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Port of TD Gets Chenoweth Park Update

The project engineer for the Chenoweth Industrial Park gave an update to the Port of The Dalles Commission on Wednesday.  Ken Valentine of the engineering firm HHPR of Portland says testing on the project’s sanitary sewer lines has already begun.  The 18-inch water line will require a special testing strategy for disposal of the substantial amount of treated water involved.   Conduit that will carry other utility lines including electric, phone and fiber, is also nearing completion.   Curbs are in place, and road paving is due to begin the first week of November, weather permitting.  When completed, the 60-acre industrial park will feature 26 riverside, shovel-ready building lots of 1 to 4 acres at the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge with paved roads and utilities, including high-speed Internet, stubbed to each site.

Klickitat County Adopts Marijuana Moratorium Again

Klickitat County Commissioners have adopted for a second time a moratorium on marijuana production, processing, and retail sales in unincorporated areas of the County.  A moratorium adopted a year ago had lapsed, but Commissioners say marijuana facilities are being proposed for locations within the County that may be incompatible with surrounding uses.  They also contend since the Washington Liquor Control Board licenses marijuana facilities without written notice to individual owners of properties that surround proposed site, landowners who are most affected may not be aware of the new use until the marijuana facility is operating.  Commissioners are also concerned about a proposal to raise the total square footage of marijuana production operations from a statewide total maximum of 2 million square feet to 8.5 million square feet, which could result in expansion of current facilities and a new round of applications.  Commissioners plan a public hearing on the issue at 6:30 p.m. on November 12 in the Klickitat PUD meeting room in Goldendale.

State Forestry Declares End To Fire Season

The Dalles Unit of the Oregon Department of Forestry has declared an end to fire season on all of the lands State Forestry protects in Wasco and Hood River counties.  Burn permits are still required year round for all burn barrels and debris piles.  A written burn plan is required for all slash piles.  If you live within a rural fire district, they must be contacted about their requirements.  Forestry officials ask everyone who plans to burn to do so safely, and in compliance with your burn permit or burn plan.  Brief warming and drying trends in the fall can cause a smoldering fire to reignite, or increase the intensity of your burn.

October 22 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Boys Soccer
Hood River Valley 8, Hermiston 0:  The Eagles clinched their fifth straight Columbia River Conference championship and won their 13th straight game on the season.  They can wrap up a perfect regular season with a win at The Dalles on Tuesday.
The Dalles 5, Pendleton 0
Girls Soccer
Hood River Valley 3, Hermiston 1:  Sindy Magana scored twice and Kassidy Davidson added the third goal as HRV clinched its fifth straight league championship. 
Pendleton 3, The Dalles 2
Cross Country
Columbia won the Trico League boys’ cross country championship on its home course at Husum Hills Golf Course.  Colin Howe was second and Will Nuckoles third to lead the Bruins to the team title, holding off LaCenter.  Jarod Hulsizer of Kalama won the individual championship.  Stevenson finished in fifth, paced by a seventh place finish from Jordan Vigil.  In the girls’ race, LaCenter held off Columbia for first place in the team standings led by a one-two finish from Jenna Melanson and Katie Whitten.  Columbia’s Rachel Luther was third, while teammates Sidra Matthias took fifth and Haley Blair sixth.  The Southwest Washington Class 1A District championships will be held November 1 at Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland.

October 21 Prep Sports Scoreboard


The Dalles def. Hood River Valley 25-23, 25-18, 25-20:  The Riverhawks take third place in the Columbia River Conference and advance to the Oregon Class 5-A play-in round next week.

Seton Catholic def. Columbia 25-19, 25-9, 25-22

Stevenson def. Castle Rock 25-23, 25-23, 25-22

Sunnyside Christian def. Lyle-Wishram 25-11, 25-16, 25-11


Girls Soccer

Columbia 2, Seton Catholic 1:  The Bruins move into third place in the Trico League with the win, and hosts Castle Rock on Thursday to try to maintain that position.  The top three teams in the Trico advance to the district playoffs.

LaCenter 7, Stevenson 1

LaSalle 9, Goldendale 1


Boys Water Polo

Hood River Valley 11, David Douglas 8


Girls Water Polo

David Douglas 14, Hood River Valley 10

Habitat Plans Women Build Day

Columbia Gorge Habitat for Humanity will hold a Women Build Day for women who want to learn construction skills and help build homes.  Participants in the November 1 event will learn how to hang drywall and work together to complete the 25th Habitat home in The Dalles.  The event will take place on November 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1301 East 12th in The Dalles.  Space is limited to 15 participants.    Those who would like to take part are asked to call Columbia Gorge Habitat for Humanity at 541-296-8817.

HR Waterfront Refinement Plan To Head To Planning Commission December 1

The Port of Hood River’s Waterfront Refinement Plan is expected to go the municipal planning commission soon..  The refinement plan deals with issues that need to be resolved before the Port moves forward on the west edge of the Nichols Basin and Lot 1.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says there are three major components to the refinement plan, including looking to modify zoning on the west edge of the Nichols Basin.  Other major elements include enhanced design guidelines particularly focused on Lot 1, and modifications to technical issues.  Technical work on the plan has been on-going this month, and it is scheduled to go before the Hood River City Planning Commission on December 1.

October 17-18 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Pendleton 55, Hood River Valley 27
Hermiston 75, The Dalles 6
Dufur 52, Sherman 16:  The Rangers take over first place in the Big Sky Conference.
Castle Rock 18, Columbia 7
LaCenter 36, Stevenson 14
Mitchell 48, South Wasco 12
Cle Elum/Roslyn 28, Goldendale 7
Taholah 62, Lyle-Wishram 42
Dufur def. Sherman 3 games to 0
Horizon Christian def. Firm Foundation Christian 25-21, 18-25, 25-17, 25-19
Boys Soccer
Horizon Christian 6, City Christian 3

October 16 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Boys Soccer

Hood River Valley 8, Pendleton 0:  Andres Baeza scored a pair of goals while six others added a single tally as the Eagles won their 12th straight game.

Hermiston 4, The Dalles 0:  Hermiston moves to 3-1 in the Columbia River Conference heading into a matchup with first place Hood River Valley on Wednesday.


Girls Soccer

Hood River Valley 4, Pendleton 0:  Sindy Magana had a goal and two assists as the Eagles clinched a share of the Columbia River Conference title.

Hermiston 2,  The Dalles 1:  Hermiston held off a late Riverhawk charge in the final minutes to secure the win.



Pendleton def. The Dalles 25-20, 25-17, 25-21

Hermiston def. Hood River Valley 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 27-25

LaCenter def. Columbia 25-19, 25-19, 25-19

Seton Catholic def. Stevenson 25-19, 25-14, 25-19

Dufur def. South Wasco 3 games to 0

Sherman def. Horizon Christian 25-16, 25-7, 25-17

Granger def. Goldendale 25-15, 25-3, 25-10


Cross Country

The Dalles girls were second and the boys third at the Wildhorse Invitational in Pendleton.  Emily Morin had a third place finish in the girls’ race, and Jony Nelson was 11th in the boys’ run.

Dock Grade Road Speed Limit Goes To 30 MPH

White Salmon City Councilors approved upping the speed limit on Dock Grade Road from 25 to 30 miles per hour.  Mayor David Poucher says they had received comments from citizens who said the jump to 30 would be appropriate.  At the top of the road as it comes into the City, the speed limit will go back down to 25 miles per hour.

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