Wasco County Commissioners have decided to wait on passing an update on land use and development ordinances passed by the City of The Dalles to take a deeper look on whether they have to apply a state-mandated provision requiring duplexes to be allowed on properties zoned for single-family dwellings. The County normally approves City land use ordinance revisions for lands within the urban growth boundary under a joint management agreement with the City. But County Commissioner Scott Hege says he does not want to adopt that provision if it isn’t necessary outside city limits. Oregon legislators approved the requirement earlier this year for cities with a population over 10,000. The issue is expected to come up before the Commission at their next meeting on December 18.
White Salmon City Councilors have approved a long-discussed ordinance to require short-term rental properties to be registered. The Council spent a couple of months asking for revisions to the document so the language would reflect their intent, which Mayor David Poucher says is to determine how many STR’s are actually operating in White Salmon. The Council set a $75 annual fee for short-term rental registration.
Hood River Valley Christian Church is hosting a collection of about 500 nativity scenes from today through Sunday. Retired pastor Neil Allen has been collecting nativity scenes from around the world for more than 30 years. He notes the depictions vary from culture to culture. The collection is on display at Hood River Valley Christian Church on 975 Indian Creek Road in Hood River from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today through Sunday. There is no charge, but donations will be taken for the Hood River County Christmas Project and Hood River Shelter Services.
Hood River Valley 55, Scappoose 48: Noah Webster scored 24 points as the Eagles got off to a quick start, then held off a number of Scappoose runs to win the season opener. Brayden Rose added 12 points for HRV. Kyle Negelspach led Scappoose with 15 points.
The Dalles 60, Dallas 57: Jacob Hernandez tallied 25 points for the Riverhawks, who came back from a seven point halftime deficit to win their first game of the year. Spencer Taylor chipped in 11 points for The Dalles.
Columbia 61, Trout Lake 38
The Dalles 58, Dallas 43
Scappoose 68, Hood River Valley 19
Columbia 57, Trout Lake 47
Hudson’s Bay 58, Stevenson 29
The annual Mid-Columbia Health Foundation Festival of Trees gala and auction is Friday evening at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Tree decorating took place on Wednesday, and the custom-themed trees will be up for auction to benefit the Celilo Cancer Fund and Mid-Columbia Health Foundation nursing scholarships. The Foundation’s Cynthia Kortge says they have every kind of tree imaginable. The gala and auction starts at 6 p.m. Friday in The Dalles Civic Auditorium, and tickets are $20, call 541-296-7275 for information. The trees will also be on display for community viewing on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Civic.
The annual Hood River Holidays parade will take place Friday evening in downtown Hood River. Hood River County Chamber of Commerce executive director Kate Schroeder says they expect another big crowd for the parade that will begin at 6 p.m. She adds that after the parade Mayor Kate McBride will light the tree in Overlook Memorial Park. Columbia Area Transit will providing increased service on its City Route into downtown Hood River between 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
A group is forming as a non-profit community land trust to acquire land for the development of workforce housing in the Hood River and White Salmon areas. The Big River Land Trust seeks to acquire land to develop homes at an affordable price and then sells the homes while maintaining ownership of the land. The Trust’s Anne Medenbach says that takes the land cost out of the home price, making it more affordable for the first time buyer, who would then agree to a limit on how much they would sell the house for if they decide to do so in the future. Medenbach notes while there is no direct government involvement in the trust, both city councils in Hood River and White Salmon have provided letters of support. She adds it is a fully volunteer group with no staff, and they are working to finish the paperwork for 501-c-3 non-profit status. The group is talking with landowners about potential parcels to get them started.
Hood River County is doing an Internet survey on public safety services priorities. County Commissioners have identified public safety as their highest priority as they prepare to make another attempt at asking voters for a funding measure sometime in 2020. Commissioners with their budget committee resolved to discontinue using reserve funds for general operational services after June 30. The survey is available online in both English and Spanish, and is available at hoodrivercounty.net through December 15.
The Next Door, which runs over two dozen programs in seven Mid-Columbia counties, is in the midst of its annual fundraising drive. The goal is $120,000 to supplement what it receives in grants to run the programs. Next Door Marketing and Development Director Rachel Schmitz says the donations help them show community support to granting agencies. Those who would like to donate to The Next Door can do so through their website, nextdoorinc.org.
White Salmon will hold its annual “I’m Dreaming of White Salmon” holiday events this Saturday. It starts with Breakfast with Santa from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Henkle Middle School to benefit music students in White Salmon, continues with activities in the downtown area during the day, moves into a Holiday Wassail at 2:30 p.m. in the White Salmon Valley Community Library and Community Partners S’mores Fire Circles at 4:30 p.m. at Riverview Bank that includes the lighting of the tree and menorah at 5:15 p.m. Tammara Tippel of the Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce says at the lighting event there will be the revival of an old tradition with the White Salmon Jazz Band’s Christmas Brass Choir. In addition, there will be an open house for outgoing Mayor David Poucher at 5:30 p.m. at Feast.