Klickitat County fire crews dealt with multiple grass fires late Monday afternoon and evening. According to Klickitat County Emergency Management, at 5:25 Monday afternoon 9-1-1 operators began receiving calls from travelers reporting grass fires along Highway 97 from mile marker 20 to mile marker 44 north of the Klickitat/Yakima County line, with crews extinguishing over 20 spot fires. At about 5:45 reports of additional grass fires on Highway 97 at Maryhill were reported, with units arriving on the scene reporting fire between the highway and the railroad tracks. Multiple units from three fire departments responded to that location. No evacuation notices were issued, and no structures were threatened. The public is asked to be alert and call 9-1-1 to report any fires.
Columbia Gorge Community College’s Budget Committee will hold its first meeting to go over the 2016-17 fiscal year document on Tuesday. The College released its proposed budget on Friday, and it includes a six dollar per credit hour tuition hike approved by the school’s board of directors two weeks ago. In a letter included with the fiscal plan, CGCC President Dr. Frank Toda says after implementing difficult spending reductions, revenues will exceed expenditures in Fiscal Year 2015-16 for the first time in three years, adding the college is on track to spend over one million fewer dollars this year compared to the last. He goes on to say after a year of austerity measures, it is now time to invest in the future. Tuesday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the CGCC board room in The Dalles campus.
A long-discussed signal light at the intersection of Rand Road and Cascade Avenue at the western end of Hood River might be nearing reality. City Manager Steve Wheeler says the Oregon Department of Transportation has indicated that $750,000 it planned to use for a crosswalk at that location could be used for a signal light and realignment of the intersection. Wheeler did say the City would need to gather more funds for the project to happen, so it will take time for the light to occur. He added another potential signal light location high on the priority location is 2nd and Oak in downtown Hood River.
Hood River Valley sweeps Hermiston 3-2 and 19-9
The Dalles splits with Pendleton, winning game one 4-1 but losing game two 15-8
Dufur splits with Heppner, winning the opener 11-10 and losing the nighcap 14-4
Sherman sweeps Weston-McEwen 9-6 and 10-4
LaCenter 8, Columbia 4
Hood River Valley splits with Hermiston, losing game one 9-4 and winning game two 10-0
The Dalles splits with Pendleton, winning the opener 9-8 but losing the second game 15-3
LaSalle sweeps Goldendale 16-1 and 25-0
Columbia at LaCenter, postponed
Track and Field
The Hood River Valley boys finished second to Redmond at the Summit Invitational in Bend. Sebastian Barajas won the discus, Justin Crosswhite the 3,000 meters, and Parker Kennedy the 300 meter hurdles to help lead the Eagles. The HRV girls finished 13th, with Abby Kinoshita and the four by 100 meter relay team earning fifth place finishes.
The Dalles girls were ninth and the boys tenth at the Hermiston Kiwanis Invitational. Avery Cardosi was second in the girls’ 400 meters, and Paul Clark third in the boys’ triple jump.
Horizon Christian’s boys finished third at the Portland Christian Invitational. Jony Nelson won the 3,000 meters and Andrew Hung the 200 meters for the Hawks. Paulina Finn won the high jump for the Horizon girls.
Columbia’s girls won the Bruin Invitational in White Salmon, while CHS finished second in the boys’ standings. Alondra Casarez-Garcia and Stacia Bell won two events each for the Bruin girls, as CHS won 11 events. Stevenson’s Addison Newell also won a pair of events. Aidan Trummell and Riley Haner had first place finished for the Columbia boys.
Goldendale’s Brian Golding and South Wasco’s Ana Popchock won three events each at the Jeff Agar Invitational in Glenwood.
Hood River Valley 6, Benson 2
At OES Duals: HRV defeats North Marion 5-3, splits with Philomath 4-4 but loses in sets, and loses to four-time defending state champion Oregon Episcopal 8-0.
Hood River Valley 5, Benson 3
Hood River Valley 15, Nadzitsaga 3
Oregon Episcopal 17, Hood River Valley 3
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.