The Northwest Cherry Festival is this weekend in The Dalles. The usual array of events are planned from Friday afternoon through Sunday, centered around the downtown area. But one new event will be an agricultural job fair, put on by a number of area growers and producers. The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Farquharson says they wanted to do something to help ag employers during the Cherry Fest. The job fair will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Washington and Second Street. Employers who would like to take part should call The Dalles Chamber at 541-296-2231.
The Port of Hood River’s budget committee meets to discuss the 2017-18 fiscal year Tuesday, and the question of raising the toll for the Interstate Bridge will come up again. Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says whether the Port can generate the state and federal support to replace the bridge or has to maintain it for another 30 years, there is a need to generate the funds required for either possibility. McElwee adds to keep the current bridge operational, the Port will need 48 million dollars in the next 15 years based on a 30-year model that the Port recently developed. The Port budget committee meets at noon on Tuesday in the Marina Center boardroom.
Hood River Valley sweeps Hermiston 1-0 and 14-10: Connor Coerper pitched a one-hitter while Lucas Viuhkola drove in the winning run in the opener, while Greyson Losee drove in four runs for HRV in the nightcap.
Pendleton sweeps The Dalles 7-6 and 13-7: The Buckaroos scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win game one, and then scored seven in the fifth to win game two.
King’s Way Christian 8, Columbia 1
LaCenter 1, Stevenson 0
Dufur sweeps Elgin 1-0 and 10-5
Sherman sweeps Union 12-2 and 19-2.
Dayton sweeps Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat 10-0 and 5-2.
Hood River Valley sweeps Hermiston 6-0 and 6-4: The Eagles scored all six of their runs in the sixth inning of game one to back Hannah McNerney’s shutout. HRV came back in game two with two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to win.
Pendleton sweeps The Dalles 7-2 and 12-0.
Dayton sweeps Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat 36-0 and 22-0.
Track and Field
Hood River Valley’s girls were fifth and the boys seventh at the Viking Relays at North Salem. Katie Kennedy finished second in the girls’ 100 meter hurdles to provide the top finish of the day for HRV.
Lyle-Wishram’s boys were third to provide the top team finish by Columbia Gorge-area schools at the River’s Edge Invitational in Boardman, as Brandon Montoya won the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump. South Wasco’s Ana Popchock won the girls’ long jump and triple jump.
Julian Hernandez finished third in the boys’ javelin to provide the top finish for The Dalles at the Willamette Falls Invitational at Oregon City
Stevenson won both the boys and girls titles at its own Al McKee Invitational. The Bulldogs’ Lincoln Krog won a pair of boys’ events, while Columbia’s Alondra Casarez-Garcia and Trout Lake’s Liz Fink each won three girls’ events.
Seton Catholic 2, Columbia 1
Toledo 8, Stevenson 1
Goldendale 4, White Swan 0
Hood River Valley finished fifth at the Steve Rankin Invitational in Madras. America Flores and Crystal Flores finished second in number two doubles.
The Dalles 6, Madras 2
Goldendale 5, White Swan 0
Hood River Valley 13, Clackamas 3: Kathryn Koenig scored three goals as the Eagles move to 4-3 on the season.
The Dalles High School Principal Nick Nelson has been named the Oregon High School Principal of the Year by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. Nelson received the award at Thursday’s North Wasco County School District 21 board meeting. D-21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong nominated him for the award, saying he has been a tremendous leader in improvement of the academic direction of The Dalles High School. Nelson will be honored in June at the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators convention in Seaside, and is eligible for the National High School Principal of the Year award.
Mid-Columbia Medical Center announced Thursday it is reducing its workforce by 11 positions. MCMC Interim Chief Executive Officer Dianne Storby said it was the first time in over 20 years the hospital in The Dalles will eliminate positions. She indicated the positions being reduced includes managers and staff-level jobs. In a written statement, Storby said MCMC is experiencing budgetary pressures due to several factors, including a down turn in revenue for 2016 and the first two months of 2017, the uncertainty of healthcare reimbursements at the state and national level, and statistical and financial information challenges resulting from continued transition in their electronic health record.
Hood River Garbage will be delivering new carts to residents within the City limits starting on Monday in preparation for a new service structure beginning on May 1. Hood River Garbage site manager Jim Winterbottom says each customer will receive three bins. One will be for garbage, one for co-mingled recycling, and the third for compostable materials. Glass recyclables will continue to be left in a smaller blue bin. Garbage and recycling will be picked up every other week, while the compost bin will be serviced every week. Complete instructions will be included with the new carts, a mailer has also been sent out explaining what is taking place, and there is information at the City of Hood River website. The new carts will not be used until May 1.
The Oregon State Senate Workforce Committee will be taking up clarifications to the paid sick leave legislation that was approved one year ago. 29th District Senator and committee member Bill Hansell says legislators had been told at the time the bill was passed that if a small business or farm with mostly family members working for you that those family members would be excluded from the paid sick leave count, but the Bureau of Labor and Industries interpreted that as meaning the company had to be owned by the family, and Hansell says most family farms are limited liability corporations. Hansell says the committee has been working on changing that, adding labor and industry have come together to work on it, and he expects to carry a bill to the floor during the current session.
Track and Field
Columbia’s boys finished first and girls second to Seton Catholic in a five-school meet in White Salmon. Hood River Valley finished fourth in both the boys and girls standings with a partial squad. Columbia’s Alondra Casarez-Garcia and HRV’s Ann Marie Goodman won three events each in the girls’ competition, while Columbia and Hood River Valley each grabbed three first place finishes in the boys’ events.
Michael Lantz and Jenna Miller won three events apiece for The Dalles in a meet with Horzion Christian at Sid White Field. The Riverhawks’ Reed Twidwell and Mercy Iaulualo (ee-aw-loh-wahl-oh) won two events apiece for The Dalles, while Horizon’s Quinn Rosetcisoedner and Paulina Finn also won a pair of events.
Stevenson’s boys were second and girls third at a five school meet in Castle Rock. Ilwaco finished atop both the boys and girls standings. Lincoln Krog had two of the five first place finishes for the Bulldogs, while Kaitlyn Rathgeber won the girls’ 400 meters.
LaCenter 5, Stevenson 0
Hood River Valley 5, Hermiston 3
Columbia 4, King’s Way Christian 1
Large crowds attended town hall meetings with Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden in both The Dalles and Hood River on Wednesday. An estimated 500 people attended the morning session at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, and about 1,000 later in the day were at the Hood River Middle School Auditorium. And many of those people took issue with the Hood River Republican on a number of issues, even though the primary points of discussion varied in the two communities. Health care was the focus for an audience that skewed a bit older in The Dalles, while immigration and the environment were the top subjects in Hood River, and some of his answers displeased many in the audience. Afterwards, Walden said he understands people have high levels of emotion over a number of different issues, adding the volume level is higher than usual but that’s part of the process, and it’s part of his job to listen to people in a big and diverse district. Walden is holding six town halls in his district on this swing, visiting Bend and Prineville Thursday and Grants Pass and Medford on Friday.
The Hood River County School District Board adopted a calendar for the 2017-18 school year with an opening day of September 5. That’s the day after Labor Day, and will allow time for construction projects to be completed at Hood River and Wy’east middle schools. The calendar schedules winter break to begin on Christmas Day, which is on a Monday, and run through January 5. The last day of school for 2017-18 is scheduled for June 14, but that could change due to inclement weather earlier in the year.