There is still plenty of time left in Hood River’s tourist season, but as the Labor Day weekend passes it appears to have been a very good season as the school year gets underway. Hood River County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Glover says it has been extremely busy, and while they have had double digit percentage growth in transient room tax collections the last three years, this year is ahead of last year’s pace. Glover notes Hood River tourism marketing targets the summer season to run through Harvest Festival weekend in mid-October.
Wasco County is looking to fill a number of different positions on various boards. County Commissioner Steve Kramer says they are looking for a new alternate on the County Planning Commission. The alternate doesn’t vote unless a sitting member is absent. In addition, Kramer says the County is looking for a new representative to the Oregon Investment Board, and there is also a vacancy for a Wasco County board member on the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority board. For application information on all three positions, go to the Wasco County website.
Union Street in The Dalles between East 3rd and East 4th has been closed to thru traffic due to a water main break that occurred Monday evening. Public Works crews are on site facilitating repairs. The street closure will remain in effect until repairs are completed. Motorists are encouraged to use Court St. or Liberty St. as alternate routes travelling North and South. Some customers may experience colored water or dirty-looking water due to the water main break. City crews are flushing the system to correct the issue. If you experience discolored water, let the water run for several minutes until clear. If the water does not clear, contact the Public Works office at 541-296-5401, extension 2001.
Hood River Valley 4, Franklin 0: Antonio Bustos scored two goals as the defending Oregon Class 5-A champions opened their season on the road. Noe Magana and Diego Ortiz added tallies for the Eagles.
The Dalles 5, Redmond 0: The Riverhawks scored four second half goals to blow the game open.
Hood River Valley 3, St. Helens 2: Sindy Magana scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Eagles to the win. Halle Campos and Savanna Brentlinger also scored for HRV.
The Dalles 6, Redmond 0: The Riverhawks cruised to the win, evening their record at 1-1.
Dufur 58, Lowell 6
Dufur def. Lowell 25-13, 25-12, 25-12
The Oregon State Police is investigating the possible kidnapping of a woman who was picked up at Jantzen Beach and was eventually released near Mosier. According to the OSP, a woman in her mid-forties was waiting for a bus at Jantzen Beach to take her to Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon when a man driving a late 80’s or early 90’s model gray extended cab Ford pickup with a lifted suspension stopped and offered her a ride. She got into the vehicle, and said he drove her eastbound on Interstate 84 and refused to let her out. He eventually stopped alongside I-84 near Mosier and the woman was able to exit. The man is described as a white male, about 50 years of age with blonde hair and blue eyes, with a heavier build, going by the name Travis. The OSP is asking anyone that may have seen the Ford pickup parked along I-84 or that has information that could lead to the identity of the driver to contact Detective Lori Rosebraugh at 541-296-9646, extension 5350.
Classes are underway in North Wasco County School District 21. School officials can’t make a determination on enrollment for a couple of weeks, with the district currently 20 to 30 students above projection, but in all likelihood there are some students who are enrolled who may not show up. Superintendent Candy Armstrong says they have experienced a large number of late enrollees for kindergarten, and they already were at capacity at Colonel Wright Elementary and Dry Hollow is now as well. Armstrong adds buildings are at capacity throughout the district, and a community-based facilities group is currently reviewing the data and working on a plan to bring to the D-21 board to address those issues on a long-term basis.
White Salmon City Councilors have asked staff to better define Accessory Dwelling Units and how they should be considered for water and sewer hook-ups and rates. Mayor David Poucher says the issue came up as the City offered an amnesty period for undocumented water hook-ups. Poucher says they need a better definition to clear up the issue, noting right now the ADU ordinance requires them to have a separate hook-up. Poucher says the City will be extending the amnesty on unregistered ADU water hook-ups until the issue is sorted out.
About 500 swimmers will jump in the Columbia River on Monday morning for the 2015 Roy Webster Labor Day Cross Channel Swim. The swim originated in 1942 when local orchardist Roy Webster challenged himself to swim across the river. Monday morning participants will board the famous Sternwheeler paddleboat on the south shore of the Columbia at the Port of Hood River and will be ferried across the river to the Washington shore where they will jump off the boat and into the water. A special swim lane lined with volunteers in sailboats, kayaks and paddleboards will guide, encourage, and protect swimmers as they cross the channel. This year’s swim is sold out, but stand-by registrations to take the place of no shows will be taken starting at 4:45 a.m. Monday. For more information, call the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce at 541-386-2000.
Wamic will be buzzing this weekend with the sound of lawnmower racing this weekend, as the Mike Sofich Memorial Labor Day races take place at the Sportsman’s Grass Car Racing area. Lawn mower racers from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho and Canada will compete in the Western Mower World Series event. Racer Randy Marshall says there are number of different classes of riding lawnmower that will be racing, with some capable of reaching near 55 miles per hour. Races start Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at noon at the track on Wamic Market Road. Admission is free, with the local American Legion Auxiliary hosting a beer garden.
Containment of the Cougar Creek Fire north of Glenwood remains at 60 percent, as crews continue building containment line along the north and west portions of the fire. Whenever possible crews are using natural barriers and improving existing roads and dozer lines to minimize disturbing soil and vegetation. Sections of completed containment line are being connected and mop up is occurring on many portions of the fire. The south end of the fire is being patrolled to monitor the integrity of the completed fireline. Dozers and felling teams continue to identify and mitigate fire line hazards, allowing ground personnel to access more areas of the fire. The fire has burned 53,162 acres.