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Memorial Day Observances Planned

There will be Memorial Day observances on Monday in the region.  In The Dalles, there will be a gathering at noon at the Veterans Memorial at Kelly Viewpoint, with Mayor Steve Lawrence serving as keynote speaker.  The town of Wasco will hold its usual full Memorial Day of events, including a memorial service at 10 a.m. at The Depot, a parade at 11 a.m., and a full afternoon of family entertainment.  The Klickitat County Cemetery just outside White Salmon will host a ceremony at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Walk of Honor.  And Hood River’s Memorial Day observance will take place at 11 a.m. at Idlewilde Cemetery.

Fruit Fly Emerges In The Dalles

The cherry fruit fly emerged in The Dalles area on Wednesday.  That’s according to Oregon State University Wasco County Extension Horticulturist Lynn Long.  The entire cherry-growing area, including The Dalles, Mosier, and Dufur, are within a cherry fruit fly control district.  All homeowners with a backyard tree as well as commercial orchardists are required by state ordinance to apply a control program.  Long says for homeowners the recommended materials would include Spinosad or Malathion.  To obtain a free pesticide guide for cherry fruit fly and other tree fruit pests, contact the Wasco County Extension Office at 541-296-5494.

Accident Injures Pedestrian

A pedestrian was injured in an accident Thursday on Highway 14 about eight miles east of Stevenson.  According to the Washington State Patrol, a 68-year-old woman from Seaview was driving a pickup truck with a fifth-wheel trailer west on Highway 14 at milepost 53 when the canopy came loose on the trailer, partially extended, and struck a 56-year-old Portland woman walking westbound on the shoulder of the highway.  The pedestrian was taken to Peacehealth Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver with unspecified injuries.  The driver of the truck was cited for exceeding legal load width limits.

Updated HR Vote Count Shows No Lead Changes

An updated vote count in Hood River County produced no change in the leaders in close races during the May 16 special districts election  John Everitt’s advantage over Svea Truax for position two on the Port of Hood River Commission increased to eight votes, 1,182 to 1,174.  And Benjamin Sheppard’s lead over David Russo for position two on the Hood River County School District board stayed at six votes, 323 to 317.  In addition, the NORCOR permanent tax rate measure continued to be defeated, 4,162 to 4,117.  Hood River County Elections Supervisor Kim Kean is encouraging anyone who received a challenge letter in regard to their ballot is encouraged to contact the County elections office in the County Administration Building at 601 State in Hood River or call them at 541-386-1442.

Woman Reported Missing

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office looking for a woman reported as missing and endangered by her family.  According to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, Brenda Lee Symons was in the Stevenson area for the past few days visiting her brother.  He reported coming home from work and finding Symons and her truck missing.  Symons had never been to the Stevenson area prior to this visit.  The Sheriff’s Office says Symons was recently released from a Bend hospital where she was being treated for an unknown mental health issue.  Symons is five-feet-four-inches tall, weighing 220 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.  The truck is a two-tone maroon and silver 1998 Chevrolet Silverado extended cab with a silver diamond plate truck box and an Oregon Crater Lake license plate of CK66334.  If you have any information on Symons or her vehicle please contact the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office at 509-427-9490.

Klickitat County Economic Development Plan Approved

Klickitat County’s ten-year economic development plan was approved by the County’s Economic Development Association.  A consultant, TIP Strategies, had been working on the plan for past eight months.  County Commission Chair Jim Sizemore, who is a part of the economic development group’s board, says the plan is robust and ambitious, and will require “a lot of work” from everyone involved in putting it together.  The plan divides the County into three areas.  It focuses on supporting and expanding the high-tech industry in the western part of the County, with an emphasis on developing affordable housing options.  The central part of the County targets clean technology, while the east end continues a move from dry-land to irrigated agriculture, in large part with the growth of vineyards in that area.

May 24 Prep Sports Roundup

Oregon Class 5A Softball First Round

Hood River Valley 3, LaSalle 2:  Lauren Decker’s single brought home the game winner in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap a comeback that sends HRV to the quarterfinals.  Hannah McNerney had tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with a home run.  HRV moves on to play at Pendleton on Friday.  The Eagles and the Buckaroos have split four previous meetings this season.  Game time will be at 4:30.


Oregon Class 5A Baseball First Round

Dallas 5, Hood River Valley 2:  The Dragons used a four-run third inning to end the Eagles’ string of state finals appearances at three.  Treve Earhart’s two-run double brought home the go-ahead runs, while Jaret Stewart retired 16 of the last 18 batters he faced to earn the win on the mound.  Jacob Smith drove in the HRV runs on a second inning single.


Oregon Class 2A/1A Baseball First Round

Dufur 8, Bandon 5:  The Rangers move on to a quarterfinal game with Umpqua Valley Christian at 4:30 on Friday at Quinton Street Park in The Dalles.

Sherman 11, Knappa 4:  The Huskies will visit Knappa for a quarterfinal game on Friday at 4:30 p.m.


Washington Class 1-A Golf Tournament at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco

Goldendale’s Luke Gerchack finished in a tie for 26th in the boys tournament and Emily Hurst tied for 32nd in the girls’ tourney.


Four Contested Seats For White Salmon City Council Highlight Filings

Four contested White Salmon City Council seats will highlight this year’s election in Klickitat County.  Each race has two candidates.  Ashley Post and Ben Burger are seeking to fill the remaining two years of an unexpired term in position one, incumbent Jason Sabourin is challenged by Jason Hartmann for position three, Amy Martin and Dan Caldwell are running for position four, and Maurice Tunstall, Jr. and Marla Keethler are the candidates for position five.  There will be a contest for Mayor of Bingen, with incumbent Betty Barnes and Clinton Bryan filing for election.  One Goldendale City Council seat has multiple candidates, with Justin Leigh and Terry Luth seeking position seven.  In Skamania County, incumbent Amy Weissfeld looks to retain her seat on the Stevenson City Council, opposed by Bradlee Seehafer for position two.

Poucher Challenges Committee To Raise Pool Funds To Start Construction

White Salmon Mayor David Poucher has challenged his city’s pool committee to raise the remaining money needed to start construction on a new swimming pool this year.  The City has confirmed donations of $700,000, and another $300,000 is needed to break ground.  Poucher is hoping the additional money can be raised by July 4.  The pool being considered by White Salmon would be basic with no therapy or splash pool, and is estimated to cost about $1,500,000.  White Salmon has been using a pool constructed in Tonasket as an example.  Those wishing to donate can call White Salmon City Hall at 509-493-1133, extension 205.

TD Council Approves 17-18 Budget; Chamber Accepts Marketing Offer

The Dalles City Council has approved the municipal budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.  Mayor Steve Lawrence says the budget was approved by the Council with minimal changes.  The main discussion point surrounded raises for a pair of administrative offices.  By consensus, the Council decided previously approved increases for the City Manager and City Attorney would become effective on July 1.  The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce accepted the City’s offer of $215,140 for the 2017-18 Community Marketing budget, which was about $20,000 less than what the Chamber had requested.  Lawrence made the counter offer at a City Council meeting earlier this month on the basis of the City moving cruise ship services to the Main Street program.  In their acceptance, the Chamber noted the dollar amount is less than the budget approved in 2013-14, which did not have any allocations related to the cruise ships.