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December 21 Prep Basketball Scoreboard

Girls Basketball

The Dalles 63, Ridgeview 40:  Brooke McCall scored 18 points and converted on four three-pointers as the Riverhawks ran their record to 5-2 on the season.  The Dalles used a big second quarter to take a 22 point lead at halftime.

St. Helens 64, Hood River Valley 53

Stevenson 47, Riverside 44

Nixyaawii 62, Dufur 25

Lyle-Wishram 50, Wahluke 23


Boys Basketball

The Dalles 75, Mac-Hi 42:  The Riverhawks win their second game in seven this season.

Stevenson 50, Riverside 39

Nixyaawii 62, Dufur 52

Stanfield 59, Horizon Christian 42

Wahluke 60, Lyle-Wishram 44

Major Damage Avoided In Storm; Power Outages Main Issue

It was a blustery afternoon and evening yesterday in the Gorge, but other than some power outages it appears the area avoided major damage issues when high winds roared through the region.  The lingering issue is in Cascade Locks, where power had not been restored Tuesday morning after it went out early Monday afternoon.  Hood River County Sheriff Matt English says the City of Cascade Locks is expected to have electricity restored around noon today, but some users of that system to the west of the City may not have power until late tonight or tomorrow.  Power outages occurred throughout the Hood River Valley and Mosier on Monday, along with Klickitat County, but nearly all were resolved by late Monday night.

High Winds Causing Power Outages In Region

Pacific Power reports 691 customers without power in the Hood River/Parkdale area, with estimated restoration at 6:30 p.m., and 668 customers without power in the Mosier area, and they have an estimated restoration time of 8 p.m.


Klickitat PUD reports 400 customers are without power in the Wishram area, 200 in the Bickleton area east of the Cleveland substation, and 60 have lost power in the Oak Ridge, Mt. Adams Orchards, and east of the Gilmer substation.  There are also isolated outages in Trout Lake, Glenwood, Lyle, Snowden, and Appleton.

Port of HR Waterfront Projects Ramp Up

The Columbia River Gorge is in the grips of winter, but projects on the Port of Hood River waterfront area continue on.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says the first construction on the former Expo Center property in the waterfront area is about to take place, commencing the first of the year.  In addition, McElwee says Key Development has received land use approvals for a 60-thousand square foot building on another portion of the Expo Center property, and closing on that property should occur in March.  McElwee also said the sale of property on Riverside and Second Street to Sheppard’s for a new location at the entry to the Waterfront should close in the next two to three weeks.

Busy Weekend For Retailers As TD Chamber Pushes Shop At Home Campaign

A busy weekend helped lift the holiday sales for businesses in downtown The Dalles, and The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce is reminding people their Shop At Home contest is continuing.  The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Farquharson says they have been down in the receipts people bring in to take part in the contest.  By bringing in 100 dollars worth of receipts from purchases from businesses in The Dalles to the Chamber of Commerce office on 404 West 2nd in The Dalles, people are entered into a drawing for a gift basket.  Entries are being taken through the end of the year for the grand prize drawing.

MINT Arrests One

A man was arrested as the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force conducted an investigation at his home in the Hood River area last week.  According to a MINT press release, the search at 4175 Riordan Hill Road took place as part of an investigation into heroin possession and delivery.  The 41-year-old man was arrested away from the residence on an active warrant for possession and distribution of heroin, and after the search he was charged with another count of possession and carrying a concealed weapon, which authorities say was a knife.  He was lodged at NORCOR, and MINT officials say more charges are expected.

December 18-19 Prep Sports Scoreboard

The Hood River Valley girls were second and the boys third at a weekend swim meet in LaGrande.  HRV’s Dhani Freeland set a meet record in the girls’ 200 yard individual medley.


The Dalles’ Joe Linebarger won the 220 pound division at the Adrian Irwin prep wrestling tournament in Redmond.  The Riverhawks finished 14th as a team.


Boys Basketball

Grants Pass 62, Hood River Valley 49

North Eugene 68, Hood River Valley 59

Centennial 74, The Dalles 36

Columbia 53, Riverside 45

South Wasco 59, Trinity Lutheran 14

South Wasco 64, Gilchrist 24

Sherman 67, Triad 50

Sunnyside Christian 54, Sherman 51

Damascus Christian 66, Dufur 58

Bickleton 51, Trout Lake 28

Yakama Tribal 78, Lyle-Wishram 38

LaSalle 61, Goldendale 46


Girls Basketball

The Dalles 47, Centennial 29

Reynolds 43, Hood River Valley 39

Trinity Lutheran 42, South Wasco 29

South Wasco 29, Gilchrist 23

Triad 55, Sherman 30

Klamath Union JV 45, Sherman 32

Damascus Christian 44, Dufur 33

Yakama Tribal 64, Lyle-Wishram 47

Bickleton 51, Trout Lake 19

LaSalle 70, Goldendale 34

Maupin Stabbing Under Investigation

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an altercation in Maupin Thursday afternoon that has left one man in the hospital recovering from a stab wound.  Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Lane Magill says three women and the man were involved in some kind of altercation when the incident occurred near the intersection of Highway 197 and Elrod Lane at around 3 p.m.  Magill says the man is currently at Mid-Columbia Medical Center after being stabbed with something similar to a pocket knife with a two-inch blade.  Magill says the investigation into the case is on-going, and there have been no arrests made at this point.

Report Indicates Hood River Bridge Lift Span Can Be Repaired In 4 To 5 Months

An engineer’s investigation indicates the Port of Hood River Interstate Bridge lift span can be put back in operation in about four to five months.  Port Commissioners heard a report on the latest findings involving a potential allision in late September, where it is believed a vessel made contact with and damaged the northern pier of the lift span.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says not all of the necessary repairs are a result of the allision, but some are.  The engineer’s investigation found the northern tower of the lift span is not plumb by two inches to the west and one-and-a-half inches to the north, and McElwee says that will have to be monitored to determine if that is happening over time or if it was caused by the allision.  Cost of repairs is estimated at $200,000.  An investigation into the how the allision occurred is continuing.

Groundbreaking For New TD Library Wing On December 23

Groundbreaking for the new children’s wing of The Dalles Wasco County Library will take place next Wednesday.  Fundraising for the John and Jean Thomas Children’s Wing has been on-going for over two years, and the library foundation’s Corliss Marsh says Thomas family members will be on hand to take part.  The Thomas family started the fundraising drive with a $100,000 dollar match.  The foundation has raised $600,000 for the project, and Marsh says they still need to raise $50,000 to completely pay for the expansion.  Next Wednesday’s groundbreaking will start at 11 a.m.