Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, November 19 2012 at 5:12 PM, Updated: Mon, November 19 2012 at 5:31 PM
Klamath County's District Attorney will be stepping down at the end of the year due to health reasons.
The Klamath County District Attorney's office will soon be under new management...
"I 've basically decided that I'm going to hang it up." Noted District Attorney Ed Caleb. "Going to retire at the first of the year."
Caleb was first appointed to the office in 1985 by then-Governor Vic Atiyeh...
Caleb will be turning 65 next month.
District Attorney Caleb has always been very open with the media. But this time, he's not releasing any details about the health issues that are forcing him to leave office...
"I've just got some issues I've got to deal with." Says Caleb. "It's not life-threatening, it's just something I don't want to share with everybody. It's just my own deal."
Caleb has had limited exposure during recent major crimes...
"Ed has spent a long time mentoring me to guide me on how to make these decisions." Adds Klamath County Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster. "And he's available to me all the time - 24/7. He's behind every decision that I make."
Caleb stressed that he's still capable of doing his job through the end of the year.
When asked if he was able to go ahead and conduct business as usual, Caleb responded: "Hell yes! What do you mean? Are you kidding me?"
Kelly Caleb says she and her husband are facing the challenges head-on... "So we just take it one day at a time, we deal with each situation as it comes along. We conquer it, and move on."
As difficult at that moving on can sometimes be...
At least two people have expressed an interest in filling the vacancy created by Caleb's retirement.
Governor Kitzhaber will make the formal appointment, and that person will then run for the office in the next election.
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.