With Measure 91 passing to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon, city and county officials will now be wrestling with what they should do to prepare. Hood River County Commissioners will discuss it at a meeting this evening. Both County Administrator David Meriwether and Commission Chair Ron Rivers say local governments will be looking for guidance from both the Legislature and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission as specific rules are put together. Meriwether notes cities and counties will want input into what state officials do. Commissioners last month decided not to adopt a tax on recreational marijuana, something other cities and counties had done in an attempt to beat a clause in the measure limiting taxing authority to the state.
The Hood River County Elections Office has sent letters telling people whose ballot has been challenged they have until November 14 to resolve that challenge and have the ballot counted. Election officials are asking for people who receive such a letter to respond so the ballot can be counted, and also ensure their voter registration won’t be deactivated after the election. In addition, county officials are required to release people to those who fill out a form and request the names of challenged ballots for signature challenges and unsigned ballots only. A request has been made and responding to the County letter can prevent contact by unofficial parties.
Bonneville Lock and Dam’s Bradford Island Visitor Center will be temporarily closed Friday and between Tuesday and November 26. Repairs to the bridge crossing the Bradford Island fish ladder, the primary entrance to the visitor center, will block visitor access. Visitors will be redirected to the Washington shore visitor center, located on Washington Highway 14, which remains open. The Bradford Island Visitor Center will be open Saturday through Monday. All other recreation and fishing areas will be open. The Bonneville Fish Hatchery will be unaffected by the construction and will remain open on its regular schedule.
Wasco County Commissioners have decided not to pursue a specific noise ordinance, but instead will wait to see what the County Planning Department brings back proposed regulations to deal with what are defined as social gatherings. Those are a step below large outdoor mass gatherings that are governed by the state. Commissioner Scott Hege says they are fairly close to finalizing those proposals. Discussion of a noise ordinance arose with the beginning of a pair of music festivals in rural areas of Wasco County, and was the subject of a lengthy County Commission worksession on Wednesday. Hege noted establishing a noise ordinance could create unintended consequences, and there were questions around the capability to enforce it.
The third annual Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival is set for Hood River this weekend. Numerous films along with speakers and workshops will take place throughout the weekend, headquartered at the Columbia Center for the Arts. Center Performing Arts Manager Catherine Butler says they had about 200 submissions this year to choose from, and the quality was the best they have had so far. Andrew’s Skylight Theatre will also host some films, while Hood River Hotel will be used for a 3-D film session Saturday at 7 p.m. For schedule and ticket information go to columbiaarts.org.
A man who escaped from the Klickitat County Jail Monday morning was apprehended in Portland on Wednesday. Klickitat County Sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Kaley says Charles W. Loyd was taken into custody after a car chase. Loyd, also known as Charles W. Foley, was incarcerated on kidnapping, robbery, burglary, assault, and theft of a firearm charges. An arrest warrant for Escape in the Second Degree was issued Tuesday by the Klickitat County Superior Court for Loyd’s arrest.
Bobby Walker appears to have won a battle of write-ins for a seat on the Cascade Locks City Council. Kim Kean at the Hood River County Elections office says unofficial results show Walker received 51 votes, to 24 for runner-up Buzzy Nielsen. Walker will fill the final two years of an unexpired term on the Cascade Locks Council. No one filed to be on the ballot for the position. The vote count will be officially certified in a couple of weeks.
Oregon Class 5-A Boys Soccer First Round
Hood River Valley 2, Central 0: Alex Gutierrez scored twice as the Eagles won their 15th game in a row. Central kept HRV at bay until Gutierrez scored on a rebound off Panther goalkeeper Erick Corral with a little over 17 minutes left. Gutierrez added the insurance goal on an assist from Gio Magana about nine minutes later. Hood River Valley will host Mountain View in a quarter-final game on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Henderson Stadium.
County Commissioner: Rod Runyon 4,612…Bridget Bailey 3,696
The Dalles City Council At-Large: Taner Elliott 3,002…Carolyn Wood 1,417
The Dalles City Council Position 3: Russ Brown 2,514…Bill Dick 1,164
Maupin Mayor: Frank Kay 129…Karen Dupuis 99
Maupin City Council (3 elected): Lynn Ewing 165…Randy Bechtel 164…Carol Rager 162…Scott Anderson 73…Joe Ringo 64
Hood River County
Hood River Mayor: Paul Blackburn 1,716…Greg Colt 837
Hood River City Council (top 3 win election): Becky Brun 1,302…Susan Johnson 1,037…Peter Cornelison 941…Tim Counihan 929…David Bick 779…Bob Palmer 735…Joseph Sheahan 538
Westside Fire District Operating Levy: Yes 1,274…No 1,161
Cascade Locks EMS Service Fee: Yes 248…No 146
Seventh District Circuit Court Judge
Karen Ostrye 12,062…Tim Farrell 3,825
Oregon Senate District 26
Chuck Thomsen 18,941…Robert Bruce 14,523
Oregon House District 52
Mark Johnson 10,394…Stephanie Nystrom 8,993
County Commissioner: Tom McCoy 745, Karen Kellogg 121
Rufus Mayor: Daniel Pehlke, Jr. 60…Clifford Jett 37
Wasco Mayor: Carol MacKenzie 94…Scott Miller 87
Moro Mayor: Andy Anderson 94…John Waldron 59
Moro City Council (elect 2): Bryan Cranston 110…Seth von Borstel 87…Perry Thurston 70
Commissioner: David Sauter 3,123…Mike Richards 1,530
Prosecutor: David Quesnel 2,819…Lori Hoctor 2,197
Sheriff: Bob Songer 2,599…Marc Boardman 2,325
Assessor: Crista Schroder 2,803…Darlene Johnson 2,075
Mt. Adams Parks and Rec District Levy : No 1,525…Yes 1,056
West District Court Judge: Jeff Baker 1,635…Dave Brown 461
PUD Commissioner: Dan Gunkel 2,559…Sherry Carver 2,229
County Commissioner #3: Bob Hamlin 1,824…Bob Anderson 1,307
Auditor: Robert Waymire 1,949…BreAnna Mendoza 1,143
PUD Commissioner #3: Liz Green 1,584…Thomas Linde 1, 342
Skamania County Metropolitan District: Against 930…For 625
Washington 14th District House
Position 1: Norm Johnson 14,020…Michael Brumback 10,368
Position 2: Gina McCabe 17,229…Paul George 7,532