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Bingen And White Salmon Councils To Vote On Police Deal

Both the Bingen and White Salmon City Councils will be voting on a new law enforcement agreement this week.  Bingen Mayor Betty Barnes says she and White Salmon Mayor David Poucher believe they have worked out a good agreement on a two-year deal and can move forward with the option to renew after a review.  Barnes noted negotiations took awhile as they ironed out a new system in which Bingen is simply paying White Salmon for police services.  White Salmon will pay Bingen for the equipment share they own as part of the deal.  Bingen councilors have the agreement on their agenda tonight, and White Salmon councilors will talk about it on Wednesday.

One Week Left To File For Municipal Elections

There is one week left for those interested in running for municipal offices in The Dalles and Hood River to file for the November election.  In The Dalles there are currently two contested seats, with Carolyn Wood seeking re-election to the at-large position and opposed by Taner Elliott, while Bill Dick looks to retain Position 3 and is being challenged by Russ Brown.  Mayor Steve Lawrence has filed for re-election, as has Position 1 Councilor Tim McGlothlin, but neither are opposed at this point.  In Hood River, Paul Blackburn and Greg Colt are both running to succeed Arthur Babitz as Mayor, but there have been no filings for City Council positions.  Filing deadlines are next Tuesday, August 26.  For information in The Dalles contact the City Clerk’s office by calling 541-296-5481, and in Hood River call the County Elections office at 541-386-1442.

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Double Shooting In Odell

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in Odell this morning that left a husband and wife wounded.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the property west of 3410 AGA Road this morning, and found the pair.  They have been identified as Gonzalo and Bertha Marquez both forty-six years of age and residents of Odell. The  male was transported via LifeFlight and female via ground to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.   Sheriff Matt English indicated both are expected to survive.  Deputies recovered the firearm on scene, and English confirmed that no additional suspects are being sought at this time,  and there is no indication anyone else was involved in the incident.  The investigation is ongoing.

Courtesy Hood River County Sheriff's Office

Courtesy Hood River County Sheriff’s Office

Cycle Oregon Coming Up

Cycle Oregon will get underway in The Dalles in just a couple of weeks.  The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Farquharson says setup crews will start coming in September 3, and riders will begin to arrive on September 5 to get ready for their trip two days later, returning to The Dalles on September 13.  Farquharson says with Cycle Oregon participants headquartering at Sorosis Park, a shuttle is being prepared to take cyclists downtown.  Farquharson says Cycle Oregon will be providing funding to different groups taking part in helping with the event.

Historic Willard Cabin Moving To Peterson Prairie

A historic cabin built in 1940 by the Civilian Conservation Corps in Willard in Skamania County is going to be moved later this week to Peterson Prairie seven miles west of Trout Lake.  The cabin was the home of the former Willard Ranger Station in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest…serving as a combination tool house and bunkhouse for Forest Service personnel.  On Friday it will be loaded onto a trailer and moved to Peterson Prairie to replace the former guard station there, which was used by the public for many years as a recreational rental cabin before being destroyed by fire two years ago.  The building will be driven slowing over Forest Service roads 16 miles to its new home.  The cabin will be remodeled for recreation lodging use, with the exterior to be restored to its original 1940 appearance.  The Forest Service has worked with the Mt. Adams Institute in Trout Lake since last year on rehabilitation and restoration of the cabin.

Nichols Path “60% Plan” Expected In Late September

The Port of Hood River is waiting for the “60 percent plan” from consultant Walker Macy for the pedestrian path on the western edge of the Nichols Boat Basin.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says once those plans are reviewed by the project advisory committee and the Port Commission, that should set the design to go forward with construction.  The “60% Plan” is due in late September, with construction hoped to begin in winter.  Port was successful in gathering $575,000 from two state grants.  Another $220,000 is budgeted for the project, which will act as a first phase for an eventual build out that is estimated to cost $2,000,000.

Story Walk In Downtown The Dalles

The North Central Public Health District and The Dalles Main Street Program have set up a “Story Walk” in downtown The Dalles for families to enjoy and combine physical activity with literacy.  Pages of a book are transformed into signs that are then posted, inviting people to follow along and read the story.  A “Story Walk” book is located in the windows of the currently vacant Recreation Building and Granada Theater.  Begin the walk on the west end of the Recreation Building at 213 East 2nd in The Dalles.


Klickitat PUD Outage

Klickitat PUD experienced an outage at 10:00am today on the transmission line serving the Darland substation.  The outage has affected approximately 600 customers from west of Goldendale to Klickitat.

Main areas currently out of power are Garrison Road west to Turkey Run Road, Counts Road to Zelinski Road, Pine Forest and Turkey Ranch Road to Knight Road, Cedar Valley area, Glenwood highway, and Klickitat.

Crews are on the scene and we expect to have our customers back online within 2-3 hours.

Dallesport Woman Sentenced For Fatal Accident

A Dallesport woman who crashed her SUV after falling asleep while drunk driving, killing one of her children, has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide and other charges.  Mattie Spino was driving home from a visit to Mount Hood last November when she fell asleep. All five of her children were in the SUV, and the crash killed her 9-year-old daughter.  The Oregonian reported that Spino’s blood alcohol level was .15 percent.  At Friday’s court appearance in Portland, public defender Kasia Rutledge said her 32-year-old client has had a lot of trauma in life. Rutledge noted that one of Spino’s sons died after her arrest. The boy was crushed by a boulder while hiking in Washington.




Cherry Heights Paving Continues

The paving project on Cherry Heights Road in The Dalles between West 6th and West 10th will continue the next couple of days.  Monday, the four block section of Cherry Heights will be partially closed until about 5 p.m., with traffic flagged across 10th Street.  Tuesday there will be a complete closure of Cherry Heights Road from 4 a.m. until 7 p.m.  The intersection of West 6th and Cherry Heights will remain open both Monday and Tuesday, but the intersection of West 10th and Cherry Heights will be partially closed Monday and completely closed Tuesday.  Motorists are asked to use alternate routes if possible.



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