Authorities say 60-year-old Susan Polizzi of Wenatchee, Wash., suffered two broken legs and a broken arm during Tuesday's avalanche in the Wallowa Mountains. Forty-year-old Bruno Bachinger of Snohomish, Wash., had a broken thigh bone.
The two are hospitalized in Walla Walla, Wash.
Polizzi said Thursday she survived in part because of the efforts a backcountry ski guide who "scarcely left her side" and the skills of the rescuers who brought her to safety.
Bachinger, meanwhile, released a short statement also thanking those who came to his aid.
The avalanche hit a party of six skiers and two guides. The bodies of a skier and guide who did not survive remain on the mountain.
Landslide means I-84 in gorge to be slow for days
HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says a fatal two-car crash on Washington Highway 14 in the Columbia River Gorge closed that highway in both directions for several hours. That crash came a day after a landslide interrupted eastbound traffic on Interstate 84 on the other side of the river.
The I-84 landslide increased traffic on Highway 14, a winding, two-lane road on the north side of the Columbia.
Trooper William Finn says two cars collided Thursday afternoon east of the Bridge of the Gods. Highway 14 reopened Thursday night.
TRUCK CRASH-DRUG STASH
Ore. big rig crash yields more than $1M in drugs
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Portland say it looked at first like an unremarkable rollover crash involving a tractor-trailer rig on U.S. Highway 97 in north-central Oregon. That all changed when tow truck company employees called Sherman County sheriff's officers to say they'd found bundles of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine hidden in the pallets of bell peppers.
Sheriff's officers tallied the haul at 190 pounds of meth, 11 pounds of heroin and 7.5 kilograms of cocaine.
The Oregonian reports the drugs are estimated to be worth more than $1 million. The U.S. attorney's office says it's believed to be Oregon's largest drug seizure.
The 53-year-old East Wenatchee, Wash., man who was driving the truck on Jan. 17 has been charged with four counts of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute the drugs. Salvador Martinez-Perez pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court in Portland. He remains in custody with a trial date of April 22.
HILLSBORO MOTEL FIRE
Ore. motel fire injures 1, displaces guests
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — A fire department spokesman in the Portland suburb of Hillsboro says a two-alarm fire injured one guest at the Hillsboro Budget Inn and displaced more than two dozen others.
Firefighters found flames coming from a second-floor unit Thursday afternoon in the two-story, cinder block residential motel. Spokesman Bruce Montgomery says crews knocked down the flames in that room but found the fire had entered the attic space.
The spokesman says one person was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening burn injuries.
Damage is estimated at $100,000.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The American Red Cross is assisting residents with temporary housing.
STUCK IN PIT
Ore. woman missing for week found alive