Twenty-four hundred Northern Wasco County PUD customers lost power Monday morning when a turkey flew into power lines, causing protection devices to open at the PUD’s 10th Street Substation. The outage occurred around 6 a.m. Monday. Power was restored in stages, with about 1,400 customers regaining electricity within 45 minutes and another 750 were back up by about 8:30 a.m. About 250 customers on Mill Creek south of West 23rd Street were without power until about 10:15 a.m., when repairs were completed.
A double-wide mobile home was destroyed by a Sunday afternoon fire in The Dalles. Dave Laphof of Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue says the fire occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 4109 Chenowith Road. The mobile home was fully consumed by fire by the time crews were able to arrive. Two adults and two children occupied the home, and all got out safely. Laphof says the fire started rekindling this morning and crews were called in to extinguish the hotspot, so the investigation into what caused the fire has not yet begun.
Coming off its spring planning session, the Port of Hood River Commission is moving into a new phase. The Port spent 2014 concentrating on finishing capital projects that were underway. With those moving toward completion, Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says emphasis will return to property development, especially with the Port’s acquisition of the Lower Hanel Mill expected to close in early July. McElwee adds the vision for the nine-and-a-half acres include locating distribution, warehousing, and light industrial manufacturing, with the Port selling some of the property and retaining one or two lots to develop itself to meet a demand for leased property.
The expanded Northwest Cherry Festival will be starting in The Dalles. The festival will now have a broader range of events to encompass the Friday through Sunday period rather than just Saturday. The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Farquharson feels there is a renewed excitement for the festival. The festival gets off to an early start Tuesday evening with the annual lip sync contest featuring local groups competing to benefit local charities, starting at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School Auditorium. Admission is $5. The event also features the crowning of Cherry Festival royalty.
Track and Field
Hood River Valley won both the boys and girls titles at their Apple Blossom Invitational at Henderson Stadium. Sebastian Barajas, Parker Kennedy, and Parker Irusta won two events each for the HRV boys, while Horizon Christian’s Salvador Ramirez won the 1500 meters and Goldendale’s Brian Golding took first in the 300 meter hurdles. In the girls’ competition, HRV’s Jestena Mattson won three events and teammate Emily Viuhkola won the 400 meters, while Goldendale’s Ocean Bryan won the 300 meter hurdles.
South Wasco’s Isaiah Coles won the boys’ long jump and triple jump to lead the effort by area schools at the River’s Edge Invitational at Umatilla. Dufur’s Jake Little won the boys’ javelin, and South Wasco’s Ana Popchock was first in the girls’ javelin.
Lyle-Wishram’s Gabe Montoya won the boys’ shot put and javelin, Josh Showalter took first in the boys’ pole vault, and MaeLynn Luke and Ellie Smith finished one-two in the girls’ javelin at the Kittitas Invitational.
Washougal won the boys’ title and Corbett the girls’ at the McKee Invitational in Stevenson. Columbia finished second among the girls and third for the boys…while Stevenson was fifth for the boys and sixth for the girls. Columbia’s Shawn Tardiff won the boys’ 200 and 400 meters and Stevenson’s Brandon Campbell took the pole vault, while the Bruin girls received wins from Claire Anderson in the 100 meters, Lauren Thiesies in the high jump, and Alondra Casarez-Garcia in the 100 meter hurdles. Stevenson’s Madison McCrum was first in the girls’ triple jump.
Hood River Valley splits with Pendleton, winning game one 5-1 and losing game two 9-8
The Dalles splits with Hermiston, winning the opener 4-1 but falling in the nightcap 5-0.
Culver sweeps Sherman 5-2 and 14-10
Castle Rock 11, Columbia 1
Kalama 10, Stevenson 5
Sunnyside Christian sweeps Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat 13-12 and 9-0
Zillah sweeps Goldendale 12-1 and 17-8
Pendleton sweeps Hood River Valley 15-2 and 9-0
The Dalles sweeps Hermiston 6-5 and 5-4
Kalama 5, Stevenson 3
Zillah sweeps Goldendale 14-0 and 13-0
Stevenson 6, King’s Way Christian 1
Columbia 2, King’s Way Christian 0
Hood River Valley 6, Philomath 2
Oregon Episcopal 5, Hood River Valley 3
Zillah 2, Goldendale 2
Kiona-Benton 4, Goldendale 1
Zillah 5, Goldendale 0
Goldendale3, Kiona-Benton 1
Westview 13, Hood River Valley 5
Klickitat County Commissioners have decided to extend a moratorium prohibiting the production, processing, and sales of marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county for a maximum of another six months. County Commissioner David Sauter says planning commissioners need more time to complete the work it has been assigned on the topic. Sauter did indicate he hoped the report would be done in less than six months. He noted many on both sides of the issue expressing a fatigue with the continued discussion, and desire for some kind of resolution.
Wasco County Administrative Officer Tyler Stone and volunteer consultant Kathy Schwartz gave County Commissioners their plan for evaluating the North Central Public Health District. Stone says the plan involves doing cost-benefit analysis of services, determining if the programs being offered are the correct ones in a changing health care world, and addressing the actual governance of the district. That analysis is expected to take about six months. District Director Teri Thalofer said evaluating return on investment in public health is difficult because that return doesn’t necessarily come back to local government and or public health but to society itself. County Commission Chair Scott Hege says that needs to be considered, but he added the increasing costs of public health need to be looked at. Schwartz, who as director of the Wasco County Health Department was part of the initial discussions for formation of the district that also includes Sherman and Gilliam counties, said she hoped a revised intergovernmental agreement for the district could be developed by November. County Commissioners had voted to leave the district late last year, but rescinded that decision amid legal questions.
This weekend is the traditional Hood River Valley Blossom Festival weekend. In recent years the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce has extended into the surrounding weekends with its “Blossom Time” promotion. But many events are centered on this weekend. Among planned events are the Westside Fire District all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the station at 4250 Barrett Road, the Asbury Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Blossom Craft Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 1140 Tucker Road, the Blossom Fest Craft and Quilt Shows at the Hood River County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Parkdale Fire Department Casino Night at 5:30 p.m. Saturday on 4895 Baseline Drive in Parkdale.
The 14th District representatives in the Washington House were split on a bill to establish a new set of safety regulations for oil trains traveling through the state. Goldendale Republican Gina McCabe voted in favor of the bill, saying it was a hard decision and had originally voted no, but after some amendments decided it was in the best interest of the Gorge to be prepared for an emergency. Yakima Republican Norm Johnson voted against it, feeling it is important to meet energy needs within the country, and worries about the additional cost the measure could impose. The Senate passed an amended version of the bill with Senator Curtis King voting yes, and it now moves on to a conference committee.