A 25-acre fire that started late Wednesday night at the end of Doane Road south of The Dalles is completely lined. Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue Chief Bob Palmer says mop up took place Thursday, and there will be stand-by crews checking the site every couple of hours on Friday. Palmer says the cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Palmer emphasizes fire season is not over, and will not end until the region receives significant rainfall over a number of days, and they are not ready to start any kind of open burning season at this point.
One person was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 14 in Bingen early Friday morning. According to the Washington State Patrol, an 18-year-old man from Dallesport was driving a pickup that due to mechanical issues did not have working headlights. The WSP says the truck was headed west at Highway 14 milepost 66 when the driver become disoriented by the headlights of an oncoming car and swerved to the right, causing his vehicle to drift on the shoulder where it struck a tree. The driver was transported to Skyline Hospital in White Salmon for treatment of injuries.
A 91-year-old woman has died from injuries suffered after being hit by a pickup truck on a road south of Hood River on Tuesday afternoon. The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office says Yoshiko Duffield died at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, where she had been taken by LifeFlight after the accident. According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the 4300 block of Barrett Drive west of Markham Road on a report of a vehicle striking a pedestrian. When emergency personnel arrived they found Duffield in the roadway in front of her residence. The operator of the pickup was identified as a forty-seven year old Hood River man. The vehicle was towed from the scene. The cause and circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation. Hood River County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted with their on scene investigation by the Oregon State Police.
The re-route of the Eliot Branch crossing on the Timberline Trail is complete and open to the public. The 1.5 mile re-route is downstream of the original ‘round the mountain’ trail, which washed out in 2006 following a debris flow. Hikers will now be able to circumnavigate Mt. Hood along the entire 41 mile route. More than half of the trail is located inside the Mt. Hood Wilderness and is managed to preserve natural processes, provide solitude and primitive recreation, and to retain the primeval character of wild lands. Wilderness permits are required from May 15 to Oct. 15 and group size is limited to 12. The re-route is not fully signed yet and the Forest Service will be working with volunteers to do pre-winter maintenance this fall.
Hood River Valley def. The Dalles 25-17, 25-10, 25-17
South Wasco def. Mitchell/Spray 25-13, 25-11, 25-21
Dufur def. Arlington 25-13, 25-16, 25-22
Ione def. Horizon Christian 25-17, 25-21, 25-19
Hood River Valley 2, Central Catholic 0: HRV runs its unbeaten streak to 43 games (39 wins and four ties).
The Dalles 3, St. Helens 1
Horizon Christian 1, Open Door 1
Barlow 2, Hood River Valley 0
St. Helens 12, The Dalles 1
Boys Water Polo
Hood River Valley 12, Gresham 8
Girls Water Polo
Hood River Valley 14, Gresham 3
Crews are monitoring a 25 to 30 acre fire at the end of Doane Road south of The Dalles. The fire started late Wednesday night, and moved uphill. Jay Wood of Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue says they have a control line around the fire, but potential windy conditions means it is not contained. There are no structures threatened by the fire. Wood noted smoke from the fire will be visible from The Dalles today, but residents should not be concerned. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Wood emphasizes fire season is not over, and will not end until the region receives significant rainfall over a number of days.
The North Wasco County School District 21 board met with consultants DLR Group to discuss their next steps in facilities planning, and particularly developing a blueprint for the next 50 years. D-21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong says they want to get buy-in from the community on a long-term vision for schools before going out for a bond measure in 2017 or 2018. She adds their initial community polling indicates citizens want to start with a new high school, but the district does have a concern about how future bond measures would be viewed. Armstrong says the next step is to hold community listening sessions. The D21 board will be setting dates and locations for those meetings.
Hops Fest returns to downtown Hood River on Saturday, running from noon to 8 p.m. in the parking lot at Fifth and Columbia. The event began in 2003, and Hood River County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Glover says in that time it has become the biggest one-day event in the community. He adds this year they are growing from 40 to 50 breweries at Hops Fest, adding a layout change last year to put the brewers tents along the south side of the parking lot helped create more space. A full lineup of music is planned, headlined by Seattle funk band Polyrhythmics. For ticket information go to hoodriver.org.
The Hood River County School District is reporting an early downturn in enrollment from last school year. District Superintendent Dan Goldman says they have small kindergarten and second grade classes. Goldman notes that’s not good news because the state determines school funding through enrollment, but it’s not a crisis either. He says the state school funding formula uses the highest of the last two years enrollment numbers, so the Hood River district is still being funded on the 2015-16 numbers, but they will need a bounce back in 2017-18. Goldman says while there is a sense that Hood River is booming and growing, he believes the cost of that housing is not affordable for many young families, adding it’s a problem for the district when it tries to hire new employees.
The newest segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail will be dedicated and opened on Saturday. The latest one-point-two miles of trail runs from Lindsay Creek to Starvation Creek six miles west of Hood River. Kristen Stallman of the Oregon Department of Transportation says this new section of trail is accessible from two locations: the Starvation Creek trailhead and Viento State Park. Saturday’s dedication ceremony will take place at Viento State Park at 10 a.m.