BOR Names Ernest A. Conant Mid-Pacific Regional Director

BOR Names Ernest A. Conant Mid-Pacific Regional Director

WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman today named Ernest A. Conant director of the Mid-Pacific Region. Conant has nearly 40 years of water law experience and previously served as senior partner of Young Wooldridge, LLP.

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Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse this Sunday

Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse this Sunday

The moon will turn red over the United States on Sunday night during the last total lunar eclipse of the decade.

A total lunar eclipse occurs during a full moon when the moon passes directly through the Earth’s shadow, causing it to turn rusty orange or dark red in color.

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KFPD: Klamath Falls City Council Passes New Ordinance to Curb Persistent Criminal Behavior

KFPD: Klamath Falls City Council Passes New Ordinance to Curb Persistent Criminal Behavior

On February 6, 2019, a geographical area around downtown will become an, "Enhanced Law Enforcement Area" as defined by council. People convicted of three (3) separate violations of law within a twelve (12) month period within the Downtown Enhanced Law Enforcement Area (ELEA) will be excluded from the zone for a period of 90 - 365 days by the Klamath Falls Municipal Judge.

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Wolf Plan Revision to be Presented to Commission in March

Wolf Plan Revision to be Presented to Commission in March

SALEM, Ore.— After completing the last scheduled facilitated meeting with stakeholder representatives on Monday, Jan. 8, ODFW staff are working to finalize a revised Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. That Plan will be presented to the Commission at its March 15 meeting in Salem for final adoption.

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Wyden, Merkley Co-Sponsor Expanded Gun Background Check Bill

Wyden, Merkley Co-Sponsor Expanded Gun Background Check Bill

Washington, D.C. – Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week co-sponsored legislation that would expand federal background checks to all gun sales. The Background Check Expansion Act would fix federal law that unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm.

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Hundreds Attend Hearing on Jordan Cove Pipeline

Hundreds Attend Hearing on Jordan Cove Pipeline

Over 300 people attended a standing room only hearing on the Jordan Cove Energy Project at Klamath Community College Monday night. For two and a half hours, supporters and opponents of the project were able to voice opinions. The hearing was held as an opportunity for the public to specifically voice opinions on the removal-fill permit application. A process required by the State of Oregon for the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project.

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Local Adventurist Starts YouTube Channel to Showcase Ski Areas

Local Adventurist Starts YouTube Channel to Showcase Ski Areas

Simple Skiing is the name of Klamath Falls adventurer Paul Kenney's YouTube Channel where he has created a show named, A Simple Skiing Review. Kenney has completed videos on Warner Canon Ski Area near Lakeview and Mt Ashland along the Oregon-California border. Where he asks is it really steeper here?

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Lunar Eclipse Viewing Event

Lunar Eclipse Viewing Event

A gathering to view a total lunar eclipse on Sunday, Jan. 20, will be held at the Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main Street.

Amateur astronomers will have telescopes set up by the time the earth’s shadow, known as the umbra, makes first contact with the full moon around 7:30 p.m.

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Reclamation Finalizes Klamath Project Biological Assessment

Reclamation Finalizes Klamath Project Biological Assessment

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation completed the Final Biological Assessment on “The Effects of the Proposed Action to Operate the Klamath Project from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2029 on Federally-Listed Threatened and Endangered Species.” The document was submitted Dec. 21, 2018 to the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Bonsai Study Group to Meet in Klamath

Bonsai Study Group to Meet in Klamath

A bonsai study group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Klamath County Museum’s meeting room, 1451 Main St. The group will discuss “Bonsai for Beginners,” with a focus on special challenges that bonsai gardeners face in the Klamath Basin’s cool climate.

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Crater Lake Closed, Enter at Own Risk

Crater Lake Closed, Enter at Own Risk

It was a beautiful blue sky day at Crater Lake, but it was far from business as usual in the park. The junction of Highway 62 and Munson Valley Road inside Crater Lake National Park resembled more like a parking lot at a snow park than that of an entrance to one of the best parks of the National Parks System.

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DEQ Issues Air Stagnation Advisory, Red Burning Advisory for Klamath County

DEQ Issues Air Stagnation Advisory, Red Burning Advisory for Klamath County

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is issuing an air stagnation advisory for Klamath and Lake Counties through the morning of Thursday, January 3, 2019.

The air stagnation advisory predicts there will be little or no wind in the Klamath Basin. Smoke and other airborne pollution will increase in concentration, causing a build-up that will not be carried out of the basin. The increase in airborne pollution can be unhealthy for outdoor physical activity and may contribute to health problems including coughing or aggravated asthma.

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Salvage of Roadkill Begins January 1

Salvage of Roadkill Begins January 1

SALEM, Ore.—Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, deer and elk struck by vehicles can be legally salvaged in Oregon using a free online permit that will be available at www.odfw.com/roadkill

The change in law was required after the passage of Senate Bill 372 during the 2017 Oregon State Legislative session.

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JCSO: Use Common Sense with Technology

JCSO: Use Common Sense with Technology

Jackson County, Ore. – With the seasonal closure of many mountain roads comes a reminder to travelers:  don’t forget to use common sense when using driving directions from GPS or cell phone map apps!  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) deputies have already responded to calls involving people who followed directions provided by their phone’s mapping system – and ended up stranded on closed or unmaintained roads.

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Grants Available for Main Street Building Projects

Grants Available for Main Street Building Projects

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is offering grants for up to $200,000 in matching funds for downtown revitalization efforts in communities participating in the Oregon Main Street Network. The Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant funds may be used to acquire, rehabilitate, and construct buildings on properties in designated downtown areas statewide. 

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Check Trees After Winter Storms to see if Removal or Repair is Needed

Check Trees After Winter Storms to see if Removal or Repair is Needed

SALEM, Ore – Right after a winter storm has passed it’s important for property owners to check if their trees were damaged. Knowing how badly wind, ice or snow has injured a tree can indicate what immediate or long-term steps might be needed.

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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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