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Hood River County Election Returns as of 9:30 p.m.


Measure 14-55 (Bottled Water Ban in County Charter)


Yes                  4,920               69%


No                   2,209               31%


Measure 14-58 (HR County School Dist. $57M Bond Measure)


Yes                  5,102               72%


No                   1,982               28%

Justice of the Peace


John Harvey              127

Brad Lorang              59       

Donna Mohr              34

DEQ/Amerities Meeting Tuesday Evening

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will hold a public meeting Tuesday evening to share information on an odor reduction agreement signed with AmeriTies-West to reduce odors in the eastern end of The Dalles.  AmeriTies manufactures railroad ties at its plant using a creosote mixture.  What the DEQ describes as an enforceable agreement contains steps the company will take to reduce odors, including best work practices, odor-control measures and enforceable milestones.  The agreement requires the company to evaluate odor-reduction actions and report back to DEQ on how successful the action was in reducing odors.  Tuesday evening’s meeting takes place at 6 p.m. in the Columbia Gorge Community College Lecture Hall in Building 2.

HR County Commissioners And Planning Panel Hold Joint Meeting

Hood River County Commissioners and Planning Commissioners held a joint meeting to discuss two major issues they will be discussing in coming weeks:  short-term rental regulations and a time, place, and manner ordinance for marijuana businesses.  County Administrator David Meriwether says there is a common thread in both of those issues:  determining in what zones the uses would be allowed.  In both cases, the planning commission will start the process of developing ordinances.  Public processes will begin at that panel, with recommendations to go to the County Commission.

Senate Passes Columbia River Highway Anniversary Resolution

The Senate has passed a resolution co-sponsored by Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Historic Columbia River Highway.  Wyden says the road which was America’s first scenic highway offers both remarkable views of the Columbia Gorge and a uniquely historic example of innovative engineering.  Merkley calls the restoration of the historic highway a testament to the vision and determination of many Oregonians.  The 75-mile long scenic highway is a National Historic Landmark designed by Samuel C. Lancaster, running between Troutdale and The Dalles.  It is the first scenic highway in the United States and the first modern highway in the Pacific Northwest.  It is also a popular tourist destination, bringing in thousands of visitors annually to hike and bike its trails.

Historic Highway Collaborative Outlines Goals

Members of the Oregon Solutions Historic Columbia River Highway Collaborative have signed a Declaration of Cooperation outlining goals for the project.  The collaborative made up of more than a dozen stakeholder groups seeks to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety along the Columbia River Highway and enhance visitor experiences.  Specific commitments include establishing an Oregon Department of Transportation “Gorge Express” pilot transfer service between Rooster Rock State Park to Multnomah Falls, improving safety for pedestrians and drivers accessing the Gorge, seeking additional funding for future transportation and congestion relief projects, increasing availability of public safety officers to control high-traffic locations, and developing short, medium, and long term congestion management strategies.  Participating members of the project will continue to meet over the coming months.

May 16 Prep Sports Roundup

Girls Golf

Iliana Telles of The Dalles is tied for fourth after one round at the Oregon State Class 5A High School Girls Golf Tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.  Telles shot a five-over-par 77, leaving her even with Danielle Giles of  Crater.  They are ten shots back of the leader, Crater’s Kiana Oshiro.  Oshiro is six shots ahead of the field after shooting a five-under-par 67 today.  Round two is today.


Boys Golf

The Dalles is sixth after the first round of the Oregon Class 5A High School Boys Golf Tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis.  Chase Snodgrass led the Riverhawks with a three-over-par 75, leaving him in a tie for tenth, four shots out of the lead.  The Dalles shot 39-over-par as a team.  Summit is the leader at eight-over-par…16 shots clear of the field.

Ballots Due By 8 p.m. Tuesday

Time is running out to turn in ballots for Oregon’s primary election.  Ballots must be returned to election offices or official drop box locations by 8 p.m. on Tuesday.  In Hood River County ballots can be turned in at the County Administration Building on 601 State Street in Hood River and at Cascade Locks City Hall on 140 WaNaPa Street.  In Wasco County, ballot drop boxes are located at the County Courthouse on 511 Washington Street and at Maupin City Hall on Deschutes Avenue.  Along with the presidential and state office primaries, local votes of note are taking place on Hood River County ballot measures to prohibit the large-scale bottling of water and a 57 million dollar bond measure for the Hood River County School District, while Wasco County voters are making a decision in a County Commission race between incumbent Steve Kramer and challenger Rodger Nichols.

OSP Seeks Help In Identifying Next-Of-Kin Of Deceased Homeless Man

The Oregon State Police is asking the public for help in identifying next-of-kin of a homeless man who was found dead last week at a campsite off Interstate 84 near milepost 79 west of The Dalles.  He has been identified as 69-year-old Donald Vernon Delavergne, who most recently was using the last name Wonder.  Delavergne’s body was discovered by a local Good Samaritan who had befriended and assisted him.  The OSP has taken extensive measures in an effort to locate and identify any possible next-of-kin without success.  Delavergne is believed to have lived in the Willamette Valley over 20 years ago, specifically in the Forest Grove area.  It is also believed he may have relatives on the East Coast of the United States.  Anyone familiar with Delavergne or know of next-of-kin is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Michael Holloran at 541-296-9646, extension 5330.  The circumstances surrounding Delavergne’s death are not suspicious and are being investigated by the Wasco County Medical Examiner as medically related.

Photo courtesy Oregon State Police

Photo courtesy Oregon State Police

HR Bridge Live Lift Span Tests Pushed Back To Mid-June

Planned live testing of the Hood River Interstate Bridge lift span has been pushed back by about a month.  Port of Hood River Executive Director Michael McElwee says that’s based on feedback from inspectors who looked at the mechanical and electrical systems of the lift span last week.  They found the postponement will allow a couple of other tasks related to the lift span skew system to be carried out.  Live testing involves gradual raisings of the lift span until reaching its full height, with engineers examining at each step to see if the span is out of alignment.  The live testing had been planned for late May, but McElwee says they will probably take place in mid-June.

Walden To Hold Town Halls In Cascade Locks & The Dalles

Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden will hold town hall meetings in Cascade Locks and The Dalles this week.  The Cascade Locks event will take place on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. in The Pavilion, while the town hall in The Dalles will be Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center.