Hood River Valley 82, Pendleton 72
Hermiston 54, The Dalles 52
LaCenter 84, Stevenson 55
Sherman 85, Condon-Wheeler 36
Horizon Christian 69, Ione 27
Sunnyside Christian 77, Glenwood 20
Pendleton 60, Hood River Valley 34
Hermiston 51, The Dalles 36
Dufur 59, Arlington 44
Condon-Wheeler 57, Sherman 35
Horizon Christian 47, Ione 38
The Port of The Dalles is offering local businesses grants of up to two-thousand dollars to help expand their markets through trade show attendance and related activities. A $20,000 grant pool has been established, funded half by the Oregon Investment Board and half by the Port. Businesses in Wasco County located within either the Port of The Dalles district boundaries, or the boundaries of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area are eligible. The grants will cover a portion of the expenses involved in attending trade shows, trade missions and trade workshops to help existing businesses expand their markets through the connections they can make at these events. Businesses may match grants with other funding sources. Applications are available at portofthedalles.com or by calling 541-298-4148 ext. 202.
Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Idaho Republican Senator Mike Crapo introduced a bipartisan bill today to overhaul federal wildfire policy to boost funding for fire prevention and treat the largest wildfires as natural disasters. Federal agencies currently base wildland fire suppression budgets on the average costs of the past 10 years, which has tended to be inadequate to pay firefighting costs, and the U.S. Forest Service and Interior Department have been forced to take money from other programs to make up the difference. The bill would fund those catastrophic fires as natural disasters by making any fire suppression spending above 70 percent of the 10-year average eligible to be funded under a separate disaster account. Washington Senator Maria Cantwell…the top Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is a co-sponsor of the bill.
Hood River’s Waterfront has been a busy place the last few years with the construction of a number of new buildings, and it’s about to get even busier. Port of Hood River Executive Director Michael McElwee says projects for a path along the Nichols Basin West Edge, the launch at the Hook, and the Pedestrian Bridge Trail are all out to bid or about to start. He says combine that with other projects like the move of Sheppard’s to the Waterfront, the removal of the Expo Center building and construction of a facility for Turtle Island Foods at that site, and the Natio hotel and office building at the end of the Nicols Basin, it will be a busy spring and summer with perhaps the most construction since fill created the Waterfront. And the Port also has planning for how to develop Lot 1 adjacent to the Nichols Basin on its to-do list.
Columbia Gorge Community College and Google are soliciting entries for their annual Wind Challenge coming up in May at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. The event is open to teams of three to five students in middle and high school divisions, who will build wind turbines. CGCC’s Loren Mason-Gere says the goal is to have 40 teams take part in the May 2 event, and they have about half of the spots filled. He adds no advance preparation is necessary to take part in the Wind Challenge. Information is available on-line at windchallenge.org.
There will be a meeting next week in The Dalles to discuss forming a food co-op. That’s a democratically owned and operated grocery store. Port of The Dalles Marketing Director Kathy Ursprung says the idea came about partly as a potential avenue to enhance downtown The Dalles, which does not have a grocery store. She says a food co-op would give local agricultural producers more options to market their products. She adds a downtown food co-op could provide more jobs in the core area of The Dalles. An organizing meeting to gauge interest in a food co-op is set for January 29 at the Wahtonka Community School cafeteria. To RSVP call Ursprung at 541-370-5191.
About 15 people testified during Tuesday evening’s Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s public hearing on Amerities West’s draft air quality permit renewal. Many of the comments centered on complaints about the odor that can emanate from the railroad tie treatment plant on the east side of The Dalles. DEQ Public Affairs Specialist Greg Svelund says a decision on issuance of the permit will probably take place in the next couple of months. People can provide written comments through next Friday, January 30 by faxing them to DEQ at 541-388-8283, or e-mailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Port of Hood River and Port of Cascade Locks commissions held a joint meeting Tuesday night. The two panels get together periodically to discuss items of mutual concern. Port of Hood River Executive Director Michael McElwee says much of talk surrounded the two bridges the agencies own and working together on regional advocacy issues. Both Ports are involved in the One Gorge regional advocacy group that has been formed in recent months, and will be looking to do more in conjunction with the Ports of Klickitat and The Dalles.