Backers asked Klamath County Commissioners Wednesday to fund the final $200,000 of the 1.4 million dollar project.
“We’re closer than we’ve ever been before.” Notes Stan Gilbert of Klamath Basin Behavioral Health. “We’ve just about met the financial target for construction – the site is developed, ready to go.”
Ron Woita of Sky Lakes Medical Center says the station would provide a needed service for addicts and alcoholics needing help. “They can go there and sober up under watchful eyes, and actually access treatment if they so desire.”
The sobering station would be built on the site of the ‘Klamath Works’ campus.
Construction could begin as soon as this summer.
The project has been under consideration for about 15 years.
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.