The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Paranoia is setting in. It’s a conspiracy—we are being cut off from the outside world! Washingtonian Gorge residents will not be able to cross over to Oregon ever again! And the road to Biggs Bridge even had road construction signs. All this was recently posted: “The Bridge of the Gods will have a temporary 11-ton weight limit from September 27 to October 31. The Oregon Department of Transportation recently issued new load ratings for the Bridge of The Gods that spans the Columbia River between Cascade Locks, Oregon, and Washington State Highway 14. The Bridge of the Gods will return to legal load limits following a scheduled Strengthening Project expected to conclude by the end of October 2021. For more information, contact the Port of Cascade Locks Bridge Manager Jeremiah Blue via email to jblue@portofcascadelocks.org.” Hmmm. Wait a minute, I wonder—how heavy is my car

News flash: the construction along Highway 14 is coming along so quickly, they’ve changed the hold-up time from 45 minutes to only 20 minute delays. Sounds like they are working at getting it all cleared up more quickly than planned. Whew. Good to hear. Forget my first sentence.

Just a quick message from the Lyle Lions: they want to thank people for coming to their first Saturday Pancake Breakfast. “We will be resuming our full menu including omelets and eggs cooked to order starting October 2. It has been a hard couple of months. Food prices are up, and guest numbers are down. We feel that the social aspect is equally as important as our fundraising and are committed to keeping on doing it! See you on the 2nd !” And I’m hoping they still have those never-ending pancakes. It’s a great meal and a great deal!

For dog owners: Pepi Gerald from the Hood River Kiteboarders wants you to be aware there is Blue Algae along the shores of our Columbia River (as close as Mosier) that is poisonous to dogs; it can kill them within 30 minutes. Also the dead salmon causing salmonella can be almost as bad. Probably best to keep them away from that area for now.

The family of Tom Amery, one of our High Prairie neighbors, wishes to inform his friends and neighbors that he passed on September 9. They also request that in lieu of flowers, any donations be sent to the charity of their choice or to the High Prairie Fire Department, PO Box 853, Lyle, WA 98635. Because of the concern of the virus at this time, they will have a small family service later in the month at their farm in his remembrance. They will include sharing happy memories of him and his life here. They also want to send “a special thank you to those hardy souls who have continued to give time and expertise for the activities which will bless both the Fire Department and the Community Center.”

On a happier note: High Prairie neighbors wish to invite you all to make plans to visit their upcoming Christmas Bazaar scheduled for December 2 through 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. I know, you’re asking, “Why tell us so far in advance?” Well, it’s because if any vendors want to have a booth, they have to schedule by October 16, and that’s coming up pretty quick. Tami is in charge: (360) 241-3537. And, yes, I’ll keep you posted!