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Makeover in store for WS City Council

The non-partisan, five-member White Salmon City Council will comprise a majority of newcomers in the next term.

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Back-in parking repealed, water leak policy adopted

As expected, the White Salmon City Council last Wednesday re-pealed its back-in parking policy on downtown E Jewett Boulevard and added a new regulation that re-stricts the sizes of vehicles that can park on the south side of the street to 20 feet or less.

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Lyle/Wishram freshman phenom brings home a pair of state titles

The competition at this year’s state 1B/2B/1A track and field championships in Cheney proved to be as stiff as its ever been for Klickitat County athletes.

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WSCC moving on repeal of back-in parking policy

The White Salmon City Council is scrapping the city’s back-in parking policy on the south side of the E Jewett business district.

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Bruins return to state 1A boys soccer playoffs

Columbia High earned a return trip to the WIAA 1A boys soccer tournament with a 3-0 victory over Montesano last Saturday, in the consolation match of the Southwest District playoffs in Vancouver. The Bruins (10-7-1) opened state tournament play on Tuesday versus Puget Sound District champion Seattle Christian, in Kent.

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Arts Council takes on project to fill White Salmon’s giant, visible canvas

“Splash.” That’s the title of the three-dimensional metal art installation that sometime this summer should be gracing the giant, visible canvas that is the face of White Salmon’s Hi-School Pharmacy.

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WS’s first cottage in-fill project gets preliminary OK

The city of White Salmon’s first cottage in-fill residential project received City Council permission last Wednesday to proceed with the 10-lot development.

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Goodwillie fires shutout, Bruins win third straight

Junior Adam Goodwillie threw a complete-game shutout here last Friday to lead Columbia High past Fort Vancouver in non-league baseball action.

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CHS boys soccer off to good start

Columbia High sits atop 1A Trico League boys soccer standings after the opening week of action. The Bruins won matches at Seton Prep (2-1) on March 21, in Camas, and against Stevenson (3-1) here last Thursday to make their record 2-0.

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Sheriff: KCSO not policing federal immigration violations

While he is a supporter of President Donald J. Trump’s immigration and deportation policies, Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer said federal enforcement agents have not contacted him about KCSO’s possible participation in their nationwide immigration enforcement emphasis.

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City Council splits 3-2 against proposed diversity declaration

In a 3-2 split, the White Salmon City Council voted down a motion to adopt Mayor David Poucher’s proposed declaration of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Lack of outdoor practices holding CHS baseball back

Hecomovich Field was almost snow-free on Monday. But, it snowed on Tuesday, so the field once again got some unwanted moisture.

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CHS pitchers adapting to new pitch-count rule

Probably the most marked improvement in Columbia High’s varsity baseball team this year will be in its pitching staff.

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EMS District grant request for equipment turned down

It was a good news, bad news kind of meeting for Klickitat County Emergency Medical Services District No. 1’s board of directors.

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Herrera Beutler playing it safe by avoiding town halls

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Our Congressional Representative, Jaime Herrera Beutler, declined to hold town hall meetings during last week’s Presidents’ Day recess. She found time, however, to hold a closed-to-the-public gathering at swanky Skamania Lodge in Stevenson last Wednesday.

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CHS wrestlers bring home two state medals

Columbia High’s boys wrestling program posted its best state tournament performance since 2009, scoring two medals and a top-25 finish in the team standings.

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Trout Laker named county veteran services officer

Klickitat County received 36 applications late last year for the vacant position of veteran services officer. The county’s choice, William Smith, of Trout Lake, has been on the job since Dec. 5, 2016.

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CHS girls net 2nd Trico win

Kathirin Hylton scored 14 points and Keylarae Manly and Drew Harmon each had 12 here last Thursday to lead Columbia High to its second 1A Trico League victory of the season.

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1A Trico leader takes two from Columbia High boys

Columbia High’s boys basketball team got its long-awaited matchup with 1A Trico-leading Kings’ Way here last Thursday.

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WS pool project advances to pricing phase

White Salmon’s swimming pool project has moved into a new phase: estimating the cost of building the pool design selected by the City Council on Jan. 4.

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City Hall moving home

White Salmon’s administrative and clerical staff will begin moving their departments back into the City Hall building at 100 N Main Ave. on Friday, Jan. 20.

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Strong third quarter provides key to Columbia boys’ victory

Columbia High’s boys varsity basketball team got a much-needed win here last Thursday in a competitive matchup with Goldendale.

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WS mayor reflects on 2016, offers preview of 2017

Year’s end is a time for reflection on the work that has been done and the work that remains unfinished. It’s true for individuals and businesses, and for governments at all levels.

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CHS boys start out 1-1

CHS boys varsity basketball finished the first week of the 2016-17 season 1-1, thanks to a 60-35 non-league victory over Lyle/-Wishram here last Friday.

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MAPARD board opts for last-ditch appeal to county

Following levy defeat

The Mt. Adams Park and Recreation District’s four remaining commissioners have elected to take their case for funding to the Klickitat County Board of Com-missioners, in the aftermath of the district’s third levy defeat in six years.

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Police station relocation decision is mayor’s only

The decision on where the Police Department will be housed belongs to the mayor, as the chief executive of the city, not the City Council.

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CHS XC teams post top-10 finishes at state

For the first time, both Columbia High cross country teams posted top-10 finishes at the same state meet.

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Klickitat County favors GOP; MAPARD levy failing

The majority of Klickitat County voters cast ballots for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to Tuesday’s preliminary General Election returns.

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Bruins are playoff-bound

Columbia High broke out of a two-game slump in a big way last Friday to clinch its first Southwest District playoff berth since 2013.

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CHS boys XC going to state as district champ; girls also qualify

Four top-10 finishes last Saturday at the Southwest District 1A cross country championships propelled the Columbia High boys team to its second title in three years and another state berth.

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CHS volleyball returns to district

Columbia High volleyball nailed down the 1A Trico League’s No. 4 seed in this week’s Southwest District tournament by sweeping a tiebreaker against Seton Prep last Saturday, in Stevenson.

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CHS boys claim third-straight Trico XC title

All seven varsity runners on Columbia High’s boys cross country team produced personal-record times last Wednesday as the Bruins won their third-straight 1A Trico League championship.

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Bruins’ season comes down to one game

The 2016 football season for Columbia High has come down to one game.

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TL soccer passes midway point in season

Trout Lake boys soccer ended an otherwise successful week last Saturday with a 5-3 loss at home to Oregon 3A school De La Salle, of Portland.

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CHS XC wins final meet at Husum Hills

It was one last cross country meet for old times sake last Wednesday.

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Late touchdown gives Kittitas edge over LWK

Lyle/Wishram/Klickitat scored on the opening drive of last Saturday’s 2B Eastern Washington Athletic Conference game against undefeated Kittitas, in Lyle.

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WS pool project suffers a setback

The state Recreation and Conservation Funding Board recently announced its preliminary project ranking for 2017-19 Land and Water Conservation Fund grants, and the City of White Salmon’s new swimming pool came in 13th out of 22 applications.

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TL resident’s big surprise: You have qualified for General Election ballot

There will be one contested race for Klickitat County Commissioner this year after all.

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Bruins dominate in season-opening win

Dominant. Efficient. Those words best described Columbia High’s performance in its season-opening football victory over Goldendale here last Friday.

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County fire agencies respond to trio of SE Washington fires

The effort to contain three fires in southeastern Washington farm country last month included fire crews from Klickitat County.

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New study looks at juvenile fish production

On White Salmon River

If you remove it, they will come. That was the expectation among fish scientists as they contemplated the removal of the Condit Hydroelectric Project from the lower White Salmon River prior to the fall of 2011.

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White Salmon trying to secure more water rights

The City of White Salmon’s effort to secure a long-term source of drinking water for its customers got a boost in May.

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Practice makes perfect: EMS personnel train for mass casualty incident

It was a warm and windy Saturday afternoon on which the agitated husband yelled at the first emergency medical responder to arrive at the scene of the car-bus accident. His wife, who was driving, got ejected from the driver’s seat and came to rest on her back, just outside the open door.

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B-WSPD says Jewett parking grace period ending Aug. 1

Before the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department starts issuing citations for illegal parking on the south side of downtown Jewett Boulevard next month, Police Chief Tracy Wyckoff is hoping motorists will have adapted to the city’s new back-in angle parking policy.

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Nightime paving of SR 14 starting here next Tuesday

The paving of State Route 14 through Bingen, White Salmon, and Stevenson starts next Tuesday night, July 5, near the turnoff for SR 141 Alternate (the Underwood Cut-off).

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WSDOT moving quickly to repair damage to SR 14

A series of unfortunate events surrounding State Route 14 in the Columbia Gorge is leading the Washington State Department of Transportation to schedule a contractor to come in and repair damage to the roadway.

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Back-in parking coming to south side of Jewett

Back-in parking will soon be the norm on the south side of Jewett Boulevard in downtown White Salmon. The City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the parking code on June 1 that calls for back-in parking on Jewett’s south side between S 1st Avenue and the entrance to the Hi-School Pharmacy and Ace Hardware carpark.

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Only five from CHS going to state 1A meet

Fourth places. Bruins Coach Doug Miller made the words sound like an epithet when he spoke them early last Thursday evening at the Southwest District 1A Track and Field Championships.

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WS withdraws notice of violation to RV park

After hearing arguments against from the former and current owner of Bridge RV Park last Wednesday, the City of White Salmon backed off the notice of violation it had issued to the park for a failure to connect to the city’s sewer system.

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Penalty kick in OT ends CHS soccer’s state streak

For the first time since 2007, the WIAA’s Class 1A boys soccer Group of 16 will not include Columbia High.

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