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January 5 Prep Basketball Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Corbett 41, Hood River Valley 39:  The Eagles lost for a second straight night by a very close margin, falling to 3-7 on the season.

Stevenson 54, Castle Rock 44:  Austin Brannan scored 22 points to lead the Bulldogs to the victory in their Trico League opener.

Seton Catholic 80, Columbia 63:  Seton Catholic had five players score in double figures on the way to the win.  William Gross led CHS with 17 points.


Girls Basketball

Hood River Valley 60, Corbett 45:  The Eagles took the lead with an 11 point run in the first half, and Corbett never got closer than five points of the Eagles after that.  Emily Curtis topped HRV with 18 points, while Hannah McNerney and Lauren Orr tallied 11 apiece.

ODOT Readies For Storm

The Oregon Department of Transportation says it will close Interstate 84 east of Troutdale if road conditions become unsafe during this weekend’s anticipated winter storm, and will keep it closed until it’s safe again for traffic.  An ODOT spokesperson says crews have been pre-treating area roads with deicer – magnesium chloride with rust inhibitor – in anticipation of the storm.  He adds will deploy as appropriate all available tools in its winter arsenal, including plows, sand, salt and deicer.  He also points out the more traffic stays off the road, the quicker roads can be cleared.  If you do drive, slow down, allow plenty of stopping distance and watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists because stopping distances are so much longer.

NW Natural Experiences Pressure Issues In Hood River

NW Natural is experiencing some pressure issues for natural gas customers in the Hood River area.   A NW Natural spokesperson said in an e-mail they have a crew out trying to determine the cause, and hope to have it resolved today (Friday).  They are already planning to have a crew ready for Saturday if needed.  As of this morning NW Natural estimated it had about 51 customers scattered throughout Hood River without gas.  The spokesperson added with the cold temperatures, they are working as hard and quickly as possible to resolve the issue.  Those with issues with their natural gas service should call NW Natural’s customer service line at 800-442-4012.

Two Morning Power Outages In The Region

Power has been restored to areas impacted by two separate outages in the Gorge Thursday morning.  About three-thousand Klickitat PUD customers in Bingen, White Salmon, and Snowden lost power for less than an hour in an outage that began at around 7:45 a.m. Thursday.  The PUD says it was weather-related, with extremely cold temperatures leading to an issue at a breaker in the Bingen substation.  If anyone in Bingen, White Salmon, or Snowden remain without power, call Klickitat PUD at 800-548-8357.  Meanwhile, Northern Wasco County PUD crews dealt with an outage Thursday morning in the area of Pinewood Mobile Manor along Highway 30 west through Rowena.  The outage occurred around 8 a.m., with power fully restored at around 10:30 a.m.  Northern Wasco PUD’s Cyndi Gentry says approximately 127 customers lost power when increased load, likely due to the cold weather, caused a line failure.  Additional customers lost power when the line had to be de-energized so that the linemen could safely complete the repairs.  When power was initially restored, the cold load pickup caused a fuse to open on the line, which also had to be repaired.  The total customer impact was around 304.

Dancing With The Stars Friday

Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association’s annual fundraiser, Dancing With The Stars, is set for Friday at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School Auditorium.  Six local residents have been working with professionals from the Utah Ballroom Company for the past week to get ready for the event, which is patterned after the TV show of the same name.  Patti Blagg of the Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association says it has become a popular event, and the professional dancers get the amateurs ready to perform.  The show benefits the concert association’s musical education programs in the Gorge.  Tickets are $20 in advance at Klindt’s Booksellers, Lines of Design and The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce office, or $25 at the door.

January 4 Prep Basketball Scoreboard

Girls Basketball

Hood River Valley 53, St. Helens 45:  The Eagles fell behind 13-1 in the first quarter, but came back to lead by six at halftime, and held on for the win.  Nia Lopez scored 14 points and Emily Curtis 13 to lead the Eagles, who are now 5-4 on the season.

Columbia 47, Castle Rock 43:  CHS took a twelve point lead to halftime, and held on to win the Trico League opener.

LaCenter 68, Stevenson 14:  The Wildcats shot 50 percent from the field to stay unbeaten in nine games.


Boys Basketball

St. Helens 51, Hood River Valley 48

Weather Delays Mean Make-up Days For Area Schools

Another weather-related two-hour delay greeted North Wasco County School District 21 students as they returned from winter break Tuesday, the fourth such delay to go along with three full day closures forced by icy weather in the last month.  That means adjustments to the school calendar are coming.  D-21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong says to get the required number of classroom hours in, they will at least be adjusting the schedule for the second trimester.  Before the winter break, Hood River County School District Superintendent Dan Goldman said his district expected to add school days at the end of the year to make up for two full day cancellations and four two-hour delays.  A snow make-up day is in the Hood River County school calendar during late January, and the rest will probably be made up later in the year.  The Hood River district also had a two-hour delay Tuesday.

Flu On The Rise

With an increase in flu cases in the Gorge, health officials say it’s important for those who are sick with the flu to know how to take care of themselves and how to avoid spreading the flu to others.  North Central Public Health District health officer Dr. Mimi McDonell says most people will recover in a couple of weeks, and if they have mild illness the best thing to do is to stay home, rest and avoid others.  If you are at high risk or concerned about your illness, call your healthcare provider.  Adults having a hard time breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, purple or blue discoloration of the lips, or seizures should be seen promptly.  Children should be seen urgently if they have fast or troubled breathing, bluish skin color, are not waking up or interacting, become so irritable that they do not want to be held, or a fever with a rash.  Infants should get medical help right away if they are unable to eat, have a hard time breathing, do not have tears when they cry, or have many fewer wet diapers than normal.  Health officials do say the most effective way to avoid catching the flu is vaccination.

YouthThink To Start Free Family Movie Series This Weekend

YouthThink of Wasco County will begin its annual series of free family movies at Columbia Cinemas in The Dalles on Saturday.  The films will be shown each Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in January and February.  Debby Jones of YouthThink says they try to blend bringing families together and education with the movies.  YouthThink also takes canned food donations for local food bank efforts at the movies.  The first film will be “Ice Age:  Collision Course” this Saturday morning, with doors at Columbia Cinemas opening at 9:15 a.m. and the movie starting at 10 a.m.

Walden Excited For Beginning Of Congressional Session

Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden believes there will be swift action on growing jobs, fixing health care, and doing away with excessive federal regulations as the new session of Congress convened Tuesday.  The Hood River Republican said in a video statement that he is excited for his new role as chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee.  The committee Walden will oversee deals with health care, energy policy, telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, environmental quality, and interstate and foreign commerce.  Walden is the first Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman from the Pacific Northwest.