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.


Lyle's most recent stories:

“Batkid” now cancer-free

TULELAKE, Calif. – If you’ve ever doubted whether superheroes exist, or if wishes really can come true, this story is for you. Natalie and Nick Scott learned nine years ago their son Miles had leukemia. “I just remember sobbing hysterically,” Natalie recalled. …

New Oregon law seeks to ease rent burden

Klamath Falls, Ore. – If you spend more than half of your income on housing, you’re considered ‘severely rent burdened’ in Oregon. Oregon House Bill 4006 is a new state law aimed at addressing housing affordability. “As a local community, we are …

Mickey Butler, WWII veteran

Klamath Falls, Ore. – More than 16 million U.S. soldiers fought in World War 2. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are now less than 500 thousand still living. NBC2’s Lyle Ahrens spoke with one of those surviving heroes from …

Klamath Tribes open hotel near casino

Klamath County, Ore. – One of Klamath County’s top tourist draws is now better prepared to keep those guests overnight. The opening of the ‘Sleep Inn’ represents a 7 million dollar investment. Jared Hall served as Executive Director of the project.  “76 …

Klamath Union High School loan in the works

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Klamath County Commissioners say they’re willing to make a multi-million dollar loan to help finish a major remodel of Klamath Union High School. “It’s up to 4 and a half million dollars,” explained Klamath County Commissioner Derrick DeGroot, …

Property taxes up slightly in Klamath County

Klamath County, Ore. – The line formed at the Klamath County Tax Collector’s office early Monday morning. “This is what we’d call the first day of tax season.”  Said Tax Collector Rick Vaughn. Klamath County began mailing out the tax bills late …