The Columbia Gorge Child Advocacy Center looks like a typical day care when one first walks in the door: the room is brightened by primary colors and hundreds of stuffed animals line shelves and window sills. It’s hard to see the cheerful space at Woods Court in Hood River and believe it is a place where children who are in trauma come, and that is exactly the point.
Heart-wrenching child abuse cases spark change in the Mid-Columbia region
A 2-year-old boy arrived at Mid-Columbia Medical Center with a broken collarbone and extensive bruising on his arms and back several years ago. Scott Williams, a detective with the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, remembers getting that case to investigate. He described it as “heart-wrenching.”
Police, fire, and medical reports from October 27
Bunny Henningsen and Jeremiah Paulsen of The Dalles Main Street show off bags of candy to be distributed to businesses taking part in the downtown’s Trick or Treat event on Halloween evening.
Tax statements for Wasco County property owners were mailed on Oct. 25. Those paying their taxes in full by Nov. 15 will receive a 3 percent discount. If mailing, the taxes must be postmarked by the Nov. 15 date.
Falcons, hawks, owls and eagles housed in the Raptor Interpretive Program at the Columbia Gorge Discovery will soon have a daytime view of the river — and visitors will have an outdoor view of the birds — with the completion of a new display area at the center Wednesday morning.
Many items that previously have been recycled are headed for the trash heap until Northwest officials figure out what to do with them. Jim Winterbottom, district manager of Waste Connections, Inc., which operates The Dalles Disposal and Hood River Garbage, told The Dalles City Council on Oct. 23 that China is not accepting recycled materials from the West Coast at this time. “All this stuff we’ve been getting away with for years is coming back to haunt us,” Winterbottom said.
Crews from Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue attacked a fire inside a home at 750 Hostetler Way in The Dalles Wednesday afternoon. The fire was reported about 2:30 p.m., Oct. 25, after a neighbor heard a loud explosion and saw flames inside the home.
Police, fire, and medical reports from October 26
Army veteran Roger Howe gave a large cash donation to the Holidays for Heroes Committee Wednesday to use for care packages that will be sent to troops in Afghanistan — and he is challenging other veterans to do the same. “The fact that we are here, still walking and talking, and we have experienced what our troops are going through — we get what it means to get something from home,” said Howe, who deployed to Vietnam in 1968 with the 101st Airborne Division.
Board nixes ballot plan
The regional jail board has decided not to ask voters again to pass a permanent tax rate to help fund the jail. Voters narrowly defeated the issue last spring. The Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility board agreed at its Oct. 19 meeting that the matter was off the table for now.
Police, fire, and medical reports from October 25
The Dalles downtown trick or treat activities will take place next Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. Orange pumpkin flyers in windows will indicate which businesses are participating in this annual Halloween event. Parents are encouraged to park in the parking lot across from The Dalles City Park (Fifth and Union streets) and walk to keep downtown traffic to a minimum.
There’s a new “fright shop” in town. Halloween is less than a week away and community members can find a wide variety of costumes, masks and all types of accessories in one convenient location. For the second year, Costumes to Suit Your Fancy is located in the old Griffith Motors building at 523 E. Third Street. The temporary business not only makes Halloween shopping more convenient, but provides more costuming options.
This is the fourth of a four-part series looking at the Lone Pine Native American treaty fishing in-lieu site, which overlooks The Dalles Dam. This final article reviews current maintenance levels at Lone Pine.