Stories for July 2003

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Tuesday, July 29

Thomson helps create vitality in downtown Hood River

Hood River’s downtown has become a showpiece in the past few years. Bronze salmon leap up the falls at the top of 2nd Street. Handsome, old-fashioned street lights illuminate the night and signs adorn historic buildings telling colorful stories of their past.

HR County Fair opens Wednesday in Odell

The Hood River County Fair opens at noon today and will run through Saturday in Odell.

House concert this Saturday in HR

Hood River’s alt.country specialists, All Night Station, perform a house concert at 401 Montello Ave., Hood River, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Port Waterfront plan unveiled at Thursday forums

Hood River port and city officials will explain the reasoning behind proposed mixed-use development of the waterfront at two public forums on Thursday.

Library on track for Thursday opening

By ERIK HIDLE

Waterfront planning must address realistic questions

Another Voice

Another Voice

First Friday mixes art and music

The Hood River Downtown Business Association and GorgeArts in association with local artists, performers and businesses invite the community to enjoy First Friday in Hood River on Friday.

Vandals repeatedly hit WaterPlay

By SCOTT BECKER

Jackson Park series returns

Families in the Park returns to Jackson Park in Hood River next month with four varied acts on stage each Thursday at 7 p.m.

Sports briefs

Women’s golf results from HRGCC

Friday, July 25

Migrant Summer School wraps up three-week session

Migrant Summer School at Mid-Valley Elementary School wound up its three-week session on Friday with a carnival. The 230 students in kindergarten through 4th grade rotated in groups through various fun activities, including a cake walk, a sponge relay, face painting, horseback riding and a dunk tank where they could try and dunk their teachers.

Hood River County Fair starts Wednesday in Odell

Entries will be accepted starting Monday

Entries will be accepted starting Monday

Blueberries are in season right now in Hood River

By SCOTT BECKER

Author probes religious extremes

Krakauer to speak in Hood River July 30

Krakauer to speak in Hood River July 30

Hood River bank robber snared by FBI

A Hoquiam, Wash., man has pleaded guilty to the April 1 robbery of U.S. Bank in Hood River.

Opposing camps seek compromise in resort battle

Mt. Hood Meadows, Residents Committee agree to talk about Cooper Spur expansion plans

Mt. Hood Meadows, Residents Committee agree to talk about Cooper Spur expansion plans

Americans take 4th in Babe Ruth tourney

HOOD RIVER — The Columbia Gorge Americans 13-year-old All Stars completed a memorable season last weekend by tying for fourth place in the Babe Ruth state tournament.

Tuesday, July 22

Obituaries - July 23

Frank Lariza

Child uninjured after being thrown from car

A child emerged unscathed after being ejected out of a car window during a collision on Sunday — but some of the adult passengers were not so lucky.

A day for the river

Columbia River Fest starts with kids’ parade, ends with rock legend in concert

Columbia River Fest starts with kids’ parade, ends with rock legend in concert

Driver charged in two drownings

Two Odell men killed during weekend drinking and driving accident

Two Odell men killed during weekend drinking and driving accident

Hood River Police busy with freeway problems on Friday

Friday afternoon traffic was backed up along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 due to two separate vehicle problems. Hood River City Police responded to the first call for help about 3 p.m. near mile post 68. They arrived to find a Suburban with a travel trailer that was stranded in the middle of the freeway. The vehicle, driven by Harold C. Schweitzer, 77, of Portland, had lost a rear tire. According to reports, Schweitzer lost control of the SUV after it swerved and struck the median barrier before coming to a stop. A tow truck arrived to clear the scene after both lanes were closed for about 20 minutes.

Letters - July 23

Wal-Mart standards

Political system must find a home for compassion

Another Voice

Another Voice

Three nights of music at Saloon

This Thursday, Portland’s own Rosewater makes its first appearance at the River City Saloon. Rosewater has emerged as one of Portland's premiere purveyors of instrumental fusion music. The band synthesizes the best of rock, funk, electronica, and jazz into groove heavy jams that keep dance floors packed and ears turned towards the stage. For this reason they have shared the stage with legendary artists like Maceo Parker and Karl Denson,.

Sports briefs

Slusher wins men’s club championship

HR Port scouts funding path for waterfront park

The Port of Hood River is scouting out ways to pay for a riverside park without placing more of a tax burden on struggling families.

Anonymous donor gives $248,000 to campus project

Horizon Christian School completes purchase of property at 8th and Pacific

Horizon Christian School completes purchase of property at 8th and Pacific

Saturday, July 19

Boys All Stars finish ‘disappointing’ 3rd

MADRAS — The 11-12 boys Hood River All Stars shifted into cruise control a little early Wednesday, losing their district semifinal game, 6-5, to eventual champion Bend South.

City seeks ‘Safe Harbor’ from property restrictions

The Hood River City Council may be forced to comply with state resource protection rules — but they plan to avoid devaluing of private property.

Wednesday, July 16

Letters - July 16

Lessons of love

Obituaries - July 16

Katherine Clemmons

So What? Healthy life means asking the right questions

Another Voice

Another Voice

Tuesday, July 15

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life begins Saturday

The Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s national signature event where participants walk, run, stroll or roll in shifts around a track for 24 hours. Participants are encouraged to camp out and take part in fun family activities when they aren’t taking their turn on the track.

HR Port commission elects new officers

The Hood River Port Commission has a new captain at the helm for fiscal year 2003-04.

Orchardists leave $600,000 to HR foundation, OSU Extension

Gift will provide scholarships, research for local entities

Gift will provide scholarships, research for local entities

Acoustic guitar leads house concert

On Friday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m., there will be a public concert at Paul Blackburn and Kristen Dillon’s house, 401 Montello, Hood River. A donation to the Mid-Columbia Folklore Society of $10 is suggested. Tea and cookies will be served.

Sports briefs

Mason/McNew team wins scramble

Boys Majors All Stars win first three games

Girls team wins two of first three games at state

Girls team wins two of first three games at state

Wal-Mart hearing planned for next week

County Planning Commission takes a long look at superstore proposal

County Planning Commission takes a long look at superstore proposal

Friday, July 11

Bridge, road funding stalls in state Senate

New investment plan would create jobs, funding in sour economy

New investment plan would create jobs, funding in sour economy

Renaissance Faire comes to Dee July 19-20

The stage is set for historical drama, music, handcrafts, and food, at the first Mid-Summer’s Renaissance Faire, July 19-20 in Dee.

How do we feel when we cross the line from right to wrong?

Another Voice

Another Voice

Relay For Life all set for July 19-20 at HRVHS

Relay For Life gives the new track at Hood River Valley High School its first real test July 19-20.

HR fire chief resigns abruptly from post

Hood River’s new fire chief tendered his resignation on Thursday, ending his brief career in the Gorge that same day.

Tuesday, July 8

CL port budget ship shape

Port of Cascade Locks officials believe their budget is in shape budget for fiscal year 2003-04.

Obituaries - July 9

Lenny Schalk

HoodFest music festival debuts July 19

On July 19, musicians and fans will converge on Hood River for the debut of the Hoodfest music festival sponsored in part by Rogue Ales. Eight bands, ranging in musical genre from jazz to singer-songwriters to funk, will take the stage at the Marina Green for a 12-hour celebration of people, music, food and the Gorge.

Hoodfest music debuts July 19

On July 19, musicians and fans will converge on Hood River for the debut of the Hoodfest music festival sponsored in part by Rogue Ales. Eight bands, ranging in musical genre from jazz to singer-songwriters to funk, will take the stage at the Marina Green for a 12-hour celebration of people, music, food and the Gorge.

Fireworks are just one way Lions clubs serve community

Another Voice

Another Voice

New parks for the waterfront

CRWD starts signature drive for November ballot measure

CRWD starts signature drive for November ballot measure

ODOT stablizes Highway 35 rockfall zone

Travelers using Highway 35 will trade some traffic delays this summer for a much safer journey.

Sports briefs

Renee Hanks to teach kiting clinic

Bridge Repairs

Find a way to shore up funding

Find a way to shore up funding

Letters - July 9

Keep the sirens

Cherry Days blossoms along Fruit Loop this weekend

Fresh picked cherries and cherries transformed into all kinds of specialty products will be part of Fruit Loop’s annual Cherry Days Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event features a variety of activities located throughout the Hood River Valley.

Monday, July 7

Letters - July 5

Hooray for 4th

Obituaries - July 5

Elizabeth Wright

Thursday, July 3

Sports briefs

Oates, Ritter, Martin shine in tourney

2003 grads deserve farewell salute

Sports commentary

Sports commentary

Tight budget forces CL employees to share health care costs

The City of Cascade Locks is asking non-union employees to pay a share of their health insurance premiums during fiscal year 2003-04.

City weighs resource protection against property rights

The Hood River City Council is concerned that a move to protect natural resources could devalue some private properties.

Tuesday, July 1

Jalisco maintains top spot in soccer league

First-year expansion team Jalisco proved that it is for real on Sunday, defeating Azteca, 3-0, to maintain first place in the Columbia Gorge Soccer League with 34 points.

Junior program underway at Indian Creek

Local kids are learning golf basics in seven-week course

Local kids are learning golf basics in seven-week course

New menu for Moe concerts

To better serve the crush of customers during the Moe Dixon concerts, Stonehedge Gardens is pleased to announce it will be serving a new grand buffet on Wednesday nights. It will be available to concert goers and regular guests as well. The new buffet will served outdoors under the new cabanas. The menu will feature a wide variety of freshly grown herbs and greens from the new gardens planted this spring. Fresh cobbler, salads, pasta and great main entrees like seafood paella, scampi provencal, roasted pork loin, seared flank steak and more will be rotated throughout the summer season. If successful, the buffet will move indoors during the fall and continue throughout the year. Reservations are accepted at 386-3940. Gates for the Moe shows open at 5 p.m. Outdoor seating is first come first served.

‘Night at the Opera’ comes to Santacroces

Those of you who may be “blues’d out,” are in for a treat. In the beautiful landscape of the Gorge, which harkens to Wagner, opera would seem a natural accompaniment.

HR First Friday returns on July 4

Independent artists and musicians celebrate Independence Day for First Friday, sponsored by the Hood River Downtown Business Association and GorgeArts.

FISH finds a new home

Local food bank moves to new headquarters

Local food bank moves to new headquarters

Grass fire threatens residences, hospital in The Dalles

A large grass fire came nervously close to several residences and within 1,000 feet of Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles on Saturday.

Carries hard to come by in Schwab Bowl

Krizman gets just three touches in ‘frustrating’ senior all-star game

Krizman gets just three touches in ‘frustrating’ senior all-star game

'Sternwheeler Days' draws festival crowds to river at Cascade Locks

The weather hovered around 100 degrees in Cascade Locks on Saturday, drawing Sternwheeler Days crowds aboard the paddlewheel replica.

Iraq activist laments ‘consent to violence’ fostered by media

Benjamin Joffe-Walt, an anti-war activist who participated in the Human Shields protest in Iraq before the U.S.-led war began, spoke to about 40 people at Riverside Church Monday night. Rather than talk extensively about the Human Shields action, in which activists from around the world placed themselves in areas vital to civilian life in order to deter military strikes against the Iraqi people, Joffe-Walt used his experience in Iraq — and as an activist in general — to present a “teach-in” style program encompassing topics ranging from Iraq’s recent history to the media’s role in the U.S.-led war and its aftermath to where the peace movement stands now.

Krakauer to speak in HR

Jon Krakauer, author of best sellers “Into the Wild” and “Into Thin Air” will be in Hood River July 30 to present a slide show, “Playing for More Than You Can Afford to Lose: Ruminations on Mountains and Risk.”