Stories for December 2002

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Tuesday, December 31

HR police print first ‘Sunshine’ calendar

Hood River County residents now have the opportunity to mark important dates for their own families — while helping those less fortunate.

2002: A rear-view mirror

Here is our annual retrospective on the year’s news in Hood River County and the Mid-Columbia, from the pages of the Hood River News during 2002. This is Part 1 — January through June. Part 2 — July through December, will run in our Jan. 4 edition:

HRV boys win IMC preview over Bend

GRESHAM — The HRV boys basketball team got its first taste of Intermountain Conference competition last Saturday when it faced Bend in the final round of the Barlow Trail Invitational.

The 2002 sports year in review

A small-town sports year for the ages

A small-town sports year for the ages

2003: Building year for Housing for People

By picking up hammers, wrenches, and shovels during 2003, eight Hood River families will earn the “sweat equity” needed to live in affordable homes.

Community rallies around fallen friend

The community of Hood River showed how big its collective heart can be last Friday when more than 200 people came together at Hood River Valley High School to support the Noah Smith Rehabilitation Fund.

Friday, December 27

A quarter century of chords

When Robert “Tony” Klugel first started playing the piano at the Columbia Gorge Hotel, Gerald Ford was president and platform shoes were in.

Sharpshooting Bruins bury HRV with threes

GRESHAM — Trying to forget last Saturday’s home-court collapse against Franklin, the HRV boys took on No. 9-ranked Barlow on Thursday in the first round of the Barlow Trail Invitational.

Love for the game fuels Vesel’s desire

Phil Vesel always saw himself sitting on the bench, wearing a tie and drawing up plays.

Skatepark Committee hosts New Year’s bash

The Hood River Skatepark Committee is ramping up support for its New Year’s Eve fundraiser on Tuesday at the River City Saloon.

The Next Door, Inc. is honored for drug abuse prevention efforts

The Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs honored The Next Door, Inc., with its annual Tom Dargan Community Award on Dec. 17. The Dargan awards are given annually to individuals and organizations that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to substance abuse prevention and treatment services around the state.

Santacroce lauded for serving alcohol safely

Marisa Santacroce may not always receive warm thank-yous as she cuts off tipsy customers, but earlier this month she received credit where it was due.

Cold pill purchase yields meth bust

A Wal-Mart security guard suspicious of several large Sudafed purchases took immediate action that led to the arrest of four suspected drug manufacturers from Washington State.

Preventing drunk driving

Cascade Locks kids attach warning labels to alcohol at local stores

Cascade Locks kids attach warning labels to alcohol at local stores

Local sports had it all in 2002

Sports commentary

Sports commentary

Hidle scores 23, but HRV falls again

MILWAUKIE — The Hood River Valley girls basketball team suffered another setback Thursday night with a 50-43 loss to Milwaukie.

Sports briefs

HRV boys hoops fundraiser Jan. 7

Thursday, December 26

Cooper Spur Wild and Free coalition ‘fights with facts’

December 24

HRV makes statement at Intermountain meet

December 24

HRV wrestlers take fourth at Best in the West

December 24

Christmas giving abounds

‘Hood River opened its hearts’ to families in need

‘Hood River opened its hearts’ to families in need

Friday, December 20

Horizon hoops remains winless

Still playing without three key members, the Horizon Christian basketball team dropped its fifth straight game Wednesday to the Stevenson JV team.

HRMS, Doug’s Sports team up for community

Doug Campbell brought Warren Miller back to town on Nov. 26, but the local skiers and boardheads weren’t the only beneficiaries.

Home is where their heart is

HRV boys slam Gresham for second convincing home win this week

HRV boys slam Gresham for second convincing home win this week

Sports briefs

JV boys win first game vs. Douglas

Casino poll draws mixed reviews

Cascade Locks officials describe as ‘bogus’ the survey that shows opposition to proposed gaming facility

Cascade Locks officials describe as ‘bogus’ the survey that shows opposition to proposed gaming facility

Old worries waft over airshed study

Budget cuts could affect Scenic Area review

Budget cuts could affect Scenic Area review

Hermiston bullies HRV in Intermountain dual

HERMISTON — The HRV wrestling team traveled to Hermison Thursday to test itself against the conference favorite Bulldogs and the Mountain View Cougars in a double dual meet.

Wednesday, December 18

Obituaries - December 18

Masami ‘Min’ Asai

CL casino idea based on a ‘threat’ that’s not real

Another Voice

Another Voice

Dog owners need better education, not tighter rules

Another Voice

Another Voice

Built by the Bale

In a Hood River County first, Pine Grove couple constructs eye-catching home made of straw

In a Hood River County first, Pine Grove couple constructs eye-catching home made of straw

Letters - December 14/18

Sad without pets

Tuesday, December 17

HRV swim team coasts at Sandy

SANDY — The Intermountain Conference district swim meet is at least two months away, but a group of hard-working HRV athletes is already eyeing state.

Chief stands firm on labor dispute

Former HR police officer says firing was made without cause

Former HR police officer says firing was made without cause

Sports briefs

Wrestlers take on Hermiston Thursday

New year will bring county impound fee

The new year will bring added costs to have a vehicle released from the impound yard.

Eagles annihilate No. 8 in state

Phil Vesel couldn’t have drawn up his first HRV coaching victory any better.

Stoplight turned on in the Heights

First pedestrians cross, cars stop at improved crossing

First pedestrians cross, cars stop at improved crossing

HRV girls lose grip on first win

They had it in the bag. But, for some reason, the HRV girls’ first win of the season just didn’t want to stay in the bag.

Masters swimming catching on in Hood River

It’s never too late to begin a new sport, and it’s never too early in the morning to get started — at least for some people.

United Way falls $15,000 short

Local charity hopes to gather funds in final six weeks of drive

Local charity hopes to gather funds in final six weeks of drive

Monday, December 16

Sports briefs

HR Little League meetings planned

Friday, December 13

Schools appoint Eggers interim superintendent, proceed with search

Rick Eggers will be one of the busiest people in town over Christmas break.

Girls get bamboozled by state-ranked Rams

By DAVE LEDER

Lights making the season bright

Moonlight helped guide judges to illuminated homes and business Tuesday in the annual Christmas Lighting Contest sponsored by Hood River Chamber of Commerce.

Lack of snowfall bums out boarders

Winter is here and the natives are restless.

A photographic glimpse of the future from the NFL sidelines

Sports commentary

Sports commentary

Wyers steps down from Meadows land case

When Hood River County attorney Teunis Wyers opened his office e-mail on Monday he found the latest in a series of “scurrilous” accusations levied against him by two Portland attorneys.

HRV wrestlers perform well despite loss

PORTLAND — It took them a little while to get going, but the HRV wrestlers found a way to scratch their way to victory in two of three dual meets on Thursday at David Douglas High School.

Car prowls dampen holiday cheer

Leaving Christmas presents in your car could prove an irresistible lure for thieves.

Second half struggles send HRV boys to defeat

Two games and two losses into the 2002-03 season and the members of the HRV boys basketball team are starting to realize a few things about themselves.

Stoplight in the Heights

Citizen-driven project becomes reality with Monday ceremony

Citizen-driven project becomes reality with Monday ceremony

Wednesday, December 11

Sports briefs

HRV hoops teams host weekend games

Tuesday, December 10

Ghanaian musician keeps drums alive in Hood River

When Kpani Addy sits down to play his drums, he goes to a different place. It’s a place that resembles his beloved home country of Ghana, West Africa. Depending on which drums he’s playing, he gets into the rhythm with a far-away look. Or a half-smile that verges on laughter. Or he closes his eyes altogether.

KBOO meeting on Sunday

The transmission of KBOO to the Gorge area recently weakened dramatically.

Injuries hamper HRV girls in first game of season

HOOD RIVER — HRV girls basketball coach Tracy Norton realized a few important things about her young ballclub last Friday when Reynolds paid them a visit.

Excelling in ESL

Hard work and parent connections help Hispanic students succeed at HRVHS

Hard work and parent connections help Hispanic students succeed at HRVHS

Christmas events build during peak of season

Here is the latest listing of events to celebrate the Christmas season:

Community helps Lowes find a home

Mother and two sons continue to move on after Nov. 3 fire

Mother and two sons continue to move on after Nov. 3 fire

Five individual champs lead HRV to victory

BEAVERTON — Any opportunity the HRV wrestling team had to sneak up on the Intermountain Conference this season was lost on Saturday when they traveled to Westview High School and won a nine-team invitational tournament with relative ease.

Gorge Winds performs Christmas Concert Sunday

The Gorge Winds concert band, a 45-member adult community band, plays its Christmas Concert on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.

Deputies sniff out marijuana grow

A Parkdale man awaits his arrest for growing marijuana in the basement of his home — a practice that law enforcement officials believe has been going on for years.

HRV boys open with loss to Centennial

GRESHAM — The HRV boys basketball team traveled to Centennial last Friday for the first game of the new season for both teams.

Letters - December 11

It’s responsibility

City looks at spike in meter hookups

The cost for new developments to hook up to city water and sewer services could take a giant leap this spring.

G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe opens

G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe is the newest acorn on Oak Avenue.

CAST hosts benefit for FISH

The duo of Cyparski and Guidera will perform at CAST Performing Arts Center, 105 4th St., on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Holiday Food Drive Music Event. The duo will play its unique blend of eclectic acoustic arrangements. Also featured will be Amber Nelson on vocals and George Bentz on bass, as well as a guest performance by 11-year-old Taylor Bentz, who will play his arrangement of a popular Christmas song on piano.

A long look at the Scenic Act

Oregon legislators have proposed long-term monitoring of Columbia River Gorge Commission actions to ensure “fair and equitable” treatment of citizens.

Odell Water gains $1.2 million federal loan

A federal-state partnership that began in 1996 to improve drinking water safety has brought nearly $100 million in federal loan funds and state matching funds to Oregon communities, according to public health officials at the state Department of Human Services.

Fire trucks shine for Christmas

Annual parade finishes in Hood River on Wednesday

Annual parade finishes in Hood River on Wednesday

Obituaries - December 11

Al Flory, Sr.

Public Groovement, Jesus Presley play River City

This is going to be one of the last great shows of 2002 at the River City Saloon.

Monday, December 9

Hospital installs stained glass ‘healing art’

Healing can be transparent at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. “Moongate,” a stained glass by Virginia “Ginny” Kelly now hangs in the hospital lobby, inviting people of all backgrounds to find comfort in its illumination.

Mid-Columbia groups plan varied Christmas events

Whether you're looking for gifts, holiday foods, some Christmas music, cheer or worship, the choices are growing in Hood River and the surrounding area. Here is the latest compilation of events to celebrate the season:

‘Nutcracker’ performances benefit FISH

On Saturday, Dec. 14, two performances of “Scenes from the Nutcracker” are planned at The Hood River Middle School Auditorium, performed by local ballet students of the Columbia Gorge Dance Academy.

Sports briefs

Horizon hoops loses to Stevenson JV

Budget woes leave little holiday cheer

Public agencies search for ways to cover lack of funding for needy families

Public agencies search for ways to cover lack of funding for needy families

HRV swimmers strong in opener

GRESHAM — The HRV swim team matched up against two familiar foes and one unfamiliar one on Thursday at the Reynolds Swim Center.

Awards banquet caps football season

Smiles, laughs and even a few tears marked the end of a memorable season Wednesday night when the HRV football team held its annual awards banquet at the high school.

Parkdale Grange dishes up Christmas cheer

PARKDALE — As the weather gets colder, the Grange ovens just get warmer.

Dog leash law still on hold

New animal ordinance would tighten county leash law

New animal ordinance would tighten county leash law

Don't put a casino in Hood River or Cascade Locks

Another voice

Another voice

Wrestlers wrangle Reynolds in Mt. Hood rematch

HOOD RIVER — Being down 18 points before a dual meet even starts can spell the end for most wrestling teams.

Shot Value

Now’s the time to get a dose of flu vaccine

Now’s the time to get a dose of flu vaccine

Wednesday, December 4

Sessions will leave on Jan. 1

The Jerry Sessions saga is about to end.

Fruit for thought

‘Catch the bus,’ organic grower says, as School Aid embarks in Hood River

‘Catch the bus,’ organic grower says, as School Aid embarks in Hood River

Downtown First Friday ends an artful first full year

and RUBY BRUNK, News intern

Full week of music at the Saloon

It’s time to wear off those pounds of turkey from Thanksgiving and get your body to the River City Saloon for a week of body-shaking music.

Obituaries - December 4

Verna Deskin

Visitor Information Center opens

A grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will take place at the new Hood River Downtown Visitor Information Center located downtown, Friday at 5:15 p.m., in conjunction with the First Friday Event. Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort operates the new center with the support of a grant from the Hood River County Visitors Council.

HR City Council waives library fees

The City of Hood River has waived more than $20,000 in fees to aid construction of the new community library.

Murray’s opens second store on Tucker Road

Long-time Odell building has been vacated, will go up for sale

Long-time Odell building has been vacated, will go up for sale

Sports briefs

High-school athletes earn state honors

Map change favors Meadows

Ski company land gains footing on revised county resort map

Ski company land gains footing on revised county resort map

Metsger and Smith head for ’tough times’

Legislators look ahead to next session

Legislators look ahead to next session

Recruitment opportunities

HRV athletes, past and present, speak about the college recruiting process

HRV athletes, past and present, speak about the college recruiting process

Coach helps build stronger wrestlers, people

Hood River Valley assistant wrestling coach Jeff MacKay is rarely the tallest guy in any room.

Letters - December 4

Behind the ‘mask’

Cascade Locks community wants the casino

Another Voice

Another Voice

Monday, December 2

Out of the Gates, fast computers arrive at library

Patrons are treated to state-of-the-art equipment through help from grant funding

Patrons are treated to state-of-the-art equipment through help from grant funding

Two-Teunis twist casts doubt on Wyers ethics charge

A Portland attorney has apparently erred in his second attempt to have Hood River County Counsel Teunis Wyers taken off the case of a disputed land exchange.

Underclassmen spark HRV girls

Season preview

Season preview

ODOT plans Odell Highway realignment

Erroneous information on the first advertisement for Wednesday’s Oregon Department of Transportation open house raised safety concern with some Hood River citizens.

HRV swimmers hope to deliver more surprises to IMC schools

Season preview

Season preview

School district seeks community input on superintendent hiring

Needed: new school leader.

Port fits key piece in waterfront puzzle

Officials purchase industrial property from local company in efforts to help complete master plan work

Officials purchase industrial property from local company in efforts to help complete master plan work

One student’s hopes for the superintendent search

By ERIK HIDLE