North Wasco County School District 21’s first community meeting on the road to developing a long-range facilities plan drew about 30 people Tuesday night. Much of the meeting involved consultant Richard Higgins going through what the process is about and what the Oregon Department of Education is seeking in terms of what it is looking for in facilities assessment and movement toward a ten-year plan. District Superintendent Candy Armstrong says the plan would not be limited to building condition, but also address health and safety, future growth, and educational standards. A next meeting has not yet been scheduled. Armstrong says they are waiting for feedback from the community, and are also doing a survey of the public on how best to reach the district’s constituents.
The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency Board approved a motion directing City Attorney Gene Parker not to proceed with additional Bureau of Labor and Industries appeals on behalf of Tokola Development. An administrative law judge recently ruled in favor of a BOLI decision that the proposed redevelopment of the former Town and Country property in downtown The Dalles would be considered by the Bureau a public works project based on the level of URA funds to be used, putting it under prevailing wage requirements. In other business, the Urban Renewal panel approved submitting an application on behalf of Hanlon Development for state funding assistance for a mixed use project on the former Griffith Motors location on 3rd Street.
Hood River Valley 4, Pendleton 3: Grayson Losee tripled home Michael Kiyokawa with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Eagles to the win. HRV has now won four in a row, and taken over sole possession of first place in the Intermountain Conference.
Crook County 6, The Dalles 5: The Riverhawks lose for the first time in three IMC games.
Dufur 6, Sherman 5
Lyle-Wishram splits a doubleheader with Kittitas, winning game one 10-9 but losing the second contest 12-3.
The Dalles 15, Crook County 0: The Riverhawks kept pace with Ridgeview atop the IMC standings, with the two teams facing off in a doubleheader on Friday in Redmond.
Hood River Valley 19, Pendleton 6: Makenzie Chambers drove in seven runs as the Eagles won for the first time in league play.
Castle Rock sweeps Stevenson 19-0 and 16-1
Kittitas sweeps Lyle-Wishram 17-2 and 16-1
Seton Catholic 3, Columbia 0
Toledo 3, Stevenson 1
Hood River Valley 8, Crook County 0
Track and Field
Goldendale’s Tiana Watson won the girls’ javelin and Ellie Rising the girls’ 3200 meters in an SCAC meet at Highland.
Maryhill Museum of Art announced a collaborative printmaking project featuring eleven artists working with communities along a 220-mile stretch of the Columbia River from the Willamette River confluence to the Snake River confluence. The Exquisite Gorge Project will connect artists and communities to create a massive 66-foot steamrolled print. Artists will work with community members from their assigned stretch of river and carve images on 4′ x 6′ wood panels. Each completed panel will then be connected end-to-end and printed using a steamroller. The big steamroller print event will take place on August 24 on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art. The resulting print will be on view in Maryhilll’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center during September, with the possibility of other venues added in the future.
The Wasco and Sherman Soil and Water Conservation Districts were recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for their efforts in conservation research and outreach. Both districts received the District Partnership Award for providing outstanding assistance during fiscal year 2018 to help farmers and ranchers impacted by last summer’s catastrophic wildfires. The assistance helped producers address several natural resource concerns—primarily soil and wind erosion, plant degradation, and plant pest pressure. Chase Schultz of the Wheeler Soil and Water Conservation District received the District Employee Partnership Award for his work to further conservation program delivery for the North Slope Ochoco Holistic Restoration Project.
White Salmon Valley School District Superintendent Jerry Lewis, like many other superintendents in Washington, is watching closely legislative budget talks in Olympia to see if “hold harmless” funds are forthcoming. Funding changes for K-12 education in Washington in the wake of the McCleary court decision has left the White Salmon district facing a $1.2 million dollar shortfall for 2019-20. Lewis says a current proposal would only give the district $87,000, but he is trying to remain optimistic about a better outcome. Lewis says the district currently has an ending fund balance of $2.2 million.
The driver of a vehicle who led police on a Monday morning pursuit from downtown The Dalles down Highway 30 to the Rowena interchange was found about a mile after officers terminated the chase having been ejected several feet from the vehicle which had rolled on its top. The Dalles Police Department indicates Lifeflight was activated and the driver transported to a Portland area hospital. No update on the person’s condition has been released. Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill identified the driver as a woman from The Dalles. The pursuit began just after 10 a.m. Monday when The Dalles Police attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle did not pull over, and led two officers on a pursuit westbound through downtown The Dalles and onto Highway 30 to the Rowena interchange. Officers terminated the pursuit shortly after that point, and one continued westbound at normal speed, and found the vehicle laying on its top and the driver several feet from the vehicle about a mile from where the chase stopped. The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the crash investigation.
Hood River County Commissioners approved the first reading of a long-discussed modification to the County’s short-term rental ordinance. County Administrator Jeff Hecksel says the biggest change establishes a defendable residency requirement, and most notably dealing with residency on resource lands. He noted there was a legal opinion that suggested there cannot be short-term rentals on resources lands unless a person is a resident based on state statute, so some adjustments had to be made based on that opinion. The ordinance will come up before the Commission for final passage at its May 20 meeting.
The City of White Salmon is preparing for what it expects to be the final year of running the municipal swimming pool. Mayor David Poucher says the City Council dedicated $65,000 to run the pool this summer. He says the state has put some requirements on the City to allow the pool to operate. The White Salmon Valley Metropolitan Park District was established in last November’s election to oversee construction of a new pool.
A bill that takes a step toward advancing the investigations and discovery of missing and murdered indigenous persons passed the Washington State Senate and is on its way to the governor for his signature. Under the bill sponsored by 14th District State Representative Gina Mosbrucker, the Washington State Patrol is directed to develop a best practices protocol for law enforcement response to missing persons reports on and off reservations. The measure passed the House unanimously in March. Now it has gained unanimous approval in the Senate and was sent to the governor for his signature.