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Local News

Foster Parents Needed

May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month, and The Next Door is looking for more people in Hood River and Wasco counties to serve in that role.  The Next Door’s treatment foster care program works with children age six to 18 dealing with behavioral problems.  Parent Recruiter Amy Lindley says it’s not an easy job to be a foster parent, but it is rewarding.  Foster parents received 40 hours of training and 24-hour on-call support from Next Door staff.  For information on becoming a foster parent with The Next Door, call 541-308-2207.

May 3 Prep Sports Roundup


Hood River Valley 9, The Dalles 1:  Patrick Harvey and Skyler Hunter both doubled twice, while Isaiah Enriquez and Connor Coerper combined on a five-hitter to keep the Eagles two games in front of Hermiston in the Columbia River Conference with three to play.

Dufur 11, Culver 4

King’s Way Christian sweeps Stevenson 13-0 and 9-2



Hood River Valley 2, The Dalles 1:  The Eagles pulled back within a game of Hermiston and The Dalles in the race for play-in spots in the Columbia River Conference.


Boys Soccer

Columbia 3, Castle Rock 0:  The Bruins win their eleventh straight Trico League game, one victory away from a perfect league season.

LaCenter 8, Stevenson 0


Boys Tennis

Hermiston 6, Hood River Valley 2


Girls Tennis

Hermiston 5, Hood River Valley 3


Boys Lacrosse

Lincoln 18, Hood River Valley 7:  The Eagles fall to 0-3 in Columbia League play.


Girls Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 11, Lincoln 8:  Erin Mayer and Abby Bartles scored three goals apiece to pull the Eagles to a tie for second with Lincoln in the PIL.

Stats Confirm Warm April

National Weather Service statistics show temperatures at Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport averaged much warmer than normal during the month of April.  The average temperature was 59.4 degrees, over six degrees above normal and topping the previous warmest April on record, in 1977, by two degrees.  Highs averaged 72.4 degrees, more than seven degrees above normal, with a peak of 89 on April 19.  Lows averaged 46.4 degrees, which was just short of five degrees above normal.  The lowest was 35 degrees, on April 16.  Precipitation totaled just short of two-tenths of an inch during April, which was more than a half-an-inch below normal, but since October the water year precipitation at the airport has been 14.31 inches, which is nearly three inches above normal.  The outlook for May from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

Weed Of The Month Program Begins

The Hood River County Weed Board, Central Gorge Master Gardeners, Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area have launched an effort to raise public awareness of invasive weeds in the area.  The organization has started its “Weed of the Month” program to distribute information about a different weed of concern every month.  The Weed Board’s Dede Garcia says the weeds being highlighted are non-native, invasive plants.  Garcia says they will be asking people to either report these weeds when seen, try to pull the plant to get rid of it, and not plant it by choice.  The “Weed of the Month” will be featured in radio public service announcements, posters around the county, newspaper articles, and Master Gardener plant clinics.

YouthThink Gets AMA Grant

YouthThink of Wasco County has received an American Medical Association grant to help reduce the incidence of prescription drug misuse.  Debby Jones of YouthThink says Oregon has one of the highest prescription drug abuse rates in the country, and the organization wants to ramp up its efforts to promote proper disposal of unused prescription drugs.  Jones notes YouthThink has a drop box inside The Dalles Police Department for people to dispose of prescription drugs.   She adds the organization plans to host the Oregon Health Authority’s Jim McElvaney this summer to make presentations in the community to help educate citizens about opioids.

HR Chamber Commissions Study On Impact Of Tourism In City Limits

The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce has commissioned a study to determine the economic impact on tourism within the Hood River city limits.  Chamber Executive Director Mike Glover says in the past they have received economic impact information from Travel Oregon, but that’s broken down by county.  Glover says they have asked the same firm that does the Travel Oregon statistics, Dean Runyon and Associates, to put together numbers for the City of Hood River.  Glover says the intent is to provide accurate data to measure what tourism does for Hood River, and could be useful in a number of different issues facing the City.  He adds they should have the study in hand by the end of the month.

D21 Budget Committee Meets Tuesday

The North Wasco County School District 21 budget committee will meet for the first time to discuss the 2016-17 budget on Tuesday evening.  D-21 Chief Financial Officer Randy Anderson says he’s been developing a status quo budget with no major changes.  He notes he has made a slightly smaller enrollment estimate than in years past.  Anderson says there is an addition of half-time reading specialist at the district elementary schools.  The budget committee meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Dalles Middle School.

One Killed And One Serious Injured In I-84 Rollover

One man is dead and a second in critical condition following a single vehicle rollover crash on westbound Interstate 84 six miles west of Arlington.  The Oregon State Police says 24-year-old Justin Matthew Flowers of Portland died from injuries suffered in the accident, while 23-year-old Hayden Michael Swanson of Portland is in critical but stable condition at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital in Portland.  The OSP says the accident occurred at about 4:30 Sunday morning.  An investigation indicates the SUV Flowers was driving was westbound on I-84 when it left the roadway for unknown reasons, crashed through the north side guardrail and rolled down a rock embankment, coming to rest approximately 150 feet from the roadway.  Preliminary information indicates the men had not been using their seat belts at the time of the crash and were ejected from the vehicle.  Speed and fatigue are being considered to be contributing factors for the crash.

Additional Rewards Offered In Killing Of Bighorn Sheep Ram

Two additional rewards are being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for unlawfully killing a bighorn sheep ram in early April near milepost 118 on Interstate 84 east of Rufus, bringing the total to $2,000.  The Oregon Foundation for North American Wild Sheep is offering a $1,000 reward and the Oregon Hunters Association Clatsop County chapter is offering $500 in addition to the $500 already offered through the OHA’s Statewide TIP program.  The Oregon State Police are continuing their investigation into the killing of the bighorn ram.  The deceased ram was located by OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers in a rock slide near the freeway on April 10, and it was determined the ram had been shot with a firearm and left to waste

Stevenson And Henkle Win Wind Challenge

Stevenson High School and Henkle Middle School of White Salmon won their divisions at the Google Wind Challenge over the weekend inside The Dalles Civic Auditorium.  More than 100 students from 20 local high schools and middle schools competed to build the competition’s best turbines.  29 student teams worked together with volunteer mentors to design, build and test their turbines.  The colorful, creative machines were then presented to local judges who selected the winners based on each turbine’s power and efficiency.  In the high school competition Columbia was second behind Stevenson, with The Dalles and South Wasco tied for third.  Among the middle schoolers St. Mary’s Academy took second trailing Henkle, with Sherman in third.