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Local News

Two Outages In Western Klickitat County

There were a pair of power outages on Saturday in western Klickitat County.  Klickitat PUD says the first occurred in the morning when the Bonneville Power Administration had a line fault on the transmission line from Bonneville Dam to their Bald Mountain substation just south of Husum.  That transmission line feeds the Bingen, White Salmon, Snowden, Husum, Trout Lake and Glenwood areas.  BPA operators took action and restored power in about 30 minutes.  Then on Saturday night, Skamania PUD requested that BPA take an outage on the same transmission line between Bonneville Dam and Bald Mountain substation because Skamania PUD had a switch that was arcing at the North Bonneville Annex, which is the first tap off the line.  That led to a second outage for that line lasting for about two hours.

September 29 Prep Football Scores

Hermiston 40, Hood River Valley 14

LaGrande 14, The Dalles 6

Columbia 22, Castle Rock 12

Stevenson 27, Seton Catholic 7

Dufur 58, Perrydale 22

Sherman 48, Touchet (WA) 6

Lyle-Wishram 46, Dayton 6

Naches Valley 41, Goldendale 0

HR School Enrollment Shows Slight Dip

The Hood River County School District’s early enrollment figures show a slight dip in enrollment as the 2017-18 school year has begun.  However school officials will be watching those numbers over the next month to see if there is any increase coming off the Eagle Creek Fire situation that may have kept some students away in the opening two weeks of school.  Superintendent Dan Goldman says enrollment has been on a downward trend in the past two school years.  He says the district is anxious to see if the housing starts around the Hood River area are being populated by families.  Goldman says the district may have to move forward with the expectation that enrollment will be flat or continue on a downward trend.

Vets Home Remodel Underway

The Oregon Veterans Home is progressing on its first major remodel in its 20-year history.  Veterans Home Program Director Michael Springston says along with updating and modernizing the facility, they are trying to give the Veterans who are there more of a sense of home.  He says they are adding carpets and upgrading resident rooms with a hardwood laminate floor.  Work began on the remodel in June, and Springston says it should be done in late spring or early summer.

September 28 Prep Sports Roundup


Hood River Valley def. Hermiston 25-8, 25-5, 25-11

Pendleton def. The Dalles 25-15, 25-19, 25-17

LaCenter def. Columbia 25-18, 25-20, 25-19

King’s Way Christian def. Stevenson 25-5, 25-14, 25-16

Dufur def. Mitchell-Spray 25-14, 25-5, 25-13

South Wasco def. Condon-Wheeler 25-16, 25-11, 25-19

Sherman def. Ione 27-25, 25-17, 25-15


Boys Soccer

Hood River Valley 2, Woodburn 0

LaGrande 6, The Dalles 2


Girls Soccer

Hood River Valley 1, Woodburn 0

LaGrande 3, The Dalles 0

LaCenter 3, Stevenson 1


Girls Water Polo

Hood River Valley 15, Barlow 8

Pavement Sealing Work Planned In The Dalles

The City of The Dalles Public Works has scheduled pavement crack sealing on some roadways for Monday through Thursday.  The work will be done on East 1st between Union Street and Madison Street, and West and East 2nd between Lincoln Street and Madison Street.  No parking signs will be set out a day or so before work is scheduled.  Any cars parked in the work zone on the day that work is scheduled will be towed.  Rolling road closures will move through the project areas, throughout the week.

Timber Sale On Pinchot

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest recently sold and awarded 5.9 million board feet of timber from the Jane Timber Sale in the Lewis River watershed to High Cascade of Carson.  Forest officials say it’s the first of several timber sales to be offered from the Swift Thin project approved in 2016 that is located east and south of Swift Reservoir that will commercial thin trees 45 to 55 years old on about 3,600 acres of forest plantations.  About $525,000 from the timber sale will fund road reconstruction and maintenance on 36 miles of road used to transport timber from the sale area to the mill.  Forest officials say the road improvements provide public benefit for those who access that part of the Gifford Pinchot for hunting, enjoying a weekend drive, hiking, and other forest uses.  Trail networks in the Trapper Creek Wilderness and the Siouxon area will be greatly improved.  Following completion of the timber sale, there may be unused wood made available to the public to remove via firewood permits if the situation allows.

Fire Damages Oak Street Building

Fire heavily damaged a building on Oak Street in downtown Hood River on Wednesday night.  Hood River Fire Chief Leonard Damian says firefighters were called to the fire at the building on 6 Oak Street that houses the Kayak Shed at 7:44 p.m. when multiple callers to 9-1-1 reported smoke and flames coming from the roof and the rear of the building.  Crews arrived to find dark smoke coming from the eaves of the building and fire coming from the roof.  Firefighters battled the fire for over 90 minutes before it was declared under control.  The fire was contained within the building, with an adjacent coffee shop and apartment building suffering what Damian termed moderate smoke and water damage.  There were no reported injuries, and all occupants in apartment units got out safely.  Damian says the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.   Crews from Hood River, Westside, Wy’east, Parkdale, Cascade Locks, Klickitat County, and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue departments were involved in the firefighting effort.  The fire attracted a large number of onlookers who were in the downtown area on a warm early fall evening.

WS Schools Get Grant To Continue K-8 After-School Program

The White Salmon Valley School District has received a one-point-seven million dollar grant to continue its A-List Adventure after-school program for kindergarten through eighth graders for the next five years.  The grant comes from 21st Century Learning Centers, a federally funded program through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  District Superintendent Jerry Lewis says the program has been in place for the past five years, adding it provides a variety of opportunities for students.  The new grant will allow the program to operate five days a week instead of the previous four, adding Fridays throughout the school year.

Walden To Hold Hearing On Wildfire Impacts On Air Quality

Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden says the House Energy and Commerce Committee he chairs will hold a hearing next week on the impact wildfires have on air quality.   The panel’s subcommittee on the Environment will hold the hearing Wednesday.  At a committee meeting earlier this month, the Hood River Republican said there is a need for urgent action to prevent catastrophic wildfires and protect air quality in Oregon.  The Wednesday hearing will be streamed live on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website at 7 a.m. Pacific time.