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May 10 Prep Sports Roundup

Track and Field

Hood River Valley’s Jesse Wiley and Jacob Bromham finished one-two in the 3,000 meter final, while HRV’s Lottie Bromham won the girls’ 3,000 during the first day of the Columbia River Conference Track and Field Championships in Hermiston.  Both the HRV boys and girls teams are in second after the first day’s finals behind Hermiston.  Tressa Wood had the top finish for The Dalles, taking second in the girls’ 3,000.  The Dalles boys are third and the girls fourth after day one.  The majority of event finals will take place today.


Girls Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 16, Lincoln 7:  Katherine McElderry scored five goals as the Eagles move into second place in the Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association’s Portland League.


Girls Tennis

Montesano 4, Stevenson 1

CGCC Adopts Sanctuary Resolution

The Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education 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.  The vote came after two months of public input, with board member James Willcox saying the important thing is for “students to feel safe.”  CGCC President Frank Toda had initially opposed the resolution due to concerns for federal funding cuts, but says he changed his mind after hearing testimony and being reminded of his own family’s history as Japanese-Americans.

Morrison Park Rezone Hearing Thursday

The Hood River City Council will hold a public hearing Thursday evening on the proposed zone change that would allow Morrison Park to be used as a location for construction of affordable housing.  The municipal planning commission recommended earlier this year to change the zoning of the property from open space/public facilities to R-3 urban high density residential.  But the plan has been controversial.  Proponents cite the need for workforce housing and the lack of available and affordable property in Hood River, but opponents say the City should not be developing on land that has been designated as park space.  The Council will take public testimony on Thursday but will not deliberate.  That is not planned until their next meeting on May 22.  Thursday’s hearing begins at 6 p.m. in Hood River City Hall.

TD Council Approves MCSC Request For SDC Reduction

The Dalles City Council has approved a request from Mid-Columbia Senior Center for a reduction in transportation systems development charges as they install a new elevator for better access to the basement of the building.  The move gives two 50 percent reductions to the SDC, one based on an ordinance allowing staff to approve such a request and another for non-profit groups.  Councilors noted the work being done at MCSC does not increase the burden on infrastructure.  In other business, the Council approved a new contract with the municipal employees’ union.  And they accepted the proposed alternate route for the eastern end of the Riverfront Trail that would cross the freeway to the south side of I-84.  That paves the way for the Riverfront Trail committee to begin to solicit funding for the project.

May 9 Prep Sports Roundup


Hood River Valley splits with Pendleton:  The Eagles lost the completion of a suspended game 7-2, but came back with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the regularly scheduled contest 3-2.  Lizzie Weekly brought home the tying run with a sacrifice fly, and Lauren Decker’s two-out single brought home the game winner.  Pendleton remains one game in front of HRV atop the Columbia River Conference standings with one game to play for each team.

Hermiston 6, The Dalles 0:  The Bulldogs moved a game ahead of the Riverhawks for the CRC’s final play-in spot.



The Dalles 6, Hermiston 5:  The Riverhawks scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to draw even with the Bulldogs for the CRC’s final play-in spot with each team having just one game left.

Hood River Valley 11, Pendleton 3


Southwest Washington Class 1A District Baseball Tournament

Castle Rock 4, Columbia 2:  The Bruins meet Elma in a loser-out game on Friday.


Southwest Washington Class 1A District Boys Soccer Tournament

Columbia 1, Elma 0:  The Bruins will meet Toledo in a semi-final game on Thursday at King’s Way Christian.


Girls Tennis

Stevenson 4, Northwest Christian 1


Boys Lacrosse

Lincoln 15, Hood River Valley 7

Slide Make Keep Highway Closed At Rowena Point For 2-3 Weeks

The Historic Columbia River Highway east of Rowena Point may remain closed for two to three weeks due to the extensive rock slide that occurred there Sunday evening.  The Oregon Department of Transportation says the rockfall is about 200 feet long, scattered across the highway.  The rock fell from a wall next to the highway at about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Some of the rocks are so large that ODOT will have to bring in special equipment to handle its removal.  ODOT spokesman Peter Murphy says the agency is bringing in geology specialists to examine the area for potential future rockfall and to insure that cleanup crews will be safe performing their duties, along with special rock scaling crews to deal with remaining hazards.  In the meantime, the historic highway remains closed to all vehicles, including bicycles, and hikers in the vicinity of the slide.

TD Council Makes Counter Offer To Chamber For Tourism Services

The Dalles City Council is making a counter-offer to The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce for their tourism services in 2017.  Mayor Steve Lawrence made the request to make the counter-offer to the Chamber’s proposal for $243,844, which is down by over $2,600 from last year but removes the cruise ship program that will be operated by The Dalles Main Street with a contribution of $40,000 from the City.  Lawrence felt shifting the cruise ship relations to Main Street should have reduced the cost further.  The City’s counter offer is $215,000.  But Chamber Executive Director Lisa Farquharson said even if the ship program was in the organization’s request, it would have increased to keep their marketing efforts competitive with other areas, noting only the three summer months see over 70 percent occupancy in the city’s hotels.  The Council voted 3-2 to make the counter offer, with Darcy Long-Curtiss and Tim McGlothlin opposed.  Long-Curtiss said she was frustrated that the proposed cuts were being put forward at a late hour in the process, noting the issue never came up in Council goal-setting session and the Chamber’s efforts had increased transient room tax revenues.  Farquharson said the counter offer would go to the Chamber board…and the issue will be back to the Council on May 22.

Motorcyclist Injured In Highway 142 Accident

A motorcycle rider was taken by Lifelight to a Portland hospital after being ejected off of his motorcycle in an accident on Highway 142 at Glenwood Road Monday evening.  According to the Washington State Patrol, 46-year-old Jimmie Burr of Colville, Washington was westbound on Highway 142 near milepost 22 at about 5:10 p.m. on Monday when he lost control and slid across the roadway.  He was ejected from the motorcycle, and came to rest down a 25-foot embankment.  Burr was first taken to Klickitat Valley Hospital in Goldendale, then flown to Legacy Emanual Medical Center in Portland with undisclosed injuries.  The WSP said speed was a factor in the accident.

LIEAP Program In Continuing Resolution Approved By Congress

The continuing resolution approved by Congress recently does include the Low Income Energy Assistance Program after it did not appear in the White House budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  Jim Slusher of Mid-Columbia Community Action, which administers the LIEAP program in Hood River, Wasco, and Sherman counties, says the funding is at similar levels to the current fiscal year.  Slusher noted the extremely cold winter the Gorge endured this year meant they could not provide assistance to pay heating bills to all who applied with the agency.  Community Action will hold a community barbecue and open house on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 312 East 4th in The Dalles to celebrate Community Action Month.

May 8 Prep Sports Roundup

Southwest Washington District Class 1A Baseball Tournament

First Round

Columbia 7, Montesano 3:  William Gross drove in three runs and pitched a four-hitter as the Bruins defeated the Evergreen League champions.  Trenton Howard had two runs batted in, as the Bruins took advantage of five Montesano errors.  Columbia is at Castle Rock for their second game in the tournament today.



Dufur 19, Riverside 9:  The Rangers run their record to 20-0.


Boys Tennis

Hood River Valley 8, Pendleton 0