Beginning Tuesday the City of The Dalles Public Works has scheduled pavement crack sealing on several roadways. They include West 10th between Walnut Street and Cherry Heights Road, West 9th between Cherry Heights and the Mill Creek Bridge, Riverview Street between East 13th Street and East 17th Street, and Vey Way between West 8th Street and West 10th Street. Rolling road closures will move through the project areas throughout the week. Proceed with caution in those areas during the short duration road closures and observe all temporary traffic control devices. If you have questions, contact The Dalles Public Works Department at (541) 296-5401.
South Wasco went 4-4 in a tournament at Country Christian in Molalla.
Hood River Valley Tournament
Hood River Valley 17, Sunset 4
Hood River Valley 12, Lincoln 10
Lincoln 11, Hood River Valley 10
Hood River Valley 14, Sunset 2
Hood River Valley 11, Lincoln 3
Cooler, more humid weather on Thursday helped calm the Indian Creek Fire on the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness west of Hood River. Two “medium” helicopters and four Super Scooper airplanes made repeated water drops on the fire, concentrating on hot areas along the north and west edges. The fire produced much less smoke than a few days ago, showing that the fire was burning with less intensity. The fire did gain three acres and is now 327 acres in size. Firefighters are bracing for warmer, drier weather in the coming week, so officials say they plan to continue dropping water on the fire with aerial resources, cooling as much heat as possible. This will also raise the humidity and make fuels harder to burn. While aerial water applications won’t put out the fire, they can help keep the fire from growing too quickly. The goal is to keep the fire in check until the fall rains extinguish it.
It’s a big weekend for fairs in the region, with the Klickitat County Fair in Goldendale, Wasco County Fair in Tygh Valley, and Sherman County Fair in Moro all continuing through the weekend. An important event at all of these fairs is the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auctions. Zach Harvey of the Wasco County Fair stresses the importance of supporting the youngsters involved in the programs. The Sherman County Fair holds its livestock auction at 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Klickitat County Fair at 3:30 Saturday, and the Wasco County Fair does it on Sunday morning at 9:30.
The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership and the U.S. Forest Service are improving habitat on a mile of Hamilton Creek in Skamania County. The project will increase the amount of habitat needed by juvenile salmon and increase the sediments necessary for adult salmon to spawn. Construction began in mid-August, and heavy equipment such as excavators and dump trucks are on-site now. Local access may be closed for the next four weeks until the work concludes. The stretch of Hamilton Creek where work is being done has been damaged by wildfires and timber harvesting. To restore the area, crew members will add 200 pieces of large wood to the creek and plant 9,000 conifers and willows.
Hood River Valley swept four games from PIL schools at a jamboree at Roosevelt High School in Portland. HRV defeated Cleveland 25–15, Madison 25–20, Franklin 25–17, and Jefferson 25–10. Shae Duffy led HRV on offense with eight service aces and 15 kills, while Katie Kennedy was close behind with five service aces and 12 kills on the night.
Imbler def. Dufur 26-24, 25-12, 16-25, 25-12
Weston-McEwen def. Dufur 25-14, 25-27, 25-17, 25-14
The Indian Creek Fire in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness west of Hood River was much quieter Wednesday than in recent days. Although the fire continued to burn actively in several places, it did not make a big run or gain much acreage. An infrared flight early this morning shows the fire is now 324 acres in size. No spot fires were found east of Eagle Creek or west of a small, unnamed drainage to the northwest of the fire. A smoky inversion covered most of the fire Wednesday, limiting aircraft operations. The weather forecast for today and Friday is for cooler temperatures and higher humidity. Fire personnel hope the change in the weather and aerial applications of water will cool many of the remaining hot areas. In the interest of public safety, more of the Eagle Creek Trail has been closed. The new trail closure is at High Bridge, 3.3 miles south of the Eagle Creek Trailhead near Interstate 84. Punch Bowl Falls will remain open.
Firefighters are working towards increasing the containment of the Nena Springs Fire in the Warm Springs Reservation, but until moisture arrives over the fire, officials say containment will remain 75%. Its final footprint is expected to remain 68,135 acres. Surface fire is smoldering in duff and dead and down logs. A handcrew is directing a light helicopter over hotspots to provide target drops of water. The 240 firefighters assigned to the fire are beginning to hit their maximum days of work and will return home to rest before taking new assignments. As they leave, a smaller force of firefighters will remain at Warm Springs to complete the work left yet to do. A transfer of command is occurring today to a smaller management organization.
The Wasco, Klickitat, and Sherman county fairs are all underway and will continue through Sunday. At the Wasco County Fair in Tygh Valley Thursday is Free Family Day today, with Kids’ Day events at 2 p.m., and Ranch Sorting at 5 p.m. Friday brings the start of the rodeo, with performances are at 7:30 both Friday and Saturday evenings. Friday at the Wasco County Fair also features Farmers Fun Day events, with sign-ups at 11 a.m. and the events beginning at noon. In Goldendale, the opening evening of the Klickitat County Fair brings the annual barbecue featuring products made in Klickitat County. Cost is $8 per plate, and it starts at 5 p.m. There will also Western Games today beginning at 4 p.m., and a free concert by James Wesley at 8 p.m. Friday will see all-around showmanship competitions start at 1 p.m., team penning and branding at 3 p.m., and a free concert by Briana Renea at 8 p.m. In Moro, Thursday at the Sherman County Fair includes a full day of 4-H/FFA judging of various animals, the Down on the Farm Chore Course at 7 p.m., and Freddie Prez once again on the main stage. Friday highlights include 4-H and FFA livestock judging at 4:30 p.m., and cattle sorting at 7 p.m.
Columbia Gorge Community College will host information sessions next week to describe program options, steps to enroll this fall, and how to reduce the cost of college. CGCC Director of Student Outreach Steph Hoppe says the “Discover CGCC” sessions will give people a chance to learn more about the school. The “Discover CGCC” events will take place Wednesday at the Hood River campus and next Thursday at the Building 2 Lecture Hall on The Dalles. Each day there will be a morning session from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and an evening session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. To RSVP or for more information call 541-506-6019.