No changes despite death at Gorge concert venue

Despite the death of a young man during a music festival from a likely drug overdose, no major changes are planned for security at the popular Gorge Amphitheater.

Kyle Foreman is the spokesman for the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. He said a certain amount of drug and alcohol abuse is to be expected at the venue.

The Gorge for more than two decades has been luring major performers and big crowds to sparsely populated Grant County, which is about 120 miles east of Seattle.

Because of the remoteness of the location, many patrons camp at the site, often for several days.

Foreman said deputies and private security officers patrol the campground, but there still are reports of drug and alcohol abuse, fights and sexual assaults.