The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted unanimously to oppose Measure 97 on the Oregon ballot. That is the measure that would increase the corporate minimum tax when sales exceed 25 million dollars. Chamber CEO Lisa Farquharson says the board doesn’t like the concept of a gross sales tax, but also questioned whether revenues raised from it would get to education, public safety, or senior services. Farquharson added the board feels the cost of those taxes will trickle down to small businesses and the consumer. A coalition of organizations including the Oregon Education Association, Oregon AFSCME, and the Service Employees International Union are in favor of the measure, saying it’s the first real opportunity in decades to make critical investments in Oregon’s schools, healthcare, and senior services.
A segment of West 4th Street in The Dalles between Lincoln Street and West 3rd Place will be closed to thru traffic on Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The City of The Dalles Public Works Department will be installing new water service lines in front of 313 West 4th Street. Businesses and residences on the 300 block of West 4th Street will have vehicle and pedestrian access during the project. Some on street parking will be restricted. All other Motorists are encouraged to use West 3rd or West 6th Street as alternate routes travelling east and west.
The Dalles 36, Mac-Hi 0
Ridgeview 12, Hood River Valley 6, overtime
Tenino 15, Columbia 14
Hoquiam 35, Stevenson 14
Dufur 50, Adrian 0
Sherman 50, Ione 0
Arlington 60, South Wasco 0
Lyle-Wishram 22, Goldendale 0
Ione def. Sherman 25-19, 22-25, 27-25, 25-23
St. Paul def. Dufur 25-12, 25-23, 22-25, 25-13
Culver def. Dufur 25-10, 25-11, 25-12
Hood River Valley 4, West Albany 3
Riverdale 3, Trout Lake 1
The Dalles boys finished third and girls finished fourth at the Coeur d’Alene Invitational. The Riverhawks’ Ezekiel Stelzer finished sixth in the boys’ race while Emma Mullins of The Dalles was seventh in the girls’ run.
Hood River Valley 5, Wilsonville 1: The Eagles scored four second half goals as they won for the fifth straight time to begin the season, and handed the Wildcats their first loss this year. HRV’s unbeaten streak is now up to 41 games over three years, with 38 wins and three ties in that span.
Madras 2, The Dalles 0
Horizon Christian 1, Livingstone Adventist 1
The Dalles 2, Madras 0: The Riverhawks recorded their third shutout of the season to grab their third win in five games.
Granger 10, Goldendale 0
Hermiston def. The Dalles 11-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-13
Lyle-Wishram def. Mabton 25-18, 25-21, 25-19: Iris Gatti had 20 assists, two aces, and seven service points to lead the Cougars to the victory.
Dufur def. Ione 23-25, 25-21, 14-25, 25-8, 25-11
South Wasco def. Condon-Wheeler 25-18, 25-9, 25-17
Arlington def. Sherman 3 games to 0
Zillah def. Goldendale 3 games to 2
The Columbia Gorge region is one of seven winners of the 2016 Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Prize honors communities for their efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. The Gorge region is being nationally recognized for bringing partners together to rally around a shared vision of health. Chosen from nearly 200 applicant communities across the country, the Columbia Gorge’s award winning efforts include its broad definition of health which includes social determinants of health, efforts to give voice to the region’s Latino population, and expanding the scope and role of community health workers.
Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that the Columbia River Restoration Act is moving forward as part of the Water Resources Development Act, which is expected to pass the Senate as soon as this week. The legislation was added to the act as part of a broader amendment agreed to by Democratic and Republican leaders on the Environment and Public Works Committee. The legislation would authorize the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a voluntary, competitive Columbia Basin grants program for projects that assist in eliminating or reducing pollution, cleaning up contaminated sites, improving water quality, monitoring the basin, and promoting citizen engagement. The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest, and the only large aquatic ecosystem in the United States that currently receives no dedicated funding to clean up and monitor toxic chemicals.
The Dalles City Council passed the final reading of an ordinance to establish time, place, and manner requirements on the production, processing, wholesaling, and retail sale of recreational marijuana. Councilors approved the ordinance with no changes from a previous reading a few weeks ago. Mayor Steve Lawrence says he believes they have finished up with a reasonable ordinance. All four councilors presented approved the ordinance. Dan Spatz had opposed the ordinance during its first reading, but was not present for the final vote.
The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center says a fire in the eastern portion of Klickitat County near Sundale is now at 80 percent containment. A Wednesday morning update also reduced the size of the Old Lady Canyon Fire to 2,771 acres, mostly in grass and brush. Full containment remains projected for sometime Wednesday. 123 firefighters have been at the scene of the fire, with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management serving as the lead agency. At one point about 30 residences were threatened by the fire.
Hood River Valley def. Pendleton 25-14, 23-25, 16-25, 26-24, 15-6: The Eagles begin their Columbia River Conference title defense by winning the league opener on the road.
The Dalles def. Redmond 25-12, 24-26, 31-29, 25-11
Stevenson def. Riverside 25-21, 25-23, 25-20
South Wasco def. Horizon Christian 25-7, 25-11, 25-16
White Swan def. Lyle-Wishram 25-13, 26-24, 25-21
Hood River Valley 2, Summit 1: The Eagles scored a pair of goals in the first 26 minutes, then hung on to continue their lengthy unbeaten streak.
Tualatin 4, The Dalles 1
Trout Lake 5, Southwest Christian 0
Hood River Valley 10, Reynolds 3: Seven different players scored goals for HRV.
Franklin 3, The Dalles 0
Columbia 4, Fort Vancouver 1
Boys Water Polo
Hood River Valley 16, Sandy 8
Girls Water Polo
Hood River Valley 19, Sandy 1
The Dalles City Council voted unanimously to approve a new governance structure for the Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency. The agency has been governed since 1998 with a board made up of the Mayor and the City Council, backed by an advisory committee, and the new format will have a single nine person board with three Councilors, two members of the public, and one representative each from the Port of The Dalles, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, Wasco County, and Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District. Mayor Steve Lawrence says the goal is to streamline decision making. When the urban renewal agency was first formed in 1990, it utilized a single board structure.