The Klamath Falls City Council voted Tuesday night to sell the property to the lone bidder, Mike Angeli.
The sale was strongly opposed by Councilman Bill Adams, who stated that the price was ‘ridiculously low’, and that the sale should have been more heavily publicized.
Buyer Mike Angeli says he was going to move forward with improvements to the building, and planned on putting it back on the city’s tax rolls.
The building has not been used for about five years, and will need extensive repairs.
Angeli owns ‘The Ledge’, a sporting goods store, and plans to use the building as a water sports center for kayaks and canoes. He also plans to use office space in the building for the Klamath Falls Downtown Association.
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.