Marlyn SchaferGOLD BEACH, Ore. — A political figure in Curry County has been arrested for Aggravated Theft in the First Degree. In June of 2014 board members of the Gold Beach Senior Center discovered some financial irregularities which prompted an internal review of the centers records and an investigation by the Gold Beach Police Department and Curry County District Attorney’s Office.

On Thursday, a Curry County Grand Jury met to hear testimony on the matter and has indicted Marlyn Schafer, 70 of Gold Beach, on a charge of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree, which in the State of Oregon the minimum amount that would need to be stolen to receive this charge is $10,000 in a six month period.

Mrs. Schafer had served as the treasurer of the Gold Beach Senior Center for about six years until June of 2014. Mrs. Schafer currently holds an elected position on the curry Health District Board of Directors, most recently elected in 2011. She has served one previous term as a member of the Curry Health District Board of Directors as well as having been a two-term Curry County Commissioner and a three-term mayor for the City of Gold Beach.

Mrs. Schafer surrendered herself on the warrant to the Curry County Jail where she was booked on the charge. The investigation is still ongoing.

jbo hot noteKLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The two suspects in Wednesday’s officer shooting appeared in court for the first time Friday.

William Parkerson and Karey Pascoe are receiving their criminal information arraignment today. This is not a presentation of final charges, rather it will allow the grand jury five days to deliberate before delivering a final indictment during an arraignment in front of the grand jury.

Parkerson and Pascoe appeared on camera from the county jail to request a preliminary hearing. That hearing is set for September 8th at 1:30 p.m.

In the meantime, their bail is set at $10 million.

Happy Camp ComplexHAPPY CAMP, Calif. – Happy Camp community leaders will hold a meeting today, August 30th at 7:00 p.m. to present information and answer questions about the fires in the Happy Camp Complex. 

The meeting will be held at the Karuk Tribe Senior Nutrition Center. This meeting will feature Incident Management team members and also representatives of the Klamath National Forest. The Karuk Tribe Senior Nutrition Center is located at 64101 Second Ave.

SOU MedfordMEDFORD, Ore. – Southern Oregon is launching a new degree program at its Medford campus, in order to keep up with the emerging needs of the region.

The Innovative Leadership Program (INL) bring together five different academic disciplines to deliver specific skills and competencies most desired in a college graduate.

“We are sharpening our focus,” says Jeanne Stallman, SOU’s Executive Director for Outreach and Engagement Programs, “particularly our use of the Medford Higher Education Center.”

The program is designed for working professionals who need to finish a Bachelor’s degree and transitions the HEC away from offering programs and courses already available on the Ashland Campus. Prospective students must have some previous college experience prior to entering the program.

Interested candidates can contact Academic Advisor Stacey Derrig, but she urges students to move quickly. “We still have time to get prospective students into one or two classes in Fall term which they may need in order to begin the program in January.”

The INL program launches January 5 with a series of sixteen classes over 21 months. Classwork is both online and face-to-face one evening per week at the RCC-SOU Higher Education Center in Medford. Each class runs for five weeks.

For more information about the Innovation and Leadership program, contact Stacey Derrig at 541-552-8118 or derrigs@sou.edu.

july complexYREKA, Calif.As the fire complexes continue to burn in Western Siskiyou County, more areas become affected.

Many mandatory evacuations have been put into place. With those evacuations, comes closures of roads, campgrounds and trails, including portions of the PCT. These closures are meant to protect the safety of the public during the suppression efforts of the fires.

A list of campground closures has been given by the Klamath National Forest Service. They are as follows:

Grinder Campground

Curly Jack Campground

Fort Goff Campground

Indian Scotty Campground and Group Camp

Norcross Trailhead and Campground

Sulphur Springs Campground

Lovers Camp Campground

Beaver Creek Campground

Mule Bridge Trailhead and Campground

Idlewild Campground

The remaining 30 Klamath National Forest Campgrounds continue to be open to campers. Maps and descriptions of closed areas are available at Klamath National Forest offices in Yreka, Fort Jones, Happy Camp and Macdoel, CA; as well as online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.

Approximately 75 percent of the 1.7 million acre Klamath National Forest remains open to forest adventures.

SalemSALEM, Ore. — Timothy Sekerak was selected by The Oregon House of Representatives to serve as acting Chief Clerk of the house.

Sekerak comes to the Oregon house after serving 13 years as house council for Washington State House of Representatives. While in term, in Washington, he provided nonpartisan legal support and advice to house leaders and representatives.

Prior work includes roles as staff attorney for the Washington State Senate and Washington Department of Revenue, in addition to working at a Portland law firm. Sekerak attended Willamette University and the Willamette University College of Law.

Sekerak will begin his duties as acting chief clerk on September 15, 2014.  The formal election to the position of chief clerk of the house will occur at the start of the 2015 Legislative Session.

Fourth of July campingCLEVELAND, Ohio. — For many people Labor Day weekend is just a work day away, and that means it’s almost time to hit the trails. If you plan on going camping this weekend, experts say, make sure you’re prepared.

A university of Texas panel recently put together recommendations on how to best treat wilderness wounds. The panel says the best way to manage outdoor injuries is to control bleeding and minimize the risk of infection, all while reducing discomfort.

Researchers also say, many wounds in the wilderness may be simple to treat, but a lack of resources can make it challenging. That’s why they say the first aid kit is just as important as the camping tent.

Tom Waters with the Cleveland Clinic explains what it takes to keep people safe outdoors. “It’s important to put together a little first aid kit before you go and if you don’t want to do that most sporting goods stores and camping stores have pre-fabricated first aid kits that have, pretty much, everything you need right in there,” explains Waters.

Researchers recommend anyone with serious injuries, like open fractures or wounds showing signs of infection, to seek immediate medical attention.

ferguson 2FERGUSON, Mo. — The police department in Ferguson, Missouri is now at the center of a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

Six people filed the federal lawsuit yesterday, claiming police violated their civil rights during protests following the shooting of a Ferguson teenager by a police officer. The lawsuit asks for 40-million dollars in damages from the city of Ferguson, Saint Louis County, as well as the city and county police departments and police chiefs.

The suit accuses police of making false arrests and assault and battery in the unrest following the shooting.

Elliot RodgerSACRAMENTO, Calif. — The parents of victims who died in a the Isla Vista  mass shooting, in California, are supporting a gun violence bill that’s making its way to the governor’s desk.

If passed, the bill will allow authorities or family members to request a court order to keep a person who poses a danger to others from owning a gun. Supporters say, it will prevent future tragedies and save lives.

“ab1014 which will create a gun violence restraining order process as an important step toward the goal of not one more,” says Richard Martinez, the father of one of the victims of the shooting.

The California senate approved the gun bill. It now goes back to the state assembly for a vote on amendments.

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

High pressure ridging will flatten out today over the Northwest, meaning the storm track will inch further south into our region. This is going to allow the storm door to swing open to our north. A front will push through Oregon and Washington, helping to bring in some clouds tonight and some cooler temperatures for the weekend.

As a result, temperatures will gradually cool through Sunday. Highs will be noticeably cooler by tomorrow. Ahead of both of these fronts, winds will pick up ..making for a breezy afternoon Friday and Saturday. With winds between 10 and 20mph and gusts up to 35 mph, crews will likely have a tough time battling fires.

The extensive heat released from the Happy Camp Complex yesterday led to a stunning view of pyrocumlus clouds region-wide. Although today will be a bit cooler than Thursday, it’s quite possible we’ll see more pyrocumulus develop in this location.

If you’re planning to head out to local lakes or ponds this holiday weekend, be aware of aircraft flying around. Choppers and planes will be gathering water and it would be helpful if boaters and swimmers can do their best to stay out of their way. If you see aircraft, get out of the water or head to the side of the lake.

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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

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