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Civic Partners With Community Foundation For Endowment Fund

The Dalles Civic Auditorium is partnering with the Gorge Community Foundation to form The Dalles Civic Auditorium Endowment Fund.  The Civic fund will combine designated donations of all sizes to be professionally invested and managed by GCF, which manages over $5.5 million for a long list of gorge- focused organizations and individuals.  Civic board member Beverly Erickson says they hope to launch a donation-match campaign in the near future.  Civic Board President Dennis Morgan says the endowment fund is vital to The Civic’s future, noting the progress of theatre renovations and plans to focus on preservation and long-term funding support.  The Civic’s former Foundation will be dismantled and its remaining account balance added to The Dalles Civic Auditorium Endowment fund.  Donations to The Dalles Civic Auditorium Endowment Fund can be made at www.gorgecf.org and following their donation button prompts.

Hood River Waterfront Trail Work Planned Next Week

Work will begin this coming Monday on improvements for the Hood River Waterfront Trail, directly underneath the Hood River Bridge.  The portion of the trail that lies between the Port of Hood River offices and the area just west of the Hood River Inn will be closed for the week of May 22 while work is done.  Trail pedestrians and cyclists will be detoured via the crosswalk at the Button Bridge Road/ Marina Drive intersection.  The project is expected to last for about one week, with the trail opening back up on May 26th by 5:30 p.m.  Crestline Construction is the contractor on the project.

May 16 Prep Sports Roundup

Oregon Class 5A Boys Golf Tournament

The Dalles is tied for third with Corvallis after the first round of the Oregon Class 5A Boys Golf Tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.  The Riverhawks are 15 shots back of team leader Summit headed into today’s final round.  Chase Snodgrass had the best first round for the Riverhawks, shooting a six-over-par 78.  That has him in a tie for fifth, four shots back of the leaders.


Oregon State Girls Lacrosse Playoffs

First Round

Lincoln 13, Hood River Valley 10:  Abigail Bartles scored four goals for the Eagles, who finish the season with a 12-5 record.

Discovery Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary Sunday

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Sunday with free admission and a host of activities.  The Center in The Dalles is the official interpretive center of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and was dedicated in May 1997.  Discovery Center marketing manager Susan Buce says everyone is invited to attend.  There will be wildflower identification walks, raptor presentations, and Native American demonstrations.  The Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as it is every day.

One Lane Of 12th Street In The Dalles Closed Saturday & Monday

The Dalles Public Works Department will be closing one lane of East 2nd Street Saturday and Monday to install a sanitary sewer main line east of the Boat Basin Overpass.  Work will occur between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. both days.  The City will have flaggers in place to guide drivers around the work area, but delays are expected.  To avoid the congestion it is suggested using the detour route of Brewery Grade, up to 10th Street, east to Old Dufur Road and down Fremont Street to Highway 197.  Proceed with caution in that area during construction and observe all temporary traffic control devices.

May 11 Prep Sports Roundup

Track and Field

Hood River Valley was second and The Dalles third in both the boys and girls standings at the Columbia River Conference Track and Field Championships in Hermiston.  During Thursday’s finals…HRV’s boys won four events:  Owen Ramsey in the 100 meters, Jesse Wiley in the 1500, Chad Klaas in the pole vault, and Jonah Tactay in the triple jump.  Hood River’s Reed Bauer won the girls’ 800 meters, The Dalles’  Cameron Perez was first in the boys’ javelin, and the Riverhawks’ Tressa Wood won the girls’ 1500 meters.  The Eagle boys grabbed 14 entries in the state Class 5A meet in Eugene next week, the HRV girls earned eight, The Dalles girls four, and the Riverhawk boys three.


Goldendale’s boys were third and the girls fourth in the SCAC West Sub-district track and field meet at Highland.  Dillon Rising won two events for the Timberwolf boys, while Michael Jageliski and Mykhail Lembke were also victorious.  Ellie Rising, Allison Gilliam, and Ocean Bryan were event winners for the Goldendale girls.


Southwest Washington Class 1A District Boys Soccer Tournament


Toledo 1, Columbia 0:  Jonathan VanVleck scored the only goal in the final minutes of regulation as Toledo defeated the Bruins for the third time this year.  CHS plays Montesano tomorrow at noon at King’s Way Christian for third place in the district and a spot in the state 1A tournament.


Boys Lacrosse

Grant 13, Hood River Valley 9

City Seeks Ideas For Gitchell Building

The Dalles City Council has decided to proceed with seeking a request for qualifications from any entity that might be interested in restoring the historic Gitchell Building.  The building on the National Register for Historic Places located on First Street along the railroad tracks was deemed unsafe for entry by City staff a few years ago, and its proximity to the tracks could limit or make unusable the southern portion of the structure.  Assistant to the City Manager Matthew Klebes says the RFQ is looking for ideas, adding studies have shown rehabilitation could be expensive.  The City will take its time waiting for proposals, but Klebes says if they don’t receive any the Council will have to take a look at other options, ranging from the City paying to rehabilitate the building either for occupancy or as a landmark to seeking a demolition permit.

Toda Says Input Changed His Mind On Resolution

Columbia Gorge Community College President Frank Toda initially opposed a resolution affirming sanctuary status for the college, but after two months of public input he changed his mind, and supports the Board of Education decision to adopt it.  When the resolution was first proposed Toda was concerned about losing federal funding streams if it was adopted.  But Toda said in listening to testimony over two months, his heart changed his opinion, saying “after much deliberation and discussion, I learned to appreciate the fear that exists in the Hispanic community, and that changed me.”  Toda also said he was reminded of his own family’s history as Japanese-Americans.  The CGCC Board unanimously voted to join a number of other colleges and universities in adopting sanctuary status over concerns regarding federal immigration policy.  The resolution will not change existing college policy, so CGCC officials don’t expect the move to threaten federal funding.  The resolution states CGCC, in accordance with law, will only provide student immigration status to the federal government if it has consent from the student, or if served with a valid subpoena, warrant or court order.

Motorcyclist Dies After Going Down Embankment

A motorcyclist died from injuries suffered after being ejected from his vehicle while riding eastbound on Interstate 84 east of The Dalles.  According to the Oregon State Police, troopers responded at about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a motorcycle laid against the guardrail.  After a search, the driver of the motorcycle was found approximately 330 feet behind the location of the motorcycle over the guardrail about 35 feet down an embankment in some tall grass.  The OSP says the motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries while on route to the hospital.  The name of the driver has not yet been released to give the family more time for notifications.

Johnson Introduces Reading Initiative

Oregon State 52nd District Representative Mark Johnson introduced legislation establishing an age 3 to grade 3 reading initiative in Oregon schools.  House Bill 3455 creates a coordinated program with the goal of ensuring that all Oregon students can read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.  It instructs the Oregon Department of Education to award grants to school districts who commit to implementing early reading programs that focus on students who are expected to be a grade level behind or who are struggling to read.  Schools must implement evidence-based early reading aligned to academic standards and be making progress toward addressing student achievement gaps and overall literacy rates.  Johnson says it’s proven that when a student can read well, they are more successful in the rest of their educational career.  If passed, HB 3455 would take effect in the summer of 2018, with the Department of Education having the opportunity to establish a pilot program during the 2017-2018 school year.