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December 6 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

The Dalles 85, Columbia 69:  The Riverhawks gained their first win of the season.

Heritage 61, Hood River Valley 42:  The Timberwolves used a stifling defense to shut down the Eagle offense and grab the win.

Stevenson 70, Goldendale 51

Life Christian 53, Horizon Christian 41


Girls Basketball

Heritage 44, Hood River Valley 39:  The Timberwolves snapped a 39-39 tie in the final minute to grab the win.  Lauren Orr scored 13 points for HRV, while Emily Curtis added 11.

Goldendale 64, Stevenson 35

Project ELFF Rolls This Week

The Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue Volunteer Association, Dallesport Fire District, The Salvation Army, and St. Vincent dePaul will be conducting the 2016 Project ELFF (Everyone Loves a Fire Fighter) canned food drive this week in The Dalles.  Fire trucks will be out and collecting canned food donations on the east side of The Dalles Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  They will move to the west side of The Dalles Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and finish up in Dallesport Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  This is the 30th year for the Project ELFF canned food drive, with donations going to food banks in The Dalles and Dallesport.

Port of HR Applies For FASTLANE Funds For Bridge Planning

The Port of Hood River Commission has given the go-ahead for making an application to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s FASTLANE program for funding for preliminary planning for a replacement of the Hood River/White Salmon Interstate Bridge.  Port Communications and Special Projects Director Genevieve Scholl says they will be submitting to the small grants program, which has a minimum ask amount of five million dollars and a 40 percent match requirement.  The Port will provide the matching funds through bridge toll revenues.  The deadline to make the application is December 15, but when the Port would get an answer is unknown.  Scholl says they hope to learn if the application is successful by the end of the current fiscal year.

D21 Moving Into Next Phase Of Facilities Planning

North Wasco County School District 21 is moving into the next phase of long-term facilities planning, aiming towards going to voters with a bond measure in the near future.  Superintendent Candy Armstrong says they have a facilitator in place, and the process of coming up with names to take part in a group that will help make recommendations on the direction the district will go is underway.  Armstrong did emphasize the D-21 board continues to have a goal of putting a bond measure before voters in May 2017.  Monday evening, the district board will hold a worksession with Mosier Community School officials about future needs for that facility, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in The Dalles Middle School library.

Public Meeting On Future Of Dams Tuesday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration will hold one of a series of public meetings in preparation for an environmental impact statement on operations of 14 federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers and salmon restoration in The Dalles on Tuesday.  The meeting is one of 15 scheduled after a U.S. District Court ruling last May sent dam operators back to the drawing board and set a new planning process in motion.  That decision rejected the federal agencies’ previous salmon restoration plan, a victory for fish advocates.  The meeting in The Dalles will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

December 2-3 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Hood River Valley 66, Redmond 37

Sandy 73, The Dalles 54

Columbia 60, Lyle-Wishram 35

Perrydale 53, Dufur 43

Sherman 79, Grant Union 53

Sherman 85, Stanfield 67

South Wasco 53, North Lake 28

Damascus Christian 37, South Wasco 24

Damascus Christian 40, Klickitat 24

Klickitat 57, North Lake 38

Horizon Christian 61, Mitchell-Spray 15

Horizon Christian 55, Arlington 51 (overtime)

Mabton 50, Goldendale 49


Girls Basketball

Sandy 36, The Dalles 34

Hood River Valley 47, LaGrande 41

Madras 33, Hood River Valley 28

Columbia 53, Lyle-Wishram 38

Stevenson 57, Hudson’s Bay 32

Grant Union 55, Sherman 33

Sherman 53, Stanfield 47

Damascus Christian 44, Klickitat 24

North Lake 35, South Wasco 28

South Wasco 38, Klickitat 24

Horizon Christian 55, Mitchell-Spray 20

Arlington 34, Horizon Christian 27

Perrydale 31, Dufur 21

Mabton 62, Goldendale 33



Jonathan Urenda of The Dalles finished sixth at 195 pounds to lead the Riverhawks effort at the Tyrone Woods Memorial Tournament in Oregon City.  The Dalles was tied for sixteenth in the team standings.


Goldendale’s Isaiah Rowley was third at 285 pounds at the A.C. Davis Invitational in Yakima, with the Timberwolves finishing 12th as a team.

Walden To Chair House Energy And Commerce Panel

Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden was tabbed by the House GOP Steering Committee to be the next Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  The Republican from Hood River will be the first chair of that panel, the oldest standing legislative committee in the House, from the Pacific Northwest.  The Energy and Commerce Committee has responsibility for the nation’s telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce.  Walden has been on that committee since 2001.  He said he was “deeply honored to earn the support of my colleagues to chair this incredibly important committee,” adding “Americans are looking for big improvements out of Washington.”

Hood River Holidays Celebration Begins Friday

The month-long Hood River Holidays celebration kicks off Friday evening.  Downtown merchants will start things off with a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a parade beginning at Seventh and Oak at 6 p.m. and heading downtown, followed by the annual tree lighting and caroling at Overlook Memorial Park at 7 p.m.  Matt Werbach of the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce says while visitors do come to the town during the holiday season, the center of this event is the local community.  Werbach adds the Chamber is encouraging the local community to do their Christmas shopping in the local area.

Step It Up! The Dalles Starts Saturday

The North Central Public Health District will kick off its community walking groups program this Saturday morning at Lewis and Clark Festival Park in The Dalles.  The district’s Dillon Melady says Step It Up! The Dalles is intended to encourage physical activity through social support.  Community-based walking groups will meet weekly and walk together in an effort to promote healthy habits.  Saturday’s event will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., starting at Lewis and Clark Festival Park with groups walking different routes around The Dalles.  For more information on the Step It Up! The Dalles program, call North Central Public Health District at 541-506-2600.

HR County Closes Gates To Some Forest Roads

Hood River County has instituted a temporary seasonal closure of gates on some forest roads in the county.  Gates were closed and locked Thursday in an effort to block vehicular traffic and protect the County’s road system during a time of year when it is most vulnerable to damage.  Gates that were locked are on Post Canyon Road just to the north of Post Flats Staging Area, Riordan Hill Road approximately ¼ mile to the west of Family Man Staging Area and another near Binns Hill Road, on upper Riordan Hill Road accessing the Viento Ridge area, and across Forest Road 2400 north of Lower Kingsley Reservoir.  The gates will be closed for the remainder of winter season and will be reopened on or about April 1, 2017.