A 73-year-old Tigard woman was airlifted to a Portland hospital after a motorcycle accident on Washington Highway 142 about 14 miles west of Goldendale. The accident occurred just before 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon. According to the Washington State Patrol, the motorcycle being driven by Sharon Osborn Ryan was eastbound on Highway 142 when she tried to negotiate a right-hand curve. The motorcycle crossed the centerline and the westbound lane and collided with the guardrail. Osborn Ryan was wearing a helmet. She was taken to Klickitat Valley Hospital in Goldendale, then airlifted to Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Her condition was unavailable.
Track and Field
Gabe Montoya won two events to lead Lyle-Wishram to a fifth place finish in the Washington Class 1B Track and Field Championships in Cheney. Montoya won the discus with a toss of 134 feet, nine inches and the shot put at 47-7. He also finished third in the javelin. The Cougars also received fourth place finishes from Josh Showalter in the pole vault and the four-by-400 meter relay team, two sixth place finishes from Jacob Zeigler in the sprints and the four-by-100 meter trelay, and an eighth from Lorenzo Guasconi in the 110 meter hurdles. Trout Lake’s James Baker earned seventh place finishes in the pole vault and 800 meters and an eighth in the triple jump.
Lyle-Wishram’s Alex Cloud finished second in the javelin and Trout Lake’s Bethany Putnam grabbed a second in the 300 meter hurdles and a seventh in the long jump to lead the local effort in the Washington Class 1B girls’ track and field meet. Trout Lake’s four-by-400 meter relay team finished third, while L-W’s MaeLynn Luke was fourth in the javelin.
Brandon Campbell of Stevenson was second in the boys’ pole vault and Brian Golding of Goldendale was second in the boys’ 300 meter hurdles and fourth in the 110 hurdles at the Washington Class 1A track and field meet. Columbia’s Shawn Tardiff finished fourth in the boys’ 400 meters, while Stevenson was Madison McCrum earned fourth place finishes in the girls’ long jump and triple jump.
Oregon Class 5A Baseball Quarterfinal
Kam Walker pitched a five-hit shutout to lead Hood River Valley to a 4-0 win over Putnam in an Oregon Class 5A high school baseball quarterfinal at Traner Field. Walker struck out five and did not walk anyone on the way to the victory. HRV took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run double by Kellen Duffy. The Eagles added two more runs in the second, and Walker made them stand up for the win. HRV will host Pendleton in a semi-final game on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Traner Field. The Eagles won three out of four games over the Buckaroos during the regular season.
Oregon Class 1A Baseball Quarterfinal
A three-run fifth inning lifted Knappa to a 6-4 win over Dufur in an Oregon Class 2A/1A high school baseball quarterfinal. The Rangers finished the season with a 23-7 record.
Cascade Cup Lacrosse
Hood River Valley 12, Grant 8: The Eagles host Canby in a semi-final on Wednesday at 5:30 at Westside Elementary.
Kam Walker pitched a five-hit shutout to lead Hood River Valley to a 4-0 win over Putnam in an Oregon Class 5A high school baseball quarterfinal at Traner Field. Walker struck out five and did not walk anyone on the way to the victory. HRV took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run double by Kellen Duffy. The Eagles added two more runs in the second, and Walker made them stand up for the win. HRV will host Pendleton in a semi-final game on Tuesday at Traner Field. The Eagles won three out of four games over the Buckaroos during the regular season.
Hood River County School District secondary schools will start and stop 20 minutes earlier next school year. The district board approved the plan for classes to start at Hood River Valley High School at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:10 p.m., while Hood River and Wy’east middle schools will begin the academic day at 8:25 a.m. and release at 3:25 p.m. The district had staggered start and release times between elementary and secondary schools heading into this year to increase the efficiency of their bus system. Superintendent Dan Goldman says they found they didn’t need as much time between elementary and secondary runs as they allowed for. The change for 2015-16 will reduce lost class time for students involved in extra-curricular activities that travel for competition. Elementary schools will maintain their current schedules.
New temporary signs are restricting parking along Highway 14 around the Dog Mountain trailhead near milepost 53. Drivers ignoring the signs could find their vehicles have been ticketed and towed. The signs are a part of a safety strategy coordinated with the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol, Washington State Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Forest Service, the agency that maintains the trail. The goal is to improve driver and pedestrian safety and give first responders better access to the trailhead during an emergency. On busy weekends, rangers from the Forest Service will help direct drivers at the adjacent trailhead parking lot to keep traffic moving safely. Hikers are encouraged to carpool and arrive early. Permanent signs will be installed after design details are finalized with local agency partners.
It’s a busy weekend of events in the region. The White Salmon Spring Festival is going on all weekend, centered in Rhinegarten Park. It will be running from 3 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Female and Fabulous Fair is being put on Mid-Columbia Medical Center at Water’s Edge on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The annual Children’s Fair will be in The Dalles City Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And the multi-event Hood2River Relay gets underway at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Hood Meadows, with the first finishers expected in the Port of Hood River Marina Green at around 1 p.m.
Twenty-one different organizations signed on to a “Declaration of Cooperation” Wednesday to create the Childhood Obesity Reduction Coalition of Wasco County. The coalition has come together through an Oregon Solutions process with members representing health, K-12 education, early learning, sports and recreation, and healthy food perspectives. Coalition members come from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The group came about after the North Central Public Health District discovered elevated rates of overweight and obese children in several elementary schools, and found Wasco County’s rates of overweight and obese children are significantly higher than the national and state averages. The non-binding declaration calls for the participants to take steps to ensure all children enter kindergarten at a healthy weight, make a healthy school environment the norm, make physical activity a part of youngsters’ every day activity, make healthy foods and beverages affordable, available, and desired, and eliminate the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages among children up to the age of five.
An outdoor burn ban in unincorporated areas of Klickitat County will go into effect on Monday. County Commissioners this week approved a resolution establishing the ban. Commissioner Jim Sizemore says local fire districts are bracing for a difficult fire season, noting there have already been some lightning-caused fires. Attended camp fires will be allowed in the Mt. Adams Guler County Park in Trout Lake within the designated eight-foot cleared area with steel fire rings.
Gina Owens has been named the new supervisor of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Regional forester Jim Pena made the announcement this week. Owens is currently deputy supervisor of the Umpqua National Forest in Oregon, and has worked in four different Forest Service regions. She began her Forest Service career as a seasonal worker in the Pinchot’s Packwood Ranger District. Owens starts on the job July 6, taking over for the retiring Janine Clayton.
Hood River has been named by Sunset Magazine as its Best Adventure Town. Hood River is one of 30 winners of Sunset’s first ever travel awards, which honor the West’s top destinations in lodging, dining, cultural tourism, outdoor adventure, environmental stewardship, and more. In its June issue the magazine cited Hood River’s scenic setting in the shadow of snow-capped Mt. Hood and at the meeting of the Columbia and Hood Rivers, along with a “startling breadth of experiences” inlcuding hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, skiing, paddle-boarding, and windsurfing. Sunset says a panel of noted travel experts from 13 Western states and British Columbia chose the award winners.