FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An Ohio woman was one of five victims of the Florida airport shooting and her husband, who has ties to The Dalles, was critically injured in the attack.
Workers kept scrambling to clear roadways
Every time Charles “Chuck” Patterson got his snow plow/sander working on one stretch of roadway Tuesday, there was a call from dispatch or The Dalles Public Works Department to help stranded motorists in another location. The scanner was filled with chatter about accidents and cars that were stuck in the snow.
If it has seemed like an epically, endlessly snowy winter — one for the record books — you’re right. As of today, Wednesday, Jan. 11, there has been snow on the ground for 34 consecutive days, beating the old record set 38 years ago, when there were 29 consecutive days of snow.
Interstate 84 is is now open (as of 1 p.m.) from Troutdale (Milepost 17) to Hood River (milepost 64). The road through the Columbia River Gorge was closed late Tuesday because of bad weather. One Community Health is closed in The Dalles and Hood River today due to the weather. All Klickitat government buildings are closed. Chains are now required on all vehicles on state roads in the Portland area as of 5:30 a.m., traction devices aren't enough. With so many spin outs on NB I-5 near OR 217, the best route to downtown Portland or into Washington is now I-205. MCMC Closures Update: The following clinics are CLOSED today: - MCMC Surgical Services (closing at noon) - Water’s Edge Mind & Body Medicine - MCMC Therapy Services (Hood River and The Dalles) - Sleep Medicine - Dermatology (closing at noon) - Cardiology (closing at noon) The following clinics are OPEN today: - Water’s Edge Fitness Center (open until 5pm) - Columbia River Women’s Center (may close early this afternoon depending on cancellations) - MCMC Family Medicine - MCMC Internal Medicine (at Water’s Edge) - MCMC Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery - Occupational Health (may close early) - Gorge Urology (Hood River location may close early) Our Mindfulness Meditation class for tonight (Jan 11 at 7:00-8:30pm) has also been canceled due to weather. Additional area closures:
Police, fire, and medical reports from January 10, 2017
Mid-Columbia Medical Center has run out of stuffed animals to provide to children undergoing treatment or visiting family members who are hospitalized.
The unending series of snowstorms hammering The Dalles and the entire Columba River Gorge region in recent weeks are creating a lot of extra work for public works crews. The good news is, the snow removal operations are not busting The Dalles’ budget — at least not yet.
A missing tapestry worth $2,500 was returned — after it changed hands for $10 — within three days of its owner making an appeal on social media.
Columbia River Gorge braces for winter storm The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast at 11 a.m. today warned Columbia River Gorge emergency responders, travelers and residents that a significant snow dump at all elevations is forecasted this evening and into tomorrow, according to the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office. The focus of the alert was the central and western gorge. According to the National Weather Service’s Portland office, the service has “upgraded the winter weather advisory to a winter storm warning, which is in effect until 4 p.m. Wednesday. An additional 8 to 14 inches of snow is likely in the central and western gorge.
Columbia Gorge Community College: Opening at 10 am. All classes beginning at 10 am or later will run as scheduled. North Wasco County Schools will be on a 2 hour delay for Tuesday, January 10th, 2017.
The City of The Dalles Public Works Department has been working to keep up with continuing snowfall, which is occasionally necessitating lane closures through the downtown corridor.
A new exhibit on the history of Chinese influence in The Dalles will be opening later this month at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum.
From the archives of The Dalles Chronicle
Chenowith Elementary School students were evacuated Friday late morning to the nearby Wahtonka Campus gym after smoke was detected in a classroom. At the same time, crews were responding to a fire on West 11th Street and Dallesport Fire Department was dispatched to assist in The Dalles.
Bill Ketchum landed a victory at Friday’s Dancing with the Gorge Stars competition by wearing his father’s United Airlines pilot uniform and soaring to the song “Come Fly with Me.”