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McCabe Introduces Opioid Risk Warning Bill

Washington State 14th District Representative Gina McCabe has sponsored a bill that would require doctors to warn patients about the risks of opioid use.  House Bill 2447 would require health care practitioners to discuss dependency and overdose risks as well as provide pain management alternatives to opioids when prescribing opioids for the first time during the course of a patient’s treatment.  The Washington State Department of Health would also be required to post a brief warning statement on their website.  McCabe is calling the bill “Jeremy’s Law,” named after a former Goldendale resident who was prescribed OxyContin and Vicodin after suffering an injury while wrestling in high school.  More surgeries led to more prescriptions for opioids, and he eventually became hooked on heroin.  He entered rehab twice, overdosing between the two stints of treatment.  The bill is scheduled for a hearing Friday in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee.

Port of HR To Bring Experts In For Bridge Worksession

The Port of Hood River is bringing in a panel of experts on Thursday to discuss the various elements of replacing the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge.  The panel will discuss bridge replacement procurement options, public-private partnerships generally, traditional project delivery options and typical timelines, and other aspects of the project.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says as the bridge planning process moves along, they are entering an area where Port officials need to raise their education level, particularly when it comes to private-public partnerships.  McElwee noted elected officials from both sides of the river have been invited to attend.  The worksession will be at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Port’s Marina Center conference room.

Reservations For Distinguished Citizen Awards Due By Tuesday

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce still has room for more to attend Thursday’s Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet, but the time to do it is limited.  Reservations are being accepted until noon on Tuesday.  Chamber CEO Lisa Farquharson says they will be honoring eight award winners who will be announced at the banquet.  To make a reservation, call the Chamber at 541-296-2231 by noon Tuesday.  The event is at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center Thursday evening, with Happy Hour at 5:30 and the program beginning at 6:30.

January 12-13 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Basketball

Hood River Valley 66, Corbett 44

Redmond 61, The Dalles 55

LaCenter 92, Columbia 46

King’s Way Christian 79, Stevenson 54

Sherman 80, Condon-Wheeler 45

Sherman 56, Arlington 41

Horizon Christian 51, Ione 30

Horizon Christian 54, Mitchell-Spray 29

South Wasco 50, Mitchell-Spray 39

Ione 52, South Wasco 50

Arlington 48, Dufur 36

Condon-Wheeler 62, Dufur 44

Yakama Tribal 67, Lyle-Wishram 40

Lyle-Wishram 71, Trout Lake 68

Sunnyside Christian 85, Trout Lake 31

Bickleton 51, Klickitat-Glenwood 42

Sunnyside Christian 85, Klickitat-Glenwood 17

Granger 82, Goldendale 52

Goldendale 49, Highland 41


Girls Basketball

Redmond 52, The Dalles 47

Dufur 56, Arlington 31

Dufur 52, Condon-Wheeler 38

Sherman 46, Condon-Wheeler 35

Sherman 65, Arlington 24

South Wasco 61, Mitchell-Spray 14

South Wasco 56, Ione 26

Ione 44, Horizon Christian 36

Horizon Christian 45, Mitchell-Spray 7

Sunnyside Christian 82, Trout Lake 34

Trout Lake 52, Lyle-Wishram 35

Yakama Tribal 55, Lyle-Wishram 17

Sunnyside Christian 64, Klickitat-Glenwood 16

Highland 48, Goldendale 9



Hood River Valley went 3-3 at the Oregon Classic in Redmond…defeating Milwaukie, Ridgeview, and Hillsboro, and falling to Silverton, Dallas, and Wilsonville.  In the girls’ bracket, Elena Kroll was second at 135 pounds.


The Dalles finished ninth at the Bob Beisell Invitational at Forest Grove.  Glenn Breckterfield went 3-1 in finishing second at 145 pounds.


Stevenson’s Brandon Connell was second at 182 pounds and Braden Waymire third at 160 at the Dave Holter Invitational in Kelso.



Hood River Valley finished second to North Bend in both boys and girls competition at the Madras White Buffalo Classic.


Get A Flu Shot

Health officials continue to urge people to get a flu shot.  Ellen Larsen of the Hood River County Health Department says the whole country is now in the heart of flu season, and they recommend getting vaccinated if you haven’t done so.  In Oregon, labs have confirmed nearly 6,000 cases this season. It runs from October to April.

Chinatown Exhibit Winding Down

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center’s exhibit on the old Chinatown in The Dalles will be wrapping up soon.  The exhibit has been in place since the start of 2017.  Discovery Center registrar Susan Buce says the Chinatown exhibit will be removed in a bit more than a month from now.  Buce says the next exhibit will be “Painting Oregon’s Harvest” by artist Kathy Degendorfer.  It has been on display at the High Desert Museum in Bend.  That will open in March.

January 11 Prep Sports Roundup


Mountain View 59, Hood River Valley 11:  Ryan Zeller won by fall and Jason Shaner by technical fall to highlight the HRV effort in the dual match in Central Oregon.


Girls Basketball

LaCenter 60, Columbia 21

King’s Way Christian 40, Stevenson 17

APD Interim Home For AAA

Starting in February, the state Aging and People with Disabilities office in The Dalles will temporarily deliver aging program services currently provided by the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments.  The interim change in service delivery stems from an August 30 announcement that the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments would stop serving as the Area Agency on Aging for Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties.  APD administrator for long-term services and support Jane-ellen Weidanz says making her agency the interim provider should ensure adequate staffing to support the needs of older adults in the Mid-Columbia.  Weidanz says APD is in conversations with a variety of governmental organizations and other entities that could potentially qualify as the new Area Agency on Aging, and those discussions are expected to take about six months.  The APD office on 3641 Klindt Drive in The Dalles…call 541-298-4114 or 800-452-2333.

January 11 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Basketball

The Dalles 51, Crook County 45:  The Riverhawks outscored the Cowboys 16-6 in the fourth quarter to grab the win, including making seven free throws down the stretch to hold the lead.  The Riverhawks moved their record to 7-5 with the win.


Girls Basketball

The Dalles 64, Crook County 19:  The Riverhawks jumped out to a big lead with a 31-point first quarter.  Jodi Thomasian led The Dalles with 13 points, while Bailey LeBreton and Jenna Miller added 12 apiece.


Girls Wrestling

Hood River Valley 42, Forest Grove 15

Hood River Valley 31, Century 30:  The Eagles won over the Jaguars in a tiebreaker by criteria to sweep the double dual at Forest Grove.  Aryn Dahlstrom and Alexis McCafferty had two wins apiece for the Eagles.

New Management At Home At Last

New management has begun its work at the Home At Last animal shelter in The Dalles.  Home At Last has merged with Central Oregon Animal Friends, whose organization’s executive director Steve Drynan and director of operations Jerilee Drynan both were involved with Home At Last before moving to the Madras area about a decade ago.  Steve Drynan says the transition in management is underway, starting with implementing policies and figuring out the situation of the animals at the shelter.  He adds rebuilding the volunteer base and dealing with the shelter’s financial issues are also top priorities, noting the shelter facility is clean and in good shape.  Drynan notes shelter managers are currently being trained in both The Dalles and at their Madras facility.  He emphasized the key to success long-term will be very good animal care and customer service.

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