Stories for June 2002

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Wednesday, June 26

For Wal-Mart employees, another side of the coin

By KATHY WATSON

Library celebrates newest chapter

Tables of food stood in place of bookshelves Saturday as supporters of the Hood River County Library celebrated the facility’s newest chapter.

Sternwheeler Days schedule of events

CASCADE LOCKS — The Columbia Gorge Lions will present Sternwheeler Days from June 28-30 in Cascade Locks. The festivities begin on June 28 with excursion rides on the Sternwheeler “Columbia Gorge.”

Tuesday, June 25

To Cuba, with love

Hood River brother, sister plan visit to Caribbean nation

Hood River brother, sister plan visit to Caribbean nation

Bravissimo!

Local music camp scores first-year success

Local music camp scores first-year success

City signs off on new parking plan

Downtown employers and workers are scrambling to take advantage of the discounted parking prices at the Columbia Street lot near the Full Sail brewery.

Heat bats hot in Heights Tournament

The Hood River Heat fell to The Dalles Cherry City Crush in the championship game of last weekend’s round-robin softball tournament, hosted at Westside Field by the Hood River Heights Business Association.

Doing Grace

A last amen to Community Meal

A last amen to Community Meal

Personal Cooking

Personal chef Jeannie Heitz takes her talents to her clients' homes

Personal chef Jeannie Heitz takes her talents to her clients' homes

Actors prepare darkly comic 'Assassins'

Many adjectives could be used to describe Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Assassins,” coming in July to the CAST Performing Arts Center, but “lightweight” and “innocuous” are not among them.

Forest fire danger still on the rise

Fires are burning throughout the nation, and Oregon has already experienced a few blazes.

Cactus Tales

Dick and Dorothy Eastman have an eclectic yard, featuring conversation pieces ranging from cactus skeletons to ostrich eggs.

Dick and Dorothy Eastman have an eclectic yard, featuring conversation pieces ranging from cactus skeletons to ostrich eggs.

Entertainment briefs 6-26

David Nelson, Jesus Presley play

Backyard trails that deserve a second look

The sun is shining, the rivers are flowing and the poison oak is in full bloom.

Wal-Mart hearing set for July

Written, oral comments accepted through July 9 on proposed Supercenter

Written, oral comments accepted through July 9 on proposed Supercenter

Hood River Little League report

Maritime, McIsaac's set for showdown

Maritime, McIsaac's set for showdown

U.S. soccer bandwagon filling up fast

Sports commentary

Sports commentary

Scenic Area landowners surveyed

A new citizens group believes the Columbia River Gorge Commission is on shaky ground when it comes to administering land-use law.

'Disappointing' IMC move could lead to OSAA reform

By RICK METSGER

Sports briefs

Windfest scheduled this weekend

Letters 6-26

Act, Forest Service

Budget crunch forces Gorge hearing change

All eyes in the Oregon legislature are turned toward finding a cure for the state’s ailing budget — forcing the postponement of today’s hearing on the role and operations of the Columbia River Gorge Commission.

Meadows answers lawsuit

County joins company in fighting latest legal joust by HRVRC

County joins company in fighting latest legal joust by HRVRC

Port steers into media blitz

The Port of Cascade Locks has launched a new advertising campaign to fill the decks of its paddlewheel — a move that is intended to benefit other businesses as well.

Tuesday, June 18

Staffers take on Columbia -- and lose

Whether you’re a long-time resident or a new fish, life in the Hood just wouldn’t be the same without the sport of windsurfing.

Scenic Area landowners surveyed

A new citizens group believes the Columbia River Gorge Commission is on shaky ground when it comes to administering land-use law.

Meadows answers lawsuit

County joins company in fighting latest legal joust by HRVRC

County joins company in fighting latest legal joust by HRVRC

Obituaries

Guadalupe Ortiz Mendoza

Saving the skatepark

The final straw for Julie Tucker came when her 7-year-old son, Isaiah, fell off a broken ramp at the Hood River Rotary Skatepark last summer and hurt his finger.

A Hummin' Summer

Sternwheelers to tank engines, fireworks to Lugnuts, the warm season brings a bounty of events tailored to families

Sternwheelers to tank engines, fireworks to Lugnuts, the warm season brings a bounty of events tailored to families

Elliott leaves his legacy

After 20 years, Athletic Director Glenn Elliott leaves Hood River Valley High School in search of New(berg) beginnings

After 20 years, Athletic Director Glenn Elliott leaves Hood River Valley High School in search of New(berg) beginnings

Letters - June 19

Time for thanks

Some education reform ideas deserve merit

Perhaps the teachers’ union members should have offered to take five days’ less pay without a reduction in the length of the school year, thereby keeping their fellow members employed as well as demonstrating what is in the best interests of the students.

Nicoletta and Trevor find trust in each other

Hood River Classic events bring out the best in local rider and her horse

Hood River Classic events bring out the best in local rider and her horse

Wednesday, June 12

Sports briefs

Little league all-star tryouts this week

Don't let budget crisis undercut school vision

By JERRY L. SESSIONS

Cascade Locks hopes to save high school

A group of community leaders and parents in Cascade Locks believes the time has come to change their “parent-child” relationship with the Hood River County School District.

Hood River Classic saddles up

The air near Mt. Hood fills with thousands of soft thuds today as horses clop to and fro in Jensen Mills Meadow during the 11th annual Hood River Classic Hunter/Jumper Horse Show, which runs through Sunday.

Summer hoops team beginning to heat up

Forty players from the HRV boys basketball program have begun playing twice a week since late May to prepare for next season, when the school moves into the Intermountain Conference.

Meadows involved in new legal bout

Another round is underway in the legal bout over Hood River County’s recent land exchange with Mt. Hood Meadows, Ltd.

Gorge Commission forms air quality group

By NANCY LEMONS

Guerrero, Real Madrid still a leg up

Liga Mexicana playoff battle heats up

Liga Mexicana playoff battle heats up

National team swimmer shares advice with kids

HOOD RIVER — Local youth swimmers who have ever wondered what it would be like to be a world-class athlete found out Wednesday when U.S. National Team member Jay Schryver visited the Hood River Aquatic Center.

Maritime snags second-half little league title

Maritime Services of Hood River locked up the Little League Majors second-half title last week with a convincing 18-6 win over the third-place Hood River Elks.

HRVHS graduates largest class yet

The Class of 2002 from Hood River Valley High School took home their diplomas Friday, and many are looking toward college and other training with the help of more than 80 local and memorial scholarships, which were presented last week.

Class of 2002 ready to take on the world

The cold weather did little to chill spirits at Henderson Stadium Friday night during graduation ceremonies for the Hood River Valley High School Class of 2002. Onlookers bundled in winter coats and huddled under blankets cheered the graduates as dark storm clouds threatened — but did not produce — rain and a blustery wind blew tassels and lifted mortar boards off the heads of some graduates.

Young and 'Cantankerous'

Local cartoonist tackles big questions about a 'not so perfect world'

Local cartoonist tackles big questions about a 'not so perfect world'

Unique downtown gets ready for next step

By SHERRY BOHN

Lady Washington sails into Hood River

For a ship that plies the Pacific Ocean from San Diego to Vancouver Island each year, Cascade Locks is just another stop. But the Lady Washington had a wild ride leaving its overnight mooring there Thursday as Captain Kevin McKee maneuvered the 112-foot replica tall ship backwards from the dock at Port Marine Park, through the confused, roiling currents of the narrow waterway and out into the main channel of the Columbia River.

Wednesday, June 5

Is peace possible?

Princehouse to moderate discussion on Middle East

Princehouse to moderate discussion on Middle East

Prepare slowly for any mountain experience

By DAVID SHEPPARD

Historic 'Lady' arrives in the Gorge

The Lady Washington returns to the Columbia River this week for its first visit to the region in more than three years.

Letters - June 5

Right of citizens

Gorge Commission reviews proposed road standards

The Gorge Commission subcommittee charged with reviewing scenic resources sections of the Management Plan is recommending a new standard that would give transportation agencies more flexibility for road projects on the National Scenic Area’s major highways.

From prosecution to the pulpit

Susan Princehouse is the kind of pastor who prefers to be called Susan. Not Pastor Princehouse. Not even Pastor Susan. Just Susan.

Sanguras, Burton earn top Elks awards

Oregon’s university rivalry rose up in a good-natured way at Sunday’s Hood River Elks Student of the Year banquet.

Kiteboarder arrested for violating Port rules

After repeated warnings, the Port of Hood River has filed criminal trespass charges against a “rogue” kiteboarding instructor.

Tuesday, June 4

Fresh lunch options abound in Hood River

Lunchtime doldrums got you down? Have the mid-day food options in Hood River grown stale? Are you looking for a little taste of variety?

Local doctor and family watch it happen

Dr. James Pennington helps with rescue at last week's climbing accident

Dr. James Pennington helps with rescue at last week's climbing accident

Wal-Mart turns in final plans during debate

Even as public debate over a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter was underway last Thursday at the Hood River Rotary Club, the updated schematics were being handed over to county planners.

To Al Norman, Wal-Mart fight is about way of life

Al Norman wasn’t looking for a fight when he was asked by a friend in his hometown of Greenfield, Mass., in the late summer of 1993 to lead a campaign against Wal-Mart. The giant retailer was 12 weeks away from a vote that would seal its deal to build a 123,000 square foot store at the edge of the historic New England town of 19,000 residents.

World Cup stirs the soccer soul

Sports commentary

Sports commentary

Peterson, Cook win national titles in Texas

Hood River windsurfing gurus Bruce Peterson and Dale Cook sailed their way to superstardom over Memorial Day weekend, each winning national championships at the 2002 U.S. Open regatta held in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Columbia Gorge Marathon runs wild in fifth year

HRV senior Scott Becker wins unofficial Hood River Cup as first local finisher in half marathon.

HRV senior Scott Becker wins unofficial Hood River Cup as first local finisher in half marathon.

Hanuman returns to River City

Invisible Doctors make second trip to Hood River

Invisible Doctors make second trip to Hood River

Monday, June 3

Mt. Hood accident claims three lives

TIMBERLINE — Three climbers were killed Thursday on Mount Hood when their nine-member climbing party fell into a crevasse. Five hours later a military helicopter crashed and rolled seven times after attempting to extract an injured climber.

Norman vs. Wal-Mart

Nationally recognized Wal-Mart opponent debates corporation's spokesperson

Nationally recognized Wal-Mart opponent debates corporation's spokesperson