Columbia Area Transit will be providing additional bus service on Friday for the downtown Hood River Holidays parade and tree lighting. Hood River County Chamber of Commerce executive director Kate Schroeder says CAT will offer additional service on its City Route between 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday. For more information on the bus routes, go to ridecatbus.org. The Hood River Holidays Parade will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, followed by the lighting of the holiday tree and caroling in Overlook Memorial Park at around 7 p.m.
There will be single-lane closures of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge on Tuesday beginning at 9:00 a.m. until work to repair a damaged guardrail is complete, likely around 3:00 p.m. Flaggers will direct traffic on the bridge around the work zone. This work is likely to cause traffic delays of up to 30 minutes while work is underway, depending on traffic volume. Bridge users are urged to plan ahead for delay or seek alternate routes during these hours.
The annual ELFF, or “Everyone Loves a Firefighter,” canned food drive will take place in The Dalles and Dallesport this week. Collections will take place Tuesday night east of Union Street in The Dalles, west of Union Street on Wednesday night, and Thursday night in Dallesport. running from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night. Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue Chief Bob Palmer says food collected stays in The Dalles area. Volunteers are needed to help with the collection. Call Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue at 541-296-9445 to learn how to help with ELFF canned food drive.
A 32-year-old man from Boise died when he was hit by two vehicles while walking on Interstate 84 between Hood River and Cascade Locks on Saturday night. According to the Oregon State Police, a preliminary investigation found that Kevin Burrows-Ellenberg was walking on the shoulder of westbound I-84 near milepost 51 when he walked into the path of a car driven by a 32-year-old Portland woman in the right hand lane. The pedestrian came to rest in the left hand lane in the path of an SUV driven by a 46-year-old man from Rufus. Burrows-Ellenberg was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel. The OSP says both drivers stopped at the scene and were cooperating with investigators. The accident occurred at about 7 p.m. Saturday. The OSP was assisted by the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Cascade Locks Fire Department.
The Hood River City Council has given its approval to a pilot program for free parking in the downtown area Wednesday afternoons starting in January. It’s called Local Business Wednesdays, and Hood River County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kate Schroeder says it is an attempt to change the perception that local residents don’t feel welcome downtown. The free parking would be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday from January until the end of May. Schroeder says downtown businesses will plan special events to coincide with the free parking hours.
It’s a busy time for North Wasco County School District 21 officials. The D-21 board will hold worksessions on Tuesday night to continue work on a search for a new superintendent to replace Candy Armstrong when she retires at the end of June…and on Thursday to work on board goals and a district communication plan. And on December 10 a community meeting on long-range facilities planning will take place. D-21 Chief Financial Officer Randy Anderson says that meeting aims to reach a consensus of what to prioritize in capital expenditures. The worksessions this week are at 5:30 p.m. in the D-21 administrative office, while the long-range facilities meeting is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 10 at The Dalles Middle School Library.
School Delays For Monday, December 2
Hood River County School District on a two-hour delay with buses on snow routes.
OCDC Head Start Odell Center two-hour delay.
Mid-Valley Head Start two-hour delay, class starts at 10 a.m.
Country Club Head Start two-hour delay, class starts at 10 a.m.
Parkdale Head Start two-hour delay, class starts at 10:30 a.m.
Belmont Center Head Start morning class cancelled, afternoon class on-time.
The 30th annual Starlight Parade in downtown The Dalles is coming up on Friday evening. Lisa Farquharson of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce says this year’s theme is “Ruby Red Christmas.” The parade begins at 6 p.m. on Friday at West 6th and Webber, rolling through downtown before ending in front of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce office…where the tree lighting celebration will take place at 7 p.m.
The annual community Thanksgiving dinners will be served in The Dalles, Hood River, and Cascade Locks. In The Dalles the dinner is sponsored by The Salvation Army, and will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Academy. Salvation Army Captain Ray Morris says they are looking to serve more dinners than in the past. In Hood River, a community Thanksgiving dinner will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverside Community Church, and everyone is invited. The dinner in Cascade Locks will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the Port of Cascade Locks Pavilion.
Mid-Columbia Community Action will begin to schedule application appointments for those in the general public in Wasco, Hood River, and Sherman counties looking for assistance from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program after 8 a.m. on Monday. Community Action’s Jim Slusher says people should wait until that time to call their offices. Phone numbers for Mid-Columbia Community Action are 541-298-5131 in The Dalles and 541-386-4027 in Hood River.