Columbia Gorge Community College will be offering help Friday (January 29) for those looking to fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid. CGCC’s Sara Viemeister says the FAFSA form is the gateway to finding help with paying for higher education. Help in putting together FAFSA applications will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Friday in Building 3 of CGCC’s campus in The Dalles and the Indian Creek campus in Hood River. Bring your social security number and last year’s tax information for yourself or your parents if you are under age 24. CGCC Student Services will help with FAFSA forms anytime, call 541-506-6011 in The Dalles and 541-506-8211 in Hood River.
Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington have set spring Chinook salmon seasons for the Columbia River. Above Bonneville Dam, state fishery managers approved a Chinook retention season starting on March 16 and continuing through May 6 with an expected recreational harvest of 900 fish. The recreational springer season on the Columbia from the river mouth upstream to Bonneville Dam will be open from March 1 to April 9, with two days off during that period to allow for potential commercial fishing periods. The Columbia River spring Chinook season is based on a forecast of 299,200 returning spring Chinook, which includes an expected 188,800 upriver spring Chinook. The prediction is down from last year’s banner return of 415,200 springers but above the 10-year average return of 285,000 fish.
Stevenson 81, Seton Catholic 73: The Bulldogs outscored Seton 22-12 in the fourth quarter to pull out the Trico League win. Ryan Fielding led the Bulldogs with 26 points.
Stevenson 50, Seton Catholic 40
The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence says the Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency has received three proposals for redevelopment of the Granada Block. Lawrence says the proposals are varied. One would be confined to First Street for a retail complex, a second would use the Granada, Recreation, and Blue buildings involving a hotel, and a third involves the trio of structures without a hotel. Lawrence appointed a small group to review the proposals before taking them to the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee to make a recommendation. He says the topic will go before the City Council, acting in its capacity as the Urban Renewal Agency board, on February 22.
Authorities at a Wednesday press conference urged members of a militia group who have been occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to leave the site. A confrontation between some of the militia members and FBI and state police on Tuesday led to the death of one man, and multiple arrests. It happened when those authorities were attempting to arrest the group at a traffic stop. Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward said “it’s time for everybody in this illegal occupation to move on,” adding the presence of the group has been tearing the community apart. FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing said “the armed occupiers have been given ample opportunity to leave the refuge peacefully.”
Stevenson 55, Columbia 33: The Bulldogs used a 22-8 second quarter run to pull away for the win. Austin Brannan and Alex Delarosa scored 12 points apiece to lead Stevenson, while Aiden Trummel tallied 12 for CHS.
Sherman 92, Stanfield 74
Sunnyside Christian 77, Trout Lake 22
Zillah 102, Goldendale 61
Stanfield 58, Sherman 42
Zillah 66, Goldendale 25
The main portion of the White Salmon Valley Community Library will close on Monday for a month-long remodeling project. Senior branch supervisor Holly Cote-Troupe says the remodeling will provide a refreshed look to the library, including a new teen area, upgrades to the children’s area, and an enhanced Spanish language collection. Seating space will triple, with an increased number of Internet stations and recharging location for mobile devices. A temporary library service point will be available in the facility’s Sprint-Baker Gallery for patrons to pick up hold materials and other services. Hours will be varied, and are posted on-line at fvrl.org. The library is to re-open in early March, with a celebration planned for March 15.
Hood River City Councilors approved raising the hourly rate for metered parking in the downtown area from 75 cents to one dollar per hour, but left the cost of a monthly permit for city lots where they are. The rates have not been raised since July 2008. New rates would go into effect sometime around July 1. City Manager Steve Wheeler says parking revenues go into two areas: reimbursement of the costs for managing parking and general fund expenses. Monthly lot permits will remain 35 dollars in three locations and 20 dollars for the Columbia Street lot. Some in attendance at the Council meeting objected to the rate increase, while others questioned the fairness to downtown businesses of metered parking when there is none on the Heights. The City is also in discussions with the Port of Hood River about establishing metered parking in the waterfront area.
The Dalles City Council held a town hall meeting on marijuana Monday evening that featured information from League of Oregon Cities legal counsel Rob Bovett. Mayor Steve Lawrence said one of the important things he took away from the meeting was the knowledge that the Oregon Liquor Control Commission won’t be giving licenses for the retail sale of recreational marijuana until this fall, which means City officials have time to make decisions. Lawrence noted the Council will need to have the discussion about whether to send a measure to opt-out of the various business aspects of legalized marijuana to municipal voters before moving into development of a time, place, and manner ordinance.
Candidates are starting to line up in Oregon House District 52. Incumbent Republican Mark Johnson has formally filed to run for re-election, while two Democrats have announced their intention to run. Retired Hood River County School District teacher Mark Reynolds announced in a press release Monday that he will seek the nomination for the seat. Over the weekend, in a letter to the editor in the Hood River News Walt Trandum of Sandy said he is also seeking the District 52 position by gathering signatures to file for the seat by petition rather than pay the state’s filing fee. Johnson will be seeking his fourth term in the Oregon House.