Mt. Hood evacuates skiers from chairlift — Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort staff evacuated people from a chairlift after a power problem prompted the resort to shut down the lift. A resort spokesperson said “power fluctuations” on the resort’s Blue chairlift Wednesday prompted the resort southeast or Portland to switch to auxiliary power. Officials say it wasn’t enough to power the already-occupied lift. Meadows officials then decided the safest way to move forward was to evacuate the lift. Spokesman Dave Tragethon says the lift was at near capacity, with more than 150 snowboarders and skiers on board. It took two hours and 20 minutes from the time the lift was shut down and it was determined Meadows would evacuate the lift until the last passenger was safely evacuated. No one was injured.
Killing sea lions to help salmon — Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest. The bill approved this week by the House changes the Marine Mammal Protection Act to lift some of the restrictions on killing sea lions to protect salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries. The measure had previously passed the Senate. Managers say sea lion populations have grown so large that they no longer need all the protections that were put in place in 1972. The measure would put in place a more streamlined process for Oregon, Washington, Idaho and several Pacific Northwest tribes to capture and euthanize sea lions.
Holocaust survivor killed in Hillsboro crash — A well-known Holocaust survivor was killed Tuesday when he was hit by a driver while crossing a Hillsboro street, police say. Alter Wiener, who survived three years in Nazi concentration camps, was struck by a Honda Accord around 5 p.m. He died at a hospital, according to Hillsboro Police. The driver, 50, cooperated with investigators and won’t face charges or citations, police said Wednesday. Wiener, 92, was the author of a book, “ From a Name to a Number: A Holocaust Survivor’s Autobiography.” He also spoke about the Holocaust during library lectures and other talks. Wiener was born in 1926 in Chrzanow, Poland, near the border of Germany, in a Jewish family. He moved to the Palestinian region after the war, then to New York, then to Hillsboro in 2000.