Hood River County Commissioners on Tuesday met in executive session to examine applicants seeking to be the County’s next Administrator, but no announcement in regards to finalists was made. County Administrator David Meriwether, who will be retiring at the end of June, did say they will be making public announcements in regards to the number of finalists to be brought in for interviews within the next few days. He added a public reception for the finalists is scheduled for April 26, and interviews will take place the next day.
Columbia splits with Castle Rock, winning game one 6-5 and losing the nightcap 10-0
Kalama sweeps Stevenson 9-1 and 4-1
Irrigon 16, Dufur 0
Goldendale sweeps River View 9-1 and 12-7
River View sweeps Goldendale 21-0 and 21-0
Columbia 12, Castle Rock 0: The Bruins are now 5-0 in the Trico League season.
Hood River Valley 17, Liberty 5: Cole Brown and Henry Barton scored four goals apiece to lead the Eagles to the win.
Goldendale 3, Cle Elum-Roslyn 1
King’s Way Christian 5, Stevenson 0
Goldendale 3, Cle Elum-Roslyn 2
By a six-to-one vote, the Cascade Locks City Council approved a resolution opposing Measure 14-55 on the May ballot in Hood River County that would block Nestle from establishing in a water bottling facility in the town. The strongly worded resolution alludes to a depressed economy in Cascade Locks, calling the measure a “direct threat to the City’s home rule, local control, right to self-sufficiency, and its economic future.” Deanna Busdieker cast the lone vote against the resolution. The vote came after testimony that included substantial input from tribal members opposed to the Nestle plant. Measure 14-55 would prohibit the commercial production of bottled water in Hood River County, prohibit the transport of commercially-produced bottled water collected from any water source within the county, and prohibit the transport of water for the purpose of commercially producing bottled water.
Hood River City Councilors opened up the hearings process on amendments to the municipal zoning code to deal with short-term rentals, and two members have recused themselves from the panel for this issue. Both Laurent Picard and Becky Brun stepped aside, noting they have both rented out their homes on a short-term basis in the past. Mayor Paul Blackburn points out that it will still take four votes from the five remaining councilors to approve amendments. Councilors took two hours of testimony from all sides of the issue Monday evening, and will do so again on April 25. The Council had planned to begin testimony on what are called Title 5 regulations for short-term rentals, which deals with things like permit costs, but based on what the City Planning Commission returned to the Council on zoning, Blackburn said they decided it would be better to wait on that until the zoning decisions are made.
The Dalles City Council has approved a plan to use $250,000 of the initial $1,450,000 fee paid by Google as part of the enterprise zone agreement for the company’s third data center to be built in the community, and then divide the rest between the City and Wasco County. The payment became due when construction began on the facility. Annual fees will come in when the data center is operating. The division of the initial payment must also be approved by the Wasco County Commission.
The Wasco County Fair could use more volunteers. Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyon is joining fair board members in putting out the call for more people to help with the annual summer event in Tygh Valley and other activities throughout the year. Runyon says the current fair board puts in a lot of hours, and could use the help. Anyone interested in volunteering at the Wasco County Fairgrounds can call the County Commission office for information.
The Dalles 4, Mountain View 1: The Riverhawks moved their record back to the .500 mark with the win. The Dalles scored three runs in the fourth inning to take control of the game, while limiting the Cougars to two hits.
The Dalles 6, Mountain View 2: The Riverhawks made the most of six hits to grab the victory. The Dalles has won 11 of 14 games this season heading into Columbia River Conference play this weekend.
A 54-year-old man is in custody after robbing a bank in downtown The Dalles about one block from police headquarters. The Dalles City Police reports indicate Dennis Spaulding was arrested and lodged at NORCOR shortly after 1 p.m. Monday. The report indicated Spaulding told bank employees he had a gun, but no weapon was seen. The report also says Spaulding left the bank westbound on West 4th Street, and he was quickly taken into custody. Spaulding faces a second degree robbery charge, with bail set at $10,000.
Hood River County Commissioners will meet in executive session Tuesday to choose finalists to bring in for interviews for the County Administrator’s position. Current administrator David Meriwether, who is retiring at the end of June, says a consulting firm has reduced the list to about a dozen for the Commission to consider. Commissioners could choose any number of them to bring to Hood River for interviews. There is no specific timeline to make a selection, but County Commissioners have wanted to get someone on board while Meriwether is still on the job to assist in the transition.
A business that considered expanding to The Dalles three years ago has the community back on its radar again. Port of The Dalles Executive Director Andrea Klaas says she received a call from the company a month ago saying they were again interested in coming to the area. Klaas says this experience is fairly common, with changes in personnel and situations in companies. Klaas could not reveal much about the business itself, but did say it is a subsidiary of a large manufacturer, and could initially employ 35 to 40 people.