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Wednesday, August 29



Eagles XC ready to run

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.

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Tribes open fall fishery

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.

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Timberline Lodge: 75 years and still appealing

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.

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Fire guts garage, vehicles

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.

August 29, 2012 noon read more..


Stabbing suspect is in custody

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.

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Yacht Club volunteers

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.”

August 29, 2012 noon read more..


Fire officials stress need for precautions

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.

August 29, 2012 noon read more..


Citizen science in the Gorge

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.

August 29, 2012 noon read more..


Saturday, August 25



Fighting the ‘ravages of old age’ with Hood To Coast

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.

August 25, 2012 noon read more..
 

Three Eagles play in BNC tournament

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.

August 25, 2012 noon read more..
   

Travel agent Sue Collins loses small claims case

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.

August 25, 2012 noon read more..
    

ANOTHER VOICE: Small donations hope to bring big changes

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?

August 25, 2012 noon read more..

Wednesday, August 22

   

Teachers win Math Excellence Award

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.

August 22, 2012 noon read more..


Sculptor exhibits in D.C.

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.

August 22, 2012 noon read more..


Bride of the Gods Kite Fest a success

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.

August 22, 2012 noon read more..


Big Brothers Big Sisters holds first SUP Clinic

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.

August 22, 2012 noon read more..


Gift of literacy: Become a volunteer tutor

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.

August 22, 2012 noon read more..
    

Mt. Hood orchardist attacked by employee

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.

August 22, 2012 noon read more..


On the road to the Rockettes?

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.

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Saturday, August 18

 

Getting ready for fire

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.

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Peterson wins Gorge Cup, again

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.

August 18, 2012 noon read more..


Dynamos transition to fall season

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.

August 18, 2012 noon read more..


Gorge Tri Club makes the best of summer

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.

August 18, 2012 noon read more..


Study reveals Mt. Hood’s non-explosive nature

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.

August 18, 2012 noon read more..
 

Healthcare with an alternative view

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.

August 18, 2012 noon read more..
   

Wednesday, August 15

    

Librarian Steighner to retire

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.

August 15, 2012 noon read more..
    

Special Olympics: Much more than fun and games

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.

August 15, 2012 noon read more..


Yacht Club sails through summer

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.

August 15, 2012 noon read more..


Short track race a good sign for Cascade Locks

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.

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Saturday, August 11

 

HRSC tennis plays sectionals

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.

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Trail work the old-fashioned way, sort of

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.

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Wednesday, August 8

    

Monks’ sand mandala creation keys

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.

August 8, 2012 noon read more..


Horizon Fallen Heroes tournament a success

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.

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Beer Runners finish first in division

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.

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MaiTai highlights Gorge as sports, tech hotspot

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.

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Arts Center should be arts-central in the Gorge

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.”

August 8, 2012 noon read more..
   

Guard faces pay cuts

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.

August 8, 2012 noon read more..
 

Saturday, August 4



Nichols landing argument heats up

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.

August 4, 2012 noon read more..


Welcome, Father Saul

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.

August 4, 2012 noon read more..


Surveyor’s Ridge Trail lives up to reputation

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.

August 4, 2012 noon read more..
   

Wednesday, August 1

  

You’re never too old to be a kid at 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.

August 1, 2012 noon read more..
  

‘Every ride is an adventure’

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.

August 1, 2012 noon read more..


Turkey legs and twisted ankles

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.

August 1, 2012 noon read more..


NW palate meets Belgian style

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.”

August 1, 2012 noon read more..


Faraway fires fuel Gorge haze

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.

August 1, 2012 noon read more..
 

Idlewild Market meets niche needs

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.

August 1, 2012 noon read more..


The care and feeding of plants and people

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.

August 1, 2012 noon read more..
 

Technology added to Meadows

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.

August 1, 2012 noon read more..


Windsurfing events draw strong fields

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.

August 1, 2012 noon read more..
 

Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest

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.

August 1, 2012 noon read more..
  
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