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Chance of Rain
Wednesday 60%
High 63° / Low 47°
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Thursday 10%
High 62° / Low 46°
Friday 10%
High 68° / Low 45°

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Local News

September 18 Prep Sports Roundup


Hudson’s Bay def. Stevenson 25-14, 25-7, 25-17

Washougal def. Columbia 3 sets to 1



Lyle-Wishram 38, Goldendale 0


Boys Soccer

Damascus Christian 3, Horizon Christian 1

Wireless Tower Remand Hearing Continued To September 26

Hood River County Commissioners continued a hearing on a remand from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals of a decision earlier this year to allow a 100-foot tall wireless transmission tower near Windmaster Corner.  The attorney for project applicant ProLand asked for a seven-day extension during the rebuttal stage, saying legal counsel for appellant Rebecca Rawson had provided information on Friday afternoon that he had not had sufficient time to review.  County Commission Chair Ron Rivers says the hearing will continue next Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the County Administration Building.  LUBA remanded the approval decision back to the County based on questions about whether the tower qualified as a utility use under County ordinances, and finding the County had not formally adopted Planning Director findings on public interest, property value, and public need standards.

May Street School Building Plan Gets Planning Approval

The Hood River County School District’s building plans for a new May Street Elementary School was approved by the Hood River City Planning Commission.  Superintendent Dan Goldman says that moves them one step closer to beginning construction on the new facility.  The district will put the project out for bid in November, and plans to start construction in February.  There is a condition for the district to make sure lighting on the school mitigates glare into the surrounding neighborhood.

OIB Announces Small Business Loan Program

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Oregon Investment Board has authorized the launch of a new pilot loan program for small businesses in Wasco, Hood River, and Multnomah counties.  The program supplements traditional lending resources available through commercial banks and can provide funding when another lender is unable to work with a business client.  It will offer a more consolidated loan application process specifically targeted to support entrepreneurs, new business start-ups, expanding businesses, and existing businesses for debt refinancing.  Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Executive Director Amanda Hoey said the timing of the program release will allow the OIB to be responsive to businesses adversely impacted by the Eagle Creek Fire.  Information is available through MCEDD at 541-296-2266.

Hood River Valley Evacuation Advisories Lifted; I-84 Corridor Stays On Level 1 Due To Flash Flood Advisory.

With rain reducing threats from the Eagle Creek Fire, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office has lifted all evacuation advisories in the Hood River Valley.  That means zones A4b, A5, A6, A7, B4, B5, B6, and B7 return to normal.  Due to a flash flood advisory for the Interstate 84 corridor, exit 56 all the way west to the county line will remain on Level One “be ready” notice.  That includes the Cascade Locks, Wyeth, and Viento areas.  Travelers also should be aware of the potential dangers associated with the flash flood advisory.  All evacuation notices for the public lands around Lost Lake are being lifted, but all Hood River County forest lands, roads, and trails are closed, as are all federal forest lands north of Mt. Hood and west of Highway 35.

Eagle Creek Fire Activity Reduces With Rain

Rain is reducing fire activity on the Eagle Creek Fire, even though the containment level remains at 32 percent.   In a morning video briefing, operations chief Rick Miller said starting Sunday afternoon they received good amounts of rain throughout the fire area.  Work has now been focused on removing unneeded equipment and building water bars to mitigate erosion along fire lines.  Lines are well secured on the southwest corner and along the I-84 corridor to Wyeth.  Contingency lines along the south and east sides remains in place, though no significant additional growth is expected on the fire given predicted weather.  Even with rain, smoldering and creeping fire can be expected within the fire perimeter for some time, and smoke will continue to be visible.  Resources will be released from the fire over the next several days, but fire managers say an adequate number of crews will be retained to continue patrols and other work along the fire line.

Travel Oregon Asked To Assess Fire Impacts

Travel Oregon’s Hood-Gorge Region has been asked by the Governor’s office to reach out to the communities and ask if businesses have had to layoff seasonal workers early because of Eagle Creek Fire impacts.  The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce is gathering information, and Chamber CEO Lisa Farquharson says they have anecdotal evidence of impact to businesses in her community, but need more formal input.  Farquharson says they have sent out e-mails to The Dalles-area businesses to take part in a survey on fire impacts, and those that have not received it can call the Chamber at 541-296-2231.

Port of HR Airport Advisory Panel To Look At Op Changes

The Port of Hood River’s airport advisory committee will be studying operational changes over the next few months to help reduce noise impacts on nearby homes.  That’s after a pair of recently held public meetings on the subject.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says various possibilities will be discussed during the fall and winter, with some recommendations expected in March.  McElwee says one possibility is to increase the pattern altitude to reduce decibel levels on the ground, and another is to vary the precise points of the approach of planes into the airport.  The Federal Aviation Administration has to give its approval to some of the changes.

Fallers Finish Dropping Snags On East Crater Fire Line

Over the weekend fallers completed work dropping snags along the line for the East Crater Fire in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest’s Indian Creek Wilderness.  The work on Forest Road 6035 east of the wilderness area reduces hazards along that corridor.  Hose lays were to be removed Sunday from the fire’s edge where threats to the containment line have diminished.  Heavy equipment operators were conducting some suppression repair along the Forest Road 6035 fire line, including cleaning culvert inlets.  As that work is completed resources will be released to return home or to other assignments.  While the fire perimeter encompasses an area of nearly 500 acres, burn intensity has been varied across the fire.  As a result, a mosaic of forest conditions have been left behind.

September 15-16 Prep Sports Roundup


Hood River Valley 42, Ridgeview 14

The Dalles 22, Brookings 0

Dufur 56, Horizon Christian (Tualatin) 8

Wallowa 54, Sherman 40

Stevenson 48, Portland Christian 13


Cross Country

The Dalles boys were second and girls fifth at the Oregon City Invitational on Saturday.  Gabe Lira was the top individual finisher for the Riverhawk boys with a 15th place finish, while Tressa Wood led The Dalles girls by finishing 20th.


Boys Soccer

Trout Lake 7, City Christian 2

Trout Lake 0, DeLaSalle North 0