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Repairs on popular Gifford Pinchot road to begin

By Columbian news services
Published: March 30, 2024, 5:54am

COUGAR — Repair work on popular Lewis River road No. 90 along Swift Reservoir in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will begin April 15.

The U.S. Forest Service announced the work will involve surface repairs to the road and culvert replacements at mileposts 4.7 and 14.1. The public should anticipate some delays and closures.

Contractors will work from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays for the first month. Toward the end of May, they will shift to Mondays through Fridays. The road will be open and unrestricted in both directions from Friday nights through Sunday nights.

A full closure will begin at 9 p.m. May 2 and last until 4 a.m. May 3.

No work will be done on May 27 or the week of July 1 through 5.

The work will be done in phases and is anticipated to be complete by Aug. 30.

When feasible, the contractor will fill in the ditch side of the road and keep traffic moving one direction in an alternating pattern.

Unlicensed Oregon fishing guide suspended

An unlicensed Oregon Columbia River fishing guide and his partner have been fined $740 each and received three-year angling suspensions.

Tanner Bonawitz, 23, owner and operator of Tanner Slayem’ Guide Service, advertised fishing trips on the Columbia River between Rainier and Astoria. Oregon State Police troopers investigated the Columbia County business after receiving a tip in September of 2021.

Troopers approached the guide, and his associate Loran Bonawitz, 54, as they prepared to launch with clients in the boat.

During questioning, Loran Bonawitz attempted to pay the clients to leave the area and not speak with law enforcement. Tanner Bonawitz then refused to return the clients’ money they paid for the trip.

Troopers discovered Tanner Bonawitz did not possess any of the mandated Oregon State Marine Board certifications to operate his guide service.

Both Bonawitzs pleaded guilty to failing to register as guides.