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Local News

FAFSA Forms Available

If you’re planning to go to college soon, now is the time to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  Sara Viemeister is Director of Financial Aid at Columbia Gorge Community College.  She says the FAFSA forms used to operate on a calendar year schedule, but now applications are taken beginning in October, adding it’s a good idea to get the form done as quickly as possible, as many financial aid programs are first come, first serve.  Viemeister points out the FAFSA is required to apply for most scholarships and grants.  Those who would like help to fill out the form can contact Viemeister at financialaid@cgcc.edu.

October 26 Prep Sports Roundup

Cross Country

Hood River Valley won both the boys and girls team titles at the Columbia River Conference cross country championships at HRV, while The Dalles finished second in both and will also be going to state.  In the boys’ race, HRV took four of the top six places, with Jesse Wiley winning the race while Jacob Bromham was second.  The Dalles took three of the top eight spots, led by a third place finish from Ezekiel Stelzer.  In the girls’ run, the Eagles had five of the top ten finishers, paced by a one-two effort from Daisy Dolan and Lottie Bromham.  The Riverhawks had three of the top ten, including Emma Mullins finishing third.  HRV and The Dalles will both go to the Oregon Class 5-A Cross County Championships November 5 at Lane Community College in Eugene.



Dufur def. Damascus Christian 25-18, 25-9, 25-5:  The Rangers pulled away for the first round win in the Oregon Class 1-A playoffs.  Dufur will visit Crosshill Christian in round two on Saturday.


Girls Water Polo

Hood River Valley 16, Reynolds 5:  Rose Finstad scored five goals as the Eagles clinched the Mt. Hood Conference title.


Boys Water Polo

Reynolds 13, Hood River Valley 9

Wasco County To Hear Track Approval Appeals November 2

The Wasco County Commission will conduct a hearing next Wednesday (November 2) on three different appeals of the County Planning Commission’s recent decision to approve a proposal from Union Pacific Railroad to expand the existing railroad siding on either side of Mosier for four miles of new second mainline track and realigned existing track.  Three parties have filed appeals of the decision.  One is from Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Columbia Riverkeeper, and Physicians for Social Responsibility, another from the Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation, and a third by the railroad itself over some conditions of approval.  The appeal hearing will take place at 3 p.m. November 2 in the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

Bridge Lifts To Delay Motorists

The Port of Hood River will carry out multiple lifts of the Hood River Interstate Bridge lift span throughout the daylight hours Thursday through Saturday.  Each lift will require closure of both lanes on the bridge up to 30 minutes in duration.  Closures will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on those three days.  Bridge users are strongly encouraged to plan for up to 40 minute delays or seek alternate routes during those hours.  The lifts are required for the Port’s contract engineers to inspect the bridge’s trunnions and conduct magnetic particle testing of the rack pinion shafts.  The trunnions are critical mechanical systems of the bridge’s lift span, with four located on each of the two bridge towers.  The magnetic particle testing is required to determine their condition and expected longevity of key components.

Measure 98 Seeks To Dedicate Funding For Tech Ed & College Prep

Oregonians are being asked to approve a ballot measure that would dedicate funding toward restoring that would look to increase the state’s graduation rates by giving all students access to career technical education, college prep classes, and dropout prevention strategies.  Yes on Measure 98 campaign manager Dave Rosenfeld says the measure would provide funding that was cut in the last decade by requiring $800 per student on top of existing education funding to build those programs back up.  The measure has received a host of endorsements from both labor and business groups.

Film On Connection Between Music & Memory To Be Shown

Providence Hood River will be presenting a local screening of a movie about the use of music to help those with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Providence Hospice Manager Marianne Durkan says “Alive Inside” is a powerful documentary which shows the hope music can bring to both patients and their caregivers.  Providence Brookside Manor has recently started a music and memory program.  The film will be shown on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.  It is free to the public, and there will be an expert panel after the movie.

October 25 Prep Sports Scoreboard


Oregon Class 5-A Play-In:  St. Helens def. The Dalles 25-13, 25-16, 25-18

King’s Way Christian def. Columbia 25-19, 25-20, 25-18

Castle Rock def. Stevenson 25-13, 25-9, 25-9

Sunnyside Christian def. Lyle-Wishram 25-27, 21-25, 21-25


Boys Soccer

Hood River Valley 6, The Dalles 0:  The Eagles finished the regular season by extending their unbeaten streak to 50 games, and move on to the state 5A playoffs next week.  The Dalles will be in a Class 5-A play-in game later in the week.


Girls Soccer

Hood River Valley 7, The Dalles 1:  Mona Diaz scored two goals and Cielo Rivera had a goal and two assists to lead HRV to the win to finish a perfect Columbia River Conference season.  The Dalles goes on the road for a 5-A play-in game at the end of the week.

Seton Catholic 2, Stevenson 1

Hood River County Christmas Project Gets Underway

The Hood River County Christmas Project is getting ramped up for its 94th year of helping those in need.  The project provides food and toys to over 500 low-income families during the Christmas holiday.  Project coordinator Bruce Holmson says they try to provide more than just a Christmas meal, with canned goods and other household items included in a box.  Those who would like to contribute to or volunteer to help with the Christmas Project can go to hoodrivercountychristmasproject.com.  Sign-ups to receive boxes begin on Friday, November 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Department of Human Services office at 1610 9th Court in Hood River.  The 20th annual Gala Fashion Show to raise funds for the Christmas Project will be November 17 at the Best Western Hood River Inn Gorge Room.  Tickets are $25, and available at Hood River fashion shops.

HR City Council Directs Staff To Prepare Bag Ordinance

The Hood River City Council has directed its staff to develop an ordinance to prohibit retail establishments from distributing single use plastic carryout bags and to encourage the distribution and use of reusable bag options.  Councilors are using an ordinance adopted in Corvallis as a model, which includes a requirement for retail stores to charge not less than five cents for recyclable paper bags.  City Manager Steve Wheeler says the ordinance would include a chance for business to prepare.  Wheeler expects an ordinance will be ready for a public hearings process in the next two months.  Mayor Paul Blackburn has been recommending adoption of the ordinance, calling plastic bags a significant source of waste creating long-term landfill degradation issues.

Accident Injures Ellensburg Couple

An Ellensburg couple was injured in a single vehicle accident on Highway 14 east of Bingen Monday morning.  According to the Washington State Patrol, an 80-year-old male was driving his SUV westbound on Highway 14 about a mile east of Bingen when he took his eyes off the roadway to read a text on his passenger’s cell phone.  The SUV travelled several feet off the roadway in a ditch before striking a rock wall, coming to rest in the westbound lane of Highway 14.  Both the driver and his 78-year-old wife suffered undisclosed injuries and were transported to Skyline Hospital in White Salmon.