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Sports

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As Andrew Richman, Steven Preston, Austin Greene and JR Scott prepare for 5A state wrestling action next weekend, The Dalles head coach Paul Beasley announced that his program received a prestigious OSAA Sportsmanship Award for their activity, which includes 100 OSAA Cup points for the school.

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Last time The Dalles boys and girls basketball teams played a live game was on Feb. 1 against Ridgeview. Since then, however, both teams have had two games canceled and rescheduled multiple times due to snowy weather and dangerous road conditions, which creates a bit of turmoil, as they have played in just four Intermountain contests, while Redmond, Ridgeview and Crook County have each completed six tilts and both Hood River Valley and Pendleton have finished five games.

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In their second-to-last ski event of the season, The Dalles skiers made some gains on the Middlefork Course last Saturday at Mount Hood Meadows, with Louis Red Cloud and Petra Van Kessel-Ervin shining bright in their slalom finale.

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Ahead of the third annual The Dalles Winter Classic scheduled for Feb. 23-24, the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy is riding a stretch of successful opening finishes at last month’s Gorge Hoops Invitational.

Kilee Hoylman and Lauryn Belanger combined for 41 points and The Dalles girls basketball team broke open a 29-25 halftime lead with a 31-23 second-half run to defeat No. 19 Ridgeview by a final count of 60-48 in league play Friday at Kurtz Gym.

Last week, The Dalles wrestlers were road warriors with league duals at Ridgeview and Hood River, and Saturday at the White Buffalo Invitational in Madras, the team had a season-high eight placers, led by seniors Andrew Richman and JR Scott, who won a combined five matches, four by pinfall, to take top honors in their respective weight classes.

Gorge Life

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A man and his cows patiently wait out a snowstorm at their home on E. 14h St., east of Oregon St. Read more

A Dimetrodon, or prehistoric reptile, dominates a yard on 15th St. near Oregon. “I love dinosaurs,” explained creator Conner Wilson, 9, pictured at right. He was assisted by his brother Bryce, 6, who built a blue cave visible in the background. Read more

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Dennis Miller had time to kill while he was stuck for 18 ½ hours in the epic Interstate 84 w… Read more

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Amanda Phillips’ favorite days are when she puts in six miles of running in the morning and then another 15 after she finishes teaching girls’ PE at The Dalles Middle School. “You get such a great feeling of accomplishment,” she said of those 21-mile days. Read more

Opinion

To the editor: I am writing in full appreciation of the Dalles Housing Solutions Community Connect held last week. As an American Nomad of 25 plus years it is truly heart warming to see the gracious love given by certain people and communities around the country. Read more

To the editor: The Youth Empowerment Shelter (Y.E.S. house) was forced to close their doors to the six youth currently staying there on Jan. 25 because they do not have a commercial-grade sprinkler system installed. These youth are at greater risk out on the street than living in a home without a commercial grade sprinkler system. One way you can help them out is by contacting the DHS Shelter Licensing office in Salem 503-373-2195 and telling them the Y.E.S. house is urgently needed — please hasten the process! Read more

To the editor: After the recent partial government shutdown, it should be clear that holding federal workers and contractors hostage because Congress and the president can’t reach a budget agreement is a cruel and costly way to govern. One of the chief responsibilities of Congress is to pass a budget. Congress needs to do the work it was elected to do and should be held accountable when it doesn’t. Read more