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.

Walden introduces bipartisan legislation to protect rural ambulance services

REDMOND, Ore. — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced today that he has introduced legislation to preserve emergency care in rural Oregon by ensuring that rural ambulance service providers are fairly paid for their services. The Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act of 2014 (H.R. 5460) would end the uncertainty that rural ambulance services face over reimbursement from Medicare by making permanent appropriate rates for their services.

“Rural ambulance services save lives and provide needed care in Oregon every day. It is imperative that they have the proper resources necessary to provide the highest quality care. This bipartisan legislation would end the uncertainty rural ambulance services face over Medicare reimbursement rates and allow them to answer calls for help no matter the day, hour, or patient’s location,”Walden said.

Walden announced the legislation at a meeting with Redmond Fire Chief Tim Moor and Doug Kelly of the Redmond EMS Division. Moor, Kelly, and their colleagues have been actively involved with this issue.

Under current law, Medicare’s rates to reimburse ambulance services are significantly below the cost of delivering services, especially in rural areas. To address this shortfall, Congress regularly passes temporary legislative fixes to give the ambulance services higher rates. Every time this temporary relief is about to expire, it threatens the availability of ambulance services nationwide. This legislation would make these rate adjustments permanent to give ambulance providers certainty.

Walden introduced the legislation along with five other members of Congress, including fellow Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), and Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.).

Leaders in the emergency services community praised the legislation. “Mercy Flights provides an essential service to a large Medicare population in Jackson County, Oregon. It is critical that the Medicare Ambulance Fee Schedule be sustainable. Mercy Flights needs the Medicare Ambulance Fee Schedule to be reformed so we don’t struggle to provided medical treatment and transport to these honored citizens,” said Doug Stewart, CEO of Mercy Flights Inc. based in Medford

“We agree that Congress should ensure continued access to ambulances through permanent relief and reform. By passage of this bill, we can stabilize our operations and develop responsible budgets on known, consistent reimbursement rates. We support Congressman Walden’s bill and look forward to its passage,” said Robert F. Palmer, Fire Chief of Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue in The Dalles.

“In developing H.R. 5460, Congressmen Greg Walden (R-OR), Peter Welch (D-VT), Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Richard Neal (D-MA) developed a sensible and bipartisan approach to addressing below cost Medicare reimbursement of ambulance service providers and implementing important reforms,” said Jimmy Johnson, President of the American Ambulance Association.  “H.R. 5460 will not only address several of the current issues facing our profession but also put us on a path for Congress to make data-driven decisions on the future role ambulance service providers will play in our changing health care system.”

As a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Walden has long worked to increase access to quality health care in rural Oregon. He has been honored with numerous awards from health care advocates, including the American Ambulance Association’s 2010 Legislative Recognition Award.

 

Driver cited after non-injury crash involving van, 2 trucks at Government Camp

09 25 14 Govt Camp crash 209 25 14 Govt Camp Crash 1Highway 26 is open in both directions following Thursday morning’s non-injury traffic crash involving two commercial trucks and a van on Highway 26 at the east end of Government Camp Loop Road on Mt. Hood. The Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation resulted in a citation issued to one of the involved drivers.

On September 25, 2014 at approximately 6:26 a.m., a van driven by DEVIN JOHNSON, age 26, from Welches, was stopped on Government Camp Loop Road waiting to turn left (eastbound) onto Highway 26 as a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer was also stopped eastbound to turn left into the Government Camp rest area. As the van pulled into the westbound lane, it turned in front of a westbound commercial truck. The truck’s driver swerved to the left clipping the front of the van and then slid broadside, colliding into the front of the east-facing stopped truck.

The collision blocked most of Highway 26 for over 3 hours before the road was cleared. The westbound lane and Government Camp Loop Road were used to move traffic around the scene.

OSP investigation resulted in JOHNSON being cited for Fail to Yield Right of Way. Senior Trooper Jim Neufeldt is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Hoodland Fire District and ODOT.

Photographs – Oregon State Police