A 33-year-old Salem man was arrested early Wednesday morning after taking law enforcement officers on a chase that reached the Parkdale area. Deputies arrested thirty-three year old Thomas Leonard Berry of Salem. According to the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office…the Washington State Patrol was pursuing a van reported stolen out of The Dalles late Tuesday night when it crossed over the Hood River Toll Bridge, causing damage to a gate at the toll booth. It continued southbound on Highway 35, and after losing the vehicle for a short period of time, a deputy found the stolen van still southbound on Highway 35. Another pursuit began with speeds reaching around 85 miles per hour, and the vehicle turned south onto Cooper Spur Road with the pursuing deputy losing sight of the stolen van near Parkdale. Just prior to 1 a.m., a Baseline Drive resident reported a prowler, and deputies located him and took him into custody, determining he was the driver of the stolen vehicle. Berry was lodged at NORCOR on several charges including Attempt to Elude a Police Officer and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Deputies recovered the stolen vehicle, a 2005 Ford Van, from an orchard on Cooper Spur Road.
A Yakima man was injured on Thursday when the log truck he was driving on Highway 14 went off the roadway. According to the Washington State Patrol, 43-year-old Michael Selberg was taken by LifeFlight to Peace Health Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver. The WSP says Selberg was traveling westbound on Highway 14 about eight miles east of Stevenson when his truck drifted onto the westbound shoulder and struck the guardrail. The vehicle continued into the ditch, struck the embankment, and spilled its load of logs. The accident occurred just after 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Gorge Soup will be returning this fall with a new focus: the arts. The Hood River based group is seeking presenter applications from individuals or teams from throughout the Gorge who are starting a new artistic endeavor or community initiative centered on the arts. Selected applicants will have a chance to present their project to attendees for funding consideration during a community soup dinner hosted by Columbia Center for the Arts on September 20. New or developing projects in the visual arts, literary, media arts, theater, dance, music or other forms of artistic expression are all eligible for consideration. The competition is open to all age groups. Applicants must be residents of Hood River, Wasco, Skamania, or Klickitat counties and the project must take place in the Gorge. Applications are available for download at gorgesoup.wordpress.com, and must be submitted by August 20.
Jeanie Vieira has been named chief executive for Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and its Columbia Gorge Service Area. Vieira most recently has been the chief operating officer and chief nursing executive. She has almost three decades of experience in health care, including 25 years at Providence Hood River. Providence Eastern Division services chief executive Paul Gaden says Vieira has been a leader through a significant growth of services in Hood River. He added that more than 50 candidates applied for the position.
A beech tree on the Hood River Library lawn will be recognized as a City of Hood River heritage tree on Monday, May 16, which is Love a Tree Day. Hood River Tree Committee members say this particular tree is perhaps the best known tree in the city. Mayor Paul Blackburn and library director Buzzy Nielsen will tie a ribbon around the beech tree’s massive trunk at 3 p.m. on Monday. The heritage tree program is one focus of the city’s Tree Committee, which is a citizen advisory committee to the City Council and City staff. Heritage trees are defined as ones accessible to the public and healthy. Nielsen says the library’s beech tree “has been there at least 100 years.”
The North Wasco County School District 21 Budget Committee has approved a fiscal plan for 2016-17. For the most part it is a status quo budget, but Superintendent Candy Armstrong says the district is continuing to incrementally advance advanced placement and career and technical education offerings at The Dalles High School, while also aligning curriculum district-wide. Armstrong did say concerns about future sustainability remains, with state funding levels for the 2017-19 biennium to be determined by the state legislature next year. The budget goes to the D-21 school board for a hearing in June.
A planned water line installation on Rand Road between Cascade and Sherman in Hood River has been delayed as plans are adjusted due to the location of the current line. City Manager Steve Wheeler says often water lines run right down the middle of the street, but this one is offset to the west side of the street, and because of steeply wood slopes on that side staging for the project will probably have to be in the middle of the street. And that could mean a shutdown of Rand Road of around six weeks rather than the original planned closure of just one lane. Wheeler says the City and the contractor are working on plans to deal with the problem, including how to accommodate residents of townhomes who rely on access from Rand Road. He says work will not start until sometime in June.
Long-time Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education member M.D. Van Valkenburgh has resigned. The board accepted Van Valkenburgh’s resignation at its meeting on Tuesday night. Van Valkenburgh had just over one year remaining on his term representing Wasco County on the board. Applications are now being taken to fill the vacancy on the CGCC Board. Residents of Wasco County interested in the position should send a letter of interest with qualifications, telephone, and address to the President’s Office at CGCC…400 East Scenic Drive in The Dalles…zip code 97058. Deadline to apply is May 24.
Pendleton 3, The Dalles 0: The Buckaroos take control of the final play-in spot from the Columbia River Conference with the win. Pendleton and The Dalles are tied for third, but the Buckaroos hold the tiebreaker by winning the season series with the Riverhawks three games to one. To reach the play-in, The Dalles must beat CRC champ Hood River Valley on Friday at Quinton Street Park, and Pendleton must lose to Hermiston.
Irrigon 3, Sherman 2: Irrigon goes two games up on the Huskies atop the Class 2A/1A Special District 6 standings. The two teams finish the regular season with a doubleheader on Friday in Irrigon
SCAC Tournament First Round: Kiona-Benton 11, Goldendale 1…The Timberwolves will try to keep their season going Friday in a loser-out game at Cle Elum.
Pendleton 10, The Dalles 0: The Riverhawks fall into a tie for second in the Columbia River Conference with Hermiston with one game remaining.
LaCenter sweeps Stevenson 15-0 and 8-0
The Dalles’ Iliana Telles has qualified for the state Class 5A girls golf tournament with a sixth place finish in the Special District 2 tourney at Indian Creek. The Dalles finished 11th as a team, while Hood River Valley was 12th.
Goldendale finishes second at the SCAC Sub-District at Mount Adams Golf Course.
Hood River Valley 15, Cleveland 5
The Color The Gorge 5K run and walk will take place for the second time in The Dalles on Saturday. About 1,000 people took part last year in the event that was put on by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with a national organization, but this year the Chamber has taken it in house. Chamber CEO Lisa Farquharson says runners are sprayed with a powdered ink at certain locations during the run, leaving their white race t-shirt filled with color when it’s done. The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation is helping sponsor the event, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Level The Playing Field campaign. The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lewis and Clark Festival Park, and to register go to colorthegorge5k.com. Use the coupon code radio to get a discount on registration.