Stories for October 2012


Wednesday, October 31

Tuesday, October 30


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.

October 30, 2012 3:59 p.m. read more..

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.

October 30, 2012 3:54 p.m. read more..

‘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.

October 30, 2012 3:53 p.m. read more..

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.

October 30, 2012 3:47 p.m. read more..

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.

October 30, 2012 3:41 p.m. read more..

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.

October 30, 2012 3:37 p.m. read more..

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

October 30, 2012 3:15 p.m. read more..

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.

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

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.

October 30, 2012 2:55 p.m. read more..

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.

October 30, 2012 2:53 p.m. read more..

Candy in, candy out

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.

October 30, 2012 2:45 p.m. read more..

Monday, October 29

Friday, October 26


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.

October 26, 2012 3:35 p.m. read more..

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.

October 26, 2012 3:28 p.m. read more..

‘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.

October 26, 2012 3:27 p.m. read more..

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.

October 26, 2012 3:22 p.m. read more..

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.

October 26, 2012 3:18 p.m. read more..

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

October 26, 2012 2:48 p.m. read more..

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.

October 26, 2012 2:44 p.m. read more..

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.

October 26, 2012 2:43 p.m. read more..

Thursday, October 25

Tuesday, October 23


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.”

October 23, 2012 3:25 p.m. read more..

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.

October 23, 2012 3:24 p.m. read more..

Mid Valley News

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.

October 23, 2012 3:23 p.m. read more..

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.

October 23, 2012 3:21 p.m. read more..

Poet Laureate visits Hood River

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.

October 23, 2012 3:16 p.m. read more..

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.

October 23, 2012 3:14 p.m. read more..

XC ready for districts

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).

October 23, 2012 3:13 p.m. read more..

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.

October 23, 2012 3:11 p.m. read more..

Bowling brings fun and friendship

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.

October 23, 2012 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.)

October 23, 2012 3:03 p.m. read more..

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog

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.

October 23, 2012 2:46 p.m. read more..

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

October 23, 2012 2:41 p.m. read more..

Time to vote

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

October 23, 2012 2:22 p.m. read more..

Health Genius

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

October 23, 2012 2:11 p.m. read more..

Monday, October 22

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.

October 19, 2012 2:08 p.m. read more..

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

October 19, 2012 2:07 p.m. read more..

FALL-Winter Car Care

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.

October 19, 2012 2 p.m. read more..

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.

October 19, 2012 1:50 p.m. read more..

Sports briefs

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

October 19, 2012 1:49 p.m. read more..

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.

October 19, 2012 1:48 p.m. read more..

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.

October 19, 2012 1:46 p.m. read more..

Twin Tunnels trail reopened

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.

October 19, 2012 1:45 p.m. read more..

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.

October 19, 2012 1:44 p.m. read more..

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.

October 19, 2012 1:43 p.m. read more..

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.

October 19, 2012 1:41 p.m. read more..

Remembering Savanna

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

October 19, 2012 1:10 p.m. read more..

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.

October 19, 2012 1:08 p.m. read more..

Thursday, October 18

Wednesday, October 17


Tuesday, October 16


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.

October 16, 2012 4:26 p.m. read more..

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.

October 16, 2012 4:24 p.m. read more..


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.

October 16, 2012 4:14 p.m. read more..

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.

October 16, 2012 4:10 p.m. read more..


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

October 16, 2012 4:06 p.m. read more..

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.

October 16, 2012 4:04 p.m. read more..

Roots and Branches

“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.

October 16, 2012 4:02 p.m. read more..

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.

October 16, 2012 3:28 p.m. read more..

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.

October 16, 2012 3:24 p.m. read more..

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.

October 16, 2012 3:22 p.m. read more..

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.

October 16, 2012 3:19 p.m. read more..

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.

October 16, 2012 3:15 p.m. read more..

Kegler's Corner

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.

October 16, 2012 3:13 p.m. read more..

Record breaker

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

October 16, 2012 3:11 p.m. read 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.

October 16, 2012 2:49 p.m. read more..

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.

October 16, 2012 2:46 p.m. read more..

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.

October 16, 2012 2:44 p.m. read more..

‘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.

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

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.

October 16, 2012 2:38 p.m. read more..

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.

October 16, 2012 2:37 p.m. read more..

Pears finish strong

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

October 16, 2012 2:33 p.m. read more..

Harvest Fest: 30 years young

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.

October 16, 2012 2:28 p.m. read more..

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:

October 12, 2012 3:31 p.m. read more..

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!

October 12, 2012 3:23 p.m. read more..

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.

October 12, 2012 3:20 p.m. read more..

Hood River Valley High School Hall-of-Fame 2012

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.

October 12, 2012 3:18 p.m. read more..

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.

October 12, 2012 3:16 p.m. read more..

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.

October 12, 2012 3:14 p.m. read more..

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.

October 12, 2012 3:08 p.m. read more..

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.

October 12, 2012 2:33 p.m. read more..

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.

October 12, 2012 2:18 p.m. read more..

Gorge Towns to Trails plan praised

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.

October 12, 2012 2:06 p.m. read more..

For Hood River Valley winemakers the crush is on

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.

October 12, 2012 1:56 p.m. read more..

Thursday, October 11

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.

October 11, 2012 12:05 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 10


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.

October 10, 2012 noon read more..

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.

October 10, 2012 noon read more..

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.

October 10, 2012 noon read more..

Elections approach

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.

October 10, 2012 noon read more..

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.

October 10, 2012 noon read more..

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.

October 10, 2012 noon read more..

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.

October 10, 2012 noon read more..

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.

October 10, 2012 noon read more..

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.”

October 10, 2012 noon read more..

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.

October 10, 2012 noon read more..

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.

October 10, 2012 noon read more..

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.

October 10, 2012 noon read more..

Columbia Gorge Marathon is on

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.

October 10, 2012 noon read more..

Tuesday, October 9


Barrett Park fate still in the air

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.

October 9, 2012 5:08 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Basin plan has merit

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.

October 9, 2012 5:06 p.m. read more..

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.

October 9, 2012 2:34 p.m. read more..

Monday, October 8

Eagle football stuffed by Wilson

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.

October 8, 2012 12:21 p.m. read more..

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.

October 8, 2012 9:17 a.m. read more..

Saturday, October 6


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.

October 6, 2012 noon read more..

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.

October 6, 2012 noon read more..

Plein Air Writing

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.

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‘Bailey’s Decision’

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

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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.”

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Gorge Commission meets Tuesday in Cascade Locks

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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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.

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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.

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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:

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Newspaper Week

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

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Friday, October 5

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.

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Thursday, October 4


Port will trim kiteboard school permits

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

“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?

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Wednesday, October 3

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.

October 3, 2012 noon read more..

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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Editorial: Wind and …

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.

October 3, 2012 noon read more..

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Revegetation almost complete at former dam 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Meter thief at large

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.

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