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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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WS seeking drought funding for Jewett Springs diversion

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

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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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KPUD seeking Supreme Court review of appellate court’s opinion on fire cost law

PUD No. 1 of Klickitat County (KPUD) and its insurer have asked the state Supreme Court to review an April 30 appellate court decision that ruled the utility district is subject to Washington’s fire cost recovery statute.

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WS pool study now in council’s hands; survey being set up

Consulting engineer Mike Wellman delivered the initial draft of a feasibility study for White Salmon municipal pool improvements to the City Council on June 3, initiating a project review and selection process under the auspices of the council and city staff.

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County planners recommend 2-year ban on pot businesses

Klickitat County’s citizen Planning Commission is recommending to the County Board of Com-missioners that it enact a 2-year moratorium on the establishment of new marijuana-related businesses and the expansion of existing ones, in unincorporated Klickitat County.

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Klickitat County’s fire danger rating moved up to ‘high’

The fire danger rating on Klickitat County lands protected by the state Department of Natural Resources went from “moderate” to “high” last Saturday, the DNR announced the day before.

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Lifetime learner, teacher is city’s newest councilor

White Salmon’s newly appointed city councilor is also a candidate for the office in this fall’s General Election.

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Emergency water supply options for WS identified

Consultants for White Salmon have developed six water supply enhancement options for the city’s consideration, in the event emergency measures are required during the 2015 drought.

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County Board repeals Husum/BZ Corner plan, zoning

Klickitat County’s Board of Commissioners elected not to wait for a state Court of Appeals to rule on its 2012 land use plan and zoning update for the lower White Salmon River valley.

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WSCC acts on Lincoln St. safety concerns

White Salmon’s Public Works Department has been given until July 1 to clear a corner of NW Lincoln Street to widen an identified choke point and install appropriate speed limit signs on the street from Garfield Avenue to El Camino Real.

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Columbia High qualifies three relays for state track meet

Columbia High’s transport to the WIAA Class 1A Track and Field Championships in Cheney today will be carrying a lighter load than the one that took CHS athletes to last Friday’s Southwest District meet in Vancouver.

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Bruins shut out in first-ever home state soccer match

There are always winners and losers in high school sports competitions; the system is designed to produce such results.

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Sitting councilor files challenge to incumbent WS mayor

White Salmon Mayor David Poucher will face opposition for re-election once again and, once again, his opponent is a sitting member of the City Council.

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Twenty-six Bruins qualify for district track and field meet

Twenty-six Columbia High track and field athletes will give it their best on Friday in their attempts to qualify for next weekend’s WIAA championships.

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CHS boys soccer nets first home state playoff match

Columbia High received a handsome reward for finishing second in the Southwest District 1A boys soccer tournament last weekend: An opening-round match of the state tournament on its home pitch.

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Lincoln Street speed limit hike draws objections

White Salmon residents who live along NW Lincoln Street have lodged their objections to a 5-mile-per-hour increase in the speed limit that went into effect late last month.

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CHS baseball looking to secure Trico League’s No. 3 district seed

Columbia High must win two of three games against Kalama this week to lock up the No. 3 seed in next week’s Southwest District Class 1A Baseball Tournament.

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Court of Appeals finds Klickitat County PUD subject to state’s fire cost recovery statute

A three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals, Division 3, ruled last week that Klickitat County PUD “is subject to a civil action to recover fire suppression costs” under Washington’s fire cost recovery statute.

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Revise or repeal Husum/BZ plan, but for different reasons

The Klickitat County Board of Commissioners heard a lot of testimony about what to do with the 2012 Husum-BZ Corner Sub-Area Plan and Zoning Update during its hour-and-a-half public hearing last Thursday at the Pioneer Center that was attended by nearly 90 people.

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KPUD proposing to raise rates 9%

Klickitat PUD is considering a 9% across-the-board electric rate hike, effective in June, because its renewable energy projects are not generating enough revenue to subsidize local electric rates anymore.

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County Board hearing on Husum/BZ land use plan drawing a lot of interest

Tonight’s Husum/BZ Corner land use hearing at the White Salmon Pioneer Center has been drawing lots of interest from members of the public who contacted The Enterprise by telephone and e-mail last week with requests to post an April 9 story about the hearing on its Web site.

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Despite draw with United, CHS soccer holds onto Trico lead

With two wins and a draw last week, Columbia High retained its hold on first place in 1A Trico League boys soccer standings.

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WS amends speed limits around city park

The White Salmon City Council took up speed limits and parking issues during its April 15 meeting, and adopted ordinances that will affect certain areas in the city limits.

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County Board reviewing revisions to, repeal of Husum/BZ plan update

While the future of its June 2012 Husum/BZ Corner Plan and Zoning Update may be in the hands of a state appellate court, Klickitat County’s board of commissioners plans to hold a public hearing on April 23 to take public comment on revisions to or the possible repeal of the update.

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Pool study schedule calls for late April delivery

The Enterprise The consulting engineer preparing a pool feasibility study for the City of White Salmon plans to deliver a draft of the study to the City Council on April 30 and present the study’s preliminary findings publicly for the first time during the council’s first meeting in May.

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WS looking to locate unrecorded hook-ups to its water system

Are there connections to the City of White Salmon water system that the city doesn’t know about?

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CHS boys soccer reloaded for another run at state

Nine returning starters bolster the 2015 Columbia High boys soccer team that is hoping to make a stronger start than the 2014 version did...

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One taken to hospital after roll-over car accident

Roll-over accident sends driver to hospital March 28th...

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Marijuana moratorium coming back to Klickitat County Board for review

The question of continuing a moratorium on the production, processing, and retail sale of marijuana in unincorporated Klickitat County will be put to the board of commissioners during an April 14 public hearing in Goldendale...

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102nd birthday of Washington State Parks System

Last Thursday, March 19, was the 102nd birthday of the Washington State Parks System...

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City, county officials restart riverfront park discussion

Is a riverfront park in White Salmon's future?

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Draft drought risk assessment offers troubling news

The possibility of a drought this summer is very much on the minds of White Salmon water managers.

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Columbia High girls reach end of the road

The third time was not at all charming for Columbia High’s girls basketball team in its Southwest District 1A game last Thursday against Trico League co-champion Kalama.

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Lyle/Wishram girls need win for shot at regionals

Lyle/Wishram and Bickleton girls basketball teams were scheduled to meet Tuesday night in Goldendale to determine which would be the Yakima Valley District’s No. 2 seed in Feb. 20 regional play-in games.

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4-H lambs OK in city, WSCC says

Five days from today, 4-Hers can buy licenses to keep project lambs for a limited period of the year in the city limits of White Salmon.

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Columbia High girls qualify four for regional wrestling

Sub-regional champion Catalina Suarez will lead a four-member Columbia High contingent into this Saturday's WIAA Region IV Girls Wrestling Tournament in Kelso.

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Trout Lake, Lyle districts seeking voter approval of school levies

Tuesday, Feb. 10, is election day in the Trout Lake and Lyle school districts, as each is seeking voter approval of a two-year replacement levy to pay maintenance and operations not covered by state basic education funding.

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White Salmon Council gets first update on pool feasibility study

The swimming pool feasibility study the City of White Salmon initiated last fall is still in the information-gathering stage, according to the engineer conducting the study.

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KPUD studying feasibility of hydroelectric pumped storage facility by John Day Dam

Klickitat PUD will be holding three public meetings on Feb. 3 to discuss its latest power generation initiative, the closed-loop John Day Pool Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project, which is currently being developed under a preliminary permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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Home victory over Ridgefield gets Columbia High girls back on track

Kayla McClain scored a season-high 12 points and Morgan Vasquez had 11 to help Columbia High’s girls varsity basketball team defeat Ridgefield, 48-31, in non-league play here last Saturday.

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Is White Salmon going baa-baa for lambs?

The White Salmon City Council last Wednesday gave every indication that it is going to amend its Animal Ordinance to allow residents to keep project lambs for a limited period of time during the year.

Columbia High boys basketball handily beats Seton for first Trico win

Columbia High’s boys varsity basketball team played one its best games of the season here on Monday night. The result was CHS’s first 1A Trico League victory of the season, 57-42, over Seton Catholic of Vancouver.

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Columbia High girls basketball off to best start in years

The Columbia High girls varsity basketball team is off to one of its best starts ever.

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Columbia boys basketball plays 12 games in 32 days

Twelve games. That’s how many games the Columbia High boys varsity basketball team played between Dec. 3 and Jan. 3.

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After nine terms, county’s longest-serving elected official looking forward to retirement

Thirty-seven years ago, Robert (Bob) Weisfield was 31 years old and spending long days on his mother-in-law’s ranch seven miles up the Snowden Road out of Lyle. His responsibilities included caring for the farm’s livestock: primarily beef cattle, though the farm was phasing into rearing weaner pigs and butcher hogs.

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White Salmon cross country has come long way in short time

Until you attend a major cross country event like the 1A Trico League championships, you can’t fully appreciate and understand the passion long-distance runners have for their sport. That passion also flows from their coaches and parents in the form of encouragement as the runner make their way around a 5-kilometer course that may be flat and fast on a perfect day for running, or hilly and grueling on a day the rain is as relentless as each runner’s commitment to finish.

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