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Local News

April 15 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Tennis

Hood River Valley 7, Pendleton 1

Boys Golf

The Dalles finished seventh and Hood River Valley ninth in a thirteen school tournament at Eagle Crest.  Tyler Vassar of The Dalles finished in a tie for fifth with a two-over-par 74.

Girls Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 16, Wilson 6:  Emma Kroll and Kathryn Koenig scored three goals each as HRV won its third in a row.

CAT Looks To Expand Service To Government Camp

Columbia Area Transit is looking for input as it plans to expand bus service from Hood River to Government Camp.  The agency believes expansion of service to Government Camp will allow increased transit access for residents and visitors travelling to Mt. Hood for work, for school, or for play.  Community members can share their input through an online survey until April 30.   There will also be other opportunities for potential riders to share their thoughts including a Spanish-language discussion group, information tables at local events, and community presentations.  Information about the survey is at catransit.org.  The expanded service would begin this fall depending on study outcomes and funding availability.

Cherry Fest Deadlines Near

Some deadlines for the Northwest Cherry Festival are getting closer.  One has been extended, as Lisa Farquharson of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce says the deadline to submit entries for the Cherry Idol contest has been pushed back to this Friday.  Submissions may be delivered to The Dalles Chamber or uploaded to the Facebook event page.  In addition, the window decorating contest deadline to submit an entry and complete decorating is next Monday.  Farquharson says they would prefer to receive the entry beforehand so they can be ready to take pictures of your location.  Those applications are available at thedalleschamber.com.

Port of HR Bridge Lane Closures This Week

There will be intermittent single lane closures of the Port of Hood River Interstate Bridge today through Friday.  The single lane closures will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day, with delays of 15 to 20 minutes during those hours.  Flaggers will be on the bridge directing traffic.  On Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26 there will be intermittent full bridge closures with 30 to 40 minute delays, and there will be a complete overnight closure on April 29 between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m.  And Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says a follow-up project will have impacts on traffic in May.  Exact details of those bridge delays and closures will be announced at a later date.  McElwee says the goal is to get the maintenance projects done before the summer season and harvests.

April 12-13 Prep Sports Roundup


Hood River Valley sweeps Ridgeview 29-4 and 6-1:  Caden Leiblien, Grayson Losee, and Jeremiah Brittle all homered as the Eagles built a 22-0 lead in the first two innings of game one, while Harrison Howell pitched a complete game to win the nightcap.

The Dalles sweeps Redmond 12-9 and 15-5: Dalles Seufalemua hit a three-run homer in game one, while the Riverhawks tallied 13 runs in the first two innings of the second contest.

Columbia 13, King’s Way Christian 5

Sherman split with Union, losing the opener 8-7 but taking the nightcap 16-2.

Zillah sweeps Goldendale 23-0 and 14-4.


Ridgeview sweeps Hood River Valley 11-7 and 8-5:  Allicite Frost hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning of game two to give the Ravens the sweep.  Makenzie Chambers had two home runs and five runs batted in for HRV in the opener.

The Dalles sweeps Redmond 20-8 and 22-12.

Washougal 22, Stevenson 0

Zillah sweeps Goldendale 13-0 and 28-12.

Track and Field

Hood River Valley’s Henry Buckles was first in the boys’ shot put and second in the discus while Frances Dickinson was third in both the girls’ 1500 and 3,000 meters at the Sherwood Need For Speed Classic.

The Dalles’ Justin Conklin won the boys’ high jump and was second in the 110 meter hurdles at the Willamette Falls Invitational in Oregon City

Trout Lake won both the boys and girls team titles at their Jeff Agar Memorial Invitational.  Glenwood’s Brooklyn Emerson won three of the girls’ events, while Micah Colburn of Trout Lake won both boys’ hurdles races.

Stevenson won the girls team competition and was second to Ketchikan in the boys at their Al McKee Invitational.  Columbia’s boys were third and the girls’ fourth.  Stevenson’s Lincoln Krog and Columbia’s Chandlor Bucklin won three events apiece.

Girls Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 9, Beaverton 4

Bentz Has Concerns With Brown Tobacco Tax Plan

Oregon 30th District State Senator Cliff Bentz has serious concerns with Governor Kate Brown’s proposal to pay down the state’s Medicaid shortfall through a $2 tax increase on tobacco products.  The Republican from Ontario says he understands raising taxes can prevent young people from taking up tobacco use and that is a good thing, but he also doesn’t like the idea of putting the burden of raising revenue for the state on the backs of those who are addicted.  Brown’s plan would earmark 10% of the funds raised through the tobacco tax increase to cessation programs, with the rest going to the state’s Medicaid fund.  Business groups have slammed the idea, saying that high taxes would hurt small businesses and push consumers to find products online or the black market.

Memorial For Hulse Sunday At Discovery Center

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will host a public memorial for former Wasco County Judge Bill Hulse on Sunday at 2:30.  Hulse passed away on March 11 at the age of 99.  He served as County Judge from 1983 to 1991 during the height of the Rajnesshpuram commune, and local historian Susan Buce says he was instrumental in the establishment of the Discovery Center.  Hulse was a wheat farmer, pilot, helped establish Columbia River Bank, and was president of the Oregon Wheat Association and National Wheat Association.

Mental Health Group Seeks People For Video

A newly formed group of local health advocates founded by One Community Health is looking for four local Gorge people to be featured in a mini video documentary entitled “Cultivate: Compassion.”  The Gorge Wellness Alliance is looking for three people between the ages of 16 to 25 and one person over 50 willing to share their story on camera, come across as friendly, likeable, and articulate, and are living positive, productive lives despite mental health or substance abuse challenges.  The mini documentary will be filmed and produced by professional filmmaker Michael Coen of CoenFilm.  Videos will be shared and promoted online through social media and website platforms from GWA partners in the Gorge.  Those interested in learning more can call Colleen Regalbuto a 503-560-6402 by April 26.

April 11 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Soccer

Columbia 5, Castle Rock 0:  The Bruins take over sole possession of third place in the Trico League with the win.

Boys Lacrosse

Liberty 11, Hood River Valley 10:  The Eagles fall to 3-3 on the season.

Boys Tennis

Goldendale 2, Zillah 2

Girls Tennis

Goldendale 4, Zillah 1

Wasco County Discusses NORCOR Budget Challenge

The Wasco County Commission discussed the proposed NORCOR budget that includes a 16 percent increase in operating subsidies from the four participating counties at its worksession on Wednesday.  Commissioners have a number of questions about the reasons for the substantial increase in the document, which will be the subject of a NORCOR budget committee meeting next Thursday.  But Commissioner Scott Hege says their main theme is keeping the partnership between Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, and Gilliam counties together.  He adds they understand they have to keep NORCOR healthy, but there are challenges to increasing the payments that must be discussed clearly.  NORCOR has not had an increase in county contributions for four years.  But Hood River County is dealing with a budget shortfall and has two tax measures on the May 21 ballot to try to generate more revenue.