Pacific Power is warning the public of a phone scam targeting utility customers in the Hood River area where imposters posing as customer service agents are trying to get money and steal personal information. Scammers call residential or small business customers claiming to be from their local electric company and demand payment for overdue bills, at times telling the intended victim that they need to pay a special deposit for a new meter installation, and ask for immediate payment by credit card, calling another number, or purchasing a pre-paid card and calling back with the code. Pacific Power officials say they do not this, and when they contact a customer, the representative will always have the customer’s account number. Even then, if a customer is concerned about the validity of the call, it is always appropriate to let the caller know you prefer to call them back at the utility’s published customer service number. Pacific Power can be reached any time toll free at 1-888-221-7070. Anyone receiving such calls or other forms of contact regarding their utility account or bill is encouraged to pay close attention to any information – such as the phone number they are asked to call, a number that appears on caller ID, an address where they’re told to send money- and to report the incident to local police and Pacific Power, or their utility provider.
With October in the rearview mirror, the main tourism season in Hood River has wrapped up, and it appears it was a busy and fruitful year for local businesses. Hood River County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Glover says the evidence indicates it was a good year, with transient room tax collections up significantly from past years. And another busy stretch may be just around the corner. Hood River Holidays activities are planned beginning December 5, and Glover notes that has grown in popularity since its inception just a few years ago.
Mid-Columbia Community Action’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program is underway. Senior and disabled residents should have already received their applications, while Community Action will begin to make appointments to take applications from the general public on December 1. The LIEAP program is federally funded and provides one-time payments to help pay winter heating bills. Community Action’s Jim Slusher says funding for the program is down slightly this year. Slusher says the funding is down 20 percent over the last five years. Community Action will start taking appointments with people from the general public looking to apply for assistance at 8 a.m. on December 1 at both of its offices in The Dalles and Hood River.
The Dalles finished fourth and Hood River Valley eighth at the Oregon Class 5-A Girls Cross Country Championships at Lane Community College in Eugene. Emily Morin was the top finisher for the Riverhawks in 15th, while Lauren Robinson topped HRV in 2nd. Hood River Valley was eighth in the Class 5-A boys’ race. Justin Crosswhite was the top Eagle finisher in 21st. Summit won both the girls and boys titles.
Columbia used three finishers in the top ten to win the Southwest Washington Class 1-A Boys’ Cross Country Championship at Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland. Cabot Roe took fourth, while Will Nuckoles was seventh and Colin Howe 10th. The Bruins finished fifth in the girls’ race behind champion Eatonville. Rachel Luther of CHS was 12th and Haley Blair 13th. The Washington 1-A meet is this Saturday at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
Oregon Class 1-A Volleyball Second Round
Dufur def. McKenzie 25-17, 25-19, 20-25, 25-17: The Rangers advance to the final eight at Ridgeview High School in Redmond. They meet Trinity Lutheran in a quarter-final match Friday at 10 a.m.
Oregon Class 5-A Boys Soccer Play-In
LaSalle 2, The Dalles 0
Oregon Class 5-A Girls Soccer Play-In
Wilsonville 7, The Dalles 1
Oregon Class 1-A Special District 6 Boys Soccer Championship
Life Christian 3, Horizon Christian 2, overtime
Hood River Valley 34, The Dalles 6
Columbia 17, Stevenson 14
Sherman 52, Arlington 8
LaSalle 41, Goldendale 27
A search is underway for a man who escaped from the Klickitat County Jail Monda morning. Klickitat County Sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Kaley says Charles W. Loyd, also known as Charles W. Foley, escaped from the jail at about 5 a.m. and is currently at large. Loyd was incarcerated on kidnapping, robbery, burglary, assault, and theft of a firearm charges. The exact method of escape is currently under investigation, but Kaley says they know Loyd was the only person to escape from the facility. Kaley added they believe Loyd may attempt to acquire transportation to flee from the Goldendale area. The public is urged to keep their vehicles locked and secured to prevent a theft from occurring. Loyd is described as a 38-year-old white male, six feet tall, 230 pounds, with brown eyes. If you have any information as to Loyd’s whereabouts contact your local law enforcement agency or the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office at (509)773-4455. Kaley added people should not attempt to contact or apprehend Loyd.
Bids for Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue’s plan to build living quarters at its Columbia View Heights station so it can be manned came in over budget. Bids were opened on Wednesday. District Chief Bob Palmer says the low bid was about $75,000 over the estimated $450,000 cost, but he added the district will look at options to cover that cost, either through savings in the project or additional funding. The district has $484,000 for the project provided by the City of The Dalles and Wasco County from enterprise zone funds being paid by Google for its new facility that is under construction. Palmer says they hope to find a solution to take to the City and County by the end of November. They must approve the district’s plans under the enterprise zone agreement.
The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum has unveiled a new logo and updated its website. Center officials say the new logo, a hand-drawn spiral with compass points, represents the journey of discovery historically associated with Lewis and Clark and expressed through the Center’s programs and exhibits. The logo features an earth-toned palette that reflects Oregon’s various climates, from high desert to verdant forest. Center Visitor Services Manager Kristen May says the rebranding effort intends to deliver a message that reflects the Center’s mission. Marketing materials will be updated in coming months. A Paul Allen Family Foundation grant funded the project.
A trio of environmental groups filed a lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court Thursday looking to overturn a Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council decision to issue a water pollution permit for Energy Northwest’s Columbia Generating Station at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Northwest Environmental Advocates, and Columbia Riverkeeper claim EFSEC issued the permit over strong objections from fisheries experts at the National Marine Fisheries Service. The lawsuit also alleges that EFSEC’s permit allows water pollution at levels that violate state standards designed to protect public health, fish, and other aquatic species. The Columbia Generating Station uses 20 million gallons of water from the Columbia River every day to cool the nuclear reactor.
There are a number of Halloween activities planned for tomorrow afternoon and evening. Downtown The Dalles will be welcoming trick-or-treaters between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., look for pumpkin stickers from The Dalles Main Street to locate participating businesses. Afterwards, Northern Wasco County Park and Recreation District will hold Monsters in the Park After Dark with activities for all ages from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Dalles City Park. There will also be indoor trick-or-treating at Flagstone Senior Living from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for children age 12 or younger. Downtown Hood River holds its Safe Halloween event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m, with Oak Street and connecting side streets closed between First and Sixth from 4:30 to 7:15. Free parking will be available at the Mt. Hood Railroad parking lot. There will also be trick-or-treating at Providence Down Manor and Providence Brookside from 4:30 to 6:30.
A California man was seriously injured Tuesday evening when he lost control of the commercial truck he was driving and rolled off Highway 35 near Mt. Hood Meadows north of Highway 26. The Oregon State Police says a Freightliner truck pulling a trailed loaded with apples driven by 41-year-old Paritpal Singh was southbound on Highway 35 near milepost 64 negotiating a right curve when it rolled onto its left side and slid off the northbound shoulder where truck and trailer came to rest. Singh was seriously injured and trapped inside the truck, extricated by emergency responders, and transported by Lifeflight to Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. A male co-driver/passenger was in the truck’s sleeper berth and not injured.