Gorge Challenge kicks off third year
The Hood River Dynamos Soccer Club will host the third-annual Gorge Challenge tournament this weekend, using fields at Westside, Wy’east Middle School, Hood River Middle School, Hood River Valley High School and Horizon Christian School. An estimated 2,500 people from 50 youth teams will be in town for the two-day round-robin tournament, which features brackets for boys and girls teams in the U-11 through U-14 age brackets. Teams from as far away as Tacoma and Tri-Cities, Wash., Bend and Madras will join eight Hood River teams in the draw. Play begins at 9 a.m. both days, and the last games will be completed by 6 p.m. For more information, call Jim Tedford at 386-9271.
Nepal/Gorge Games slide show July 15
Local photographer Richard Hallman will host a slide show presentation July 15 at Copper Salmon Pub, next to the Hood River Toll Bridge, to benefit Columbia Area Mountain Bike Advocates (CAMBA). The show will focus primarily on Hallman’s 2000 climbing/trekking visit to Nepal, and will feature bonus slides from the 2001 Gorge Games. Local musicians Anick Violette, Web Pederick and Jason Russ will perform, beginning at 7 p.m. Slide show begins at 9 p.m. and a $5 cover charge applies. For more information, visit
Junior golfers take to links Mondays
Junior golf will be held each Monday between now and Aug. 12 at Indian Creek Golf Course. Novice golfers ages 8-9 play at 1 p.m., with nine-holers (ages 9-11) and 18-holers (ages 12 and up) at noon. Sign up through Community Education at 386-2055.
Angling guidelines set forth by ODFW
Starting Saturday, anglers must release all sturgeon caught in the Columbia River and tributaries between The Dalles and John Day dams because the 700 white sturgeon catch guideline will be reached. The Oregon and Washington departments of fish and wildlife jointly announced the closure after monitoring showed improved catch rates and increased effort by sturgeon anglers in this area. Catch-and-release sturgeon fishing may continue on the Columbia River from The Dalles upstream to John Day Dam (The Dalles Pool) through the end of the year. Other areas on the Columbia remain open to the retention of sturgeon.
Road Race Championships return
Local bicycle racing club Disco Velo, along with sponsors Discover Bicycles, New York City Sub Shop, Big Gym, and Columbia River Bank, are bringing the Oregon State Road Race Championships back to the Gorge on July 28 and Aug. 4. The races will be staged at Toll Bridge Park in Mt. Hood and will make several laps of an 11-mile course around the upper valley. The State Road Races were last held in the area in 1999, over a course that included Seven-Mile Hill outside of The Dalles, though the course proved too difficult, according to race directors. Locals are encouraged to come out and watch the region’s best cycle racers battle it out in their own backyard. People interested in volunteering should contact Chad Sperry at 541-296-3779 or Julie Wilson at Discover Bicycles, 386-4820.