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Local News

Morrison Park Hearing Pushed Back To February

The continuance of the Hood River City Planning Commission’s public hearing on the proposal to change the zoning of the Morrison Park property at the corner of Wasco and 20th Street from Open Space/Public Facilities to Urban High Density Residential to allow the City to partner with Mid-Columbia Housing Authority on an affordable housing project has been pushed back to February 6.  It had originally been expected to continue this coming Monday, but City Manager Steve Wheeler says a number of questions came up in the initial hearing that need to be researched.  Wheeler also noted a heavy schedule of issues in the planning area was part of the reasoning to push the Morrison Park question back to February.

Cooper Spur Land Exchange Draft EIS Released

The Mt. Hood National Forest has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Government Camp-Cooper Spur Land Exchange.  The document describes the potential effects of the conveyance of two parcels totaling approximately 109 acres on the Zigzag Ranger District in Clackamas County in exchange for the acquisition of approximately 769 acres of land owned by Mt. Hood Meadows in Hood River County.  The draft EIS describes the proposed action, a no-action alternative, and two additional alternatives that were considered but not developed or analyzed in detail.  While no significant issues that drive alternatives were identified, the draft reviews the potential effects of the swap on a variety of resources, including cultural resources; hydrology; wetlands; water rights; threatened, endangered, and sensitive species; recreation; visuals; facilities; and socio-economics.  The draft EIS document is available on the Mt. Hood National Forest website, and public comment will be taken for the next 90 days.

Speaker To Discuss Impact Of Opioids

YouthThink is bringing in a specialist in psychopharmacology this coming Monday evening at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.  Debby Jones of YouthThink says John Evans is a board certified pain specialist, and will discuss how opioids interact with our bodies and minds.  Jones adds Evans will also address the link between the use opioids and heroin.  The talk is entitled “When a Good Thing Goes Bad…Prescription Drug Misuse”, and will be this coming Monday at 6:30 p.m. in The Dalles Civic Auditorium Fireside Room.  The event is being sponsored in part by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, and admission is free.

Area Prep Sports Post-Season Schedule

Tuesday, November 1

Oregon Class 5A Girls Soccer First Round:  Hillsboro at Hood River Valley, 6 p.m.

SCAC District Volleyball Tournament:  Goldendale at Connell, 7 p.m.


Wednesday, November 2

SW Washington Class 1A District Volleyball Tournament:  Columbia at Montesano, 5:30 p.m.

Oregon Class 5A Boys Soccer First Round:  Putnam at Hood River Valley, 6 p.m.


Thursday, November 3

Oregon Class 5A Girls Water Polo First Round:  Hood River Valley vs. South Albany at Corvallis, 12:30 p.m.

Oregon Class 5A Boys Water Polo First Round:  Hood River Valley vs. Ashland at Corvallis, 6:30 p.m.


Friday, November 4

Oregon Class 5A Volleyball Quarterfinal:  Hood River Vallev vs. Marist at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, 8 a.m.

Oregon Class 1A Football First Round:  Triad at Sherman, 6 p.m.

Oregon Class 1A Football First Round:  Falls City at Dufur, 7 p.m.

SW Washington Class 1A Football District:  Columbia at Montesano, 7 p.m.


Saturday, November 5

Oregon Class 5A Cross Country Championships:  Hood River Valley & The Dalles at Lane Community College in Eugene, girls at 1:15 p.m., boys at 1:50 p.m.

Washington Class 1A Cross Country Championships:  Columbia, Goldendale, and Stevenson at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco, girls at 10:30 a.m., boys at noon

Fire Damages House In The Dalles

Fire damaged a home at 844 Cascade Street in The Dalles on Sunday.  The fire occurred at around 3:45 p.m. Sunday.  Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue Division Chief Dave Lapof says the owners of the house were not home, and neighbors called 9-1-1 to report the fire.  Lapof says there was a significant amount of smoke damage, while the kitchen and back of the house suffered structural damage.  No one was hurt and pets that were inside the home survived.  Lapof says an investigation into the cause of the fire was planned for Monday.

HR Energy Future Workshop Set For Wednesday

A workshop on Hood River County’s Energy Future will take place Wednesday at the Hood River Fire Station.  New Hood River County Energy and Sustainability Coordinator Marla Harvey says the event looks to build on momentum from a similar workshop a year ago, and serve as a kickoff for the county’s energy planning process.  Harvey’s position is being paid for by the County, the Ports and Cities of Hood River and Cascade Locks, and the Energy Trust of Oregon.  It is expected to take about nine months to develop an energy plan for the County.  Registration for the workshop can be done on-line at eventbrite.com.

Klickitat County Works On Hiring New VSO

The Klickitat County Auditor and County Commissioners are working on hiring a new Veteran’s Service Officer after the current officer resigned.  County Commission Chair David Sauter says until the position is filled there will be a Veterans Advisory Board member at the Goldendale and White Salmon veterans’ offices to keep veterans informed.  Anyone with questions is asked to call Klickitat County Auditor Brenda Sorensen or Chief Deputy Auditor Heather Jobe at 509-773-4001 or 800-583-8050.  Since the Veterans Advisory Board identified the need for a Veteran’s Service Officer to assist Klickitat County veterans in the daunting task of getting their benefits just over two years ago, over four million dollars in veteran benefits have been recovered.

October 28-29 Prep Sports Scoreboard


Oregon Class 5-A Playoffs First Round

Hood River Valley def. Ashland 25-22, 25-18, 25-22:  The Eagles had big scoring runs in each set to move themselves into the final eight this coming weekend.  The Eagles had an eight-point run in the first set, a six-point string in the second, and a streak of seven straight in the third.  HRV will meet top-ranked Marist in the quarter-final Friday morning at eight at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.


Oregon Class 1-A Playoffs Second Round

Crosshill Christian def. Dufur 25-12, 25-8, 25-19


Cross Country

Columbia won the boys’ title and finished second in the girls’ standings at the Southwest Washington Class 1-A District meet.  Will Nuckoles finished third and Dylan Beneventi finished fourth to lead the Bruin boys, while Haley Blair was second and Joules Hope fifth to lead the CHS girls.  Both squads advance to state next week in Pasco.  Two Stevenson runners qualified for state as individuals, with Kimberly Chestnut finishing 15th in the girls’ race and Julio Ramos-Vazquez in the boys’ run.


Boys Soccer

Oregon Class 5-A Play-In:  Wilsonville 4, The Dalles 0.

Hood River Valley has earned the number one seed in the state 5-A tournament, and will host Putnam on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Henderson Stadium.


Oregon Class 1-A Special District 6 Third Place Game

Horizon Christian 3, Damascus Christian 0


Girls Soccer

Oregon Class 5-A Play-In:  Hillsboro 6, The Dalles 0

Hood River Valley will host Hillsboro in a first round state 5-A tournament game on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Henderson Stadium.



Columbia 41, Stevenson 14:  The win lifts Columbia into a district playoff game this Friday at Montesano

Summit 38, Hood River Valley 10

Glencoe 14, The Dalles 12

Dufur 62, Mitchell-Spray 7

Ione 54, South Wasco 0

Sherman 51, Elgin 0

Goldendale 12, Highland 0

Mabton 48, Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat 20

Crag Rats Celebrate 90 Years With Open House

There will be an open house at the Crag Rat Hut in Pine Grove on Sunday to celebrate the mountain rescue group’s 90 years of service.  The Crag Rats are an all-volunteer non-profit group that is involved in rescue operations throughout Hood River County.  The open house will feature memorabilia, search and rescue displays, and opportunities to talk with members of the oldest mountain search and rescue team in the nation.  It will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, and parking will be available in Pine Grove with shuttles up the hill.

October 27 Prep Sports Scoreboard


Washington 1-B District Playoff:  White Swan def. Lyle-Wishram 16-25, 18-25, 17-25

Columbia def. Stevenson 25-18, 23-25, 25-16, 25-16


Cross Country

Goldendale won the boys’ team title at the SCAC District meet in Yakima.  Dillon Rising led the Timberwolves with a second place finish, while Lucas Anderson was seventh.  In the girls’ race Goldendale finished fourth, with Ellie Rising taking seventh place for the top Timberwolf finish.