The Port of Hood River has hired former Port of Newport General Manager Kevin Greenwood as the director for the Hood River/White Salmon Bridge Replacement Project. Greenwood started on the job last week, and will present his first project update to the Port Commission at their meeting Tuesday. Greenwood takes on a new staff position at the Port of Hood River, with the responsibility to play a lead role in efforts to replace the aging Interstate Bridge. The Oregon Department of Transportation recently committed five million dollars to the Port for bridge replacement planning efforts, primarily focused on the completion of the required Final Environmental Impact Statement which will require participation and collaboration from federal, state, regional and local authorities. On January 18 a panel of experts will be brought together for a special work session of the Port Commission, exploring public-private partnership funding models, federal requirements for project permitting and funding, typical timelines and processes, as well as other aspects of the bridge replacement project. That meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Port’s Marina Center conference room.
Construction crews are back at the location of a big rockfall along the Historic Columbia River Highway just east of Rowena Crest. They will be installing a steel screen to prevent the kind of rock slide that happened last spring, putting motorists at risk and forcing a closure of the highway. Workers from Rock Supremacy of Bend will begin the installation process Tuesday, under a $176,000 contract with the Oregon Department of Transportation to cover the problem rock face with steel mesh. Traffic will be prohibited in the area while work is underway. The crews expect to be finished by January 19.
Woodburn 62, Hood River Valley 40
Stevenson 90, Castle Rock 74
Columbia 66, Seton Catholic 64
Arlington 41, Horizon Christian 36
Horizon Christian 51, Dufur 47
Sherman 87, Mitchell-Spray 19
Condon-Wheeler 69, South Wasco 44
Trout Lake 70, Bickleton 39
Trout Lake 68, Klickitat-Glenwood 43
Yakama Tribal 84, Klickitat-Glenwood 38
Sunnyside Christian 82, Lyle-Wishram 38
Lyle-Wishram 60, Bickleton 31
Naches Valley 81, Goldendale 38
LaGrande 54, The Dalles 43: Camryn Collman 25 points to lead LaGrande. Jodi Thomasian scored 15 points and Bailey LeBreton 13 for the Riverhawks.
Stevenson 62, Castle Rock 47
Columbia 42, Seton Catholic 26
Horizon Christian 52, Arlington 19
Horizon Christian 42, Dufur 38
Sherman 50, Mitchell-Spray 23
South Wasco 69, Condon-Wheeler 25
Klickitat-Glenwood 67, Yakama Tribal 39
Trout Lake 60, Klickitat-Glenwood 40
Sunnyside Christian 77, Lyle-Wishram 17
Naches Valley 62, Goldendale 40
Hood River Valley finished seventh and The Dalles 12th at the Don York Tournament at Cleveland High School in Portland. HRV’s Jason Shaner won at 138 pounds while teammates Chad Muenzer at 132 and Adrian Ramirez at 285 had second place finishes. Glenn Breckterfield and Michael Parrish had fifth place finishes for The Dalles.
Hood River Valley was tenth and Columbia 35th at the 84-school Kelso Tournament. Grace Miller led HRV with a second place finish at 140 pounds, while Hailey Johnson was sixth at 110 for Columbia.
The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs has issued a request for proposal for an experienced, qualified organization to operate and provide management services for its skilled nursing homes in The Dalles and Lebanon. ODVA owns the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles and a similar facility in Lebanon. where honored veterans, veteran spouses and qualified Gold Star parents live and receive rehabilitative, memory care, residential and medical care and services from caring and highly trained staff. This RFP is designed to award a single contract for the operations and management services of the two Veterans’ Homes to a qualified organization. The RFP and attachments can be obtained on the Oregon Procurement Information Network website at orpin.oregon.gov. Proposals are due by March 23.
The Dalles City Council on Monday evening will consider a proposal from a Madras organization that is looking to merge with Home At Last Humane Society and operate the animal shelter in The Dalles. Home At Last has been dealing with financial issues over the last couple of months, and the City, Wasco County, and the organization’s board have been seeking solutions. The non-profit Central Oregon Animal Friends in Madras, whose executive director Stephen Drynan and his wife Jerilee were involved with Home At Last a number of years ago, has proposed merging with Home At Last and operating the shelter. The City and Wasco County are both being asked to make a one-time contribution of $25,000 to help the merger go forward. The City Council will consider the topic at their meeting on Monday at 5:30 p.m. in The Dalles City Hall.
Oregon State 60th District Representative Cliff Bentz has been selected to fill the 30th District Senate position being vacated by Ted Ferrioli. Bentz was selected in John Day on Thursday by a vote of county commissioners from Wasco, Baker, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lake, Grant, Harney, Malheur and Wheeler counties. He will fill the remainder of Ferrioli’s term in office. Ferrioli resigned after being appointed to the Northwest Power & Conservation Council by Governor Kate Brown. Bentz has served in the Oregon House of Representatives since 2008, and is a rancher, farmer, and attorney. The other candidates considered were Dr. Cliff Wattenburg of Deschutes County and Suzan Jones of Baker County.
The Oregon Department of Transportation says Highway 97 was closed in both directions Friday morning one mile north of its intersection with Highway 197 due to crashes involving multiple jackknifed semi-trucks. One lane has now been reopened, with flaggers controlling traffic. Fog and ice are creating dangerous driving conditions in that area. Motorists should avoid that area until the weather improves, if possible, or make other travel plans.
St. Helens 50, Hood River Valley 40: The Lions broke open a close game in the fourth quarter. Erik Siekkinen led HRV with 13 points.
LaGrande 74, The Dalles 68: The Riverhawks drop to 6-5 on the season with the loss.
Columbia 47, Castle Rock 46: The Bruins forced turnovers on ten straight Rocket possessions to come from behind for the win.
LaCenter 87, Stevenson 69
Horizon Christian 64, Klickitat-Glenwood 39
Hood River Valley 41, St. Helens 40: Haylee Baker scored 11 points as the Eagles won for the eighth time in 13 games.
Castle Rock 47, Columbia 43
LaCenter 75, Stevenson 37
Horizon Christian 53, Klickitat-Glenwood 44
North Wasco County School District 21 is working with the Oregon Food Bank and other organizations to establish a food pantry at the Wahtonka Community School. D-21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong says the district would provide the space, with others staffing it. Armstrong says the Wahtonka campus is already the location of a number of programs, and there is a need for a food pantry easy to access on the west side of The Dalles. Armstrong notes hunger impacts education tremendously, saying when a child and family is worried about whether they can eat or not, it’s hard to concentrate on academics.
The period for non-profit organizations to apply for grants from the City of The Dalles is underway. Projects and programs that demonstrate how they would stimulate economic development or tourism, or provide social benefit, in the community are eligible for consideration. Applications will be taken until January 31, and are available at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall on 313 Court Street, and online at thedalles.org on the home page under What’s Happening. Applications will be reviewed by the City Manager’s office, which will make recommendations to the City Council. Approved applications will be submitted for funding through the annual budget process, with funds being awarded after July 1. For more information contact City Clerk Izetta Grossman at 541-296-5481, ext. 119.