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April 18 Prep Sports Roundup

Girls Golf

The Dalles’ Illiana Telles finished sixth in the Bend Invitational.  Telles shot a seven-over-par 79, which left her seven shots out of first place.  The Riverhawks finished seventh as a team, as Summit won the team title.


Boys Golf

The Dalles finished eighth in the Tetherow High Desert Challenge in Bend.  Summit won the tournament.


Girls Tennis

Hood River Valley 6, Columbia 0

Bingen Discussing Crosswalks With WSDOT

Bingen City officials were meeting with Washington State Department of Transportation officials Tuesday to try to find a final solution to an on-going problem with crosswalks on Highway 14.  Mayor Betty Barnes says the work done last year to better delineate the crosswalks did not hold up through the winter.  Barnes said the crosswalks are a necessary safety measure, and the City wants a permanent fix to the problem.

Port of HR Looks For Funding For Match For Bridge Design

With the Port of Hood River deciding to wait until next year to apply for federal funding to help pay for an environmental impact statement and design work for a new Interstate Bridge, now attention will turn to finding where a required 40 percent match will come from.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says they would like help from the states of Oregon and Washington to avoid going out for a loan to finance it, noting borrowing for this reduce the capacity they will have to borrow to do repairs on the current bridge.  The Port’s plan is to apply for the EIS/design funding next year, with the goal to apply for the actual bridge project before the recently passed five-year transportation package that includes monies for projects in rural areas comes to a conclusion.

Cherry Festival Weekend Is Coming

The 37th Annual Northwest Cherry Festival will be in The Dalles this weekend.  It’s the second year that the festival will be a three-day event rather than focused completely on Saturday.  The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Farquharson says response to last year’s expansion was good.  Dennis and Shannon Morgan are this year’s King Bing and Queen Anne.  Cherry Festival guides are available at Gorgeradio.com.  The Bicoastal Media Guild Mortgage Home and Lifestyle Show will be in The Dalles Civic Auditorium throughout Cherry Festival weekend, open Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

April 15-16 Prep Sports Roundup

Hood River Valley won both the boys and girls titles at the Apple Blossom Invitational at Henderson Stadium.  Tyrone Stintzi, Parker Irusta, Parker Kennedy, Sebastian Barajas, and Justin Crosswhite each won two events apiece to lead the HRV boys, while the Eagles girls won two relays on the way to their win.  Trout Lake’s Bethany Putnam won two events.


Washougal won the boys title and Corbett held off Columbia for the girls’ crown at the Al McKee Invitational at Stevenson.  Alondra Casarez-Garcia won both girls’ hurdles races for Columbia.



Hood River Valley sweeps Pendleton 9-0 and 5-2

The Dalles splits with Hermiston, winning game one 2-1 and losing the nightcap 2-0

Dufur splits with Irrigon, winning game one 13-4 and losing game two 21-0

Sunnyside Christian sweeps Lyle 12-11 and 18-17

Zillah sweeps Goldendale 5-0 and 7-1

Castle Rock 5, Columbia 0

Kalama 7, Stevenson 6

Sherman sweeps Culver 17-5 and 10-0



Pendleton sweeps Hood River Valley 5-2 and 2-1

Hermiston sweeps The Dalles 10-8 and 7-4

Castle Rock 15, Columbia 0


Boys Soccer

Stevenson 3, Castle Rock 1


Boys Lacrosse

Sherwood 16, Hood River Valley 3


Girls Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 11, Cleveland 3

40th Annual Lions Follies Premiere

The 40th Annual Mid-Columbia Lions Follies premiere tonight at the Hood River Middle School Auditorium.  This year’s theme is “40 Years of Magic,” and the Follies’ Dorris Greenough says it’s a retrospective of some of the favorites from previous performances.  The Lions Follies again benefit the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.  The event has raised over $350,000 over the last forty years for that cause.  Performance are Friday and Saturday night at 7:30, Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., and next Thursday through Saturday nights at 7:30 in the Hood River Middle School Auditorium.  Tickets are $10 at the door, or $9 in advance from Lions Club members and at numerous locations.

Pacific Power Warns Of Scam

Pacific Power is warning its customers and the public of a phone scam targeting customers where criminals pose as company customer service agents trying to extort money for new electric meters.  Pacific Power announced last week that it would install new smart meters beginning in 2018, and customers will not be charged for them.  Any customer ever receiving a call asking for money should hang up and instead call Pacific Power’s customer service line at 1-888-221-7070 any time day or night.  A Pacific Power spokeswoman says the calls have gone out to a relatively small number of customers and they do not know of anyone who have actually sent the scammers money.

Trevitt Street Work Continues

The Dalles Public Works says work will continue to replace the sanitary sewer, storm, and water lines in Trevitt Street between 8th Street and 3rd Place through the end of May.  Sections of Trevitt Street will be closed to all traffic intermittently throughout the project, with no parking allowed along either side of Trevitt in the immediate work area.  Motorists are encouraged to use Bridge and Garrison Streets as alternative routes to avoid the work area.  Anyone with questions can call The Dalles Public Works at 541-296-5401, extension 2001.

April 14 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Boys Soccer

Columbia 3, Toledo 2:  The Bruins came back from a two-goal deficit in the first half to stay unbeaten.  Mario Gonzalez tallied the first Bruin goal in the waning moments of the first half, Ivan Cortes-Robles notched the tying marker about halfway through the second half, then Yvan Escoto scored the game winner from Erick Ramirez.  CHS had to repel a number of Toledo threats late in the game to secure the win.


Boys Tennis

Hood River Valley 5, Hermiston 3:  HRV won the Columbia River Conference opener.

Port of HR To Wait On Transportation Funds Application

In a split vote, the Port of Hood River Commission has decided to wait until next year to submit an application for federal funds to begin work towards a new Interstate Bridge rather than getting one in by this week’s deadline.  Commissioners Rich McBride and Hoby Streich voted to wait, while Jon Davies and Brian Shortt voted to put in the application now.  Fred Duckwall could not attend the meeting.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says regardless of the timing of an application, the panel is united in their efforts to move forward to get plans for a new bridge in place as part of the federal government’s five-year Fastlane program which specifically mentions National Scenic Areas as part of the criteria.  Waiting until next year does allow more time to identify the exact source of a required 40 percent local match for funding.