The Wasco County Wolf Depredation Compensation Committee will appoint its final two members this month. County Commissioner Steve Kramer says they have seven applications for the two business representatives on the panel, and will make the selections at a September 24 meeting in Dufur. He says after that, the committee can move forward with application forms for the compensation portion of the project. There are currently five members on the committee, with Kramer as chair along with two ranchers and two wolf advocates.
The eastbound lane of Cherry Heights Road between West 6th and West 2nd Streets in The Dalles will be closed Thursday between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Dalles Public Works Department will be grinding out failing sections of pavement and replacing them with new asphalt sections. Since the entire eastbound lane will be closed along the curb for the safety of workers and motorists, there will be no access onto Cherry Heights from Mt Hood Street or from the southside driveways between West 6th and 2nd Streets. Access to the businesses affected will be from Mt Hood Street via West 6th Street. Eastbound and westbound traffic will be maintained on this section of Cherry Heights by using the other two lanes of the street.
Mosier will celebrate its 100th anniversary this weekend. A host of activities are planned surrounding the community of 430′s centennial celebration. City Councilor Emily Reed says they used the anniversary to do some beautification of the town, adding planter boxes, shade, benches, and picnic tables. In addition there is an art walk with a number of sculptures and a butterfly mural on the CenturyLink building. Events scheduled include “Voices from the Past” performances by nine direct Mosier descendants, a parade Saturday morning at 9:30, and a long list of musical performers including Moe Dixon Saturday evening. A complete schedule of events is available on-line at Mosier100Year.com.
Hood River County health officials are trying to locate the source of some cases of campylobacteriosis in the community. Hood River County Health Department environmental health response coordinator Ian Stromquist says they have not yet identified a source of the gastrointestinal illness that is most commonly caused by consuming raw or undercooked poultry. He says they would like to hear from people who think they may have contracted the illness as they try to track down a source. Stromquist says the illness can last about a week with symptoms including bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and nausea. He adds sometimes the illness is mild, but it can also cause people to be hospitalized.
Hood River Valley 5, Franklin 2: Gio Magana and Jaime Frias scored two goals apiece as the Eagles won for the third straight time to begin the season. Alex Gutierrez also scored a goal for HRV.
Mac-Hi 1, The Dalles 0
Hood River Valley 2, Franklin 2: Mona Diaz and Kassidy Davidson were the goal scores for HRV, as the Eagles ended up with their second tie in three games.
Sherwood def. The Dalles 25-14, 25-10, 25-14
Ft. Vancouver def. Columbia 22-25, 25-27, 25-22, 25-16, 16-14
Heppner def. Sherman 23-25, 25-8, 25-19, 26-24
City Christian def. Trout Lake 26-24, 13-25, 25-22, 25-17
Goldendale def. Kiona-Benton 25-22, 25-20, 25-15
Lyle-Wishram def. South Wasco 3 games to 2
Firefighters in The Dalles battled a fire late Monday afternoon off an alleyway between 9th, 10th, and Lewis Streets. The fire occurred in the backyard of a home on 1510 East 9th, and burned a shed and a van, along with some fences. Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue crews were assisted by firefighters from the Dallesport Fire District in battling the blaze, which broke out at about 5:30 p.m. Crews had to deal with narrow access, running hoses from hydrants through driveways on 9th and Lewis. MCFR Chief Bob Palmer issued a reminder that fire season is not over yet, with predicted dry weather expected to extend the season well into October.
The Oregon Secretary of State’s office is mailing postcards to eligible voters offering them the opportunity tor register to vote. It’s part of the state joining the Electronic Registration Information Center, and is the first step in improving voter rolls in the country. The next step will cross-check voting rolls with the Department of Motor Vehicles, U.S. Postal Service, and Social Security Death Index. Some people may receive a postcard and are already registered to vote. To make sure you are registered, go to oregonvotes.gov. The deadline to register for the November election is October 14.
Ridgeview def. Hood River Valley 25-17, 25-19, 25-6
Trout Lake 2, Corbett 0
The Hood River Urban Renewal Agency has authorized its staff to complete documents to purchase land at the south end of the Nichols Basin as part of a deal reached between Naito Development and Friends of the Hood River Waterfront that would allow Naito to construct a hotel and commercial building while preserving property adjacent to the Basin as a low impact public park. Mayor Arthur Babitz made the announcement at Monday night’s Urban Renewal and City Council meeting, saying the basic elements for an agreement are in place, and it is now in the hands of lawyers. The agreement will allow construction of the hotel to proceed, with Naito selling property next to the water that had been at the crux of appeals by Friends of the Waterfront to the Urban Renewal Agency, which will pay for it through property tax revenues from the hotel and convey it to the City for riparian protection and a park that will include the final link to completing a pedestrian and bicycle path on the Waterfront. Bob Natio of Naito Development said the goal is to open the Hampton Inn hotel by September or October of next year, and start construction on a commercial building that will be moved from its original location this coming spring. Friends attorney Brent Foster said the agreement would accomplish that group’s goal of preserving the riparian area along the Waterfront. Babitz says a purchase price will be revealed when the documents are finalized, expected to happen in the next couple of weeks.
Oregon and Kentucky State Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a father and son whose vehicle was found last week abandoned along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area. The OSP on Friday checked a silver 2012 Kia Rio four-door displaying a Kentucky license plate that had been parked for about one week approximately a half mile north of the Dog River Trailhead in Hood River County. Family contacts said the vehicle’s owner, 59-year-old John Kevin Wood of Bardstown, Kentucky, most likely was accompanied by his son, 32-year-old Jason Anthony Wood. Both men live together and neither have been in contact with family nor have neighbors seen them since mid-August. John Wood is described as a white male, 6’1″, 170 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes. Jason Wood is described as a white male, 5’9″, 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone who may have seen John or Jason Wood in the Mt. Hood area over the past two weeks, or with information regarding their whereabouts, is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030 or Detective Lori Rosebraugh at (541) 296-9646 ext. 5350.