• Eclipse Information Sources
    With just a few days to go until the total solar eclipse, agencies are working together to dispense information on traffic, health and safety, wildfire danger, camping, and weather among other things to residents and tourists eager to view the once-in-a-lifetime celestial phenomenon.   A wide variety of information about the eclipse can be found on […] The p […]
  • Drivers Reminded To Watch For Emergency Vehicles
    Drivers are reminded with expected congestion on highways the next few days to watch for emergency vehicles and get out of the way to allow them through.  Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill says if an emergency vehicle has its lights and sirens on, there is a reason for it.  ODOT is reminding motorists that in […] The post Drivers Reminded To Watch For Emergen […]
  • More Ambulances In Area Of Totality
    There will be more ambulances than usual stationed in central and eastern Oregon this weekend and early next week as crowds are expected to arrive to witness Monday’s solar eclipse.  Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency that enabled Oregon to bring additional ambulances and attendant personnel into the state to respond as needed […] The post Mor […]
  • PUD Says No Blackouts
    Utility officials say there is no truth to rumors of rolling blackouts during Monday’s solar eclipse.  Northern Wasco PUD issued a statement saying they have heard of the rumor about rolling blackouts circulating, but they have no such blackouts planned.  The PUD says it has been working with community emergency response partners to take steps […] The post P […]
  • CGCC To Begin Search For New President
    With a mutual separation agreement now in place with outgoing President Frank Toda, the Columbia Gorge Community College board now moves on to finding a replacement.  College board chair Stu Watson says in the short-term the board wants to find someone with experience as a college president to serve on an interim basis while a […] The post CGCC To Begin Sear […]
  • Eclipse Nears; Area Gets Ready For Influx Of People
    As Monday’s total solar eclipse draws near, emergency officials who have preparing for months the event and the expected throngs headed to areas in the path of totality, including south Wasco County, are getting ready for people to arrive.  Much of the preparation has centered around dealing with high volumes of traffic, and Wasco County […] The post Eclipse […]
  • Fire East Of Shaniko Burns 5,000 Acres
    A lightning-caused fire about eight miles east of Shaniko has burned just over 5,000 acres.  The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center says the North Pole Fire started on Sunday.  The fire is burning in grasslands, and the Center reported this morning that fire behavior is minimal.  The fire is on unprotected lands, and there is no […] The post Fire East […]
  • Bingen To Receive Options For Stormwater And Traffic Issues
    The Bingen City Council is contracting with an engineering firm to develop options for dealing with stormwater and traffic issues on some streets, in particular Jefferson Street.  Mayor Betty Barnes says they are dealing with two problems:  people taking shortcuts from main streets and going too fast through neighborhoods, and stormwater runoff going on to [ […]
  • Escaped Inmate From Fire Crew Caught
    One of two inmates who escaped while assigned to a firefighting crew at the Headwater Fire north of Goldendale was arrested in Portland Wednesday morning.  KATU-TV reports that the other escaped inmate is still at large.  Police say Tyray Munter and Maksim Petrovskiy escaped from their Department of Natural Resources fire crew early Tuesday morning. […] The […]
  • Toda, CGCC To Part Ways
    Columbia Gorge Community College President Frank Toda will be leaving that position at the end of September.  The CGCC Board of Education unanimously approved a mutually acceptable separation agreement with Toda at a special meeting Tuesday.  Board chair Stu Watson thanked Toda for numerous contributions to the growth of the college in his sixteen years […] […]