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Local News

The Dalles Wins Two At 10U Babe Ruth Softball Tourney

The Dalles went 2-5 in the 10u Babe Ruth Softball World Series in Jensen Beach and Stuart, Florida.  Both of The Dalles wins came in bracket play during the 13-team tournament, a 4-0 victory over Sikeston and a 7-6 win over Arma Bulldogs.  Duplin County of North Carolina won the tournament.

Thunder Island Announces Plans For New Building

Thunder Island Brewing Company in Cascade Locks announced it will construct a new building to accommodate expanded operations.  The 10,000 square foot building on 601 WaNaPa Street will showcase a 15 barrel custom system, a full restaurant, private event space, and views of the Columbia River and Cascade Mountain Range.  A groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Tuesday. Construction is scheduled to begin immediately after the groundbreaking. 

Tuesday Fires In Eastern Part Of Region

Crews dealt with some fires in the region on Tuesday.  A brush fire in the median of Interstate 84 approximately one mile west of Biggs was knocked down fairly quickly.  The Moro Fire Department responded at around 4:40 p.m. and were able to put the fire out quickly.  In Klickitat County, there was a fire reported north of Three Creeks Resort along Highway 97 north of Goldendale.  Rural Fire District 7 crews were able to quickly bring it under control.

YouthThink To Host Presentations On Young Athletes

YouthThink of Wasco County is hosting former U.S. Olympic trainer John Underwood and Navy Seal Jason Larson next week for an all-day student athlete and coaches training followed by a presentation for parents and community members.  Debby Jones of YouthThink says Underwood’s message is about performance in a smart and healthy way.  The all-day training for athletes and coaches is next Wednesday in The Dalles, and for information on space availability call Jones at 541-506-2673.  Next Thursday’s parent/community presentation is at 6 p.m. in The Dalles High School Auditorium, and is a free event open to anyone.

History Museum Explores Watersports

The History Museum of Hood River County is exploring the history of watersports in the Gorge in its current exhibition that will on display into December.  Museum executive director Lynn Orr says the exhibit showcases the development of various watersports in the region and how the Gorge became the mecca for them that it is today.  It includes a number of early boards, the equipment of today, and the story of how the people who came for those sports changed Hood River.  The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Port Marina Park.

D21 Board Retreat This Weekend

North Wasco County School District 21 board will hold a retreat this coming weekend to get ready for the upcoming school year.  D-21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong says with a number of new board members and other changes in the district, this retreat will be a bit longer than usual.  The board retreat begins at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Columbia Gorge Community College boardroom.

Columbia Cascade Housing Pulls Plug On Morrison Park Development

Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation announced Monday afternoon that it is terminating existing agreements and discontinuing efforts towards an affordable housing project in Hood River’s Morrison Park, otherwise known as Lot 700.  The not-for-profit affordable housing developer released a written statement saying that while it had worked since the Hood River City Council rezoned the property for the project to develop 65 units just over two years ago…the agency had not been successful in securing the necessary funding to advance in the face of legal opposition.to the project.  The Council’s latest affirmation of a zone change is currently before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.  CCHC Board President Scott Clements said in the statement that the organization knows “we put our best foot forward in our partnership with the City and Mid-Columbia Housing Authority” on the project, and they remained committed to dealing with the region’s affordable housing challenges, with the decision allowing the group to redirect efforts toward other developments better position to advance that mission.

D21 Starting To Plan For Student Success Act Funds

Oregon’s Student Success Act, raising $1 billion for K-12 schools in Oregon with a just over half-percent tax on gross receipts for businesses with $1 million or more in sales, figures to mean $2 million per year to North Wasco County School District 21 beginning in the 2020-21 school year.  D-21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong says the funds must be used in areas like reducing class size, social and emotional learning, or career and technical education.  She notes they must have plans to present the Oregon Department of Education by the start of November, and they are required to get community input.  Armstrong notes the money cannot go towards facilities.

Quiet Primary For Washington Gorge Counties

It is a rather quiet Washington primary election in the Mid-Columbia,as ballots must be postmarked by tomorrow.  In Klickitat County the ballot highlight is a nearly $19 million bond measure in the Klickitat Valley Hospital District for improvements to Klickitat Valley Health’s facilities in Goldendale, and will require a supermajority for passage.  The ballot also includes three candidates for a Skyline Hospital district board spot looking to advance to November, and another trio running for a spot on the Dallesport Water District commission.  There is nothing on the ballot in Skamania County.

NWPUD To Start Installing Smart Meters

Northern Wasco County PUD will begin installing Advanced Metering Infrastructure, or smart meters, throughout the district beginning on Monday.  It’s expected to take 10 to 12 weeks for the PUD’s meter technician contractor Anixter Solutions to get the bulk of the installations done.  Most customers should expect a brief power outage of less than 10 minutes while the meter is being replaced.  The meter installation technicians can be identified by a 12″ x 15″ white sign with black lettering located on the door of their vehicle that reads “CONTRACTOR  FOR NORTHERN WASCO COUNTY PUD”.   Installation technicians will attempt to contact customers that are home by knocking on the door before replacing the meter.  If no one is onsite, a door-hanger indicating that meter replacement is completed will be left to alert customers upon returning home.  The PUD does ask that meters be accessible for safe, proper and timely replacement.  If you have any questions, contact Northern Wasco County PUD at 541-296-2226.