Saturday, December 29
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
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.
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.
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.
After three “meat-grinder” tournaments in the last three weeks, Hood River Valley High School wrestling travels this weekend to Westview High School for the Northwest Duals. The team has eight duals in two days, including Lakeview, Bend, Dallas, McNary, Glencoe and Snohomish on Saturday.
Youth camp Jan. 2-4; Free-throw contests Jan. 4; Youth leagues
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Dec. 17-24.
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.
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.
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.
The following local students graduated from Washington State University in 2012:
Jennifer Lucas of Hood River is among 56 Linfield College students who participated this fall in a Linfield study abroad program.
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.
CORVALLIS – Names of students who have made the scholastic honor roll fall term have been announced by Oregon State University.
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.
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.
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.
More armed guards?; Teachers with guns?; The spirit of Christmas; more
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.
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 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.
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
The renowned former Poet Laureate of Oregon, William Stafford, would have been 99 on Jan. 17.
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:
You drive by and maybe you miss them: the church readerboards in Hood River, Odell, Parkdale and Cascade Locks.
Asbury UMC holds The final worship service takes place Sunday at Asbury United Methodist Church, 616 State St.
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.
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.
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.
Testing at Cascade Locks School confirmed that the December outbreak was caused by a Norovirus GII.
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
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.
What can we all do to help our community during the holidays?
Once again, the Hood River County Christmas Project has spread Christmas cheer to families who might not have had any otherwise.
There is no stopping Meals on Wheels.
Volunteers are the heart of the FISH food bank in its four locations in Hood River County.
Warming Shelter is a place of stories.
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.
“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’s visitor centers and recreation areas will be closed all day Dec. 24 and 25. The dam will resume normal operations Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Hood River Lions Club will pick up your Christmas tree if you place it by the curb before 10 a.m. on Jan. 5.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship; Elks National Free Throw Contest; Register now for youth basketball; Wheat scores 25 in HRV win over Centennial
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.
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.
This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Pancho as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:
Four years ago a homeless man died on the streets of Hood River.
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.
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.
‘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.”
Guns give protection; Holiday spirit, on/offstage; Snow safety; Remember; more
Maryhill Museum of Art today announces its schedule of special exhibitions for the 2013 season, which runs March 15-Nov. 15.
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.
New Year’s Eve at Solstice; Rich Wilkins Blues holiday; Clumsy Lovers at CEBU Lounge; Music, more at Clock Tower
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.
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.
New gifts help FISH food banks
Students filed out of the bus carrying not backpacks and books but boxes and boxes of food.
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
The Hood River News wish you and yours a happy holiday.
Friday, December 21
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
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.
My mother is the Queen of the Christmas game.
During my high school years every Christmas arrived with the same horrifying revelation.
The GO! Local Challenge, a way to track local spending and reward shoppers during the holiday season, continues until Jan. 1.
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.
HRVHS varsity boys baskeball beats Centennial HRVHS girls baskeball hosts home tournament Middle school wrestling starts soon
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.
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.
The following churches have announced special services for the Christmas season:
We have two nativity scenes in our house. They sit on the floor and anchor opposite ends of the hearth.
Blender, or gun?; Answer: More guns; Missing the point; Guns give protection; more
We all want our “comfort and joy” to extend to our highways.
Music at Mt Hood Meadows; Trio at Cascade Cliffs Dec. 29; Anderson at CEBU Lounge
The Port of Hood River is looking at how to manage increased use and demand at the Event Site during peak summer months.
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.
“Mother Nature has given us a boost,” said Mark Russell, Manager of Les Schwab, of the snowstorm that hit the Gorge this week.
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
Waves lap the shoreline at Viento State park Thursday morning during a break in the rain showers. The rain is expected to turn to a wintery mix overnight and into Friday.
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
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.
Weather related updates for Dec. 19, 2012.
Tuesday, December 18
Photo of the Day
Snow falls in the Gorge
The following churches have announced special services for the Christmas season:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Share the Warmth coat and blanket drive; Hood River Christmas Project; Hood River Care Center birdfeeder project; FISH food bank building project
The annual Hood River County fire departments’ Christmas Parade concludes tonight, 6-9 p.m. in Hood River.
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.
All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Dec. 1-17.
All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Dec. 9-17.
Solstice … Longest Night … doomsday?
Lorang Fine Art, WaNaPa Avenue, have new art, gifts and snowflake and Bigfoot works available for sale.
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.
Between Hood River Christmas Project and other community efforts, there is plenty of sharing going on this time year throughout Hood River County.
We need protection; Ironic, yes; ‘No’ to 16-story cell tower; Social Security not broke; more
Deadlines will change for the Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 newspapers, due to Christmas and New Year’s holiday postal schedules.
It’s called “black ice” because it tends to look like the rest of the pavement on the road.
Sara Donahue of Parkdale has been named to the dean’s list at the Savannah College of Art and Design for fall quarter 2012.
Excerpts from the tips for parents and teachers advisory sent out Monday by Hood River County School District:
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.
The Next Door’s 2013 calendar, entitled “Feathers, Flora and Fauna of the Columbia Gorge,” is available at Rosauers and Waucoma Bookstore for $10.
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.
Deputy Princehouse given lifesaving award
A few months ago Hood River County Administrator David Meriwether was nearly hired away by Deschutes County.
Cascade Locks School received a thorough cleaning overnight on Monday after rampant absenteeism due to an unidentified virus.
What will be the effect of the Sandy Hook tragedy on Hood River County School District?
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.
In six schools, in only six days, six Gorge Lions clubs screened 1,170 students for vision problems.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Anderson at CEBU Lounge; Winter Solstice at Solstice; Ski films at Pint Shack Dec. 20; Music, more at Clock Tower
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.
It’s not too late to get your flu shot, according to Hood River County Health Department.
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.
“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 Hood River County
Friday, December 14
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.
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.
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.
Oregon State Police is warning Oregon families about scammers who pose as grandchildren claiming to be in trouble and needing money immediately.
Hood River Valley High School swim team hosted St. Mary’s and Molalla Thursday in the last contest of 2012 for the Eagles.
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.
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.
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.
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).
The following churches have announced Advent services:
The Horizon Christian School elementary concert will be Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.
The time has come to lower the flags again.
Christmas joy for cats; Scenic area cell tower; Fiscal cliffhanger; Please don’t dump animals; more
Ski films at Pint Shack Dec. 20; Explore the history of Timberline Lodge; Jazz Theater at The Pines; ‘Hillbillies’ at Volcanic Bottle
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Dec. 2-9.
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.
Gorge Marathon, held Oct. 28, has helped encourage fitness in the upper valley schools.
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.
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.”
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 will be celebrating a new Electric Vehicle Charging Station with a ribbon cutting dedication on Dec. 15 at 11 a.m.
Santa Claus is coming to town!
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.
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.
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.
The community-based Hood River Warming Shelter program opened Dec. 2 for its fourth year.
It’s not too late to get your flu shot, according to Hood River County Health Department.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eagles make All-State soccer teams; Meadows begins night operations; Indoor Soccer Academy for grades 5-8
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.
This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Tigger as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:
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.
It will be another 100 years before we see another Dec. 12, ’12.
Take it, it’s yours; Hire the disabled; Dickens would love it; more
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
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.)
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.
ODELL — Wy’east Middle School filled Saturday with competitors, parents and volunteers involved in one of the Gorge’s fastest-growing educational/competitive spheres.
Hood River Valley High School students get to have some fun with this week in two ways while raising money for FISH food bank.
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.
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.
Six lucky kids got a police-escorted shopping trip on Sunday.
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.
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.
The deciding vote in what is likely to be a precedent setting land use decision was cast by someone who didn't even expect to be voting when she walked into the city council chambers.
Monday, December 10
Without a breath of wind to speak of, the Columbia River was in this rare form Sunday afternoon.
Friday, December 7
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.
Running the table holds new meaning in the Gorge these days.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
The Gorge Roller Girls are seeking dedicated men and women to join their league as referees, coaches and volunteers.
CAST Theater and Columbia Gorge Community College performance of “A Christmas Carol” continues at Columbia Center for the Arts for a second week.
The annual Hood River County Fire Departments’ Christmas Parade returns Dec. 17-19.
Hood River Yacht Club’s annual Lighted Boat Parade will take place Saturday.
‘Ingredient’ film screens at Rockford Grange Dec. 9; The Groove Project plays Dec. 19; Holiday sing-along in Bingen; Snowboard film screens Dec. 14
Kudos arrived from Salem and from Washington, D.C., for young people in Hood River County.
Work on the economy; Return to sender; No coal shipment; Coal dust correction; More
The following churches have announced Advent services:
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.
The annual Tree of Remembrance ceremony will be Dec. 13 at Anderson’s Tribute Center beginning at 6 p.m.
MARRIAGE PERMITS, Nov. 9 to Dec. 4
All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Nov. 26-Dec. 4.
We all know that the holidays are special — and stressful. Add grief and, well, it can be difficult at best.
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 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.
This time of year schools throughout the region have scheduled evening performances showcasing what the youngsters have learned in class this fall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win nevertheless.
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.
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
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
All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Nov. 8-28.
Christina Malango has learned a lot in her 10-year struggle with the winter depression known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.
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.
Last weekend’s Lila May Schow Fundraiser was a success and this weekend brings another chance to help out.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Q and A with actor Gary ‘Scrooge’ Young
What are you bringing to Scrooge in 2012 that is different from 2006, 2002 or 1998?
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.
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.
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.
Hood River Valley High School wrestling steamrolled its opposition Friday night to score a pair of dual wins to open the season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tax cuts for the 98%; Our flag; Lack of communication; Trail Band is a must-see
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
The baking dozen is on the move.
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
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.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden today announced that he will hold a telephone town hall discussion on Thursday, from 1 to 2 p.m.
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.
Has served as port GM for 12 years
Port of Cascade Locks General Manager Chuck Daughtry is resigning from his position effective Dec. 31.
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
Friday's Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony brought hundreds to the streets of downtown Hood River to enjoy holiday festivities together.