• Eclipse Nears; Area Gets Ready For Influx Of People
    As Monday’s total solar eclipse draws near, emergency officials who have preparing for months the event and the expected throngs headed to areas in the path of totality, including south Wasco County, are getting ready for people to arrive.  Much of the preparation has centered around dealing with high volumes of traffic, and Wasco County […]
  • Fire East Of Shaniko Burns 5,000 Acres
    A lightning-caused fire about eight miles east of Shaniko has burned just over 5,000 acres.  The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center says the North Pole Fire started on Sunday.  The fire is burning in grasslands, and the Center reported this morning that fire behavior is minimal.  The fire is on unprotected lands, and there is no […]
  • Bingen To Receive Options For Stormwater And Traffic Issues
    The Bingen City Council is contracting with an engineering firm to develop options for dealing with stormwater and traffic issues on some streets, in particular Jefferson Street.  Mayor Betty Barnes says they are dealing with two problems:  people taking shortcuts from main streets and going too fast through neighborhoods, and stormwater runoff going on to […]
  • Escaped Inmate From Fire Crew Caught
    One of two inmates who escaped while assigned to a firefighting crew at the Headwater Fire north of Goldendale was arrested in Portland Wednesday morning.  KATU-TV reports that the other escaped inmate is still at large.  Police say Tyray Munter and Maksim Petrovskiy escaped from their Department of Natural Resources fire crew early Tuesday morning. […]
  • Toda, CGCC To Part Ways
    Columbia Gorge Community College President Frank Toda will be leaving that position at the end of September.  The CGCC Board of Education unanimously approved a mutually acceptable separation agreement with Toda at a special meeting Tuesday.  Board chair Stu Watson thanked Toda for numerous contributions to the growth of the college in his sixteen years […]
  • Escapees From Fire Crew Sought
    Washington State Department of Corrections and local law enforcement are searching for two inmates who escaped early this morning (Tuesday) from a Department of Natural Resources fire work crew at the Headwater Fire.  30-year-old Tyray Munter and 22-year-old Maksim Petrovskiy were both serving sentences out of Snohomish County.  They are described as wearing khaki pants […]