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Local News

Lone Pine Well Expansion To Move Forward

The Dalles City Council has approved moving forward with expansion of the Lone Pine Well.  The project originally planned for 2010, then was pushed back to 2019, and has been moved up again to take place now to help accommodate the Google facility being built in the Columbia Gorge Industrial Center.  It will cost just over one million dollars, well under the originally estimated one-point-six million dollars.  City Public Works Director Dave Anderson says they had been told by potential bidders the cost would turn out to be well under that estimate, in part due to changes in the original design done in 2010.  Well capacity will go from the current 2,000 gallons a minute to 3,000 gallons every sixty seconds, and will help accommodate the Google facility being built in the Columbia Gorge Industrial Center.  Stetler Supply of Salem was the lone bidder for the project.

Underwood To Vote On Measures To Acquire Community Center Property

A pair of November ballot measures will ask voters in Underwood to create a Parks and Recreation District that would allow Skamania County to transfer ownership of the Underwood Community Center to that district, and establish a six-year tax levy to provide operational funding.  The approximately 100-year-old building has been owned by the County, and due to budget cuts had announced plans in 2015 to sell the property, but the Community Council negotiated a license to manage the building and park grounds to keep them open.  Blayney Myers, a member of the long-term planning committee for the facility, indicates state law says the only way for the County to turn over the building without putting it on the open market is to do so to another governmental agency.  Myers says the proposed levy be for 20-cents-per-thousand dollars of assessed property value.  The district could still be formed without the tax levy passing.

October 11 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Soccer

Hood River Valley 3, The Dalles 0:  Saul Chavarria scored the tie-breaking goal with about 15 minutes to play.   The Riverhawks held the Eagles off the scoreboard for the first 65 minutes of the game before HRV broke through.  HRV ran its unbeaten streak to 47 games.


Girls Soccer

Hood River Valley 6, The Dalles 2:  Cielo Rivera scored two goals and added an assist to keep the Eagles unbeaten in Columbia River Conference play.

Granger 10, Goldendale 1



Pendleton def. Hood River Valley 25-20, 25-19, 13-25, 21-25, 18-16:   The Buckaroos handed HRV its first Columbia River Conference loss of the season.   The Eagles had clinched the league title last week.

The Dalles def. Hermiston 25-21, 25-17, 14-25, 25-22:  The Riverhawks moved into a tie for second in the CRC, and moved in front of Hermiston for a spot in the state playoffs.

Dufur def. Sherman 26-24, 24-26, 25-16, 25-16

Lyle-Wishram def. Klickitat-Glenwood 22-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 16-14:  Winter Bergin had 14 service points while Amber Tompkins had 12 kills in the Cougars’ win.

Columbia def. Stevenson 3 sets to 0


Girls Water Polo

Hood River Valley 11, Barlow 6:  The Eagles win a matchup of the top two teams in the Mount Hood Conference.

Mt. Adams Parks And Rec Seeks Levy

The Mt. Adams Parks and Recreation District is asking voters to approve a levy in the November election that would provide the district with operating money for the first time.  The district was created six years ago, but voters have never approved funding, with two levy attempts having been voted down.  District board member Laura Mann says the measure would generate about $123,000 per year, allowing them to add staff that could generate additional funds by seeking grants.  Mann adds the district wants to develop new community-led programs in the various smaller communities in the area.  The levy would be for nine-cents-per-thousand-dollars of assessed property value.  The district includes much of western Klickitat County.

October 10 Prep Sports Scores

Boys Soccer

Horizon Christian 4, Central Christian 0


Girls Water Polo

Hood River Valley 18, Hillsboro 5

HR County To Continue Marijuana Ordinance Hearing

When the Hood River County Commission meets next Monday evening, the public hearing on a time, place, and manner ordinance for recreational marijuana production, processing, and retailing will continue.  Hood River County Commission Chair Ron Rivers says more testimony will be taken, adding they’ve only had one meeting to this point.  A six-month moratorium on applications for these businesses expires at the end of this week, so if no action is taken, the Commission will have to consider an extension of that emergency ordinance.  The meeting begins at 6 p.m. next Monday night in the County Administration Building.


TD Community Action Team Talks UGB Expansion In D.C.

Members of The Dalles Community Action team recently made the group’s bi-annual trip to Washington, D.C. to pitch local projects to the state’s congressional delegation and federal staffers.  Port of The Dalles Executive Director Andrea Klaas, Port Commissioner Greg Weast, and The Dalles City Councilor Dan Spatz made this trip.  Klaas says the long-discussed effort to expand the City’s urban growth boundary was a primary focus, noting talks have begun to move in that direction.  City leaders have expressed concern for a decade that The Dalles could eventually fall out of compliance with state requirements for buildable lands inventories without expanding the UGB.

October 10 Prep Sports Roundup


Redmond 48, Hood River Valley 20

Rainier 62, The Dalles 20

LaCenter 45, Stevenson 0

Dufur 58, Arlington 14

South Wasco 46, Monument/Dayville 6

Sherman 70, Mitchell/Spray 6

LaSalle 48, Goldendale 7

White Swan 40, Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat 6



Dufur def. Arlington 25-11, 25-13, 25-19

South Wasco def. Monument-Dayville 25-6, 25-23, 25-10

Mitchell-Spray def. Horizon Christian 25-20, 25-22, 25-17

Fatal Fire In Klickitat Under Investigation

The investigation is underway into what caused a fatal fire early Friday morning in the town of Klickitat.  Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Mike Kallio says one person was killed in the house fire.  That person’s identity has not yet been released.  The fire occurred in the 300 block of Main Street in Klickitat at around 2 a.m. Friday.  Crews from a number of departments in Klickitat County assisted Fire District 3 crews in battling the blaze.  Kallio says an investigation into the origin of the fire has begun.

October 6 Prep Sports Scoreboard


Ridgeview def. Hood River Valley 25-18, 25-15, 25-23

Dufur def. Ione 31-29, 17-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-8

South Wasco def. Condon-Wheeler 25-16, 25-14, 25-17

Arlington def. Sherman 3 sets to 0

King’s Way Christian def. Columbia 3 sets to 1

Castle Rock def. Stevenson 3 sets to 0


Boys Soccer

Horizon Christian 6, Oregon State School for the Deaf 2


Girls Soccer

Seton Catholic 2, Stevenson 1


Girls Water Polo

Hood River Valley 15, Hillsboro 5