Fresh snow covers Mount Hood, pictured here framed by the leaves of a tree in Dallesport. This photograph was taken by local resident Gary Elkinton from the old ferry road.
Officer lucks upon cold mountain biker in bad weather
Usually, when The Dalles Police Officer Brent Larson patrols the city watershed on the Mt. Hood National Forest, he goes in one way and out another, to cover more ground. But, in a very lucky turn of events for mountain biker Cori Bucherl, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, Larson decided to go out the way he came in. As he was trundling down the 1720 Road right by where it intersects with the 44 Road, he came upon a drenched Bucherl, who had cut short a planned 25-mile bike ride due to unseasonably wet and cold weather.
Police, fire, and medical reports from September 28
CORBETT (AP) — A handful of state-owned trails are reopening after being closed due to the Eagle Creek Fire. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department on Monday re-opened Dabney State Recreation Area, Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, Rooster Rock State Park and Starvation Creek State Park.
Klickitat County has the third fastest-growing income in Washington State, ranking 214th among counties in the country, according to a report issued by Smart Asset, a company specializing in financial data analysis. Under the heading “Most Paycheck Friendly Places,” SmartAsset lists Klickitat County as having an average semi-monthly paycheck of $1,687.
Franz Bakery supervisor retires after 34 years serving area residents
Dave Long, a longtime sales supervisor in The Dalles — first for Wonder Bread and then for Franz Bakery — enjoyed his final day on the job on Sept. 22. Long delivered bread to a variety of customers around the Columbia River Gorge region for 34 years, beginning in 1983.
Crews worked through Thursday morning mopping up the fire that destroyed Kayak Shed Wednesday night. “This is a tremendous loss,” said Chief Leonard Damian of Hood River Fire Department. No one was injured in the fire.
Police, fire, and medical reports from September 27
MEDFORD (AP) — Wildfires will displace both hunters and the hunted this fall as burning forests and backwoods public-safety closures push men and beasts into new haunts. Big-game animals such as deer and elk do fine in the face of wildfire, often showing uncanny abilities to stay ahead of encroaching flames or finding green oases amid a fire's roar. Creek anytime soon, they likely will feel at home in the smoky areas immediately around wildfires and closed areas, biologists say.
Council approves new process for city developments
In a unanimous vote, The Dalles City Council approved changes to the way the city’s “Vertical Housing Zones” are processed and named Matthew Klebes, who serves as The Dalles’ assistant to the city manager, as Vertical Housing Zone manager.
Some 40 people attended a recent meeting about President Trump’s decision to end DACA, the federal program that defers deportation for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection are often called “Dreamers,” which refers to a legislative act that was never passed by Congress.
Leonidas Montenegro came to the U.S. with family at age 13
Leonidas Montenegro and his family came to the U.S. from Guatemala when he was 13. In 2012, the Obama Administration began its DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which defers deportation for undocumented immigrations who arrived in the U.S. as children. Montenegro, then in his early 20s, jumped on the opportunity to legally remain in the U.S.
Artist guides Gorge-wide project
Artist MacRae Wylde of Hood River invites the community to his Highline Drive home Sept. 30 to learn about a project to build habitat for native bees. Habitat as art happens in the form of sculptures, metal homes for hard-working Mason bees, already in place in Hood River, Odell, and Moro.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two conservation groups filed a lawsuit Monday that seeks to stop the state of Washington from killing more wolves.
Police, fire, and medical reports from September 26