A Wisconsin man has been hired as the new Wasco County District Librarian and The Dalles Library Director. The Dalles City Manager Nolan Young announced Jeff Wavrunek will start in his new position November 17. Wavrunek currently is director of the Adams County Library in Wisconsin, and holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and master’s degree in education and library science. Wavrunek takes over for Sheila Dooley, who retired this month after 40 years with the library district.
The U.S. House has passed a forestry bill developed by three Oregon congressmen for a second time, this time as part of a jobs bill in an effort to prod the Senate to take action on it. The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act includes O&C Trust, Conservation, and Jobs Act put together by Republican Greg Walden and Democrats Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader as an effort to create jobs in the woods, improve forest health, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire, and generate revenue for local communities. The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act originally passed the House nearly a year ago, but the Senate has not acted on it.
The Dalles Main Street will host a series of presentations on energy and energy efficiency Monday at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. The Oregon Department of Energy, Northern Wasco County PUD, Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency, Restore Oregon, and the Energy Trust of Oregon will all make presentations during the event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. That will be followed by visits to downtown businesses to see examples of energy efficiency options. The event is open to the public with a $5 donation at the door. For more information, go on-line to thedallesmainstreet.org.
Hood River Valley 2, Summit 1: Jaime Frias scored a goal in each half as the Eagles defeated the team that topped them in the state 5A championship game last fall. Cole Abbott scored Summit’s lone goal with about eight minutes left to bring the Storm within a goal, but HRV prevented Summit from truly threatening to score the equalizer. HRV is now 7-0 on the season. It was the first loss for the Storm after four straight wins.
Life Christian 6, Horizon Christian 3
The Dalles 3, Madras 1: Hannah Walasavage scored a pair of goals and assisted on Monique Mendiola’s tally as the Riverhawks won in Central Oregon.
Summit 5, Hood River Valley 1: Yava Chavarria scored the lone goal for HRV.
LaCenter 8, Columbia 0
Castle Rock 6, Stevenson 0
Hermiston def. The Dalles 25-17, 25-23, 25-8
Pendleton def. Hood River Valley 25-7, 25-19, 25-22
King’s Way Christian def. Columbia 25-22, 25-14, 25-12
LaCenter def. Stevenson 25-19, 25-14, 25-12
Culver def. Dufur 25-12, 25-23, 25-23
Goldendale def. Highland 25-14, 25-5, 25-9
The White Salmon City Council is asking the Washington State Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit for a portion of Highway 141 from Jewett Boulevard and Garfield to milepost 3 from 35 miles per hour to 30. The one-point-three mile stretch of road has multiple curves, and pedestrians and bicyclists use the east shoulder of the roadway as a loop trail. Citizens complained this summer when rumble strips were removed during work on the highway, and the state has replaced them. But Mayor David Poucher says growth along that stretch of highway led the City to ask for the speed limit reduction. Poucher noted the City is willing to pay for new speed limit signage if the state gives the go ahead to make the change.
The Dalles 2, Madras 1: The Riverhawks won at home to move their record to 4-1 on the season.
Columbia’s boys won the Trico League race at Seton Catholic. The Bruins were led by top five finishes from Cabot Roe, Will Nuckoles, and Colin Howe. Stevenson finished in sixth, with Jordan Vigil taking tenth place. Columbia was second behind LaCenter in the girls race, as the Bruins’ Haley Blair finished fourth and Sidra Matthias was seventh.
There is some growth in enrollment in the Hood River County School District as the school year enters its third week, but not to the point where the student numbers will push above 4,100. Superintendent Dan Goldman says they are still a few days from having a firm enrollment number, but overall they expect to be up by about 30 kids. The district has been around 4,000 the past few years. He says they are up at elementary and high schools but down at the middle school level. Goldman says there is no solid trend established at this point. The enrollment growth is taking place in the Westside, May Street, and Mid-Valley school areas, with drops in Parkdale and Cascade Locks.
The White Salmon Valley School District is seeking to fill a board vacancy. The seat represents District 1, which runs from the center of White Salmon eastward. The remainder of the term to be filled runs through the end of 2015. Those interested in applying for the position can contact the district office at 509-493-1500. Interviews will take place next month, with the remaining district board making the appointment.
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Fisheries personnel have placed an underwater webcam in a pool of Eagle Creek where Chinook salmon are gathering prior to spawning. While Chinook salmon are present now, later in the autumn viewers will also observe Coho salmon. Scenic Area lead biologist Brett Carre worked with the Portland Zoo and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to get the cam operational. In addition to streaming on YouTube, the video streams to the Portland Zoo where it can be viewed in the otter observation tunnel. Chinook and Coho salmon lay their eggs in the gravels of Eagle Creek. The offspring salmon eventually migrate back to the ocean where they grow to adults and eventually return to freshwater to spawn.
Kalama def. Columbia 25-9, 25-10, 25-13