Cole Kortge caught six passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns as the Dufur Rangers moved closer to a third straight state championship with a 58-28 win over Falls City in an OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Class 1A football semi-final at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. Tanner Masterson’s 58 yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the final play of the first half gave the Rangers a 32-22 halftime lead, and Dufur then made a couple of defensive stops in the third quarter before the offense scored two touchdowns in less than two minutes to pull away. Derek Frakes passed for 174 yards and three touchdowns, while Hagen Pence ran for 92 yards, threw a 60-yard TD pass, and had 11 tackles on defense. The Rangers meet Hosanna Christian for the 1A state championship this Saturday at noon at Cottage Grove High School.
The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office continued search efforts on Friday for a lost hunter in the Forlorn Lakes area on the east side of the Indian Heaven Wilderness. 37-year-old Joel Presler of Vancouver remains missing and has not been heard from since last Saturday. Presler’s pickup was located by deputies on Wednesday off a forest road. Search efforts Friday were focused on getting ground searchers to the area of Lake Comcomly as well attempting to locate an old cabin in the proximity of where the vehicle was located. About ten volunteers are assisting along with snowmobiles and personnel from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Weather conditions in the area improved Friday. Precipitation was minimal with partly cloudy skies.
The Dalles Warming Place will be operating again this winter at St. Vincent dePaul’s Ministry Building on West 3rd Street. Volunteers run the shelter for those who find themselves on the streets in The Dalles during the winter. Georgia Giacobbe says they once again will be open between November and March based on nightly temperatures. The shelter will be open on nights when it is 30 degrees or below, with wind chill factored in, or 35 degrees or below in wet conditions. Shelter hours will be from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The first potential night of operation will be this Sunday night. The Dalles Warming Place could use more volunteers to help operate the shelter. To volunteer call Ed Elliott at 541-386-5857.
A garbage truck turning into a driveway and hitting a power pole led to Friday’s power outage in Hood River. Hood River County Sheriff Matt English says no one was injured in the accident on the 1000 block of Tucker Road, near a Pacific Power substation. Tom Gauntt of Pacific Power said about 7,700 customers in Hood River and Wasco counties were impacted by the outage, which started at about 6:55 a.m. Power was restored by 8 a.m.
Installation of a new track and synthetic turf field at Hood River Valley High School’s Henderson Stadium will start in April. The school has been discussing the project for some time, and will be paid for through a matching grant from the state from their bond sale of over a year ago along with a good bond rate that brought in additional funds. HRV Athletic Director Tom Ames says it will lead to some inconveniences for the school’s track and field and lacrosse teams this spring, but when it is done will improve playing conditions for a number of sports and allow the field in particular to receive more use. Ames pointed out finding practice facilities for the track team will be the biggest issue. The new field should be ready for the start of the 2018 fall sports season.
The Hood River Warming Shelter will open for the winter this Sunday night. For the first time the shelter has hired a part-time director, Laura Westmeyer, and she says they also will have a permanent location for the winter at Riverside Church on State Street next to the Hood River County Courthouse. The shelter will be open from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. every night until March 10. There is still a need for volunteers and donations to help the shelter serve those in need of a place to stay during the cold winter nights. For information on how to help, go to hoodrivercares.org.
There will be intermittent, single-lane closures on the Hood River/White Salmon Interstate Bridge Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Port crews and Gorge Electric contract crews will be on the bridge making the repairs to bridge lights. Bridge users are encouraged to plan for delays during these hours. Delays are expected throughout the day from 15-30 minutes depending on traffic volume.
White Salmon City Councilors are looking at revising sewer and water rates to better differentiate between the types of usage by customers of the system. Mayor David Poucher expects that for most people, rates won’t change significantly. White Salmon reviews water and sewer rates about every five years. Poucher said new rate structures would be approved as the municipal budget for 2018 is passed over the next month.
The latest vote count has probably determined winners in White Salmon City Council elections. Under Washington state law, ballots only had to be postmarked by last Tuesday to be counted, and numbers released late yesterday afternoon represent the final count until November 27. In the closest race, Ashley Post had 348 votes to 334 for Ben Berger for position one. For position three Jason Hartmann has received 327 votes to 261 for Jason Sabourin. Amy Martin maintained her advantage for position four with 388 votes to 291 for Dan Caldwell. And Marla Keethler has 386 votes for position five to 302 for Maurice Tunstall, Jr.
The Hood River City Council approved bringing on another firefighter. City Manager Steve Wheeler says the move was planned in the current fiscal year budget, but both staff and Councilors wanted to wait to make sure emergency medical services transfers would pay for it. First quarter revenue confirmed they could move ahead. However the City will wait at least another quarter to add a new position in the police department. Wheeler says the plan is to use marijuana tax revenue for that person, but they want to get a better handle on where those monies will settle in at before moving forward. He notes most of the uncertainty is at the state level.