The Port of Hood River has a lot of engineering work taking place on the Interstate Bridge at this time. Core samples of the concrete piers to determine their condition, seismic analysis to determine points of vulnerability, a check of auxiliary truss connections, and an initial analysis of the impact of overweight trucks on the bridge have either just taken place or are on-going. Port Executive Director Michael McElwee added there is some state legislation pending that could be helpful. Repairs to the auxiliary truss connections are slated to take place in the next fiscal year, while the analysis on the impact of overweight trucks on the bridge is to be presented to the Port Commission at their next meeting.
The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Farquharson says tourism in the city seemed to be busier this year. Farquharson says most of their indicators show an increase in activity, including visits to the Chamber for information and hits on the Chamber’s website. She said much of the visitation came from the Western region. Farquharson noted they are still getting large numbers of tourists now, primarily people who do not have children. She added they are seeing an uptick in international visitors.
The Dalles def. Hermiston 25-13, 26-24, 25-15
Culver def. Dufur 25-13, 25-11, 25-23
Goldendale def. Highland 25-11, 25-10, 25-17
Madras 4, The Dalles 0
Life Christian 1, Horizon Christian 0
Summit 4, Hood River Valley 0
The Dalles 2, Madras 1
LaCenter 4, Columbia 0
Hood River Valley topped Hermiston for both the boys and girls varsity titles of HRV’s Skip Sparks Invitational. The Eagles’ Justin Crosswhite, Quinn Fetkenhour, and Jesse Wiley were the top three finishers in the boys’ race, while HRV’s Lauren Robinson and Daisy Dolan finished one-two in the girls’ run.
Columbia won the boys’ race at a Trico League meet at Seton Catholic. Will Nuckoles and Colin Howe led the Bruins to the win by claiming the top two individual places. Stevenson was fourth in the team standings, led by a sixth place finish by Jordan Vigil. CHS was second to LaCenter in the girls’ race, paced by a second place run from Haley Blair.
Fort Vancouver def. Columbia 3 games to 1
LaCenter def. Stevenson 25-22, 25-21, 16-25, 25-18
Trinity Lutheran def. South Wasco 25-5, 25-17, 25-20
Maryhill Museum of Art has received a $1,000,000 grant from the State of Washington to support the repair and replacement of the exterior stucco on the museum’s historic building. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1,394,000, with the remainder to be raised from private sources. The state’s grant will allow the museum to properly address the underlying causes of water damage by removing old repairs and applying new solutions to the problems. The project will repair and replace the exterior stucco on the museum’s historic building, replace decking on the building’s roofs and ramps, and make repairs to the flashing and gutters to prevent further deterioration of the facade. The entire stucco exterior will be painted in the original historic color, placing the building within its historic context. Fundraising for the remaining $394,000 is underway, with a goal to secure all of the funding by spring 2016 so work can begin in early summer and be finished by late fall 2016.
Law enforcement personnel from Oregon and Washington will square off in the annual Pig Bowl flag football game on Saturday evening at Sid White Field on the Wahtonka campus in The Dalles. The game each year raises money for a pair of families in the region in need. Michael Holloran of the Oregon State Police says the officers play the game as a way to give back to the community. Those benefiting from this year’s game include Tana Slawson of Goldendale…who is battling a brain tumor, and the family of Lila May Schow of Hood River, who passed away last weekend at the age of five after a three-and-a-half year fight with neuroblastoma. People can purchase points for their team now and during the game, which starts at 7 p.m. Saturday. Donations can be made on-line at pigbowl.net.
Klickitat County Commissioners have extended the burn ban in unincorporated areas of the County to October 15. The original expiration was September 30, but due to the hot and dry nature of this summer, Commissioners decided to add at least two weeks to the ban. Attended camp fires will be allowed in the Mt. Adams Guler County Park in Trout Lake within the designated eight-foot cleared area with steel fire rings. The County and the Washington Department of Natural Resources reserves the right to ban at any time all campfires within the Park during periods of extreme fire danger. The burn ban does not impact incorporated communities in Klickitat County.
Friday is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. The Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee will hold a memorial of those service members who were prisoners of war or went missing in action at the Veterans Memorial at Sorosis Point Viewpoint in The Dalles. It will begin at 6 p.m. Friday. 88,000 Americans remain missing and unaccounted for since World War I, and 138,000 Americans were prisoners of war.
The Horsethief Butte Fire in south-central Klickitat County is now 95 percent contained, and a state management team turned control back over to local fire districts Wednesday morning. Klickitat County Emergency Management says the fire burned 7,930 acres. No homes were lost in the blaze that started Sunday afternoon near Oak Creek Road and quickly moved east toward Wishram. Crews on Tuesday worked to achieve final containment and mopped up around structures. Repair of interior dozer lines on state park lands was also completed. There will be visible smoke and burning inside the fire perimeter until there is a wetting rain or all fuels are consumed. A Washington Department of Natural Resources investigation into the cause of the fire is on-going.
The Hood River City Council is interested in looking at the option of assessing a tax of selling marijuana products in the City once a permanent retail system for the product is put in place. City Manager Steve Wheeler says the Legislature has left the door open for local governments to generate revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana as it becomes legalized by the state through a three percent tax. Wheeler says to assess the local tax, it would have to be approved by voters in the November 2016 ballot. He also points out there is no provision for local taxation in the interim period starting in October when medical marijuana outlets can sell recreational marijuana while the permanent system is developed.