Columbia Gorge Weather

Winter Storm Warning

4:47 AM PST on February 23, 2019
4:00 AM PST on February 27, 2019
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Chance of Rain
Saturday 40%
High 38° / Low 30°
Chance of Rain
Sunday 100%
High 33° / Low 27°
Monday 100%
High 29° / Low 17°

February 21 Prep Basketball Roundup

Intermountain Conference Basketball Tournament

First Round


The Dalles 59, Ridgeview 49:  Jacob Hernandez scored 20 points as the Riverhawks advance to the tournament semi-finals.  Oscar Fernandez added 17 points and Josh Nisbet 10 for The Dalles, which will play Pendleton at Blue Mountain Community College on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Redmond 56, Crook County 51:  Redmond will play at top-seed Hood River Valley in a semi-final on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.


The Dalles 54, Crook County 37:  Kilee Hoylman and Jenna Miller scored 13 points apiece for the Riverhawks, while Lauryn Belanger added 11.  The Dalles will visit Redmond in the semi-finals on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Pendleton 39, Hood River Valley 18:  The Eagles will play the loser of Saturday’s The Dalles-Redmond game on the road on Monday.

Oregon Class 1A Boys Basketball Tournament Second Round

Today’s Schedule

Siletz Valley at Sherman, 6 p.m.

Dufur at Prairie City, 6 p.m.

Crosshill Christian at Horizon Christian, 7 p.m.

Oregon Class 1A Girls Basketball Tournament Second Round

Saturday Schedule

Crane at South Wasco, 4 p.m.

Mosbrucker Bill For Domestic Violence Workplace Poster Passes House

A bill sponsored by Washington 14th District State Representative Gina Mosbrucker that would require the state’s Employment Security Department to create a poster with information about domestic violence resources that could be displayed in the workplace passed the House of Representatives Wednesday.  Mosbruckersays for many victims of domestic abuse, the only safe place away from their abusers that they are allowed to go is their workplace.  House Bill 1533 would have a poster created that could be displayed in the employee area of a workplace, the same place where worker rights and minimum wage posters are required to be displayed.  It would have a hotline number on the top and an area on the bottom of the poster where local domestic violence resource information could be added.  The bill passed 94-1.  It has been referred to the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee.

Hansell Sponsors Bill To Ensure College Tuition For Native American Grads

Oregon State Senator Bill Hansell is shepherding a bill in the Legislature to ensure in-state college tuition for Native American students who graduate from high school in Oregon regardless of where their residency might actually be.  The 29th District Republican says Senate Bill 312 would allow a number of students to continue their education, using the example of boarding students at Chemawa Indian School.  Another bill sponsored by Hansell, Senate Bill 293, would establish a scholarship program to provide free tuition and fees for qualifying Indian health profession students in exchange for student commitment to work at a tribal service site after graduation.  Both bills are currently in committee.

Ski Areas Support Climate Legislation

Mt. Hood ski areas have come out in support of climate legislation before both the Oregon Legislature and Congress.  Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur, Timberline, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, and Summit ski areas say they support the Federal Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act and the Oregon Climate Action Program.  In a statement, the ski areas say the winter sports recreation industry is uniquely vulnerable to feel the environmental and economic impacts of climate change.  They also indicated support for efforts by the Federal Government to manage the National Forest system in a manner which reduces forest fuel loading and encourages the economically productive use of fiber resources to create rural jobs and reduce the incidence of catastrophic wildfires in Oregon.

OR Legislature Could Vote On Rent Measure Next Week

The Oregon House could vote on a rent control measure as soon as next week after it went through committee on Wednesday.  The Senate passed it last week.  The bill prohibits landlords from terminating month-to-month leases without cause after 12 months of occupancy and limits rent hikes to once a year and up to seven percent above the annual change in the consumer price index.  52nd District Representative Anna Williams plans to vote for the measure, noting the Legislature will have to monitor how the move would impact different communities and be prepared to adjust accordingly.  If approved Oregon would be the first state to enact a rent control measure.

Fishery Managers Set Spring Chinook Season

Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington adopted revised spring Chinook salmon and steelhead seasons for the Columbia River during a joint state hearing.  In the Columbia above Bonneville Dam, the recreational Chinook season will be open from Monday, April 1 through Sunday, May 5.  The open area for both boat and bank anglers is from the Tower Island power lines approximately six miles below The Dalles Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.  From the Tower Island power lines downstream to Bonneville Dam, only bank angling is allowed.  In the Columbia below Bonneville Dam, the modified recreational spring Chinook season will take place from Friday, March 1 through Wednesday, April 10.   The open area is from Warrior Rock upstream to Beacon Rock, plus bank angling only from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline.  The season-setting process was complicated this year due to a below average forecast for upriver-origin spring Chinook of 99,300 fish and poor expected returns to the Cowlitz and Lewis rivers.  These regulations replace permanent rules that remain in effect through February.

HR County Holds Meeting On Tax Measures Thursday Night

Hood River County is holding an informational meeting Thursday night on its plans to place two tax measures on the May ballot to attempt to generate more revenue to reduce strains on the County budget.  County Commissioners have been considering asking voters for a five percent prepared food and beverage tax and local operating levy of up to 89 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property value.  County Administrator Jeff Hecksel says they will be using a drop-in open house format.  The meeting will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School.

MCSC Holds Fundraiser Friday

Mid-Columbia Senior Center will hold its annual dinner/auction fundraiser on Friday evening.  Center Executive Director Scott McKay says this year’s event will help provide money for operations and finish some remodeling work on the Center’s upstairs floor.  A Chicken Cordon Bleu dinner will be served.  Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday, with the dinner at 5:30 and the auction at 6:30.  Tickets are limited, and are available at the Center on 1112 West 9th in The Dalles.  Tickets cost $35.

Port of HR Gets Report On Traffic & Revenue For A New Bridge

Port of Hood River Commissioners received a sketch of traffic and revenue expectations for a new Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge at their Tuesday night meeting.  It’s all part of putting together part of the environmental impact statement for a new bridge, and gathering information to be used for whatever kind of financing package would be needed for construction.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says one of the major takeaways was a recommendation to develop a tolling policy, adding that because the Port in all likelihood would not be the primary agency to run a new bridge, they will need input from a number of different parties.  McElwee says part of the EIS is to determine the impact of tolling increases on lower income communities.

Klickitat County Commissioners Listen To I-1639 Concerns

Klickitat County Commissioners listened to citizens who wanted to comment on Initiative 1639 at a public meeting in Goldendale.  Most spoke in support of Sheriff Bob Songer’s stance that he will not enforce the law passed by the state’s voters in November that established new gun laws, believing they are unconstitutional.  Commissioner David Sauter says the board simply listened, and did receive some suggested resolutions.  Sauter pointed out a handful precincts in the western part of the County did approve of I-1639, and because of the location of the meeting probably were not represented in the audience.  The Commission will discuss the subject at their regular meeting in Goldendale next Tuesday.

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