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Local News

Johnson Receives $80,000 From Knight

New campaign finance filings show Nike co-founder Phil Knight gave at least $330,000 to Republicans running for positions in the Oregon legislature, with the largest share going to a Hood River candidate.  The Register-Guard reports that the wealthiest man in Oregon, Phil Knight, gave thousands in personal campaign contributions to seven Republican candidates in battleground districts last month, including an $80,000 donation to 52nd District incumbent Mark Johnson.  Knight’s other contributions went to another incumbent and five newcomers seeking open House seats, with the others receiving between $25,000 and $50,000.  It’s unusual for Knight to provide sizeable donations only to Republicans.  The last time he personally donated to Oregon legislative races was in 2012, when he gave $55,000 to 10 Democrats and $75,000 to 12 Republicans.  In 2014, he gave $250,000 to Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber.  Knight didn’t respond Tuesday to a request for comment about his recent contributions.

ODF Terminates Regulated Closure

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District has terminated the Regulated Closure for private lands in Central Oregon as of Wednesday morning, but fire season is still in effect.  Much of ODF’s The Dalles unit remains at Industrial Fire Precaution Level 1, which means operators can work all day, with a one hour fire watch required following operations.  All fire tools and water supplies are still required.  While restrictions on campfires and warming fires has been lifted, burn barrels and burning of debris may still be prohibited.  Check with your local fire agency for specifics.  District Forester Mike Shaw says with the weather forecast and current fuel conditions the risk of ignition has diminished, but the public is reminded to exercise caution when recreating and working in the woods.

Full Sail Receives World Beer Awards

Hood River’s Full Sail Brewery won seven best of the U.S. medals at this year’s annual World Beer Awards.   Session Premium Lager – which has 22 gold medals to its name already – won U.S. Best Helles/Münchner.   Full Sail Blood Orange Wheat took home gold for U.S. Fruit & Vegetable Flavored Beer, Hop Pursuit IPA won silver for U.S. Pale Beer-IPA, Full Sail Classic IPA won silver for U.S Pale Beer/Golden, Session Black won U.S. Best Dark Lager, Session Cream won the U.S. Best Cream Ales category, and Session IPA took bronze for U.S. Pale Ale.  The international competition that uses a blind tasting system to choose the very best beers across the globe.

Men Sought To Be Mentors

The Next Door is campaigning to find 30 men to serve as mentors to area youth in the next 30 days.  The organization runs the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Gorge and Mentors 4 Success programs.  Justine Ziegler of The Next Door says they are always searching for men to take part, and usually have a waiting list of youngsters.  Those who might be interested in being a mentor can call Ziegler at 541-399-4437, or e-mail mentor@nextdoorinc.org.

October 4 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Soccer

Hood River Valley 2, Hermiston 1:  The Eagles ran their unbeaten streak to 46 games with the win.

The Dalles 3, Pendleton 0


Girls Soccer

Hood River Valley 3, Hermiston 1:  Mona Diaz scored in the first half while Audrey Marble and Claire Davies tallied goals in the second half to lead HRV.

The Dalles 4, Pendleton 0

King’s Way Christian 9, Columbia 1

Stevenson 1, Castle Rock 1



Hood River Valley def. The Dalles 25-20, 25-20, 25-19

South Wasco def. Sherman 21-25, 23-25, 25-14, 25-14, 15-13

Dufur def. Horizon Christian 25-16, 25-14, 25-16

Lyle-Wishram def. Klickitat-Glenwood 23-25, 25-14, 18-25, 25-22, 16-14

Castle Rock def. Columbia 3 sets to 0

Seton Catholic def. Stevenson 3 sets to 2

HR Planning Moving Closer To Townhouses In R-2 And R-3 Zones

The Hood River City Planning Commission is moving closer toward making townhouses a permitted use in R-2 and R-3 residential zones.  They are currently a conditional use in those zones.  City Planning Director Cindy Walbridge says allowing townhouses in those residential zones in the urban medium and high density zones is fairly common around the state with clear and objective criteria.  A site plan review would still be required.  Some who testified before the planning commission asked for further design restrictions for townhouses in those zones.  The planning commission will get the final document from staff on November 7.

D21 Board Approves Superintendent’s Goals

The North Wasco County School District 21 board has approved Superintendent Candy Armstrong’s goals for 2016-17, and long range facilities planning plays a large role in them.  Completing a 50-year plan for district buildings by June is one of the three goals, along with effective communication.  Armstrong says they are moving forward with getting the long-range plan put together.  Another goal involves the first year of implementation of a new math curriculum for all grades in the district, and Armstrong says they are making sure teachers have the support they need to be effective in delivering the curriculum.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident On Highway 14

A 48-year-old man from The Dalles died in an accident involving a motorcycle and a car on Saturday on Highway 14 just east of Wishram.  According to the Washington State Patrol, Sean M. Kennedy died at the scene.  WSP reports indicate Kennedy was traveling eastbound on his motorcycle at milepost 93 on Highway 14 at around 11:40 a.m. Saturday when he crossed over the centerline on a curve, sliding into the westbound lane and laying the motorcycle down.  An on-coming pickup truck then struck the motorcycle.  The driver of the pickup was uninjured.  The WSP says no charges were filed in the accident.

Harvest Fest Preparation Underway

Preparations for the Hood River Valley Harvest Festival coming up in under two weeks are in full swing.  The annual event brings in visitors from around the Northwest.  Hood River County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Glover says they use a different marketing strategy for Harvest Fest than other events like the recently completed Hops Fest, using traditional media in major Northwest cities.  Glover says it is hard to gather an accurate attendance estimate for Harvest Fest, but he believes it is in the neighborhood of 10,000-to-11,000.  Harvest Fest will take place October 14-16 at the Hood River Waterfront Event Site.

September 30-October 1 Prep Sports Roundup

Cross Country

Hood River Valley won both the boys and girls competition at a meet at Champoeg State Park.  The HRV boys were led by a second place finish by Jesse Wiley and Jacob Bromham in third, while for the Eagle girls Lottie Bromham was second and Daisy Dolan third.  The Dalles finished second in the boys race…led by Ezekiel Stelzer in fifth place.  The Dalles girls took fourth…paced by a fifth place finish by Emma Mullins.



Hermiston 36, Hood River Valley 6

LaGrande 63, The Dalles 6

Columbia 29, Castle Rock 14

Sherman 30, Dufur 24

Perrydale 69, South Wasco 6

Dayton 52, Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat 0

Naches Valley 56, Goldendale 0



Hood River Valley defeated Beaverton, David Douglas, and Ridgeview at a tournament the Eagles hosted on Saturday.

South Wasco def. Mitchell-Spray 25-111, 25-6, 25-18

Goldendale def. Cle Elum-Roslyn 25-17, 25-13, 25-11


Girls Soccer

Columbia 10, Forks 0