Klamath Falls, Ore. – Visitors coming into Klamath Falls from the south on Highway 97 are getting a fresh welcome, thanks to local Rotarians.
Tom Schiess says the sign renovation is the Klamath County Rotary Club’s centennial project.
“We’ve been a Rotary club for coming up on 100 years.” Explains Schiess. “We decided that we needed to do a project – and we did a fund raiser, and raised $20,000 to put this together.”
The motel was closed down more than 30 years ago, and now serves as transitional housing.
Schiess says the old sign had become an eyesore. “We kind of got tired of looking at it, and decided we’d put a makeover on it.”
One side of the new sign welcomes travelers to Oregon’s ‘City of Sunshine’, while the reverse is an invitation for visitors to return.
Schiess says he’s happy with the results. “It looks way better. I’m not saying it’s perfect, but it looks way better.”
Multiple companies assisted with the project, including Bullet Rentals, Ken’s Auto Body, and S&S Manufacturing.
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.