KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A woman who served as a court interpreter for 18 years in Klamath Falls is now serving the court in a different capacity.
Chely Pinkston recently opened ‘Chely’s on Main’ across the street from the Klamath County Courthouse.
Pinkston says the location is important to her. “I wanted to be here because I know a lot of the people from the courts, a lot of the neighbors, and the offices, and the buildings – so it’s going to be a good place for me to be here.”
Pinkston also owns a second ‘Chely’s’ just down the street from Klamath Union High School.
She specializes in Guatemalan cuisine, and describes her cuisine as ‘Not hot, but spicy’.
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.