Coast Guard rescues 3 — When a 14-foot boat capsized in front of the Coast Guard’s Tillamook Bay station at Garibaldi on the north Oregon coast, guardsmen swung into action, rescuing two children and one adult. Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Sandler was working on the pier Tuesday afternoon when he heard screams for help and saw a girl swimming toward him. He helped her onto the pier and called for reinforcements. The agency sent out a boat and crew to help the other two people, a man and a boy who were holding on to the breakwall approximately 200 yards from the station pier. The Coast Guard says all three were taken to a nearby hospital. They were reported in good condition.
Cover Oregon chief to make $215K a year — The new director of Cover Oregon will earn a base salary of $215,000 a year. Aaron Patnode will also be eligible for yearly incentive pay of $32,250 if he meets performance measures set by the Cover Oregon board. The Oregonian reports that Patnode’s wage will be $30,000 more than his predecessor’s. Board Chair Liz Baxter says the salary is appropriate and stressed that the salary range was set using a consultant’s survey of equivalent positions.
Missing Keizer man found dead — Oregon State Police say a 54-year-old Keizer man reported missing on June 8 has been found dead in a field near the Marion County community of Talbot. Lt. Gregg Hastings said the body found Wednesday has been identified as Robert Allen Knupp. Knupp was reported missing after his vehicle was found unoccupied at the Santiam Rest Area along Interstate 5 south of Salem. The Oregon state medical examiner’s office plans an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of death.
Beach wildfire damages 4 homes — A wildfire has damaged four homes on a hillside above an Oregon coast beach. KPTV reports that five fire agencies responded to the Tuesday evening fire at Neahkahnie. Firefighters found flames stretching from the beach up to the homes. The fire appeared to start in some beach driftwood but fire officials didn’t know the cause. Strong winds pushed the fire toward the homes. Two suffered heavy damage while the other two sustained just minor damage. No one was hurt.