State assessment scores a mixed bag for KCSD

State assessment scores a mixed bag for KCSD

Klamath County School District’s 2018-19 state assessment testing scores improved in reading and writing (English language arts), and mathematics from the previous year for third-, fifth- and 11th-graders, and its 11th-graders scored well above the state average in both subjects.

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Recreation Report for September 19 - Fall Migration Underway

Recreation Report for September 19 - Fall Migration Underway

Highlights from this week’s Recreation Report include: Fishing reports on Blue Lake and Campbell Lake, Klamath County big game report, 9 Tips on tagging your fish and game, Gamebird report, and wildlife viewing report.

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Missing hunter near Prospect [UPDATE Found]

Missing hunter near Prospect [UPDATE Found]

Update 9/19/19 at 10:00 AM - SAR personnel have located Short and his vehicle. He is in good condition and requires no further assistance. 

PROSPECT, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue (SAR) crews are searching for a missing bow hunter in the Abbott Creek area, north of Prospect. 

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19th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills visits Kingsley Field

19th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills visits Kingsley Field

The new 19th Air Force Commander visited the 173rd Fighter Wing to see firsthand the operations at the schoolhouse providing all of the F-15C air superiority training to the U.S. Air Force, Sept. 10, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Craig Wills assumed his command June 13 and prioritized making a visit to the rural, southern Oregon base.

“It’s important to get out and see what is going on at our different flying training locations,” said Wills. “That’s why I made it a priority to come out here.”

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Kingsley Field establishes new health and fitness center for Airmen

Kingsley Field establishes new health and fitness center for Airmen

The term fitness is everywhere today, from advertisements to hashtags to bookstores; however, there is often confusion as to how it actually defined. Within the military, fitness represents a balance between readiness and well-being, where each of those two conditions support each other.

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Klamath County Man sentenced to 15-months in Federal Prison for stealing missing mother's Social Security benefits

Klamath County Man sentenced to 15-months in Federal Prison for stealing missing mother's Social Security benefits

MEDFORD, Ore. - On Friday, September 13, 2019, Theodore Martin Kirk, 64, of Klamath County, Oregon, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for stealing more than $30,000 in Social Security benefits dispersed in the name of his elderly mother, Nadine Kirk. Ms. Kirk has been missing since March 2010 and is presumed to be deceased.

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12th Annual Fall Harvest Tour, October 2

12th Annual Fall Harvest Tour, October 2

Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) announces its 12th annual Fall Harvest Tour on October 2, 2019.  This tour is a valuable opportunity for irrigation community members to see first-hand the impact agriculture has on our local and regional economy. The theme of the tour is “Stewardship and Technology.”  Tour participants will see and hear how new technology is integrated into operations to allow farmers and ranchers to enhance their long-time stewardship of the land and water.

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Pacific Power Foundation awards Friends of Ella Redkey Pool $3500 grant

Pacific Power Foundation awards Friends of Ella Redkey Pool $3500 grant

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The $3500 grant will help fund construction of a multi-purpose shelter that will serve as an outdoor classroom and gathering space for the community.

The shelter will facilitate a variety of aquatic programs and help extend the outdoor season at Ella Redkey Pool by offering a heating element inside the open-air shelter. The space will offer a cool, shaded place to escape on hot summer days and a warm place to gather on cooler fall and spring nights.

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Poker Fire grows to 15,000 acres due to high winds

Poker Fire grows to 15,000 acres due to high winds

Lakeview, Ore. – The Poker Fire was discovered around 11:00 AM on September 15, 2019, and has grown to approximately 15,000 acres.  Fire suppression resources are on scene actively suppressing the fire and additional resources are on order.  High winds made it difficult for fire resources to contain the fire Sunday but with the predicted rains coming firefighters are hopeful they can get some containment of the Poker Fire by Monday evening.  As of Monday morning the fire has received light precipitation.

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Skyline is the conference to beat this season

Skyline is the conference to beat this season

It may only be the second week of the 2019 high school football season, but the Skyline is proving early that it is the conference to beat in the OSAA 4A. Three of the top five teams in the 4A are from the Skyline – North Valley #1, Henley #2, and Mazama #5. Phoenix and Klamath Union hold #14 and #16 respectively.

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Oregon Air Guardsman helps critically injured motorist after train collision

Oregon Air Guardsman helps critically injured motorist after train collision

A Kingsley Field Airman found himself responding to a crisis situation recently at the most unexpected time. While on vacation in Duluth, Minnesota in late August, Master Sgt. Osten Coaty, 173rd Logistics Readiness Squadron First Sergeant, was enjoying a dinner train ride with his extended family when he looked out the window of the train to see a small, black car thrown into a stand of trees.

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Crater Lake NP to host annual 'Ride the Rim'

Crater Lake NP to host annual 'Ride the Rim'

CRATER LAKE, Ore. – Crater Lake National Park, in partnership with Discover Klamath, will host the seventh annual Ride the Rim days on September 14 and 21, 2019. On these consecutive Saturdays, the event will take place from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. East Rim Drive from North Junction to Park Headquarters will be closed to motorized vehicles from 10:00 PM Friday (September 13th and 20th) night before the event to 6:00 PM Saturday (September 14th and 21st) to allow for nonmotorized recreation including biking, hiking, and running. The event is free, but normal park entrance fees apply.

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Candidate filing opens today

Candidate filing opens today

SALEM, Ore. — The 2020 election is upon us. Candidate filing for offices for the May 19, 2020 Primary Election opened today, September 12, 2019. In the Federal offices, Oregonians will be voting for US President, US Senator, and US Representative. Oregon offices up for a vote include Secretary of State, State Treasurer, and Attorney General. Sixteen of Oregon’s thirty State Senator seats will be on the ballot and all sixty State Representative seats will be up for election.

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Traffic stop near Klamath Falls leads to 235-month sentence to Eastern Oregon man for trafficking meth

Traffic stop near Klamath Falls leads to 235-month sentence to Eastern Oregon man for trafficking meth

PORTLAND, Ore. - Abel Lomas Murillo, 26, of Weston, Oregon, was sentenced today to 235 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Murillo previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine on April 15, 2019.

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Gopher Fire: Firefighters Continue to Focus on Improving Containment Lines

Gopher Fire: Firefighters Continue to Focus on Improving Containment Lines

PROSPECT, Ore. - Firefighters continue to focus on improving containment lines on the west and southwest flanks. The damp weather over the last several days may have opened an opportunity for firefighters to build fire line directly against or near the fire's perimeter on the south flank.

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Discounted phone or high-speed internet services available

Discounted phone or high-speed internet services available

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is promoting National Lifeline Awareness Week September 10-14, 2018. Oregon Lifeline, a federal and state government program, provides a discount of up to $12.75 on monthly phone or high-speed internet service from select companies for qualifying low-income households. 

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Oregon Guardsmen participate in joint exercise Sentry Aloha [VIDEO]

Five F-15 Eagles and more than ninety Airmen from Kingsley Field flew to Hawaii for three weeks to support Sentry Aloha 19-2, a large-scale exercise with both American and Australian Forces, August 16 through September 6, 2019.

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Gopher Fire: Damp and cool weather allow for moderate fire behavior

Gopher Fire: Damp and cool weather allow for moderate fire behavior

Located in the Sky Lakes Wilderness, approximately 11 miles east of Prospect, the Gopher Fire is currently 340 acres and is the result of 5 small fires that burned together after the lightning storm that moved through the area September 5th.

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