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January 6-7 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Basketball

Dufur 70, South Wasco 34

Sherman 71, Horizon Christian 45

Sherman 78, Ione 25

Bickleton 61, Trout Lake 34

Yakama Tribal 82, Klickitat 45

Sunnyside Christian 87, Lyle 30

Goldendale 61, Cle Elum-Roslyn 40


Girls Basketball

Seton Catholic 45, Columbia 28

Castle Rock 51, Stevenson 49

South Wasco 35, Dufur 28

Horizon Christian 62, Sherman 33

Sherman 54, Ione 45

Bickleton 56, Trout Lake 46

Yakama Tribal 65, Klickitat 37

Sunnyside Christian 63, Lyle 16

Cle Elum-Roslyn 72, Goldendale 34



Hood River Valley finished eighth out of 16 teams at the Don York Invitational at Cleveland High School in Portland.  Chad Muenzer, Jason Shaner, and Justin Wilson won their weight classes for the Eagles.

Cancellations/Delays For January 9

Tonight’s The Dalles City Council meeting postponed to January 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Columbia Gorge Community College campuses in The Dalles and Hood River will be closed.

Mid-Columbia Senior Center and The Dalles Meals on Wheels is closed.

Aging in The Gorge Alliance meeting is cancelled.

One Community Health in Hood River and The Dalles closed.

Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District offices are closed.

Depression & anxiety program at White Salmon 7th Day Adventist Church postponed to Feb. 13.

No Skamania County Public Transit.

Tuesday’s Columbia River Gorge Commission meeting is cancelled.

Chenowith Elementary Cleared After Smoke In Classroom

Chenowith Elementary School was cleared for about an hour today after smoke was detected in a classroom.  North Wasco County School District 21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong says students and staff were evacuated to the Wahtonka Campus Gym at about 11:15 a.m.  Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue along with District Maintenance staff responded and found an issue with the heater in classroom 17 caused the smoke.  Students remained at Wahtonka Campus until the building was cleared, and returned to the building at 12:10 p.m.  The classroom has radiant heat, and Armstong says maintenance staff will ensure adequate and safe heat in the room until the repair can be made.


HR Schools To Make Up Missed Days

The Hood River County School District will make up the two full days of classes that were cancelled due to inclement weather in December.  The district will make up the missed days on January 27 and June 14.  The January 27 date was pre-planned in case of a school closure within the first semester of the school year.  June 14 is now the final planned day of school in the Hood River district.  However, there could be additional make up days if more school days are lost due to weather.

January 5 Prep Basketball Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Corbett 41, Hood River Valley 39:  The Eagles lost for a second straight night by a very close margin, falling to 3-7 on the season.

Stevenson 54, Castle Rock 44:  Austin Brannan scored 22 points to lead the Bulldogs to the victory in their Trico League opener.

Seton Catholic 80, Columbia 63:  Seton Catholic had five players score in double figures on the way to the win.  William Gross led CHS with 17 points.


Girls Basketball

Hood River Valley 60, Corbett 45:  The Eagles took the lead with an 11 point run in the first half, and Corbett never got closer than five points of the Eagles after that.  Emily Curtis topped HRV with 18 points, while Hannah McNerney and Lauren Orr tallied 11 apiece.

ODOT Readies For Storm

The Oregon Department of Transportation says it will close Interstate 84 east of Troutdale if road conditions become unsafe during this weekend’s anticipated winter storm, and will keep it closed until it’s safe again for traffic.  An ODOT spokesperson says crews have been pre-treating area roads with deicer – magnesium chloride with rust inhibitor – in anticipation of the storm.  He adds will deploy as appropriate all available tools in its winter arsenal, including plows, sand, salt and deicer.  He also points out the more traffic stays off the road, the quicker roads can be cleared.  If you do drive, slow down, allow plenty of stopping distance and watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists because stopping distances are so much longer.

NW Natural Experiences Pressure Issues In Hood River

NW Natural is experiencing some pressure issues for natural gas customers in the Hood River area.   A NW Natural spokesperson said in an e-mail they have a crew out trying to determine the cause, and hope to have it resolved today (Friday).  They are already planning to have a crew ready for Saturday if needed.  As of this morning NW Natural estimated it had about 51 customers scattered throughout Hood River without gas.  The spokesperson added with the cold temperatures, they are working as hard and quickly as possible to resolve the issue.  Those with issues with their natural gas service should call NW Natural’s customer service line at 800-442-4012.

Two Morning Power Outages In The Region

Power has been restored to areas impacted by two separate outages in the Gorge Thursday morning.  About three-thousand Klickitat PUD customers in Bingen, White Salmon, and Snowden lost power for less than an hour in an outage that began at around 7:45 a.m. Thursday.  The PUD says it was weather-related, with extremely cold temperatures leading to an issue at a breaker in the Bingen substation.  If anyone in Bingen, White Salmon, or Snowden remain without power, call Klickitat PUD at 800-548-8357.  Meanwhile, Northern Wasco County PUD crews dealt with an outage Thursday morning in the area of Pinewood Mobile Manor along Highway 30 west through Rowena.  The outage occurred around 8 a.m., with power fully restored at around 10:30 a.m.  Northern Wasco PUD’s Cyndi Gentry says approximately 127 customers lost power when increased load, likely due to the cold weather, caused a line failure.  Additional customers lost power when the line had to be de-energized so that the linemen could safely complete the repairs.  When power was initially restored, the cold load pickup caused a fuse to open on the line, which also had to be repaired.  The total customer impact was around 304.

Dancing With The Stars Friday

Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association’s annual fundraiser, Dancing With The Stars, is set for Friday at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School Auditorium.  Six local residents have been working with professionals from the Utah Ballroom Company for the past week to get ready for the event, which is patterned after the TV show of the same name.  Patti Blagg of the Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association says it has become a popular event, and the professional dancers get the amateurs ready to perform.  The show benefits the concert association’s musical education programs in the Gorge.  Tickets are $20 in advance at Klindt’s Booksellers, Lines of Design and The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce office, or $25 at the door.

January 4 Prep Basketball Scoreboard

Girls Basketball

Hood River Valley 53, St. Helens 45:  The Eagles fell behind 13-1 in the first quarter, but came back to lead by six at halftime, and held on for the win.  Nia Lopez scored 14 points and Emily Curtis 13 to lead the Eagles, who are now 5-4 on the season.

Columbia 47, Castle Rock 43:  CHS took a twelve point lead to halftime, and held on to win the Trico League opener.

LaCenter 68, Stevenson 14:  The Wildcats shot 50 percent from the field to stay unbeaten in nine games.


Boys Basketball

St. Helens 51, Hood River Valley 48