The Dalles 90, Woodburn 86 (2 OT): The Riverhawks win their first game this season, snapping a three-game losing streak.
LaCenter 84, Stevenson 32
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help for information to identify whoever was responsible for the unlawful killing of 15 to 20 Coot Ducks near Government Cove in Cascade Locks. The OSP was notified by a Hood River County Sheriff’s Deputy about the coot ducks floating dead near Government Cove on November 12. There was no evidence at the scene to determine the cause of death, but examination of four of the ducks by the Oregon Department of Fish Wildlife determined the ducks were killed by a small caliber weapon, possibly a .17 caliber rifle or pellet gun. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Thaddeus Routson at The Dalles Patrol Office at 541-296-9646, or go through the Turn in Poachers hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.
Hood River County Commissioners will be picking a search firm to find a replacement for retiring Administrator David Meriwether this month. County Commission Chair Ron Rivers says a committee has narrowed down the possible firms to conduct the search to two. Rivers says they do have the advantage of having plenty of time to assemble candidates and make a selection. Meriwether will be retiring at the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
The Port of The Dalles is searching for an outside party to manage the operations of its marina. Port Executive Director Andrea Klaas says with the Port’s small four-person staff, it is difficult for them to manage the Marina, noting they have 90 tenants at any one time. The Port’s strategic plan calls for finding management for the Marina by the end of 2016. Klaas notes the Port will continue to own the Marina.
Hood River Valley’s Noah Wachsmuth won the 120 pound division at the Coast Classic wrestling tournament in North Bend. Wachsmuth won his first four matches by fall before defeating Henry Cox of North Medford 7-2 in the final. HRV finished 14th as a team in the tournament won by Roseburg. In the girls’ portion of the tourney, Lexie McCafferty, Payton Rigert, and Grace Miller all won their brackets.
The Dalles’ Joe Linebarger won the 220 pound division at the Muilenburg Invitational in LaGrande. Linebarger won all four of his matches, three by fall before stopping Taylor Tandy of Imbler 9-3 in the final. The Dalles finished 13th in the team standings.
The Hood River Valley girls finished fourth and the boys sixth at the Bend Winter Classic swim meet. Dhani Freeland won both the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle for the Eagle girls. Summit won both the boys and girls team titles.
Putnam 84, Hood River Valley 65
Sandy 93, The Dalles 58
Hockinson 54, Columbia 41
King’s Way Christian 67, Stevenson 25
Corbett 77, Stevenson 65
Lyle-Wishram 65, Dufur 31
Sherman 64, Touchet 56
Sherman 69, Grant Union 66
Stanfield 60, Horizon Christian 41
Irrigon 54, Horizon Christian 39
South Wasco 39, Perrydale 33
Kittitas 55, Goldendale 52
LaGrande 77, Columbia 40
Canby 88, Hood River Valley 24
Hood River Valley 36, Columbia 32
The Dalles 35, Sandy 23
Stevenson 44, King’s Way Christian 35
Corbett 57, Stevenson 35
Lyle-Wishram 59, Dufur 28
Touchet 75, Sherman 15
Weston-McEwen 63, Sherman 25
Stanfield 77, Horizon Christian 25
Irrigon 56, Horizon Christian 21
South Wasco 37, Perrydale 35
Kittitas 47, Goldendale 34
Arlington 48, Trout Lake 22
Castle Rock at Columbia, ppd.
Arlington 47, Trout Lake 23
Columbia at Castle Rock, ppd.
The Hood River County School District will be conducting community polling over the next week to determine what people would support in a planned bond measure request this May. District board members were briefed by Superintendent Dan Goldman and a consulting team on the findings of community workgroups on district facility needs. Two packages were presented, with both based around taking care of deferred maintenance along with improving technology options, a six-classroom expansion of Hood River Middle School, and refurbishment of STEM facilities at Wy’east Middle School The difference was in how to create more elementary school space in the lower valley, with a 42 million dollar package including money for six new classrooms at Westside Elementary, while a 60 million dollar bond measure would accommodate a rebuild of May Street Elementary. Goldman says what the community tells the district will dictate what they can do. The district board will receive the polling results on January 13, and need to make a decision by the end of January to get a bond measure on the May ballot. A bond measure approved in 2000 comes off the books in 2017, and both of the packages the workgroups came up with would keep tax rates where they are now.
The Oregon Legislature has a number of fiscal challenges they will have to face in 2017, but it does not appear likely many steps can be taken during the short session of 2016. 59th District State Representative John Huffman, who serves on the Ways and Means Committee, says there is the potential for a two billion dollar hole in the next biennium’s budget. He believes the only way to deal with it is to start prioritizing the state budget. The recent state economic forecast showed a slight uptick in revenue.
The holidays can be a challenging time for those who have recently lost a loved one. Providence Hospice of the Gorge chaplain Jan Schiering says it can be a very stressful period, and she tells those facing that situation to simplify. Schiering says it is important to focus on determining what’s really meaningful to you, share your needs with your loved ones, and perhaps have a checklist to determine what you really want to do during the holiday and remove some of the stress from it. Schiering says there are grief groups for adults and youngsters that meet regularly in both The Dalles and Hood River that can provide support. Call 541-387-6449 for more information.
Roger Kline has been tabbed to be the new general manager at Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District. Kline has worked in the energy industry for more than 22 years, holding positions in enterprise risk, generation operations, maintenance and senior management. He comes from the Eugene Water & Electric Board, and has held positions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Calpine Corporation, Texas Independent Energy, Solar Turbines Inc., and the United States Navy. Kline takes over for the retiring Dwight Langer, who spent 23 years in the position.