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Man found dead in motorhome at Stub Stewart park

A Bend man was found dead in his motorhome Sunday, May 17, at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park in Buxton.

Oregon State Police troopers and medics confirmed the death of Hugh B. Fechtler, 63, of Bend, but there was no indication of foul play, said Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. An investigation is ongoing.

According to Sgt. Jesse Orosco of OSP, Fechtler’s family became concerned when he couldn’t be reached by cell phone. They contacted a neighboring camper at Mountain Dale Cabin Village campground, who found him non-responsive inside his motorhome.

State park rangers began life saving efforts, including CPR, but were unsuccessful.

WCSO deputies, the Washington County deputy medical examiner and Banks Fire Department personnel assisted OSP with the incident.

North Plains facility fined

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Oregon-Canadian Forest Products Inc. $38,350 for wastewater violations at its North Plains lumber mill. The facility is located at 31450 N.W. Commercial Ave.

According to DEQ officials, the company has not conducted pollutant monitoring of stormwater and industrial wastewater it discharges to McKay Creek as required by its permits. In addition, the facility has been discharging wastewater from the kiln drying of lumber without a permit, officials added. DEQ ordered the company to cease this discharge and properly dispose of wastewater from the kiln.

Without monitoring data, DEQ and the public cannot determine whether companies with wastewater permits are complying with wastewater pollutant limits.

Oregon-Canadian Forest Products has appealed the penalty.

Forest Grove to hold final Westside Planning charette

City staff and partners will build on a previous community discussion about what kind of development should occur in the David Hill and Purdin Road areas. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, residents can come to the Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St., and weigh in on issues such as commercial development, residential clustering, lighting, roadways, density, water and sewer lines, tree preservation and more.


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