The Wasco County Major Crimes Team is searching for a “person of interest” as they investigate the shooting death of a man whose body was found early Thursday morning in a trailer about 12 miles east of The Dalles. According to the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the trailer at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday after receiving an emergency call about a man with what was described as a “long gun” inside the trailer without permission. Upon arrival, deputies found a white male in approximately his mid-20’s dead from apparent gunshot wounds, and located a single weapon. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, and a shooter has been identified but has not been named as the investigation is on-going. No one has been arrested, and the Sheriff’s Office indicated all parties involved have been cooperative. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 24-year-old Corey James Widmer, who is described as a “person of interest” in the case, and is five-feet-nine inches tall, weighing 145 pounds. Anyone who might have information about the incident or where Widmer is are asked to call the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office at 541-506-2580.
The Oregon State Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered Thursday afternoon along Interstate 84 about two miles east of The Dalles. According to the OSP, Oregon Department of Transportation employees were doing maintenance work along I-84 near milepost 89 when they discovered the body about 75 feet from the highway in a wooded area. OSP investigators identified the man as 25-year-old Jaeray C. Jackson of Goldendale, and said the body had been there for some time. The initial investigation indicates Jackson’s injuries were self-inflicted.
Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue will hold a ribbon cutting of its renovated station 2 on Columbia View Heights Saturday morning. District Chief Bob Palmer says the opening of the station brings with it a variety of advantages, including improved insurance service office (ISO) ratings for the district that can reduce fire insurance costs for residents, and better emergency response times. He also says with the second station located in a neighborhood setting, the district will begin to ramp up its community risk reduction program. The station will be rededicated to Doyle Buchanan, who the station was dedicated to when it was originally constructed by the Wasco Rural Fire Protection District. The ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the station on 525 Wasco Drive.
Armed with a new coat of protective paint, the Biggs Rapids-Sam Hill Bridge on Highway 97 is ready, a year early, for the harsh winter conditions of the Gorge. The bridge painting project began last fall and was scheduled to take two years to complete, but by working seven days a week with mild weather conditions, Intech Contracting finished this month. Spanning the Columbia River, the Biggs Rapids-Sam Hill Bridge was built in 1962 and carries approximately 5,600 vehicles a day between Maryhill and Biggs Junction. The bridge was last painted in 1988 and this new coat should last the next 20 years. The $8.8 million project was funded by a federal preservation program.
Horizon Christian 6, Livingstone School 1: The Hawks scored five first half goals to nail down first place in the Special District 6 regular season. Horizon Christian will host Damascus Christian in a district semi-final on Monday.
Columbia 4, Castle Rock 0
King’s Way Christian 6, Stevenson 0
Columbia def. Stevenson 25-17, 22-25, 25-4, 25-22
Naches Valley def. Goldendale 24-26, 25-21, 24-26, 25-14, 15-9
Oregon 52nd District State Representative Mark Johnson has been appointed by Governor Kate Brown to serve as co-convener of the Historic Columbia River Highway Collaborative Oregon Solutions project. Johnson, along with co-convener Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel and a team of public, private and civic leaders, are tasked with developing practical and sustainable solutions to ongoing traffic safety and congestion issues in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Brown’s decision to designate the Historic Columbia River Highway Collaborative as an Oregon Solutions project came at the request of state and local community leaders and after the project received an assessment summary by Oregon Solutions staff. The designation brings with it the support of professional Oregon Solutions staff, and assistance in leveraging funding for the project. Oregon Solutions was established in 2001 to work to solve community-based problems through collaboration with business, nonprofit and government leaders.
Outdoor burning operations are now being allowed in the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue District. Burning will be limited to between hours of 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. MCFR Chief Bob Palmer says burn permits are available at the district office on 1400 West 8th in The Dalles, adding people still need to use caution when burning. Residents within The Dalles city limits may only burn yard debris in a small pile as outlined on the burn permit and as allowed by municipal ordinance. Incinerators and barrels are not allowed in the City of The Dalles. Outside the city limits, residents can burn in a pile or in an incinerator or barrel.
An increased presence by a Hood River County Sheriff’s Office marine deputy was felt in Port of Hood River waterfront areas this summer. Marine Deputy Quintin Nelson gave a report to Port Commissioners this week. The Port and the County Sheriff’s office established an intergovernmental agreement to provide more on-the-water patrols near Port locations. Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says it improved safety for users in the area. Nelson’s report recommended a better delineation of safety zones, and better education of the public on regulations. The Port’s Waterfront Advisory Committee will take that report to prepare an educational plan.
Columbia won the boys’ team title at the Trico League Cross Country Championships at Husum Hills Golf Course. Colin Howe finished second and Will Nuckoles third to lead the Bruins’ effort. Stevenson finished third, topped by a fifth place finish by Jordan Vigil. Jarod Hulsizer of Kalama was the individual winner. Columbia finished third in the girls’ team standings, with Haley Blair taking third and Rachel Luther seventh. LaCenter won the girls’ title, paced by individual winner Jenna Melanson of LaCenter.
Pendleton 2, The Dalles 0: Pendleton moved into a tie for third in the Columbia River Conference with the Riverhawks with the win.
Hood River Valley 0, Hermiston 0
The effort to construct a youth center in The Dalles took another step forward on Tuesday when a group of over 30 community leaders met with Acts Executive Director Joe Martin to give their input. Martin said he had just received design drawings for the facility tailored to property acquired over the summer behind Motel 6 in the western portion of The Dalles. He says the design involves four buildings that could be built in stages. Martin noted his biggest surprise was the lack of skepticism in the room, fortifying his belief the time is now to tackle this project. He says the next step is to get more public involvement in the effort, with a fundraising luncheon being planned for November.