A flood watch issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect through Monday for the Hood River and the Eastern part of the Columbia Gorge as heavy rains come through the region. The flood risk for the Hood River was downgraded from “major flood” to “flood,” but water flow is forecast to rise to a peak of 14 feet by Sunday at 2 p.m. There has been snow on Mt. Hood, a reported 1 ½ feet at Mt. Hood Meadows, and that could escalate flooding risk.
With a forecast of up to six inches of rain this weekend, the National Weather Service has issued a flood alert warning for the Hood River for Sunday night. Hood River County Emergency Management says the Hood River is one of three major rivers in Oregon projected to possibly overflow, with the river’s flow rate expected to jump from four feet to 16 feet, with a rapid rise anticipated Saturday evening to Monday morning, peaking at 10 p.m. Sunday. Landslides and major debris flows are possible. Hood River County Emergency Management says the Sheriff’s Office, Public Works, and other emergency officials are on standby. Reverse 911 and Flash Alert will be used to notify citizens.
Klickitat County Commissioners have decided to extend their moratorium on the establishment of new marijuana-related businesses in unincorporated areas of the county while the County Planning Commission looks at zoning issues surrounding those operations. County Commissioner David Sauter says they are asking the planning panel to look at the marijuana businesses just like any other land use question. The current moratorium will now sunset on April 30. The 18 marijuana production, processing, and retail facilities currently operating in unincorporated areas of Klickitat County are not impacted by the moratorium. Sauter noted the issue is contentious, with County residents seemingly split on the issue.
Area Oregon House members John Huffman and Mark Johnson have received their committee assignments for the upcoming legislative session. Huffman, from The Dalles and representing the 59th District, will help craft the state budget for the upcoming biennium as a part of the Joint Ways and Means Committee, and will also be a part of the Joint Education Committee, Joint Capital Construction Subcommittee, Joint Legislative Administration Committee, and the Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee. Johnson, the 52nd District rep from Hood River, will be the Vice Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee, and will take part on the Revenue and Higher Education, Innovation, and Workforce Development panels, along with membership of the Joint Committee on Tax Credits.
Maryhill Museum of Art has announced its special exhibition lineup for its 75th anniversary season in 2015. American Indian Painting: 20th Century Masters will open the season and be on display through July 5, featuring some of the most important American Indian artists of the century. That will be followed by An Abundance of Riches: Woodcuts of Andrea Rich, featuring 40 prints by the internationally recognized printmaker. Other exhibits planned for next year to be on display throughout the season include the glass art of Raven Skyriver, an exhibition of Wasco County photographers from the late 19th and early 20th century, the paintings of R.H. Gammell and his students, and prints from the construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Maryhill’s season opens on March 15.
The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office says the body of a Portland man missing since early September was found Monday afternoon in a ravine near Mosier. Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Lane Magill says there is no evidence of foul play in the death of Joseph Sizemore. Sizemore was last seen on September 7 by Skamania County Sheriff’s Officers during a contact on Washougal River Road. Magill says Sizemore’s vehicle was found Sunday on Carroll Road, and during a subsequent search his body was found about a mile away. Sizemore’s body has been turned over to the local Oregon State Medical Examiner in The Dalles. Anyone who might have information related to this case is encouraged to call Magill at the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office at 541-506-2580.
Two teenagers have been arrested and charged in a string of graffiti-related vandalism throughout The Dalles in the last two to three days. The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury says they are currently processing 24 cases related to the two suspects, a 14-year-old male and a 15-year-old male, and he says officers are still working on reports. The vandalism, mainly graffiti, ranged from near The Dalles Middle School all the way to the Chenowith area. Waterbury says both boys face multiple counts of criminal mischief and unlawful application of graffiti, plus one count of burglary for getting into a house and vandalizing it. Waterbury notes police are still receiving reports of vandalism that may be connected to this case, and people with property that has been vandalized but have not yet reported it to police are asked to do so. The Dalles Police Department number is 541-296-2233.