Skamania County lambastes federal government, especially the U.S. Forest Service

Skamania County Commissioners have lashed out at the federal government, Congress, the President and especially the U.S. Forest Service in a three-page declaration of a state of emergency in Skamania County.

The commissioners note that 88 percent of the land in Skamania County is government-owned and thus pays no taxes and the majority of that is in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. They say the forest lands are in poor health due to what they call “federal mismanagement driven by ill-advised environmental policies” which have “created catastrophic health, safety, welfare and economic effects to Skamania County.”

The declaration also says that Skamania County officials have lost trust in the capability of local US Forest Service management to implement the goals of the Northwest Forest Plan, that they have been avoiding and limiting timber harvest that would provide healthy forest conditions and timber receipts to the count and that the Forest Service has not involved the commissioners in planning and management of the forest, which they say is required by laws and regulations.

Commioners are particularly incensed by what they say is a plan by the Forest Service to buy more private land and take it off the tax rolls.

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In Depth #3 – Klickitat PUD Board candidates

Sherry L. Carver

Sherry L. Carver

Dan Gunkel

Dan Gunkel

Haystack Broadcasting has joined The Goldendale Sentinel and J&N Cable in conducting an in-depth look at the candidates in contested races in Klickitat County. This is the third of these events, which will be broadcast on J&N Cable. The idea came from Sentinel Editor, Publisher and Co-Owner Lou Marzeles, who noted that candidate’s nights are good for getting a quick look at a number of candidates, but don’t allow voters to see beyond three-minute stump speeches and bumper-sticker sound bites. By focusing  on a single race over an hour or more, candidates will be able to go into complex issues with context and nuance that go seriously beyond sound bites. It also allows voters to see how candidates handle themselves in situations whee they don’t know what the questions are going to be in advance.

To listen to the questions and responses of the candidates, click on the grey podcast bar below.

Klickitat County residents testify against proposed marijuana processing plant

A local Bailey Loop Road resident testifies against allowing a marijuana processing plant to open in his neighborhood.

A local Bailey Loop Road resident testifies against allowing a marijuana processing plant to open in his neighborhood.

It was a busy afternoon  for Klickitat County Commisioners Tuesday as a standing room only crowd heard 17 people testify against a proposed marijuana processing plant on Bailey Loop Road. 

To listen to the complete public comment event, click the grey podcast bar below.

Potato truck misses deer, crashes on I-84 west of Arlington

10 07 14Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday morning’s rollover commercial truck crash along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about twelve miles west of Arlington. As a precaution, the truck driver was taken to an area hospital for a medical evaluation and one lane is open while ODOT is on scene coordinating vehicle removal and guardrail damage assessment.

On October 7, 2014 at approximately 5:10 a.m., a 1997 Peterbilt truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with potatoes was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 126. According to the driver he swerved to miss several deer that were on the road and lost control. The truck and trailer crashed into the guardrail on the right shoulder and overturned, spilling the load onto the shoulder.

The truck and trailer came to rest on the guardrail partially blocking the right eastbound lane. The driver appeared not injured but was taken to an area hospital for a medical evalaluation. His name is not available for this release.

Approximately 230 feet of guardrail was damaged.

No injured or dead deer were found in the area. OSP and ODOT urge all travelers to be alert for wildlife on or near our roads, especially in October and November which are the two busiest months for vehicle-wildlife collisions.

Anyone with information or who witnessed this crash is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 776-6111.

Assistance to OSP at the scene provided by Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office, local emergency responders and ODOT. Trooper Zach Bohince is the lead investigator.

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– Oregon State Police

In Depth #2 – Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney candidates

Lori Hoctor

Lori Hoctor

David Quesnel

David Quesnel

Haystack Broadcasting has joined The Goldendale Sentinel and J&N Cable in conducting an in-depth look at the candidates in contested races in Klickitat County. This is the second of these events, which will be broadcast on J&N Cable. The idea came from Sentinel Editor, Publisher and Co-Owner Lou Marzeles, who noted that candidate’s nights are good for getting a quick look at a number of candidates, but don’t allow voters to see beyond three-minute stump speeches and bumper-sticker sound bites. By focusing  on a single race over an hour or more, candidates will be able to go into complex issues with context and nuance that go seriously beyond sound bites. It also allows voters to see how candidates handle themselves in situations whee they don’t know what the questions are going to be in advance.

To listen to the questions and responses of the candidates, click on the grey podcast bar below.

In Depth #1 – Klickitat County Sheriff candidates

From left, candidate Bob Songer, Rodger Nichols of Haystack Broadcasting, Lou Marzeles of The Sentinel, candidate Mark Johnson. Photo courtesy of The Sentinel.

From left, candidate Bob Songer, Rodger Nichols of Haystack Broadcasting, Lou Marzeles of The Sentinel, candidate Mark Boardman. Photo courtesy of The Sentinel.

Haystack Broadcasting has joined The Goldendale Sentinel and J&N Cable in conducting an in-depth look at the candidates in contested races in Klickitat County. This is the first of what will be four of these events, which will be broadcast on J&N Cable. The idea came from Sentinel Editor, Publisher and Co-Owner Lou Marzeles, who noted that candidate’s nights are good for getting a quick look at a number of candidates, but don’t allow voters to see beyond three-minute stump speeches and bumper-sticker sound bites. By focusing  on a single race over an hour and a half or more, candidates will be able to go into complex issues with context and nuance that go seriously beyond sound bites. It also allows voters to see how candidates handle themselves in situations whee they don’t know what the questions are going to be in advance.

This was our first time out, and we did have a technical glitch in our audio that lost the first 40 minutes. The podcast below does contain the final 56 minutes of the conversation. We hope to be able to put up video of the event in the future.