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January 8-9 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Basketball

King’s Way Christian 41, Columbia 38

Kalama 71, Stevenson 49

Sherman 69, Horizon Christian 39

Sherman 83, Ione 43

Horizon Christian 61, Condon-Wheeler 49

South Wasco 55, Dufur 33

South Wasco 49, Arlington 26

Dufur 53, Mitchell-Spray 30

Lyle-Wishram 49, Trout Lake 23

Sunnyside Christian 72, Lyle-Wishram 37

Yakama Tribal 78, Klickitat 29

Zillah 95, Goldendale 26

Naches Valley 48, Goldendale 21


Girls Basketball

Hood River Valley 50, Jefferson 46

Sherman 38, Horizon Christian 33

Ione 51, Sherman 40

Condon-Wheeler 39, Horizon Christian 18

South Wasco 43, Dufur 29

Dufur 54, Mitchell-Spray 33

Arlington 38, South Wasco 26

Lyle-Wishram 61, Trout Lake 19

Sunnyside Christian 73, Lyle-Wishram 26

Zillah 63, Goldendale 45

Naches Valley 70, Goldendale 25



Joe Linebarger of The Dalles won the 220 pound division at the Don York Tournament at Cleveland High School in Portland.  Linebarger won all of his matches by fall.

Hood River Valley finished in a tie for twelfth at the 65-team Kelso girls’ wrestling tournament.  HRV’s Alexis McCafferty was second at 110 pounds while Payton Rigert was fourth at 155.

Goldendale finished fourth at the Grandview Classic, led by three individual winners.  Mark Briggs, Zane Cully, and Cameron Pond all won their weight classes.

White Salmon Street Lights Going LED

The City of White Salmon has received a state grant to change all of the bulbs in their street lights to money saving LED bulbs.  Mayor David Poucher says he has been working on doing this for some time, noting it can save the City about 50 percent of the cost of operating the lights.  The work is being paid for through the state Transportation Improvement Board Relight Washington project.  In other business, White Salmon councilors will consider moving forward with a contract for renovation of City Hall during their retreat scheduled for Monday.

January 7 Prep Basketball Roundup

Girls Basketball

Summit 36, The Dalles 34:  The Riverhawks came back from an 11-point second half deficit, but the Storm prevented them from getting a shot off in their final seconds of the game.

Columbia 55, King’s Way Christian 46:  Lauren Thiesies scored 14 points and Kathirin Hylton added 11 to lead the Bruins to the Trico League win.

Kalama 60, Stevenson 33

Lyle-Wishram 59, Hood River Valley JV 38

Wasco County To Move Forward With South Wasco Parks & Rec District

Wasco County Commissioners have decided to move forward with establishing a non-taxing parks and recreation district in South Wasco County.  The district concept has come about as efforts to fix a broken boat ramp at Pine Hollow Reservoir led to a survey that found substantial support for a South Wasco County Parks and Recreation District to deal with other issues as well.  Commissioner Scott Hege says this kind of non-taxing district has had success in that portion of the county in other areas, adding the district would be eligible for funds through the Oregon Marine Board and state Fish and Wildlife.  The County Commission can form the non-taxing district, and directed staff to prepare documents and bring them back as soon as the end of next week so selection of directors can take place in the May election.  The district would essentially start south of Tygh Ridge.

Good News For Snowpack, But It’s Too Early For Long Term Conclusions

Last week’s Natural Resources Conservation Service survey of the snow pack on Mount Hood brought good news, finding snow water equivalent at 113 percent of normal, way above the 33 percent of one year ago.  But it’s too early to make any conclusions about what the irrigation season will bring.  Scott Oviatt of NRCS says they are cautiously optimistic, but it is an El Nino year, and that can bring unpredictability for this region.  He notes the one-to-three month forecast from the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center calls for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

Energy Plan Going To Legislature

A group of sustainable energy advocates have partnered with two of Oregon’s largest power companies to try to reduce coal consumption in the state.  The coalition of environmental groups has agreed to drop its bid to force power companies to offer 50 percent renewable energy by 2040, but instead will ask the Legislature to pass a similar proposal.  The coalition has reached an agreement with Pacific Power and Portland General Electric to draft a proposal that will debut next week when the House Committee on Energy and Environment meets.  Citizens Utility Board of Oregon executive director Bob Jenks says the plan keeps a four percent cost cap on any new power generated from renewables, and outlines an orderly transition to cleaner power.  The proposal would grant the utility companies flexibility in how they use renewable-energy credits, the ability to build electric charging stations into rates, and the ability to block an entity from acquiring service territory without consent.

Outage Planned For Underwood Area

There will be a planned electric outage late tonight in the Underwood, Mill A, Willard, and Cook areas.  Skamania PUD says the outage will impact all customers served from the Underwood substation.  It is being done to facilitate substation construction.  The outage will begin at about 11:30 p.m., and last for about two hours.  PUD water service in the Underwood region will not be interrupted.

January 6 Prep Basketball Scoreboard

Girls Basketball

Hood River Valley 26, McKay 21

LaCenter 67, Columbia 23


Boys Basketball

LaCenter 62, Columbia 35

South Wasco 55, Willamette Valley Christian 39

Urban Renewal Future Subject Of Discussion

The Dalles City Council, acting in its capacity as the Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency, held a philosophical discussion on the future with the agency’s advisory committee at a worksession this week.  Mayor Steve Lawrence says they need to gather more information before any decisions can be made, adding they will look into bringing in an expert in urban renewal to discuss its parameters.  He also says they need to look at on-going projects to see what the agency has available to work with in the future.  Lawrence added they also need to involve whoever is hired as the new City Manager into that process.  The City Council will interview four finalists for that job next Thursday.

Walden Calls For Militia Group To Step Down

Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden is calling on the armed militia that has taken over a building at a federal wildlife refuge near Burns to step down.  Walden’s district includes Harney County.  Speaking with other House Republicans today, Walden says the issue the group raises about more than 70 percent of the county being federal land is an important one, and there is a problem in the West that must be addressed responsibly, but “an armed takeover is not the way to go about it.”  Oregon’s Second Congressional District covers two-thirds of the state…with just under 700,000 residents, more than one-third of whom live in rural areas.  It’s the seventh largest congressional district in the nation.



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