Turkey causes Northern Wasco PUD power outage

The following is a press release received from Northern Wasco PUD on Monday, April 20:

THE DALLES, OR – This morning at approximately 6:00 a.m., 2,400 Northern Wasco County PUD customers experienced a power outage.

The outage was caused when a turkey flew into two phases at 4700 Mill Creek causing protection devices to open at the Tenth Street Substation. Restoration was restored in stages with approximately 1,400 customers regaining power within 45 minutes and 750 customers within 2.5 hours. There were 250 customers located on Mill Creek south of West 23rd Street still without power until about 10:15 a.m. when repairs were completed by the crew.

Map: Governor Inslee adds nearly half the state to disaster declaration

Gov. Jay Inslee expanded Washington’s drought emergency Friday to cover nearly half the state, including all of Skamania and Clark counties and the western half of Klickitat County The declaration means residents can qualify for relief funds that can be used for various water supply measures. It also means the county they can expected to experience at least some hardship from the growing drought. “We’ve never experienced a drought like this before,” state Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon said in a conference call with reporters Friday. “It’s not for lack of rain, but lack of snow.” The state expects runoff from snowmelt this summer to be the lowest on record in 64 years, which could carry broad ecological and economic implications. It could translate into low rivers and streams, potentially affecting agriculture, fish and other things. Friday’s declaration expanded a drought emergency that Inslee initially declared last month

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Photos: fire destroys home in 4100 block of Chenoweth Road

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Red Cross disaster volunteers responded after a fire in the 4100 block of Chenoweth Road Sunday displaced 4 adults and 1 child. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, lodging, health services and information about disaster mental health. Additional information was not immediately available. Photos by Josiah Andersen.

Tribal leaders discuss environmental priorities with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

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Portland, OR- Tribal leaders with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) and its four member tribes, the Warm Springs, Umatilla, Yakama and Nez Perce tribes stressed their concerns over the transport of fossil fuels through the Columbia River Gorge and the importance of rail safety, climate change policies and strong regional water quality standards in a meeting with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy. Administrator McCarthy is President Obama’s chief environmental advocate.

During the meeting Warm Springs tribal council member and CRITFC Chairman Carlos Smith expressed concerns for the state of Columbia Basin waterways stating, “fish advisories, high rates of cancer, and polluted waters are plaguing our communities and our foods. Addressing water quality issues must be a priority.”

“The fact that water is polluted is disturbing,” Administrator McCarthy stated. “That’s what got us into this business. The challenges are getting more complex. What isn’t complex is our commitment to clean water, air, and land.”

N. Kathryn Brigham, Umatilla tribal council member and commissioner for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, explained to EPA’s leadership the importance of working together to address the challenges facing the Columbia River basin. “We have been fighting very hard to get our resources protected and it’s not just for us, it is for our future generations,” Brigham explained. “But we can’t do it alone. We need work together through partnership and collaboration in order to make that happen.”

“EPA’s priority is to institutionalize what we have learned about working with the tribes,” McCarthy stated. “I work for a President who really believes that we have a tremendous amount of work to do and that our obligations with the tribes haven’t been met. We want to make sure the door he opened with you never gets shut.”

Administrator McCarthy met with tribal leaders in the Portland offices of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

About CRITFC: The Portland-based Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission is the technical support and coordinating agency for fishery management policies of the Columbia River Basin’s four treaty tribes: the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and the Nez Perce Tribe.

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Video: Bull tour commentary on Gelbvieh bull at Dillion Land and Cattle, Wasco County

Commentary on this Gelbvieh bull from the VRT Lazy TV Sam U451 bloodline is by Dr. Jim Males, retied cattle expert from Oregon State University.
The North Central Livestock Association represents a merger between the Wasco County and Sherman County, Oregon beef producers. This year, the group revived a longstanding tradition of the bull tour. It had been an annual event for 57 years up until a decade ago when it wound down. The NCLA decided to bring it back in order for cattle producers to see what decisions on breeding and bloodlines other local producers are making, and for city people to get introduced to the producers and see what their lives are like. The tour took them from the Wasco County Fairgrounds in Tygh Valley, OR, to current NCLA president Rory Wilson’s operation in Sherman County, to the Imperial Stock Ranch operated by Dan and Jeanne Carver off Bakeoven Road in Southern Wasco County to Keith Nantz’s Dilliion Land and Cattle company ranch on Juniper Flats and back to the fairgrounds for a presentation on wolf predation. More than 120 people took par in the all-day caravan, which included a barbecue lunch and steak dinner.