This wreck happened last summer,an off-duty Hermiston police officer fishing with co-worker and friend they soon realized the other boat was not going to stop and had no other choice but to jump!! This happened near the mouth of the Columbia river...
What started out as a fun day playing on the Columbia river nearly ended in tragedy when 42 year old Jose Vargas set out on a personal water craft with his 3 year old daughter and his 89 year old father, somehow all 3 riders ended up in the river and had to be rescued.
After the drought left farmers and homeowners frustrated last summer many wondered why we couldn't pull more water out of the Columbia River. A news analysis of proposed bills gives a disturbing insight into the process.
Bradley Miltenberger of Echo, Oregon, (below Hermiston) drove up to Yakima three times to attend federal court and fight a $125 ticket. His gas and food probably cost more than that, but it was the principle of the thing. And he won.
We had a boat race party this last weekend and everybody was in the river -- well, almost everybody. Those that weren't kept saying, "I can't believe they're swimming in that river! I'd NEVER swim in that river!" What about you?
The weather was absolutely gorgeous Monday afternoon. I took my daughter down to the river to throw rocks in and I just couldn't muster sadness for the lack of snow. If you can't have a white Christmas, the next best thing is a beautiful, sunny Christmas in the Mid-Columbia!