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Body Of Missing California Man Found In Heather Canyon Area

The body of a California man reported missing in the area of Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort was found Monday evening in the Heather Canyon area.  The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office says the body of 47-year-old Tim Bauters of Sunnyvale, California was found by Meadows Ski Patrol.  Bauters’ family had called the Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon, advising he had been in Oregon for an extended work trip and failed to arrive back in California as planned.  The last time they had heard from him was Friday when he was at Mount Hood Meadows, and was believed to be snowboarding alone.  The Sheriff’s Office says Bauters had gone to Meadows multiple times on his work trip, and his rental vehicle was on site.  A medical examiner has been brought in, and no other details have been released.


Work On Jewett Boulevard Water Main Begins; Open House Thursday

Work started yesterday in White Salmon on the replacement of a water main along Jewett Boulevard.  Mayor Marla Keethler says the work will run through September, and an open house is planned for Thursday evening for the public to learn about the plans for construction.  Keethler adds the City has been working with the contractor to have work done in the business district during the early part of the project in the spring, rather than during the heavier tourist months of summer.  The open house will be Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at the White Salmon Fire Hall.  Information and updates about the project are available on the city’s webpage http://www.white-salmon.net.

DNR Land Lease Termination Compensation Bill Passes House

A bill authored by Washington 14th District State Senator Chris Corry to provide compensation for ranchers and farmers whose land leases are terminated early by the Department of Natural Resources was unanimously approved in the House.  House Bill 2498 would require the state to reimburse ranchers and farmers for some of their losses, including infrastructure investments made on the land such as fencing and other improvements.  According to state law, DNR can use a non-default termination to replace a lessee with a higher-revenue tenant.  Revenue generated from state trust lands provides funding for K-12 school construction and other projects throughout the state, so DNR has an interest in leasing to tenants who produce high revenues.  The bill now heads to the Senate.

HR Schools Prepare Student Success Act Plans

Hood River County School District Superintendent Sara Hahn-Huston recently presented a draft plan to the district board for using three-point-five million dollars of funds coming from the state for the 2020-21 academic year as a result of the Student Success Act.  The proposal splits the funding primarily into three areas:  mental and behavioral health, well-rounded education, and class sizes.  Hahn-Huston says one of the advantages in the Hood River district is a priority has always been placed on lowering class sizes.  The district plans to put the draft on its website this week, more public input will be taken online and at the district board’s February 26 meeting at 6:30 in the district office, with the board expected to approve a plan to submit to the Oregon Department of Education at its March 11 meeting.

February 17 Prep Basketball Roundup

Big Sky Conference Boys Basketball Tiebreaker

Condon-Wheeler 47, Sherman 45:  Cooper Johnson’s rebound bucket in the waning seconds of the game gave the Blue Devils the win, and the chance to face Horizon Christian for the final spot in this weekend’s Big Sky tournament.  The winning score came after the Huskies came back from a late five-point deficit to tie.  Condon-Wheeler faces Horizon Christian at 6 p.m. this evening at Sherman High School.

Portland Man Dies In Snowboarding Accident

A 45-year-old Portland man died in a snowboarding accident on Mount Hood Meadows on Sunday.  The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 45-year-old Ryan Zeitner.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, medics had been dispatched to Meadows on Sunday morning after receiving a report of a snowboarding fall and attempted life-saving efforts, but Zeitner was pronounced dead shorty after their arrival.  Zeitner had been snowboarding in the Heather Canyon area.

Logo Dispute Settlement Reached

Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue and the Mid-Columbia Firefighters Association have reached an agreement in their dispute over using similar logos.  In a press release issued by both organizations, there is no longer a dispute on how the logo was developed and used, and as a result of the resolution the Firefighters will no longer use the disputed logo.  There was no admission of fault or wrongdoing, and each agency will be responsible for their own attorney fees and costs.  Both parties indicated they have agreed to put their relationship into an evaluation process and follow through on recommendations that come out of it in an effort to strengthen future communication and interaction.

HR County To Hold Tuesday Hearing On Levy Measure

Hood River County Commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday evening on the proposed public safety levy the Commission plans to put on the May ballot.  It is a near-given that the Commission will place the five-year levy of 78-cents-per-thousand dollars of assessed property value on the ballot in a second attempt to address the County’s budget shortfalls.  Commission Chair Mike Oates says input he has received so far has left him with a positive feeling about this measure.  The public hearing is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.  The Commission need to approve the measure so it can be filed to be placed on the May ballot.

White Salmon Starts Water Main Replacement

The City of White Salmon is starting the replacement of a water main along Jewett Boulevard.  The contractor started work Monday, and it is expected to continue through September, and that will involve lane closures and detours along Jewett from the Bingen city limits through downtown White Salmon to Garfield Street.  Monday and Tuesday the first half of the first block of 5th Place in White Salmon will be closed.  The eastbound lane of Jewett will be closed with flaggers directing traffic.  Construction work will be taking place between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Information and updates about the project are available on the city’s webpage http://www.white-salmon.net.

Salmon Fishery Plans Announced

The directors of the Washington and Oregon departments of Fish and Wildlife reached an agreement this week on allocations and gear types for Columbia River salmon fisheries in 2020.  Under the 2020 plan, 75 percent of the spring Chinook would be allocated to recreational anglers – a 5 percent increase from the allocation outlined in Washington’s Columbia River policy – with the other 25 percent allocated to the commercial fishery.  Only tangle nets would be allowed in the mainstem during the commercial spring fishery after the run size update in mid- to late-May.  The summer fishery will feature an 80 percent and 20 percent split for the recreational and commercial fisheries, respectively.  No gillnets will be permitted on the mainstem for the summer Chinook fishery.  The 2020 fall Chinook fishery will be the same as 2019, with a maximum of 70 percent allocated to the recreational fishery, and no less than 30 percent allocated to commercial fishers.  Additionally, the use of barbless hooks in Columbia River fisheries will again be mandatory under the new agreement.

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