Sedition Brewing opens its doors in The Dalles


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The Dalles got its second full-time brewery in 100 years with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday celebrating the opening of Sedition Brewing . Owner Aaron Lee thanked a number of people  in brief opening remarks, including his family, whom he said supported themsedition-brewing-on-transparent-bg
during a two-year process.

Sedition Brewery is located at 208 Laughlin Street and opened with a trio of beers – an IPA, a Saison and a California Common, a style originated by Anchor Steam Beer of San Francisco. Brewmaster Kyle Rossman said the intent was to show that Sedition will be working to produce some of the more interesting styles along with standard favorites.

Goldendale Sentinel takes school board to task

The following is an editorial that appeared in the Goldendale Sentinel in its Sept. 21 edition:

School board surprises many with its strength of voice

A lot of mysteries were cleared up when The Sentinel was able to acquire the letters of reprimand from the Goldendale School District school board to District Superintendent Mark Heid (and his letters of response to them). A lot of mysteries still remain in their aftermath.

A refresher, for anyone just awakening from a coma: Heid was caught trying to circumvent RCWs by selling a golf cart he owned to the district via a third-party “strawman,” as the school board put it. The board had a lot of very strong things to say about that. It also took Heid to task for his out-of-line handling of an investigation into complaints by community parents and students about volleyball coach Jodi Bellamy. The board frankly just lit into Heid.

(Heid, it must be noted, took sharp issue with most of the board’s comments on the golf cart matter and retorted at one point that the board had embarrassed itself.)

Many were stunned at the forceful directness of the letters from the board. Certain individuals on the board are thought by some to be blunt and direct in their own personal opining, and speculation is that those strident voices were dominant in the letters.

But the bigger surprise is that the board had a voice at all. How would one have known? Its demonstrative inclinations have been chiefly through board chair John Hoctor, whose direction of public meetings has been characterized as curt to the point of being rude. The board’s notices about public comment at its meetings are clearly covered with anxious attorney fingerprints; here’s what it says:

“It is the board’s goal for a public comment period to hear your concerns or share positive comments.” [Note: positive only.] “Persons interested in sharing views with the board about any agenda item are encouraged to sign in with the board secretary at the beginning of the meeting.” [Note: not everyone gets it that this means you have to sign up to speak and it can only be about items already on the agenda, which forestalls any spontaneity.] “Due to legal repercussions, persons sharing negative views may not name individual students, district employees, or volunteers.” [Note: perhaps you should bring sock puppets to refer to specific people.] “When your name is called, please stand and limit your comments to two minutes. Please do not address questions to the board.” [Note: sorry, what was that again? I can’t ask the board any questions??] “These may be answered through calls or letters to board members.” [Note: oh, OK, sure.]

If you can actually reach a board member, it might have added. A more obfuscatory process to engage in a voice or electronic conversation with a board member can scarcely be imagined.

The board is essentially telling parents—that’s the people who voted for the board members and who are likely to rethink the seriousness of that responsibility next time around—that at meetings they can say nice things or bring up an oblique concern with an egg timer running, but if you mean to raise serious issues, you need to pass a liability test. And questions? What are you thinking? It’s a public meeting, for heaven’s sake.

This is flat-out legal paranoia, especially not being able to simply ask questions in a meeting, a restriction bordering on the absurd. Public agencies right here in the county and city, with a lot more to lose than the district, have nothing remotely resembling these restrictions. All these do is raise a wall between the district and parents behind which the board acts in extreme covertness, like the Chinese National People’s Congress, watched by Western think tanks trying to discern what it’s doing and what its actions mean. Parents here are little think tanks wondering what in the world the school board thinks and is doing, and they’re often rebuffed when they try to find out.

That’s why the board’s language to Heid was such a surprise, though it took a public records request to obtain the letters; otherwise they might never have seen the light of day. So how is it that the board’s blunt statements represent any less potential liability than a parent with a sharp complaint or two? What is the school board thinking and doing? To whom does it answer?

It’s time for a lot of answers.

Wasco County approves road transfer to City of The Dalles

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Wasco County Commissioners approved the implementation of an agreement made last year with the City of The Dalles to transfer ownership and maintenance responsibility for  43 streets and roads partially or completely inside the city from the county to the city at their regular meeting Wednesday, September 21.

The agreement reached last year ended a longstanding issue between the two entities. As The Dalles expanded its boundaries aggressively in recent years, it was careful not to annex roads or streets inside those areas that were not in full compliance with city street specifications.  This left the county, increasingly strapped for road funds, in the position of being responsible for streets and roads now inside the city.

Finally a compromise was reached last year in which the city agreed to accept those streets and roads once they were improved to a more modest standard. Since that time city and county road crews have worked jointly on the 14.64 miles of roadway to bring them up to those specifications. The city contributed the money while the county contributed the manpower.

Now all but two small sections have been completed. Those sections on River Road and West 2nd are awaiting scheduled underground utilities work. As Wasco County Public Works Director Art Smith said at Wednesday’s meeting, “It doesn’t make sense to chip seal the streets then tear them up again for utlity work.”  He noted the county would contribute their part to finish up those two sections after the utility work was completed.

Wasco County Commissions called this “an historic moment,” and praised Smith and The Dalles Public Works Director Dave Anderson for their interest and cooperation in finding a solution.

There are a few more procedural steps to take in order to finalize the agreement, mostly in getting a formal vote from the city approving the transfer, which is likely to come at the next city council meeting.

Goldendale City Council hears need for senior assisted living

Jessica Bieker addresses the Goldendale City Council on the need for asssisted living and nursing care facilities in Goldendale

Jessica Bieker addresses the Goldendale City Council on the need for assisted living and nursing care facilities in Goldendale

Goldendale City Council met Monday night and rolled through some routine business. Councilors adopted ordinances to eliminate conflict of development standards for manufactured homes, and for a sewer revenue bond to cover part of the costs of the West Columbus project currently under way.

Councilors also authorized the cost of repairs on a city backhoe, and heard some good news about last weekend’s Pig Bowl charity football contest from chief Reggie Bartkowski. The game features teams composed of Washington law enforcement members playing against a team from Oregon Law Enforcement to raise money for families facing steep unexpected medical bills. In addition to touchdowns scored on the field, fans could “buy” touchdowns with additional donations to the fund.

Bartkowski said the Washington side alone raised more than $16,000, and the Oregon side even more, though final figures won’t be available until later in the week. The Goldendale Police department fielded a pair of players for the Washington team and sent their McGruff police dog costume and their new squad car for a pregame parade around Wahtonka field in The Dalles where the game is played. He said he was sorry to report the Oregon side won, only to take a good-natured teasing comment from councilor Guy Theriault that the reason they lost was because Bartkowski hadn’t been on the team.

Councilors also heard a special presentation from Jessica Bieker, who asked a pertinent and poignant question: “Why, if seniors are so important, are there no assisted living facilities or nursing homes in Goldendale?” She described the plight of several elderly citizens who grew up in Goldendale and wanted to live out their days here, but could not because they needed nursing or assisted living. She included among them a former justice of the Washington Supreme Court, and a lady who gave away almost all her possessions in order to live in one of the assisted living trailers that were here for a while, only to have that facility close.

Bieker said she had written more than 100 letters to officials and persons of influence and received many replies acknowledging the problem, but not offering any solution.

Being aware is not enough,” she said, “We need action.” She challenged the council and members of the audience to join her in her effort.

City Administrator Larry Bellamy noted several meetings coming up: a Dark Skies task force meeting directly after the city council meeting last night, the airport committee, Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m. at city hall, and budget committee Monday, September 26, also at 7 p.m. at city hall.

Weekend activities

FRIDAY

Team Mosier meeting tonight at 5 pm at Mosier Community School. Hear updates on the status of negotiations with Union Pacific Railroad following the June 3 oil train derailment and fire.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center hosts a Harvest Moon interpretive nature walk on the Riverfront Trail, tight. Meet at the front of the museum at 6:30 p.m. then join Robbie Smith for an interpretive walk at 7 p.m. on the Riverfront Trail. Sunset is at 7:13 p.m., and the Harvest moon rises at 7:25 p.m. The trail is paved and handicap-accessible. Bring your friends and family for this free event, but please leave pets at home.

Richard O’Brien’s infamous horror/sci-fi musical “The Rocky Horror Show” is coming to the Gorge and audiences are invited to come and “do the Time Warp” in style. The live, concert version of the musical (not the film), is the first production by CGOA Stages, the newest addition to the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association’s roster of ensembles. The show will run at the Bingen Theater. Curtain time is 7:30 tonight and Sunday, with a 11:00 pm late show planned for Saturday. Admission is $15 for reserved seats, and $10 for standing room. “Audience participation kits” will be available for purchase and include the traditional audience props. “The Rocky Horror Show” contains mature content and is recommended for age 18 or above.

SATURDAY

Enjoy the sounds of Three Rivers Dulcimer Society from Tri-cities, Washington, and the Upriver Dulcimers from Estacada, Oregon, in the galleries at Maryhill Museum of Art from 10 am to 3 pm Both groups feature the “Applachian Mountain Dulcimer,” and occasionally meet to jam.

The Music Festival of the Gorge will take place at the Hood River Waterfront Park Amphitheater on Saturday September 17, 2016. The free festival is a fundraiser to support school music programs in the Hood River District, through the Matt Klee Scholarship Fund. Local bands, covering an array of musical genres will play from 1-8 pm. The Portland based Quick and Easy Boys will put on a show from 8-10pm. After hours acoustic music will be provided by Marge Gale at Camp 1805 Distillery and Tasting Room from 10pm onwards. Food will be available on site from Norma’s Empanada’s and Four and Twenty Blackbirds, as well as other tasty local delights from Solstice Café, pFriem Brewing and Stoked Roasters. Bring your friends and family, and settle in to enjoy an afternoon of free musical entertainment in the heart of the Gorge. For more

The Pig Bowl benefit football game between Oregon and Washington law enforcement teams is at 7 pm at Wahtonka Field. Tickets $3 each, $10 for family. It’s the only football game where you can buy touchdowns for your favorite team, and all the proceeds go to helping local families with medical expenses.

The “Hummm” exhibit ends its run with a free live concert Saturday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. Artist Midori Hirose and Cascade Singers are collaborating in the event to be held on the second floor the Morin Printing building, part of historic Vogt Opera House, at 308 Washington St., The Dalles. Music featured at the Opera House between 1888 and 1916 will be interspersed with historic sketches of the theater’s history. There is no seating available so persons attending are invited to bring a camp stool or folding chair.

Gorge Country Media’s newest radio station, 103.1 La Que Buena, is hosting a Free Community Concer a Lewis & Clark Festival Park Join them to enjoy the music of Los Patrones, Grupo Super Escandalo, Banda Charo and more. Beergarden and foos availale

Listen to La Que Buena at 103.1 FM for more details and learn where you can enter to win a trip to Las Vegas.

The Dalles Main Street and Wonderworks have partnered up to bring you the first annual Downtown Pub Crawl on Saturday, September 17th from 2pm-8pm. Come downtown and pick up your Downtown Pub Crawl metal 16oz pint cup, visit some amazing watering holes, take advantage of special offers, support local businesses, and complete your pub crawl passport to be eligible for the grand prize: a Copa De Vino inflatable kayak. Your entire $20 entry fee goes to supporting Wonderworks.

SUNDAY

The Gorge Kids Triathlon returns to Waterfront Park in Hood River on Sunday, Sept. 18. The event is a fun and safe entry-level triathlon open to all elementary aged kids. All participants receive a T-shirt and water bottle! Proceeds from the event go to Hood River County elementary schools to enhance physical education programs and promote health and fitness. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and participants should be ready for the opening ceremony and pre-race instructions at 9:45 a.m. by the swim beach. Food vendors will be on site selling lunch items, coffee and other refreshments. Entry fee is $30.

The Dalles Main Street promotional booklet receives excellence in

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The Dalles Main Street Promotional Booklet received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for “Best Community Education” from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award is given to a targeted campaign that educates the community on a particular aspect of a Main Street program (e.g., Farmers’ Market, community pride, beautification, Main Street advocacy, economic development, historic preservation, etc.). Accepting the award was Matthew Klebes, executive director, The Dalles Main Street.

One of the questions main street organizations are always asked is, “What is Main Street?” The Dalles Main Street Promotional Booklet was inspired by the need to answer the above question. The Dalles Main Street began to gather photos and design their booklet after being inspired by a booklet produced by a community in Washington. The booklet was drafted by Matthew Klebes, reviewed by the Promotion Committee, and then finalized and polished by Optimist Printers, a local downtown printing company. The booklet provides an overview of the Main Street Approach, committee accomplishments, project highlights, funding sources and spending breakdown, and how to support The Dalles Main Street.

“We are very proud of the booklet,” said Matthew Klebes, The Dalles Main Street Executive Director. “We gave copies to each City Councilor and the City Manager during one of our updates to City Council, gave copies to our Board and several downtown businesses to share, and we distribute the booklets during events and festivals.”

“This is one of the nicest organizational promotional pieces I have ever seen,” says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. “We are happy to give this award to The Dalles Main Street and to use the booklet as a model for communities throughout our Oregon Main Street Network.”

18-year-old drowns after car chase

The Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office reports one person is dead after a high-speed chase early Sunday morning. According to Det. Sgt. Eric Anderson, the chase began in Bingen at 2:45 am Sunday, wound up through White Salmon and out Highway 141. The suspect’s engine blew up at Husum and the driver escaped on foot into the dark woods, eluding the deputy. A 17-year-old passenger was taken into custody.
The sheriff’s office enlisted the aid of the local fire department to use their infrared gear to see if they could spot a heat signature, but were unsuccessful. About 12:30 that afternoon, family rafting on the White Salmon river spotted a body that was identified as that of the car’s driver. Anderson said the deceased was 18-year-old Juan Antonio Sahagun of White Salmon. The car was impounded after showing evidence of drug activity and deputies were seeking a warrant for a search of the car.