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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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