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Local News

Police Investigate Convenience Store Robbery

The Dalles Police Department is investigating a robbery Sunday evening at the Astro Express Mart on West 6th.  According to police logs, the call came in just before 10:30 p.m.  The log indicates two suspects were involved in the robbery, and left on foot.  The Dalles Police Sergeant Doug Kramer said their investigation is on-going, and they could not release any further information.  Anyone who may have information in regards to this case is asked to call The Dalles Police Department at 541-296-2613.

Wasco County Corrects Election Flyer On Proposed MCFR Tax Rate

The Wasco County Clerk’s Office is sending out letters to votes in the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue District with language that was omitted on the flyer included with the ballot.  The document included with the ballot understates the tax impact of the district’s bond measure.  The full impact is 21 dollars per 100-thousand dollars of assessed property value, not 21 cents as is in the statement sent with the ballot.  The measure calls for a property tax rate of 21 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value.  County Clerk Lisa Gambee said the error occurred in her office, and did not involve the district.  The letter being sent out includes the complete summary of the MCFR ballot measure including the corrected language.

Klickitat County Finds Inflation Challenging For 2017 Budget

Klickitat County Commissioners are working on the County’s budget for 2017, and one of the biggest challenges they have is dealing with inflation.  Commissioner Jim Sizemore says it is costing more to keep the same service levels, and revenues are not keeping up, with outside revenues flat for the last few years.  The County this week is holding hearing on its six-year transportation plan, including Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the White Salmon Pioneer Center and Thursday at 6:30 in the County Courthouse in Goldendale.

HR Council Delays Two Hearings

A pair of public hearings that had been scheduled before the Hood River City Council Monday night will be opened and quickly continued as both issues remain at the planning commission level.  The proposed rezoning of Morrison Park to allow multi-family housing and amendments to the City’s land use ordinance to allow townhouses as an outright permitted use in R-2 and R-3 residential zones both remain at the planning commission level.  Mayor Paul Blackburn says they had hoped to hold Council hearings on the subjects in October, but work on them has taken longer than originally planned.  The City Planning Commission continues deliberations on both subjects on November 7, with the townhouse amendments now expected to come before the Council on November 14 and Morrison Park on November 28.

October 21-22 Prep Sports Scoreboard


Mountain View 40, Hood River Valley 13

Benson 14, The Dalles 0

Dufur 62, Ione 0

Sherman 62, Perrydale 22



Big Sky Tournament

First Round

Arlington def. Ione 25-14, 25-16, 26-24

Dufur def. South Wasco 25-15, 25-20, 26-24


Third Place

Ione def. South Wasco 25-17, 25-19, 25-21 (winner to state)

Arlington def. Dufur 3 sets to 0 (both to state)


Lyle-Wishram def. Klickitat-Glenwood 25-13, 25-16, 18-25, 22-25, 15-11

Port of HR To Do Multiple Bridge Lifts

The Port of Hood River will carry out multiple lifts of the Hood River Interstate Bridge lift span throughout the daylight hours of next Thursday through Saturday.  Each lift will require closure of both lanes on the bridge up to 30 minutes in duration.  Closures will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on those three days.  Bridge users are strongly encouraged to plan for up to 40 minute delays or seek alternate routes during those hours.  The lifts are required for the Port’s contract engineers to inspect the bridge’s trunnions and conduct magnetic particle testing of the rack pinion shafts.  The trunnions are critical mechanical systems of the bridge’s lift span, with four located on each of the two bridge towers.  The magnetic particle testing is required to determine their condition and expected longevity of key components.

Salmon And Steelhead Fishing Closing

Recreational salmon and steelhead fishing will close starting Saturday on the Columbia River from Buoy 10 to the Highway 395 Bridge near Pasco under rules adopted this week by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.  The closure is based on the latest fall Chinook run forecast, which includes ESA-listed Snake River wild Chinook, is tracking at 71 percent of the preseason forecast of 579,600 Chinook.  Coho salmon and steelhead returns have also been revised downward from pre-season forecasts.  Based on the revised run-size projection, fishery managers estimate that combined non-treaty fisheries have exceeded the allowed harvest limit on Upriver Bright Chinook.  The states opted to also close the recreational coho salmon and steelhead seasons to prevent any additional Chinook mortalities that might have occurred as the result of incidental bycatch.

October 19-20 Prep Sports Roundup

Cross Country

Columbia took five of the top ten places to win the boys’ title at the Trico League cross country championships at Vancouver Lake.  The Bruins’ Will Nuckoles, Dylan Beneventi, and Colin Howe took the top three individual spots.  Stevenson was fourth, as Julio Ramos-Vazquez led the Bulldogs in 15th.  Columbia finished second in the girls’ run to LaCenter.  Joules Hope was the fastest Bruin, taking third place.  Stevenson was fourth, as Kimberly Chestnut was twelfth individually.



Scappoose def. The Dalles 25-15, 23-25, 25-9, 25-15:  The Riverhawks will be in a Class 5-A play-in match on the road early next week.

Granger def. Goldendale 27-25, 29-27, 25-22

Castle Rock def. Columbia 3 sets to 0

Seton Catholic def. Stevenson 3 sets to 0


Girls Soccer

King’s Way Christian 5, Columbia 0

Some May Have Questions When They Receive Tax Statements

Property tax statements in Wasco County were mailed out on Tuesday.  Wasco County Assessor Jill Amery says the County is seeing some increases in Real Market Value with a bounce back in the local real estate market, and that could lead to some questions from taxpayers.  Property owners are taxed on Maximum Assessed Value when it drops below the Real Market Value, and that can only be increased by three percent under Measures 5 and 50.  But Amery says when the market bounces back and the RMV starts to come back, some property owners might see larger jumps in their property tax assessment.  If the RMV has the potential to increase 20 percent before reaching the MAV, a property owner is taxed on the lower of the two, which would be the RMV, and Amery is concerned some property owners will see more than a three percent increase if they are caught in that.  Amery says they have added additional information in the Assessment and Tax Department section of the Wasco County website to help answer taxpayer questions.  She adds customers with questions can come into the Assessor’s office in the Wasco County Courthouse for assistance.

Bad Portland Weather Leads To Drop In Harvest Fest Attendance

With the numbers in, they show bad weather in Western Oregon did have an impact on attendance at last weekend’s Hood River Valley Harvest Festival.  Hood River County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Glover says they estimate about 7,500 people attended the festival, down from 10,000 to 11,000 in a good year.  He adds while the weather in Hood River was not nearly as bad as it was in Portland, the storm in the metro area discouraged those who would have traveled here.  Glover did say local participation seemed to hold up, adding he doesn’t think this year’s attendance drop will have an impact on attracting visitors to the festival in the future.