Stories for April 2012


Monday, April 30


Sunday, April 29

Saturday, April 28

Kitzhaber won’t stop Nestlé water swap

While legal and public protests have been raised against Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife on water access issues for a proposed Nestlé bottling plant, Gov. John Kitzhaber has been called upon by environmental groups to stop ODFW in its tracks.

April 28, 2012 noon read more..

Track teams head into home stretch

Hood River Valley hosted a six-team meet at Henderson Stadium Tuesday, with the main focus being on HRV and Columbia River Conference rival The Dalles-Wahtonka, but with smaller schools Columbia, Dufur, Klickitat and Horizon Christian also getting a chance to show their stuff in open classification competitions.

April 28, 2012 noon read more..

Once in a lifetime

I ran off the sidelines of the Little League field and back to my car as quick as I could. I wasn’t going to miss this one.

April 28, 2012 noon read more..

Naito splits cable park application

In the latest in a series of developments, Naito Development and Surround Architecture representative Mark Vanderzanden this week filed a request with the City of Hood River Planning Department to bifurcate the site plan review and conditional use permit application for a proposed hotel, commercial building, parking lot and cable park along the Hood River waterfront.

April 28, 2012 noon read more..

Friday, April 27


Thursday, April 26


Wednesday, April 25


Lions grant gives FISH $30,000 for new building

The Hood River Lions Foundation and the Hood River Lions Club have issued a “challenge” grant to everyone in Hood River County. The Foundation and the Club have chosen the construction of the planned FISH Food Bank facility on Tucker Road as a signature project.

April 25, 2012 noon read more..

Sheriff candidates make cases

The three candidates for Sheriff — Gerry Tiffany, Neal Holste and Matt English — repeated familiar themes in a forum Monday, but each took steps to distinguish himself from his opponents.

April 25, 2012 noon read more..

Speech pair takes state, off to nationals

Two Hood River Valley High School juniors have once again proven their prowess in the fine art of debate. Their category? Public forum. Their topic? Federally mandated childhood vaccinations.

April 25, 2012 noon read more..

Photos sought for HRVHS all-night grad party

The Senior All-Night Party Committee for the Class of 2012 would like to remind parents of graduating seniors that if they have not already done so, to please turn in the student’s permission slip and $35 fee.

April 25, 2012 noon read more..

Volcanic Bottle Shoppe expands

Abe Stevens and Amanda Goeke opened Volcanic Bottle Shoppe about two years ago, at a time when opening a new business was even riskier than usual.

April 25, 2012 noon read more..

Business Notes April 25, 2012

Gorge Wineries pour in Seattle; Care Center offers hospice rooms; 'Capture the Sun' starts May 1; CL Revitalization Committee meets; Career Fair seeks volunteers

April 25, 2012 noon read more..

First Book makes grants

First Book-Hood River County recently awarded six book grants for a total of 1,590 books to be distributed by local organizations to children in the community.

April 25, 2012 noon read more..

At Hood River Reads finale: The journey

Cardboard boxes were a constant in Francisco Jiménez’s childhood. The author of this year’s book selection for Hood River County Reads, “The Circuit,” told a large audience Monday evening that the boxes represented the fragile and unstable life of a migrant family.

April 25, 2012 noon read more..

The Dalles Dam reopens to public

Beginning May 4, The Dalles Dam Visitor Center will be open to the public Friday through Sunday. The weekend schedule continues until June 15, when the visitor center opens daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to visitors.

April 25, 2012 noon read more..

New art show shines

Sunshine and flowers outside complemented glass art and watercolors inside during last weekend’s first Art in the Gorge show at Columbia Gorge Hotel.

April 25, 2012 noon read more..

New Horizons: Hood River native learns life lessons with World Kayak Academy

Nick Dancer, a sophomore in high school, checked in recently to give an update on his experience with the Trout Lake-based World Class Kayak Academy. The student kayakers and teachers were in transition from an extended trip in China to the West Coast of the U.S., where they will spend the rest of the school year paddling and studying.

April 25, 2012 noon read more..

‘Nice Triathlon’ and other French delights

This spring break, a group of sophomore, junior and senior students from Jennifer Stevens’ French classes at Hood River Valley High School embarked on a memorable journey through France. There were 11 kids on the trip and five chaperones, including Stevens and Heidi Mudry, also a French-speaking teacher at HRVHS.

April 25, 2012 noon read more..

Tuesday, April 24


Monday, April 23

Saturday, April 21


Rep. Walden announces student art competition

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., announced that the 2012 Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery,” is now open to high school students throughout Oregon’s Second Congressional District, which includes central, southern and eastern Oregon.

April 21, 2012 noon read more..

GREEN WAYS: Discussion group seeks sustainable solutions

Waste not, want not: This is becoming the mantra for a growing number of businesses in the Gorge food service industry, as became even more apparent in “Sustainable Systems at Work,” a recent discussion series designed by the Northwest Earth Institute and spearheaded by the Gorge Owned Business Network.

April 21, 2012 noon read more..

Lights, camera, action

A bluegrass/rap montage about home brewing and a middle-aged drama set in a large home overlooking downtown: What do they have in common? On the surface, not a whole lot. In fact, it’s a stretch to even introduce the two in the same story.

April 21, 2012 noon read more..

Friday, April 20


Thursday, April 19

Wednesday, April 18


April is Child Abuse Awareness month

“April is an opportunity for our community to think about how we protect our children,” said Debi Baskins, executive director of the Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center.

April 18, 2012 noon read more..

Wy’east takes second at Battle of the

Wy’east Middle School took second place in Saturday’s state championships for Oregon Battle of the Books. The team includes Doug Asai, Ruben Gonzaga, Tanner Wells, Symeon Walker and Jake Bromham, coached by David Sacquety.

April 18, 2012 noon read more..

Community trail links westside to downtown

After a couple years in the works, Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District is making visible progress on the Westside Community Trail. When completed, the trail will provide off-street travel from Fairview Drive near Westside Elementary School down to the Rotary Skate Park on Wasco Ave. Although some sections of the trail will be on sidewalk, most of it will stray from roads, taking advantage of the patchwork of open green spaces between the school and the skate park.

April 18, 2012 noon read more..

Buzzzing, with curiosity

Reaching altitudes much like the beleaguered bees they admire, Aiden Wood and Saylor Sundby, both 9, are channeling their youthful energy into more than just trampolines.

April 18, 2012 noon read more..

City planning will evaluate cable park proposal

In a four-hour marathon meeting Monday evening, the City of Hood River Planning Commission was unable to reach a decision on a site plan application submitted by Portland-based Naito Development LLC. The meeting was a combination extension of a prior public hearing and introduction of a Conditional Use Permit application, which the applicant was required to file for the proposed hotel, commercial building and parking lot development.

April 18, 2012 noon read more..

Eagle girls tennis doubled Up

The HRV girls tennis team had a rough go of it Friday against Central Oregon powers Redmond and Mountain View. Redmond swept the Eagles 8-0, while the Eagles hung around with Mountain View before losing 5-3.

April 18, 2012 noon read more..

Hawk baseball splits with Stanfield, Eagles top Bucks

The Horizon Christian and Hood River Valley baseball teams came out of the weekend showing they could play with the big boys of Oregon baseball. Hosting defending state champ Stanfield-Echo in a Saturday doubleheader the Hawks blew out the Tigers 8-2 behind a solid pitching for performance from Sam Anthony.

April 18, 2012 noon read more..

Historic Walking Tours begin downtown May 19

The History Museum of Hood River County is offering walking tours of downtown Hood River on Saturdays at 10 a.m. between May 19 and June 30. Knowledgeable museum staff will help participants explore the architecture, history and cultural importance of many of the city’s well-preserved buildings.

April 18, 2012 noon read more..

Pirates of Neverland

The Mid-Columbia Lions Follies continues its run of “Pirates of Neverland” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 19, 20 and 21. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. at Hood River Middle School’s auditorium.

April 18, 2012 noon read more..

Looking for common ground

Unexpected money received by the Gorge Commission will fund interviews with stakeholders as a step toward finding common ground on expanding urban boundaries in the Columbia Gorge.

April 18, 2012 noon read more..

‘Tongue Twister’ winners

Kim Vogel, center, won the second annual Tongue Twister Tournament April 6. The event, a benefit for SMART Reading Program in Hood River County, raised $920 for the literacy program that serves students in local elementary schools.

April 18, 2012 noon read more..

CG Masters put on a show

The Columbia Gorge Masters swim team played host to hundreds of swimmers from around the Northwest at the Oregon Masters Swimming Short Court Meet Association championships Friday through Sunday at the Hood River Aquatic Center.

April 18, 2012 noon read more..

‘Best Ever’ e-car

The Hood River Electric Car Rally in Hood River Saturday was “the best ever,” said Jeff Blackman, HRVHS teacher and e-car program advisor.

April 18, 2012 noon read more..

HRV girls lax hammers Grant

The Hood River Valley girls lacrosse team finds itself in the thick of the PIL league standings after blasting Grant 17-3 Friday.

April 18, 2012 noon read more..

Monday, April 16


Saturday, April 14


Cascade Locks prepares for Nestlé with due diligence

A new joint committee for economic development (JCED) in Cascade Locks held its first formational meeting April 12 at City Hall. The partnership, created between the port and city, is aiming for a new era of prosperity for the riverside town.

April 14, 2012 noon read more..

Streets, old fire hall spruced up

Spring cleaning efforts are under way in Cascade Locks starting this week, under the guidance of the Cascade Locks Downtown Revitalization Steering Committee and its sub-committee on cleanup.

April 14, 2012 noon read more..

Yacht Club raises new sails

The Hood River Yacht Club is preparing not only for the current season, but for next year and beyond, says HRYC Commodore Doug Archbald.

April 14, 2012 noon read more..

‘Messiah’ tries to steal trooper’s car

A 60-year old Longview, Wash., man was arrested Monday afternoon at Rooster Rock State Park following a brief struggle when he rushed an Oregon State Police trooper with the alleged intention of stealing the trooper's patrol car.

April 14, 2012 noon read more..

Accident drill simulates mass casualty incident

Ninety-six teens involved in a mock freeway collision Thursday between a bus and minivan were transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles and Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital for treatment of “injuries.”

April 14, 2012 noon read more..

Friday, April 13


Thursday, April 12

Wednesday, April 11


Barns project turns into legacy

Almost two years into their project, Nick and Pam Bielemeier continue to discover more unique pieces of history scattered throughout Hood River County.

April 11, 2012 noon read more..

Hood River County DA, sheriff candidates highlight differences

A familiar counterpoint in local politics — time-tested leadership versus time for a change — showed in recent remarks by Hood River County District Attorney incumbent John Sewell and challenger Brian Aaron. They spoke at a forum hosted by the Hood River County Democratic Party at Hood River Middle School April 4.

April 11, 2012 noon read more..

USDA appeals city win in water line grant

After a local USDA hearings officer determined that the USDA violated its own policies in revoking funds from the city to complete a water line upgrade, the national office of the USDA is appealing the local USDA hearing officer decision to the national director of the USDA, claiming that the local USDA appeals officer had no authority to overturn the USDA and in fact was the one who violated the USDA’s own policies. Got all that? No? Neither does the city

April 11, 2012 noon read more..

Tuesday, April 10


Monday, April 9


Saturday, April 7

Aware of abuse: Community can work to nurture,

Child abuse is a serious nationwide problem, no less so in Hood River County. In 2010, 592 reports of child abuse and neglect were reported to county authorities; 56 percent were assessed, and 17 percent determined to be founded, according to the non-profit Children First.

April 7, 2012 noon read more..

Eagle softball flattens Lake Oswego

The sixth-ranked Hood River Valley Eagles softball team showed that it’s well deserving of its high recognition as it continued its early season domination over nonleague teams with a 10-0 win over the Lake Oswego Lakers.

April 7, 2012 noon read more..

Port board will prolong cable park decision

th mounting public interest over a proposed cable park inside Nichols Boat Basin, the Port of Hood River board of commissioners this week discussed what strategy to take in anticipation of the debate entering the Port’s arena.

April 7, 2012 noon read more..

Friday, April 6


Thursday, April 5


Wednesday, April 4


Monday, April 2


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