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Contested Races Fill Ballot In The Dalles

There will be contested races for Mayor and two City Council seats in The Dalles in November.  Tuesday’s filing deadline passed with three people having filed to run for Mayor, including incumbent Steve Lawrence.  He will be challenged by Susan Barr Harris and Solea Kabokov.  There is also a three-candidate race for City Council Position 2, with Dana Journey, Gerald Clay Johnson, and Darcy Long-Curtiss all looking to succeed Dan Spatz, who had earlier announced he would not seek re-election.  For the at-large Council seat, incumbent Taner Elliott will face Andretta Schellinger in November, while Linda Turner is unopposed to retain position 4.

Light Ballot In Hood River Municipal Election

The City of Hood River’s November mayoral and City Council ballot is going to be fairly light.  Paul Blackburn is unopposed for a second two-year term as Mayor.  There are four candidates for three City Council seats.  Incumbents Mark Zanmiller and Kate McBride are on the ballot, along with the recently appointed Tim Counihan.  Megan Saunders, who applied for the vacant seat Counihan was named to, is also on the Council ballot.

August 30 Prep Sports Roundup

Girls Soccer

The Dalles 9, Redmond 0:  Giselle Manzo scored five goals and added an assist to lead the Riverhawks in their season opener.  Emma Weir tallied a pair of goals while Alexia Tapia and Brooke McCall chipped in one apiece.


Boys Soccer

The Dalles 3, Redmond 0:  The Riverhawks scored a pair of early goals and never looked back to give Matthew Dallman a win in his head coaching debut.



Hood River Valley def. Redmond 25-15, 25-14, 25-15:  The Eagles went to Central Oregon to win the opener of a season of high expectations for the defending Columbia River Conference champions.

Country Christian def. Dufur 25-9, 25-12, 25-14


Boys Water Polo

Hood River Valley 18, David Douglas 7:  J.J. Mears scored four goals in the Eagles’ season opener.  Seven different HRV players scored goals in the contest.


Girls Water Polo

Hood River Valley 15, David Douglas 2:  Jamie Robinson led the Eagles’ offensive onslaught with five goals, while Rose Finstad and Faith Ocheskey scored four each.  Ocheskey also delivered five assists.


Harris Named New City Of The Dalles Finance Director

Steven Harris has been tabbed as the new Planning Director for the City of The Dalles.  Harris will replace current planning director Dick Gassman, who is retiring on October 6.  City Manager Julie Krueger says Harris is a certified urban planner with over thirty-five years’ experience, most recently with the City of Yorba Linda, California.  Harris will be in office October 3, 4, and 5 and then return full time on October 17.  Gassman has been with the City of The Dalles since 2004, first as a senior planner and the last four years as Planning Director.

TD Urban Renewal Board Change To Get First Reading September 12

The Dalles City Council has scheduled the first reading of an ordinance to restructure the Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency board for September 12.  Currently the Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency is governed with a board made up of the Mayor and the City Council, backed by an advisory committee, and the proposal is to have a single nine person board with three Councilors, two members of the public, and one representative each from the Port of The Dalles, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, Wasco County, and Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District.  There will be public comment taken.  The meeting on September 12 will be at 5:30 p.m. in The Dalles City Hall.

HR County Commission Hears Testimony On Marijuana Ordinance

Hood River County Commissioners took testimony this week on a time, place, and manner ordinance for recreational marijuana businesses.  Testimony ranged from Commissioners being urged to treat marijuana like any other legal agricultural crop to being very restrictive, particularly in rural residential zones.  Commission Chair Ron Rivers says the residential zone issue is probably the biggest question they will be dealing with.  The marijuana ordinance will be discussed by Commissioners again at their October 17 meeting.

HR County Commission Continuing STR Discussions

Hood River County Commissioners took a second night of testimony on proposed regulations for short-term home rentals in unincorporated areas of the County, and will vote on them in two weeks.  Most of the discussion surrounds whether to allow STR’s on farm and forest resource lands in the county, and where to cap the number allowed.  Commissioners are considering allowing them with a conditional use permit process.  In addition, the owner would have to be living in the residence while providing the short-term rental.  Commissioners were given a petition from some farming community members who oppose any STR’s on resource lands.  The Commission is expected to vote on the subject at a meeting scheduled for September 12.

Aging Alliance To Distribute Books To Spark Discussion

The Aging in the Gorge Alliance is getting ready to distribute 400 free copies of a book on aging in America to spark discussions about the topic throughout the Gorge.  The alliance’s Tina Castanares says the book is “The Age of Dignity:  Meeting the Challenge of the Elder Boom in an Aging America” by MacArthur Fellow Ai-Jen Poo.  The books will be distributed at libraries in Hood River, White Salmon, The Dalles, Stevenson, and Mosier.  Book discussions will then be planned throughout the area, with the biggest October 22 at 1:30 p.m. on the Indian Creek campus of Columbia Gorge Community College in Hood River.  The books will start to be distributed in two weeks.

TD Council Signs Off On FAA Grant For Airport Taxiway

The Dalles City Council signed off on a Federal Aviation Administration grant for the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport at a special meeting on Monday.  The grant is pay 90 percent of the one-point-six million dollar project to finish the center section of a taxiway that was required by the FAA when a runway was redone in 2012.  The airport’s Rolf Anderson told the Council they needed to get the application for the grant done on Monday due to a change in FAA timelines, and they will receive a letter from the FAA on Tuesday indicating acceptance of the grant.  The Klickitat County Commission will approve the grant on Tuesday.  The City and the County are the co-owners of the airport.  Construction of the taxiway should take place in the spring of 2017.

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