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September 22 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Boys Soccer

Glencoe 6, The Dalles 1:  The Riverhawks had their three game winning streak snapped with the loss.

Horizon Christian 2, Damascus Christian 1:  The Hawks have won two of their first three games in Special District 6 play.


Girls Soccer

Glencoe 3, The Dalles 1

HR Council Approves Zone Change For Turtle Island Facility

The Hood River City Council voted 6-0 to approve the first reading of an ordinance to changes the zoning of a portion of the Expo Center property on the waterfront from commercial to light industrial, which will pave the way for construction of a new warehouse facility for Turtle Island Foods.  Some councilors did express reservations about not considering the rest of the Expo Center property, which a disposition and development agreement between the Port and Key Development has earmarked for office and commercial space, but in the end they did not want to stand in the way of the new Turtle Island facility.  An application for City consideration of the other half of the property has not yet been filed, as the Port attempts to develop a plan that would ease fears of the Waterfront competing with downtown.  The absence of a Councilor prevented a final reading of the ordinance, which will take place on October 14.

Naito Hotel Agreement Close To Final

Conclusion of the various agreements that will lead to Naito Development being able to construct a hotel and office building at the south end of the Nichols Basin while Hood River Urban Renewal acquires about 25,000 square feet of property along the water for resource protection and a “passive park” is getting close.  The Urban Renewal board approved allowing City Manager Steve Wheeler to execute a purchase and sale agreement once lawyers finish their work.  Mayor Arthur Babitz announced prior to the vote the purchase price for the property is $395,000, to be paid through property taxes generated by the hotel as they come in.  There will be no interest and no pre-payment penalties.  If the hotel is not developed within 10 years, the property will be decreed to have been paid off.  Babitz added the property will become a “passive park” with no recreational features, to be preserved as such through easement agreements.  The deal is part of an agreement reached by the City, Urban Renewal, Friends of the Hood River Waterfront, and Naito Development to bring an end to land use appeals of the project.

Woman Treated For Injuries In Apparent Accidental Shooting

A woman from the Portland area was taken on Saturday by LifeFlight from Wamic to a Portland area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries after she had been shot in the head.  According to the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, deputies met the woman and her husband at a restaurant parking lot in Wamic.  The couple, both in their 60’s, had been hunting and camping on forestlands in Wasco County.  A preliminary investigation indicates the shooting appears accidental, and the man remained on the scene and cooperated with investigators in the case.  Reports have been sent to the Wasco County District Attorney’s office for further review, but no criminal charges are anticipated.

HR Council To Discuss Marijuana Tax Possibility

The Hood River City Council Monday night will discuss the potential taxing of recreational marijuana should Measure 91 pass during the November election.  Hood River County Commissioners have already scheduled a public hearing on October 13 to address the subject.  With Measure 91 specifically pre-empting cities and counties from enacting taxes on marijuana sales, some city and county governments in Oregon have been rushing to consider approving ordinances before the election.  Mayor Arthur Babitz has his doubts about whether anything the City could pass would stick.  Babitz noted Measure 91 does call for cities and counties to receive 20 percent of state tax revenues from the sale of marijuana.   The Council meets Monday at 6 p.m. in Hood River City Hall.

Search For Missing Man Continues

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the disappearance of a Portland man last seen two weeks ago after deputies assisted him at about milepost 17 on the Washougal River Road in rural Skamania County.  42-year-old Joseph Ronald Sizemore has been missing since September 7, and does not have medication he requires.   Authorities say he may be disoriented or fearful of public contact, and he is believed to have little or no money.  At the time of officer contact, Sizemore was driving a 2009 Ford Focus, red in color with an Oregon trip permit in the back window, with no vehicle plates.  Sizemore is a white male adult, 5’9” tall and weighing 275 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  If anyone has seen Sizemore, they are requested to contact the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office at (509) 427-9490 extension 0, or call 9-1-1.

September 19-20 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Ridgeview 61, Hood River Valley 51
Redmond 61, The Dalles 0
Columbia 13, Fort Vancouver 3
Stevenson 24, Estacada 7
Dufur 52, Arlington 28
Sherman 74, Spray 6
Echo 54, South Wasco 20
Lyle-Wishram 64, Twin Valley 22
Goldendale 20, White Swan 8
Sherman def. Spray 3 games to 0
Echo def. South Wasco 3 games to 1
Trout Lake def. Horizon Christian 17-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-18
Dufur wins two out of three matches at the Helix Tournament, defeating Powder Valley and Umatilla and losing to Cove
Cross Country
Hood River Valley’s girls were ninth and the boys tenth in the Class 5A/6A division at the Northwest Classic in Eugene.  Justin Crosswhite finished tenth for the HRV boys, while Terri Hewitt was 37th for the Hood River girls.  Summit won both the boys and girls team titles.
The Dalles boys were fifth at the Oregon City Invitational.  Jory Nelson was the top Riverhawk finisher in eighth.  Emily Morin of The Dalles finished seventh in the girls’ race.

Watershed Group To Host Hood River Basin Study Presentation

The Hood River Watershed Group will host a presentation on a three-year study of the Hood River Basin and how climate change impacts stream flow and the opportunities for a sustainable future.  The result of a recently completed County-initiated three-year study, the presentation highlights predicted temperature, precipitation, stream flow, and fish habitat changes from 2030 to 2060.  It also describes water conservation strategies for achieving sustainable water supplies and streamflows in the future.  The presentation will be Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Hood River County Administration Building.

New The Dalles-Wasco County Library Director Hired

A Wisconsin man has been hired as the new Wasco County District Librarian and The Dalles Library Director.  The Dalles City Manager Nolan Young announced Jeff Wavrunek will start in his new position November 17.  Wavrunek currently is director of the Adams County Library in Wisconsin, and holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and master’s degree in education and library science.  Wavrunek takes over for Sheila Dooley, who retired this month after 40 years with the library district.

House Passes Forestry Bill Again

The U.S. House has passed a forestry bill developed by three Oregon congressmen for a second time, this time as part of a jobs bill in an effort to prod the Senate to take action on it.  The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act includes O&C Trust, Conservation, and Jobs Act put together by Republican Greg Walden and Democrats Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader as an effort to create jobs in the woods, improve forest health, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire, and generate revenue for local communities.  The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act originally passed the House nearly a year ago, but the Senate has not acted on it.



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