Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, April 12 2012 at 11:10 PM, Updated: Thu, April 12 2012 at 11:13 PM
One of the 8 candidates for Klamath County Sheriff is pulling out of the race, but his name will still be on the ballot.
Greg Rote has announced that he's suspending his run for Sheriff.
Rote says the biggest factor has been the recent death of his employer, Paul Arri-Tola. "Now because of that, my workload has increased dramatically, and I feel obligated to stick around and complete what needs to be done."
It's too late to remove Rote's name from the ballot, as those ballots have already been printed.
Those ballots were mailed to military voters overseas on March 31st.
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.