Hood River County Commissioners moved a step closer to approving a short-term rental ordinance, making decisions on some outstanding questions that will lead to a draft ordinance coming before them for approval next month. Most notable is a limit of 25 short-term vacation home rentals on lands zoned exclusive farm use. Commission Chair Ron Rivers says even those will require a comprehensive conditional use process. STR’s would be allowed in other zones, and there would be residency requirements similar to those used by the City. County Planning Director John Roberts pointed out in the urban growth area outside of the city limits, the County would enforce City ordinances. The ordinance will come before the Commission for a vote on October 17.
Hood River City Councilors voted on Monday night to amend the municipal zoning ordinance to deal with vacation home rentals and hosted home shares. It passed a second reading on a 4-2 vote, with Mark Zanmiller and Susan Johnson voting no. The ordinance includes a seven-year amortization period in which those renting homes that are not their primary residence can continue to do so to the same extent they are now, and must meet parking requirements within five years. Short-term rentals offered by the full-time resident of a home will be limited to a maximum of 90 days per year. Next up for the Council, dealing with the regulatory details of short-term rentals.
The estimated size of a fire in the eastern portion of Klickitat County near Sundale has been increased to 3,500 acres, and the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center puts containment at 25 percent. The Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office updated evacuation advisories for the Old Lady Canyon Fire, with firefighting efforts and improved fire weather activity overnight. A Level 2 “be ready” notice is in effect for the area between Old Highway 8 and Rock Creek Road, and a Level 1 “be advised” notice is in place from Old Highway 8 north to Newell Road. About 30 residences are in the evacuation notification area. Old Highway 8 is closed from Highway 14 to Sundale Road. State fire mobilization has been approved by the Washington State Fire Marshal’s office, and a Type 3 Incident Management Team has taken command of the fire today. The Red Cross has opened a shelter at Father’s House Fellowship on 207 South Klickitat Avenue in Goldendale for people affected by the fire.
Columbia def. Fort Vancouver 24-26, 26-24, 25-17, 25-10
Sherman def. Lyle-Wishram 25-23, 25-21, 25-20
Umpqua Valley Christian 6, Horizon Christian 1
The names of two 18-year-olds who were shot and killed in Goldendale on Thursday have been released. Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer says the victims were Justin Daniel Plunkett of Portland and April L. Reed, who used to live on the property where the shooting occurred in the 400 block of Brentwood Road. Songer says the suspect in the shooting, 51-year-old Gary Hawkins, remains in a Portland-area hospital. Hawkins went unconscious in a sheriff’s vehicle after he was taken into custody and had to be revived by CPR. Songer says Hawkins will be taken into custody and charged with two counts of murder once he is released. Songer added the motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
A Hood River County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested on a number of charges, including third degree sexual abuse, is scheduled to appear in Hood River Circuit Court on September 26. According to Hood River County Sheriff Matt English, Deputy Marc Smith was arrested on Friday by the Oregon State Police and charged with two counts of third degree sexual abuse, two counts of private indecency, one count of public indecency, and luring a minor. Smith was lodged at NORCOR, but is no longer listed on the facility’s inmate roster. In his statement, English said he was notified of incident involving Smith and serious misconduct unrelated to the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, and immediately placed him on administrative leave and asked the OSP to conduct an investigation. English said the charges against Smith are all related to off-duty conduct, but did not elaborate further due to the sensitive nature of the on-going investigation. The case has been referred to the Crook County District Attorney’s office for prosecution.
Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyon has been appointed to the National Association of Counties’ Veterans and Military Services Committee. That panel engages member counties to develop and highlight county best practices and policies to promote programs, services, and benefits for the nation’s military, veterans, and their families. Runyon has been active in local Veterans activities by being involved with the Wasco County Veterans Advisory Committee and the Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee. He is also Captain of the local Patriot Guard unit, and co-chairs the Association of Oregon Counties’ Veterans Committee.
Hood River County Administrator Jeff Hecksel is getting settled in to his new position. Hecksel entered the position about one month ago, taking over for the retired David Meriwether. Hecksel says his first task has been to learn about the County’s organization and the people in it. Hecksel has arrived as two major issues are before the Commission, a short-term rental ordinance that will be discussed by the panel tonight at 6 p.m. in the County Administration Building, and a time, place, and manner ordinance for marijuana businesses that the Commission will address in October.
The Dalles 28, Fort Vancouver 14
Reynolds 65, Hood River Valley 13
Columbia 54, Elma 49: Trenton Howard’s 90-yard kickoff return with 48 seconds left in the game provided the winning points for the Bruins.
Stevenson 42, Corbett 20
Dufur 54, Falls City 12
Sherman 52, Triad 16
Tri-Cities Prep 50, Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat 14
Goldendale 48, College Place 12
Hood River Valley defeats Canby, Wilson, and Mountain View to win the Canby Tournament.
Dufur finished second in pool play, then defeated Cove and lost to Imbler at the Griswold Tournament
Hudson’s Bay defeated Stevenson 25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 10-25, 15-12
The Dalles girls finished fourth and the boys seventh at a meet at Tualatin High School. Ezekiel Stelzer finished 15th for the Riverhawk boys, while Emma Mullins did the same for The Dalles girls.
Columbia’s boys finished sixth at the Steve Maas Run-A-Ree in Vancouver. Will Nuckoles was the top Bruin finisher, coming in ninth.
A Hood River County Sheriff’s Deputy has been arrested on a number of charges, including third degree sexual abuse. Hood River County Sheriff Matt English said in a statement that Deputy Marc Smith was arrested and lodged at NORCOR in The Dalles on Friday by the Oregon State Police, and charged with two counts of third degree sexual abuse, two counts of private indecency, one count of public indecency, and luring a minor. In his statement, English said he was notified of incident involving Smith and serious misconduct unrelated to the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, and immediately placed him on administrative leave and asked the OSP to conduct an investigation. English said the charges against Smith are all related to off-duty conduct, but did not elaborate further due to the sensitive nature of the on-going investigation. The case has been referred to the Crook County District Attorney’s office for prosecution. He added making certain the Sheriff’s Office maintains the highest standards of conduct is paramount, and he’s committed to ensuring department employees are held to same standards at all citizens, but also noted the incident should not overshadow the hard work the professionals in the organization do every day. Smith was no longer listed on the NORCOR inmate roster as of Saturday morning.