False alarm prompts Hanford workers to take cover

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — About 1,000 workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation briefly took cover after a chlorine alarm sounded at a water treatment plant.

The Wednesday afternoon alarm was determined to be false.

Department of Energy spokesman Geoff Tyree told the Tri-City Herald that no chlorine leak was detected.

Hanford was created by the Manhattan Project during World War II in the race to build an atomic bomb. The sprawling complex near Washington’s Tri-Cities of Richland, Kennewick and Pasco is involved in a multi-decade cleanup program that already has cost more than $40 billion.

Vigilant citizen holds airport burglary suspect being held at gun point

Airport RobberOn December 5, 2014 at approximately 2:42 am the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Dallesport Airport due to a report of a burglary suspect being held at gun point by a vigilant citizen. 

 

The initial report indicated that a lone burglar had smashed out the windows of the main office at the Dallesport Airport and had entered into the building.  The caller indicated that when he heard the glass breaking downstairs, he called a nearby resident to come to the scene to assist with the situation.  The nearby resident, later identified as Darren Lacock, responded to the scene where he confronted the burglar with a firearm and held him at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived.  The suspect was later identified as 25 year old Dallesport resident Christopher K. Wirshup,

 

KCSO deputies and law enforcement officers from the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and The Dalles Police Department responded to the call.  Wirshup was taken into custody without incident.

 

The initial crime scene investigation revealed that Wirshup had smashed out the windows of the office by using landscape bricks that were outside the building.  Evidence of the crime of theft was located on Wirshup’s person.

 

Wirshup was transported to the Klickitat County Jail where he was booked on the charges of Burglary Second Degree, Malicious Mischief Second Degree, and Theft Third Degree.

Cause of death determined in Goldendale Fire

The Goldendale Police Department has concluded its preliminary investigation on the fire at 608 North Mill Street. The three people were found deceased inside the residence and identified as 34 year old Thomas Blakely, his 7 year old daughter Kyra Blakely and his 5 year old son Thomas “TJ” Blakely. The family had moved to Goldendale from the Seattle area about 4 months ago. The two children were found deceased in their bedroom and Thomas was found deceased in his bedroom.

After the forensic fire investigation, the cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical failure. The Clark County Medical Examiner determined the cause of death of all three was smoke Inhalation. Information from both the fire investigator and the medical examiner were consistent with witness statements about the fire.

The Goldendale Police Department has determined this fire was a tragic accident.

Update Fatal Crash HWY 26 at MP 67.5 in Wasco County

On December 5, 2014, at approximately 4:15 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers were called to the scene of a four (4) vehicle crash on highway 26 near milepost 67.5, in Wasco County.

Preliminary investigation indicates a blue, 2005 Dodge Caravan, driven by KIMBERLY A. MEEKER, 41, of Madras, with two juvenile passengers, were eastbound on highway 26 when she lost control on ice in the area and crossed into the westbound lane. The Caravan was hit on the drivers side by a westbound Volvo S40. The Caravan was hit again by a westbound silver 2002 Toyota Sequoia. A fourth vehicle, a black 2005 Saturn Ion, was eastbound and attempted to avoid the crash but struck the rear bumper of the Volvo S40 and then the guardrail.

The driver of the Caravan died at the scene and a juvenile rear passenger in her vehicle was taken by Life Flight to a Portland Area Hospital with serious injuries. The juvenile front seat passenger was transported by ground ambulance to a Portland hospital with injuries.

The driver of the Volvo, identified as VICTORIA L. GETTINGER,30, of Bend, were transported by private vehicle to a Madras hospital for a complaint of pain. The vehicle was occupied by the driver, and an additional adult and infant passenger. None of the occupants reported significant injury at the time of the crash.

The driver and only occupant of the 2002 Toyota Sequoia, identified as CYNTHIA L. YOUNG-BOLEK, 44, of Newberg, was taken by Life Flight to a Portland area hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the 2005 Saturn Ion, identified as RYAN D. LARSON,26, of Beaverton, and his passenger were not injured in the crash.

While the investigation is ongoing, ice is being investigated as the likely cause of the crash. No additional details or the names of other passengers are available at this time.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), United States Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer (LEO), Life Flight, and the Hoodland Fire District.

Wyden introduced the program supporting schools’ efforts to procure more local fruits and vegetables

Washington, DC – Oregon Senator Ron Wyden today announced that Oregon has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as one of eight states in a pilot project that will allow them to increase purchases of locally-grown fruits and vegetables for their school meal programs.

The Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables, was introduced by Senator Wyden as an amendment to the Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill.

“Today’s news is a win for communities and school districts across Oregon who can now offer meals made with the locally grown produce we’re famous for, from apples to zucchini, blueberries to tomatoes and everything in between,” Senator Wyden said. “This is a win for the local farmers who will gain new customers to buy their fruits and vegetables. And this is a win for the school children who will grow up knowing what fresh produce really tastes like.”

USDA Foods – provided by the USDA to schools – make up about 20 percent of the foods served in schools. States use their USDA Foods allocation to select items from a list of 180 products including fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, poultry, rice, low fat cheese, beans, pasta, flour and other whole grain products. This pilot program will allow the selected states to use some of their USDA Foods allocation to buy unprocessed fruits and vegetables directly, instead of going through the USDA Foods program.

“These demonstration projects will help schools source healthy, local fruits and vegetables for the breakfasts, lunches, or snacks served to students,” Wyden said. “It is more important today than ever to ensure America’s children have fresh, healthy eating options when they are increasingly exposed to unhealthy, processed foods.”

States were selected based on their demonstrated commitment to farm-to-school efforts, including prior efforts to increase and promote farm-to-school programs in the state, the quantity and variety of growers of local fruits and vegetables in the state on a per capita basis, and the degree to which the state contains a sufficient quantity of local educational agencies of various population sizes and geographic locations.

Oregon farmers and school officials said the pilot project will grow the existing relationships between farmers and schools, with children being the ultimate beneficiaries.

“I’m thrilled Oregon has been chosen because it will help our schools continue to diversify their local foods purchasing portfolio,” said Michelle Ratcliffe, PhD, Director of Market Development for Farm to Table Initiatives at Truitt Family Foods. “The happy result is that the pilot will help Oregon’s students to achieve, farmers to prosper and communities to thrive.”
Other states chosen for the pilot besides Oregon are California, Connecticut, Michigan, New York, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. For more information about USDA’s efforts, go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/pressrelease/2014/fns-001214

Four-vehicle crash on Highway 26 Friday afternoon leaves one dead, three injured

The following is a press release from the Oregon State Police

On December 5, 2014, at approximately 4:15 p.m., the Oregon State Police (OSP) was dispatched to a reported four (4) vehicle crash on US HWY 26 at milepost 67.5, in Wasco County.

Preliminary investigation indicates a blue, 2005 Dodge Caravan, drivers name withheld pending next of kin notification, with two juvenile passengers, was eastbound on highway 26 when it lost control on ice in the area and crossed into the westbound lane. The Caravan was hit in the drivers side by a westbound 2007 Volvo S40, which was occupied by two adult and one infant passengers. The Caravan then collided with a westbound silver 2002 Toyota Sequoia, occupied by only the driver. A fourth vehicle, a black 2005 Saturn Ion, which was eastbound and attempting to avoid the crash but did strike the rear bumper of the Volvo S40 and then the guardrail.

The driver of the Caravan died at the scene; a juvenile rear passenger was taken by Life Flight to a Portland Area Hospital and the front passenger transported by ground ambulance to Portland. The passengers in the Volvo were transported by private vehicle to a Madras hospital as a precaution. The driver of the Toyota Sequoia was taken by Life Flight to a Portland area hospital. No occupants in the Saturn reported injury.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), United States Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer (LEO), Life Flight, and the Hoodland Fire Department.

David Shapiro – Terra Tempo 3: The Academy of Planetary Evolution

Terra Tempo 3 The Academy of Planetary Evolution cover

Author David Shapiro, Artist Christopher Herndon, Colorist Erica Melville

Author David Shapiro, Artist Christopher Herndon, Colorist Erica Melville

David Shapiro will be at Klindt’s Booksellers Saturday, November 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. To listen to our interview, recorded Wednesday, November 26, click on the grey podcast bar below.

The third volume in the Terra Tempo graphic novel series, Terra Tempo: The Academy of Planetary Evolution starts off with a big bang as the series’ intrepid heroes, Jenna, Caleb, and Ari race from the Cenozoic era to the modern age, making their way through the evolution of mammals, to finally earn their degrees from the Academy of Planetary Evolution and be considered full-fledged Time Explorers. But when the Bone Wars of the late 1800s threaten to break over to the modern age, and Ari has been taken in for questioning, the kids find themselves in a fight alongside some of history’s most notable natural historians, including Herman Melville, Annie Montague Alexander, and Andrew Carnegie, as they race to ensure the safety of the world’s history, and it’s future.

Review: the Terra Tempo series involves three creators working at the top of their form: writer David Shapiro, artist Christopher Herndon and colorist Erica Melville. The books are also beautifully printed on glossy stock with full color on every single page. It’s a delight for the eyes and a feast for the mind, as readers learn along with the explorers about plate tectonics, the evolution of mammals, and the history of the Bone Wars of the 18th Century, among other fascinating subjects.