Klamath Falls, Ore. – Borrowing on expected federal timber dollars may help to ease crime in Klamath County.
Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah was concerned that a proposed budget would force deputy layoffs…
“Patrol services will be reduced to one 8-hour shift, 5 days a week.”
Skrah warned that the layoffs would also result in fewer jail beds…
“If we take one person out of the jail, that basically closes that pod.”
But, the Klamath County Budget Committee has agreed to bridge a funding gap through federal timber dollars…even though that money hasn’t come in yet.
“But as that money gets allocated and come in, then it will be dedicated to the Sheriff’s office.” Explained Klamath County Commissioner Jim Bellet.
The county will set aside about $900,000 from the general fund for the Sheriff until the federal payments are made.
Commissioner Bellet: “I think the way we’ve laid it out with our assumptions, and the way the budget committee’s going to look at it, is probably pretty good funding for the Sheriff’s office.”
The budget committee will also allow the Sheriff to tap in to about $850,000 in Klamath County road reserves to maintain the same funding as last year.
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.