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Local News

Gorge Tourism Subject Of Summit

Tourism throughout the Gorge will be the subject of a summit on Wednesday in Hood River.  It’s the kickoff of the Gorge Tourism Studio, a series of workshops being put on by Travel Oregon designed to assist communities interested in stimulating their economies through sustainable tourism development, while protecting and enhancing local resources.  The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Farquharson says part of this will be finding ways to spread the wealth throughout the region and build on what the Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association does.  Another goal is to make each community aware of what the others are doing so they can promote each other and keep visitors in the Gorge for a longer period of time.

January 15-16 Prep Sports Roundup


Joe Linebarger of The Dalles notched another tournament championship over the weekend, winning the 220 pound division of the Bob Beisell Tournament in Forest Grove.  Linebarger won all four of his matches, defeating Jacob Garibaldo of Century 9-1 in the final.  Riverhawk teammate Glenn Breckterfield finished fourth at 145 pounds, as The Dalles finished ninth as a team.


Hood River Valley was 13th in the Class 5-A division of the Oregon Classic in Redmond.  The Eagles won three of their five dual matches in the tourney, going 1-2 in round robin competition before topping both Ridgeview and Summit on Saturday.  Noah Wachsmuth and Jason Shaner both won five matches for HRV.


Boys Basketball

The Dalles 69, Redmond 65

Heritage 56, Hood River Valley 53

Kalama 74, Columbia 51

Mountain View (WA) 89, Columbia 69

Coupeville 64, Stevenson 60

Dufur 56, Horizon Christian 45

Dufur 63, Ione 33

Horizon Christian 48, Arlington 39

South Wasco 70, Condon-Wheeler 52

Sherman 86, Spray-Mitchell 34

Sherman 54, South Wasco 52

Bickleton 70, Lyle-Wishram 55

Yakama Tribal 79, Lyle-Wishram 44

Yakama Tribal 76, Trout Lake 39

Sunnyside Christian 75, Klickitat-Glenwood 32

Granger 53, Goldendale 38

Connell 69, Goldendale 52


Girls Basketball

The Dalles 57, Redmond 37

The Dalles 69, Union 65 (overtime)

Horizon Christian 45, Dufur 43

Arlington 42, Horizon Christian 18

Ione 55, Dufur 47

Condon-Wheeler 49, South Wasco 27

Sherman 59, Spray-Mitchell 27

Lyle-Wishram 56, Bickleton 43

Yakma Tribal 45, Lyle-Wishram 30

Sunnyside Christian 62, Klickitat-Glenwood 22

Granger 64, Goldendale 18

Connell 66, Goldendale 48

Scenic Drive Power Outage Planned Today

Northern Wasco County PUD experienced an outage this morning (Friday) at approximately 8 a.m. due to a down power line.  Repairs were made and when the crew went to reenergize the line it caused a failure of a second line.  In order to repair the second line the crew will need to isolate that segment of line to safely make the needed repairs.  Power will need to be shut off to customers located in the following areas from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. today:  along Scenic Drive between Jefferson Street and Garrison Street, which includes Sorosis, Columbia Gorge Community College and Radio Way.

D21 Reaches Tentative Agreement With Unions

North Wasco County School District 21 has reached tentative agreements with both its teacher and classified employees unions.  Superintendent Candy Armstrong says both contracts are for the current school year and for 2016-17, adding there was some hard work done by all parties to reach deals with the district in a difficult financial situation.  The agreements still are subject to ratification votes.  Armstrong noted the importance of having everyone in the district working together as D-21 works toward eventually putting forward a bond measure for new facilities.

TD Council Interviews Manager Candidates; Young Gets Fairview Post

No word yet from city officials in The Dalles on the results of Thursday’s interviews with four candidates for City Manager.  The interviews with the Council and other City officials took place throughout the day on Thursday.  Meanwhile, The Dalles’ former City Manager has found a new position in Oregon.  Nolan Young has been hired as Fairview’s new City Administrator.  A statement on Fairview’s website says Young was hired from a field of six finalists.  Young, who served as The Dalles City Manager for 18 years, will begin his new job on January 25.

January 14 Prep Sports Roundup


Mountain View 45, Hood River Valley 18:  Dylan Peterson and Mark Reyes won their matches by fall for the Eagles, while Ryan Zeller and Jason Shaner also recorded wins.

Girls Basketball

Kalama 66, Columbia 45


Missing Hood River Man Found

A 60-year-old Hood River man who had not been since Monday morning has been found safe in Klamath County.  The Hood River Police Department says Lawrence Norman Tolbert was located in Klamath Falls.  After a tip from family members, Klamath County Sheriff’s deputies were able to locate Tolbert at a KOA campground.  A statement from Hood River Police say Tolbert was reported to be unharmed, and his family is working to reunite with him as soon as possible.

Authorities Looking For Missing Hood River Man

The Hood River Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing Hood River man.  60-year-old Lawrence “Larry” Norman Tolbert, who resides on Rand Road, was last heard from on Monday morning at around 8:15.   Tolbert may be driving his silver and black 1990 Ford F-250 pickup, which has a white “Elkhorn” camper attached, with Washington license plate B32624Y.  Tolbert is six-feet-one inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.  His family believes he is most likely wearing blue Levi jeans and a dark gray Pendleton jacket.  Police are working with the family to follow up on all possible leads.   If you have any information or know the whereabouts of Tolbert, please contact Hood River Police Detective Sal Rivera at 541-387-5257.


Rivera Receives Regional Coaching Honor

Hood River Valley High School boys’ soccer coach Jaime Rivera was named the National Federation of State High School Associations 2015 State and Sectional coach of the year for Boys Soccer.  The Northwest Section includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.  Rivera’s HRV boys’ soccer team has won the Oregon Class 5-A championship the past two season.  NFHS Awards are based on several factors that include: the coach’s record, longevity in coaching, membership in and affiliation with coaching and other professional organizations, involvement with other school and community activities and programs, and coaching philosophy.

January 12 Prep Basketball Roundup

Boys Basketball

Hood River Valley at Tualatin, postponed

Lyle-Wishram 53, Klickitat-Glenwood 47:  The Cougars outscored the Vandals 17-8 in the 4th quarter to grab the win.  Gavyn Nelson scored 20 points to lead Lyle-Wishram, while Easton Atchley paced Klickitat-Glenwood with 16.

Castle Rock 68, Stevenson 50

Irrigon 67, Horizon Christian 35


Girls Basketball

Heritage at Hood River Valley, postponed

Lyle-Wishram 48, Klickitat-Glenwood 21:  Lacy Carse led the Cougars with 23 points.

Ridgefield 59, Columbia 44

Irrigon 60, Horizon Christian 20