A fifth-wheel trailer burned late Saturday night in a fire at 1201 East 1st Street near Oregon Cherry Growers in The Dalles. According to Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue reports, the people who were living in the fifth wheel were outside when they smelled smoke, and when they went inside to investigate found smoke coming out of a closet area. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but electrical failure is a possibility. Nobody was hurt in the fire. Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue and Dallesport Fire Department crews responded to the call at around 11:45 p.m. Saturday.
Hood River County is starting to plan for the future of the County Courthouse. County officials are beginning to look into a program from the Oregon Department of Justice that provides for appropriations for courthouse improvements. County Administrator David Meriwether says an architectural analysis by the state eight years ago put the Hood River County Courthouse 46th out of 48 similar facilities. Meriwether says they hope to secure funds in the 2017 Legislative session for an analysis of the County’s courthouse needs. The courthouse was built in 1954. Meriwether says the County will initially ask the state for $350,000 to $500,000 for design costs.
The Mosier Fire District’s public protection classification by the Insurance Services Office has improved. Many insurance companies use the ISO’s classification ratings as part of the basis for setting premiums, and an improvement in the public protection classification often means lower premiums for property owners. Improvement in training and equipment for the Mosier Fire Department account for most of the new classifications. The classification upgrades are in both the City of Mosier and the rest of the fire district. Mosier Fire Chief Jim Appleton said he is cautiously optimistic the protection classification can see further improvement.
Soroptimist of Hood River will hold its Women of Distinction luncheon on Wednesday at the Hood River Inn’s Gorge Room. The three women to be honored this year are Jacquie Brown-Barone, who helped found the Hood River Downtown Business Association, provided volunteer landscaping for Hood River’s Waterfront Park and the Willow Ponds neighborhood, and organized many community events, Bette Lou Yenne for her work with the Hood River County Library, FISH Food Bank, and Asbury/Our Redeemer partnership, and Lorinda Hoffman of FISH. Tickets are available for the event, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Cost is $18 and they are available at Waucoma Bookstore or by calling 541-386-3748.
Hood River Valley 10, Pendleton 4: Annie Veatch and Kayla Byers homered, and Erika Enriquez laced a two-run double in the fourth inning to give the Eagles the lead for good, and pulled them into a tie for first in the Columbia River Conference with the Buckaroos. Byers struck out 11 and retired the final 10 batters she faced. HRV has won eight in a row, and are now second in the Oregon Class 5A RPI rankings.
The Dalles 9, Hermiston 6: Ruthie Ford hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to snap the Eagle-Indians six game losing streak.
Hermiston 7, The Dalles 4
Hood River Valley at Pendleton, rained out, rescheduled for today
Dufur sweeps Condon-Wheeler 10-0 and 21-3: Trever Tibbets pitched a perfect game in the opener, as the Rangers ran their winning streak to 19 games.
Track and Field
The Dalles won nine events and Hood River Valley seven at the Columbia River Conference Last Chance Meet at Sid White Field, as both teams got a final tune-up in before the district meet this coming week. Zach Nerdin, Katie Conklin, and Yasmin Hill won two events each for The Dalles, while HRV won both girls’ relays.
Sherman won both the boys and girls team titles at the Class 1-A Classic at Portland Christian. Isaiah Coles won three events for the Husky boys, while Meagan McKinney won two for the Sherman girls. Horizon Christian was third among the boys and fifth among the girls, while Austin Olson of Dufur won both the boys’ shot put and discus.
South Wasco’s Loreto Morelli, Zoe Morelli, and Katherine Popchock and John Stephens of Lyle-Wishram won two events apiece at the Pirate Invitational in Bickleton.
Goldendale’s boys were third and the girls 13th at the Ron Vanderholm Invitational in Royal City. Brian Golding won the boys’ 300 meter hurdles and Kenner Milliren the boys’ triple jump for the Timberwolves.
Stevenson’s Madison McCrum finished third in the long jump to highlight the Bulldogs effort at the Spudder Classic in Ridgefield.
Columbia 2, Montesano 1: The Bruins advance to the semi-finals of the Southwest Washington Class 1-A District Tournament at Toledo Tuesday.
A recent conference of economic development professionals in the Northwest met with those who help companies find places to locate, and learned there is a bit of trend toward giving greater consideration to rural areas. Port of The Dalles Executive Director Andrea Klaas says the companies are finding rural areas have a lower cost of labor while skill sets are still there, and they now have the amenities urban locations have. The companies also finding a number of smaller locations can be more cost-effective than one large location. Klaas says she thinks of this as a potential niche for downtown The Dalles, where small offices can be set up that fit this kind of profile.
Crack sealing of streets in The Dalles will begin on Wednesday in the downtown core area and progress to other areas throughout town over the summer months. The purpose of crack sealing is to extend the useful life of asphalt streets by preventing water intrusion into cracks. Work will be done in one-block sections, closing one lane at a time to allow traffic to continue to flow. The partial closures will be in place for one hour or less depending on the severity of the cracking. For questions or concerns, please contact The Dalles Public Works office at (541) 296-5401, extension 2001.
Oregon State Police are continuing to investigate the cause of Friday morning’s fatal commercial truck crash that occurred along Interstate 84 in Hood River. Friday at about 5:12 a.m., a 2004 Freightliner truck pulling an empty container trailer driven by 64-year-old Melvin Roy Schwark of Lyle was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 63. For an unconfirmed reason, the truck and trailer gradually drifted to the left and struck the guardrail on the south side of the traffic lanes. The truck and trailer continued westbound into the center median before coming to an uncontrolled rest after colliding with a tree. A tree section came to rest partially blocking the left eastbound lane. Schwark was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators are looking into the possibility that he suffered a medical emergency while driving that may have been a factor in the crash occurring. He was driving for J&L Transportation out of Wasco, Oregon.
The Columbia Gorge Consortium will take a number of Oregon and Washington legislators next week on a bus tour of the western Gorge to discuss transportation, housing, education, and infrastructure needs for the region. The Consortium is made up of the Columbia River Gorge Commission, Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, and Columbia Gorge Community College. Dan Spatz of CGCC says the goal of the consortium and the tour is to show the Gorge as one region working together to meet its needs. The tour next Friday will begin and end at the Pioneer Center in White Salmon.
Goldendale businesswoman Gina McCabe on Thursday officially announced her intention to seek the Washington 14th District State House seat being vacated by Charles Ross. McCabe and her family own several businesses in the Goldendale area, and she coaches dance and cheerleading at Goldendale High School. While making the announcement in Yakima, McCabe said she wants to put family values into policy in Olympia, believing improvements in education and public safety start with parents instilling values in their children. Two other Republicans have said they want the seat that Ross is leaving: Yakima businessman Ben Shoval and state National Guard Sergeant Adam Yoest of Yakima. No Democrats have publically announced an intention to run.