2008 Press Releases

2009 Klamath County Bridal Fair
December 2008
Time to sign up for the 2009 Klamath County Bridal Fair at the Egyptian Plaza.. What a great opportunity to let brides know you have items or services that might be perfect for their special day. Let them know there are more choices out there.

The booths will be 10' wide X 8' long and include: one 8' long table, 2 chairs, table linen and table skirt. Booths may only be occupied by one business. Fee is $250.00 plus a $100.00 refundable deposit.

Join Us February 22nd for the 2009 Klamath County Bridal Fair All admission fees are donated to the Mammogram Fund.

If you have any questions you can contact Hope at Party Time 884-0114 or Kimberly Hambrick by email at expressions.delivered@yahoo.com or over the phone 273-0395.

Klamath Crusaders — Pay It Forward
December 2008

THE KLAMATH CRUSADERS SEMI PRO FOOTBALL ORGANIZATION CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN A FAST MOVING AND RAPIDLY EXPANDING ‘PAY IT FORWARD” MOVEMENT THAT IS NOW HAPPENING WITHIN KLAMATH COUNTY.

The Crusaders invite you to become a part of continuing and further advancing this 'goodwill one to another' movement and your support, through the purchase of a Crusaders' 2009 season sponsorship, will do just that.

Your sponsorship purchase places a full color business card size ad in the Crusaders 2009 media guide (see above) and at the Crusaders' web site that has had nearly 20,000 hits over the past two seasons. Additionally, your business will be recognized as a sponsor no fewer than three times at each of the four home games. To help thank you for your support, two sets of 2009 home game season tickets will be provided to you as a sponsor.

2009 Season Sponsor — One hundred and fifty dollars.

Visit www.klamathcrusaders.com 'Sponsor' link and select 'Become a Sponsor' for a printable sponsor sign-up form.

Please call 541.810.1271 or email dgruener@klamathcrusaders.com for additional sponsorship and advertising options.

Please take a few minutes to view the following two brief videos to better understand the Klamath Crusaders non-profit organization.

About the Klamath Crusaders - A non-profit semi pro football team/organization founded in 1996 that is a part of the ten member non-profit Oregon Football League, a spring league. The Crusaders through the Oregon Football League provide opportunity for local men to continue participating in organized football beyond the high school and college levels.

All players 'pay to play'. All personnel involved in the organization are unpaid volunteers. The organization is funded through the support of the local business community, private donors, a significant base of loyal fans and supporters, and through receipt of player fees.

The Crusaders promote, advocate and apply the 'Pay It Forward' philosophy at all organization events and throughout the community. The Crusaders through supporting youth and high school football programs, funding and administering free youth football fundamental camps, and through the 'Klamath Crusaders Pay It Forward Scholarships' program apply 'Pay It Forward'. In 2008 three college scholarships and ten Pop Warner Football scholarships were awarded and two youth football camps, in which 130 local youth ages 8-13 participated, were funded and administered.

For additional information regarding 'Pay It Forward' please visit www.payitforwardmovement.org and the 'Pay It Forward' link at www.klamathcrusaders.com.

“Pelicans on Parade” POP! Bidding has Begun
December 2008

Looking for a novel art piece? The POP! painted pelicans are anxious to fly!

This unique fundraiser features an astonishing flock of 15 art-deco pelicans, showcasing the City of Klamath Falls mascot — the American White Pelican. Seen nowhere else in the world, these POP! pelicans pose with outstretched wings that span 7 feet, and bedazzle onlookers with unprecedented artwork.

These fanciful pelicans have challenged the creativity of 17 Klamath Basin artists who have amazed everyone by the ingeniousness of their designs. One is spangled with dragonflies and flowers in a breathtaking mosaic of colored glass. Another depicts Crater Lake's Wizard Island, Llao Bluff, and the Phantom Ship. Others surprise with eye-catching artwork & from mountains to waterfalls, birds in flight to wildlife portraits, and magical landscape scenes. Yet another is an F-15 fighter jet, complete with rocket pods and rudders.

“These decorated pelican sculptures exhibit a sense of joy that can only come from the minds and hands of artists whose creativity is boundless,” says POP! sculptor Stefan Savides of Avian Design Studio in Klamath Falls. The 3-D POP! form led Stefan to create a larger pelican in bronze newly installed near the bird-studded waters of Lake Ewauna. POP! is endorsed by the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a novel fundraiser by Klamath Wingwatchers to promote bird and wildlife appreciation, conservation, and education. The POP! project was started in 2005 for the City's Centennial Celebrations, and continues to unite the community with magnificent artwork and a sense of pride. Fifteen painted pelicans are currently showcased throughout Klamath Falls - at downtown banks (Rogue Federal Credit Union, South Valley Bank & Trust, Sterling Savings Bank), Favell and Klamath County Museums, Ross Ragland Theater, Sky Lakes Medical Center, Travel Klamath, Frames-N-Things, 9610 Landscaping, Running Y Lodge, and the Klamath Falls Airport. Free POP! Tour Guides to the "Pelicans on Parade" are available at Travel Klamath and the Chamber of Commerce for self-guided tours.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the POP! pelicans will go back to the artists. Funds will also pay for initial casting costs, and support a host of community activities to include those of Klamath Wingwatchers, Klamath Basin Birding Trail, Klamath Outdoor Science School, Migratory Bird Day bird festivals, Winter Wings Festival, and collaborative projects with art groups and other nonprofits.

How To Bid?

Informal bids are being accepted now and into 2009, and will last until there are a number of bids for each pelican. Bidders will be kept informed on this progress. An unpainted POP! pelican sells for over $2000. With original artwork on top of that, the value increases! Just leave your name, affiliated business, contact info., specify your pelican, and submit your POP! bid (minimum $2000 & higher) by email: larson@ccountry.net, or call (541) 851-0981.

POP! purchases may be tax deductible, and matching contributions to the Oregon Cultural Trust may allow for further tax credits. See the Oregon Cultural Trust website for direct tax credits on your Oregon income tax ($500 for individuals, $1,000 for couples filing jointly and $2,500 for Oregon corporations). For more information about the pelicans & artists, see www.pelicansonparade.com.

The Klamath Basin Home Builders Association will be celebrating the 34th anniversary
December 18, 2008
The Klamath Basin Home Builders Association will be celebrating the 34th anniversary of it Home Show at the Klamath County Fairgrounds Event Center. It is promising to be a great show!

There is premium booth space still available on the concrete floor plus great spots on the packed dirt floor in a wide range of sizes and prices.

There are also new changes to the show this year. Vendors will be allowed to sell products from their booths for the first time. We will also be charging admission this year. It will be $3 per person, 17 and older.

If you are interested in booth space you can call the KBHBA office at 541-884-8570 or check out our website www.kbhba.org and click on the 2009 Home Show tab.

Open House Brings In the Crowds at Peterson Machinery
December 2008
It was a great turnout for the Peterson Machinery Co.'s recent open house event at the Caterpillar® dealership's Klamath Falls store. The company invited the community to celebrate the extensive facilities remodel and visit the new Cat Rental Store (CRS) at the location.

Customers looked over the construction, agriculture, generator, and air compressor inventory as well as numerous allied equipment rental lines, and took the opportunity to learn more about Peterson Machinery, the authorized Caterpillar dealership for central and southern Oregon. Klamath Falls County Commissioner John Elliott was on hand to enjoy the festivities and to support the expanded role of the dealership for the area.

Store Manager Tim Murphy is looking forward to growing the Klamath Falls operation, especially through the addition of the rental store. "Rental equipment is often the best choice for a business owner, especially in a tough economy. With an extensive inventory of machines, tools, lifts, trucks and more, we can help contractors, farmers, and homeowners get their work done while staying within their budget. We're pleased to be bringing the rental products and services of over 30 brand-name manufacturers to the Klamath Falls region."

The dealership's Klamath Falls store is located at 1434 South 6th Street and is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm. The telephone number is 541-850-8658.

With headquarters in Eugene, Peterson Machinery Co. offers full-service stores in Albany, Eugene, Klamath Falls, Medford, North Bend, and Redmond. The company's Klamath Falls, Medford, Redmond, and Springfield locations also feature the Cat Rental Store, renting Caterpillar and other name-brand equipment for the construction, agriculture, landscaping, and forestry industries. Peterson Machinery has been a family-owned Caterpillar dealership for more than 70 years. For more information about Peterson Machinery, call 541-302-9199 or visit www.petersoncat.com.

Wingwatcher Trail Receives Lots of Community Work
December 5, 2008
Folks who walk the Klamath Wingwatcher trail at the end of Main Street along the western shore of Lake Ewauna will notice some changes. Integral Youth Services (IYS) students have been working weekly since September to keep the trail clean. Sixteen OIT students from ACAD 101 made the trail their class project and pulled weeds, planted sedges and willows, and helped with other trail duties. Other Wingwatcher volunteers have made the trail sturdier in places and trimmed brush from overgrowing the trail. And of course, our biggest accomplishment this year is the dike repair, a direct result of a teamwork effort with Trees Inc, U. S. Fish and Wildlife's Damion Ciotti and other staff members, Pacific Power's Toby Freeman, Ken Hay of Klamath Falls City Parks, Wingwatcher Trail Coordinator Bill Wood, and the student help from IYS. A whole new trail extension is still in the process of being graded and graveled, making a variety of walks possible now along the 1.3 mile loop trail. The trail provides benches for resting and enjoying the lake, a view of downtown and many waterfowl on each of the two ponds. Jeff Russell, Eagle Scout, and his family built a trail head sign and a kiosk, on which Dave Menke put pictures of animals you are likely to see on the trail. It truly takes a community of folks to keep the trail available to all of us. This has been a banner year for our trail.

We are thrilled to see so many folks use the trail now. Families and single women are feeling safe on the trail due to the diligent efforts to make sure no camping occurs on the trail property. Dog walkers are being responsible to clean up after their pets, keeping the trail nice for all of us. We hope to see more people using the trail for exercise, family fun, bird watching, and communion with nature so close to town. And of course, we see the use by all of the critters who make it their home, including deer, beaver, many kinds of birds, muskrats, and all of the tiny soil and lake animals without which none of us could survive on the planet.

We can always use more help and your ideas. To get involved, please contact Wingwatcher president, Leslie Lowe, at inharmony46@charter.net or call 882-6509.

For more information contact the chamber at (541) 884-5193.

Klamath & Lake Community Action Services (KLCAS)
December 12, 2008
Klamath & Lake Community Action Services (KLCAS) held its first annual Open House on Monday, November 17th, in order to showcase its new downtown Klamath Falls office location at 125 S. 6th Street. KLCAS is also pleased to announce the hiring of two new staff members: Justin Grishkin, Program Coordinator, and Michelle Scott, Homeownership Coordinator.

KLCAS (commonly pronounced "class"), seeks and distributes resources to local social service organizations throughout Klamath and Lake County, including Klamath and Lake Senior Citizens centers, Klamath Housing Authority, Klamath Falls Gospel Mission, Klamath Crisis Center, and Integral Youth Services. These funds support programs for affordable housing, home energy assistance, emergency shelter, and family mentoring, among others.

KLCAS will also be opening the new Klamath and Lake Homeownership Center on January 1, 2009. The Homeownership Center will provide information, resources, and educational opportunities to individuals seeking home buying assistance, with a focus on assistance to low-income community members.

For more information, contact KLCAS at 541-882-3500.

MOMS Club
December 12, 2008
Members of the MOMS Club of Klamath Falls, a nonprofit international organization, kicked off this holiday season by thinking of others first. Long before they began planning their Thanksgiving meals or making travel plans, the members began thinking how they could help others in the community. After the group's annual fundraising auction in May was such a great success, members voted to hold another auction in November, just in time for Christmas. All auction items where donated by members or friends of members and then bid on by members. Another way the club is helping is by supporting others in the community who are not fortunate enough to have a support system. For Thanksgiving, the MOMS Club, through the Klamath Crisis Center, provided a family with everything needed for a fantastic dinner. All items were provided by various members of the group, except the turkey, which was graciously donated by Sherm's Thunderbird Market. For Christmas, the MOMS club will provide dinner and gifts for two families through the Klamath Crisis Center.

MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club is a group of stay-at-home moms who support each other while helping the community. Playdates and holiday parties are not the only way these Moms are helping each other. When a member or an immediately family member experiences a major event, such as the arrival of a new baby, surgery or serious medical condition, the group comes together and provides meals for the family, financial assistance if needed or even providing for housecleaning services. When asked how the club helped her, Mary Adams, a member of two years and current Chapter Vice President replied, "Most of our friends outside the MOMS Club either don't have children or their children are grown. Being able to relate to other Moms who have experienced the same things, whether it's a baby not sleeping through the night, potty training troubles, or needing advice on older children entering their teens makes you not feel like you're the only one going through it. It keeps you sane. Even with my husband home on paternity leave, not having to worry about making dinner or spending our money on going out the first week the baby was home was a bigger help than I would have ever imagined."

Those wishing to get more information on the MOMS Club are welcome to attend the club's general membership meeting held the first Thursday of every month at the Shasta Way Christian Church. The meeting allows members to discuss the upcoming month and plan activities. Or you can contact Jill Westerberg, Chapter President, at 331-0871 or Mary Adams, Chapter VP, at 274-0656

Medicare Advantage Plans Available in Klamath County
November 21, 2008
ATRIO Health Plans, which provides affordable health care insurance benefits to Medicare eligible seniors in Klamath, Douglas and Washington counties, is reminding seniors that the annual enrollment period is underway from now until Dec. 31.

The Oregon_based company, created by physicians in 2005, is considered a rising star in the health care community after providing qualified seniors an alternative to standard Medicare in Douglas and Klamath counties. Recently, the company expanded services into Washington County. ATRIO is owned and operated by two physician-sponsored organizations, Klamath County's Cascade Comprehensive Care (CCC) and the Douglas County Individual Practice Association (DCIPA). ATRIO includes several MyAdvantage Plans that offer more benefits than Medicare alone.

"We want seniors to know that traditional Medicare isn't their only health care option. We offer an affordable alternative that can make a difference in the lives of many Medicare-eligible seniors," said Steve Howard, vice president of marketing, ATRIO Health Plans. "Not only do we offer a variety of coverages and benefits, we also provide quality customer service here in the community. That's an important part of our commitment to seniors."

As a Medicare beneficiary, seniors can access ATRIO Health Plans and personalize coverages to meet lifestyles, needs and budgets. ATRIO MyAdvantage Plans offer out-of-area coverage when travelling, medical and prescription drug benefits in one plan, low monthly premiums, low co-pays, a wide network of physicians, specialists and hospitals as well as dental, chiropractic and foot care.

With concerns about the shortage of physicians in many parts of the nation, ATRIO has formed a network of doctors, specialists and hospitals to participate in providing quality health care. Since ATRIO is owned by physician groups in the counties they serve, many seniors will determine that ATRIO offers a wider choice of physicians and out_of_network choices.

ATRIO Health Plans is a Coordinated Care Plan (CCP) with a Medicare Advantage contract. For more information call 877-672-8686 or visit www.ATRIOhp.com.

Countertops By TOPSecret just got in " ICESTONE "
November 20, 2008
Countertops By TOPSecret just got in " ICESTONE ", It's a durable surface made of recycled glass & concrete. ICESTONE products come in a variety of colors, ranging from soft, earth-toned neutrals to rich, saturated colors. Our color palette is versatile, simulating the natural landscape or harmonizing with your own home or office d'cor. Our surfaces come with a high polish but can be honed or sandblasted to achieve your desired look and feel. And unlike petrochemical based materials, ICESTONE surfaces do not fade with UV exposure.

Also Countertops By TOPSecret is having a SALE on LG HI-Macs solid surface, all 15 Never Compromise Colors Priced at $ 48.00 a Square Foot. Buy 30 Square Feet or More of any Hi-Macs and receive a free Acrylic or Stainless Steel Undermount Sink from Our Flyer: "Sink Into Freedom". Fall into 2009.

For more information, please contact Countertops by TOPSecret at 541.850.8677.

Go Outside and Play!
November 20, 2008

Man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; [the Lakota] knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too. Luther Standing Bear (c. 1868-1939)

"Go outside and play". Those were my mom's famous words when I was a young child. I know the same is true for my friends too. We had free reign of the great outdoors until either we were called in for dinner or the street lights came on. I do not think we knew how lucky we were.

Ask a child today about their free play experiences out in nature and they might look at you confused. Ask a child when the last time was that they built a fort in the woods or spent the day catching frogs. Chances are they may say never. This is unfathomable to me. With increased parental fears of the bogeyman, an increase in organized sports, tight neighborhood association rules and restrictions, an ever increasing technological society where video games and computers rule, good ole' basic free play in the great outdoors has all but disappeared.

Camp Fire USA Central Oregon is here to change that with a new line of "Get Outside" programming. Camp Fire USA is a socially responsible youth development organization that meets youth where they are at and takes them where they want to go. Camp Fire USA is one of the nation's leading not-for-profit youth development organizations. Founded in 1910 as "Camp Fire Girls", the contemporary, coeducational Camp Fire USA provides all-inclusive, outcome based programs in hundreds of communities across the United States, including here in Klamath County. By design, Camp Fire programs, build confidence in younger children and provide hands-on, youth driven leadership experiences for older youth.

Our goal is to create opportunities for children and families to get outside. We offer Family Nature Hikes, Family Camp Fires with songs and marshmallows, as well as outdoor education programming geared toward teaching outdoor skills, in both a classroom and wilderness setting. Basic survival skills and environmental stewardship top the curriculum. Along with teaching outdoor safety and responsibility, we hope to bring great enjoyment to our youth through the discovery of these new skills and ultimately create a love for the outdoors.

Richard Louv reminds us in his award winning book, Last Child in the Woods, that "stress reduction, greater physical health, a deeper sense of spirit, more creativity, a sense of play, even a safer life- these are the rewards that await a family when it invites more nature into children's lives" (163).

"What if, instead of sailing to the Galapagos Islands and getting his hands dirty and his feet wet, Charles Darwin had spent his days cooped up in some office cubicle staring at a computer screen?" (141).

Nature-deficit disorder is becoming a fast approaching reality and the health of our children, families and communities is at stake. Join Camp Fire Central Oregon and get outside! Call 884-5456 for program information.

For more information contact the chamber at (541) 884-5193.

Be Red Cross Ready When Traveling
November 20, 2008
The Southern Oregon Red Cross encourages everyone to prepare for disasters and other emergencies where they live, work and play. But, what happens when you travel?

This holiday season, thousands of people in Klamath and Lake Counties will travel to destinations near and far. The Klamath-Lake District offers the following tips to help people prepare for the unexpected in unfamiliar surroundings.

Get a Kit

Pack essential disaster supply itemssuch as: high protein snacks, water, first aid kit, flashlight, small battery-operated radio, extra batteries, an emergency contact card with names and phone numbers, extra prescription medications and important documents or information you may need.
Make a Plan:

  • Obtain the disaster plan of your hotel/motel/lodging. Find out what the disaster safety procedures are where you are staying. Identify how you would get out of the building in case you need to evacuate. Also, locate safe places inside should you need to take cover during a disaster, such as an earthquake or severe storm.
  • Have emergency numbers ready. Make a list of important numbers of emergency responders (police, fire), and, if traveling internationally, register with the U.S. Department of State. Make sure your friends and family have these numbers as well.
  • Let family and friends know your itinerary. Make sure family members or friends know where you will be staying and how to reach you. In a disaster situation, you can register on the Safe and Well website on www.redcross.org, so family and friends will know that you are safe.

Be Informed

  • Know the area before you travel. Learn about the area you are visiting. Find out what disasters may occur in the place where you are traveling, especially if they are disasters you have never experienced before.
  • Find out how you would get information in the event of a disaster. Research the local radio stations or emergency alert systems.
  • Pay attention to the local forecast. Travel and weather web sites can help you avoid storm seasons, severe heat and other regional challenges that could impact your safety.

For more information on how you can Be Red Cross Ready for disasters and other emergencies contact Klamath-Lake District of the Southern Oregon Chapter or visit a free online education module at www.redcross.org/BeRedCrossReady. For more information on how you can keep yourself and your loved ones safer while traveling this holiday season visit www.redcross.org.

The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.

For more information contact the chamber at (541) 884-5193..

High Desert Hospice Announces Reorganization
November 12, 2008
High Desert Hospice LLC has announced a recent reorganization. After thirty-five years of working in Human Resources and three years as the Office Administrator for High Desert Hospice, co-owner Lynda Bryson has retired.

Jan Florez was hired as the Office Manager. Jan brings over 14 years of hospital experience in billing, supervision and administration. Jan has been a member of the Greater Northwest Healthcare Access Managers Association for several years and has served as Secretary, President-Elect, President and Past President of the organization. Jan is also a member of the National Association of Healthcare Access Management, is certified as a healthcare access manager and served on national committees. Jan is responsible for overseeing the office including medical records, privacy, billing and safety.

Teresa Pastorius recently joined High Desert Hospice as the Administrator. In her new position, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency including quality assessment and performance improvement, compliance, human resources, community education and marketing. Teresa brings over 14 years of hospice management experience to the position, as well as 20 years experience in Human Resources and Safety and Environmental Health. Teresa was certified as a Level 1 Hospice Manager by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in 2007.

With the reorganization, High Desert Hospice looks forward to increasing community education, expanding services and developing new programs.

For more information contact the chamber at (541) 884-5193.

Immigration Event in Klamath County
October 30, 2008
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce and the Coalition for a Working Oregon (CWO) will present an educational session on November 14th at 9 a.m. about current immigration issues and how they affect employers in the region. CWO has the goal of educating Oregonians on the importance of passing comprehensive immigration reform on the federal level. Made up of 20 Oregon employer groups representing more than 300,000 Oregon workers, CWO is committed to ensuring that Oregon has access to a stable, legal immigrant workforce.

Jeff Stone with the Oregon Association of Nurseries and Renee Sinclair with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be featured speakers. Among other things, the results of an economic study, commissioned by CWO through Oregon State University, will be discussed. The study found that if Oregon's 97,500 undocumented workers were eliminated from the Oregon economy with no mechanism to replace these workers, local business owners could see their income reduced by 8.5% and the state could see an immediate loss of 173,500 Oregon jobs (76,000 of those belonging to legal, documented workers).

Please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541.884.5193 if you plan to attend this event and learn about the current immigration debate, how this issue affects employers, and how to get involved. For more information on CWO and its members, please visit: www.oregoncanwork.org.

Chamber partnering with SCORE to help local businesses.
October 1, 2008
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce and the Coalition for a Working Oregon (CWO) will present an educational session on November 14th at 9 a.m. about current immigration issues and how they affect employers in the region. CWO has the goal of educating Oregonians on the importance of passing comprehensive immigration reform on the federal level. Made up of 20 Oregon employer groups representing more than 300,000 Oregon workers, CWO is committed to ensuring that Oregon has access to a stable, legal immigrant workforce.

Jeff Stone with the Oregon Association of Nurseries and Renee Sinclair with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be featured speakers. Among other things, the results of an economic study, commissioned by CWO through Oregon State University, will be discussed. The study found that if Oregon's 97,500 undocumented workers were eliminated from the Oregon economy with no mechanism to replace these workers, local business owners could see their income reduced by 8.5% and the state could see an immediate loss of 173,500 Oregon jobs (76,000 of those belonging to legal, documented workers).

Please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541.884.5193 if you plan to attend this event and learn about the current immigration debate, how this issue affects employers, and how to get involved. For more information on CWO and its members, please visit: www.oregoncanwork.org.

McDonald's in Klamath Falls gets a new look
September 28, 2008
Jim and Marcy Kelly and Ross and Jennifer Kelly are pleased to bring a new look to the Avalon Street McDonald's in Klamath Falls. On Friday, September 12th construction will begin for a brand new restaurant.

The Avalon Street McDonald's first opened its doors in December of 1971; after 37 years of serving the Klamath Basin, the Kelly family has decided to re-build the restaurant to better serve McDonald's customers faster and more efficiently by using new technology and an improved restaurant layout.

"Many people in Klamath Falls have life-long memories of the current building," said owner, Ross Kelly. "It has been a privilege to serve this community and we are ready to give Klamath Falls a beautiful McDonald's restaurant that we can all be proud of. The improved design will enhance our customer's experience with speed and comfort. We are investing in the newest technology to make it easier for our team to continually serve great products to our valued customers each visit."

The new store will feature a double lane drive-thru the first in Southern Oregon, increased parking and seating, and espresso beverages. A new register system will minimize service time. A conscious effort is also being made to use local contractors wherever possible.

The Kelly family will retain their current staff during construction. As a result, the store's 45 employees will work at the other Klamath Falls McDonald's locations. To better serve customers, the McDonald's Restaurants on Campus Drive and inside the Wal-Mart SuperCenter will be open 24 hours a day until the new store opens in January 2009.

For more information contact the chamber at (541) 884-5193.

STREET FAIR AND PARADE COMMITTEE CONGRATULATE PARADE AWARD WINNERS FOR 2008
August 6, 2008
This year's parade held during our 4th Annual 4th of July Street Fair and Parade themed "Good Ol' Fashioned Fun" was a terrific success with all of our parade entrants and spectators proudly supporting our Nation's Independence

To honor the entrants, we had a panel of judges keep a tally of each float as they passed. The judge's votes have been tabulated and they have chosen as this year's winners based on Originality, Theme, and Judge's Choice the following winners

  • Originality - Ross Ragland Youth Theater
  • Theme - United Pentecostal Church
  • Judge's Choice - Charlie Troop - Oregon Army National Guard

The awards were presented to the winners in Veteran's Park on Wednesday, July 30 at 3:00 p.m.

For more information about the Street Fair and Parade or any other Chamber events or programs please call 541-884-5193, or stop by to visit at 203 Riverside Drive, Klamath Falls, OR.

Klamath Air Show 2008 Vendors Needed
March 18, 2011
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for vendors and exhibitors at Klamath Air Show 2008 presented by Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union and featuring the USAF Thunderbirds. Businesses interested in having a food, craft or exhibitor booth at the June 21st event are requested to contact the Chamber at 541-884-5193.

"We expect as many as 35,000 people to attend the event" says Charles Massie, Executive Director of the Chamber, who went on to say "This is the only air show in Oregon that will feature any of the military jet performance teams in 2008 and that will bring attendees from all over the west coast to Klamath County".

Aerobatic performers from across the country will be performing; including John Klatt sponsored by the Air National Guard, Bill Stein Air Shows, Kent Pietsch sponsored by Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, Tim Decker, The Mad Bomber pyrotechnics show and Speed for Hire with the Dodge Jet Truck. The Klamath Falls Airport is hosting the event and the air field will be covered with hundreds of aircraft, vehicle displays and exhibits.

Sponsorships are still available by contacting the Chamber of Commerce; many sponsorship categories include VIP access to the air show, advertising opportunities and the pre-event parties.

General information for the air show is available at airshow.klamth.org or by calling 541-884-5193.

Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union named Title Sponsor of "Feel The Thunder: Klamath Air Show 2008"
February 18, 2008
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union as the title sponsor of "Feel the Thunder: Klamath Air Show 2008." The Air Show will be held at Kingsley Field and the Klamath Falls Airport on June 21st, 2008.

Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union is proud to be a partner in bringing the 2008 Klamath Air Show to our community. President & CEO, Kathie Philp stated, "Pacific Crest is focused on developing partnerships that improve our community. The 2008 Air Show is an ideal opportunity to strengthen our community by highlighting Kingsley Field, which is unique in Southern Oregon. We are thrilled to sponsor the air show and show our support for the military and our community. We can't wait to "Feel the Thunder!"

Featured aerobatic performers in the Air Show will include the USAF Thunderbirds, John Klatt sponsored by the Air National Guard, Bill Stein, Kent Pietsch Air Shows sponsored by Jelly Belly, Tim Decker and many more.

This air show will be a great marketing and branding opportunity for Chamber Members" said Charles "Chip" Massie, Executive Director of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce. He went on to say, "The event will bring national and even international recognition to Klamath County and will be a great showcase for everything we have to offer as a community."

For more information on the Air Show, please contact the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce at 541-884.5193, or stop by at 203 Riverside Drive, Klamath Falls, OR.

Klamath Air Show 2008 — Feel The Thunder!
January 23, 2008
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is organizing, in cooperation with the Klamath Falls Airport and Kingsley Field, an air show on June 21st, 2008. Featured aerobatic performers will include the USAF Thunderbirds, John Klatt sponsored by the Air National Guard, Bill Stein, Kent Pietsch Air Shows sponsored by Jelly Belly, Tim Decker and many more.

“This air show will be a great marketing and branding opportunity for chamber members” said Chip Massie, executive director of the chamber of commerce, he went on to say, “The event will bring national and even international recognition to Klamath County and will be a great showcase for everything we have to offer as a community.” Expected attendance should top 25,000 and could pump as much as three million dollars directly in to the local economy that week.

The participation of the Thunderbirds was announced December 11th at the International Council of Air Shows convention in Las Vegas. Representatives from Klamath Air Show 2008 attended the convention and finalized contracts with many of the performers and participated in educational seminars on planning and presenting an air show. Air show information will be on the chamber website (www.klamath.org) shortly after the first of the year and sponsorship opportunities will be sent to chamber members following the web roll out.

The air show will require hundreds of volunteers, the Chamber Military Affairs Committee and many individuals will help lead the recruitment efforts and training of volunteers interested in helping. Local food and beverage vendors will be brought in to serve spectators and sponsors. If you are interested in information about sponsorship, vending or helping one of the air show committees please contact the Chamber at 884-5193.