Hood River County Commissioners received a positive report on the state of the county’s economy. Oregon Employment Department regional economist Dallas Fridley told Commissioners the County has one of the strongest economies in the region. County Administrator David Meriwether said the report is useful to help the County identify needs and track them. Meriwether pointed out one area of concern in the report showed the County has a higher percentage of jobs paying less than 15 dollars an hour than other locations in the state. In other business the County approved an intergovernmental agreement with Mid-Columbia Council of Governments to move electrical and plumbing inspection, plan review, and permit handling services back to the County. The County has already been handling building permit services on its own.
Washington 14th District State Representative Gina McCabe has been named co-chair of a legislative task force that will look at best practice models for managing all aspects of sexual assault examinations and funding options to reduce the number of untested sexual assault examination kits in Washington that were collected prior to late July. The task force is part of legislation that also requires police agencies to ask the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory to test every new sexual assault or rape kit, as long as the victim approves. The sexual assault evidence collection kits contain swabs and other tools used to collect DNA samples and other evidence from rape victims. They are stocked by police departments and hospitals, and are intended for use immediately after a sexual assault or rape has occurred. McCabe says other states addressing backlog issue have had great success linking perpetrators to crimes. The task force must submit a preliminary report to the Legislature and the governor before December 1.
Horizon Christian 2, Open Door Christian 0: Quinn Roetcisoender and Cody Lingel scored the goals for the Hawks. Horizon could win Special District 6 if they defeat Livingstone Academy on Thursday.
Country Christian def. Dufur 25-16, 25-9, 25-15
North Douglas def. Dufur 25-14, 25-9, 23-25, 26-24
A 67-year-old resident of the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles died after being stabbed there on Sunday afternoon, and his wife has been charged with murder. The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury says officers found James Wilkerson dead shortly after 4:10 p.m. Sunday, and 70-year-old Esther Wilkerson of Happy Valley was arrested and lodged at NORCOR. Esther Wilkerson is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Wasco County Circuit Court. Waterbury says the Wasco County Major Crimes Team, made up of the Oregon State Police, Wasco County Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s office, and The Dalles Police Department, are continuing their investigation. The Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs says James Wilkerson served 20 years in the United States Navy including service in Vietnam. Department Director Cameron Smith offered condolences to the family in a statement, adding residents at the Veterans Home are safe and there will be support for them onsite.
The Port of Hood River is very interested in the markup of a federal transportation bill before Congress that could provide the basis for federal funding for a new bridge over the Columbia River to connect Hood River and the Bingen-White Salmon area. Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says they are working with Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden on is a one sentence modification to the bill that would add transportation projects within a National Scenic Area as a criteria to identify eligible projects. McElwee notes a replacement for the current Interstate Bridge would need from federal and state funds and user tolls under any financial model. A new bridge is estimated to cost at least 260 million dollars.
A 38-year-old Stevenson woman died in a one-car accident Saturday on Highway 14 three miles east of Washougal. According to the Washington State Patrol, a Jeep Wrangler driven by Rebekah Maggart was westbound on Highway 14 near milepost 21 at about 2:35 p.m. Saturday when it left the roadway to the right. The WSP says the driver overcorrected, and struck the eastbound guardrail. The vehicle rolled and Maggart was ejected from it. Maggart was taken to Peace Health Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, but died at the hospital. The WSP continues to investigate the accident.
The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its “Shop Local and Win” campaign to encourage patronizing local businesses during the holidays. That campaign involves people turning in their receipts from making purchases from local retailers to be eligible for prize baskets. Chamber CEO Lisa Farquharson says right now they are concentrating on seeking local businesses to help contribute to the prize packages. Farquharson says last year they received over $355,000 in receipts during the campaign. The “Shop Local and Win” campaign will start the day after Thanksgiving.
Hood River Valley 42, Pendleton 21
Hermiston 56, The Dalles 10
Castle Rock 18, Columbia 13
LaCenter 54, Stevenson 13
Dufur 76, South Wasco 28
Sherman 58, Arlington 22
Goldendale 35, Cle Elum-Roslyn 31
Taholah 42, Lyle-Wishram 16
Hermiston 2, The Dalles 0
Dufur def. Mitchell-Spray 3 games to 1
Dufur def. Condon-Wheeler 3 games to 1
Condon-Wheeler def. Horizon Christian 3 games to 0
Mitchell-Spray def. Horizon Christian 3 games to 0
Ione def. Sherman 3 games to 0
Arlington def. Sherman 3 games to 0
Ione def. South Wasco 3 games to 0
South Wasco def. Arlington 3 games to 1
The Hood River Valley Harvest Festival is getting underway Friday and will run through the weekend on the Waterfront Event Site. Once again there will be over 100 booths with produce, food, and arts and craft vendors, and it will be a mixture of old favorites and new opportunities. The festival will be open until 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Friday, then from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. There will be entertainment on stage throughout the festival, and the Providence Kids Zone will have activities for younger attendees. For complete event information go on-line to hoodriver.org.
Restrictions on chain saws, campfires, and off-road vehicles on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands within Hood River and Wasco counties have been lifted. The ODF says the area remains in fire season, so the use of exploding targets, tracer ammunition, and sky lanterns will still be prohibited. All forest operations are still required to have fire equipment on site and provide a fire watch. As part of a cooperative effort between ODF and local fire agencies, Hood River County’s burn ban for burn barrels and small backyard piles will be lifted as of 1 a.m. this coming Monday. Large industrial piles or fuel treatment project piles are still not allowed. Permits are still required for all outdoor burning activities. A burn ban in Wasco County will remain in effect until further notice.