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December 5 Prep Basketball Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

The Dalles 63, Columbia 48:  The Riverhawks win their second straight game to begin the season.

Heritage 64, Hood River Valley 60

Stevenson 86, Goldendale 57

Dufur 43, Culver 35


Girls Basketball

Hood River Valley 40, Heritage 39:  Haylee Baker’s steal and lay-in with 30 seconds to play gave the Eagles the win after Heritage had come back from an eight point deficit in the fourth quarter.

The Dalles 47, Columbia 12

Stevenson 63, Goldendale 56

Culver 52, Dufur 35

Reopening Of Trails Difficult To Forecast

122 miles of trail in the Mount Hood National Forest and the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area remain closed in the aftermath of September’s Eagle Creek Fire, and when they will open will remain a question for some time.  Rachel Pawlitz of the U.S. Forest Service Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area says she is hopeful that some of the trails will open in mid- to late-spring, but some assessments won’t begin until spring, when freeze/thaw cycles that can trigger landslides will have played out.  Pawlitz reminds people that the closures are for the public’s safety, noting the trails are a network, and some locations may remain closed because of how they can access trails that are unsafe for use.  Multnomah Falls Lodge opened one week ago but the nearby waterfall viewing areas, including the popular lower viewing platform, and the surrounding trail system remain closed until the next round of repairs is completed.

YouthThink Rolls Out Teen Version Of Parent Boot Camp

YouthThink has rolled out a teen-focused version of its Toddler to Teens parent boot camp.  Debby Jones of YouthThink says this version is for parents and influencers of children between the ages of 11 to 17.  Jones says it was put together at the request of those who want to go deeper into the feelings and workings of the brain of a teenager, adding once puberty starts there is as much going on in the brain and body as during the first year of life.  The two hour parent boot camp is offered on a periodic basis.  The next session focused on teens is January 29 at 6 p.m. at the YouthThink office on 610 Court Street in The Dalles.  For more information, go to youththink.org.

Wasco County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Fatal Shooting

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Saturday morning shooting in the southern part of the county that left a man in his forties dead.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, the man was shot by his 76-year-old father in Pine Grove, about 15 miles west of Maupin, during a domestic disturbance.  The Sheriff’s Office says the man is cooperating with investigators, and no arrest has been made at this time, adding he was taken to Mid-Columbia Medical Center for observation then transported to a care facility.  The Sheriff’s Office adds this was an isolated incident, and there is no danger to the public.  The investigation is on-going, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office at 541-506-2580.

ELFF Food Drive Starts Tuesday

The annual “Everyone Loves a Firefighter,” or Project ELFF, food drive takes place in The Dalles area this week.  ELFF commander Eric Pyles of Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue says they will begin Tuesday evening collecting non-perishable food donations in the eastern half of The Dalles.  Cash donations will also be taken that will go directly to the Salvation Army and St. Vincent dePaul to augment their food banks.  Project ELFF volunteers will be collecting in The Dalles east of Union Street on Tuesday, then Wednesday night they will be on the west side of The Dalles, and Thursday in the Dallesport-Murdock area.  Collections will take place all three nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hood River Tourism Experiences Bounce Back In October

A strong October has helped Hood River’s tourism industry catch up after a difficult September due to the Eagle Creek Fire.  Hood River County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Glover says the latest lodging report for the month of October showed an offset of the negative effects from the Eagle Creek Fire says lodging revenue put the industry back on a year-to-date increase.  Glover says anecdotal reports from the retail sector show those businesses took a hit in September, but bounced back in October.  He also reports the holiday season is off to a strong start, noting an estimated four-thousand people attended Friday night’s parade and tree-lighting event.

Omeg Named Good Fruit Grower Of The Year

The Dalles area orchardist Mike Omeg has been named the 2017 Good Fruit Grower magazine Grower of the Year.  In announcing the selection, the magazine cited Omeg as representing “all the values of a great grower, a passion for quality fruit, a relentless search for innovation and an extraordinary commitment to service to others.”  Omeg is the fifth generation general manager of Omeg Family Orchards.  He is the third winner of the award from The Dalles area…joining the Bailey family in 2003 and John Carter in 2010.

Slowdows And Delays On I-84 Thursday

Rolling slowdowns and delays on Interstate 84 west of Hood River are scheduled in both directions around noon Thursday for the sixth in a rock blasting series necessary to build the latest segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.  The Oregon Department of Transportation indicates the blast, one of the smallest of the series, will take place around noon near milepost 53.  The rolling slowdowns will delay traffic in both directions but the delays are expected to be shorter than for previous blasts.  The schedule may change due to unforeseen conditions.  Further blasts may not be necessary to complete the project.

D21 Reaches Tentative Labor Deal With Classified Employees

North Wasco County School District 21 has reached a tentative labor contract agreement with its education support professionals.  D-21 Chief Financial Officer Randy Anderson says both the D-21 board and the union still must ratify the deal.  Anderson expects the D-21 board will ratify the contract at their next meeting on December 14.  He adds discussions to reach a contract agreement with the district’s teachers are continuing.

December 2-3 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Basketball

Redmond 66, Hood River Valley 63

Lyle-Wishram 68, Columbia 49

Lyle-Wishram 56, Dufur 47

Nixyaawii 48, Dufur 35

Hudson’s Bay 79, Stevenson 60

Sherman 70, Stanfield 41

Sherman 83, Grant Union 52: Sherman wins its tournament

Prairie City 63, Trout Lake 58

North Lake 51, South Wasco 26

Trout Lake 56, South Wasco 21: Trout Lake third in South Wasco tourney

Horizon Christian 56, Damascus Christian 41

Trinity Lutheran 55, Horizon Christian 42:  Horizon second in its Hawk Invitational

Joseph 56, Klickitat-Glenwood 40

Goldendale 81, Mabton 46


Girls Basketball

The Dalles 53, Sandy 37

Hood River Valley 62, LaGrande 56

Madras 59, Hood River Valley 30:  HRV second in Madras Tournament

Columbia 47, Lyle-Wishram 41

Dufur 49, Lyle-Wishram 16

Nixyaawii 68, Dufur 25

Hudson’s Bay 49, Stevenson 48

Sherman 39, Stanfield 35

Grant Union 90, Sherman 15:  Sherman second in its tournament

South Wasco 48, North Lake 23

South Wasco 50, Prairie City 24:  South Wasco wins its tournament

Prairie City 50, Trout Lake 30

North Lake 46, Trout Lake 34

Triad 52, Horizon Christian 38

Damascus Christian 48, Horizon Christian 30

Joseph 50, Klickitat-Glenwood 26

Mabton 74, Goldendale 30



Hood River Valley grabbed four first place finishes at the Mt. Edgecumbe Invitational in Sitka, Alaska.  Ryan Zeller and Chad Muenzer tied for first at 132 pounds, Jason Shaner won the 138 pound division, and Adrian Ramirez was first at 285.  Gracie McCafferty was second in the girls’ 106 pound division.