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Bingen Council Approves Marijuana Product Producer Location

Bingen City Councilors approved a conditional use permit for a marijuana-infused edible products processor to locate on Steuben Street.  Councilors received quite a bit of public testimony about the products that were to be produced, but Mayor Betty Barnes says the Council could only consider the land use question.  The processor is still in a permitting process with the Washington Liquor Control Board to receive approval.  Barnes pointed out the processor will be next door to a retail marijuana outlet, but no one will be able to go into the processor to purchase product.  The processor has to deliver the product to licensed retailers.

Residents Express Concern About Proposed Marijuana Processor

Klickitat County Commissioners heard from citizens concerned about the potential that a marijuana processor would be located near their neighborhood south of Goldendale.  An application is before the Washington Liquor Control Board for the processing facility on Bailey Loop Road in a commercial zone adjacent to a residential location.  Commissioner David Sauter says the location meets County zoning requirements, noting the final decision rests with the state agency, and they will include residents’ comments on the County’s response to the application.  Commissioners also encouraged the residents to make comments directly to the Liquor Control Board.

Smith Trial Set For July 7

A Goldendale  woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter and wounding her teenage daughter at an Oregon coast motel last summer is tentatively set for trial next July 7.  Jessica Smith’s defense lawyers sought a trial date in spring or early summer 2016 during a hearing Tuesday in Circuit Court in Astoria.  Judge Cindee Matyas set the trial date for next July, but said she would allow defense lawyer William Falls a postponement if needed.  The 40-year-old woman earlier pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder in the attacks.  Cannon Beach police found the toddler dead and the 13-year-old girl in a hotel room on August 1.  The teen has since recovered.  Smith and her husband, Greg Smith, were divorcing after 17 years amid a custody dispute.


Woman Found Dead During Welfare Check; Investigation Underway

Law enforcement agencies in the Hood River area are investigating the death of a young woman discovered when officers did a welfare check.  Hood River Police say 23-year-old Cecilia Campuzano Ortiz was found dead inside a residence on Montello Avenue.  Friends and co-workers of Ortiz asked police to go to the residence after they had not seen or heard from her for several days.  The cause of death will not be known until an autopsy is performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office.  The Oregon State Police Forensics team responded and performed forensic evidence collection and documentation of the scene.  The Hood River Police Department is asking anyone with information related to this case contact Detective Michael Martin at 541-387-5257.

October 7 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Boys Soccer
Hood River Valley 5, Hermiston 0:  The Eagles broke a scoreless tie at halftime with an offensive barrage.  Gio Magana, Noe Magana, and Jaime Frias had a goal and an assist apiece to keep the Eagles unbeaten on the season.
The Dalles 4, Pendleton 2
Girls Soccer
Hood River Valley 2, Hermiston 0
The Dalles 6, Pendleton 2:  Both the Riverhawks and the Eagles are 2-0 in Columbia River Conference play.
Kalama def. Stevenson 25-15, 25-16, 25-8
Sherman def. Horizon Christian 25-19, 25-16, 25-16
Dufur def. South Wasco 25-12, 25-15, 25-11
Sunnyside Christian def. Trout Lake 25-14, 25-16, 25-12
Boys Water Polo
Hood River Valley 16, Parkrose 4
Girls Water Polo
Parkrose 10, Hood River Valley 0

Truck Accident On I-84 Near Arlington

A commercial truck rollover Tuesday morning along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about 12 miles west of Arlington resulted in the driver being taken to a hospital.  According to the Oregon State Police, the accident occurred at about 5:10 a.m.  A 1997 Peterbilt truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with potatoes was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 126.  According to the driver he swerved to miss several deer that were on the road and lost control.  The truck and trailer crashed into the guardrail on the right shoulder and overturned, spilling the load onto the shoulder.  The truck and trailer came to rest on the guardrail partially blocking the right eastbound lane.  The driver appeared not injured but was taken to an area hospital for a medical evaluation.  His name has not been released.  About 230 feet of guardrail was damaged.  No injured or dead deer were found in the area.

Westside Fire District Seeks Levy

The Westside Fire District is asking its patrons for a five-year operating levy of 50 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property value in the upcoming election.  That would be on top of the current 78 cents per thousand, which is the lowest tax rate among fire districts in the Hood River Valley.  District board member Mark Beam says they had considered the levy for a number of years, but have held off for economic reasons.  Fire Marshal Jim Trammell adds the district is trying to maintain its current level of service, but in recent years have constantly been in a catch-up mode.  District officials emphasized none of the levy funds would be used for personnel.  The district employs two people, with the rest of the operation done by volunteers.


October 3-4 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Hood River Valley 56, North Eugene 14
Ridgeview 47, The Dalles 8
Kalama 21, Columbia 13
Stevenson 58, Seton Catholic 13
Dufur 46, Perrydale 8
Sherman 68, Ione 18
Lyle-Wishram 58, South Wasco 36
Granger 21, Goldendale 6
Cross Country
The Hood River Valley boys finished second in the Varsity Invitational division at the Oxford Classic in Bend, as Justin Crosswhile finished second and Quinn Fetkenhour was seventh.  A 15th place finish by Jony Nelson helped The Dalles to an eighth place finish in the team standings.  In the girls’ race, Emily Morin of The Dalles earned a fifth place finish.  Hood River Valley was sixth as a team, with Lauren Robinson the Eagles’ top runner in 26th.
Ione def. Sherman 25-22, 25-21, 15-25, 24-26, 15-9
Dufur def. Condon-Wheeler 25-23, 25-14, 25-6
Dufur def. St. Paul 25-19, 25-21, 25-17
South Wasco def. Mitchell 3 games to 1
Horizon Christian goes 0-3 at the Gladstone JV Tournament
Boys Water Polo
Hood River Valley 17, Hillsboro 3
Girls Water Polo
Hillsboro 7, Hood River Valley 2

Prescribed Fires Planned In Scenic Area

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area fire managers are taking advantage of the cooler weather to start fall prescribed fires.  They will occur in the Seven Mile area in Oregon and Catherine Creek area in Washington over the next month as weather permits, part of an ongoing effort to reduce the potential of catastrophic wildfires and improve forest health.  Prescribed fires and other mechanical fuels treatment conducted in the Rowena drainage over the past couple of years made a significant difference in battling this summer’s Rowena Fire.  When the fire reached these treated areas fire intensity moderated which allowed firefighters to safely build fireline directly adjacent to the fire and stop the forward progression.  Smoke will be visible generally in the Courtney Road to the Major Creek area in Washington and the Rowena Creek drainage in Oregon.  The actual day of ignition for these prescribed burn projects will depend on several factors including appropriate temperature, fuel moisture, wind speed and direction.

Motorcycle Accident Victim Dies Of Injuries

A 55-year-old Hood River man seriously injured in an accident while riding a motorcycle near Wasco three weeks ago has died.  The Oregon State Police confirmed Mark Peters died Wednesday reportedly from injuries related to the crash.  Peters had returned to Hood River for post-hospital care in late September.  On September 12 Peters was northbound on Highway 97 near Wasco when a van turning off Clark Road to the southbound lane of the highway was struck by the motorcycle operated by Peters, who was ejected from the motorcycle.  An Oregon State Police investigation into the accident is continuing.



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