The Hood River City Planning Commission is recommending City Councilors approve a zone change from general commercial to light industrial on a portion of the current Expo Center property to pave the way for Key Development and Turtle Island Foods to build a storage facility there. At one point during the Planning Commission’s hearing, City Planner Cindy Walbridge and City Manager Steve Wheeler huddled with municipal attorney Dan Kearns on whether the proposal could be approved with a partition of the Port of Hood River parcel for commercial taking place but the plat was not finalized, and Kearns felt it could. The majority of planning commissioners decided to go ahead with the change because a turnout would leave the entire property commercial, and allowing the Turtle Island project to go ahead brings more industrial property into the City inventory and allows an existing business to expand. Commissioner Nate Duvall voted against, wanting the whole parcel to be examined. The City Council will address the proposal next Monday.
Monday morning’s fire at the in-lieu fishing site off Highway 14 near milepost 56 in Skamania County destroyed most of the lower section of the encampment. The site is used by the Yakama Nation. A home, boats, and campers were lost in the fire, which occurred at around 6 a.m. Monday. There were no reports of injuries, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Skamania County fire marshal Marlon Morat announced that due to what he termed “extreme weather conditions,” an emergency burn ban against all outdoor fires on lands regulated by Skamania County, including campfires, is now in effect.
Klickitat PUD has lifted the emergency water rationing for customers in the Lyle water system. The PUD says a failing pump at Lyle’s upper reservoir has been replaced and water levels brought back to normal.
While the Hood River City Planning Commission holds a hearing tonight to consider a zone change for a portion of the current Expo Center property from conditional commercial to light industrial to accommodate a Turtle Island Foods warehouse adjacent to their new manufacturing facility, there has been a pause in the process to develop office and commercial space elsewhere on the property. Port Commissioner Rich McBride says after some downtown business owners expressed concern about the market being flooded with more retail space if it is developed on the Waterfront, but he thinks they are on the verge of resolving some of those issues by refining what is defined as commercial. McBride says the Port doesn’t want to see a large amount of retail in the Waterfront area, but with nearly 500 employees there now and a possible 1,200 at build out, there will be a demand for some services.
Cycle Oregon wrapped up over the weekend with the over 2,000 participants riding into Riverfront Park in The Dalles. Local officials looked at the event as a way to help publicize The Dalles as a destination for cyclists. The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Farquharson feels they accomplished that. Farquharson says for The Dalles to reach its potential as a cycling destination the area needs to make sure bike racks are available, bike paths are clear and visible, and an RV park needs to be developed.
A burn ban is now in effect in Skamania County in the wake of a fire Monday morning at an in-lieu fishing site off Highway 14 near milepost 56. Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said the fire occurred around 6 a.m. There were no reports of injuries, but several structures caught fire, and one home was reported to have been destroyed. Shortly afterwards, County fire marshal Marlon Morat announced that due to what he termed “extreme weather conditions,” an emergency burn ban against all outdoor fires on lands regulated by Skamania County, including campfires, was being put into effect immediately.
The 36 Pit Fire on the Mount Hood National Forest about ten miles southeast of Estacada has now charred 2,300 acres. A wildfire management team based out of Washington will take over command of the fire this evening. Structural firefighters from Clackamas and Marion counties were arriving to protect buildings. So far the fire has been threatening mobile homes. The fire, which was human caused, has closed Highway 224 at milepost 35.
Hood River Valley 46, Madison 6
Fort Vancouver 54, The Dalles 28
Columbia 14, Washougal 7
Hoquiam 19, Stevenson 6
Adrian 42, Dufur 20
Sherman 60, Crane 14
South Wasco 62, Alsea 20
River View 26, Goldendale 18
Hood River Valley 6, West Albany 2: Johnny Garcia registered a hat trick as the Eagles won their fifth straight game to begin the season.
Trout Lake 5, Horizon Christian 2
Hood River Valley 2, West Albany 2
Dufur wins five straight matches at the Sherman Tournament
Crane def. Sherman 3 games to 0
Country Christian def. South Wasco 25-12, 22-25, 25-10, 25-16
Trinity Lutheran def. South Wasco 25-10, 25-19, 25-16
Wahtonka Community School is organizing a farmer’s market that would take place each Thursday morning. The school is seeking vendors, consignors, and customers for the market that will have fresh and local produce, coffee, and more. The market will take place Thursday mornings from 8:15 to 11:30 in front of the Wahtonka building on 3601 West 10th in The Dalles. For information call Jillian McNeal at 541-506-3410.
Wishram will celebrate its centennial this coming Saturday. The party will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Railroad Park, and will include live music, a barbecue, and a beer garden. Wishram actually began to form in 1911, when George Bunn opened the first store there. The centennial marks when Bunn filed the plat for the town with Klickitat County. It was originally named Fallbridge, which was used by railroaders noting the proximity to Celilo Falls and the railroad bridge over the Columbia River. The name was changed to Wishram in 1926. The 2010 census says 342 people live in the community.