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REGIONAL MAGAZINE FOR KLAMATH, LAKE, MODOC AND SISKIYOU COUNTIES

Klamath Life Slice of Life On patrol

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It’s all about the lifestyle here This issue of Klamath Life is taking a look at life in the Basin; as in a “Slice of Life” of the people who make living here interesting and a joy. Klamath Life is all locally generated content – unlike some out-of-state magazines that appear in your mailboxes – and written by our local Herald and News newspaper staff. It gives our staff a chance to shine with longer feature stories and high-end photography. And, you can find back issues online at heraldandnews. com and at the Herald and News office. A great feature in this issue, written by photographer Steven Silton, is on training service dogs to help people in need. We take a look at how Ruff House trainer Tasha Tabarez accomplishes this important task. Also of note, is a nod to the 40 volunteers who work tirelessly at the Klamath Basin Senior Citizens Center to deliver Meals on Wheels for shut-ins and the elderly. More than 40,000 meals were delivered last year by local volunteers using their own vehicles. Volunteer Joe Primm takes the wheel in reporter Lacey Jarrell’s profile. It’s always fun to get out in this weather too, rather than suffer a

Inside:

On the cover: Crater Lake Ski Patrol member Scott Spiker rests with a picturesque view of the deepest lake in the United States. Story on page 7.

case of cabin fever. Our intrepid reporter Holly Dillemuth joins the Crater Lake Ski Patrol on how it trains for search and rescue operations when needed in Oregon’s only national park, and just up the road from Klamath Falls. The Crater Lake Ski Patrol is a volunteer group of people from across the region. Hats off to them. Another jewel in Klamath Falls is Sally-Ann Palcovich who is the spiritual care coordinator, or chaplain, at Sky Lakes Medical Center. She gets the call to attend to serious or traumatic situations and help families through the crisis. It’s a wonderful profile by our reporter Lee Beach of a very giving lady. And, in a tip of the hat to our Western heritage, Regional Editor Lee Juillerat profiles a day in the life of Jerry and Carmen Kresge who operate the Modoc Auction Yard near Alturas. The pending drought has been keeping them busy and you’ll see why. There’s a lot more to read and enjoy in our regional magazine, including a story of a family that raises sheep together and the hec hectic life of a local real estate agent. And there are plentiful tips for enjoying life in mid-winter Klamath County. We hope you enjoy and check back with the magazine often.

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Sky Lakes chaplain provides variety of care. Page 15

◗ Passion for learning:

Diesel technology teacher never gives up. Page 19

Country living ◗ Auction day:

Life’s challenges at Modoc Auction Yard. Page 23 ◗ Minding the flock: Raising sheep brings a family together. Page 26

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Labrador pup X-man trains for a purpose. Page 37 ◗ Always on the job: Klamath real estate agent always on the go. Page 42

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The Basin Neighborhood Coming together to create generations of community in the Klamath Basin The Community Lounge By LEE BEACH: H&N Staff Reporter

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nyone who has spent a busy day running errands, shopping or going to appointments far from home can appreciate having a convenient place for respite. Long-timers in the Klamath Falls area recognized this need many years ago. In a May 4, 1950 article in the Herald and News, the Klamath Basin Civic Service league pressed its goal to provide a “clean and comfortable lounge and restroom facilities for women and children as well as other aids to downtown shoppers.” That goal was accomplished, and the lounge has been serving the community since — in different locations, but most recently in the building shared with the Ross Ragland Theater. Tamara Dawson was one of many persons greeted on a recent Thursday by Mary Gilbert, hostess at the Community Lounge, 200 N. Seventh St., Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers from the Senior Center cover Mondays and Fridays. “I know this lady,” said Dawson, “she’s a familiar face.” Dawson was visiting downtown, where she is looking for a location to open a wig store. The lounge is the ideal place for her to stop to rest in a comfy chair and use her laptop. “As a single woman, I feel safe here,” she said. “I can get my bus pass here, the time and a cup of coffee.” She also can check out a book from a lending library provided by the Klamath County Library, visit a restroom or even rent space in a meeting room with an attached kitchen after hours. The Downtown Association is exploring the possibility of using part of the lounge as an office for association headquarters, which could also be helpful to visitors to the area. The nonprofit lounge operates on a small annuity from a former board member and tax-deductible donations from the community.

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Time to rest and plan: Tamara Dawson took a few minutes to rest in the community lounge’s comfortable chairs and work on her laptop. She was on a scouting trip downtown to look at available space for a business she is planning to start.


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Crater Lake Ski Patrol

Lack of snow not putting a damper on volunteers’ spirit Rim-side view: Crater Lake Ski Patrol member Scott Spiker rests with a picturesque view of the deepest lake in the United States. H&N photo by Holly Dillemuth

A bald eagle soars high above Crater Lake

National Park on a Saturday in late January as the Crater Lake Ski Patrol watches, taking a rest while overlooking the 1,943-foot-deep lake.

Someone could have mistaken the season for early spring, with patches of dirt outnumbering the snow where members of the patrol lunched on nuts and peeled oranges under sunny, blue skies. There’s still plenty of the white stuff for a snowshoe romp or an afternoon of cross-country skiing. But the lack of snow neither went unnoticed nor did it dampen the mood of patrol members, who took turns using compasses to find their location on a map of the park. See PATROL, page 8

By HOLLY DILLEMUTH: H&N Staff Reporter


❘ Destinations PATROL, from page 7 The Crater Lake Ski Patrol is a volunteer group with people from across the region and state who share an interest in Oregon’s only national park, share in the upkeep of the landscape — encompassing 183,000 acres — and conduct search and rescue operations when needed. Members are required to attend two weekend trainings at Crater Lake, as well as to volunteer at least six days each year. The group starts its volunteer weekend with a 9 a.m. meeting to arrange the day’s activities. Then it’s off to Rim Village to strap on skis, chat with visitors, and hit the ski trails. Members of the group, clad in red jackets, reflect an air of professionalism, but also a spirit of service and optimism. The patrol didn’t appear to mind the conditions, even with a shortage of snow for the season. “You’ve got to get out and try something,” said first-year patrol member Nell Kolden. Kolden said a friend in Klamath Falls suggested she join the patrol. “I’ve skied a lot since I was a little kid, but never been on a ski patrol before.” On her first day on the patrol, Kolden strapped on crosscountry skis with the rest of the group in the parking lot before the group headed for the trail. Much of the job involves interfacing with park visitors and answering questions, as well as setting up signs along the trail. Kolden said being part of the group offers a good network for outdoor enthusiasts and skiers like herself. If not for the snow shortage, “We’d be skiing all day,” Kolden said.

SNOW LEVELS EXTREMELY LOW Marsha McCabe, chief interpretation and cultural resources public information officer, said snow levels have been “extremely low” in comparison to normal levels for this time of year. “Right now, the current depth we have on the ground is 15 inches,” McCabe said in late January. “We’re only at 16 percent of average (snow levels).” See PATROL, page 9

8 ❘ Klamath Life ❘ SLICE OF LIFE This much: Crater Lake Ski Patrol member Scott Spiker, left, shows how much snow the national park might usually get with his arm. Practice makes perfect: Aquatics Ecologist and patrol member Mark Buktenica and new patrol member Nell Kolden use their compasses to find their location at Crater Lake National Park. Shouldering a load: Crater Lake Ski Patrol member Alex Buktenica carries a sign to be placed along the trail, one of the many jobs of a patrol member. Ready to post: And they’re off! Members of the Crater Lake Ski Patrol start out on the trail, where they set up new signs for snowshoers and skiers in January. H&N photos Holly Dillemuth


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PATROL, from page 8 Crater Lake receives on average 533 inches of snow each year, or 44 feet of snow, according to the National Park Service website. “We’ve had 71 inches (since October),” McCabe said. “We still have enough snow that people can come out and ski,” McCabe said. “It’s just far less than what we’re used to having.” The park continues to host free snowshoe tours Saturdays and Sundays through April, weather permit permitting. “We all want more snow — I think everybody does,” she said. “We’re hopeful.”

‘OLD STOMPING GROUNDS’ Crater Lake National Park is a worldwide attraction, but for Ashland resident and ski patrol member Alex Buktenica, it was also home for much of his youth. Buktenica, a member of the patrol, is the son of the park’s aquatic ecologist and patrol member Mark Buktenica. See PATROL, page 10

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H&N photo by Holly Dillemuth

Teamwork: John Salinas works with other patrol members to find the group’s location on a map. Lunch break: Skis mark the spot where members of the Crater Lake Ski Patrol rest for lunch.

PATROL, from page 9 “I loved it,” Alex Buktenica said of growing up near the lake, living in employee headquarters. “(A) little bit of school in the mornings — we were home-schooled — and then played in the woods for most of the day, skiing all winter.” Alex Buktenica was born in Medford, but spent his first 15 years living at the park. Having returned from attending a university in Italy for four years in fall of 2013, the patrol seems a natural fit for the 21-year-old. Holding a trail etiquette sign, the younger Buktenica skis along the trail with the others. Part of the

job is replacing signs along the trail to make sure snowshoers and skiers have the best guidance. A few minutes later, patrol member Scott Spiker and longtime patrol member John Salinas secure the new sign in place along the trail. Normally the snow could be six-feet deep. When asked about the low snowpack, Spiker holds out his arm at shoulder length toward the sign, showing where the snow might usually hit during a normal January day.

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“They do a great service to the park because we don’t have enough (national park) staff to go out there — ski the trails, talk to visitors,” McCabe said. “They respond if we have any search and rescue needs. “They do a lot of training throughout the winter to keep their skills up,” she added, including training to rescue injured skiers or those lost at Crater Lake. Ranger operations supervisor Janette Lemons shared praise for the group as well. “It’s a lot of experienced members; we have a lot of good experience,” Lemons said. “We have a lot of energetic, new people as well. “They do a lot of preventative search and rescue — that’s a big part of their job. Educating visitors about the conditions for the day, making sure they have appropriate gear and experience.

“We recruit and organize the 50 members of the Crater Lake Ski Patrol,” Lemons added. The ski patrol is on the trail through the end of March. “They’re very dedicated, committed volunteers and we appreciate all their help,” Lemons said.

JOINING THE RANKS While members of the ski patrol prepped for the trail in the parking lot earlier in the day, 29-year-old Jenna Knight perked up at the sight of the patrol’s red jackets. Knight, who lives in Portland, chatted with Mark Buktenica about what the group does. As the two talked, Knight learned about the program and how she could become involved. “I could definitely come down for a weekend,” Knight said, showing an interest in joining ranks. hdillemuth@heraldandnews.com

Interested in becoming a patrol volunteer? For more information about the Crater Lake National Park volunteer ski patrol, go to craterlakeskipatrol.weebly.com. Interested in volunteering? Fill out an application online. Patrol members must be able to spend six days a year on patrol, two separate weekends and be CPR/AED (cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator) certified.


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Close to Home Don’t let the weather keep you indoors, there are plentiful routes around the neighborhood By STEVEN SILTON: H&N Staff Photographer

As the lights come up: On a clear day, the view along the top of “K” hill, above Pacific Terrace, includes all of Klamath Falls, Lake Ewauna and an expanse of Upper Klamath Lake. After the sun sets over the hills surrounding Upper Klamath, the town lights up for a unique view. H&N photo by Steven Silton

❘ Destinations

There are hundreds of hikes in the wilderness areas,

national park and national monument surrounding Klamath Falls. With Crater Lake, Mount McLoughlin, dozens of alpine lakes and waterfalls, there is no shortage of amazing things to explore and visit, but if you don’t have a full day to travel and trek there are still plenty of fun hikes in town.

Ranging from a short stroll on flat ground to steep climbs and descents there’s a trail for every occasion. Any hike in Moore Park is great, but there’s a lot more here than just that. Three trails I frequent are profiled here, but there are many more, and several that cross paths to make your excursion as long or short as you’d like. See HIKES, page 12


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HIKES, from page 11

❘ Easy ❘ Lake Ewauna and Wingwatchers trail These two trails are well known and often used. The Wingwatchers trail downtown through Veterans Memorial Park

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is a quick way to see a variety of birds and connects to the Link River trail, and the under-construction Lake Ewauna trail. This gravel and dirt path takes visitors past a snag, often used by bald eagles, and along the west side of Lake Ewauna. The east side is called the Lake Ewauna trail and

leaves from Veterans Memorial Park. This side stays mostly along the water. There is an old bridge that isn’t used any more and a new one that was installed almost two years ago. If you start at the docks, you can head either way, left takes you past a few benches and on the

Lake Ewauna trail and right takes you across the bridge to the Wingwatchers trail. The trails are dog friendly, but be sure to grab a bag or two to clean up. There are bags available near the parking lot at Veterans Memorial Park. See HIKES, page 13

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HIKES, from page 12

❘ Medium ❘ Conger Heights Park

The road into the empty Link River Estates on the east side of the Link River can’t be driven up any more, but there are still trailheads off the road and along the river. Parking is available at the end of California Avenue, but concrete blocks prevent vehicle access to the top. Park at the bottom and walk up the road, but stay right when you hit the only intersec intersection. There will be a few trails leading off the curb toward the Link River. Any of these trails lead to good views of the river and Upper Klamath Lake. The route I took started from about midway up the hill and ended nearly an hour later at the very top of the hill next to a street sign for Link River Drive and Pristine Drive. H&N photos by Steven Silton

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HIKES, from page 13

❘ Difficult ❘ ‘K’ hill

The white and red “K” on the hill above Pacific Terrace leads to a network of fun, but steep hills. The trails intersect frequently, so having a smart smartphone or other GPS device would be useful, but when in doubt you can always summit a hill, see town and head that way to get back. My route took under two hours and covered about 3-1/2 miles. To get to the “K” and start your trek, head to the top of Portland Street. The first hill is one of the steepest and gets very muddy in bad weather. Once you’ve reached the “K” it’s a short push to the top. The view alone is worth the trip to the top. On a clear day you can see all of Klamath Falls, Lake Ewauna and an expanse of Upper Klamath Lake. After the sun sets over the hills surrounding Upper Klamath, the town lights up for a unique view. The route I often take has a midway point at a unique rock formation. It’s a good place to stop and have lunch — or some water at least. The rock resembles a baseball glove. But with all the intersecting trails, it is hard to describe how to reach it. To see what I mean, just look at the area on a satellite map. These trails are a good workout and are, of course, dog friendly. Bring plenty of water, and a flashlight if you’re heading out in the late after afternoon. With all the combinations of possible routes, you can design a hike as long or short as you’d like to get the most of your in-town adventure. ssilton@heraldandnews.com

At the top of the town: The view alone is worth the trip to the top of “K” hill above Pacific Terrace. On a clear day you can see all of Klamath Falls, Lake Ewauna and an expanse of Upper Klamath Lake. H&N photos by Steven Silton


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Comfort &

Compassion

Sky Lakes chaplain provides more than spiritual care

By LEE BEACH: H&N Staff Reporter

T

o only call her chaplain puts far too limiting a description on what Sally-Ann Palcovich is and does at Sky Lakes Medical Center.

Her “paid job” is executive director of the Sky Lakes Medical Center Foundation, and she admits, “I was always good at fundraising.” Her volunteer position is spiritual care coordinator, or chaplain, at the hospital. “I’m the one who gets called in the middle of the night for serious, traumatic situations,” she said, which happens about twice a month. “I often get there before the ambulance. I help keep family calm, explain what’s happening and what will happen next. I facilitate conversations and help keep emotions down.” See COMFORT, page 16

Faith at work: Sally-Ann Palcovich, spiritual care coordinator at Sky Lakes Medical Center, prays with a patient who requested a visit from the hospital chaplain. H&N photo by Lee Beach


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Palcovich starts the ‘No one dies alone’ program locally Based on a program started in a Eugene hospital, Palcovich started the “No One Dies Alone” program with 35 trained volunteers. If someone is dying and there is no one to be with them, nurses will notify Palcovich and she will evaluate the situation. She can call volunteers to sit two- to six-hour vigils with the person during the last 24 to 48 hours. Sometimes, they sit with a person until family can arrive or whose family needs a few hours respite. A shopping bag is put together with notes written by the volunteers and a quilt to be given to the survivors. “There is also a Friendly Visitors program,” she said. “Volunteers who stop in to visit lonely, frightened patients when it’s not medically necessary to call a nurse,” but they need someone to talk to.

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About Sally-Ann Palcovich Age: 62, single single, originally from Connecticut Education: Ordained as the first woman Lutheran pastor in the state of Arizona in 1983. Certified with the American Psychotherapy Association as a chaplain Work background: Did fundraising for a San Diego foundation for 10 years before accepting the position at Sky Lakes Medical Center as executive director of its foundation 15 years ago. Hobbies and interests: Writes and directs plays, is active in PEO and Assistance League, volunteers with the Linkville Playhouse and in the community. Chaired the Snowflake Festival. Author of the book, “Parties with my Mother,” who experienced cognitive decline in her later years.

COMFORT, from page 15 When procedures need to be done, she may suggest the family go with her to one of the quiet rooms provided in the hospital, to preserve the dignity of the patient. She also cares for the welfare of the family, who under stress may forget to eat or drink. “I provide snacks and drinks to keep them hydrated. I may give them information about what they need to do when a family member is airlifted and give directions for how to get to the next hospital.” When there are numerous parties to notify about a patient’s condition, Palcovich will help a family member use hospital-provided computers to post information about a patient on Caring Bridges, a national website which family and friends can access, so updates only need to be done once.

Starting the day On more routine days, she checks in each morning with the communications center for requests for a visit from a chaplain, which is a pastor in an institutional setting. See COMFORT, page 17

Morning routine: Sally-Ann Palcovich visits with emergency room intake staff member Brenda, right, who provides information to local pastors inquiring about individuals who may need visits. In her office, below, Palcovich checks her schedule during a phone conversation. H&N photos by Lee Beach

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COMFORT, from page 16

Seeking comfort

“I will go to their room, and if they are not there, I leave a card,” she said. “It may be necessary to go back three or four times if they are out of the room for tests.” The requests that come from those visits may encompass anything from deep faith issues to mundane requests about cell phone charging which patients don’t want to bother nurses with. Palcovich carries Post-it notes with her to keep track of the patient’s needs. She is “the one nonclinical person who steps into their space,” she said. Her office is stocked with resources available to anyone — Bibles in different translations, the Koran, the Jewish New Union Prayer Book, Guideposts and other inspirational readings, CD players with soothing music, a small drum from the Klamath tribes, flameless candles for self-directed meditation and dry sage which can be burned for “smudging” — a ceremony for cleansing negative energy and replenishing healing energy. She has a sacramental kit with holy water and can give communion and use anointing oil. A request from a Wiccan who wanted to go outside but had to remain in her hospital bed required “coordinating with engineering to find a door that would accommodate the bed, calling transport to move it, an ICU nurse to handle the medical equipment and a dietary tray,” recalled Palcovich.

Those situations which deal with end of life are the most emotionally charged. Palcovich is a member of the ethics committee as chaplain. A physician may feel the care the family wants to continue is “futile care,” she said. “We don’t recommend; we are a sounding board. We may suggest bringing in persons like pastors to talk to them about end of life.” There is ongoing education with doctors to consider spiritual healing versus the medical model, said Palcovich. “We need to look at what’s going on with this patient,” she said, “a holistic view of healing.” She was allowed to design and raise the money for the meditation room of the hospital. The circle of life is present here as in the rest of the hospital’s design. A metate, a kitchen utensil carved out of basalt from Gerber Reservoir and presented by the Klamath Tribe, rests on a juniper stump which she found for a base. It has been used for baptisms and smudgings. “This room is a quiet, calming space with one-way glass looking out on a peaceful garden. Doctors sometimes bring family members in here to talk. I will bring a husband in here to cry after his wife has received a difficult diagnosis,” she said, “so he can go back and be strong for her.” Staff come here, too, for meditation. She is charged with their spiritual care as well. For her own well-being and to refresh herself, she writes, she said, and often she writes to those long-time friends she made while in seminary.

Faith issues At the time of registration, patients are asked their religious affiliation, if any. Palcovich tries to contact new clergy in town and invites them to come in to familiarize them with protocol for visiting. “Because of HIPPA, clergy have to call the hospital to ask if anyone of their faith has been admitted,” she said. ���When they arrive at the hospital, they can copy down name, age and gender of the person from the list — no records are given out. Sometimes people forget to update the fact they have changed churches, and they don’t understand why a clergy from their former faith visited.” Doctors will sometimes call her to help with difficult faith issues that may conflict with medical recommendations — abor abortion, amputation, blood work or transfusions, or end of life. She will use her community resources, contacting churches or organizations which might be able to help.

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Calming space: In the meditation room is a metate, a stone used in meal preparation. Given to the hospital by the Klamath Tribes, it is significant to Native American families. Spiritual resources: An elk hide-covered drum is one of many resources related to different faiths that Palcovich keeps in her office. H&N photos by Lee Beach

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Passing along a passion for lifelong learning By NORA AVERY-PAGE H&N Staff Reporter

Beyond the blackboard: Jeff Rush, a diesel instructor at Klamath Community College, gives a lecture about brakes to his small class in the automotive program. H&N photo by Nora Avery-Page

Jeff Rush considers himself a pessimist.

But not in a negative way. He’s always asking himself how something could be better. It’s a personality trait that has served him well as an automotive technician, and now as an instructor at Klamath Community College’s diesel technology program. “Part of what makes me a good technician is that I never give up,” he said. Rush started out working at a Ford dealership after graduating from a two-year college and going through the Ford ASSET program. But he says

he grew tired of the political system of pay through Ford, and made the switch to International Trucks, where he perfected his diesel engine exper expertise. He spent two years working on diesel trucks at an International dealership, and then took a job working on diesel military vehicles in Iraq. After a year, he again returned to International for nine months, before applying for and getting another

overseas job teaching Iraqis how to repair military equipment. “It was a different experience,” Rush said. While the teaching was difficult since he mostly taught through an interpreter, Rush said it helped him get one step closer to his goal because he could then put the word “instructor” on his resume. See LEARNING, page 19


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LEARNING, from page 18

Smart technology: Jeff Rush, a diesel instructor at Klamath Community College, uses new technology, like a camera attached to an ear piece, to teach his class in the automotive program.

After a year at his first teaching job, Rush got an offer from KCC. He flew in from Iraq in mid-September 2012, and started teaching the next day. In the little over a year that he’s been at KCC, Rush has helped revolutionize the diesel program.

TYPICAL DAY Rush starts his day at KCC at around 7 a.m. His class, which has nine students, begins at 8 a.m. and continues until 1:20 p.m. four days a week. On a rainy Tuesday morning in January, Rush reviewed homework questions with his class. He used a new television and computer set-up — a smart board — with the text textbook questions and answers on the screen, the answers hidden by a shading screen Rush could swipe back and forth. “I feel like Vanna White,” Rush said after making one swipe on the smart

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board to check an answer. His students tittered with excitement over the display of the new technology. After asking his students to grade themselves and turn homework in, Rush then proceeded to give them a video tour of a diesel truck’s brake system. Through a camera hooked to his

ear, he showed an eye-level view of everything he was seeing himself, he showed the students how to check and adjust the brakes. The camera acted as an extra eye, projecting what Rush was seeing onto the smart board screen for the student to watch from their desks. This was Rush’s first time using the camera in class.

Rush knew he needed a better way to teach his students, especially when showing them something on a vehicle, rather than having the students crowd around as he worked. He posed the problem to the technology department, and they worked with him to find a solution, Rush explained. While the technology is new, the class itself was pretty typical: Rush usually goes over homework and lectures during the morning portion of the class. See LEARNING, page 20

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Mechanic-speak: A glossary

LEARNING, from page 19 The students then move to the lab portion later and through the afternoon, tinkering with college vehicles or their own. Usually the lectures and the lab work is matched, Rush said. “I try to keep it synced,” he said. After class, Rush goes in to his office, which is just off to the side of his classroom and workshop, to returns emails and phone calls. Then he has office hours from 2 to 3 p.m. During office hours, he could get visits from any of the 20 students he is an adviser for, the majority of whom are not even in the automotive program. Usually, he doesn’t eat lunch until after office hours, he said. He works until about 5 p.m. each day. Rush also has a variety of community outreach responsibilities as a KCC faculty member. He helps host outreach events at local middle and high schools to educate students about KCC’s Career and Technical Education programs including the auto and diesel programs, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning, and the importance of secondary education.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM Rush only has nine students, each of whom had to go through a special application process to be accepted into the two-year program. Six of the students will graduate this term.

About Jeff Rush Age: 36 Work: Klamath Community College faculty, diesel technology instructor Work background: After graduating from a two-year college he worked for Ford and then International Trucks. Worked in Iraq repairing military vehicles and teaching Iraqis how to repair military equipment. Goals: Rush would like to see a “writing in the workplace” course and an applied math class added to the curriculum to better prepare students for life after college. Having a small class is a good thing, Rush said, because the students actually learn and he can give them the attention they need. Each of the students has unique challenges, whether it be a reading disorder or difficulties with their home lives. In the small class, Rush can take those needs into consideration, he said. “This will be my first group that I’ve graduated,” Rush said. “I’m pushing them out of the nest at this point,” he added, explaining he expects them to be able to do their work on their own, and answer any questions themselves. See LEARNING, page 21

The technical language of automotive mechanics can be confusing. For the uninitiated, listening in on one of Klamath Community College instructor Jeff Rush’s classes is like trying to comprehend a foreign dialect. It was one of Rush’s biggest hurdles during his first teaching job in Iraq, and something he strives to makes sure his students here understand. Rush put together this glossary of terms as a preview into the world and language of mechanics. Bogie: Tandem axle undercarriage and associated suspension linkage.

Electropneumatic: usually refers to an electrically controlled pilot valve; used extensively on truck chassis. Examples would be an Anti-lock Brake System modulator and suspension dump valves. Hall effect principle: used to signal shaft speed and position using a rotating shutter that alternately blocks/exposes a magnetic field from a semiconductor sensor, producing a digital signal. Can also be used to accurately signal linear position. Considered more accurate than inductive pulse generators when shaft speeds are higher. Hygroscopic: capable of absorbing moisture; a characteristic of some brake fluids. This is an advantage for hydraulic brake fluid because it inhibits water droplets that can freeze, boil or cause corrosion. National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF): orga-

nization that sets standards and certifies secondary and postsecondary auto and truck training programs. Closely allied to ASE.

National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE): body that defines

certification standards and manages certification testing for the motive power trades, including truck, auto, school bus, transit bus, auto machinists, etc.

Negative temperature coefficient (NTC): a term used to describe the electrical charac-

teristic of a conductor in which resistance decreases with temperature rise.

Parabolic: in the shape of a parabola; that is, an open plane curve. The cone-shaped headlamp reflector assembly is parabolic. Pascal’s Law: states that pressure applied to a confined liquid is transmitted undiminished in all directions and acts with equal force on all equal areas at right angles to those areas. Yaw: vehicle lateral tracking off the intended straight-ahead or turning radius; a vehicle traveling sideways in a skid would be an extreme case of yaw. Teaching and observing: Jeff Rush, center, a diesel instructor at Klamath Community College, oversees his students during the lab portion of their class in the automotive program. H&N photo by Nora Avery-Page


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‘I taught them how to be lifelong learners. That’s served me my entire life.’ — Jeff Rush, diesel technology instructor at KCC

“I taught them how to be lifelong learners,” he said. “That’s served me my entire life.” Reaching for a manual or researching a question online is expected of students, and it’s the same way they would answer a question in the work workforce, Rush said. After graduation, the students will find employment either through a dealership or service shop, or continue their education. Through the program, the students will earn a minimum of four industry certifications, including a Cummins certification, a hydraulic operation and safety certification and an elec electrical pathways certification. They will meet the requirements to be state-certified brake inspectors and repairmaintenance technicians, and they will be federally licensed refrigerant handlers. Those skills and certifications mean they should be fully prepared for the workplace and will be an attractive job candidate, Rush said. Toward the end of the term, he plans to work on interview skills with the students. The program is not an easy one, Rush said, and it can be difficult for the students to receive an “A” grade, but it’s also hard to fail. “I make my class challenging and hard,” Rush said. “They earn their grades.” Rush, at 36, is only a few years older than some of his students, and actually younger than two of them, but it doesn’t bother him. “I feel pretty good about it,” he said. Rush considers himself a

subject matter expert, and he has plenty industry experience, so he’s confident as an instruc instructor. Before taking a teaching job, Rush said he also would help train people at the dealer dealerships he worked at. Teaching is something that comes easily to him and he has a natural patience, he said.

FORWARD THINKING Rush is working to further improve the automotive programs at KCC, for instance when it comes to other credit requirements for students. He would like to see a “writing in the workplace” course and an applied math class added to the curriculum to better prepare students for life after college. “This is something I’m driving forward very much,” Rush said. “Trying to make these guys well-rounded is a big deal.” He’s also working to make improvements to the commer commercial driver’s license program. He hopes to open up classes a la carte so people already in the industry can take classes to improve their skills set or catch up on the latest technologies. And on a more personal level, even though he is a ninemonth faculty member with KCC, he still plans to teach a class over the summer, perhaps a hydraulics course. But as for the diesel program, he’s proud of where it is now, especially with new tools and streamlined classes. Now, he would even dare to say that the program is state of the art. “It wasn’t when I started,” he said. “We’ve come a long way in the year that I’ve been here.” naverypage@heraldandnews.com

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‘I like cattle and I like people. And I like the challenge. On any given day in the cattle business you can go broke, and I want to be sure it’s not me. It’s a full-time dedication and you’ve got to be wound differently than other people.’ JERRY KRESGE — MODOC AUCTION YARD OWNER

Auction day in the Modoc yard By LEE JUILLERAT: H&N Regional Editor

Ring ready: Jerry Kresge examines cattle for the afternoon auction while state brand inspector Toni Herman awaits to check brands. H&N photo by Lee Juillerat

It’s Saturday morning: scramble

time for Jerry and Carmen Kresge.

They’re scrambling because Saturdays are auction days at their Modoc Auction Yard near Alturas. Today’s sale will start, as always, at noon. Carmen coordinates the staff handling the paperwork while Jerry normally assists the cowboys moving cattle, but today, because his usual auctioneer is recovering from an illness, his will be the voice at the microphone. Until noon, Jerry’s all over the yard, sometimes assisting as pickup trucks towing large and small trailers drop off cattle, sometimes scurrying around the yard, guiding cattle into designated holding pens. See AUCTION, page 24


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AUCTION, from page 23 The Kresges have owned and operated the Modoc Auction Yard since 1996. Auctions run every Saturday from September through January and the first and third Saturdays February through August. They’re assisted by two full-time employees, but the numbers of helpers swells to 20 on auction days. “They give up a lot to help us,” Carmen says of their crew. Because of the prolonged drought that’s affected most of the Western states, Jerry says ranchers have been selling larger than usual numbers of cows, young and old, to avoid having to feed them hay because of the lack of grass. Unusually, cattle prices have been surprisingly high. “A drought and record high prices. I’ve never seen that before,” Jerry had explained a few days earlier. He feels the effect at the yard and because he and Carmen have their own cattle operation. “We’ve expanded way beyond the auction yard. I sometimes think I’ve lost my marbles.” Jerry, 54, and Carmen, 45, were married in May 1995, just months before buying the auction yard. Over the years, he and his crew have redesigned the outdoor yard and replaced the wooden pens with sturdier metal guardrails and steel pipes. In the hours before noon, buyers and folks who just like hanging around the auction yard meander through the pens or climb to the skyway that overlooks a portion of the yard to eyeball cattle and take notes on ones they might buy. “It’s a good sale and it’s close,” Dave Chaidez, a regular buyer from the Big Valley Ranch, says of the Modoc Auction. “I think the market’s going to be good. I’ll be looking a little more serious to buy cattle.” Two other regulars viewing the goings-on are Gary Pennington, who is taking time off from his usual duties as the sale auctioneer, and Roy Kerr, both from Lakeview. The day’s offerings: Mel Winslow, Roy Kerr and Gary Pennington speculate on the upcoming sale atop a catwalk that offers views of the Modoc Auction Yard pens.

H&N photos by Lee Juillerat

Sorting and studying: A cowboy moves a small group of calves into a holding pen, top, while potential buyers, above, get an overview of cattle up for bid from a catwalk overlooking pens at the Modoc Auction Yard.

“Just looking. Getting out of the house,” says Kerr. “I just come down here …” Pennington says, “... to watch everybody else spend their money,” Kerr interjects, finishing the sentence. “I would probably buy some cows and calves if I thought they were paired right,” offers Adair Brown from the Davis Creek Land & Cattle Company. Down below, yellow slips of paper with state-required information on the cows and their brands are handed to Toni Herman, the state brand inspector from Tulelake. With the help of Jerry, Carmen and others, Herman checks the ownership as the cattle are off-loaded. She dabs adhesive cement onto identification tags, which are slapped on sometimes startled cattle, and checks brands before releasing them for penning. Carmen, who has been up since 3 a.m. to check on and feed her and Jerry’s cows, is enjoying herself while literally tagging along. She laughs as Allie, her widely grinning, 4-year-old border collie, runs loops around an outbuilding and corral, flying past every four or five seconds. “At night she gets sore from all the running,” Carmen tells. As the pens fill, the sounds of cattle bawling and bellowing reaches a higher pitch. Today’s sale involves about 600 head, but on the busiest sale days the maze of pens bulge with double that number. Just before noon, the focus shifts inside. “Ready for another day,” chirrups Carmen, heading to the office. See AUCTION, page 25

Driving force behind auction numbers: Drought and feed Sales at the Modoc Auction Yard near Alturas are typically seasonal. Owner Jerry Kresge says October through December or January are typically the busiest months. The volume typically increases in March and April before cattle are turned out to spring pasture. Kresge says cull cattle often reap good prices because of the demand for hamburger. The num-

bers decline during the summer, but increase as summer pastures dry up. “It’s all centered around feed,” Kresge explains. He believes the ongoing West Coast drought could have long-term impacts. “If this drought doesn’t break, it is going to change the dynamics of this country forever,” he insists. “If people are forced to sell their cowherds, that base will be lost. If the weather doesn’t change, there won’t be as many cattle and as many ranchers.”


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‘When I was little I used to ride to the auction yard with my father. I decided I wanted to be an auctioneer.’ — Jerry Kresge H&N photos by Lee Juillerat

Looking on: Potential buyers, sellers, drivers and others who just like to watch the action sit in the stands at the Modoc Auction Yard’s sale arena.

AUCTION, from page 24 Inside the sale barn, Jerry’s words are rolling off his tongue as fast and hard as barrels cascading over a waterfall, a constant staccato of words that run together. His announcer’s stand overlooks the dirt pen. Norma Northcutt sits alongside him, keeping records. When the bidding for single or groups of cows, calves and cattle are finished, John Freeman yanks opens a heavy metal gate while, outside, others harass the next round of offerings inside. Even before Freeman slams the gate shut, Jerry is spinning off a dizzying array of words — descriptions of the cat cattle and their owners, tidbits on whether they’ve been inoculated and other infor information buyers need in making their bids. “IXL Ranch out of Cedarville,” he announces. “Good ones, you bet.” “Pretty good green heifer.” “Good group out of Lakeview. Just need somethin’ to eat,” Jerry assures. He sits erect, elbows on the tables, eyes focused, only his jaws and mouth moving as he chants — “2.15, 2.15. Now 2. 2. 1.75. 1.75. Come on, don’t weaken now. 1.85. Give me 1.90, 1.90. 1.90 ... .” When the round is completed, Andy Weber stands by at the exit gate. Like Freeman, Weber waves and sometimes slams a plastic paddle with rattles. When the pen is clear, he opens the gate and rattles the paddle as the cattle exit into a pen with a large scale where they’re weighed. Then they are returned to their pens, where they’ll be retrieved and transported by the buyers. Rows of bleachers on three sides of the arena are partially filled by buyers,

In the pen: A nearly full pen’s worth of Angus, top, are herded into the sale barn and put up for auction. Auctioneer Jerry Kresge, above, tries to rally bids while Norma Northcutt sits alongside, waiting to handle bookwork.

sellers and onlookers, most wear wearing traditional cowboy hats, some ball caps. Some hold cups of coffee. Others have plates with hamburg hamburgers and fries from the attached auc auction yard cafe. Directly across from Jerry are some of the day’s major buyers — Dan McFarland of Klamath Falls, Glenn Barrett of Bonanza and Les Northcutt of Malin — while others like Pinky Anklin of Canby and Dave Chaidez of Big Valley are propped at

45 degree angles. When they’re interested, buyers sit slightly more forward, making bids with raised fingers or head nods. When Barrett decides to bow out, he shakes his head and looks away. When Chaidez shows inter interest, he sits up straighter, and, when he bids, gives a thumbs-up. Most auction days, Jerry helps move cattle in and out of the sales barn, but today he’s substituting for Gary Pennington, his usual auction-

eer. Being an auctioneer is nothing new for Jerry. “When I was little I used to ride to the auction yard with my father,” Jerry explained days earlier. “I decided I wanted to be an auctioneer.” Working as an auctioneer came later. “I was a freshman in high school when I started running my own cat cattle,” he said, noting his earliest family members moved to Modoc County in the 1860s or ’70s — “I often wonder why they stopped here.” He attended auctioneering school in 1977 but worked on cattle ranches until buying the yard. “I had no idea it would turn my hair gray and cause it to fall out,” he said of the challenges. Life is challenging, but Jerry and Carmen have no regrets. “I thoroughly enjoy the work,” Jerry insisted earlier in the week. “I like sale day. We all have fun,” Carmen echoed. “I like cattle and I like people. And I like the challenge,” Jerry said, explaining. “On any given day in the cattle business you can go broke, and I want to be sure it’s not me. It’s a full time dedication and you’ve got to be wound differently than other people.” He takes his work seriously. Being a rancher, and having a family ranching background, he understands the importance of getting good prices. “A lot of folks bring their cattle in and this is their annual paycheck,” Jerry says of sellers who depend on sale days. “I like the people and I want them to succeed. It’s part of my job to keep them in the business.” lee@heraldandnews.com


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Minding the flock in the early hours

Raising sheep brings a family together

During the month of January, there’s a subconscious thought at the back of Deena Driessen’s mind. That thought ushers her out of bed in the middle of the night. She puts on a set of full-body coveralls, rubber boots and a warm hat and walks out to the barn. There she checks on her ewes, to see if they’ve given birth.

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H&N photos by Samantha Tipler

Feeding the flock: Deena Driessen prepares to feed her flock of sheep, including 30 lambs, one afternoon in February. Twins & singles: Deena Driessen’s lambs were born throughout January and into the first week of February. Her flock grew by 30 lambs this year: 12 sets of twins and six singles.

LAMBS, from page 26

lambs in all, 12 sets of twins and six singles. “It’s the weirdest darn thing. “It’s more common for ewes to Every couple hours you know you have twins than singles,” said Jessica need to pop up. I have my coveralls in the laundry room and slip ‘em on West, Driessen’s 24-year-old daughand run out and take a peek,” Dries- ter. “We have more twins than sen said. “I feel like it’s a big responsi- singles every year.” Driessen’s family has been raising bility for your animals.” “Sometimes we get to work and sheep for about 12 years, since Jessica was in fourth grade and started she’s already helped lambs giving 4-H. At first they bought lambs, but birth. It’s amazing,” said Julie Livafter a few years they started their ingston a friend and coworker of Driessen’s at Mazama High School. own flock. “It grew and became a family “It’s eight in the morning and she’s thing we all do together,” Driessen already been delivering.” With the start of February, Dries- said. “A few turned into 20 ewes and a couple rams.” sen delivered the last of her lambs Jessica’s cousins, Chadd Peterson, for the year. Her sheep flock has 30

21, and Kolton Peterson, 17, also help with the sheep. Kolton, a senior at Henley High School, is the last family member in 4-H. The families are still involved with 4-H, selling lambs to members for fair projects. The process of lambing, raising the sheep, getting ready for fair, selling sheep at fair, breeding and lambing again, make up a yearly cycle for the family. Just after fair, in mid-August, it’s time to breed. Driessen, her children and their cousins, pick the best eweram combinations to get the best lambs next year. “The ram has some strengths and you cross that with the ewe for

other strengths to try and get the whole package,” Jessica said. Driessen keeps track of when the ewes are bred, and charts out their due dates, 147 days later. In January, when she knows the babies are due, she takes the ewes into the barn for lambing. “It’s a busy time,” Driessen said. Livingston just moved to the Klamath area from Los Angeles. Driessen invited her to see a lamb born on Feb. 1. “It was so neat. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Livingston said. “They’re so little. They try and stand immediately.” See LAMBS, page 28


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LAMBS, from page 27

‘I think for our families, not only do we get together to work with the sheep (at fair time). We work the sheep and then we all have dinner together. It’s the way our whole family stays together. We’re always so busy out there, none of us are on our phones, none of us are watching TV and we’re laughing the whole time.’ — Chadd Peterson

Fun afield: Lambs will hop and kick to have some fun, one of the reasons Deena Driessen enjoys raising them. Feeding time: Deena Driessen drives a bale of hay to her flock. H&N photos by Samantha Tipler

out of your hands.” Now, any lambs not sold to 4-H Sometimes ewes need help giving members Driessen sells to a restaubirth, but for the most part Driessen rant owner in Portland. He picks lets the ewes do their job. them up and sends Driessen a check. When the lambs are born, DriesAs soon as one year’s lambs are sen, and whoever is helping her, gone in early August, it’s time to plan disinfects their umbilical cords, gives for next year’s lambs. the lambs shots, tags their ears so she “The day we sell them, within the knows which lambs belong to which ewes, docks their tails (lambs are born next week we’re picking out which to with long tails) and gets them back to breed with what one,” Chadd said. “As the mamma ewe as soon as possible. soon as we’re done with that lamb, we’re onto the next one.” They also make sure the lambs get The best part, amongst all the that first drink of mamma’s milk, with yearly work with the lambs, ewes and all the nutrients and antibodies they rams, is family time, Driessen said. need. “The time we have in the barn Occasionally a ewe is unable to is just amazing. There’s no phones. take care of a lamb. Those orphan There’s no TVs. There’s no interruplambs are called bummers. It’s up to the family, most likely Driessen’s chil- tions,” she said. “Funny things happen. We all end up enjoying the time we dren and nephews, to care for them. They take the babies to a warm place have together.” “I think for our families, not only in the barn and bottle feed them. “They love you because they think do we get together to work with the you’re their mom,” Jessica said. “You’re sheep. We work the sheep and then we all have dinner together. It’s the their source of food. They’re a lot way our whole family stays together,” tamer than a normal lamb.” “They’ll come right up to you and Chadd said. “We’re always so busy out there, none of us are on our phones, follow you around the field,” Chadd none of us are watching TV and we’re said. laughing the whole time.” When the children were younger, “For me, to bring that to my family they would get attached to lambs. is huge,” Driessen said. “Everybody Saying goodbye at the fair was always gets busy in their lives. To be able to sad. come together for those few times a “At fair when you sell them year, to be able to do this together, it’s you’re in a little pen and they’re everything to me.” all bidding on it,” Chadd said, “and stipler@heraldandnews.com; @TiplerHN the second it’s sold they just take it


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Coming March 17-22, 2014! Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT) will be conducting a five day camp at The Ross Ragland Theater March 17-22. The cost of camp is just $25 per child. Camp begins Monday, March 17 at 3:30 PM with auditions for the production of BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE. Those auditioning should plan to stay for two hours. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the auditions. The following day’s rehearsal schedule will depend on the role the student is cast in. Among the roles to be cast are Blackbeard and his crew of bearded Pirates, Sailors of the High Seas, cranky Crabs and Crocodiles, magical Mermaids and Seaweed Creatures, Parrots and even a group of Beach Bums! Students, ages Kindergarten through 8th grade, are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary. Assistant Directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week and to take on essential backstage responsibilities. Missoula Children's Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. The MCT Tour Actor/Directors will conduct rehearsals throughout the week from 3:30pm to 7:45pm each day. Your student’s rehearsal schedule may vary from this depending on their role.

BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE will be presented on Saturday, March 22 at 3:00 and 5:30 pm on The Ragland stage. Tickets for the performance only are $10 each (kids five and under are FREE) and can be purchased at the Ross Ragland boxoffice. Camp enrollment may be purchased on The Ross Ragland Theater website, www.rrtheater.org, or by calling the theater's box office at 541-884-5483. The Missoula Children's Theatre residency in Klamath Falls is presented locally by The Ross Ragland Arts Education Programs are supported by Collins Foundation, Cow Creek Umpqua, Make A Difference Donors, Pacific Power Foundation, Rag Tag Donors, US Bank, and Winema Elevators. MCT is the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for 41 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,200 communities this year with up to 47 teams of Tour Actor/ Directors. A tour team arrives in a given town with everything it takes to put on a play...except the cast. The team holds an open audition and casts 50-60 local students to perform in the production. All MCT shows are original adaptations of classic children’s stories and fairytales . . . a twist on the classic stories that you know and love. MCT's mission is the development of lifeskills in children through participation in the performing arts

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Ragland Classical series presents

Saturday, March 8, 2014 TIME: 7:30 PM • TICKETS: $24

Free Preconcert lecture at 6:30 PM Founded in 1991, the orchestra, comprised of some of Russia’s finest young string players, has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky.

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The orchestra’s discography of over 30 CDs is receiving widespread international acclaim, such as the Diapason d’Or award in France, Critics Choice in London’s Gramophone, Critics Choice in The New York Times, and Record of the Year award in Hong Kong.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014 TIME: 7:30 PM TICKETS: $29/$23/$19/Children 12 & Under $15 Fred and Ginger together again? It’s almost as if Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers came back for one special night on the Ross Ragland stage! Reveling in the chemistry and artistry of vintage couples like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, TWO ON TAP‘s original hit ‘A Tribute to Song and Dance’ shows why those famous dancing duos from vaudeville and the Silver Screen continue to impress. Broadway stars, Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano, sing and dance in this fast-paced and fun-filled show. Classic songs by Gershwin, Mercer, Berlin and other Tin Pan Alley songwriters bring audiences back in time, taking a fresh look at the exciting lost art form of duo song-and-dance.

TWO ON TAP Melissa Giattino & Ron DeStefano

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 TIME: 7:30 PM • TICKETS: $42/$34/$25 This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent. The show is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Using modern art forms of dance and music, this richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient.

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Ragland Classical series presents

Thursday, April 3, 2014 TIME: 2:00 PM • TICKETS: $24

Free Preconcert lecture at 6:30 PM THE PRIMA TRIO was founded in 2004 while its members were studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. With a desire to establish a chamber group of uncommon variety and repertoire, three friends: Anastasia, Boris and Gulia joined forces, minds, hearts and talent. The Trio triumphed at the 2007 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, winning the coveted Grand Prize (out of no fewer than 137 entries from across the country and around the world) as well as the Gold Medal in the Senior Division.

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Ragland Classical series presents

SUNday, April 6, 2014

High School Honors Recital

TIME: 2:00 PM • TICKETS: $15 People say how amazing it is to find such talent in Klamath County. Proving the point, this annual event showcases the finest classically trained high school aged talent in Southern Oregon. Hard work and passion are evident as these vocal and instrumental musicians take the stage.

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elebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary Season, The Ross Ragland Theater pauses to look back and remember the very first production on the Ragland stage. The Ross Ragland Theater opened its doors in March of 1989 with a local production of Meredith Wilson's The Music Man. The production was directed and choreographed by Michael Snider and its Musical Director was Margaret Howard. The Music Man had a cast of over sixty people, with Paul “Weasel” Wietlisbach cast as Harold Hill and his wife, Bridget as Mrs. Paroo. Judy Swan played Marian Paroo, Molly O'Keeffe played Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn and David Wehr was Marcellus Washburn. It is with great pride that the Ross Ragland still sees some of these fine people acting on its stage 25 years later. In looking over the program from 1989 there are many names on that cast list that are familiar. Some of the founding members have passed on but have left a living legacy by helping to establish a performing arts venue here in Klamath Falls.

Paul Weitlisbach (Harold Hill)

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YEARS! The Music Man opened on Thursday, March 30, 1989 at 7:30PM with a Champagne Gala. According to an article in the Sunday, April 2nd,1989 Oregonian “Wearing string ties and black ties and trousers and furs, 700 people splashed through a nasty spring downpour to the biggest party in town”. The Herald & News’s very own “Regional Editor”, Lee Juillerat described the event and the production as “Exuberant, brassy and loaded with pizzazz” in an article published after a preview of the show on Wednesday, March 29, 1989. In his review he quips, “There is stage stealing accomplished by David Wehr, outfitted in an obnoxiously garish plaid three-piece suit. Wehr is a spittering-sputtering delight. This opening endeavor ran for four performances and was brought back for an encore production in August of 1989 by popular demand. The theater opening represented a culmination of community vision and dedication to advance the arts. Plans for a Klamath Falls Civic Center were first formulated in the

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late 1970s and fundraising efforts began in 1983. Hundreds of volunteers, led by Ragland Board Members Emerita Jean Pinniger and Joan Staunton, worked tirelessly to raise funds for the renovation. The project came dangerously close to failure when the owners of the Esquire Theater decided to demolish the building. The Ladies Community Lounge League stepped forward to save the Esquire by purchasing and donating the building in exchange for a permanent home in a portion of the renovated space.

Judy Swan (Marian Paroo)

David Wehr (Marcellus Washburn)

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A sneak peek at how a Theater sustains itself "Why don’t we get more Country acts, they sell out?" Ticket Sales Selling tickets is what we would call our primary business model. As you can see from the graphs, tickets sales account for about 25-30% of the Theater’s income. People often ask us to bring artists that they might have seen on Youtube or in another city. We thought it might be interesting to show how ticket sales impact our “bottom-line” Let’s say an artist costs $15,000 (incidentally, this would definitely NOT be a major country star but

a mid-high range of artist). At that level, we probably also have to rent some sound equipment and have other expenses. Those expenses are not for general utilities, salaries, janitorial... they are only for that performance. If renting equipment and other costs add up to $2,600, then the up front cost for that one performance is $17,600 ($15,000+2,600). If we think we can sell 400 tickets, we would need to charge $44 per ticket to cover our

costs (400 tickets x $44 = $17,600). If we sell, 500 tickets, that’s great and means that the performance brought in $4,400 (500 tickets x $44 = $22,000 -$17,600 = $4,400) above the artist cost and expenses. If we only sell 300 tickets, then we lose out on -$4,300 (300 tickets x $44 = $13,200). Since we rarely charge $44 per ticket, the impact is much higher. So how do we make up the difference...? Donations and fundraising!

Donations and Fundraising Activities Corporations and individuals donate money and products (in-kind) to support the Ross Ragland Theater. Donations that are unrestricted give us the opportunity to pay for utilities, salaries, janitorial, “keeping our doors open,” and any lost revenue when ticket sales are less than what

we hoped. Most often donations are tax deductible because the Theater is a (501)(c)(3) and any donations can be used to reduce the taxes a donor might have to pay. Fundraising activities, such as Red Tie Romp, Taste of Klamath or even renting the facility are also

ways to keep the Theater operating. Although these have some costs associated, it is important to keep costs as low as possible and still give you, our patrons, a great experience! Now, just a word about grants...

to that program) and not for other expenses such as utilities, salaries, janitorial, etc. One note about grants for the Theater. We are very fortunate to have the Ragland-Rife Endowment. An endowment is a fund set up by bequests in someone’s will that, upon their death, money goes into an account for that organization. But... that doesn’t mean the organization gets the all of the money. Every year the endowment

annually gives at least 5% (called a pay-out) to the organization according to law. There you have it... a quick financial breakdown of the Ross Ragland Theater. Whenever you buy a ticket, donate money or products, or attend a fundraising event, you help us make sure that you have some of the best arts and entertainment from around the world that, literally, money can buy!

Revenue Breakdown

Just like many other not-for-profit organizations, we write grant proposals to foundations that support arts, culture and, in some rare cases, education programs. Grants are usually the last leg of a fundraising stool because they often take hours to write, nothing is ever guaranteed, it usually takes 3-6 months (or longer) to get the money, which can only be used for the programs and services for which the proposal described (restricted

Earned Income $192,841 21%

Contributed Income $172,157 • 19%

Grants $316,320 34%

Ticket Sales $237,417 • 26%

Financial Overview FY 2012-2013 (unaudited) Revenues Total $918,827 Expenses Total $808,930 Net Total $109,897

Expenses Breakdown

Grants

Fundraising $54,648 • 7%

Administration $85,849 11%

Services $161,629 21%

Arts Education $49,636 • 7% Performance Season $403,231 • 54%


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Training for a life of service X-man, a 15-week-old pup, prepares for a lifetime role as someone’s personal four-footed super hero

takes patience & repetition By STEVEN SILTON: H&N Staff Photographer

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raining a dog takes a lot of patience, time, repetition and work. The key for Ruff House trainer Tasha Tabarez is rewarding good behavior and working every day. In junior high, Tabarez got her first dog and didn’t like the way her first training class was taught. “I didn’t think dogs needed to be hurt to be trained. We don’t use choke collars here, dogs learn through positive reinforcement.” Tabarez is currently training a 15-week-old yellow lab named X-man for a service dog program based out of Ohio called Freedom Paws. X-man will stay with Tabarez for a year and a half before returning to Ohio and being paired with a life-long owner in need of a service dog. See TRAINING, page 38

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Working and learning: X-man, a 15-week-old yellow Labrador, looks on, above, as the puppy class at the Ruff House starts. He’ll demonstrate the commands before other owners and their puppies try to copy it.


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TRAINING, from page 37 During the next year and a half X-man will go everywhere with Tabarez. They run errands together, he goes to work with her, they train more at home and later in the year X-man will even accompany her to Disneyland. “When he comes to work with me he gets to be a normal dog and play with the other pets,” said Tabarez, “It’s the same at home.” At home X-man gets to play with a handful of other dogs, including a corgi named Griffin. Griffin is a therapy dog and often comes to work, too. During a puppy class at the Ruff House, Griffin laid in bed as an example for what a good solid “stay” command looks like, while X-man showed off his skills. Tabarez said when Griffin was a year old she had him lay down and stay at the entrance of a pet store to test how good his “stay” was. They had to stop the timer at 10 minutes because he fell asleep. At 15-weeks, X-man is on his way to that level of listening and self control. After strapping on his training vest, the two set out to pick up a few things downtown. “We’ve been working with the vest for three weeks, but he knows when it’s on it’s time to work,” she said.

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Ready and waiting: X-man waits for his trainer, Tasha Tabarez, to head downtown while he gets use to wearing his training vest.

During the next year and a half X-man will go everywhere with Tabarez. They run errands together, he goes to work with her, they train more at home and later in the year X-man will even accompany her to Disneyland.

See TRAINING, page 39

Saying “hi”: X-man, above, meets another puppy at the Hot Paws Pet Spa and Boutique during an outing downtown to find some new toys. Staying well: Therapy dog Griffin starts to fall asleep during a puppy class led by Tasha Tabarez and X-man.


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TRAINING, from page 38 They’ll go to shops downtown twice a week to work on his focus. He can’t be distracted by other dogs, people, unique smells, cars or anything else. She attached the leash to her belt loop and said he needs to get used to the weight of an owner in case he needs to help them stand up. She’ll sometimes tug on his vest so that when he’s bigger this won’t raise any alarms. Of course, he is still a puppy so he gets excited sometimes. “They’re not robots, you can’t get upset when something goes wrong,” said Tabarez. The two went to Hot Paws Pet Spa and Boutique, and X-man sat at Tabarez’s feet after she gave the command. A few other dogs wanted to say “hi,” but X-man only responded when he was prompted to. The next stop was Shaw’s to get a new book, but on the way, X-man had to sit and wait at each crosswalk. “Even though there aren’t any cars it’s good to make him wait. It’s all about making good habits,” she said. Throughout the day X-man works for little bits of dog food. Tabarez said he doesn’t get fed breakfast or dinner like a normal pet, but instead is rewarded with bites all day long to ensure he has an equal amount of food. Once he gets older, sitting at cross walks or waiting to say “hi” to people will become second nature and won’t require a command or a reward. See TRAINING, page 40 H&N photos by Steven Silton

Treat & train: Tabarez rewards X-man with dog food throughout the day. To get him to focus on her she’ll let him smell it then hold it up next to her eyes. This holds his attention on her as she teaches new commands. “Watch me”: The base of all commands starts with focus. X-man demonstrates the “watch me” command to start the puppy class. Walking lessons: X-man sits and watches Tabarez at a crosswalk downtown.

Throughout the day X-man works for little bits of dog food. Tabarez said he doesn’t get fed breakfast or dinner like a normal pet, but instead is rewarded with bites all day long to ensure he has an equal amount of food.


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After a year and a half with a dog by your side it can be easy to get attached, but trainer Tasha Tabarez knows he’s going to do great things as a service dog. She will travel with X-man when he is given away to his new owner.

TRAINING, from page 39 After arriving at Shaw’s the two walked down the aisles which are lined with stuffed animals and other trinkets at a dog’s level. X-man isn’t allowed to sniff, explore or chew on anything, but again he sat and waited as Tabarez, of course, picked a book about dogs. On their way back to the Ruff House Tabarez and X-man passed a few people who all asked if they could pet him before approaching. “People in this town are really respectful,” she said, “They know he’s a service dog and that he’s working.” X-man is the fifth service dog Tabarez has trained, but he’s the first for Freedom Paws. All of the expenses are paid out of pocket and her time is all volunteered. She has to pay for leashes, food, treats, toys, collars and everything else needed to raise a dog. After a year and a half with a dog by your side it can be easy to get attached, but Tabarez knows he’s going to do great things as a service dog. She will travel with X-man when he is given away to his new owner. After only a few weeks together X-man is already well behaved and listens closely, but Tabarez has helped train thousands of dogs throughout her career. With a year and a half of constant positive reinforcement and working every day X-man will soon be on his way to a new home that needs him. ssilton@heraldandnews.com

Out and about: After finding a book at Shaw’s Tasha Tabarez and her service dog-in-training X-man walk the aisles so he can learn to ignore items on his level. Dog tired: Before a Monday night puppy class started, X-man was falling asleep after a full day of work and play. H&N photos by Steven Silton


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Always ready, always available and always on the job Klamath real estate agent Don Downing finds second career doing what he likes best — helping people

Picturing the perfect home: Realtor Don Downing takes photos of a home near Malin for a new listing. H&N photo by Nora Avery-Page

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n a Monday night earlier this month, Don Downing was still texting back and forth with a client at 9:42 p.m. That’s pretty typical for Downing, 48, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Holman Premier Realty. He tries to always be available.

If his cellphone is in his pocket, he can still be working, he said. “We have the luxury of doing it anywhere we want to be, but it’s still working,” Downing said. Downing relies on his phone not only to keep him in touch with clients, but to tackle other aspects of his job. He has a program on his phone that allows him to write up contracts on the go, which he did one New Year’s By NORA AVERY-PAGE: H&N Staff Reporter

Eve day while on vacation. He coordinated almost the entire transaction between buyer and seller, including the original offer and three counter-offers, on the small screen of his phone. Business as a realtor can be slow, or so busy he can’t take on any more, Downing said. “Sometimes we just get where we can’t do any more,” he said. See JOB, page 43


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JOB, from page 42 Usually, Mondays are slow, but he uses the day to schedule the rest of his week, which can include showing homes he has listed, taking new list listings, or touring homes with buyers. On a recent Tuesday morning, Downing spent three hours in a real estate class, keeping up with license requirements. After grabbing a quick lunch, he drove about 25 miles out outside of Klamath Falls, almost to Malin, to write up two listings. Summers can be particularly busy for realtors, Downing said, not only because people are more likely to buy houses when the weather is nice, but also because it stays light later. As long as the sun is up, clients want to tour houses, as late as 8 or 9 p.m. Downing works mostly with residential sales and listings, but also takes commercial properties when he can. “I really enjoy farms and ranches when I can get into that,” he said. But no matter what type of property he’s working with, he knows it’s important to stay abreast of trends and gather as much information as he can about loan programs, interest rates and more. “There’s a lot of variables on an everyday thing,” Downing said. The inventory of homes for sale in the Klamath area is down, which is helping the seller’s market some because of the limited supply, he said. The number of foreclosures is also down, which has helped settle the market, he added. Getting accurate information is important. Downing wishes buyers wouldn’t trust Internet sites like zillow.com to give an accurate value on a home, and he’s seen buyers lose out on a property because they did. See JOB, page 44

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‘There’s a lot of homework we do with some property before we go out and show it to them. If you can’t talk the talk or walk the walk, your clients know that.’ — Don Downing, real estate agent Downing will readily admit the real estate business is competitive. “Any time you’re in sales, any sales is competitive,” he said. “To a point, you have to be competitive to be suc successful.” But to Downing, competitiveness can be shown in how he spends his time in the business, and how he presents himself to clients.

CHANGING CAREERS Downing has been in the real estate business since 2006, but it’s something that has always interested him. After graduating high school, Downing worked in the automotive painting business for 23 years. “I got to the point where I knew the chemicals were affecting my body,” he said. “I knew I needed to find something else.” Real estate was the answer.

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“I really enjoy people,” he said. “I enjoy the challenge of getting the best value I can for the buyer and on the other hand the best value for a seller that the market will hold.” Sometimes, closing a deal means getting creative. In the past, Downing has gone as far as offering to purchase five tons of hay for a buyer’s horses to close the deal when the client had no more money to work with, and a seller declined to compromise on a lower price for their ranch. One of Downing’s most memorable deals was over a piece of property with two private homes on it, one a manufactured home, which to a bank, was impossible to finance. Downing’s client, the buyer, had $100,000 to put down on the $180,000 listing, but the bank wouldn’t loan them the remaining funds needed because of the liability involved with the two private homes.

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“These are the kind of things you have to stay up on,” Downing said. Ranchers and farmers are particularly turned off if he doesn’t do his homework on a property, especially regarding water rights and irrigation systems, Downing said. He makes sure his “ducks are in a row” so he can answer any questions as they come up, and he suggests other agents do the same. “There’s a lot of homework we do with some property before we go out and show it to them,” he said. “If you can’t talk the talk or walk the walk, your clients know that.” Timing is everything, too, Downing said. If he’s running late to an appointment, he will always call to let his clients know, and he makes an effort to return phone calls promptly. If clients are frustrated, it shouldn’t be with him, he said. If they are, they’ll move on to another agent.

So Downing suggested the buyer and seller do two separate transac transactions: buy the manufactured home for $50,000, then buy the other home and the rest of the property for $130,000 with bank financing. “I don’t think there’s another agent that would have thought of doing that,” Downing said. “I just started thinking outside the box.” All parties were happy with the deal, and the seller even bought a home through him later as well. Nothing in the real estate business is the same, there are always variables, Downing said, so creativity is necessary. Downing hopes his attitude makes him memorable to clients. “I think that my clients do know that I’m there to represent them. They’re not on their own doing this transaction.” naverypage@heraldandnews.com

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‘To me it’s more than just delivering meals — you make a connection with clients. I like to visit with them a little bit. Some of them don’t see many people during the week.’ — Joe Primm Meals on Wheels volunteer

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lthough he only saw her twice in the months he knew her, Eleanor Louise David made quite an impression on Joe Primm.

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Ready for the road: After packaging, frozen meals are placed in insulated totes to ensure they stay cold during delivery. Driver Joe Primm travels 21 miles for his Friday delivery route.

David had terminal lung cancer and often stayed in bed or behind a closed door each week when Primm delivered weekend meals for the Klamath Basin Senior Center. Despite David’s illness, Primm remembers her as a woman full of life. David’s May 2012 obituary said she had worked as a blackjack dealer, a model and a hairdresser in cities like Las Vegas and New York City. Shortly before her death, David asked a family member to give Primm a special snapshot. In it, she is smiling, looking radiant in a white evening gown and standing alongside silver-screen By LACEY JARRELL: H&N Staff Reporter

actor Robert Mitchum. “She was quite a lady,” said Primm, smiling back at the image. “Those are the kind of people you miss.” Primm, a 76-year-old retired forest worker, has been a volunteer delivery driver for Meals on Wheels for the last two years. Each Friday, he prepares for his run by loading dozens of packaged meals and single-serving beverages in the back of his Ford Bronco. The clients receive one hot and two frozen meals to help them through the weekend. See MEAL, page 46


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According to Marc Kane, director of the senior center, about 40 volunteers ensure nearly 100 clients receive meals each week. He said the number of clients varies weekly as clients have family members who occasionally prepare meals. “Some go to nursing homes or pass away,” Kane said. More than 40,000 meals were delivered last year alone. Volunteers provide their own vehicles, and although drivers are reimbursed for mileage, it’s lower than the federal rate. Many drivers, Kane said, donate their reimbursement back to the senior center. “To me it’s more than just delivering meals — you make a connection with clients. I like to visit with them a little bit. Some of them don’t see many people dur during the week,” Primm said. Bef e rapping on a client’s Befor door and calling out “Meals!” at

stops along his 21-mile route, Primm reviews his client folder, which contains information about clients’ allergies and food preferences, like juice or milk. Some index cards are marked with a small, round pink sticker indicating diabetes, while others simply state “No liver and onions.” Many of Primm’s clients are private, only opening the door just enough to take the meals, but some greet him with a hug and a smile. Others, like Gail Hollander who has Alzheimer’s disease, are often sleeping and don’t know when Primm drops off a meal with a caregiver. When Hollander is awake, he takes a few extra minutes to say hello and offer some conversation. Hollander rarely responds verbally, he said, but she acknowledges when he takes her hand and gives it a gentle squeeze. “This is kind of a special place for me to come,” Primm said. “The human touch — she knows that.” See MEAL, page 47

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Getting ready: Each morning Meals on Wheels driver Joe Primm reviews his client folder for the day’s deliveries. Each note card provides a client’s name, address and any allergies or food preferences he or she has.


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48 ❘ Klamath Life ❘ SLICE OF LIFE Filling in the gaps: Client Margaret Hancock reviews her financial budget. To Hancock, who is visually impaired, the Meals on Wheels service is a significant supplement to her income, which is largely taken up by medical copays and prescriptions.

MEAL, from page 47 He has even gone as far as putting studded tires on his four-wheel drive Bronco to ensure meals were safely delivered through hillside neighborhoods in winter. Primm said many of his clients don’t have much additional support and without the program, their lives would be more challenging. Stopping at the second to the last home on his route, Primm digs out a handful of milk bones for Sue Chenault’s long-hair Chihuahuas. At the door, he is greeted by three small dogs and Chenault, 67, who suffers from congestive heart failure and arthritis. “Joe will open the door and come in if I

don’t answer,” she said. “He wants to make sure I’m alright.” Chenault said illness has left her homebound and the Meals on Wheels service ensures she has food at her home every day. She remembers the late 1980s when she drove a shuttle for the Klamath Basin Senior Center. “I loved my seniors, and now I am one,” Chenault laughed. Primm said eight of his clients have passed away since he began delivering two years ago. Although losing someone it isn’t easy, he said the connection he makes is worth it. To him the choice is simple: “It’s the right thing to do.” ljarrell@heraldandnews.com

Time to say hello: Driver Joe Primm drops off a few milk bones with Sue Chenault’s Meals on Wheels. Chenault and her long-hair Chihuahuas enjoy the few minutes delivery drivers stop in to say hello each day. H&N photos by Lacey Jarrell


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Curds &

Whey

Northern California farmstead dairy uses a blend of chemistry, animal science and art to create a wide array of specialty cheeses

By LEE JUILLERAT: H&N Regional Editor

Trying to make contact with Joanne Danielson? Forget it, at least for a month or two. “It’s wicked. Insanity,” explains Danielson of her current routine at her Curds & Whey Homestead Dairy near Lake City, Calif. When it comes to being busy, she’s not kidding because, well, she’s busy kidding. February through late May to early April is the season when her dairy’s 114 “girls” are kidding, or giving birth. A typical mother goat usually has twins or triplets, so when the kidding season ends Danielson expects to have more than 300 kids. “I refer to it as my kidding coma,” she says, only partly in jest. Because Danielson wants to be ready to help in case of any birthing difficulties, she swaps her trailer house bedroom for an air mattress and sleeping bag in the kidding barn, just a window away from the two pens holding her current mostready-to-give-birth girls. See DAIRY, page 50

Twins or triplets? Looking more like a camel than a goat is the very pregnant Reflection, at Curds & Whey Farmstead Dairy near Lake City, Calif. H&N photo by Lee Juillerat


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DAIRY, from page 49 This year she’s added surveillance cameras in the two birthing pens, which she hopes will allow her to spend more time doing other chores. She’s still experimenting, but if the system works, she’ll monitor selected pregnant girls on her cell phone. Danielson’s kidding is serious stuff because those babies are the herd’s future mothers. Giving birth also stimulates the mothers to produce milk. Along with nourishing the kids, the milk is used to produce farmstead goat cheese. It takes 10 pounds of milk to produce 1 to 1-1/2 pounds of cheese. Each doe needs to produce 2,500 pounds of milk during their 305 day lactation period “or she can’t stay.” Her girl with the best staying power is Zena, Danielson’s top producing goat. In 2013, Zena produced 3,400 pounds of milk, including 180 pounds of butterfat and 125 pounds of protein. Zena, like most of the herd, is a Nubian. Although the breed produces less volume than some other breeds, Danielson said Nubians have less water in the milk, which means a greater recovery of butterfat and protein. She terms the floppy-eared Nubians “the Jerseys and Guernseys of the goat world.”

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Getting ready for the day: Talking over the day’s chores at the Curds & Whey Farmstead Dairy are Elsie Tozier and dairy owner Joanne Danielson.

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Time and chemistry: Joanne Danielson checks cheese wheels being aged at her remote dairy.

Along with Nubians, the herd includes LaMancha and LaMancha/Nubian crosses. She believes the LaMancha, which have no visible ears, help invigorate the herd. Danielson, who knows the names of all her goats, uses their milk to produce specialty cheeses, including Zenith, a farmstead cheddar; Gaia, a Colby style; Vesta, a jalapeno Colby style; Ambrosia, a gouda-style; and Geta, a feta-style. “My goal is to do 12- to 18-month cheese,” she says. “It’s real hard to find longeraged cheese.” She also has some as yet unnamed cheeses and knows how to make 48 varieties — “The reason I learned to make so many is because I get bored.” She describes the process as a blend of chemistry, animal science and art. A trained geo-chemist, the 55-year-old Danielson taught college and high school animal agriculture, chemistry and geology. She’s using that background with her 100-plus milking does, 20 bucks, 49 replacements and some retired does. “It’s fascinating to my scientific mind,” she says of managing the herd and mak making cheese. See DAIRY, page 54

FEEDING THE HERD: THE BEST BARLEY IN THE WEST The ever-expanding goat herd at Joanne Danielson’s Curds & Whey Farmstead Dairy eats a lot of hay. She says a typical doe will eat 1-1/2 tons of alfalfa and a half-ton of meadow hay a year. She also supplements with rolled barley. “I buy all my hay, high-quality hay,” she explains of why she isn’t growing her own. “I need to focus on the cheese plant.” Danielson is especially upbeat about the barley she buys from Winema Elevators, which is based in Tulelake and has a mill in Malin. “The Klamath Basin’s got it locked. They grow the best barley in the West,” she insists, noting her goats know the difference between barley from Winema Elevators and others. “They’re more vigorous eaters when they have the Malin barley.” While hay is the mainstay feed, she also buys supplies of raisins, which she feeds as rewards to goats after each twice-a-day milking. She gives them to the whole herd, except fussy Lily, who demands — and gets — sunflower seeds.


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DAIRY, from page 53 The herd represents 25 years of vigorous culling for high milk production, easy kidding and adaptation to her dairy’s high desert environment. The dairy is located on 400 acres about five miles east of Modoc County Road 1 between Cedarville and Lake City, just a few miles from the California-Nevada border. Her dairy is a never-ending business in progress. She’s been

putting together the goat herd and cheese-making operation since buying the land in 1998 while teaching at Shasta Community College and recently upgraded by buying equipment from Tumalo Farms, a Bend-area goat farm. She’s typically up before sunrise for the first round of milking, which takes four to five hours when her ladies are in full production. By herself, or with her two employees, Elsie Tozier and Gina Bird, her herd

Top producer: Among Joanne Danielson’s pride and joys is Zena, a floppy-eared Nubian goat who is a top milk producer. H&N photos by Lee Juillerat

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manager, the goats are milked 12 at a time, with milking for each lasting three to eight minutes and yielding a half- to three-quarters of a gallon of milk at each session. Milking is done twice daily, usually about 6 in the morning and 6 each evening. When the cheese-making process begins, Danielson hopes either Tozier or Bird will handle one of the two milkings while she makes cheese. She made ade about 1,000 to 1,200 pounds of cheese last year but hopes to increase production up to 2,000 pounds this summer, noting, “This year I feel like I know what I need to do. This will be my first real year.” And, as she confesses, “My first traditional cheddar I fed to the dogs.” For now, however, the focus is on

her girls and their kids. This is the season when the very pregnant does walk with pendulous waddles, their bulging sides teetering back and forth. When Reflection sits down to rest, she looks more like a large-humped camel than a goat. She knows Reflection and other does will be kidding soon. She hopes to catch occasional catnaps in between births, but she’s not complaining. “Nobody ever said it was going to be simple or easy, and it hasn’t been,” Danielson says. And the listener gets the impression she wouldn’t have it any other way. lee@heraldandnews.com


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Quintessentials A close-up look at personalities who help make the Basin a great place to live

H&N photo by Steven Silton

Something for everybody: Charla Oppenlander, left, and Heidi Nowak team up at the Klamath County Library to create a wide variety of programs for library patrons and to get the word out about everything the library has to offer.

Meet Charla Oppenlander & Heidi Nowak By STEVEN SILTON H&N Staff Photographer

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he Klamath County Library has dozens of programs, clubs, activities and community resources for everyone, but it’s a team effort from a dedicated staff. Two key members, Charla Oppenlander and Heidi Nowak, team up to generate programs and

get the word out. Oppenlander runs the Adult and Community Services program while Nowak coordinates public outreach. “Our big focus is children and family programs. We have story times, craft days and teen programs,” said Nowak. Oppenlander runs two film groups at the library as well; one that has members read a book before seeing the movie and the other is for foreign and independent films. The book-to-film group is currently reading “Silver

Linings Playbook” and usually meets the third Wednesday of each month. The group will then watch the movie and discuss the two pieces. She said, “I’m a reader and I love books, but the library is so much more than just books.” Nowak said she loves the community aspect of her job. “We get a lot of people coming in to work on resumes or fill out job applications and we can help them with that.” Both agreed that you don’t have

to be a heavy reader to enjoy the library. “There are just so many resources here,” said Oppenlander before Nowak added, “And once you start coming to our events, you see the same people over and over and meet new friends.” From genealogy and garden clubs to auto repair manuals and resume workshops, Oppenlander and Nowak help enrich the community through reliable resources and family activities. ssilton@heraldandnews.com


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❘ Flora & Fauna of the Klamath Basin ❘ ◗

tundra swans ❘

It’s easy to mix up a tundra swan with a trumpeter swan. They both have black beaks, but the trumpeter swan has a red border on the lower mandible, while the tundra swan has a yellow marking on the top of the beak, a spot known as the “lore,” according to an identification brochure from The Trumpeter Swan Society. Making identification even harder, the trumpeters and tundra swans often mix flocks during migrations. And migration is when they’re most likely to be seen in the Klamath area, or anywhere else in the more southern parts of North America. “True to its name, the tundra swan breeds on the high tundra across the top of North America,” says the tundra swan site on The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website. “It winters in large flocks along both coasts and is frequently encountered during its migration across the continent.” Tundra swans sleep on land during the breeding season but on water during the winter, the Cornell Lab website says. Nests on the tundra can be attacked by foxes, weasels, jaegers and gulls, but if the swans are nearby, they will defend the nests. Bigger threats, like people and bears, may force the swans to leave. By leaving, the swans make the nest harder to find, the Cornell Lab website says. Learn more online: Information from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife “swans, ducks and geese” identification website at http:// bit.ly/1lBvIAV; The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s “All About Birds” website at allaboutbirds. org; and the Trumpeter Swan Society’s “swan identification” website at http://bit. ly/1g3u6cp.

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife photo

H&N photo by Holly Owens

Tundra swans

Manzanita

Tundra swans can be between 4 feet and 5 feet long, and have a wingspan of about 5 1/2 feet ◗ Male swans are called “cobs” and female swans are called “pens” ◗ The tundra swan also is called the whistling swan ◗ In Oregon, tundra swans are found in the Klamath Basin, the Malheur National Wildlife refuge, the Harney Basin and the Summer Lake Wildlife Area

Berries were used for drinks, jelly and eaten raw ◗ Manzanita seeds germinate and re-sprout after a fire ◗ Manzanita bushes had medicinal uses for American Indians ◗ Manzanita’s have red bark and green, ovate leaves

By SAMANTHA TIPLER: H&N Staff Reporter

manzanita

Manzanita means “little apple” in Spanish, named for the red berries that look like small apples, according to the Plants of California website about the bush. The site says the Spanish used the berries to make drinks and jelly. Natives of California ate the ripe berries raw, cooked them or made them into drinks or jellies. The manzanita’s flowers also were used for teas, the website said. The berries also were used in a lotion form to treat poison oak, the website says. The leaves were made into a tea to treat stomach ache and the berries and leaves could be mixed to treat colds. Manzanitas are a striking bush, with red bark and bright green, ovate leaves. The bush’s attractive and ornamental stems and branches are used in decorative wood crafts, according to “Common Plants of the Upper Klamath Basin.” Manzanitas can be found along the sides of roads and in “disturbed sites in mixed conifer forests,” the plant book says. It also states: both seed germination and re-sprouting occur after a fire. Manzanitas are usually found below 5,000 feet elevation. The bushes grow 6- to 12-feet tall and are evergreen. Flowers are white or pink, and bloom in April, May and June, depending on the specific species of Manzanita. The California website says birds, bears and other animals eat the berries, while goats and wild game eat the foliage. Learn more online: Information from plantsofcalifornia.com and “Common Plants of the Upper Klamath Basin” at http://bit.ly/1cWgscf.


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Views of the Basin Elizabeth Daggett — long morning in the blind

Sharon Pappas — Hill Road

Mala Quatman — flag retirement

Ashley Berg Hartley — Upper Klamath Lake

Share Your Best Shot: Share your views of the Klamath Basin by posting your favorite scenic photo on our Diversions Facebook page at Facebook.com/HandNDiversions. We will print a selection of reader photos in our April/May edition of Klamath Life.


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On the calendar around the region Pirate,” at 3 and 5:30 p.m. at the Ross Ragland Theater, 218 N. Seventh St. Tickets are $10 per person, with children 10 years old and younger admitted free of charge.

On the calendar in the Klamath Falls area through March: SATURDAY, FEB. 22 ◗ The Klamath Symphony

presents “The Magical M’s” concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Ross Ragland Theater, 218 N. Seventh St. The concert will feature the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Jules Massenet. Included will be a clarinet concertina by Carl Maria von Weber and a performance by the Klamath Union High School Chamber Orchestra. Tickets are $10. TUESDAY, FEB. 25 ◗ Garden Club program, “Local

Lichens,” by Steve Sheehy, 1 p.m. at the Klamath County Library, 126 S. Third St. THURSDAY, FEB. 27

◗ History of Sound Recording, a program on the history of devices used to record sound will be presented by Klamath County Museum Curator Niles Reynolds at 7 p.m. in the Klamath County Museum’s main hall. Free admission. The museum is at 1451 Main St.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY MARCH 8 AND 9 ◗ The Rock and Arrowhead Club of Klamath Falls will host the Rock, Gem, Mineral and Fossil show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 8, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in Exhibit Hall No. 1 at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. A $1 donation is encouraged and children age 12 and younger will be admitted free of charge.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 ◗ The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, presented by the Ragland Classical Series, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Ross Ragland Theater, 218 N. Seventh St. tickets are $24.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27 ◗ A program on the life of

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“Two on Tap,” a tribute to song and dance, showcasing the talents of Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano, will be at the Ross Ragland Theater Saturday, March 15. SUNDAY, MARCH 9 ◗ Old-Time Fiddlers will host a

jam and dance from 1 to 4 p.m. in Shasta View Community Hall at Madison Street and Shasta Way.

are $18 for adults and $14 for children. Free children’s tickets will be available from area merchants. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 ◗ Rhythm of the Dance, a per-

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY MARCH 14 AND 15 ◗ “If the Shoe Fits,” a special adaptation of the Cinderella Story, 7:30 p.m. at the Linkville Playhouse, 201 Main St. Tickets are $11 to $14 with a $1 discount for students, seniors and members of the military. They can be purchased at Periwinkle Home, at 831 Main St., or by calling 541-2054395 ext. 3. Any unsold tickets will be available at the door an hour before the show starts.

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 ◗ Two on Tap, a tribute to song

and dance, 7:30 p.m. at the Ross Ragland Theater, 218 N. Seventh St. Tickets are $29 to $15. MONDAY AND TUESDAY MARCH 17 AND 18

◗ Klamath Falls Shrine Club presents the Jordan World Circus at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. both days at the Klamath County Fairgrounds Event Center. Tickets at the door

formance by the National Dance Company of Ireland, 7:30 p.m. at the Ross Ragland Theater, 218 N. Seventh St. Tickets are $42 to $25. THURSDAY, MARCH 20 ◗ Klamath County Museum

60th anniversary celebration, 7 p.m. at the Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main St.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY MARCH 21 AND 22 ◗ “If the Shoe Fits,” a special adaptation of the Cinderella Story, 7:30 p.m. at the Linkville Playhouse, 201 Main St. Tickets are $11 to $14 with a $1 discount for students, seniors and members of the military. They can be purchased at Periwinkle Home, at 831 Main St., or by calling 541-2054395 ext. 3. Any unsold tickets will be available at the door an hour before the show starts.

SATURDAY, MARCH 22 ◗ Missoula Children’s Theater

Performance of “Blackbeard — the

Capt. O.C. Applegate, a leading figure in Klamath Basin history, will be presented at 7 p.m. by Carol Mattos and Todd Kepple during the March meeting of the Klamath County Historical Society at the Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main St. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY MARCH 28 AND 29 ◗ “If the Shoe Fits,” a special adaptation of the Cinderella Story, 7:30 p.m. at the Linkville Playhouse, 201 Main St. Tickets are $11 to $14 with a $1 discount for students, seniors and members of the military. They can be purchased at Periwinkle Home, at 831 Main St., or by calling 541-2054395 ext. 3. Any unsold tickets will be available at the door an hour before the show starts.

SUNDAY, MARCH 30 ◗ “If the Shoe Fits,” a special

adaptation of the Cinderella Story, 2 p.m. matinee at the Linkville Playhouse, 201 Main St. Tickets are $11 to $14 with a $1 discount for students, seniors and members of the military. They can be purchased at Periwinkle Home, at 831 Main St., or by calling 541-205-4395 ext. 3. Any unsold tickets will be available at the door an hour before the show starts.

On the calendar: Does your group or organization have a special community event coming up? Let us know and we’ll put it in the community calendar in the April/May edition of Klamath Life. Send event information to clerk@heraldandnews.com, or call 541-885-4412.


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