Stories for August 2002

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Friday, August 30

HR golfers excel at Founder’s Cup

Four stealthy swinging local golfers found their groove in a big way last Saturday to win the third-annual Founder’s Cup, held at Indian Creek Golf Course.

City plans Sept. 11 memorial

Hood River City Police Chief Tony Dirks is organizing a service to remember the fallen heroes and victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

Sister City celebrates 25 years

A day of reverence and ceremony ended with a colorful dance, hugs, and bilingual best wishes on Thursday.

Schools stay on hold

State budget shortfalls delay 2002-03 start until Sept. 9

State budget shortfalls delay 2002-03 start until Sept. 9

New approach spikes volleyball program

Molly Kissinger is what many would call a free spirit.

Wednesday, August 28

Fruit Loop introduces new signs

A new set of signs will inform people driving by local farms and orchards about the variety of agricultural products in Hood River County.

Tuesday, August 27

No more ‘house blend’ of work, home

HR Coffee Co. owners move to new shop

HR Coffee Co. owners move to new shop

Four applicants vie for port seat

The Hood River Port Commission will interview four applicants seeking to fill the vacant Position 5 seat next Tuesday.

HR Green, Blue take care of business in Stevenson

STEVENSON, Wash. — Both local Gorge Youth Football teams cleaned up Saturday at Stevenson High School, showing the rest of the league why they should be feared.

Jim Mesi plays at the Grill

Labor Day Weekend opens at the Grill as guitarist extraordinaire Jim Mesi makes his debut this Friday with an evening of explosive blues. Performing with Jim are longtime music associate Albert Reda on vocals and bass, Geno Michaels on organ and piano, and Justin Matz on drums. The event starts at 9 p.m. and is free to the public.

HRV gridders tune up for opener

Bodies were flying and spirits were soaring Saturday when the HRV football team took to the Henderson Stadium field for the annual Blue and Gold Scrimmage.

Fairgrounds hosts annual Hood River Flea Market

Shoppers and vendors from all over the Northwest are headed to Hood River for the popular annual Hood River Flea Market, Saturday through Monday at the Hood River County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Attendees will find a huge selection of goods and plenty of great bargains.

Brief

Gorge Games on NBC this Sunday

Cold Mountain at the Saloon

Cold Mountain is a dynamic quintet from Missoula Montana, playing original American music. The charged sound of Cold Mountain plays Friday at The River City Saloon.

Barbecue, tile auction top weekend bill at Mosier Fall Festival

MOSIER — The Mosier Fall Festival is many things, from music to kayaking, but its most timely element is the barbecue to benefit the Mosier School Arts and Music Fund.

Desire, work ethic keep kiteboarder sailing along

In the sport of kiteboarding, you have to want to be the best in order to be the best.

ANOTHER VOICE Landscape architects urge Gorge scenery protection

Another Voice

Another Voice

Letters - August 28

Carefully assess plan

Pastor begins 21-day fast to commemorate 9-11

The Rev. David Duncombe of the Columbia River Fellowship for Peace began a 21-day fast Aug. 21 to commemorate the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Schend spins a 20-year tradition of Families in the Park

Mike Schend won’t be catching clowns any time soon, but Thursday he’ll be having a fun time.

Remembering September 11

Sept. 11, 2002:

After the Attack

Columbia River Fellowship for Peace, other groups plan memorial events

Columbia River Fellowship for Peace, other groups plan memorial events

Rooted firmly on Oak Street, Kerrits expands

Kerrits Activewear traditionally includes packets of carrot seeds with customers’ purchases, but the store’s rarely glimpsed underbelly is anything but seedy.

Hood to Coast relay crowns new champs in 2002

Relay teams from across the nation and around the globe made their way to Timberline Lodge last weekend for the 21st running of the Nationwide Insurance Hood to Coast Relay Race.

Riverkeeper throws a party Saturday

A benefit celebration and party for the Columbia River will be held Saturday at the Gorge Room at the Best Western Hood River Inn. The For the River Party will feature three bands including “The Consul” from Seattle, playing from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Friday, August 23

Teens learn job skills in campground work

Students work in Scenic Area with help from state grant

Students work in Scenic Area with help from state grant

Sports briefs

HRV Blue-Gold scrimmage tonight

Letters - August 24

Know your choices

Budget stall delays start for schools

Board considers change in schedule Wednesday

Board considers change in schedule Wednesday

Land use plan draws fire

Property owners unhappy with Columbia River Gorge Commission review

Property owners unhappy with Columbia River Gorge Commission review

Cloud Cap takes runners to new heights

By SCOTT BECKER

Smith overcomes runner-up trend to win HRWGA Club Championship

Jo Smith had been on the doorstep for years.

Harvest begins in lower, middle valleys

Early harvest reports suggest that frost and wind may have mildly affected the Bartlett pear crop in Hood River Valley.

Life lessons come first in youth football

Football is the true definition of a “man’s sport.” But nowadays, local kids don’t have to reach manhood before they can flex their muscle on the gridiron.

Port to poll motorists on bridge work

The Port of Hood River is seeking to keep an upcoming construction project on the aging tollbridge from creating more than minimal crossing delays.

Tuesday, August 20

4-H’ers exhibit at State Fair

By BILLIE STEVENS

Odell thanks the dead, and the living

It is fitting that one of the largest public gatherings in Odell in years was Sunday’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

Summer grows sweeter with apple festival

Gravenstein Days coming this weekend

Gravenstein Days coming this weekend

Hood to Coast tests mind, body, soul

By SCOTT BECKER

Cooper Spur becomes ‘Mountain Resort’

Last year the Inn at Cooper Spur and Cooper Spur Ski Area were purchased by Meadows North LLC, a new subsidiary company of Mt. Hood Meadows. The purchases marked the first time the two properties were owned and operated by the same company, creating an opportunity to combine the recreational and hospitality features of both under one resort operation. This led to the “birth” this month of Cooper Spur Mountain Resort.

A world in wool

A Mosier man presents his collection of native Southwestern weavings

A Mosier man presents his collection of native Southwestern weavings

Allow no development without quality assurance

Another voice

Another voice

Entertainment briefs - August 21

CAST hosts Cyparski and Guidera

Dale Scobee looks back at 75 years of grange service

‘Just lived here, that’s all’

‘Just lived here, that’s all’

Letters - August 21

Governor was right

Kemp quietly disappears from limelight

Sports commentary

Sports commentary

Rising to the fallen

Odell memorial honors ‘loving memory’ of firefighters

Odell memorial honors ‘loving memory’ of firefighters

Musicians pick their favorite tunes at festival

Mt. Hood Bluegrass festival a grinnin' good time

Mt. Hood Bluegrass festival a grinnin' good time

Daily doubles begin to settle in

HRV fall sports teams get underway

HRV fall sports teams get underway

Ocean ordeal brought author to deeper understanding

Book reading Sunday at CAST

Book reading Sunday at CAST

Monday, August 19

Sports briefs

Hood to Coast Relay this weekend

It's "country" -- without going to the country

When Betty and Gene Aslin moved to Hood River nearly 20 years ago, real estate agents had a running joke about the property the couple wound up buying.

Acts of good faith grace Hood River Skate Fest

Manna Skateboard Team and top national Christian bands treat locals to day of fun, worship

Manna Skateboard Team and top national Christian bands treat locals to day of fun, worship

Bridge toll could be on the rise

Transportation official says users should foot the bill for a new Columbia River bridge

Transportation official says users should foot the bill for a new Columbia River bridge

Hanford EIS flunks hearing

Department of Energy finds opposition with nuclear site plan

Department of Energy finds opposition with nuclear site plan

Budget impasse may delay school

School could be out for summer longer than planned for students in Hood River County School District.

Wednesday, August 14

Letters - August 14

A positive position

Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity begins fundraising efforts

Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity has finished a year of work laying down its legal framework. This month, the new affiliate will hold two public meetings to rally community support for funding and building a house.

A dream come true

New housing helps here and abroad

New housing helps here and abroad

‘Shadow figures’ and peace flame enlighten Hiroshima’s lesson

The chalk outlines of bodies on the sidewalk outside our offices on Tuesday morning — and all around town — reminded me of the first “shadow figure” I ever saw. It was a real one, its outline made not by chalk but by a man who had been sitting on the steps outside a bank in Hiroshima, Japan, on the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, waiting for it to open.

Clean canines: ‘Dog Wash’ helps pet assist program

Soap suds, second only to cats as a dog’s main nemesis, flowed over fur Saturday at Hood River Saturday Market.

Tuesday, August 13

River City hosts full lineup

A strong musical lineup continues this week at the River City Saloon. On Thursday, The Withdrawls will be starting the weekend off with strong jams. Many say The Withdrawals have long surpassed early comparisons to Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band, Allman Bros. Band etc. to forge their own unique voice in rock-n-roll. Audiences are automatically drawn to the dance floor by The Withdrawals combination of quality songs, tight and heavy funk grooves.

‘Les Miserables’ rehearsals start

Rehearsals for the musical “Les Miserables” begin Monday, Aug. 19, according to director Mark Steighner.

Cook takes three races to win Gorge Cup

HOOD RIVER — The winds were rippin’ last weekend at the Event Site as Dale Cook barely surpassed his rival and sailing buddy Bruce Peterson to win the 2002 Gorge Cup.

City mulls fee spike for utility hookups

Developers within the City of Hood River could see a sharp spike in the cost of new and upgraded sewer and water hookups by the end of the year.

Bluegrass pickin’ starts at county fairgrounds

An outstanding line-up of national, regional and local musicians will take to the stages at the Hood River County Fairgrounds Aug. 16-18 during the Mt. Hood Bluegrass Festival, a brand-new summer bluegrass event.

Hanks, Solbach soar at Bridge of Gods

Third-annual kiteboarding event attracts big wind, top amateur competitors

Third-annual kiteboarding event attracts big wind, top amateur competitors

Skate slalom races through downtown

Hood River further solidified itself on the West Coast skateboarding circuit last weekend when it hosted Hood River Haulin’ — the sixth of eight FCR World Championship skate slalom events in 2002.

Hornbuckle turns on the soul at Families in the Park

The third evening in the Sprint Families in the Park series is set for Thursday, in Jackson Park. This week the incredible Linda Hornbuckle will bring her R&B and Motown show band to the park.

Port protests possible listing

Hood River tollbridge falls under Gorge Commission scrutiny

Hood River tollbridge falls under Gorge Commission scrutiny

Odell honors fallen firefighter

John Hazlett memorial will be unveiled on Sunday

John Hazlett memorial will be unveiled on Sunday

Monday, August 12

Gov. Kitzhaber’s veto meets opposition

Hood River County legislators vote for House, Senate override

Hood River County legislators vote for House, Senate override

Library ‘vision’ goes to work

Last Wednesday’s groundbreaking marks start of $4 million renovation effort

Last Wednesday’s groundbreaking marks start of $4 million renovation effort

Do club sports keep local leagues from thriving?

Both sides speak about concerns that clubs hinder growth of recreational sports

Both sides speak about concerns that clubs hinder growth of recreational sports

Summer never damp when you know how to camp

Part IV of Summer Pleasures series

Part IV of Summer Pleasures series

Forest veteran, 94, says goodbye to a place changed

When Ancel Reinkens moved to his Montello Avenue house in 1953, the surrounding area bore little resemblance to its present state.

Residents appeal court dismissal

Mike McCarthy and the Hood River Valley Residents’ Committee are appealing a two-time court dismissal of their challenge over a land exchange between the county and Mt. Hood Meadows, Ltd.

Wednesday, August 7

GorgeArts director calls for new help

The Columbia Gorge Arts and Culture Council, popularly known as GorgeArts, will close its doors next month if increased financial and personnel resources aren’t found.

Billie Stevens keeps 4-H forward

Billie Stevens has always felt at home with 4-H families.

Letters - August 7

Expand Wal-Mart

HR Billiards raises money for mammography unit

Cristy Barsky of Hood River Billiards racked up plenty of support last week for a new mammography machine at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital by taking $5 chess and billiards challenges at the County Fair.

Library fits into a new cover

The Hood River County Library is up and running in its new temporary home at 6th and State streets. You can do all the regular library things there, like check out books, read microfiche, browse through magazines and newspapers and surf the Internet.

Runners take to hills at Steens camp

By SCOTT BECKER

Be a hero by turning off, and away from, violence

By MARTY OPPENHEIMER

Roeseler blazes to Kite Series win

HOOD RIVER — A formidable fleet of 12 turned out to the Sandbar Aug. 1 for the first installment of the Gaastra Gorge Summer Kite Series.

Moe Dixon headlines Families in the Park

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the fun at the second night of Sprint Families in the Park this Thursday at Jackson Park. Music begins at 7 p.m., but the activities begin well before that.

Birch, Rawding lead HRVST girls to second at HR Invite

The Aquatic Center was flooded with youth swimmers last weekend when the Hood River Valley Swim Team hosted the Hood River Invitational.

Art class for kids set at Saturday Market

On Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. the Columbia Art Gallery will sponsor an art project for children at the Saturday Market.

Our mixture makes us great

By FRED TRUJILLO

County sign code unveiled

County Commission sets date for introduction of new ordinance

County Commission sets date for introduction of new ordinance

Mt. Fir mill burns

Heat, water loss complicated firefighters’ efforts

Heat, water loss complicated firefighters’ efforts

Tribe continues casino development

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs are seeking the final member of a team to develop plans for a casino just east of Hood River.

Centennial celebration

Fair celebrates 100 years of 4-H, and offers both quantity and quality

Fair celebrates 100 years of 4-H, and offers both quantity and quality

Skate Slalom races through the Hood

Professional slalom skateboarders from the United States and abroad roll into Hood River this weekend to test their skills on Columbia Street outside Full Sail Brewery.

Wal-Mart: creating a westside gorilla?

By JUDY HANEL

‘We’re up to good,’ teens say

Sisters Niki and Kristina Westfall watched with dismay the recent media coverage of the Lake Oswego teenager who faked her abduction from a park and went to Seattle with friends.

A play by children about children

Kids to perform abbreviated version of Cinderella Thursday at Jackson Park

Kids to perform abbreviated version of Cinderella Thursday at Jackson Park

Monday, August 5

Mail theft: identity fraud cases on rise

Three recent identity theft cases have led the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office to warn citizens about leaving their mail unattended on rural delivery routes.

Fall 2002 sports schedules

Daily doubles for HRV fall sports begin Monday, Aug. 19. All athletes are reminded to update their records and have a physical before that time. Please call Linda Sass or Mitch Sanders at 386-2318 or 386-4500. Schedules updated June 17, 2002. Cross-country schedules to come.

Port protests bridge listing

The Port of Hood River is protesting a move by staffers of the Columbia River Gorge Commission to list its tollbridge on the roster of highly visible landscapes within the National Scenic Area.

In the ‘Stroke Belt'

Step toward detection, prevention of brain attack

Step toward detection, prevention of brain attack

Screening reduces stroke risk

Hood River County residents can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke. Life Line Screening will be at the Hood River Valley Adult Center on Aug. 8.

Saturday, August 3

Sports Club serving up summer tennis for all ages

Tennis players young and not-so-young have been making quite a racquet at the Hood River Sports Club this summer.