Hood River County Commissioners took a second night of testimony on proposed regulations for short-term home rentals in unincorporated areas of the County, and will vote on them in two weeks. Most of the discussion surrounds whether to allow STR’s on farm and forest resource lands in the county, and where to cap the number allowed. Commissioners are considering allowing them with a conditional use permit process. In addition, the owner would have to be living in the residence while providing the short-term rental. Commissioners were given a petition from some farming community members who oppose any STR’s on resource lands. The Commission is expected to vote on the subject at a meeting scheduled for September 12.
The Aging in the Gorge Alliance is getting ready to distribute 400 free copies of a book on aging in America to spark discussions about the topic throughout the Gorge. The alliance’s Tina Castanares says the book is “The Age of Dignity: Meeting the Challenge of the Elder Boom in an Aging America” by MacArthur Fellow Ai-Jen Poo. The books will be distributed at libraries in Hood River, White Salmon, The Dalles, Stevenson, and Mosier. Book discussions will then be planned throughout the area, with the biggest October 22 at 1:30 p.m. on the Indian Creek campus of Columbia Gorge Community College in Hood River. The books will start to be distributed in two weeks.
The Dalles City Council signed off on a Federal Aviation Administration grant for the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport at a special meeting on Monday. The grant is pay 90 percent of the one-point-six million dollar project to finish the center section of a taxiway that was required by the FAA when a runway was redone in 2012. The airport’s Rolf Anderson told the Council they needed to get the application for the grant done on Monday due to a change in FAA timelines, and they will receive a letter from the FAA on Tuesday indicating acceptance of the grant. The Klickitat County Commission will approve the grant on Tuesday. The City and the County are the co-owners of the airport. Construction of the taxiway should take place in the spring of 2017.
Two people were injured late Sunday evening in a motor vehicle accident after the car they were in ended up in Rowland Lake east of Bingen. According to the Washington State Patrol, the car driven by 28-year-old Jose Chalico-Mosqueda of Yakima was eastbound on Highway 14 and attempted to pass in a no passing zone. The driver of the vehicle lost control, and the car struck a dirt embankment and then came to rest in Rowland Lake. Chalico-Mosqueda and his passenger, 21-year-old Isamar Ramirez-Aguilera of Yakima, were taken to Skyline Hospital in White Salmon for treatment of injuries, while the WSP says a three-month-old boy in the car was not injured. The accident occurred just after 11 p.m. Sunday night.
A house in The Dalles burned on Saturday morning. The two-story house at Lincoln and Fourth Streets near St. Peter’s Landmark contains three apartments. Jay Wood of Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue District said the roof and the second story apartment was destroyed, while some of the first floor apartment was salvaged, and there was smoke and water damage in the third apartment that had been added on to the structure. He adds no cause has been determined at this point. One person was injured escaping the structure, and was transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center. The fire was reported around 9 a.m. Saturday. Dallesport/Murdock Fire Department, The Dalles Police Department, and Northern Wasco PUD assisted MCFR crews in dealing with the fire.
A group of local residents is looking into the viability of establishing a cohousing community in the Gorge. Cohousing advocates say such communities help people find and maintain elements of traditional views of neighborhoods, including family, community, and a sense of belonging. Cohousing designer Katie McCamant is working with the Gorge Cohousing group, and says the concept can address affordability issues by providing common facilities ranging from a common house to shared green space. Gorge Cohousing has set up a website, gorgecohousing.com, to outline the concept, with a presentation planned October 21 at 7 p.m. at Springhouse Cellars in Hood River.
The History Museum of Hood River County will present its annual Cemetery Tales the weekend of September 9 at Idlewilde Cemetery. It’s the eighth year of the museum’s presentation of first person vignettes about the selected individuals from Hood River’s past, all of whom are buried at the cemetery. Attendees are guided through the cemetery, and the stories are told at the location where the person is buried. The History Museum’s Dottie Gilbertson says this year’s theme is “Actions Create Change.” Cemetery Tales performances will take place during the evening on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10, and in the daytime on Sunday, September 11. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com, or call the museum at 541-386-6772.
Crews Friday morning battled a house fire in Hood River. The fire occurred in a house on 803 9th Street at around 8:30 a.m., sending up a plume of smoke that could be seen around the town. Hood River Fire Chief Devon Wells said the investigation into the fire is continuing, but at this point it appears to be electrical in nature. He noted much of the fire suppression work done this morning was defensive in nature in a neighborhood with only narrow spaces between structures, and was centered on the attic of the home. Wells says the half of the home was destroyed. Fire crews from Pine Grove/Odell, Westside, Cascade Locks, Klickitat County, and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue joined City of Hood River personnel at the scene.
Hood River Valley defeated Silverton 2-0 and Woodburn 2-0 in mini-games in a jamboree at Woodburn. Jorge Campos and Wencesalo Bolanos each scored for HRV in the Silverton match, while Noe Magana scored both goals against Woodburn. Travis Running and Giovani Perez combined on the shutout effort in goal.
Hood River Valley won three out of four sets in a jamboree in Portland. The Eagles defeated Franklin 25-9, Jefferson 25-12, and Benson 25-9, but lost to Lincoln 25-22. Katie Kennedy had 11 kills and five blocks for the Eagles.
Weston-McEwen def. Dufur 25-5, 25-8, 25-8
Imbler def. Dufur 25-7, 25-9, 25-12
South Wasco def. Triangle Lake 25-11, 25-17, 19-25, 25-18
Trinity Lutheran def. South Wasco 3 games to 0
Northern Wasco County Parks & Recreation District Executive Director Phil Lewis has resigned effective September 23 to accept a new role as Oregon City’s Community Services Director. Lewis came to Northern Wasco Parks and Recreation as Executive Director in December 2014. During his time with the parks district he oversaw construction of the district’s Aquatic Center and splash park, organizational realignments, modernization of marketing efforts including a new website and unveiling of an online program registration system. The District Board of Directors will immediately begin searching for a replacement. Board Chair Catherine Whalen says they hope to have a new Executive Director in place by the end of October.