The Washington State Senate unanimously approved and sent to the governor a bill authored by 14th District Representative Gina Mosbrucker that would provide information to domestic violence victims about the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries. Under the bill, the Department of Social and Health Services would work with the Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council to develop a statewide website for domestic violence victims with information regarding TBI. It would increase law enforcement training to recognize the signs and symptoms of TBI and encourage officers responding to domestic violence incidents to inform victims of the website. The measure previously passed the House and now goes to the governor for his consideration.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has set regulations for a spring Chinook fishery on the Hood River. It will be open for adult hatchery Chinook from April 15 through June 30 from the mouth to mainstem confluence with the East Fork, and the West Fork from the confluence with the mainstem upstream to the angling deadline 200 feet downstream of Punchbowl Falls. The catch limit is two adult hatchery salmon per day, and five hatchery jack salmon per day. All wild Chinook salmon must be released unharmed. Fishery managers are predicting a relatively strong return of nearly 1,200 hatchery fish for the Hood River, which is slightly less than last year’s strong return. There will not be a spring salmon season on the Deschutes River this year due to predicted poor returns of both hatchery and wild fish.
North Central Public Health District is participating in the Oregon Health Authority’s Statewide Medical Countermeasures exercise, Operation OX 2019. The exercise will help the district improve its plan to provide medications or vaccinations when needed. As part of the exercise, they will be test an open Point of Dispensing on May 1 at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue on 1400 West 8th in The Dalles. The public is invited join in between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day for a drive-through simulation. No medication/vaccination will be given at the exercise; instead the first 75 participants will receive a free mini first-aid kit.
Hood River Valley 10, Lakeridge 0: The Eagles took advantage of three Pacer errors to score seven runs in the fifth inning to bring the game to an end. HRV pitcher Lauren Decker did not give up a hit over five innings, while Makenzie Chambers drove in three runs. The Eagles are 8-2 on the season, and will host Ridgeview for a doubleheader tomorrow at 3 p.m. to open the Intermountain Conference schedule.
Track and Field
Columbia’s boys finished first while the girls were third in a five-school meet in White Salmon. The Bruins’ Chandlor Bucklin won three events in the boys’ competition, while Brandon Montoya of Lyle-Wishram won two. In the girls’ events, Columbia’ Hannah Polkinghorn and Chanele Reyes won two apiece.
Stevenson’s boys and girls finished second to host Castle Rock in a four-school meet. Lincoln Krog won three events for Stevenson, while Isabella Spencer was victorious in two.
Goldendale’s boys and girls each took one of three duals in an SCAC meet at Highland. The Timberwolves’ Ellie Rising won the girls’ 800 meters, while Tiana Watson was first in the girls’ javelin.
The Port of Hood River Commission talked about the future at its spring planning session. Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says for the first time they looked at financial projections beyond 2026 that do not include revenues or expenses related to the Interstate Bridge. 2026 is the current goal for a replacement bridge to be in place, and the Port of Hood River may not be involved in its operation. McElwee says the projections are the beginning of updating the Port’s strategic business plan. McElwee does point out that 2026 for bridge replacement is the current timeline, but numerous factors could impact when that would actually happen.
Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden opposed a Democrat bill that would regulate the internet under Title II of the Communications Act, which was originally used to govern monopoly telephone companies in the 1930s and were first implemented by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015. The Hood River Republican said Republicans and Democrats agree more than they disagree on net neutrality, but he feels this bill would not help preserve a free and open internet, but instead put regulation in the hands of “unelected bureaucrats.” The bill passed the House, but is likely to not get through the Republican-controlled Senate.
Columbia sweeps King’s Way Christian 12-1 and 12-2: The Bruins strengthen their hold on first place in the Trico League with a 5-0 record.
Dufur 15, Stanfield 3
Hood River Valley 4, The Dalles 4 (HRV wins on games 72-56)
Columbia 3, King’s Way Christian 1: The Bruins move into a tie for third in the Trico League with LaCenter.
Seton Catholic 5, Stevenson 1
Track and Field
Four athletes won two events apiece in a five-school meet that included The Dalles, Sherman, South Wasco, Glenwood, and Horizon Christian at Sid White Field. Reed Twidwell of The Dalles and Owen Christiansen of Sherman were multiple event winners in boys’ competition while the Riverhawks’ Elizabeth Tapia and Glenwood’s Brooklyn Emerson did the same in the girls’ events.
Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, and Gilliam counties are being asked to make substantial increases to their contributions to the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilty budget. All of the counties are being asked for a 16% increase. Wasco County Commissioner Kathy Schwartz represents her county on the NORCOR board, and she says along with the question of whether the counties can afford it, they need to determine whether it is really necessary. There is a proposal to create a fund to handle structural and mechanical areas of the jail nearing the end of their expected lifespan 20 years after the facility was constructed. Wasco County Commissioners will discuss the NORCOR budget document at their worksession Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the County Courthouse Deschutes Room, and the NORCOR budget committee meets on April 18 at 10 a.m. in the facility’s juvenile detention meeting room.
An amendment in the Washington House budget would provide some short-term relief to school districts hurt by the K-12 funding model changes due to the McCleary decision. 14th District Representative Chris Corry says the amendment is designed to “hold harmless” districts who face financial struggles as a result of the changes. The state budget is currently the subject of negotiations between the Senate and the House, with Democrats holding the majority in both chambers. Corry. a Republican, adds he is not among those calling for lift of the levy lid for schools, fearing another McCleary lawsuit and increasing the gap between property-rich and property-poor districts.
The Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge will be closed to all vehicle traffic tonight and tomorrow night from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. The Port of Hood River is advising motorists they expect traffic congestion to take place at around 9 p.m. both nights, so plan trips accordingly. Motorists must use alternate routes to cross the Columbia River during the closures, with the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks and the Highway 197 Bridge in The Dalles the closest crossings. The closures are required for the replacement of the bridge lift span motors. Emergency response vehicles will coordinate Hood River-White Salmon crossings during active emergencies via 911 dispatch.