Sports

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There’s no better cure for a team than winning, especially in crucial league matchups. Ever since coming back from Arizona, the No. 19-ranked Riverhawks have rattled off four consecutive wins, including Intermountain Conference baseball sweeps of 12-9 and 15-5 over No. 3 Redmond Friday at Bob Williams Field.

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At the beginning of the year, The Dalles senior Jaeden Biehn set big goals for herself.

It wasn’t going to be an easy feat, however—it was going to take hours and hours of preparation.

Biehn posted two gold medals and qualified for state in three events, is an alternate in four others and earned a $250 college scholarship after picking up High Point Athlete for Timed Events at the three-day Oregon High School Equestrian Teams event, held April 5-7 at the Rim Rock Riders Event Center in Powell Butte.

In their third meet of the year, the South Wasco County girls reeled off a win, two seconds and three thirds to net a third-place team total of 69.5 points at Saturday’s Jeff Agar Memorial Track and Field Invite in Trout Lake, Wash.

Daisy Brown, Mercedez Cardona, Owen Christiansen and Luke Martin all scored wins, and the Sherman boys track and field team totaled 82 points …

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Facing several big schools and tough competition from Oregon and Washington, The Dalles track and field team set 19 personal records and 12 season-bests at Saturday’s Willamette Falls Invitational in Oregon City. (Also covers Dufur.)

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While Hood River Valley and The Dalles worked through wind and rain to a 4-4 deadlock, due to set win totals, the host Eagles racked up a 69-57 game difference for their league triumph in boys varsity action Tuesday at Hood River.

Gorge Life

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Even after 45 years of fly fishing, Paul Anderson will tell you he is still learning. Anderson, a well-known fly casting instructor and avid outdoorsman, is the proud owner and sole employee of Flyfishing Strategies Fly Shop, a business that has managed to thrive alongside the ever-changing cycles of salmon and steelhead that swim in the nearby Columbia River. Read more

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Native wildflowers bloom early, and already in flower is the mules ear, a member of the sunflower family, and the grass widow,  one of the earliest blooms in the eastern Gorge. Read more

Opinion

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To the editor: Our state is on its way to 50 percent renewable energy. The wheat fields and rangeland of the eastern side of our state are sparsely populated and particularly well suited to both wind and solar development. Environmental and aesthetic issues are real and not to be dismissed. The Summit Ridge Wind Farm, east of Dufur, has completed extensive studies, which addressed these issues. Read more