The wet season is finally here. Before it is forgotten that 2001 was a harsh drought year, some thanks are in order. Thanks to the many fruit growers who fixed leaks this summer, changed irrigation equipment, or measured soil moisture levels. Thanks to the many others who staked in "another brown lawn" sign, or made some kind of personal effort to reduce water waste. Thanks to the County Extension Service and the Master Gardeners for taking on water conservation education. You made a difference. So did the Hood River Valley's irrigation districts. For instance, the Middle Fork Irrigation District released an extra 5.8 million gallons per day below Laurance Lake to keep 19 steelhead nests covered with water. Farmers Irrigation District gave out free soil moisture readers to growers, and by doing so recouped four times its investment by generating electricity on the saved water, while returning more cold water to the lower Hood River than it would have seen without the program. East Fork Irrigation District cut back on its diversion, enough to keep the East Fork Hood River flowing. Otherwise it would have gone dry, like it has during lesser droughts. It's worth saying that cooperation, conservation, and a relatively cool summer -- helped the Hood River Valley steer clear of water restrictions and keep streams flowing in the 2001 drought. Now let's hope for a deep snowpack in 2002.October 31, 2001 midnight read more..
The purpose of my letter is to urge the Hood River County Commissioners to adopt a footprint ordinance similar to the 50,000-foot limit on retail outlets that the City of Hood River recently passed. As a resident of Hood River County, I am concerned about the negative impact of a Wal-Mart mega store on our local economy.October 31, 2001 midnight read more..
We would like to offer our sincerest thanks to the man who went to Chief of Police Anthony Dirks and asked him to give to us his father's flag, as our family's flag was desecrated. Since you chose to remain anonymous, we hope that you read this letter and know that we will always cherish your generous gift and protect it from harm. You are a truly remarkable human being for reaching out to us so, and your gesture has touched our whole family.October 31, 2001 midnight read more..
Growers 'learning to shout'October 31, 2001 midnight read more..
Dean Fletcher guarded a trove of family treasure for a quarter of a century without really knowing what he was protecting.October 31, 2001 midnight read more..
The HRV volleyball team had something to prove coming into their season finale against Sandy -- especially the seniors.October 31, 2001 midnight read more..
The "Making War, Waging Peace" forum is Nov. 3 at Hood River Valley Christian Church. The secular event is free, with donations accepted. Seating capacity is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 9 a.m. A photo exhibit of Afghanistan will be on display.October 31, 2001 midnight read more..
I work with young children. We sing a lot. One of the lullabies we've been singing lately goes like this: May there always be sunshine, May there always be blue skies, May there always be Mama, May there always be Papa, May there always be me. The kids love it. Think about it, let it sink in. As we sing this, I look into the eyes of each child and see not only them but children around the world. This little song came to be by a Russian schoolchild, gathered here by Pete Seeger.October 31, 2001 midnight read more..
Coming off a hard-fought 27-13 win over the Sandy Pioneers last Friday, the HRV football team will look to continue its late-season push against Gresham -- a team fighting for exactly the same thing: a berth in the state playoffs.October 24, 2001 midnight read more..
If Wal-Mart really wants to be a good community partner they should seriously consider remodeling their existing store rather than deserting it. A large portion of their existing parking lot is primarily used for Winnebago and long-haul trucker camping, car dealer tent sales and go-kart rides. This non-parking part of their parking lot gives them ample room to expand the current store to accommodate the new services they want to provide as well as enhance the ambiance of their facility. With the close proximity of Safeway and the expansion of Rosauers it's hard for me to believe Wal-Mart intends to get into the grocery business, but it's a free country and their option to roll those dice. Of major concern is the future of their existing store. Do they feel any moral obligation to our community to find a new tenant or are they okay with another deserted big box? Anyone who has driven through Colorado and New Mexico has seen plenty of deserted Wal-Marts, many of them literally across the street or highway from their "new, improved" store. Nothing adds to the character and livability of a community like a 72,000 square foot roach motel.October 24, 2001 midnight read more..
With a league title staring the Horizon Christian soccer team squarely in the face last week, the players were on a mission entering their final three games.October 24, 2001 midnight read more..
Hood River is at a crossroads. What we allow as a community to be built and operated here in the near future could decide whether we will become an area we don't want to live in. What I thought was an impossibly outrageous idea was actually submitted to the planning department. If a 100-story skyscraper was proposed here I'd have a similar reaction. How could a group of developers be so out of touch with what fits in this small town. Is there even a desire to fit in, to buy and sell local goods and produce beyond a token pacifying gesture, to fit into the scale of the community? Or is it about imposing an outside perspective with expedient values that have nothing to do with local flavor? What will be used to buy our complacency?October 24, 2001 midnight read more..
CAST, Hood River's community theater group, announces auditions for the upcoming play, "Not Waving," by Gen LeRoy. Roles needed are: Gabby, a woman in her 60s, subtle, quiet "mom" type with hints of Edith Bunker; Nicole, Gabby's daughter who is in her 30s, energetic, manic, determined; Helen, in her 30s or 40s and plays multiple roles; and Mark, in his 30s or 40s and also plays multiple roles.October 17, 2001 midnight read more..
As we face an incredibly sad time in our country's history, I think we all struggle for ways to help or make a difference. I know I certainly do. It seems that just putting up a flag is not enough for many of us and one way might be to say a special thank you to all of our veterans and to those who will be veterans.October 17, 2001 midnight read more..
Local talent and up-and-coming artists will provide a bounty of music from the 2001 Hood River Valley Harvest Fest entertainment stage. Music is scheduled every day during the Oct. 19-21 event that draws more than 20,000 people annually to Hood River Expo Center. Entertainment is free at the 19th annual event.October 17, 2001 midnight read more..
Dear Hood River Valley High School,October 10, 2001 midnight read more..
Two Hood River restaurants will participate in national "Dine for America" day Oct. 11. Shari's and the Red Carpet Inn will donate proceeds from sales that day to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund aimed at helping victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.October 10, 2001 midnight read more..
We at the Columbia River Gorge Commission and the Washington State Department of Transportation are deeply troubled by the Sept. 24 story in the Klickitat Monitor newspaper that claimed the commission is putting scenic concerns before public safety at the Lyle Tunnel project on Highway 14. We place a high value on public safety and would not put people at greater risk.October 10, 2001 midnight read more..
Thank you, Toni Vakos, for affirming Bill Secrist's position that it would take an act of Congress or, in other words, a decision by the Federal Government to deny the Warm Springs right to build a casino east of Hood River. Vakos says, "A decision of this magnitude deserves careful deliberation at the highest levels in Washington, D.C. . . ." I say, "Yeah, take it to the Secretary of the Interior and see whether the Tribe's right to build on trust property is upheld or not."October 10, 2001 midnight read more..
Fall is here, which means so are the Major League Baseball playoffs.October 10, 2001 midnight read more..
As we face an incredibly sad time in our country's history, I think we all struggle for ways to help or make a difference. I know I certainly do. It seems that just putting up a flag is not enough for many of us and one way might be to say a special thank you to all of our veterans and to those who will be veterans.October 10, 2001 midnight read more..
Oct. 11 marked four weeks since terrorists hijacked commercial airliners and crashed them into landmark buildings in New York and Washington, D.C. -- and the Pennsylvania countryside -- killing thousands. The one-month anniversary of the events that changed the world is, according to most mental health professionals, only the first of what will be many traumatic "anniversaries" of the tragic events of Sept. 11.October 10, 2001 midnight read more..
The possibility that terrorists might already be on American soil and trained to use chemical or biological warfare against its citizens chilled the room during U.S. Rep. Greg Walden's address to the Hood River Rotary Club on Sept. 27.October 3, 2001 midnight read more..
Three Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers were honored Friday for rescuing a fishing party after their boat capsized in the Columbia River last spring.October 3, 2001 midnight read more..
Sally LaVenture knew little about bookstores when she moved to Hood River in 1975 except that she liked them. But after a year of living on a "community" farm on the Westside, she found herself the owner of Waucoma Bookstore -- then a funky shop in the basement of what is now the Carousel Museum that sold an eclectic array of items ranging from tea and herbs to birthing books.October 3, 2001 midnight read more..
Carolyn Fick wanted to do something with her 4-year-old daughter, Caitlyn, to make a difference after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East Coast.October 3, 2001 midnight read more..
Down Manor officials have admitted that the senior housing complex could face fines for providing personal care services without a license -- but said the business was only trying to preserve its clients' high quality of life.October 3, 2001 midnight read more..
On Wednesday, Hood River held its first blood drive since the terrorist attacks on the East Coast and donors were out in force. In fact, days before the drive local Red Cross workers scrapped the usual mix of pre-set appointments and walk-ins and went to a walk-ins only regimen after the call volume for scheduling donor appointments became too heavy.October 3, 2001 midnight read more..
The Columbia Art Gallery continues its ongoing tradition of First Friday openings, now joined by downtown merchants. The gallery's October exhibit opens Friday and features the Northwest Print Council print show at the gallery, located at 207 Second St. in Hood River.October 3, 2001 midnight read more..
I am the case-manager for our local Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. I am writing you from my office where 10 minutes ago, my heart sank while listening to a message from a little boy that is on my wait-list. He wants to know if I have anyone in mind to be his Big Brother. This kid has been waiting seven months for a Big Brother, and later today I will have to call him back and tell him to keep waiting.October 3, 2001 midnight read more..
On the heels of September's successful kick-off to First Friday in Hood River, the Hood River Downtown Business Association and the Columbia Gorge Arts and Culture Council continues this art and music driven event on the first Friday of each month through the end of the year.October 3, 2001 midnight read more..
During the Gulf War, the U.S. military worked to minimize the "collateral damage" deaths of civilians. When the war ended, our politicians took over. Since then over one million Iraqi civilians have died under our government's sanctions program. Almost all of them were innocent. They didn't even vote for Saddam Hussein -- he is a dictator. In fact, in the past the American government has helped Saddam far more than any of the citizens of Iraq. In the past, the American government has armed him, given him "intelligence," and looked the other way while he used poison gas against his people. But the two governments fell out, so the U.S. got the U.N. to enact sanctions, and innocent civilians have been the victims.October 3, 2001 midnight read more..
I have never written a letter to the editor before today, but I'm just about fed up with the price of gas around here. I just returned from a trip to Portland today. While I was there, I filled my truck up with regular unleaded for $1.59 per gallon. I drove to Hood River (took me about 45 minutes, not enough time for anything drastic to have happened) and found the gas prices here averaged from $1.89 per gallon on up to $2.09! And people wonder why we spend our money somewhere else whenever we have the chance? You can't convince me that it costs an extra 30 cents per gallon to get the gas another 61 miles. It's too bad that our local businesses have most of us over the barrel.October 3, 2001 midnight read more..
A college student was sentenced Sept. 24 for losing control of his car last December and striking a truck driver near the Koberg rest area.October 3, 2001 midnight read more..
Over the last dozed or so years I have travelled frequently to many parts of the country. During the entire period with no exceptions the highest price I have seen for gasoline on each trip has been in Parkdale followed by Odell and then Hood River. Not even in the remotest places I have been, even where the signs said "no gas for the next 105 miles", has gas cost what it does in the Hood River Valley. As recently as four weeks ago I found gasoline to be 70 cents a gallon cheaper in Virginia than in Hood River and I suspect that in Texas or Oklahoma it would have been an additional dime or two cheaper still.October 3, 2001 midnight read more..
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