The Wasco County Commission will conduct a hearing next Wednesday (November 2) on three different appeals of the County Planning Commission’s recent decision to approve a proposal from Union Pacific Railroad to expand the existing railroad siding on either side of Mosier for four miles of new second mainline track and realigned existing track. Three parties have filed appeals of the decision. One is from Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Columbia Riverkeeper, and Physicians for Social Responsibility, another from the Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation, and a third by the railroad itself over some conditions of approval. The appeal hearing will take place at 3 p.m. November 2 in the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.
The Port of Hood River will carry out multiple lifts of the Hood River Interstate Bridge lift span throughout the daylight hours Thursday through Saturday. Each lift will require closure of both lanes on the bridge up to 30 minutes in duration. Closures will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on those three days. Bridge users are strongly encouraged to plan for up to 40 minute delays or seek alternate routes during those hours. The lifts are required for the Port’s contract engineers to inspect the bridge’s trunnions and conduct magnetic particle testing of the rack pinion shafts. The trunnions are critical mechanical systems of the bridge’s lift span, with four located on each of the two bridge towers. The magnetic particle testing is required to determine their condition and expected longevity of key components.
Oregonians are being asked to approve a ballot measure that would dedicate funding toward restoring that would look to increase the state’s graduation rates by giving all students access to career technical education, college prep classes, and dropout prevention strategies. Yes on Measure 98 campaign manager Dave Rosenfeld says the measure would provide funding that was cut in the last decade by requiring $800 per student on top of existing education funding to build those programs back up. The measure has received a host of endorsements from both labor and business groups.
Providence Hood River will be presenting a local screening of a movie about the use of music to help those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Providence Hospice Manager Marianne Durkan says “Alive Inside” is a powerful documentary which shows the hope music can bring to both patients and their caregivers. Providence Brookside Manor has recently started a music and memory program. The film will be shown on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. It is free to the public, and there will be an expert panel after the movie.
Oregon Class 5-A Play-In: St. Helens def. The Dalles 25-13, 25-16, 25-18
King’s Way Christian def. Columbia 25-19, 25-20, 25-18
Castle Rock def. Stevenson 25-13, 25-9, 25-9
Sunnyside Christian def. Lyle-Wishram 25-27, 21-25, 21-25
Hood River Valley 6, The Dalles 0: The Eagles finished the regular season by extending their unbeaten streak to 50 games, and move on to the state 5A playoffs next week. The Dalles will be in a Class 5-A play-in game later in the week.
Hood River Valley 7, The Dalles 1: Mona Diaz scored two goals and Cielo Rivera had a goal and two assists to lead HRV to the win to finish a perfect Columbia River Conference season. The Dalles goes on the road for a 5-A play-in game at the end of the week.
Seton Catholic 2, Stevenson 1
The Hood River County Christmas Project is getting ramped up for its 94th year of helping those in need. The project provides food and toys to over 500 low-income families during the Christmas holiday. Project coordinator Bruce Holmson says they try to provide more than just a Christmas meal, with canned goods and other household items included in a box. Those who would like to contribute to or volunteer to help with the Christmas Project can go to hoodrivercountychristmasproject.com. Sign-ups to receive boxes begin on Friday, November 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Department of Human Services office at 1610 9th Court in Hood River. The 20th annual Gala Fashion Show to raise funds for the Christmas Project will be November 17 at the Best Western Hood River Inn Gorge Room. Tickets are $25, and available at Hood River fashion shops.
The Hood River City Council has directed its staff to develop an ordinance to prohibit retail establishments from distributing single use plastic carryout bags and to encourage the distribution and use of reusable bag options. Councilors are using an ordinance adopted in Corvallis as a model, which includes a requirement for retail stores to charge not less than five cents for recyclable paper bags. City Manager Steve Wheeler says the ordinance would include a chance for business to prepare. Wheeler expects an ordinance will be ready for a public hearings process in the next two months. Mayor Paul Blackburn has been recommending adoption of the ordinance, calling plastic bags a significant source of waste creating long-term landfill degradation issues.
An Ellensburg couple was injured in a single vehicle accident on Highway 14 east of Bingen Monday morning. According to the Washington State Patrol, an 80-year-old male was driving his SUV westbound on Highway 14 about a mile east of Bingen when he took his eyes off the roadway to read a text on his passenger’s cell phone. The SUV travelled several feet off the roadway in a ditch before striking a rock wall, coming to rest in the westbound lane of Highway 14. Both the driver and his 78-year-old wife suffered undisclosed injuries and were transported to Skyline Hospital in White Salmon.
Wasco County Commissioners approved the outdoor mass gathering permit for the “What The” music and art festival on Wolf Run Ranch near Dufur. Commissioners made the decision at a public hearing in Dufur. Commissioner Scott Hege noted this year’s permit indicates the festival expects more people to attend, around 9,000. The 2017 festival is scheduled for June 15-19.
LaSalle def. Hood River Valley 25-21, 25-21, 25-10: The fifth-ranked Falcons topped the Columbia River Conference champion Eagles in a tune-up match for the state 5-A playoffs for both teams. HRV hosts a first round match on Saturday.