Election officials in Oregon are reminding voters that if they are not mailing their ballots in for Tuesday’s primary today, they probably should deliver them to county election offices or official drop boxes in person. Under Oregon law, ballots must be received by elections offices or designated drop sites by 8 p.m. Tuesday. In Wasco County there are drop sites at the 5th Street entrance to the courthouse in The Dalles and Maupin City Hall, and in Hood River County they are at the County Administration Building on 601 State Street in Hood River and at Cascade Locks City Hall. Just slightly over 20 percent of ballots have been returned in Wasco County and just under 16 percent in Hood River County.
A number of Wasco County agencies are banding together to hold their annual Children’s Fair on Saturday…and it has a new home. This year’s fair will be at the Wahtonka campus on West 10th and Chenowith Loop. Nancey Patton of Columbia Gorge Community College Child Care Partners says they will have plenty of activities for young children from ages zero to eight, and also opportunities for parents to learn about resources available to them. There will also be safety helmets and water safety information. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Wahtonka.
The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the disappearance of a Parkdale area man continues. 24-year-old Jason Muschaweck has not been seen since May 4, a day before a break-in at a home he shares with his brother was reported. The house was described by family members as “ransacked,” and Muschaweck’s two-year-old pit bull was found shot and stabbed. Sheriff Matt English says investigators continue to follow up on the leads they receive and conduct interviews, adding they are not ruling out anything at this point, adding they would like to hear from anyone who might have information. Muschaweck is five-feet-11 inches tall, weighing about 220 pounds, with blue eyes and blonde/brownish hair. Anyone who might have information should call the Sheriff’s tip line at 541-387-7077. A bank account has been set up at Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union to help the family with the veterinary bill for the dog, which did survive, and other expenses.
A dozen people were arrested Tuesday night in Goldendale as the result of a three-month investigation into a drug ring. According to the Goldendale Police Department, the investigation began in February and led to search warrants served at five homes. Those taken into custody face a variety of charges including delivery and possession of methamphetamine and heroin to illegal possession of a firearm. Drugs, drug paraphernalia, and firearms were confiscated by law enforcement. Officers from the Goldendale Police Department, Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office, and Washington State Patrol were involved in the searches and investigation.
The new regional Early Learning Hub for Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler counties has sent in its organizational proposal to the state. Hood River County Health Promotion and Prevention Department Director Joella Dethman says the application went in last week, and some kind of decision will come in the middle of next month. The regional hubs replace the individual county children and family commissions to coordinate services to assist in preparing children to start school ready to learn.
There will be a meeting on Saturday in Husum to discuss White Salmon River conservation efforts. The Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group and the White Salmon River Watershed Management Committee are sponsoring the gathering. Organizers are seeking input from landowners, residents, recreational users, businesses, and others on a fish habitat conservation strategy for the river. The lower White Salmon River has seen substantial change since the removal of Condit Dam in 2012. The meeting will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Husum Fire Hall.
Hood River Valley 1, Hermiston 0: Erika Enriquez singled home Jessie Karr in the fifth inning to score the game’s only run on the Eagles’ only hit in the contest, and keep HRV in a tie for first in the Columbia River Conference with Pendleton with one game remaining. The Eagles’ Kayla Byers gave up only two hits and struck out 14 as she outlasted Hermiston’s Emily Sexton in a tight pitchers’ duel. The Bulldogs’ did get a runner to third with one out in the seventh inning, but could not bring her home.
Pendleton 12, The Dalles 2
Pendleton 10, The Dalles 8
Hermiston 5, Hood River Valley 4
Two golfers from The Dalles and one from Hood River Valley are advancing to next week’s Oregon Class 5-A tournaments with high finishes in the Columbia River Conference tournament at The Dalles Country Club. In the boys’ tourney, The Dalles freshman Chase Snodgrass finished second and Hood River Valley junior Dan Kuechmann fourth to go to state at Quail Valley in Banks. Pendleton won the team title behind medalist Brayden Pulver. And among the girls, Illiana Telles of The Dalles took third place to go to Emerald Valley in Creswell next week. Pendleton also won the girls title with a one-two finish by sisters Hailey and Shelby Greb.
Southwest Washington Class 1-A District Semi-Final
Columbia 3, Toledo 2
Naches Valley 5, Goldendale 0
Naches Valley 5, Goldendale 0
The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office has identified the fallen climber on Mt. Hood as 57 year old Robert J Cormier, a catholic priest from Jersey City, New Jersey. Sheriff’s spokesman Pete Hughes says Cormier and two other men left Timberline Lodge at about 1:45 Tuesday morning to climb Mt. Hood. Near the summit one of the men had to turn back due to a leg cramp…but Cormier continued up the mountain. Upon reaching the summit of the mountain Cormier looked north and was seen falling through an ice cornice to the north side of the mountain. A Sheriff’s Office search plane saw Cormier’s body at the 10,500 foot level of the mountain, and an Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter flew closer to Cormier and found no sign of life, with the crew believing he could not have survived the severe injuries they witnessed. Hughes says search crews will not attempt a recovery of Cormier this week due to high temperatures and extreme avalanche danger in the area where Cormier’s body is, and will have to wait until the weather gives them an opportunity to recover his body.
The Dalles City Council has approved an agreement with The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce for community marketing services. The Chamber presented a work plan for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year that includes hiring a tourism coordinator to accommodate increased needs due to the influx of cruise boat dockings this year. That position will focus on coordinating the needs of the cruise ships along with cycling tours and events, car groups, conferences, and sport groups and tournaments. The Chamber is also researching a stand-alone kiosk for the festival park to compliment its structures and its design. That would be implemented if they have enough remaining funds after the tourism coordinator position is filled.
The eight million dollars of proceeds from the sale of two land holdings in Eastern Oregon are now in Hood River County’s bank account. County Commission Chair Ron Rivers says the vast majority of those proceeds will be reinvested into County forestlands. He noted there are purchase opportunities now that were not available in 2002, when the County purchased the lands in Eastern Oregon. About ten percent of the funds is targeted at other possibilities, including steps that can help the County generate more value from their timber holdings.