Stories for November 2012

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Friday, November 30

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Photo of the day: Library celebrates Dickens

Zan Lapp plays with plastic candy canes as she prepares to hang them on the Hood River County Library’s Christmas tree Tuesday during its “Charles Dickens Week” kickoff party.

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.

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HAHRC Beats : Local kids go crazy over kale

“Mmm ... that’s really good.”

Pathways to Health

Pathways to Health

The Marcus Corner On Being Watchfully Aware

Don’t kill the tree that gives you shade. Don’t become calm enough to catch fire, or punished enough to knowingly come home early.

‘All humans deserve respect and equality’

Artist Rodriquez explains the elements of his poster

The work of art “Peace Poster” signifies many things to me. To begin with, I will start by sharing what the main center of attention is.

‘Imagine Peace’

Lions announce poster contest winners

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

Rick Steber’s ‘A Promise Given’ wins USA Best Book award

“A Promise Given,” a book by central Oregon author Rick Steber, has been chosen as a finalist for the 2012 USA Best Book Awards in the category of Best Non-Fiction.

Historical Society promotes local authors and locales

‘Holiday Classic’ fair takes place Dec. 2 in Portland

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.

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.

SHERIFF LOG

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

CIRCUIT COURT

Nov. 7-21

Hazardous waste steering committee meets Dec. 5

The Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s steering committee will meet Dec. 5 at 9 a.m. at the Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue building, 1400 W. Eighth St., The Dalles.

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.

Try ‘Kill A Watt’

Libraries check out home energy monitors

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.

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Youth hoops opportunities

For more information or to register contact Hood River Community Education at www.hoodriver.k12.or.us/coe or call 541-386-2055.

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Looking for title repeat, Horizon boys basketball key on defense

Hawks look to young talent to fill shoes of six graduated seniors

Baseline to baseline, the Horizon Hawks boys team sees the challenge ahead: repeating their State OSAA Class 1A basketball championship. A tough defending team in 2011-12, the Hawks have put a heightened emphasis on defense to defend their title.

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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.

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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.

Events give opportunity to remember loved ones during joyful season

‘Blue Christmas’ service at Valley Christian Church

Christmas is not always merry and the socially expected happiness is sometimes mingled with pain and tears.

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

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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.

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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.

Advent Season services

The following churches have announced Advent services:

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Hood River woman wins panoramic Harvest quilt

Longtime Hood River resident Jean Harmon won this year’s Harvest Quilt, organized by the Friends of ETC and benefiting the Soroptimists.

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.

Editorial: Getting your letter into print

The holidays are all about traditions, and one of ours that’s been in place for about 10 years is the annual list of all the people who write letters throughout the year.

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Letters to the Editor for December 1, 2012

Attend coal meetings; Learn more about coal

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The Ale List: ‘HMS’ debuts, and more news about brews

Solera presents new ale, film ‘Bounty’ on Dec. 1; Green Drinks meets Dec. 4 at Volcanic Bottle Shoppe ; Double Mountain hosts Avalanche Dogs benefit Dec. 6; Full Sail releases Brewer’s Share ‘Darkness’ ale

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

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.

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).

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Picard declared winner in council race

Incumbent stays by three votes following recount

Laurent Picard will be back on city council in January.

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.

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."

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Mosier Community School buys gas station property

Capital campaign starts to build new community center and classroom space

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.

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 www.hoodriver.k12.or.us, as well as the minutes from the Nov. 14 meeting.

McAndie appears on rape, kidnap indictment

New hearing slated Dec. 4 in circuit court

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.

Latino Family Night brings info on college

A coalition of educators and community supporters have worked together to create a new educational opportunity for Hispanic high schools students in Hood River.

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Bridge closed, man injured in HR Bridge accident

City of Hood River Police Officer Anthony Frasier received an emergency dispatch call reporting a two-vehicle accident had occurred mid-span on the Hood River Bridge, at 7:14 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Thursday, November 29

Oak Grove boil water notice likely to be in effect for several weeks

A boil water advisory for residents in the Oak Grove area may last for several weeks, according to the Hood River County Environmental Health Department.

Wednesday, November 28

Boil water order effect for some residents in Oak Grove area

The hood River County Environmental Health department has put in place a boil water order for some residents in the Oak Grove area after the discovery of fecal coliform (E.Coli) in water samples.

Hood River Bridge reopened

Hood River Bridge reopens

Tuesday, November 27

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Football pick'em contest for weekend of November 30-Dec. 2 now open

It's time to get your picks in for the last edition Hood River News weekly football pick'em contest! Last chance to win weekly prizes! Last chance to enter to grand prize tv!

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.

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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.

‘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.

Big weekend comes for Asbury

A big weekend approaches for Asbury United Methodist Church, near Sixth and State streets.

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.

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.

Mt. Hood 4-H thanks community for bake sale help

Brigid DePriest of the Mt. Hood 4-H Club of Parkdale writes, “The Mt. Hood 4-H group would like to thank everyone for their support and help at our bake sale at the Pumpkin Parade.

PARKDALE NEWS: School holds book fair Dec. 3-6

This year’s Scholastic Book Fair will be held at Parkdale Elementary on Monday, Dec. 3, through Thursday, Dec. 6.

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

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

Whistling Ridge wind farm proposal process moves to Wash. Supreme Court

The administrative record of decision for a proposed wind power project in southeastern Skamania County has been transferred to the Washington Supreme Court for review.

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.

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.

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Kaleidoscope: Hood River history told by yoga

Local lawyer uses exercise to teach about Hood River’s past

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.

Plate auction runs until Dec. 1 at 301

Elegant plates made by 12 Gorge artists are up for silent auction through Dec. 1 as a benefit for the Columbia Gorge Arts in Education program (CGAIE.)

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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.

HR Police arrest man for rape, kidnap

Donald Stuart McAndie, 56, was arrested and charged with rape in the first degree and kidnapping in the first degree on Nov. 21, by City of Hood River Police.

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Elks’ Thanksgiving blood drive does doubly well

Friday’s blood drive at Elks Lodge, the 27th year for the lodge’s day-after-Thanksgiving tradition, drew plenty of donors, with 86 units of blood collected, three more than the goal.

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.

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.

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Eagle girls basketball not young, but raw

With no ‘go-to’ player, girls focus on teamwork

Win or lose, the 2012-13 season will be a shared experience for the Hood River Valley High School girls basketball team.

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HRV boys  basketball leaning on athleticism

Laden with seniors but untested, Eagle boys will play one possession at a time

The Hood River Valley High School boys basketball team has a simple formula for winning: score 55 points a game.

Forest Service approves Timberline bike park

Record of Decision shows ‘no significant impact’; pending appeals process, resort hopes to begin trail work next summer

Supporters of a proposed mountain bike trails and skills park at Timberline Ski Area got an early Christmas present last week from Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisor Christopher Worth.

PET OF THE WEEK: Missy is ‘playful, sweet, loyal’

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

Events give opportunity to remember loved ones during joyful season

‘Blue Christmas’ service at Valley Christian Church; ‘Light up a Life’ at Anderson’s Tribute Center

ANOTHER VOICE: Ag secretary: Farm forecast points to need or action

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement Nov. 27 about the 2012 farm income forecast from USDA’s Economic Research Service:

Help lines up: Anticipating the season of giving

The holiday lighting ceremonies in our communities (details on page A1) are truly something to look forward to, for the enjoyment they provide and the way they bring communities together.

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Letters to the Editor for November 28, 2012

Policies that worked; Keep dogs on leash; Need to fix wealth gaps; Learn flag protocol

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.

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.

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

A different ‘greening’ for the Evergreen State

As marijuana cases are dropped, concerns are raised about Washington’s new law, which takes effect Dec. 6

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.

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A Holy Night Still Life

Nazarene Church presents live Nativity for 14th year

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.

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Hood River, Cascade Locks celebrate holidays

The lighting of the Christmas season happens in earnest this week in Hood River and Cascade Locks.

Hood River Cultural Trust awards local arts projects

Six hard-working Gorge nonprofit organizations will find their visions a little easier to achieve this year with the help of grant funding from the Hood River Cultural Trust.

Council set for Walmart vote

Dec. 10 meeting will determine if Hood River store lost vested right for 30,000-sq-ft expansion

The Hood River City Council has only one question to answer but plenty to ponder over the next two weeks.

Friday, November 23

Thanksgiving Coloring Contest winners

Seasonal creativity is on display at Hood River Library in the FISH Food Bank Turkey Coloring Contest.

When will Santa be here?

… before hopping back on his sleigh to the North Pole in time to deliver toys on Christmas Eve.

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Pet of the Week: ‘Ryder is the romping kind’

Ryder is an 18 months old, beautiful pittie. He’s been in the shelter since July, and really knows his way around the place, and is even the official greeter for all the new dogs and people.

Local choirs present varied musical expressions

On Nov. 30, the Chamber of Commerce hosts the holiday kick-off beginning at 6 p.m.

‘Aurora’ performs: Where harmony and choreography mix it up; Tony Smiley opens Nov. 30

‘Aurora’ performs: Aurora, HRV’s newest pop/rock ensemble, will take the stage for its first ever concerts on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

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.

Schools invite superintendent input

Public forums scheduled Nov. 28 at Westside, and Wy’east schools

The Hood River County School Board has initiated a plan for hiring a new Superintendent to begin service on July 1, 2013.

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.

Join CoCoRaHs team

Get out your rain gauge and collect data for a cause

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.

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.

City accepts leaves

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

OSU offers Master Gardener training course

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

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.

PT Pederson gains Strain certification

For anyone experiencing muscle spasms and pain, the trained hands of a physical therapy practitioner can bring welcome relief.

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.

HRV water polo finishes season with success

Students interested in playing should e-mail hrvwaterpolo@gmail.com

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.

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Mat time

‘Champions on and off the mat’ the theme for HRVHS 2012-13 wrestling team

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

Sports Briefs for November 24, 2012

Grim races at Nike Border Clash; Sign up for CSRT Cooper Camp; Play kayak polo at HR Aquatic Center

Tree of Remembrance scheduled for Dec. 13

Light Up a Life: Tree of Remembrance ceremony, Dec. 13 at Anderson’s Tribute Center beginning at 6 p.m.

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.

Insitu official gives next Gorge Tech Alliance talk

The Gorge Technology Alliance invites the community to its monthly event, Nov. 28, with Ahmad Ziada of Insitu.

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.

Asbury UMC will close church on State Street

Asbury United Methodist Church building will close in December — but the congregation will go on.

LIBRARY NOTES: ‘Dickens Week’ Nov. 27-Dec. 1 will help ring in the season

Charles Dickens and Christmas are forever linked in our minds. Ebenezer Scrooge stomping down the snowy streets of London biting the head off anyone who dared to wish him season’s cheer. The Ghost of Christmas Future looming before him in his bedroom, darker than the night. Tiny Tim.

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.

Winter wonders: Competition, and character building, are worth watching

The high school winter athletics season is upon us, and on one front, the orange and green trumped the blue-gold.

Letters to the Editor for November 24, 2012

Donovan’s family asks for help; Gift of rainbow; Stand firm, Mr. President; Unfair logic

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.

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

Hood River, Cascade Locks host holiday kickoff events

Hood River and Cascade Locks are kicking off the holiday season with community tree lighting events.

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.

County approves new NORCOR funding model

Mediated agreement will save HR County $200,000 per year

There may finally be peace on the NORCOR funding front.

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City Council vote goes to recount

The election is not quite over yet.

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.

Football pick'em contest for weekend of November 23-25 now open

It's time to get your picks in for the Hood River News weekly football pick'em contest.

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.

The history Museum Blog: This year, give your family the gift of history

Every morning I stop by the post office on my way into work. It’s always fun to see what’s in the mail. Sometimes it’s the typical bills and advertisements. But once in a while we get photographs and artifacts in the mail.

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.

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.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Odell group cooks up ‘walking bake sale’

The annual Odell Methodist Christmas Bazaar will be Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

Leaders for Tomorrow make rounds

Students discover local cultural and community resources

On Nov. 14, Leaders for Tomorrow first year students visited some local cultural treasures as part of Cultural and Community Resources day.

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.

Kaleidoscope: Christmas Project fundraiser marks 16 years of styling success

The hairdos were wild along with a few of the t-shirt logos. The room was packed wall-to-wall and the event attendees cheered as each new team of models took to the runway.

Gorge Hoops League playoffs begin Dec. 2

Heading into the playoffs, The Dalles and Indian Outlaws are locked in a 10-1 tie for the lead in Gorge Hoops League.

Sports Briefs for November 21, 2012

Turkey Trot Thursday; Box lacrosse leagues forming; Sign up for CSRT Camp

Kegler's Corner

Michael Allen is the bowler of the week

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.

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Horizon hoists a new basketball season

High school hoops in Hood River County started Friday with the second-annual Hawk Madness event at Horizon Christian School.

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Gorge waterfalls are at their finest this time of year

GET OUT! A series of adventures in the Gorge

If solitude and self-reflection beneath the awe-inspiring thunder of a waterfall bursting at its seams sounds like your thing, this is the best time of year to take a hike in the Gorge.

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HRV players, coaches pick up all-conference honors

All-state awards announced soon

Hood River Valley athletes and coaches had plenty to celebrate after a successful fall season.

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.

Oregon courthouses receive bomb threats

No call reported in Hood River County

Wasco and Sherman counties were among those hit by a rash of bomb threats against county courthouses Monday afternoon, Nov. 19.

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.

President’s Proclamation: Honor family, community, country at Thanksgiving

This is President Barack Obama’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, issued Tuesday from the White House:

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Letters to the Editor for November 21, 2012

Make buildings bird friendly; FISH needs help; Football fans asked to give toys

Shopping Shift : ‘Put your money where your home is’

The “shop local” sensibility is developing everywhere — and for good reason.

Bongo Love brings music of Zimbabwe to HR

Bongo Love brings their infectious, “Afrocoustic” sound to Hood River, Nov 23-28 for 2 performances and a series of classes in African Choral singing, marimba, and guitar.

‘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?

Entertainment Update for Nov. 21, 2012

Williams at The Pines Nov. 23; Black Friday Dance Party ; Lolo Mo at The Pint Shack; Bill Rhoades, Tess Barr at CEBU; Old-Fashioned Open House

City accepts leaves at Public Works

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

Turkey Day food safety hotline opens

CORVALLIS – How do you quickly thaw a big turkey? Should you stuff it or not? How do you make turkey giblet gravy like your grandma’s?

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A road revised

City starts Country Club realignment

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.

Pick a plate

301 Gallery hosts silent auction benefit for Arts in Education

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

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Pass the Bird

Hood River man translates turkeys into treasure for local charities

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.

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.

Ban on hold

Hood River Planning Commission will take a larger look at waterfront zoning changes in December

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.

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.

Rains hired by Port of Cascade Locks

Port of Cascade Locks has appointed Gary Rains to a new position — economic development manager.

Renewable energy films and fundraiser Nov. 18

Alternative energy enthusiasts can plan on an interesting afternoon of films and fundraising, Nov. 18 at the Columbia Center for the Arts.

Marriage Permits

Oct. 29 to Nov. 7

Sheriff Log for Nov. 17, 2012

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Nov. 5-12.

Building Permits: October

Building Permits: October

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.

Sports Briefs for November 17, 2012

Charley’s Trail Day Saturday; Seedings on the line Sunday in Gorge Hoops; Box lacrosse leagues forming; Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving

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 http://exten-sion.oregonstate.edu/hoodriver/master_gardeners, or you can pick up an application at Hood River County Extension office located at 3005 Experiment Station Drive.

Pet of the week: Rosita is ‘polite, energetic, loving’

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

How to Help for Nov. 17, 2012

How to Help for Nov. 17, 2012

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Entertainment Update for Nov. 17, 2012

Cowboy gathering Nov. 24; Voci concert Dec. 2-3; Rich Wilkins at The Pines

How to help

As holidays arrive, think about this gift list

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

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Letters to the Editor for November 17, 2012

Gun laws don’t help; Defending Providence; Emotions cloud issue; ‘Girls Night Out’ a hit

News and ad deadlines change for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is Thursday, Nov. 22. Hood River News will be closed that day, and deadlines have been changed for the Saturday, Nov. 24 issue:

City of Cascade Locks makes offers on administrator, old fire hall deal

City Council agreed Tuesday to offer the job of city administrator to Gordon Zimmerman of Oakridge, Ore.

City approves small garbage rate increase

Hood River garbage rates will be going up slightly for 2013.

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.

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Greg Walden to head NRCC, says forests need ‘expedited process’

Hood River Republican promoted in party leadership

The Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously selected U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., on Nov. 14 to one of the top Republican leadership positions in the Congress. He will chair the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

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.

Hood River News football pick'em contest for weekend of Nov. 16-18 now open

It's time to get your picks in for the Hood River News weekly football pick'em contest.

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Eagles out of state race with 2-1 loss at Woodburn

Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team played to an emotional 2-1 loss Tuesday night at Woodburn High School.

Tuesday, November 13

Community choir performs in three concerts

Mid-Columbia Community Choir will offer three concerts this holiday season.

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.

Veteran finds friends indeed

Judith Crowder, Richard Enos and Tasha of The Dalles write:

Worralls: ‘The relief was profound’

Kirk and K.C. Worrall of Parkdale sent the following email to the Christina Vanderwerf and the administration of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital:

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.

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.

CL Lions give to Sandy relief

The Columbia Gorge Lions Club has donated $1,000 to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Police Log for Nov. 14, 2012

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Oct. 30-Nov. 7.

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.

Agritourism: OSU offers farmers a ‘how-to’ summit

CORVALLIS — Oregon farmers increasingly are seeking to diversify their income to remain profitable and some are turning to a strategy that has been successful in Europe — agritourism.

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.

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.

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.

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Kaleidoscope:Empty bowls

Student art serves the needy

“Want more?”

Indoor lacrosse league forming for new TD facility

Hood River and Gorge-area youth lacrosse players are invited Nov. 23 to test out The Dalles Fitness and Court Club’s new indoor turf field at 731 W. Pomona St.

Kegler's Corner

Brandon Kawachi rolls two 700s

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.

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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.

Leaves accepted by city

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

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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

Acts of Service: Veterans Day calls us to look ahead

A moment of laughter, amidst a solemn occasion, dramatized the new reality of Veterans Day.

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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.

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Letters to the Editor for November 14, 2012

Where were the flags?; Will keep our community safe; Scheduling wasn’t easy; Keeping us gun-safe

Roller Girls host trivia Nov. 17 in Parkdale

The first pub trivia event with the Gorge Roller Girls will be Nov. 17 at Solera Brewery in Parkdale.

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.

For Veterans Day, Wy’east students find personal connections

Veterans Day observance was grounded in personal connections for students at Wy’east Middle School.

Highway 35 improvement projects complete six years after washout

Bridge rededicated

Six years ago this month, a massive debris flow wiped out 2.5 miles of Highway 35 on the north side of Mount Hood, in Hood River County. Two million cubic yards of mud, trees and boulders damaged and destroyed bridges, culverts and roadways.

Hood River Christmas Project: How to give and receive

The Hood River Christmas Project provided holiday help to over 500 families in 2011 with hundreds of community members stepping up to offer that help.

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Veterans Day message: ‘We need to serve them’

Veterans need care and compassion, speakers stress at Sunday observance

Sunday’s Veterans Day service in Hood River was much more about the future than the past.

Water line project nearing completion

Public works hopes city water restrictions wrap up in December

Hood River public works crews are racing the snow to get the final segments of a water line expansion project laid this fall.

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.

Gorge Grown raises funds for new van

‘Pippin’ will roll to Gorge’s most rural areas

The “feed the truck” campaign reached a milestone last week, with the naming of the Gorge Grown Food Network delivery and outreach Sprinter van.

Renewable Energy films, fundraiser scheduled at Arts Center on Nov. 18

Alternative energy enthusiasts can plan on an interesting afternoon of films and fundraising, Nov. 18 at the Columbia Center for the Arts.

BUILDING PERMITS - OCTOBER

BUILDING PERMITS - OCTOBER

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.

Sno-Park permit season resumes

Oregon’s Sno-Park season is back.

CGCC nets donation for Workforce center

Columbia Gorge Community College is poised to take a dramatic new step in expanding and improving its renewable energy technology workforce training program.

City accepts leaves at Public Works site

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

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.

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.

Nominations sought for Heritage Excellence Award

Applications are now available to nominate individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon’s heritage for an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award.

River of Life presents ‘Voices’ book during Sunday service

River of Life Assembly is launching a new book, “Voices from the Valley,” Nov. 11 in its 10:30 a.m. service.

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.

SENSE OF PLACE: Speaker explores ‘David Douglas in the Gorge’

Join the Columbia Gorge Earth Center on Thursday at Springhouse Cellar when author Jack Nisbet discusses David Douglas’s impact on the Columbia Gorge.

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.

Brains match brawn at Roller Girls’ trivia event

The most competitive women in the Gorge invite the public to a “battle of the brains.”

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.

Sixteen candles … Fashion Gala returns Nov. 16

An event that has become a defining Hood River tradition, the annual Gala Fashion Show for the Hood River County Christmas Project, returns Nov. 16 for the 16th year.

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.

Robotics programs receive Governor’s Volunteer Award

The Oregon University System has announced that Oregon’s FIRST Robotics programs have been selected for an Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Award.

Gorge wineries pour their best over Thanksgiving weekend

Wineries in the Columbia Gorge will be offering open houses for Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 23-25, with discounts, food pairings, new releases and surprises.

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 cgcc.cc.or.us/finan-cialaid.

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.

Elks Lodge offers scholarships

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

HRMS volleyball teams see success

The Hood River Middle School volleyball team had a fantastic season.

HRMS climbing wall reopens next week

The Hood River Middle school climbing wall will reopen next week after being resurfaced earlier this fall.

Sports Briefs for November 10, 2012

‘Hawks Madness’ Nov. 16; ‘Intro to wrestling camp’ begins Nov. 13.

Eagle soccer rolls to quarterfinals

HRV hosts Wilsonville at 2 p.m. Saturday

There were no first-round stumbles for the Hood River Valley boys soccer team this year.

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.

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

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.

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.”

Veterans Day: Honor those who served

A silent visitor passed through Hood River last week: portions of the in-progress World War II Memorial, to be placed in Salem in 2013.

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Letters to the Editor for November 10, 2012

Thanks from Walden; Thank you Cascade Locks; Don’t change boat basin; Go see ‘Legally Blonde’; more

General Election: Full vote results from Hood River County

Total turnout, Hood River County: 84.34 percent — 9,837 out of 11,663 eligible

Rep. Mark Johnson returns to House

Peter Nordbye shares campaign finance lessons

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

‘Empty Bowls,’ Harvest Dinner, Gorge Soup help fill community needs

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

Cascade Locks mayor-elect speaks out

In an interview on Nov. 8, Cascade Locks Mayor-elect Tom Cramblett shared his feelings on his recent victory: “I’m feeling great.”

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Candidates play waiting game for final HR council spot

The Hood River City Council will have one new face for sure come January.

Schools hold public forums

HRCSD seeks input in search for Superintendent

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.

Veterans Day events

Veterans Day events

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.

Wednesday, November 7

Color a turkey for chance to win prizes in the FISH food bank Thanksgiving coloring contest

The top turkeys will receive prizes that have been generously donated by the Friends of the Hood River Library!

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.

‘Table of Friends’ raises $22,000 for New Parent Services

At the “Table of Friends” fundraiser on Oct. 13, more than 160 generous guests joined to celebrate and support the child abuse prevention work of New Parent Services, a program of The Next Door serving Hood River County.

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.

Football pick'em contest for weekend of Nov. 9-11 now open

It's time to get your picks in for the Hood River News weekly football pick'em contest.

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.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Wy’east hosts Internet safety forum

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist church is holding a community Harvest Dinner Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited. Contributions for FISH Food Bank will be accepted.

‘Voices from the Valley’

Church presents local stories in an inspirational new book

River of Life Assembly is launching a new book, “Voices from the Valley,” Nov. 11 in its 10:30 a.m. service.

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.

Rainy runs raise funds

It’s just one little fun run, but it helps students throughout the school year.

Principals begin exchange of education cultures

Educating upcoming generations is a priority in every culture, even if the methods used to bring about that education vary widely.

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.

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.

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.

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Grim determination brings title

HRV junior second Eagle to win XC state crown

Grace Grim did not have to dig very deep to come up with some goals for next year.

Sheriff Log for Nov. 7, 2012

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Oct. 29-Nov. 4.

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.

WAAAM celebrates history Saturday

Rare Piper, disassembled Model T will be stars of the show

From wings aloft to nuts and bolts on the hangar floor, expect plenty to see on Nov. 10 at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.

PET OF THE WEEK: Lacey is ‘full of silly puppy energy’

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

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Letters to the Editor for November 7, 2012

So-called ‘Friends’; Low-hanging fruit; Actions speak louder; Providence: 800-lb gorilla; 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

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.

Via WorkSource, job searches go mobile

WorkSource Oregon’s statewide job bank is now accessible on mobile devices.

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.

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.

New HR fire house wins design award

The newly completed Hood River Fire Department fire hall has won silver in the Combination Paid/Volunteer Fire Station National Design Contest.

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.

Seasonal scraps

What to do with all those leaves? City accepts them,

Last week’s autumn marvels are this week’s awful messes.

Controlled burns planned in Washington

Fire Managers at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will take advantage of the cooler weather to start fall prescribed burns.

HR Fire fights ISO downgrade

Insurance costs rising as a result of industry rating

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.

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Bowl with the Cops builds friendships

Things get pretty competitive at Orchard Lanes on a Monday afternoon.

Voting ends, lawn signs go on

The election is over, but the work of the election signs is not.

Friday, November 2

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Hurricane Sandy: Hood River woman and her mother survive storm’s devastation in Rockaway, N.Y.

Superstorm Sandy was 3,000 miles from here, but people feel the impacts through friends and loved ones who were on the east coast when Sandy struck last week. Sarah Plotkin of Hood River flew to New York last Wednesday to visit her mom on her 83rd birthday.

HAHRC BEATS: November is ‘Diabetes Month’

Make a SMART plan to live well

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.

Warming Shelter volunteers sought, training offered

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.

Elks Lodge honors Burck, Clarke as Students of the Month for September

The Hood River Elks Lodge has selected Alia Burck and Molly Clarke, both Hood River Valley High School seniors, as the September Students of the Month. They were presented checks for $100 at a recent Lodge meeting.

‘A bee saved my life’

Hood River woman shares her inspiring cancer journey during breast cancer awareness month

Debbie Clark is allergic to bees. And yet she credits a bee with saving her life.

WINGS’ annual ‘Hoe Down’ returns Nov. 10 at Armory

Ready to put your boots and bibs on?

Police Log for Nov. 3, 2012

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Oct. 17-29.

Household waste: Cascade Locks sets collection record

Cascade Locks turned in a big collection of hazardous waste from households and businesses last month.

Odell church hosts free Harvest dinner

Members of the Odell Methodist Church invite the community to come and join them for a free community Harvest Dinner on Nov. 10, 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

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.

Water polo team fairs well in the big leagues

The HRVHS water polo team faced a few very tough opponents over the past week, and despite some losses, demonstrated that they intend to become a big presence in the Oregon water polo scene.

Kegler's Corner

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

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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.

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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.

PET OF THE WEEK: Dottie may be ‘best lap dog ever’

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

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Letters to the Editor for November 3, 2012

Endorses Nordbye; Flier misleads; Fancy mailer, no truth; Vote yes on Measure 80; more

‘Wild and Scenic’ returns Nov. 9-10

This year’s Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival will feature entries from all over the U.S. and beyond, including the Philippines, El Salvador and Canada.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 3, 2012

Gifford Pinchot film on Nov. 8; ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ opens; Crown Point at Everybody’s; Terry Robb, more at Clock Tower

County to host parks meeting

Hood River County will be hosting a Nov. 8 meeting to discuss the need for playing fields.

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.

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.

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Port to vote on entering cable park lease discussions Nov. 14

A cable park in the Nichols boat basin is back on the table. Following a contentious Tuesday night meeting the Hood River Port Commission decided to hold a vote on whether to enter into negotiations for a cable park in the basin Nov. 14.

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Hurricane Sandy: A first-hand account from Brooklyn

HRVHS grad takes away an unexpected lesson as Manhattan skyline goes dark

Hurricane Sandy left a message about isolation

Thursday, November 1

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Election Results — Johnson, Walden prevail Local Option passes by wide margin; Cramblett wins Cascade Locks Mayor race

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