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No Commercial At White Salmon Park & Ride

It doesn’t look like a marijuana retailer, or any other kind of business, will be locating in a part of the Park-and-Ride lot adjacent to the Washington entrance ramp to the Port of Hood River Interstate Bridge.  White Salmon Mayor Dave Poucher says the City received a response to their question about whether they could lease for commercial use a 2500 foot space in the lot that was developed by the Washington Department of Transportation, and the state gave them a negative response, saying proceeds would have to go to the federal government, which provided funding for the Park-and-Ride.  Poucher said in addition, the state would require a traffic study because part of the lot was set aside for trucks to use during inclement weather.  The City had issued a request for proposal after inquiries were made about placing a marijuana retail location at the lot.

HR Schools See Enrollment Jump

The Hood River County School District has seen unexpected enrollment growth this year, with the most recent count showing the district up by 56 students…the biggest jump in about a decade.  But the difficult part for district administrators is trying to determine is if this simply a bubble or part of a long-term trend.  Superintendent Dan Goldman says there are signs that would make the district expect more growth, particularly in the lower portion of the Hood River Valley.  Goldman used May Street Elementary School as an example, noting there is no more space to add a classroom there.  He says additional classroom space will be a big discussion point for the district as they prepare to go out for a bond measure in the near future.

CGCC Hood River Campus Closed For Police Investigation

Columbia Gorge Community College’s Indian Creek campus in Hood River is closed today due to a police investigation.  CGCC spokesman Dan Spatz confirmed Hood River Police are conducting an investigation there, but added there is no threat or danger to students or other members of the public.  Spatz says the campus will remain closed the rest of the day.  He added further information will be released as it becomes available.

Port of HR Goes Out For Bid On Pedestrian Bridge Connections

The Port of Hood River is going out to bid for on a project to do additional pedestrian and bicycle trail connection improvements around the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Hood River.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says it will go out to bid in early January.  McElwee notes the bridge was built in the eighties, and this project will provide some more options for bicyclists and pedestrians.  McElwee says the challenge from that will result in a rerouting of the planned pedestrian/bicycle pathway along the waterfront going north along the Spit and connecting up to the new access road to the planned Naito hotel project at the Nichols Basin.

Internet Forum For Businesses Set For Wednesday

The Wasco County Economic Development Commission and Mid-Columbia Economic Development District will host a forum called “Web Works – Anywhere” on Wednesday to highlight local businesses using broadband effectively to support their business models.  It’s part of an effort by the Q-Life Network, Wasco County, and the City of The Dalles to make area businesses more aware of their broadband options.  A community college instructor, a non-profit director, and a business owner will all give examples of using high-speed Internet to connect with customers and communities.  The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Maison de Glace at 208 Laughlin Street in The Dalles.  Those who would like to attend should call MCEDD at 541-296-2266.

Parade Application Deadline Extended

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce has extended the deadline to sign up for the November 28 Starlight Parade to the end of this week.  The deadline had been Monday, but Chamber CEO Lisa Farquharson says after last week’s disruptive weather they wanted to make sure anyone who wants to take part in the parade has a chance to do so.  Parade applications are available on-line at thedalleschamber.com, at the Chamber office on 404 West 2nd, or call 541-296-2231.  Farquharson says they usually have about 25 to 30 entries in the Starlight Parade.

Prep Sports Roundup For November 14-15

Oregon Class 5-A Boys Soccer Championship

Hood River Valley 2, Woodburn 0:  Late goals by Gio Magana and Alex Gutierrez lifted the Hood River Valley Eagles to a 2-0 win over Woodburn and their first Oregon Class 5-A Boys’ Soccer Championship at Hillsboro Stadium on Saturday.  Woodburn actually had the better of play for most of the game, but Magana broke a scoreless tie by converting off a long pass from Uriel Torres with under 13 minutes to play.  The Bulldogs had a chance to tie the game when they were awarded a penalty kick, but Irineo Guzman hit the left goal post, and then chipped the rebound over the net.  Gutierrez scored the insurance goal off a long clearance by Magana with under five minutes to play.  HRV finishes the season 18-0, the first undefeated and untied team in Oregon high school boys’ soccer since McLoughlin in 2006.

 

Oregon Class 5-A Water Polo Championship

Summit 14, Hood River Valley 1:  The Eagles finish second at the state tournament, reaching the title game with a 12-8 victory over Marist.  HRV’s Myles Cameron and Stan Ochesky received first team all-tournament honors, Russell Grim was named to the second team, and Arthur Finstad received honorable mention.

 

Oregon Class 1-A Football Quarter-Finals

Sherman 50, Lowell 44:  The Huskies knocked off the top-ranked eight-man football team in the state to earn a semi-final matchup with Camas Valley this coming Saturday at 4 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.

 

Dufur 72, Wallowa 20:  The Rangers rolled to the semis, where they will face Adrian this Saturday at 6 p.m. in Hermiston.

 

Washington Class 1-B Football First Round

Lummi 52, Lyle-Wishram 0

 

Washington Class 1-B Volleyball Tournament

Klickitat finished eighth after splitting four matches at the Yakama SunDome.  The Vandals were swept by Pomeroy in the opening round, but came back to defeat Providence Classical Christian in five games and Republic in three games before losing the fifth place match to Riverside Christian three games to one.

 

Eagles Finish Perfect Season With State Title

Late goals by Gio Magana and Alex Gutierrez lifted the Hood River Valley Eagles to a 2-0 win over Woodburn and their first Oregon Class 5-A Boys’ Soccer Championship at Hillsboro Stadium on Saturday.  Woodburn actually had the better of play for most of the game, but Magana broke a scoreless tie by converting off a long pass from Uriel Torres with under 13 minutes to play.  The Bulldogs had a chance to tie the game when they were awarded a penalty kick, but Irineo Guzman hit the left goal post, and then chipped the rebound over the net.  Gutierrez scored the insurance goal off a long clearance by Magana with under five minutes to play.  HRV finishes the season 18-0, the first undefeated and untied team in Oregon high school boys’ soccer since McLoughlin in 2006.

Eagles Advance To Boys Soccer Title Game

Oregon Class 5-A Boys Soccer Semi-Final
Hood River Valley 2, Wilsonville 0:  The Eagles dominated the flow of play most of the night to advance to the state championship game for the second time in as many years.  Alex Gutierrez opened the scoring on a penalty kick with a little over seven minutes left in the first half, while Mario Sandoval added the insurance tally on a long-range shot from the wing with about 13 minutes to play.  Wilsonville had a chance to tie the game late in the first half, but Garrett Bonnell’s penalty kick was stopped by Eagle goalkeeper Marcos Cuevas.  HRV has won 17 straight games, and will seek its first state title Saturday when they face Woodburn at 10:30 a.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.  Woodburn defeated defending champ Summit 2-1 in overtime in last night’s other semi-final.

Walden Renews Call For VA Improvement

Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden is renewing his call for continued improvement of Veterans Administration operations.  In a Veterans’ Day video statement Walden says the VA has too often failed to live up to the standards those in uniform deserve, and while reform legislation has been passed and the first steps to implement that bill have taken place, more work needs to be done.  Walden announced he is holding a town hall meeting at the Hood River Valley Adult Center on Saturday at 8 a.m.

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