Stories for March 2003

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Monday, March 31

Another night living the rockstar life

Sports commentary

Sports commentary

Friday, March 28

Rallying on Iraq

Police on point to ensure peaceful assemblies

Police on point to ensure peaceful assemblies

MJ’s final Garden party

Air Jordan graces the Rose Garden court one last time

Air Jordan graces the Rose Garden court one last time

Collins Field to receive electronic scoreboard

Scott Insurance, Safeco step to the plate

Scott Insurance, Safeco step to the plate

HRV baseball gets one back after 0-3 start

Eagles rout Aloha 14-5 after struggling to find Spring Break stride

Eagles rout Aloha 14-5 after struggling to find Spring Break stride

Two arrested following war protest

THE DALLES — Two people were arrested here Tuesday afternoon when they stood with arms locked blocking the entrance to the Armed Forces Recruiting Office.

Babe Ruth clinic upcoming

A pair of baseball clinics for pitchers and catchers on local Little League and Babe Ruth teams will be held on Saturday, April 5, at two Hood River locations.

Pitchers shine, bats come alive in three road wins

HRV goes 4-1 on Spring Break trip

HRV goes 4-1 on Spring Break trip

Sports briefs

Monthly open 9-ball tourney Saturday

Letters - March 29

Courage needed

Port heads into home stretch on waterfront plan

The Hood River Port Commission is taking two key steps to turn a conceptual plan for development of the waterfront into a reality.

Wednesday, March 26

‘Support troops’ rally planned

American Legion hosts gathering Saturday at Overlook Park

American Legion hosts gathering Saturday at Overlook Park

Morgan, Woodruff lead Eagle boys to third place

For a second consecutive year, the HRV boys golf team started its season on the upswing.

City loses round one in Swafford labor dispute

The City of Hood River has lost its arbitration case over the disputed firing of a police officer — but vows to fight his return to work.

Jones posts three top 20 times at NW Sectionals

Youth swimming sensation Erin Jones made tidal waves at the March 22-23 Northwest Zone Age Group Sectionals, held in Federal Way, Wash.

Needed methamphetamine study for juveniles faces budget ax

Hood River drug use survey supporters take case to Rep. Walden, citing alarming trend

Hood River drug use survey supporters take case to Rep. Walden, citing alarming trend

Rev. Evan Hadley, Motherbug at the Saloon

The Reverend Evan Hadley is Portland-based singer/songwriter and guitarist known for his unique blend of groove-oriented alt-pop combined with many other musical textures and layered over intense rhythms.

Letters - March 26

Show respect

Lacrosse season starts with messy jamboree

The following comments are from HRV coach Mac Jackson:

Choreography prize names Winner

A Hood River student won first place in the Columbia Dance Ensemble’s 10th annual Weiler Choreography Competition on Feb. 22 at the Royal Durst Theater in Vancouver. The competition is for pre-professional choreographers aged 13 and up.

Savino’s books full week of music

Tonight, Area54 invades Savino’s Lounge to record their Saturday night radio show live from the bar. Bento, half-price drinks mixed with downbeat and lounge rhythms promises for a fun evening.

HRV softball splits double-header

The following report was taken from a new website developed by HRV assistant coach Wayne Smith. You can visit the site at: www.freewebs.com/hrvsoftball

HRV lacrosse prepares for season with jamboree

Senior attacker Jon Munk (center) and the Hood River Valley lacrosse team hosted a messy 12-team jamboree last Saturday at Wy’east Middle School in Odell. The Eagles won each of their three one-hour scrimmages against West Linn JV (12-0), Westview (8-5) and Sunset (7-4), but official returns on the Wy’east fields were less than favorable. Because of consistent rainfall last week and poor drainage at the fields, Saturday’s jamboree — which featured 18 games on three fields — rendered the fields unusable for a minimum of two weeks. HRV returns to action March 31 with a league match-up at Wilson H.S. in Portland. Home opener is April 11 vs. Lincoln.

Parents seek support forgrads’ party

Parents of Hood River Valley High School Class of 2003 are asking the community to help keep their students safe on June 6 — graduation night.

Obituaries - March 26

Erna Maude Elliott

HRV tracksters start off on the right foot

The Hood River Valley track team officially broke ground on a new season on March 20 when it traveled to Bend for the annual Ice Breaker meet at Mountain View High School.

Sports briefs

Bassham aces No. 15 at Indian Creek

Peerless Pear Man

Professor Chen devoted his career to better awareness of the health benefits of local fruit

Professor Chen devoted his career to better awareness of the health benefits of local fruit

A veteran's view - Part I

Decorated World War II veteran stands fast against current conflict

Decorated World War II veteran stands fast against current conflict

HRV baseball falls to Eagle

The HRV baseball team played its opening game of Spring Break on Monday in Peoria, Ariz., losing 10-1 to Eagle High School of Eagle, Idaho.

Protesters take their message to recruit office

Station closes just before rally starts in The Dalles

Station closes just before rally starts in The Dalles

Entertainment briefs - March 26

Gallery holding annual meeting

Blossom Festival returns April 19-20

April means blossom time in Oregon’s Hood River Valley, and blossom time means the return of the popular Hood River Valley Blossom Festival.

A veteran's view - Part II

Survivor of Nazi POW camp believes that with U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq, protests ‘just not right’

Survivor of Nazi POW camp believes that with U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq, protests ‘just not right’

How to use pesticides at home safely and wisely

Homeowners are beginning an annual rite of spring, launching a major effort to get their yards in proper shape. Among the tools: pesticides.

Monday, March 24

Letters March 19/22

What moral code?

Sports briefs

Spring lift tickets sold at Meadows

Friday, March 21

HRV takes it to The Dalles for first win

After giving up 18 runs to Reynolds on Tuesday and 11 more to Forest Grove on Wednesday, the Hood River Valley baseball team needed a breakout pitching performance on Thursday at The Dalles.

Peace rally attracts varied crowd to Overlook Park

About 75 people gathered at Overlook Memorial Park on Thursday evening for a candlelight vigil to protest the war in Iraq, which began Wednesday night. The crowd, which ranged in age from toddlers to senior citizens and varied in form from dreadlocked twenty-somethings to middle-aged teachers and doctors, sang songs, chatted and held signs proclaiming their opposition to the war.

Van heist opens eyes in windsurfing world

Sailworks owner Bruce Peterson looks for answers in a peculiar crime

Sailworks owner Bruce Peterson looks for answers in a peculiar crime

Softball lets one slip after opening win

Mudballs took the place of fireballs Wednesday at Westside Field as the Hood River Valley softball team lost its home opener, 2-0, to Evergreen High School of Vancouver, Wash.

War marshals uneasy feelings

Citizens range from angry to avid in early days of conflict

Citizens range from angry to avid in early days of conflict

County Sheriff keeps a watchful eye on Hood River homefront

The best defense is a strong offense.

Wednesday, March 19

House concert features British singer

Clive Gregson, one of England’s most admired and acclaimed songwriters, will be launching an extremely rare West Coast tour this month.

City’s Jan Morris scores top award

Manager of the Year

Manager of the Year

Jackstraw plays the Saloon

Jackstraw is one of the most popular names in the Portland music scene, and for good reason. Blending traditional bluegrass music with a hint of jamming provides the perfect mix.

‘Campaign For Future’ aims to help schools

Shortfalls created by Measure 28 defeat have citizens rallying for funds

Shortfalls created by Measure 28 defeat have citizens rallying for funds

HRV spring sports schedules

HRV boys Baseball

Sports briefs

Men’s team wins The Dalles league

Everest Again

Hood River mountaineer leads trip up world’s highest peak

Hood River mountaineer leads trip up world’s highest peak

Art for the Sky

Westside, May Street students to create a massive Mount Hood

Westside, May Street students to create a massive Mount Hood

Sixth-grader wins News’ subscription campaign

Winning stayed in the family in the Hood River News’ subscription campaign that wrapped up March 15.

Seniors snag spotlight for experienced girls tennis team

Season preview

Season preview

Westside welcomes Kyrgyzstan educators

Westside Elementary School students greeted dignitaries from the Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan with enthusiasm on Monday morning.

Hood River County and cities unite for job growth

A united effort by officials throughout Hood River County is clearing the way for a window assembly plant to set up shop at the lower Hanel Mill.

Kelleys, Schifter play Savino’s

Tara Schifter Kelley performs at Savino’s on Friday for an evening of original songs and her favorite covers. Her voice, both gutsy and tender, transfixes and intrigues her audiences. Justin Kelley matches Tara’s acoustic guitar work with mellow leads. The musical couple, who are residents of the Gorge and are featured as part of Savino’s ongoing Singer/Songwriter series, are joined by Henry Schifter, opening the sets with solo acoustics and songs.

Obituaries - March 19

Mary Bruner

Senior leaders key for HRV lacrosse

Season preview

Season preview

Internal competition may be the secret to better scores

Season preview

Season preview

Schools are ‘a reflection of a wonderful community’

Another Voice

Another Voice

Early returns show strong signs for HRV boys tennis

Rather surprisingly, the spring sports season at Hood River Valley High School has already begun.

Bohn, Streich file for port seats

Strong credentials back commission candidates

Strong credentials back commission candidates

Season preview Youthful bunch shows good things on the Horizon

Most of the names are the same, but the Horizon Christian baseball team also has a fair dose of unfamiliarity this season.

Bearing the responsibility of war and protest

Another Voice

Another Voice

Friday, March 14

World champion Varner wows local billiards crowd

World-renowned billiards icon Nick Varner sized up the greens at Hood River Billiards on Tuesday, treating the locals to a full day of fun and learning.

Vandals damage road, creek

Crews spend two days fixing well-used Post Canyon Road

Crews spend two days fixing well-used Post Canyon Road

School Board prepares to hire Evenson-Brady

Hood River County School Board this week took three steps for the short-term, medium-term and long-term.

HRV track benefits from balance, strong turnout

Season preview

Season preview

A truly grape time

Get set for Hood River’s St. Urho’s Day festivities on Sunday

Get set for Hood River’s St. Urho’s Day festivities on Sunday

A bill for mills

Smith, local officials move to revive industrial lands

Smith, local officials move to revive industrial lands

Eagles hope versatility gives them IMC edge

Season preview

Season preview

Spring colors

Easy winter in Hood River means early-season planting

Easy winter in Hood River means early-season planting

HRV softballers seek to surpass 2002 playoff effort

Season preview

Season preview

Wednesday, March 12

Local instructor earns 7th degree black belt

Only when you meet Gary Muma will you begin to understand the long-time instructor’s philosophy about the sport — or rather, the art — of Taekwon-Do.

CGCC takes option on land in Hood River

College Board of Directors agree to exercise a possible purchase of 27 acres on Country Club Road for site

College Board of Directors agree to exercise a possible purchase of 27 acres on Country Club Road for site

Blue Trick, Anandi to play Savino’s on St. Paddy's Day

Savino’s Lounge has a big weekend of music planned, kicking off with Spinnaker on Friday night, followed by Anandi on Saturday and Blue Trick on Monday.

Sports briefs

Summit’s drive for five postponed

Swinging blues returns to Hood River

With nearly 30 years of experience, Junior Watson has reached cult status among blues players and listeners.

Lucky seven: Local youth wrestlers place at state

Looking to capitalize on a strong district performance, the best of the best from the Hood River and Wy’east middle school wrestling teams traveled to Woodburn High School last Saturday for the 2003 state tournament.

New fire chief pleased with welcome

Greg Hoeger replaces Gary Willis in Hood River

Greg Hoeger replaces Gary Willis in Hood River

New sturgeon rules below Bonneville

By BUZZ RAMSEY

HRV boys skiers carve up state slopes for 4th

Boys take second in GS, while depleted girls team finishes 11th overall

Boys take second in GS, while depleted girls team finishes 11th overall

Letters - March 12

Credit to Yasui

Obituaries - March 12

Jean McNaughton

‘Neighbor to Neighbor’

Cascade Locks residents from two neighborhoods plan block party

Cascade Locks residents from two neighborhoods plan block party

Getting fit financially

Cindy Morus totes the $2.74 solution

Cindy Morus totes the $2.74 solution

Cooper Spur skiers win Buddy Werner title

By PAIGE ROUSE

Entertainment briefs - March 12

Pianist John Nilsen plays Saturday

Enterprise zone expands county-wide

Cascade Locks’ move could help job growth potential

Cascade Locks’ move could help job growth potential

Monday, March 10

Eagle wrestlers raise the bar in 2003

Season in review

Season in review

Indian Creek to hold benefit for Smith

Golfers of all ability levels are encouraged to sign up soon for the March 16 Noah Smith Benefit Golf Tournament at Indian Creek.

City welcomes Greg Hoeger, new fire chief, on Monday

Community members are invited to meet new Hood River Fire Chief Greg Hoeger at an informal reception on Monday.

HR Police issue bogus check alert

High quality reproductions have tricked local businesses

High quality reproductions have tricked local businesses

With Games gone, time to focus on the Gorge

March 8

Cooper Spur skiers ready to take on regional field

Four Cooper Spur Race Team skiers have qualified to compete against the best racers in the western United States later this month.

New deli bakes in tradition

At Panzanella Bakery & Deli, you won’t find smoked turkey or alfalfa sprouts. And don’t expect to pull a chair up to a table. There aren’t any — of either.

Seniors shine as young swimmers show signs

Season in review

Season in review

Retiring scientist honored

Leading pear expert steps down after 25 years of service

Leading pear expert steps down after 25 years of service

School music classes opened to community

March is national “Music in the Schools” month, and parents and community members are cordially invited to “sit in” on a local music class. The yearly event, sponsored by the Music Educators National Conference (www.MENC.org) involves thousands of music programs and hundreds of thousands of students.

Replacement Games off the table

New approach to promote Gorge region begins to garner support

New approach to promote Gorge region begins to garner support

Wednesday, March 5

‘How can the state call our schools excellent?’

Another Voice

Another Voice

Letters - March 5

Pointless article

Rubberneck returns to the River City

Ricardo and Pablo Ojeda were born to a musical family in Valdivia, Chile. When the boys were toddlers the family relocated to Dallas, Texas, and as teenagers they expanded their Latin tastes to include all kinds of music —from Vivaldi to AC/DC to Prince. After moving to Portland the brothers recruited like-minded players to form their own Latin-influenced funk band.

Obituaries - March 1/5

Artle Herman

Poised to Lead

Dr. Evenson-Brady shows strengths

Dr. Evenson-Brady shows strengths

Tuesday, March 4

HR loses prevention specialist

State cuts anti-drug money, forcing Maija Yasui out of a position

State cuts anti-drug money, forcing Maija Yasui out of a position

HRMS grabs hold of district wrestling title

What was billed as a “rebuilding year” has turned into a season of demolitions for the Hood River Middle School wrestling team.

Sports briefs

Table tennis tourney on March 15

HRV girls’ strong conference showing bodes well for future

Season in review

Season in review

Evenson-Brady talks teaching

Lone Superintendent finalist meets the public again on Tuesday

Lone Superintendent finalist meets the public again on Tuesday

Stadium Shovels

Corey Level, a former HRVHS football player, drops the shovel on a backhoe at Henderson Community Stadium, where groundbreaking for Project Eagle 2003 got underway Thursday morning. Gary Fisher of Fisher Construction, along with Zeller Excavating, began work on the area which will feature new bathrooms as well as a small courtyard adjacent to the stadium. Project Eagle 2003 is an ongoing community project now raising funds for the stadium improvements, set for completion by June.

Mosier acts on waterfront issue

City removes Gay Jervey from river restoration project

City removes Gay Jervey from river restoration project

Disappointing season ends on losing note

The season was over in early February, but it officially came to an end last Friday in Hermiston.

Building A Dream

Self-help housing project launches in Odell

Self-help housing project launches in Odell