Two teenagers have been arrested and charged in a string of graffiti-related vandalism throughout The Dalles in the last two to three days. The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury says they are currently processing 24 cases related to the two suspects, a 14-year-old male and a 15-year-old male, and he says officers are still working on reports. The vandalism, mainly graffiti, ranged from near The Dalles Middle School all the way to the Chenowith area. Waterbury says both boys face multiple counts of criminal mischief and unlawful application of graffiti, plus one count of burglary for getting into a house and vandalizing it. Waterbury notes police are still receiving reports of vandalism that may be connected to this case, and people with property that has been vandalized but have not yet reported it to police are asked to do so. The Dalles Police Department number is 541-296-2233.
After four-and-a-half hours of discussion, the Hood River City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to codify the Waterfront Refinement Plan. Councilors discussed a host of elements of the plan, and made a few fine-tuning changes involving language and clarifications to the City Planning Commission recommendations, and then all six in attendance voted in favor of adoption. Mayor Arthur Babitz felt with an initial committee of nine to develop it and then going through the Planning Commission, the Refinement Plan received a thorough review. There had been some who suggested the City take more time on the plan, but Councilors decided to move forward. With one councilor absent, the Council will have to conduct a second vote to approve the ordinance, which will take place at a special meeting Monday at 6 p.m.
The Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue District has approved a bid to prepare Fire Station 2 on Columbia View Heights to be manned. The bid was awarded to 2KG Contractors of Portland for $536,000, with $484.000 of that coming from enterprise zone funds generated by the latest construction at the Google site approved by the City of The Dalles and Wasco County, and most of the rest in the form of a no-interest loan from the City to be paid back through enterprise zone funds received in the next couple of years. District Chief Bob Palmer says construction will begin next month, and should take about 150 days. City, County, and fire officials hope putting the station on-line will result in an improvement in the district’s fire insurance rating.
Hood River County School District Superintendent Dan Goldman is calling the Governor John Kitzhaber’s K-12 education budget for the 2015-17 biennium “woefully inadequate.” Goldman says while the roll-up of the K-12 budget in Kitzhaber’s proposal is about three-and-a-half percent, some of that money gets carved out before districts receive their funds, dropping that figure down to about a half-percent. Goldman says on average, the district’s basic operating costs go up at least two-and-a-half to three percent a year. He adds he doesn’t believe Kitzhaber’s budget figure will be approved by the Legislature, but if it is there will be reductions in the Hood River County School District.
Oregon employment in November topped pre-recession highs and posted the biggest one-month jump since the state started keeping comparable records in 1990. The Oregon Employment Department says the state added 11,000 jobs to the economy in November after adding 7,400 in October. Department economist Nick Beleciks says there are now more Oregonians working than before the recession started in 2007. But Oregon’s unemployment rate remained at seven percent in November, the same as the prior two months and close to what it has been for a year, as the state’s employment gains have been matched by rapid labor force growth.
A broad coalition of public agencies, tribes, and private employers are coming together to advocate for regional needs and a strong and sustainable Gorge economy. One Gorge has a steering committee meeting monthly to identify priority initiatives, establishing advocacy strategies, and getting feedback from regional stakeholders. Initiatives being undertaken by the coalition include obtaining federal appropriation that had been committed for economic development in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and securing funds for a transportation plan for the National Scenic Area along with near-term repairs and long-term replacement of the Hood River Interstate Bridge and Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks.
The holiday retail shopping season is entering its final ten days, and for local businesses it’s an important time. The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Farquharson says their Shop Local campaign continues, and she sees hopeful signs of a good year. Farquharson says the Chamber’s weekly drawing from those who bring in receipts from local businesses will continue, leading up to a grand prize drawing on December 31. She noted they received about $43,000 worth of receipts last week.
Hood River Valley 88, Mountain View (Vancouver) 70
Centennial 64, The Dalles 42
Camas 53, The Dalles 16
Dufur 85, Ione 39
Heppner 72, Dufur 57
Sherman 63, Grant Union 47
Weston-McEwen 52, Sherman 51
South Wasco 77, Portland Lutheran 35
South Wasco 57, Perrydale 53
Horizon Christian 58, Crosshill Christian 37
Horizon Christian 73, Knappa 54
Goldendale 51, Kittitas 36
Goldendale 64, Wahluke 53
The Dalles 48, Sandy 45
The Dalles 64, Reynolds 31
Centennial 70, Hood River Valley 43
Stevenson 52, Klickitat 37
Dufur 42, Ione 23
Crane 48, Dufur 33
Grant Union 91, Sherman 28
Weston-McEwen 50, Sherman 12
South Wasco 33, Portland Lutheran 27
Perrydale 43, South Wasco 27
Horizon Christian 43, Knappa 26
Kittitas 43, Goldendale 42 (OT)
Goldendale 53, Wahluke 16
Hood River Valley’s Christian Marquez won the 132 pound title in leading the Eagles to an 11th place finish at the Coast Classic in North Bend.
Hood River Valley’s Kylie Webb won the 200 yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke and Dhani Freeland the 200 freestyle as the Eagle girls grabbed a fourth place finish at the Swimming for Giving meet in Bend. The HRV boys finished fifth in their portion of the meet.
Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort has named 33-year-old Charles Jake Bolland as its new Chief Operating Officer. Meadows Chairman and CEO Matthew Drake made the announcement on Thursday. Bolland joined Mount Hood Meadows in 2009 as director of finance, and became Vice President of Administration in 2013. In his new position Bolland will oversee the day-to-day operations of Mt. Hood Meadows and Cooper Spur Mt. Resort…and serve on the company’s board of directors. Bolland was a certified public accountant for Ernst and Young prior to joining Meadows.