The Port of Hood River’s Waterfront Refinement Plan is expected to go the municipal planning commission soon.. The refinement plan deals with issues that need to be resolved before the Port moves forward on the west edge of the Nichols Basin and Lot 1. Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says there are three major components to the refinement plan, including looking to modify zoning on the west edge of the Nichols Basin. Other major elements include enhanced design guidelines particularly focused on Lot 1, and modifications to technical issues. Technical work on the plan has been on-going this month, and it is scheduled to go before the Hood River City Planning Commission on December 1.
Hood River Valley 8, Pendleton 0: Andres Baeza scored a pair of goals while six others added a single tally as the Eagles won their 12th straight game.
Hermiston 4, The Dalles 0: Hermiston moves to 3-1 in the Columbia River Conference heading into a matchup with first place Hood River Valley on Wednesday.
Hood River Valley 4, Pendleton 0: Sindy Magana had a goal and two assists as the Eagles clinched a share of the Columbia River Conference title.
Hermiston 2, The Dalles 1: Hermiston held off a late Riverhawk charge in the final minutes to secure the win.
Pendleton def. The Dalles 25-20, 25-17, 25-21
Hermiston def. Hood River Valley 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 27-25
LaCenter def. Columbia 25-19, 25-19, 25-19
Seton Catholic def. Stevenson 25-19, 25-14, 25-19
Dufur def. South Wasco 3 games to 0
Sherman def. Horizon Christian 25-16, 25-7, 25-17
Granger def. Goldendale 25-15, 25-3, 25-10
The Dalles girls were second and the boys third at the Wildhorse Invitational in Pendleton. Emily Morin had a third place finish in the girls’ race, and Jony Nelson was 11th in the boys’ run.
White Salmon City Councilors approved upping the speed limit on Dock Grade Road from 25 to 30 miles per hour. Mayor David Poucher says they had received comments from citizens who said the jump to 30 would be appropriate. At the top of the road as it comes into the City, the speed limit will go back down to 25 miles per hour.
Oak and Front streets in Hood River will be closed from First to State Monday between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. as work begins on paving for the State Street project. State will be closed at times next week from Front to Sixth, with no parking or traffic allowed as the operation goes down the street. Those with questions can call project manager Gary Lindemyer at 541-387-5024.
The White Salmon City Council has decided to issue a request for proposals to lease a 2,500 square feet of property at the Park and Ride lot near the Hood River Interstate Bridge. The City had received a $500 a month offer to lease the space for a recreational marijuana dispensary, but received testimony at a Wednesday night hearing from citizens questioning if that amount was a fair price. Mayor David Poucher says an RFP process will enable a fair price to be established. Some residents also questioned whether the state would pull funding from the Park and Ride if parking spaces are removed for the location of a building, but Poucher says they have never received a response from the state when the City notified them of the offer. Poucher adds the Council does not have to grant a lease after the RFP process if it does not want to.
The 32nd Annual Hood River Valley Harvest Festival is this weekend. The event is once again headquartered at the Waterfront…and will feature local produce, food products, arts and crafts, and wine, cider, and beer tasting. Live music is planned throughout the weekend, and the kids zone has been expanded this year to include a bouncy house and face painting. The Festival will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $6 per day for adults, with kids 12 and under free. Seniors and active military will be admitted for $3 on Friday and $5 Saturday and Sunday.
There is a water line break on the 700 block of East Jewett Boulevard in White Salmon. City officials indicate all water on the south side of Jewett is off until repairs are made. Crews are on the scene and working on the problem.
After a morning of robust discussion, Wasco County Commissioners have given the go-ahead to proceed with the concept of a property transfer of the Home At Last Humane Society animal shelter property to that organization. The topic has been long debated, as Home At Last has pushed to acquire the property to better position itself for grant funding. Wasco County Commission Chair Scott Hege said everyone is trying to get to the same place and help Home At Last. Hege says the County has some conditions for transferring the property, including ensuring the County and the City of The Dalles continue to have the sheltering function Home At Last has provided, maintaining the revenue from cell phone towers on the land, and not allowing the use of the property as collateral on loans. An agreement would also include a reversionary clause to return the property to the County should Home At Last cease to operate. Hege noted there is no timeline to complete a property transfer, but added the issue has been discussed for some time, so he would like to see it proceed as quickly as possible.
The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office continues to ask the public for help as they try to locate a Portland man who has been missing for 40 days. Joseph Ronald Sizemore has been missing since being contacted on September 7 by deputies for a motorist assist at approximately mile post 17 on the Washougal River Road in rural Skamania County. Undersheriff Dave Cox says Sizemore is mentally disabled and schizophrenic. He is described by family as a white male adult, 5’8” and 250 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. If anyone has seen Sizemore, they are requested to immediately contact the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office at (509) 427-9490 extension 0, or call 9-1-1.