Olympian Laurenne Ross visits Klamath Falls for ‘Circle of Hearts’

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A U.S. Olympic Ski Team member, and Klamath Union High School graduate was in Klamath Falls Wednesday.

Laurenne Ross has competed at the world’s top levels of skiing – but she says her Olympic experiences stand out.

“It was incredibly special,” Ross explained. “Especially compared to the other races that I go to because it was more of a team environment – I felt like I was part of something bigger.”

Ross says the recent winter games in South Korea held a high point that wasn’t on the ski slopes. “Being at the opening ceremonies – and seeing North Korea walk with South Korea, that was a really big deal.”

But prior to her World Cup and Olympic days, Laurenne Ross was a high school student in Klamath Falls. “Going to Moore Park, doing stuff at the theater – hanging out downtown, going to the Daily Bagel.”

Her latest trip to Klamath Falls involved speaking to the “Circle of Hearts.”

“Circle of Hearts is a giving circle of women in the Klamath Basin,” Chairperson Sally-Ann Palcovich said. “We raise money to give to programs that support women and children in the Klamath Basin.”

“I’m really happy to be able to make it, and help the foundation out,” Ross said. “And to speak for a good cause.”

Palcovich says she was delighted Ross was able to speak to the group. “With the Olympics just happening, and Laurenne being a hometown hero, it just seemed to fit.”

The Circle of Hearts presented $3,000 to local non-profit groups Wednesday.

You’ll find more about ‘Circle of Hearts’ at  www.klamathcommunityfoundation.com

You’ll learn more about Laurenne Ross at  www.laurenneross.com

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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