The Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility will discuss its current management arrangement at a worksession later this month. After Brian Brandenburg stepped away as the administrator of the jail last year the NORCOR board, made up of four county commissioners from Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, and Gilliam counties, decided to use an interim structure with one of the county sheriffs overseeing the adult side of the facility and a county juvenile director doing the same for that part of NORCOR. Wasco County Commissioner and NORCOR board vice-chair Kathy Schwartz says they will evaluate the arrangement at an October 24 worksession. NORCOR is the only regional jail in Oregon.
The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office says a one-month-old girl was found to be dead after the child’s parents called 9-1-1 to report the baby was not breathing. The Sheriff’s Office says medics and law enforcement responded to the call early Monday morning, and an initial investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police does not suggest foul play. Because a child is deceased the investigation is on-going, and a post-mortem examination was to be conducted Tuesday by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office. The name of the child and the family has not been released. The death occurred in The Dalles.
A reception is scheduled Wednesday in association with a new exhibit at the History Museum of Hood River County entitled “The Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta: Evolution of a Homegrown Orchestra.” Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association executive director Mark Steighner says the exhibit celebrates 40 years of the Sinfonietta and its roots dating back to the mid-20th Century and a Finnish immigrant named Boris Sirpo, who envisioned Hood River becoming the “Salzburg of America.” The reception will be from 6 p.m. to 8 pm. Wednesday at the History Museum of Hood River County in Port Marina Park. The exhibit will be on display through December.
North Wasco County School District 21 will resume its long-range facilities planning meetings with a session Tuesday evening. This is the first meeting during the current school year after starting in the spring. D-21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong says district staff has taken a state survey on the educational adequacy of each building, and that will help inform those involved in the planning meeting. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in The Dalles Middle School Library.
Harvest Fest weekend is coming in Hood River this weekend. The 37th annual event will take place from Friday through Sunday at the Waterfront Event Site. Hood River County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kate Schroeder says they will have 120 farmers, artisan food producers, wineries, cideries and artists. Friday will be Senior Day, with admission $4 for senior citizens, and Locals Day, with local residents getting $1 off admission. Complete Harvest Fest information is at hoodriver.org.
LaSalle 54, Hood River Valley 46
Gladstone 34, The Dalles 14
Castle Rock 32, Columbia 24
Stevenson 21, Seton Catholic 14
Dufur 60, Ione-Arlington 6
South Wasco 55, Echo 0
Lyle-Klickitat-Wishram 48, DeSales 44
Goldendale 40, Cle Elum-Roslyn 0
The Dalles def. Hood River Valley 25-18, 25-16, 25-17: The Dalles moves into third in the Intermountain Conference at the halfway point of the season.
Dufur def. Condon 25-11, 25-12, 25-20
Ione-Arlington def. South Wasco 25-22, 25-27, 25-19, 25-20
LaCenter def. Columbia 25-13, 25-22, 21-25, 23-25, 15-13
King’s Way Christian def. Stevenson 25-8, 25-4, 25-8
Klickitat-Glenwood def. Sunnyside Christian 16-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-19
Yakama Tribal def. Lyle-Wishram 25-22, 25-23, 16-25, 25-14
Goldendale def. Naches Valley 25-14, 25-14, 25-8
Hood River Valley 11, Redmond 0
Ridgeview 3, The Dalles 0
Horizon Christian 3, Central Christian 3
Hood River Valley 2, Redmond 1: HRV takes sole possession of first place in the Intermountain Conference.
Ridgeview 5, The Dalles 0
LaCenter 5, Columbia 2
Naches Valley 7, Goldendale 0
The Dalles won the team title in both the boys and girls races at the Mustang Invitational in Heppner. Juan Diego Gonzalez won the boys’ race while Friedrich Stelzer was third as the Riverhawks nipped Pasco by two points. Hanna Ziegenhagen was second for the The Dalles girls while Fonetia Duyck was fourth as the Riverhawks held off fellow IMC school Pendleton.
Goldendale won both the boys and girls races in a four-school meet they hosted. Ellie Rising and Abby Hedges had a one-two finish for the Timberwolf girls, while Corbin Riley was first and Sterling Beasley third for the Goldendale boys.
The White Salmon City Council has voted to ban single-use carryout plastic bags, but Mayor David Poucher says he is considering vetoing the ordinance because of a clause requiring retailers to charge no less than ten cents per paper bag. Poucher has until October 11 to make a decision, and emphasizes he is in favor of a plastic bag ban. The Mayor says he doesn’t think the City should enter into an agreement with private industry to require a minimum charge for any item, but he acknowledged that the majority of testimony was in favor of it, and he won’t veto the ordinance unless he gets input from citizens asking him to do it. Poucher cannot veto only the ten-cent charge but leave the rest of the ordinance in place. All four of the councilors present at the meeting voted for the ordinance, and if the Mayor vetoes it that could be overridden by a vote of four of the five Council members. Poucher says he has never vetoed an ordinance in his nearly 12 years as Mayor.
Wasco County Commissioners have authorized staff to proceed toward re-establishing a resident sheriff’s deputy to be based in the southern part of the County. Sheriff Lane Magill has been proposing placing a resident deputy in that area to improve response times to emergency calls along with developing relationships that result in more proactive policing. County Commissioner Scott Hege says there was a resident deputy in years past, and it’s a good idea to bring it back. Hege noted Magill has found funding for the position so it would not require general fund dollars.
Fire management personnel on the Hood River and Barlow Ranger Districts of the Mt. Hood National Forest anticipate the start of fall pile burning season to begin next week and to continue over the next several weeks or months, depending on conditions. Pile burning will take place at various locations throughout both districts and would occur when adequate moisture is present. East Zone fire managers plan to treat over 2,800 acres of slash piles this fall as conditions permit. The slash to be burned is the result of hazardous fuels reduction projects, timber sales, and other miscellaneous project work. Ignitions will cease early in the afternoon each day to allow piles and fuels to burn down prior to evening inversions, reducing smoke impacts to the area. Smoke may be visible in the vicinity during ignition operations and for a short time after lighting has been completed. More information is available at the Mt. Hood National Forest Facebook page, Twitter feed, or website.