The 74th Annual Roy Webster Columbia River Cross Channel Swim is set for Monday morning in Hood River. All of the 499 available spots on the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge to go to the Washington side of the river and then jump in to swim back to Oregon have been reserved for months, but Ashley Huckaby-May of the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce says they always have a few no-shows, so people can come down to the Visitors Center in the Marina area early Monday morning to get a stand-by spot. She recommends arriving by 5 a.m. The Sternwheeler will leave the dock around 7 a.m. on Labor Day, and swimmers will begin to jump in the water sometime around 7:30 a.m.
An 18-year-old woman from The Dalles was injured in a motor vehicle accident on Washington Highway 14 east of Bingen on Wednesday morning. According to the Washington State Patrol, the woman was driving eastbound on Highway 14 about three-and-a-half miles east of Bingen and attempted to pass several vehicles around a corner and lost control. When she attempted to swerve back into the eastbound lane her car struck a westbound tractor trailer. The woman was taken first to Skyline Hospital in White Salmon and then Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland with undisclosed injuries. The truck driver was not hurt.
There will be intermittent closures of both lanes of the Hood River/White Salmon Interstate Bridge Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Those closures will take place between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Port crews and bridge engineers will be conducting live testing of the bridge’s lift span, and technical crews will be installing cameras in the toll plaza. Each closure is expected be up to 20 minutes in duration. Bridge users should expect delays of 20 minutes or more during those hours.
Public works crews in The Dalles will be doing some paving next week. Tuesday paving work will take place on East 10th Street from Thompson Street to the east past Morton Street. The section of East 10th to be paved will be closed to all travel between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., and no on-street parking will be available for that day. Residents on East 10th Street in the work area will need to park accordingly Monday to allow for Tuesday’s street closures and paving work. Then on Thursday crews will be paving East 12th Street from Thompson Street to the east past Morton Street. East 12th Street residents in the work area will need to plan and park accordingly on Wednesday to allow for no on-street parking and the closure of East 12th Street from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.
Oregonians planning on leaving for the winter or going away for college prior to ballots being mailed should go their local elections office and update their voter registration with their absentee address to ensure they receive ballots in a timely manner. Ballots for out of state voters are mailed earlier and ballots are not forwardable. Out of country and military ballots will be mailed September 23, with out of state ballots mailed October 10. The last day to register to vote in the November 8 election is October 18, and in-state ballots will be mailed October 19.
With Labor Day around the corner, visitors to the Gorge are encouraged to plan ahead to avoid congestion on the waterfall corridor and stay on the trail for safety. The Ready, Set, Gorge campaign recently launched by the Scenic Area offers tips on how to avoid congestion in areas such as the popular waterfall corridor of the Historic Columbia River Highway that runs from Bridal Veil to Dodson. Arrive before 10 a.m., carpool, or take transit. For something different, explore the less-discovered, equally beautiful trails and picnic areas in the eastern Gorge or on the Washington side. Hikers should wear appropriate footwear, tell someone where they are going and when they expect to be back, and bring the 10 essentials: sun protection, extra clothing and rain gear, a light, first-aid kit, fire starter and matches, knife or multi-tool, extra food, water and a way to purify it, and an emergency shelter. Interactive maps, alerts, and information on Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area recreation sites are available on-line at the Scenic Area website.
There will be contested races for Mayor and two City Council seats in The Dalles in November. Tuesday’s filing deadline passed with three people having filed to run for Mayor, including incumbent Steve Lawrence. He will be challenged by Susan Barr Harris and Solea Kabokov. There is also a three-candidate race for City Council Position 2, with Dana Journey, Gerald Clay Johnson, and Darcy Long-Curtiss all looking to succeed Dan Spatz, who had earlier announced he would not seek re-election. For the at-large Council seat, incumbent Taner Elliott will face Andretta Schellinger in November, while Linda Turner is unopposed to retain position 4.
The City of Hood River’s November mayoral and City Council ballot is going to be fairly light. Paul Blackburn is unopposed for a second two-year term as Mayor. There are four candidates for three City Council seats. Incumbents Mark Zanmiller and Kate McBride are on the ballot, along with the recently appointed Tim Counihan. Megan Saunders, who applied for the vacant seat Counihan was named to, is also on the Council ballot.
The Dalles 9, Redmond 0: Giselle Manzo scored five goals and added an assist to lead the Riverhawks in their season opener. Emma Weir tallied a pair of goals while Alexia Tapia and Brooke McCall chipped in one apiece.
The Dalles 3, Redmond 0: The Riverhawks scored a pair of early goals and never looked back to give Matthew Dallman a win in his head coaching debut.
Hood River Valley def. Redmond 25-15, 25-14, 25-15: The Eagles went to Central Oregon to win the opener of a season of high expectations for the defending Columbia River Conference champions.
Country Christian def. Dufur 25-9, 25-12, 25-14
Boys Water Polo
Hood River Valley 18, David Douglas 7: J.J. Mears scored four goals in the Eagles’ season opener. Seven different HRV players scored goals in the contest.
Girls Water Polo
Hood River Valley 15, David Douglas 2: Jamie Robinson led the Eagles’ offensive onslaught with five goals, while Rose Finstad and Faith Ocheskey scored four each. Ocheskey also delivered five assists.
Steven Harris has been tabbed as the new Planning Director for the City of The Dalles. Harris will replace current planning director Dick Gassman, who is retiring on October 6. City Manager Julie Krueger says Harris is a certified urban planner with over thirty-five years’ experience, most recently with the City of Yorba Linda, California. Harris will be in office October 3, 4, and 5 and then return full time on October 17. Gassman has been with the City of The Dalles since 2004, first as a senior planner and the last four years as Planning Director.