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Local News

TDMS Employee Arrested On Sexual Harassment Allegations

A 48-year-old employee at The Dalles Middle School was arrested on two counts of sexual harassment after a student told staff at the school that he had touched her inappropriately and made inappropriate comments.  According to The Dalles Police Detective Sergeant Douglas Kramer and North Wasco County School District 21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong, Jose Luis Martinez-Robledo was arrested at his home last week and lodged at NORCOR, and may face other charges.  Robledo was placed on paid administrative leave by the school district immediately upon receiving the allegation.  Robledo is lodged at NORCOR, and is scheduled to appear in Wasco County Circuit Court on Thursday afternoon.  The investigation is on-going, and anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact The Dalles Police Department Detective Division at 541-296-2613.

CAT Seeks Feedback For Master Plan

The Hood River County Transportation District is seeking feedback on existing bus routes. ideas for new routes, and other ways public transit can benefit the community as it prepares a master plan to expand the area’s public bus service in the near term and looking forward 20 years.  The district has an on-line survey on its website, catransit.org, through October 30, available in both English and Spanish.  Project staff also will be out in the community this month to share information and hear ideas.   On Sunday, staff will be available at an information booth at the Hood River Walmart from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  In late fall, the planning team will hold an open house to present draft concepts.  The Hood River County Transportation District Board of Directors expects to adopt the final plan in April 2017.

HR County Health Plans Flu Shot Clinics

The Hood River County Health Department has scheduled two flu shot clinics in the upcoming days.  The first is Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the department office on 1109 June Street.  A second will take place next Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Parkdale Fire Department.  The health department will bill insurance, just bring your insurance card to the clinic.  Vaccine will be provided free to the uninsured, with a 15 dollar administration fee to be assessed.

October 14-15 Prep Sports Scoreboard


Pendleton 33, Hood River Valley 23

Woodburn 27, The Dalles 20

King’s Way Christian 31, Columbia 7

Castle Rock 45, Stevenson 14

Granger 38, Goldendale 14



Ione def. Horizon Christian 25-19, 23-25, 25-10, 25-13

Horizon Christian def. Sherman 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, 25-18

South Wasco def. Trinity Lutheran 25-12, 21-25, 25-17, 24-26, 15-8

South Wasco def. Damascus Christian 3 sets to 0


Fire Season Ends In ODF Central Oregon District

The 2016 Fire Season for lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District terminated Friday morning.  Powerful winter storms are expected to cross central Oregon starting today, bringing moisture and cooler conditions, reducing the risk of wildfire.  District firefighters have responded to ninety-seven fires in 2016, burning 2,456 acres.  Twenty-three of these fires were caused by lightning, but 77 percent of the fires were human caused.  Topping the list for human-caused fires is escaped debris burns and campfires that are not fully extinguished.  ODF officials still warn that fall weather can vary day to day, and cold temperatures and wind can dry fuels and fan flames when fires are left unattended.

Union Pacific Completes Rail Fastening Replacement

Union Pacific says it has completed its rail fastening system replacement work throughout the eight miles of curved track in the Columbia River Gorge.  The track throughout the curves is now secured with a fastening system that includes spikes instead of lag bolts, enhancing defect detectability during inspections.  That work coming in the wake of last June’s oil train derailment in Mosier.  The company says it has made considerable safety improvements, reducing reportable derailments across the network by 35 percent from 2000 to 2015. In Oregon specifically, Union Pacific reduced reportable derailments by 58 percent from 2000 to 2015.

October 13 Prep Sports Roundup


Dufur 74, South Wasco 0

Sherman 69, Arlington 6


Boys Soccer

Hood River Valley 8, Pendleton 0

Hermiston 7, The Dalles 0


Girls Soccer

Hermiston 3, The Dalles 2

Hood River Valley 6, Pendleton 0

LaCenter 3, Columbia 2

King’s Way Christian 8, Stevenson 0



Pendleton def. The Dalles 25-16, 22-25, 22-25, 25-15, 15-12

Hood River Valley def. Hermiston 23-25, 25-13, 25-18, 25-6

Columbia def. Seton Catholic 22-25, 25-21, 26-24, 17-25, 15-6

LaCenter def. Stevenson 25-19, 25-5, 25-16

Dufur def. South Wasco 21-25, 25-14, 25-14, 20-25, 15-6


Cross Country

The Dalles boys finished second and the girls fourth at the Wildhorse Invitational in Pendleton.  The Riverhawks’ Ezekiel Stelzer was fourth in the boys race, and Emma Mullins 12th in the girls run.

City of HR Approves Three-Bin Garbage Pickup

The Hood River City Council has approved a new three-bin system for residential garbage collection by Hood River Garbage, that will include pick up of compostable material and yard debris.  City Manager Steve Wheeler says it will probably take effect this spring.  The service will increase bills by seven-dollars-and-25-cents a month.  Councilors felt that was worth the improved level of service and the ability to have compostable material and yard debris picked up at the curb.

Lone Pine Well Expansion To Move Forward

The Dalles City Council has approved moving forward with expansion of the Lone Pine Well.  The project originally planned for 2010, then was pushed back to 2019, and has been moved up again to take place now to help accommodate the Google facility being built in the Columbia Gorge Industrial Center.  It will cost just over one million dollars, well under the originally estimated one-point-six million dollars.  City Public Works Director Dave Anderson says they had been told by potential bidders the cost would turn out to be well under that estimate, in part due to changes in the original design done in 2010.  Well capacity will go from the current 2,000 gallons a minute to 3,000 gallons every sixty seconds, and will help accommodate the Google facility being built in the Columbia Gorge Industrial Center.  Stetler Supply of Salem was the lone bidder for the project.

Underwood To Vote On Measures To Acquire Community Center Property

A pair of November ballot measures will ask voters in Underwood to create a Parks and Recreation District that would allow Skamania County to transfer ownership of the Underwood Community Center to that district, and establish a six-year tax levy to provide operational funding.  The approximately 100-year-old building has been owned by the County, and due to budget cuts had announced plans in 2015 to sell the property, but the Community Council negotiated a license to manage the building and park grounds to keep them open.  Blayney Myers, a member of the long-term planning committee for the facility, indicates state law says the only way for the County to turn over the building without putting it on the open market is to do so to another governmental agency.  Myers says the proposed levy be for 20-cents-per-thousand dollars of assessed property value.  The district could still be formed without the tax levy passing.