When a wildfire is raging, the public’s focus is, of course, on the fire itself and the herculean efforts to stop it. But the sundry human experiences as a consequence of a fire also demonstrate the wider impact such an event can have.
The Rowena Fire, listed this morning as 35 percent contained, claimed its first residence yesterday as a home that had been evacuated burned at Foley Lakes Mobile Home Park.
Fire forced the evacuation of seven homes in Rowena last night and the steep terrain, combined with high winds and expected high temperatures today, were ideal conditions for a big fire, an official said. As of 9 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, Aug. 6, the fire was at around 200 acres and rapidly growing, said spokesman Justin de Ruyter with the Oregon State Fire Marshal incident command team.
The first of four work sessions to finally firm up gorge urban area boundaries, which have remained unclear for 28 years, is set for Wednesday, Aug. 6 in The Dalles.
A fruit stand run by ACTS (Acclaiming Christ Through Sports) is not only raising money for an upcoming mission, but is teaching kids business skills and a work ethic.
Fire chief tracks down gear, equipment for rural station
Organization will still fund local services
Agency seeks more staff to fulfill mission
The gorge commission has asked for a moratorium on all new coal and oil transports through the gorge until a risk analysis is done and measures are in place to avoid derailments and provide mitigation should they occur.
A group from Moro Presbyterian Church went on a mission to a poor migrant town in northern Mexico, where they helped in a variety of ways, from plumbing to painting to providing hygiene instruction.
Group travels grueling path seeking insight
Exclusive tech turns radios into self-forming cell towers
Officials hope the just-opened Community School, a year-round alternative school at the Wahtonka campus, eases problems neighbors near the high school have with young people hanging out in front of their homes all day.
Holds released on Columbia District vineyard
With a report in hand saying its staffing should be at 25 employees, the Gorge Commission is fixing to go big when it makes its next budget requests to Oregon and Washington.
Officer: Riding on streets is illegal, dangerous
Organization missed deadline for United Way grant, needs $2,750
Outflow level no longer acute
Police are treating blaze as arson
Panel aims for perspective on boundary issue
Lingering effects from Iraq service prompt Del Griebel to give up the pulpit
Repairs scheduled for old sewer main
In an unusual observance of Memorial Day, a dozen middle schoolers will do a particularly grueling CrossFit workout in honor of a fallen Navy SEAL and all veterans.
Reports include drug and alcohol use, urination and littering
New rule would ‘clarify’ Clean Water Act protection targets
Slower pace and working with horses drew Carrie Swearingen to carriage driving
The annual Wasco County Kids’ Fair this Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will have the same fun, free activities as always, it’s just at a new location — the Wahtonka Campus.
Crew chief hopes for speedy repairs
After 26 years of freely sharing his time, expertise and passion for music, Greg Weast has decided to hang up his baton
Church news in brief.
Young Life just started a club in The Dalles, and it is already proving popular, with 20 students attending the first few meetings on Mondays in a family home on Lewis Street.
Work began today in Ericksen’s Addition
As part of a school project, William Decker, a ninth grader from The Dalles who attends Horizon Christian School in Hood River, has arranged for a Kodiak bush plane to offer rides locally as a fundraiser for a Christian charity.
The Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has called the Rev. Judy Zimmerman to serve as its first “settled” minister — meaning she’ll be the first to reside in the area.
Public works makes plans to dig up street
Ranger says it was first incident in two decades, did not reach the river.
A 10-foot aluminum cross stolen off Emanuel Baptist Church last fall was soon found – serving as a memorial at the site of a double-fatal crash by Wishram.
Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue has asked to be reevaluated by the rating entity that downgraded its status in 2008, which caused an increase in homeowners and business insurance within the district.
The 90th annual Pulpit Rock Easter sunrise service is set for Sunday, April 20, at 6:30 a.m.
Planners could do ground work
Mike Lakowski’s garden art leans toward the beer variety
Despite its legal staff saying the Gorge Commission had authority to ban growing and selling marijuana on the Washington side of the national scenic area, the commission took a pass on the idea.
In the continuing search for the source of the Mill Creek “mystery pipe,” two more houses in Ericksen’s Addition will get dye-tested Wednesday.
The Last Days of Jesus pageant begins its four-day run Thursday, April 17, at a new location, Calvary Baptist Church, where the Last Supper and Garden scene will be played.
Since at least August 2012, a “mystery pipe” has been dumping extremely high levels of human waste into Mill Creek, and officials so far cannot find its source, despite extensive efforts.
Wasco County Commissioner Position 1 candidate Nora Ferguson said she’s a team player and collaborator who focuses on relationship-building and getting things done. She faces first-term incumbent Scott Hege in the May 20 primary election. The winner will be the sole candidate in the November general election.
With the message that their presence in family life matters deeply, a free daylong workshop aimed at fathers is set for Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.
A phone call that began with, “The Dalles Wahtonka High School, student speaking,” ended with the male caller threatening to rape the female student who answered the call.
The 10th annual Cherry of a Ride, a fundraiser for St. Mary’s Academy, is slated for Sunday, April 13, and will offer five different courses through cherry orchards and wheat fields. The courses, which will suit every level of rider, wind through cherry orchards and wheat fields and some withvistas of the Columbia River.
Upgrade drawings due by June