It has been a very difficult few months for businesses in The Dalles and around the Columbia River Gorge area.
Interstate 84 west reopens, eastbound lanes still closed
The westbound lanes of Interstate 84 between Hood River and Troutdale re-opened to travelers Thursday evening, but the eastbound lanes remain closed with no timeline for re-opening. Although two lanes of the freeway are now in use, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced Sept. 14 that all ramps along the 45-mile stretch of road, milepost 62 to 17, remain closed, except for those in and out of Cascade Locks.
Soccer squad cannot come back from 2-1 halftime deficit
Playing against a tough 4A soccer team in Madras, The Dalles Riverhawks trailed 2-1 at the half in what turned out to be a 5-2 loss Thursday.
19th ranked volleyball team takes its CRC opener in four sets
Jodi Thomasian dropped 14 of the team’s 32 kills, Lindsi Logue added 24 assists and the Lady Riverhawks kicked off Columbia River Conference play with a four-set volleyball triumph Thursday in Hermiston.
Police, fire, and medical reports from September 15
Update - 6:30 a.m. Friday - Ramps in and out of Cascade Locks have opened. Update - Eagle Creek Wildfire - Westbound I-84 is open to traffic however, all off ramps remain closed. SR 14 remains closed to vehicles over 10,000 lbs gross vehicle weight, between Washougal, mp 19 and Dallesport, mp 84. Eastbound I-84 truck traffic is being diverted to US 26 in Oregon. Parking on the shoulders both directions of SR 14 is prohibited except in emergency situations.
UPDATE: Tonight’s annual observance of National POW/MIA Day has been cancelled due to smoke.
SALEM — The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office reported Thursday morning that the Eagle Creek fire in the western sector of the Gorge is expected to continue growing, but at a slower rate as winds remain light. The fire that was sparked by fireworks Sept. 2 is about 13 percent contained and has involved 37,567 acres, according to state officials.
For the first time in its 15-year history, the Pig Bowl, a fundraising flag football game featuring local law enforcement, is donating proceeds from its Sept. 23 game to three families.
Lori Ufford, chief academic officer at Columbia Gorge Community College, will serve as interim president while the search for a permanent replacement for Dr. Frank Toda is conducted.
Dan Telles shot a gross score of 144 and finished one stroke ahead of Tyler Vassar to claim title honors at the 78th Mid-Columbia Amateur Championship, ending on Sept. 4 at The Dalles Country Club.
Lady Redsides lose opener to No. 1-ranked Perrydale
Saturday in Damascus, the South Wasco County Redsides played in a volleyball double dual against No.1-ranked Perrydale and No. 19 Damascus Christian, and salvaged a split in those two matches with the win coming in sweep fashion over Damascus.
With an extra week off from a season-opening home win over Falls City, the defending champion Dufur Rangers take on 3A Horizon Christian, out of Tualatin at 7 p.m. Friday.
MORO – With a rise in confidence from last week’s home-opening win over Entiat, Wash., the Sherman Huskies will face a much bigger test in a neutral site contest set for 4 p.m. Friday in Powder Valley against No. 9-ranked Wallowa.
Due to air quality concerns, The Dalles football team has spent much of its practice time inside a gym. At 7 p.m. Friday, head coach Steve Sugg will unleash his undefeated Riverhawks on Brookings Harbor in a non-league showdown from Brookings.
Police, fire, and medical reports from September 14
To the editor: Obamacare is still available, but the enrollment period is shorter this year. People can get help now in choosing a plan.
To the editor: Federal debt stands at $20 trillion and the CBO projects that we will add another nearly $10 trillion over the next ten years. As citizens, we need to hold the president and our elected officials, accountable for their choices.
To the editor: The Eagle Creek fire is approaching 50 square miles in size. Its start has been attributed to a 15-year-old tossing some type of firework into a tinderbox of a forest. One hopes that the current allegations will lead to a broader discussion about why fireworks are legal in the first place.
To the editor: On Sept. 9, we were in The Dalles for an event. We visited the I00F Cemetary to place fresh flowers on our daughter, mother, grandmother and grandfather’s graves. Beautiful green manicured grass upon entering, in the veteran's section, but the section we were visiting was parched, weeds growing about a foot high.