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HR Schools To Make Up Days Missed Due To Weather

The Hood River County School District will make up the two school days cancelled in November due to inclement weather.  Students will have school on Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12.  June 12 will be a full school day and the final one of the year.  If the district experiences any further inclement weather days, the district will address them as they occur.

Scenic Area Managers To Finish Pile Burning

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area fire managers are taking advantage of the cooler weather to finish pile burning for the winter.  About 300 piles will be ignited if smoke dispersal conditions are available west of Dog Mountain.  Prescribed fires are a proactive tool used to achieve a number of resource management objectives including ecosystem restoration and reduction of hazardous fuels.   Smoke will be visible generally in the central Gorge between Wind and Dog Mountains.  Motorists traveling should use caution and reduce speeds if smoke drifts across Washington State Route 14 and other local roads.  The actual day of ignition for these prescribed burn projects will depend on several factors including appropriate temperature, fuel moisture, wind speed and direction.

February 10 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Basketball

Hood River Valley 58,  Hermiston 48:  The Eagles scored 14 straight points to start the second half to run out to a 24 point lead, and were never really threatened after that.  Dallas Buckley scored 16 points and Skyler Hunter 14 as HRV moves into a tie for first in the Columbia River Conference with Hermiston and Pendleton.  Austin Naillon paced the Bulldogs with 19 points.

Pendleton 56, The Dalles 21:  The Buckaroos limited the Riverhawks to two first half points on the way to the win.

Horizon Christian 47, Ione 37

Dufur 59, Arlington 29

South Wasco 79, Spray-Mitchell 48

Sherman 80, Condon-Wheeler 56

Yakama Tribal 67, Trout Lake 44


Girls Basketball

The Dalles 43, Pendleton 36:  Katie Conklin scored 15 points and grabbed ten rebounds, while Brooke McCall added 10 points to lead the Riverhawks to their second league win in five tries.  Kristin Williams led Pendleton with 16 points and ten rebounds.

Hermiston 79, Hood River Valley 24:  A 22-1 second quarter run sparked the Bulldogs to the win.

Dufur 46, Arlington 37

South Wasco 46, Spray-Mitchell 36

Condon-Wheeler 58, Sherman 34

Ione 36, Horizon Christian 32

Yakama Tribal 49, Trout Lake 31

One Week To School Exclusions

Parents in Oregon who have received notices on the need to get their children required vaccinations for attending school have one more week to get it done.  Exclusion letters went out last month.  Trish Elliott at the Hood River County Health Department says one vaccine seems to be the one that most who received the letters are lacking:  the adolescent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis booster.  Elliott noted the number of letters sent out in Hood River County overall dropped from nearly 200 last year to 138.

TD Council Asks For More In Annexation Definition

The Dalles City Council has asked its planning staff for a better definition for when annexations should take place.  Mayor Steve Lawrence says they were given a good definition for when urbanization has occurred to a point where annexation could take place, but it did not do enough on the policy issue of when the City seeks to annex properties.  Lawrence says the Council wants more of the policy pros and cons on annexation.  He adds right now they would affirm annexations of a commercial nature or someone who consents to it.  The Council hopes to receive the policy information in about a month.

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Cascade Locks Burglary Suspect

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information related to a pair of burglaries in Cascade Locks one month ago.  One occurred at Cascade Locks School between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on January 5, and another burglary that occurred later that night at a nearby church.  Over $1,000 worth of damage was caused at the school by forced entry through multiple locked doors.  A white adult male was captured on surveillance video breaking an office window.  If you have any information regarding the identity of the suspect(s) or the items stolen, please call the Sheriff’s Office 24 hour non-emergency line at (541) 386-2711.

Walden Introduces Medicare Ambulance Reimbursement Bill

Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden has reintroduced legislation he says would ensure that rural ambulance service providers are fairly paid for their services.  The Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act of 2015 would end uncertainty over reimbursement from Medicare by making permanent appropriate rates for the ambulance services.  Walden says under current law, Medicare’s rates to reimburse ambulance services are significantly below the cost of delivering services, especially in rural areas.  To address the shortfall Congress regularly passes temporary legislative fixes to give the ambulance services higher rates.  This legislation would make these rate adjustments permanent to give ambulance providers certainty.  Walden originally introduced this bill last year, but it did not become law before the conclusion of the last session of Congress.  However, the Hood River Republican thinks a bipartisan push to permanently reform reimbursement rates for Medicare providers across the spectrum gives this effort extra momentum.

HAVEN To Host Teen Relationship Summit

HAVEN, which serves victims of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Wasco, Sherman, and Wheeler counties, will host its second annual Healthy Teen Relationship Summit next Friday in The Dalles.  Anna Williams of HAVEN says the summit brings together teens and adults together to start conversations the youth they work with have identified.  The summit will take place on Friday, February 27 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in The Dalles.  To take part go to the HAVEN of the Columbia Gorge Facebook page or call HAVEN’s office at 541-296-1662.

HR County Planning To Hold Wednesday Hearing On Ordinance Changes

Hood River County’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday evening on amendments to the County’s zoning ordinance to remove limits on the scope of issues the County Commission can respond to in an appeal of a Planning Commission decision.  County Administrator David Meriwether says the provisions have been in the ordinance for years, but came to prominence in the appeal of the County Commission’s Barrett Park decision a year ago.  Meriwether adds an applicant would still have the right to appeal to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, just as they always have.  The hearing will be part of Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. in the County Administration Building.

Work Continues On Industrial Center

Progress on the Columbia Gorge Industrial Center at the North Chenoweth site in The Dalles continues.  Port of The Dalles Executive Director Andrea Klaas says a number of the sidewalks in the project have been completed, adding unlike other Port developments some of the landscaping on the properties is being done.  With the unseasonably warm weather, some of the landscaping and irrigation is being put in now.  She adds putting the landscaping in helps potential tenants visualize what their facility would look like.



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