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September 13 Prep Sports Scores


Pendleton 49, Hood River Valley 38

LaGrande 48, The Dalles 24

Columbia 61, Ilwaco 0

Corbett 35, Stevenson 0

St. Paul 68, Dufur 18

South Wasco 68, Dayville 19

Sherman 47, Prairie City 16

Lyle-Wishram 54, St. John-Endicott 16

White Swan 32, Goldendale 18



Prairie City def. Sherman 25-21, 25-20, 25-12

South Wasco def. Dayville 25-15, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20

D21 Looks Toward Contract With Superintendent Search Firm

The North Wasco County School District 21 board has given a notice of intent to award a contract to McPherson and Jacobson of Omaha, Nebraska to serve as a consultant in the district’s search for a new superintendent.  The panel interviewed representatives of three firms Thursday night.  Retiring Superintendent Candy Armstrong says there will be some steps to take before a contract is finalized.  Armstrong says the firm will guide the district through the search process and bring candidates for the job to the board.  The district expects to start screening candidates after the first of the year.


Oregon Primary Election Filing Begins

Those who want to run for offices in the May 2020 primary election in Oregon can now file to do so.  Wasco County will have five offices on the ballot:  County Commission Position #2, Assessor, Clerk, Sheriff, and Treasurer.  In Hood River County positions that will be in the primary include County Commission Chair, Commissioner seats for Districts 2 and 4, Sheriff, District Attorney, and the Soil and Water Conservation District.  The filing deadline is March 20.  Those interested can contact their county election office.

Wasco 9-1-1 Honored For 2018 Work

Wasco County’s 9-1-1 Center has been recognized by its peers in Oregon for its work during the difficult 2018 fire season.  The Center received the Critical Incident Award from Oregon Association of Public Safety Communications Officials and the National Emergency Number Association at their state conference this week in Bend.  The award recognizes the team in the 9-1-1 Center for making an extremely noteworthy contribution which results in the successful handling of a major incident or combination of incidents beyond the average or normal activity level.

September 13 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Soccer

Hood River Valley 1, Woodburn 1

Putnam 6, The Dalles 3


Girls Soccer

Putnam 5, The Dalles 1

Stevenson 3, Fort Vancouver 1



Estacada def. Hood River Valley 25-13, 25-20, 25-20

Columbia def. Lyle-Wishram 3 sets to 0

Dufuf def. Condon-Wheeler 25-15, 25-5, 25-22

South Wasco def. Ione 16-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-7


Hood River Interstate Bridge Traffic Down 3%

The Port of Hood River’s financial reports show traffic on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge decreased by three percent in the 2018-19 fiscal year.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says some of the drop was attributable to bad weather in the late winter along with some closures due to construction projects, but a recent toll increase from $1 to $2 may also be a factor.  He says they will be watching the crossing counts over the next few months to determine if this is a trend or an anomaly.  McElwee said there was a steady increase in BreezeBy automated tolling accounts, which offers lower tolls per crossing.  He adds it’s probably the first year-to-year drop in bridge use in about 15 years.

Klickitat PUD Sets RNG Dedication For Wednesday

Klickitat PUD will hold the dedication ceremony for its new H.W. Hill Renewable Natural Gas Facility at Republic Services’ Roosevelt Regional Landfill this coming Wednesday.  PUD General Manager Jim Smith says the facility is the culmination of five-year project to develop the plant that will convert the output of municipal solid waste at the landfill into renewable natural gas.  Smith says they have a deal to sell it to BP North America for use as a transportation fuel.  Washington Governor Jay Inslee and 14th District State Senator Curtis King will be guests at Wednesday’s dedication, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Roosevelt facility.  The PUD will hold a public open house and facility tour on September 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For more details go to klickitatpud.com.

URA Board Proceeds With Recreation Building Demolition

The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency board formally declared an emergency to authorize staff to proceed with the partial demolition of the westerly portion of the Recreation Building in downtown The Dalles.  Under the declaration, the board directed staff to select a contractor with experience in this kind of controlled demolition.  The URA has received three bids that were solicited by Todd Carpenter, who was attempting to rehabilitate the building.  Two were from residential contractors and one was from a commercial contractor.  The declaration also calls for a two million dollar liability bond and a performance bond.  The roof of the western end of the building, which was the portion that housed a bowling alley, and its supports have buckled.  Community Development Director Steve Harris said the roof would be removed in segments, and take the building down to street level.  He added engineers agree the main floor at street level and the basement are in good condition.  Chuck Gomez, owner of the adjacent Granada Theatre, asked for some relief from the barricades that have closed the sidewalk on that side of 2nd Street, noting he has had to close the theatre’s café, and a show scheduled there Saturday night’s needs access to the alleyway that is currently blocked.  Harris said that issue will be looked at.

White Salmon Issues September 19 Water Moratorium To Allow Line Repair

The City of White Salmon will institute a water usage moratorium next Thursday, September 19 to facilitate water main repairs.  The moratorium will be for 13 hours starting at 8 a.m. on September 19.  The water moratorium does not affect drinking, cooking or water for flushing toilets.  It will include irrigation, car washes, laundry, and showers.  All irrigation systems need to be turned off by Wednesday evening, September 18.  Water should be used for essential purposes only.  Restaurants and other commercial establishments that use water for their business are asked to reduce water where possible.  The City of White Salmon is repairing the city’s 14-inch water main that brings water to the city from its water sources. This line needs to be shut down for repairs.  For additional information, please contact City Administrator Pat Munyan at 509-493-1133, ext. 202.

September 11 Prep Sports Roundup

Cross Country

Columbia finished third in both the boys and girls standings at the LaCenter Jamboree to kick off the season.   The Bruins’ Jacob Lockman won the boys’ race, while Joules Hope finished fourth for CHS in the girls’ run.

Boys Soccer

Columbia Adventist 1, Trout Lake 0

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