Stories for July 2012

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Saturday, July 28

   

Police prepare to fine for public indecency

Should you decide to wander out of a bar in downtown Hood River at 2:30 a.m. and go to the bathroom in an area that is not designated as a restroom, say a wall, sidewalk or planter box, the Hood River Police have a $435 ticket with your name on it.

July 28, 2012 noon read more..


New officers lead American Legion Post 22

American Legion Post 22 in Hood River initiated new officers July 18. Keegan Hodges, District 5 commander, presided. The new officers are Gary Steele, commander; Jim Tomson, first vice; Rodger Schock, second vice; and Carl Casey, adjutant.

July 28, 2012 noon read more..


Hanford radioactive sludge moved from Columbia riverside

Workers have started moving highly radioactive material, called sludge, away from the Columbia River, marking a significant milestone in the U. S. Department of Energy cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation site, adjacent to the Columbia River in eastern Washington.

July 28, 2012 noon read more..
 

Lifeguards honored after saving swimmer at pool

In the few minutes before the pool clears out after each swim session, Hood River Aquatic Center lifeguards are particularly wary of swimmers who have been in the water for nearly an hour, tiring themselves out.

July 28, 2012 noon read more..


HRST competes at state swim meet

Hood River Swim Team members competed last week in the 2012 Oregon Swimming Inc. State Championships at Mt. Hood Community College. Highlighting several notable performances was 13-year-old Dhani Freeland, who took top honors with four top-10 finishes to qualify for the Western Zone Meet next month in Grand Junction, Colo.

July 28, 2012 noon read more..


Coach of the Year honor highlights Horizon success story

Horizon Christian School Coach Darrin Lingel last month was named the 2012 Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year for 1A boys basketball. The honor came after Lingel led his varsity boys squad to a 28-4 season and a 1A state championship; the first state title the Horizon Hawks have claimed in school history.

July 28, 2012 noon read more..


Providence adds hospitalist program

Patients at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital now have access to a doctor every minute of every day via a new “hospitalist” program beginning in August.

July 28, 2012 noon read more..


Cheerleaders earn accolades at camp

Hood River Valley High School’s fall cheerleading squad traveled to the University of Portland earlier this month for a Universal Cheerleaders Association summer camp. The three-day camp is aimed at teaching new cheers, stunts and dances for the upcoming year, as well as building team camaradery that will carry over to the school year.

July 28, 2012 noon read more..

Wednesday, July 25

 

Water restrictions coming in August

Hood River citizens are going to see water use restrictions later this summer as the city works on upgrading a water line from the city’s water source from a spring near Lost Lake to its 5-million-gallon Riverdale Road reservoir.

July 25, 2012 noon read more..


County Fair starts today

In large bands and small animals, and plenty in between, look for numerous changes at this year’s Hood River County Fair, which runs July 25-28 in Odell.

July 25, 2012 noon read more..


Cascade Travel owner charged with theft

Sue Collins, owner of Cascade Travel in Hood River, has been charged with four misdemeanor counts of theft II, according to Hood River Police Detective Don Cheli, lead investigator on the case. Collins is scheduled to appear in Hood River Circuit Court on Aug. 6.

July 25, 2012 noon read more..
 

Neighbors: Tales of transition, teaching and raft trips

Thanks, Maritime Services, write Gail and Scott Hagee of Hood River: “A big thanks to Maritime Services who gainfully employed between 200-500 people here in Hood River for over two decades. George Selfridge and many others should be applauded for being such good employers providing a good wage with benefits for many families in our area.

July 25, 2012 noon read more..


Wanted: ‘Forever Homes’

Four kitten siblings are busy scampering, chasing, leaping and tackling each other in a spare bedroom in Jane Keeler’s house. They are the picture of health and happiness.

July 25, 2012 noon read more..
 

Ro-Sham kite contest highlights growing trend

Pro kiteboarders Sam Light, Brandon Scheid and Alex Fox finished one-two-three Saturday in an exciting final heat of the week-long Ro-Sham-Throwdown kiteboarding contest. Using a “terrain park” of jumps, rails and sliders anchored at the east end of the Hood River delta, the event brought some of the sport’s most progressive athletes to town to compete in the fast-evolving niche of “slopestyle” kiteboarding.

July 25, 2012 noon read more..


Wrestlers back from Nationals

Hood River wrestlers Katie Eddy, Juan Karlos Hernandez, David Brunk, Christian Marquez, Jessica DeHart and MaKenna Sullinger return this week after a long and all-around successful trip to the national wrestling tournament in Fargo, N.D.

July 25, 2012 noon read more..
 

U14 boys make state

With a gratifying sense of accomplishment, Hood River’s 13-14-year-old Junior Baseball of Oregon team traveled to Gladstone High School Monday to face Sherwood in a play-in round of the state playoff tournament.

July 25, 2012 noon read more..
 

Yeast master Jess Caudill talks brewing

Hood River News caught up on the burgeoning yeast business with Jess Caudill, microbiologist at the firm for the past 10 years and self-described purveyor of “weird beers.” After all, Caudill’s business card reads not microbiologist but “mad scientist.”

July 25, 2012 noon read more..


Saturday, July 21



Speakboxx combines vintage, high-tech

If vintage, retro and classic are styles that ring your bell, but you still insist on high-tech sound quality, then Luke Nance, 23, has found his target consumer in you.

July 21, 2012 noon read more..
  

Tennis ball roll winners announced

A thousand balls rolled down Third Street in the second annual Tennis Ball Roll on July 6, a fundraiser for Columbia Gorge Center for the Arts. The first 18 balls to enter the chute earned prizes for their owners. These are the winners :

July 21, 2012 noon read more..
 

Classtime for July 21, 2012

Whitworth University students qualify for Laureate Society; Western Oregon University releases spring president’s, dean’s lists; Oregon State University honors outstanding students; Scholarships awarded by The Next Door; Traynor wins SEIU Local 503 scholarship; Hood River residents make dean’s list at University of Portland; Delgado honored at UC San Diego

July 21, 2012 noon read more..
  

Oilers baseball begins playoffs

Hood River Valley High School baseball players are getting a healthy dose off-season action this summer as the Carson Oilers finish its regular season and head into the district playoffs.

July 21, 2012 noon read more..


Destination Gorge

Big-time sailing action is in Cascade Locks this week as the town host the 2012 Laser North American Championship from July 19-22. The continental championship is held in a different place each year and is in Cascade Locks for the first time in its history.

July 21, 2012 noon read more..


Hood River (again) wins USDA appeal

The city of Hood River can again claim victory of the US Department of Agriculture in an attempt to get back funds to complete a waterline project. However, just as it did after winning a previous appeal against the USDA to get the funds restored, the city is waiting to get excited until it actually sees the money.

July 21, 2012 noon read more..
   

Cherries feel sky’s wrath

Thursday night’s second series of thunderstorms raged through the valley with dazzling lightening displays, downpours and even a smattering of hail.

July 21, 2012 noon read more..


Recreation renaissance in Cascade Locks

Mountain biking, kayaking, cycling, hiking, sailing, kite boarding and windsurfing are more than just great sports activities in the Columbia Gorge. They represent a significant regional economic engine — fueled by growing participation —which yields substantial local spending.

July 21, 2012 noon read more..


Wednesday, July 18



Dakine move to Expo Center off

Hood River-based action sports gear and apparel manufacturer Dakine is still looking at a new home in town, just likely not the one it had hoped for.

July 18, 2012 noon read more..
  

Maritime woes leave employees wanting answers

In the final month before it filed for bankruptcy, internal memos, bankruptcy filing documents and reports from company employees show that Maritime Services Corporation ran out of ways to keep the company going in its current state.

July 18, 2012 noon read more..
  

Denny Smith named to press Hall of Fame

Denny Smith, chairman of the board of Eagle Newspapers Inc., was inducted into the prestigious Oregon Newspaper Hall of Fame July 12 at the summer meeting of Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

July 18, 2012 noon read more..
 

Computers and pornography: Library District Internet policy explained

Recent letters to this newspaper (Stop library porn viewing,” June 23; “Protect young eyes,” June 30; “Time for discussion,” June 30) have expressed concern over patrons viewing objectionable content on Hood River County Library District’s publicly accessible computers and networks. HRCLD’s board of directors will be addressing these concerns at their next meeting on Tuesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. the Jeanne Marie Gaulke Meeting Room at the Hood River Library. The public is encouraged to attend and have their views heard.

July 18, 2012 noon read more..
 

Supporters get museum ‘sneak preview’

History and the future mixed on Saturday with a “sneak preview” open house at the remodeled History Museum of Hood River County. About 100 donors and supporters attended the catered event and saw the transformed interior of the museum, which is scheduled for a “soft” reopening in October.

July 18, 2012 noon read more..


Seven Streams closes Saturday

The history of Seven Streams trail dates back to before bicycles had fat tires and full suspensions; back when the term granny gear was associated with crochet needles and dentures, not riding up steep hills with relative ease.

July 18, 2012 noon read more..


DeHart: National Champion

Hood River Valley High School wrestler Jessica DeHart won five straight matches to claim a national title over the weekend in Fargo, N.D.

July 18, 2012 noon read more..


ACTION Capital

Hood River was host to two world-class competitions over the weekend. The sixth-annual Kiteboarding-4-Cancer fundraiser and endurance race (above) brought close to 200 registered competitors and several hundred spectators to the Hood River Event Site to raise money and awareness for cancer survivorship programs.

July 18, 2012 noon read more..


Saturday, July 14



Two days and six stages of white-knuckle action

The Oregon Enduro Series stops in Hood River this weekend for the third race of its 2012 tour. The two-day, six-stage event is a mix of cross country and downhill mountain biking on the forested single-track trails of Hood River’s west side.

July 14, 2012 noon read more..
 

Mosier Market tests ‘Eat Local Challenge’

Mosier Farmers Market has issued a challenge “pitting family against family, friend against friend, and town against town to see who can eat/earn the most points in our first-ever World Premier Mosier Eat Local Challenge.”

July 14, 2012 noon read more..
    

CGCC rewards excellence in 2012

Two outstanding members of the Columbia Gorge Community College faculty and staff have netted awards of excellence for the 2011-12 school year. Both share a dedication and belief in their work that others recognize as extraordinary.

July 14, 2012 noon read more..


Burn ban in effect as of July 1

As of July 1, a no-burn policy is in effect for Hood River County. No outdoor fires will be allowed, except under special circumstances (such as agricultural burns) on an as-needed basis.

July 14, 2012 noon read more..


Historic highway restoration starts Monday

The historic Vista House overlooking the Columbia River Gorge will be closed for the last three months of 2012 so workers can restore the Crown Point viaduct and repave three miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway between Larch Mountain Road and Latourell Falls.

July 14, 2012 noon read more..


Challenge filed on city appeal fee

A Hood River resident who filed an initiative for the November ballot to limit city land use appeal fees has challenged the ballot title and language drafted by the Hood River city attorney.

July 14, 2012 noon read more..
 

Wednesday, July 11

  

Saving middle school sports

When the Hood River County School Board was faced with budgeting for a nearly $2 million shortfall two years ago, a variety of programs and services faced the chopping block. Among the restructurings, reductions and eliminations the board was faced with, axing middle school sports would save the district about $100,000 for the budget cycle.

July 11, 2012 noon read more..
 

Gallery at 301 opens

Wine pours where the planning department used to be, and the former city administration building has a new life.

July 11, 2012 noon read more..
 

Hood River physician struck on bicycle

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital surgeon Christeen Osborn, 35, of Hood River, was struck and critically injured at around 1:24 p.m. July 7 while cycling five miles south of Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast.

July 11, 2012 noon read more..
  

The Road to London runs through Oregon

The venues that played host to the 2012 U.S. Olympic track and field trials are drenched in so much tradition that it practically drips from the brows of the competitors and plops in the raindrops falling on the Hayward Field grandstands.

July 11, 2012 noon read more..

Saturday, July 7

 

Trio tripped up

An early morning altercation between a juvenile female and an adult male drew police action at Prater’s Motel beginning around 6:45 a.m. July 6.

July 7, 2012 noon read more..
 

Kegs pFill up at pFreim Brewery

It’s Oregon Craft Beer Month, when the state’s breweries celebrate the production of flavorful ales of distinct varieties, usually in small quantities, seasonably prepared and in a diverse set of styles.

July 7, 2012 noon read more..


Car hits pedestrian

An 80-year-old Auburn, Wash., man is in serious condition after he was hit by a car on West Cascade Avenue Tuesday.

July 7, 2012 noon read more..


‘Bigger and bigger every year’

More than 450 walkers and runners turned out Wednesday morning for the annual Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run. Sunny skies and cool temperatures greeted participants with near-perfect running weather, and as more and more people passed through the registration tables, it was clear the crowd was the largest the run has ever seen.

July 7, 2012 noon read more..
 

Coal train derails

While the Hood River City Council has led the way in voicing fiery opposition to coal trains passing through Hood River, the battle over the toxic transports is just beginning. An “up-river” Mesa, Wash., derailment accident on July 2 may just add fuel to those flames.

July 7, 2012 noon read more..


Walmart: Use it or lose it?

Did Walmart lose its right to expand under the Hood River Municipal Code when the store became a nonconforming property and failed to take steps to finish construction?

July 7, 2012 noon read more..


Little League teams end All-Star runs

Hood River Little League All-Star baseball and softball teams wrapped up District 5 tournament play this week. The tournament included 625 baseball and softball players on teams from 13 Little League associations, ranging from Hood River east to Hermiston and south to Gilchrist.

July 7, 2012 noon read more..


Wednesday, July 4



Roller Girls take on Melon Smashers

With only a few months of practice under their belts, the newly formed Gorge Roller Girls competed last weekend in the team’s first-ever bout against the Hermiston Melon Smashers. Roller derby is noted as one of the fastest-growing female sports in the country and teams like GRG and the HMS are popping up all over the Northwest.

July 4, 2012 noon read more..
  

‘Where will it end?’: The future of garbage

Historically, efforts to reduce negative effects relating to our consumption have focused primarily downstream (recycling). That’s changing toward a more holistic life cycle approach coined “materials management.”

July 4, 2012 noon read more..
  

Back to mixed-use

In response to continued high water on the Columbia River, Port of Hood River Waterfront Coordinator Liz Whitmore requested to the Board of Commissioners that the Event Site be reopened to kiteboard landing and launching until the Hood River sandbar is reasonably accessable for the rest of the summer.

July 4, 2012 noon read more..
 

County payments moving forward

Last fiscal year, Hood River County received $713,038 to spend in support of schools and roads, as part of the Federal Secure Rural Schools program — a program slated to terminate this year.

July 4, 2012 noon read more..


Orchards affected by ODOT spray

While tourists filled the roads during blossom season, an unexpected challenge to local pear orchards quietly took hold amongst those beautiful blooms, along those same roadsides.

July 4, 2012 noon read more..


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