The Hood River City Council on Monday night approved a resolution supporting legislation to implement a price on carbon dioxide emissions for the state. In the resolution, Councilors ask the Oregon Legislature to carefully impose a price on carbon in the form of a fee, tax, or cap to discourage consumption of fossil fuels and encourage development of alternatives. It also calls on the Environmental Protection Agency to allow states the option to voluntarily use market based economy wide carbon pricing as an alternative compliance mechanism for the federal Clean Power Plan, rules for which are expected to be finalized by mid-2015. Councilors passed the resolution by a 5-1 vote, with Laurent Picard opposing.
The Dalles City Council did not take action on a resolution to revise residential annexation policies at their meeting on Monday night, with municipal staff planning to bring back a revised document that would remove a section involving requiring consents to annexation. The resolution as prepared for Monday’s meeting contained a clause requiring consents to annexation from residential property owners as they develop property or require connection to City utilities outside the City limits, and require a waiver of a one-year waiting period. Councilors indicated they wanted the clause completely removed, with Russ Brown saying he was concerned about situations like septic system failures on one property triggering a series of annexations. The revised resolution will come to the Council in two weeks. In other business, the Council gave the go ahead for The Dalles-Wasco County Library to add a second library clerk position devoted to youth services. Library director Jeff Wavrunek said the position fits within their budget and is sustainable.
The City of Hood River is looking for more people to be a part of its budget committee. City Manager Steve Wheeler says they can accept four more applicants to be a part of the panel, which starts meeting in late April. Wheeler says there are no particular qualifications needed to be on the budget committee, just a willingness to serve. The budget committee will meet Wednesdays beginning April 22. To apply for Hood River’s budget panel, call City Recorder Jennifer Gray at 541-386-1488.
Full Sail Brewing employees have approved the sale of the company to Oregon Craft Brewers Co., an investment group put together by San Francisco private equity firm Encore Consumer Capital. The potential sale had been announced two weeks ago by Full Sail CEO Irene Firmat and executive brewmaster Jamie Emmerson. The company has had an employee ownership program since 1999, which had employees holding 58 percent ownership of the company, leaving them the deciding vote on a potential sale. Firmat says she and Emmerson have committed to stay with the company for at least a year. She added one of the reasons this offer was attractive was Encore’s commitment to continuing Full Sail’s culture, noting the company does not already own a brewery and Full Sail will be able to stay independent, and will need the expertise of all of Full Sail’s employees. In an e-mail, Scott Sellers of Encore Consumer Capital said Full Sail will continue to be the operating company, doing business as usual with its customers with no change to the company name. Sellers added Full Sail’s Session brand in particular is very well positioned for future growth, with the new investment group believing growth in craft beers will be driven by sessionable beers that appeal to a broader consumer taste profile, and the Session brand will continue to be a leader in that trend.
Hood River County is in the midst of its budget process for the 2015-16 Fiscal Year. County Administrator David Meriwether says the budget is currently being worked on at the staff level, with a public process to start in the next month. He notes the County’s budget is being helped by an improvement in its timber fund thanks to increasing sale prices. Meriwether expects the final budget to be similar to what it is this fiscal year. The County must have its 15-16 budget in place by the end of June.
The Dalles Community Outreach Team is back after spending a portion of last week in Washington, D.C. Port of The Dalles Executive Director Andrea Klaas says one of the policy issues the group discussed with federal officials involved flowage easements given to the federal government when the Columbia River dams were built. She says a portion of the North Chenoweth property being developed for light industrial use is somewhat encumbered by a flowage easement, even though its elevation is higher than the top of Bonneville Dam. Klaas noted two weeks ago she received a map from the Portland District office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers detailing where the easement is, with an invitation to meet with them to discuss administrative solutions.
A bill authored by 14th District Representative Gina McCabe to increase employment of Washington’s military veterans passed the state House unanimously. The Goldendale Republican says her bill pairs up the state Veterans’ Department and Employment Security with local businesses to increase employment for veterans. The “One Business, One Veteran” campaign asks each business to hire at least one veteran. McCabe adds the unemployment rate for veterans between the ages of 18 and 25 is about 21 percent.
Oregon Class 5A Girls Basketball First Round
Springfield 57, The Dalles 40: The Riverhawks were limited to 10 first half points, and the Millers advanced to the final eight in Corvallis this week. Emma Klym poured home 32 points to lead Springfield. Brooke McCall topped The Dalles with eight points.
Oregon Class 1A Boys Basketball Third Place Game
Horizon Christian 63, Siletz Valley 42: The Hawks held Siletz Valley to a 24 percent field goal shooting effort. Mason Bloomster scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for Horizon Christian, while Jared Davis scored 10 for the Hawks.
Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association Championshsips at Mt. Hood Meadows
Hood River Valley won the boys and girls combined team title, as the boys finished second and the girls third. HRV’s Lucy McLean won the girls’ individual combined title, thanks to a first place finish in the giant slalom. The Eagles’ Austin Keillor was third in the boys’ combined after a second place finish in the slalom. Ashley Ruddick of Lakeridge won the boys’ combined, followed by slalom winner Trevor Maxwell of West Linn and Keillor.
Two major construction projects will get underway in the Hood River Waterfront area on Monday. The Nichols Basin West Edge Trail construction will continue through June, with all access to the site from the ordinary high water line to North 1st Street prohibited during that time. The Pedestrian Bridge Trail project will also get underway next week. Vehicle access to the Spit, the Museum, or the Marina area will not be affected, but two brief periods of closure for pedestrian and bicycle access over the Pedestrian Bridge will occur, with dates and times to be announced on the Port of Hood River website. In addition, the eastbound lane of State Street between Third and Second Streets in downtown Hood River will be closed from about 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday to allow for a boom truck that will be working on the State Street restroom project. Eastbound motors will be detoured north on to Third Street, while the westbound lane will remain open.
Mid-Columbia Health Foundation gave out its Tradition of Compassion awards on Thursday evening. David Neitling received the Outstanding Philanthropist award for his work on the Riverfront Trail, dedication to Habitat for Humanity, and donations to the tennis court resurfacing project at Sorosis Park. Carol Roderick was named Outstanding Volunteer for her work with North Wasco County School District 21 and the National Guard. Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation went to Hire Electric for donated services to local veterans and support of community events. And Mid-Columbia Community Action was named Outstanding Community Service Organization for its work connecting people in need with services to make their lives better.