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?February 27, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 27, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 27, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 27, 2002 midnight read more..
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:February 27, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 20, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 20, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 20, 2002 midnight read more..
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?February 20, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 20, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 20, 2002 midnight read more..
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."February 20, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 19, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 19, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 13, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 13, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 13, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 13, 2002 midnight read more..
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).February 13, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 13, 2002 midnight read more..
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).February 13, 2002 midnight read more..
Acknowledge the lessons of historyFebruary 13, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 13, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 13, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 6, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 6, 2002 midnight read more..
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:February 6, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 6, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 6, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 6, 2002 midnight read more..
Charity might just take a "second."February 6, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 6, 2002 midnight read more..
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.February 6, 2002 midnight read more..
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?February 6, 2002 midnight read more..
MT. HOOD MEADOWS — State may still be one month away, but the HRV ski teams have already found their groove.February 6, 2002 midnight read more..
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