on Mt. Ashland [UPDATE]

ASHLAND, Ore. – A Medford man who spent two nights in the elements on Mt. Ashland was found alive Tuesday morning.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) officials say snowboarder Eli Kepsel, 27, was cold but in good spirits when rescuers found him just before 10:30 a.m. on December 11, 2018.

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Oregon State Parks Plans First Day Hikes

Oregon State Parks Plans First Day Hikes

Chiloquin OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Collier Memorial State Park is below.

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Use Common Sense When Using GPS Navigation

Use Common Sense When Using GPS Navigation

When roads are closed and your GPS navigation system directs you onto a detour route, keep in mind that the device you count on for guidance could instead guide you into trouble. Most navigation tools don’t take current road or weather conditions into consideration. They may direct you onto remote roads that are neither maintained nor passible in all weather conditions.

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Slash Piles Burn on Private Land Cause Panic in Klamath Falls

Slash Piles Burn on Private Land Cause Panic in Klamath Falls

Yesterday afternoon (12/5/18) a column of smoke could be seen over the top of Hogback Mountain near Klamath Falls. Today, the Oregon Department of Forestry confirmed that the smoke and glow of the fire is due to a controlled burn of large slash piles related to a logging operation on the east side of Hogback Mountain.

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Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walks To Start This Weekend

Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walks To Start This Weekend

Crater Lake, Ore. – Crater Lake National Park has announced that the popular ranger-guided snowshoe walks are about to begin for the 2018-19 winter season.

The walks will take place on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from December 8 through April 28. They will also be offered daily from December 15 through January 6, except on Christmas Day. Snowshoes are provided free of charge for these hikes, and no previous snowshoeing experience is necessary.

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Registration Open for 12th Annual History Fitness Hike [UPDATED]

Registration Open for 12th Annual History Fitness Hike [UPDATED]

The Klamath County Museum’s 12th annual History Fitness hike has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8. Registration deadline for the event is Thursday, Dec. 6.  The hike was postponed from the past weekend due to weather. The event is designed to encourage outdoor exercise while exploring local history. The hike is free, but a donation is requested to defray expenses.

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Crater Lake Offers a Digital Payment Option for Entrance Fees

Crater Lake Offers a Digital Payment Option for Entrance Fees

CRATER LAKE, OR – Beginning Saturday, December 1, Crater Lake National Park offers visitors an on-line option to pay park entrance fees with no additional costs. The seven-day vehicle, motorcycle or individual pass along with the $50 Crater Lake National park annual pass will be available for purchase any time before visiting the park.  

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SAR Offers Tips for Snow Safety

SAR Offers Tips for Snow Safety

ASHLAND, Ore. – As the winter recreation season begins, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) officials are sharing tips to stay safe in the snow.  SAR personnel are gearing up to help when needed, but they urge people to do their part to prevent emergencies from happening in the first place.

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Post Fire Resource Guide Available on Flood and Debris Dangers

Post Fire Resource Guide Available on Flood and Debris Dangers

SALEM, Ore. – Autumn rains may have ended Oregon’s wildfire season but not the risk of floods and debris flows following in their wake. That is why a working group of state and federal agencies have released a new playbook. The playbook will aid local officials in finding resources to help prevent or cope with potentially catastrophic wildfire after-effects.

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Klamath Tribes Drop ESA Lawsuit

Klamath Tribes Drop ESA Lawsuit

Chiloquin, OR – The Klamath Tribes today announced the dismissal of its lawsuit against the Bureau of Reclamation. The Klamath Tribes maintain that the Bureau has failed–and continues to fail–to meet its obligations under the Endangered Species Act to prevent extinction of C’waam and Koptu (Lost River and Shortnose suckers, respectively).

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Monarch on a Mission

Monarch on a Mission

When Akimi King found monarch butterfly eggs in her garden near Klamath Falls, Oregon, in August 2017, she had no idea one would make western monarch history as the first Pacific Northwest migrant observed reproducing in California.

Since monarch survival in the wild is less than two percent, King, a biologist in the Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office, raised the larvae indoors for the next month.

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Prescribed Burns Planned for Crater Lake National Park

Prescribed Burns Planned for Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park, OR - Crater Lake National Park will conduct a prescribed pile burning along North Entrance Road and Highway 62 West in the coming days. Fire crews will ignite the piles when conditions such as weather, fuel moisture, and smoke dispersal are favorable.  

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Studded Tire Season & Sno-Park Season in Oregon Begins Today

Studded Tire Season & Sno-Park Season in Oregon Begins Today

The Oregon Department of Transportation encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains. If you must travel when weather conditions present difficulties, use other types of traction tires or chains, or postpone your travel until conditions change for the better. Our latest study (2014) concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year on state highways.

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Israeli Hiker Lost on PCT Found by Search and Rescue

Israeli Hiker Lost on PCT Found by Search and Rescue

DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. - On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at 8:52 AM, Douglas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) was notified by Klamath County regarding a SPOT Personal Tracker device sending an SOS distress signal. Klamath County had been trying to locate the hiker since Monday evening within their county. New information obtained from the distress signal indicated the hiker was on the Pacific Crest Trail near Tipso Peak located within Douglas County. The parents of the distressed hiker also contacted law enforcement. It was determined that the lost person was 36 year-old Anat Taher Leb, a citizen of Israel.

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2018 Fire Season Officially Over, Fire Prevention Continues

2018 Fire Season Officially Over, Fire Prevention Continues

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), which protects roughly 16 million acres of private, state and federal lands, officially declared the end of fire season statewide yesterday, Oct. 29.

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

Taking turns, second-graders from Ferguson Elementary School carefully filled their test tubes with water and mud from an outdoor wetlands classroom at Mazama High School. Their next step: Look at the water and mud under a microscope.

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Winter Fees and Road Closures at Crater Lake National Park

Winter Fees and Road Closures at Crater Lake National Park

CRATER LAKE, OR – On November 1st, the park will begin charging its winter entrance fee.  The fee is $15 per car or motorcycle and $10 per person. It is good for 7 days, and will be collected at the Annie Creek Entrance Station or the backcountry office at park headquarters. 

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