The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office says two people reported missing out of Yamhill County were found dead in a camper trailer in the area of Ketchum Road outside of The Dalles. Detective Sergeant Jeff Hall says the bodies of 48-year-old Brian Thomas Paulsen and 47-year-old Deon Louise Patterson were found after deputies located Paulsen’s pickup and travel trailer on a property near a cabin. A dog was also found deceased in the trailer. Hall says the cause and manner of the deaths has not yet been determined…but evidence at the scene suggests carbon monoxide poisoning was a factor. Hall added initial examination of the scene suggested potential hazardous substances may have been present in the trailer, but a hazmat team determined the scene was safe for law enforcement to enter and continue their investigation.
Klickitat PUD commissioners have decided there will be no retail electric rate increase in 2020. The board made their decision following review of the first two drafts of their 2020 operating budget, noting good overall operating results in 2019 and solid bond ratings from both Moody’s and Fitch Ratings. While the new Renewable Natural Gas facility at Roosevelt had a slower start up than planned, Board President Dan Gunkel says the panel concluded that net revenues for the plant could be used to offset the need for a rate increase. He added the PUD board has a long-term goal of lowering rates relative to other utilities in similar service territories. It’s the third time in four years that Klickitat PUD has decided not to increase retail electric rates. There was a 1.5% increase in 2019. A public hearing to consider the 2020 operating budget has been set for Tuesday, December 10 at 3 p.m. at Klickitat PUD’s office in Goldendale.
Mid-Columbia Health Foundation’s Festival of Tress is coming up in early December, and it appears they will once again have plenty of decorated trees up for bid at their auction. The Foundation’s Cynthia Kortge says they have had great response and have filled all of their needs for regular-sized trees, but they still have a couple of opportunities to decorate a miniature tree. Deadline to register to do that is Friday. This year’s auction will support the Celilo Cancer Center and Mid-Columbia Health Foundation Nursing Scholarships. Tickets for the December 6 gala and auction at The Dalles Civic Auditorium are $20 and available by calling 541-296-7275 or going to mcmc.net/fot.
Preparations are underway for the community Thanksgiving dinners in Hood River and Cascade Locks, and the call has gone out for volunteers to help with clean up afterwards. One of the dinner organizers, Debby Chenoweth, says their biggest need for volunteers is for help on cleanup the Friday after the meal. Chenoweth says they have most of their volunteer slots filled except for the Friday cleanup. To volunteer, call 541-399-2384.
Washington Class 1B Volleyball Tournament
At Yakima Valley Sundome
Mount Vernon Christian def. Klickitat-Glenwood 25-10, 25-18, 26-24
Klickitat-Glenwood vs. Providence Classical Christian, 3:15 p.m.
Oregon Class 5A Water Polo Tournament
At Osborn Aquatic Center, Corvallis
Boys: Hood River Valley vs. Ashland, 12:10 p.m.
Girls: Hood River Valley vs. Ashland, 2:30 p.m.
Washington Class 1A Volleyball Tournament
At Yakima Valley Sundome
Goldendale vs. Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls), 5:15 p.m.
Oregon Class 1B Football Quarterfinal
Dufur at Crane, 1 p.m.
Washington Class 1B Football Playoffs
Tekoa-Rosalia at Lyle-Wishram, 5:30 p.m.
Oregon Class 4A Football Quarterfinal
Tillamook at The Dalles, 1 p.m.
The Hood River City Council accepted a park and open space framework for the Westside Area Concept Plan with some municipal planning commission recommendations and some Council modifications. City Planning Director Dustin Nilson says the framework emphasizes a connection between recreational facilities. Nilson noted over 95 percent of the Westside area is currently privately owned, so in order to develop a cohesive plan there has to be forethought in the planning, and that includes recreational amenities. The Council emphasized wanting to be careful in development in sensitive areas likes slopes, riparian corridors, and wetlands. The framework will also be a recommendation document for the multi-jurisdictional parks plan currently under development.
The Columbia Gorge Housing Authority will be receiving a piece of federal funding to help Klickitat and Skamania County adults with disabilities and their families to achieve safe, secure, and stable housing. Washington Senator Patty Murray announced today that Columbia Gorge Housing Authority will receive $188,345 from new Mainstream Housing Vouchers, which are being funded through a 2018 spending bill that passed the Senate. The vouchers will fund local initiatives to help non-elderly, people with disabilities who are at risk of institutionalization or homelessness access affordable housing and other support services. Columbia Gorge Housing Authority chair Gabe Spencer said they plan to leverage this money in the private rental market and collaborate with health and human services partners to provide participants with voluntary supportive services.
The Dalles Main Street program is looking to continue to put up new lights on 2nd Street in downtown that will stay up all year long. They are installing rope lights that change colors to whatever is appropriate for the time of year. Main Street’s Bunny Henningsen says the lights run about $30 apiece, and they have 117 left to purchase, so they are looking for donations to help continue the project. To donate toward the lights, go online to thedallesmainstreet.org.
A 33-year-old man from Biggs Junction was killed early Monday evening when he was fatally struck by a commercial truck while walking on Interstate 84 near milepost 104 in Sherman County. According to the Oregon State Police, the truck was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 in the slow lane at about 5:45 p.m. on Monday when the driver noticed a reflective vest moving around in the lane of travel. The OSP says the driver initially thought the vest was blowing around in the wind, but then realized it was being worn by a pedestrian. The truck swerved to avoid the person, but was unable to avoid striking him. The pedestrian, Alejandro Lozano Rivas, was pronounced dead at the scene. The OSP says the driver, a 31-year-old man from Moscow Mills, Missouri, stopped immediately at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.
A number of Gorge-based groups have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of two groups appealing a judge’s ruling that the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility could continue with its contract to detain immigration detainees. Gorge Ecumenical Ministries, Gorge ICE Resistance, Hood River Latino Network, NORCOR Community Resources Coalition, and the Rural Organizing Project say in the brief that NORCOR’s contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement blurs the line between local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement, places an unnecessary burden on local resources, and makes many in the community hesitant to ask the police for help. The appeal claims NORCOR is violating a 32-year-old state law prohibiting local law enforcement from participating in federal immigration enforcement. Innovation Law Lab and Oregon Law Center are appealing the judge’s decision made in April that found certain practices by NORCOR were unlawful, but the contract with ICE could continue.