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April 8-9 Prep Sports Scoreboard


Hood River Valley 12, Mountain View 2

The Dalles 11, McKay 4

Pilot Rock 3, Sherman 2

Weston-McEwen sweeps Dufur 4-3 and 15-14

Cle Elum-Roslyn sweeps Goldendale 8-2 and 18-9



Tigard 8, Hood River Valley 1

The Dalles 12, Reynolds 4

Cle Elum-Roslyn sweeps Goldendale 27-0 and 26-0


Track and Field

Hood River Valley’s boys won the Sandy Invitational, while the Eagle girls were third. For the HRV boys Sebastian Barajas won the shot and discus, Justin Crosswhite took first in the 800 meters, Parker Irusta topped the long jump, and Parker Kennedy won the pole vault.  HRV’s girls were led by second place finishes from Audrey Marble, Katie Kennedy, and Kimberlee Boquist.


South Wasco tied Mac-Hi for the girls’ title at the River’s Edge Invitational in Umatilla.  Ana Popchock won the triple jump and long jump for the Redsides, while Brittney Orendorff of Sherman won the pole vault.  Sherman finished second in the boys’ competition to Elgin, as Isaiah Coles won the triple jump and the Husky four by 100 meter relay team was victorious.  South Wasco’s Ellis Rager won the shot put.


Sherman won the boys’ team standings at the Dick Horyna Invitational in Stanfield by a half-point over Griswold.  Maverick Winslow won the 100 and the pole vault for the Huskies.  The Sherman girls were fourth with Brittney Orendorff winning the pole vault.


Boys Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 11, Aloha 8


Girls Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 14, Liberty 3

April 7 Prep Sports Roundup

Girls Tennis

Hood River Valley 4, Parkrose 4:  HRV wins the match on games won, 82-66.


Boys Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 16, Putnam 3:  Henry Barton led a balanced Eagle scoresheet with four goals.

Outage Planned Sunday Morning For Dufur, Tygh Valley, and Wamic

Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District is planning a scheduled outage Sunday morning which will impact District customers in the Dufur, Tygh Valley and Wamic areas.  The planned outage is scheduled to occur at 6 a.m. and will last approximately five minutes.  This outage is in conjunction with the Bonneville Power Administration completing work on rebuilding the 69 kilovolt transmission line from Maupin to Tygh Valley, and to safely transfer electrical load between Northern Wasco County PUD’s Three Mile Substation and BPA’s Maupin Substation.

Maryhill Receives NEA Grant For Highway Celebration Efforts

Maryhill Museum of Art has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support programs that are part of this year’s Historic Columbia River Highway centennial celebrations.    Maryhill Museum of Art’s founder Sam Hill, along with engineer Sam Lancaster, convinced the Oregon Legislature to support construction of the highway, arguing that it would help the state “cash in year after year on its scenic beauty without depleting it in any way.”  To mark the centennial of this remarkable road and educate the public about Hill’s role in its development, Maryhill has planned numerous activities.           The exhibition Sam Hill and the Columbia River Highway, featuring early photos of the highway and its construction has been extended through 2016, and this fall the museum will present The Historic Columbia River Highway through the Eyes of Young Artists, featuring work by regional students.

HR School District Receives Retrofit Grant For Middle School Gym

The committee overseeing the state’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program announced 41 schools to receive $50 million in grants, and the Hood River County School District made the cut.  The district will receive $898,400 dollars to retrofit the Hood River Middle School gymnasium.  Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, oversees the program to rehab schools and other critical public buildings so they will be better prepared to withstand a major earthquake.  The Oregon legislature allocated $175 million in funding for schools to the program for the 2015-17 biennium.  This was the first phase of that funding, awarding $50 million. The next phase for the remaining $125 million will be announced in 2017, with applications due this September.  The committee received 107 applications for this round of grants.

April 6 Prep Sports Roundup


Hood River Valley 8, Wilsonville 2:  Chase Lariza hit two homers and drove in three runs as the Eagles never trailed.  HRV used a five-run first inning to take control of the game early.  Connor Coerper struck out ten and held Wilsonville hitless into the sixth inning to earn the win on the mound.


Girls Tennis

Hood River Valley 6, Pendleton 2:  The Eagles won three three matches in singles and three in doubles to gain the Columbia River Conference win.

Hermiston 6, The Dalles 2

Group Advocating Local Planning For Aging Population

A group that originally got together for a book discussion is evolving into an organization to identify, discuss, and advocate for the needs of the growing numbers of elders and caregivers in the region.  Dr. Tina Castanares says the Aging in the Gorge Alliance has continued to grow in numbers, and seeks to help develop age-friendly communities, following a model developed by the World Health Organization that includes domains ranging from housing and health care to employment opportunities and social involvement.  Population projections show that by 2030, 25 percent of Wasco County residents and over 20 percent in Hood River County will be over the age of 65.

Next Door Program To Help Small Businesses Growing

The Next Door, Inc.’s Promoting Prosperity program is growing.  The program tries to help people looking to start or maintain a small business, helping people with credit building, business plans, and other areas.  Program director Gabriel Muro says they now have over 40 clients, and has used funding from government agencies and private foundations to help these businesses.  He would like to add private funding from local people willing to give small loans to growing businesses.  For information on Promoting Prosperity, call Muro at 541-490-6429.

April 5 Prep Sports Scoreboard


The Dalles 6, West Albany 3:  The Riverhawks scored two runs in the first inning and never trailed in defeating the Bulldogs.

Umatilla 12, Sherman 9

Weston-McEwen 10, Dufur 0



The Dalles 10, Mac-Hi 2:  The Riverhawks run their record to 9-3 on the season.

Banks 10, Hood River Valley 4


Track and Field


Hermiston 84, The Dalles 51:  Avery Cardosi won both the 400 and 800 meters for The Dalles.



Hermiston 121, The Dalles 23:  Julian Hernandez scored the only event win for the Riverhawks in the javelin.


Girls Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 8, St. Mary’s 6:  Katherine McElderry and Savanna Brentlinger tallied two goals apiece for the Eagles.

Sheriff’s Office Says Report Of Indian Creek Assault Was False

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office has stopped its investigation into an alleged sexual assault on the Indian Creek Trail last week after an admission that the report was false.  In a statement Tuesday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office said the alleged victim in the case has admitted to investigators that the incident did not occur and the allegations were false.  The person who made the report, a female juvenile student at Hood River Valley High School, had reported being sexually assaulted on the Indian Creek Trail near the school last Wednesday morning at around 10 a.m.  The Sheriff’s Office statement said while this was an unfortunate situation, the fact remains sexual assault occurs at alarming rates around the country, and national statistics from multiple sources confirms that sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes, with between 63 to 68 percent still being left unreported.  In addition, false reports do happen are rare.  Data collected from around the United States suggests that the prevalence of false reporting between two to ten percent.