Stories for October 2012


Wednesday, October 31

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Football pick'em contest for weekend of Nov. 2-4 now open

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

Tuesday, October 30

Naitos submitting revised cable park proposal to Port of Hood River

In a letter sent to the Port of Hood River Monday, Naito Development informed the Port commission it was at an impasse with Friends of the Hood River Waterfront and intended to submit a revised plan to put a recreational cable park into the Nichols boat basin.

Public Records: Circuit Court

Sept. 20-Oct. 24

Sheriff Log for Oct. 31, 2012

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River between Oct. 22 and 28.

Opportunity Connections offers free disability awareness training

A new service is being provided by Opportunity Connections that will help your employees offer better customer service to people with disabilities.

Christmas Project signups start Nov. 9

Hood River County Christmas Project registration dates start Nov. 9 in Hood River, Nov. 12 in Odell and Nov. 15 in Parkdale. Cascade Locks sign-up day will be Nov. 28 for baskets of food and gifts to be delivered Dec. 21-22.

Soroptimists host event to raise awareness on human trafficking Nov. 8

Soroptimist International of Mount Adams and Rotary of White Salmon-Bingen invite the public to “Stay Smart, Stay Safe: Learn About Human Trafficking,” to be held at Skyline Hospital, the lower level meeting room, from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

‘Women of Distinction’ to be honored Nov. 7

Soroptimist International of Hood River has selected the 2012 winners of its annual Women of Distinction award: Dotty Nelson of Parkdale, Becki Rawson of Hood River and Kim Yasui of Mt. Hood.

Military notes: Metivier finishes Basic Training

Navy Seaman Recruit Emili P. Metivier, a 2012 graduate of Hood River Valley High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Two opportunities to serve as a volunteer

Do you have an open heart and some extra time? Here are two local opportunities to give a little time and make a big difference:

Fashion Gala returns Nov. 16

Fashion Gala The date and sponsor have been announced for the 16th annual Gala Fashion Show for the Hood River County Christmas Project.

‘Antique’ golf tourney boosts FISH food banks

Golfers raised a total of $500 for FISH food banks in the second annual Hood River Care Center Antique Golfer’s Championship tournament on Sunday, Oct. 7. The event was a nine-hole scramble with four-person teams and at least one person on each team was 70 years of age or older.

PARKDALE NEWS: A whole new meaning for Veterans Day

This week this column starts off with a personal note.

Roots and Branches: The cost of convenience?

We have been having an ongoing conversation at the office about the seeming reduction of interpersonal communication skills among the younger generation. Younger generation is a fairly sweeping generalization since coworkers run the gamut from their 20s through 60s, but in general writing and speech skills seem to be declining in those we encounter. Most concerning is that speech and writing skills are integral to expression and communication of feelings and values.

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Kaleidoscope: Legally Blonde sails into HRV stage on a woof and a prayer

The prayer that opens this raucous, fairytale musical offers a decidedly modern twist to praising God. Not to give too much away, but think “OMG” sung in the highest, most endearing Valley-Girl-Speak ever — like, for sure!

Driving defensively for deer

According to the Oregon State Police, during the last several years, more drivers have reported being involved in traffic crashes with wildlife on Oregon roads during November than any other month of the year.

Hawks to play for third after playoff loss

City Christian ended Horizon Christian’s district soccer championship hopes Monday with a 5-3 overtime playoff win in Hood River.

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HRV girls XC tops league at District meet

The youngest and oldest, least and most experienced runners displayed serious determination Saturday as the Hood River Valley High School girls cross country team ground out a thrilling victory in the District meet at HRVHS.

ANOTHER VOICE: Nichols basin: all we ask for is ‘a reasonable settlement’

When Friends of the Hood River Waterfront first heard about the settlement proposal for Nichols Basin that was advanced by Arthur Babitz and Jon Davies, we were encouraged and excited about the potential to shelve plans for the cable park and instead focus on a restoration and water access enhancement plan.

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Letters to the Editor for October 31, 2012

English for sheriff; Vote for Johnson; Can’t take all the credit; Thank you Sheriff Joe; more

Entertainment Update for Oct. 31, 2012

Scott Law performs at CEBU; Terry Robb, more at Clock Tower; Lolo Motion at Pint shack; NANDA visits Hood River Nov. 1; Halloween scream at Pfriem

Dia De Los Muertos events Nov. 1-2

301 gallery; Hood River County Library District

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‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ opens Friday

Staged reading presents darkly comic view of the business of the American dream

“Always be closing.”

Business Notes for Oct. 31, 2012

Cascade Locks business owners meet; ‘Friday Morning Gossip’ gets going; Gorge Owned hosts anniversary event; Hood River Chamber hosts events

Ginger Swanson receives Realtor of the Year honor

Ginger Swanson, a broker with Windermere/Glenn Taylor Real Estate, has been named the Realtor of the Year by the Mid-Columbia Association of Realtors. Swanson, who is licensed in both Oregon and Washington, works out of the company’s offices in Hood River, Bingen and Stevenson.

The Ale List: Local beers score at Great American Beer Festival

Oregon breweries claimed a total of 23 medals at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival held Oct. 11-13 in Denver, Colo.

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Papa Murphy’s celebrates 30 years

Locally owned Papa Murphy’s celebrated the company’s 30th anniversary Oct. 1.

Film looks at a fix for health care

‘Escape Fire’ screens Nov. 2-6 in Hood River

Subtitled “The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare,” the award-winning film will be shown at Andrew’s Skylight Theater at 6:45 nightly.

Free driving classes offered to vets Nov. 7-8

Veterans and former veterans and their immediate families will be offered a free class in driver safety during the month of November. The AARP is offering this free class in recognition of their service to our country.

Gorge Soup seeks diners, presenters

Eat soup, network, hear granting ‘pitches,’ and then vote

Gorge Soup community dinners resume Nov. 13; 50 tickets are available for the dinner at Celilo Restaurant. About 15 seats are available.

Providence honors ‘Hearts of Gold’ Nov. 3

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation will host the annual Providence Hearts of Gold 2012 Black and White Gala Nov. 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 East Maria Way.

First Mt. Hood Film Festival declared a success

First impressions were positive in the first Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival Oct. 26-28.

WW II Memorial section visits Hood River Thursday

For one hour on Thursday, a 40-foot piece of history visits Hood River.

Candy in, candy out

Halloween offers recycling options, healthy ideas

Good news for those of you who love trick-or-treating with the young’uns: The free Heights Safe Halloween event will still be offered this year at the Hood River Armory on the Heights Halloween evening, 5-7 p.m. The Heights Business Association, the City of Hood River and Hood River Lions are hosting the event.

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Ballots are streaming into Hood River County Elections

Oct. 31 is final day voters should plan to mail their ballots

Ballots are coming in at a pace of about 500-600 per day, according to Hood River County Elections Coordinator Kim Kean.

Monday, October 29

Big week for high school athletics

District, state playoffs begin

High school sports playoffs hit full swing this week for local teams.

Friday, October 26

‘Empty Bowls’ is something full of promise

Students create ceramic bowls to help raise funds for FISH food bank

The fight against hunger continued this week in the muddy hands of Hood River Middle School students, who are creating distinctive soup bowls to benefit FISH food bank sites across the county.

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PET OF THE WEEK: Chickadee has ‘heart of a lion’

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

Arc provides respite care assistance

The Arc of the Mid-Columbia provides up to $200 for families with children and adult children living in the family home to purchase respite care.

Sports Briefs for October 27, 2012

Horizon hosts soccer playoff match Monday HRVHS ski swap Nov. 2-3 CSRT registration open Fall runs listed

Hood River teams take first, second in Gorge Youth Football

Gorge Youth Tackle Football League action wrapped up last weekend with the league championship tournament in Goldendale. The league consists of two age groups with teams from throughout the Gorge. In the 3rd-4th grade league, the championship game came down to two Hood River teams fighting for the title after beating teams from The Dalles, White Salmon, Stevenson and Goldendale.

Eagle volleyball ekes into playoffs

HRV volleyball is into the playoffs by the skin of its teeth.

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HRV boys soccer tramples Hermiston (with video)

4-0 shutout Thursday gives Eagles No. 3 state ranking and league title if they win at The Dalles Tuesday

It was supposed to be a match between the top boys soccer teams in the Columbia River Conference, No. 3 Hood River Valley and No. 8-ranked Hermiston.

Unitarian Fellowship observes Samhain

On Oct. 28, to celebrate the pagan festival of Samhain, the Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will have a service for remembering and honoring departed friends and relatives.

‘Leaders’ visit Cody Farms

High School students from Hood River Valley and Horizon Christian schools participated in Leaders for Tomorrow’s Agriculture day on Oct. 23 by visiting Cody Orchards Farm Stand in Odell.

Measure 84 and Oregon’s death tax defiers

Small business owners and farmers have been some of the hardest-hit by the tough economy, and those who stay afloat increasingly worry they won’t be able to pass on their enterprises to the next generation. In liberal Oregon, of all places, a measure will be on the ballot this November to ease the burden by eliminating the state’s death tax.

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Editorial: Walden for Congress

Eight terms later, Second District Democrats are still clamoring that Rep. Greg Walden’s political success is an anomaly, based in large part because he hasn’t had any competition. We say, poppycock.

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Letters to the Editor for October 27, 2012

Obama understands Can’t live in the past Vote for English Esplanade at the Basin

Entertainment Update for Oct. 27, 2012

Wild & Scenic Film Festival returns to Hood River; Film Preview for “Cold”; Celebrate Halloween weekend at Maryhill Winery Oct. 27-28; Battlecorn at Everybody’s; NANDA visits Hood River Nov. 1; Halloween scream at Pfriem; Entertainers needed for Christmas project benefit

CAST seeks to fill vacancies

The Columbia Arts Stage Troupe (CAST) is the managing body for the resident community theater company at the Columbia Center for the Arts. There are currently two, three-year term vacancies on the committee.

Libraries celebrate Dia de los Muertos with altar, fiesta

Hood River County Library District is celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Leave a note of remembrance for a dead loved one at an altar at the Hood River Library, then come to a fiesta at the Parkdale Library Nov. 1, from 5-6:30 p.m.

Tasting Tables bring farms to the classroom

Pears trump tomatoes in the school cafeterias, according to OSU Extension Service’s Lauren Kraemer, after the latest tasting table events in Hood River Schools.

CORRECTION: Walden to seek NRCC chairmanship

Rep. Greg Walden recently told press-representatives that if re-elected in November he intends to seek the chairmanship of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Festival provides 60 hours of film

The inaugural Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival screens in four rooms around downtown Hood River, Oct. 26-28.

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Airport construction wrapping up until spring

Construction work on shifting the runway at Hood River airport is about to wrap up this fall and the Port of Hood River says work so far has been slightly ahead of schedule.

Soroptimists honor ‘Women of Distinction’

Nov. 7 event slated for Dottie Nelson, Becki Rawson, Kim Yasui

Their accomplishments are awe-inspiring but their modesty might keep most people from knowing about their impact in Hood River County.

Thursday, October 25

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Highway 35 crash kills Troutdale woman

The second fatal crash on Highway 35 in just over a week took the life of a 70-year old Troutdale resident Thursday afternoon.

Tuesday, October 23

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Football pick'em contest for weekend of Oct. 26-28 now open

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

Rock violinist Aaron Meyer shares musical insights

Concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer and guitarist Tim Ellis will be arriving back in Hood River Saturday to share a fully orchestrated performance alongside the Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta.

Humanities magazine seeks articles for spring edition

Oregonians who have something to say about how fame, celebrity, infamy and pageantry shape American culture are invited to submit an essay or article for Oregon Humanities magazine’s spring 2013 issue on the theme “Spectacle.”

Health care IT workshop set

Gorge Health Connect Inc. sponsors an Electronic Health Record workshop for healthcare students, workforce and caregivers of the Mid Columbia region on Oct. 27.

Mid Valley News

Methodists set table for Nov. 10 dinner

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

All-weather fun at Autumn Festivals

The “sun breaks” that blessed Harvest Fest-goers this weekend provided just enough warmth and rain-free moments to enjoy the many outdoor aspects of the event.

Poet Laureate visits Hood River

Paulann Peterson presents reading, workshop Oct. 30

Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen, brings her love of poetry and other writing to an afternoon creative writing workshop and an evening of poetry reading on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Kegler's Corner

Remember the days when our math teachers said there was something special about even numbers? Well, even numbers were certainly special for Josh Worth and AJ Sutton at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week. Josh rolled an even 800 series in the Tuesday Nite Mixed league and AJ blasted a perfect 300 game in the Wednesday night Fraternal league.

XC ready for districts

Columbia River Conference meet is noon Saturday at Hood River Valley High School

Focusing intently on the Columbia River Conference championships, Hood River Valley High School cross country traveled east over the weekend to race in the Wildhorse Invitational near Pendleton. The race — the last of the regular season for HRV — is used to fine-tune runners and varsity lineups before Saturday’s district race (held this year in Hood River).

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Hawks swoop up district title

Horizon Christian won the District 5-1A regular season soccer title Monday, with a 2-1 win against visiting C.S. Lewis Academy of Newberg.

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Bowling brings fun and friendship

Hood River Special Olympics bowling team gathering pledges for Nov. 5 Bowling with the Cops

Bud Pounders wipes the sweat off his hands and grabs a bright blue ball from the carousel. He’s bowling in loafers, not the tri-colored slick-bottom shoes designed for sliding across the hardwood; but for his between-the-legs delivery style, this footwear is ideal.


Election Choices: Our recommendations on Ballot Measures

To simplify your 2012 general election vote, here are recommendations from the Hood River News on the nine ballot measures that will be decided Nov. 6. (Information in italics comes from the Voter’s Pamphlet.)

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Letters to the Editor for October 24, 2012

Holste for sheriff; Won’t be bullied; Nordbye for Dist. 52 rep; All politics is local; more...

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog

Trick or Treat? How ‘bout some free tickets instead

Welcome to Halloween Week. Don’t try to fool me, this holiday always seems to fall right around the time Home Depot puts up Christmas decorations, which, by the way, happened several weeks ago. I was there, in early October, watching perplexed customers get distracted by displays of Santa lawn ornaments and “energy efficient” 5,000 LED pre-lit trees.

Entertainment Update for Oct. 24, 2012

Funkship Columbia, Halloween benefit at The Pines Oct. 26; Flamenco in The Dalles Oct. 29; Halloween party at Civic Oct. 27; Music at Gallery 301 Oct. 26; Tony Furtado at CEBU Oct. 26; Cookbook author Lynne Curry visits the Gorge Oct. 25-26; Rich Wilkins plays Oct. 27; Halloween dance; diabetes benefit Oct. 27

County seeks place to play

Hood River County is ready to look for new sports field locations.

Council candidates Q and A

Council candidates Q and A

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Time to vote

Hood River City Council race: Four in running for three positions

The four people running for Hood River City Council have come as close to running as a team as any opponents in recent memory.

Walden to seek NRCC chairmanship if re-elected

Correction: Oct. 23 online and Oct. 24 printed edition of the Hood River News erroneously identified the organization Rep. Walden sought the chairmanship of. The text below reflects the correction.

Rep. Greg Walden recently told press-representatives that if re-elected in November he intends to seek the chairmanship of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

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Many hands make fright work at Hood River haunted house

‘Not for the timid’: Haunted House starts Friday on Heights, supports MDA

“You should be afraid of the dark” is the fitting theme behind the annual Haunted House for Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Health Genius

Health Institute honors La Clínica founder Dr. Tina Castañares

Dr. Tina Castañares of Hood River received the Lifetime Excellence Award from the Oregon Public Health Institute on Oct. 19.

Sides seek rules for Walmart remand

If you find land use issues intriguing, then the Dec. 10 Hood River City Council meeting may be the biggest thrill of the year.

Monday, October 22

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Photo of the Day: October 22, 2012

Umbrella Falls cascades through a fresh blanket of snow on the side of Mount Hood.

Friday, October 19

Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival Oct. 26-28

Columbia Center for the Arts presents the inaugural Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival running over three days Oct. 26-28 at four venues throughout downtown Hood River. Films will be shown at Columbia Arts, Andrew’s Skylight Theater and on Saturday evening a special screening at Springhouse Cellar Winery.

Entertainment Update for Oct. 20, 2012

‘Let’s Go!’ ski film Oct. 23; Halloween dance; Diabetes benefit Oct. 27; Crazy Eights Author Tour in Hood River Oct. 23; Entertainers needed for Christmas project benefit; Aaron Meyer performs Oct. 27

Is your car prepared for winter?

Service Interval Schedule

Service Interval Schedule

FALL-Winter Car Care

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

When temperatures start to drop, it’s time to get your car ready for winter. The right maintenance, preparation and tools can be literal lifesavers in harsh conditions.

Harvest Fest music: Spotlight on Joel Valle

Harvest Fest music: Spotlight on Joel Valle

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Students get down for quake safety

Students stopped and dropped everything. Thursday morning at May Street.

Police Log for October 20, 2012

All calls were in the City of Hood River Oct. 1-16.

Sign up for HRCSD flash alerts

With the weather turning cold and the potential for school delays on the horizon, parents need to re-subscribe to the Hood River County School District FlashAlert system.

Sports briefs

CSRT Hoedown fundraiser Saturday; Hall of Fame night, Booster club fundraiser Oct. 26

HRV Swim Team hosts HR meet

The Hood River Aquatic Center was a full house last weekend during the Hood River Valley Swim Team’s annual autumn meet. The three-day event brought more than 300 kids to town from across the Northwest. Representing Hood River were 44 swimmers, all of whom achieved a best time in at least one individual event and many of whom swam in their first-ever meet.

HRV water polo wins first home game

The Hood River Valley High School water polo team racked up a 15-4 win over Reynolds High School in its first home game at the Hood River Aquatic Center on Oct. 8. While the two teams played a fairly close game during the first half, the Hood River team plowed past the visiting team in the second half, benefiting from the superior conditioning achieved by practicing in one of the few pools in Oregon that is deep on both ends.

Twin Tunnels trail reopened

Oct. 28 Gorge Marathon is on as planned

Organizers of the Columbia Gorge Marathon are excited about the news that the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway is reopened in the Twin Tunnels area between Mosier and Hood River.

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Hermiston, denied by HRV volleyball

They may have been wearing bright pink (in honor of Big Pink breast cancer awareness night) from head to toe, but the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls volleyball team was all business (well, mostly) Thursday evening against Hermiston.

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HRV girls soccer undefeated in league with two games remaining

On a five-game winning streak and undefeated in the Columbia River Conference, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team is poised to claim the league title at the end of the month.

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Eagle varsity boys soccer faces biggest game of season next week

It was a good week for Hood River Valley varsity boys soccer. With only two weeks left in league play, the team needed to pick up key wins against The Dalles and Pendleton to stay in the running for the Columbia River Conference title and propel its state ranking into the top five. After Thursday’s win HRV moved from eighth to fifth in Oregon 5A rankings, which is increasingly important as seeding for the state playoffs approaches.

Regulated use closure and burn ban lifted

Due to the current and forecasted weather, the Oregon Department of Forestry, The Dalles Unit, terminated its Regulated Use Closure effective at 6 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, Oct. 15. This affects all lands protected by ODF within Hood River and Wasco counties.

CL Joint Economic Group meets Oct. 25

The Cascade Locks Joint Work Group on Economic Development meets Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Cascade Locks citizens to meet administrator applicants

Community invited to participate Oct. 26-27

The four finalist candidates for the permanent City Administrator position will be in town Oct. 26 and 27. The community is invited to participate and assist the City Council, according to interim city administrator Paul Koch.

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Editorial: Buehler for Secretary of State

The Republican candidate for Secretary of State, Dr. Knute Buehler, gains the endorsement of the Hood River News.

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Letters to the Editor for October 20, 2012

Keep Cascade Locks safe; Zanmiller for council; Vote yes on local option; Johnson is solid; more

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Remembering Savanna

Savanna Holloway, a 2012 Hood River Valley High School graduate, touched many others’ lives before her death on Tuesday.

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Teen dies in Highway 35 collision

Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon’s fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of 18-year-old Savanna K. Holloway, of Cascade Locks, along Highway 35 about 10 miles south of Hood River.

PERS hike a $1.6 M blow to schools

The bad news is out: PERS rates are going up.

Thursday, October 18

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Photo of the Day: October 18, 2012

Photo of the Day for October 18, 2012

Wednesday, October 17

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Kaleidoscope: Tales from the Fruit Loop

This week's Kaleidoscope focuses on the places and people of the Hood River Valley Fruit Loop.

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Football pick'em contest for weekend of Oct. 19-21 now open

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

Highway 35 crash takes life of 18-year-old

Oregon State Police have released additional information about Tuesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash, including the name of the victim.

Tuesday, October 16

DMV offices to close Friday

Oregon DMV headquarters and all local DMV field offices will be closed Friday, Oct. 19.

Annual household hazmat event Oct. 27 in Mosier

Do you have leftover paint, chemicals and batteries piling up in your garage?

Sheriff Log for October 17, 2012

Sheriff Log for October 17, 2012

First ‘Traffic Jam’ at WAAAM draws more than 100 cars

‘Drive-in’ show moves indoors but first event succeeds despite threat of rain

The threat of rain did not stop the supporters of the first Traffic Jam, Oct. 12-13 at Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum.

Vasquez performs at Northwestern College

Amalia Vasquez, a student at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, performed in “Trickster Tales,” a new play of American Indian stories by Kelley Zinge, during the college’s Raider Days homecoming celebration Oct. 5-6.

Local students make OSU honor roll

CORVALLIS — Names of students who have made the Scholastic Honor Roll for summer term have been announced by Oregon State University.

A close look at Blue Ridge Fault

Ten miles west of Parkdale, the north side of Mount Hood bears a several-mile-long scar representing a previously undetected seismic fault that may still be active. The fault may also represent a future threat to the valley.

Bigs, Littles enjoy pool time together

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge hosted its semi-annual pool party on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Hood River Aquatic Center.

Heirloom Apple fest returns Oct. 27-28

Heirloom Apple fest

Deadline approaches for ‘Regards to Rural’

The deadline to submit a request for proposal (RFP) for programming at the Regards to Rural 2013 conference is Friday, Oct. 19.

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Fill a shopping cart with unique varieties at Kiyokawa orchards

PARKDALE — Visitors or locals can expect something they’ve never seen before at Kiyokawa Family Orchards in Parkdale.


Safe and savory: On fire about food fermentation

I taught two fermentation classes this week and in each of the classes, I posed a simple question to my students: “What would happen if you left a head of cabbage on your kitchen counter for six weeks?” Responses varied from, “it would rot,” “you’d smell it,” “it would be surrounded by a puddle of goo,” “it sure wouldn’t taste very good,” etc.

Estate planning seminar slated

Looking for information on retirement or estate planning? Join Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation’s free estate planning seminar, Oct. 22 5-6 p.m. at CGCC’s campus in The Dalles.

Military Notes: Hargreaves finishes Basic

Air Force Airman Elaina L. Hargreaves graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.


Fun Run to kick off pumpkin parade

This year’s annual Parkdale Pumpkin Parade will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11:30 a.m. and has a new twist.

Incubator founder speaks at GTA event Oct. 23

The Gorge Technology Alliance invites everyone to its monthly featured event on Tuesday, Oct. 23, with speaker Jason Glaspey on the topic of how entrepreneurs and existing businesses can generate significant impacts by focusing on solving small problems with their business model.

Roots and Branches

A true local scribe

“Visits with Mrs. Picket” is a great book, rich with the musings of one of Hood River’s most prolific muses, Ruth McClain Guppy. It gives you a feel for our community through the eyes of a woman, a well-trained journalist, a mother, a humorist, an environmentalist and a historian.

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Cody’s Orchards Farm Stand is filled with fruit – and whimsy

I first went to Cody Orchards Farm Stand because I know the owners, Glen and Donna Cody, having been Glen’s classmate at Hood River Valley High School.

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A hay ride down memory lane

For me, a trip to Mt. View Orchards is a trip down memory lane.

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Rasmussen’s renews visitors with beauty and spirit

The feel of crisp autumn air in your face. The contrasting crunch and give of a juicy, ripe pear in your mouth. The stunning beauty of an unobstructed view across the valley. The joyful shrieks of children as they race to the pumpkin field and on through the corn maze.

Mean, Green Driving Machine

The Car Care Council suggests five easy ways to turn your car into a mean, green driving machine – for your wallet and the environment.

Vehicle Care Combats Skyrocketing Gas Prices

October is Fall Car Care Month, and the Car Care Council recommends the following ways to fight rising gas prices:

Is Your Car Trying To Tell You Something?

While talking cars only appear in the movies, your vehicle can still communicate using its own language. Sounds like squealing, thumping, hissing and grinding are all signs that your vehicle may be trying to tell you something, says the Car Care Council.

Three teams undefeated in Gorge Hoops League

Undefeated Fury, Indian Outlaws 6 and Pee Wee’s Auto Detail are locked in a three-way tie for first place, at 6-0, in Gorge Hoops League standings.

Get in gear with Oct. 20, 44 Trails work party

With the first layer of rain in months finally on the trails this week, dusty-face gritty-teeth riding is over and fall riding season has officially begun. Get into the swing of the season Saturday with a work party on one of the best trail systems in the county.

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Hawks top Southwest, maintain league lead

Horizon Christian School maintained its District 5-1A soccer lead with a 3-1 win Monday at home over Southwest Christian of Beaverton.

Varsity volleyball wins home tourney

Hood River Valley High School volleyball hosted its annual HRV Invitational Tournament Saturday. With home court advantage and momentum from recent wins against Hermiston and The Dalles-Wahtonka, the varsity girls went 5-1 in bracket play to advance to the championship rounds.

Celebrate HRVHS Hall of Fame Oct. 27

The 2012 Hood River Valley High School Hall of Fame banquet is set for Oct. 27. The event is open to the public and serves as a fundraiser for school athletics.

Kegler's Corner

Phelps, McDaniel earn Bowler of the Week honors

In this combination of two weeks’ worth of action on the lanes, we see Levi Phelps and Greg McDaniel rising to the top to garner Bowler of the Week honors.

Record breaker

The necessity for pain tolerance in cross country is unrivaled by any other high school sport.

Eagle football ready for clash with Bulldogs

Friday night’s home game could decide league title

The Hood River Valley football team is gearing up for its biggest game of the regular season.

Don’t miss the Hoedown

Cooper Spur Race Team fundraiser is Saturday

Local Option: Vote yes to continue local schools’ funding

Hood River County School District has benefitted since 2004 from funding of two prior local option levies. The latest proposed levy on the Nov. 6 ballot, Measure 14-48, also deserves a yes vote.

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Letters to the Editor for October 17, 2012

Money talks; Big change takes time; CL Leadership; Vote for English; more

Bridge work resumes

Beginning Oct. 22, S&K Painting, the contractor for the repainting of the interstate bridge, will resume work. All painting, except on one of the bridge spans, has been completed. Weather may delay painting schedules. S&K's work on the bridge is expected to be complete by February 2013.

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Entertainment Update for Oct. 17, 2012

Entertainment Update for Oct. 17, 2012

One-Acts continue

A mother (Lisa Roth-Baisden) has an unusual request for her rebellious daughter (Emma Spaulding) in “Dead Man’s Apartment,” one of four one-acts in the current production at CAST theater in Hood River.

‘Legally Blonde’ tickets on sale

If you have an interest in smart blondes, goofy dogs or fun-spirited, toe-tapping musicals, the news is good.

HRMS Gravity team

The Hood River Middle School engineering students — aka Gravity Gremlins — are putting math and physics to use Saturday in the first Gorge Gravity Games, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Court Street in The Dalles.

‘Oregon History Rocks:’ billboard contest for kids

Why does Oregon’s history rock? From the Oregon Trail to Portlandia, Oregon is full of fascinating, rich, and quirky stories that make up our state’s history. To tell these stories, the Oregon Historical Society and Clear Channel Outdoor are sponsoring the first ever “Oregon History Rocks Billboard Contest,” open to students across the state.

Museum offers peek on Friday

If you’ve been curious about the History Museum of Hood River County and its big renovation, this Friday offers a chance to look inside before the official grand reopening on Nov. 23.

Zigzag hosts forestry field trip

Zigzag Ranger District invites the public to an Oct. 22 field trip with Forest Service staff to hike the planning area and look at possible treatment units in the proposed Horseshoe Thin Timber Project.

Ballots mailed Friday

Look for your ballots in the mail as early as Saturday for the Nov. 6 general election.

Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair samples the harvest

It’s the perfect way to welcome autumn. Cruise on over to the center of Oregon’s scenic Hood River Valley near the community of Odell to experience the harvest season.

Pears finish strong

Labor shortages arose, posed small challenges

According to the preliminary reviews of this year’s pear harvest, the numbers are looking good.

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Harvest Fest: 30 years young

Event promises foraging and fun

Thirty years of delivering fresh-picked apples, pears and produce mixed in with live music, good food and spectacular views makes for a good bet when it comes to planning your weekend fun — even with a possible sprinkle or two.

Friday, October 12

Fire restrictions still active

The Oregon Department of Forestry, The Dalles Unit, would like to remind everyone living or recreating in the Gorge that a burn ban and regulated use closure are still in effect. Although the recent weather has been cooler and may provide some precipitation, it has not been enough to significantly reduce fire danger. Below are most of the closures still in effect for ODF-protected lands:

Chamber leads tourism efforts

The shift of the seasons has arrived, fall is in full effect and the heat of the summer is gone; along with most of the tourists. One might wonder how those people find Hood River, if it’s through social network, family members, or something else. Well, it’s a bit of all of them!

Blocking, passing key to varsity volleyball victory

Hood River Valley volleyball got a taste of sweet revenge this week as they rallied to a 3-1 win at home Wednesday against The Dalles-Wahtonka. The Eagles, now 5-4 in league play, lost a disappointing 3-2 match on the road in their last meeting against the Columbia River Conference rivals.

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Hood River Valley High School Hall-of-Fame 2012

Once an Eagle, always an Eagle: Celebrate HRV history at Oct. 27 banquet

Hood River Valley High School’s athletic Hall-of-Fame will induct its fifth class of former students and coaches at a banquet and fundraiser auction Oct. 27. The event is open to the public and, in addition to serving as an unofficial reunion for many, acts as a fundraiser for HRVHS athletic programs.

HRV football wins first league game

Coming off a string of slow starts, the Hood River Valley Eagles badly needed to get off on the right foot in the Columbia River Conference opener against Pendleton Thursday night.

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2-0 win gives HRV girls confidence as league leaders

Second-half tenacity paid off for the Hood River Valley varsity girls soccer team Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles, now 3-4-1 overall and 2-0 in league play, hosted the Hermiston Bulldogs in what was expected to be a competitive match between the Columbia River Conference’s top two teams. After a fairly even and scoreless first half and opening second half, the Eagles scored two late-game goals and stayed tough on defense to shut-out Hermiston and claim the conference’s top position.

Grief support offered for children and teens

Providence Hospice of the Gorge offers ongoing grief support groups for children and teens. The groups are free and run September through May from 6-7 p.m., every other Thursday at the Riverside Community Church in Hood River. Pizza is provided and, if needed, gas cards are available to cover the expense of travel.

Celebrating National 4-H week: ‘Making a lasting impact’

The Hood River County 4-H Program is gearing up for the beginning of the new 4-H year. 4-H has played an active role in the lives of 4-H youth for more than 100 years in Hood River County!

‘Gift of Family History’ project kicks off with presentation to library director

Buzzy Nielsen, director of the Hood River County Library, was recently given a “Gift of Family History” by the staff of the Mid-Columbia Family History Center in Hood River. The gift was two volumes of his compiled family history.

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Editorial:Vote Johnson for state representative

Republican Mark Johnson made good on at least one promise when he went to Salem two years ago as state representative from District 52: that he would work on both sides of the aisle. That collaboration gets him high marks with many of his peers in Salem, and it’s just one reason the Hood River News is endorsing the incumbent in his bid to return for a second term in the state legislature.

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Letters to the Editor for October 13, 2012

Support four; Vote for Johnson; 'Do it or else'; Support local option; more

Entertainment Update for Oct. 13, 2012

Entertainment Update for Oct. 13, 2012

WAAAM Traffic Jam car show Oct. 12, 13

Join WAAAM’s first-ever cruise and car show in Hood River. The vehicle-venerating event will feature two NASCAR race cars on display: The Great Clips racing team #38 Chevrolet show car and #9 World-of-Outlaws race car.

Sinfonietta pairs with Aaron Meyer

A new twist on a favorite local performer’s style awaits audiences in the Gorge come Oct. 27.

CGCC’s inspired IT department marks 17 years

From humble beginnings in a dark, dank basement room to a sleek, brand new suite of offices and equipment areas, the CGCC Information Technology department has come a long way in 17 years.

Gorge Towns to Trails plan praised

Trail touts boost for recreation, tourism, environmental protections

Portland — The four U.S. senators from Washington and Oregon and a Congressional representative have sent a letter to the U.S. Forest Service expressing strong support for a trail vision to connect Gorge communities to some of the most beautiful viewpoints in the famed National Scenic Area.

Cascade Locks utility questions on ballot

Cascade Locks residents will decide the fates of two measures affecting local utility rates and procedures.

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For Hood River Valley winemakers the crush is on

At the Bickford family farm, ‘weeds with fruit’ yield sweet results

Pinot Noir. Riesling. Syrah. Tempranillo. Gewürztraminer. Chardonnay. Zinfandel. These exotic pronunciations roll off the tongue with luxurious sensations, very much like the ultimate product of these fruits, after they’ve been pulled from the vine.

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Walmart requests city hearing on LUBA remand

The contentious Walmart expansion issue will be going back to the Hood River City Council for reconsideration.

Thursday, October 11

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Kennedys move into 'White House'

Changes are coming to the historical icon along Highway 35 in the Pine Grove area of the Hood River Valley; The Gorge White House has a third family as its owner since 1901.

Wednesday, October 10

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Wal-mart requests city hearing on LUBA remand

City council to determine scope and process at Oct. 22 meeting

The contentious Wal-Mart expansion issue will be going back to the Hood River City Council.

City road closures

The City of Hood River will be performing street improvements on the eastside of town to Bluff Road. The city has contracted with Crestline Construction Company to construct the street improvements.

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Crossing boundaries in four one-acts

The subject is boundaries in “An Evening of Four One-Act Comedies,” the 35th season opener for CAST, starting Oct. 11 at Columbia Center for the Arts. Three of the plays feature new directors. Explicitly or in nuanced ways, all four plays examine one or more types of borders — emotional, political, involuntary and designed — confronting the human condition.

Independent Film Festival debuts Oct. 26-28

Columbia Center for the Arts will present the first Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival in Hood River on Oct. 26-28. Venues for the film festival include the 175-seat theater at Columbia Center for the Arts as well as Springhouse Cellar, and others to be announced.

Mural livens up fire hall

Visiting artist finds surprises in students’ artistic inspirations

When teacher Heather Laurance said, “Jack can you get off the tree?” she did not mean it literally.

Sheriff Log for Oct. 10, 2012

Sheriff Log for Oct. 10, 2012

Red Ribbon week contest opens

The National Family Partnership announces the national contest for its 27th annual Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31.

Elections approach

FYI: Candidates and issues in review

Perhaps the presidential debates have sparked renewed interest in politics for the average Hood River County resident. If so, the time to secure your right to vote is fast approaching.

Postharvest Research and Extension at MCAREC

Nationally, Oregon is second (after Washington) in fresh pear production and third (after Washington and California) in fresh sweet cherry production.

Award-winning memoir author, poet visit Hood River

Nationally acclaimed author Duff Brenna will present a program Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hood River Library about his experiences in writing best-selling memoirs.

PET OF THE WEEK: Ryder is ‘smart and eager to please’

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

School district hires new HR director

The Hood River County School District is pleased to announce that Kevin Noreen is joining the district as the new director of human resources. Kevin’s first day with the District was Sept. 20.

CASCADE OBSERVATIONS: Some musings on giving and receiving

The tomatoes still hang heavy on the vine, but a quick perusal of The Oregonian this morning tells me a different season is upon us — advertisements for holiday bazaars fill three pages of the morning newspaper. ‘Tis almost the season for giving, for receiving and for overusing credit cards.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Fruit, festivities and fun

The annual Gorge Fruit and Craft Show will be held at the Hood River County Fairgrounds in Odell on Oct. 20-21. The show only hosts vendors from the four counties in the Gorge, and features produce, plants and flowers, wine tasting, gourmet food products, baked goods, arts and crafts and jewelry.

Pastel Society show now at Columbia Art Gallery

This month, Columbia Art Gallery is partnering with the Northwest Pastel Society to host its 2012 Members’ Show.

More help sought for Children’s Park facelift

The entire community is invited to help complete the ongoing facelift at Children’s Park (Ninth and Eugene) on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 a.m.

Plein Air artists recognized

Here is a list of the winners for the Northwest Plein Air exhibit that was on display at Columbia Art Gallery during September:

A Big lesson in bicycling

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge braved windy conditions Sept. 21-22 for their first road and mountain biking workshops.

HRV XC highlights from Oxford Classic

Hood River Valley High School cross country traveled to Bend over the weekend to take part in the Oxford Classic, held at Drake Park. The race brings teams from across the west and was, as coach Kristen Uhler says, “a reality check.”

Outdoor News: Tis’ the season for Bonneville chinook

We all watched as the salmon pulled Myron’s rod tip toward the water several times. Friend and guide Jack Glass suggested Myron set the hook; and in typical fashion, as soon as he did the massive fish took off downriver. Myron eventually turned and got the fish to the boat. It was our third chinook in what turned out to be a pretty good morning of back-trolling plugs in the Columbia River, just west of Bonneville Dam.

Columbia sturgeon season will not reopen in October

Oregon and Washington fishery managers decided this week that the sturgeon retention season on the lower Columbia River above Wauna will not open Oct. 20 as planned.

Hawks win match of first-place teams

Offensive scoring balance and improved communication has carried the Horizon Christian soccer team into sole possession of first place atop the District 5 standings midway through the regular season.

Elder care advocate leads by example

Rachel Shields has worn many hats in her 90 years: She’s been the director of Asbury Day Care Center (later Frankton), foster parent and missionary. She was appointed ombudsman in 1993 by Meredith Cole, Oregon’s long term care ombudsman, and named a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C., by Gov. John Kitzhaber. She also leads weekly Bible studies at Providence Down Manor.

Columbia Gorge Marathon is on

Organizers expect Historic Highway to reopen by Oct. 28 race, but have backup course if not

Last year’s Columbia Gorge Marathon drew close to 1,200 people to Hood River and the Gorge. For logistic and traffic purposes, the event this year, set for Oct. 28, will be capped at 1,000 runners. Organizers are expecting that cap to be reached and are excited to promote what is labeled as one of the most scenic marathon courses in the nation.

Tuesday, October 9

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‘Roots of Kiteboarding’ next in Sense of Place series

Gorge “godfather” of sport Cory Roeseler recalls kiting’s earliest days at Oct. 16 event

Who invented kiteboarding?

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Barrett Park fate still in the air

Parks and Rec appealing County Commission’s decision to LUBA

The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation district asserts that it is within its right to build a park on high-value farmland in Hood River County and is now taking that fight to the next level.

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Letters to the Editor for Oct. 10, 2012

Bad first impression; Encourage team sports; Let old sores heal ; Trash ‘trickle-down’; more

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ANOTHER VOICE: Our best language will foster strong young minds

“Strong language from weak minds...” — taken from Facebook

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Editorial: Basin plan has merit

Calm heads may prevail after all

The process to designate future use of the Nichols Boat Basin is far from complete, but a plan put forth by Hood River Port Commission President Jon Davies and Hood River Mayor Arthur Babitz is gaining traction.

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Fire: Facing a necessary force of nature

Recent news reports have blazed with dramatic and terrifying images, tapping into a primal, instinctual fear shared by every human — the fear of fire.

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New fire on the list: Eagle Creek

A 13-acre fire in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness area of the Mt. Hood National Forest has closed several popular trails and recreation areas.

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Football pick'em contest for weekend of Oct. 12-14 now open

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

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October 10 Entertainment Update

Dwight Slade’s stand-up has gained international stature after earning a five-star review from the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival.

Monday, October 8

Eagle football stuffed by Wilson

Trojans jumpy to 34-0 lead, cruise to win

The Hood River Valley football team got off to another slow start and this time it couldn't recover. The Wilson Trojans scored twice in the opening six minutes of the game and sprinted out to a 34-0 lead before beating the Eagles 41-16 at Wilson Friday.

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Photo of the Day

Pick your pumpkin: Autumn gatherers were out in mass this weekend enjoying the beautiful weather, getting farm-fresh fruit and vegetables and, of course, picking just the right size and shape pumpkins for Halloween festivities.

Saturday, October 6

Kegler's Corner

Seniors sizzle in league action

Our senior bowlers sizzled in league action last week.

SMART seeks volunteers

The Start Making A Reader Today program gets going again this month in three of the five elementary schools in the Hood River County School District.

Death Notice: Tony Medearis; Glenn Karr

Death Notice: Tony Medearis; Glenn Karr

Annual household hazmat event Oct. 27 in Mosier

Do you have leftover paint, chemicals and batteries piling up in your garage? Bring those leftovers to a free household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at Mosier Community School.

Discovery Season: State reduces fees for winter

Diehard campers don’t need much of an excuse to go camping, but as of Oct. 1, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department offers up one more reason: Discovery Season.

Raising aid for Rick Cain

Social media can be much more than an entertainment. For the family of Rick Cain, it is becoming a lifeline.

Plein Air Writing

A Columbia Gorge Invention: Art of words joins local tradition of outdoor painting

The Plein Air Writing Exhibition is an annual writing festival that is special to the Columbia Gorge. Plein Air painting events (painting in the outdoors) happen in many locations — there is even a magazine devoted to it — but adding writers to the mix and showing creations from both groups of artists gives the Columbia Center for the Arts’ Northwest Plein Air Event added depth and texture.

‘Bailey’s Decision’

Mosier writer’s story published in ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ book

A story by Mosier resident Tracie Hornung appears in a new book in a national self-help book series published this month.

We can all fight ‘Heart Hunger’

While working on a project this past week, I have watched one whole season of ”Hoarders” and one whole season of “Intervention” on my Netflix. I’m sad. I’m very sad to see so many hurting, hopeless, empty people all searching for acceptance, love and belonging. I call it being “heart hungry.”

Letters to the Editor for October 6, 2012

Johnson is most-qualified; Kudos to Port of HR; Vote for Johnson; Think for yourself; more

Childhood Center offers ‘Parenting Now’ series

Enrich your child’s life by attending “Parenting Now” starting Tuesdays, Oct. 9, in Spanish and on Wednesdays, Oct. 17, in English. Both series will be held at the Hood River Early Childhood Center in Pine Grove.

Gorge Commission meets Tuesday in Cascade Locks

Agenda includes fishery site tours in Wyeth, Bingen

A bi-state cooperative plan by three Gorge communities, and a field trip, will be on the agenda Oct. 9 when the Columbia River Gorge Commission meets starting at 9 a.m. in the Port of Cascade Locks Bridge Tender House #3, 355 WaNaPa St., at the west end of the Port Marine Park complex.

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Betta’ than Wiz Khafila

Students go ‘above and beyond’ for school spirit

Blue and yellow, blue and yellow

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Eagle boys soccer wins league opener

It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win; and after three losses and a tie, Tuesday’s 2-0 shutout of Pendleton was an important dose of momentum for the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer squad as it moves into league play.

Ski flicks hail change of seasons

Oct. 8: ‘Choose Your Adventure’ Oct. 23: ‘Let’s Go!’

8-0 Pendleton shuts down HRV volleyball

The Eagles hung tough Thursday night, but the Columbia River Conference’s undefeated Buckaroos proved a little too much to handle. The 3-0 at-home loss brings the Hood River Valley High School varsity team to 5-8 overall and 4-4 in league play with four more matches in the regular season.




Building permits — CITY

Building permits — CITY

Building permits — COUNTY

Building permits — COUNTY

AmeriCorps members develop conflict resolution skills

Six Rivers trains young adults on ‘changing the way we listen’

Six Rivers is building a new generation of conflict resolvers.


Barrett Park — A call to action

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners recently overturned the County Planning Commission’s decision to allow the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District (the Park District) to begin development of Barrett Park. The Park District plans to appeal the decision to the state Land Use Board of Appeals and is seeking community support to help persuade the BOC to allow development of the park. The facts on Barrett Park are as follows:

Newspaper Week

Newspapers, this one included, are working through a new period of changes as we observe National Newspaper Week, Oct. 7-13.

Friday, October 5

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Murals beautify buildings, hearts

Following a calling to “build communities through art,” Alex Cook, a muralist and musician from Boston, worked some magic this week on two local buildings, and in the hearts of the children who use them.

Thursday, October 4

Parks and Rec appealing Commission Barrett Park decision

The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation district feels that it is within its right to build a park on high value farmland in Hood River County and is now taking that fight to the next level.

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Port will trim kiteboard school permits

Decision due Dec. 4; the crux of issue is a saturated market and a crowded beach

Hood River will have two fewer kite schools next year. At Tuesday's Port Commission meeting, the commission directed staff to move forward with a plan which calls for eight total waterfront school permits, with a maximum of five kite boarding schools.

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Library Notes

Sept. 30-Oct. 6 is Banned Book Week

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Brave New World,” “The Great Gatsby,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” “Ulysses,” “Lord of the Flies,” “Of Mice and Men” — What do all those books have in common?

Hood River News football pick'em contest for weekend of Oct. 5-7

Get your picks in by Friday at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, October 3

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HRV varsity cross country girls win division at Pre-Nationals

Several thousand runners from more than 100 schools across the West Coast swarmed Portland Meadows Saturday for the annual Nike Pre-Nationals cross country meet. Representing Hood River Valley High School were varsity boys and girls squads of seven, competing against fields of 105 and 146 runners in their divisions.

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Blackberry Beach is ready for east wind

Gorge winds are about to flip-flop for the season, and for the kiteboarders and windsurfers who recreate on the river for more than a few months every summer, a new east wind beach and launch awaits at the Port of Cascade Locks.

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Letters to the Editor for Oct. 3, 2012

Glad for sentence; Knowing Walden; How to vote; more

Editorial: Wind and …

Columbus Day Storm anniversary serves as a timely reminder to prepare

Fifty years ago, reading the Hood River News, you might never have known the destruction wrought throughout the state on Oct. 12. One picture of a downed tree is about all that is mentioned. The rest of the state was not so fortunate.

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Hops Fest attendance breaks record for nine-year event

Saturday’s packed Hops Fest was like a carnival for the taste buds.

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Fire closes Twin Tunnels trail for a month or more

With the danger of falling boulders and other hazards a real threat, the Mosier Twin Tunnels trail, connected to the Mark O. Hatfield State Park above Hood River, will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists for up to a month or more.

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Kaleidoscope:The Faces of Homecoming

I think that this week went really well considering the cancellation of the Bonfire. Students were disappointed, but I commented on their maturity when faced with this big disappointment.

DEQ fines Hood River resident for illegal burn

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a $1,000 penalty to Agustin M. Garcia of Hood River for illegal open burning on his property at 1735 Tucker Road in May.

City fee appeal measure cleared to collect signatures

Judge Olson rewords measure after finding neither sides language meets state law criteria

A ballot measure which seeks to limit the amount of money the city of Hood River can charge for land use decision appeals is cleared to try for a spring ballot.

Sheriff Log for Oct. 3, 2012

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Sept. 24-30.

Mt. Hood Film Fest seeks volunteers

Columbia Arts needs volunteers for the inaugural Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival, Oct. 25-27.

Mosier schools announce board vacancies

Vacancies need filling on the boards of Mosier Community School and Mosier Middle School.

Wishram School thanks LDS for ‘month of service’

Wishram School Facilities Manager Tye Churchwell writes: “During the month of September, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints did a ‘day of service’ in the community of Wishram.

Hospice volunteer Theresa Perry receives honor

Theresa Perry from Hood River is the regional Governor’s Volunteer Award winner in the Outstanding Adult Volunteer (age 19-54) category and Sandra Fritz is the regional winner, from The Dalles, in the Outstanding Senior Volunteer (age 55 or better) category.

Costa Ricans visit Hood River County

A group of eight Costa Ricans are completing a month in Oregon with a week’s visit in Hood River, writes Peter Frothingham of Hood River, and a member of the Alliance for Progress.

Police Log for Oct. 3, 2012

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Sept. 20-30.

Keep Kids Safe: State offers new non-profit vehicle plates

The Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon announces the October release of the non-profit license plate, Keep Kids Safe. Oregon citizens are encouraged to purchase the license plate, which will generate a sustainable source of revenue for proven child abuse prevention efforts across Oregon’s 36 counties.

Funland presents Olympian gourds

Pumpkin Funland opened Oct. 1 at Rasmussen Farms in the scenic Hood River Valley.

330 cyclists join valley Harvest Ride

The fourth-annual Hood River Harvest Ride took place Sept. 29 in gorgeous weather, reports coordinator Peter Cornelison.

PacifiCorp says use restrictions will remain on White Salmon River

Post Condit Dam removal, access is limited for two more weeks

The Sept. 19 edition of The White Salmon Enterprise reported that PacifiCorp would likely be lifting restrictions on the White Salmon River in a matter of days, following the recent completion of Condit Dam’s demolition.

Cascade Creek Wildfire faces potential wind boost

TROUT LAKE, Wash. — Firefighters working on the 17,000-acre Cascade Creek Wildfire, burning on the south and west flanks of Mount Adams, were watching the weather closely in anticipation of a dry cold front slated to bring strong, gusty winds Monday night and Tuesday.

Revegetation almost complete at former dam site

Native species filling in well at Powerdale site

In the midst of the many destructive forest fires now occurring in the Northwest, one local forest is being actively re-grown to approximate forest conditions that existed back in 1923, at the site where PacifiCorp’s Powerdale Dam was built.

GMO lecture offered Oct. 26

Grow Organic, along with the Hood River Master Gardeners and Gorge Grown Food Network, will present a lecture, “An Objective Look at Genetically Modified Foods,” 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at Springhouse Cellar Winery in Hood River.

Sinfonietta pairs with Aaron Meyer

A new twist on a favorite local performer’s style awaits audiences in the Gorge come Oct. 27.

Crash ignites West Side brushfire

A small brush fire ignited when a truck driver crashed into a power pole near the intersection of Frankton and Country Club roads on Sunday around 5 p.m.

Candle sets house ablaze

A candle burning in a bedroom most likely ignited the second-story fire at 1015 Columbia St. on Sept. 30, said Hood River Fire Chief Devon Wells.

Meter thief at large

Suspect sought in $7-$10K in losses, damages

With the quiet of a burglar’s finely finessed tools or through a brute hacksaw meter-decapitation, someone has been making off with parking money from the City of Hood River.

Tuesday, October 2

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October 2, 2012

Photo of the Day, October 2, 2012

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Playing the links: October 2,2012

Basin plan generates plenty of discussion, MP 66 fire causing headaches, Eagle football rolls

What the area is talking about this week.

Columbia Gorge Marathon 'not stressing' despite trail closures

Event scheduled for Oct .28

While Oregon State Parks estimates that the Mosier-Hood River Twin Tunnels trail could be closed for another month and a half, organizers of the Columbia Gorge Marathon are not 'stressing just yet.'

Monday, October 1

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