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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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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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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 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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Bruins’ season comes down to one game

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

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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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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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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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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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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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White Salmon submits shoreline plan for formal review

White Salmon doesn’t have much in the way of shorelines of statewide significance, but the city is still required by the Washington Department of Ecology to have a plan for managing what it has.

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CHS soccer opens district play today in Montesano

Columbia High takes on Tuesday’s winner between Elma and La Center today at 5 p.m. in Montesano, in the first of two Southwest District Class 1A Boys Soccer Tournament semifinals.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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