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Possible decision on CL Port vacancy this week

The Port of Cascade Locks could make a decision this week on who will fill a seat on the port commission that has been vacant for over three months.

A special meeting will be held Thursday, July 10 at 6 p.m. at the Community Center (House 3) on S.W. Portage Road, where current commissioners will interview the four prospective commissioners who have applied for the position. According to the port, a “possible decision” may be rendered at the conclusion of the meeting.

Position 1 on the five-member port commission has been vacant since former Port Commissioner Scot Sullenger resigned the position earlier this spring. Sullenger, who also owns the Cascade Motel in Cascade Locks, told the News after his resignation that he felt he was no longer able to dedicate the amount of time required for the position.

Two of the applicants for Sullenger’s position are current members of the Cascade Locks City Council: Bobby Walker and Jeff Helfrich. Other applicants include Gyda Haight, whom Interim Port General Manager Paul Koch described as a “citizen activist,” and Aurora del Val, whom Koch described as a local resident who is “active” in the Columbia River Gorge Racing Association, a Cascade Locks nonprofit sailing organization.

The person appointed to the commission will fill out the remainder of Sullenger’s term, which expires June 30, 2015.

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Cascade Locks Port Commission meets at 6 p.m., the first and third Thursdays of the month, at City Hall Council Chambers, 140 W. WaNaPa St.

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