Klamath Falls, Ore. – Oregon Department of Human Services offices in Klamath Falls may have found a new home.
The state has identified two lots at Timbermill Shores as a possible new location for D.H.S. offices in Klamath Falls.
District Manager Jeremy Player points out the property is not far from the ‘Klamath Works’ social services campus now under construction. “We’re close to the campus, we’re also close to the courthouse, which is important for a lot of our families.”
Oregon D.H.S. Director Fariborz Pakseresht hinted at an office expansion during a visit in January. “We are looking at hopefully either leasing something new, or building something new in the next few years that brings all of our services together, and creates a bit of a larger, more newer environment.”
Player adds: “This site will allow both grandparents and grandkids to get all the services all at the same place.”
No timeline has yet been set for possible groundbreaking.
Construction is expected to take from 18 to 24 months.
Timbermill Shores is a 50 acre property that previously served as home to the Modoc Lumber Company.
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.