Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden advocated modernizing America’s hydropower infrastructure during a subcommittee hearing. The Hood River Republican chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Walden told the group at the hearing that there are opportunities to expand hydropower across the country but there are regulatory challenges to deal with. Walden added the electricity generated by hydropower is “as clean and renewable as it gets,” and there needs to be greater transparency and accountability in the regulatory processes affecting hydropower.
Hood River County businesses may be eligible for low-interest long term Small Business Adminstration loans to help them recover from economic impacts of lost revenue as result of January’s winter storms. The County declared a winter storm emergency for January, and the state declared a statewide emergency January 8-20. At least five Hood River County businesses need to show interest in pursuing this loan program and send a form or letter to Hood River County to request this state program be activated. If you are interested in applying, contact Hood River County Emergency Manager Barbara Ayers at 541-386-1213. Deadline to apply is March 23.
Maryhill Museum of Art opened today for its 2017 season. One of this year’s special exhibitions is called Something For Everyone: New Treasures from the Permanent Collection. Museum Executive Director Colleen Schafroth says it features new items acquired by curator Steve Grafe since 2010. This year at Maryhill will also feature ancient Greek ceramics on display, along with artwork showing all aspects of the American West, and black and white prints showing construction photos of the Maryhill highway and early scenic views of the Gorge. Maryhill Museum of Art will be open daily from ten to five.
The White Salmon Valley School District plans to apply with the state for a waiver of classroom hours requirements after losing 11 school days to snowy conditions over the winter. District Superintendent Jerry Lewis says Washington Governor Jay Inslee had already issued an emergency proclamation to allow cancellation of five days because of the difficult winter weather the state experienced. Lewis noted the district used its three built-in make-up days and added two days to the end of the school year. Lewis says the waivers have been approved routinely around the state. He adds the White Salmon district waited to make the application until now because it can only be done once, and they wanted to make sure there was no more snowy weather before submitting it.
Recreational sturgeon seasons in the Bonneville and The Dalles pools will close effective Saturday, March 25, under rules announced by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington. The states decided to close these two sturgeon sport fisheries based on recently improving catch rates. Catch projections indicate the recreational sturgeon quota in The Dalles Pool will be met as of Friday March 24. For the Bonneville Pool, fishery managers wanted to leave enough sturgeon in the balance to support a one- or two-day summer sturgeon fishery. Sturgeon fishing remains open in John Day Pool, where 62 sturgeon remain from the 105-fish harvest guideline. Retention sturgeon fishing is closed below Bonneville dam and below Willamette Falls under permanent sport fishing regulations. Catch-and-release sturgeon fishing remains open in all of these waters.
Hood River Valley 8, Barlow 1: Caden Leiblien drove in three runs while Connor Coerper and Isaiah Enriquez drove in two apiece to lead HRV to a season opening win. Enriquez, Trevor Lariza, and Trenton Hough combined to strike out 11 Bruin batters.
Goldendale 5, River View 3: Alex Mains went two for four with two runs scored to lead the Timberwolves.
Madras 6, The Dalles 2: Pedro Lopez won in singles for the Riverhawks, while Alex Lopez and Omar Rodriguez were victorious in doubles.
Granger 5, Goldendale 0
Madras at The Dalles, rained out
Granger 3, Goldendale 2: Talia Johnson and Isabelle Nadier won in singles for Goldendale.
Hood River City Councilors and Planning Commissioners got an update from consultants on work on the Westside Area Concept Plan during a joint meeting on Monday evening. City Manager Steve Wheeler says while there are still a number of questions to work through, two items in particular stand out. One is the location of a north/south connector road, and the other is the appropriate level of density for the area. The Planning Commission will start holding meetings on the plan in April, and Wheeler says the goal is to wrap up work by the end of June.
The Dalles City Council authorized entering into an intergovernmental agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation to repave East Second Street from the overpass through the roundabout. ODOT will do the work when it repaves East 2nd from the Boat Basin to Highway 197 in April under a larger state contract. Mayor Steve Lawrence says it will cost the City about the same amount as it would if it did it in-house while paying for materials only. Cost to the City will be $55,325 that will come from Surface Transportation Program funds.
The White Salmon City Council will consider a resolution at its meeting Wednesday night that is a declaration of diversity and inclusiveness. Mayor David Poucher says a group of citizens asked the Council to consider such a declaration, which municipal staff revised in advance of a public hearing Wednesday. Poucher says regardless of whether the Council approves the resolution or not, he feels the City has a long track record of treating all people fairly. Wednesday’s White Salmon City Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the White Salmon Fire Hall.
The Hood River County Elections’ Office says they still have some positions on the May special districts election ballot without candidates. Among those without filings are two positions on the Hood River County Transportation District board, one Parkdale Rural Fire District board seat, and two spots on the Parkdale Sanitation District board. The deadline to file for the special district positions on the May 16 ballot is this Thursday at 5 p.m. For information on how to file, call the Hood River County elections’ office at 541-386-1442.