Amy Rooks, a local author of children’s books, grew up and has lived her entire life in the Klamath Basin. As an educator, counselor and principal in Klamath County Schools, she knew what appealed to children. Rhyming poetry, familiar topics, and imaginative illustrations are key components in her books. Rooks also emphasized the importance of reading to children. Rooks was inspired by her granddaughter who asked her to write her stories in a book. The result was “Why Can’t I Know the Secret?” and “The Zoo Animals Race…I Won! Didn’t I?”
Sprinkled throughout the architectural timeline of Klamath Union High School (KU) are the histories of thousands who call themselves Pelicans. Rachel Applegate Good, a graduate of the first high school in Klamath County, returned in 1915 and taught Latin for 25 years.
Oscar Kittredge, was an owner of the famous MC Ranch, one of the largest ranches in the West, covering parts of Klamath and Lake Counties, Oregon. Following the November 1952 election of President Eisenhower, Oscar and his wife Josephine received an invitation to the inaugural ball. Josephine called upon Else Lion of LaPointe’s dress shop in Klamath Falls to find her an appropriate dress.
The Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair is the largest annual event held in the Klamath Basin, designed as a fair where “our friends from over the line in Oregon could meet and visit and compete and enjoy each other.” The week following Labor Day, over 40,000 people of all ages and backgrounds relish in the carnival rides, Kids Barnyard Rodeo, Jr. Livestock Auction, live music, and loads of fair food.
Native plant species have a number of advantages for use in landscaping around homes or businesses in the Klamath Basin. Generally speaking, native plants are less showy than commercially grown varieties of popular plants usually found in local nurseries and stores. Plants native to the Klamath Basin can also be harder to source. But the benefits of using locally native plants in the landscape are many:
Living at The Kern Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) established its Campus for Rural Health in part to…
When Katie Swanson volunteered working at farms while in high school, she knew she’d found her calling in life. Growing up in the Portland area, she had the privilege of exploring many venues for urban farming. She worked at the 47th Avenue Farm which had the first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program in Portland.
The most popular place for families to cool down is the Splash Pad at Wiard Park. Located at 2600 Wiard Street, this playground opens the day after the County School District is out with hours from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Gazebos are available, so pack your lunch and enjoy a day outdoors. There is no fee for Splash Pad usage.
The Klamath Falls Downtown Association (KFDA) is facilitating downtown renovations both by giving and receiving grants. To help improve the exteriors of some of Klamath’s historic buildings downtown, the KFDA joined with the City of Klamath Falls to award grants. And to help renovate building interiors and provide much-needed housing, the KFDA applied for a grant from the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant program.