Rescuers hunt 15-year-old girl, missing near Mt. St. Helens

SKAMANIA COUNTY, Wash. – Rescue crews are searching near Mount St. Helens for a 15-year-old girl who separated from her family while on a hike. KATU reports the girl’s family called the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon when she went missing along Forest Service road 83 near the Lahar Viewpoint, on the southeast side of the mountain. Officials said they aren’t sure if the missing girl has supplies with her. Deputies are working with the Volcano Rescue Team to help search the area. They also have a helicopter and aircraft searching the area from the sky.

Dr. Frank Toda out at Columbia Gorge Community College

It was the end of an era at last night’s meeting of the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve a separation agreement with Dr. Frank Toda, who has served as the college president for the last 16 years. Though Toda and the college had a contract that was to run through 2020, that contract was made with a previous version of the college board. In May, four challengers defeated four longtime board members. The challengers ran on a platform of change, and took office last month. Stu Watson, the current board chair, had called for Toda’s resignation as early as 201
Toda was only the second president the college has had in its 40-year history. He succeded Bill Bell in 2001. On his watch, voters in Hood River approved joining the district and eventually a campus was created there in 2008. He was also able to obtain funds to build two new buildings and by donating the land obtained classroom space in the new readiness center at the college. His biggest achievement, though, was getting independent accreditation for the college bring them out from the control of Portland Community college.

Under terms of the agreement the college will write Dr Toda a check for $89,425, equivalent to six months pay minus normal deductions. In return, he agrees not to sue the college.


Update: one of two who escaped from fire crew at Goldendale captured in Portland

UPDATE: One of two inmates who escaped from a crew fighting the Head Water fire near Goldendale was taken into custody this morning on 82nd Street in Portland. According to KOIN News,  30-year-old Tyray Munter was arrested without incident while 22-year-old Maksim Petrovskiy remains at large. Both escaped from the camp at approximately 2:35 a.m. Yesterday morning.
When not assigned to a fire the prisoners were held at the Olympic Corrections Center near Forks, Washington which houses approximately 380 minimum custody male inmates.

The following is a press release from the Washington Department of Corrections:

GOLDENDALE – Washington State Department of Corrections and local law enforcement are searching for two inmates, Tyray Munter, 30, and Maksim Petrovskiy, 22, who escaped from the Goldendale Department of Natural Resources fire crew at approximately 2:35 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

Correctional employees initiated an inmate recount and escape procedures at approximately 2:50 a.m. on August 15. The facility notified local and state law enforcement, Oregon State Patrol and activated Inmate Recovery Teams.

Munter was convicted of assault 2 and theft 2 out of Snohomish County and began serving his 72 month sentence on June 28, 2016. His expected release date had been tentatively set for May 2, 2020.

Petrovskiy was convicted of taking a motor vehicle without permission and possession of a stolen vehicle out of Snohomish County and began serving his 33 month sentence on April 18, 2017. His expected release date had been tentatively set for December 8, 2018.

If you see either inmate, do not approach him and contact the Olympic Corrections Center at (360) 374-6181 or Call 911.

Olympic Corrections Center is located near Forks, Wash. and houses approximately 380 minimum custody male inmates. Goldendale, Wash. is located in south central Washington, 70 miles south of Yakima, Wash.

East 10th closed between Thompson and Dry Hollow for two days

Wednesday August 16, the City of The Dalles Public Works will begin a pavement preservation project on East 10th Street between Thompson Street and Dry Hollow Road.
Full road closure will be in effect during the mornings of August 16th and 17th. During road closure hours, motorists are encouraged to use E 12th Street as an alternative route to avoid the work area. Please see map for details.

Chip sealing work is scheduled on August 16th from 7:00 a.m. to approximately noon.

When E 10th Street is reopened for traffic, speeds will be reduced to 15 or 20 mph to keep vehicles from dislodging the cover rock and reduce the instances of loose flying rock as the chip seal cure.

Early morning street sweeping will begin on August 17th from 7:00 a.m. in order to remove loose rock before a thin coat of asphalt is applied to extend the useful life of the repaired road surface. All work is expected to be completed by noon.

Please proceed with caution in this area during construction times and observe all temporary traffic control devices. Thank you for your patience during this work.

If you have questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (541) 296-5401.


Public program grants available for Oregon nonprofits and tribes

Grants up to $10,000 available for programs exploring challenging issues and ideas

PORTLAND, Ore.—August 10, 2017—Through October 31, 2017, Oregon nonprofit organizations and tribes may apply for grants up to $10,000 to support public programs that bring people together to think and talk about challenging issues and ideas.

Oregon Humanities’ Public Program Grants are awarded annually to Oregon nonprofit organizations with budgets under $1.5 million and Oregon’s federally recognized tribes. These grants fund programs that engage community members as active participants, explore issues or ideas from a variety of perspectives, help participants make meaning for themselves and their community, and respond to challenges or opportunities in their communities.

In 2017, Public Program Grants funded interactive dialogues on race and gentrification in North and Northeast Portland; panel discussions giving historical context to current events in Salem; and conversations between artists, scientists, and community members at the Playa residency in Summer Lake, among other programs.

To apply for a 2018 Public Program Grant, organizations must complete an online letter of interest form (available at byOctober 31, 2017. Once the deadline has passed, Oregon Humanities grant staff will contact the program director regarding whether a full proposal will be invited.

Oregon Humanities staff will lead two webinars on applying for Public Program Grants onTuesday, September 19, at noon, and September 27, at 3:00 p.m. Participants can register for the webinars at

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Program Coordinator Kyle Weismann-Yee at(503) 241-0543 / (800) 735-0543, ext. 112, or to discuss their applications or learn more about the granting process.

Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about our programs and publications—which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Responsive Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine—can be found at Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

#DriveHealthy during the #OReclipse

ODOT expects many Oregon highways to be very crowded in the days around the Aug. 21 #OReclipse. Many crashes are the result of distracted driving and traveling too fast for conditions. So we’re encouraging you to #DriveHealthy: Keep yourhands on the wheel, your mind on the task, and your eyes on the road—not on the sky. It also means you must plan your travel well in advance.

Because of the expected large crowds, please treat the 3-hour eclipse as a 3-DAY event: Arrive early, stay put and leave late.

  • Showing up Monday morning is too late: You could be in a long traffic jam; you could still be on the highway when the eclipse occurs.
  • Trying to leave immediately after the eclipse is too early: That could put you into another long traffic jam—perhaps one of cosmic proportions.
  • Can you travel with others? Carpool! Visit for more information.
  • Move over before you pass a vehicle on the side of the road that is displaying warning lights, if you can. If you cannot safely move over, or you’re on a two-lane road, you must slow down to at least five mph under the speed limit before you pass by.
  • The shoulder is for emergency stopping, not parking—and not eclipse viewing. Blocking the shoulder could keep emergency vehicles from reaching victims.

In the days leading up to the eclipse, ODOT will have crews posted along critical travel routes to keep motorists safe, and will be providing travel updates and 511 so you can be prepared with the most current travel information available. TripCheck’s speed map has been enhanced: you can now see how fast (or slow) traffic is moving on all city, county and state roads in Oregon.

Plan to have a good time in Oregon viewing the eclipse. Plan ahead, so you will.

Biggs resident arrested on drug manufacturing charges

The following is a press release from the Oregon State Police:

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at approximately 6:00PM, OSP executed a search warrant at a residence just outside of Biggs Junction off the Biggs-Rufus Highway. The warrant was the result of an assault between the resident and a commercial motor vehicle driver near the Pilot truck stop earlier that morning. The resident was observed by witnesses and was identified as 39 year old, Trevor Patrick Beers.

Beers had been involved in a verbal altercation with the CMV driver, identified as 45 year old Michael Brunette from Salem. During that confrontation, Beers struck Brunette across the face and left the area. OSP Troopers responded to Beers residence and while attempting to make contact with him evidence was observed indicating Beers was involved in the manufacture and extraction of cannabinoids from marijuana into a concentrated form. This process is commonly referred to as a BHO (butane honey oil) laboratory.

A search warrant was authorized and executed. Beers was located inside his residence and taken into custody without incident. He was lodged at NORCOR on the following charges:
Unlawful manufacture of marijuana extract, 2 counts of felon in possession of a firearm and harassment, which stemmed from the altercation with Brunette
As punctuated by a recent BHO laboratory explosion at a Portland area residence recently, these make-shift home labs are extremely dangerous and potentially deadly. A BHO extraction lab is a potentially explosive technique that in general, produces cannabis extractions by placing marijuana or marijuana trimmings in some type of holding container and forcing butane through the pressurized container in a manner that doesn’t allow the plant material to escape, yet allows the butane to escape. Butane is heavier than air and sinks to ground level where it can ignite by a stove pilot light or a refrigerator compressor. The butane strips the marijuana of cannabinoids and the end result is pure THC oil commonly turned into a product called “shatter or wax” that commonly has a THC potency 4 to 5 times that of a marijuana plant. Manufacturing BHO at home is always illegal in Oregon.

OSP Troopers from The Dalles were assisted by the OSP Drug Enforcement section, the Sherman County District Attorney and the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office.