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HR Bridge Lift Span Tests Planned For Monday

Operational testing of the lift span of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge is scheduled for Monday, and it may lead to some traffic delays.  Port of Hood River officials say four to six full lifts of the center span will take place on Monday after 9 a.m.  Each lift takes about 15 minutes.  Traffic control will be provided and efforts will be made to minimize the disruption to traffic flow.  But commuters are warned they may want to allow extra time for crossing the bridge on Monday.  Those with questions can call the Port of Hood River at 541-386-1645.

Wasco County Seeks Budget Committee Members

Wasco County is seeking to fill some openings on its budget committee that will soon be working on the County’s fiscal plan for fiscal year 2015-16.  County Commissioner Scott Hege says six people make up the committee, three of whom are people from the community.  He says that panel lays the groundwork for everything the County will do in the upcoming year.  Those interested in serving on the Wasco County Budget Committee need to apply by November 28.  Application information is available on-line at wascocounty.org.

Body Found At Swell City

The body of a 38-year-old Portland woman was found Saturday afternoon near a popular windsurfing site west of Bingen.  Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox says the body of Jennifer Gouvea and her vehicle were located at the site known as Swell City along Highway 14.  Skamania County Sheriff’s Office detectives and officers, along with three members of a major crimes scene investigation team, processed the scene over the weekend.  Cox says the incident is under investigation as authorities await autopsy and toxicology test results to assist in determining the cause of death.

Vets Day Events Planned

Tuesday is Veterans’ Day, and there will be observances in the Mid-Columbia.  In The Dalles…the annual Veterans’ Day parade will take place at 11 a.m. through downtown, with World War II Merchant Mariner Dr. Milt Skov serving as Grand Marshal.  There will be a barbecue at the Oregon Veterans Home at 1 p.m., and a fireworks display is planned for 6 p.m. from the commercial dock in The Dalles.  In Hood River, a Veterans Day ceremony is planned at 11 a.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center on 1401 Belmont.  Breakfast will be served to all veterans between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Elks Lodge on 304 Cascade Avenue  A ceremony and flag-raising is planned in Maupin at 11:30 a.m. at Canyon Rim Manor.

Facebook Page Promotes Products Made In Wasco County

A new Facebook page has been put together to help promote products made in Wasco County.  Port of The Dalles Executive Director Andrea Klaas says the page is part of a partnership by the Port and other groups to help highlight what is available throughout the County in one location.  Products on the Made in Wasco County Facebook page span a variety of areas.  Klaas says anyone who is making a product who is not on the list should contact the Port of The Dalles to get mentioned on the Facebook page.

HR County To Discuss Measure 91 Issues

With Measure 91 passing to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon, city and county officials will now be wrestling with what they should do to prepare.  Hood River County Commissioners will discuss it at a meeting this evening.  Both County Administrator David Meriwether and Commission Chair Ron Rivers say local governments will be looking for guidance from both the Legislature and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission as specific rules are put together.  Meriwether notes cities and counties will want input into what state officials do.  Commissioners last month decided not to adopt a tax on recreational marijuana, something other cities and counties had done in an attempt to beat a clause in the measure limiting taxing authority to the state.

November 7-8 Prep Sports Roundup

Oregon Class 5-A Boys Soccer Quarterfinal
Hood River Valley 7, Mountain View 1:  Andres Baeza and Alex Guiterrez scored two goals each as the Eagles won their 16th straight game. Baeza scored his goals in the opening 12 minutes of the game, as the Eagles were never truly challenged in the contest.  HRV hosts Wilsonville, a 2-1 winner over Hillsboro, for a semi-final game Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Henderson Stadium.
Oregon Class 5-A Girls Soccer Quarterfinal
Putnam 2, Hood River Valley 0:  The top-ranked Kingsmen advanced with the shutout win.  HRV finishes the season with an 8-5-3 record.
Oregon Class 1-A Volleyball Championship
Country Christian def. Dufur 25-19, 25-18, 21-25, 25-15:  Miranda Halvorsen had 29 kills to lift Country Christian to the title.  Taylor Darden had 17 kills and Sydney Reed 26 assists to lead the Rangers, who had reached the final with wins on Friday over Trinity Lutheran and Crane.
Greater Columbia League Volleyball Tournament
Klickitat qualified for the Washington Class 1-B Tournament with wins over Trout Lake-Glenwood and Lyle-Wishram before falling to Sunnyside Christian in the district title match.  The Vandals will meet Pomeroy in the first round of the state tourney on Friday at 1:30 at the Yakima SunDome.
Oregon Class 1-A Football First Round
Dufur 48, North Douglas 0:  The Rangers will host Wallowa for a quarter-final game on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Sherman 52, Hosanna Christian 8:  The Huskies meet Lowell in the quarterfinals in Cottage Grove on Friday at 6 p.m.
Washington Class 1-A Cross Country Championships
Columbia finished 11th in the boys’ run, as Colin Howe paced the Bruins in 54th.  In the girls’ race, Rachel Luther was the top Columbia finisher in 63rd.

County Asks Those With Challenged Ballots To Resolve Them

The Hood River County Elections Office has sent letters telling people whose ballot has been challenged they have until November 14 to resolve that challenge and have the ballot counted.  Election officials are asking for people who receive such a letter to respond so the ballot can be counted, and also ensure their voter registration won’t be deactivated after the election.  In addition, county officials are required to release people to those who fill out a form and request the names of challenged ballots for signature challenges and unsigned ballots only.  A request has been made and responding to the County letter can prevent contact by unofficial parties.

Bradford Island Visitors Center To Be Closed For Bridge Work

Bonneville Lock and Dam’s Bradford Island Visitor Center will be temporarily closed Friday and between Tuesday and November 26.  Repairs to the bridge crossing the Bradford Island fish ladder, the primary entrance to the visitor center, will block visitor access.  Visitors will be redirected to the Washington shore visitor center, located on Washington Highway 14, which remains open.  The Bradford Island Visitor Center will be open Saturday through Monday.   All other recreation and fishing areas will be open.  The Bonneville Fish Hatchery will be unaffected by the construction and will remain open on its regular schedule.

Wasco Commissioners Won’t Pursue Noise Ordinance

Wasco County Commissioners have decided not to pursue a specific noise ordinance, but instead will wait to see what the County Planning Department brings back proposed regulations to deal with what are defined as social gatherings.  Those are a step below large outdoor mass gatherings that are governed by the state.  Commissioner Scott Hege says they are fairly close to finalizing those proposals.  Discussion of a noise ordinance arose with the beginning of a pair of music festivals in rural areas of Wasco County, and was the subject of a lengthy County Commission worksession on Wednesday.  Hege noted establishing a noise ordinance could create unintended consequences, and there were questions around the capability to enforce it.

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