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November 30 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Basketball

Sandy 61, Hood River Valley 42

Glencoe 63, The Dalles 36

Stevenson 78, Horizon Christian 55:  Austin Brannan scored 28 points and had nine rebounds, while Issac Hoidel added 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Riverside 57, Columbia 44:  William Gross scored 16 points and Brady Trullinger 12 for the Bruins.


Girls Basketball

Sandy 37, Hood River Valley 27:  The Pioneers used a second quarter run to take the lead for good.  Hannah McKinney led Sandy with 11 points, while Emily Curtis topped HRV with 11.

The Dalles 57, Centennial 50

Stevenson 52, Horizon Christian 47:  Amya St. Martin led the Bulldogs with 14 points while Peighton Campbell added 12.

Riverside 52, Columbia 30

Groups Come Together To Reduce Hunger

Representatives of over 20 different community groups formalized on Tuesday the creation of the Food Security Coalition, pledging to work together to reduce hunger in the Gorge.  For the last six months the agencies have worked to identify gaps in the food system and set priorities to reduce food insecurity in the Gorge through an Oregon Solutions process.  Ken Bailey of Orchard View Farms, a co-convener of the Oregon Solutions project, says the coalition will allow collective resources to be used.  The Coalition has already been awarded grant monies to fund a program manager that will work out of the Gorge Grown Food Network, which will be a “backbone organization” for the coalition.  The group has also developed a collaboration between tribal members, the Department of Human Services, and the Oregon Food Bank to begin bi-monthly deliveries of produce to Celilo Village.

HR City Council Adopts STR Licensing Rules

The Hood River City Council on Tuesday night took its final vote to adopt short-term rental licensing and application rules.  With final rules now adopted, City officials say an STR license application packet will be finalized and released as soon as possible.  The deadline to complete that application will be set once the packet is made available.  The application to verify and establish prior existing STR operations, in order to gain “grandfathered” status from certain new STR land use rules, is available and due by December 12.  It is also on the City’s STR webpage, along with the final rules adopted Tuesday night.

Bridge Closure Early Thursday Morning

There will be a 40 minute closure of both lanes of the Hood River/White Salmon Interstate Bridge beginning at 3:30 a.m. on Thursday.  Early morning bridge users are advised to plan ahead for potential traffic delays of 40 minutes or more in duration or seek alternate routes.  The closure is required for maintenance work on the bridge’s lift span.

HR Council To Consider “Sanctuary City” Ordinance

Hood River City Councilors have asked Mayor Paul Blackburn and City Manager Steve Wheeler to prepare a “Sancutary City” ordinance similar to one developed in San Francisco.  Blackburn had brought up the topic during Monday’s Council meeting, explained such a move would mean Hood River city law enforcement would not be active partners with federal immigration officials because the incoming Trump administration is professing plans to deport 11 million illegal immigrants, which he considers “an unconscionable humanitarian and economic disaster for our city.”  About fifteen people spoke before the Council on the subject during Monday’s meeting, with a mixture for and against such a move.  One big conversation topic was potential recriminations from the Trump Administration in regard to federal funding the City receives in a variety of areas.  The issue will come before the Council again on December 12.  In other business, the Council passed the first reading of code amendments needed to implement short-term rental licensing requirements, with final passage set for Tuesday in a special meeting at 6 p.m. in Hood River City Hall.

TD Council Receives Public Works Gap Analysis

The Dalles City Council accepted a “gap analysis” of the municipal public works department that contains recommendations to increase efficiency in the department.     Rob Moody of the consulting firm TKW, which did the report, emphasized the analysis found a lot going on right within the department, noting the report focuses more on how things are done and having one team in public works moving in one direction rather than divisional silos working independently.  Mayor Steve Lawrence says the hope is to increase efficiency.  Moody said it would probably take 12 months to implement changes in the department, but also pointed out culture change does not occur quickly but develops over a period of time.  He also said he felt there was positive energy around this effort from those involved in the public works department.

Klickitat County Deals With Changing Grant Picture In Budget

As Klickitat County Commissioners prepare their budget for 2017, a changing reality when it comes to federal and state grant is part of it.  Commissioner Rex Johnston says they receive 25 to 35 million dollars in federal and state grants, mainly for capital construction projects.  He says some of that is drying up, and also there are new rules to consider, most notably the requirement to finish a project by a designated date or having to give the money back.  Johnston says that means they have to be very careful planning capital projects so there is sufficient time and money to finish a project.

Interstate Bridge Closures Tuesday And Wednesday

There are intermittent closures of the Hood River/White Salmon Interstate Bridge taking place both Tuesday and Wednesday.  The Port of Hood River says twenty minute closures will take place Tuesday until 4 p.m. and on Wednesday between 9 a.m. and noon.  Bridge users are advised to plan ahead for potential traffic delays of twenty minutes or more in duration.  The closures are to do maintenance work on the bridge’s lift span.  For more information call the Port of Hood River at 541-386-1645.

Hood River Farmers Market To Operate This Winter

For the first time ever, the Hood River Farmers Market will continue to operate during the winter.  The Farmers Market will be open the second Saturday of every month from January through April.  Hours will be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Springhouse Cellars.  The indoor market will feature a wide variety of local food, including local meats, eggs, cheese, baked goods, sauerkrauts, honey, kombucha, fresh and dried mushrooms and more.  The market, operated by local non-profit Gorge Grown Food Network, will also include unique handmade gifts from local artisans.

HR Council Expected To Adopt STR Licensing Rules

The Hood River City Council is expected to pass over the next two nights the code amendments needed to implement short-term rental licensing requirements.  The amendments to Title 5 of the municipal code have been worked on at both the planning commission and City Council level for a number of weeks.  The Council is expected to pass a first reading Monday night and then hold a special meeting on Tuesday evening for final passage.  City Manager Steve Wheeler explains they scheduled the special meeting because a moratorium on new applications for STRs ended last Wednesday.  Monday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Hood River City Hall, while Tuesday’s special session will begin at the same time.