Oregon State Marine Board meets in The Dalles Tuesday

The Oregon State Marine Board will be holding their quarterly Board meeting at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 2014 West 7th Street in The Dalles, beginning at 8 am.

The packed agenda includes the following items:

* Chapter 250 Division 011 –Steering and Sailing Rules, consideration of rule adoption

* Chetco River Petition, OAR 250-020-0082, consideration of initiation of rulemaking

* Insurance and Duplication Fees and Refunds, OAR 250-010-0058, consideration of rule adoption

* Boat Operations in Jefferson County, OAR 250-020-0340, consideration of rule adoption

* Boat Operations in Wallowa County, OAR 250-020-0032, consideration of rule adoption

* Boat Operations on the Willamette River in Clackamas County, OAR 250-020-0032, consideration of initiation of rulemaking

* Agency Representation by Officer or Employee, OAR 250-001-0035, consideration of initiation of rulemaking

* Ocean Charter Vessels, consideration of initiation of rulemaking

* Board Update for Multnomah Channel enforcement

* 2017-2019 Agency Request Budget & Key Performance Measures

* Round Two Facility Grants

* Petition and Rulemaking Procedures

* Agency Section Staff Reports

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Friday, June 24 . The Board will accept public comment during the designated period at the beginning of the meeting on only those agenda items which did not have a pre-noticed comment closing date.

Waterbury honored at reception today

The City of The Dalles hosts a retirement reception this afternoon for retiring police chief Jay Waterbury. That reception at 4:30 this afternoon in the council chambers at city hall prior to the start of the city council meeting at 5:30. Waterbury has served 42 years in uniform, 41 of them in The Dalles, and the last 20 as Chief of Police.

Weekend events Friday through Sunday June 24-26

FRIDAY

The Dalles Swim Team will be hosting The 65th annual Ted Walker Invitational Swim Meet at the beautiful, new Northern Wasco County Aquatic Center. Starts today and runs through Sunday. Event is free for spectators.

The Springs at Mill Creek second annual art fair today from 10 am to 3 pm. Local artists, light refreshments and live music.

Gorge Gravity Games – Showdown at the Loops continues Friday and Saturday as some of the best skateboarders and street luge riders in the world tackle the sharp curves and steep inclines of the Maryhill Loops.

Mom Prom – tonight at 7:30 – 11:00 at The Dalles Civic Audiorium. Mom Prom: A benefit for Grayson, who was born with a severe form of spina bifida. At nearly two-years old, he has undergone four neurosurgeries and countless hours of physical therapy. A 21 and over event. Tickets $25 per person

SATURDAY

The 14th Annual Mt. Adams Country Bicycle Tour features well marked routes, rest stops, safe sag support, and wonderful weather. Choose from the 11.5 mile Family Fun Ride (Trout Lake Valley) for $10, or the 51 Mile Loop through Trout Lake, BZ Corner, Gleenwood, and back, the 54 Mile Forest Loop (up and down the flanks of Mt. Adams) and the combined 105 Mile Infinity Ride for $75. Registration and rides start 7 am at Trout Lake School.

City of Rufus 2-Day City-Wide Multiple Site Sales Event, 9 am to 3 pm both Saturday and Sunday. It’s a multiple location garage sales event throughout the city including the City Hall Complex indoor and outdoors. Thousands of Items for Sale including: Cars, Trucks, Boats. Antiques & Collectibles, Motel Surplus, Electronics and City-Owned Surplus by sealed bid. Maps of all registered locations will be available at all businesses in Rufus starting Friday, June 24th.

Seventh annual Splash for Pink Maupin community event is a fundraiser for breast cancer research. Whitewater raft trips on the Deschutes leave at 10 am and 1 pm. Cost $79 including barbecue lunch. Lunch available for non-rafters for $10. Also live music all day, a kids’ fun area, raffle, silent auction, volleyball tournament, FREE beer , wine and liquor tasting…and much more.

Sixth annual skateboard competition starts 11 am at The Dalles skatepark. Sponsored by Northern Wasco Parks and Recreation District. There are $5,000 in prizes.

Wasco Amateur Radio Services “WARS” will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at Riverfront Park from 11:00AM Saturday, June 25th through 11:00AM Sunday, June 26th. This event spans the full 24 hours, so feel free to drop in any time. WARS volunteers maintain a robust communications system in Wasco County, providing critical backup communications capabilities in the event of a disaster.

Redneck golf benefit for Youth Empowerment Shelter – Light-hearted golf, games and grub. Starts at noon at Martin Meadows 6580 Martin Road off Sevenmile High Road.

Missoula Children’s Theatre staff along with The Dalles Theatre Company present The Princess and the Pea, an original adaptation of the classic fairy tale! Enjoy this full scale musical with 50-60 local children as cast members. Performances 2 pm and 7 pm at The Dalles High School auditorium.

Take an easy two-mile hike to learn about the Missoula floods that helped shape the land during the last ice age. Meet at Rowena Crest on the old Columbia River Highway 2 p.m. Free event offered by Oregon State Parks, Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Programs.

SUNDAY

Swim meet continues.

Rufus citywide yard sale continues.

Praise in the Park 7 to 9 pm at Sorosis Park. Enjoy a picnic dinner and enjoy guest speaker Lynn Kent. Bring your own chairs and blanket. Free event sponsored by the Evangelical Pastors Group.

Read it here: Federal Railroad Administration releases report on Mosier derailment

Thursday the FRA issued its report on the Mosier derailment. The report concluded that “Unless or until additional details come to light, FRA has made the preliminary determination that Union Pacific’s failure to maintain its track and track equipment resulted in the derailment.”

Response from monitoring organizations was immediate. Columbia Riverkeeper issued a statement noting the FRA report identifies the cause of the derailment as a number of lag bolt fractures in that section of track but does not identify the underlying cause of the bolt failures and does not identify a means of detecting the lag bolt defect.

The Friends of the Columbia Gorge called again for a halt to oil train shipments in the gorge. Executive Director Kevin Gorman put it this way.

This is a stinging indictment from a government agency that doesn’t typically call out the railroad companies. Union Pacific’s assurances of safety have just been derailed.”

Union Pacific also announced that it is postponing a public hearing on its proposed rail expansion around Mosier from July 5 to Sept. 6. The proposed four miles of new double track would allow more oil trains to move at higher speeds through the Columbia River Gorge and the town of Mosier.

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Oil train roundup of news bits

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Union Pacific plans to resume transporting oil by train through the Oregon side of the scenic Columbia River Gorge at some point this week. It will mark the first time trains carrying barrels of crude oil will move through the area since June 3, when a train derailed near Mosier. TheThe company’s latest plans, announced Wednesday, stand at odds with several government and private-sector leaders in Oregon and Washington state, who say oil-by-train is too dangerous. That includes Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, who called on the United States Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to halt crude oil traffic on this rail segment until the causes of the accident have been fully analyzed and necessary steps to prevent a similar derailment have been taken.

Union Pacific also announced that it is postponing a public hearing on its proposed rail expansion around the town of Mosier from July 5 to Sept. 6. The proposed four miles of new double track would allow more oil trains to move at higher speeds through the Columbia River Gorge and the town of Mosier.

Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler has placed an item in the Homeland Security funding bill that would advises the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to categorize hazmat operations, training, and equipment related to crude-by-rail incident response as “high priority” within its Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. Currently, the AFG program does not consider equipment and training specifically for train derailment incidents as being high priority grant applications. These grants are intended to provide resources for local fire departments. With this bill, these resources will be more readily available to our first responders.

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The state agency in charge of protecting millions of state land from wildfires is opposing a proposal to build an oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver, citing risks of wildfires from increased train traffic and other issues. The Department of Natural Resources urged the state energy panel to reject the project application. DNR says that based on the evidence, the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council cannot meet its obligations to assure that there are enough safeguards to protect the public. DNR made the comments in a brief filed ahead of hearings on the project, which begin Monday. The panel will hear testimony from numerous witnesses before making a recommendation to the governor. Tesoro Corp. and Savage Cos., operating as Vancouver Energy, want to build a rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal along the Columbia River that can handle an average 360,000 barrels of crude per day.

Oregon Dept. of Veterans Affairs survey for women vets on health care

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The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs invites all women with prior military service to take a brief, confidential survey sharing their experiences accessing health care and mental health services in the state.

The survey, commissioned by the Legislature in 2015 and conducted by The Rede Group, is designed to gauge the extent to which women veterans use health and mental health services, the barriers women veterans face in accessing these services and how the state can better serve women veterans regarding health care.

The ODVA will use the results to make recommendations for improving services and programs available to women veterans in Oregon, which are due to the Legislature in November.

Elizabeth Estabrooks, ODVA’s Women Veterans Coordinator, said the department is seeking the input of women veterans who are currently using the VA Health Care System, those who are eligible for VA health care but have opted not to use it and those who once used VA health care but have since left the system. She said ODVA wants to hear from those who have had positive or negative experiences.

“If a woman is really happy with the care she has received, we want to know about that, too,” Estabrooks said. “We want to be able to look at that clinic and say, ‘OK, what are they doing differently here that could be implemented at some of these other facilities?'”

Estabrooks said she hopes the survey is taken by as many of the state’s 28,000 women veterans as possible, so the ODVA has a clear picture of what needs are the greatest and where they are concentrated.

“It’s really important that we understand how to help women veterans where they live,” she said.

Those who complete the survey before July 22 can enter a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card. However, the survey will remain active even after this deadline passes.

To take the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/HM3PHGG.

Meet the pumi – latest dog breed to be recognized by American Kennel Club

06 22 16 Pumi_cutout2NEW YORK (AP) — A high-energy Hungarian herding dog is the latest new breed headed to the Westminster Kennel Club and many other U.S. dog shows. The American Kennel Club announced today that as of July 1, it is recognizing the pumi (POOM’-ee).

It’s the 190th breed to join the roster of the nation’s oldest purebred dog registry. That means the pumi can vie for best of breed at Westminster for the first time next February.

The pumi has a coat of corkscrew curls, ears that flop at the tips and a whimsical expression. But fanciers say it also has a strong work ethic. The medium-sized dogs go back centuries in Hungary, where they herded cattle, sheep, and swine.

AKC recognition requires having at least 300 dogs of the breed nationwide, among other criteria.