7 Klamath County Transfer Stations To Close

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, October 21 2013 at 3:41 PM, Updated: Mon, October 21 2013 at 3:50 PM

It could soon get a little harder to get rid of your garbage in rural areas of Klamath County...as seven transfer stations are targeted for closure.

Roger Owen gets rid of his trash at the Keno transfer station on a regular basis...

"I come here once a week, and I can't go to town."

Klamath County is considering closure of transfer stations in Bly, Beatty, Fort Klamath, Langell Valley, Odessa, Malin, and Keno.

"Because of cost."  States Klamath County Solid Waste Division Director Tom Crist.  "We're losing about 400 thousand a year on the transfer stations."

Transfer stations would remain open in Merrill, Sprague River, Chiloquin, Bonanza, and Crescent - each less than 20 miles from a station being closed.

Crist notes the shutdowns would affect about 27 customers per day...

"And it ranges from 1 customer at day at Langell Valley, to 10 at Keno."

Some think the closures could result in more illegal dumping.

"It's going to fill the woods full of garbage."  Warns Roger Owen.  "Because people can't, and won't drive 20 miles to get rid of their garbage."

Crist isn't so sure...

"People are very responsible.  I suspect they'll hire Waste Management, make arrangements there, or perhaps they'll use the remaining 5 transfer stations."

But Roger Owen hopes the county will reconsider...

"If they're going to close these down, I don't know what I'm going to do."

No specific date has yet been set for when the transfer stations could close.

Tom Crist says transfer station customers are already being notified on the potential closures...which could take place before the end of this year.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

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.

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