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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Insitu completes successful fire monitoring demonstration with drone in Olympic National Park

Insitu demonstrated recently over the Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park that unmanned aircraft can play a critical role in fighting wildfires.

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Hit hard by graduation losses, Bruins come into new season with some question marks on both sides of ball

Columbia High produced its second consecutive winning regular season record in 2014, finishing 5-4 in regular-season play for the second year in a row.

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Logging industry shut down due to wildfire danger

The state Department of Natural Resources shut down Klickitat County’s logging industry last Wednesday, Aug. 19, in response to the extreme wildfire conditions that exist throughout the county.

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WS considering other water supply sources after grant request rejection

White Salmon administrators are regrouping after a federal agency turned down its request for a $500,000 grant to help cover the cost of restoring Jewett Springs as a supply source for the city’s sprawling regional water system.

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Crews making steady progress on Cougar Creek Fire

At roughly 22,600 acres, the 10-day-old Cougar Creek Fire burning six miles northwest of Glenwood, in southwestern Yakima County, is now the sixth-largest active wildfire going in the state.

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WSCC authorizes bidding for City Hall construction

The White Salmon City Council authorized putting the structural portion of the City Hall rebuild project out to bid last Wednesday, Aug. 5, by canvassing the city’s Small Works Roster.

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KPUD restructuring its debt, offering to reissue $80.3 million in bonds

PUD No. 1 of Klickitat County (KPUD) planned to restructure $80.3 million in bonded indebtedness this week through the issuance of electric system revenue and refunding bonds on Wall Street.

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WS not calling for more conservation after water line break

A water emergency declared Sunday morning by White Salmon Mayor David Poucher was lifted at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

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Spontaneous combustion blamed for bark pile fire at SDS complex

A watchman making rounds on the SDS Lumber Company complex Sunday night detected a fire in a bark pile at around 11:30 and called it in for an agency response.

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WS seeking drought funding for Jewett Springs diversion

Drought relief preparations are moving along in the city of White Salmon.

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Fire District No. 3 board working on fire chief succession

Klickitat County Fire District No. 3 commissioners are working on a process for replacing Fire Chief Charles “Chuck” Virts, who has given the district a retirement date of March 30, 2016.

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White Salmon seeking public input on pool study through survey

White Salmon’s Pool Committee wants to know if you have filled out the White Salmon Pool Survey yet. If you live anywhere in the pool’s service area, your input is needed to determine the future of the municipal swimming pool, the committee says.

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Indicted TL man remains at large

The June 9 disappearance of Trout Lake resident David F. Tilton has become a bit of a mystery to federal authorities that want to bring him in for questioning.

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County will be well-represented at this year’s Pan Am Games in Toronto

Two athletes with strong ties to Klickitat County will be competing in the 2015 Pan American Games, which get under way tomorrow in Toronto, Ontario.

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