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By Mildred Lykens
Lyle News 

Volunteer put out human-started fire


Saturday night some folks decided to start celebrating early with personal fireworks on the eastern hill above Rowland Lake. Needless to say, those fireworks created a fire that could have become a potential life- and stock-threatening inferno. Thankfully there is a force greater than it which is always on standby for such a call. This army of dedicated volunteers was able to contain it to just 25 acres. Joining forces to get it under control were Fire Departments from Lyle, Klickitat, Husum, and High Prairie, as well as the Forrest Service and DNR. A helicopter with a water bucket was seen dipping quite a few loads out of Rowland Lake to help extinguish the blaze. Count your blessings that we have angels like these called firefighters!

Ground breaking for a 15,000 square foot Life Flight hangar was initiated at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport (in Dallesport) and is a $1.8 million project that will allow Life Flight enough room to house their helicopter and airplane as well as living quarters for the 24/7 crews. The project is scheduled to be finished in about six months. This is a great asset and a Godsend. Just ask those who have already needed it at a most critical time in their lives.

At that same airport there will be a movie night in the maintenance hangar on Saturday, July 8, at 7 p.m. The feature is Planes, Fire & Rescue. It’s all free, so bring your chairs and kids and enjoy the hotdogs, hamburgers, and popcorn; as well as a photo of the family next to the real ‘Dusty’—the aircraft that is star of the movie presentation.

There is free admission to both the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center (CGDC) and the Fort Dalles museums to all active duty National Guard and Reserve military personnel. This includes up to five of their family members from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, Sept. 4. Admission calls for: display of appropriate ID card and be either an active duty service personnel or family member which may include their spouse, children, aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents, etc. The active member doesn’t have to be present. For information: CGDC (541) 296-8600, and Ft. Dalles Museum (541) 296-4547 or

The next meeting for those who wish to pursue rejuvenating the Lyle Community Council is set for Friday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Lyle School library. This is a good time to express your dreams or desire of Lyle’s future.

Lyle has some awesome artists; if you are one, as well as a far- ahead- planner, a call is out. The Gorge Artist Open Studios Tour organizers are gearing up for their 2018 tour and want participants to apply at Deadline is Sept. 1, 2017 with tour dates April 20-22, 2018.


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