With competing budgets from House Democrats and Senate Republicans having been unveiled in the Washington Legislature, it appears both make strides toward making progress on fulfilling the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision mandating full funding of basic education. Republican 14th District Representative Norm Johnson says they won’t get to full funding, but notes they have until 2018 under the ruling to get there. The battleground will almost certainly involve taxation, and specifically a capital gains tax and a business and occupations tax increase that is in the House Democrat budget and vehemently opposed by Senate Republicans.
The Next Door, Inc. is partnering with the Northwest Marriage Institute to bring a fatherhood workshop to Hood River later this month. It’s called “Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood,” and Tim Sybley of the Northwest Marriage Institute says the goal is to show men how they can be a better influence on their child’s life. The workshop will be April 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hood River Middle School, and it is a free event. To register go to northwestmarriage.org or call The Next Door for more information at 541-436-0319.
Redmond 4, Hood River Valley 1, 8 innings: The Panthers scored three in the eighth inning to win a rainy pitchers duel at Traner Field. Kam Walker pitched an outstanding six innings for the Eagles, giving up only one unearned run on two hits.
Summit 7, The Dalles 3: The Storm stay unbeaten on the season with the win.
Dufur 12, Irrigon 3
LaSalle at Hood River Valley, postponed by rain.
The Dalles at Sandy, postponed by rain, makeup date on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at The Dalles
Track and Field
South Wasco boys and girls finished second to Madras at the Culver Invitational. Ally Muhleman won the girls’ 100 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, and pole vault for the Redsides, while South Wasco’s Loreto Morelli won both the boys’ 100 and 400 meters.
Toledo 5, Stevenson 1
Wasco County Commissioners will be in Tygh Valley Wednesday to hold a public hearing on an outdoor mass gathering permit application for a music and art festival this May. The festival known as SOAK 2015 or “Burning Man Portland” is planned for May 21st to the 25th on land owned by Justesen Ranch Recretation in the White River Canyon along Jake Davidson Grade Road immediately south of Tygh Valley. Estimated attendance is 1,300, including staff and volunteers. County planning staff has recommended approving the application with twenty different conditions on everything from refuse storage to fire protection. The hearing begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Tygh Valley Community Center.
There has been a recent jump in housing foreclosures in the region. Dave Peters of Mid-Columbia Housing Resource Center says they get a report from the state of Oregon every month showing how many foreclosure notices are given in the region. He says Wasco County received eight notices and Hood River County five in a two-week period last month, one of the highest months in the last two years. Peters says banks will decide at given times to start filing foreclosures notices. Peters notes Oregon passed a law two years ago requiring banks to give a notice to allow homeowners to talk to a moderator and a counselor in an effort to find a solution before a foreclosure can proceed. Foreclosure avoidance information is available on-line at oregonhomeownersupport.gov or by calling Peters at 541-296-3397, extension 18.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center will be marking it Saturday by tying blue ribbons up and down Oak Street in downtown Hood River. Center board member Shelley Campbell says they are looking to raise awareness of the need to prevent child abuse in the community. The Center has received a three-year grant from the Ford Family Foundation to provide child abuse prevention training to community members. That will begin on April 15 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hood River Library. It’s a free event, but registration is required by calling 541-436-2960. Boy Scout Troop 282 will be helping the Center in the blue ribbon effort.
Columbia 1, Seton Catholic 1: The tie keeps the Bruins in first place in the Trico League with a 3-0-1 record, with Seton Catholic at 2-1-1.
King’s Way Christian 11, Columbia 0
There are road projects slated for Hood River and The Dalles next week. The Port of Hood River Interstate Bridge will have single lane closures Monday through Friday of next week between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day as crews perform maintenance welding to the bridge deck. Motorists should expect 10 to 15 minute delays. In The Dalles, Mt. Hood Street will be reduced to one lane traffic between West 14th and 15th on Monday and Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. as the water main on Mt. Hood is repaired. Motorists are encouraged to use Bridge Street as an alternate route both days. Also, the Chenowith Water District will start installing a new water main at West 6th and Snipes on Monday and continue work through the week. Traffic on West 6th at that location next week will be limited to one lane with traffic control and flaggers.
The Dalles Public Works Department says some local residents are receiving a letter from several insurance companies trying to sell water line insurance. The department says the Oregon Insurance Division confirmed three of the insurance companies involved are licensed to do business in the state. The City is advising people who receive the letters to contact their own insurance agent to discuss whether you already have this kind of coverage and whether you need it, and before agreeing to anything read the contract language and note exclusions from coverage. You can also contact the Oregon Insurance Division at 888-877-4894 with any concerns.