Stories for July 2002


Wednesday, July 31

Neighbors talk crime at block party

Hood River’s first Neighborhood Watch group is being formed, and others may soon follow.

Columbia Art Gallery holds opening at First Friday

Friday will be the opening of The Columbia Art Gallery’s new show. “Exploring Vessels: Constructions of Wood Steel and Clay” is a conceptual show in which the artists have made containers for thought, objects, space.

Oregon Road Race gets wheels turning over weekend in HR

HOOD RIVER — The first day of the Oregon Road Race Championships took place Saturday in the Upper Valley.

First Friday celebrates summer

First Friday in Hood River will be known as “Summer in the Gorge,” according to Joanie Thomson, coordinator of the Hood River Downtown Business Association.

4-H riding club boosts self-esteem

‘You see who they really are’

‘You see who they really are’

Jackson Park gets into ‘Limbo’ Thursday

The Sprint Families in the Park series returns Thursday to Jackson Park. The event is now in its 20th year.

Red Cross volunteers aid fire relief

Henry and Cynthia Parle, Charlotte Valdivia, Ken Mattox, Nick Denton and Susan Hoffman, RN, all affiliated with the Hood River Chapter of the American Red Cross and national disaster responders, provided service this past weekend at a shelter set up at St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles, and at the statewide Red Cross fire relief operations headquarters.

Mannix hears united pro-casino voice in Cascade Locks

If gubernatorial candidate Kevin Mannix ever had any doubt about whether Cascade Locks wanted a casino, it was quelled during his Sunday visit to the rural city.

Letters - July 31

No to Wal-Mart

Putting Mt. Hood Country Store back in peak operation

When Karen Louiselle sold the Mt. Hood Country Store four years ago, she was looking for quiet times. After 10 years running the busy store on the corner of Highway 35 and Cooper Spur Road, she was ready to spend more time in her garden and pursuing her talents in home decorating and painting.

The food and wine experience

From living in a metal trailer to retiring from Microsoft and opening the Hood River Wine Bar, Danielle McCune’s life has been as rich and varied as her selection of beverages.

Sports briefs

HR Billiards challenge at County Fair

A world of difference in one small Acre

Five years ago, the idea of owning a coffee shop hadn’t even percolated with Christie Hessler.

Office displays Nippolt works

The Hood River office of American Family Insurance presents the edgy and eclectic artwork of local artist, Ellen Nippolt. The show opens on Friday, upstairs at 202 Oak St., Suite 209.

Tuesday, July 30

Sheldon Ridge fire contained

More than 12,000 acres burn near The Dalles, evacuated residents return home

More than 12,000 acres burn near The Dalles, evacuated residents return home

Special Olympians capture gold at state

Mid-Columbia Stallions go undefeated and win Sportsmanship Award at state softball tournament

Mid-Columbia Stallions go undefeated and win Sportsmanship Award at state softball tournament

Monday, July 29

Gorge Games bring out Gorge’s best

What a week. So sad to see it end.

County Fair improves upon classic formula

This year the Hood River County Fair is sticking to its usual formula for summer fun, with a few exceptions.

Fire hovers above The Dalles


Local teams grind out wins on 24-hour bike course

Sleep-deprived mountain bikers from across the land root-rock-and-rolled their way around the clock last weekend during the Ford Gorge Games’ 24-hour mountain bike event.

Horizon Christian School buys land for new campus

Three become one in an almost Scriptural development for Horizon Christian School.

Hearing canceled, no new date set

The July 31 hearing over Wal-Mart’s application for a Supercenter has been canceled until further notice.

America’s Pastime is one of summer’s best times

Summer Pleasures Part III -- Watching baseball

Summer Pleasures Part III -- Watching baseball

Tuesday, July 23

Relay For Life raises $101,000

At Relay For Life, people helped however they could.

Entertainment briefs - July 24

Toca, Ism playing at Savino’s

Neighborhood Watch

Block Party brings people together

Block Party brings people together

Rouches passes away after battle with cancer

Hood River resident George Rouches died Sunday, July 21, 2002, at his home.

Paddlers test extremes on White Salmon

Fisher wins second Gorge Games kayaking title

Fisher wins second Gorge Games kayaking title

News wins top prize in ONPA awards

The Hood River News won a record number of first place awards in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association 2002 Better Newspaper Contest, whose results were announced Friday at the annual Summer Publishers Convention in Tigard.

Nafsinger named to ONPA Hall of Fame

Dick Nafsinger, who came to the Hood River News in 1962 as editor and publisher and retired last year as president and chief operating officer of Eagle Newspapers, was awarded the Oregon Newspaper Hall of Fame Award by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Friday at the ONPA convention in Tigard.

Residents gear up showdown

The Hood River Valley Residents Committee gathered in Toll Bridge Park on a hot Sunday afternoon for a 25th anniversary celebration.

The Motet shows off style at River City

Music review

Music review

Mazamas award activist

Kate McCarthy, a Mt. Hood resident, received the highest award given by the Mazamas Mountaineering Club.

Neighborhood mixes fun, business in crime fight

One Hood River neighborhood is taking to the streets in an effort to fight against car prowls and other crimes.

Relay for Life

‘We need each other to survive’

‘We need each other to survive’

Adventure teams reach new Summit

“Whatever it takes to cross the finish line.”

Allen, Sharma ascend to top of Dyno-mite field

Tori Allen is a competitor.

Letters - July 24

Leaving some trace

Migrant school delivers a boost of confidence

Linda Addison wants to see kids excited about summer vacation, but not because they’re getting time off from school.

Sports briefs

Darlene Roberts wins 3-Club tourney

Guerrero goes on offensive with 5-3 win over Abasolo

ODELL — Before Sunday’s final of the Titulo de Copa, Guerrero had been trying to get past Abasolo for more than a year in the Columbia Gorge Soccer League.

Friday, July 19

Meadows triggers zone study

Mt. Hood Meadows, Ltd., has triggered the process of mapping of sites eligible for destination resorts within Hood River County.

Families in the Park series hits 20th year

The Sprint Families in the Park series celebrates its 20th year with a month-long lineup of concerts in Jackson Park.

Fisher, Carroll choose best line to finish line

Gorge Games head-to-head kayaking

Gorge Games head-to-head kayaking

Sports figures help honor Bailey, Elliott at banquet

By Jodi Nofziger, The Dalles Chronicle, and Tom Lanctot, Hood River News

New Zealander Moseys to kite win

Gorge Games freestyle kiteboarding - women's

Gorge Games freestyle kiteboarding - women's

County buys east Oregon timber land

The Hood River County Commission voted unanimously on July 15 to buy forest land in two eastern Oregon counties.

2002 Ford Gorge Games results

Men’s Freestyle Windsurfing

Doyle sails past Vari for kite title

Gorge Games freestyle kiteboarding -- men's

Gorge Games freestyle kiteboarding -- men's

'Mama Pig' gives new life to HRV Land Lab

By Scott Becker

Governor candidates both oppose Casino site

Kevin Mannix

Blowout, flight vehicles and innovation


Wednesday, July 17

Wal-Mart seeks postponed hearing

The first hearing over Wal-Mart plans for a Supercenter may be postponed from the scheduled July 31 date until the end of August.

Gorge Challenge strikes positives in third year

HOOD RIVER — The results weren’t the same as last year, but the fun meter was on high throughout the weekend as the Hood River Dynamos hosted the third-annual Gorge Challenge youth soccer tournament July 13-14.

Gorge games Winds of change crown new champs in Blowout, Freestyle

Gingrich, Hubbs, Gilbert, Peterson, Hanks take home top prizes

Gingrich, Hubbs, Gilbert, Peterson, Hanks take home top prizes

Letters - July 17

What to pass on?

Sports briefs

Babe Ruth All-Stars host state tourney

CAST musical draws regional interest

For fans of Stephen Sondheim, a performance of “Assassins” is a real event. Because of its difficulty and controversial subject matter, the musical is only rarely produced and when it is, theatre lovers often travel large distances to attend a production.

Locals shine in Nike 10K Trail Run

The wind was gusting and the sun was beating down on Sunday as the largest pack in Gorge Games history turned out for Nike ACG Trail Run.

Temporary library will open Monday

The books are back on the shelf and the Hood River County Library will open for business in its temporary quarters on Monday.

Relay will rally again at HRVHS

Relay for Life set to run this weekend

Relay for Life set to run this weekend

River City rocks during Games

This might be the biggest week of music in Hood River, with the Ford Gorge Games running through Sunday. Tonight, Jesus Presley makes a return after packing the house two weeks ago. On Thursday, Animal Liberation Organization is playing followed by the Lifesavas, who are being hosted by Slingshot for a party on Friday night. The event is open to the public after 10 p.m. On Saturday, Area 54 presents Maui dance band Lost at Last for a one night only show, and The Motet wrap the music up on Sunday.

Fire Marshal orders partial logging ban

Higher fire precaution levels today have sparked a partial shutdown of harvest activities on both private and public lands in Hood River County.

Wave Box highlights new, improved Adventure Village

Think the only place you’ll find people kayaking during the Gorge Games is amid the rocks on the White Salmon River?

Friday, July 12

Hess, Waters team up to win Horn of Plenty

Laura Hess and Tut Waters put together a sterling combined round of 153 to win the 2002 Horn of Plenty Tournament, held July 8-9 at Hood River Golf and Country Club.

Vesel scouts hoops talent at team camp

New Hood River Valley High School boys basketball coach Phil Vesel was in town two days this week to get acquainted with his future players.

Windsurfers, kiters pray for swells as Gorge Games begin

As the 2002 Ford Gorge Games kick off this weekend, race officials and competitors are saying a little prayer.

Lujano mashes competition at Nationals

GREELY, Colo. — Local wrestler Jorge Lujano traveled to the July 4-6 National Cadet Dual Meet Championships on a mission.

Judge stays with decision

For a second time, Hood River Circuit Court Judge Donald Hull has declined to scrutinize a disputed land trade between the county and Mt. Hood Meadows, Ltd.

Block party gathers to fight crime

A Hood River neighborhood is fighting crime by firing up the barbecue grill.

Slice of life

Indian Creek dedication honors George Rouches

Indian Creek dedication honors George Rouches

Ethics concerns dictate no BBQ for county board

A special invitation for the Hood River County Commissioners to attend the annual meeting of a land-use watchdog group raised a flurry of ethical concerns this week.

Summer Pleasures: Riding with the top down

Open car owner says ‘Grumpy people even smile’

Open car owner says ‘Grumpy people even smile’

Tuesday, July 9

Cancellations spoil midseason surge for Carson Oil baseball

When a team is building momentum, the last thing it needs is time off.

Theft scores top ranking in city crime reports

Theft crimes are the biggest challenge facing many Hood River neighborhoods.

Sports briefs

Gorge Challenge kicks off third year

Locals, visitors enjoy Fourth of July

Hood River’s Fourth of July celebrations this year proved just as popular with out-of-towners as they were with locals.

'Comunidad' grant funds HIV/AIDS prevention work

Nuestra Comunidad Sana (Our Healthy Community) of Hood River has received a $5,000 grant from the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation to conduct an HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention program in the Hispanic community of the Mid-Columbia.

Camp St. Mary builds many bridges


Hood River valley offers something for everyone this summer

From parents to kids to canines, summer in the Hood River Valley offers a little something for everyone, whether you’re preparing for the fair, taking windsurfing lessons or training a family dog.

Meadows case heats up

Wyers answers ethical charges by Residents Committee

Wyers answers ethical charges by Residents Committee

Inside the minds of 'Assassins'

Dark humor resounds in controversial play at CAST

Dark humor resounds in controversial play at CAST

Sixth Street Bistro orders up local produce

On a sunny morning in June, the cooks from 6th Street Bistro went on a field trip with their boss, Ben Stenn. Stenn, co-owner of the bistro, took his crew to tour Zion Farms south of The Dalles so they could see where the fresh produce that’s delivered to the restaurant several times a week comes from.

Maritime Services steals little league title

It all came down to one final meeting.

County may buy timber property in east Oregon

Hood River County could become a landlord in two eastern Oregon counties.

Entertainment briefs

Full Sail hosts street party

Gorge Games catch air in sixth year

The time has come for extreme sports fanatics from all over the world to Gorge themselves once again.

Bestselling author to visit Hood River

Susan Chernak McElroy will be speaking and signing copies of her books at Waucoma Bookstore in downtown Hood River on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m.

Late rally puts HR Cardenales in playoffs

HOOD RIVER — When the playoffs are on the line, teams desperately need for their stars to step up in crunch time.

Wednesday, July 3

Artists help celebrate independence at First Friday

The Hood River Downtown Business Association and GorgeArts in association with local artists, performers and businesses will recognize independent artists of the Gorge with a “Celebration of Independence” during First Friday in Hood River on July 5, 2002.

Tecumseh Valley playing Savino’s on Friday

Tecumseh Valley will make the trip to the Hood River Valley this Friday for a show at Savino’s in downtown Hood River. Cover is $5 and the show begins at 9:30 p.m.

Blues weekend at the Grill

A hard-hitting blues weekend is scheduled at the Riverside Grill, July 4-6. The three days of R&B features several artists performing at the 2002 Waterfront Blues Festival which takes place this week in Portland.

Tuesday, July 2

July 4 events bring out Gorge gusto

Red Cross volunteers honored as marshals in Thursday's parade

Red Cross volunteers honored as marshals in Thursday's parade

Thomas arrives in Hood River

Dozens of eager children gathered in downtown Hood River on Friday morning to be formally introduced to Thomas the Tank Engine.

Letters - July 3

Free Speech?

Kids, adults get feet wet with Fast and Fun

Aspiring water hounds from all over the Northwest gathered at the Hood River Inn Tuesday and Wednesday to participate in U.S. Sailing’s Fast and Fun program.

Local murder draws new exposure

Tamiyasu case will air July 26 on 'Unsolved Mysteries'

Tamiyasu case will air July 26 on 'Unsolved Mysteries'

Quake measuring 4.5 shakes Mt. Hood

The strongest earthquake in the recent history of the Mount Hood region struck on Saturday.

Healthy Fourth

Don’t misfire this weekend

Don’t misfire this weekend

Car prowlers strike again

Residential areas in the Heights were hit hard by a rash of car prowls last week.

Hood River County schools will regain $219,000

Hood River’s state legislators are recovering from a marathon session to overcome an $860 million deficit in Oregon’s budget.

Selective memory adds to runner's high

Sports commentary

Sports commentary

Windfest offers no rest for weary

Last weekend’s Windfest celebration at the Hood River Expo Center wasn’t billed as a religious experience. But there was plenty of praying going on.

School board finalizes budget

The Hood River County School District Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2002-03 budget Wednesday. The adoption of the school district budget makes official several personnel cuts and other spending reductions district-wide for the upcoming school year.


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