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:

Viewing the eclipse at Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park, Ore. – Crater Lake National Park provided an exotic backdrop for Monday’s total solar eclipse, and time for personal reflections. Observers at Crater Lake enjoyed over 95% totality. “This is just blowing my mind,” said Ellie Dugan, visiting …

Mixed reaction to easing Oregon drug laws

Klamath Falls, Ore. – It’s no longer a felony in Oregon to possess small quantities of some street drugs, as Governor Brown has signed House Bill 2355. Klamath County District Attorney Eve Costello isn’t in favor of making possession of drugs like …

Klamoya Casino getting hotel

Klamath County, Ore. – One of Klamath County’s top tourist destinations will soon have a motel on site. The White Sage drummers helped to open Tuesday morning’s ceremony, followed by a groundbreaking for a new hotel by Klamoya Casino. “After 20 years …

MMJ dispensary tax theft suspect scheduled for plea

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Salem Police say Oregon Department of Revenue employee Theodore Raymond Paulsen stole over $1,000 in Western Union cashier’s checks earlier this year from a medical marijuana dispensary in Klamath Falls. At first, the Oregon Department of Revenue threatened dispensary …

Clovis Fire blackens 5 acres near Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Several powerful storm cells passed over the Klamath Basin Thursday night, pounding the area with lightning. The Clovis Fire burned five acres in the Pine Grove area around 7:30 that evening. Roger Vercruysse lives near the burned area. …

Euthanasia ordered for 4 dogs that mauled girl

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Klamath County Commissioners voted Thursday afternoon to euthanize 4 Mastiff dogs that mauled a 10 year old girl. The vote was unanimous. Commissioner Derrick DeGroot:  “I believe that all four dogs should be humanely euthanized.” Commissioner Donnie …
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