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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'Earthshine' Event Planned for Saturday

'Earthshine' Event Planned for Saturday

An astronomy event to observe “earthshine” on the surface of the moon will be offered by the Klamath County Museum at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

The free event will be held in the parking lot of Foothills Christian Fellowship, at the north end of Patterson Street.

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Basin Adventures: 6 Must-See Klamath Falls Attractions

Basin Adventures: 6 Must-See Klamath Falls Attractions

When you visit Klamath Falls, you may be wondering about the variety of attractions that are offered there. While you may be going through Klamath Falls to help you get to Crater Lake National Park or the Lava Beds National Monument or to nearby waterfalls, you won’t want to miss what Klamath Falls attractions have.

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Amidst Uncertainty, Klamath Project Farmers Increase Water Delivery to Lower Klamath NWR

Amidst Uncertainty, Klamath Project Farmers Increase Water Delivery to Lower Klamath NWR

In the face of uncertainty about their own irrigation supplies this summer, farmers in the Klamath Project’s Tulelake Irrigation District are funding water deliveries to Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, a key breeding and feeding ground in the Pacific Flyway.

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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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Photo Story: Snow Day

Photo Story: Snow Day

From Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning Klamath Falls officially received 7.5” of heavy wet snow. Unofficially many locations in town received higher snow totals. Levels were great enough that all schools, with the exception of Butte Valley and Tulelake, and many small businesses called in a ‘Snow Day’.

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Wyden, Merkley Welcome Senate Passage of Public Lands Legislation [VIDEO]

Wyden, Merkley Welcome Senate Passage of Public Lands Legislation [VIDEO]

Washington, D.C. – Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today welcomed Senate passage of a bipartisan package of public lands legislation securing critical measures they achieved for Oregon, including improved flexibility for hazardous fuels reduction efforts and protections for wilderness and wild and scenic rivers in the state.

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Merkley, Wyden Join Colleagues to Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act to Protect America’s National Monuments from Unlawful Attacks

Merkley, Wyden Join Colleagues to Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act to Protect America’s National Monuments from Unlawful Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined more than 100 Democratic Members of Congress to introduce legislation protecting America’s treasured national monuments against the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on public lands. The America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States (ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2019 reinforces Congress’ clear intent in the Antiquities Act of 1906: Only Congress has the authority to modify a national monument designation. 

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Great Meadow Now Open for Over Snow Traffic

Great Meadow Now Open for Over Snow Traffic

Klamath Falls, Ore. - Due to recent snow storms and more winter weather in the forecast, the Fremont-Winema National Forest Klamath Ranger District is opening the Great Meadow to over snow vehicles.

Great Meadow is located east of Lake of the Woods off Oregon State Highway 140 between Klamath Falls and Medford.

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Photo Story: The Calm Before the Storm, Crater Lake NP

Photo Story: The Calm Before the Storm, Crater Lake NP

Over the weekend it is forecasted that Crater Lake National Park can receive up to 18 inches of new snow during the upcoming storm. The extended forecast from the National Weather Service Office in Medford, Ore. also shows that today may be the last day for sunshine for some time. With that info, I took advantage of an opportunity to get out of the newsroom and use my snowshoes.

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Thousands Submit Comments to Oregon DSL in Opposition to LNG

Thousands Submit Comments to Oregon DSL in Opposition to LNG

On Sunday, February 3rd, a state public comment period closed after over 35,000 total comments were received by the Oregon Department of State Lands [DSL] in opposition to a “removal-fill” permit for Pembina’s proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline.

The comments were submitted by impacted landowners, anglers, small business owners, tribal members, health professionals, and many more Oregonians concerned about the impacts the fossil fuel project would have on nearly 500 waterways.

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SLMC Funds Everyone Swims Program at Ella Redkey Municipal Pool

SLMC Funds Everyone Swims Program at Ella Redkey Municipal Pool

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Ella Redkey Municipal Pool received a grant from Sky Lakes Medical Center to provide funding for the Everyone Swims program for the next three years.

The Everyone Swims program give all third graders from Klamath Fall and Klamath County a week’s with of swim lessons at no cost to student or family. The program includes five, 30-minute swim lessons where students develop skills, build confidence and have fun with their peers in the water.

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Crater Lake Hospitality Announces New Winter Hours

Crater Lake Hospitality Announces New Winter Hours

Crater Lake, OR – Crater Lake Hospitality announced today that it will resume operations at the Rim Village Café and Gift Shop on Saturday, February 2, 2019.  The Rim Café has been closed since December 23, 2018 when winter weather required the closure of park roads during the recent lapse in appropriations.  Crater Lake National Park has now resumed normal operations and the road to Rim Village has reopened.

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Program on Wocus Set for February 4th

Program on Wocus Set for February 4th

A program on efforts to restore populations of wocus plants in the Klamath Basin will be presented next week during a meeting of the Klamath Basin Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon.

The program is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main St. in Klamath Falls. The meeting is open to anyone interested. Presenters will be Megan Skinner, acting water operations chief at the Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office, and Christie Nichols, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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KCSO Search and Rescue Sharpens Skills in 24-Hour Training Event

KCSO Search and Rescue Sharpens Skills in 24-Hour Training Event

Over this past weekend, Klamath County Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers conducted an annual training at the Annie Creek Snow-Park. The exercise culminated in eleven volunteers participating by setting up a snow camp, with only what they could carry on their person, and surviving overnight (24 hours).

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Crater Lake NP to Re-Open Monday

Crater Lake NP to Re-Open Monday

Crater Lake, Ore. – With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Crater Lake National Park will resume regular operations on Monday, January 28, 2019. After 35 days of closure, time is needed to clear roadways, repair leaks, open restrooms and other facilities, check fire alarm systems, and ensure that the park is safe for visitors.

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