Stories for December 2012

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Saturday, December 29

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Criminal charges pending in Hwy. 35 injury wreck

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Monday night’s traffic crash on Highway 35 near Mt. Hood Meadows that injured two people, one seriously.

Friday, December 28

Final fun runs of 2012

Freeze your Gizzard Blizzard Dec. 29: This fun run/walk starts at 10 a.m. at The Dalles Waterfront Park and features 3K, 5K and 10K distances. Day-of registration starts at 9 a.m. at the park and is $10 without a shirt and $23 with. Age divisions will be divided in 10-year increments and all proceeds go to Jumpstart Camps scholarship fund.

Snowpack above average at end of 2012

Forecasters say La Niña/El Niño won’t be factors this winter

With the 100-inch benchmark already reached on the slopes of Mt. Hood Meadows, ski and snowboard enthusiasts have been licking their chops over one of the snowiest Decembers the mountain has seen in recent years. The resort opened before Thanksgiving and has seen a steady increase in snowpack since.

Kegler's Corner

McDaniel, DeGeus win city All-Events

The results are in for the All-Events winners in the 62nd annual Hood River city bowling championships last week at Orchard Lanes. We announced the winners in the team, doubles and singles events in last week’s column; All-Events is a combination of the nine games bowled in team, doubles and singles.

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Youth hoops: Don’t miss camp, contests, leagues

Youth camp Jan. 2-4; Free-throw contests Jan. 4; Youth leagues

’12 Plates’ raises $1,000 for school arts

The 12 Plates fundraiser was held at Gallery 301 from Nov. 23 to Dec. 7 as a silent auction to raise money for art programs in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Oregon Culture Trust matches arts donations

Dec. 31 is the deadline for 2012 tax credit

Supporters of Oregon’s arts, heritage and humanities have just hours remaining to take advantage of a very special incentive to sustain Oregon culture.

Crown Point-Vista House closed until Feb. 1

The Historic Columbia River Highway will remain closed until Feb. 1 from Larch Mountain Road to Latourell Falls Road while a highway restoration project continues.

Lions pick up, take away trees Jan. 5

Cleaning up after Christmas is tiring enough, without having to load a dry, needle-dropping old tree into your car and haul it to the transfer station. You’re thinking, “There’s got be an easier way.”

Foundation gives Next Door $10,000

Foster teens will benefit

The Barbara Emily Knudson Charitable Foundation has awarded local nonprofit agency The Next Door a grant to provide enhanced services to 14-21-year-olds in the Columbia Gorge who are in or have recently aged out of foster care.

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Photo of the day: Snow kite

Never a dull day: Conditions were right Thursday for this rare treat on the east hills of the Hood River Valley. Pictured here is Gorge resident Todd Anderson soaring over the hillside with a snow-covered central valley as the backdrop.

Sheriff Log for Dec. 29, 2012

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Dec. 17-24.

Orchard worker admits to assault

A 38-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to second degree assault, admitting to charges that he stabbed a Parkdale-area orchard owner twice in an Aug. 18 incident.

Criminal charges pending

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Monday night’s traffic crash on Highway 35 near Mt. Hood Meadows that injured two people, one seriously.

Hood River soldier’s photographs uncovered

Recently, in San Marcos, Texas, a group of photos were found by Linda Thompson, a Seguin, Texas, resident, at an estate auction stored in an old tool box. Curiosity and a love of old photography saved the images and a young man’s artistry was rediscovered.

Locals graduate from WSU

The following local students graduated from Washington State University in 2012:

Lucas studies in Costa Rica

Jennifer Lucas of Hood River is among 56 Linfield College students who participated this fall in a Linfield study abroad program.

Hood River teen writers receive help

The Pacific Power Foundation has awarded a $2,000 grant to The Nature of Words, a Bend, Ore., nonprofit that promotes creative writing for youth, to help support “Words Without Walls,” NOW’s statewide creative writing program for youth.

Hood River students named to OSU honor roll

CORVALLIS – Names of students who have made the scholastic honor roll fall term have been announced by Oregon State University.

Call for entries: Gorge student art show

The Dalles Art Center is announcing the upcoming Mid-Columbia juried art exhibit for middle and high school students. The exhibit will run Tuesday, Feb. 5, through Saturday, March 2.

Volunteer tax preparers sought for Tax-Aide

For more than 35 years in the Gorge, the AARP Tax-Aide program has been operating with volunteers to prepare taxes for senior citizens and low- to moderate-income persons, free of charge. New volunteers are always welcome to join the program.

Dealing with snow: A few tips from Public Works

The City of Hood River will begin snow removal and sanding procedures when the snow buildup exceeds 3 inches and recommends that cars not be parked on the street. However, cars are allowed to park on the south and west sides of a street to allow city crews to quickly and efficiently clear the snow.

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Letters to the Editor for December 29, 2012

More armed guards?; Teachers with guns?; The spirit of Christmas; more

‘Please, slow down’: A trooper’s plea to drivers

This was one bad week on the roads, with a fatality and a serious injury wreck happening on Dec. 23 and 24, just miles apart on Highway 35 near Mt. Hood Meadows.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 29, 2012

Utah Ballroom Dance Company to perform at Columbia Arts; Bigfoot’s East Coast ; Tess Barr at Waucoma Club; Clumsy Lovers at CEBU Lounge; Keegan Smith plays NYE at Mt. Hood Meadows; New Year’s Eve at Solstice; NYE at CG Hotel; Rich Wilkins Blues holiday

CAST holds ‘Hot Tin Roof’ staged reading auditions

CAST Theater announces auditions for the staged reading of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. in the studio at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave.

The Porch

WELL SAID: “Looking forward into an empty year strikes one with a certain awe, because one finds therein no recognition. The years behind have a friendly aspect, and they are warmed by the fires we have kindled, and all their echoes are the echoes of our own voice.” Alexander Smith, 1863

Celebration will honor poet Stafford

The renowned former Poet Laureate of Oregon, William Stafford, would have been 99 on Jan. 17.

Help wanted for end of year work party at CAST

CAST is having a work party at the Columbia Center for the Arts theater on Saturday, Dec. 29, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to clean and reorganize for the upcoming season, and to move seldom used materials to off-site storage across the street. Individuals are needed to lead work parties in the following areas:

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The church readerboard year 2012

You drive by and maybe you miss them: the church readerboards in Hood River, Odell, Parkdale and Cascade Locks.

Asbury UMC holds final service Sunday

Asbury UMC holds The final worship service takes place Sunday at Asbury United Methodist Church, 616 State St.

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W. Linn man dies in crash on icy Highway 35

Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon’s two-vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 35 about two miles north of Highway 26.

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Crowd honors Wampler, Brown

Sheriff hands over reins to successor Matt English on Jan. 6

More than 250 people filled the ballroom at Hood River Hotel Thursday to thank Sheriff Joe Wampler and Chief Deputy Jerry Brown, who are both about to retire.

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Three safe after rescue

Six agencies search White River Canyon on Mount Hood

A trio of backcountry enthusiasts, attempting an overnight snowshoe trip into the White River Canyon area of Mount Hood, was ultimately rescued on Dec. 24 after becoming lost in heavy snowfall conditions and dense fog on Dec. 23.

County reports new strain of norovirus in Cascade Locks

Testing at Cascade Locks School confirmed that the December outbreak was caused by a Norovirus GII.

A Short Guide to New Year’s

New Year’s Day weather could be calm or frightful. Either way, a variety of activities is available locally, either indoors or out.

Wednesday, December 26

Volunteer training held at History Museum

The History Museum of Hood River County is holding volunteer orientations in January. Community members are invited to be a part of The History Museum as it begins its next chapter.

Share the Warmth: a way to give back

What can we all do to help our community during the holidays?

‘Everybody’s got the spirit’

Once again, the Hood River County Christmas Project has spread Christmas cheer to families who might not have had any otherwise.

Volunteers fuel Meals on Wheels

There is no stopping Meals on Wheels.

FISH food banks are well-stocked with volunteers

Volunteers are the heart of the FISH food bank in its four locations in Hood River County.

Winter-long welcome mat: Hood River Warming Shelter

Warming Shelter is a place of stories.

A holiday up-twist to the ‘Hit and Run’

The teams arrived in cheerful clusters to the front lobby of Walmart on Dec. 16, with charitable hearts a-ready and gift lists in hand.

Big Brothers mixes gratitude and friendship

“Bigs” and “Littles” celebrated together on Dec. 8, when the Moose Lodge in The Dalles hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge.

Bonneville Lock and Dam sets holiday hours

Bonneville Lock and Dam’s visitor centers and recreation areas will be closed all day Dec. 24 and 25. The dam will resume normal operations Wednesday, Dec. 26.

Lions collect Christmas trees

Hood River Lions Club will pick up your Christmas tree if you place it by the curb before 10 a.m. on Jan. 5.

CGCC offers free financial aid help

Columbia Gorge Community College is sponsoring a free Financial Aid Day in conjunction with College Goal Oregon, at The Dalles and Hood River campuses on Jan. 5.

Volunteer tax preparers sought

For more than 35 years in the Gorge, the AARP Tax-Aide program has been operating with volunteers to prepare taxes for senior citizens and low- to moderate-income persons, free of charge. New volunteers are always welcome.

Elks honor Knapp, Dittenhofer for November

Petra Knapp and Gabrielle Dittenhofer have been selected as the Hood River Elks Lodge Students of the Month for November. They were honored at a recent Lodge meeting and each presented with a check for $100.

Annual Christmas Bird count needs volunteers Dec. 30

Join the growing number of bird enthusiasts across the world by participating in the local Hood River Christmas Bird Count. The annual count will conduct a census of the birds found during one 24-hour period Dec. 30 in a designated circle 15 miles in diameter, addressing about 177 square miles.

Staying Sharp

It might be the offseason for Hood River Valley baseball, but players continue to stay sharp thanks to events like the second-annual Winter World Series. Pictured here are players Bryce Donald, Andrew Roberts, Chase Lariza, Ryan Ward, Patrick Harvey, Morgan Williams and Adam Cameron.

Kyle Beam signs with CU

Hood River Valley High School senior Kyle Beam has signed a letter of intent to play for the Campbellsville University Tigers in Campbellsville, Ky., in 2013. Beam has been a three-year starter for head coach Erich Harjo as a catcher. In 2012 he was selected as a 5A 1st team All-State player.

Sports Briefs for December 26, 2012

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship; Elks National Free Throw Contest; Register now for youth basketball; Wheat scores 25 in HRV win over Centennial

Skiing is HOT

Downtown shop owners report decent holiday season with sales in ski gear holding strong

With more than a foot of fresh snow on slopes overnight and another foot forecast through the day, Pepi Gerald, like any true-blue powderhound, is staring out the window of his Oak Street shop working but wishing he were somewhere else.

HRV ski team training for exciting season

Strong numbers, experienced athletes means high expectations for the season

Deep in talent, this year’s Hood River Valley High School ski team has high expectations for the season. As combined defending state freestyle champions and runners-up for racing, the team of 35 boys and girls is busy getting in shape and training for what is expected to be an exciting season for the Eagles.

Pet of the Week: Pancho/Paz ‘loves everybody’

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Pancho as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:

Vigil calls for solutions to homelessness

Four years ago a homeless man died on the streets of Hood River.

When life hands you snow, build caves

Christmas in Bickleton, Wash., in 2008. My brothers Peter and Matthew came to Bickleton from Seattle. We had a lot of snow that year. Fifteen foot drifts closed our town down: no one could get in or out.

Leaner times — but boy, were they fun

As a child, Christmas was a magical time, even though from the viewpoint of a child who had been primed by relentless toy advertisers, perhaps a bit disappointing.

More Christmas Memories from the Hood River News staff: ‘The best time of year’: Christmas is found in the music

I can still picture the moment each December when we would open up the old piano bench and dig down through to find the treasure trove of sheet music for Christmas.

Merry Christmas

‘Upon the branches of my tree,’ with Charles Dickens

“Oh, now all common things become uncommon and enchanted to me! All lamps are wonderful; all rings are talismans.”

Letters to the Editor for December 26, 2012

Guns give protection; Holiday spirit, on/offstage; Snow safety; Remember; more

Maryhill Museum of Art announces 2013 schedule

Maryhill Museum of Art today announces its schedule of special exhibitions for the 2013 season, which runs March 15-Nov. 15.

Keegan Smith plays NYE at Mt. Hood Meadows

There’s music and more this winter at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort. All of the music is hosted in the Vertical Restaurant & Bar in the North Lodge on the third floor. Music is free for all ages unless otherwise noted.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 26, 2012

New Year’s Eve at Solstice; Rich Wilkins Blues holiday; Clumsy Lovers at CEBU Lounge; Music, more at Clock Tower

Warming Shelter fills growing need

The Warming Shelter in Hood River is a homeless shelter run by a few local churches which include: Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Riverside Community Church, Hood River Alliance Church and Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Revived vehicle fills a vital county role

Tom Rousseau is honored for the 300 hours he spent on communications rig

Hood River County has a new tool at its disposal for responding to emergencies.

‘This keeps us going’

New gifts help FISH food banks

Students filed out of the bus carrying not backpacks and books but boxes and boxes of food.

A son’s unexpected gift arrives just in time

If you can hear the soft, lilting voice of Bing Crosby singing “I’ll be home for Christmas ... You can count on me ...” then you already know that sweet, sorrowful mixture of love and sadness that comes when a soldier away from home longs for a return to family for the holidays.

Monday, December 24

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Photo of the day: Merry Christmas

The Hood River News wish you and yours a happy holiday.

Friday, December 21

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A season of red -- and green -- for Hood River downtown

Fourteen Oregon towns, including Hood River, are celebrating the holiday season with a healthier type of holiday lights. Hood River is one of a dozen Oregon communities with town holiday lighting displays using renewable energy.

Ideas for Winter Break Fun

Ideas for Winter Break Fun

News staffers share Christmas memories: A sixth-grade lesson from ‘Santa Steve’

When David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries” appears on stage every December, it reminds me of my own experiences as a store Santa Claus, 24 years ago in Vancouver.

News staffers share Christmas memories: Five-layer wrapping and other gift games

My mother is the Queen of the Christmas game.

News staffers share Christmas memories: Revenge is a dish best served at Christmas

During my high school years every Christmas arrived with the same horrifying revelation.

‘Local Challenge’ continues

The GO! Local Challenge, a way to track local spending and reward shoppers during the holiday season, continues until Jan. 1.

Mayan calendar Dec. 21 worries versus disasters we know well

U.S.G.S. provides answers (Don’t worry if you don’t see this until Dec. 22)

Based on interpretations of the ancient Mayan calendar, some people have been predicting the world would end on Dec. 21, 2012, Others believe that instead of doomsday and destruction, the day would mark a new era for humanity and will be a time for celebration.

Sports Briefs for December 21, 2012

HRVHS varsity boys baskeball beats Centennial HRVHS girls baskeball hosts home tournament Middle school wrestling starts soon

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Enjoy holidays on the hill

Cooper Spur Ski Area opens Friday, Meadows hosts variety of activities

Cooper Spur Ski Area opened for the season Friday. The lifts officially start turning at noon, and the ski area will offer skiing, snowboarding and tubing every day through Jan. 6 for the holiday season.

Dominguez is All-American after Reno

The Reno Tournament of Champions is dubbed the “Toughest Tournament in the Nation” for good reason. As a destination contest for 118 schools from across the country, RTOC consists of 64-person brackets in each weight class and runs for three days on 13 mats until the field is narrowed down to the best of the nation’s best.

Church News for Dec. 22, 2012

The following churches have announced special services for the Christmas season:

ANOTHER VOICE: Resolve to ‘Click’ for the children

We have two nativity scenes in our house. They sit on the floor and anchor opposite ends of the hearth.

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Letters to the Editor for December 22, 2012

Blender, or gun?; Answer: More guns; Missing the point; Guns give protection; more

Safe Travels: Keep drunk drivers off the roads

We all want our “comfort and joy” to extend to our highways.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 22, 2012

Music at Mt Hood Meadows; Trio at Cascade Cliffs Dec. 29; Anderson at CEBU Lounge

Event Site: Port seeks crowding solutions

The Port of Hood River is looking at how to manage increased use and demand at the Event Site during peak summer months.

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Cascade Locks plugs in

New electric car charging station dedicated

The weather was rainy and windy, typical for a winter’s day in Cascade Locks, but the moods of the gathered electric vehicle enthusiasts were warm and sunny.

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First big snow good for business

“Mother Nature has given us a boost,” said Mark Russell, Manager of Les Schwab, of the snowstorm that hit the Gorge this week.

All is calm at schools

Sheriff, district respond to reports of impending violence

Hood River County Sheriff’s Department and Hood River County School District are responding to a flow of questions and rumors, mostly over social media, about reported threats of violence at district schools.

Thursday, December 20

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Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Concert for New York: great show, but hi-def not necessary

An interview with the band The Lower 48

If there was one thing I learned from watching the last half of the Concert for New York at Madison Square Garden on TV last Wednesday, it has to be this:

Wednesday, December 19

Death notices: Gertrude Porterfield

Gertrude Porterfield, 94, longtime Hood River resident, passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Blue Sky Adult Foster Home in Portland Ore., with her beloved husband Leonard by her side.

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Weather related updates Dec. 19; schools on one hour early release

Weather related updates for Dec. 19, 2012.

Tuesday, December 18

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Incoming storm

Photo of the Day

Snow falls in the Gorge

Church News for Dec. 19, 2012

The following churches have announced special services for the Christmas season:

Join touch rugby Tuesdays

Join the fun every Tuesday evening, rain or shine, for friendly touch rugby action under the lights at Collins Field (across from Hood River Middle School). Games are informal, co-ed and open to players of all experience levels. Cleats are recommended during the wet season; no other gear is required.

Congo kayak film promises awe-inspiring footage

Join Columbia Center for the Arts and Kayak Shed on Dec. 21 as they present Congo: The Grand Inga Project. Doors will open at 7 p.m.; short films will run at 7:30 and the main feature will start at 8 p.m. Congo is an 80-minute documentary of the epic first descent of the world’s biggest rapids thundering down the final pitch of the mighty Congo River.

Kegler's Corner

HR Supply wins team title in 62nd City championshp

The 62nd annual City bowling championships were completed at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last Sunday. Taking the crown in the team event was the fab five Hood River Supply crew from the Monday night Industrial league. The Supply quintet won by a mere two pins with a team total of 3,501 pins, to 3,499 sticks posted by team Miller Time.

Undefeated Horizon wins Country tourney, ranked #1

The Hawks hold strong at top of Oregon 1A rankings

The Horizon Christian School boys basketball team methodically won the championship of the Country Christian tournament in Molalla last weekend, while the Hawk girls took home the second-place trophy.

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HRV Nordic teams third at season-opener

The Hood River Valley Nordic ski team traveled to Bend over the weekend for the first race of its winter schedule. Both HRV boys and girls teams placed third overall in the 5K Classic, held Saturday at Meissner SnoPark. The field consisted of racers from eight boys teams and 11 girls teams.

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Wells, Wheat lead Eagle basketball to victory

Boys at 3-4, girls 5-1

Hood River Valley varsity boys basketball traveled to Franklin Friday evening and returned home with its third win of the season. The Eagles, now 3-4 overall, held off a late-game push from the home team for the 61-57 win.

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How to Help for Dec. 19, 2012

Share the Warmth coat and blanket drive; Hood River Christmas Project; Hood River Care Center birdfeeder project; FISH food bank building project

Marriage Permits

Dec. 5-17

Fire truck parade concludes tonight

The annual Hood River County fire departments’ Christmas Parade concludes tonight, 6-9 p.m. in Hood River.

Military Notes: Hargreaves finishes Basic

Air Force Airman Elaina L. Hargreaves, a 2003 graduate of Hood River Valley High School, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Police Log for Dec. 19, 2012

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Dec. 1-17.

Sheriff Log for Dec. 19, 2012

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Dec. 9-17.

Sad, perhaps; doomed, no: Solemn events mark Dec. 21

Solstice … Longest Night … doomsday?

Lorang Art changes to winter hours

Lorang Fine Art, WaNaPa Avenue, have new art, gifts and snowflake and Bigfoot works available for sale.

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Jeweler Chris Strader gains appraiser rating

Chris Strader, co-owner or Hood River Jewelers, achieved the Certified Gemologist Appraiser title by the American Gem Society, an association of professional jewelers in the United States and Canada.

Stepping Up: The community keeps on giving

Between Hood River Christmas Project and other community efforts, there is plenty of sharing going on this time year throughout Hood River County.

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Letters to the Editor for December 19, 2012

We need protection; Ironic, yes; ‘No’ to 16-story cell tower; Social Security not broke; more

Deadlines change for Dec. 26, Jan. 2 papers

Deadlines will change for the Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 newspapers, due to Christmas and New Year’s holiday postal schedules.

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Ice: tips for safe driving

It’s called “black ice” because it tends to look like the rest of the pavement on the road.

Donahue named to dean’s list

Sara Donahue of Parkdale has been named to the dean’s list at the Savannah College of Art and Design for fall quarter 2012.

Responding to tragedy: ‘keep to the routine’

Excerpts from the tips for parents and teachers advisory sent out Monday by Hood River County School District:

City planning commission moves toward waterfront residential limits

The City of Hood River Planning Commission crept closer to being able to have a recommendation for the city council on residential building restrictions for the waterfront at its meeting Monday night.

Next Door Inc. 2013 calendar takes wing

The Next Door’s 2013 calendar, entitled “Feathers, Flora and Fauna of the Columbia Gorge,” is available at Rosauers and Waucoma Bookstore for $10.

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‘Oh, the weather outside is ...’

Tuesday morning brought a cold blast of winter reality when the first two-hour delay notice arrived through countywide email alerts telling families that the season of snowy roads is upon us.

County board extends Meriwether’s contract

Deputy Princehouse given lifesaving award

A few months ago Hood River County Administrator David Meriwether was nearly hired away by Deschutes County.

Schools, county issue alert over pervasive virus

Cascade Locks School received a thorough cleaning overnight on Monday after rampant absenteeism due to an unidentified virus.

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Schools survey security steps

What will be the effect of the Sandy Hook tragedy on Hood River County School District?

County building permits

November

Become a Master Gardener with OSU Extension Service

Application deadline extended to Jan. 11

Would you like to learn more about gardening, plants and insects? Do you like to work with people? Do you want to improve your gardening skills? Do you like to share your gardening experiences? Then the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program might be right for you.

It’s eyes front at six schools

In six schools, in only six days, six Gorge Lions clubs screened 1,170 students for vision problems.

Volunteer tax preparers sought

For more than 35 years in the Gorge, the AARP Tax-Aide program has been operating with volunteers to prepare taxes for senior citizens and low- to moderate-income persons, at no charge.

Gallery continues Holiday Art Show

Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River continues its tradition of featuring small works for the Holiday Art Show. Every year, our talented local and regional artists create smaller pieces just in time for the gift-giving season. The show is a great way to find affordable treasures and support local artists! Also back in December – ornaments from potters Dawn Elle and Michele Rigert, and glass artist Charlene Fort.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Pre-school holds holiday potluck

Mid Valley Preschool is holding a Holiday Family Potluck on Dec. 19 from 5-6:30-ish p.m. Teacher Socci Galvez says that everyone is welcome, especially if they have small children and want to check out the school, located in the old cafeteria at Mid Valley Elementary School.

‘A Night to Remember’ benefits HRMS programs

Spirited creativity may be found in both familiar and unfamiliar places within the walls of Hood River Middle School. In the spirit of holiday giving and celebration, on Thursday 7-8:30 p.m., two of the most engaging programs at HRMS will be offering “A Night to Remember,” an evening of music, delicious desserts and a chance to support kids and teachers with vision.

Reviving ‘Hot Lake’ memories

La Grande’s former mayor, Buck Hermann, meets author

Cathy Carter writes about a particularly special gift, and meeting, for one of the folks she works with at Heart of Hospice.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 19, 2012

Anderson at CEBU Lounge; Winter Solstice at Solstice; Ski films at Pint Shack Dec. 20; Music, more at Clock Tower

Klickitat, Skamania moved ahead on broadband plan

Community input forums planned for spring 2013

This fall the Klickitat-Skamania Local Technology Planning Team (KSLTPT) began a new broadband planning project by holding 10 broadband community forums and gathered information through surveys to help better understand broadband interest, availability, and needs.

County Health urges flu shots

It’s not too late to get your flu shot, according to Hood River County Health Department.

Roots and Branches: Sharing the spirit builds our own

Christmas break is fast approaching and the minions of mice scurrying about the house are getting restless. Five little ones can hear the sleigh bells ring with little or no prompting. Thank goodness I don’t have a cellphone. The lights on the tree make them squeal with delight and illicit similar squeals from meema when they start a tug of war with the ropes of lights draped around the tree.

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Helping in Uganda: Knitting broken lives together

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Mister Rogers

Weather cancellations and delays

Weather cancellations Hood River County

Friday, December 14

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May Street kids sell coffee to buy iPads

Coffee anyone?

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Artist Elizabeth Anderson holds open house in studio

Artist Elizabeth Anderson Veteran artist and teacher Elizabeth Anderson hosts her annual holiday open house and art sale at her studio in Hood River, Dec. 15-16.

Road-by-road: fire truck parade

In Odell, Pine Grove, Dee, Parkdale, and Hood River, lighted vehicles roll Dec. 17-19

The annual Hood River County fire departments’ Christmas Parade rolls Dec. 17-19, 6-9 p.m. each night.

1-84 near Bonneville: Two men injured in wrong-way crash

According to Sgt. Julie Wilcox, on Dec. 11, at approximately 9:40 p.m., Oregon State Police Northern Command Center dispatch was notified of a vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 west of Bonneville Dam.

Grandparent scam alert issued

Oregon State Police is warning Oregon families about scammers who pose as grandchildren claiming to be in trouble and needing money immediately.

Swim team moves to key training after duals with St. Mary’s, Molalla

Hood River Valley High School swim team hosted St. Mary’s and Molalla Thursday in the last contest of 2012 for the Eagles.

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On the Hood, fishing’s good all year

For best results, bounce bait along the bottom says Ernie Delgado

Buzz Ramsey’s Outdoor News column this month covers winter steelhead fishing using a type of vibrating lure, called a plug, from the back of a boat. For local rivers, the tried-and-true technique of back trolling works particularly well on the Deschutes and the John Day. In the Hood River, however, a drift boat would get smashed to bits on the rocks long before any steelhead were brought in.

Outdoor News: Plugs are tried-and-true for winter steelhead

When it comes to steelhead, there is just nothing like the arm-wrenching strike produced when one hits a plug. The rod-bending strikes, most believe, are due to steelhead treating plugs as invaders to their territory. One thing for sure, no other technique makes steelhead as bad-tempered. I’ve had them pull rod and reel from my boat in an effort to kill my vibrating plug.

HRVHS boys fall at Lebanon

HRV varsity boys traveled to Lebanon Tuesday for a matchup against the Mid-Willamette Conference Warriors. A total of 26 turnovers — 18 in the second half — was the nail in the coffin in the Eagles’ 72-55 loss.

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Despite rocks, HRV girls are on a roll

Tuesday win brings varsity girls to 4-1

Hood River Valley High School varsity girls basketball fought back a persistent Lady Lions squad from St. Helens Tuesday night to hold onto a narrow lead and finish with a 44-39 win. Despite needing improvement in several key aspects of the game, the team was on a four-game winning streak (4-1) before facing Franklin at home Friday evening (results weren’t available as of press time).

Church news for Dec. 15, 2012

The following churches have announced Advent services:

Horizon kids sing Dec. 18

The Horizon Christian School elementary concert will be Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.

Our Saddest Day: Connecticut killings should inspire a nation to change

The time has come to lower the flags again.

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Letters to the Editor for December 15, 2012

Christmas joy for cats; Scenic area cell tower; Fiscal cliffhanger; Please don’t dump animals; more

Entertainment Update for Dec. 15, 2012

Ski films at Pint Shack Dec. 20; Explore the history of Timberline Lodge; Jazz Theater at The Pines; ‘Hillbillies’ at Volcanic Bottle

Port of Hood River to focus on 2013 strategic planning

With a busy 2012 just about in the books, the Port of Hood River is ramping up for 2013, a year which figures to be equally as busy — just in a different way.

Walmart foes savor City Council decision

Retailer evaluates options after expansion denial

The next few months will be busy ones for opponents and proponents of Walmart as they prepare to reappear in front of the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.

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Monday will be year’s busiest day for mail

Kevin Branson, postmaster general at the Hood River Post Office, said area branches are gearing up for Monday, Dec. 17, which looks like it will be the busiest mailing day of the year.

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Neighbors raise concerns over cell tower plan

The Hood River County Planning Department is fielding inquiries and concerns from several neighbors near Westside Elementary School over the proposed installation of a 160-foot-tall commercial cell tower.

HR residents recount mall shooting

“It was the scariest day of my life”— Janelle McCleary

Daniel Martinez finished work Tuesday afternoon and went to the Clackamas Town Center to look for Christmas gifts. The mall was abuzz with people doing the same, and after visiting a few shops he went to the food court to rest and get a drink.

Tuesday, December 11

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Photo of the Day: Sherbet sky

Monday's sunset over the gorge was a delicious blend of reds, pinks and oranges that turned the sky into a giant bowl of rainbow sherbet.

Social Security office hours reduced

Effective Nov. 19, The Dalles Social Security office will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday. In addition, beginning Jan. 2, the office will close to the public at noon every Wednesday.

Contribute gift cards, National Guard asks

Gift cards for our Oregon National Guard families are much appreciated during the holiday season. Many of the families of deployed soldiers have financial difficulties, and especially during this expensive time of year.

Sheriff Log for Dec. 12, 2012

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Dec. 2-9.

FBI seeks info on killer’s first victim

Rape may have occurred about 15 years ago near Maupin

FBI Agents in Oregon have received information from the FBI’s Anchorage Division that narrows the search for a woman who was allegedly raped by accused serial killer Israel Keyes. Keyes committed suicide while in jail this past weekend as he awaited trial for the murder of a barista, Samantha Koenig, last February in Anchorage.

Marathon gives boost to Parkdale, Mid Valley

Gorge Marathon, held Oct. 28, has helped encourage fitness in the upper valley schools.

Teen finds ‘Dream Come True’

Sunshine Foundation helps

Eighteen-year-old Joshua of Hood River has Down syndrome and congenital heart disease. He has been through more than a dozen different surgeries since the day he was born and there are more ahead. Yet, he sustains these medical events with grace and courage and both of his diagnoses are a part of him; they don’t define him.

‘Sense of Place’ continues Dec. 18

The Columbia Gorge Earth Center’s third annual Sense of Place lecture series began Oct. 16 and continues Dec. 18 with a presentation by Jon Tullis, “Timberline and Why It’s Cool.”

THE HISTORY MUSEUM BLOG: Winter program series to focus on preserving family stories

Many of you know that I am very passionate about the topic of collecting, preserving and sharing of stories. These stories could be family or personal, or be related to a specific artifact or photograph. I hope that you have been taking time over the holiday months to document and share your own family stories.

Cascade Locks dedicates e-car charging station

Cascade Locks will be celebrating a new Electric Vehicle Charging Station with a ribbon cutting dedication on Dec. 15 at 11 a.m.

PARKDALE NEWS: ‘You’d better watch out ...’

Santa Claus is coming to town!

CASCADE OBSERVATIONS: Give us your reading list

I succumbed to indulgence this morning. No, I didn’t consume a plate full of fudge, buy a designer pair of shoes or sip a glass of expensive cognac. I turned off my alarm clock, turned on my light, pulled up my bed quilt, and opened a book.

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Kaleidoscope: 15 years of the Nutcracker

Nearly 400 ballet students at Columbia Gorge Dance Academy performed in three shows of “Scenes from The Nutcracker” over the weekend in Hood River Middle School’s auditorium.

This was the 15th annual benefit performance of “Scenes from The Nutcracker” for FISH and Providence Hospice of the Gorge.

OSU offers Master Gardener training course

Now is the time to apply for the OSU/Hood River County Extension Service Master Gardener Program, one of the most popular volunteer programs in Oregon. Applications are available online at http://exten-sion.oregonstate.edu/hood-river/master_gardeners, or you can pick up an application at Hood River County Extension office located at 3005 Experiment Station Drive.

Warming Shelter moves to Riverside

The community-based Hood River Warming Shelter program opened Dec. 2 for its fourth year.

County urges flu shots

It’s not too late to get your flu shot, according to Hood River County Health Department.

Yakama Nation claims pipeline harms cultural site

WSR builds gas pipeline along White Salmon River

The Yakama Nation filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulation Commission last month detailing fears that an important archaeological site would be endangered by a Williams Northwest gas pipeline replacement project occurring along the White Salmon River.

Kegler's Corner

We all knew it was just a matter of time. Greg McDaniel is perhaps the most accomplished bowler in town. In fact, he may be one of the best players in the Northwest.

The Dalles wins Gorge Hoops League

Down early, defending champs drain 3s to overcome Pee Wee’s

The Dalles defeated Pee Wee’s Auto Detail of Hood River, 78-69 in a closely contested game Sunday to win the Gorge Hoops League championship.

DeHart is lone placer at Oregon Coast Classic

Eagle wrestling traveled to North Bend over the weekend for the Coast Classic. With more than 30 of the state’s top varsity teams in attendance, Hood River Valley High School wrestlers had a tough showing at what is considered a who’s who of Oregon wrestling each year.

HRV boys go 1-1 at Sandy

Hood River Valley High School boys basketball went 1-1 over the weekend at the Sandy Tournament, with a 73-46 loss against Sandy and a 76-67 win against Franklin.

Horizon boys win tourney

Defensive efficiency continued to be the key for Horizon Christian’s boys basketball team this past weekend, as it won two games to take the championship of the Southwest Christian tournament in Beaverton.

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Indoor lax takes advantage of TD turf

New indoor arena fills gap in Gorge sports; sign-ups open for adult soccer leagues

A new turf indoor facility that opened this month at The Dalles Fitness and Court Club is already proving valuable to Gorge-area athletes during the off-season of field-based sports.

Sports Briefs for December 12, 2012

Eagles make All-State soccer teams; Meadows begins night operations; Indoor Soccer Academy for grades 5-8

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HRV girls fight off fourth-quarter Warriors attack

Laura Waller scores career-high 19 points

The Hood River Valley girls basketball team got to let out a big sigh of relief at the end of its home opener Friday night against Cleveland.

PET OF THE WEEK: Tigger is ‘a happy fella’

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Tigger as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:

ANOTHER VOICE: Get steroids out of U.S election campaigns

With the 2012 elections past, what some have called “the politico-industrial complex” grinds on. But the average American might do well to reflect on what we just experienced. The New Normal, we’re told.

12/12/12: On this rare date, the many ways we delve into twelve

It will be another 100 years before we see another Dec. 12, ’12.

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Letters to the Editor for December 12, 2012

Take it, it’s yours; Hire the disabled; Dickens would love it; more

Entertainment Update for Dec. 12, 2012

Jackstraw at CEBU Lounge; ‘Congo - Grand Inga’ film Dec. 21; Jazz Theater at The Pines; Lolo Motion at 301 Gallery; ‘Hillbillies’ at Volcanic Bottle; Holiday sing-along in Bingen; Snowboard film screens Dec. 14; The Groove Project Dec. 19 ; Music, more at Clock Tower; Logsdon Ales pour at Volcanic Bottle Shop

Fire truck parades start Dec. 17 in Odell-Pine Grove

The annual Hood River County fire departments’ Christmas Parade rolls Dec. 17-19, 6-9 p.m. each night. (See Dec. 15 edition for full schedule.)

‘Health Care for All’ workshop is today

A local coalition of doctors, nurses, other health care providers and community members are banding together to create a new vision for health care in the Gorge and across Oregon.

‘Go Teams’: Six Gorge robotics squads head to state

ODELL — Wy’east Middle School filled Saturday with competitors, parents and volunteers involved in one of the Gorge’s fastest-growing educational/competitive spheres.

Polar bear car wash raises funds for FISH on Saturday

Hood River Valley High School students get to have some fun with this week in two ways while raising money for FISH food bank.

Hood River Port finds tenants for Maritime Building

The Hood River Port Commission recently approved a number of leases for the Maritime Building. Tenants include Hood River Distillers, Double Mountain Brewing, CRG Freight and Hitch Source.

Canned food fever ignites charitable spirit

The annual “pie-in-the-sky” target is 200,000 cans of food collected for Hood River County residents in need. Last year, the Hood River Valley High School student food drive for FISH food bank netted close to 124,000.

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Hood River police trade squad cars for shopping carts

Six lucky kids got a police-escorted shopping trip on Sunday.

School District Boundary changes in 2013?

With some elementary school classes bursting at the seams and others not so much, the Hood River County School District administration and board of directors believe it is time to take another look at the district’s boundaries in the hope of evening out student distribution.

Chamber to hire new chief

Kerry Cobb moves to marketing full-time, after two years as executive director

Kerry Cobb will step aside, but not away, as Hood River Chamber of Commerce executive director, on Jan. 1.

Monday, December 10

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Photo of the Day: Reflections

Without a breath of wind to speak of, the Columbia River was in this rare form Sunday afternoon.

Friday, December 7

Health care forum, film set for Dec. 12

Health Care for All-Oregon will be visiting Hood River Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m. at the Hood River Library to discuss the American health care system, how the community can help to heal it, and what drives the current campaign to bring health care justice to all Oregonians.

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Running the Robotics table

Running the table holds new meaning in the Gorge these days.

Walmart meeting details

The Hood River City Council meeting on the remanded LUBA order on the city’s approval of a 30,000-sqare-foot Walmart expansion will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the council chambers at City Hall, 211 Second St.

Nicol steps aside after busy time on council

Barring any emergency meetings, Monday will be Jeff Nicol’s final time sitting behind the dais in the city council chambers in Hood River City Council.

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PSU leaders bring education message to Latino youth

CGCC hosts forum, provides local stepping stone

“It was never a question that I would go to college,” said Chief Diversity Officer Jilma Meneses of Portland State University. “It was never a question that my daughters would go to college.”

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Aaron Meyer sets strings and audiences afire

Dec. 9 concert benefits United Way agencies

Imagine a sumptuous musical mixture of rock, pop and classical all swirled together like a peppermint parfait served up by world-class musicians presented with high energy and uplifting spirit.

D.A. fights bail reduction in McAndie rape case

Judge sets $100,000 cash bail, release contingencies

The tension and disturbing allegations tied to a five-count indictment for rape and kidnap allegedly committed by Home Valley, Wash., resident and former teacher Donald Stuart McAndie were palpable Tuesday morning in the Hood River courtroom of Judge Paul Crowley.

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All you ever wanted to know about Monday's city council Wal-Mart hearing (and then some)

Come Monday at 6 p.m. the issue of whether Walmart can expand its Hood River store by 30,000 square feet will come before the city council for the second, and possibly, final, time.

Roller Girls seek volunteers

The Gorge Roller Girls are seeking dedicated men and women to join their league as referees, coaches and volunteers.

‘Christmas Carol’ continues

CAST Theater and Columbia Gorge Community College performance of “A Christmas Carol” continues at Columbia Center for the Arts for a second week.

Fire truck parade runs Dec. 17-19

The annual Hood River County Fire Departments’ Christmas Parade returns Dec. 17-19.

Boats, spectators invited to parade

Hood River Yacht Club’s annual Lighted Boat Parade will take place Saturday.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 8, 2012

‘Ingredient’ film screens at Rockford Grange Dec. 9; The Groove Project plays Dec. 19; Holiday sing-along in Bingen; Snowboard film screens Dec. 14

Healthy Ways: Local youth deserve praise for prevention

Kudos arrived from Salem and from Washington, D.C., for young people in Hood River County.

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Letters to the Editor for December 8, 2012

Work on the economy; Return to sender; No coal shipment; Coal dust correction; More

Church news

The following churches have announced Advent services:

Play groups to meet Dec. 10, 17 at Riverside

Looking for a fun, free morning activity for you and your child under 6 years old? Come to the Hood River Play Group on Mondays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Riverside Church, Fourth and State streets downtown. Free parking is available behind the church.

Decorate an ornament; ‘Light Up a Life’ Dec. 13

The annual Tree of Remembrance ceremony will be Dec. 13 at Anderson’s Tribute Center beginning at 6 p.m.

Public Records: Marriage Permits

MARRIAGE PERMITS, Nov. 9 to Dec. 4

Sheriff Log for Dec. 8, 2012

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Nov. 26-Dec. 4.

Grieving at the holidays: A self-care challenge

We all know that the holidays are special — and stressful. Add grief and, well, it can be difficult at best.

Horizon Christian School announces honor roll

Fourth grade 3.5 to 4.0: Chloe E. Bullock, 4.0; Kai Robertson, 4.0; Faith Pichura, 4.0; Clark G. Coleman, 4.0; Andie Sliwa, 4.0; Talon Achziger, 4.0; Ellieana Bounds, 4.0; Caleb Lingel, 4.0; Kalena Calloway, 3.91; Shae Burck, 3.91; Lydia Pell, 3.82; Blake Willis, 3.73

Linfield students place well in ICPC

Linfield students The Linfield College Computer Science Club finished among top teams at a recent programming competition, the 2012 Pacific Northwest regional qualifier of the International Collegiate Programming Contest, held Nov. 3 at six locations.

The musical season: Schools present winter concerts

This time of year schools throughout the region have scheduled evening performances showcasing what the youngsters have learned in class this fall.

May Street, Westside robotics kids advance

El Tigra, the fifth-grade Westside Robotics team, won the ACE Award (Advancement to Championship Event) for outstanding achievement in all four categories of the competition last weekend at the Columbia Gorge First Lego League Tournament in The Dalles. This means they are also invited to participate at the state competition in Hillsboro.

NDI honors Carlson

The Next Door is pleased to announce that Dennis Carlson is its 2012 Volunteer of the Year. Since 2006, The Next Door has been recognizing outstanding volunteers to receive the Dana Lance Volunteer of the Year award, named in honor of founding board member Dana Lance.

Chamber welcomes new board members

The membership of the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce has elected new directors for both its chamber board and visitor council. New board terms begin Jan. 1.

Gorge Hoops League finals this weekend

THE DALLES — Gorge Hoops League semifinals happen Saturday starting at 6:15 p.m. with Pee Wee’s Auto Detail of Hood River taking on Indian Outlaws, followed by The Dalles vs Sarsfield Cattle at 7:30 p.m.

Defense is key to Hawk victories

Horizon Christian’s non-league boys basketball schedule this season includes competition against schools from five different enrollment classifications. Three games into that schedule, one thing has remained constant: the Hawk defense.

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Eagle boys fall to Cleveland, 42-38

Hood River Valley High School boys basketball team showed Tuesday it knows how to scrap back from a 10-point margin and throw a scare into an opponent.

Varsity girls seek consistency after win at Benson

It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win nevertheless.

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HRV wrestling powers past opposition

Hood River Valley High School wrestling hosted Cleveland, Wilson and Columbia high schools Wednesday in a four-way dual meet. The Eagles, fresh off a strong showing last week in duals against Madison and Wilson, went 3-0 on the night, starting with a 48-22 pounding of Wilson in the opening round. Charlie Mallon, Nick Morgan, Juan Karlos Hernandez, Jessica DeHart and Christian Marquez all pinned their opponents in the dual.

Sports briefs

Sign up for Cooper Camp ; Arpag sets record HRST record; Gymnasts compete at state; Youth hoops opportunities; Roll with Roller Girls; HR Strikers fight against West’s best

Enjoy Teacup Lake with demo Sunday

Teacup Lake Nordic Club is gearing up for another busy season on its 12 miles of scenic and forested trails in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The popular Nordic ski area is maintained and operated by the Teacup Lake chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club through volunteer efforts, membership fees and donations. The entire network of trails is groomed multiple times per week and offers a variety of experiences, from the leisurely stroll through snow-covered forests to the hard-core skating terrain fit for a biathlete.

Tuesday, December 4

Police Log for Dec. 5, 2012

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Nov. 8-28.

A nurse's own remedy for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Christina Malango has learned a lot in her 10-year struggle with the winter depression known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.

Local artists add skills to annual Harvest Quilt

Longtime Hood River resident Jean Harmon won this year’s Harvest Quilt, organized by the Friends of ETC and benefiting the Soroptimists. Harmon, who helped sell tickets, received the quilt after her name was drawn Harvest Fest weekend.

Community members convey their gratitude

Last weekend’s Lila May Schow Fundraiser was a success and this weekend brings another chance to help out.

Elks ‘Most Valuable Student’ scholarship deadline is Dec. 7

The deadline for turning in applications for the Elks “Most Valuable Student” scholarship is Dec. 7 by 6 p.m. at the Hood River Elks Lodge at Third Street and Cascade Avenue.

How to Help for Dec. 5, 2012

Mosier Christmas Basket Project; Walgreens hosts toy drive to benefit The Next Door; Share the Warmth coat and blanket drive; Hood River Christmas Project; Hood River Care Center birdfeeder project; FISH food bank building project; Parkhurst House Senior Living Community

Hood River Play Group meets Dec. 10 and 17

Looking for a fun, free morning activity for you and your child under 6 years old? Come to the Hood River Play Group on Mondays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Riverside Church, Fourth and State streets downtown (across from the library). Free parking is available in the back of the church.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Garden club decorate Odell with wreaths, swags

The Odell Garden Club held its annual swag and wreath-making event Nov. 19. Members created wreaths and swags for downtown Odell businesses, and then for their own homes. Parkdale and Dufur garden clubs attended as well, and everyone enjoyed a potluck lunch served by Kay Lincoln, Elizabeth Spiker and Jill McBee.

Gifts that keep on giving

I’ve never been one for wearing a white “doctor” coat when I’m seeing patients at the clinic, possibly because I’m not a doctor (I’m a Physician Assistant), but most likely because, as a patient, those long white lab coats always made me feel a little uncomfortable.

‘A full, cheerful production’:

Q and A with actor Gary ‘Scrooge’ Young

What are you bringing to Scrooge in 2012 that is different from 2006, 2002 or 1998?

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A CAST and CGCC production: A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ classic tale, directed by Richard Parker: Opens Dec. 8 at Columbia Center for the Arts

Everyone knows what became of “the clutching, covetous old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge.

Planning commission debates waterfront residential restrictions

The Hood River planning commission will need at least another meeting before deciding how any future residential development in commercial (C2) zones on the waterfront should be regulated.

City crews mop up leaves

The City of Hood River Public Works maintenance crew began cleaning catch basins in the downtown area Sunday and will continue through Thursday, Dec. 6, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The city’s combination sewer truck will be used to run high-pressure water to clean the lines and then vacuum out the debris.

With new coach, Horizon girls work on skills to match tenacity

The young and eager Horizon Christian School girls basketball team started its season with a win on Friday, its first game under new coach Chad Leeson. It came in this weekend’s Horizon tournament, but was tempered by a loss to a larger, faster team on Saturday.

Kegler's Corner

Hodges named latest Bowler of the Week

When you’re so tall you could play for the Blazers, it makes for an incredibly leveraged bowling swing, if you know how to use it. And, that’s Matt Hodges’ primary asset: He knows how to translate that big, long arm of his into awesome power.

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Trail work highlights forward momentum

Volunteers, County Forestry cooperate; result is world-class trail network

Gary Paasch is hard at work and covered in a healthy layer of dried mud.

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Horizon boys roll to tournament victory

Hawks defeat HRVHS Eagles 72-51; Horizon girls finish second

Horizon Christian School boys basketball team started strong in its campaign to repeat as state 1A champions.

Lego League robotics: HRMS, May St. teams advance to State

Team Celsius from Hood River Middle School won an invitation to the First Lego League state championship tournament in January with a first-place finish in Saturday’s First Lego League qualifying tournament at The Dalles Middle School.

HR foundation funds iPad project

An innovative tech-teaching project is under way in Hood River County thanks to the Hood River County Education Foundation’s Innovative Teaching grant program, according to Paul Lindberg, executive director for the organization.

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Trail Band concert set to jingle jangle HRMS stage

Dec. 6 musical celebration and fundraiser supports local education

The annual season of music, light and celebration is upon us. One great Hood River tradition will be returning Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. with the Hood River County Education Foundation fundraiser concert featuring the Trail Band.

Oregon House delegation calls for USDA response on ‘hot goods’ practices

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., on Tuesday called on U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to answer a bipartisan letter from six members of the Oregon Congressional delegation requesting answers on reports of heavy-handed enforcement practices by the Labor Department.

Robotic example: Learning by doing is not automatic

With Oregon schools at the intersection of rising standards and reduced resources, it’s good to know that some up-and-coming engineers are standing at the corner.

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Letters to the Editor for December 5, 2012

Tax cuts for the 98%; Our flag; Lack of communication; Trail Band is a must-see

HR writer Elaine Busby publishes new book

Elaine Busby, local television professional and writer, has released a new novel entitled “On the Rocks” about a singer-songwriter poised to take the music world by storm if she can keep her personal demons at bay

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Lionesses hold ‘Walking Bake Sale’ Saturday

The baking dozen is on the move.

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Entertainment Update for Dec. 5, 2012

Snowboard film screens Dec. 14; Meet the Brewer Dec. 6; ‘Sugarcane’ at Everybody’s; Lolo Motion at Pint Shack; Stillman at 301 Gallery; Country Dance returns Dec. 8

‘Scenes from The Nutcracker’ returns

Ballet students at Columbia Gorge Dance Academy will perform three shows of “Scenes from the Nutcracker” Dec. 8-9 at the Hood River Middle School auditorium. This is the 15th annual benefit performance for FISH and Providence Hospice of the Gorge.

Walden holds phone town hall Dec. 6

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden today announced that he will hold a telephone town hall discussion on Thursday, from 1 to 2 p.m.

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Asbury UMC celebrates centennial this weekend

Downtown church enters final month in State Street building

Asbury United Methodist Church marks its second, and last, centennial at its downtown church this weekend.

Daughtry resigning from CL Port

Has served as port GM for 12 years

Port of Cascade Locks General Manager Chuck Daughtry is resigning from his position effective Dec. 31.

Bailey charged in Little League case

District Attorney John Sewell has charged Jennifer Bailey, 41, of Hood River, with two felonies tied to her alleged embezzlement of $21,451.92 in cash from the Hood River County Little League.

Monday, December 3

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Photo of the Day: Happy Holidays

Friday's Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony brought hundreds to the streets of downtown Hood River to enjoy holiday festivities together.