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Meadows Names New COO

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.

Gorge Commission Eyes Washington Governor’s Budget

The Columbia River Gorge Commission is waiting to see what Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for the 2015-17 biennium holds.  Two weeks agom Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber included $1,694,000 in his 15-17 budget for the Gorge Commission, an 89 percent increase from the current biennium.  But the National Scenic Area Compact requires the two states to provide an equal amount of funding.  Gorge Commission Executive Director Darren Nichols says he feels hopeful about what Inslee will propose, even though Washington faces some serious budget challenges.  Nichols adds he hopes both Governors and Legislators recognize the need to invest in governance of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in a number of different areas.

Planning Department Decision On Ampitheater Stands

The Hood River County Planning Department’s decision to approve a commercial land use permit for an ampitheater at the former Dee mill site has made it through a County Planning Commission hearing.  Commissioners voted 3-2 to support the approval, but that is one short of the four needed to actually affirm the decision.  As a result, the Planning Department decision to approve the permit stands.  Once an order outlining the permit decision is signed by the panel, there will be a 15-day period to file an appeal to the County Commission.  The ampitheater is proposed by Jason Taylor of Apollo Land Holdings.  The Hood River Valley Residents Committee appealed the permit approval by the Planning Department.

December 10 Prep Basketball Roundup

Boys Basketball
Hood River Valley 79, Columbia 63:  Parker Kennedy and Skyler Hunter scored 14 points apiece to lead a balanced HRV output.  The Eagles jumped over .500 with their third straight win.
King’s Way Christian 63, Stevenson 55:  King’s Way outscored the Bulldogs 21-12 in the fourth quarter to grab the win.  Kelani Russell led the Bulldogs with 17, while Kienan Walter scored 24 for King’s Way.
Horizon Christian (Tualatin) 54, Horizon Christian (Hood River) 46
Girls Basketball
Woodburn 54, Hood River Valley 27:  The Eagles had a tough night shooting, as they made only 22 percent of their field goal attempts on the way to their fourth straight loss.
Horizon Christian (Hood River) 29, Horizon Christian (Tualatin) 28

Search For Missing Man Continues

The search is continuing today for a 31-year-old Milwaukie man who has been missing in the Mount Hood area since the weekend.  The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is leading the search for Gerren Kirk, who was reported missing by his family over the weekend when he did not return home from a camping trip.  Kirk’s car was found Monday in the Frog Lake Campground parking lot off of Highway 26.  An aerial search was planned for today.  The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, Crag Rats, and the U.S. Forest Service are assisting in the search for Kirk.  Anyone who might have information should call the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office at 541-506-2580.

Health Officials Say Get A Flu Shot

Health officials are still urging people to get a flu shot, even though a Centers for Disease Control report last week indicate the vaccine is less effective this year because of a mutated virus that doesn’t match the strains included in the vaccine.  The Hood River County Health Department’s Ellen Larsen says it is still a good idea to get a flu shot, noting during some flu seasons the primary strain will change.  Larsen notes flu shots remain available from health care providers and pharamcies.  She adds the Hood River County Health Department does have flu vaccine available for those who are uninsured.

December 9 Prep Basketball Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Hood River Valley 76, Putnam 71

Barlow 56, The Dalles 38

Kalama 44, Columbia 39

Dufur 65, Culver 26

Lyle-Wishram 52, South Wasco 46

Horizon Christian 62, Riverside 36

White Swan 45, Goldendale 43

 

Girls Basketball

Putnam 48, The Dalles 44

Ridgefield 60, Stevenson 37

Culver 42, Dufur 31

Lyle-Wishram 60, South Wasco 36

Riverside 53, Horizon Christian 17

Goldendale 43, White Swan 34

HR Council Approves Oil Train Resolution

The Hood River City Council has approved a resolution opposing transporting crude oil through the Columbia River Gorge by rail or barge.  In the resolution, City officials say they agree with concerns outlined earlier this year by the Columbia River Gorge Commission in regards to the potential hazards surrounding the oil trains.  The City asks the Governors of Oregon and Washington to oppose crude oil transport through the Gorge, and urges the federal government to immediately implement safety regulations on train speeds and car designs which are not proven to safely transport crude oil.  Councilors also want Union Pacific Railroad to submit an emergency environmental clean-up plan, and the state to do an environmental impact statement on the impacts of the crude oil transport on communities.

Port of TD Highlighting Businesses In Videos

The Port of The Dalles is beginning to highlight some of the businesses on Port property in video vignettes on its website.  Port Executive Director Andrea Klaas says it was the brainchild of Port Marketing Director Kathy Ursprung.  She says part of the Port’s mission is not only to bring in new business to the community but support existing businesses.  Klaas also notes that some of the Port’s best advertising is the current businesses who are having success, and this lets potential new tenants know the who their neighbors are.  The videos are also available on a Port of The Dalles YouTube channel.

Gas Tax Increase Distribution Idea Could Be Considered

Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyon says road issues played a large part in an Association of Oregon Counties Legislative Committee meeting in preparation for the upcoming legislative session in Salem.  Runyon says there is a belief a state gas tax increase of around four cents a gallon is coming, but an Oregon Association of Surveyors and Engineers proposal of how to divide up that increase was of interest in particular to smaller counties.  It would divide one-third of it equally among all counties regardless of size, one-third based on motor vehicle registrations, and the rest based on mileage.  Runyon says under that plan with a four-cent gas tax increase, Wasco County could realize $500,000 to $600,000 in additional revenue.  The current gas tax is divided by motor vehicle registration numbers, and that won’t change.

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