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Sverre Bakke

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Fire District 3’s new brush truck is red hot and rolling

Fire District No. 3’s new brush engine, ordered in September 2015, arrived well ahead of the upcoming fire season.

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Bruins baseball still in hunt for district berth

Columbia High baseball’s chance of making the district playoffs in 2016 took a hit in last week’s 1A Trico League series against La Center.

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Pool feasibility study: Whitson carpark site is feasible location

The consulting engineer preparing a swimming pool feasibility study for the City of White Salmon told the City Council last week that the Whitson Elementary School carpark site is a feasible location for a swimming pool.

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Many gather to remember late Deputy Michael J. McNabb

On 30th anniversary of his death

April 17, 2016. Late Klickitat County Deputy Sheriff Michael J. McNabb would be in his third decade of law enforcement in the county. At 56, he might have already achieved his goal of be-coming sheriff of the county in which he grew up and returned to in 1981 after completing his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, with an emphasis on law enforcement.

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County files suit seeking determination of status of Yakama Nation boundary

For Glenwood Valley

Klickitat County’s Board of Commissioners is bringing suit in federal district court against the U.S. Department of the Interior and Bureau of Indian Affairs, seeking a determination that the Glenwood Valley is not part of the Yakama Nation Reservation.

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Dog Mountain: Too popular for its own good? Parking may be indicator

During spring wildflower season in the Columbia Gorge, the Dog Mountain Trail traversing public lands in Skamania County is one of the most trekked.

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Lyle Schools seeking money for facilities maintenance, technology for students

School buildings once new deteriorate with age without ongoing maintenance. School programs can’t expand their offerings to students without continual upgrades in instructional materials and technology.

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Young Bruins focused on fundamentals

CHS Softball

Young is a modifier that fits the 2016 Columbia High softball team like a glove.

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For Buck Creek; WS fighting proposed ‘impaired for temperature’ listing

The City of White Salmon is pushing the state Department of Ecology to hold to its original draft federal Clean Water Act classification for Buck Creek.

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CHS baseball opens 2016 campaign this Saturday

Columbia High baseball makes its 2016 debut this Saturday with a pair of games at the Max Beatty Invitational hosted by Fort Vancouver High School.

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CHS senior caps wrestling career with a medal

At the end of last Friday’s consolation rounds at the 28th annual WIAA Mat Classic in Tacoma, senior Paul “Bubba” Demchuk was the only Columbia High wrestler still standing.

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Montesano ends CHS girls basketball’s post-season run

Higher-seeded teams in post-season brackets almost always are presumed to win their games against lower-seeded teams.

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WS city councilor quits over disagreement with direction of pool design

First-term White Salmon City Councilor Robert Gilchrist resign-ed from his council position, effective immediately, on Monday, Feb. 22, over a disagreement with the direction of the city’s proposed pool project is taking.

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Last-second victory keeps CHS girls in regional hunt

The ball left senior Kayla McClain’s hands with a soft rotation on it. The off-balance shot from the left baseline caught just right on the rim and hung for a fraction of a moment before tumbling out of the bottom of the net.

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Final site planning next step for WS pool study

The northeast corner of the Whitson Elementary School carpark has been designated as “the site” for the next White Salmon swimming pool.

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Nine Bruins with state dreams heading to wrestling regionals

Led by newly crowned Trico League champion Alex Medina, Columbia High wrestling will be taking nine wrestlers to this Saturday’s regional championships in Castle Rock.

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CHS girls can clinch No. 3 seed

Columbia High girls basketball took one on the chin last Thursday on its Senior Night. Trico League-leading La Center delivered the knockout by a score of 65-27. The loss dropped CHS to 5-5 in league play, though not from third place, with two games to go: at King’s Way and at Seton.

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PUD’s stored energy project gets another rejection notice

Klickitat County PUD’s effort to license a closed-loop pumped storage hydroelectric energy project that it initiated in 2009 sustained another setback last month before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — this time due to environmental concerns raised by a redesign of part of the project.

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CHS girls basketball wins third in a row

Columbia High girls basketball won its third straight game here Monday with a 53-10 rout of Trico League opponent Seton.

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CHS boys basketball’s sights set on post-season

In its first season under first-time head coach Chad Myers, Columbia High’s boys basketball team got off to a rocky start.

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Columbia girls basketball rides win streak into 2016

Columbia High’s girls basketball team is riding a two-game winning streak into the 2016 portion of its schedule.

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Bruins boys basketball rallies in fourth quarter for first win

Jabal Gilbert’s free throws with 1:50 left gave Columbia High’s boys basketball team a lead it never relinquished en route to a 53-45 non-conference result over Riverside High of Boardman, Ore., here last Saturday.

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Area schools launch new sports seasons

Winter weather disrupts schedules, forces game postponements

Winter weather wreaked havoc on area schools’ basketball schedules last week.

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2016 WS budget offers new projects and new hires

Public works projects, vehicle purchases, and the hiring of a full-time building inspector/code enforcement officer are among the highlights contained in the City of White Salmon’s recently approved 2016 operating budget.

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Electric rate hike on KPUD agenda for Dec. 8 meeting

In order to keep its financial house in order, Klickitat County PUD must raise the retail rates it charges customers for electricity usage.

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KPUD Board looking at two-stage electric rate hike

Klickitat County PUD commissioners will be presented KPUD staff’s recommendation for a two-stage retail electric rate increase in 2016 during public hearings the first part of next week.

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Amy Kasenga taking her leave from soccer program she built

The day after her final match as Columbia High’s girls soccer coach, Amy Kasenga was still processing the emotions that come from letting go of something she has built from the ground up over a 13-year career.

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BIA shocks KPUD with $65M fire damage claim

In an Oct. 21 letter to the president of Klickitat County PUD’s board of commissioners, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Yakama Agency issued a demand for payment of more than $65 million for calculated losses due to the Mile Marker 28 Fire of July 2013.

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Clallam Bay tops Lyle/Wishram in 8-man play-in game

Lyle/Wishram’s comeback from a 24-point halftime deficit fell short last Friday as visiting Clallam Bay held on for a 54-38 victory in a WIAA 1B football tournament play-in game.

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L/W volleyball survives elimination to net its first-ever state berth

A lot of time has passed since a team from Lyle last played in a state volleyball tournament — 14 years, to be exact.

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Scope of work changes for pool study, as more potential sites identified

The feasibility study for a new White Salmon swimming pool has taken a turn in a different direction concerning location.

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CHS volleyball wins thriller in finale for its five seniors

Columbia High gutted out a five-set Senior Night victory over Castle Rock here on Oct. 27 to end its season with a two-match winning streak.

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Columbia High XC teams going back to state

Columbia High’s girls and boys cross country teams are going back to the WIAA 1A state meet in Pasco this Saturday.

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Local man sues county, DSHS for negligent investigation

A White Salmon man is suing the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office, the state Department of Social and Health Services, and a DSHS employee for negligence in their conduct of an investigation of alleged child sexual abuse in December 2012.

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CHS boys XC repeats as Trico champion

Winning back-to-back league championships at the high school level is a difficult feat because the lineups can change from year to year.

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CHS football gets first Trico victory; Stevenson’s up next

Columbia High snapped a three-game Trico League losing streak last Friday for its first league win: a 42-6 victory over Seton Catholic, in Camas.

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Castle Rock crashes Columbia High’s homecoming party

Castle Rock crushed Columbia High’s shot at the Southwest District playoffs here last Friday, scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 5:27 remaining in the 1A Trico League battle.

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Bruins suffer serious setback with league loss to Wildcats

La Center eliminated Columbia High from contention for the 1A Trico League football championship with a 49-21 victory here last Friday. The second consecutive loss dropped CHS to 0-2 in Trico standings and to 4-2 overall.

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Weekend closure coming up for WS area roads

Klickitat County sent out more than 700 notices to west-side residents and a host of emergency response agencies recently about an upcoming weekend road closure that will impact segments of NW Loop and Snowden roads.

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County Board seeks more information regarding ATV use

The Klickitat County Board of Commissioners will be looking at a range of alternatives on how to implement a proposed ordinance that would allow specific wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to be driven on county roads designated for such use.

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WS voters have a choice in 2015 mayoral election

White Salmon voters will find just one contested race before them — the one for mayor — when they open their 2015 General Election ballots later this month. The race pits two-term incumbent David Poucher against City Councilor Bill Werst, who was elected to the council in 2011.

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CHS puts winning streak on line in Trico League opener at Kalama

After vanquishing four warm-up acts by a combined score of 123-18, Columbia High’s football team is ready for the bright lights of center stage and its first 1A Trico League opponent of 2015.

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County proposing to let ATVs on some county roads

A proposed ordinance before the Klickitat County Board of Com-missioners would allow the operation of certain wheeled non-highway vehicles on about 18% of the county road system.

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White Salmon seeking solution to ADU billing snafu

The White Salmon City Council is awaiting guidance from the city’s Operations Committee regarding the definition of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) and how, or if, the city should be billing these additional residential units for water and sewer services.

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Shutout of Washougal moves CHS football to 2-0

Columbia High made a pair of middle-quarter touchdown runs stand up en route to a 13-0 non-league victory over Washougal here last Friday.

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Large number of returning players gives CHS strong base for 2015 soccer season

Columbia High’s girls soccer team had two seasons in the fall of 2014.

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Columbia High cross country aiming for league and district titles, state

The 2014 high school cross country season was so much fun to cover, it kind of feels like it never ended.

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Defense provides spark in 28-12 season-opening win

Columbia High’s defense notched four takeaways and the offense tallied 331 total yards in last Friday’s 28-12 season-opening, non-league win at Goldendale.

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2015 General Election will feature Klickitat County’s second three-way runoff

A number of candidates stepped forward to file for vacant non-partisan offices during Klickitat County’s special 3-day filing period Aug. 5-7, including three who filed for Lyle School Board Position No. 1.

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Cougars enter season in rebuilding mode after losing many key players from team that produced Cinderella 2014 campaign

Lyle/Wishram has some big football slippers to fill this fall after the key players in its 2014 Cinderella season graduated last spring.

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