Klamath Union High School construction

Klamath Falls, Ore. – One of the biggest construction projects now underway in Klamath Falls is heading into the homestretch.

Klamath Falls City School District Liaison Mike Herron said he’s excited about the latest phase of construction at Klamath Union High School. “We have turned the corner.  In the past, a lot of what we saw was the demo, and tearing down – and they’re rebuilding.”

K.U. Co-Principal Charlene Herron agreed. “We’re very excited about it.  Starting to put some walls up, you can see classrooms – it’s just thrilling.”

Many of the classes at K.U. have been held in modular classrooms during construction.

“The students have been very flexible,” Herron said. “The staff has been very flexible.  They’ve made it work.”

Voters passed a $36,000,000 bond measure in 2014 to fund construction.

Some projects were delayed, or scaled back as cost estimates rose.

But Herron said the interior work is now on target for completion over the summer.  “Every day I walk through it, it looks one step closer to that new building that I’ve seen blueprints of – I’m watching it emerge out of the ground.”

The majority of work at Klamath Union High School is scheduled to completion by the fall of 2018.

That will mark 90 years since K.U. first opened.

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.

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