Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, November 5 2012 at 9:25 PM, Updated: Mon, November 5 2012 at 9:27 PM
Election officials in Klamath County say that an organized write-in effort could possibly delay results in the race for County Sheriff.
While Frank Skrah and Mike Angeli are the only two names on the ballot, Incumbent Sheriff Tim Evinger has been actively pursuing a write-in campaign.
Linda Smith, the Klamath County Clerk, says "Election night we will have the results of how many write-ins, and how many candidates that are listed on the ballot and then the write-ins, the tallying of the individual names will not begin until the day after the election."
Klamath Falls voters are also facing contested races for a county commissioner position, mayor, a city council position, and county assessor.
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.