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Firefighting forces building to try to contain fire burning west of Lake Billy Chinook

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Jun 222018

Winds driving the blaze easterly from a lightning strike on Wednesday.
Burning southwest of Lake Billy Chinook.

The Graham Fire, aka Three Rivers Fire, is expected to be assaulted by back-up firefighting resources from the Valley today. Governor Brown has declared the fire a “conflagration,” burning in the Three Rivers and Fry Creek areas west of Lake Billy Chinook. Residents in certain areas were told to evacuate, which some did.

The fire is burning in dry grass and juniper trees. Air tankers, dozers and line crews are expected to fight the blaze throughout the day and in to the evening. Thus far only reports of “some” building damage. Sheriff Jim Adkins is evaluating the situation this morning and working with fire teams to help formulate an attack on the blaze from the ground and in the air.

Weather conditions are expected to be similar to Thursday – light winds overnight with breezes throughout the day. All roads in the fire area are blocked by law enforcement to protect the public and property owners.

Sheriff Adkins is expected to issue a news release of the status of the blaze and of the forces massing to fight it.

Redmond’s inter-city transit hub in Newport expects to be open for business in a week or two

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Jun 222018

Cascades East Transit’s new transit hub just north of Lowe’s dedicated June 21st.

Passengers and dignitaries exited the bus just before the dedication.

Redmond Mayor George Endicott sang CET’s good, steady work to keep this vitally important transit service going and growing.

Cutting the ribbon at the Redmond Transit Center near the downtown.

The new hub, with it’s “scaled out” bus logistics, should reduce travel times and speed up inter-community transfers and help residents get to and from jobs and shopping more easily.

Have you seen this missing woman?

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Jun 222018

Tiffany Bettis
Missing for several months

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public’s help to solve a 2015 missing person investigation.

In March 2015, Tiffany Bettis (aka Melinda Smith) went missing. At the time she maintained a home in Fairview, Oregon and also lived in Roseburg, Oregon. She was reportedly last seen at the Quality Inn in Gresham around March 2, 2015.

She left behind three children and a large family that continues to miss her. Multiple people have reported to investigators that they believe Tiffany Bettis never would have left behind her children willingly. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is seeking any information about Tiffany Bettis and her disappearance. Foul play has not been ruled out.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information about this case or any unsolved felony crime may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Wildfire Update – Fly Creek Fire west of Lake Billy Chinook

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Jun 212018

Fly Creek Fire
West of Lake Billy Chinook

Winds driving the blaze easterly from a lightning strike on Wednesday.

Conflagration status has been triggered. Re-inforcements coming from the Willamette Valley.

With abundant water nearby the bucket choppers kept a steady assault on the fire.

From Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch

Two Central Oregon fires, both started by lightning yesterday, grew significantly today drawing on local firefighting resources and requiring additional firefighting power.

The Fly Creek fire, approximately 7 miles west of Cove Palisades State Park (Lake Billy Chinook), grew to 750 acres during the day. The fire threatened the Three Rivers Subdivision for much of the afternoon and by early evening the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department had ordered a Level 3 evacuation – Get Out!! – for the entire subdivision.

The Boxcar Fire, which started 3 miles south of Maupin, moved both east and west of Highway 197 causing Highway 197 to be closed at times. Visitors to the area should pay attention to any signage on the highway due to the potential of road closures in the area. A Type 3 Team currently is managing the approximately 7,000 acre fire. A Type 2 Team will take over management of the fire friday evening. The fire is expected to continue to grow due to winds and the light brushy fuels in the area.

Firefighters managed many additional small lightning caused fires throughout the day.

Authorities: “On her cellphone…”

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Jun 212018

SUV headed westbound on Hwy 126. Driver loses control and rolls the vehicle just west of Helmholtz.

Miraculously the lady driver emerged unscathed. Seat belts work. Reportedly on her cellphone at the time.

A driver headed west on Highway 126 lost control of her SUV Thursday afternoon just west of Helmholtz. Her car began rolling down the pavement utterly demolishing the vehicle.

As bad as it looks, the driver emerged from the wreck practically unscathed. Seat belts work. Authorities said she admitted that she was on her cellphone at the time.

Governor Brown to Nat’l Assn. of Attorneys General: Washington DC is abandoning its own people while brutalizing those seeking asylum

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Jun 212018

Governor Brown decries U.S. treatment of those fleeing persecution and violence – and the decline health care for American citizens.

Governor Kate Brown Speaks Out Against Federal Government on Health Care, Immigration

Standing before Attorneys General from across the country, Governor Kate Brown today spoke out against the Trump Administration’s refusal to protect vulnerable Americans’ healthcare and immigrants’ rights.

In an address at the annual gathering of the National Association of Attorneys General, Brown underscored the importance of states’ action and leadership in standing up for their people:

“Recently, we’ve seen drastic and unprecedented policy changes from the White House that have taken our nation down a path that no one thought we would see in our lifetimes.

“This week, we have seen immigrant children taken from their families, and kept in warehouses, cages, and tents along the border. It’s appalling that these children are being used as political pawns by the White House. It’s abhorrent the President should then promote his executive order ending the practice of family separations as some sort of victory.

“In April, I made it clear that the Oregon National Guard would not be used for political purposes along the border, or to distract from the chaos and confusion of the Trump Administration.

“Today, Oregon stands along with 15 other states and the District of Columbia to defend the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee of health coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

“The dismaying decision by the Trump administration to abandon key elements of the law is a rejection of American voters’ voices. It destabilizes our states’ insurance markets while putting the health of tens of millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions — including as many as 17 million children — at risk.

“Here in Oregon, we are dedicated to expanding access to affordable care. We will not remain silent as Jeff Sessions and the Trump Administration threaten to rip away healthcare from those who need it most. Now, it is up to the states to fill the void of federal leadership on this issue and fighting to ensure these critical protections remain intact.”

Wildland fire season has been officially launched…

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Jun 212018

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ODOT: Central Ore.: US197 6 miles south of Maupin closed due to wildfire and firefighting activities. Updates as they become available. Motorists urged to use alternative routes.