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December 18-19 Prep Sports Scoreboard

The Hood River Valley girls were second and the boys third at a weekend swim meet in LaGrande.  HRV’s Dhani Freeland set a meet record in the girls’ 200 yard individual medley.


The Dalles’ Joe Linebarger won the 220 pound division at the Adrian Irwin prep wrestling tournament in Redmond.  The Riverhawks finished 14th as a team.


Boys Basketball

Grants Pass 62, Hood River Valley 49

North Eugene 68, Hood River Valley 59

Centennial 74, The Dalles 36

Columbia 53, Riverside 45

South Wasco 59, Trinity Lutheran 14

South Wasco 64, Gilchrist 24

Sherman 67, Triad 50

Sunnyside Christian 54, Sherman 51

Damascus Christian 66, Dufur 58

Bickleton 51, Trout Lake 28

Yakama Tribal 78, Lyle-Wishram 38

LaSalle 61, Goldendale 46


Girls Basketball

The Dalles 47, Centennial 29

Reynolds 43, Hood River Valley 39

Trinity Lutheran 42, South Wasco 29

South Wasco 29, Gilchrist 23

Triad 55, Sherman 30

Klamath Union JV 45, Sherman 32

Damascus Christian 44, Dufur 33

Yakama Tribal 64, Lyle-Wishram 47

Bickleton 51, Trout Lake 19

LaSalle 70, Goldendale 34

Maupin Stabbing Under Investigation

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an altercation in Maupin Thursday afternoon that has left one man in the hospital recovering from a stab wound.  Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Lane Magill says three women and the man were involved in some kind of altercation when the incident occurred near the intersection of Highway 197 and Elrod Lane at around 3 p.m.  Magill says the man is currently at Mid-Columbia Medical Center after being stabbed with something similar to a pocket knife with a two-inch blade.  Magill says the investigation into the case is on-going, and there have been no arrests made at this point.

Report Indicates Hood River Bridge Lift Span Can Be Repaired In 4 To 5 Months

An engineer’s investigation indicates the Port of Hood River Interstate Bridge lift span can be put back in operation in about four to five months.  Port Commissioners heard a report on the latest findings involving a potential allision in late September, where it is believed a vessel made contact with and damaged the northern pier of the lift span.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says not all of the necessary repairs are a result of the allision, but some are.  The engineer’s investigation found the northern tower of the lift span is not plumb by two inches to the west and one-and-a-half inches to the north, and McElwee says that will have to be monitored to determine if that is happening over time or if it was caused by the allision.  Cost of repairs is estimated at $200,000.  An investigation into the how the allision occurred is continuing.

Groundbreaking For New TD Library Wing On December 23

Groundbreaking for the new children’s wing of The Dalles Wasco County Library will take place next Wednesday.  Fundraising for the John and Jean Thomas Children’s Wing has been on-going for over two years, and the library foundation’s Corliss Marsh says Thomas family members will be on hand to take part.  The Thomas family started the fundraising drive with a $100,000 dollar match.  The foundation has raised $600,000 for the project, and Marsh says they still need to raise $50,000 to completely pay for the expansion.  Next Wednesday’s groundbreaking will start at 11 a.m.

FISH Food Bank Taking Donations

The holidays are always a busy time of year for FISH Food Bank in Hood River County, and it’s the first holiday season in the recently constructed facility on Tucker Road.  Marianne Durkan says this is the time of the year when they receive the bulk of their monetary donations.  She adds while a number of holiday food drives are on-going, they are dealing with Oregon Food Bank shortages.  FISH Food Bank is open to take food donations at its location on 1130 Tucker Road in Hood River on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.  Monetary donations can be made on-line at fish-food-bank.com.

Prep Basketball Roundup For December 15

Girls Basketball

The Dalles 50, Sheldon 49:  The Riverhawks used a stellar defensive effort to knock off the fourth-ranked team in Class 6-A.  The Dalles held the Irish to a 28.6 percent shooting night from the field, and gave up no field goals in the final 6:23 of the game.  Ileana Telles led a balanced Riverhawk offense with 11 points.  Autumn Baumgartner scored 20 to lead Sheldon.

Wahkiakum 61, Stevenson 36

Heppner 49, Sherman 32


Boys Basketball

Gresham 68, Hood River Valley 66:  Jack Gradis’ three-pointer as time expired gave the Gophers the win in a game that featured wild momentum swings throughout the night.  Tyrone Stintzi had scored for the Eagles seconds before Gradis made the game-winner.  Gresham led by 17 points late in the first half, but HRV came back to take a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter.   Then it was the Gophers grabbing a four-point lead in the fourth before the Eagles came back to briefly take the lead before Gradis nailed the winning shot.  Gradis led Gresham with 16 points, while Dallas Buckley topped Hood River with 17.

LaCenter 65, Stevenson 23

Heppner 64, Sherman 54

City Of The Dalles To Hold Town Hall On Marijuana Issues

The Dalles City Council decided it will hold a town hall meeting in February to discuss with the community what kind of options they have in regard to legalized recreational marijuana sales and production, and whether there would be support for putting an opt-out measure on the ballot in November.  Councilors discussed pros and cons of putting the issue to the voters, with some saying the public should have the final decision, but others noting deciding to opt-out will still leave them with the same potential costs of legalized marijuana use without the revenue from sales and production.  Mayor Steve Lawrence said he hoped a town hall can give a true sense of what the community wants to do.  In 2014, 51 percent of voters in The Dalles opposed Measure 91 that legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon.

TD Council Approve Pay Raise For Police Positions

The Dalles City Council approved a pay raise retroactive to July 1 for the City’s police captain and sergeant’s positions after not raising the salaries for those positions at the start of the fiscal year.  Councilors made the move after receiving documentation that The Dalles was paying below what other municipalities do for similar positions, and being told by City Police Chief Jay Waterbury that he had received very few applications from current officers for a recently vacant sergeant’s position, with a big reason being the very small pay increase from a patrol officers position with a substantial increase in duties.    Councilor Russ Brown said if the panel had the data about other cities rate of pay for the positions back in June, they would have approved the raises then.

In Water Work To Start On Outfall Pipe

The project to relocate the outfall pipe in the Columbia River from Hood River’s wastewater treatment plant will enter a key phase in the latter part of the month.  City Manager Steve Wheeler says in-water work is about to get underway, with the window for that kind of work continuing into early March.  The complete project should wrap up in the spring.  The move was necessitated by changes in river flows as the result of debris flows during a 2006 storm.  The City received a low interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture loan to do the work.

HR Schools Start Polling On Potential Bond Measure

The Hood River County School District is in the midst of doing community polling that will help determine the kind of bond measure it will seek in May.  School board members are in the midst of deciding how much to seek to do deferred maintenance and add space to ease crowding in schools particularly in the lower valley, with the major decision revolving around whether to build a new elementary school either on the current May Street School site or on land on Sherman Street, or to expand Westside Elementary.  Superintendent Dan Goldman says once the polling is done, decisions will be made in January.  The measure would be on the May 17 primary election ballot.



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