A group of Oregon and Washington legislators will take a bus tour of the western part of the Gorge Friday as part of an effort by the Columbia Gorge Consortium to show common issues of the area. The tour will go to Bingen Point, Hood River, Cascade Locks, and Stevenson before wrapping up at the Pioneer Center in White Salmon, highlighting housing, education, transportation, and infrastructure needs. Dan Spatz of consortium member Columbia Gorge Community College says the most efficient way to deal with those issues is to work together across state lines. The consortium is made up of CGCC, the Columbia River Gorge Commission, Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority, and Mid-Columbia Economic Development District.
The first Democrat has filed to run for the Washington 14th District State House seat being vacated by Charles Ross. Paul George of Yakima has turned in his paperwork to officially begin his candidacy. George is a former Yakima County Democratic chairman and county commission candidate, and is planning a news conference next week. Three Republicans: Ben Shoval and Adam Yoest of Yakima and Gina McCabe of Goldendale have filed to run for the seat. Ross stepped aside to run for Yakima County Auditor.
The list of candidates filing to run in the August primary for elected positions in Klickitat and Skamania counties has grown in the last couple of days. In Klickitat County, David Sauter has filed to retain his County Commission position and is being opposed by another Republican, Mike Richards. Crista Schroder will challenge Darlene Johnson for assessor…while Marc Boardman has joined Bob Songer in seeking the sheriff’s job…and David Quesnel is the first to declare a candidacy for prosecuting attorney. In Skamania County Keith Chamberlain, Robert Waymire, and BreAnna Mendoza have all filed to run for the auditor’s position, and Ron Reynier seeks the District Court Judge seat. Filing in Washington continues through Friday.
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