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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.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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.

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.

Five CHS wrestlers no match for full Toledo, C-Rock sides

With only five wrestlers available, Columbia High was no match for Toledo or Castle Rock at last Thursday’s Trico League double dual meet in Toledo.

Republic Services taking over WS waste collection March 1

It’s settled. The White Salmon City Council on Jan. 2 affirmed its decision to privatize garbage collection in the city limits by authorizing a letter to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) that asks the state agency to assign a certificated vendor to take over the city’s service area.

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Columbia High girls riding new hot streak

A second three-game winning streak of the season has vaulted Columbia High’s girls basketball team into a tie for fourth place in updated Trico League standings.

Flu-struck CHS boys lose critical Trico tilt at Seton

Columbia High’s boys basketball team took three steps back last week with a trio of Trico League losses that left it all alone in seventh place.

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Chamber's Business and Community Fair sees big turnout

Christine Ellenberger chats with visitors to Everybody’s Brewing table at the Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Fair held at Skyline Hospital last Thursday.

Fire District No. 3 denies all charges in levy lawsuit

Klickitat County Fire Protection District No. 3 has denied all allegations made against it in Committee for Fair Taxation from Klickitat County Fire Protection District No. 3 v. Klickitat County Fire Protection District No. 3 and Klickitat County, et al, a lawsuit begun in Superior Court on Dec. 2.

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Columbia boys’ win streak ends with defeat at Toledo

Toledo snapped Columbia High’s two-game win streak with a 66-39 Trico League boys basketball victory there Monday night.

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CHS wrestlers earn dual meet victory

Columbia High wrestlers put on quite a show during a Trico League double dual meet here last Thursday.

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Columbia High boys net much-needed Trico win

The home-court advantage again played to Columbia High’s favor Monday night.

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Bruins wrestlers building toward post-season competitions

After a few years of better-than-average turnouts, Columbia High’s wrestling program took a hit in the numbers for the 2013-14 season.

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CHS girls working on fitting ending to 2013-14 story

December was a tale of two months for Columbia High’s girls basketball team.

CHS takes a first and a third at Washougal River Rumble

Senior Nathan Bell’s victory in the 160-pound weight class provided Columbia High’s top highlight at the Washougal River Rumble last Saturday.

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Columbia High girls snap three-game losing streak

The Columbia High girls basketball team got back on the winning track last Sat-urday with a 45-37 non-league victory over the visiting Corbett (Ore.) Cardinals.

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County Board lifts moratorium on growing, processing of pot

It’s now legal for state-licensed growers and processors to operate in all zoning districts in the unincorporated area of Klickitat County.

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Wrestlers open season at home, place third at Bruin Invitational

Five Columbia wrestlers, led by Austin Walker’s victory in the 195-pound weight class, earned placings at last Saturday’s Bruin Interstate Invitational in Miller Gym.

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White Salmon offers support to countywide tourism project

The City of White Salmon has agreed to financially support a travel tour package project to draw tourists to Klickitat County throughout the year.

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Photo: Ho Ho Ho! Santa performs hose unbuckling at Husum Fire Station

Santa Claus, joined by a group of youngsters from the lower White Salmon River Valley and members of the Husum Volunteer Fire Department, performs a customary unbuckling of a fire hose during a stopover on Dec. 3 at Klickitat Couty Fire District No. 3’s Husum Fire Station.

Columbia girls off to 2-0 start; CHS boys begin 0-2

Columbia High’s varsity girls basketball team made its record 2-0 last Wednesday with a 40-31 non-league victory over Riverside in Board-man, Ore.

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White Salmon approves ‘austere’ 2014 budget

City of White Salmon residents can expect to see a number of infrastructure projects next year as part of the city’s 2014 budget expenditures.

Fire District No. 3 residents challenge board’s levy decision

A group of residents of Klickitat County Fire Protection District No. 3 has started a lawsuit in Superior Court challenging Fire District No. 3 Commissioners’ decision to make the district’s property tax levy permanent at 92 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

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Steady play serves CHS girls well at Goldendale jamboree

Columbia High’s varsity girls basketball team was steady if not spectacular during a season-opening jamboree in Goldendale last Saturday.

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Marijuana moratorium getting public hearing

Klickitat County Commissioners are seeking public comment on whether to continue, lift, or partially lift a moratorium on the production, processing, and sale of marijuana in the county’s unincorporated areas.

Curbside compost collection comes to WS

The White Salmon City Council voted 4-0 on Nov. 6 to approve an ordinance granting an exclusive organics recycling franchise to Dirt Hugger, LLC, an Oregon limited liability company that is authorized to conduct business in Washington, for the purpose of providing compost collection and processing to city residents on a fee-for-service basis.

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Photo: Building up Bingen

This two-story, 23,286-square-foot building being built on Lot 10 on Bingen Point will house Zepher, Inc., operations.

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White Salmon OKs parking ordinance

After amending it 15 times, including twice to incorporate public input, the White Salmon City Council approved an ordinance to regulate how vehicles stop, stand, and park in city limits.

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Tenino subdues Columbia with 27-point second half

For the first time in 12 years, Columbia High found itself in a football game with post-season implications.

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Lack of goals keeps CHS from advancing to state

A pair of 1-0 losses last week at the Southwest District Class 1A girls soccer tournament in Kalama prevented Columbia High from clinching its first WIAA state championship berth since 2008.

Port District levy lid lift fails; Voters retain Campbell as County Clerk, Goodrich wins race for School Board

Klickitat County Port District No. 1’s temporary levy lid lift request was failing by a more than 2-to-1 margin on Election Night, Nov. 7, as more than 68 percent of returned ballots said No to the proposition.

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CHS soccer earns district berth with play-in victory

Columbia High girls soccer is back in the Southwest District’s Class 1A playoffs after a three-year hiatus.

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CHS girls place second, boys finish third at 2013 Trico XC championships

Jordon Bigler and Katie Whitten of La Center set Hu-sum Hills course records last Wednesday to lead their res-pective teams to 2013 Trico League cross country championships.

Recommendations for County Clerk, Port levy lid lift, and initiatives

The Enterprise endorses Renea Campbell for Klickitat County Clerk, recommends approval of the Klickitat County Port District’s request for a temporary levy lid lift, and opposes passage of Initiatives 517 and 522.

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Columbia clinches berth in district football playoffs

Columbia High gained more than 400 yards and allowed less than 100 last Friday in its 42-7, Southwest District playoff-berth clinching victory over Homecom-ing opponent Castle Rock.