While the Hood River City Planning Commission holds a hearing tonight to consider a zone change for a portion of the current Expo Center property from conditional commercial to light industrial to accommodate a Turtle Island Foods warehouse adjacent to their new manufacturing facility, there has been a pause in the process to develop office and commercial space elsewhere on the property. Port Commissioner Rich McBride says after some downtown business owners expressed concern about the market being flooded with more retail space if it is developed on the Waterfront, but he thinks they are on the verge of resolving some of those issues by refining what is defined as commercial. McBride says the Port doesn’t want to see a large amount of retail in the Waterfront area, but with nearly 500 employees there now and a possible 1,200 at build out, there will be a demand for some services.
Cycle Oregon wrapped up over the weekend with the over 2,000 participants riding into Riverfront Park in The Dalles. Local officials looked at the event as a way to help publicize The Dalles as a destination for cyclists. The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Farquharson feels they accomplished that. Farquharson says for The Dalles to reach its potential as a cycling destination the area needs to make sure bike racks are available, bike paths are clear and visible, and an RV park needs to be developed.
A burn ban is now in effect in Skamania County in the wake of a fire Monday morning at an in-lieu fishing site off Highway 14 near milepost 56. Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said the fire occurred around 6 a.m. There were no reports of injuries, but several structures caught fire, and one home was reported to have been destroyed. Shortly afterwards, County fire marshal Marlon Morat announced that due to what he termed “extreme weather conditions,” an emergency burn ban against all outdoor fires on lands regulated by Skamania County, including campfires, was being put into effect immediately.
The 36 Pit Fire on the Mount Hood National Forest about ten miles southeast of Estacada has now charred 2,300 acres. A wildfire management team based out of Washington will take over command of the fire this evening. Structural firefighters from Clackamas and Marion counties were arriving to protect buildings. So far the fire has been threatening mobile homes. The fire, which was human caused, has closed Highway 224 at milepost 35.
Hood River Valley 46, Madison 6
Fort Vancouver 54, The Dalles 28
Columbia 14, Washougal 7
Hoquiam 19, Stevenson 6
Adrian 42, Dufur 20
Sherman 60, Crane 14
South Wasco 62, Alsea 20
River View 26, Goldendale 18
Hood River Valley 6, West Albany 2: Johnny Garcia registered a hat trick as the Eagles won their fifth straight game to begin the season.
Trout Lake 5, Horizon Christian 2
Hood River Valley 2, West Albany 2
Dufur wins five straight matches at the Sherman Tournament
Crane def. Sherman 3 games to 0
Country Christian def. South Wasco 25-12, 22-25, 25-10, 25-16
Trinity Lutheran def. South Wasco 25-10, 25-19, 25-16
Wahtonka Community School is organizing a farmer’s market that would take place each Thursday morning. The school is seeking vendors, consignors, and customers for the market that will have fresh and local produce, coffee, and more. The market will take place Thursday mornings from 8:15 to 11:30 in front of the Wahtonka building on 3601 West 10th in The Dalles. For information call Jillian McNeal at 541-506-3410.
Wishram will celebrate its centennial this coming Saturday. The party will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Railroad Park, and will include live music, a barbecue, and a beer garden. Wishram actually began to form in 1911, when George Bunn opened the first store there. The centennial marks when Bunn filed the plat for the town with Klickitat County. It was originally named Fallbridge, which was used by railroaders noting the proximity to Celilo Falls and the railroad bridge over the Columbia River. The name was changed to Wishram in 1926. The 2010 census says 342 people live in the community.
A 19-year-old man is accused of stealing a Zillah police car Friday night and leading authorities on a high-speed chase that ended in Goldendale. Zillah police chief Dave Simmons says Lewis Axmaker of Sunnyside could face charges that include auto theft, eluding, vandalism, and resisting arrest. The incident began in Zillah at about 9 p.m. Friday, when an officer came out of a home on a different call to find his car that he had left unlocked and running missing. A global positioning system located the car between Toppenish and Granger, and a chase began on Highway 97 going south toward Goldendale. Klickitat County Sheriff’s deputies deployed spike strips just outside Goldendale that punctured the tires of the patrol car, causing it to crash into a fence. Axmaker tried to flee on foot, and police deployed a Taser to apprehend him. Axmaker was expected to appear Monday in Yakima County Superior Court.
Two men were seriously injured in a Saturday morning two-vehicle head-on crash on Highway 35 near Pine Grove. According to the Oregon State Police, a pickup driven by 26-year-old Servando Zanora Avendano of Hood River was traveling southbound on Highway 35 near milepost 95 in the northbound lane just after 7 a.m. Saturday when it collided with a car driven by 21-year-old Francisco Castro Gusman of Parkdale. Zanora Avendano was extricated by firefighters and transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious injuries, while Gusman was also seriously injured and taken by ground ambulance to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital. Zanora Avendano has been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, and assault in the third degree. OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River Police Department and local fire personnel.
A 55-year-old Hood River man was taken to a Portland hospital with serious injuries after the motorcycle he was driving Friday afternoon collided with a van at an intersection on Highway 97 near Wasco. The Oregon State Police says a van driven by 68-year-old Merva Haley of Wasco was turning off Clark Road onto the southbound lane of Highway 97 when the van was struck by a northbound motorcycle operated by Mark Peters, who was ejected from the motorcycle. Peters was transported by Sherman County Ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, and then transferred by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. He was wearing a protective helmet. Haley was not injured. OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing to investigate.