Wednesday, February 8, 2006
January 25, 2006
Friends and family report they are still searching for Tazu Higashi, 79, formerly of Hood River and Parkdale, who was last seen Jan. 10 at a Lake Oswego shopping center, near her home there.
Higashi, who lived in the Parkdale area until a few years ago, has short-term memory loss and her family thinks she may have headed “home.”
Family and friends did an extensive search in Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Wilsonville and nearby communities Saturday and Sunday, seeking her silver 2005 Dodge Caravan, license plate number 476 BVG.
The Caravan has a handicap parking tag, studded tires and no rims.
In a flyer distributed in Hood River last week, the family speculated that she may have taken a wrong turn off exits in the area around Lake Oswego, like Tualatin, Wilsonville, Stafford, Donald, Aurora or Woodburn, or may have headed to her previous home in Parkdale.
Higashi goes by the name of “Grandma,” and is 4 foot 11 inches tall.
If you should see her please call the police dispatch or detective Lee Fergeson, (503) 635-0238, or her family’s home, (503) 624-4804.
Maija Yasui wrote in her Jan. 18 column of her “Auntie Tazu”: “Keep your eyes open for this wonderful little old grandma, all of 4 foot 11 inches, with the sweetest smile, and Asian Santa Claus eyes that crinkle up in the corners.”
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge