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December 5-6 Prep Basketball Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Franklin 74, Hood River Valley 53

Hood River Valley 71, Columbia 40

Washougal 64, Columbia 22

LaGrande 46, The Dalles 35

Stevenson 70, Lyle-Wishram 43

Stevenson 76, Klickitat 32

Lyle-Wishram 55, Arlington 24

Horizon Christian 83, Crow 64

Horizon Christian 71, Nixyaawii 56:  Horizon wins its tournament

Sherman 69, Mac-Hi 61

Stanfield 73, South Wasco 51

Southwest Christian 69, Trout Lake 28

River View 70, Goldendale 64 (overtime)


Girls Basketball

Franklin 46, Hood River Valley 43

Columbia 35, Hood River Valley 33

Washougal 60, Columbia 39

LaGrande 56, The Dalles 25

Lyle-Wishram 61, Stevenson 34

Lyle-Wishram 51, Arlington 39

Stevenson 52, Klickitat 37

Horizon Christian 40, Crow 34

Nixyaawii 60, Horizon Christian 38: Hawks finish second in their tourney.

Sherman 44, Mac-Hi 27

Stanfield 45, South Wasco 35

Southwest Christian 34, Trout Lake 28

River View 54, Goldendale 30


Festival Of Trees Auction Friday

Mid-Columbia Health Foundation’s annual Festival of Trees auction is set for Friday night at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.  A number of one-of-a-kind decorated and donated by individuals, businesses, and organizations will up for bid, with proceeds going to the Celilo Cancer Center and the foundation’s Breast Health for Strong Families program.  The foundation’s Anne Copper says there are a number of unique trees.  The 21 and over event begins at 6 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium, with free admission but registration is appreciated by calling 541-296-7275.  Saturday the trees will be on display to the community before they are delivered from 9 a.m. to noon at the Civic.

Final Days To Sign Up For Hood River County Christmas Project

This is the last weekend to sign up to receive holiday baskets through the Hood River County Christmas Project.  Sign-ups will take place Thursday at the Odell Food Bank from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hood River Department of Human Services office on 1610 9th Court.  Applicants must bring proof they live in Hood River County and meet state low income eligibility standards.  Project coordinator Bruce Holmsen says those who would like to help with contributions can check out their website, hoodrivercountychristmasproject.com.  Barrels are located at various locations for people to donate food to the Hood River County Christmas Project.

CGCC Board Discusses Budget Situation

A Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education worksession shed some light on the school’s short- and long-term fiscal picture, but many questions remain.  Chief Financial Officer Will Norris said a $1,600,000 in the current fiscal year’s budget will be handled first by using $600,000 of contingency and will balance out when the school receives its final payment of state funding for the current biennium in July, just days after the fiscal year ends.  But the bigger budget problem board chair Meredith Van Valkenburgh acknowledges they will face will be in 2015-16, where there is currently a projected two million dollar gap between revenues and expenditures.  He also says closing that gap shouldn’t be on the backs of students through tuition increases.  Board member Stu Watson questioned growth in the President’s office from 2011-12 to now, but President Frank Toda noted institutional researcher and marketing coordinator positions in his budget are now unfilled, adding eleven CGCC staff members have moved on in recent months.  Van Valkenburgh did reiterate CGCC would not close its Hood River campus, a subject that drew a significant outcry when Toda suggested the potential for such a move as a cost cutting measure two weeks ago.

HR Council Rejects Wal-Mart Expansion

By a 4-3 vote following the latest state Land Use Board of Appeals remand on the matter, the Hood River City Council denied Wal-Mart’s application to expand its current facility on Cascade Avenue.  The final decision came after a series of votes as the Council added back members who had recused themselves due to potential bias.  The initial vote was 3-2 in favor of Wal-Mart being able to expand under what it claims were rights granted when the store was first approved over twenty years ago, but four votes are required to pass any motion.  So the Council envoked the “rule of necessity” to bring back first Mark Zanmiller and then Kate McBride, who both joined Brian McNamara and Laurent Picard in opposing the application, while Carrie Nelson, Ed Weathers, and Mayor Arthur Babitz were in favor.  Afterwards, Babitz felt they had followed a process that would stand up to LUBA scrutiny.  Before the vote when McBride was returned to the panel, Wal-Mart attorney Greg Hathaway said it was “unfair” the store would be denied the expansion permit based on what he felt were biased votes.

Mass Gathering Permit Hearing To Be Rescheduled

Wednesday night’s scheduled Wasco County Commission hearing on the outdoor mass gathering permit for the “What the Festival” this coming June has been cancelled due to anticipated poor driving conditions.     County officials say the hearing will be rescheduled, with a new date to be published at least 15 days prior to the hearing.  The “What the” music and art festival is to be held on property on Dufur Valley Road about ten miles southwest of Dufur is expected to draw 3,000 to 5,000 people over in mid-June.  County staff has recommended approval of the application.

Huffman Expects Forward Press By Democrats

Republican Oregon 59th District State Senator John Huffman expects a boldness in the Democrat agenda during the upcoming Legislative session.  Democrats have achieved a super majority in the Senate and are one vote away from that in the House.  Huffman thinks the majority party will want to move forward a number of concepts.  Huffman adds he believes many of those will pass.  The 2015 Oregon Legislature will convene on February 2.

Fraudlent E-mail Causes Erroneous HR School Closure Alert

Someone sent a fradulent e-mail in the name of Hood River County School District Superintendent Dan Goldman to the company that sends out school closure notices, leading to a false alert being sent Tuesday morning.  Subscribers to the Flash Alert system received an erroneous notification that Hood River County Schools were closed just after 7 a.m.  Goldman says the message, which was retracted by Flash Alert around 7:30 a.m., caused some confusion in the district.  Goldman noted to send such a fraudulent e-mail using another person’s identity is a federal crime, and the district would be working with the FBI’s Internet Crimes unit to find the source of the e-mail.

ELFF Food Drive Begins

The 29th Annual Project ELFF (Everyone Loves A Firefighter) Canned Food Drive will take place the next three nights in The Dalles area.  The effort is sponsored by Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, the Salvation Army. and St. Vincent dePaul along with support from the Dallesport/Murdock Fire Department and the Lions Club.  Fire trucks and ambulances will go through the east side of The Dalles Tuesday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the west side Wednesday night, and the Dallesport/Murdock area on Thursday night.  Those wishing to donate should turn on their porch light and leave donations by the front door.

HR Planning Panel Begins Working Through Waterfront Refinement Plan

The Hood River City Planning Commission started walking through the proposed Waterfront Refinement Plan, and is recommending the City Council accept the overlay boundary as developed at the committee level.  Planning Commissioners also will recommend removing a 1998 condition for commercial use of property on Portway between 2nd and 8th streets to include a visitors center, and rezoning the former Expo Center property to light industrial.  City Planning Director Cindy Walbridge says they still have more parts of the document to go through, and will continue at a December 8 meeting with the intention to send all of their recommendations to the City Council for a December 15 meeting.  One element the Planning Commission has not gotten to yet:  a provision to allow retail commercial uses on the Expo Center property.



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