Wednesday, August 29
Hood River Valley High School’s cross country team hits the ground running this week as it travels to Wilsonville for the first meet of the season. Much of team, led by longtime coach Kristen Uhler, has been training regularly through the summer to stay in shape and be ready for what is expected to be a solid season for both boys and girls squads.
Time to put away the industrial-strength sprinklers and put away the pressure washer for cleaning the car.
The new school year is imminent, and reports are that all systems are go!
"Neil Armstrong's footprint"
"Neil Armstrong's footprint"
Teach respect for foliage; Politics and medications; Big money divides; more
The Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama tribes opened the first of three commercial gillnet fishing periods for the 2012 fall commercial season today. During the fall fishery, tribal fishers will harvest approximately 160,000 fish or an estimated 2 million pounds. The tribal sales allow the public to purchase salmon, steelhead and coho directly from tribal fishers.
Death Notices: Jane Boyd, Sue Jensen, Robert Racine
August 29, 2012 Kaleidescope
Gravel, rocks, snow, compact soil and dust: You trod on them all getting to Eliot Glacier, on the north side of Mount Hood.
Being around for 75 years: That is a hard concept for me to grasp considering I’ve barely made it through just 17 years. Timberline Lodge on the flank of Mount Hood has remained all these years, but during the construction of the facility America was facing some of its hardest tests in the 20th century.
Nobody injured in Monday afternoon Eliot Drive blaze
A giant cloud of billowing, black smoke sent residents to their phones on Monday afternoon as fire blazed through two structures and two vehicles at 3099 Eliot Road.
Hood River’s electric car charging station is charged up and ready to go.
Rodriguez-Garibo nabbed in Parkdale during night operation
After living off of orchard fruit and hiding out in rugged forest lands since he allegedly stabbed his employer on Aug. 18, suspect Edgar Omar Rodriguez-Garibo, 38, was taken into custody following a nighttime sheriff’s department stake-out on Aug. 25.
Doug Archbald, commodore of Hood River Yacht Club, writes that Double Damned 2012 went off with great success in the face of “challenging, very un-Gorge-like conditions.”
With several large wildfires burning in the state and fire danger reaching extreme levels, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service urge Oregonians to take extra precautions to protect homes near forests and to avoid starting fires.
Last week, local and regional high school students tested water quality, examined stream morphology and tracked endangered carnivores on a weeklong backpacking, biking and kayaking adventure through the Hood River watershed.
First game is Friday, at home against Sandy
The Hood River Valley High School football team is looking for redemption under this Friday night’s lights, in the Eagles’ season opener.
Saturday, August 25
Mark Flaming awarded $9,346 after proving unauthorized credit card use
With charges on his credit card account totaling over $42,000 for flights that actually cost closer to $18,000, Mark Flaming, of Hood River, sought a civil judgement against Cascade Travel owner Sue Collins in the court room of Judge John A. Olson on Aug. 22.
For Steve Becker, the Hood To Coast Relay is a must-do for anyone with an able body and a passion for true Oregon experiences. The 31st annual event — a 199-mile running relay from Timberline Lodge on to Seaside — started Friday morning and finishes Saturday when teams arrive at the finish line and beachfront party.
It’s not quite Yankees vs. Red Sox or Blazers vs. Lakers but Toejammers vs. Kickballers has even more at stake.
Hood River Valley High School baseball players Kyle Beam, Ryan Colesar and Ty Bofferding traveled to Centralia, Wash., last week to play in the elite Baseball Northwest Championships tournament. The invitation-only event is aimed at providing top young players from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming exposure to college coaches and scouts.
Exactly a year ago Sunday, on Aug. 26, 2011, a lightning storm passing over Mount Hood ignited the Dollar Lake Fire.
Joyce Paulson; Sue Jensen
Not just the economy; Blame falls everywhere
It looked like something a stunt crew would set up for a Hollywood film.
Firefighters from Hood River give as well as receive expertise while helping fight the Waterfalls 2 fire in Central Oregon this week.
New location at HRMS brings attendance boost
Hood River Middle School multi-purpose room has never seen so much color.
Public will have its next chance to weigh in Sept. 12
Opponents of a proposed cable park in the former Nichols Boat Basin left the Hood River Port Commission with a choice Tuesday night: One use or many.
As the Democrat candidate for State Representative for House District 52, I am accepting donations up to $50 per resident per year. I am not accepting donations from corporations or political action committees or any special interest groups. Why am I doing this?
Wednesday, August 22
Johnny Roberts; James Sharp; Robert Cree
The company in motion
Great journeys often begin with small steps. In this case, we’re talking dance steps.
U.S. lawmaker discusses industry needs as well as privacy concerns
White Salmon and Bingen have been very popular with Washington politicians in 2012, even if it is an election year.
A team of teachers from Parkdale Elementary School has been selected for the Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics Math Excellence Area Award for Hood River, Wasco, and Sherman counties.
Odell glass artist Laurel Marie Hagner has a new commissioned glass sculpture entitled “Woven Essence” at a law firm in the nation’s capital. The 5-by-5-foot piece was recently installed in Washington, D.C., at Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, Rice.
The 13th annual Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest held its second and final round of competition Sunday under sunny skies and strong, gusty conditions. The amateur-only event, touted as the longest-running freestyle kiteboarding contest in the U.S., featured two separate weekends of competition this year. A successful pro event was held at the end of July and was followed by Sunday’s amateur and youth contest.
Do you remember the first book you ever read? Do you remember learning how to read or write? If you do, it is likely you will also remember a special person there next to you — a teacher, a parent, or friend — helping you along the way.
Blaine replaces Reinig for HRC
Three new commissioners have joined the ranks of the Columbia River Gorge Commission, including one new representative from Hood River.
Vision for Cascade Locks; Democrats to blame; Protect Crater Lake; more
After nearly three decades running the landmark, Hillmicks sell to Derek DeBorde and Jason Taylor
After nearly 30 years, Lost Lake Resort has new owners.
County Commission first wants to see significant revisions to planning proposal
In light of the approaching kickoff of football season, the Hood River County Commission’s decision on revisions to the county zoning ordinance seemed only appropriate.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge was blessed with beautiful weather on Sunday, Aug. 5 for their first-ever stand-up paddling (SUP) clinic in Nichols Basin, hosted by the Big Winds SUP Junior Elite Team.
Sheriff reports suspect Edgar Rodriguez-Garibo still at large
The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a local man who allegedly attacked a woman at a Highway 35 farm on Saturday afternoon. The suspect is identified as Edgar Omar Rodriquez-Garibo, 38.
As one of the Columbia Gorge Dance Academy-hosted Company dancers, Megan Hobbs has been working towards a career in dance. She recently completed a summer dance intensive training workshop with the world-famous Radio City Music Hall Rockettes in New York City. Following is an interview with Hobbs about her path to this unique experience, conducted by Hood River News intern Katie Tolbert.
Results, photos, videos: gorgepaddlechallenge.com
“Off the charts,” is how Steve Gates describes the second-annual 2012 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge.
Tomatoes herald the true start of summer. Gardeners, farmers, food bloggers, chefs and regular eaters like me all sing the praise of the ripe summer tomato, whose juicy warm flesh can practically take your breath away.
Dr. Philip Leveque of Molalla writes:
Saturday, August 18
1 p.m. ceremony includes honors for Louis Bud Mohr and John Hazlett
With wildfire season upon us, what better time to recognize and honor those citizens who dedicate their lives to protecting the community from the dangers of fire.
As wildfires rage across the Northwest, local units prepare for dangers at home
The fire crew came off the line hot, tired and reeking of smoke. They had just finished spraying a wet line to knock back a quick-moving brush fire through tall dry grass on rural land in Hood River County.
In an unfortunate fizzling of momentum, the annual Gorge Cup windsurfing series concluded last weekend with its fifth and final race being canceled due to lack of wind. Standings as of that event were used as final results and, to no great surprise but much to his credit, Bruce Peterson finished first overall against a fleet of 37 racers. Not far off Peterson’s mark was MacRae Wylde in second and, as the star of the summer season, Fiona Wylde, finished just behind her father at third overall and first in the junior class.
With a mission of providing youth in the Gorge with competitive soccer opportunities, Hood River Dynamos teams are transitioning from summer to fall schedules with eight teams on its roster.
Group invites new members to join year-round workouts
A group of 11 Columbia Gorge Triathlon Club members traveled recently to Windsor, Calif., to participate in the Vineman Triathlon. The event, a full iron-distance triathlon, featured a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run to finish things off.
OSU: CORVALLIS, Ore. – For a half-million years, Mount Hood has towered over the landscape, but unlike some of its cousins in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains and many other volcanoes around the Pacific “Rim of Fire,” it doesn’t have a history of large, explosive eruptions.
Get ready for a terrible story from someone you know — but before you get out your wallets, read on.
Osteopathic physician opens integrated medicine practice
The divide between western medical practice and eastern health strategies may be a step closer to harmony with the opening of a new integrative medicine practice under the leadership of Erin Martin, D.O., M.P.H.
Think outside box; Where is property?; Ryan for VP?; more
To the surprise of Hood River natives Kyle Roberts and Chris Barber, both Hood River Valley High School and University of Oregon graduates, wound up in the Peace Corps in the eastern European nation of Albania, where they are working in different parts of the country.
The City of Hood River rolled out a new budget procurement process for its vehicle fleet at the Aug. 13 city council meeting.
Paul Koch will be sticking around Cascade Locks awhile longer.
Wednesday, August 15
The barriers across May Street on Thursday nights keep out the cars but not the fun.
Hood River County has one of the highest rates of uninsured individuals in the state (about 33 percent versus the state average of 21 percent).
When Hood River County Marine Deputy Mike Anderson got up Friday, he figured it was going to be one of those days.
Teens gain skills through program, but funding more tenuous than ever
LOST LAKE — There is no such thing as “another day at the office” for Kathryn Rothrock and her crew.
Children’s party planned for Aug. 17
She had been sharing her love of reading with her young son, and then thought about sharing that love with other children. That was the initial enticement that drew veteran children’s librarian Hillary Steighner to apply for the children’s librarian position with the Hood River County Library back in 1987.
Mural sadly needed; Breathtaking stuff; Planning is key; more
This letter is in response to the Hood River News’ recent news releases promoting the purported benefits of a hospitalist program. “The devil is in the details,” so these articles deserve further clarification.
New owners employ personal style at former Sage’s Café location
Helen Mahurin A perfect place to enjoy and receive a good hearty breakfast or lunch is tucked away inside Mall 202 on the corner of Second Street and Cascade Ave.
The walls are up and the Internet connection is in place at a mentoring and business development nonprofit years in the making.
It may not have been London’s Olympic Stadium, but to the athletes of the Hood River Special Olympics Team, the State Games still represent the culmination of months’ and years’ worth of hard work and determination.
The Hood River Yacht Club held its annual Double-Damned downwind race Saturday. The downwind, every-boat-for-itself sprint from Cascade Locks to The Dalles has grown in popularity and reputation since its conception in 2008. This year’s field of 27 boats was a record for the event, and as the fleet lined up in Cascade Locks for what has proven to be 40-plus miles of gut checking, crew testing, gear breaking, mast snapping and general mayhem on the water.
First event held on city’s new Easy CLIMB trail
In its first summer since being constructed, Cascade Locks’ Easy CLIMB trail was host Sunday to the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association Short Track State Championships. The event saw 150 riders registered — mainly from the greater Portland area — to compete in a fast-paced race around the scenic 1.2-mile trail on vacant property owned by the Port of Cascade Locks.
Five years ago a group of parents from across faith communities gathered together to share a vision; seeking a way to teach children peace-building skills, and teach them early.
With spiritual blessings for Hood River, the Gorge and the entire world, six Tibetan monks brought the beauty of sand mandala art to Hood River’s library this last week.
Saturday, August 11
The Locavore spirit comes in liquid form, too, thanks to beer makers such as Jason Kahler.
Hood River Sports Club’s 2.5 U.S. Tennis Association women’s team plays this weekend in a sectional playoff tournament in Portland. The team advanced to the tournament after a 5-0 sweep at the Eastern Washington Regional Tournament earlier his year.
Hood River County School District will start looking for a new superintendent this school year.
See ‘Of Mice and Men’; Trickle down?; Well-done play; more
The soil on Hood River County’s southeast forests can get extremely dusty during dry summer months. In the worst areas, powder-like dirt 6 inches thick makes for coated clothing and plenty of grit in the teeth for anyone traveling in a group of more than one.
In the coming weeks the Port of Hood River will be deciding if they think a proposed cable park in the former Nichols Boat Basin represents a boon or a boondoggle for the community.
Funding plan lowers payments for Hood River, gives Wasco break for hosting jail
After years of wrangling, a solution to the annual NORCOR budget crisis may be within reach.
Wednesday, August 8
Photo of the Day
David Gross has never acted before but he knew the part of the Boss was right for him.
“I’m Woody, he’s Guthrie,” Bill Weiler joked, pointing to guitarist Marc Harvey.
A stirring play about seeking an end to ‘placelessness’
You will laugh during “Of Mice and Men.”
Sacred work of art is just one of several events
A group of five Tibetan Buddhist monks, newly arrived from South India, are on a three-month tour of the West Coast to construct sand mandalas, also known as sand paintings. Their tour is called “Sacred Tibetan Art — The Sand Mandala: Creating a Picture of Universal Compassion.” The monks will be constructing the mandala at the Hood River Library Aug.7-10.
The first in what is planned to be an annual golf tournament, called the Horizon Christian Fallen Heroes Memorial Tournament, was held over the weekend and hailed as a success. Fifty-one golfers turned out for the event, held at Hood River Golf and Country Club in memory of former Horizon students Mark Lee and Dale Goetz, both of whom were killed overseas serving the U.S. military.
Adventurous Hood River-area residents making up the Lagunitas Beer Runners took to their annual summer pilgrimage to northern Washington for the Ragnar Northwest Passage Relay race.
Common sense tells us that features like blue eyes or straight hair tend to run in families.
Kite-based event combines business with pleasure
Kiteboarding isn’t just for beach bums and boardheads anymore. To be fair, it never really was; but in the sport’s early days gear was more physically demanding and much less safe, so participants were of the young, athletic, risk-taking type almost by default.
Death Notices: Joyce Paulson; Barbara Weir
While fear of heights is a common phobia, you won’t find too many students at the Renewable Energy Technology training program at Columbia Gorge Community College suffering from that particular challenge.
Big Red, who played Triple Crown winner in Disney movie, charms in his appearance at Jackson Park
The star of Saturday night’s movie show just wanted carrots.
Kyle DeVaul aims high as director of Columbia Arts Center
Second of two parts Twenty years in nonprofit arts administration has put Kyle DeVaul in touch with artists, musicians, teachers, students and sponsors at theaters, universities and other settings throughout the upper eastern seaboard, most recently in Baltimore. In June, she was hired as director of the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, which she said she plans to make “the go-to arts organization of the Gorge.”
Glenn Ahrens is a new Extension Agent for Oregon State University serving Hood River County — as well as Clackamas, East Multnomah and Marion counties.
Bottled H2O testing needed; Good work rewarded; See the play; more
State Parks presents Art Carroll with Doug Newman Trails Achievement Award
Art Carroll, Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District board member and trail volunteer, received the annual Doug Newman Trails Achievement Award on Monday.
Once each month, about 6,500 citizen soldiers from across Oregon travel to their respective armories to train for response to both manmade and natural disasters — and they could soon have their drill pay cut in half.
Police say additional theft charges pending against Sue Collins
Charges and complaints against Cascade Travel owner Sue Collins, are mounting.
Neighbors, August 8, 2012
4-1 vote overturns planning commission approval of plan
If Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation wants a new park, they are going to have to find someplace else to build it.
Saturday, August 4
Opposition launches pair of lawsuits, LUBA appeal on waterfront project
Environmental groups and the developers seeking to build out the former Nichols Boat Works site are ratcheting up their battle over the future of the waterfront area.
Community invited to St. Mary’s festival on Aug. 12
A party on Aug. 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church will help introduce the community to Father Saul Alba Infanta, who joined the parish in April.
This is the best time of the year — when trails are often crowded, dry and dusty and temperatures climb into the 90s — to take advantage of the county’s many upper-elevation recreational outlets. Stretching between Highway 35 and Dufur, Road 44 is a long-established route through the densely forested transition zone between southern Hood River and Wasco counties.
Poetry for all; Candidate wanted; Safe, fun for kids; more
Wednesday’s wildfire was freeway-close.
CASCADE LOCKS — At a typical protest one might expect to see people holding signs, chanting slogans and encouraging cars to honk in support.
No new testimony will be taken during Monday hearing
Fritz von Lubken says he doesn’t have anything against parks; he just believes they should not be built at the expense of high-value farmland.
Wednesday, August 1
We all have our dreams when we go to the fair.
I’ve been to the Hood River County Fair nearly every year since I was a kid; since back when I was too short to get on all the rides, too stubborn to give up trying and too excited to not spend three months of lawn mowing and hay bucking money on snowcones, cheap sunglasses and many of the very same carnival games that were there this year.
Her eyes were adorned with delicate petals of color. Her smile blazed with the sweetest, unselfconscious joy. As she surveyed her choices, Juliana Moore, 6, selected a brilliant white steed and took the reins.
As a longtime sports reporter, I’ve had to learn the rules for plenty of sports which are unfamiliar to me.
This year, the Hood River County Fair featured many things from art to livestock and even an Elvis Presley impersonator; but one of its best features was definitely the rides. From the classic ease of the Ferris wheel to the adrenaline rush of the Drop Zone there were rides for everyone to enjoy.
Every summer at the fair brings back great memories of elephant ears the size of my head to stomach-turning rides to great exhibits and shows.
Before the goat judging started, before the first elephant ear was fried, before the first award-winning gladiolas dropped a petal, Teresa Seal and her crew were hard at work preparing for fair.
Wilbur the pig was at the fair.
Toasts will certainly vary, but if Hood River’s long-awaited newest brewery had an official one, it would be “Op uw gezondheid” — Flemish for “To your health.”
Hazy days in the Gorge are a bit of a surprise when normally sky-clearing winds have been blowing. But, as many river users have noticed, haze has been on the daily menu over the last week.
The traffic gods were conspiring to not let anyone get out of Hood River Friday on Interstate 84.
The upgraded Frank Herman Horse Arena was one of the busiest places at the Hood River County Fair, between the annual Horse Show and a new event, team penning.
Summer changes aim to alleviate crowd issues on peak winter days
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort announced last week that a new technology will be installed and ready for the upcoming season to address what it says is the resort’s most complained-about issue.
The 2012 U.S. Windsurfing Nationals wrapped up last week with a fourth and final day of competition Thursday afternoon at the Hood River Event Site. Wind and weather proved to be ideal for the event, which featured dozens of top windsurfers competing in slalom, formula and freestyle contests.
If you’ve got an urgent need for some of life’s basic necessities, Nina Buckley of the newly opened Idlewild Market, on Fourth Street and Cascade Avenue, has got just what you’re looking for.
Field and Stream, a longtime outdoor sports, hunting and fishing publication, recently named Hood River as a “Best Gamefishing Destination.”
13th-annual event draws top competition, will follow with amateur contest this weekend
The annual Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest proceeded Saturday afternoon with an action-packed showdown that will be remembered as one of the best rounds the freestyle kiteboarding competition has seen in its 13-year history.
Time flies; especially this time of year, and even more so when you’re a high school student soaking up fleeting days of summer vacation.
Death Notice for Aug. 1, 2012: Sharon Duggan; Mary Harris; Janice Kaufman; Thomas Purdie; Albertina Quintanilla; Rogers Wheatley
Sharon Duggan; Mary Harris; Janice Kaufman; Thomas Purdie; Albertina Quintanilla; Rogers Wheatley
Second of two parts An eighth of a mile at a time, people took steps against cancer July 21-22.