Phillipi Park on the John Day River will reopen to the public on Memorial Day weekend. The boat-in park was closed in 2013 by the Army Corps of Engineers due to budget issues, but a group of people who have used the park have been working to reopen the popular location. The Opal Foundation is a non-profit agency that has been working to get the funds to restore and operate the park, and Executive Director Darrell McSmith says in working with the Corps work has been done this spring to get the park ready for use. The Foundation is trying to raise $250.000 to complete major repairs and improvements to the park. Information is available at the group’s website, opal-foundation.org.
The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will host a musical tribute to the 75th anniversary of the Woody Guthrie Bonneville Power Administration Columbia River Collection next Friday night (May 20). Musicians Bill Murlin and Joe Seamons will perform many of the 26 songs Guthrie wrote 75 years ago while working for the BPA. Murlin worked in the BPA’s public information office, and unearthed and assembled all the Guthrie song sheets and recordings from the 1941 Columbia River Collection. The performance will be May 20 at 7 p.m. in the Discovery Center, with an optional dinner scheduled for 6 p.m. Tickets for the dinner and concert are $26, or $10 for the concert only, and reservations are required by Wednesday. Call 541-296-86000, extension 201, or go online to gorgediscovery.org.
Track and Field
Hood River Valley won the Columbia River Conference boys’ track and field championship for the second straight year, holding off Hermiston by three points. HRV’s Parker Irusta was named the CRC’s boys track and field athlete of the year after wins in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and long jump. Justin Crosswhite was also a multiple event winner for the Eagles, taking first in the 1500 and 3000 meters. The Eagles earned a total of nine first place finishes and 13 entries into the state 5A meet next weekend in Eugene. The Dalles boys finished in fourth. In the girls’ competition, Hood River Valley was third and The Dalles fourth as Hermiston won the team championship. HRV received wins from Kassidy Davidson in the 400 meters, Katie Kennedy in the high jump, and the four by 100 meter relay squad, while The Dalles’ Avery Cardosi won the long jump. Hood River qualified eight female entries for the state meet, while The Dalles advances four. There is the possibility for more to advance once results from other Class 5-A district meets are received.
Goldendale’s boys were third and the girls tied for fourth in the SCAC West Sub-District meet at Cle Elum. The Timberwolf boys earned five first place finishes, with Brian Golding sweeping the hurdles races, Dillon Rising taking both distance runs, and Michael Jagelski won the 800 meters. Zillah won both team titles.
Southwest Washington Class 1-A District Tournament Semi-Final
Toledo 3, Columbia 1: Toledo scored two late second half goals to comeback and defeat the Bruins for the second time in a week. The Bruins take on Hoquiam at noon on Saturday in Montesano with a state tournament berth on the line.
Hood River Electric Co-op customers in the Pine Grove area and some on the east side of Odell will experience a brief power outage lasting less than five minutes on Sunday morning. The interruption in service will take place at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Clinton Curtis of Hood River Electric Co-op at 541-354-1233.
A Kansas man has been taken into custody facing charges in connection with a number of burglaries in the Mountain Shadows Drive area south of Parkdale. The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office says deputies began receiving reports of burglarized homes on Mountain Shadows Drive on Tuesday totaling more than half a dozen incidents. 38-year-old Craig Allan Pagenkopf was located in the forest adjacent to the area, and was arrested and lodged at NORCOR on multiple burglary and theft charges. An extensive ground and air search led to the recovery of a large cache of property stolen from area residences. U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement assisted the Sheriff’s Office with the investigation and recovery of property.
A 33-year-old Salem man was arrested early Wednesday morning after taking law enforcement officers on a chase that reached the Parkdale area. Deputies arrested thirty-three year old Thomas Leonard Berry of Salem. According to the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office…the Washington State Patrol was pursuing a van reported stolen out of The Dalles late Tuesday night when it crossed over the Hood River Toll Bridge, causing damage to a gate at the toll booth. It continued southbound on Highway 35, and after losing the vehicle for a short period of time, a deputy found the stolen van still southbound on Highway 35. Another pursuit began with speeds reaching around 85 miles per hour, and the vehicle turned south onto Cooper Spur Road with the pursuing deputy losing sight of the stolen van near Parkdale. Just prior to 1 a.m., a Baseline Drive resident reported a prowler, and deputies located him and took him into custody, determining he was the driver of the stolen vehicle. Berry was lodged at NORCOR on several charges including Attempt to Elude a Police Officer and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Deputies recovered the stolen vehicle, a 2005 Ford Van, from an orchard on Cooper Spur Road.
A Yakima man was injured on Thursday when the log truck he was driving on Highway 14 went off the roadway. According to the Washington State Patrol, 43-year-old Michael Selberg was taken by LifeFlight to Peace Health Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver. The WSP says Selberg was traveling westbound on Highway 14 about eight miles east of Stevenson when his truck drifted onto the westbound shoulder and struck the guardrail. The vehicle continued into the ditch, struck the embankment, and spilled its load of logs. The accident occurred just after 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Gorge Soup will be returning this fall with a new focus: the arts. The Hood River based group is seeking presenter applications from individuals or teams from throughout the Gorge who are starting a new artistic endeavor or community initiative centered on the arts. Selected applicants will have a chance to present their project to attendees for funding consideration during a community soup dinner hosted by Columbia Center for the Arts on September 20. New or developing projects in the visual arts, literary, media arts, theater, dance, music or other forms of artistic expression are all eligible for consideration. The competition is open to all age groups. Applicants must be residents of Hood River, Wasco, Skamania, or Klickitat counties and the project must take place in the Gorge. Applications are available for download at gorgesoup.wordpress.com, and must be submitted by August 20.
Jeanie Vieira has been named chief executive for Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and its Columbia Gorge Service Area. Vieira most recently has been the chief operating officer and chief nursing executive. She has almost three decades of experience in health care, including 25 years at Providence Hood River. Providence Eastern Division services chief executive Paul Gaden says Vieira has been a leader through a significant growth of services in Hood River. He added that more than 50 candidates applied for the position.
A beech tree on the Hood River Library lawn will be recognized as a City of Hood River heritage tree on Monday, May 16, which is Love a Tree Day. Hood River Tree Committee members say this particular tree is perhaps the best known tree in the city. Mayor Paul Blackburn and library director Buzzy Nielsen will tie a ribbon around the beech tree’s massive trunk at 3 p.m. on Monday. The heritage tree program is one focus of the city’s Tree Committee, which is a citizen advisory committee to the City Council and City staff. Heritage trees are defined as ones accessible to the public and healthy. Nielsen says the library’s beech tree “has been there at least 100 years.”