Update on the Hood River Bridge project: in response to the lowered load rating imposed by ODOT in March of 2021, the Port of Hood River will conduct extensive live load testing on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge from October 9 through October 24. Testing activities will take place on the bridge seven days a week during this period. Bridge users should expect intermittent single-lane closures between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day throughout the testing period, with delays of approximately 30 minutes possible depending on traffic volume. Flaggers will direct traffic around the moving work zone. Full bridge closures are anticipated to take place on October 13, 18, and 20, with delays of 30-45 minutes possible.

The Lyle Good Food Pantry is open Wednesdays. If you or anyone you may know that is food insecure during these difficult times, please spread the word. It’s an easy drive through process, and you can sign up from your car through our local WAGAP. Donations go directly out to our community. They can be dropped off at the Lyle Community Center in the morning. They are always in need of volunteers. Questions? Call or text Chris Sokol at (503) 260-7007.

The Forest Service will be having planned burns in Washington for the next three days through the Gorge. The most visible will be west of Lyle across from Memaloose Rest Area. They are asking, “Please don’t plug up the emergency dispatch centers with calls about the fire.”

Start planning for your little ones visit to Howards Haven Animal Sanctuary for the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch Time! Many events will be provided at these fun-filled two days. October 23 and 24 will have the Howards opening their family-oriented farm to children of all ages. There will be free pumpkins, hot cocoa and coffee, a gift bag for each child, and different fun things to visit. Try your hand at going through the “Pallet Maze,” take a hayride, feed the ducks, pet a pig, and even see a science craft project to tantalize your mind—honestly, there are just too many great things happening. And the best thing about it? It’s all free. (But donations are humbly accepted.) So put your glad rags on and join your neighbors for the fun.