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Local News

October 10 Prep Sports Scores

Boys Soccer

Horizon Christian 4, Central Christian 0


Girls Water Polo

Hood River Valley 18, Hillsboro 5

HR County To Continue Marijuana Ordinance Hearing

When the Hood River County Commission meets next Monday evening, the public hearing on a time, place, and manner ordinance for recreational marijuana production, processing, and retailing will continue.  Hood River County Commission Chair Ron Rivers says more testimony will be taken, adding they’ve only had one meeting to this point.  A six-month moratorium on applications for these businesses expires at the end of this week, so if no action is taken, the Commission will have to consider an extension of that emergency ordinance.  The meeting begins at 6 p.m. next Monday night in the County Administration Building.


TD Community Action Team Talks UGB Expansion In D.C.

Members of The Dalles Community Action team recently made the group’s bi-annual trip to Washington, D.C. to pitch local projects to the state’s congressional delegation and federal staffers.  Port of The Dalles Executive Director Andrea Klaas, Port Commissioner Greg Weast, and The Dalles City Councilor Dan Spatz made this trip.  Klaas says the long-discussed effort to expand the City’s urban growth boundary was a primary focus, noting talks have begun to move in that direction.  City leaders have expressed concern for a decade that The Dalles could eventually fall out of compliance with state requirements for buildable lands inventories without expanding the UGB.

October 10 Prep Sports Roundup


Redmond 48, Hood River Valley 20

Rainier 62, The Dalles 20

LaCenter 45, Stevenson 0

Dufur 58, Arlington 14

South Wasco 46, Monument/Dayville 6

Sherman 70, Mitchell/Spray 6

LaSalle 48, Goldendale 7

White Swan 40, Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat 6



Dufur def. Arlington 25-11, 25-13, 25-19

South Wasco def. Monument-Dayville 25-6, 25-23, 25-10

Mitchell-Spray def. Horizon Christian 25-20, 25-22, 25-17

Fatal Fire In Klickitat Under Investigation

The investigation is underway into what caused a fatal fire early Friday morning in the town of Klickitat.  Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Mike Kallio says one person was killed in the house fire.  That person’s identity has not yet been released.  The fire occurred in the 300 block of Main Street in Klickitat at around 2 a.m. Friday.  Crews from a number of departments in Klickitat County assisted Fire District 3 crews in battling the blaze.  Kallio says an investigation into the origin of the fire has begun.

October 6 Prep Sports Scoreboard


Ridgeview def. Hood River Valley 25-18, 25-15, 25-23

Dufur def. Ione 31-29, 17-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-8

South Wasco def. Condon-Wheeler 25-16, 25-14, 25-17

Arlington def. Sherman 3 sets to 0

King’s Way Christian def. Columbia 3 sets to 1

Castle Rock def. Stevenson 3 sets to 0


Boys Soccer

Horizon Christian 6, Oregon State School for the Deaf 2


Girls Soccer

Seton Catholic 2, Stevenson 1


Girls Water Polo

Hood River Valley 15, Hillsboro 5


Hood River Man Arrested Heroin

Mid Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force have arrested a 42-year-old Hood River man on charges involving the sale of heroin.   Steven Haracourt was arrested after MINT team members executed a search warrant at his motorhome parked in the area of Post Canyon Drive and Westwood Drive in Hood River County.  Haracourt is charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Restricted Weapon, and was lodged at NORCOR in The Dalles.   MINT officers say this is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information related to case is encouraged to call the MINT tip line at 541-296-1885.  MINT is comprised of law enforcement officers from The Dalles City Police, The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, and The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office.

Wasco County Commission Hears Measure 97 Opinions

The Wasco County Commission heard opinions on Measure 97 Wednesday, but they won’t be offering any position as a group.  Commissioners had received a request to pass a resolution opposing the measure that would place a gross sales tax on companies generating 25 million dollars in annual sales in the state.  But Commission Chair Rod Runyon noted they were advised by County Counsel and the Oregon Association of Counties that state law prohibits them from passing any kind of resolution on a ballot measure.  The meeting did provide a forum for people to express opinions on Measure 97, with many in opposition to it, but there was some who spoke in favor of the proposal.

WS Council Sends Design Decision To Committee

The White Salmon City Council has sent a decision on basic design for a building for the proposed new swimming pool back to the committee that has been working on it.  Design consultants have provided three options: utilitarian, modern, and traditional.  Mayor David Poucher says the Council gave the direction to lean utilitarian for cost reasons, and the pool committee felt they needed to get more information.  Poucher noted the Council does not feel pressed to make a decision, adding it is doubtful they would try to put a bond measure for the pool on the February 2017 ballot.

Performing Arts Center Group Awaits Feasibility Study

The Performing Arts Initiative is expecting to get a feasibility study back on the group’s concept of a 600-seat performing arts center with classrooms and studios in the Gorge sometime in November.  The group’s Mark Steighner says ECONorthwest is working on the study.  Steighner says while that is taking place, the group is preparing to fundraise for the 200-thousand dollars needed for the first phase of the project.  The group is taking donations through the Gorge Community Foundation.  Information is available at the Performing Arts Initiative website, gorgeperformingarts.org.