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12:06 PM PDT on August 27, 2016
9:00 PM PDT on August 27, 2016
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Local News

Nighttime Street Work In The Dalles

There will be nighttime crack sealing work done on streets in The Dalles this week.  The work will be done on 6th Street, Webber Street, 2nd Street, and Brewers Grade, and take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Flaggers will be in place at those locations while work is taking place.

HR County Budget Committee To Talk Sheriff’s Budget

Hood River County’s budget committee will hold what could be its last public meeting of its process on Thursday.  The sheriff, public works director, and juvenile director are the department heads that will come before the budget panel during the meeting.  County Commission Chair Ron Rivers says the discussion with Sheriff Matt English figures to be of the most interest.  English has indicated the need for more officers, and Rivers says the budget does provide for additional manpower.  County Administrator David Meriwether notes work is being done with outside sources to provide funding for additional staffing for the sheriff’s department, with the state marine board providing dollars for additional river patrol, and the County working with the school district for a school resource officer.

Highway 14 Accident Claims Life Of Carson Man

A Carson man died in a one-car accident on Highway 14 east of Washougal early Sunday morning.  According to Washington State Patrol reports, 30-year-old Christopher Bash of Carson died after being taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver.  The WSP says Bash was driving eastbound on Highway 14 at around 1:40 a.m. when his car left the roadway at milepost 23 and struck a tree.  There were no passengers in the car.

Port of TD Working With Group On Dog Park

The Port of The Dalles is working with a local group to putting together a dog park between the cruise ship dock and the marina.  Port Executive Director Andrea Klaas says the Port has thought it would be a good location for a dog park for sometime, but needed a group to step up to put it together.  The land used to be part of an old Port dock in the 1920’s, between the bottom of Union Street and the Marina.  Access would be via the Riverfront Trail.

May 6-7 Prep Sports Roundup


Hood River Valley 7, Pendleton 6:  The Eagles scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to win an clinch a second straight Columbia River Conference title.  Skyler Hunter drove in the first run with a double, and Morgan Williams scored what proved to be the winning run on a wild pitch.


The Dalles 5, Hermiston 1:  The Riverhawks used a four-run fifth inning to win and move a game ahead of Pendleton for the final play-in spot in the Columbia River Conference with two to play.  Colin Noonan, Cash Mathewson, and Kellen Matheson all drove in runs in the decisive frame.  Bailey Ortega limited Hermiston to two hits over six innings to get the win.


King’s Way Christian 11, Stevenson 0

Sherman splits with Heppner, winning game one 5-4 and losing game two 10-9

Dufur sweeps Culver 4-1 and 15-4


Central Washington Class 2B Baseball Tournament

Brewster 19, Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat 1

Kittitas 15, Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat 5



Pendleton 3, Hood River Valley 2 (8 innings):  Lauren Richards drove in the game winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning while striking out 15 to push the Buckaroos past the Eagles.  HRV had tied the game in the sixth on a leadoff home run by Laney Erikson and Lauren Decker scoring from third on an errant pick-off attempt. HRV is one game back of Hermiston for the final Columbia River Conference play-in spot with two games to play.


The Dalles 13, Hermiston 3:  The Riverhawks scored eight runs in the third inning to move into sole possession of second place in the CRC.


Kalama 5, Columbia 4

Naches Valley sweeps Goldendale 26-0 and 24-0


Track and Field

Goldendale was the boys’ winner and Trout Lake the girls’ winner at the Pirate Invitational in Bickleton.  Brian Golding of Goldendale and Easton Atchley of Klickitat won two boys events each, while Bethany Putnam of Trout Lake won three girls’ events and Allison Gilliam of Goldendale won two.


South Wasco took the girls’ title and Irrigon was first in the boys’ standings at the Arlington Invitational.


Boys Golf

The Dalles finished fifth to qualify for the state tournament while Hood River Valley 14th at the Class 5A Special District 2 tournament at Eagle Crest.  Chase Snodgrass of The Dalles finished sixth at five-over-par, seven shots back of medalist Jack Loberg of Summit.


Boys Soccer

Toledo 3, Columbia 1:  The Bruins suffer their only Trico League loss in the final game of the season.  They begin district tournament play on May 12 against Toledo or Elma in Montesano.

Investigation Continues Into Death Of Man Found On I-84

The Oregon State Police is continuing to investigate the death of a man who was found laying on the shoulder of Interstate 84 near Biggs Junction on Tuesday night.  An OSP trooper found the man laying on his stomach, in medical distress, and his condition rapidly deteriorating.  The trooper, along with a Sherman County Deputy, performed CPR for almost thirty minutes and were relieved by medical personnel once they arrived.  The man, identified as 48-year-old Thomas Kelsey of Deer Park, Washington, was later pronounced deceased at the scene.  The investigation is continuing into the cause of his death and is being referred to the medical examiner.  OSP was assisted by the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, South Sherman County Fire Department, and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue.

Trevitt Street Remains Closed

Trevitt Street in The Dalles will remain closed to thru traffic throughout the weekend and all of next week as Public Works crews continue work to replace a section of water main line.  Motorists are encouraged to use Bridge and Garrison streets as alternative routes to avoid the work area.  Traffic control, detours and road closures will be in effect for the duration of the water line project that is expected to be completed May 16th.  This work is being done in preparation for the repaving of Trevitt Street.

May 5 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Tennis

Hood River Valley 7, The Dalles 1:  HRV shares the Columbia River Conference regular season championship with Hermiston.


Girls Tennis

Hood River Valley 5, The Dalles 3:  The Eagles win three out of four singles matches to earn the win.



Kalama 10, Columbia 0


Boys Soccer

Stevenson 3, King’s Way Christian 3


Boys Lacrosse

Central Catholic 14, Hood River Valley 13:  Jackson Lesback and Cale Brown scored four goals apiece for the Eagles in the narrow loss.


Girls Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 15, Central Catholic 6:  Katherine McElderry and Lydia McElderry each tallied four goals for HRV.


Effluent Discharge Leads To Warnings For River In The Dalles Area

An operational failure at the The Dalles Wastewater Treatment Plant combined with rain resulted in the discharge of 416,000 gallons of treated but non-disinfected wastewater Wednesday evening through early Thursday morning into the Columbia River, likely exceeding the plant’s limit for E.coli.  One of the plant’s ultraviolet light disinfection channels was brought online Wednesday evening, but the UV disinfection system was not fully enabled for that channel.  Plant staff brought the system back online this morning.  Samples are being taken at pre-arranged locations in the river to provide data on the effect of the discharge on water quality in the river.  Warning signs advising no water contact have been placed along both sides of the river from The Dalles Riverfront Park to West Mayer Park boat launch on the Oregon side and from the Dallesport Boat Launch to the Klickitat Sandbar on the Washington side, and will be removed once sample results indicate the river water is safe for contact and public use.  Questions can be directed to the Public Works Department office at (541)296-5401.

Civic Theatre Campaign Starts

The capital campaign to renovate the theatre in The Dalles Civic Auditorium is underway.  The Civic’s Trish Neal says they are beginning by launching their $1,000 Club, seeking donations of that amount with a goal of reaching $250,000 to show community support for the effort as they apply for grants to help pay for the estimated $6,400,000 project.  Neal notes the Civic is going ahead with repair of the theatre ceiling while the campaign is on-going.  Information on the renovation project and how to donate is available at TheDallesCivic.org.