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Local News

February 25 Prep Basketball Scoreboard

Girls Basketball

Glencoe 60, The Dalles 37:  The Riverhawks will host Wilsonville in a Class 5-A play-in game on Tuesday.


Boys Basketball

Glencoe 61, The Dalles 38

Land Use Ordinance Next Up For Marijuana Regs In The Dalles

With The Dalles City Council deciding not to send a measure to voters to opt out of the retail, growing, and processing portions of Oregon’s legalization of recreational marijuana, attention will now turn to putting together an ordinance to regulate the time, manner, and place of those business.  Mayor Steve Lawrence says they can use the existing ordinance for medical marijuana dispensaries as a guide, expanding it for issues involving processing.  The Council also will be looking at sending a measure to the November ballot to place a City tax on the sale of marijuana.  That has to be finished by September.

Sinfonietta To Perform At Wy’east

Mid-Columbia Sinfonietta this weekend will be presenting a musical program called “America:  A Musical Portrait” at the Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center in Odell.  The centerpiece will be a concerto Sinfonietta conductor Mark Steighner wrote for the mountain dulcimer.  Mountain dulcimer virtuoso Stephen Seifert says the folk instrument is based on simple concepts, but is full of possibilities that the concerto brings out.  Also in the concert will include Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, featuring narration from the speeches and writings of Abraham Lincoln by Hood River Mayor Paul Blackburn on Friday and Oregon Congressman Greg Walden on Sunday, and music by Anton Dvorak and Mark O’Connor.  Performances will be Friday evening at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., with suggested donation $10.

February 24 Prep Basketball Roundup

Oregon Class 1-A Boys Basketball Tournament

First Round

South Wasco 59, Powder Valley 49:  The Redsides advance to a second round game at Siletz Valley on Saturday.

Damascus Christian 55, Horizon Christian 38

Sherman had a bye in round one, and will host Joseph in the second round on Saturday.

Youth Shelter Awaiting Licensing Process To Open

Work toward opening a new shelter in The Dalles to youths who are homeless or in crisis in the region is continuing.  Youth Empowerment Shelter founder Gary Casady says they are waiting for the licensing process with the Oregon Department of Human Services to be completed, and he is unsure when that will be.  The shelter has leased a house at 514 East 9th in The Dalles to provide a place for ten to twelve youth to stay.  Casady says they will work with youth services agencies to provide various services to help those who stay at the shelter, including mediation with the family and medical and mental health treatment.  The shelter plans to serve Wasco, Hood River, Klickitat, Skamania, Sherman, and Gilliam counties.

HR City Council Approves Background Check Resolution

The Hood River City Council approved a resolution in support of legislation to require comprehensive background checks for gun sales.  Mayor Paul Blackburn had brought the topic to Councilors earlier this month, and the resolution was formally approved by the panel this week.  Blackburn said even though such legislation falls under the jurisdiction of state and local officials, he felt the topic was worthy of the Council making its opinion known.  The resolution will be given to all members of the Oregon congressional delegation, the state legislature, and the Governor’s office.

CCA To Celebrate 10th Anniversary

The Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River is getting ready to embark on its tenth anniversary.  They are planning a celebration of the facility in downtown that was created through the work with various organizations.  Events Manager Kristyn Fix says the Center has evolved as the community has changed in the last decade, looking to be more inclusive of arts in a bigger sense.  A kickoff event for the Center’s poTENtial Program Series is planned for March 5.  It will lead into ten special events throughout the year that will feature a different genre of the arts.

February 23 Prep Basketball Roundup

Boys Basketball

Hood River Valley 66, The Dalles 56:  HRV used a 17-4 third quarter run to jump out to a big lead, and went on to the win that gave them the third Columbia River Conference 5-A play-in bid.  Parker Kennedy scored 22 points and Tyrone Stintzi added 17 for the Eagles, who won the season series over the Riverhawks two games to one.  Dakota Murr paced the Riverhawks with 21 points.  Hood River Valley will visit Milwaukie, the number four team in the Northwest Oregon Conference, in a 5-A play-in game next Wednesday.

Girls Basketball

The Dalles 57, Hood River Valley 35:  The Riverhawks finish the regular season in second place in the Columbia River Conference.  They will host Wilsonville in a 5-A play-in game on Tuesday.

Wyden Seeks New Approach To Opioid Fight

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is calling for a new approach to dealing with the growing problem of opioid addiction.  Wyden spoke Tuesday as a hearing on the subject began in the Senate Finance Committee he serves on.  The Oregon Democrat said the current approach falls into two camps:  either tough enforcement to crack down on pill mills, fraudulent billing of Medicaid and Medicare, and doctor shopping, or focusing on social services.  Wyden said opioids are carving a path of destruction through communities all across the country, noting Oregon ranks fourth worst for abuse and misuse of opioids in the country.

Roundabout Access To Downtown TD Closed Overnight

Access to The Dalles City Center via the roundabout between East 2nd and East 3rd Streets will be closed last Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning for curb removal work.  The closure will begin at 10 p.m., and it should reopen at 6 a.m.  The roundabout itself will still be open to through traffic, and motorists needing to access the downtown area can use alternate freeway exits or detour via Dry Hollow to East 10th and then Kelley Avenue.  Also, on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, East Third will be closed from Taylor Street to the roundabout for curb and island repair.