Stories for February 2002


Wednesday, February 27

Obituaries 2/27


Best kept quiet

I would like to know where Adolphus Parker (Feb. 20) is getting his information. In what way has the Tamiyasu murder investigation been "badly bungled"? I'm not sure that anyone understands the procedures of a murder investigation.

The rewards -- and awards -- of reading

Library launches a reading `Vision'

Library launches a reading `Vision'

HRV ski teams slip in final race

Girls qualify for state as second seed; boys fail to qualify

Girls qualify for state as second seed; boys fail to qualify

Tax will help

In the eight years of serving as the Executive Director for Mid-Columbia Center for Living (MCCFL) nothing has moved me to write as much as the article on the beer and wine tax and the front page picture of the bottles of beer on the production line. Our agency provides public addiction, mental health and developmental disability services to Hood River, Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties. The Governor's proposed tax increase for beer and wine will NOT effect our local brewery. The budget passed in the special session translates into a $68,000 dollar cut for MCCFL's local outpatient substance abuse services. The budget did not cut Detox Services (of which we have none here). The plan as I read it is to not require the beer and wine industry to pay their fair share of the costs associated with their product. Keep open the Detox Centers so we have a place to allow persons who are extremely intoxicated to safely dry out. Reduce outpatient services which would allow persons to get the necessary treatment so they don't end up in Detox Services or endangering all of us on the road. Does this seem logical to you?

Wrestlers start strong at state

PORTLAND — Riding a wave of confidence and enthusiasm after last weekend’s dismantling of the Mt. Hood Conference, 11 members of the HRV wrestling team dug in Thursday for the first day of the OSAA/U.S. Bank State Championships.

`Out of Rubble' 9-11 sculpture visits fire hall

Artwork inspired by the 9-11 tragedy passed through Hood River Feb. 24 on its way to New York City.

Daniel Pearl: A death in defense of freedom

Daniel Pearl is dead. The Wall Street Journal reporter, kidnapped in Pakistan a month ago, himself became the story. That story now comes to a tragic end.

`Turbulent Times': St. Mark's hosts three-week Lenten series

St. Mark's Episcopal Church hosts "In Turbulent Times: A Lenten Series," beginning today from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the church, 11th and Eugene streets in Hood River. The series continues every Wednesday through March 20.

"One River"

By Wade Davis

HRV boys close out with two wins

GRESHAM — When it comes to pride, one would be hard-pressed to out-do the four graduating seniors on the HRV basketball team.

Family duo draws top ranking for archery meet

A father-daughter team from Odell will represent the Appleknocker Bowmen at this weekend's state archery tournament.

CRITFE officers rescue swamped anglers

Two fishermen on a boat in the Columbia River were rescued on the morning of Feb. 12 by officers of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Enforcement (CRITFE).

A simple trade-off

I am in favor of the additional revenue measures Governor Kitzhaber has proposed. I am very concerned about the cuts in school funding and I believe these revenue measures are a small price to pay for the services we need.

City drops fluoride issue -- for now

The Hood River City Council tabled further discussion of water fluoridation after looking over financial data on Feb. 25.

HR climber returns to Everest

Mountain guide Scott Woolums has a few things to do between now and March 25, when he leaves for Nepal to guide a group of three clients on a climb of Mt. Everest -- and make his own second attempt at summiting the world's highest mountain.

Avila wins 8th at state

HRV team places 25th

HRV team places 25th

Sports briefs

Earls, Byrne advance to state shoot

Fruit Industry Hukari named to fed panel

A Hood River orchardist will soon be voicing the concerns of Northwest farmers at the top levels of government.

Sheriff awards search pilot following weekend rescue

A Dee pilot was rewarded this week for taking to the skies in his private plane whenever called upon to aid search efforts on the ground.

Reason to Read

Help literacy find its mark

Help literacy find its mark

Another Voice

Residents' Committee's form must follow function

Residents' Committee's form must follow function

Rep. Smith debates taxation pros, con

Hood River citizens got a taste of the tough budget bites facing the Oregon Legislature during a lively discussion with Rep. Patti Smith, R-Corbett, on Thursday.

Kids and cops have fun on court

CASCADE LOCKS -- Police patrolled the lane but could not stop the speedy kids on Feb. 21.

Pine Grove FD auction is March 2

PINE GROVE -- The early March tradition returns to the Pine Grove Fire Hall March 2 with the annual fire department auction.

Dee novelist wins PNBA award

Dee author Craig Danner was a winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award for his first novel, "Himalayan Dhaba."

Buy the property

I have been following the story of a local landowner, Cherry Trautwein, here in Hood River and her property rights, or lack thereof. I have read what seems to be most of the ORS (Oregon Revised Statutes) as it refers to her particular situation, and it appears as though something is amiss. I include here a section of the ORS, that I believe most accurately answers the question of Ms. Trautwein's property rights:

"Running Out of Time"

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Summit lands state half-pipe title

Connors takes second for boys, Meierbachtol third to lead girls

Connors takes second for boys, Meierbachtol third to lead girls

Schock files for HR board

A former Hood River County Commissioner has decided to seek another term in elected office -- this time as the head of the board.


Huseby wins WAC Athlete of Week

`Strengthening Family' program starts March 5

The Oregon State University "Strengthening Family Program" (SFP) workshops will be at Wy'east Middle School every Wednesday evening March 6 through April 24 (except March 27 for Spring Break).

Wednesday, February 20

Scouts win Klondike Derby

St. Mary's of Hood River has a new troop, reports Scoutmaster Larry Broschart.

Growth and greed

Two articles caught my eye in the Hood River News last Saturday, Feb. 9, edition. They were:

Smart reading

A world of opportunity

A world of opportunity

Entertainment briefs 2/20

Author signing at Waucoma

Summit 'boarders win in style

MT. HOOD MEADOWS — The Summit Snowboard Team took on more than just the Gorge League at the Feb. 9 Slopestyle event.

Obituaries 2/20


Perception not always reality in sports

Sports commentary

Sports commentary

Annexation angst

Monday night's (Feb. 11) City Council meeting was informative as it was enlightening. As a resident of the Bowe addition, a previously recommended area for annexation, I was extremely interested in the volumes of unanswered questions regarding annexation. The attendance at the meeting made it very clear I was not alone.

Jim Kelly on mend after suffering heart attack

Jim Kelly says he's "feeling stronger every day" after a massive heart attack.

Good Geometry

Cascade Locks works against drugs

Cascade Locks works against drugs

Senior send-off

HRV swimmer Oliver Burton caps high-school swimming career with 4th and 5th place at state

HRV swimmer Oliver Burton caps high-school swimming career with 4th and 5th place at state

'Independent Eye' coming for workshop, shows

The CAST Performing Arts Center hosts a veteran duo of theatrical bardcraft when “The Independent Eye” presents “Family Snapshots” on March 2 at 8 p.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m. The show is a medley of provocative mini-dramas about commonly shared family experiences. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Students receive a $2 discount.

Full Sail celebrates 15th year with seasonal brew

Full Sail Brewing Company announced last week that it has launched a new craft beer, Whitecap Ale. Whitecap will be featured as the spring beer in Full Sail's seasonal line-up. The new package is white with blue accents and maintains the distinguishable Full Sail family look. It prominently features the "Full Sail" logo with a background illustration of Oregon's "white-capped" Mt. Hood. Whitecap will be available February to May on draught and in bottles.

`Scare tactics'

I deplore the tribal spokesperson, Mr. Greg Leo's scare tactics regarding the "inevitability" of a casino in Hood River. And that is what they are -- simply scare tactics.

Where's the clamor?

I know the Tamiyasu family only by name, sight and community reputation. But even so Sheriff Joe Wampler's comment as quoted in the Hood River News of Feb. 2 concerning the Taimiyasu complaint about the destruction of private property and their request for reimbursement surprised me. The Sheriff's statement makes the family appear cheap and unappreciative. Perhaps. But exactly in what time frame was the complaint lodged -- before or after the suspicion of foul play?

Unintended results

The anti-Wal-Mart ordinance recently passed by the City of Hood River is a fine piece of work. Designed to stop Wal-Mart from building a super center, the ordinance failed miserably. And where are all these commercial parcels within Hood River's city limits ready to be developed into mega-stores? Apparently they are few and far between given Wal-Mart's recent land grab at Hood River's door step.

Expansion nears end at HRVHS

Construction projects are right on schedule at Hood River and Wy'east middle school remodeling projects.

Bearing Fruit

Northern neighbors set an example

Northern neighbors set an example

Service sells

After following the Wal-Mart controversy in the Hood River News, I thought some reflections from the consumer's perspective might be appropriate. The convenience and variety that local merchants supply is a community asset, but only if the merchants are dedicated to making customer service their first priority. Examples of lack of customer service: having to get my own exchange on a defective product with an $85 value directly from the company because the local merchant wasn't able to get it done after five months -- I had the exchange within one week; not being able to get a $3 refund at an expensive women's clothing store after needing to exchange part of my $130 Christmas present.

Take off `blanket'

I take issue with your editorial, "Homer's Odyssey", which comments on the visit of Dr. Homer Yasui to Hood River. I quote, "There is no need to rehash the wrongs that were done to American citizens who happened to be of Japanese descent, during World War II. They happened throughout the western United States, including Hood River. It is a part of our history we should neither shield nor bear too heavily on our shoulders."

Tuesday, February 19

Focus: state economy

Rep. Smith hosts town hal

Rep. Smith hosts town hal

Yasui draws ovation at forum

A capacity crowd of 250 citizens jammed Hood River's Riverside Community Church on Saturday to hear a former local resident, a former president of the Oregon ACLU and Oregon's U.S. Attorney present different perspectives on issues raised by the recently-passed USA Patriot Act and President George W. Bush's plan to conduct military trials for suspected terrorists.

Meadows ski trail approved despite flurry of protests

The approval of a new Mt. Hood Meadows cross country ski trail has brought a flurry of protest from the Hood River Valley Residents Committee.

Casino campaign makes CL odds out

Cascade Locks has been all but eliminated as a site for a tribal gambling casino.

Senator defends Farm Bill vote

U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., has drawn fire from Democrats for not signing off on the Senate version of the Farm Bill.

Not a second Shortt

HRV sophomore Caitlyn Shortt wins 100 backstroke state title

HRV sophomore Caitlyn Shortt wins 100 backstroke state title

HRV skiers back on top

Girls win, boys take second as teams prepare for state.

Girls win, boys take second as teams prepare for state.

Two arrested after fleeing arson scene

The prime suspect in a Hood River arson case was arrested after he was found hiding in the trunk of the getaway car on Monday.

HRV turns district on its head

Krizman is lone class winner, but Eagles send 11 wrestlers to state

Krizman is lone class winner, but Eagles send 11 wrestlers to state

Drugs and alcohol

In force, Cascade Locks says `no'

In force, Cascade Locks says `no'

Wednesday, February 13

`Check the label' on wood stoves

Anyone planning to buy a wood stove to heat the home this winter should check the label.

Civil liberties forum set for Saturday

Discussion topics will range from the Bush administration's policy on military tribunals to a Japanese American's experience with internment during World War II on Saturday during a forum, "Civil Liberties in a Time of War," at Riverside Community Church. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., with the event to begin at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

Wearing burqas, too

I was stunned by my glimpse of the beauty, of that part of the planet and it's people, that is known as Afghanistan during Dr. Michael Pendleton's slide presentation of his recent trip there for Northwest Medical Teams. We saw gorgeous pictures: of snow covered mountains flanked by the myriad shades of brown foothills and mud bricks of the villages, of beautiful, radiant children, of proud, amiable men, of no women. No women -- except from a large distance or the one image of the woman who reluctantly agreed to a side view photo completely covered in white wrappings during her visit to the clinic. This is the infamous "burqa", allowing virtually no part of the woman to be seen. Dr. Pendleton described women crouching down to make themselves smaller whenever men were around.

Involve, or unwrap

I am concerned that we are wrapping ourselves in the American Flag and calling ourselves Proud Patriotic Americans. The events of the last few years require us to dive deeper than just pasting or flying the flag on our cars. We have to get involved in our community on any level we can. The events happening outside our valley reflect exactly what is happening within our own community. NAFTA, Enron, Casino, Super Wal-Mart and Mt. Hood Meadows.

Right to protest

We've become almost numb to the international news, perhaps even fooled into thinking that most of the fighting is over and the damages are largely behind us. Well, we've now "avenged" the deaths of those innocents killed on Sept. 11 by the deaths of a larger number of civilians in Afghanistan due to our bombing missions there. What have we to show for this besides our national "pride"? An Afghanistan possibly more devastated than ever. Unreliable warlords and tribal chiefs, some of them demonstrably guilty of corruption and human rights abuses, some leading an interim government we installed and support. Greater instability than ever in central and south Asia and in the Middle East. Allies who conjure up the cliche "with friends like that, who needs enemies?" A rapidly expanding military budget and a thirst for more weaponry. Bellicose rhetoric from our own statesmen and those of other nations. U.S. troops flying to the Phillipines. The principal leaders of Al-Qaeda still missing. And -- looming -- a frightening new loss of civil liberties at home for U.S. citizens --- a loss already felt by many of "suspect" ancestry, color, creed or surname.

History's lessons

Wednesday night I and four others showed up at the Bowe Theater for a lecture about Lewis and Clark's stop at Fort Rock. When no one showed up to give the presentation we left. I learned the next morning that not enough interest had been generated (it may be rescheduled).

Take a Second Look at Klamath Basin

From The Dalles Chronicle

From The Dalles Chronicle

Footprint reflections

I am impressed with Safeway's ability to keep plans for a new store silent. I really do not understand how they could have gained an option on property, had plans in place for a 58,000 square foot facility yet kept our local officials in the dark. They have to be very efficient in their operation.

Unemployment rate continues to rise in county, nation

Oregon's State Employment deparment recently announced that the number of unemployed persons continued to rise nationwide in December, reaching 8.3 million (after seasonal adjustment).

Sports briefs

Bowling lessons at Orchard Lanes

HRV wrestlers eye big prize at district meet

GRESHAM — The undefeated HRV wrestling team will put everything on the line Friday and Saturday when it takes on the district’s best at Barlow High School.

Helping Hands gets state, Lions grants

Helping Hands Against Violence, Inc., has been awarded a Capital Improvement Grant for $50,000 through the State of Oregon.

Homer's Odyssey

Hood River native and Japanese internment victim talks about perspective and prejudice during war time

Hood River native and Japanese internment victim talks about perspective and prejudice during war time

HRV sends five swimmers to state

GRESHAM — “Districts.”

Hydroelectric project on hold

Pacificorp asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to suspend the licensing proceedings for its six-megawatt Powerdale Hydro Electric project on the Hood River.

Season completed, undefeated

HRV wrestlers finish schools first-ever undefeated season

HRV wrestlers finish schools first-ever undefeated season

HRV boys buried by Sandy

Eagles no longer in playoff contention with 49-40 loss.

Eagles no longer in playoff contention with 49-40 loss.

Forum offers a chance to learn from history's mistakes

Acknowledge the lessons of history

City pares annexation to 45 acres

The Hood River City Council admitted on Monday that it had learned a tough lesson in "Annexation 101" from its constituents.

Obituaries 2/13


Boxing builds

I am writing regarding an article in last week's paper. I am 16 years old and a member of the Hood River Boxing Club. I have been interested in boxing for quite some time, but had no place to enhance my skills. It was my idea to start a club in Hood River and beating people up was not the purpose. The Hood River Boxing Club does not teach people that it is okay to beat people up. It teaches people the techniques of boxing.

HRV skiers endure difficult day on hill

MT. HOOD MEADOWS — A week after appearing invincible on the hill, the HRV ski teams showed that they are human on Saturday, neither registering a team time after an unthinkable number of crashes.

Cooper Spur Race Team on cruise control

GOVERNMENT CAMP — The Cooper Spur Mitey Mite Race Team enjoyed a solid weekend on the hill during the Oregon 3-Way — a two-day event at Ski Bowl that includes slalom, giant slalom and jump competitions.

'Sin' tax plan caps brewery growth

Full Sail Brewing Company could be tapped by a "sin tax" that company officials say would drain its profit margin and dry up its ability for growth.

Safeway pulls out of land deal for new 'big box'

Safeway has dropped its plans to build a bigger store in Hood River County, a decision based in part on new "big box" size restrictions.

Proud of son

I have been a long time reader of the Hood River News and never felt more compelled to write a letter to the editor after reading a letter regarding my 6-year-old son "Xavier's" introduction into boxing titled "Vicious Mentality" by Ms. Vanessa Miller (Feb. 6). I would like to start out by saying boxing is not a form of self-defense, but it is a sport.

Police deliver tips to reduce car theft odds

Sidebar to car prowl story

Sidebar to car prowl story

Senator tries to brighten grim budget report

On Friday Oregon legislators sank their teeth into a meaty budget deficit, but couldn't agree on which bites to take.

Thieves seek out unlocked, running cars

In the past week, five cars prowls took place in the Odell area and a vehicle was stolen from Cascade Locks and has not yet been recovered.

Thursday, February 7

Wrestlers finish season undefeated

After falling behind 16-3, HRV wins seven straight matches to beat David Douglas.

After falling behind 16-3, HRV wins seven straight matches to beat David Douglas.

Wednesday, February 6

`Big Sister, Little Sister' bond with love

Sometimes they do crafts together. Sometimes they watch videos. Sometimes they go shopping.

County to update dog laws, fees

Hood River County raised its dog licensing fees and appointed a special committee to review the animal enforcement laws.

Local Red Cross chapter announces statewide `Prepare Oregon' campaign

HOOD RIVER -- All fifteen Red Cross chapters in Oregon, along with government officials and community leaders, have announced plans to "Prepare Oregon," a major effort designed to help Oregonians be prepared for an emergency or disaster.

Controversial annexation passes first hurdle

Citizen worry over irrigation costs seeped through the Hood River City Planning Commission's annexation hearing on Jan. 30.

`Big Box' to vote

The recent decision by the County to pass a "big box" rule should be put to a vote of the citizens of Hood River County. A decision of this magnitude should not be left to the Commission alone. In our representative form of government those elected theoretically represent those that elected them. In this case, however it is not clear that the Commission represents more than a few very vocal supporters of this rule. If you do not want this new rule to take effect contact the Commissioner who represents you and demand an election on this issue. It is too important to be decided by just a few people. Demand that your voice be directly heard in this matter.

Like Kindred

Muslim leader brings peaceful message<BR>

Muslim leader brings peaceful message

Reducing cardiac risk

Peter Marbach had been feeling fatigued last spring, but the 45-year-old photographer blamed it on the rigors of his freelance work and being father to his 6-year-old daughter, Sofia.

Arroweads point to property dilemma

Landowner takes case to Walden

Landowner takes case to Walden

Tamiyasu case: Rumors swirl around murder

Hood River County law enforcement officials are frustrated by an unsolved murder case -- and even more frustrated by the rumors it has generated.

Obituaries 2/6


Defense rests

As I mentioned during our "warm" discussion in your office yesterday, I take great offense at your modification of my letter before printing. The end result of your "editing" was to make it a collection of disjointed thoughts and babble, exactly as intended. Although this result certainly caused my letter to closely resemble many of your news articles, my standard is much higher. I had planned to request that you re-print my letter in its original form. However, I believe that the printing of the portions you removed "to comply with paper policy and meet space restrictions are much more revealing as to the bias of your paper. The deleted portions are as follows:

Trautwein Case

Do a land study, cut four ways

Do a land study, cut four ways

`The Big One'

Earthquakes of the Northwest opens

Earthquakes of the Northwest opens

Lost at See

Cascade Eye Center seeks to fill all of Hood River's vision needs

Cascade Eye Center seeks to fill all of Hood River's vision needs

HRV boys smothered by Scots

The HRV boys basketball team lost a lopsided 62-42 decision Tuesday at home to David Douglas. The Scots used their size and outside shooting to bury the Eagles early in the second half, and used suffocating defense in the second half to close the game out. Brendon Charles scored 18 for HRV, but the team's turnovers and lack of rebounding told the story. See the Saturday, Feb. 9 edition of the Hood River News for more details.

Girls hoops drops Scots to snap four-game slide

The HRV girls basketball team snapped its four-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 39-34 win over David Douglas. Lindsay Benjamin led the Eagles with 15 points, while Becki Flory pitched in eight and Meghan Merz five. The Eagles sit at 5-9 in the conference with two games remaining. See the Saturday edition of the Hood River News for more details.

Horizon hoops wins third straight game

HILLSBORO — The Horizon Christian basketball team continued to creep closer to a .500 season record Friday, Feb. 1, earning its third win in three nights with a 66-25 pasting of Heritage Christian.

Would you know if you were having a heart attack?

Heart disease is America's number one killer for both men and women; each year about 1.1 million people suffer a heart attack. About 460,000 of those heart attacks are fatal, so it is important to recognize the warning signs of a heart attack.

MXD markets riding as a family affair

A new motorsports shop in Hood River will reflect the changes that are happening in the track and off-road motorcycle and ATV riding world.

Entertainment briefs 2/6

Portland's Terry Robb plays the Grill this weekend

'A Fair Shot At School'

ASPIRE program makes college planning less cryptic

ASPIRE program makes college planning less cryptic

Budget bite may spike dog costs

A big bite out of the animal control budget could led to higher dog license fees.

Good SAM: mom-driven program helps needy each week

Charity might just take a "second."

Leaders plan Scenic Area forums

A long-time wish of many Gorge citizens for a federal hearing about Scenic Area issues is about to be granted.

Big enough `box'

I would like to add my two cents worth to the other letters concerning the "Big Box Wal-Mart."

Police focus on motorist safety

Hood River City Police will be on the look out for travelers who don't buckle up during a six-day safety blitz that begins on Feb. 11.

Annexation unfair

The more I learn about the proposed annexation, the madder I become. A typical home that is assessed a value of $200,000 would pay an additional $600 per year if annexed. The city says that we'll receive "sewer and other services" to justify the higher taxes. I live in the Stonegate development with 33 other homeowners. As a group we already contributed over $100,000 in sewer liens and hook-up fees in addition to our monthly fees. We've paid our fair share for sewer service. As to other services, we are a private development responsible for our own roads, utility infrastructure, and parks and recreation areas. We built them and we maintain them. The city won't maintain them. Not for snow removal nor cleaning.

Source control

I was immensely relieved to see that Karl Kment (Jan. 30) discovered a simple way to cite a factual source without reverting to pedantic, academic-style footnotes. If he had identified his sources in that first letter, Mr. Kment would have enhanced the "flavor" of his opinion, and the second letter would not read like historian Stephen Ambrose trying to rationalize how he used sources.

No one-store town

I have a question for the people in favor of a super size Wal-Mart. Many of you have suggested to people opposed to a new super store to just not shop there. We that oppose to a big box super store have more concerns than simply choosing where and where not to shop. Wal-Mart neither sells parts nor offers repair service on the prepackaged items they sell. If stores like Franz Hardware close, where will any of us go to order replacement parts or accessories? Where will I have to travel to shop when my choices of local small businesses are forced to close? Where will I have to go to buy merchandise not made in China or in third world sweatshops?

Concern for dogs

I believe dogs should NOT be tethered if they obey voice commands like to "come" when called, and puppies automatically learn to come when called as they interact with the humans in their life.

HRV ski teams beginning to reach peak at midseason

MT. HOOD MEADOWS — State may still be one month away, but the HRV ski teams have already found their groove.

Saturday, February 2

Streak snapped

HRV boys get off the schnide with 65-49 win over Parkrose

HRV boys get off the schnide with 65-49 win over Parkrose


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