The deadline to file for the May 16 special districts election in Oregon has passed…and a crowded Port of Hood River Commission field for three seats being vacated by incumbents highlights the ballot. Incumbents Fred Duckwall, Jon Davies, and Rich McBride did not file for re-election. The candidates for position one held by Duckwall will be Anna Williams, Benjamin Sheppard, and Brian Carlstrom, while Svea Truax, John Everitt, and Jeffery Helfrich run for position two that has been filled by Davies, and former Hood River County Administrator David Meriwether is joined by Laurie Balmuth, Robert Bart, and Kristi Chapman seeking the position three seat being vacated by McBride, who was elected to the County Commission last year. There are also contested races for three Hood River County School District board seats, along with the positions on the County transportation and library district boards and the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District board.
Contested races for seats on the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District and Port of The Dalles boards highlight the May 16 special districts election ballot in Wasco County. The deadline to file for the ballot was Thursday. Daniel Polehn and Annette Byers are the candidates for position five on the parks and rec district panel. Robert Wallace and Dawn Rasmussen are both seeking position one of the Port board. There is plenty of interest to represent Wasco County on the Columbia Gorge Community College board, with contested races for all four available seats. In contrast, there are no contested seats for the North Wasco County School District 21 board.
Sandy 4, The Dalles 3
Gresham 12, Hood River Valley 4: The Gophers broke a tie with four runs in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh.
Hood River Valley 10, Wilsonville 0: The Eagles scored six runs in the fourth inning on the way to their first win of the year.
Liberty 6, The Dalles 4: Liberty took advantage of three unearned runs to grab the win in the Riverhawks season opener.
Track and Field
Hermiston defeated Hood River Valley in a Columbia River Conference dual meet to open the season. The Bulldogs won the boys’ portion of the meet 85-50, and the girls’ half 81-47. Jonah Tactay (tock-tie) and Abby Kinoshita won two events apiece for the Eagles.
Lincoln Krog of Stevenson won two events in a season opening meet in Washougal that also involved Columbia. In the girls’ portion of the meet, Stevenson grabbed three first place finishes and Columbia two.
Hood River Valley 4, St. Helens 4: HRV won the match on games won 74-61.
Jesuit 15, Hood River Valley 12
Searchers have found the body of a skier who was reported missing at Mt. Hood Meadows last week. The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office says the body of 57-year-old Steve Leavitt of The Dalles was spotted late Wednesday afternoon and recovered Thursday morning. A preliminary investigation into Leavitt’s death by the Sheriff’s Office suggests that Leavitt died after impact with a tree. Leavitt was reported missing late last Tuesday…and searchers spend four days looking for him before the search was scaled back over the weekend. Leavitt was last seen when his ski pass was scanned last Tuesday morning on the Heather Canyon Chair Lift. The area in which Leavitt went missing is double black diamond and recommended for expert skiers only. Leavitt was described as very familiar with that area and was an avid skier.
White Salmon City Councilors decided against adopting a “declaration of diversity” resolution at their meeting Wednesday evening. The decision came after Councilors heard about an hour’s worth of testimony from 35 different people. Mayor David Poucher says in the end Councilors felt the resolution would get them involved in partisan politics, and they didn’t want to go there. Poucher added he feels the City treats all people with respect, and their law enforcement has never gotten involved in immigration issues.
The Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education decided they wanted to take testimony in Hood River before making a decision on a resolution to declare the school a “sanctuary campus.” The board took testimony on the subject at a meeting in The Dalles this week, but felt it should offer an opportunity for more input at a meeting in the Hood River area in April. A location for that meeting is still to be determined. Under the resolution that has been proposed by a group of faculty and staff members, CGCC would not share the immigration records of students or assist the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration & Customs Enforcement with enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Oregon 52nd State Representative Mark Johnson feels there is a good chance the Port of Hood River will get money to help in its effort to plan for replacement of the Interstate Bridge. Johnson says a pair of bills have been drawn up to set the Port up to receive about five million dollars to complete the funding package for an environmental impact statement. Johnson noted getting the state funds would set the Port up to start receiving significant federal support.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will hold a town hall meeting in Hood River on Saturday, March 25. The town hall will be at the Hood River Middle School auditorium at 11 a.m. Meanwhile, a group of seven different Gorge area advocacy groups say they will hold a town hall meeting in Hood River on April 8 at 4:30 p.m. The groups claim Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden has not responded to calls for him to hold a town hall to address constituent concerns. They say Walden has been invited to attend.
Liberty at The Dalles, postponed to today at 4:30 p.m.
Redmond at The Dalles, postponed
Redmond 6, The Dalles 2: Robin Pasbek won in singles for the Riverhawks while Kianna Pielli and Abby Minnick won in doubles.
Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden advocated modernizing America’s hydropower infrastructure during a subcommittee hearing. The Hood River Republican chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Walden told the group at the hearing that there are opportunities to expand hydropower across the country but there are regulatory challenges to deal with. Walden added the electricity generated by hydropower is “as clean and renewable as it gets,” and there needs to be greater transparency and accountability in the regulatory processes affecting hydropower.