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September 13 Prep Sports Roundup


Hood River Valley def. Pendleton 25-14, 23-25, 16-25, 26-24, 15-6:  The Eagles begin their Columbia River Conference title defense by winning the league opener on the road.

The Dalles def. Redmond 25-12, 24-26, 31-29, 25-11

Stevenson def. Riverside 25-21, 25-23, 25-20

South Wasco def. Horizon Christian 25-7, 25-11, 25-16

White Swan def. Lyle-Wishram 25-13, 26-24, 25-21


Boys Soccer

Hood River Valley 2, Summit 1:  The Eagles scored a pair of goals in the first 26 minutes, then hung on to continue their lengthy unbeaten streak.

Tualatin 4, The Dalles 1

Trout Lake 5, Southwest Christian 0


Girls Soccer

Hood River Valley 10, Reynolds 3:  Seven different players scored goals for HRV.

Franklin 3, The Dalles 0

Columbia 4, Fort Vancouver 1


Boys Water Polo

Hood River Valley 16, Sandy 8


Girls Water Polo

Hood River Valley 19, Sandy 1

TD Council Approves New Governance For Urban Renewal

The Dalles City Council voted unanimously to approve a new governance structure for the Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency.  The agency has been governed since 1998 with a board made up of the Mayor and the City Council, backed by an advisory committee, and the new format will have a single nine person board with three Councilors, two members of the public, and one representative each from the Port of The Dalles, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, Wasco County, and Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District.  Mayor Steve Lawrence says the goal is to streamline decision making.  When the urban renewal agency was first formed in 1990, it utilized a single board structure.

HR City Council Outlines Intention For Marijuana Tax

The Hood River City Council approved a resolution outlining what they would intended to do with revenues from a tax on marijuana sales that will be on the November ballot.  Councilors had already put the three percent tax on commercial retail non-medical sales of marijuana, but City Manager Steve Wheeler said the resolution clarifies where the money would go:  primarily to public safety and public education about drug use.  Cities and counties are allowed to seek the marijuana sales tax as part of the ballot measure passed in Oregon two years ago legalizing recreational marijuana.

HR County Commission Moves Toward STR Ordinance

Hood River County Commissioners moved a step closer to approving a short-term rental ordinance, making decisions on some outstanding questions that will lead to a draft ordinance coming before them for approval next month.  Most notable is a limit of 25 short-term vacation home rentals on lands zoned exclusive farm use.  Commission Chair Ron Rivers says even those will require a comprehensive conditional use process.  STR’s would be allowed in other zones, and there would be residency requirements similar to those used by the City.  County Planning Director John Roberts pointed out in the urban growth area outside of the city limits, the County would enforce City ordinances.  The ordinance will come before the Commission for a vote on October 17.

HR Council Approves STR Ordinance

Hood River City Councilors voted on Monday night to amend the municipal zoning ordinance to deal with vacation home rentals and hosted home shares.  It passed a second reading on a 4-2 vote, with Mark Zanmiller and Susan Johnson voting no.  The ordinance includes a seven-year amortization period in which those renting homes that are not their primary residence can continue to do so to the same extent they are now, and must meet parking requirements within five years.  Short-term rentals offered by the full-time resident of a home will be limited to a maximum of 90 days per year.  Next up for the Council, dealing with the regulatory details of short-term rentals.

Old Lady Canyon Fire At 3,500 Acres

The estimated size of a fire in the eastern portion of Klickitat County near Sundale has been increased to 3,500 acres, and the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center puts containment at 25 percent.  The Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office updated evacuation advisories for the Old Lady Canyon Fire, with firefighting efforts and improved fire weather activity overnight.  A Level 2 “be ready” notice is in effect for the area between Old Highway 8 and Rock Creek Road, and a Level 1 “be advised” notice is in place from Old Highway 8 north to Newell Road.  About 30 residences are in the evacuation notification area.  Old Highway 8 is closed from Highway 14 to Sundale Road.  State fire mobilization has been approved by the Washington State Fire Marshal’s office, and a Type 3 Incident Management Team has taken command of the fire today.  The Red Cross has opened a shelter at Father’s House Fellowship on 207 South Klickitat Avenue in Goldendale for people affected by the fire.

September 12 Prep Sports Roundup


Columbia def. Fort Vancouver 24-26, 26-24, 25-17, 25-10

Sherman def. Lyle-Wishram 25-23, 25-21, 25-20


Boys Soccer

Umpqua Valley Christian 6, Horizon Christian 1

Victims In Goldendale Shooting Identified

The names of two 18-year-olds who were shot and killed in Goldendale on Thursday have been released.  Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer says the victims were Justin Daniel Plunkett of Portland and April L. Reed, who used to live on the property where the shooting occurred in the 400 block of Brentwood Road.  Songer says the suspect in the shooting, 51-year-old Gary Hawkins, remains in a Portland-area hospital.  Hawkins went unconscious in a sheriff’s vehicle after he was taken into custody and had to be revived by CPR.  Songer says Hawkins will be taken into custody and charged with two counts of murder once he is released.  Songer added the motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

Smith Scheduled For September 26 Court Appearance

A Hood River County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested on a number of charges, including third degree sexual abuse, is scheduled to appear in Hood River Circuit Court on September 26.  According to Hood River County Sheriff Matt English, Deputy Marc Smith was arrested on Friday by the Oregon State Police and charged with two counts of third degree sexual abuse, two counts of private indecency, one count of public indecency, and luring a minor.  Smith was lodged at NORCOR, but is no longer listed on the facility’s inmate roster.  In his statement, English said he was notified of incident involving Smith and serious misconduct unrelated to the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, and immediately placed him on administrative leave and asked the OSP to conduct an investigation.  English said the charges against Smith are all related to off-duty conduct, but did not elaborate further due to the sensitive nature of the on-going investigation.  The case has been referred to the Crook County District Attorney’s office for prosecution.

Runyon Appointed To National County Organization Vets Committee

Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyon has been appointed to the National Association of Counties’ Veterans and Military Services Committee.  That panel engages member counties to develop and highlight county best practices and policies to promote programs, services, and benefits for the nation’s military, veterans, and their families.  Runyon has been active in local Veterans activities by being involved with the Wasco County Veterans Advisory Committee and the Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee.  He is also Captain of the local Patriot Guard unit, and co-chairs the Association of Oregon Counties’ Veterans Committee.