The Dalles City Council and the Wasco County Commission will hold a joint worksession on Monday to discuss what direction to take on building codes management. The County was going to turn over the function, which had been under the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments until that agency disbanded, to the state until state officials said there would probably not be a local office it that was the case. The worksession will be on Monday at 5:30 in The Dalles City Hall.
The tree that will be displayed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the Christmas season will make a stop in The Dalles Wednesday morning. This year’s tree comes from Oregon’s Willamette National Forest, and is making stops in 25 communities along the way. The theme for the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is “Find Your Trail!” in recognition of two 2018 anniversaries: the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act and the 175th commemoration of the Oregon Trail. In November, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will travel eastward from Oregon on the reverse path of the Oregon Trail. The tree will be at The Dalles City Hall on Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Festivities during the tree’s visit to The Dalles will include remarks by public officials, visits with Santa and Smokey Bear, hot cocoa, cookies, candy canes, and live music. Activities are free and open to the public.
The Dalles HOPE Warming Place Shelter is getting ready to start operation for the winter at the St. Vincent dePaul location on 315 West 3rd in The Dalles. Georgia Giacobbe says their four month season will start November 18, and the shelter will be open when nighttime temperatures are under 30 degrees including the wind chill or 35 degrees when there is rain or snow. Shelter hours will be 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Giacobbe says they are still in need of volunteers to help run the shelter, and the main requirement is compassion. Those interested in volunteering for The Dalles Warming Place can call Ed Elliott at 541-386-5857.
Hood River County wrapped up its series of workshops on its budget situation last week. Commissioners and staff held the open house sessions to educate residents on their budget crunch, and potential options to generate more revenue. Attendees were asked to give their opinions on a range of possibilities that included a local option levy, a capital improvement levy, a general sales tax, a prepared food and beverage tax, and doing nothing. County Administrator Jeff Hecksel says they are still tabulating the results, but the prepared food and beverage tax appeared to generate the most support. Hecksel adds the next step is for the Commission to sort through the input they’ve received. The Commission has targeted putting a tax measure before votes in May.
The parking lot and the power for the restrooms at Klindt Cove Park in the Port of The Dalles has been installed, and there will be more development in the spring. The Port, North Wasco Parks and Recreation, the Kiwanis Club, and others have been partnering to use a state grant to develop the new park. Port Executive Director Andrea Klaas says next year the restrooms will be open year-round, but this winter Parks and Rec will install port-a-potties to ensure the heat is working to prevent the restrooms from freezing. She adds more work will take place in the spring, including installation of power pedestals for events and landscaping. Once the park is developed, the parks and recreation district will handle operations and maintenance.
Sign-ups for the Hood River County Christmas Project are underway, and donations are being accepted to help provide food and toys for those receiving assistance. There are food and toy collection barrels at 22 different locations in the Hood River area, and monetary donations are also being accepted on-line at hoodrivercountychristmasproject.com. The project’s Bruce Holmson says they try to fill the boxes with items that last beyond the holiday. Grocery gift cards are also included to help purchase perishable foods, and non-food essentials are also included. For more information on how to donate, go to hoodrivercountychristmasproject.com.
The Hood River Valley girls’ cross country team finished seventh in the championship race at the Nike Northwest Regional meet over the weekend in Boise. 20 teams from eight states in the region were invited to participate in the championship, which was won by Oregon 6A champion Summit. HRV was coming off winning the state 5A title the previous weekend. Frances Dickinson, the Oregon 5A individual champion, was the top Eagle finisher, taking 29th. She will be joined by teammates Brinna Weiseth, Josephine Dickinson, and Evelyn Nunez in competing in the Nike Borderclash in Beaverton next weekend, with the top 30 racers from both Oregon and Washington compete in a dual meet for state bragging rights.
Oregon Class 1A Football Quarterfinal
Dufur 64, Camas Valley 20: Asa Farrell rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and caught four passes for 99 yards and three scores as the three-time reigning champion Rangers secured another semifinal berth. Tanner Masterson ran for 112 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries and Russell Peters had 14 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery for a score for Dufur. The Rangers continue their quest for a fourth straight state title when they meet Hosanna Christian in the semi-finals on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Summit High School in Bend.
Washington Class 1B Football Play-In
Lyle-Wishram 77, Entiat 22: Brandon Montoya ran for four touchdowns and caught passes for two more to lead the Cougars to the state quarterfinals. Kurtis Billette passed for five scores while running for one and catching a TD pass. Lyle-Wishram faces Naselle in the quarter-finals this weekend.
Washington Class 1A Football First Round
Hoquiam 49, Stevenson 0
Oregon Class 5A Water Polo Tournament
At Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton
Semi-Final: Hood River Valley 20, Ashland 3
Championship: West Albany 13, Hood River Valley 9
Semi-Final: West Albany 15, Hood River Valley 10
Third Place: Hood River Valley 14, Ashland 9
Updated vote counts In Klickitat County on Thursday saw County Commission position two incumbent David Sauter with 4,573 votes to 1,778 for Raymond Clough, while Sheriff Bob Songer has 4,545 votes to challenger Douglas Charters’ 2,147. The White Salmon Valley Pool Metropolitan District measure had received 1,608 votes in favor to 1,143 against. In races for positions on the district board…Lloyd DeKay had 1,212 votes to 630 for Mikael Naramore…Benjamin Briggs had a narrow 963-to-923 lead over Pam Morneault…Troy Witherrite led Michael Oldfather 1,446 to 470…and Karen Skiles had received 1,363 votes to 552 for Jan Brending. Husum Fire District’s bond measure was being approved 1,111-to-459, and the County Emergency Medical Services District levy was passing 4,959 to 1,654. Another vote count is to be released late Friday afternoon.
Skamania County wrapped up its final count update until ballots are certified later in the month. Gabriel Spencer won the election for assessor 3,223 to 1,952 over Tom Dillon, while Adam Kick was successful in his bid to be re-elected as Prosecuting Attorney with 3,033 votes to 2,339 over Dan McGill. Dan Boyes won the PUD District Commissioner race 2,809 to 2,086 over Marie Gluesenkamp Perez. The Underwood Parks and Recreation District levy measure had received 306 votes in favor to 175 against, while the Home Valley Water District levy had received 108 votes in favor and 67 against, as both measures had over 60 percent approval rates.
The Hood River Warming Shelter will open for the winter season on Sunday, November 18 at Riverside Community Church. The shelter will be open from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day to provide a safe place for those who do not have anywhere to go. Hood River Warming Services Executive Director Sarah Kellums says they host people from all sorts of backgrounds. Volunteers are being sought to help run the shelter. For more information go to hoodrivercares.org.