Breaking News: Substation Fire 82 percent contained, eight homes lost

Neita Cecil

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Neita Cecil covers general news for The Dalles Chronicle.

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Urness recounts fire, neighbor support

Judy Urness could hear the fire alarms going off in the background Tuesday as she called her son Charlie to tell him to stop trying to save their house on Emerson Loop Road and just get out. “But he didn’t listen to me,” she said of her 24-year-old son. “But my house is standing. I guess he gets away with it this time.”

July 20, 2018 2:03 p.m. read more..


Substation fire top priority in U.S.

The 70,000-acre Substation fire, threatening 900 homes in Sherman County, became the top priority fire in the nation Thursday, an official said. It was 15 percent contained as of Friday morning.

July 20, 2018 7:57 a.m. read more..


Fire jumps Deschutes again Thursday morning

The 50,000-acre Substation fire jumped the Deschutes River where it empties into the Columbia River Thursday morning, and a level 3 evacuation was called for Biggs Junction, said Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill.

July 19, 2018 12:26 p.m. read more..


Man killed in fire identified

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office this morning identified the man who died Wednesday in the Substation fire as John Ruby, a 64-year-old longtime Wasco County resident. The press release stated the fire is “incendiary in nature” and is being investigated by the sheriff’s office, the Oregon State Police, Oregon State Fire Marshal, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.

July 19, 2018 11:22 a.m. read more..


First deep well drilled for Mosier orchard

For adventures in deep-well drilling, look no further than the 1,223-foot well recently drilled for orchardist Bryce Molesworth in the Mosier Valley. It came in at just over 1.5 times the estimated cost and took far longer than expected, but it’s finally done and has been in service for several months now, Molesworth said.

July 17, 2018 2:15 p.m. read more..


Mosier’s long history of water woes

With the community water supply in Mosier long under threat, motivation has been high to find a solution. Concerns dated back to the mid-1970s, when orchardists began complaining about steadily declining water levels, a 2012 federal report said.

July 17, 2018 1:49 p.m. read more..


Jail now lists ICE crimes

Starting last Friday, July 13, the regional jail began listing the previous criminal history of immigration detainees held at the jail as a transparency move, the jail administrator said.

July 17, 2018 1:46 p.m. read more..


‘Mosier Million’ project well underway

In a project dubbed the “Mosier Million” for the amount of state investment in it, work is well underway on replacing 12 to 15 commingling wells in the Mosier Valley. A state study found higher-pressure lower aquifers were leaking via poorly constructed wells into an upper aquifer and then out to Mosier Creek.

July 17, 2018 1:40 p.m. read more..

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