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September 19 Prep Sports Scoreboard


Columbia def. Washougal 25-14, 25-22, 15-25, 16-25, 15-8

Stevenson def. Hudson’s Bay 251-16, 25-15, 23-25, 25-20:  Tekoko Kurth was 26 for 27 serving with three aces while delivering 18 assists.


Boys Soccer

Horizon Christian 1, Damascus Christian 0

Trout Lake 2, North Clackamas Christian 2

Port of HR Installs New Cameras At Bridge Toll Booth

The Port of Hood River has installed new cameras around the toll booth at the Interstate Bridge.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says they replaced cameras installed nearly a decade ago, and he notes the technology is vastly different, with higher resolution, able to move and swivel, and for the most part read license plates.  McElwee added there will be at least two new cameras installed that can keep a good view on the lift span and the north end of the bridge.  He said that is a result of lessons learned during last September’s alleged allision in which some kind of vessel is believed to have hit one of the bridge piers.

TD C of C Board Opposing Measure 97

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted unanimously to oppose Measure 97 on the Oregon ballot.  That is the measure that would increase the corporate minimum tax when sales exceed 25 million dollars.  Chamber CEO Lisa Farquharson says the board doesn’t like the concept of a gross sales tax, but also questioned whether revenues raised from it would get to education, public safety, or senior services.  Farquharson added the board feels the cost of those taxes will trickle down to small businesses and the consumer.  A coalition of organizations including the Oregon Education Association, Oregon AFSCME, and the Service Employees International Union are in favor of the measure, saying it’s the first real opportunity in decades to make critical investments in Oregon’s schools, healthcare, and senior services.

Portion Of West 4th In The Dalles To Be Closed To Thru Traffic

A segment of West 4th Street in The Dalles between Lincoln Street and West 3rd Place will be closed to thru traffic on Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   The City of The Dalles Public Works Department will be installing new water service lines in front of 313 West 4th Street.  Businesses and residences on the 300 block of West 4th Street will have vehicle and pedestrian access during the project. Some on street parking will be restricted.  All other Motorists are encouraged to use West 3rd or West 6th Street as alternate routes travelling east and west.

September 16-17 Prep Sports Scoreboard


The Dalles 36, Mac-Hi 0

Ridgeview 12, Hood River Valley 6, overtime

Tenino 15, Columbia 14

Hoquiam 35, Stevenson 14

Dufur 50, Adrian 0

Sherman 50, Ione 0

Arlington 60, South Wasco 0

Lyle-Wishram 22, Goldendale 0



Ione def. Sherman 25-19, 22-25, 27-25, 25-23

St. Paul def. Dufur 25-12, 25-23, 22-25, 25-13

Culver def. Dufur 25-10, 25-11, 25-12


Girls Soccer

Hood River Valley 4, West Albany 3


Boys Soccer

Riverdale 3, Trout Lake 1


Cross Country

The Dalles boys finished third and girls finished fourth at the Coeur d’Alene Invitational.  The Riverhawks’ Ezekiel Stelzer finished sixth in the boys’ race while Emma Mullins of The Dalles was seventh in the girls’ run.


September 15 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Soccer

Hood River Valley 5, Wilsonville 1:  The Eagles scored four second half goals as they won for the fifth straight time to begin the season, and handed the Wildcats their first loss this year.  HRV’s unbeaten streak is now up to 41 games over three years, with 38 wins and three ties in that span.

Madras 2, The Dalles 0

Horizon Christian 1, Livingstone Adventist 1


Girls Soccer

The Dalles 2, Madras 0:  The Riverhawks recorded their third shutout of the season to grab their third win in five games.

Granger 10, Goldendale 0



Hermiston def. The Dalles 11-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-13

Lyle-Wishram def. Mabton 25-18, 25-21, 25-19:  Iris Gatti had 20 assists, two aces, and seven service points to lead the Cougars to the victory.

Dufur def. Ione 23-25, 25-21, 14-25, 25-8, 25-11

South Wasco def. Condon-Wheeler 25-18, 25-9, 25-17

Arlington def. Sherman 3 games to 0

Zillah def. Goldendale 3 games to 2

Gorge Region Wins Culture Of Health Prize

The Columbia Gorge region is one of seven winners of the 2016 Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The Prize honors communities for their efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives.  The Gorge region is being nationally recognized for bringing partners together to rally around a shared vision of health.  Chosen from nearly 200 applicant communities across the country, the Columbia Gorge’s award winning efforts include its broad definition of health which includes social determinants of health, efforts to give voice to the region’s Latino population, and expanding the scope and role of community health workers.

Columbia River Restoration Act Moves Forward

Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that the Columbia River Restoration Act is moving forward as part of the Water Resources Development Act, which is expected to pass the Senate as soon as this week.  The legislation was added to the act as part of a broader amendment agreed to by Democratic and Republican leaders on the Environment and Public Works Committee.  The legislation would authorize the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a voluntary, competitive Columbia Basin grants program for projects that assist in eliminating or reducing pollution, cleaning up contaminated sites, improving water quality, monitoring the basin, and promoting citizen engagement.  The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest, and the only large aquatic ecosystem in the United States that currently receives no dedicated funding to clean up and monitor toxic chemicals.

TD Council Approves Marijuana Ordinance

The Dalles City Council passed the final reading of an ordinance to establish time, place, and manner requirements on the production, processing, wholesaling, and retail sale of recreational marijuana.  Councilors approved the ordinance with no changes from a previous reading a few weeks ago.  Mayor Steve Lawrence says he believes they have finished up with a reasonable ordinance.  All four councilors presented approved the ordinance.  Dan Spatz had opposed the ordinance during its first reading, but was not present for the final vote.

Old Lady Canyon Fire 80 Percent Contained

The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center says a fire in the eastern portion of Klickitat County near Sundale is now at 80 percent containment.  A Wednesday morning update also reduced the size of the Old Lady Canyon Fire to 2,771 acres, mostly in grass and brush.  Full containment remains projected for sometime Wednesday.  123 firefighters have been at the scene of the fire, with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management serving as the lead agency.  At one point about 30 residences were threatened by the fire.