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Man Arraigned On Charges In Woman’s Death

A 29-year-old Hood River man is facing murder and manslaughter charges in the death of a woman with whom he had a child.  Miguel Angel Qunitana-Soto was arraigned in Hood River County Circuit Court.  23-year-old Cecilia Campuzano-Ortiz was found dead in her apartment in Hood River last week after police responded to a welfare check after friends and co-workers said she had not been seen for several days.  According to the October 11 and 15 Hood River News, Quintana-Soto was arrested a day after the discovery for violating a no-contact order that was part of his probation for a September 2013 conviction for assaulting Campuzano-Ortiz last summer.  Quintana-Soto was arraigned by video from the NORCOR regional jail, and is being represented by Portland attorney Clayton Lance.  His next court appearance is set for November 3.

Chenoweth Business Park Nears Completion

The Chenoweth Business Park at the western end of The Dalles is nearing completion.  Port of The Dalles Executive Director Andrea Klaas says some detail work may extend into the spring, but the basics should be done in the next few weeks.  Klaas says they have received a number of inquiries about the park from potential businesses, particularly from within the food industry.  Another sector with interest involves advanced manufacturing businesses that support other industries in the Northwest.  26 lots have been developed on 60 acres, with a minimum size of one acre.

October 10-11 Prep Sports Scoreboard


Mountain View 56, The Dalles 0

LaCenter 49, Columbia 21

Stevenson 30, Kalama 14

Arlington 54, South Wasco 28

Zillah 49, Goldendale 12



Arlington def. South Wasco 3 games to 2


Girls Soccer

Goldendale 4, Granger 3, overtime

Skamania County Passes Resolution Blasting Feds

Skamania County Commissioners passed a resolution this week to express their unhappiness with the federal government’s management of federal forest lands and the condition it has left the county in.  The resolution declares an emergency in the County due to “unhealthy national forest conditions…yearly threat of catastrophic fires…and minimal County government, schools, and emergency services.”  The resolution demands Washington state and federal officials take immediate action to eliminate hazardous conditions in communities in and around the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and all other federally managed lands in Skamania County.  It accuses the U.S. Forest Service of not involving Skamania County as an equal partner in planning and management of the Pinchot forest.  88 percent of land in Skamania County is government owned, and the shrinking of federal forest payments has damaged the ability of local agencies to provide services.

Port of HR Approves Contract With Lift Span Firm

The Port of Hood River Commission has approved a contract with HDR Engineering in Portland to handle evaluations of the lift span on the Hood River Interstate Bridge.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee said a March inspection by long-time bridge consultant HNTB found the need for further evaluations of the lift span setting with a more specific and pro-active maintenance program that HDR specializes in.  HDR will do further inspections and measurements for engineering tasks at the end of October and early November, and they will prepare their recommendations on the lift span settings with repairs to be done this coming spring.

October 9 Prep Sports Scoreboard


McKay 34, Hood River Valley 21

Dufur 66, Ione 14

Sherman 84, Condon-Wheeler 24



Kalama def. Columbia 25-15, 25-10, 25-15

King’s Way Christian def. Stevenson 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, 25-11

Dufur def. Ione 25-19, 25-16, 25-14

Condon-Wheeler def. Sherman 25-11, 25-7, 25-4

South Wasco def. Horizon Christian 3 games to 0

LaSalle def. Goldendale 25-17, 25-21, 23-25, 25-7


Boys Soccer

C.S. Lewis Academy 1, Horizon Christian 0


Girls Soccer

Columbia 1, King’s Way Christian 0


Girls Water Polo

Sandy 18, Hood River Valley 8

Bingen Council Approves Marijuana Product Producer Location

Bingen City Councilors approved a conditional use permit for a marijuana-infused edible products processor to locate on Steuben Street.  Councilors received quite a bit of public testimony about the products that were to be produced, but Mayor Betty Barnes says the Council could only consider the land use question.  The processor is still in a permitting process with the Washington Liquor Control Board to receive approval.  Barnes pointed out the processor will be next door to a retail marijuana outlet, but no one will be able to go into the processor to purchase product.  The processor has to deliver the product to licensed retailers.

Residents Express Concern About Proposed Marijuana Processor

Klickitat County Commissioners heard from citizens concerned about the potential that a marijuana processor would be located near their neighborhood south of Goldendale.  An application is before the Washington Liquor Control Board for the processing facility on Bailey Loop Road in a commercial zone adjacent to a residential location.  Commissioner David Sauter says the location meets County zoning requirements, noting the final decision rests with the state agency, and they will include residents’ comments on the County’s response to the application.  Commissioners also encouraged the residents to make comments directly to the Liquor Control Board.

Smith Trial Set For July 7

A Goldendale  woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter and wounding her teenage daughter at an Oregon coast motel last summer is tentatively set for trial next July 7.  Jessica Smith’s defense lawyers sought a trial date in spring or early summer 2016 during a hearing Tuesday in Circuit Court in Astoria.  Judge Cindee Matyas set the trial date for next July, but said she would allow defense lawyer William Falls a postponement if needed.  The 40-year-old woman earlier pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder in the attacks.  Cannon Beach police found the toddler dead and the 13-year-old girl in a hotel room on August 1.  The teen has since recovered.  Smith and her husband, Greg Smith, were divorcing after 17 years amid a custody dispute.


Woman Found Dead During Welfare Check; Investigation Underway

Law enforcement agencies in the Hood River area are investigating the death of a young woman discovered when officers did a welfare check.  Hood River Police say 23-year-old Cecilia Campuzano Ortiz was found dead inside a residence on Montello Avenue.  Friends and co-workers of Ortiz asked police to go to the residence after they had not seen or heard from her for several days.  The cause of death will not be known until an autopsy is performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office.  The Oregon State Police Forensics team responded and performed forensic evidence collection and documentation of the scene.  The Hood River Police Department is asking anyone with information related to this case contact Detective Michael Martin at 541-387-5257.



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