Cold Tonight, Then Rain Arrives Wed. Eve

WEATHER DISCUSSION After a few quiet days, we are on the cusp of a very active pattern.  We are watching the next storm system that will be moving through by Wednesday afternoon and evening, but in the meantime, we will see another mostly clear and cold night.  A  freeze warning goes into effect just after … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: 1864 Treaty

(OREGON TRAILS) — It was 150 years ago today that a treaty was signed with Indians in what is now known as the Klamath Basin, impacting politics and relations to this day. Todd Kepple, manager of the Klamath County Museum, explains, “When the government first asked the Klamath tribes what land they felt they were entitled to, … Continue reading »

Task Force Updates Members on Progress

ASHLAND, Ore. – The Klamath Basin Task Force members are wrapping up another discussion about water rights in the basin. A couple dozen people from different areas of interest crowded a table in a conference room on the SOU campus on Thursday to try and discuss a plan of action for an issue that’s been … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Beatty Centennial

BEATTY, Ore. — This year marks the centennial hundredth anniversary of the founding of a small Klamath County town that may be a wide spot in the road today, but has a colorful history. “I think it was a bustling little town. What you had was three grocery stores. You had a lot of loggers, … Continue reading »

Fire Season to Begin for Klamath Basin

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Fire season will begin this upcoming Friday in Klamath and Lake counties. This enacts regulations regarding debris burning and forest operations. The lack of spring rain, recent fire activity and fuel conditions all led to the decision. There is still no word on fire season in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Basin Drought May Lead to Water Shut-Off

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The state is preparing for the likelihood of shutting off irrigation water to many of the 200 farms and ranches in the upper Klamath Basin because of the drought conditions The Klamath Tribes have taken control of senior water rights in the region for the first time in a century. Representatives … Continue reading »

Water Emergency In Klamath Falls

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A drier than normal winter in the Klamath Basin has Klamath County officials turning to Governor Kitzhaber for help. On Tuesday morning, county commissioners declared a state of emergency and asks the governor to do the same. Water laps the shores of Klamath Lake and water is flowing in some of … Continue reading »

Klamath Air Quality Standards Debated

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — After nearly two weeks of record low temperatures and severe air inversion, the air in the Klamath Basin and around Lakeview is starting to clear up. Strong breezes overnight pushed most of the stale air out that federal air quality officials say violates clean air standards. Klamath County officials, who have … Continue reading »

Wildlife Protection Decision For Klamath

KLAMATH BASIN, Ore. — A decision has been made on a quarter of a century old proposition, affecting water rights and use in the Klamath Basin. The federal government has designated a network of irrigation reservoirs and rivers in Southern Oregon and Northern California, as critical habitat for two types of sucker fish. Farmers have … Continue reading »