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Local News

City of Hood River Finishing Up 12th Street Project

The City of Hood River’s water, sewer, and paving project on 12th Street should be wrapping up this week.  The project at the location near Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital has been on-going for much of the summer, but City Manager Steve Wheeler says it is on target for completion.  State Street will be intermittently closed at 12th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and the closure could be for up to four hours at a time.  Wheeler says in the winter or spring, the City will replace the tree well beds on Oak Street.  He notes the City has received complaints about some of the tree well beds collapsing, and people tripping over them.

Lyle Sandbar Meeting Set For Wednesday

Klickitat County Commissioner David Sauter will host a town hall meeting Wednesday evening on what kind of improvements are needed at the Lyle Sandbar to make its recreational use safer and preserve access.  The location is used heavily by kiteboarders and other recreationalists.  Sauter says the issue is the only access to the sandbar is to cross the railroad tracks, and that concerns both the County and Burlington Northern.  He adds solutions have been found at other recreational hotspots that had similar issues.  Wednesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Lyle Lions Club.

September 23-24 Prep Sports Roundup


Columbia 44, The Dalles 20

Bend 42, Hood River Valley 12

Stevenson 21, Tenino 13

Dufur 56, Perrydale 14

Sherman 66, South Wasco 0

Zillah 49, Goldendale 0

Kittitas 12, Lyle-Wishram 6


Cross Country

The Dalles won both the boys and girls titles at the Bridgette Nelson Invitational at Sorosis Park.  Emma Mullins and Paige McLeod finished one-two to lead the Riverhawk girls, while The Dalles claimed three of the top five finishes in the boys race, with Ezekiel Stelzer leading the way in second.  Hayden Scott of Weston-McEwen won the boys run.


Hood River Valley’s boys finished fifth in Division 1 Varsity at the Nike Portland Invitational at Portland Meadows.  Jesse Wiley paced the Eagles with a third place finish.  The HRV girls were 11th in their division, as Lottie Bromham finished 12th.


The Stevenson boys were fourth at the Toutle Lake Invitational…with Julio Ramos-Vasquez earning at 15th place finish.  Stevenson’s Kimberly Chetstnut was ninth in the girls’ race.



Hood River Valley defeated North Salem, Woodburn, and Parkrose at the Parkrose tournament.

South Wasco went 3-0 and Sherman 2-1 at the Sherman Tournament

Dufur def. Perrydale 19-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-15, 15-12

Heppner def. Dufur 25-20, 25-19, 25-23

Fire South Of The Dalles Lined

A 25-acre fire that started late Wednesday night at the end of Doane Road south of The Dalles is completely lined.  Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue Chief Bob Palmer says mop up took place Thursday, and there will be stand-by crews checking the site every couple of hours on Friday.  Palmer says the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.  Palmer emphasizes fire season is not over, and will not end until the region receives significant rainfall over a number of days, and they are not ready to start any kind of open burning season at this point.

Driver Injured In Highway 14 Accident

One person was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 14 in Bingen early Friday morning.  According to the Washington State Patrol, an 18-year-old man from Dallesport was driving a pickup that due to mechanical issues did not have working headlights.  The WSP says the truck was headed west at Highway 14 milepost 66 when the driver become disoriented by the headlights of an oncoming car and swerved to the right, causing his vehicle to drift on the shoulder where it struck a tree.  The driver was transported to Skyline Hospital in White Salmon for treatment of injuries.

Pedestrian Dies After Being Hit By Pickup

A 91-year-old woman has died from injuries suffered after being hit by a pickup truck on a road south of Hood River on Tuesday afternoon.  The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office says Yoshiko Duffield died at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, where she had been taken by LifeFlight after the accident.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the 4300 block of Barrett Drive west of Markham Road on a report of a vehicle striking a pedestrian.  When emergency personnel arrived they found Duffield in the roadway in front of her residence.  The operator of the pickup was identified as a forty-seven year old Hood River man.  The vehicle was towed from the scene.  The cause and circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation.  Hood River County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted with their on scene investigation by the Oregon State Police.

Eliot Branch Crossing Now Open

The re-route of the Eliot Branch crossing on the Timberline Trail is complete and open to the public.  The 1.5 mile re-route is downstream of the original ‘round the mountain’ trail, which washed out in 2006 following a debris flow.  Hikers will now be able to circumnavigate Mt. Hood along the entire 41 mile route.  More than half of the trail is located inside the Mt. Hood Wilderness and is managed to preserve natural processes, provide solitude and primitive recreation, and to retain the primeval character of wild lands.  Wilderness permits are required from May 15 to Oct. 15 and group size is limited to 12.  The re-route is not fully signed yet and the Forest Service will be working with volunteers to do pre-winter maintenance this fall.

September 22 Prep Sports Scoreboard


Hood River Valley def. The Dalles 25-17, 25-10, 25-17

South Wasco def. Mitchell/Spray 25-13, 25-11, 25-21

Dufur def. Arlington 25-13, 25-16, 25-22

Ione def. Horizon Christian 25-17, 25-21, 25-19


Boys Soccer

Hood River Valley 2, Central Catholic 0:  HRV runs its unbeaten streak to 43 games (39 wins and four ties).

The Dalles 3, St. Helens 1

Horizon Christian 1, Open Door 1


Girls Soccer

Barlow 2, Hood River Valley 0

St. Helens 12, The Dalles 1


Boys Water Polo

Hood River Valley 12, Gresham 8


Girls Water Polo

Hood River Valley 14, Gresham 3

Crews Monitor Fire South Of The Dalles

Crews are monitoring a 25 to 30 acre fire at the end of Doane Road south of The Dalles.  The fire started late Wednesday night, and moved uphill.  Jay Wood of Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue says they have a control line around the fire, but potential windy conditions means it is not contained.  There are no structures threatened by the fire.  Wood noted smoke from the fire will be visible from The Dalles today, but residents should not be concerned.  The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.  Wood emphasizes fire season is not over, and will not end until the region receives significant rainfall over a number of days.

D21 To Look 50 Years Ahead For Facilities Planning

The North Wasco County School District 21 board met with consultants DLR Group to discuss their next steps in facilities planning, and particularly developing a blueprint for the next 50 years.  D-21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong says they want to get buy-in from the community on a long-term vision for schools before going out for a bond measure in 2017 or 2018.  She adds their initial community polling indicates citizens want to start with a new high school, but the district does have a concern about how future bond measures would be viewed.  Armstrong says the next step is to hold community listening sessions.  The D21 board will be setting dates and locations for those meetings.