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Local News

Additional Rewards Offered In Killing Of Bighorn Sheep Ram

Two additional rewards are being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for unlawfully killing a bighorn sheep ram in early April near milepost 118 on Interstate 84 east of Rufus, bringing the total to $2,000.  The Oregon Foundation for North American Wild Sheep is offering a $1,000 reward and the Oregon Hunters Association Clatsop County chapter is offering $500 in addition to the $500 already offered through the OHA’s Statewide TIP program.  The Oregon State Police are continuing their investigation into the killing of the bighorn ram.  The deceased ram was located by OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers in a rock slide near the freeway on April 10, and it was determined the ram had been shot with a firearm and left to waste

Stevenson And Henkle Win Wind Challenge

Stevenson High School and Henkle Middle School of White Salmon won their divisions at the Google Wind Challenge over the weekend inside The Dalles Civic Auditorium.  More than 100 students from 20 local high schools and middle schools competed to build the competition’s best turbines.  29 student teams worked together with volunteer mentors to design, build and test their turbines.  The colorful, creative machines were then presented to local judges who selected the winners based on each turbine’s power and efficiency.  In the high school competition Columbia was second behind Stevenson, with The Dalles and South Wasco tied for third.  Among the middle schoolers St. Mary’s Academy took second trailing Henkle, with Sherman in third.

April 29-30 Prep Sports Roundup


Hood River Valley sweeps The Dalles 4-1 and 9-0

Sherman sweeps Dufur 7-6 and 16-6

Stevenson 3, Columbia 2

Goldendale sweeps Highland 7-0 and 11-3



The Dalles sweeps Hood River Valley 2-0 and 9-5

Stevenson 12, Columbia

Granger sweeps Goldendale 20-5 and 19-1


Track and Field

Parker Irusta won the boys’ 200 meters and the long jump to lead the Hood River Valley effort at the Dean Nice Invitational in Gresham.  Parker Kennedy won the boys’ pole vault, while Katie Kennedy was first in the girls’ high jump.  For The Dalles, Julian Hernandez was fifth in the boys’ javelin and Kayla Seibel sixth in the girls’ triple jump.


Hood River Valley’ Sebastian Barajas won the shot put and the discus at the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays.


Columbia girls were second and the boys fourth at the Panther Invitational in Washougal.  Stacia Bell won the girls’ shot put and discus for CHS, while Lauren Thiesies, Rachel Luther, Haley Blair, and Alondra Casarez-Garcia all finished first for the Bruins.  Addison Newell won the 200 for the Stevenson girls.


Goldendale was the boys’ winner while South Wasco was second to Griswold in the girls’ standings at the Condon-Wheeler Invitational.  Brian Golding won both boys’ hurdles races to lead the Timberwolf boys.  Trout Lake’s Bethany Putnam and South Wasco’s Ana Popchock each won two girls’ events.


Boys Tennis

Goldendale 4, Cle Elum-Roslyn 0

Goldendale 4, Highland 1

Mountain View 8, The Dalles 0


Girls Tennis

Goldendale 4, Cle Elum-Roslyn 1

Goldendale 3, Highland 2


Boys Lacrosse

Oregon Episcopal 12, Hood River Valley 4

Hood River Valley 9, Richland t


Girls Lacrosse

Oregon Episcopal 17, Hood River Valley 5

Civic Auditorium Open House Sunday

The Dalles Civic Auditorium will hold its third annual open house on Sunday.  This year’s theme is “This Place Matters,” as National Historic Preservation Month begins with the arrival of May.  Tours of the Civic, displays of local historic restoration and information on historic restoration will be available.  Members of The Dalles Main Street and the City Historic Landmarks Commission will be participating, and the Civic will kickoff its capital campaign for theatre renovation.  The open house will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Drug Take Back In Hood River

The Hood River Police Department, in conjunction with the Hood River Fire Department and the Hood River County Prevention Department, will hold a National Drug Take Back event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.  It will take place in the parking lot at the corner of State and 2nd next to Hood River City Hall.  Residents are encouraged to turn in any expired or unwanted prescription drugs during the event.  No illegal drugs or injection needles will be accepted.

Trevitt Street Water Main Replacement To Begin

The Dalles Public Works will begin on Monday to replace a section of deteriorated pre-1909 steel water main line on Trevitt Street.  Traffic control, detours and road closures will be in effect for the duration of the water line project that is expected to take eight to ten days to complete.   This work is being done in preparation for the repaving of Trevitt Street.  On Monday Trevitt Street will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. to thru traffic from West 6th Street to West 7th Street.   Flaggers will be at the intersection of West 6th Street and Trevitt Street to direct one lane traffic through the work zone.  West 6th Street will be opened up to two lane traffic at 5:00 pm.  On Tuesday, Trevitt Street will remain closed to thru traffic.  Motorists are encouraged to use Bridge and Garrison Streets as alternative routes to avoid the work area.  Meanwhile, crack seal work will take place during the first portion of the week on various streets in The Dalles.

April 28 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Soccer

Columbia 5, Stevenson 1:  The Bruins remain unbeaten in the Trico League at 9-0.


Girls Tennis

Columbia 3, King’s Way Christian 1:  Hannah Sauter, Emily Lockman, and the doubles pair of Claire Burkhardt and Rosalyn Slater were victorious for the Bruins.

Wyden Again Speaks Out For Wildfire Funding Bill

With fire season looming in the Northwest, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden underscored the urgency of passing a wildfire funding fix to allow better forest management in a floor speech.  Wyden and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo have been working to pass their bipartisan bill, which would fund the largest wildfires from a similar disaster account used to fund other natural disasters.   Wyden says the wildfire season never really ends now.  Wyden and Crapo say freeing up Forest Service funds currently used to pay for major wildfires would allow the agency to manage timber sales, restore streams and maintain trails in Oregon and across the country.

TD Transportation Plan Subject Of Second Workshop

The City of The Dalles held a second public workshop this week on updating its Transportation System Plan.  Those at the sparsely attended session weighed in on a number of projects that could go into the plan to guide transportation investments through 2035.  City Public Works Director Dave Anderson says their consultant will take information gathered in recent weeks to begin to finalize a list of projects.  Once a final draft plan is ready, it will go to hearings before the municipal planning commission and the City Council.

Wind Challenge Saturday At The Dalles Civic Auditorium

Teams from 40 area middle and high schools will compete in the Google Wind Challenge on Saturday at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.  Google’s Dave Karlson says competitors are given a box of parts to build a wind turbine that will be judged for energy production and how well it can lift a weight.  The public is invited to attend, and there will be a STEM Fair featuring OMSI and hands-on exhibits from other areas.  The Wind Challenge runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday in The Dalles Civic Auditorium.  Columbia Gorge Community College and the Gorge Technology Alliance are also taking part in the event.