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White Salmon Council Lowers Lincoln Street Speed Limit

White Salmon City Councilors approved revising the speed limit on Lincoln Street to 15 miles per hour.  The City had recently raised the limit to 20 miles per hour, but residents on the narrow street asked for it to go back down, citing safety concerns for motorists and pedestrians.  Councilors discussed other possible safety measures for the street, including speed humps.  White Salmon Mayor David Poucher said there is no money in the City budget for them at this time, but it can be considered in the future.

May 20 Prep Sports Roundup

Washington Class 1-A Boys Soccer Tournament

First Round

South Whidbey 4, Columbia 0



Hood River Valley 2, Central Catholic 1:  Ryan Ward pitched out of a bases-loaded jam with nobody out in the seventh inning to get the Eagles the victory over the third-ranked team in Class 6-A.  HRV will host a first round Class 5-A playoff game next Wednesday.

Thompson Park Pool On Track For June 20 Opening

The new Thompson Park swimming pool in The Dalles appears to be on track for a June 20 opening.  Scott Hege is overseeing the project for the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District.  He says concrete for most of the pool deck was being poured Wednesday, the pool itself is being plastered, and by the end of this week the pool will start to be filled.  Hege says the biggest challenge to get finished is the splash pad, but he added the pool itself could still open even if that is not completed by June 20.  He also said much of the work for the final month of construction involves whittling down a big list of detail items so the pool can open on time.

Dice Could Decide Crystal Springs Tie

The vote for the final available spot on the Crystal Springs Water District board in Hood River County was tied after Tuesday night’s vote count.  Michael McCafferty and Mick Swyers were the top two getters in the four-candidate race for three seats, but Bill Munk and Larry Brown were tied for third with 327 votes apiece.  Hood River County Elections Supervisor Kim Kean says they still have some ballots coming in from other counties plus some challenged ballots that will need to be resolved.  She says if a tie remains after all remaining ballots have been counted, then Munk and Brown will roll dice to see who wins.

Prep Sports Roundup For May 19

Girls Golf

Ileana Telles of The Dalles finished in a tie for fourth at the Oregon Class 5-A High School Girls Golf Championships at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis.  Telles moved up two spots on the leaderboard during the final round by shooting a four-over-par 76, pulling her even with Hallee Creswick of Corvallis.  Madison Odiorne of Summit and Daniele Giles of Crater both finished at four-under for the two rounds to share medalist honors.


Class 2-A/1-A Special District 6 Baseball First Round

Irrigon 8, Sherman 2:  Irrigon advances to the semi-finals on Saturday at Quinton Street Park.

Final Unofficial Hood River County Election Results


CGCC Board Position 3


Lee Fairchild                           1,161


Christina Suarez                      774



CGCC Board Position 4


Charlotte Arnold (inc)            1,491


Guy Fenner                             804



CGCC Board Position 5


Stu Watson (inc)                     1,289


Becky Kopecky                      1,031



Hood River County School District Board Pos. 1


Chris Reitz                              263


Kris Wilhelm                           222


Rob Brostoff                           157



Hood River Valley Parks and Rec District Board (vote for 3)


Mike McCarthy                       1,180


Art Carroll (inc)                      1,170


Glenna Mahurin (inc)              1,143


Karen Ford (inc)                     1,062


Matt Rutledge                         788




Port of Hood River Commission Pos. 4


Brian Shortt (inc)                    1,849


Dennis Cullington                      360



Port of Hood River Commission Pos. 5


Hoby Streich (inc)                   1,542


Jason Carpenter                         315


Brian Hardy                              297



Crystal Springs Water District Board (vote for 3)


Michael McCaffery                 531


Mick Sywers                           455


Bill Munk                                327


Larry Brown                           327



Port of Cascade Locks Board Pos. 1


John Stipen                             151


Philip Schey                            59



Port of Cascade Locks Board Pos. 2


Brad Lorang                            137


Donna Mohr (inc)                   91



Port of Cascade Locks Board Pos. 3


David Lipps                            127


Brenda Cramblett (inc)           110



Final Unofficial Wasco County Election Results

North Wasco County School District 21 Zone 2

Dean McAllister (inc.)                        284

John Frederick                                     108


Dufur Recreation District…3 year local tax option renewal, $45K per year

Yes                                                                  185

No                                                                     29

HR County Commission Clarifying Appeal Abilities

Hood River County Commissioners are making changes to the County’s zoning ordinance and administrative code to clarify the panel’s ability to hear appeals from the Planning Commission.  County Administrator David Meriwether noted a land use case a couple of years ago brought to light some code provisions that actually limited what the County Commission could hear in an appeal.  Meriwether adds there was also some disconnects in procedures between the zoning ordinance and the administrative code.  He says it will take some time to clear up the code issues.

HR Schools Budget Could See Change Before Board Approval

The Hood River County School District’s budget committee last week recommended a fiscal plan for the 2015-16 school year, but there could be changes before the district board gives its final approval in June.  That’s because an increase in the state revenue forecast the day after the budget committee action figures to increase the district’s state funding by about $300,000 to $350,000.  Superintendent Dan Goldman points out that’s about the amount of cuts they had to make in the budget, but knowing the potential for other future costs including a jump in Public Employees Retirement System contributions in two years, it is doubtful staff would recommend using all of the increase to restore cuts.  Goldman says early calculations from the Oregon School Boards Association have the PERS increase costing the district about one-point-one million dollars.

Grant Sought For Home Repair

Klickitat and Skamania counties along with the cities of Bingen and White Salmon are seeking a Washington State Community Development Block Grant to establish a fund for home repair grants for those in need.  Bingen Mayor Betty Barnes says they are seeking a $400,000 grant to establish the fund.  If approved, Columbia Gorge Housing Authority would administer the fund.



Columbia River Weather
Mostly Cloudy
Chance of Rain
Saturday 70%
High 77° / Low 52°
Sunday 10%
High 72° / Low 47°
Monday 0%
High 76° / Low 51°