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Local News

HR Council Decides To Have Committee Consider Waterfront Parking Meters

The Hood River City Council has decided to have a committee do more study of a plan to place parking meters on some streets in the waterfront area.  City and Port of Hood River officials have been considering installing meters for the upcoming summer recreation season.  But business owners in the waterfront area have expressed reservations, and have proposed some alternatives.  City Manager Steve Wheeler says a committee will take a look at the options available.  The Port of Hood River was scheduled to discuss waterfront parking at its meeting Tuesday evening, but it was postponed due to weather.

Snow Removal Underway In The Dalles

After the large weekend snow fall and the possibility of more snow over the next few days, The Dalles Public Works Department will be working today and tonight to remove snow from the downtown area.  That work may lead to occasional lane closures on 2nd and 3rd Streets, as well as on side streets, along with temporary on-street parking restrictions to allow removal of snow from the parking strips.  The City of The Dalles is also reminding community members that property owners and residents are responsible for the removal of snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their properties.  When clearing parking lots and driveways, business owners and residents are asked to avoid piling the snow from driveways

Two Victims In Airport Shooting With Ties To The Dalles

Two of the victims in Friday’s shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport have ties to The Dalles.  The Miami Herald reports 70-year-old Shirley Timmons died in the shooting, while her husband Steve Timmons was wounded and at last report was in a coma in a south Florida hospital.  The Herald says Steve Timmons is retired from Northwest Aluminum in The Dalles, where the radio stations of AVC Communications in Cambridge, Ohio says he reached the position of vice-president.  They were living in Senecaville, Ohio, and were to celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary on January 28.  The couple was on their way to a family cruise leaving from Fort Lauderdale.

Vacant Port of TD Properties May Be Occupied Soon

A couple of Port of The Dalles properties that have stood vacant may be about to be occupied soon.  Port Executive Director Andrea Klaas says three lots on Klindt Drive near the Port offices have been on the market for a number of years, but there has been strong interest in two of them.  She expects a building on one of the lots will be a 14,000 square foot space that should be ready in spring, and another project is in the development stage.  Klaas notes the Port is seeking commonality in businesses in the community that can help them tap into an industry that can support all of those businesses.

HR County Begins Budget Process

Hood River County officials are beginning to enter into their budget process for the 2017-18 fiscal year.  County Administrator Jeff Hecksel says staff has begun its work, with staffing requests being put in for initial review.  He says in the end the budget will probably remain status quo.  County Commission Chair Ron Rivers says he plans to bring up the possibility of creating new revenue streams for the County at the Commission’s goal-setting session later this month.

Vacant Port of TD Properties May Be Occupied Soon

A couple of Port of The Dalles properties that have stood vacant may be about to be occupied soon.  Port Executive Director Andrea Klaas says three lots on Klindt Drive near the Port offices have been on the market for a number of years, but there has been strong interest in two of them.  She expects a building on one of the lots will be a 14,000 square foot space that should be ready in spring, and another project is in the development stage.  Klaas notes the Port is seeking commonality in businesses in the community that can help them tap into an industry that can support all of those businesses.

January 6-7 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Basketball

Dufur 70, South Wasco 34

Sherman 71, Horizon Christian 45

Sherman 78, Ione 25

Bickleton 61, Trout Lake 34

Yakama Tribal 82, Klickitat 45

Sunnyside Christian 87, Lyle 30

Goldendale 61, Cle Elum-Roslyn 40

 

Girls Basketball

Seton Catholic 45, Columbia 28

Castle Rock 51, Stevenson 49

South Wasco 35, Dufur 28

Horizon Christian 62, Sherman 33

Sherman 54, Ione 45

Bickleton 56, Trout Lake 46

Yakama Tribal 65, Klickitat 37

Sunnyside Christian 63, Lyle 16

Cle Elum-Roslyn 72, Goldendale 34

 

Wrestling

Hood River Valley finished eighth out of 16 teams at the Don York Invitational at Cleveland High School in Portland.  Chad Muenzer, Jason Shaner, and Justin Wilson won their weight classes for the Eagles.

Cancellations/Delays For January 9

Tonight’s The Dalles City Council meeting postponed to January 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Columbia Gorge Community College campuses in The Dalles and Hood River will be closed.

Mid-Columbia Senior Center and The Dalles Meals on Wheels is closed.

Aging in The Gorge Alliance meeting is cancelled.

One Community Health in Hood River and The Dalles closed.

Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District offices are closed.

Depression & anxiety program at White Salmon 7th Day Adventist Church postponed to Feb. 13.

No Skamania County Public Transit.

Tuesday’s Columbia River Gorge Commission meeting is cancelled.

Chenowith Elementary Cleared After Smoke In Classroom

Chenowith Elementary School was cleared for about an hour today after smoke was detected in a classroom.  North Wasco County School District 21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong says students and staff were evacuated to the Wahtonka Campus Gym at about 11:15 a.m.  Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue along with District Maintenance staff responded and found an issue with the heater in classroom 17 caused the smoke.  Students remained at Wahtonka Campus until the building was cleared, and returned to the building at 12:10 p.m.  The classroom has radiant heat, and Armstong says maintenance staff will ensure adequate and safe heat in the room until the repair can be made.

 

HR Schools To Make Up Missed Days

The Hood River County School District will make up the two full days of classes that were cancelled due to inclement weather in December.  The district will make up the missed days on January 27 and June 14.  The January 27 date was pre-planned in case of a school closure within the first semester of the school year.  June 14 is now the final planned day of school in the Hood River district.  However, there could be additional make up days if more school days are lost due to weather.

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