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Local News

PUD Warns Of Scam

Northern Wasco County PUD is warning customers of a new telephone scam.  Cyndi Gentry at the PUD says the callers are telling customers that they are eligible for a refund or rebate, for paying their light bill on time, then say that the money is sitting in a bank and ask for the customers’ banking and personal information so that they can ‘transfer the funds’.  Gentry says the Northern Wasco County PUD is not part of any such program, and it is not a legitimate rebate.  The callers likely intend to use the information they gather to take money from the customers.  Gentry reminds PUD customers to be on the alert for potential scam by telephone, mail, email, and in person.

February 6 Prep Basketball Roundup

Boys Basketball

Hermiston 77, The Dalles 62:  Xavier Rambo scored 22 points while Chance Flores came back after being out for a month with a broken hand to score 17 to lead the Bulldogs to the win.  Dakota Murr tallied 25 and Eric Flores 17 for The Dalles, which has yet to win a Columbia River Conference game.

Sherman 67, South Wasco 39

Dufur 69, Horizon Christian 55


Girls Basketball

Hermiston 52, The Dalles 39

Horizon Christian 74, Dufur 47

South Wasco 52, Sherman 44

Hood River County School District To Release Students Early

Hood River County School District Superintendent Dan Goldman says the district is going to release students early (Tuesday, February 7). Elementary students will be sent home at 12:10 p.m., Hood River Valley High School students at 1:10 p.m., and middle schools at 1:25. Buses on snow route. All activities are cancelled.

D21 Board Takes Steps To Make Up Lost Class Time

The North Wasco County School District 21 board has taken a trio of steps to make up for class time lost to weather-related cancellations in the past two months.  Monday, February 20, President’s Day, will now be a class day for students, as will Friday, May 26.  The district has also eliminated early release and late start days in the month of March.  D-21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong says the changes were made so the district wouldn’t have to receive a waiver from the state for classroom hours being under requirements.  Armstrong said if the district loses more class time to weather, they will probably have to look at adding days at the end of the year.

HR Downtown Businesses Impacted By Weather

The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce asked its member businesses to tell them what kind of impact this winter has had on their business, and the answers have been mixed.  Chamber Executive Director Mike Glover says December seemed to go well in spite of snow, but there was more of an impact in January.   He said businesses closer to the freeway did better than those in downtown and the Heights.  The responses to the Chamber survey were anonymous.  Glover added none of the businesses who responded said the winter caused such problems that it put the business itself in jeopardy.

February 3-4 Prep Basketball Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Sherman 82, Mitchell-Spray 9

South Wasco 66, Condon-Wheeler 58

Dufur 75, Ione 38


Girls Basketball

Sherman 56, Mitchell-Spray 26

Condon-Wheeler 38, South Wasco 32

Ione 56, Dufur 39

Truax Named To HR School Board

Rich Truax has been tabbed to take a vacant position on the Hood River County School District Board.  Truax was picked from five applicants for the at-large position being vacated by Jan Veldhuisen-Virk after serving on the board for 18 years.  Truax is a licensed engineer, and has been on the school district’s finance advisory committee and served on local option and capital bond campaign committees.  He has also been board president for the Cooper Spur Ski Race Team and the Port of Hood River’s budget committee.  Truax was chosen unanimously by the board to fill the seat, and will be formally sworn in on February 8 at the district office.

Johnson Wants Outdoor Recreation Policy Position

Oregon 52nd District State Representative Mark Johnson says he wants to see the state have a position in the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to provide policy guidance on outdoor recreation issues.  Johnson believes the position is needed to provide guidance on how outdoor recreation is impacted by decisions involving land use and environmental laws, tax policy, and transportation.  Johnson’s proposal calls for the position to be paid for through a combination of public and private funds.

Go Red Heart Expo Friday

Mid-Columbia Medical Center will host its annual Heart Expo at Water’s Edge in The Dalles on Friday as part of Go Red for Women’s Heart Health Month.  Planetree Health Resources Center coordinator Linda Stahl says they are trying to raise awareness of heart disease in women through the expo, which will feature demonstrations, information booths, and screening opportunities.  The Heart Expo is Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Water’s Edge in The Dalles.  In addition, the Heart Truth 3K/5K/10K walk and run will be Saturday, with registration at the Kiwanis Pocket Park on Klindt Drive at 9:30 a.m., and the walk and run beginning at 10 a.m.

February 1 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 99, Columbia 78:  Austin Brannan scored 24 points as the Bulldogs moved into third place in the Trico League.  Four players scored in double figures for Stevenson.  William Gross led Columbia with 31 points.  The two teams play again tonight at 7 p.m. in Stevenson.


The Dalles 46, Mac-Hi 37:  The Riverhawks won their third game of the season.



St. Helens 36, Hood River Valley 30:  St. Helens dominated the upper weight classes to score the dual match win.  Justin Lane, Ryan Zeller, and Chad Muenzer all won by fall for HRV.