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Werst Runs For White Salmon Mayor

Voters in Klickitat County will be receiving their ballots soon for the 2015 general election…and it’s highlighted by a contested race for Mayor of White Salmon.  Current City Council member Bill Werst is challenging incumbent David Poucher, who is seeking a third term.  Werst says he’s seeking the position in part because he believes two terms as Mayor is enough for anyone.  But he quickly added his specific reasons are to enrich the lives of all White Salmon citizens through a vision that includes affordable housing, cost-effective management, and an intense push to get more of the community involved.  Werst puts setting the stage for developing a larger supply of affordable workforce housing and development of a new swimming pool among the items on the top of his priority list.

October 6 Prep Sports Roundup


Hood River Valley def. The Dalles 25-16, 17-25, 19-25, 25-15, 15-13:  The Eagles moved into a tie for first in the Columbia River Conference with the tight five-game win.  Both HRV and The Dalles are now 5-1 in Columbia River Conference play, and will meet again in two weeks in The Dalles.

Dufur def. South Wasco 25-17, 28-26, 25-17

Sherman def. Horizon Christian 20-25, 20-25, 26-24, 25-20, 15-7

Kalama def. Stevenson 25-12, 25-18, 25-11


Boys Soccer

Hood River Valley 3, Hermiston 0:  The Eagles scored three times in the second half to pull away from the pesky Bulldogs and take sole possession of first place in the Columbia River Conference.

The Dalles 2, Pendleton 0


Girls Soccer

Hood River Valley 5, Hermiston 1:  The Eagles won their second straight CRC game with five different goal scorers.  Ami Santillan, Claire Davies, Sindy Magana, Cielo Rivera, and Kassidy Davidson all had goals for HRV.

Pendleton 3, The Dalles 1

Kalama 4, Columbia 2:  The Chinooks scored four times in the second half to pull out the win.

Seton Catholic 4, Stevenson 1

Naches Valley 10, Goldendale 2

The Dalles Main Street Project Receives Award For Videos

The Dalles Main Street Program’s “Why Shop Downtown The Dalles” video project received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for the “Best Marketing Project” from Oregon Main Street Wednesday as the orgainzation’s conference got underway in The Dalles.   The “Why Shop Downtown The Dalles” video series was designed to showcase downtown businesses in short two to three minute video segments, and were filmed by volunteers using only a cellphone.  Current “editor in chief” Hanna Oliver became involved as a student at the Columbia Gorge Community College where she was taking a Marketing class.  Videos are posted on YouTube, the Main Street website, and Facebook.   The Dalles Main Street Executive Director Matthew Klebes says the videos have been very well received and there is now a waiting list, adding they plan to keep producing them until every downtown business has one.

Site Plan Review Application Filed For Google

The application for Google to build an over 254,000 square foot data storage facility in the Columbia Gorge Industrial Center has been filed with the City of The Dalles.  Design LLC has applied for the site plan review with The Dalles Planning Department.  Written comments will be accepted until October 19.  A decision on the site plan will be issued by the Planning Director.  Google negotiated a tax abatement agreement for the new facility, its third in The Dalles, with the City and Wasco County.  Those governments approved the agreement during the summer.

Domestic Violence Vigil Set For Hood River

Helping Hands Against Violence will hold a candlelight vigil in downtown Hood River Tuesday evening.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Helping Hands Executive Director Stephanie Irving says the statistics on the number of women who are victims of domestic violence are staggering, with one out of every four women victimized in some way.  Tuesday evening’s vigil starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Georgiana Smith Park adjacent to the Hood River Library.  Participants are encouraged to wear the color purple, the symbolic color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Main Street Conference This Week In The Dalles

Advocates for downtown areas throughout the state will be in The Dalles this week for the Oregon Main Street state conference.  There will be over 200 visitors who work on downtown revitalization and historic preservation.  The Dalles Main Street Executive Director Matthew Klebes says the Main Street program uses a four-point approach to comprehensive downtown revitalization involving promotion, design, economic restructuring, and organization.  Conference sessions will take place at multiple locations in downtown The Dalles.  They are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.  Go to thedallesmainstreet.org for more information.

October 5 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Boys Soccer

C.S. Lewis 1, Horizon Christian 0:  C.S. Lewis win a matchup of unbeaten teams in Special District 6, dropping the Hawks into a tie for second with North Clackamas Christian.


Columbia def. Washougal 25-22, 25-21,25-23

D21 Energy Audit Finds Mixed Results

An energy audit of three North Wasco County School District 21 schools has found some mixed results.  The Dalles High School and Colonel Wright and Chenowith elementary schools were studied.  D-21 Chief Financial Officer Randy Anderson said one recommendation is to modernize the control units of their heating systems.  Colonel Wright was of particular concern, with the energy usage 226 percent of average for a school of its size.  D-21 officials will now examine the results and begin to prioritize projects that can be undertaken to make the facilities more energy efficient that are also cost efficient, and also weave them into the district’s overall facilities planning process.

Harvest Fest Coming Soon

The countdown to the Hood River Valley Harvest Festival is on.  The festival will run October 16-18 at the Event Site on the Hood River Waterfront.  Hood River County Chamber of Commerce events coordinator Ashley Huckaby May says they will again have a full slate of 125 vendors mixing old favorites and new offerings.  There will also be family friendly activities and live music throughout the three days of the festival.  Detailed Hood River Valley Harvest Festival information is available on-line at hoodriver.org.

October 2-3 Prep Sports Roundup


LaGrande 43, The Dalles 19

North Eugene 57, Hood River Valley 49

Kalama 21, Columbia 0

Stevenson 27, Seton Catholic 21

Sherman 32, Dufur 30

Perrydale 80, South Wasco 12

Goldendale 21, Granger 14

Lyle 34, Mitchell/Spray 14



Dufur def. Condon-Wheeler 25-10, 25-19, 25-20

Dufur def. Mitchell-Spray 25-14, 25-18, 25-20

Mitchell-Spray def. Horizon Christian 25-8, 23-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-10

Condon-Wheeler def. Horizon Christian 25-16, 25-18, 15-25, 25-22

Arlington def. Sherman 25-20, 25-21, 27-25

Ione def. Sherman 25-20, 25-13, 25-20

Arlington def. South Wasco 3 games to 0

Ione def. South Wasco 3 games to 2



Columbia River Weather
Partly Cloudy
Chance of Rain
Saturday 70%
High 77° / Low 52°
Partly Cloudy
Sunday 10%
High 72° / Low 49°
Monday 0%
High 75° / Low 52°