There are road projects slated for Hood River and The Dalles next week. The Port of Hood River Interstate Bridge will have single lane closures Monday through Friday of next week between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day as crews perform maintenance welding to the bridge deck. Motorists should expect 10 to 15 minute delays. In The Dalles, Mt. Hood Street will be reduced to one lane traffic between West 14th and 15th on Monday and Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. as the water main on Mt. Hood is repaired. Motorists are encouraged to use Bridge Street as an alternate route both days. Also, the Chenowith Water District will start installing a new water main at West 6th and Snipes on Monday and continue work through the week. Traffic on West 6th at that location next week will be limited to one lane with traffic control and flaggers.
The Dalles Public Works Department says some local residents are receiving a letter from several insurance companies trying to sell water line insurance. The department says the Oregon Insurance Division confirmed three of the insurance companies involved are licensed to do business in the state. The City is advising people who receive the letters to contact their own insurance agent to discuss whether you already have this kind of coverage and whether you need it, and before agreeing to anything read the contract language and note exclusions from coverage. You can also contact the Oregon Insurance Division at 888-877-4894 with any concerns.
Hood River Valley 4, Columbine (CO) 0: Dallas Buckley and Kellen Duffy combined on a five-hit shutout as the Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak to finish their Arizona trip on a high note. Buckley and Duffy combined to strike out six on the way to the win.
King’s Way Christian swept Columbia 10-0 and 9-1.
Dufur 12, Union/Cove 0
Dufur 11, Sheridan 7
Track and Field
Columbia won the boys’ competition and Kalama the girls in a four-way track and field meet in White Salmon. In the boys’ meet, Lyle-Wishram’s Gabe Montoya swept the throws, winning the shot put, javelin, and discus. Three girls were multiple winners, as Alondra Casarez-Garcia of Columbia won the 100 meters and the 100 meter hurdles, Stacia Bell of CHS won the shot put and discus, and Stevenson’s Madison McCrum took the long jump and triple jump.
Goldendale 3, White Swan 1
White Swan 4, Goldendale 1
The House Thursday approved a measure that contains a two-year extension of county forest payments. Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden had the extension placed in a bill that would permanently block cuts in physicians’ Medicare payments. In a floor speech, the Hood River Republican said the extension is necessary to allow continued work on forest management reforms. The bill passed Thursday now goes to the Senate, where its fate is unclear.
Washington State Senate Transportation Chair Curtis King is hopeful agreement can be reached with the House on a transportation package, but he adds it won’t happen without passage of Department of Transportation reforms that are part of the Senate’s plan. King says they’ve been working on getting a package done for three years and believes it is needed, but he won’t accept just anything from the House. King added there has been talk House Speaker Frank Chopp might hold up the transportation budget and attach it to discussions on the general fund budget.
The rhetoric surrounding the K-12 education budget continues to increase in the Oregon Legislature. Republican 52nd District Representative Mark Johnson took issue on the House floor with remarks made by Democrat House Speaker Tina Kotek that “it would be foolhardy and irresponsible of school districts not to support a guaranteed floor that would give them certainty.” Johnson, who is also a Hood River County School District board member, said he felt the comments insinuated that Oregon schools and parents aren’t able to make good decisions and judgments when it comes to educating kids. The K-12 budget faces a vote in the Ways and Means Committee Thursday.
Legend (CO) 5, Hood River Valley 3: Patrick Harvey pitched a two-hitter, but four HRV errors led to five unearned runs. The Eagles have lost three straight on their Arizona trip after winning three straight to begin the season.
Hudson’s Bay sweeps Stevenson 11-9 and 10-1.
The Dalles City Council, acting in its capacity as the Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency, approved purchasing the Elks Lodge building downtown and conveying it to developer David Benko to renovate it for use as a neon sign museum. Urban Renewal is purchasing the building for $245,000, then turning it over to Benko and his group, which is committing to a rehabilitation of the building estimated to cost over one million dollars. The agreement calls for the renovations to be done in two years. Benko’s group includes fundraisers from the Portland Art Museum that will be involved in generating money for the project.
Oregon 59th District State Representative John Huffman said he is disappointed the Ways and Means Education Subcommittee he is a part of moved forward a $7.255 billion K-12 education budget. Huffman voted no on the budget. In a speech on the floor of the House, The Dalles Republican said the budget approval gave school districts certainty that they would have to cut teachers, programs, and school days. He added constituents told him to prioritize school funding. The full Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to vote on the K-12 budget on Thursday.