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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.

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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.

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 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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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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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.

White Salmon files complaint to recoup safety expenditures

The White Salmon City Council is seeking to recover the city’s costs for mitigating a public safety hazard on private property at the corner of W Jewett and S Garfield.

WSCC revokes Dock Grade residence’s water charge waiver

A unanimous White Salmon City Council last Wednesday voted down a motion to continue a water charge waiver for a residence at 182 S Dock Grade Rd. that has been the subject of much discussion since it became an issue again last summer.

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In frigid conditions Lummi leaves Lyle/Wishram in its snowy wake

No regrets were spoken on the Lyle/Wishram sideline as the last few minutes of last Friday’s WIAA 1B football tournament game wound down.

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Klickitat/Glenwood attain season’s goal, win state volleyball trophy

Klickitat/Glenwood survived elimination last Friday night at the WIAA 1B volleyball tournament thanks to a five-set victory over Provi-dence Classical of Kirkland.

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Snowy roads make for treacherous driving conditions throughout area

Roads throughout the county, including Spring Street in White Salmon where this truck slid partially over an embankment, were extremely slippery throughout the day last Thursday and prompted the closing of most Gorge area schools.

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Klickitat/Glenwood beats Lyle/Wishram for berth to state

Chants of “On to State” echoed in White Salmon’s Miller Gym last Saturday as Sunnyside Christian and Klickitat/Glenwood clinch-ed the Yakima Valley District’s two berths in the 2014 WIAA 1B Volleyball Champ-ionship.

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Bruins leave it all on the course at state

Columbia High’s boys cross country team left everything they had on the hilly Sun Willows Golf Course last Saturday on its way to an 11th-place finish in the 2014 WIAA 1A Championship in Pasco.

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WSDOT letter puts city plans for Park and Ride in doubt

There likely will be no commercial development within the Heritage Plaza Park and Ride facility in lower White Salmon, next to State Route 14.

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Columbia High boys cross country running like it’s 1996

Now that’s an encore. Following on the heels of its first Trico League championship since 1996, Columbia High’s boys cross country team hoisted its first South-west District first-place trophy since 1996, following the 1A meet last Saturday on the Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland.

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Updated 11/6: Songer winning race for sheriff; Hoctor, Johnson, levy losing

Months — and in one case more than a year — of campaigning for candidates seeking elective public offices came to a head Tuesday night, as the 2014 General Election ballots of thousands of Klickitat County residents were tabulated by the Auditor’s Office.

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Late touchdown lifts Columbia High football over Stevenson

Senior quarterback Tanner Rabinowitz’s unconcealable smile as he crossed the goal line and White Salmon Valley Schools Supt. Jerry Lewis’s jump for joy along the home team’s sideline told everyone at last Friday’s regular-season finale all they needed to know.

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Investigation of Sauter: no violation of law found

An investigation of Klickitat County Commissioner David Sauter’s travel expenditures and cell phone and Internet usage discovered “no specific violations of law.”

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CHS boys capture Trico League cross country championship

On a rainy, dreary Wednesday afternoon in late October, Columbia High’s boys cross country team won the program’s first Trico League championship since 1996.

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Bruins run for it in Homecoming win

For the first time at home this season, Columbia High’s football team lined up in the victory formation.

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Incumbent, challenger share thoughts about future of Skamania Co.

Incumbent Bob Anderson, a Republican, is seeking re-election to a second 4-year term on the Skamania County Board of Commissioners. He is being opposed by Democrat Robert (Bob) Hamlin in the Nov. 4 General Election.

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Strong finish sought by Columbia High School soccer

With victories in its three remaining 1A Trico League schedule, Columbia High’s girls soccer team can lock up a berth in this year’s South-west District playoffs for state tournament seeding.

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White Salmon Council reconsiders pot store lease, opts for RFP

The White Salmon City Council has elected to issue a request for proposals for potential leasing of property within the Heritage Plaza park-and-ride facility off State Route 14.

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Columbia High School's bid for playoffs ended by Castle Rock

Drive-killing turnovers for Columbia High and big-play touchdowns for Castle Rock were the competing story lines of last Friday’s 1A Trico League showdown in Castle Rock.

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Skamania County Board declares state of emergency due to fiscal health ‘danger’

Skamania County’s Board of Commissioners unanimously took the bold step on Oct. 7 of declaring a state of emergency in the county “due to unhealthy national forest conditions, yearly threat to catastrophic fires, and, minimal county government, schools and emergency services.”

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Bruins’ pack running pays off at Husum Hills XC meet

Columbia High’s strategy of running in packs during its cross country meets paid dividends last Wednesday.

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First-time candidates running for Skamania PUD

This week The Enterprise turns its attention to the race for Skamania County Public Utility District Commissioner for District No. 3, the utility district’s eastern-most district, which includes the communities of Underwood, Mill A, Willard, Cook, Home Valley, and Carson.

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21-13 loss to Kalama leaves Columbia High 0-1 in Trico League

After four non-conference games and playing the last three weeks away, Columbia High, at 3-1, was returning home and itching to play a 1A Trico League football opponent.

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Trout Lake soccer takes league opener, 7-2, against Moses Lake

Seniors Corbin Steffy and Juan Rico each scored two goals to lead Trout Lake to a 7-2 boys soccer victory over visiting Moses Lake Christian last Friday.

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Sauter, Richards in home stretch of Commissioner race

The two-man race for Klickitat County Commissioner District 2 is heading into the home stretch. After going head-to-head as the only candidates in the Primary Election, two-term incumbent David Sauter of Lyle and first-time challenger Michael Richard of High Prairie will go at it one final time in the Nov. 4 General Election.

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Prosecuting attorney candidates make their cases to voters

More than 13,000 Klickitat County voters will have a choice in the election for County Prosecutor on their Nov. 4 General Election ballots, between incumbent Lori Hoctor and challenger David Quesnel.

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Incumbent county assessor finds herself facing a tough challenger

The election for Klickitat County Assessor pits first-term incumbent Darlene Johnson of White Salmon against first-time candidate for elective office Crista Schroder of Goldendale. The two went head-to-head as the only candidates in the Primary Election and will face off again in the Nov. 4 Primary Election.

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PUD candidates offer responses to questions

Voters in Klickitat County will find the race for Klickitat County Public Utility District Commissioner, Dis-trict No. 2, on their Nov. 4 General Election ballots. The candidates for the position are incumbent Dan Gunkel of Goldendale and first-time candidate Sherry Carver of Goldendale.

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Prosecutor, Sheriff ask WSP to investigate citizen complaints

Klickitat County’s prosecutor and sheriff jointly have asked the Washington State Patrol and the state Attorney General’s office to investigate three citizen complaints against two county elected officials and certain county employees.

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Veteran Law Enforcers Talk Qualifications, Share Plans For Next 4-Year Term

Editors note: This Q&A with the candidates for Klickitat County Sheriff ran in March 2014, but given the upcoming election The Enterprise chose to run the story once more online. Ballots are set to be distributed in October.

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Baker, Brown Running for West District Court Judge

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

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Volleyball Roundup: Lyle/Wishram posts two wins; Klickitat takes league opener

Columbia High had a rough opening week of 1A Trico League volleyball play.

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Candidate for sheriff has checkered history

Robert L. (Bob) Songer Sr., Republican candidate for Klickitat County Sheriff, has been in law enforcement most of his adult life, save for a period between 1995 and 2000, when he was between jobs.

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Big second half propels Lyle/Wishram to victory

Lyle/Wishram scored 44 unanswered points in the third quarter last Friday on its way to a 64-22 victory over visiting Twin Valley.

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Trout Lake boys soccer starts season on a roll

Trout Lake’s boys soccer is off to a 3-0 start thanks to non-league victories over three Oregon schools in the first five days of the 2014 season.

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Photo: Bingen celebrates Huck Fest

Bingen's 2014 Huckleberry Festival went off without a hitch last weekend with a parade led by the Lions Club and festivities in Daubenspeck Park.

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CHS turnovers fuel Goldendale victory in ‘14 season-opener

Goldendale will hold bragging rights as Klickitat County’s best football team for the next year.

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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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.

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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.