Sunken Car

River’s Edge Towing worked with Hood River County Sheriff’s Office and Hood River Police to retrieve a 1991 Honda from the Hood River Tuesday. Driver Holly Spradlin, 15, accidentally drove the car into the river Friday afternoon in her first driving lesson, with the car’s owner, Spradlin’s step-mother, Elisabeth Curry. Both were unhurt. In the 90-minute operation, diver Mark Smith, a Sheriff’s Deputy, went into the water to hook two cables to the car, which was in about 17 feet of water. The tow truck lifted the car onto a bulkhead at the old Nichols Boatworks site.

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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge



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