Dufur 14, Arlington 6
Sherman 70, Mitchell-Spray 34
Lyle-Klickitat-Wishram 38, Washington State School for the Deaf 12
Ridgeview def. Hood River Valley 25-22, 25-11, 25-19
Kalama def. Columbia 25-13, 25-11, 25-16
King’s Way Christian def. Stevenson 25-14, 25-11, 25-10
Lyle-Wishram def. Sunnyside Christian 25-21, 14-25, 26-24, 13-23, 15-9
Horizon Christian 4, Umpqua Valley Christian 2: Makoa Whitaker and Cody Lingel each scored two goals in the first half for the Hawks.
Wasco County Commissioners have approved an agreement to donate the property the Home At Last Humane Society animal shelter sits on to that organization. Home At Last has sought to have control of the property to facilitate fundraising to make improvements to the building. In exchange for the property, Home At Last will continue to provide animal shelter services to the County. County Commissioner Scott Hege says the agreement had been in the works for some time, and the County wanted to support the organization’s efforts. The agreement contains a reversionary clause to give the land back to the County should Home At Last cease operations for any reason. Hege added the County retained the right to continue to hold leases to the cell phone towers on the property and potential place more of them in that location.
Two people were arrested after the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at a home in Dufur this week. According to a MINT press release, 45-year-old Nicholas Mason and 35-year-old Mitzi Wickerham were both arrested on charges of possession and distribution of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a weapon. Both were lodged at NORCOR. The warrant was predicated on several months of investigation into the possession and delivery of methamphetamine. MINT is comprised of officers from The Dalles City Police and Hood River and Wasco County sheriff’s offices. Anyone with information or concerns regarding narcotics can call the MINT tip line at 541-296-1885.
Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley called on Congress to take action to stop gun violence, in remarks on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Thursday. They spoke one week after the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg that claimed nine lives and injured nine others. Wyden called the roll call of shootings in the U.S. far too long, and Congress needs to better to prevent more tragedies. Wyden and Merkley are calling for closure of background check loopholes, improvement in the background check database, and making “straw purchasing” — in which one person buys a gun for someone else who is not legally allowed to have one — and gun trafficking federal crimes to give law enforcement the tools it needs to stop the flood of illegal weapons across state lines.
Columbia had five of the top ten runners on the way to winning a Trico League boys’ cross country meet at home on Wednesday. Colin Howe was the top Bruin finisher in second place. Stevenson was fourth, topped by a ninth place finish for Zane Zapfe. In the girls’ race, Columbia fielded an incomplete team, but the Bruins’ Haley Blair was first and Rachel Luther third. Quincy Russell of Lyle-Wishram was tenth. Kalama won the girls’ team competition.
White Salmon Mayor David Poucher says he is seeking re-election to finish some on-going projects. He is running for a third four-year term in the November 3 election. Poucher says he wants to continue work on securing White Salmon’s water future for the foreseeable future. Poucher added the City needs to continue work on long-needed infrastructure repairs, citing the need to go out and find matching funds from state and federal sources to be able to make those happen. Poucher is opposed by Councilor Bill Werst in the November election.
North Wasco County School District 21 announced Wednesday that The Dalles High School’s scheduled varsity football game on Saturday with Nyssa has been cancelled due to injuries paring down the number of players on the roster, and the fate of the squad’s final three games will be determined on a week to week basis. In a written statement, district officials said the injury reports led them to cancel Saturday’s game with student safety in mind. The school’s freshman/sophomore football team will continue with their schedule. The Dalles High School athletic director Mike Somnis says they had decided going into the season they would not bring up freshmen to finish the season, as they have done in recent years. Somnis says they are currently have nine varsity players on the injury list, adding they feel they need 20 on the roster to play safely. He noted they are keeping the possibility of continuing the season going because there is a possibility that a majority of the injured varsity players could be back in two weeks, when they are scheduled to visit Pendleton. In addition, Somnis says they have not had players quit, and they want to keep every opportunity for their 14 seniors to be able to get back on the field.
Wasco County Commissioners continue to gather information and ask questions as they grapple with whether to ask voters whether they want to opt-out of allowing marijuana production and dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the County. A discussion during Wednesday’s commission meeting led to Commissioners asking staff to research more of the issues that may factor into a decision. Commission Chair Scott Hege says they also continue to receive input from the public. Hege noted the final decision would ultimately rest with the voters, as even if they don’t refer the issue to the ballot there could be a petition from the public to put it on the November 2016 ballot.
The Dalles City Council would like more information on potential firms to conduct the search for a new City Manager. Councilors will get additional information from City Attorney Gene Parker at their regular meeting on Monday. Mayor Steve Lawrence says the Council has already prepared a job profile and information on what the City is all about, and don’t want to be charged by a company that would do those things. Lawrence added the hope is to get a new City Manager hired by the New Year. Lawrence also said the Council has discussed forming a seven member search committee, including members from the general public, to sort through the applicants.
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.