Google representatives announced at Thursday’s North Wasco County School District 21 board meeting that it will be providing electronic devices for learning to each of the 578 students enrolled at The Dalles Middle School. Google’s donation, worth about $140,000, will provide one-to-one technology for each of the students enrolled at the school, and offer greater access to the internet, digital course materials, digital textbooks and state testing. All enrolled students at the school will be assigned devices for in-school use. D-21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong says the middle school was picked as the starting point in part because its building is ready for this equipment. The district hopes to reach one-to-one technology status for all students in grades six through 12 in the coming years. Students at the The Dalles Middle School will be using their new devices before the end of the current school year.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has reopened Interstate 84 between Hood River and Troutdale. The freeway had been closed since mid-afternoon on Tuesday from an ice storm that arrived following heavy snows in the area. The storms brought down trees and power lines and left behind huge snowdrifts. ODOT crews worked around the clock and were able to re-open the road about 11 p.m. Thursday. The road is safe but travelers should still use caution. The Historic Columbia River Highway remains closed. Washington Highway 14 opened yesterday between the Hood River Interstate Bridge and Washougal.
The North Wasco County School District 21 board approved adjustments to the school calendar to help provide more time in a second trimester that has been disrupted by inclement weather. The board approved changing February 6 from an in-service day to a student contact day, pushing back the end of the trimester to March 17, and pushing back a teacher work day to March 20. D-21 has had eight full day cancellations and seven delayed starts this winter. Superintendent Candy Armstrong says they are still within minimum state requirements for classroom time at the middle and high school, but slightly under that mark at the elementary level. In other business, the board received a report from District maintenance director Don Carter that the snow loads on D-21 buildings are well within tolerance levels. Armstrong noted they are dealing with leaky roofs, but there are no structural issues.
The Hood River County School District is up to eight full day cancellations and six delays for this school year. The district had already added make-up days on January 27 and June 14, and Superintendent Dan Goldman says they are working with the teachers’ union to find ways within the current school calendar to make up more time, but adds in all likelihood more days will get tacked on to the end of the school year, and the decisions will involve doing more than just meeting state minimum requirements. Goldman did say Hood River Valley High School has moved the end of the current semester back one week due to the recent disruptions.
Delays/Cancellations for Friday, January 20
Columbia Gorge Community College Hood River campus closed, The Dalles campus open for normal business.
Parkdale Library closed…Hood River and Cascade Locks libraries will be open regular hours.
Delays/Cancellations for Saturday, January 21
SAT testing at The Dalles High School postponed to February 4 at 7:45 a.m.
Mid-Columbia Senior Center Saturday night bingo is cancelled.
The Dalles Public Works Department will be working Thursday and Friday nights to remove snow from the downtown areas. To facilitate clearing the roads from curb to curb, Public Works requests no on-street parking downtown from 1st Street to 4th Street, between Taylor Street and Lincoln Street, including side streets, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Thursday and Friday. Crews will begin at 6:00 p.m. on January 19 to remove snow from 2nd street first, and then move to 3rd and 4th street on January 20. During this time, there may be occasional lane closures on 2nd and 3rd Streets, as well as on side streets, to accommodate the snow removal work. The City encourages motorists to avoid The Dalles downtown area entirely if possible during the snow removal work. If travel is necessary, please seek alternate routes to avoid the downtown work zone and be sure to stay at least 50 feet away from operating equipment.
Fire damaged an apartment at the complex on 2402 West 10th Street in The Dalles on Sunday. According to Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue Division Chief Dan Hammel, firefighters who responded found a fire in the exterior wall of the unit, which was contained to the immediate area within the wall, but the interior of the unit was damaged by water and firefighting operations to access the wall space. The cause of the fire has been determined to be a result of an electrical failure within the wall wiring. As a result of the damage to the electrical wiring, the power to all six units in the building had to be disconnected and resulted in the displacement of those occupants. The American Red Cross was contacted to assist with the needs of those individuals.
The Port of Hood River says it is receiving interest in properties at the former Hanel Mill site the Port has been redeveloping. Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says they are engaged in early discussions with a pair of businesses that are interested in acquiring space at the site. On-site utilities are done, but McElwee notes water pressure for fire suppression is still being addressed. McElwee says the businesses the Port is talking to are in the manufacturing sector.
The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizens Award Banquet is coming up on Thursday evening at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. Chamber CEO Lisa Farquharson says they will be honoring a number of area citizens. Nominations were made by community members at the end of 2016. Doors open for the banquet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday evening at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, with the event beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are available through Monday at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce office. Cost is $40, and reservations can be made by calling 541-296-2231.
Hood River Valley 53, Columbia 27
Dufur 53, Horizon Christian 45
Dufur 67, Ione 37
Horizon Christian 49, Arlington 46
Sherman 93, Mitchell-Spray 44
Sherman 70, South Wasco 34
Condon-Wheeler 61, South Wasco 38
Sunnyside Christian 81, Trout Lake 29
Bickleton 55, Klickitat-Glenwood 41
Sunnyside Christian 77, Klickitat-Glenwood 35
Yakama Tribal 85, Lyle-Wishram 30
Granger 65, Goldendale 38
Goldendale 43, Highland 38
Horizon Christian 59, Dufur 47
Arlington 47, Horizon Christian 35
Dufur 52, Ione 42
Sherman 56, Mitchell-Spray 41
South Wasco 26, Condon-Wheeler 23
South Wasco 41, Sherman 32
Sunnyside Christian 61, Trout Lake 6
Trout Lake 35, Lyle-Wishram 32
Sunnyside Christian 65, Klickitat-Glenwood 29
Granger 66, Goldendale 34
Hood River Valley split eight dual matches at the Oregon Classic in Redmond. Jason Shaner won all eight of his matches to lead the Eagles over the weekend.
Josie Peterson was first and Erin Sutherland second to lead a group of six Hood River Valley racers in the top ten of the Mount Hood League girls’ slalom at Mt. Hood Meadows. Petra Ervin of The Dalles was 19th.
In the boys’ race, Colin Howe of Columbia was top area finisher in second place, while Hood River Valley’s Chris McElwee finished third and Mitchell Lamer fourth. Martin Carter was the top finisher for The Dalles in eighth.
Hood River Valley finished third in the boys and girls standings in a Northern League race at Teacup. HRV’s Daisy Dolan was eighth in the girls’ race, and Elkin Parker 12th in the boys’ event. Summit won both team titles.