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:

Fire destroys large hay barn in Tulelake

Tulelake, California – An early morning fire destroys a massive hay barn and farm equipment in Tulelake. The fire broke out shortly before dawn in a storage shed next to the Newell Grain Growers Association. “My daughter called me about 4:30 this …

Klamath County Farm Expo

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Students in the Klamath Basin have a better understanding of where their food comes from, thanks to an agricultural program that’s now in its 47th year. Alyse Perez and her classmates from Pelican Elementary School learned about potatoes …

Honoring Doctor Van Dyke

Klamath Falls, Ore. – A vacant lot in downtown Klamath Falls will soon become a memorial to a local physician. Tom Hottman of Sky Lakes Medical Center explained that an empty lot will soon be developed into a public green space.  “We’re …

Bobcat threat in Klamath Falls suburb

Klamath Falls, Ore. – A Klamath Falls man suspects that a bobcat killed one of his goats earlier this week. Brad Ross says the youngest of his three goats was attacked and killed Tuesday night in his backyard. He said, “I walked …

Vinals found guilty on racketeering, meth charges

Klamath Falls, Ore. – A jury has found one of the suspects behind the largest drug raid in Oregon history ‘guilty’ on all charges. Jose Buenaventura Vinals faced multiple counts of racketeering, and delivery of methamphetamine. The history of the case dates …

Heart of a lifesaver

Klamath Falls, Ore. – An aide at a Klamath Falls drug and alcohol treatment center is alive today, thanks to the quick actions by one of the staff nurses. Cyndy Anderson says she briefly fainted on her shift at Best Care December …

Sprague River floods

Klamath County, Ore. – Federal, state, and local crews are monitoring at risk areas of the Sprague River Basin in Klamath County, as the river has now reached flood stage. The Sprague River at Godowa Springs Road looked more like a lake …

Sprague River under flood warning

Sprague River, Ore. – The Sprague River continues to rise in Klamath County. Flood preparations are underway along the Sprague River. The Klamath County Commissioners were briefed on the situation late Wednesday. Morgan Lindsay of Klamath County Emergency Management says there are …

Sprague River runs high

Sprague River, Ore. – Recent storms are not only causing flooding problems west of the Cascades, but also in high desert areas to the east. There’s currently a flood watch on the Sprague River in Klamath County. Property owner Tina Sharp was …
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