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April 19 Prep Sports Roundup


Hood River Valley 11, Pendleton 5:  Skyler Hunter drove in five runs with a homer and a double as the Eagles won their seventh straight game.  Kellen Duffy also homered for the Eagles, who took a 9-0 lead after three innings on the way to a three-game sweep of the Buckaroos.


Hermiston 3, The Dalles 1:  Colton Walker went four for four at the plate and drove in the lone Riverhawk run, but Chase Root struck out 11 on the way to the complete game win for Hermiston.


LaCenter sweeps Columbia 7-3 and 12-3

Dufur 8, Heppner 7

Weston-McEwen 18, Sherman 9

Kittitas sweeps Goldendale 13-6 and 8-1



The Dalles 9, Hermiston 3:  The Riverhawks came from behind by tallying four runs in the fourth inning and plating another four in the sixth.  It gave The Dalles its first Columbia River Conference win of the season after being swept by Hermiston in a doubleheader on Saturday.


Hood River Valley 3, Pendleton 2:  A two-run single by Emily Curtis in the top of the sixth inning provided the winning margin for the Eagles on the road, salvaging a victory in the three-game series against the Buckaroos.


LaCenter sweeps Columbia 13-0 and 17-0


Boys Soccer

Columbia 1, LaCenter 0:  Yvon Escoto scored the game’s only goal on an assist from Ivan Cortes.  The Bruins are unbeaten on the season.


Seton Catholic 5, Stevenson 1


Girls Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 12, Grant 2:  Abby Bortles scored four goals for the Eagles.  HRV has won four straight and is 7-1 on the year.


Track and Field

Goldendale boys defeated Granger and LaSalle and lost to Zillah in an SCAC meet.  Brian Golding won both hurdles races for the Timberwolves, while Logan Boardman won the 400 meters.  The Timberwolf girls defeated Granger while falling to LaSalle and Zillah.  Ocean Bryan took first in the 300 meter hurdles, while Sierra Clear did the same in the 200 meters.

Walden Committee Passes Emergency Bills

A panel chaired by Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden approved the Kelsey Smith Act and Kari’s Law, two proposals in Congress that would help ensure law enforcement can help victims faster in an emergency.   The Kelsey Smith Act, which is modeled after a 2014 law passed in Oregon, would require cellphone providers to give law enforcement timely access to location information that can help pinpoint a missing victim.  Kari’s Law would make it easier to directly dial 9-1-1 from a hotel or business line.  Both bills were unanimously approved by the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.  The next step is a vote before the full Energy and Commerce Committee.

HR County Adopts Emergency Marijuana Business Ordinance

Hood River County Commissioners adopted an emergency ordinance to prohibit marijuana businesses in rural residential zones.  The ordinance will be in place for six months while the County considers whether a permanent ordinance should be adopted.  County Administrator David Meriwether says the County had received some inquiries about marijuana operations in the rural residential zones, and Commissioners decided they wanted to take a look at the issue before any were established.  The County Commission will hold a meeting with the Planning Commission on the subject on May 16.  In other business, County Commissioners approved an ordinance outlining regulation for cell phone towers with one clause removed from the Planning Commission version that included a “significant gap in service” as part of approval criteria, deciding other provisions in the ordinance were sufficient.

Wyden Provision To Extend UAS Test Site Program Approved

A provision to extend the life of the unmanned aircraft systems test site program through 2022 was approved Tuesday by the Senate.  The inclusion in a larger FAA bill of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden’s legislation extends congressional authorization for the test sites in Pendleton, Tillamook and Warm Springs as well as three test sites outside Oregon.  Wyden says the industry will continue to rise in the state.  SOAR Oregon executive director Chuck Allen says the extension will allow the Oregon ranges to continue to develop business, grow jobs and attract customers from outside the state.

Downtown The Dalles Cleanup Planned

The Dalles Main Street and the Advanced Leadership class from The Dalles High School are partnering to cleanup downtown The Dalles this Friday.  High school student volunteers as well as community members will clean up debris on the main and side streets of the downtown.  A student from The Dalles High School applied for a grant with SOLVE, the non-profit organization that focuses on education and volunteering to restore communities across the state, to provide clean up supplies for the effort.  Volunteers are still being sought to take part in the cleanup, just meet at 9 a.m. Friday at the corner of 2nd and Federal.

Oregon Voter Registration Deadline Nears

The registration deadline to take part in the May 17 primary election in Oregon is next Tuesday, April 26.  Registration cards must be turned into or mailed to county election offices by April 26.  Postmarks will be accepted for new registrations only.  Changes in party affiliation can only be made up to April 26, and postmarks are not accepted for those.  Ballots will be mailed on April 27.

April 18 Prep Sports Roundup

Girls Golf

The Dalles’ Illiana Telles finished sixth in the Bend Invitational.  Telles shot a seven-over-par 79, which left her seven shots out of first place.  The Riverhawks finished seventh as a team, as Summit won the team title.


Boys Golf

The Dalles finished eighth in the Tetherow High Desert Challenge in Bend.  Summit won the tournament.


Girls Tennis

Hood River Valley 6, Columbia 0

Bingen Discussing Crosswalks With WSDOT

Bingen City officials were meeting with Washington State Department of Transportation officials Tuesday to try to find a final solution to an on-going problem with crosswalks on Highway 14.  Mayor Betty Barnes says the work done last year to better delineate the crosswalks did not hold up through the winter.  Barnes said the crosswalks are a necessary safety measure, and the City wants a permanent fix to the problem.

Port of HR Looks For Funding For Match For Bridge Design

With the Port of Hood River deciding to wait until next year to apply for federal funding to help pay for an environmental impact statement and design work for a new Interstate Bridge, now attention will turn to finding where a required 40 percent match will come from.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says they would like help from the states of Oregon and Washington to avoid going out for a loan to finance it, noting borrowing for this reduce the capacity they will have to borrow to do repairs on the current bridge.  The Port’s plan is to apply for the EIS/design funding next year, with the goal to apply for the actual bridge project before the recently passed five-year transportation package that includes monies for projects in rural areas comes to a conclusion.

Cherry Festival Weekend Is Coming

The 37th Annual Northwest Cherry Festival will be in The Dalles this weekend.  It’s the second year that the festival will be a three-day event rather than focused completely on Saturday.  The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Farquharson says response to last year’s expansion was good.  Dennis and Shannon Morgan are this year’s King Bing and Queen Anne.  Cherry Festival guides are available at Gorgeradio.com.  The Bicoastal Media Guild Mortgage Home and Lifestyle Show will be in The Dalles Civic Auditorium throughout Cherry Festival weekend, open Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.