Salem, February 9, 2017: A delegation of representatives from the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce and local businesses toured the State Capitol this past Tuesday, February 7th and Wednesday, February 8th in an effort to bring the issues of rural communities to the forefront of legislative concern.
Meeting with such dignitaries as Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and Senator Alan DeBoer, as well as Karmen Fore (Transportation Advisor for Governor Kate Brown) and many other Representatives and Senators, the Klamath County group remained focused on efforts to promote and defend economic vitality through advocacy and leadership, delivering the message that rural communities are an asset to the overall betterment of the State of Oregon.
Spearheaded by the Chamber's Executive Director, Heather Tramp, the committee was comprised of County Commissioners, Government Affairs Members, Business Representatives, and members of the Klamath County Economic Development Association.
The group represented Klamath County on the following issues:
1) Commitment to infrastructure improvements to Highway 97, creating a secure route of transportation corridor for products and disaster recovery
2) Commitment to infrastructure improvements at Kingsley Field, home of the 173rd Oregon National Guard and only Department of Defense national training facility for the F-15 fighter jet
3) Commitment to infrastructure improvements at Crater Lake Klamath Regional Airport
4) State business recruitment incentives focused on rural communities targeting large industrial companies
5) Improvements in the timeliness of DEQ waste water renewal permits to enable economic growth of rural Oregon
"Klamath is really moving in a positive direction and this trip was an opportunity to deliver that message to legislators while also providing ideas for how they could help our region grow and prosper," Tramp noted, "Our message to elected officials focused on Klamath's connection and vitality to the rest of the state. Improvements to highway 97 would benefit not only our community but all Oregonians." While transportation was a focus point, the Chamber's delegation also championed a message that urged officials to continue commitment to Kingsley Field, support air service, and look for opportunities to help economic development efforts.
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce, incorporated in 1905, is the oldest active business advocacy organization in Klamath County. The Chamber represents nearly 500 businesses located in or near Klamath County. The Government Affairs Committee partnered with Associated Oregon Industries (AOI), Oregon State Chamber Of Commerce (OSCC), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Oregonians for Food and Shelter, and the Medford/Jackson Co Chamber of Commerce on a variety of advocacy outreach efforts in 2015 and continues to advocate on behalf of business in and around Klamath County.
KLAMATH FALLS -- Klamath Community College will host a recruitment event later
this month for seasonal wildland firefighting positions. The Oregon Department of Forestry
Klamath and Lake District event is Feb. 16 from noon to 7 p.m. on campus in Building 4.
Representatives from the Oregon Department of Forestry will be joined by Klamath
County Fire District #1 to explain job requirements and expectations, and to provide
informational materials and answer questions about employment opportunities in the world of
The following ODF positions are open at this time:
* Wildland Fire Suppression Specialist Entry -- No experience necessary: $14.21 -- $19.76
* Wildland Fire Suppression Specialist -- Two years wildland firefighting experience
required: $16.55 -- $23.78 per hour
* Forest Officer -- Four years wildland firefighting experience required: $21.66 -- $31.55
"Successful applicants will be provided training for the position that does not require
experience," said KCC Fire Science Instructor Sam Franconi.
The event will also highlight KCC's new Emergency Response Operations degree and
certification program and the agencies' collaborative effort to support the Klamath Basin Public
Safety Training Center at KCC. The center will provide local and regional training opportunities
for wildland fire, structure fire, corrections and EMT.
The successful applicant must be 18 years of age at time of hire and have a valid driver's
license. Applicants will be required to pass the Work Capacity Test (Pack Test) which is a three-
mile walk in 45 minutes with a 45-pound pack. Positions are open and applications can only be
submitted online through http://www.oregon.gov/jobs/Pages/index.aspx
For more information, contact KCC Community Education at 541-880-2253.
Klamath Community College is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.
Citizens for Safe Schools hosts quarterly 'Mentor Mingles' for their volunteers in order to provide in-service training, opportunity to socialize with fellow mentors and to celebrate accomplishments. In celebration of January's National Mentoring Month, the organization honored mentor of one year, Chuck Cortesi, with the 1st Annual Ed Caleb Mentor of the Year Award. Ed was a major champion for youth in the Basin and helped co-found Citizens for Safe Schools 18 years ago. Chuck mentors a young man and has made a profound impact in his mentee's life as well as with his mentee's family. He has a huge heart and endless words of wisdom. Citizens for Safe Schools is honored to have such a dedicated, committed, caring mentor as Chuck.
Pictured Below (L-R): Martin Balakas, Sue Cortesi, Chuck Cortesi, Marilyn Geaney, Margot Durand
Klamath Library Advisory Board seeking applicants
Klamath County Library District
The Klamath County Library Board (the Klamath County Board of Commissioners) is taking applications for the Library Advisory Board, filling vacancies in the following positions:
* Sprague River Branch Library -- 1 position
* North County Branches (Users of either the Chemult or Gilchrist Library Branches) -- 1 or 2 positions
* Bly Branch Library -- 1 position
The Board is asking those who are interested in serving to fill out an application and submit a resume. The Board will accept applications until the vacancies are filled. Applications are available online at the county's website at www.klamathcounty.org/commissioners or by contacting the Library Board at the County Commissioners' office: 541-883-5100.
The Klamath County Library Advisory Board role is as follows:
The basic role the Library Advisory Board shall be to advise the Library Director and Library Board (the Klamath County Board of Commissioners) in establishing policy and in planning and developing program services for the Klamath County Library Service District.
Ideal applicants are library users in their representative communities. Applicants will have a communicative relationship with their branch's staff and will bring reports of successes and challenges to the monthly Advisory Board meetings. Board meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at noon and are usually held in the Main Branch in downtown Klamath Falls. The time commitment for the meetings is one hour per month plus time communicating with the represented branch, and travel time to the meetings.
The Mission, Organizational Philosophy, and Vision of the Klamath County Library Service District are as follows:
Our Mission: Klamath County Library is actively committed to providing open and equal access and guidance to information resources, literature, and ideas for all our county residents. The library will maintain a diverse collection of books and other materials and protect the principles of intellectual freedom.
Our Organizational Philosophy: We believe that information and knowledge are crucial for the well-being of our community. In fulfilling our mission as information providers, we strive to provide the best possible combination of information resources, professional, efficient staff and friendly, equitable service. We believe we must focus on our community as we plan our programs and services. As we develop new programs, we must also develop our staff, our most important resource and our main point of contact with our community. In all we do, we strive to enrich our community by our service to it.
Our Vision: The library must play a leadership role in the community as an essential contact for all residents in need of information. We will continue to serve the community by offering a broad range of services and programs designed to foster literacy and a love of reading, to support life-long learning and share the power of ideas. We will build on our traditional role by serving as a gateway to and mediator between global information resources and our constituents. We will strive to bring knowledge of and access to new information technologies to our community.