Klamath County Requests Timber Tax

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Klamath County is preparing to send the federal government a tax bill. The board of commissioners voted Tuesday to request $3.9 million they say the government owes them for the land they own in the county. Logging restrictions on those federal lands have limited revenues for a number of Southern Oregon … Continue reading »

Governor Declares Drought Emergency

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Governor Kitzhaber has declared a state drought emergency in Klamath County. In response to a request from Klamath County made on Tuesday afternoon, Governor Kitzhaber issued an Executive Order declaring a state of drought emergency. This declaration provides the state with additional water management tools to assist irrigators, municipalities and other … Continue reading »

KBRA/KHSA Nixed By Klamath County

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — It’s official: Klamath County is no longer part of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement or the Klamath Hydro Settlement Agreement. As expected, county commissioners on Tuesday signed the order revoking action taken by the previous board of commissioners to be part of the “KBRA” and “KHSA” agreements. Board members say that … Continue reading »

Klamath County Snowflake Parade

KLAMATH FALLS Ore. — Klamath County will continue their Star Spangled Snowflake events, with a fun run and Snowflake Parade. The fun race will kick off before the parade Thursday night at 6:30. The parade will begin at the Klamath County Museum and proceed down main street to Veterans Park. People can register for the … Continue reading »

Klamath Vets Home Proposed

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Klamath County officials say they think their county should use a voter-approved bond measure for a state veterans home, and build the project themselves. Outgoing Commissioner Cheryl Hukill made the announcement Wednesday night. She says after being passed over the state for the project, the county should use the bond money … Continue reading »

New Commissioners For Klamath Co.

KLAMATH COUNTy, Ore. — The Klamath County Board of Commissioners is taking on a much more conservative tone following Tuesday’s election. Tom Mallams is a Beatty-area rancher who easily won election to the board, by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. He will be joined by James Bellet, who ran unopposed. Mallams and Bellet replace outgoing Commissioner … Continue reading »

Fire Danger Level Lowered

MEDFORD, Ore. — Monday morning, the fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine Counties dropped to “high” due to light rain in the region. Chain saws, power mowers, brush cutters, and other equipment employing internal combustion engines may now be used until 1:00 p.m. The fire danger level in … Continue reading »

Klamath County Crash Hospitalizes Five

KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore. — Five people are in the hospital, after three cars collided in Klamath County. Oregon State Police say a Chevy Trailblazer drifted from the northbound lane of Highway 97 into the southbound lanes. It side-swiped a commercial truck before hitting another vehicle head-on. The three occupants of the Trailblazer and the two … Continue reading »

Klamath County Man Guilty of Sex Abuse

KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore. — A Klamath County man was convicted for child sex abuse on Monday. A jury found Juan Carlos Diaz guilty of 2 counts of unlawful sexual penetration, 4 counts of rape, and 8 counts of sodomy. During the trial, jurors heard about the abuse, which lasted for nearly two years and started … Continue reading »

Two Women Arrested for Helping Escapee

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Two women are in jail, accused of helping a man in his escape from the Klamath County Detention Center; that man has yet to be found. 25-year-old Kenneth Robert Banes escaped from custody around 5 a.m. Thursday morning. Officers have arrested his mother, Kathleen Delaney, along with 21-year-old Syndahl McFarland. Deputies … Continue reading »

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