The Port of The Dalles is working with a local group to putting together a dog park between the cruise ship dock and the marina. Port Executive Director Andrea Klaas says the Port has thought it would be a good location for a dog park for sometime, but needed a group to step up to put it together. The land used to be part of an old Port dock in the 1920’s, between the bottom of Union Street and the Marina. Access would be via the Riverfront Trail.
Hood River Valley 7, Pendleton 6: The Eagles scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to win an clinch a second straight Columbia River Conference title. Skyler Hunter drove in the first run with a double, and Morgan Williams scored what proved to be the winning run on a wild pitch.
The Dalles 5, Hermiston 1: The Riverhawks used a four-run fifth inning to win and move a game ahead of Pendleton for the final play-in spot in the Columbia River Conference with two to play. Colin Noonan, Cash Mathewson, and Kellen Matheson all drove in runs in the decisive frame. Bailey Ortega limited Hermiston to two hits over six innings to get the win.
King’s Way Christian 11, Stevenson 0
Sherman splits with Heppner, winning game one 5-4 and losing game two 10-9
Dufur sweeps Culver 4-1 and 15-4
Central Washington Class 2B Baseball Tournament
Brewster 19, Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat 1
Kittitas 15, Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat 5
Pendleton 3, Hood River Valley 2 (8 innings): Lauren Richards drove in the game winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning while striking out 15 to push the Buckaroos past the Eagles. HRV had tied the game in the sixth on a leadoff home run by Laney Erikson and Lauren Decker scoring from third on an errant pick-off attempt. HRV is one game back of Hermiston for the final Columbia River Conference play-in spot with two games to play.
The Dalles 13, Hermiston 3: The Riverhawks scored eight runs in the third inning to move into sole possession of second place in the CRC.
Kalama 5, Columbia 4
Naches Valley sweeps Goldendale 26-0 and 24-0
Track and Field
Goldendale was the boys’ winner and Trout Lake the girls’ winner at the Pirate Invitational in Bickleton. Brian Golding of Goldendale and Easton Atchley of Klickitat won two boys events each, while Bethany Putnam of Trout Lake won three girls’ events and Allison Gilliam of Goldendale won two.
South Wasco took the girls’ title and Irrigon was first in the boys’ standings at the Arlington Invitational.
The Dalles finished fifth to qualify for the state tournament while Hood River Valley 14th at the Class 5A Special District 2 tournament at Eagle Crest. Chase Snodgrass of The Dalles finished sixth at five-over-par, seven shots back of medalist Jack Loberg of Summit.
Toledo 3, Columbia 1: The Bruins suffer their only Trico League loss in the final game of the season. They begin district tournament play on May 12 against Toledo or Elma in Montesano.
The Oregon State Police is continuing to investigate the death of a man who was found laying on the shoulder of Interstate 84 near Biggs Junction on Tuesday night. An OSP trooper found the man laying on his stomach, in medical distress, and his condition rapidly deteriorating. The trooper, along with a Sherman County Deputy, performed CPR for almost thirty minutes and were relieved by medical personnel once they arrived. The man, identified as 48-year-old Thomas Kelsey of Deer Park, Washington, was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The investigation is continuing into the cause of his death and is being referred to the medical examiner. OSP was assisted by the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, South Sherman County Fire Department, and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue.
Trevitt Street in The Dalles will remain closed to thru traffic throughout the weekend and all of next week as Public Works crews continue work to replace a section of water main line. Motorists are encouraged to use Bridge and Garrison streets as alternative routes to avoid the work area. Traffic control, detours and road closures will be in effect for the duration of the water line project that is expected to be completed May 16th. This work is being done in preparation for the repaving of Trevitt Street.
Hood River Valley 7, The Dalles 1: HRV shares the Columbia River Conference regular season championship with Hermiston.
Hood River Valley 5, The Dalles 3: The Eagles win three out of four singles matches to earn the win.
Kalama 10, Columbia 0
Stevenson 3, King’s Way Christian 3
Central Catholic 14, Hood River Valley 13: Jackson Lesback and Cale Brown scored four goals apiece for the Eagles in the narrow loss.
Hood River Valley 15, Central Catholic 6: Katherine McElderry and Lydia McElderry each tallied four goals for HRV.
An operational failure at the The Dalles Wastewater Treatment Plant combined with rain resulted in the discharge of 416,000 gallons of treated but non-disinfected wastewater Wednesday evening through early Thursday morning into the Columbia River, likely exceeding the plant’s limit for E.coli. One of the plant’s ultraviolet light disinfection channels was brought online Wednesday evening, but the UV disinfection system was not fully enabled for that channel. Plant staff brought the system back online this morning. Samples are being taken at pre-arranged locations in the river to provide data on the effect of the discharge on water quality in the river. Warning signs advising no water contact have been placed along both sides of the river from The Dalles Riverfront Park to West Mayer Park boat launch on the Oregon side and from the Dallesport Boat Launch to the Klickitat Sandbar on the Washington side, and will be removed once sample results indicate the river water is safe for contact and public use. Questions can be directed to the Public Works Department office at (541)296-5401.
The capital campaign to renovate the theatre in The Dalles Civic Auditorium is underway. The Civic’s Trish Neal says they are beginning by launching their $1,000 Club, seeking donations of that amount with a goal of reaching $250,000 to show community support for the effort as they apply for grants to help pay for the estimated $6,400,000 project. Neal notes the Civic is going ahead with repair of the theatre ceiling while the campaign is on-going. Information on the renovation project and how to donate is available at TheDallesCivic.org.
The summer irrigation outlook for the Hood River Valley is much better than it was last year at this time. Oregon State University Extension Service Agent Steve Castagnoli says the current water content in the snowpack is about double from last year, even with recent unseasonably warm weather leading to some early melt and dropped snow-water content about 20 percent below average. But even with that, he notes the valley is in pretty good shape. Castagnoli is emphasizing the need for all irrigators to be efficient in their use of water. He is going to be teaching a class on drip irrigation on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. during the Central Gorge Master Gardeners Plant Sale at the OSU Extension Learning Garden on 2990 Experiment Station Drive in Hood River.
Hood River Police have made no further sightings of a cougar that was reported to have killed a deer near a residence on Tuesday night. Police say it occurred in a wooded area on the west edge of Hood River, and the cougar returned to the woods afterwards. Police monitoring the area Wednesday made no further sightings of the cougar. There are no reports of a cougar killing pets or being seen during daylight hours in the area, so the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife does not characterize this cougar as a public safety issue. However, ODFW recommends people concerned about the presence of cougars familiarize themselves with actions they can take to reduce possible conflicts with these animals. They include keeping pets indoors at night, teaching children and other family members how to react if they see a cougar including making themselves look as big as possible and yelling and throwing rocks to ensure the cougar does not feel welcome, avoiding running in areas of thick brush or poor visibility between dusk and dawn, and considering installing motion-activated lights to exclude prey species like turkey and deer. If you see a live cougar or a dead animal, particularly one that has been covered with ground debris, report it to the Oregon Deparment of Fish and Wildlife or law enforcement immediately.
The 29th Annual The Dalles Community Clean-Up takes place on Saturday, headquartered at the Wasco County yard on the corner of West 10th and Walnut. Residents of The Dalles can dispose of yard debris and other unwanted items by taking them to the collection site from nine to three on Saturday, with a limit of two standard-sized pickup loads per household. Items no longer needed, but too good to throw away, may be donated to the Re-Use area. Household garbage, tires, and hazardous waste will not be accepted at the collection site. For more information and a full list of exceptions call The Dalles Public Works at 541-506-2004.