Friday, September 2, 2011
Oregon firefighters prepare for bad weather weekend The Associated Press PORTLAND — Firefighters working on a dozen major fires or groups of fires in central and eastern Oregon have things to worry about as the Labor Day weekend nears. Major fires were causing concern Thursday at Mount Hood, on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs reservation and in a designated wilderness area near Sisters. In all, wildfires were burning in areas that total about 160,000 acres as of Thursday. Much of it is rangeland. Jeree Mills, a spokeswoman for the federal fire center in Portland, says hot, dry and windy weather is expected over the weekend and again later next
week. So firefighters are trying to get lines established before the weather turns unfavorable. “They’re really feeling the need to button up some of those fires before that happens,” she said. Another worry, Mills said, is smoke that obscures small fires that began with lightning strikes a week ago. That could allow some fires to grow before they’re noticed, she said. And lots of Oregonians are expected to be outdoors over the weekend. Mills said travelers should check websites and call ahead to make sure that roads, campgrounds and such are open. On the reservation, residents of a small group of houses were asked to evacuate, and those in two other
subdivisions — totaling fewer than 40 homes — were told to be on alert for evacuation orders, said Rita Dyer, a fire spokeswoman. An evacuation order that affected about 15 of those homes Wednesday was rescinded. Firefighters opened a second command center for the multiple fires on the reservation — dubbed the High Cascades complex. The fire areas increased to about 90,000 acres, or about 140 square miles, as of Thursday. On Mount Hood, firefighters said, the historic Cloud Cap Inn has been wrapped with protective sheeting. The 1889 building is no longer in use for public accommodation, but rescue teams use it for a staging area.
BRIEFLY 6.8 quake prompts brief Alaska tsunami warning ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 6.8-magnitude earthquake in the Pacific Ocean prompted a brief tsunami warning early Friday morning for Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. The warning was canceled after only a small wave was recorded in the community of Atka, Alaska. “In Atka, they had a little bump of a wave, but nothing of any kind of a destructive power. Just a wave,” said Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Homeland Security. The earthquake struck at about 2:55 a.m. EDT , and there were no initial reports of injuries or damage, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Average gas price in Oregon $3.81 PORTLAND (AP) — Drivers filling up at gas stations in Oregon this Labor Day weekend will find prices averaging $3.81 a gallon.
The AAA auto club reports that’s 16 cents higher than the national average and 83 cents higher than a year ago in the state. Some metro prices from the AAA survey for Friday: Portland $3.77, Salem $3.76, Eugene-Springfield $3.84, and Medford-Ashland $3.87.
Injured woman crawls out of swamp TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Portland trucker was stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 5 south of Tacoma because of a flat tire when he saw a woman in her underwear crawl over the guardrail from a swamp near the Nisqually River. The Washington State Patrol says she was wet, hypothermic and covered with scratches from sticker bushes. Trooper Guy Gill says John Davis drove on the flat tire Thursday to take her to a nearby weigh sta-
tion to call for help. The 23-year-old Centralia woman was treated at a hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Gill says it appears she had been with a man in an SUV found about 200 yards from the freeway. He says at some point she left the vehicle and crawled through the swamp to the highway. Gill says troopers are looking for the man to make sure he is OK.
Upscale condos burn on waterfront PORTLAND (AP) — A fire broke out in a building that’s part of an upscale condominium complex along Portland’s south waterfront, but firefighters quickly contained the blaze. The fire erupted just at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday. No one was injured. Using a crane, firefighters trained water on flames shooting from the top of the building. Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman Justin de Ruyter says initial damage to the building is estimated at about $30,000.
Truth, and all its shades of gray ‘The Debt’ a thrilling take on Cold War spying
PUBLIC SAFETY LOG Rude awakening A man called for an ambulance at 4 a.m. and reported he was assaulted and pushed from a moving vehicle and was just north of the interchange on Interstate 82 in Hermiston. He said the last thing he remembered was sleeping in his barracks on the Umatilla Chemical Depot, then he woke up and saw a white SUV pulling away. He said he had cuts and scrapes and maybe a broken nose. Don’t let doggie just do A man called Pendleton police at 12:10 p.m. to report a couple in the 700 block of Southeast Avenue let a dog out of a car to go to the bathroom and didn’t clean up after it. They then drove away. The caller reported the license plate number of the vehicle. If you find, call police A Umatilla man called police to report his .40 caliber Smith & Weston pistol and two full clips were missing. He said he may have dropped them while camping and wanted to let police know in case someone turns them in.
in captors’ dingy apartment. He employs knowledge gained as Rachel’s gynecologist — she posed as a patient in order verify his identity — and horribly anti-Semitic barbs to tear down Rachel’s and David’s pysches, leaving them still scarred three decades later. Those scars, however, may emanate from long-held guilt over a truth they’ve hidden ever since. The lies lace together intimately, you become both suffocated and thrilled as the globe-trotting undertaking plays out. One jarring issue, though: “The Debt,” directed by John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”) and a remake of the 2007 Israeli thriller by Assaf Bernstein, is basically set into three acts; by the third the story is lifeless, even as it reaches its gripping sequitur. Still, “The Debt,” proving again that truth can shaded and illuminated by the conventionalities of the present, leaves you wondering just how free the truth will set you. Four secretive stars out of five.
Getting them where they will be Pendleton police at 7:31 a.m. received a report of children jumping on her pickup in the 1300 block of Southwest 24th Street. She described the children and said they were old enough to be at the middle school. Police told her an officer would contact the suspects either at the school or bus stop.
Dean Robertson Sept. 17, 1926-Aug. 19, 2011 BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Dean Robertson, 84, of Bellingham, Wash., died peacefully Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. At his request, no services will be held. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Mr. Robertson was born Sept. 17, 1926, to Neil and Kate Robertson of Butter Creek. He was a graduate of Echo High School in 1944. He entered the Navy in 1945, and upon his return he attended Oregon State University, graduating in 1948. He lived in Richland, Wash., from 1950-53, when the family moved to Kennewick, Wash. He later bought a four-acre farm in Benton City, Wash. He was employed by General Electric and in 1965 was transferred to Battelle, where he was a
technical group leader in analytical chemistry. He assisted in the development of a pilot plant for PUREX plant processes, provided support to the PUREX plant, created a coal pilot plant and conducted research for other Department of Energy sites and universities. He retired in 1989 after 38 years at Hanford. He moved to Bellingham in 2000 after the death of his second wife. Mr. Robertson is survived by daughters Jackie O’Bryan of Everson, Wash., and Tina Hoyer of Blaine, Wash.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Monte and wife Judy. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of local arrangements.
DEATHS HART — Robert E. “Bob” Hart, 89, of Pendleton died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. Arrangements are pending and a full obituary will follow in the East Oregonian. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. EDWARDS — William Edwards, 72, of Pendleton
died Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are pending with Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom - Bishop. PHILLIPS — Randy Phillips, 47, of Heppner died Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at Regency Hermiston Nursing Facility in Hermiston. Arrangements are pending at Burns Mortuary of Hermiston.
MEETINGS TUESDAY UMATILLA MORROW RADIO AND DATA DISTRICT, 1:30 p.m., Boardman City Hall council chambers, 200 City Center Circle, Boardman. PENDLETON RIVER QUARTER COMMITTEE, 5:30-7 p.m., Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub, 230 S.E. Court Ave., Pendleton. WESTON LIBRARY BOARD, 5:30 p.m., Weston Library, 108 E. Main St. IRRIGON PLANNING COMMISSION, 6 p.m., Irrigon City Hall, 500 N.E. Main St.
BOARDMAN CITY COUNCIL, 7 p.m., Boardman City Hall, 200 City Center Circle. PENDLETON CITY COUNCIL, 7 p.m., Council Chambers, second floor, Pendleton City Hall, 501 S.W. Emigrant Ave. PILOT ROCK CITY COUNCIL, 7 p.m., City Council chambers, 143 W. Main St., Pilot Rock. STANFIELD CITY COUNCIL, 7 p.m., Council Chambers, 150 W. Coe St., Stanfield. UMATILLA CITY COUNCIL, 7 p.m., City Hall, 700 Sixth St., Umatilla.
COMING EVENTS FRIDAY FIRST FRIDAY, all day, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Blvd., Pendleton. Free admission all day. COWBOY FAST DRAW CHAMPIONSHIPS, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate, Pendleton. Watch gunfighters ages 8-80 compete for the national title in several age categories. Elimination-style competition to narrow the field to the Magnificent Seven for the championship. Earplugs will be provided. Free. SMART STORY TIME, 9:1510 a.m., Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon, 400 S. Main St., Pendleton. Non-members pay $3 admission. (Jill Gregg 541-276-1066). HEPPNER FARMERS’ MARKET, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Heppner City Park, 400 block Main St., Heppner. STORY TIME, 10:15-11 a.m., Hermiston Public Library, 235 E. Gladys Ave., Hermiston. (541567-2882). MOVIE FRIDAY, noon to 2 p.m., Pendleton Public Library, 502 S.W. Dorion Ave., Pendleton. For children ages preschool-12. Free. (541-9660380). PENDLETON FARMERS MARKET, 4 p.m. to dusk, 300 block Main Street, Pendleton. WINE TASTING, 4-8 p.m., Sno Road Winery, 210 W. Main St., Echo. (541-376-0421). MUSIC ON THE LAWN, 6 p.m., Hamley Steakhouse outdoor stage, 8 S.E. Court Ave., Pendleton. Free. CRUISE-IN, 7 p.m. until dark, Les Schwab Tire Center, 830 N. First St. (Highway 395), Hermiston. Members of the Hermiston Classics Car Club will have vehicles on display for the public to admire. (Mike 541-567-3529 or Larry 541-567-5260) MOVIES IN THE PARK, dusk,
Boardman Marina Park, 1 W. Marine Drive, Boardman. Free; bring a chair or blanket. (541481-7217). OLDIES @ THE LIBRARY, 7:30 p.m., Milton-Freewater Public Library Albee Room, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave., Milton-Freewater. A salute to songwriter/producer duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who worked with such bands as The Coasters, The Drifters, The Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash and more. Free and suitable for all ages. (541-93882 SOCIETY’S CHILD, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Wildfire Sports Bar at Wildhorse Resort & Casino, 72777 Highway 331, Pendleton. R&B. No cover.
SATURDAY ART SMART, all day, Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon, 400 S. Main St., Pendleton. Fun and creative crafts for all ages. Non-members pay $3 admission. (Jill Gregg 541-276-1066). PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 7-10 a.m., Stanfield Community Center, 225 W. Roosevelt Ave., Stanfield. Cost is $4.50 for adults, $2 for children. Takeout is available. (541-449-1332). WHITE EAGLE GRANGE ALLYOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST, 7-10 a.m., White Eagle Grange, between Pendleton and Pilot Rock on South Highway 395. Suggested donation is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 612 and free for five and under. (Gail Wilson 541-276-3778). COWBOY FAST DRAW CHAMPIONSHIPS, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate, Pendleton. Watch gunfighters ages 8-80 compete for the national title in several age categories. Elimination-style competition to narrow the field to the Magnificent Seven for the championship.
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Dominic Baez is the copy editor/paginator for the East Oregonian. Follow his movie blog, Silver Screening, for the latest trailers, clips and extras at silverscreening.wordpress.com.
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Earplugs will be provided. Free. HERMISTON’S OWN SATURDAY MARKET, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Hermiston Conference Center parking lot, 415 S. Highway 395, Hermiston. KIDS’ POW-WOW, 1-4:30 p.m., Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Blvd., Pendleton. All youth 14 years and under are invited to participate in the dance competition. Great prizes will be presented in all categories; special non-Indian competitions also will be held. (541-966-9748). MUSIC ON THE LAWN, 6 p.m., Hamley Steakhouse outdoor stage, 8 S.E. Court Ave., Pendleton. Free. SOCIETY’S CHILD, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Wildfire Sports Bar at Wildhorse Resort & Casino, 72777 Highway 331, Pendleton. R&B. No cover.
SUNDAY COWBOY FAST DRAW CHAMPIONSHIPS FINALS, 9:30 a.m., Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate, Pendleton. The top five shooters in each age category vie for the national title. At 1 p.m., the Magnificent Seven will compete for the national championship. Earplugs will be provided. Free.
Winning numbers for Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011: Pick 4: 1 p.m.: 4-6-1-6; 4 p.m.: 8-4-5-0; 7 p.m.: 6-7-4-9; 10 p.m.: 1-5-7-8. Lucky Lines: 2-6-12-13-1924-27-30.