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HR Council Votes To Rezone Morrison Park Property

By a five-to-two vote, Hood River City Councilors voted in favor of changing the zoning of Morrison Park from open space/public facilities to high density residential, opening up the possibility the land could be developed for housing.  Councilors made the decision after months of work at the planning commission level and receiving voluminous amounts of testimony both for and against the zone change for the five-and-a-third acre property on Wasco and 20th Streets.  In the end, the majority of Councilors felt the land’s potential for development of workforce housing, and the need for it in the City, trumped the desire to preserve the land as open space.  Councilors Susan Johnson and Peter Cornelison voted against the zone change.

TD Council Doesn’t Change Marijuana Ordinance

The Dalles City Council decided not to approve a change in its marijuana business ordinance to allow for a reduction in the required minimum distance between such establishments from 1,000 feet to 500 feet with a conditional use permit, sending the issue back to the municipal planning staff to try to come up with another revised rule.  The issue came about when the City received two applications for marijuana-related businesses that were within 1,000 feet of each other, but separated by Interstate 84.  Mayor Steve Lawrence, who supported the proposed ordinance change, noted Councilors were given the opportunity to give Planning Director Steve Harris direction of how to address the topic, and particularly the two applications involved.  Most indicated they wanted to find a way to allow both applicants to operate.  Staff will be researching the options and will report back to Council.

Westside Area Plan Nears Draft Form

The Hood River City Council and Planning Commission received an update from the consultants working on the Westside Area Concept Plan,as it nears reaching draft form and moving to public hearings this summer.  Councilors and planning commissioners were told by the consulting group that they are nearing a recommendation on the scope of housing that would be more than a standard buildout but not the maximum numbers that were under consideration.  In addition, they are leaning toward recommending a new north-south road connecting from Wine Country Way west of Mt. Adams Avenue to May Street.  City Manager Steve Wheeler says the consultants will now go back and finalize the draft report, and it should go to the Planning Commission in July or August.  City officials have been targeting getting the plan finished, expecting substantial growth in the Westside area in the coming years.

Northern Wasco Aquatic Center Opens This Weekend

The Northern Wasco County Aquatic Center in The Dalles will open this weekend.  The pool will open on Saturday.  Weekend hours include a family play swim and lap swim from noon to 1 p.m., and open play swim from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Weekdays include the family play and lap swims from noon to 1 p.m., open play swims from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., plus a 50 meter lap swim from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and also swim lessons in the mornings and late afternoons.  Complete schedule and activity information is available at nwprd.org.

Children’s Park To Reopen Monday Or Tuesday

Hood River’s Children’s Park was expected to open sometime early this week.  City Manager Steve Wheeler says soft-fall surface was being installed last week, and about 75 percent of the aging facility will be open for the summer.  But Wheeler emphasizes this is a short-term solution, and full replacement is necessary.  Mayor Paul Blackburn says the effort to make that happen is moving forward, with a citizen engagement committee being formed with City and Parks and Recreation District representation, and the Hood River Rotary Club will coordinate collection of donations.  Children’s Park was shut down earlier in the spring due to safety concerns from deterioration of the wooden structure built in 1993 in a primarily volunteer effort.

May 19-20 Prep Sports Roundup

Oregon Class 5A Baseball Play-In

Putnam 3, The Dalles 2:  The Riverhawks received a strong pitching performance from Jordan Wetmore but could not get past the Kingsmen.


Hood River Valley learned its first round opponent in the state 5A playoffs will be Dallas on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Traner Field.


Oregon Class 2A/1A Special District 6 Tournament in Pendleton

Semi-Final:  Sherman 15, Pilot Rock 5

Final:  Dufur 5, Sherman 0:  The Rangers will host Bandon in the first round of the state playoffs on Wednesday, while Sherman hosts Kennedy.


Oregon Class 5A Softball Play-In

Hood River Valley 1, Milwaukie 0:  Hannah McNerney pitched a one-hitter while striking out 13 to lead the Eagles to the state 5A playoffs.  Makena Zeller’s wind-blown double in the fourth inning brought home Lorena Johnson with the game’s only run.  HRV will host LaSalle in round one of the state playoffs on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.


Track and Field

Two second place finishes highlighted Hood River Valley’s weekend at the Oregon Class 5A Track and Field Championships in Eugene.  Katie Kennedy was second in the girls’ high jump and fourth in the long jump, while Jesse Wiley was second in the boys’ 1500 meters.  Other HRV placers include Robby Running with a fifth in the boys’ 300 meter hurdles, sixth place finishes for the boys’ four by 100 and four by 400 meter relay teams, Chad Klaas in the boys’ pole vault, and Jonah Tactay in the boys’ long jump, a seventh for Lottie Bromham in the girls’ 3,000 meters, and an eighth for Reed Bauer in the girls’ 800 meters.  The Dalles received a seventh place from Cameron Perez in the boys’ javelin and an eighth from Tressa Wood in the girls’ 3,000 meters.


Second place finishes by Ana Popchock of South Wasco in the girls’ triple jump, Ezekiel Stelzer of Dufur in the boys’ 1500 meters, and the Sherman boys’ four by 100 meter relay team highlighted the regional effort in the final day of the Oregon Class 1A track and field championships.  Third place finishes were earned by Horizon Christian’s Paulina Finn in the girls’ triple jump, Dufur’s Asa Farrell in the boys’ 100 meters, and the South Wasco girls’ four by 100 meter relay squad.  Sherman’s Jacob Justesen was fifth in the boys’ 200 meters.


Goldendale’s boys finished fourth and the girls fifth at the SCAC District track and field meet in Naches Valley.  The Timberwolves had three individual champions:  Dillon Rising in the boys’ 3200 meters, Ellie Rising in the girls’ 1600 meters, and Ocean Bryan in the girls’ 300 meter hurdles.


Brandon Montoya won three events to lead Lyle-Wishram’s boys to a third place finish at the Washington Class 2B District 5/6 Championships in Quincy.  Montoya won the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump, while Julian Hernandez was second in the discus and third in the shot put.  The Lyle-Wishram girls were tenth, paced by second place finishes by Sydney Rains in the 100 meter hurdles and Alex Cloud in the javelin.



OSAA Class 5A Girls Tennis Championships in Portland

Kiana Pielli of The Dalles won the consolation bracket title, defeating Tina Davis of Springfield 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in the consolation final.  Pielli had earlier defeated Ashley Smith of LaSalle 8-6 and Rachel Primack of LaSalle by the same score to reach the match with Davis.


OSAA Class 5A Boys Tennis Championships in Portland

Hood River Valley’s Sawyer Bogard lost his consolation round match to Benny Saito of Redmond 8-1.


OSAA Class 4A/3A/2A/1A Girls Tennis Championships at Oregon State University

Meghan Belshe of Sherman lost to top-seed Racheal Hahn of Westside Christian 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and Alexis Schwartz of Ontario 8-4 in the consolation round.


Goldendale at SCAC Boys and Girls District Tournament in Connell

The Goldendale team of Ignacio Cano and Edgard Vega have reached the Washington Class 1A tennis tournament in boys’ doubles by finishing second in the SCAC District tournament at Connell.   They lost the tourney final to Jake Slade and Trennend Slade of Gragner 6-4, 6-4.  Cano and Vega had defeated Ethan Morril and Mason Hoist of Connell in the quarter-final and the came back to top Beau Widner and Payton Whitaker of Zillah 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the semis.  In girls’ doubles, Goldendale’s Talia Johnson and Kelli Bighorn advance to state with a fourth place finish, wnning their quarter-final match over Addie Bagwell and Audrey Bagwell of Connell, but lost in the semi to Hanah Singco and Isabella James of LaSalle, and Abbie Myers and Makilie Hernandez of Zillah in the third place match.  The state tourney is this coming weekend in Yakima.


Boys Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 18, LaSalle 2

Brewery Grade Roundabout Closed On Sunday Night

The Brewery Grade Roundabout in The Dalles will be completely closed Sunday night with restricted driving there Monday and Tuesday nights.  Oregon Department of Transportation officials say that will be to allow crews to make improvements to the roadway at the roundabout and Highway 30 to near the intersection with State Road.  The work will be performed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. all three nights.  Workers will close the roundabout on Sunday at 7 p.m. to grind out the surface of the roadway around and near the roundabout and replace it with fresh asphalt.  On Monday and Tuesday nights flaggers will control traffic on one lane while the paving progresses to the east end of the project near State Road intersection.  The city of The Dalles and ODOT have partnered on the $370,000 project.

Ferrioli Calls For Bi-Partisan Work On Medicaid Questions

Oregon State Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli is calling for bi-partisan work to sort out questions surrounding the state’s Medicaid program.  Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson issued what he called an “audit alert” this week that says 86,000 people who are receiving Medicaid benefits in the state may be ineligible, and that could be costing the state $37,000,000 per month.  Ferrioli wants to immediately ramp up work in the Department of Human Services to allow caseworkers to go through files to ensure those receiving Medicaid coverage are actually eligible to do so, noting there are both fiscal and “compassionate” questions to answer.  Ferrioli says there shouldn’t be a finger-pointing exercise, but rather taking legislators from both sides of the aisle and go through how the Medicaid program got to where it is and what steps forward to take that does the least amount of harm.

May 18 Prep Sports Roundup

Track and Field

Three second place finishes highlighted the effort for area schools in day one of the Oregon Class 1A Track and Field Championships in Eugene.  They were from Paulina Finn of Horizon Christian in the girls’ high jump, Ana Popchock of Sounth Wasco in the girls’ long jump, and Ezekiel Stelzer of Dufur in the boys’ 3,000 meters. Sherman received two third place finishes from Isaiah Coles in the boys’ long jump and Maverick Winslow in the boys’ pole vault, and a sixth place from Keenan Coles in the boys’ long jump on the way to being tied for second in the boys’ team race heading into today’s finals.  Horizon Christian’s Quinn Roestcisoender was sixth in the boys’ pole vault, and South Wasco’s Madisen Davis seventh in the girls’ javelin.


Stevenson’s boys won the team title at the Southwest Washington Class 1A District Championships in Woodland.  Lincoln Krog won the long jump and triple jump to lead the Bulldogs, while Kody Campbell was first in the pole vault and Ethan Haight won the 1600 meters.  In the girls’ portion of the meet, Stevenson’s Kaitlyn Rathgeber won the 800 meters and Columbia’s Alondra Casarez-Garcia was first in the 100 meter hurdles.


Trout Lake won the girls’ title and was second in the boys’ competition at the Washington Class 1B District 5/6 Championships in Peshastin.  Sidney Becker, Lille Goodson, and Liz Fink won two events each for the Mustang girls, while Justin Peck won a pair for the Trout Lake boys.


OSAA Class 5A Boys Tennis Championships in Portland

Hood River Valley’s Sawyer Bogard lost his first round match to Carston Gilje of St. Helens 6-3, 6-0.  Bogard meets Benny Saito of Redmond in the consolation bracket today.


OSAA Class 5A Girls Tennis Championships in Portland

Tessa Kern of Corvallis topped Kiana Pielli of The Dalles in the first round 6-1, 6-3.  Pielli moves to the consolation round, and will face Ashley Smith of LaSalle today.

Klickitat County Keeps Ordinance To Not Accept New Marijuana Business Apps

Klickitat County Commissioners decided to accept a planning commission recommendation to remove the sunset clause from an ordinance prohibiting the siting of new marijuana facilities, leaving that ban in effect.  The ordinance will apply only to new applications, with the existing eighteen already in place able to move forward and can expand their business as allowed by licenses already granted by the state.  Commissioner David Satuer says they feel like keeping the status quo is appropriate at this time.  The sunset clause for the ordinance had been in place for two years.  The ordinance only applies to unincorporated areas of Klickitat County.  Commissioners voted unanimously to keep the prohibition.