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January 27-28 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Basketball

Pendleton 70, The Dalles 35

Bend 69, The Dalles 47

King’s Way Christian 75, Columbia 51

Stevenson 87, Seton Catholic 82

LaCenter 68, Stevenson 61

Dufur 67, Mitchell-Spray 27

Dufur 56, South Wasco 33

Arlington 40, South Wasco 36

Horizon Christian 69, Condon-Wheeler 44

Sherman 68, Horizon Christian 55

Sherman 84, Ione 48

North Clackamas 55, Trout Lake 44

Yakama Tribal 58, Lyle-Wishram 42

Lyle-Wishram 56, Bickleton 52
Bickleton 51, Klickitat-Glenwood 50

Sunnyside Christian 69, Klickitat-Glenwood 35

Naches Valley 44, Goldendale 43


Girls Basketball

Pendleton 60, The Dalles 48

The Dalles 38, Bend 34

King’s Way Christian 41, Columbia 39

LaCenter 88, Stevenson 30

Dufur 51, Mitchell-Spray 13

Arlington 40, South Wasco 34

South Wasco 49, Dufur 28

Sherman 69, Ione 38

Horizon Christian 65, Condon-Wheeler 30

Horizon Christian 66, Sherman 20

North Clackamas 44, Trout Lake 29

Yakama Tribal 58, Lyle-Wishram 13

Klickitat-Glenwood 56, Bickleton 39

Bickleton 43, Lyle-Wishram 41

Sunnyside Christian 65, Klickitat-Glenwood  15

Goldendale 55, Naches Valley 44



Mountain View 55, Hood River Valley 12:  Justin Lane, Jason Shaner, and Justin Wilson recorded wins for HRV.


Hood River Valley finished tenth and The Dalles 18th in the Hood River Elks Tournament at Vannet Court.  Jason Shaner of HRV won the 126 pound division with four straight wins.  Mountain View won the team title.


Alpine Skiing

Hood River Valley won both the boys and girls races in a Mt. Hood League giant slalom at Mt. Hood Meadows.  Josie Peterson won the girls’ race to lead a group of five Eagles in the top seven.  The HRV boys placed five in the top ten, with Nash Levy leading that quintet with a second place finish.   The Dalles finished fifth in both races, with Martin Carter earning a fourth place finish individually in the boys’ race.


Nordic Skiing

Hood River Valley’s Leif Bergstrom finished third in the boys’ race and Daisy Dolan tenth in the girls race in Northern League competition at Mt. Bachelor.

21-Year-Old Arrested In Stabbing Death

A 21-year-old man has been arrested and lodged at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility on suspicion of murder in a stabbing death on Thursday in The Dalles.  According to The Dalles Police Chief Pat Ashmore, officers were dispatched to 517 Liberty Street on a report of a stabbing, where they administered first aid to the victim until it was confirmed the victim was dead.  Officers took Zoey Pike, who lists his residence as The Dalles, into custody at the scene without incident and eventually arrested him for murder and unlawful use of a weapon.  No formal charges were filed and no court date has been set at this time, even though Ashmore anticipated Pike would appear in court on Monday.  The name of the victim has not been released, but police indicated that person is from the Seattle area.

January 27 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Basketball

Hermiston 69, Hood River Valley 61:  The Bulldogs used a solid third quarter run to to take control of the game.  Xavier Rambo led Hermiston for the second straight night with 21 points, while J.J. Mears had 16 points and Dakota Kurahara 15 for HRV.

King’s Way Christian 68, Columbia 56:  King’s Way shot 53 percent from the field on the way to the Trico League win.  William Gross topped the Bruins with 17 points.


Girls Basketball

Hermiston 55, Hood River Valley 25:  Three Bulldogs scored in double figures in grabbing the victory.  Emily Curtis topped the Eagles with 7 points.

Columbia 50, King’s Way Christian 43:  Kathrin Hylton topped CHS with 14 points as the Bruins moved into third place in the Trico League.

Stevenson 52, Seton Catholic 41:  The Bulldogs grabbed their first Trico League with, as Kaitlyn Rathgeber had 14 points.

CGCC Finishes Master Plan

Columbia Gorge Community College’s Institutional Master Plan is finished.  Chief Academic Officer Lori Ufford says staff, faculty, students, employers, and community members participated in developing the plan.  Ufford says the plan brought out a series of specific goals, including ensuring the class schedule meets the needs real-world needs of students, increasing Hispanic enrollment, better coordination of student services, instruction, facilities, the business office, information technologies, and the college’s foundation, and designing a comprehensive marketing plan to increase public awareness of the college’s abilities.  Ufford says the plan identifies many other goals and activities, but the one’s she outlined will be the top priorities for this year.  Keys to those efforts will be a “Student Success Team” to review internal processes and recommend improvements, and using a “guided pathways” model to identify for each student the most timely and cost-effective route to completion of a degree or certificate.

WS Valley School District Seeks M&O Levy Passage

The White Salmon Valley School District will be asking for a slight increase in its replacement maintenance and operations levy on the February 14 ballot.  The district is asking for $2.78 million dollars in 2017-18, an increase of $150,000 from this year, and then increasing by $50,000 each of the following two years.  District Superintendent Jerry Lewis says the increase will cover a variety of funding needs, including hiring a full-time English Language Learners teacher to support students in kindergarten through eighth grade, providing professional district development, supporting sixth grade outdoor school and the K-12 after-school program, and funding the music program for instrument repair and replacements.  Property tax rates for the levy are projected at $2.52 per $1,000 dollars of assessed value for the life of the levy, up from $2.42 this year, but that number is down from the $2.61 projected when the current levy was approved three years ago.

Oregon Legislators Introduce Mt. Hood Land Swap Bill

Oregon Congressmen Greg Walden and Earl Blumenauer and Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced legislation to get a long-discussed Mt. Hood land swap finalized.  Wyden and Merkley introduced the Mt. Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarification Act in the Senate to help resolve a decades-long dispute over proposed land development on the northeast side of Mt. Hood, while Walden and Blumenauer introduced the bill in the House of Representatives.  The bill would allow development of 107 acres of the mountain while protecting 770 acres – a land exchange that was approved eight years ago and should have been completed more than six years ago.  The Forest Service has taken steps to complete the exchange, including releasing a draft Environmental Impact Statement last November, but the legislators say this bill is still needed to ensure the process is completed without further delay.  In 2009 Congress passed a broad public lands bill that included the Mt. Hood land exchange as part of the Mt. Hood Wilderness designation.  The bill directed the U.S. Forest Service to complete the exchange within 16 months.  Multiple delays over the past several years have led to conservation and development uncertainty, community frustration, and a lawsuit against the Forest Service.

January 25 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Basketball

Hermiston 75, The Dalles 52:  The Bulldogs won the Columbia River Conference season opener for both teams at Kurtz Gym.  Xavier Rambo led the Bulldogs effort with 25 points and eight rebounds.  Dakota Murr had a big game for the Riverhawks with 30 points and ten rebounds.  Hermiston had a big shooting night, making over 53 percent from the field.



Pendleton 54, Hood River Valley 25:  Justin Lane and Justin Wilson recorded two of the four Eagle victories by fall.

Waterfront Parking Issue Decisions Weeks Away

The Port of Hood River Commission took some testimony at its Tuesday night meeting on a parking plan for the Waterfront and whether or not to included metered parking, but it will be a while before any decisions are made.  Hood River City Councilors had decided a couple of weeks ago to form a committee including Port and Waterfront business representatives to discuss the parking issues, and Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says that process will continue.  He added it will be several weeks before there is any kind of resolution.  In other business, the Port Commission approved design guidelines for development on the former Lower Hanel Mill property.

Blue Zone Community Discussion Thursday

Making The Dalles a “Blue Zone” community will be the subject of a pair of informational meetings on Thursday.  A number of area organizations are working to making The Dalles one of only three Blue Zone project locations in the state.  Lauren Kraemer of OSU Extension says the Blue Zone concept stems from the work of Dan Buettner, a National Geographic fellow who studied areas of the world where people commonly live to be 100 or more to find common traits.  Those traits included a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables, getting plenty of physical movement, reducing stress, and having a solid network of friends and family.  The meetings will take place at noon and 4 p.m. on Thursday at One Community Health in The Dalles.

Grant Deadline For City Of TD Funding Near

The deadline for non-profit organizations to apply for grant funds for projects and programs from the City of The Dalles is less than a week away.  Applicants must demonstrate how they would stimulate economic development or tourism in the community, or provide social benefit for the community.  Applications are available at the City Clerk’s Office on 313 Court Street in The Dalles until Tuesday, and at the City’s website thedalles.org on the home page under hot topics.  Applications must be turned in by Tuesday for review by the City Manager, who will make recommendations to the City Council.  Approved applications will be submitted for funding through the annual budget process, with funds being awarded after July 1.