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Energy Presentations Set For Monday

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.

September 18 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Boys Soccer

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


Girls Soccer

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

White Salmon Seeks Speed Limit Reduction

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.

September 17 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Boys Soccer

The Dalles 2, Madras 1:  The Riverhawks won at home to move their record to 4-1 on the season.

Cross Country

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.

HR Schools See Some Enrollment Growth

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.

Vacancy On White Salmon School Board

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.

Fish Cam Installed At Eagle Creek

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.


September 16 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Boys Soccer
Hood River Valley 6, Mac-Hi 1: Andres Baeza scored three goals as the Eagles won their sixth straight game to begin the season.  HRV hosts Summit in a rematch of last year’s state 5-A championship game tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. at Westside Field.
The Dalles 2, Ridgeview 1:  The Riverhawks win for the third time in four non-league games.
DeLaSalle North Catholic 7, Trout Lake 1
Girls Soccer
The Dalles 2, Ridgeview 2:  The Riverhawks record goes to 2-1-1 with the draw.
Liberty 3, Hood River Valley:  HRV falls to 1-2-3 on the year.
King’s Way Christian 4, Colulmbia 1
The Dalles def. Redmond 25-8, 20-25, 25-15, 25-15:  The Riverhawks go to Central Oregon to win for the first time this season.
Kalama def. Columbia 25-9, 25-10, 25-13
King’s Way Christian def. Stevenson 25-7, 25-14, 25-14
Arlington sweeps Sherman 3 games to 0
Firm Foundation Christian def. Horizon Christian 19-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-15, 15-6
LaSalle def. Goldendale 25-16, 25-19, 25-17

HR County Commission To Consider Marijuana Tax

The Hood River County Commission will hold a public hearing on October 13 to discuss an ordinance to tax medical and recreational marijuana.  Legalizing recreational marijuana is the subject of Measure 91 on the Oregon ballot in November.  That measure includes language pre-empting cities and counties from establishing this kind of tax, and County Administrator David Meriwether notes a number of counties and municipalities in the area are considering this kind of ordinance before the vote takes place.  The City of Ashland has already passed an ordinance to place a five percent tax on medical marijuana and ten percent on recreational pot.  Hood River County currently has a moratorium in place against the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries.  The hearing will take place October 13 at 6 p.m. in the County Administration Building.

MCMC Partnering With D21 On Strength And Conditioning Facility

Mid-Columbia Medical Center and North Wasco County School District 21 are planning to collaborate on establishing a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility for students at The Dalles High School.  It would be available to district staff and potentially other community groups.  Superintendent Candy Armstrong says if approved by the Mid-Columbia Medical Center Foundation and the hospital board, MCMC would be paying for the facility and looking to acquire grant funds to help pay in part for it.  Armstrong calls it a “win-win” for the district and the community.


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