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In brief: Pilot dies in crash in Clearwater forest

Tue., July 29, 2014, midnight

OROFINO, Idaho – A small, home-built airplane has crashed in the Clearwater National Forest near the Idaho-Montana border, killing the pilot.

The Clearwater County sheriff’s office said a crew with Two Bear Air Helicopter of Whitefish, Montana, spotted the wreckage Monday west of Lolo Pass.

The sheriff’s office identified the pilot as 72-year-old Milon Meyer, of Richland.

No one else was on board.

The pilot contacted another airplane Monday morning and reported there was oil on the plane’s windshield.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said the pilot was unsure if the plane would make it to its next planned stop in Helena.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the airplane was a single-engine LancAir Legacy traveling from Richland to Baker, Montana.

Meyer was headed to Wisconsin for a convention.

Hikers find dog missing for 22 days

ALBANY, Ore. – A dog that apparently wandered lost in the woods for 22 days has been reunited with her owners.

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley said Monday that a family out for a hike in the Cascadia area found a weak and hungry bullmastiff in steep terrain.

The family had hiked out to call the sheriff’s office for help Saturday night, and hiked back to stay with the dog.

A deputy involved in the call remembered a poster that described a missing bullmastiff named Madison, who was lost in the area of Sevenmile Horse Camp on July 4.

A team of search and rescue volunteers went to the area to check on the safety of the family.

They made contact with the family Sunday at about 3 a.m.

The team waited until daylight to help the dog through steep terrain.

Small earthquake rattles West Side

SEATTLE – A 3.6 magnitude earthquake shook up the central Puget Sound area Monday morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake’s epicenter was 3 miles east of Belfair and was located about 13.6 miles down.

It hit just past 4 a.m.

No damage was immediately reported.


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