The City of Hood River is embarking this week on its budget process for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The City enters its budget work without any major issues, but City Manager Steve Wheeler says there are challenges. But he does add revenue is up. Wheeler says room tax revenues are up by 13 percent, so he thinks that is helping the City keep pace with the numbers of people who are here during the summer. He notes the City manages that situation by hiring temporary workers during the peak tourism season.
Hood River Valley sweeps Hermiston 11-1 and 4-3: Ryan Ward pitched a four-hitter in game one, but was taken to hospital with an apparent jaw injury after a collision in the outfield in game two. Patrick Harvey drove in the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning of the nightcap to give HRV sole possession of first place in the Columbia River Conference.
The Dalles splits with Pendleton: The Riverhawks lost game one 4-1 but took the second contest 3-1 to stay one game back of Hood River in the CRC.
Columbia 4, LaCenter 3
Columbia 11, Riverside 0
Dufur sweeps Sherman 10-8 and 10-3.
LaSalle sweeps Goldendale 8-4 and 17-4
Pendleton sweeps The Dalles 13-1 and 12-2: The Buckaroos take a two-game lead over the Riverhawks atop the Columbia River Conference standings.
Hood River Valley sweeps Hermiston 10-8 and 9-6: The Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win game one, then held off a late Bulldog rally in game two.
LaCenter 12, Columbia 1
Columbia splits with Irrigon, winning the opener 13-7 but falling in game two 14-10.
Track and Field
Hood River Valley’s girls were fifth and the boys sixth at the Summit Invitational in Bend. Jestena Mattson won the 100 meters, 200 meters, and high jump for the HRV girls, while Sebastian Barajas won the shot put and discus for the Eagle boys.
Both The Dalles boys and girls finished tenth at the Kiwanis Invitational in Hermiston. Katie Conklin had the top finish for the Riverhawks, taking second in the high jump.
Goldendale was the boys’ winner and Condon-Wheeler took the girls’ title at the Condon-Wheeler Invitational. Brian Golding won three events and Dillon Rising two for the Timberwolf boys, while Gabe Montoya won a pair for Lyle-Wishram. Taylor Darden of Dufur, Lexi Grenvik of Sherman and Ocean Bryan of Goldendale won two events each in girls’ competition.
Columbia cruised to the girls title while the CHS boys finished second behind Hockinson in the Bruin Invitational in White Salmon. Claire Anderson, Aidan Liddiard, and Stacia Bell won two events each for the CHS girls, while Madison McCrum of Stevenson also won a pair of events.
Salvador Ramirez finished second in the 1500 meters to lead the Horizon Christian effort at the Portland Christian Invitational.
Stevenson 10, Castle Rock 1
A small fire at the Commodore Building in The Dalles early Friday morning set off the building sprinkler system, leading to water damage in a number of units in the facility. The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury termed the fire “very small” and an investigation is underway. Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue Division Chief Jay Wood said activation of the sprinkler system left five units in the building uninhabitable, displacing seven people and at least three animals. Damage occurred on the first floor, second floor, and in the basement. The American Red Cross is assisting those who have been displaced. The fire occurred around 4:45 a.m. Friday.
Wasco County Sheriff Rick Eiesland says his department has ruled the death of an inmate earlier this week at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility in The Dalles was a suicide. Eiesland said Friday they are awaiting a full report from the state medical examiner’s office before the exact cause of 52-year-old Michael Scott Linden’s death is determined. Linden was found in his cell by another inmate, who notified jail personnel. Eiesland says the investigation by his office is continuing, but has found NORCOR officials had done their regular cell checks, and an ambulance arrived at the jail promptly after the inmate had told jail officials of the situation. Eiseland added Linden left a written log of that morning, which Eiseland indicated showed some depression and that the charges Linden was facing weighed heavily on him. Linden had been arrested in Hood River County earlier in the month on a number of different charges, including rape and kidnapping. The sheriff also said Linden’s death was unfortunate, and he “wished we could have done something to prevent this.”
The Northwest Cherry Festival gets rolling in its newly expanded form in The Dalles on Friday. The Open Air Market, carnival, and entertainment stage all begin operation at 2 p.m. Friday, with activity planned through Sunday. The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Farquharson reminds people that the festival is headquartered on First Street this year. Cherry Festival guides are available at gorgeradio.com. The Bicoastal Media/Guild Mortgage Home and Lifestyle Show will take place through the festival at the Civic Auditorium, open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Oregon 59th District State Representative John Huffman says there is a chance a compromise could be reached to pass a transportation package that could provide additional road funds for cities and counties. Republicans have said they won’t approve a gas tax increase since majority Democrats passed the Low Carbon Fuels Standard bill. Huffman, a Republican from The Dalles, says Democrat Governor Kate Brown has been asked to try to help find some middle ground. For the package to happen, Huffman said Brown and Democrats will have to figure out how they can roll back the Low Carbon Fuel Standards bill if they won’t fully repeal it. Huffman added that he and a number of legislators had entered the session knowing cities and counties needed a transportation package to provide funding for road maintenance. Passage of revenue bills require 60 percent approval, and Democrats would need at least one GOP vote in the House to reach that mark.
An early learning literacy grant from the state is showing some dividends in the Columbia River Gorge region. Nancy Patten of Child Care Partners at Columbia Gorge Community College says 80 people who work with young children took part in a series of five trainings in the past year on early literacy for dual language learners. She says they gained valuable skills to help those children learn in two languages. The grant also allowed the purchase of several thousand dollars worth of bilingual and multi-cultural books that will be given to the Hood River County and The Dalles-Wasco County libraries.
Round three of the Rally America National Championship will take place this weekend on roads in the Dufur and Hood River areas. The Oregon Trail Rally will be in the Gorge for the eighth straight year. After a Friday night event at Portland International Raceway, the cars will be on display on Main Street in Dufur at 9 a.m. Saturday before competition stages begin. The cars will also be on display at the Port of Hood River Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by competition. Sixty teams are expected to compete in the event. Event information is available at oregontrailrally.com.
Track and Field
Columbia boys and girls won a seven-school meet in Stevenson, while the host Bulldog boys were third and the girls fifth. Columbia’s boys were led by a sweep of the top five places in the 400 meters won by Issac Bell, and a victory by Declan Liddlard in the javelin. The CHS girls won two relays, while Stevenson received two first place finishes by Madison McCrum in the long jump and triple jump, and vicotries by Breanna Frohs in the javelin and Rachel Zenk in the pole vault.
Hood River Valley 8, Pendleton 0