Klamath Falls New Year Festivities

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, January 1 2014 at 1:20 PM, Updated: Wed, January 1 2014 at 1:27 PM

The New Year was welcomed east of the Cascades with bingo, bulls, and dancing...and hopes for good luck in 2014.

Good luck charms were out in full force for bingo at the Klamath Basin Senior Center.

Nicole Hammond had hopes of hitting a big jackpot...

"A thousand dollar blackout.  One of them.  I won't be greedy."

Nearly 200 people were vying for bingo payouts of around ten thousand dollars.

Not far away, the Klamath Tribes hosted a sobriety round dance, with traditional songs and dances.

Emcee Carlos Calica says he feels lucky to be taking part...

"Actually, alcohol and drug-free.  This is where I'd like to be, praying and helping other people, and helping the community."

The Klamath County Fairgrounds Event Center was packed for 'Bullmania'.

Bull Rider Brandon Stackhouse was hoping for a lucky ride...

"It's what I love to do, and there's a lot of money added - good bulls, best bulls around."

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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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