Local pilot crashes, transported with injuries
A brush fire is burning near railroad tracks on the east end of The Dalles, near Big Jim’s diner. A Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue crew is on scene fighting the blaze in dried grass and vegetation.
The bodies of two men from Kentucky were found Thursday evening, July 23, off the Dog River Trail, south of Parkdale. Evidence suggests the pair died in a murder/suicide, according to information provided by the Hood River County Sheriff. The trail is accessed off the east side of Highway 35 in the Mount Hood National Forest.
A wind-driven grass and brush fire in Lyle swept across the spit of land south of the railroad tracks and Highway 14 Thursday night, burning from the vicinity of Cove Road at the mouth of the Klickitat River east to the 10th Street tunnel. At least one camping trailer was destroyed in the fire, according to witnesses. Multiple agencies responded to the fire, which started in the late afternoon.
Two Dufur residents died in a single-vehicle rollover crash Sunday evening on Boyd Loop Road just outside Dufur, according to the Oregon State Police. Both the driver, Tamara Janine Kucher, 40, and Hunter William Reese Spears, 21, who was riding in the bed of the 1994 Chevrolet 1500 extended cab pickup, were ejected when the vehicle lost control on a turn and rolled down an embankment, said Sgt. Kaipo Raiser. Both died at the scene.
A home, wellhouse and woodshed at 6569 Reservoir Road were destroyed by fire late Wednesday night. A mother and daughter who were home escaped unharmed, and all but two cats were accounted for, according to witnesses at the scene. Both residents left the home and called 911 from a neighbor’s house across the street.
Traffic is backed up in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Rowena due to a semi-truck that overturned and has to be removed from the roadway. Expect a complete traffic stop and travel delays through that area.
A man armed with a shotgun made off with an undisclosed amount of money Wednesday night after holding up Jack’s Mini Mart by The Dalles Bridge. Police are looking for a vehicle that was stolen from Hood River at around the same time, which may be connected to the robbery. It is a dark colored 1993 Ford Explorer with Oregon plate UNW 254, said The Dalles Police Sgt. Jamie Carrico.
A grass fire reported Sunday night in the 5600 block of Cherry Heights road has threatened 8 to 10 structures and destroyed a pump house, leaving a home without water, according to a press release from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue issued Monday morning. As of 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, only isolated areas of light smoke were seen on the leading edge of the fire, visible on the ridge east of Mill Creek Road. A Conflagration was declared by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown at 11 a.m. Monday morning, according to a press release from the governor's office.
Maryhill concert with Tears For Fears postponed The Saturday, June 18 show at Maryhill Winery with pop band Tears For Fears has been postponed. A statement on Maryhill’s website says management is “actively working with the band to reschedule the show. Fans who purchased tickets to the June 18 show are instructed to retain their tickets, as they will be valid for the rescheduled performance. Should a refund be needed once the new date is announced, please return to your point of purchase. Information on the rescheduled show date will be announced as soon as possible.” A statement on the Tears For Fears website said the band “regrettably announces they have to postpone their summer run of dates in the US due to family illness.”
With the roughly 280,000 gallons of oil remaining in the 16 derailed train cars in Mosier finally offloaded Wednesday morning, and stored in The Dalles, work began right away on removing the cars themselves. The derailed cars, which were decontaminated first, will be taken to Portland and scrapped, said Greg Svelund, a spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
Information as per Mosier Community School's website and the public health department: No School for students the week of June 6th due to the recent events which happened in Mosier. 8th grade promotion will be rescheduled and Oaks Park for Mosier Middle School students has been cancelled. An end of the year celebration will be held - date to be announced. This will be a time for closure and when parent/students will be able to pick up report cards and items left at the school last week.
Response center established in Mosier The North Central Public Health District reports the following: Per DEQ air monitors, air quality remains good. A client center for Mosier residents impacted by the train derailment has been opened in Mosier (located behind the Mosier Middle School Gymnasium or 3rd Ave.). Union Pacific will provide lodging for residents and provide reimbursement for hotels utilized Friday night by displaced residents. A Union Pacific call center has also been set-up at 877-877-2567. Press option #6 to speak to a representative.
The American Red Cross shelter opened in The Dalles due to the oil train derailment and subsequent evacuations will remain open today, Saturday, and through the night to assist affected residents. The shelter is located at Dry Hollow Elementary School, 1314 E. 19th St., The Dalles.
UPDATED WITH PHOTOS Mike Heiser, a resident of Mosier, had purchased some plants Friday and was just getting ready to put them in the ground around noon when he heard a big crash, the “whoof” of an explosion.
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