Track and Field
Oregon Class 1A Championships at Hayward Field
Ellis Rager of South Wasco and Keith Blake of Dufur finished one-two in the boys’ shot put to highlight the Mid-Columbia effort in day one of the meet in Eugene. Rager won the event with a toss of 47 feet, three inches. There were four third place finishes from area athletes: Jony Nelson of Horizon Christian in the 3,000 meters, Sherman’s Maverick Winslow in the boys’ pole vault and Isaiah Coles in the boys’ long jump, and Paulina Finn of Horizon Christian in the girls’ high jump. Most event finals are today.
Southwest Washington Class 1A District Championships at Tumwater
The Columbia girls tied for fourth and the boys tied for sixth, while Stevenson finished 11th in both. Two individual event winners from the area, as Alondra Casarez-Garcia of Columbia won the girls’ 100 meter hurdles, and Luke Nichols of Stevenson won the boys’ pole vault.
Oregon Class 5A Girls Tennis Tournament at the Portland Tennis Center
Johanna Wilson and Kiana Pielli of The Dalles won their first round match, topping Ellie Cross and Nithya Vaikuntam of Marist 6-2, 6-3. The Riverhawk duo will face a pair from Crescent Valley in the quarterfinals today.
Oregon State Playoffs Navy Bracket
Hood River Valley 9, Sherwood 8: Abby Bortles scored four goals as the Eagles advance to play Lincoln on Monday at 8 p.m. at Wilsonville in the bracket semi-finals.
Hood River Valley High School has named new varsity basketball coaches. Former Eagle Christopher Dirks will become the boys’ head coach after serving as freshman coach last year, while current track and field head coach Donnie Herneisen takes over the lead of the girls’ basketball program.
Now that voters have approved the Hood River County School District’s 57 million dollar bond measure, the next step for district officials is to begin to plan for the various projects the money will be used for. Superintendent Dan Goldman says the first task is to prepare for the sale of the bonds. He expects next year to be busy with identifying project specifications and going out to bid, with most construction to start in the summer of 2017. Goldman did say critical needs like replacement of the boiler at Hood River Middle School will be expedited. For bigger projects like the new May Street Elementary School and the STEM facility at Wy’east Middle School, there will be a community engagement effort while working on design of the buildings.
The Wasco County cherry crop is looking solid as an early harvest season looms. Wasco County Oregon State University Extension Agent Lynn Long says in The Dalles area the fruit set looks good for most varieties. Long said he will be examining cherries in the Mosier area on Friday. He says harvest will begin around the first of June, about ten days ahead of normal. The big variable is rain, with forecasts bringing the possibility of precipitation over the next few days.
The White Salmon City Council received a cost range for a proposed new municipal swimming pool, and will put out a request for proposals to submit designs. The cost range given was between $2,500,000 and $6,000,000, and Mayor David Poucher says the City is looking toward the lower cost option. Poucher says the RFP’s should provide a more specific price tag. Poucher thinks they should have some proposals in hand by the end of June. He notes they have $500,000 to put towards construction of a new pool, and fundraising efforts have not begun in earnest.
The annual Children’s Fair will take place on Saturday at City Park in The Dalles. A number of area organizations that work with children will take part in the event. Nancey Patton of Columbia Gorge Community College Child Care Partners says all of the activities at the event will be free. There will be face painting, carnival style games, and arts and crafts. The Children’s Fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at The Dalles City Park.
Jesuit 9, Hood River Valley 7: A six-run second inning propelled the third-ranked in Class 6A Crusaders to the non-league win over the number two team in 5A as both squads get ready for their state tournaments next week. Montana Kurahara drove in three runs while Connor Coerper pitched four solid innings in relief as the Eagles came back late in the game. HRV had seven doubles in the contest.
Southwest Washington Class 1A District Softball Tournament
Hoquiam 14, Stevenson 2
Elma 5, Stevenson 3
Anglers will get another three days of Columbia River Chinook salmon fishing starting Friday, under rules adopted during a joint state hearing of fish and wildlife officials from Oregon and Washington. The season opens Friday and continues through Sunday. The open area is from Tongue Point approximately 19 miles upstream from the river mouth, to Beacon Rock, located approximately four miles below Bonneville Dam. Only bank angling is allowed from Beacon Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam. This is the second time in the past two weeks that fishery managers have reopened the spring Chinook season on the Columbia, with the catch during last weekend’s reopening lower than expected. The size of this year’s Chinook run will be updated again when fishery managers meet again on Tuesday.
Wasco County Commissioner Steve Kramer is planning to work with the Association of Oregon Counties on a subcommittee dealing with recycling issues. He says they need to figure out how to make recycling in rural areas cost-effective. Kramer notes the western portion of the state has the population base and money to make it work, but recycling from the eastern half of Oregon has to be transported to the west. Kramer says there have been preliminary discussions with the Association of Oregon Recyclers to find solutions, and the Department of Environmental Quality has been invited to take part as well.
All traffic on Washington State Route 142 west of Goldendale will alternate through a single lane over the Spring Creek Bridge beginning on Monday. The Washington State Department of Transportation will close the westbound lane following a routine inspection that found deteriorating concrete and exposed rebar underneath a portion of the bridge deck. Shifting traffic to a single side of the structure allows vehicles to safely continue using the bridge without weight restrictions until repair work can be completed later this summer. Temporary stop signs will be installed at both ends of the bridge along with directions for drivers to allow for on-coming traffic to clear before proceeding across. The speed limit will also be reduced from 50 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour. The SR 142 Spring Creek Bridge was built in 1950 and carries about 700 vehicles each day.
Ballot Measure 14-55, amending the Hood River County charter to prohibit the commercial production of bottled water and transport of water for that purpose, passed by a wide margin in Tuesday night’s vote count, but the battle surrounding it will probably continue. About 69 percent of Hood River County voters approved the measure. The measure was filed by opponents of a proposal by Nestle to build a water bottling plant in Cascade Locks, where City Administrator Gordon Zimmerman noted 58 percent of residents voted against the measure. He told Bicoastal Media Wednesday morning that “the county charter does not apply within the city limits” and with the spring within the city’s urban growth boundary they will consider to pursue the issue based upon its citizens’ desire for economic development. Aurora del Val of the Local Water Alliance, which backed the measure, said on Mid-Columbia Today her group has anticipated legal challenges to the measure’s validity, and will continue to ask for the support of the people. In a prepared statement, a Nestle spokesman said the company was disappointed by the outcome, but did not offer any comment on the company’s future plans. Hood River County Administrator David Meriwether confirmed the County Commission has asked the Oregon Department of Justice if the state had standing to intervene and if they intend to do so, and said the DOJ indicated they believe they did because water rights are controlled by the state, but gave no indication whether they would or not.