Two hour delays
Stevenson-Carson School District, no morning pre-school
Mill A School
Mid-Columbia Children’s Council Carson Head Start, morning class 2 hr. delay, afternoon class cancelled.
An ad hoc group is in the midst of developing strategies to deal with homelessness in The Dalles. A group of about 17 people met in October to discuss the issues surrounding homelessness, from safety issues for both those who are homeless and the community to finding housing for those people. City Councilor Tim McGlothlin says he was sparked to take action after the Council received a letter from a resident concerned about what was going on in the West 2nd and Thompson Park area, where many who are homeless gather. McGlothlin says there are some short-term steps that have been identified, but there are long-term goals as well…including looking into turning an abandoned hotel into homeless housing, and supporting tiny homes such as those proposed in the Spruce Village project. The committee will meet again Wednesday morning at nine at The Dalles City Hall, and the public is welcome to attend.
For the second straight holiday season, CAST of Hood River will perform a radio play. This year’s play will be Miracle On 34th Street, with the performers recreating the feel of doing a radio play in the late 1940’s, complete with sound effects, in front of a live studio audience. Gary Young of CAST says a radio play engages the mind in the story. The show will premiere this Saturday evening at 7:30 at Columbia Center for the Arts, with performances Fridays and Saturdays the following two weeks at the same time, and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. starting this weekend and continuing the next two weeks. Tickets are available on-line at columbiaarts.org.
Oregon Class 1A Football Championship
Dufur 36, Crane 32: Bailey Keever ran for 159 yards, threw three touchdown passes, and returned a kickoff 78 yards for a score to lead the Rangers to their seventh state football title. Keever’s 14 yard touchdown pass to Curtis Crawford gave the Rangers the lead for good late in the third quarter, and his 58 yard run with 5:53 remaining proved to be the winning score. Keever also had 20 tackles on defense, 14 unassisted. Dufur recovered from two early season losses to win eight straight games on the way to the championship.
Klickitat PUD held hearings this week in both White Salmon and Goldendale on a proposal to increase electric rates by three percent at the beginning of 2016 and another two to three percent in July. PUD General Manager Jim Smith says a combination of Bonneville Power Administration cost increases and a drop in wholesale revenues is leading to the rate hike. He expects the wholesale revenue situation will be a long-term concern. Smith says the PUD is looking at options for replacing the wholesale revenue losses, with the potential to sell carbon credits off its existing generation if Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s carbon legislation initiatives come to fruition. The PUD board will vote on the rate increases at a meeting in December, when they will also conduct a 2016 budget hearing.
The U.S. Forest Service is looking for more than one-thousand seasonal workers for jobs that start this spring in Oregon and Washington, and will be taking applications for one week beginning on Monday (November 30). Forest Service spokesman Stephen Baker says the jobs include building trails and staffing visitor service centers, improving fish and wildlife habitat, and more. There are over 90 seasonal jobs available in the Mount Hood National Forest, and a number in the Gifford Pinchot as well. Applicants can apply beginning on Monday at USAJobs.gov.
Preparations continue for a pair of community Thanksgiving dinners in the area on Thursday. In The Dalles, the community dinner will be from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Academy. It’s sponsored by the Salvation Army, with dinner being prepared for up to 1,000 people. If you know of someone who needs a delivered meal, call the Salvation Army at 541-296-6417. In Hood River, FISH Food Bank, Asbury Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, and Riverside Community Church are teaming up to serve dinner to up to 400 people. The dinner will be at Riverside Community Church on 317 State Street from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.
The annual Starlight Parade will roll through The Dalles on Friday evening. The lighted parade will begin at 6 p.m., taking the usual route through the downtown area. At the conclusion, there will be a Community Tree-Lighting Ceremony and hot chocolate and coffee at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce office at 402 West 2nd. Santa Claus will be there for photographs inside the Chamber.
Mt. Hood Meadows announced it will run a pair of lifts this holiday weekend. Meadows plans on operating the Easy Rider and Buttercup chairlifts, as well as the Ballroom Carpet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Friday through Sunday, offering a limited amount of terrain. A special preview rail park is under construction for freestylers. Additionally, Meadows will offer cross country skiing at its Nordic Center all three days and open a snowshoe trail as well.
Hood River native Minoru Yasui Tuesday posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Family members accepted the honor from President Barack Obama. Yasui, born in Hood River in 1916, was the first to intentionally defy a military curfew imposed upon Japanese-Americans in 1942. He was sent to prison, including nine months in solitary confinement in the Multnomah County Jail, and fought his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court…which upheld his conviction. Yasui spent the rest of his life appealing his wartime conviction, until his death in 1986, the year his conviction was overturned by a federal court. Yasui was the first Japanese-American graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said Yasui was a trailblazer whose courage, eloquence and dogged fight against unjust government bigotry should always be remembered as an example of what one person with a powerful voice can accomplish for others.