Goldendale drops effort to lure Nestlé bottling plant

The Goldendale City Council meets tonight at 7 pm, but the dozens of protesters on social media who had planned to attend can relax and stay home. A report by the mayor who has been studying the possibility of inviting Nestlé to look at setting up a water bottling plant in Goldendale came to this conclusion: “The development of a proposal with Nestlé would require additional staff and manpower, additional funding for increased manpower and consultant time which could overwhelm the City’s limited budget. Based on the foregoing, I recommend the City take no further action.”

Jam-packed weekend offers events for all


Goldendale is starting a new tradition. Goldendale’s 1st Annual City-Wide Yard Sales. More than 60 families will be offering their wares all day Friday and Saturday.  This was formerly the 13+ Mile Yard Sales, but now only includes Goldendale and Centerville. You can pick up a printed list at the Goldendale Chamber at 903 E. Broadway, and at participating businesses.
CGOA Stages presents “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” a musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Monty Python’s Spamalot won the 2005 Tony award for best musical. Now CGOA Stages is bringing the hilarious show to the Gorge for seven performances in June. Based largely on Monty Python and the Holy Grail film, Spamalot is a smart and irreverent send-up of history and many of the traditions of Broadway musicals as well. Like the film, Spamalot is based on the semi-mythological King Arthur and his attempt to gather Knights for his round table at Camelot and the quest to find the sacred relic. The musical contains many of the most beloved skits and scenes from the film as well as new songs and some older Python material, happily repurposed for the musical.

Bingen Theater

Friday, June 16th @ 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 17th @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, June 18th @ 2:00 PM Matinee`
Thursday, June 22nd @ 7:00 PM
Friday, June 23rd @ 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 24th @ 2:00 PM Matinee`
Saturday, June 24th @ 7:00 PM
$15.00 Adults (age 18+)
$10.00 Students & Children (ages 10 – 17)
Tickets are available at the door and online through


Dallesport Volunteer Fire Department and Columbia Gorge Regional Airport Third Fly-in event tomorrow with breakfast at 7am lunch 11 am scenic flights available $2 admission, free parking. You’ll find  restoration experts, vintage cars, helicopter rides, kids activities and drones .

The Health and Wellness Fair will be at the Klickitat Valley Health Family Medicine clinic in Goldendale from 8 a.m. to noon. Kids can get their breakfast on with a fun, healthy yogurt bar, and then plant a strawberry to take home. They will also find a giant, inflatable theme park covering half the parking lot! Super slide, obstacle course, bouncy house and bungee run plus face painting, games, and prizes throughout the fair. In addition, because it’s Father’s Day weekend, there’s a Super Dad photo booth – complete with super hero costumes for kids to pick out.  For the adults, health providers will be on hand to answer questions and interpret lab results. Lots of other health info for parents on well on child exams, healthy cooking, respiratory therapy, care coordination, physical therapy and other great hospital services.

The first Annual A-Town Throwdown at Arlington will challenge the best that windsurfing, kiteboarding and standup paddling have to offer. This fun event is sponsored by the Port of Arlington and will showcase the newly reconstructed launch area at the Marina. Events from  9 am to 10 pm  include Freestyle Windsurfing contest, Strapless Freestyle Kiteboarding contest, and a 10-mile Downwind SUP race from Blalock to Arlington. Demo vendors, exhibitors, food and live music will all be featured. Competition Entry Fee: $75 Free for spectator and community to attend.

Fam Fest, a family friendly event will be held at the Lewis & Clark Festival Park in The Dalles on June 17 from 11:00AM to 10:00PM. Kids from ages 2 to 102 will have fun together while they create art in the Art Pavilion, enjoy music, eat delicious food and play games in the Funderdomes. Attractions include a portable Zipline, Monkey Motion Trampolines, climbing wall, a Pedal Go-karts racetrack, miniature golf, petting zoo, pony rides and bounce houses. There will also be musical guests and entertainment by renowned juggler & comedian Angel Ocasio.  Tickets $5 per person $15 per family $10 for bracelet (includes admission)

The Wasco County Historical Society’s first summer program will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Saturday at the Moody/Rorick House, 300 W. 13th Street in The Dalles. Karl Vercouteren will present “The Vogt Opera House:The Sequel”. The Sequel adds new information about Maximillian Vogt and events at the Vogt Opera House, an almost forgotten cultural center that hosted traveling troupes and locally- produced entertainment from 1890 to 1916. Historical Society programs are free to the public.

It’s the 2nd Annual Ketchum Kalf Bull Bash & 83rd Annual Ketchum Kalf NPRA Rodeo Saturday and Sunday in  Glenwood, Washington. Show starts at 12:30 p.m. each day. Admission: $10.00/adults — $3.00/Ages 12-4/Ages 3 and under free. Camping available – $10/night.

SAVOR SUMMER – A Community Harvest Cooperative Benefit Gourmet Dinner by Petite Provence is aflavorful benefit for Community Harvest Cooperative Grocery
Saturday 6 t0 9 pm 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT tickets $50 each

Blues concert featuring Doug MacLeod Master of Original Acoustic Blues and 2017 Blues Music Award Winner Saturday night at 7 pm at Old St. Peter’s Landmark. Advance tickets $15, available at Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles and at Wacoma Books in Hood River. Tickets at the door are $20. The event is a benefit for St Peter’s Landmark


Festival de Mexico
This family friendly event is a continuation of Saturday’s Fam Fest will be held at the Lewis & Clark Festival Park on June 17 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Kids from ages 2 to 102 will have fun together while they create art in the Art Pavilion, enjoy music, eat delicious food and play games in the Funderdome, miniature golf, petting zoo and bounce houses. Special attractions include a portable Zipline, Mechanical Bull, Monkey Motion Trampolines, climbing wall, a Pedal Go-karts racetrack and pony rides. There will also be musical guests and entertainment by renowned juggler & comedian Angel Ocasio. Tickets $5 per person $15 per family $10 for Special Attractions

Fathers get free admission on Father’s Day  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, in The Dalles, Oregon. Join Dr. Jim O’Connor at 2:00 p.m. for “Before the Dams: the Geology of the Columbia River Gorge,” A traditional salmon bake and Indian fry bread will be available for purchase, followed by a presentation of Native fishing techniques. For information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit

Sunday from 3 – pm the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro  will have beer, soft pretzels, and Museum fun for $5 (Free for all Dads on Father’s Day)
That will be followed by the Sherman County Historical Society – Annual Membership Meeting at  5pm dinner with speaker Linda Wilson on Early Cowgirl, Blanche McGaughey Sammis.

Power outage planned for Lyle, High Prairie areas

There will be a planned power outage taking place on Saturday, June 17th, starting at 11:00PM and lasting until 8:00AM on Sunday, June 18th. 

 This outage will be for BPA to perform critical transmission line maintenance to the KPUD Lyle substation.

It will affect all customers in Lyle, High Prairie, Timber Valley and Appleton.  This includes Old Hwy 8, Hwy 142 to milepost 6, Lyle-Snowden Rd, Canyon Rd, McGowan Rd, Appleton Rd, Fisher Hill Rd, the Centerville Hwy to milepost 12, High Prairie Rd, Struck Rd, Hartland Rd, Schilling Rd, and surrounding areas.

The times stated for this planned outage are based on the best information we have available ahead of time, so please be aware that the power could come back on at any time without prior notice.

Free Federal Lands Pass provides fourth graders and families an adventurous summer

Hood River, Ore. – With summer vacation right around the corner, fourth graders can spend their time away from schoolbooks in the scenic beauty of public lands…for free!

 For the third year in a row, children enrolled in fourth grade for the 2016-17 school year are eligible for an Every Kid in a Park pass, which provides free entry onto federal public lands.

Beyond simply the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the pass is good nationwide, from Tongass National Forest in rugged Alaska all the way to sunny Ocala National Forest in Florida.

Every Kid pass waives parking fees anywhere where a day pass is required for the fourth grader.  It can also help cover the cost of family members as it includes the occupants of a single, non-commercial vehicle OR the pass holder plus three people where per person fees are charged. The pass does not cover camping, tours, special recreation permits and most concession operated facilities. The voucher and passes are valid untilAugust 31, 2017.

 To obtain an Every Kid pass, visit, play a fun educational activity, then print your earned voucher and present it to your nearest Forest Service office in exchange for a plastic pass.

Bring the printed voucher into the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area’s headquarters in Hood River, located at 902 Wasco Avenue, Suite 200 from 8:00 to 4:30 on Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays).

Place your annual pass on your dashboard in lieu of a day pass—no need for fee envelopes! Come try it out at any one of our trailheads, including Eagle Creek Trailhead, Bridge of the Gods Trailhead, Wahclella Falls, Sam’s Walker Picnic Area, and many more.

Better yet, your Every Kid pass is eligible to be used for federal lands managed by these agencies as well:

  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 Why Fourth Grade?

The Every Kid in a Park program encourages children to explore, learn, and play in the spectacular places that belong to us all and aims to inspire future generations to serve as stewards of these places. Research shows that children ages 9-11 are at a unique stage in their learning where they begin to understand how the world around them works in more concrete ways. Today, more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas and kids are spending more hours in front of screens instead of heading outdoors for entertainment. By providing these passes, Every Kid in a Park is designed to provide every child in the U.S. with an opportunity to visit public lands by the time he or she is 11 years old.



The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area encompasses 292,500 acres of Washington and Oregon, where the Columbia River cuts a spectacular river canyon through the Cascade Mountains. The USDA Forest Service manages National Forest lands in the National Scenic Area and works with the Gorge Commission, states, counties, treaty tribes, and partners to protect and enhance scenic, natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Columbia River Gorge while encouraging local economic development consistent with that protection. Learn more about Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area at or follow us on social media at or


Union Pacific appeals second track at Mosier denial to Gorge Commission Tuesday

Followiing the Wasco County Board of Commissioners meetings on November 2 and November 10 last year, at which commissioners voted unanimously to deny an application by Union Pacific Railroad to extend a siding at Mosier into a 5-mile-long full second track, the railroad appealed that decision to the Columbia River Gorge Commission.

Friends of The Gorge, Columbia Riverkeeper, and Physicians for Social Responsibility also appealed the ruling, for different reasons.

The hearing for those two appeals is Tuesday, June 13 at 9 am at the Readiness Center on the Columbia Gorge Community College campus. Briefs filed by attorneys for various parties are available for download at this LINK.

Search Warrants and Arrests in Goldendale

This is a Press Release from the Goldendale Police Department:

Goldendale, Washington June 9th, 2017 – The Goldendale Police Department has been busy the past week conducting three illegal narcotic search warrants and numerous arrest warrants within the city.

Two search warrants were for illegal narcotics. One was in the 400 block of West Darland Street and the other was in the 100 block of East Brooks Street. From these two search warrants, 8 people were arrested, 4500 dollars of Heroin was seized, and 800 dollars in cash was seized.

Goldendale Police also did one search warrant on a vehicle for illegal narcotics after Goldendale Police Canine “Harley” made a positive alert on the vehicle. Illegal narcotics were found inside the vehicle and charges were filed on an adult female. The vehicle was seized by the Goldendale Police Department.

The last search warrant was in the 1500 block of South Columbus for Robert Kyle Navarre with an arrest warrant. Navarre was found in the back bedroom and was taken into custody.

Goldendale Police and the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office also arrested Devin Prouty in the 400 block of West Collins. Prouty was found hiding in the attic under insulation.

Goldendale Police also arrested John Walker on an arrest warrant in the 1100 block of West Broadway after he was seen by the officers in the backseat of a vehicle.

Quote: These search warrants are a result of the Goldendale Police Department and the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office working together and sharing information.

Chief Reggie Bartkowski

Quote:  Drug cases and theft case are top priority of the Goldendale Police Department. Investigations are continuing and more arrest will be made.

Chief Reggie Bartkowski

At this time, no further information can be given due to the continuing active investigations.

Google expert talks Internet safety

Ben Brown, Google technology expert

June is Internet Safety Month and Google is giving us the tips and tools we need to keep ourselves and our families safe online. We use the internet in our homes every day, but what questions should we be asking to know if our products are up to date and if our devices are secured? Let Google be your home technology guru and answer questions about protecting your Wi-Fi network, password tips – how to come up with something you remember but that is also safe, and digital discipline tips for families and kids.

As we make our way into the busiest moving season, it’s also good to keep in mind the basics of setting up your home network. From purchasing vs. renting a router and what the best option is for you, to what to do if you’re living with someone you don’t know – if you find a roommate on Craigslist, do you want to be on the same router/network? What does that mean for your information and devices?

Ben Brown has been working on consumer and home automation products for the past decade and is passionate about how the convergence of machine learning, design and ever improving hardware platforms can deliver amazing end-user experiences.

He was the one of the founders of the Google Wifi program and spearheaded much of the home platform investments for Google over the past 5 years, thinking about the emergence of voice and artificial intelligence to deliver the next generation of in-home experiences.

To hear our interview, click on the grey podcast bar below