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State slating WS River Bridge painting project for September

Road work in the White Salmon River Valley won’t end with the resurfacing of State Route 141 this month.

WSDOT proposes solution to safety issues on SR 141

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced Tuesday it is proposing to install edge line rumble strips along the north shoulder of State Route 141 to address safety concerns voiced by pedestrians and bicyclists.

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Baker, Brown running 1-2 for WDC Judge; McCabe leading in bid for state House seat

The field of candidates for this year’s General Election in November is now set.

Rumble strip removal on 141 upsets non-cyclists

City of White Salmon officials want the public to know that the city had nothing to do with the removal of the rumble strip on State Route 141 last week.

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Area motorists bracing for traffic delays

Motorists traveling State Route 141 Monday got a feel for what they can expect to experience in coming weeks.

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Three vying for Top Two in WDC Judge contest

The field of candidates for the non-partisan office of Klickitat County West District Court Judge comprises three first-time candidates for the position. Jeff Baker of Trout Lake, Dave Brown of White Salmon, and Elizabeth (Liz) Hallock of Murdock are seeking to replace retiring nine-term West District Court Judge Robert (Bob) Weisfield.

DNR hits Klickitat County PUD with another fire damage claim

For the second time in four years, the state Department of Natural Resources is holding Public Utility District No. 1 of Klickitat County responsible for a wildfire it alleges was started when a tree came into contact with a KPUD power line.

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CJTC: Songer can get certification to be sheriff

Now that Sheriff Rick McComas has cancelled his retirement plans, the question of who will complete the remaining six months of his second 4-year term is moot.

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Upstart Soap Box Derby racer on her way to world finals

The first time she got behind the wheel of a Soap Box Derby car, Danielle Fuller was hooked by the sensation of steering the car around a makeshift track, only the wheel in her hands and a brake pad at her feet to help control her speed.

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Congratulations to the CHS class of 2014!

Columbia High School 2014 graduates (top to bottom) Corrie Brending, Omar Guzman, and Imelda Quintana head for a Miller Gym exit following the conclusion of CHS’s commencement.

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Columbia High’s Nathan Bell resets own school record in 300 hurdles

Senior Nathan Bell was involved in all three highlight moments for the Columbia High boys team at last weekend’s WIAA small-school track and field champion-ships in Cheney.

White Salmon City Council taking look at Bingen’s ATV-use ordinance

The City of White Salmon may be the next local government in western Klickitat County to allow the operation of wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility-type vehicles (UTVs) on all city streets with posted speed limits of 35 miles per hour or less.

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14 Columbia High athletes bound for state track meet

At least 14 Columbia High athletes will be making the trip to Cheney today for the WIAA Class 1A Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday at East-ern Washington University.

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CHS girls place second, boys third at Trico championships

Columbia High seniors came through in a big way last Friday, winning four individual championships to lead the CHS boys and girls teams to top-three finishes at the 2014 Trico League Track and Field Championships.

Candidates file for election; only two contested primary races

Klickitat County’s 2014 Primary Election ballot will feature two contested races for local elective office.

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Columbia High soccer bows out of state with 5-2 first-round loss

A seventh consecutive WIAA Class 1A soccer tournament appearance ended in defeat for Columbia High’s boys team.

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Signs to the contrary, Klickitat Trail remains open for public use

The 31-mile-long Klickitat Trail between Lyle and the Centerville area was never officially closed and remains open for public recreation, according to the communications director for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

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State 1A soccer berth on the line for Columbia High boys

The Columbia High boys soccer team entered its Southwest District Class 1A Tournament loser-out match on Tuesday at Toledo/Win-lock as an underdog to qualify for its sixth consecutive WIAA state tournament.

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CHS boys soccer pushing for top-3 finish in league

With 1A Trico League victories over Toledo/Winlock and Woodland last week, Columbia High’s boys soccer team solidified its hold on fourth place in the standings.

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Coach: CHS has "best showing of the season" at Bruin Invitational

Last Friday’s 22nd annual Bruin Invitational Track and Field Meet provided the setting for a number of outstanding performances by Columbia High athletes.

Columbia High soccer finds its scoring touch

After opening the 2014 season with four away matches, Columbia High is reacquainting itself with the advantages of playing at home.

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Photo: WS Lion's Club Easter Egg Hunt

A toddler hunts for prizes at the White Salmon Lions Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt in Rheingarten Park last Saturday.

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Bases-loaded HBP in 7th gives Toledo/Winlock sweep of CHS

Both games of Monday’s home 1A Trico League double-header with Toledo/Win-lock were close, but there were no cigars passed out at the end of the day for Columbia High players.

Former police officer pleads guilty to lying under oath, falsifying record; sentenced to community service

A former Bingen-White Salmon police officer accused of doctoring an official police report and obtaining a search warrant under false pretenses has been sentenced to perform 30 days of supervised community service and pay $1,700 in court fees and restitution over the next 24 months as punishment for his crimes.

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Photo: Mt. Adams Little League kicks off season

The new Mt. Adams Little League held opening ceremonies for the 2014 season last Saturday at the Jewett Sports Complex.

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Photo: Olympian Vic Wild throws first pitch for new WS Little League opener

Wild posed for a picture with a White Salmon softball team last Saturday morning after throwing out the first pitch for the new Mt. Adams Little League’s opening ceremonies at the Jewett Sports Complex.

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Columbia High baseball rallies for Trico victory over Kalama

Columbia High’s varsity baseball team won its most important Trico League victory of the John Hallead era last Tuesday, April 8.

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Baseball Roundup: Errors doom Columbia High; Dufur sweeps pair from LWK

Columbia High squandered a standout pitching performance by Dawson Reynier in losing a non-league baseball game, 3-1, on March 31 at Boardman, Ore.

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Two high-speed chases in two days end in crashes

A case of a suspected stolen vehicle turned into a high-speed escape attempt last Thursday afternoon and ended south of Trout Lake when the driver of the suspect vehicle crashed it into an informational sign at the intersection of State Route 141 and Warner Road.

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Good results all-around help CHS girls to third-place finish

Columbia High senior Nathan Bell won both boys hurdles races, and Lyle/Wish-ram swept the top three places in the girls javelin last Thursday during a rainy 1A Trico League track and field meet in Stevenson.

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Photo: A moist start to spring

Thursday, March 20, was the first day of spring. And, recent warm weather has seen plenty of spring daffodils blooming like this in the Mt. Adams Soroptimist flower bed.

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Bakk Talk: March 27 Edition

Trico League boys soccer schedules were shaken up recently with the announcement that Castle Rock is not fielding a varsity soccer team this season. Folks who show-ed up on March 17 at Bruin Stadium expecting to see the CHS varsity kick off its 2014 campaign against Castle Rock instead were treated to a friendly between the CHS jayvee and an undermanned Castle Rock side. The Junior Bruins won the match, 3-0.

CHS softball opens with win

Good pitching, error-free defense, and timely hitting carried the day for Columbia High’s fastpitch team in its 13-5 non-league win over the Klickitat/Lyle/Wishram combine last Thursday, in Klickitat.

Major event planning, training play key roles in emergency readiness

Here’s the situation: A fire that started on the railroad tracks south of State Route 14, between Dock Grade and the White Salmon River, has jumped the highway and is now working its way up the White Salmon bluff toward numerous homes. Are local emergency responders ready to work together to take on such a major event?

CHS boys soccer expects to compete for Trico title

Thirty athletes turned out for boys soccer at Columbia High this spring — an indication that interest in the program is as strong as ever.

Prep baseball season opens locally this Saturday

A solid core of returning players gives Bruins Coach John Hallead hope that Columbia High’s 2014 baseball season will go better than its 2013 season.

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Veteran law enforcers talk qualifications, share plans for next 4-year term

A pair of veteran law enforcers who have nearly 70 years of combined law enforcement experience have entered a wide-open race that will determine who will be Klickitat County’s next sheriff.

WUTC staff recommends lower garbage rate increase

Solid waste regulatory staff for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) is recommending a temporary 5.8 percent rate increase in residential rates for Klickitat County’s primary waste collection company.

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CHS senior caps career with first wrestling medal

Going into his second Mat Classic in three years, Columbia High senior Nathan Bell held the No. 9 ranking at 160 pounds in the final Class 1A coaches’ poll of the 2014 regular season.

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Cougars need a victory to reach regional playoffs

Lyle/Wishram and Yakama Tribal boys basketball teams were scheduled to meet for a third time this season on Tuesday to decide who’ll play Sunnyside Christian on Fri-day for the Yakima Valley District 1B Tournament’s top seed in next weekend’s 16-team WIAA regional playoffs.

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CHS wrestling qualifies two for mat time under the Dome

Columbia High senior Na-than Bell and junior Regina Bell are bound for Tacoma this weekend to take part in the WIAA Mat Classic. The two-day state championships get under way tomorrow and conclude on Saturday in the Tacoma Dome.

Tri-County Disposal seeking 20 percent raise in county garbage rates

The company that collects and disposes of most of Klickitat County’s residential and commercial solid waste is seeking an average 20.1 percent increase in the rates it charges its customers.

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CHS boys fall to La Center on Senior Night; last game at Stevenson snowed out

Columbia High’s boys basketball team played its final game of the 2013-14 regular season on Feb. 4 at home against Trico League opponent La Center.

Columbia girls jayvee claims Trico League co-championship

A 44-21 victory over La Center here Feb. 4 earned the Columbia High girls junior varsity basketball team a share of the 2013-14 Trico League championship.

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Columbia wrestlers seeking Trico titles, regional berths this weekend

Eight Columbia wrestlers are slated to compete Saturday at Southwest District Class 1A sub-regional meets that also are serving as entry points for next weekend’s regional championships.

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Have you voted yet? School districts looking for voter approval on levies

School districts across Klickitat County are asking voters to turn out next month to support property tax levies that will help pay for school programming and maintenance and operations expenses that state basic education funding does not cover.

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Columbia High girls looking to lock onto playoff position

A 50-30 victory over Seton Catholic on Jan. 27 is proving to be an important one for Columbia High’s girls basketball team.

Columbia High boys claim sweep of series with Ilwaco

Ryan Lockman scored a game-high 17 points and Columbia High led from the first quarter on last Friday en route to a 56-41 Trico League boys basketball victory at winless Ilwaco.

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Photo: Another world up Snowden

One just had to drive up Snowden last week to see a winter wonderland.

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Cougars run over by Knights in pairing of GCB unbeatens

After scoring a hard-fought Greater Columbia 1B League girls basketball victory on the road last Friday, Lyle/Wish-ram looked to maintain its hold on first place at home last Saturday against undefeated Sunnyside Christian.

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