1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 11/05/2012 03:59 AM

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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) – Deputies have recovered the body of Charles “Bill” Wiley, four weeks after he fell while doing maintenance work on the Lewis and Clark Bridge across the Columbia River. Charlie Rosensweig of the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office told The Daily News that Wiley’s body was discovered on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, across from Willow Grove. His death has been considered an accident. The official cause will be ruled on by the Columbia County Medical Examiner’s office.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Marion County Sheriff’s department has taken a ferry operator into custody after he failed a field sobriety test. KGW-TV reports 57-year-old Brian Trussell told sheriff’s deputies he had been drinking alcohol just before his shift. He also had liquor in his lunchbox that he carried to his shift operating the ferry that crosses the Willamette River from Marion County to Yamhill County. Shortly after 2:30 p.m., a citizen called 911 after he noticed the smell of alcohol on the ferry operator when he and his family crossed the river on Saturday.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Portland mayor’s race enters its final days with former City Commissioner Charlie Hales well-positioned for a successful political comeback. In a race defined by negative press, polls show Hales leading state legislator Jefferson Smith by some 20 points. Portland pollster Tim Hibbitts says news reports about Smith’s terrible driving record and the revelation that he hit a woman in the face at a party two decades ago have taken their toll. He says the outcome will only change if something “catastrophic” happens to the Hales campaign.

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) – Some historians write books, delineating events of an era. Others shoot films documenting life in their time. But some historians leave their stories on rocks. The Yakima Herald reports these historical records etched or painted on rocks have endured through the ages. About 1,500 people take in guided petroglyph hikes each year. They’re given on Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. from spring through fall. The next hikes begin again in April and reservations, which are required, start in January.


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