The Port of The Dalles has launched its Made In Wasco County website in time for the holiday season. MadeinWascoCounty.com is an expansion of the Made In Wasco County Facebook page the Port started last November. Port Marketing and Communications Manager Kathy Ursprung says the website is targeted to feature “makers” of products. The page currently includes about 60 Wasco County makers, and the Port is seeking more businesses to include on both the website and Facebook page.
There will be intermittent closures of both lanes of the Port of Hood River Interstate Bridge on Friday as the investigation into October’s suspected collision of a vessel into a lift span pier continues. Port of Hood River bridge engineers will conduct several lifts of the Hood River White-Salmon Interstate Bridge lift span throughout the day to check alignment issues. Work will start at nine Friday morning and continue through four Saturday afternoon. Bridge users should expect up to 20 minute delays throughout the day.
Four nurses from Mid-Columbia Medical Center have been honored by the March of Dimes in Oregon and Southwest Washington in the organization’s Nurse of the Year Awards. Anna Dillon was honored in the Critical Care category, Jayme Alsup in Emergency, Rachel Crowder in Small Hospital, and Lisa Erickson Sosa for Nurse Specialty. They were among 17 award winners honored for their constant care, compassion and dedication to improve the quality of others’ lives through service. The awards were given at a recent event in Portland.
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is looking to fill positions on two federal Resource Advisory Committees. The panels, one for the northern portion of the forest and a second for the southern, review and recommend projects for implementation under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools Act. The fifteen-member committees are composed of a wide representation of national forest interests, such as timber, recreation, wilderness, or wildlife. Members serve four-year terms, and replacement members are also needed, should a Committee member leave for any reason. Projects must be on national forest lands or directly benefit national forest resources. Those interested in serving can call 360-891-5014 for application information. Deadline is December 11.
The vision for a youth center in The Dalles will be presented at a pair of events later this week. A luncheon is planned for Friday from noon to 1 p.m. and a dinner Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Joe Martin of ACTS, who has been championing the project, says the intent of the events is to familiarize the community with what the facility would be like. Reservations are required to attend one of the sessions, call 541-298-4277 to make a reservation.
Port of Hood River Commissioners held their bi-annual strategic planning session on Tuesday, and part of the discussion involved how to manage their property holdings. Port Executive Director Michael McElwee pointed out their portfolio ranges from newer higher-price point facilities like the Halyard Building to an older lower-priced Big 7 Building, but there is a gap in mid-range opportunities. The newly acquired Hanel Mill property could be a part of filling that mid-range light industrial warehouse distribution facility need.
One man is in custody after Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Team officers searched two locations in Hood River as part of an investigation into methamphetamine dealing. A MINT spokesman says a 37-year-old man turned himself in related to one of the searches and was lodged in NORCOR on charges of possession and delivery of methamphetamine. One search took place at a home on Montello Avenue, and another on 5th Street. No arrests were made, and both locations remain under investigation by MINT. Anyone with information is asked to call the MINT tip line at 541-296-1885. Officers from The Dalles City Police and the Wasco and Hood River County Sheriff’s Offices make up the MINT team.
Authorities are asking for the public’s help as they search for a missing 78-year-old man last seen in Irrigon. The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office says 78-year-old John Getman was last seen on Monday after receiving a ride from a truck driver. The Sheriff’s Office says Getman suffers from Alzheimer’s and diabetes, and has gray hair and brown eyes. Anyone who may have seen Getman or knows where he might be is urged to call the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office at 541-676-5317.
Recreational liability in Oregon will be the topic of a forum Thursday evening at the Columbia Gorge Hotel. Oregon State Representative Mark Johnson will host the forum, with the focus of discussion on updating the Skier Responsibility Code. National Ski Area Associate Risk Manager Dave Byrd and liability defense attorney Brad Stanford will also give their views on the code update and a larger conversation on recreational liability. Representatives of the Pacific Northwest Ski Area Association will also be present. The forum begins at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Columbia Gorge Hotel’s Benson Ballroom.
The Oregon Department of Transportation reopened eastbound Interstate 84 between Cascade Locks and Hood River Wednesday morning, while the section between Troutdale and Cascade Locks reopened shortly after noon. ODOT shut down that portion of the freeway Tuesday night after more than 20 trees fell on the roadway during high winds. ODOT’s Don Hamilton says they needed to do the shutdown because of what they could not see at night, and the need to examine the roadway for more hazardous in daylight. Winds yesterday evening were measured at around 70 miles per hour in the Bonneville Dam area, 60 miles per hour in the Upper Hood River Valley, and over 50 miles per hour elsewhere in the region.