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36 Pit Fire Now At 2300 Acres

The 36 Pit Fire on the Mount Hood National Forest about ten miles southeast of Estacada has now charred 2,300 acres.  A wildfire management team based out of Washington will take over command of the fire this evening.  Structural firefighters from Clackamas and Marion counties were arriving to protect buildings.  So far the fire has been threatening mobile homes.  The fire, which was human caused, has closed Highway 224 at milepost 35.

September 5-6 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Football Hood River Valley 46, Madison 6 Fort Vancouver 54, The Dalles 28 Columbia 14, Washougal 7 Hoquiam 19, Stevenson 6 Adrian 42, Dufur 20 Sherman 60, Crane 14 South Wasco 62, Alsea 20 River View 26, Goldendale 18   Boys Soccer Hood River Valley 6, West Albany 2:  Johnny Garcia registered a hat trick as the Eagles won their fifth straight game to begin the season. Trout Lake 5, Horizon Christian 2   Girls Soccer Hood River Valley 2, West Albany 2   Volleyball Dufur wins five straight matches at the Sherman Tournament Crane def. Sherman 3 games to 0 Country Christian def. South Wasco 25-12, 22-25, 25-10, 25-16 Trinity Lutheran def. South Wasco 25-10, 25-19, 25-16  

Wahtonka Community School Organizing Farmers’ Market

Wahtonka Community School is organizing a farmer’s market that would take place each Thursday morning.  The school is seeking vendors, consignors, and customers for the market that will have fresh and local produce, coffee, and more.  The market will take place Thursday mornings from 8:15 to 11:30 in front of the Wahtonka building on 3601 West 10th in The Dalles.  For information call Jillian McNeal at 541-506-3410.

Wishram To Celebrate Centennial

Wishram will celebrate its centennial this coming Saturday.  The party will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Railroad Park, and will include live music, a barbecue, and a beer garden.  Wishram actually began to form in 1911, when George Bunn opened the first store there.  The centennial marks when Bunn filed the plat for the town with Klickitat County.  It was originally named Fallbridge, which was used by railroaders noting the proximity to Celilo Falls and the railroad bridge over the Columbia River.  The name was changed to Wishram in 1926.  The 2010 census says 342 people live in the community.

Chase Goes From Zillah To Goldendale

A 19-year-old man is accused of stealing a Zillah police car Friday night and leading authorities on a high-speed chase that ended in Goldendale.  Zillah police chief Dave Simmons says Lewis Axmaker of Sunnyside could face charges that include auto theft, eluding, vandalism, and resisting arrest.  The incident began in Zillah at about 9 p.m. Friday, when an officer came out of a home on a different call to find his car that he had left unlocked and running missing.  A global positioning system located the car between Toppenish and Granger, and a chase began on Highway 97 going south toward Goldendale.  Klickitat County Sheriff’s deputies deployed spike strips just outside Goldendale that punctured the tires of the patrol car, causing it to crash into a fence.  Axmaker tried to flee on foot, and police deployed a Taser to apprehend him.  Axmaker was expected to appear Monday in Yakima County Superior Court.  

Two Injured In Highway 35 Accident

Two men were seriously injured in a Saturday morning two-vehicle head-on crash on Highway 35 near Pine Grove.  According to the Oregon State Police, a pickup driven by 26-year-old Servando Zanora Avendano of Hood River was traveling southbound on Highway 35 near milepost 95 in the northbound lane just after 7 a.m. Saturday when it collided with a car driven by 21-year-old Francisco Castro Gusman of Parkdale.  Zanora Avendano was extricated by firefighters and transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious injuries, while Gusman was also seriously injured and taken by ground ambulance to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital.  Zanora Avendano has been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, and assault in the third degree.  OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River Police Department and local fire personnel.

Motorcyclist Hurt In Highway 97 Accident

A 55-year-old Hood River man was taken to a Portland hospital with serious injuries after the motorcycle he was driving Friday afternoon collided with a van at an intersection on Highway 97 near Wasco.  The Oregon State Police says a van driven by 68-year-old Merva Haley of Wasco was turning off Clark Road onto the southbound lane of Highway 97 when the van was struck by a northbound motorcycle operated by Mark Peters, who was ejected from the motorcycle.  Peters was transported by Sherman County Ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, and then transferred by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.  He was wearing a protective helmet.  Haley was not injured.  OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing to investigate.

Water Rationing In Lyle

Klickitat PUD is requesting emergency water rationing for all customers in the Lyle water system due to a failing pump at the upper reservoir.  Lyle Water customers are being asked to avoid any and all unnecessary water use until at least Tuesday.  This includes no outside watering or filling of swimming pools.  PUD officials say that is necessary to avoid overloading the pump and will assist in maintaining water levels within the reservoir.  Rationing is also needed to maintain water for fire protection in Lyle.

Missing Kentucky Men Still Sought

The Oregon State Police and Hood River County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to ask for the public’s help to locate a Kentucky father and son whose vehicle was found last week along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area.  Law enforcement officials found several personal items in the car including sleeping bags, a stove, and hiking gear, leading them to believe John and Jason Wood didn’t leave the vehicle behind with the intention of going on a several-day hiking trip.  A ranger at the Mt. Hood Ranger Station in Parkdale confirmed the two men came to the ranger station on or about September 2, and indicated they were interested in hiking in the Mt Hood area and possibly the Pacific Crest trail.  John Wood is 59-years-old and described as a white male, 6’1″, 170 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes.  32-year-old Jason Wood is described as a white male, 5’9″, 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.  Anyone who may have seen the two in the Mt. Hood area since September 2, or with information regarding their whereabouts, is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030.
Jason Wood, courtesy Oregon State Police
Jason Wood, courtesy Oregon State Police
John Wood, courtesy Oregon State Police
John Wood, courtesy Oregon State Police

September 11 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Cross Country Hood River Valley won the girls’ team competition and finished second to Hermiston in the boys’ race at the Skip Sparks Cross Country Invitational at Henderson Stadium.  HRV runners won both the individual titles, with Lauren  Robinson winning the girls’ race and Justin Crosswhite finishing first for the boys.  The Dalles’ girls finished fourth paced by a second place finish by Emily Morin, while the Riverhawk boys were fifth.  Jory Nelson topped The Dalles boys in ninth place.  Stevenson was sixth in the boys team standings, headed by Jordan Vigil in 31st place.   Boys Soccer Hood River Valley 2, Cleveland 1:  Manuel Mozqueda and Gio Magana scored the goals as the Eagles stayed unbeaten.  It was the closest match in HRV’s early four-game winning streak. The Dalles 9, St. Helens 2:  The Riverhawks improve to 2-1 on the season.   Girls Soccer Hood River Valley 2, Reynolds 0:  Cielo Rivera and Collette Zack each scored as the Eagles won for the first time this season.  They now have a record of 1-1-2. St. Helens 6, The Dalles 1 Wapato 9, Goldendale 0   Volleyball Southwest Christian def. Horizon Christian 25-21, 18-25, 25-9, 25-19 White Swan def. Lyle-Wishram 25-17, 25-9, 25-6 Goldendale def. Riverview 25-16, 27-25, 20-25, 25-23

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