Two charged in pot bust

Alert crew members from Hood River County Forestry found two marijuana grows near Old Dalles Road, east of Hood River. Two people were arrested without incident Thursday on drug charges, and Mid-Columbia Interagency Task Force confiscated 65 plants and related evidence on Friday.

Lee John Jenkins, 59, owner of Panorama Lodge on Old The Dalles Road, and his domestic partner, Linda Kremin, 55, were charged Friday with one charge each of possession of a controlled substance, and released. They are both scheduled to appear in Hood River County Circuit Court on Sept. 15.

The plants were found in two plots about 100 yards apart, on county forest land near the gravel pit on Old The Dalles Road, approximately 1.5 miles from Eastside Road, detectives said. Panorama Lodge is located less than a mile from the suspected grow sites.

A forestry crew discovered the mature plants, valued at about $90,000, while spraying in the area about three weeks ago. MINT detectives started an investigation that included ground surveillance, and apprehended Jenkins Thursday at about 3 p.m. Friday.

Kremin was arrested near the grow a short time later. Detectives said Jenkins was visiting the site, taking care of the plants when he was caught.

“You want to do more than just pull up plants,” said one MINT detective. “Hopefully you can catch the suspects, too.”

MINT detectives and deputies from Hood River and Wasco counties and an officer from City of The Dalles brought a search warrant to Jenkins’ and Kremin’s residence, on the same property as Panorama Lodge, and allegedly found evidence “consistent with what was found at the grow sites.” detectives said.

MINT also uprooted marijuana 169 plants on Aug. 4 near Booth Hill Road near Highway 35. A vineyard worker discovered the plants after finding the grapes’ irrigation line had been tapped.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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