Stories for November 2012


Friday, November 30


Extension Report: The Great Pumpkin: Keeping squash safe through the winter

The last of the mushy and collapsing Halloween pumpkins were hauled off to the compost pile this weekend to avoid frozen goopy pumpkin puree ending up all over the porch. If I had gotten to them a little sooner, they would have made great additions to fall and winter dishes and desserts as pumpkin chunks, puree, and in the form of their delicious baked seeds.

November 30, 2012 3:31 p.m. read more..

‘Imagine Peace’

Four students from four area middle schools advance in Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

November 30, 2012 3:24 p.m. read more..

Historical Society promotes local authors and locales

The Oregon Historical Society will hold its 45th annual Holiday Cheer book sale and author signing on Dec. 2 from noon to 5 p.m. The event is a celebration of Oregon authors, who will be spread out throughout the museum. The Dickens Carolers will be strolling through the museum performing holiday songs, and holiday dessert samples and hot cider will be served. Cost is $5, or free for OHS members.

November 30, 2012 3:21 p.m. read more..

Teen nets second national writing honor

While a writer’s life is often spent in quiet places without a lot of public fanfare, Hood River Valley High School senior Elizabeth Gobbo found herself in the limelight this month when she received notice of her publication in the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers — (Scholastic Books) The Best Teen Writing of 2012.

November 30, 2012 3:20 p.m. read more..


All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Nov. 19-25.

November 30, 2012 3:19 p.m. read more..

County seeks comments on home repair project

Hood River County is completing a Home Repair Program funded with Community Development Block Grant funds from the Oregon Business Development Department. It is estimated that the project has benefited at least 37 persons — 100 percent of who are low or moderate income — to make necessary health- and safety-related repairs to their homes.

November 30, 2012 3:13 p.m. read more..

Try ‘Kill A Watt’

Wondering how much that old fridge or television is really costing you? Thanks to the Energy Trust of Oregon, now you can find out. Hood River County Library District is now checking out Kill A Watt energy monitors, donated by the Energy Trust. A Kill A Watt can be used to measure how much energy is used by your electric devices at home such as refrigerators, microwaves, computers, battery chargers, TVs, lamps, media players, game consoles and cable set-top boxes.

November 30, 2012 3:11 p.m. read more..

Youth hoops opportunities

For more information or to register contact Hood River Community Education at or call 541-386-2055.

November 30, 2012 3:09 p.m. read more..

Strength in numbers: Depth brings optimism to HRV swim team

With about 40 boys and girls in the pool this year, the Hood River Valley High School swim team is looking to draw on the experience of several seasoned swimmers and the energy of incoming young talent to guide the team to success in the Columbia River Conference.

November 30, 2012 3:06 p.m. read more..

Kiteboarding schools reduced for 2013-15

The number of kiteboarding schools operating on Port of Hood River property will be reduced from seven to five through at least the summer of 2015. The number of windsurfing schools will remain at three.

November 30, 2012 3:05 p.m. read more..

How to Help for Dec. 1, 2012

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

November 30, 2012 3:01 p.m. read more..

CGCC nets $250K toward wind energy training

Rewable energy investment in rural America generates much more than electricity; it produces permanent jobs, too. Nowhere is this more evident than in a new partnership between Caithness Shepherds Flat, one of the world’s largest wind farms, and Columbia Gorge Community College, which in 2007 established the first wind technician training program on the West Coast.

November 30, 2012 2:59 p.m. read more..

High school seeks project evaluators

Junior and senior students at Hood River Valley High School this year will again undertake a personalized project to fulfill newly revised graduation requirements. Adults willing to listen to their presentations will help students deepen their learning, and will enjoy hearing about a range of topics and the knowledge gained through the students’ experiences.

November 30, 2012 2:58 p.m. read more..

Safety advocates urge motorists and pedestrians alike to be sober and alert

Joining a national campaign to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities during the holiday season, the Oregon Department of Transportation, with continued support from Gov. John Kitzhaber, Oregon State Police and a variety of partners, is stepping up efforts to remind motorists not to get behind the wheel if they are impaired.

November 30, 2012 2:52 p.m. read more..

Entertainment Update for Dec. 1, 2012

‘A Christmas Carol’ opens Dec. 6; Country Dance returns Dec. 8; Tess Barr at Double Mountain; United Way benefit Dec. 9 with Aaron Meyer; Voci concert Dec. 2-3; Trail Band performs Dec. 6 in Hood River

November 30, 2012 2:23 p.m. read more..

Coal transport meetings slated

Just over a year ago, the Sierra Club began alerting residents to a proposal now under way to transport 130-150 million tons of coal per year through the Columbia River Gorge — via barges or open train cars. One of the specific coal transport projects tied to that proposal is now under consideration in Oregon.

November 30, 2012 2:17 p.m. read more..

Robotics tourneys return

Families and robot lovers of all ages are invited to watch the fun at the Columbia Gorge First Lego League (FLL) Tournaments in December. These free events will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 and 2 at The Dalles Middle School (1100 E 12th St.) and Dec. 8 at Wy’east Middle School (3000 Wy’east Road near Odell).

November 30, 2012 2:16 p.m. read more..

Police arrest woman for theft, forgery

Jennifer Rae Bailey, 41, of Hood River, was arrested Nov. 20 and charged with theft in the first degree-aggravated, and forgery in the second degree, according to arresting Hood River Police Detective Don Cheli.

November 30, 2012 2:13 p.m. read more..

Port of Cascade Locks GM Chuck Daughtry resigns

Port of Cascade Locks General Manager Chuck Daughtry is resigning from his position effective Dec. 31. “It’s time, I’ve been there 12 years…I think it’s time, Daughtry said. ""I just got that feeling. They need to hear some fresh voices and I needed to recharge my batteries."

November 30, 2012 2:12 p.m. read more..

Mosier Community School buys gas station property

Mosier Community School boards co-chairs Monica Reid and James Matthisen announced Thursday that the charter school serving Mosier-area students in grades K-8 has purchased the former gas station located next to the school on Main Street to expand its campus.

November 30, 2012 2:10 p.m. read more..

School board reschedules meeting

The Hood River County School Board meeting scheduled for Dec. 12 has been moved up to Tuesday, Dec. 4. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the district office board room. The agenda is available at, as well as the minutes from the Nov. 14 meeting.

November 30, 2012 2:07 p.m. read more..

McAndie appears on rape, kidnap indictment

In the packed Hood River courtroom of Judge Paul Crowley on Nov. 29, Donald Stuart McAndie, 56, of Home Valley, Wash., appeared via video feed from NORCOR to face indictments of rape in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree, unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree and two counts of sexual abuse.

November 30, 2012 2:06 p.m. read more..

Thursday, November 29

Wednesday, November 28


Tuesday, November 27


Wallis, Erzen are married

Angela Marie Wallis and Alexander Eugene Erzen, both of Seattle, Wash., were married July 29 at Mt. Hood Organic Farms, in Mt. Hood. Sybil Nance, of Sukha Yoga Retreats, officiated.

November 27, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..

December brings concerts to Gorge

Although December choral concerts often focus on seasonal music, VOCI community chamber choir will focus on music that is timeless and yet still resonates with themes of mystery and transcendence for their December concerts.

November 27, 2012 2:49 p.m. read more..

‘Gorge Gravity’ winners

The first-annual Gorge Gravity Games last month drew a crowd of about 500 people to watch 17 middle and high school teams compete.

November 27, 2012 2:46 p.m. read more..

MILITARY NOTES: HR sailor serves on USS Enterprise’s last voyage

Navy Seaman Jorge A. Ceja, a 2008 graduate of Hood River Valley High School, along with 500 Sailors and Marines assigned to the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) recently arrived in Norfolk, Va., following a seven-and-a-half-month deployment supporting operations in the Mediterranean and the Arabian Seas.

November 27, 2012 2:44 p.m. read more..

Bakers both talk, break bread

Five bakers drove three hours to Hood River on Wednesday to visit Feliza Greenwald, baker/owner of Knead Bakery. The five were from Blue Scorcher Bakery Cafe, a cooperatively owned bakery in Astoria.

November 27, 2012 2:44 p.m. read more..

Columbia Gorge CASA welcomes new volunteers

Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is happy to introduce their newest child advocates: Erin Weedman, Sherman County; Kit Malley and Tori Mills, Hood River County; and Toni Ibarra, Vandie Benson and Lisa Fuller from White Salmon, who were sworn in by the Honorable Paul G. Crowley on November 15, 2012. These new advocates join a cadre of child advocates who serve our neglected and abused children in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties.

November 27, 2012 2:32 p.m. read more..

Native plant sale orders taken now

The chance to give Mother Nature a helping hand is coming to Hood River. Now is the time to place your order for the Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District native plant sale.

November 27, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..

Kaleidoscope: Hood River history told by yoga

This past April, my parents invited my brother and I on a cruise through the Galapagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavor. On the second night we anchored off of Isla Espanola, also known as Hood Island. The island is famous as an albatross breeding ground. As a maritime attorney and local Hood River history buff, the island was significant to me.

November 27, 2012 2:24 p.m. read more..

Van Voast gains fire marshal status

Local builders and homeowners alike may recognize the name Mark Van Voast — Hood River County building inspector. What may be news is that Van Voast has become the first building official in the state of Oregon to become a certified fire marshal.

November 27, 2012 2:21 p.m. read more..

Kegler’s Corner: Hodges, Hickman are stars this week

Thanksgiving week in league action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes, though shortened by the holiday, still saw plenty of strikes. Our vaunted Team of the Week was dominated by regulars like powerful lefty Greg McDaniel, cranker extraordinaire Brandon Kawachi and the stylish Jeff Miller. We have come to expect big numbers from these guys; they are among the top bowlers in town and can hold their own with just about anybody.

November 27, 2012 2:16 p.m. read more..

Turkey Trot top finishers announced

The annual Thanksgiving day Turkey Trot brought more than 300 runners and walkers to the Hood River end of the Twin Tunnels trail. With only about 30 participants pre-registered, organizers had their hands full getting everyone signed up for the 3K, 5K and 12K events. Despite the last-minute chaos, however, the event was an overwhelming success, with proceeds benefiting Mosier Community School.

November 27, 2012 2:07 p.m. read more..

Jim Drake’s entertainment blog: Revisit the classics this week

I’m excited to see the activities happening at the library this week, I really am. Without having attended anything yet (I’m writing this 5 hours before any of them start), I just have this feeling that this celebration of Charles Dickens is exactly what libraries are supposed to do. Although I’m sad that I can’t go to the ball on Saturday, I’m committing myself to most of, if not all, of the other events.

November 27, 2012 1:37 p.m. read more..

Celebrate Charles Dickens' 200th birthday with the library district

Join Hood River County Library District for a week of events celebrating one of the world's most beloved authors. Charles Dickens wrote the timeless classics “A Christmas Carol,” “Oliver Twist,” “A Tale of Two Cities,” and “Great Expectations.” Characters such as Scrooge, Pip, Tiny Tim, and the Artful Dodger have captured hearts for generations. The library district is honoring these great literary contributions with a party, movie screening, book discussion, gala holiday ball, and more.

November 27, 2012 1:35 p.m. read more..

Entertainment Update for Nov. 28, 2012

‘Finding Christmas’ author visits; Numbats at Trillium Cafe; HR Jazz at 301 Gallery; Kory Quinn at CEBU Lounge; Ski films slated at Pint Shack; ‘Willy and Nelson’ at Zims; ‘Pigs on the Wing’ Nov. 30

November 27, 2012 1:33 p.m. read more..

A different ‘greening’ for the Evergreen State

WHITE SALMON — With the recent voter approval of Initiative 502, possession of up to an ounce of marijuana will become legal in Washington on Dec. 6, but the implementation of the new state law is already getting under way in some counties, including Klickitat.

November 27, 2012 1:29 p.m. read more..

A Holy Night Still Life

The holidays are always a busy time of year. Some people are either buying presents and hosting parties or decorating houses with lights and deciding whether to get a real or fake tree.

November 27, 2012 1:27 p.m. read more..

Friday, November 23


Care Center seeks bird seed, donations

The Hood River Care Center Family Council is looking for donations of birdseed. Each resident has a birdfeeder outside of their room, with 10 made and donated by local Webelos.

November 23, 2012 1:55 p.m. read more..

Bird count needs you

Join the growing number of bird enthusiasts across the world by participating in the local Hood River Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Information is available now on how to become involved and why the event is important.

November 23, 2012 1:53 p.m. read more..

Join CoCoRaHs team

CORVALLIS – A statewide network that uses Oregon citizens to collect local data on rain, snow and even hail is seeking a new wave of volunteers.

November 23, 2012 1:53 p.m. read more..

Battle of the Books program awards two local grants

The Oregon Battle of the Books statewide program has announced the recipients of book grants to support battle programs. Recipients will receive two copies of each title on one grade level list. Teams will compete at the OBOB regional tournament on Saturday, March 2 at The Dalles Middle School.

November 23, 2012 1:51 p.m. read more..

City accepts leaves

Hood River City residents may dispose of leaves at the City Public Works facility at 18th and May streets.

November 23, 2012 1:50 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.

November 23, 2012 1:49 p.m. read more..

Christmas tree care and feeding 101

After Thanksgiving, most tree lots are busy welcoming the crowds for a festive annual tradition – choosing the Christmas tree that will warm your home this December.

November 23, 2012 1:48 p.m. read more..

Gorge Gymnasts qualify for Championships

Gorge Gymnastics competitors Rosalie Dillon , Poppy Miller, Taryn Schilling and Jacy Johnston (pictured below) qualified for the Northern Sectional Championships at Precise Elite Gymnastics in Clackamas last week. Miller placed first on vault in the Junior A division and received her personal best (and the highest score of the entire meet) with a 9.75 to qualify for the Sectional Meet. In the same division was Schilling, who placed fourth with a score of 9.5. In the senior division, Dillon tied for first with a 9.65. Johnston rounded out the team’s success on vault with her personal best of 9.2 to place fifth in the children’s division.

November 23, 2012 1:46 p.m. read more..

HRV water polo finishes season with success

Hood River Valley High School’s water polo club team played the final games of its inaugural season recently, picking up a win against Parkrose High School and a loss against Sam Barlow to finish with a 5-5 record.

November 23, 2012 1:44 p.m. read more..

Mat time

When asked what his goal is for the season, Andrew DeHart simply pointed up at the wall.

November 23, 2012 1:43 p.m. read more..

CGCC offers course in QuickBooks Pro

Do you keep your own financial records? If you answered yes to this question, join Columbia Gorge Community College for the QuickBooks Pro 2012 class offered on The Dalles campus, Building Two – Room 2.106.

November 23, 2012 1:38 p.m. read more..

Soroptimist sponsors ‘Extravaganza’ today

Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams is hosting its eighth annual pre-holiday “shopping extravaganza” on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn Gorge Room.

November 23, 2012 1:37 p.m. read more..

ANOTHER VOICE: Whose education standards? Back to the drawing board

The current push in public education reform is content standards. Students must show proficiency in reading, writing and math to gain an Oregon high school diploma. Under federal and state rules, student data will be linked to teacher evaluations and school funding. Students, teachers and schools will be judged, ranked and funded based on meeting these standards.

November 23, 2012 1:32 p.m. read more..

Trail Band performs Dec. 6

Hood River Education Foundation presents the Trail Band in concert, 7 p.m. on Dec. 6, at the Hood River Middle School.

November 23, 2012 1:26 p.m. read more..

Entertainment Update for Nov. 24, 2012

‘Pigs on the Wing’ at Waucoma club Nov. 30; Cowboy gathering Nov. 24; United Way benefit Dec. 9 with Aaron Meyer; Clambake Jazz at Solstice Cafe; Bill Rhoades, Tess Barr at CEBU; Old-Fashioned Open House; ‘Inside Job’ screens Nov. 28

November 23, 2012 1:26 p.m. read more..

Library’s ‘Dickens Week’ begins

There is literary fun to be found at Hood River Library with “Dickens Week,” Nov. 27 to Dec. 1. Festivities kick off with a party on Tuesday, 5:30-7 p.m., celebrating the author’s 200th year.

November 23, 2012 1:22 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 21

Shop from home at local businesses this "Black Friday"

Hood River News offers this updated (and admittedly never-to-be-complete) list of local businesses with websites, should you care to purchase or reserve goods or services during the Christmas shopping season, or any other time of year.

November 21, 2012 3:58 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 20

Turtle Island will hold first ‘Tofurky Trot’

HOOD RIVER — Turtle Island Foods, home of the famous Tofurky, announced today that it would sponsor the first annual “Tofurky Trot” at Oaks Bottom Natural Area in Portland, Oregon, starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable vegan food or donate $20 to an organization serving vegan food in New York City to those residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.

November 20, 2012 3:32 p.m. read more..

Roots and Branches: Giving thanks for so much

Of course this is a column about things for which I am thankful. It is the day before Thanksgiving for goodness sake, and even the most vehement anti-holiday persona can find a reason to be thankful. At least I am hopeful that is the case. I know I have an abundance of things for which I am thankful, and a belief that these must be shared with others.

November 20, 2012 3:29 p.m. read more..

Stevenson hosts annual holiday event

STEVENSON — Christmas in the Gorge happens the Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. Local businesses will host open houses throughout the day with holiday refreshments and sales. At 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 30, caroling begins in the Courthouse Plaza and the Courthouse Christmas tree will be lit at 6:55 p.m. Bagpipers lead the procession and the Starlight Parade starts at 7 p.m. with as many as 20 fire, emergency and large decorated vehicles. This year a 200-year old horse-drawn sleigh will also join in the parade fun. Cookies, coffee and cider will be available on Highway 14.

November 20, 2012 3:27 p.m. read more..

Poetry celebration night slated Nov. 30

Join HRVHS English students in a performance of works composed during a two-day workshop with poet-performer Mosley Wotta. The Bowe Theater will host the Nov. 30 evening of poetry and spoken word performance.

November 20, 2012 3:23 p.m. read more..

Gorge Grown gives thanks for growth

“‘Tis the season of thanks and everyone from the Gorge Grown Farmers’ Market would like to share our appreciation with the community for a very writes successful season,” writes Todd Dierker, co-director of Gorge Grown Food Network, which wrapped up its farmers’ market season on Nov. 15.

November 20, 2012 3:22 p.m. read more..

Kegler's Corner

Silky smooth Michael Allen was in the zone in last week’s Fraternal league. He scattered the sticks to the tune of a mighty fine 679 series, which was 148 pins over his average. Allen’s easy style is yet another way to make those 3lb-6oz pins dance. He rolls a nice, controllable hook, right in the track area around the second arrow to make the ball do most of the work. This outstanding performance makes him the latest Bowler of the Week and lands him on the Team of the Week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.

November 20, 2012 3:14 p.m. read more..

Learn about pet adoption

Pet adoption services are available in Odell at the Hukari Animal Shelter 3910 Heron Dr, Hood River OR 97031. Call the shelter for more information 541-354-1083.

November 20, 2012 3:07 p.m. read more..

Flags Lowered: Capt. James Nehl

Gov. John Kitzhaber last week ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, in honor of Captain James Nehl.

November 20, 2012 3:01 p.m. read more..

‘Inside Job’ screens Nov. 28

Columbia Center for the Arts presents the academy award-winning film “Inside Job” on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. The film will be followed by a panel discussion regarding how the banking and financial industry has changed since 2008. Have we solved any of our global financial issues, where is the economy now. What can we do as ordinary citizens to protect ourselves and our future?

November 20, 2012 2:48 p.m. read more..

A road revised

Anyone waiting to make a left turn from County Club Road onto West Cascade knows what the term “failing intersection” means. It means at minimum, frustration, or near misses, and, for some unlucky drivers, accidents.

November 20, 2012 2:42 p.m. read more..

Pick a plate

The Bite of the Gorge will be back later, but plates are ready now.

November 20, 2012 2:41 p.m. read more..

Pass the Bird

If you’ve gone on the annual “Tour de Coop” in which dozens of local poultry enthusiasts show off their fowl farms each summer, then you may already know about Ted James and his bird farm. What you may not know is that James has turned his poultry passtime into something that benefits the community.

November 20, 2012 2:39 p.m. read more..

Picard ups lead by one vote

Hood River county election results are not yet certified as the county elections department works to balance its ballot count, but the results appear to be largely set.

November 20, 2012 2:37 p.m. read more..

Ban on hold

Potential zoning changes to restrict residential development on the Hood River waterfront are on hold for another few weeks while the city planning commission takes a deeper look at the issue.

November 20, 2012 2:35 p.m. read more..

Friday, November 16

Care Forum scheduled for Nov. 27

The Hood River Care Center is sponsoring a Community Care Forum Nov. 27 at the Columbia Gorge Hotel from 3-5 p.m. Matthew Macpherson, ATP, will speak on identifying seating and positioning needs within long-term care, and how to come up with creative solutions. A question-and-answer period, as well as networking opportunities, will follow.

November 16, 2012 3:16 p.m. read more..

Outdoor News: Elk are ‘ghosts of the woods’

For humans, elk are the most challenging of North American big game animals to hunt. Don’t let their size fool you; these critters can be as quiet as an empty cartridge case and avoid detection far better than a set of misplaced car keys. In fact, seasoned hunters often refer to elk as “the ghosts of the woods” for their stealth-like abilities.

November 16, 2012 3:06 p.m. read more..

Master Gardener training offered

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.

November 16, 2012 3 p.m. read more..

How to help

Every season is a time of need for some people in this and any community.

November 16, 2012 2:52 p.m. read more..

HR School Board celebrates levy vote

In its first regular meeting since the Nov. 6 general election, the Hood River County School District board of directors celebrated the passage of the local option levy.

November 16, 2012 2:42 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 14

Port says no to cable park

By a 4-1 vote the Port of Hood River Tuesday night declined to enter into lease negotiations for a cable park in the Nichols boat basin.

November 14, 2012 5:36 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 13


Soroptimist hosts ‘Shopping Extravaganza’

Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams is hosting its eighth-annual pre-holiday “shopping extravaganza” on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn Gorge Room.

November 13, 2012 2:37 p.m. read more..

Cultural Inclusion Coordinator: HRVHS grad named to new post in Beaverton

Mayor Denny Doyle announced recently that Daniel Vázquez has been hired as the new cultural inclusion coordinator for the City of Beaverton. Vázquez is a 2002 graduate of Hood River Valley High School and formerly served as the community advocate for the City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights.

November 13, 2012 2:34 p.m. read more..

March of Dimes honors local nurses

Three women from the Gorge — Melodi Johnson, Patricia Gilbert and Jeri Foster-Horracks — were honored as exceptional nurses from across Oregon Nov. 2 at the annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awards breakfast, presented by Oregon Health & Science University.

November 13, 2012 2:32 p.m. read more..

Wasco County initiates ‘Citizen Alert’ system

Wasco County 9-1-1 is implementing the Citizen Alert system to provide emergency messages to Wasco County residents by telephone, text and email. All published land line phones are automatically in the system, but cellphones, unpublished, unlisted numbers and emails are not.

November 13, 2012 2:27 p.m. read more..

CGCC helps students ‘achieve the dream’

CGCC helps students With the importance of college success on the minds of many young people and their families, help toward completing those educational paths to employment will certainly be welcomed news. This initiative will help not only young students but also those returning later in life.

November 13, 2012 2:23 p.m. read more..

Windermere renews ‘Share the Warmth’

In keeping with their annual tradition, four Windermere Real Estate offices in the Gorge are hosting Windermere’s “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drive; community members are invited to take part and help their neighbors in need this winter by donating coats and blankets.

November 13, 2012 2:23 p.m. read more..

Give thanks by giving blood in November

The American Red Cross asks that you give special thanks and help save lives by donating blood during the month of November, a time when blood donations typically decline and need remains constant.

November 13, 2012 2:22 p.m. read more..

Kegler's Corner

Bowling proved challenging for most in last week’s Orchard Lanes leagues, but it sure wasn’t for Brandon Kawachi. The young star continued to dominate the boards, popping a 719 in the Tuesday night Mixed league and a 706 in the Wednesday night Fraternal league. With his hard-charging hook, Kawachi seems to have his way just about every week. It’s not easy to make the elite team of the week in Hood River but he seems to be there every time we pick up the paper. And, as you might expect with all of his high scores, Kawachi is carrying a ridiculously good 233 average in the Mixed league.

November 13, 2012 2:14 p.m. read more..

HRATS work party draws 95

With mountain biking season in full swing and many of Hood River’s most popular trails either destroyed or in very rough shape from last winter’s ice storm damage and subsequent salvage logging operations, Hood River Area Trail Stewards hosted a trail work party Saturday in the Post Canyon/Riordan Hill area.

November 13, 2012 2:13 p.m. read more..

Leaves accepted by city

Hood River City residents may dispose of leaves at the City Public Works facility at 18th and May streets.

November 13, 2012 2:09 p.m. read more..

Entertainment Update for Nov. 14, 2012

United Way benefit Dec. 9 with Aaron Meyer; Voci concert Dec. 2-3; Rich Wilkins at The Pines; Sassparilla at CEBU Nov. 17; Jazz Theater at 301 Gallery; Bigfoot Band plays Bingen; Dana Lyons plays house concert Nov. 16; Pears, Potatoes and Pints; Fashion Gala returns Nov. 16

November 13, 2012 2:08 p.m. read more..

ANOTHER VOICE: Public best served by facts of Naito proposal

As the developer of the hotel and commercial project at the Nichols Boat Basin, I would like to respond to Leighton Hazlehurst’s letter of Nov. 7. Mr. Hazlehurst listed five specific questions and stated that the answer to each question was a simple “no.” In each instance, he is incorrect. Here are his questions in bold with our responses.

November 13, 2012 2:02 p.m. read more..

Marquez and Ticknor honored by Elks

Madeline Ticknor and Monica Marquez, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, have been selected as October Students of the Month by the Elks Lodge. The two were each presented a check for $100 in recognition of their community service work and their achievements in the classroom, on the stage and on the athletic field.

November 13, 2012 1:58 p.m. read more..

Friday, November 9

November 10 Entertainment Update

Dana Lyons plays house concert Nov. 16 Singer Dana Lyons, best known for his comedy hit “Cows With Guns,” is touring from Billings to Bellingham along the route of the proposed coal export train.

November 9, 2012 5:42 p.m. read more..

Legally Blonde shakes up audiences

The Hood River Valley High School Music Department will present “Legally Blonde-The Musical” Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend and next with high-energy antics and rollicking dance numbers.

November 9, 2012 3:02 p.m. read more..

Christmas Project sign-ups are underway

Hood River County Christmas Project provides assistance with food and children’s gifts, during the Christmas holidays (Dec. 21-22 delivery), to low-income families in Hood River County.

November 9, 2012 2:58 p.m. read more..

Gorge-Owned Network’s ‘Local Challenge’ returns

The Gorge Owned Business Network (GO!), a nonprofit business network focused on promoting local ownership and sustainability, is encouraging Gorge residents to shop locally this holiday season — and offering incentives to do so.

November 9, 2012 2:57 p.m. read more..

Soroptimists hold ‘holiday extravaganza’ on Nov. 24

Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams is hosting its eighth annual pre-holiday “shopping extravaganza” on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn Gorge Room. The event will feature Gorge and Portland area artisans exhibiting holiday gift items of jewelry, metal art, alpaca garments, pottery, glassware, paintings, cards, and more.

November 9, 2012 2:55 p.m. read more..

Amerding performs Nov. 11

Solo artist Jake Armerding will be performing a concert in Hood River on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m at the Vineyard Christian Church.

November 9, 2012 2:51 p.m. read more..

Tingstad & Rumbel in Stevenson Nov. 10

Grammy Award winners Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel are back by popular demand. The duo is universally known for the perfect blend of Americana fingerstyle guitar, double reeds and ocarina.

November 9, 2012 2:49 p.m. read more..

CGCC offers flagger course

Columbia Gorge Community College offers a Work Zone Traffic Control and Flagger Training course Nov. 15 at the Hood River campus.

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CGCC scholarship deadline Nov. 13

The Columbia Gorge Community College Winter 2013 Foundation Scholarship application is now available. Any Mid-Columbia resident may apply. Recipients may be awarded up to 12 credits for Winter Term which can only be used at Columbia Gorge Community College. Applications can be picked up in the Student Services department at The Dalles or Hood River campus as well as online at

November 9, 2012 2:44 p.m. read more..

Cascade Quartet plays concert

The Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association presents the Cascade Quartet 7 p.m. Nov. 13, at the Calvary Baptist Church, 3350 Columbia View Drive, The Dalles.

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Elks Lodge offers scholarships

The Elks National Foundation high school senior scholarship applications for Most Valuable Student are now available online at The site has the application, support forms and general instructions.

November 9, 2012 2:42 p.m. read more..

Hazardous waste collection Nov. 16-17

Do you have leftover paint, chemicals and batteries piling up in your garage? Bring those leftovers to one of two free household hazardous waste collection events next weekend.

November 9, 2012 2:36 p.m. read more..

Radio Daze show highlights 1947

The Harmony of the Gorge chorus presents its annual musical show, “Radio Daze,” on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. The comedy takes place

November 9, 2012 2:36 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.

November 9, 2012 2:35 p.m. read more..

Thank a veteran today

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

November 9, 2012 2:32 p.m. read more..

Rep. Mark Johnson returns to House

Oregon State House of Representatives incumbent Mark Johnson, (R-District 52) of Hood River, will be headed back to Salem for another term, thanks to a successful, yet close run against Democratic opponent Peter Nordbye.

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Meals with Meaning

The folk tale “stone soup” holds true in a variety of meaningful meals organized this fall by local groups.

November 9, 2012 1:46 p.m. read more..

Schools hold public forums

Charles Beck, superintendent for the Hood River County School District, has submitted his resignation, effective June 30, 2013. As a result, the school board has initiated a plan for hiring a new superintendent to begin service on July 1, 2013.

November 9, 2012 1:38 p.m. read more..

Johnson, Walden win election

In Nov. 6 Hood River County Elections results, Mark Johnson and Greg Walden trailed in voting in their own communities but won re-election in their districts in voting Nov. 6.

November 9, 2012 1:27 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 7


Care Center celebrates Halloween, helps FISH

Hood River Care Center held its annual free Halloween carnival and trick-or-treat event on Oct. 31. The Care Center opened its doors to the Hood River community and saw between 500-1,000 kids this year.

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Trail Day: 40 with the ‘44’ to fix!

On Oct. 29 44 Trails and Dirty Finger Bicycle organized a very successful trail day on Mount Hood. More than 40 volunteers showed up to do maintenance on trails that serve mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders. Days like this are necessary to keep these trails safe and accessible for all, said spokesman Joe McCulloch.

November 7, 2012 noon read more..

Tuesday, November 6

Access restored along White Salmon River

Access restored along A year after a dynamite blast punched a hole in the Condit Dam, the last remnants of the structure are gone and access restrictions on the White Salmon River are now lifted downstream of Northwestern Park. Caution is still advised as the rapids on the lower river are significant.

November 6, 2012 4:57 p.m. read more..

Rapping with D-Daddy: Home Boys

I think it was a lot easier being a father back in the good ol’ days, when all Dad had to do was come home from work, loosen his tie, take off his shoes, then sit back with a scotch and the afternoon paper until dinner was ready.

November 6, 2012 4:52 p.m. read more..

Gorge hoops action heats up

Indian Outlaws of The Dalles defeated Pee Wee’s Auto Detail of Hood River, 74-63 Sunday to retain top spot in Gorge Hoops League with a 9-0 record.

November 6, 2012 4:46 p.m. read more..

Hawks take third in district playoffs

Horizon Christian's soccer team picked its biggest stage of the season to play a complete game. The result was a 2-1 win Friday against Crosshill Christian in the third-place match of the District 5-1A championships.

November 6, 2012 4:45 p.m. read more..

Kegler's Corner

She’s definitely been on a tear, for the last four weeks of league action: Sandy Holmes has averaged over 204 with her latest effort, the best so far, a sparkling 663 series that she popped in the Tuesday Nite Mixed league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.

November 6, 2012 4:44 p.m. read more..

Warming Shelter seeks volunteers

The Hood River Warming Shelter seeks to provide some of the most vulnerable in our community with a warm place to sleep, according to coordinating Pastor Linda Presley of Valley Christian Church.

November 6, 2012 4:39 p.m. read more..

Entertainment Update for Nov. 7, 2012

Country Dance returns Nov. 10; Rich Wilkins at Naked Winery; Maryhill Museum host veterans; Bigfoot Band plays Bingen; Sceptres at The Pines Nov. 10; Terry Robb at Pint Shack; Jazz Theater at 301 Gallery; Mynabirds at CEBU Lounge; Gifford Pinchot film on Nov. 8

November 6, 2012 4:23 p.m. read more..

Portland bistro hosts Cerulean

The Portland restaurant Jamison has created a special four-course menu to be paired with wines from the Hood River winery Cerulean Nov. 7.

November 6, 2012 4:17 p.m. read more..

Enchanted Alpaca adds holiday season store in Portland

The Enchanted Alpaca has been invited this year by the Downtown Portland Business Alliance to open a temporary store in a vacant downtown retail space, close to Pioneer Square and Portland’s tree lighting ceremonies for the months of November and December.

November 6, 2012 4:15 p.m. read more..

Panel to speak on bullying, tech crimes among youth

In a collaborative community partnership, the Hood River County School District representatives will be speaking along with a panel of experts, addressing parent concerns about bullying and technology crimes affecting youth.

November 6, 2012 4:10 p.m. read more..

County holds trail work party Saturday

Hood River County is holding a trail work party on Nov. 10 to construct a reroute around a wet section of trail 140 that is in Hood River County’s Northwest Area Trail System.

November 6, 2012 4:05 p.m. read more..

HR Fire fights ISO downgrade

Imagine taking a test wherein your answers will affect thousands of people. You have not been informed of the value of each question (of which there are hundreds), but every point gained or lost could potentially cost thousands of dollars.

November 6, 2012 4:01 p.m. read more..

Friday, November 2


HAHRC BEATS: November is ‘Diabetes Month’

Making behavior changes can be very hard. This is whether we have diabetes, are at risk for diabetes or want to make healthier choices. Even though we may know how important it is to make a change, it can be hard to get started with that new habit.

November 2, 2012 3:37 p.m. read more..

Christmas Project sign-ups start Nov. 9

Hood River County Christmas Project provides assistance with food and children’s gifts, during the Christmas holidays (Dec. 21-22 delivery), to low-income families in Hood River County.

November 2, 2012 3:23 p.m. read more..

Kegler's Corner

The effortless strokes of Jan Halstead led everybody in scoring last week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.

November 2, 2012 3:20 p.m. read more..

HRV inducts new Hall of Fame class

A stellar group of inductees including former professional athletes, national champions and Oregon high school state champions were some of the new members selected to Hood River Valley High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

November 2, 2012 3:13 p.m. read more..

Good news, bad news for HRV girls soccer team

was 72 hours filled with highs and lows for the Hood River Valley girls soccer team. The Eagles clinched a share of the Columbia River Conference title with a 3-0 win over The Dalles-Wahtonka Tuesday. On Thursday they suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Cleveland in the final minutes of overtime in a state playoff play-in game.

November 2, 2012 3:12 p.m. read more..

Chamber break-in, computers stolen

Thieves entered the Hood River Chamber of Commerce offices sometime on the night of Oct. 30 and walked away with two laptops, a desktop and about $50 in petty cash, said Hood River Police Chief Neal Holste.

November 2, 2012 2:47 p.m. read more..

Nov. 6 vote is at hand

Voter turnout stands at just over 50 percent, with 5,782 of the 11,700 ballots turned in to County Elections as of Friday morning.

November 2, 2012 2:46 p.m. read more..

Thursday, November 1


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