A Washington hospital says it needs financial help to continue caring for the more than 100 concertgoers who injure themselves or overdose while attending events at the Gorge.
Officials with the Quincy Valley Medical Center said more than 120 people came into their emergency room during the Paradiso Festival in June 2013, many suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and one person died from a methamphetamine overdose. The hospital usually treats about nine to 10 people during a typical weekend.
The Associated Press reports that the hospital is seeking more than $500,000 in financial aid from Gorge operator Live Nation, but the company has not been responsive.
Hospital officials say many of the concertgoers come into the emergency room with false identification, no driver's licenses and no credit cards, resulting in the hospital absorbing up to $500,000 in unpaid bills.
Quincy Valley Medical Center officials said that they are worried the situation will get worse in 2014 when Live Nation increases its season to include two Sasquatch Festivals, in addition to the Paradiso Festival.
Meanwhile, Grant County, Washington officials said there was no legal way for the hospital or county to force Live Nation to contribute to the hospital district.
A Midwestern mother of four has been slapped with a $1.5 million fine. Her crime? Downloading and sharing music. It's the latest in a series of judgments totaling more than $3 million.
Jamie Thomas-Rasset of Minnesota has spent the past three years fighting charges, stemming from downloading songs from Kazaa, the peer-to-peer sharing network. Thomas-Rasset was accused of violating copyright laws when accessing songs by Green Day, Aerosmith and Richard Marx. In a previous trial, Marx said he was "ashamed to be associated with the farcical prosecution."
This is the third time jurors have issued penalties against the Minnesota woman. The first judgement was for $22,000, the second for $1.92 million, and now $1.5 million dollars. Lawyers representing the Recording Industry Association of America said they're willing to settle for pennies on the dollar and an admission of guilt. To date, Thomas-Rasset has refused.
The latest fine breaks down to $62,500 a song.
citydesk pal Chris Hess, who puts on Boise Community Radio's live Range Life music show each week, says he may have scored a live, in-studio performance with some members of the Gourds, an Austin-based band in town this week.