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Local News

Two Injured In Accident East Of Bingen

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.

Fire Damages House In The Dalles

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.

Local Group Considers Cohousing

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.


Cemetery Tales Set For Weekend Of September 9

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.

Fire Damages Hood River Home

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.

August 25 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Soccer

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

Lewis To Leave NWCPRD For Oregon City Position

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.

Wilkerson Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter

A woman who stabbed and killed her husband at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles last October has been sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to first degree manslaughter in Wasco County Circuit Court.  Court documents indicate 71-year-old Esther Wilkerson killed her husband of nearly 40 years, 67-year-old James Wilkerson, while under what defense attorneys called “the influence of extreme emotional disturbance.”  Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley said Esther Wilkerson had claimed it was part of a “murder-suicide” plan, but James Wilkerson was not terminally ill and had not to anyone’s knowledge expressed a desire to die, adding Esther Wilkerson had not spoken to her husband for months prior to the murder.  Nisley indicated it’s doubtful the motive for the murder will ever be learned.  He also said the frailty and age of Esther Wilkerson and her lack of any prior criminal history make it unlikely she would ever try to harm anyone else in her lifetime.  James Wilkerson had lived in the Veterans’ Home since 2013 and was confined to a wheelchair.

Port of HR Receives State Grant For Airfield Improvements

The Oregon Transportation Commission has approved a grant of over one-point-three million dollars to the Port of Hood River to put toward infrastructure for a new aviation technology and emergency response center at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield.  Port of Hood River Executive Director Michael McElwee says the Port will provide a 40 percent match, some of which will come from a private partner they are currently negotiating with.  McElwee notes this funding will go toward infrastructure, not the buildings themselves.  The actual building development will be done through private investment.

Ribbon Cut For New Children’s Wing At The Dalles Library

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place Wednesday for the newly constructed children’s wing of The Dalles-Wasco County Library.  The 2,300 square foot area is the result of a long fundraising campaign to provide the $855,000 needed to construct it.  Corliss Marsh of The Dalles Wasco County Library Foundation says it will mean a great deal to the library, and for children in the area.  A couple of storytime programs have been held in the new area, but furniture has not yet been moved in.  It should be fully equipped in about a month.