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Local News

Memorial Day Observances Scheduled

There are Memorial Day observances planned in the Gorge.  In Hood River, an “Honoring Our Veterans” ceremony will be held at Idlewilde Cemetery on 980 Tucker Road beginning at 11 a.m. Monday.  In The Dalles, a memorial will take place at noon at the Sorosis Park Kelly Viewpoint Veterans Memorial, and then at 1:30 p.m. a dedication ceremony for the designation of Interstate 84 as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway will take place at the Oregon Veterans Home.  And the town of Wasco has a series of events scheduled, including a country breakfast at 7:30 a.m., ceremony at 10:30 a.m., parade at 11 a.m., and a barbecue and car show along with other activities during the afternoon.

The Dalles And Wasco County To Hold Joint Road Meeting

The Dalles City Council and the Wasco County Commission will hold a joint meeting Friday morning to hear a County Road Advisory Committee report on the various ways to fund the County’s road system.  County Commissioners have already heard the presentation, which outlines potential ways to fill the fiscal gap in the County road budget caused by diminishing federal forest payments.  There have been discussions of some kind of partnership on a road district proposal with the City, which faces its own street maintenance challenges.  The committee has identified a road service district and a County vehicle registration fee as sources of road funding.  The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Friday in the Department of Human Services Klickitat Room on 3641 Klindt Drive in The Dalles.

Toda Moves Focus To Possible New Advanced Technology Center

With the new Fort Dalles Readiness and Workforce Innovations Center open and operating, Columbia Gorge Community College President Frank Toda now turns to generating a match for $7,300,000 from the state to build an Advanced Technology Center on its Hood River campus.  Toda says the school is looking to develop a plan for the Center before asking potential partners for the match.  Toda notes they have a constant message on the need for more technology training in the Gorge.  Time is a factor, with the state funding calling for the project to get underway in 2015.

New Emergency Signs On Hood River Waterfront

New signs on the Hood River waterfront will help emergency responders reduce the time it takes to reach those in need.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says nine new graphic signs have different numeric designations for those who call for emergency help to use.  The Port worked with the Hood River Fire Department to put the emergency location signs up.

Multnomah Falls Exit Gate Activated

The Oregon Department of Transportation has activated a new gate at the exit from eastbound Interstate 84 to Multnomah Falls that will close when the parking lot is full to prevent dangerous backups onto the freeway travel lanes.  The parking lot exceeds capacity several times a year, especially on weekends, and cars waiting for parking spaces sometimes back up onto the eastbound I-84 travel lanes, creating a safety hazard.  ODOT has installed a gate that will close automatically when the parking lot is full.  It is accompanied by signs announcing the closure.   In addition, two large message boards will notify eastbound motorists when the parking lot is closed.  The first deployment of the gate is expected to take place over the coming Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Walden Hails VA Accountability Bill

Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden is calling the VA Management Accountability Act that passed the House a much-needed plan to bring accountability to senior Veterans Administration managers.  The Hood River Republican co-sponsored the measure, and he says the Senate should pass it as quickly as possible.  Walden says the latest numbers from the Portland V-A office shows 62 percent of veterans’ claims are older than 125 days.

May 21 Prep Sports Roundup


Mac-Hi 1,  Hood River Valley 0:  The Eagles could not generate a run in the tune-up game for the state playoffs for both teams.  HRV’s ten-game winning streak was snapped with the loss, which does not impact the final Class 5-A RPI rankings, which were frozen on Monday.  The second-ranked Eagles will host a first round state playoff game next Wednesday.

Southwest Washington Class 1-A District Softball Tournament at Centralia

Hoquiam 18, Stevenson 3

LaCenter 7, Stevenson 1

Hege Wins Reelection; Runyon And Bailey Heading For Run-off

One incumbent Wasco County Commissioner won re-election while a second faces a run-off in November as a result of the results in last night’s primary vote.  Bridget Bailey narrowly edged incumbent Rod Runyon in the three-way race for Commission position three with over 45 percent of the vote with 2,054, while Runyon received just under 45 percent with 2,026, and Chuck Langley polled 406.  Because no candidate received a majority of the vote the top two, Bailey and Runyon, will be on the ballot in November.  For position one, Scott Hege received just over 64 percent of the vote, polling 2,780 votes to 1,532 for challenger Nora Ferguson.  Hege won election to his second four-year term on the Commission.  It was a light night for local contested races.  John Huffman received over 90 percent of the vote to win the Republican nomination for his Oregon House seat in District 59 over Britt Storkson, and there was no Democrat on the ballot.  Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden won the GOP nomination by a three-to-one margin over Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthecum, while Aelea Christofferson received over 62 percent of the Democrat vote to advance to November over two other hopefuls.  And in Cascade Locks ballot measure 14-52 to create an Emergency Medical Services fee was approved by a count of 138-to-78.

Crews Reach Fallen Climber’s Body

A recovery mission was launched this morning to retrieve the body of Robert Cormier, the climber from New Jersey who died in a fall on the top of Mt. Hood.  Members of the Hood River Crag Rats and Portland Mountain Rescue started from both Timberline Lodge and Cloud Cap at about 1 a.m., with one team ascending from the south side of the mountain to where Cormier fell and reaching him at about 6:45 a.m.  Hood River County Sheriff’s Sergeant Pete Hughes says that group is working to find a safe route to bring Cormier’s body to the north side team, which would then bring him to cloud Cap.  Conditions on the mountain this week have allowed the teams to make the recovery.  While the mission is still very dangerous, cooler temperatures and good wind conditions have made today’s efforts significantly safer than the prior week.

May 20 Prep Sports Roundup


Illiana Telles of The Dalles shot an 84 on Tuesday to finish eighth in the Oregon Class 5-A girls’ golf tournament at Emerald Valley Golf Course in Creswell.  Telles ended up at 32-over-par for the tournament.  Madison Odiorne of Summit was the champion at 14-over-par.


Dan Kuechmann of Hood River Valley fired a 78 in the final round of the Oregon Class 5-A boys’ golf tournament and move up to a tie for 32nd at Quail Valley in Banks.  Kuechmann was 21-over-par for the two rounds of the tourney.  Chase Snodgrass of The Dalles shot a 93 on Tuesday to finish at 29-over and in a tie for 49th.  Crescent Valley’s Kevin Genzia won the tourney at three-over-par.


Goldendale’s Bree Wanderscheid won the SCAC girls’ golf title for a fourth straight year while leading the Timberwolves to the team championship.  Wanderscheid shot a three-over-par 75 on the Suncadia Rope Rider course to win by eight shots.  Three Goldendale boys qualified for state as the Timberwolves finished third as a team:  Mitch Anderson, Bryce Wilkins, and Daniel Wedgewood.


Washington Class 1-A Boys Soccer Tournament

First Round

University Prep 5, Columbia 2:  University Prep scored the first four goals of the match and never looked back in the game in Bellevue.  Columbia’s Ivan Cortes scored both of the goals for the Bruins.



The Dalles 12, Madison 11, 8 innings:  Nolan McCall’s bases loaded single scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning and capped off an Eagle-Indian comeback from an 11-6 deficit in the sixth inning.  McCall went five for six on the day, while Ausin Wilson had three hits and Steven Bartells drove in three runs.  The Dalles will host Marist in a Class 5-A play-in game on Friday at 5 p.m.