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September 19-20 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Ridgeview 61, Hood River Valley 51
Redmond 61, The Dalles 0
Columbia 13, Fort Vancouver 3
Stevenson 24, Estacada 7
Dufur 52, Arlington 28
Sherman 74, Spray 6
Echo 54, South Wasco 20
Lyle-Wishram 64, Twin Valley 22
Goldendale 20, White Swan 8
Sherman def. Spray 3 games to 0
Echo def. South Wasco 3 games to 1
Trout Lake def. Horizon Christian 17-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-18
Dufur wins two out of three matches at the Helix Tournament, defeating Powder Valley and Umatilla and losing to Cove
Cross Country
Hood River Valley’s girls were ninth and the boys tenth in the Class 5A/6A division at the Northwest Classic in Eugene.  Justin Crosswhite finished tenth for the HRV boys, while Terri Hewitt was 37th for the Hood River girls.  Summit won both the boys and girls team titles.
The Dalles boys were fifth at the Oregon City Invitational.  Jory Nelson was the top Riverhawk finisher in eighth.  Emily Morin of The Dalles finished seventh in the girls’ race.

Watershed Group To Host Hood River Basin Study Presentation

The Hood River Watershed Group will host a presentation on a three-year study of the Hood River Basin and how climate change impacts stream flow and the opportunities for a sustainable future.  The result of a recently completed County-initiated three-year study, the presentation highlights predicted temperature, precipitation, stream flow, and fish habitat changes from 2030 to 2060.  It also describes water conservation strategies for achieving sustainable water supplies and streamflows in the future.  The presentation will be Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Hood River County Administration Building.

New The Dalles-Wasco County Library Director Hired

A Wisconsin man has been hired as the new Wasco County District Librarian and The Dalles Library Director.  The Dalles City Manager Nolan Young announced Jeff Wavrunek will start in his new position November 17.  Wavrunek currently is director of the Adams County Library in Wisconsin, and holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and master’s degree in education and library science.  Wavrunek takes over for Sheila Dooley, who retired this month after 40 years with the library district.

House Passes Forestry Bill Again

The U.S. House has passed a forestry bill developed by three Oregon congressmen for a second time, this time as part of a jobs bill in an effort to prod the Senate to take action on it.  The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act includes O&C Trust, Conservation, and Jobs Act put together by Republican Greg Walden and Democrats Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader as an effort to create jobs in the woods, improve forest health, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire, and generate revenue for local communities.  The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act originally passed the House nearly a year ago, but the Senate has not acted on it.

Energy Presentations Set For Monday

The Dalles Main Street will host a series of presentations on energy and energy efficiency Monday at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.  The Oregon Department of Energy, Northern Wasco County PUD, Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency, Restore Oregon, and the Energy Trust of Oregon will all make presentations during the event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  That will be followed by visits to downtown businesses to see examples of energy efficiency options.  The event is open to the public with a $5 donation at the door.  For more information, go on-line to

September 18 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Boys Soccer Hood River Valley 2, Summit 1:  Jaime Frias scored a goal in each half as the Eagles defeated the team that topped them in the state 5A championship game last fall.  Cole Abbott scored Summit’s lone goal with about eight minutes left to bring the Storm within a goal, but HRV prevented Summit from truly threatening to score the equalizer.  HRV is now 7-0 on the season.  It was the first loss for the Storm after four straight wins.   Life Christian 6, Horizon Christian 3   Girls Soccer The Dalles 3, Madras 1:  Hannah Walasavage scored a pair of goals and assisted on Monique Mendiola’s tally as the Riverhawks won in Central Oregon. Summit 5, Hood River Valley 1: Yava Chavarria scored the lone goal for HRV. LaCenter 8, Columbia 0 Castle Rock 6, Stevenson 0   Volleyball Hermiston def. The Dalles 25-17, 25-23, 25-8 Pendleton def. Hood River Valley 25-7, 25-19, 25-22 King’s Way Christian def. Columbia 25-22, 25-14, 25-12 LaCenter def. Stevenson 25-19, 25-14, 25-12 Culver def. Dufur 25-12, 25-23, 25-23 Goldendale def. Highland 25-14, 25-5, 25-9

White Salmon Seeks Speed Limit Reduction

The White Salmon City Council is asking the Washington State Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit for a portion of Highway 141 from Jewett Boulevard and Garfield to milepost 3 from 35 miles per hour to 30.  The one-point-three mile stretch of road has multiple curves, and pedestrians and bicyclists use the east shoulder of the roadway as a loop trail.  Citizens complained this summer when rumble strips were removed during work on the highway, and the state has replaced them.  But Mayor David Poucher says growth along that stretch of highway led the City to ask for the speed limit reduction.  Poucher noted the City is willing to pay for new speed limit signage if the state gives the go ahead to make the change.

September 17 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Boys Soccer The Dalles 2, Madras 1:  The Riverhawks won at home to move their record to 4-1 on the season. Cross Country Columbia’s boys won the Trico League race at Seton Catholic.  The Bruins were led by top five finishes from Cabot Roe, Will Nuckoles, and Colin Howe.  Stevenson finished in sixth, with Jordan Vigil taking tenth place.  Columbia was second behind LaCenter in the girls race, as the Bruins’ Haley Blair finished fourth and Sidra Matthias was seventh.

HR Schools See Some Enrollment Growth

There is some growth in enrollment in the Hood River County School District as the school year enters its third week, but not to the point where the student numbers will push above 4,100.  Superintendent Dan Goldman says they are still a few days from having a firm enrollment number, but overall they expect to be up by about 30 kids.  The district has been around 4,000 the past few years.  He says they are up at elementary and high schools but down at the middle school level.  Goldman says there is no solid trend established at this point.  The enrollment growth is taking place in the Westside, May Street, and Mid-Valley school areas, with drops in Parkdale and Cascade Locks.

Vacancy On White Salmon School Board

The White Salmon Valley School District is seeking to fill a board vacancy.  The seat represents District 1, which runs from the center of White Salmon eastward.  The remainder of the term to be filled runs through the end of 2015.  Those interested in applying for the position can contact the district office at 509-493-1500.  Interviews will take place next month, with the remaining district board making the appointment.

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