The City of White Salmon is going to move forward with a study of withdrawing water from the White Salmon River during low flow months for Buck Creek. Mayor David Poucher says two environmental groups in favor of the plan have committed $265,000 to do the study, but he said he can’t name the groups until details are finalized. Poucher says they are developing a partnership to look at the concept. He adds the withdrawal could be advantageous to salmon runs by taking out water at a lower point, and would give the City a much stronger water flow.
Saturday’s power outage in Hood River was caused by a metallic-skinned helium balloon that got away. Pacific Power vice president for operations Curt Mansfield says they found Mylar shreds during repairs. The balloon from a nearby celebration apparently blew into a substation and made contact with electrical equipment and caused a short. Power was restored within 75 minutes. Pacific Power reported about 30 balloon-related outages in 2015, ranging in duration from a few minutes to several hours. In 2014, a balloon caused a six-hour outage in Seaside in the middle of July 4 weekend.
Northern Wasco County PUD is planning a scheduled outage Wednesday morning in the areas of East 17th Place through East 21st Place in The Dalles, including parts of Jefferson Street and Fairview Drive. The outage will be from about 9 a.m. to noon, and is due to tree trimming work, necessary to continued reliability of service. Anyone with questions can call the PUD office at 541-296-2226.
Federal officials are asking questions about a plan developed by local and state agencies to deal with wetlands issues on developable lands in The Dalles. The Port of The Dalles has been facilitating the issue for a number of years, looking to create pre-identified mitigation sites to streamline the process for businesses looking to develop in The Dalles. Port Executive Director Andrea Klaas says they have been asking the federal government for a letter indicating they approve of what has been put together, but now they’ve asked for more information. Klaas notes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been involved in the entire process. She is hopeful they will get the federal approval.
County officials around the state will be watching what kind of cuts will come from the Oregon Legislature during the 2017 session in the wake of the resounding defeat of Measure 97. Hood River County Commission Chair Ron Rivers says the state budget numbers show there will have to be cuts, but what those would be is difficult to project, noting they have been down this road before, adding he’s concerned about receiving more unfunded mandates. Rivers notes state budget issues will be front and center at the upcoming Association of Oregon Counties meeting. He also said he doesn’t foresee any changes in federal funds the County receives as the result of the presidential election.
The Northern Wasco County PUD Board of Directors is accepting letters of interest and resumes from citizens for a vacancy on the board for Subdivision 5. To be eligible, a person must be a resident of the PUD service area for no less than two years and presently residing in PUD Subdivision 5. To verify residency in Subdivision 5 it is recommended that residents contact the Wasco County Clerk’s office. An applicant must be a registered voter of Wasco County. Send letters of interest and resume, including any relevant background information to Northern Wasco County PUD at 2345 River Road in The Dalles, zip code 97058. Letters of interest must be received by no later than 5 p.m. on November 29. The selected person will serve through December 31, 2018.
Oregon Class 5A Girls Water Polo Tournament
Hood River Valley won its first ever state Class 5A girls’ water polo championship, defeating Summit 5-2 in Corvallis. The Eagles trailed 2-0 early in the second quarter, but came back to tie by halftime on goals by Faith Ocheskey and Jamie Robinson. Ocheskey gave HRV the lead on two third quarter goals, and Courtney Castaneda sealed the final margin with a tally in the final period. HRV topped Sandy 8-6 in the semi-final to reach the championship tilt.
Oregon Class 1A Football
Dufur 68, Days Creek 26: Asa Farrell scored four touchdowns and Hunter Pence added three to lead the Rangers to the semis. Dufur scored 28 straight fourth quarter points to blow the game open. The Rangers will take on Lowell in the semi-finals on Saturday at noon at Summit High School in Bend.
North Douglas 50, Sherman 44: North Douglas scored on six of its first seven possessions, and then had to withstand the Huskies’ fourth quarter comeback. Maverick Winslow scored three touchdowns for Sherman.
Wasco County Commissioners Thursday evening finalized their reversal of a county planning commission decision, denying Union Pacific’s application to create a new second mainline track and realign existing track in the Mosier area. Commissioners were unanimous in the action, approving findings of fact which based the denial on the objections raised by three treaty tribes in the region, which under the County’s National Scenic Area ordinance requires land use applications in the NSA to be rejected if tribes feel their treaty rights would be adversely impacted. Union Pacific attempted to submit another document from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that had come after last week’s closure of testimony, but Commissioners decided not to accept it, as that would have required reopening the hearing for rebuttals at a later date. Commissioners said they never saw the document, which was sent to County planning staff.
The Dalles HOPE Warming Place is seeking volunteers to help operate the overnight cold weather shelter this winter. Warming Place organizer Ed Elliott says they use two volunteers each night they operate, and could use more to spread out the work among more people. The Dalles Warming Place operates out of the St. Vincent dePaul dining room on at 315 West 3rd from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on nights when the temperature including wind chill is 30 degrees or lower, or 35 degrees if there is precipitation. Those who would like to volunteer can call Elliott at 541-386-5857.
The Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol is asking the public to be on the lookout for a subject with a warrant that has fled from law enforcement in the area of Highway 142 at mile marker 14 in the Klickitat area. The subject is a 52 year old white male, 5’ 8” tall, 175 pounds, brown hair & brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a light colored shirt and dark jacket. He may have injuries and clothing damage from a motor vehicle accident. If you see a person matching this description do not approach him, but call 911 from a safe location.