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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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 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.

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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.

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.

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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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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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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Photo: Another world up Snowden

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

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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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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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 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.

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.

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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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.

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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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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.