Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Sat, January 21 2012 at 8:24 PM, Updated: Sun, January 22 2012 at 2:20 AM
Recent storms are providing badly needed water for the Klamath Basin. Resident Jorge Jaramello is staying busy lately, thanks to the recent snow storms. He says he is "working from 2 in the morning to 10, 11 o'clock in the morning - working almost 10, 11 hours a day.'
Bob Farmer agrees. "This is money. I do concrete work in the summer, and there hasn't been any concrete work to speak of since the crash. So the snow, one man's meat, another man's poison - that's the way that works."
And even though there's snow on the ground, the basin remains dry. Levels on the Sprague river near Beatty are just over 3 feet - that's still more than 5 feed below flood stage. Three days ago, mountain snow pack levels for the Klamath Basin were at only 26 percent of average - that rose to 39 percent thursday, and 51 percent today.
Slick roads have resulted in some slide-offs - but for the most part, traffic has been moving... schools have stayed open...and Jorge Jaramello has been staying busy.
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.