Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, January 7 2013 at 4:17 PM, Updated: Mon, January 7 2013 at 4:25 PM
There are several new faces in Klamath County government today...six people were sworn into office this morning.
The first thing on Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallam's desk this morning was a note from his granddaughter, wishing him luck.
A strong opponent of dam removal, Mallams says opposition to the KBRA will remain one of his top priorities...
"The citizens of Klamath County haven't been represented here. Every election has shown that the direction that the Klamath County commissioners have been going is not what the citizens want."
There's also a new sheriff in town.
Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah spoke about his priorities...
"We are not going to have online reporting. We are going to have a deputy there at your home when you need one. If we are short-handed, I will be out there."
Others sworn in this morning include Klamath County Commissioner Jim Bellet, Klamath County Assessor Leonard Hill, Klamath County Treasurer Jason Link, and County Surveyor Mike Markus.
A crowd of around 80 was on hand for the swearing-in ceremony.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.