Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, July 5 2012 at 3:02 PM, Updated: Thu, July 5 2012 at 3:16 PM
After a big party, there's a big clean-up. There were a lot of clean up efforts underway at Veterans Memorial Park in Klamath Falls this morning...
Jason Mier of the Klamath Falls Parks Department has been busy cleaning up today...
"Mostly, I found spent fireworks, that kind of thing. Although, a lady that talked to me this morning, she had lost her cell phone."
Heather Tramp of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce says that there were twice as many entries as usual in this year's parade. And the big crowd that watched that parade left... "Quite a big mess, as you can imagine, with a few thousand people in the park."
Seven volunteers with the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce helped to get a jump start on the cleanup shortly after the fireworks ended.
"We all kind of voted to stay until about 12:30, after midnight here, and pick up as much as we could." Noted Heather Tramp of the Chamber. "And come back this morning and fine-tune."
The trash ranged from a knee brace, to a child's police badge...
"We had a lot of trash." Noted Tramp. "A lot of leftover fireworks."
"We found a lot of beer cans." Adds Jason Mier of City Parks.
Tramp says that there were a few valuables. "We found one phone, so far."
While there was a lot of trash, Jason Mier and a lot of volunteers have the park looking good again...
"This isn't that bad. It's about the same as it always is, really."
And the Fourth of July memories will last a lot longer than the clean up.
If you lost (or found) any valuables at Veterans Memorial Park in Klamath Falls on the Fourth, you're asked to contact the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce at (541) 884-5193.
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.