Chenowith Elementary School, the Wahtonka Campus, and North Wasco County School District 21’s administrative office was placed in lockdown Tuesday after a man was reported with a gun on Chenowith Road near the entry to Foley Lakes Mobile Home Park. In a joint statement, Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill and D-21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong said the man was located when officers arrived in the area, and during the incident he showed behavior indicating he wanted only to cause harm to himself. The man was taken to Mid-Columbia Medical Center for a mental evaluation with Mid-Columbia Center for Living, the weapon was located and secured, and the lockdown was lifted. The investigation by law enforcement found the incident was isolated in nature, and no school children or staff were in danger.
Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden will hold town hall meetings in The Dalles and Hood River next Wednesday (April 12). Walden will start in The Dalles with a town hall in the Fort Dalles Readiness Center from 11 a.m. to noon. He will then move on to Hood River for a similar event from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hood River Middle School Auditorium. Walden will also hold town halls in Prineville and Bend next Thursday, and Medford and Grants Pass on Friday.
Hood River officials say they are going to make some repairs to the current Children’s Park structure on Hazel Street to reopen it in a smaller modified scale by Memorial Day. The City held a community meeting on the structure that has been closed since a report that found 35 structural deficiencies in the 25-year-old wooden play area. City Manager Steve Wheeler says they believe they can dismantle some parts of the structure while leaving other parts that are working or can be easily fixed. The next step would be replacement of the facility, and how to pay for it. Wheeler said the 2017-18 City budget he will be presenting this spring will include some money for Children’s Park, but he says the City will also request involvement from the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District, and replacement will probably also need a community fundraising component.
The Dalles City Council has selected Jason Corey as Interim Municipal Court Judge. According to a written statement from the City, the permanent Municipal Court Judge position was offered and accepted by another candidate, who has since withdrawn from consideration. The City Council will meet in executive session at a later date to discuss their options on the permanent position. Corey is currently a partner at the local law firm Dick, Dick & Corey. City officials say he has substantial experience in municipal courts, both in The Dalles as a prosecuting attorney and in Monmouth.
North Wasco County School District 21 officials have been using a state K-12 funding figure of eight-point-one billion dollars to prepare a budget for the 2017-18 school year. That’s under the eight-point-four billion school advocates around the state have said is needed to maintain current programs, but slightly above the number in the Governor’s proposed budget. Both D-21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong and Chief Financial Officer Randy Anderson say the number the district is using leaves them about a million dollars short of what they need. State legislators have indicated there will not be significant movement toward finalizing a K-12 education budget until the state’s May revenue forecast comes out.
Work has been on-going in the Washington Legislature on a transportation budget for the 2017-19 biennium. 14th District Senator Curtis King is chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. He says they have are trying to implement projects in the 16-year Connecting Washington plan approved in 2015, but money is an issue with gas tax revenues stagnant. King says the proposal from Senate Republicans has added five million dollars to address winter road damage. He says one of the new projects he would like to include is for safety improvements for the railroad crossing on Walnut Street in Bingen.
Hood River Valley 11, Tualatin 4: Connor Coerper drove in five runs with a single, a double, and a triple…and also struck out 12 in four-and-two-thirds innings on the mound to lead the Eagles to the road win. Caden Leiblien drove in three runs as the Eagles pounded out 15 hits in the game.
Clackamas 3, Hood River Valley 0
Sandy 12, The Dalles 11
Glencoe 15, Hood River Valley 14
Two students from Columbia Gorge Community College are among a select group recognized this spring in a national scholar awards program. Chantelle Hickman is a 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar and Jonathan Neptune is a 2017 Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 gold, 50 silver and 50 bronze scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. There were more than 1,800 applicants.
North Wasco County School District 21’s Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee will meet again Tuesday evening. D-21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong says this meeting will finalize recommendations for how the district board should proceed toward a November bond measure to put before voters. Armstrong says the panel is currently focused on building a new high school first, and that is the expected recommendation to go to the board. Tuesday evening’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn on West 7th in The Dalles.
The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce’s annual celebration of Blossom Time will take place throughout the month of April. The Chamber’s Ashley Huckaby-May says they have been receiving phone calls about when blossoms will arrive in the orchards. It looks like the blossoms will be later than they have been in recent years, with Huckaby-May saying some orchardists are telling them it will probably be in the third week of April. A list of Blossom Time events is available at the Chamber website, hoodriver.org.