The Hood River City Council is considering tightening restrictions on open burning within the city limits. Councilor Laurent Picard prompted the discussion, outlining a number of different reasons why burning is inappropriate in the City, including health, safety, and fire hazard concerns. Councilors didn’t go as far as wanting to consider a full ban, but instructed City Manager Steve Wheeler that they did want to tighten some regulations. Wheeler said that will include smaller burn piles and spark arrestors. Wheeler expects municipal staff will come back with some proposals in a couple of months.
Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue lifted the temporary burn hour restriction Wednesday, allowing burning between dawn and dusk with a valid burn permit. Residents within the MCFR district who possess a valid burning permit will be allowed to burn approved materials from dawn to dusk daily when conditions allow per the regulations listed on the burn permit. Outdoor pile burning and the use of burn barrels are allowed outside of The Dalles city limits. Residents within The Dalles city limits are prohibited from using burn barrels, while outdoor pile burning is allowed until December 1. Burn permits are available on-line at mcfr.org and the district office at 1400 West 8th in The Dalles. Those with questions can call Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue at 541-296-9445.
Oregon Class 5-A Play-In: The Dalles swept Parkrose 25-14, 25-21, 25-15 to advance to the state tournament. The Riverhawks will host Silverton in a first round match on Saturday at Kurtz Gym. Columbia River Conference champion Hood River Valley learned they will host Bend in a first round match, also on Saturday.
Sunnyside Christian def. Lyle-Wishram 19-25, 16-25, 25-11, 25-17, 15-6
Goldendale def. Zillah 21-25, 25-17, 25-18, 26-24
Hood River Valley 3, The Dalles 0: HRV clinched the Columbia River Conference championship with the win, and will host a first round Oregon Class 5-A tournament game next Tuesday.
Hood River Valley 3, The Dalles 0: Cielo Rivera, Ami Santillan, and Makena Zorza all scored for the Eagles, who will host a first round state playoff game next Wednesday.
Kalama 6, Stevenson 3
Naches Valley 11, Goldendale 1
The Dalles City Council has decided not to implement a planned five percent increase of water rates set to go into effect in November. Mayor Steve Lawrence says the City’s water revenues were about 135-thousand dollars higher than what was originally budgeted, noting the drought was a partial reason for that, with a spike in municipal water use. Lawrence added they were also making changes to a list of planned capital improvements to the water system to remove projects that may not actually be needed, but emphasized replacement of the wooden Dog River water main remains a top priority. A resolution passed in November 2014 scheduled a five percent increase in water rates every November through 2020, but the Council would review the need for the increase annually. In other business, the Council approved going out for a state grant to pay for a study of housing needs in The Dalles.
The Hood River County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday evening on a proposed communications tower ordinance. Community Development Director John Roberts says the ordinance focuses on three areas that the applicant must address: demonstrate the need, why co-location on an existing tower is not possible, and proof of exploration of concealment technologies. Roberts points out under federal law, the County can only regulate time, place, and manner of the placement of the towers. Roberts noted the draft ordinance is modeled after a similar document in Washington County. The Planning Commission hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Hood River County Administration Building.
Special District 6 Boys Soccer Semi-Final
Horizon Christian 2, Damascus Christian 1: Cody Lingel and Makoa Whitaker scored first half goals for the Hawks. Horizon advances to the district championship game against C.S. Lewis on Friday at 8 p.m. at Salem Academy.
There will be intermittent closures of the Port of Hood River Interstate Bridge this (Tuesday) afternoon to accommodate surveys and inspections of the bridge’s lift span. The Port announced this morning that bridge users should expect up to 20 minute delays between 12:30 and 4:00 this afternoon. The inspections are to assess possible damage resulting from a suspected barge collision with the north lift span pier that occurred earlier this month. The Port indicated favorable weather conditions today are expected to change tomorrow…and the work must be performed during daylight hours. The bridge has been determined to be safe for vehicle crossings…but these inspections are to determine the safety of lifting the bridge’s lift span for marine vessels on the Columbia River.
Hood River City Councilors will be asked to answer two fundamental questions when the topic of housing comes back up again at a meeting in two weeks. City Manager Steve Wheeler says the Council will be asked how they want to measure the progress being made toward generating more affordable housing in the City, and also define the vocabulary for short-term rentals. Mayor Paul Blackburn says the City needs to measure progress on the affordable housing issue, but it will be a learning process to determine exactly how to do that. Wheeler noted metrics for measurement will probably include land availability and the cost of rental housing in the City. The topic will be discussed at the Council’s November 9 meeting.
Klickitat County Commissioners are in the midst of preparing the County budget for 2016. Commission Chair Rex Johnston doesn’t expect much change in the coming year’s fiscal plan, with county revenues remaining fairly flat. He added county departments have been presenting flat budgets to the Commission. Johnston said one thing they are doing is continuing to replace reserve funds spent to complete the County’s emergency communications systems upgrades. He says it’s important to keep the reserves they have maintained in recent years to be prepared for any unforeseen impacts on the County budget.
Hood River Valley held off Hermiston to win the boys’ title and The Dalles nipped HRV in the girls’ race at the Columbia River Conference Cross Country Championships at Sorosis Park. In the boys’ race, the Eagles’ Justin Crosswhite and Quinn Fetkenhour finished 1-2, while the Eagles claimed five of the top dozen places. Jony Nelson of The Dalles qualified for next week’s state meet with a fourth place finish. In the girls’ race, HRV claimed three of the first six places, but The Dalles had five of the top 16 to grab the win. HRV’s Daisy Dolan finished second while Avery Cardosi of The Dalles was third. Delaney Clem of Pendleton won the individual title. Both HRV teams, The Dalles girls, and Nelson qualified for the Oregon Class 5-A Championships this coming Saturday in Eugene.
Dufur and South Wasco both advanced to the Oregon Class 1-A volleyball playoffs with their finishes in the Big Sky Conference Tournament in The Dalles. Dufur def. South Wasco in a semi-final match in five games, but the Redsides bounced back to win the third place match over Condon-Wheeler in five games to advance to state. The Rangers lost a tightly contested five-game championship match to Ione to end up in second place. Dufur will host Echo and South Wasco will go to Columbia Christian in the first round of the state 1-A playoffs on Wednesday.
Goldendale def. Cle Elum/Roslyn 25-15, 25-9, 25-11
Hermiston 36, Hood River Valley 28
Pendleton 49, The Dalles 20
Columbia 42, Seton Catholic 6
Castle Rock 42, Stevenson 6
Perrydale 52, Sherman 20
Dufur 50, Ione 14
Mitchell-Spray 36, South Wasco 0
Lyle-Wishram 28, Oakville 6
Goldendale 21, Naches Valley 14