Washington hiker dies in apparent fall near Mount Baker
GLACIER, Wash. — Authorities say a Mukilteo hiker who went missing at the Mount Baker Ski Area this week was found dead two days later at the bottom of a steep cliff.
The Daily Herald reported 36-year-old Ronald Slama appeared to have fallen about 100 feet to his death.
The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office said Slama called his mother Monday, saying he’d gotten lost while hiking the popular Lake Ann trail on an arm of Mount Shuksan.
He’d planned to spend the night, then hike down to the lodge in the morning.
His mother called the sheriff’s office and a crew from Bellingham Mountain Rescue and a U.S. border helicopter scoured the slopes around two chairlifts with no sign of the missing man Tuesday.
Search teams found Slama’s body Wednesday.
State officials kill bear that roamed residential Bozeman
BOZEMAN, Mont. — A black bear that frequented residential neighborhoods in the Bozeman area has been killed by Montana wildlife officials.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks representatives said the 2-year-old male bear had gotten into multiple conflicts with people and livestock since late June in the Story Hills area of Bozeman.
In one instance, the bear was seen on July 5 chasing goats and chickens in a pen. The homeowner shot at the animal but it left.
The bruin was captured Thursday after it followed a woman walking two dogs in a city park. Officials euthanized the animal after determining it was accustomed to getting food in populated areas and had become a public safety risk.
Inquest scheduled in Bozeman officer-involved shooting
BOZEMAN, Mont. — An inquest has been scheduled to determine if a Bozeman police officer acted appropriately when he shot and killed a man after responding to a reported assault.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lamber has scheduled the coroner’s inquest for July 31 in Gallatin County District Court.
Bozeman Police Sgt. Ben Green shot and killed 31-year-old Eric David Sauerhagen in January when Sauerhagen, armed with a hatchet and gun, allegedly came at officers.
The fatal confrontation happened after a roommate reported Sauerhagen was drunk and assaulting him.
Inquests are required under Montana law whenever someone is killed by law enforcement or dies in custody. Green was initially placed on administrative leave, but returned to work following an internal investigation that concluded the shooting was justified.
Police seek witnesses in double-fatal motorcycle crash
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Authorities investigating a motorcycle crash in western Oregon that killed two people are asking for information from anyone who witnessed the crash.
The Springfield Police Department in a news release said officers responded early Saturday morning to a report of a single motorcycle crash and that two riders had sustained serious injuries.
Police and paramedics said the two riders died at the scene.
Police said evidence and witness statements indicate the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway and struck a road sign and tree before coming to rest in the parking lot of a business.
Names of the motorcycle riders have not been released.
Hospital’s heart transplant deaths spiked before program shut down
PORTLAND, Ore. — In 2017, the year before every cardiologist in the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital heart transplant program quit, the program experienced an alarming number of patient deaths.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the hospital eventually lost twice the number of people analysts expected. Since then, OHSU has dropped to among the worst places in the U.S. to receive a heart transplant.
A July 2019 report from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients shows that people who received a heart transplant at OHSU Hospital in the past two years are at 67 percent higher risk to die in the first year after the operation than patients at comparable programs.
Salem reconsiders ordinance to limit homeless sidewalk camping
SALEM, Ore. — The city of Salem is reconsidering an ordinance to restrict sleeping or lying on city sidewalks from dawn to dusk, two years after city councilors rejected a similar proposal amid public outcry.
The Statesman Journal reported the ordinance would also restrict the homeless’s ability to set up campsites on sidewalks all day or night. It’s scheduled to go before the Salem City Council at its July 22 meeting.
Salem Urban Development Director Kristin Retherford said in an email that with expanded facilities and services coming on line this fall, the proposed Sidewalks and Public Space Ordinance aims to ensure all of Salem remains welcoming to all visitors.
Salem recently banned volunteers from feeding the homeless under the Marion Street Bridge.