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April 26 Prep Sports Scoreboard


Hermiston 9, Hood River Valley 1

Pendleton 4, The Dalles 2

Stevenson and Columbia split, the Bulldogs win game one 9-7 and the Bruins game two 14-10

Sherman 10, Dufur 0

Sunnyside Christian sweeps Lyle-Wishram 14-10 and 10-9

Naches Valley sweeps Goldendale 8-3 and 18-0



Hermiston 7, Hood River Valley 5

Pendleton 6, The Dalles 0


Track and Field

The Dalles’ Avery Cardosi won three events in a meet involving the Riverhawks, Hood River Valley, Lyle-Wishram, and Klickitat at Sid White Field.  HRV’s Sebastian Barajas, Audrey Marble, and Katie Kennedy and The Dalles’ Luke McLean and Paul Clark won two events each.


Boys Soccer

Columbia 2, Seton Catholic 1:  Yvon Escoto scored two goals as CHS remains unbeaten on the season.

Toledo 7, Stevenson 0


Boys Lacrosse

Wilson 8, Hood River Valley 7 (overtime)

HR School Budget Includes Additions; Prepares For Cost Increases

Hood River County School District Superintendent Dan Goldman believes the district is in a position for the first time in a number of years to put programs back into its budget rather than cutting, but they still have to prepare for cost increases coming soon.  Goldman notes Public Employee Retirement System costs will go up in 2017-18, along with impacts from the Affordable Care Act and the state’s minimum wage increases.  But he notes the district has set up a $1,800,000 biennial reserve fund to protect itself from changes that come from the legislative level.  Goldman says proposals for 2016-17 include adding two physical education teachers for elementary schools, adding counselor positions at the elementary level, returning foreign language instruction to the middle schools, and adding another teacher to the high school’s alternative program.  The first district budget committee meeting will be May 4 at 6 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School.

Urban Renewal Putting Granada Block Properites Up For Sale

By a 4-2 vote, the Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency Board voted to reject all three requests for proposal for the Granada block and move ahead with putting all three properties on the block up for sale with conditions on redevelopment.  The vote by the panel, made up of The Dalles City Council and Mayor Steve Lawrence, came after Councilor Dan Spatz made an impassioned case to not move toward a sale, saying the URA had invested thousands of dollars and should stay the course, focusing on a hotel/conference center concept to generate jobs downtown.  Spatz made a motion based on that argument calling for going out for a request for qualifications that Russ Brown seconded, but they were outvoted 4-2.  The other four then voted to put the properties up for sale.  Taner Elliott noted they could always go back to do a request for qualifications.  Brad Timmons, representing Granada Block Hotel Development, asked the board to negotiate based upon that organization’s RFP, which City Attorney Gene Parker had told Councilors they could not do without an acceptance of the RFP.

HR Council To Deliberate On STRs May 9

The Hood River City Council took two-and-a-half hours of testimony on proposed amendments to the City’s zoning ordinance to deal with short-term rentals during a second hearing session on Monday night, and will come back in two weeks to begin deliberations.  Testimony fell under similar lines as what Councilors heard two weeks ago.  Those seeking to eventually eliminate short-term rentals in residential zones asked the Council to go along with a five-year amortization plan recommended by the municipal planning commission.  But others touted STR’s contribution to the City’s tourism economy, adding a belief the changes would not expand affordable housing opportunities.  Councilors will come back on May 9 to begin deliberations.  One hurdle to any changes will be the need to gain four votes from the five remaining members after Councilors Laurent Picard and Becky Brun recused themselves two weeks ago, noting they have both rented out their homes on a short-term basis in the past.

Multiple Grass Fires In Klickitat County

Klickitat County fire crews dealt with multiple grass fires late Monday afternoon and evening.  According to Klickitat County Emergency Management, at 5:25 Monday afternoon 9-1-1 operators began receiving calls from travelers reporting grass fires along Highway 97 from mile marker 20 to mile marker 44 north of the Klickitat/Yakima County line, with crews extinguishing over 20 spot fires.  At about 5:45 reports of additional grass fires on Highway 97 at Maryhill were reported, with units arriving on the scene reporting fire between the highway and the railroad tracks.  Multiple units from three fire departments responded to that location.  No evacuation notices were issued, and no structures were threatened.  The public is asked to be alert and call 9-1-1 to report any fires.

CGCC Budget Committee Meets Tuesday

Columbia Gorge Community College’s Budget Committee will hold its first meeting to go over the 2016-17 fiscal year document on Tuesday.  The College released its proposed budget on Friday, and it includes a six dollar per credit hour tuition hike approved by the school’s board of directors two weeks ago.  In a letter included with the fiscal plan, CGCC President Dr. Frank Toda says after implementing difficult spending reductions, revenues will exceed expenditures in Fiscal Year 2015-16 for the first time in three years, adding the college is on track to spend over one million fewer dollars this year compared to the last.  He goes on to say after a year of austerity measures, it is now time to invest in the future.  Tuesday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the CGCC board room in The Dalles campus.

Rand & Cascade Signal Light Possible

A long-discussed signal light at the intersection of Rand Road and Cascade Avenue at the western end of Hood River might be nearing reality.  City Manager Steve Wheeler says the Oregon Department of Transportation has indicated that $750,000 it planned to use for a crosswalk at that location could be used for a signal light and realignment of the intersection.  Wheeler did say the City would need to gather more funds for the project to happen, so it will take time for the light to occur.  He added another potential signal light location high on the priority location is 2nd and Oak in downtown Hood River.

April 22-23 Prep Sports Roundup


Hood River Valley sweeps Hermiston 3-2 and 19-9

The Dalles splits with Pendleton, winning game one 4-1 but losing game two 15-8

Dufur splits with Heppner, winning the opener 11-10 and losing the nighcap 14-4

Sherman sweeps Weston-McEwen 9-6 and 10-4

LaCenter 8, Columbia 4



Hood River Valley splits with Hermiston, losing game one 9-4 and winning game two 10-0

The Dalles splits with Pendleton, winning the opener 9-8 but losing the second game 15-3

LaSalle sweeps Goldendale 16-1 and 25-0

Columbia at LaCenter, postponed


Track and Field

The Hood River Valley boys finished second to Redmond at the Summit Invitational in Bend.  Sebastian Barajas won the discus, Justin Crosswhite the 3,000 meters, and Parker Kennedy the 300 meter hurdles to help lead the Eagles.  The HRV girls finished 13th, with Abby Kinoshita and the four by 100 meter relay team earning fifth place finishes.


The Dalles girls were ninth and the boys tenth at the Hermiston Kiwanis Invitational.  Avery Cardosi was second in the girls’ 400 meters, and Paul Clark third in the boys’ triple jump.


Horizon Christian’s boys finished third at the Portland Christian Invitational.  Jony Nelson won the 3,000 meters and Andrew Hung the 200 meters for the Hawks.  Paulina Finn won the high jump for the Horizon girls.


Columbia’s girls won the Bruin Invitational in White Salmon, while CHS finished second in the boys’ standings.  Alondra Casarez-Garcia and Stacia Bell won two events each for the Bruin girls, as CHS won 11 events.  Stevenson’s Addison Newell also won a pair of events.  Aidan Trummell and Riley Haner had first place finished for the Columbia boys.


Goldendale’s Brian Golding and South Wasco’s Ana Popchock won three events each at the Jeff Agar Invitational in Glenwood.


Boys Tennis

Hood River Valley 6, Benson 2

At OES Duals:  HRV defeats North Marion 5-3, splits with Philomath 4-4 but loses in sets, and loses to four-time defending state champion Oregon Episcopal 8-0.


Girls Tennis

Hood River Valley 5, Benson 3


Boys Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 15, Nadzitsaga 3


Girls Lacrosse

Oregon Episcopal 17, Hood River Valley 3

TD Transportation System Meeting Tuesday

A second meeting on The Dalles Transportation System Plan update to guide transportation investments through 2035 will take place Tuesday evening.  This meeting will provide an overview of the draft transportation alternatives that have been identified through the project to date, and suggestions are encouraged.  The plan is intended to guide improvements in roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities in The Dalles, identifying projects and policies to reduce crash frequency and severity, reduce delay, support economic development, and provide more transportation options.  The meeting will be at 6:30 Tuesday evening in The Dalles City Hall.

Rand Road Water Line Work Begins Wednesday

Work will start Wednesday on installation of an eight-inch water line on Rand Road in Hood River between Cascade and Sherman.  Construction is to continue through mid-August.  One lane of Rand Road will be closed to thru traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays for much of the project. There will be flaggers on site to direct traffic, but delays should be expected.