A second meeting on The Dalles Transportation System Plan update to guide transportation investments through 2035 will take place Tuesday evening. This meeting will provide an overview of the draft transportation alternatives that have been identified through the project to date, and suggestions are encouraged. The plan is intended to guide improvements in roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities in The Dalles, identifying projects and policies to reduce crash frequency and severity, reduce delay, support economic development, and provide more transportation options. The meeting will be at 6:30 Tuesday evening in The Dalles City Hall.
Work will start Wednesday on installation of an eight-inch water line on Rand Road in Hood River between Cascade and Sherman. Construction is to continue through mid-August. One lane of Rand Road will be closed to thru traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays for much of the project. There will be flaggers on site to direct traffic, but delays should be expected.
The Dalles Public Works will be repaving two streets on Tuesday and Wednesday. East 10th Street from Dry Hollow to Lewis Street and Monroe Street from 3rd Street north to the alley will be under construction. On both days between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. no access or on-street parking will be allowed. Motorists are encouraged to use East 9th or East 11th Streets as alternative routes to avoid the East 10th Street work zone. Motorists are encouraged to use Madison Street or Taylor Street as alternate routes avoid the Monroe Street paving project.
Klickitat County Commissioners have awarded the bid for the publishing of legal documents to the Goldendale Sentinel, but a member of that panel says they will still publish legal documents in the Enterprise serving the Bingen-White Salmon area when the information impacts that area. Commissioner Rex Johnston says they have usually awarded the bid to both, but this year the bid by the Sentinel came in lower, and by law the County has to accept it. He does add they intend to publish notices in the Enterprise that impact the west side of the County. The County also places public notices on its website, klickitatcounty.org.
There will be a planned power outage early Sunday morning affecting the Bingen and White Salmon areas. The Klickitat PUD says the outage will begin at 1 a.m. Sunday and last until 6 a.m., and is taking place to allow critical substation maintenance to be performed. The outage will affect all customers in Bingen and White Salmon, and the surrounding areas of Snowden, Pucker Huddle, West Jewett Boulevard, Courtney Road, and Bill Moore Road. Customers north of Highway 141 alternate will not be affected. For more information call Klickitat PUD at 800-548-8357.
Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced legislation that would designate the veterans community-based outpatient clinic in The Dalles the Loren R. Kaufman Memorial Veterans’ Clinic. The Oregon senators said their bill introduced this week would provide long-overdue recognition to a local Army soldier who served bravely in both World War II and the Korean War. Born and raised in The Dalles, Kaufman enlisted in the U.S. Army the week after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He would serve in World War II and later in the Korean War, where he was killed in action in 1951. Sergeant First Class Kaufman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in September 1950.
Northwest Cherry Festival Weekend has arrived. The open air market and carnival open at 2 p.m. Friday, with activity on the entertainment stage beginning at 3 p.m., and the Family Pit Party starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday the Tonkin Subaru Cherry Festival Parade goes through downtown beginning at 10 a.m., with this year’s grand marshal is new City Manager Julie Krueger. Cherry Festival guides are available online at Gorgeradio.com. The Bicoastal Media Guild Mortgage Home and Lifestyle Show will be in The Dalles Civic Auditorium throughout Cherry Festival weekend, open Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 to 3 p.m.
The tenth annual Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour will take place this weekend throughout the region. 44 artists from Cascade Locks to The Dalles will take part this year, which Leah Hedberg says is their largest number ever. The tour is self-guided, with the studios open from Friday through Sunday. Tour guides are available on-line at gorgeartists.org, and at a number of locations throughout the Gorge.
The Oregon Trail Rally will be in the area over the weekend, with over 50 teams competing on roads in Klickitat and Wasco counties. On Saturday the cars will be at Riverfront Park in The Dalles at 9 a.m. before heading to the Goldendale area for stage racing most of the day. Sunday begins with the cars on Main Street in Dufur at 9 a.m. followed by racing in that are until about 2:30 p.m. Spectator guides are available at oregontrailrally.com.
The 21st Annual Bingen and White Salmon Community Pride Cleanup will take place this weekend. The event is put on by the White Salmon-Bingen Rotary Club. Bingen Mayor Betty Barnes says it’s an important part in making the community attractive, adding young people will be helping in the effort on Saturday by cleaning up around the town. The disposal site next to the Bingen Water Treatment Plant will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For information call 509-493-2961 or 541-490-0161.