Stabbing near Portland bus depot

Portland Police arrested a man accused of stabbing someone near the Greyhound bus station in Old Town Chinatown.

Sgt. Chris Burley says the victim was found at 2 a.m. Monday and taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Police found the suspect, Robert Bencomo, 33, at the west end of the Broadway Bridge. He was booked into the downtown jail on a charge of second-degree assault.

John Day tackles housing shortage

The city of John Day is creating a housing district to spur new home construction within city limits.

City Manager Nick Green said John Day’s rental vacancy rate is less than 1 percent, creating an obstacle for employers trying to recruit workers.

The city has secured state funding to create a housing district, and Green wants to promote new home building by waiving city fees.

Other Eastern and Central Oregon communities are seeing similar housing shortages.

No snow: Ashland ski area closes again

The mild winter has been difficult for the Mount Ashland Ski Area.

The mountain partially opened Jan. 25 following an overnight dump of 14 inches of snow. But mild conditions returned, and there’s not enough snow to continue operating.

A statement on the ski park website says Mount Ashland will remain closed until it receives more snow.

Lamp for baby chicks sparks house fire

Fire officials say a heat lamp used to keep baby chicks warm sparked a house fire in Springfield.

The Eugene-Springfield Fire Department said the man who lived at the house returned home Saturday evening to find a dresser and wall in flames and the house filled with smoke. The man partially put the fire out with a garden hose before firefighters arrived.

Fire spokesman Lance Lighty said the owners had brought the baby chicks and heat lamp indoors for the day to keep them safe. Lighty said people should not use heat lamps indoors or near things that can combust.

The fire caused an estimated $20,000 in heat and smoke damages.

Hiker rescued from remote area

Crews rescued a 21-year-old man who was seriously injured in a fall while hiking a wooded area east of Salem.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday morning that Andrew Agnesse, of Beaverton, was airlifted out of a remote area near Henline Falls about 40 miles east of Salem.

He was taken to Salem Hospital with serious injuries.

Authorities received a report Saturday evening that a hiker had fallen about 30 feet. Rescue teams reached the man that night but had to wait until daylight to evacuate him because of the extreme terrain and dangerous conditions.

A team of rescuers began an hourslong effort to carry Agnesse to a place where he could be hoisted and airlifted out. The sheriff’s office said deputies believe Agnesse and his hiking friends were not prepared for the conditions and tried to climb terrain beyond their skill level.

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