Stories for December 2012


Saturday, December 29

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.

December 28, 2012 3:15 p.m. read more..

Snowpack above average at end of 2012

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.

December 28, 2012 3:15 p.m. read more..

Kegler's Corner

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.

December 28, 2012 3:14 p.m. read more..

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.”

December 28, 2012 3:07 p.m. read more..

Foundation gives Next Door $10,000

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.

December 28, 2012 3:06 p.m. read more..

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.

December 28, 2012 3:02 p.m. read more..

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.

December 28, 2012 2:52 p.m. read more..

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.

December 28, 2012 2:51 p.m. read more..

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.

December 28, 2012 2:49 p.m. read more..

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.

December 28, 2012 2:38 p.m. read more..

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.

December 28, 2012 2:37 p.m. read more..

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.

December 28, 2012 2:35 p.m. read more..

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.

December 28, 2012 2:32 p.m. read more..

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.

December 28, 2012 2:29 p.m. read more..

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

December 28, 2012 2:21 p.m. read more..

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.

December 28, 2012 2:17 p.m. read more..

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

December 28, 2012 2:13 p.m. read more..

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:

December 28, 2012 2:08 p.m. read more..

Crowd honors Wampler, Brown

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.

December 28, 2012 2:03 p.m. read more..

Three safe after rescue

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.

December 28, 2012 2:02 p.m. read more..

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.

December 28, 2012 1:46 p.m. read more..

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.

December 26, 2012 4:01 p.m. read more..

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.

December 26, 2012 3:52 p.m. read more..

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.

December 26, 2012 3:48 p.m. read more..

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.

December 26, 2012 3:46 p.m. read more..

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.

December 26, 2012 3:46 p.m. read more..

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.

December 26, 2012 3:42 p.m. read more..

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.

December 26, 2012 3:22 p.m. read more..

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.

December 26, 2012 3:22 p.m. read more..

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

December 26, 2012 3:21 p.m. read more..

Skiing is HOT

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.

December 26, 2012 3:19 p.m. read more..

HRV ski team training for exciting 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.

December 26, 2012 3:17 p.m. read more..

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.

December 26, 2012 3:14 p.m. read more..

Merry Christmas

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

December 26, 2012 3:08 p.m. read more..

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.

December 26, 2012 2:57 p.m. read more..

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.

December 26, 2012 2:54 p.m. read more..

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.

December 26, 2012 2:51 p.m. read more..

Monday, December 24

Friday, December 21


Mayan calendar Dec. 21 worries versus disasters we know well

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.

December 21, 2012 1:42 p.m. read more..

Enjoy holidays on the hill

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.

December 21, 2012 1:38 p.m. read more..

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.

December 21, 2012 1:37 p.m. read more..

Cascade Locks plugs in

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.

December 21, 2012 1:14 p.m. read more..

All is calm at schools

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.

December 21, 2012 1:09 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 20

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.

December 19, 2012 1:21 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 18


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.

December 18, 2012 1:38 p.m. read more..

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.

December 18, 2012 1:37 p.m. read more..

Kegler's Corner

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.

December 18, 2012 1:36 p.m. read more..

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.

December 18, 2012 1:35 p.m. read more..

Wells, Wheat lead Eagle basketball to victory

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.

December 18, 2012 1:33 p.m. read more..

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

December 18, 2012 1:31 p.m. read more..

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.

December 18, 2012 1:11 p.m. read more..

‘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.

December 18, 2012 12:56 p.m. read more..

Become a Master Gardener with OSU Extension Service

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.

December 18, 2012 12:50 p.m. read more..

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.

December 18, 2012 12:48 p.m. read more..

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.

December 18, 2012 12:47 p.m. read more..

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.

December 18, 2012 12:47 p.m. read more..

‘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.

December 18, 2012 12:46 p.m. read more..

Klickitat, Skamania moved ahead on broadband plan

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.

December 18, 2012 12:39 p.m. read more..

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.

December 18, 2012 12:37 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 14


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.

December 14, 2012 3:34 p.m. read more..

On the Hood, fishing’s good all year

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.

December 14, 2012 3:26 p.m. read more..

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.

December 14, 2012 3:24 p.m. read more..

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.

December 14, 2012 3:23 p.m. read more..

Despite rocks, HRV girls are on a roll

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).

December 14, 2012 3:22 p.m. read more..

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.

December 14, 2012 2:40 p.m. read more..

HR residents recount mall shooting

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.

December 14, 2012 2:36 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 11

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.

December 11, 2012 4:31 p.m. read more..

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.

December 11, 2012 4:17 p.m. read more..

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.

December 11, 2012 4:16 p.m. read more..

FBI seeks info on killer’s first victim

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.

December 11, 2012 4:12 p.m. read more..

Teen finds ‘Dream Come True’

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.

December 11, 2012 4:09 p.m. read more..

‘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.”

December 11, 2012 4:08 p.m. read more..

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.

December 11, 2012 4:03 p.m. read more..

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, or you can pick up an application at Hood River County Extension office located at 3005 Experiment Station Drive.

December 11, 2012 1:40 p.m. read more..

Yakama Nation claims pipeline harms cultural site

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.

December 11, 2012 1:35 p.m. read more..

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.

December 11, 2012 1:33 p.m. read more..

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.

December 11, 2012 1:21 p.m. read more..

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.

December 11, 2012 1:20 p.m. read more..

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.

December 11, 2012 1:20 p.m. read more..

Indoor lax takes advantage of TD turf

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.

December 11, 2012 1:19 p.m. read 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

December 11, 2012 1:09 p.m. read more..

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.

December 11, 2012 12:57 p.m. read more..

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.

December 11, 2012 12:50 p.m. read more..

Monday, December 10

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.

December 7, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..

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.

December 7, 2012 2:48 p.m. read more..

D.A. fights bail reduction in McAndie rape case

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.

December 7, 2012 2:43 p.m. read more..

‘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.

December 7, 2012 2:40 p.m. read more..

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.

December 7, 2012 2:25 p.m. read more..

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

December 7, 2012 2:13 p.m. read more..

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.

December 7, 2012 2:11 p.m. read more..

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.

December 7, 2012 1:56 p.m. read more..

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.

December 7, 2012 1:55 p.m. read more..

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.

December 7, 2012 1:49 p.m. read more..

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.

December 7, 2012 1:48 p.m. read more..

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.

December 7, 2012 1:48 p.m. read more..

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.

December 7, 2012 1:45 p.m. read more..

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

December 7, 2012 1:44 p.m. read more..

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.

December 7, 2012 1:34 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 4


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.

December 4, 2012 3:18 p.m. read more..

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

December 4, 2012 3:14 p.m. read more..

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.

December 4, 2012 3:11 p.m. read more..

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.

December 4, 2012 3:10 p.m. read more..

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.

December 4, 2012 3:09 p.m. read more..

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.

December 4, 2012 2:56 p.m. read more..

Kegler's Corner

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.

December 4, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..

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.

December 4, 2012 2:41 p.m. read more..

Trail Band concert set to jingle jangle HRMS stage

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.

December 4, 2012 2:39 p.m. read more..

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

December 4, 2012 2:29 p.m. read more..

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

December 4, 2012 2:27 p.m. read more..

‘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.

December 4, 2012 2:24 p.m. read more..

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.

December 4, 2012 2:18 p.m. read more..

Monday, December 3

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.

December 3, 2012 3:50 p.m. read more..

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