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January 29-30 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Basketball

LaCenter 53, Columbia 31

Dufur 68, Mitchell-Spray 39

South Wasco 54, Arlington 39

South Wasco 58, Dufur 37

Horizon Christian 56, Condon-Wheeler 43

Sherman 82, Ione 30

Sherman 58, Horizon Christian 45

Sunnyside Christian 59, Lyle-Wishram 43

Lyle-Wishram 70, Kllickitat-Glenwood 60

Naches Valley 54, Goldendale 37

Cle Elum-Roslyn 71, Goldendale 45


Girls Basketball

The Dalles 49, Pendleton 39

Hermiston 78, Hood River Valley 43

Seton Catholic 43, Stevenson 37

Dufur 51, Mitchell-Spray 48

South Wasco 49, Arlington 35

Dufur 41, South Wasco 36

Condon-Wheeler 55, Horizon Christian 44

Ione 42, Sherman 35

Horizon Christian 52, Sherman 35

Sunnyside Christian 80, Lyle-Wishram 54

Lyle-Wishram 67, Klickitat-Glenwood 41

Naches Valley 80, Goldendale 41



Hillsboro won the 20-team Hood River Elks high school wrestling tournament at Vannet Court, as Hood River Valley finished eighth, Columbia 17th, and The Dalles 20th.  Jason Shaner and Junior Manzo earned second place finishes to lead the HRV effort.  James Bell paced CHS with a fourth in his weight class.


Alpine Skiing

Hood River Valley’s boys finished first and the girls second behind Summit in an Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association non-league race at Mt. Hood Meadows.  Muir Emmons and Elkin Parker had top five finishes for the HRV boys, while Daisy Dolan and Denali Emmons did the same for the Hood River girls.

HR School Board Includes New May Street School In Bond Plan

The Hood River County School District board has directed its staff to draw up a resolution that will put a 20-year, 57-million dollar bond measure on the May ballot that will not raise the current tax rate, address major maintenance needs at all of the district’s facilities, and construct a new May Street Elementary School on the same property as it is located now.  Superintendent Dan Goldman says the district wants to use the bond measure to reduce the growing impact maintenance of aging buildings has on its operating budget.  The district has a bond expiring this year, so this measure would not raise the current tax rate.  Another district bond comes off the books in 2023.  District staff will present the resolution to the board at their next meeting on February 10 for a formal vote to place the measure on the May ballot.

Museum Paddlewheel Stabilized

Stage one of the History Museum of Hood River County’s project to stabilize and renovate its paddle wheel is complete.   Workers this week lifted the 27,000 pound wooden wheel and its axel off its supports, and new timbers treated to prevent weathering were lowered into position to stabilize it.  The paddlewheel was originally part of the Henderson sternwheeler, which was built in 1902, and the wheel was rebuilt by former Nichols Boat Works part-owner John Hounsell and given by him to the museum.  The next planned phase of renovation is replacement of the paddlewheel’s rotten wood buckets.

January 28 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Basketball

Hood River Valley 85, Hermiston 72:  The Eagles scored 50 second half points on the way to snapping an 11-game losing streak.  Dallas Buckley scored 27 points while Tyrone Stintzi and Parker Kennedy each scored 23.  Austin Naillon led Hermiston with 19, while Chance Flores added 17.  The game was whistle-filled…with 51 fouls called between the two teams.

Pendleton 83, The Dalles 48:  Caden Smith scored 25 points to help the Buckaroos to their second straight Columbia River Conference win.  Colin Noonan led The Dalles with 15.


Girls Basketball

LaCenter 65, Columbia 27



Hermiston 76, The Dalles 6:  Gage Shipley won the lone match of the night for the Riverhawks.

Zillah 54, Goldendale 34

ODOT Conducting Gorge Transit Survey

The Oregon Department of Transportation is conducting an on-line survey on transit in the Gorge.  ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton says the Gorge Transit Study is part of a response to increased automobile traffic through the region.  Hamilton uses Multnomah Falls as an example of a growing congestion problem, with ODOT installing a gate to shut off access to the site from Interstate 84 when the parking lot there is full.  Hamilton says ODOT is considering the establishment of a shuttle bus so people can visit the Gorge without bringing their cars.  The survey is on-line through Sunday at gorgetransitstudy.org.

CGCC Offers FAFSA Help Friday

Columbia Gorge Community College will be offering help Friday (January 29) for those looking to fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  CGCC’s Sara Viemeister says the FAFSA form is the gateway to finding help with paying for higher education.  Help in putting together FAFSA applications will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Friday in Building 3 of CGCC’s campus in The Dalles and the Indian Creek campus in Hood River.  Bring your social security number and last year’s tax information for yourself or your parents if you are under age 24.  CGCC Student Services will help with FAFSA forms anytime, call 541-506-6011 in The Dalles and 541-506-8211 in Hood River.

Columbia River Chinook Seasons Set

Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington have set spring Chinook salmon seasons for the Columbia River.  Above Bonneville Dam, state fishery managers approved a Chinook retention season starting on March 16 and continuing through May 6 with an expected recreational harvest of 900 fish.  The recreational springer season on the Columbia from the river mouth upstream to Bonneville Dam will be open from March 1 to April 9, with two days off during that period to allow for potential commercial fishing periods.  The Columbia River spring Chinook season is based on a forecast of 299,200 returning spring Chinook, which includes an expected 188,800 upriver spring Chinook.  The prediction is down from last year’s banner return of 415,200 springers but above the 10-year average return of 285,000 fish.

January 27 Prep Basketball Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 81, Seton Catholic 73:  The Bulldogs outscored Seton 22-12 in the fourth quarter to pull out the Trico League win.  Ryan Fielding led the Bulldogs with 26 points.


Girls Basketball

Stevenson 50, Seton Catholic 40

Mayor Says Three Proposals Submitted For Granada Block

The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence says the Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency has received three proposals for redevelopment of the Granada Block.  Lawrence says the proposals are varied.  One would be confined to First Street for a retail complex, a second would use the Granada, Recreation, and Blue buildings involving a hotel, and a third involves the trio of structures without a hotel.  Lawrence appointed a small group to review the proposals before taking them to the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee to make a recommendation.  He says the topic will go before the City Council, acting in its capacity as the Urban Renewal Agency board, on February 22.

Sheriff Calls For Occupiers To Leave

Authorities at a Wednesday press conference urged members of a militia group who have been occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to leave the site. A confrontation between some of the militia members and FBI and state police on Tuesday led to the death of one man, and multiple arrests. It happened when those authorities were attempting to arrest the group at a traffic stop.  Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward said “it’s time for everybody in this illegal occupation to move on,” adding the presence of the group has been tearing the community apart.  FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing said “the armed occupiers have been given ample opportunity to leave the refuge peacefully.”



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