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Deal Nears To Allow Natio Hotel To Proceed

The Hood River Urban Renewal Agency has authorized its staff to complete documents to purchase land at the south end of the Nichols Basin as part of a deal reached between Naito Development and Friends of the Hood River Waterfront that would allow Naito to construct a hotel and commercial building while preserving property adjacent to the Basin as a low impact public park.  Mayor Arthur Babitz made the announcement at Monday night’s Urban Renewal and City Council meeting, saying the basic elements for an agreement are in place, and it is now in the hands of lawyers.  The agreement will allow construction of the hotel to proceed, with Naito selling property next to the water that had been at the crux of appeals by Friends of the Waterfront to the Urban Renewal Agency, which will pay for it through property tax revenues from the hotel and convey it to the City for riparian protection and a park that will include the final link to completing a pedestrian and bicycle path on the Waterfront.  Bob Natio of Naito Development said the goal is to open the Hampton Inn hotel by September or October of next year, and start construction on a commercial building that will be moved from its original location this coming spring.  Friends attorney Brent Foster said the agreement would accomplish that group’s goal of preserving the riparian area along the Waterfront.  Babitz says a purchase price will be revealed when the documents are finalized, expected to happen in the next couple of weeks.

Police Search For Missing Father And Son

Oregon and Kentucky State Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a father and son whose vehicle was found last week abandoned along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area.  The OSP on Friday checked a silver 2012 Kia Rio four-door displaying a Kentucky license plate that had been parked for about one week approximately a half mile north of the Dog River Trailhead in Hood River County.  Family contacts said the vehicle’s owner, 59-year-old John Kevin Wood of Bardstown, Kentucky, most likely was accompanied by his son, 32-year-old Jason Anthony Wood.   Both men live together and neither have been in contact with family nor have neighbors seen them since mid-August.   John Wood is described as a white male, 6’1″, 170 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes.   Jason Wood is described as a white male, 5’9″, 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.  Anyone who may have seen John or Jason Wood in the Mt. Hood area over the past two weeks, or with information regarding their whereabouts, is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030 or Detective Lori Rosebraugh at (541) 296-9646 ext. 5350.

Jason Wood, courtesy Oregon State Police

  Jason Wood, courtesy Oregon State Police

John Wood, courtesy Oregon State Police

  John Wood, courtesy Oregon State Police

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HR County To Have Codes Enforcement Officer By October

Hood River County will have a codes enforcement officer in place by October 1.  County Commissioners included the new position in their budget for the current fiscal year, feeling a number of land uses in unincorporated areas of the county are not properly permitted or simply illegal.  County Administrator David Meriwether says they have a backlog of reports of these types of situations for the new codes enforcement officer to investigate.  Meriwether says the new position will be tasked with either getting those uses into compliance, or getting them to alter or cease operations.

Port of TD To Observe Manufacturing Day

The Port of The Dalles is planning to observe National Manufacturing Day on October 3.  Port Executive Director Andrea Klaas says the state of Oregon and different industry clusters are trying to bring more attention to manufacturing on that day.  Klaas says the Port Commission plans to approve a proclamation recognizing October 3 as National Manufacturing Day, and hopes to partner with manufacturers in the Port to provide tours and tell people about the story of manufacturing.  She notes the technological advances in the manufacturing sector might surprise many people.

Area Sports Scoreboard For September 5-6

Aluminum Man Triathlon

Hood River’s Patrick Hiller and Portland’s Nancy Nichols were the winners of the Olympic Triathlon of the Aluminum Man Triathlon in The Dalles over the weekend.  Hiller completed the swim, bike ride, and run in 2:16:21 to take the men’s division by 56 seconds over Jason Whitley of The Dalles, while Dan Silvernail of West Linn finished third.  In the women’s race, Nichols finished with a time of 2:36:17, 36 seconds ahead of Trisha Kepple of Boise, followed by Dara Ono of Portland.  In the Sprint Triathlon, Nils Engberson of Hood River won the men’s division and Leanne Neal of Dufur was first among the women.  Jesse Haas of Portland and Heather Leach of Seattle topped the Olympic Duathlon.

 

Football

Woodburn 38, Hood River Valley 24

Molalla 50, The Dalles 0

Goldendale 22, Columbia 19

Washougal 18, Stevenson 6

Dufur 58, Lowell 38

Hosanna Christian 58, Lyle-Wishram 28

Sherman 60, Powder Valley 20

 

Volleyball

Bend def. The Dalles 25-21, 25-21, 25-7

Hood River Valley def. Putnam 25-12, 25-12

Dallas def. Hood River Valley 20-25, 25-14, 15-10

Stanfield def. South Wasco 25-21, 25-22, 25-18

Mitchell/Spray def. Horizon Christian 25-22, 25-18, 25-17

Burn River def. Horizon Christian 25-23, 25-18. 23-25, 25-20

 

Cross Country

Both the Hood River Valley boys and girls varsity teams finished second at the Runner’s Soul Cross Country Festival in Hermiston.  The Dalles girls were fourth and the boys sixth.  Hermiston won the boys’ competition while Oregon City topped the girls.  Top individual finishers from the area included HRV’s Justin Crosswhite in third and Jory Nelson of The Dalles sixth among the boys, and The Dalles’ Emily Morin was fourth in the girls’ race while Hood River’s Lauren Robinson was ninth.

September 5 Prep Scoreboard

Boys Soccer

Hood River Valley 4, Tigard 0:  Jaime Frias, Oscar Munoz, Gio Magana, and Andres Baeza all scored for HRV, as the Eagles won their second straight game.

The Dalles 7, Redmond 1

 

Girls Soccer

The Dalles 5, Redmond 0

Hood River Valley 1, Newberg 1:  Lily Zega scored the goal for Hood River.

 

Volleyball

Dufur def. Sherman 25-3, 25-9, 25-10

Dufur def. Heppner 21-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-17

Heppner def. Sherman 25-15, 25-7, 25-14

Busy Weekend

It is a busy weekend in the region.  Huckleberry Festival gets underway this evening in Daubenspeck Park in Bingen and continues through Sunday.  The annual Huckleberry Festival parade is Saturday at 11 a.m., with the White Salmon Lions Club serving as grand marshals.  The Hood River Fly-In is Saturday and Sunday at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield and WAAAM Museum. Hundreds of airplanes will be visiting during the weekend.  There will be airplane and helicopter rides available, and a pancake breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Parks District Responds To Green Comments

The Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District Board of Directors is responding to comments former Executive Director Scott Green made shortly after the board terminated his employment last week, saying there is no merit to any potential legal claim Green might file.  Green commented in an article in the August 29 edition of The Dalles Chronicle that he felt wronged by the district and was considering a lawsuit for wrongful termination, but he had told the board he would resign if given a severance package allowing him to relocate.  In a written statement sent to media members Wednesday, the board said Green’s proposal would have cost the District over $130,000, which was not within the District’s ability to pay and was deemed unacceptable by the board.  The board says Green will be paid by the terms of his employment agreement unpaid vacation and severance of about $25,900 along with one month of medical benefits for his family.  The board also claims Green’s employment under his contract was terminable at anytime without cause, and the decision to fire Green was not related to an on-going employment investigation in the District.  The statement acknowledged the board generally refrains from public discussion of personnel matters, but felt Green’s comments merited a “brief response.”  Green was dismissed from his position in a 3-2 vote by the District board.

White Salmon Council Approves Los Altos Annexation

White Salmon City Councilors have unanimously approved annexing the Los Altos development in to the City.  The area northwest of White Salmon has been developed over the last 15 years, and includes 57 homes and three vacant lots.  It’s the third annexation by White Salmon in recent months, but the first involving homes instead of vacant land.  Mayor David Poucher says they are getting additional annexation inquiries.  There had been some concerns from residents in the development about whether they could keep their chickens, but Poucher noted the City took steps a year ago to allow hens.  Roosters are not allowed.

Cycle Oregon Riders Start Arriving Friday

About two-thousand cyclists will descend on The Dalles this weekend for the beginning of Cycle Oregon.  They will begin to arrive to camp in Sorosis Park on Friday, and will leave on Sunday to begin the seven-day ride.  Cycle Oregon’s Tara Corbin says the riders come from all over to take part.  The ride will head north on Sunday into the Glenwood area, return to The Dalles on Monday for a lunch stop at Riverfront Park before heading south towards Tygh Valley and Madras, and will finish at Riverfront Park the morning of September 13.  Cycle Oregon is providing a bus service Friday and Saturday for riders to go downtown and to The Fort Dalles Museum.

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