Stories for December 2002

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Tuesday, December 31

 

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thursday, December 26

   

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.

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Wednesday, December 18

   

Built by the Bale

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

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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.

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Monday, December 16



Friday, December 13

  

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.

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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.

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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.

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Wednesday, December 11



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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Wednesday, December 4

     

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.

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Monday, December 2

   

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.

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