In brief: Blast damages vehicle on North Monroe Street
Spokane law enforcement, the FBI and a disposal team are investigating an explosive device that detonated around 4:30 a.m. Saturday in the 5800 block of North Monroe Street.
There were no injuries in the blast. Federal authorities were brought in according to standard operating procedures, police said.
The device was placed under a car in a residential area. Most of the damage was confined to the vehicle.
Authorities do not believe the incident is related to this weekend’s Hoopfest celebration downtown.
Searchers spot body on Mount Hood
PORTLAND – Authorities searching for a climber who has been missing on Mount Hood since last weekend said Saturday that they have spotted a body near the top of a glacier.
Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter crews made the discovery at an altitude of about 8,400 feet, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The sheriff’s office said officials believe there’s a high probability that the body belongs to Kinley Adams, a 59-year-old Salem dentist who failed to return June 22 from a climb on the west side of Oregon’s tallest mountain.
The terrain is extremely difficult and authorities weren’t able to reach the body on Saturday. Recovery teams will begin to try to reach the body early today.
Avalanche risk from warming temperatures prevented rescue teams from climbing to the upper part of the 11,239-foot peak.
Adams was described as an experienced climber who had been making frequent trips to Mount Hood in preparation for a trip to Nepal. He was thought to have a cellphone, but searchers have been unable to pinpoint a signal. His mountain locator beacon was found at home.
His vehicle was found on the mountain at Timberline Lodge.
Two refineries to accept crude oil from N. Dakota
BELLINGHAM – More Washington state oil refineries are preparing to accept crude oil shipments from North Dakota.
The Bellingham Herald reported that BP’s refinery at Cherry Point and the Phillips 66 refinery in Ferndale, both in the northwestern corner of the state, want to diversify their supply, with oil production in Alaska falling from historic levels.
The Tesoro refinery in Anacortes is already taking delivery of crude from North Dakota’s fracking boom, and the Shell refinery in Anacortes has announced plans to do so.
The BP refinery is building an almost 2-mile-long rail loop to handle the shipments, and Phillips 66 is planning its own rail terminal. Phillips reported to Whatcom County that it expects to handle one oil train every two days, on average.
Car hits barrier and flips, landing near fuel tank
CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Firefighters said a driver missed a turn in Clackamas, struck a barrier and flipped his car, landing upside down near a 30,000-gallon fuel tank.
The driver had four passengers, and no one was hurt.
The crash on Saturday took place near a popular route to the Clackamas River.
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