Stories for September 2012


Saturday, September 29

Will HR put ban on homes by water?

Planning commission urged to eliminate waterfront zones

The City of Hood River Planning Commission is looking into the prospect of restricting future residential development along the Hood River waterfront. At the city council’s urging the planning commission placed the issue in its work session at its Sept. 17 meeting.

Seniors’ hard work, confidence results in Air Guitar victory

As happens nearly every year, the senior class at Hood River Valley High School won the coveted Homecoming Air Guitar competition.

Air advisory from HR Fire Department

Hood River Fire & EMS advises everyone with respiratory problems, asthma, reactive airway disease, or other reactions to air pollutants, specifically smoke, to seek shelter indoors in an air conditioned environment. The heavy smoke conditions are expected to continue throughout the night potentially causing difficulty breathing and difficulty traveling due to vision impairment.

Sheriff Log for Sept. 29, 2012

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Sept. 17-23.

Game Highlights

Sept. 20 at Reynolds:

Iremonger fastest in Twin Tunnels run; last of annual series is Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

The annual Twin Tunnels run/walk series continued last weekend with the second of events this year. The 5K and 12K runs drew 44 people to the scenic and vehicle-free Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.

Horizon soccer holds tie for first in league

A three-match win streak has vaulted Horizon Christian School’s boys soccer team into a first-place tie in the District 5 standings.

Eagle volleyball 1-1 in this week’s league action

Should the HRVHS homecoming decorations mysteriously find their way into the middle of the still-smoldering Milepost 66 fire, the school’s volleyball coaches are the likely culprits.

HRVHS water polo club 2-1 so far in first season

Hood River Valley High School’s water polo team is already making waves.

HRV finds ‘huge win’ in tie at Woodburn

After dropping three straight games in a week, including a disappointing 3-1 at-home loss Tuesday against Wilsonville, the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team had to regroup for what was expected to be its toughest match of the season.

Fly-In notes and acknowledgements

Ken Olsson of Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum writes:

‘Awesome collection of friends’

The family of John Roberts writes:

Lions move newsprint trailer

One of two newspaper drop-off trailers managed by the Hood River Lions Club has moved to a new location.

Nominate a ‘Woman of Distinction’

Soroptimist International of Hood River invites individuals and organizations to honor a woman in their midst whose professional or volunteer work has made a distinctive difference in the life of Hood River County or in the lives of women and girls.

Friday, September 28

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Letters to the Editor for September 29, 2012

Johnson's voting record; A short list; Vote for Nordbye; English for Sheriff; CL council members should campaign on own time; more...

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Two car crash briefly stops traffic on I84 exit 63 overpass

Crash briefly closes I-84 overpass

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Editorial: In the air

Though the pall might pale, smoke dangers remain

Talk of the weather took on three key words this week: sun, wind and smoke. Mainly smoke.

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New HRV water polo team holding its own

Club team is 2-1 so far in first season

Hood River Valley High School’s water polo team is already making waves.

HRV boys soccer finds ‘huge win’ in tie at Woodburn

After dropping three straight games in a week, including a disappointing 3-1 at-home loss Tuesday against Wilsonville, the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team had to regroup for what was expected to be its toughest match of the season.

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Sept. 29 Entertainment Update

Waucoma Bookstore is hosting Gorge author Seth Sjostrom for an author reception on Friday, Oct. 5, from 5-8 p.m. at the bookstore (212 Oak St., Hood River). Sjostrom will be discussing and signing his book “Blood in the Snow.”

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New proposal for Nichols basin could shelve cable park

Plan calls for esplanade, public recreation access, habitat improvements through urban renewal money, proponents say hotel development would have to occur to make it happen

A proposal by a pair of elected officials could be a game-changer in the debate over the future of the Nichols Boat Basin on the Hood River waterfront.

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Photo of the Day: September 28, 2012

Photo of the Day for September 29, 2012

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Milepost 66 fire contained

All eyes were on the skies, and the all-encompassing haze, this week as smoke from the Milepost 66 fire filled the Columbia Gorge and Hood River valley.

Thursday, September 27

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Milepost 66 Wildfire update

The Mile post 66 fire is continuing to burn between Hood River and Mosier.

Football pick'em contest week 2

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

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Sept. 26 Entertainment Update

Missoula "Stompgrass" outfit Dodgy Mountain Men is currently touring with their debut album “Stronger than Death,” with a stop in Hood River at the Pint Shack on Monday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, September 26

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HRVHS homecoming week hits Hood River

2012 homecoming schedule

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Third Grand Fondo draws hundreds

Several hundred riders departed from downtown Hood River Saturday morning for the start of the 2012 Echelon Gran Fondo. The event is more of a group ride than a race, although certain sections of the various courses were timed. For results and details see

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Welcome to the new

Welcome to the new and improved Today, we are in the first stages of rolling out a new online experience for our readers and subscribers.

HR, CL weigh EMS options

Fire chief’s consulting contract to be extended three months while Cascade Locks hires personnel

The City of Hood River is ready to get out of the consulting business.

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Letters to the Editor for Sept. 26, 2012

English for sheriff; Choose Nordbye; Vote for Johnson; more...

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ANOTHER VOICE: Why would HR port give one tenant a ‘sweetheart’ deal?

Dear Port Commissioners: I attended the public meeting on Sept. 12 at the Best Western Hotel and appreciate the opportunity to weigh in on your decision regarding the future of the Nichols Boat Basin.

Dist. 52 forum Sunday

Rep. Johnson, challenger Nordbye speak at Arts Center

The first meeting between the two men running for Oregon House District 52 will be happen Sunday afternoon. Voters will hear the candidates speak and get the chance to ask them questions.

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Second Gorge kids triathlon is 'Well-organized chaos '

Event draws 250 kids, funds help elementary school health programs

Poised at the starting line, 10 brave young girls dip their toes in the water to test its temperature. They look at one another, giggle and agree that it’s freezing. But with close to 250 kids waiting just uphill, there was no backing out.

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Hops Fest returns

Saturday event lures 64 breweries from around the Northwest

A record crowd is expected for Saturday’s Hood River Hops Fest, according to Kerri Cobb, executive director of Hood River Chamber of Commerce.

Sunday ‘Homecoming’ set

The public is invited to the “White Salmon River Homecoming,” a community celebration of the river, on Sept. 29.

Bicyclists tour valley in Sept. 29 Harvest Ride

Breathtaking views and fall weather are hallmarks of the annual Hood River Harvest Ride on Sept. 29, a benefit for the nonprofit Hood River Valley Residents Committee.

Grominator contest a success

The third-annual Grominator youth skateboarding competition brought 25 kids to the Hood River Skate Park Saturday morning. The contest, held under the umbrella of Hood River County Community Education, is a youth-specific event open to boys and girls ages 15 and younger.

HRV XC runs at Lane CC

The Northwest Classic brings many of the biggest and best running schools in Oregon to Lane Community College campus to face one another and get a preview of the state championship course. The 19th annual event brings dozens of teams from across the state for what is one of the biggest meets leading up to the Nov. 3 Oregon championships.

Eagles steamroll Vikings

Varsity football moves to 3-1, homecoming game Friday, 7 p.m.

A week after struggling in vain to keep up with an offensive juggernaut, the Hood River Valley football team got to experience the other side of the coin against North Salem.

Athlete, entrepreneur runs with PocketFuel

‘Nut Butters With Kick’ make national market

Mark Ribkoff started PocketFuel with an idea, a blender and a patient wife.

Port aims for five kite schools at Event Site

Now, seven schools have presence at waterfront area

Some kiteboard school owners are likely to be rather unhappy when the Port of Hood River wraps up its kiteboarding school selection process this winter.

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Wildfire burning just east of Hood River

A column of smoking is drifting East this morning from a wild fire burning near Koberg rock, just east of hood river.

Tuesday, September 25

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Jesuit Volunteer Corps profiles: Monique Stenger

Using an analytical brain, matched with a caring heart, Monique Stenger is taking on a much-needed task at PHRMH. She will be working to eliminate barriers to women who need to obtain mammogram cancer screenings, but who might not be able to afford them.

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Jesuit Volunteer Corps profiles: Hollis Dunlop

Racing between four food-based assistance programs in Hood River is just about the right pace of service work for Hollis Dunlop, whose high energy is fueled by passionate dedication to creating equal access to food.

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Jesuit Volunteer Corps profiles: Daniel Taylor

Leaving behind a rural home in Texas replete with alligators and swamps, Daniel Taylor is bringing his degree in philosophy to his volunteer service with Columbia Gorge Community College. His future plans to become a physician or research scientist will, according to him, be enriched by his year with JVC.

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Jesuit Volunteer Corps profiles:Justin Velez

“It’s a great way to live in another place, have an internship and experience an alternative living style,” said Justin Velez, a “veteran” JVC volunteer.

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Jesuit Volunteer Corps profile: Bianca Fernandez

Bianca Fernandez speaks three languages: English, Spanish and Italian. She also speaks a universal language recognized by people of every age — compassion.

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Service and Spirit: A community of inspired young adults arrives in Hood River

While much of today’s culture in the U.S. appears focused on the acquisition of wealth and the adoration of fame, there is a small group of young people who have just arrived in Hood River who are experimenting with a different world view; one more in line with the profoundly challenging guidance offered by Mother Seton.

Monday, September 24

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Photo of the Day: September 24, 2012

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Saturday, September 22

Horizon kids have fun while ‘watching their steps’

Annual retreat combines mud and ministry

Every year the high school and junior high students from Horizon Christian take a retreat up to Jonah Ministries camp in Trout Lake to kick off the school year.

Reward announced in Erlenbush homicide case

The Dalles City Police Department is still actively investigating the death of Scott Erlenbush.

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Editorial: Quietly, local campaigning begins

Elections in the cities of Hood River and Cascade Locks look to be interesting, if not lively.

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HRV girls soccer fights hard, but falls to No. 1 Tualatin

Hood River Valley High School girls varsity soccer hosted Tualatin Tuesday afternoon in what was expected to be the team’s toughest opponent of the season. The defending Oregon 6A state champions, the Timberwolves, are atop the state rankings again this season and faced the Eagles fresh off a 2-0 win against the perennial state powerhouse, Jesuit (currently ranked fifth in the state).

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Letters to the Editor for September 22, 2012

Dangers of tracer rounds; Things are going to the dogs; No to Walden and Romney; Broken promises; Proud of Kate McBride; Where are forests going; English is committed

Horizon soccer kicks off district play with 7-5 win

Jared Davis leads Hawk offense with three-goal hat trick

Horizon Christian School's boys soccer team opened its District 5 season Thursday with a 7-5 road win at City Christian of Portland. The win brings the team to 2-3 overall (1-0 in league).

Chinese teacher welcomed at HRV

Middle schoolers, adults can also enroll in language classes

Acting fast on an unexpected opportunity sometimes yields surprisingly good outcomes. As a result of some quick action, Hood River Valley High School Principal Karen Neitzel was able to create an unusual and exciting opportunity for her students — and the community at large.

Mosier apps up

Mosier Middle schoolers issued iPads this week

Sept. 18 was iPad roll-out day at Mosier Middle School.

CGWA awards signal end of summer

Jay Watermeyer picked up top honors as Gorge Windsurfer of the Year at the annual Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association awards party last week. The annual event is an end-of-summer ritual for the CGWA and is a way to thank members and honor those who stood out and represented the sport in a positive way throughout the season.

Death notice: James ‘Jim’ Smith

Death notice: James ‘Jim’ Smith

CG Family Medicine welcomes new doctor

Dr. Tyler Gray joined Columbia Gorge Family Medicine this summer after completing his family medicine training at the residency program in Milwaukie, Ore.

Kindergartners master first lunch hour

One of the first big lessons in any school year is lunchtime protocol.

HRV girls learn from best in Oregon

Hood River Valley High School girls varsity soccer hosted Tualatin Tuesday afternoon in what was expected to be the team’s toughest opponent of the season. The defending Oregon 6A state champions, the Timberwolves, are atop the state rankings again this season and faced the Eagles fresh off a 2-0 win against the perennial state powerhouse, Jesuit (currently ranked fifth in the state).

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Former MCMC doctor sentenced to 23 years for rape, sex abuse

Frederick Field pleads guilty to one count of rape, 11 counts of sex abuse

Dr. Frederick Field, 47, was sentenced to 23 years in prison Tuesday after admitting to 11 counts of sex abuse and one count of rape involving 12 former patients and co-workers at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

Eagle volleyball handles TDW, has trouble with Pendleton

Eagle volleyball hosted The Dalles Wahtonka Tuesday evening in the first of four meetings the Columbia River Conference rivals will have this season. The Eagle-Indians, now 0-3 in league play, put up a decent fight against a taller and more athletic Hood River squad, but in the end the Eagles won the contest 25-11, 25-15, 24-26, 25-18.

Thursday, September 20

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Photo of the Day: September 20, 2012

Photo of the Day for Sept. 20, 2012

Wednesday, September 19

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Photo of the Day: September 19, 2012

Summer's flowers and warm weather are fading away, replaced by the cool, early morning nip of fall.

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Double Cross race a hit in Cascade Locks

The 2012 Double Cross brought several hundred riders over the weekend to Cascade Locks Industrial Park for two days of top-notch cyclocross racing. The event, a mix of on- and off-road bike racing around a loop course, drew riders ranging from first-timers to professionals who race year-round.

The Daily Briefing: September 19

Hers is what is driving the day today around the region

Washington wildfires still burning

The Cascade Creek Fire burning on the southern flank of Mount Adams continues to grow. According to the, the national incident reporting system, 6,850 acres have burned as of Tuesday morning.

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Delta Kappa hosts 22nd annual home tour to raise scholarships

The first students to receive Delta Kappa scholarships courtesy of the annual Home Tour are now old enough to have kids in high school.

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Efficiency and beauty converge at the 11th annual Gorge Green Home Tour

With a unique lineup of new and remodeled homes as well as non-residential buildings, the 11th Annual Green Home Tour aims to inspire homeowners and businesses to invest in buildings with the earth in mind.

Death Notice: Gigi Messick

Gigi Messick

Double Cross in Cascade Locks

Bike race brings hundreds to take advantage of Port of Cascade Locks property

The 2012 Double Cross brought several hundred riders over the weekend to Cascade Locks Industrial Park for two days of top-notch cyclocross racing. The event, a mix of on- and off-road bike racing around a loop course, drew riders ranging from first-timers to professionals who race year-round.

Eagle football drops one to Redmond

Undefeated Panthers hand Hood River 40-28 loss; join Eagles Sept. 28 for homecoming game vs. St. Helens

For the first half of Friday’s game between Hood River Valley and Redmond both offenses looked like old steam trains attempting to get up a steep mountain.

Glaciers, past and present

Two events: tour Newton-Clark Glacier, hear experts describe ancient Gorge, Northwest geology

On scene or “armchair,” two events this week provide a chance to learn about the geological forces at work in the Gorge both past and present.

‘Buon Appetito’: Lucia von Flotow presents beloved recipes of Calabria

Lucia Alviano von Flotow remembers the cold Atlantic crossing in 1962 when her family emigrated from Calabria in south Italy. She preserves the warm memory of her upbringing in a home where handmade food was a revered tradition.

Cable park can be an ‘amazing learning tool’

I am a small-business owner in Hood River. I’ve worked with several hundred athletes and up-and-coming athletes in Hood River. We now have a strong teen program at our gym and our reach has expanded to a large spread of income and fitness levels.

Keep basin available for multiple use

The Port of Hood River has the opportunity to make a huge economic impact on the community. Is it more viable for them to support a single use, small demographic business such as the Cable Park or does it make more sense to support a multiple of users and keep the Hood River Boat Basin open to the public?

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Pole Creek fire survivors: ‘We were on our own’

Gorge trio describes harrowing escape from central Oregon fire

Imagine a vast, fantastic forest wilderness at your disposal, a week’s vacation ahead and two friends to share your backpacking adventure with.

Port of Hood River considers reducing number of waterfront windsport school permits

The Hood River waterfront could have fewer wind sport schools next year. Reducing the number of the schools is an option the Port of Hood River is considering to reduce crowding on the waterfront through its concession permit master plan.

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The state of the glaciers

Portland State University geologist Dr. Andrew Fountain will speak Sept. 25 on “Mt. Hood Glaciers, Trends and Future Water Supplies,” with an emphasis on the mountain’s north-side glaciers.

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Letters to the Editor for Sept. 19, 2012

Affordable housing needed; We have brains and fertility; Heavy-handed enforcement; more

Affordable housing needed; We have brains and fertility; Heavy-handed enforcement; more

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Kaleidescope: Earth Center, Delta Kappa host home tours

Two long running home tours show all that comes with living in the Gorge.

Middle school cross country making waves

Runners from Hood River and Wy’east middle schools joined forces this season on a combined middle school cross country team of about 60 runners. For the second race of the fall, the team hosted St. Mary’s, The Dalles and Hermiston last week at Hood River Valley High School as a lead-in to the Eagles’ annual Skip Sparks Invitational meet later that afternoon.

Saturday, September 15

Touch rugby: Hood River club plays Tuesdays

All ages and abilities invited

The Hood River Hammers are far meaner in name than demeanor. But rugby is a tough sport, and every club needs a hard-hitting title, even if it’s a complete façade.

Horizon Hawks soccer nabs first victory

League action starts next week for Horizon Christian

Horizon Christian School bounced back from a 0-3 start to its season with a 4-1 road win Wednesday at Southwest Christian in Beaverton.

Men’s hoops league starts fall season

The Gorge Hoops League, fall schedule, started Sept. 9 and featured “a good first week of games and attitudes,” said league organizer Brian Stevens. “There was some pretty competitive play with a couple games going down to the wire.” All games are played at Wahtonka gymnasium in The Dalles. Admission is free to the officiated contests.

Running hard at Skip Sparks

Hood River Valley High School cross country hosted the annual Skip Sparks Hood River Invitational Wednesday afternoon. With near-perfect running weather and 11 teams with 300 runners in attendance, the meet is only one of two home contests for Eagle runners this season. Teams return to the course Oct. 27, when Hood River hosts The Dalles, Pendleton and Hermiston for the Columbia River Conference championships.

With Thursday win, varsity boys ranked #1

Boys 3-0, girls 0-2-1 after week’s action

Teams are better served not paying much attention to state rankings; but still, it’s hard not to get excited when youre team is at the top of the list.

Death Notices: Sydney Burkhart; Eugene Torres

Death Notices: Sydney Burkhart; Eugene Torres

First-graders crowded at Mid Valley, parents say

The school year is still new, but a group of Mid Valley Elementary School parents already have a few concerns, which they voiced at Wednesday’s school board meeting. Among the complaints were that classroom sizes are too large, new bus schedules are creating safety issues and there is a distinct lack of dual-language instruction.

A feel-good win in Hermiston

For the first time in a long time, Hood River Valley High School volleyball picked up a win on the Bulldogs’ turf. The Eagles, now 1-1 in the Columbia River Conference, traveled to Hermiston Tuesday and came away with the first road win against the team in the seven years Scott Walker has been with the Eagles.

First Rural Rampage a ton fun

Organizers say event will return next year

Hood River’s first Rural Rampage Bike Challenge fundraiser/hybrid adventure race took place last weekend based out of Hood River Middle School. The event featured an 11-mile course and five different challenge stages. Adult/child pairs biked the course and completed the challenges in a fastest-duo-wins format.

Brown marmorated stink bugs are spreading

Search for egg predator is under way

This invader eats just about everything that is grown commercially in Hood River. They call it the BMSB for short, but its full common name is the brown marmorated stink bug. It’s a name local growers will become very familiar with, very soon.

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 15, 2012

Missing details; Unfair ticketing; Too many assumptions; more

Suspect arrested in Sept. 9 The Dalles homicide

Carlos Alberto Medina, 20, the suspect in the murder of Mark Anthony Labonte, 20, turned himself in at the regional jail Thursday evening, ending a four-day search by law enforcement agencies in The Dalles.

Cascade Creek fire on Mount Adams rages on

Anyone who looked to the north during daylight hours this week might have thought Mount Adams, the dormant volcano, had come back to life.

Riverside Church celebrates centennial Sunday

On Sunday, the congregation and friends of Riverside Community Church will gather to rededicate the church building for another century of service. The public is invited to attend.

Corps, BPA celebrate Bonneville’s 75 years

During the Depression of the 1930s, one of the darkest economic times for the United States, a beacon of light shone forth from a monumental project spanning the Columbia River.

Debating the ‘cable’ question

Large crowd weighs in on Nichols basin park proposal

Hood River showed up in force Wednesday night to make its feelings known on a potential cable park in the Nichols Boat Basin.

Friday, September 14

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Cascade Creek Fire on Mount Adams rages on

Anyone who looked to the north during daylight hours this week might have thought Mount Adams, the dormant volcano, had come back to life.

Parks and Rec board to appeal Barrett Park decision

The Hood River Parks and Recreation board has decided to appeal a county decision to not allow a park on Barrett Drive.

Wednesday, September 12

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Sept. 12 Entertainment Update

Tony Smiley at Double Mountain Since 2000, Tony Smiley has captured audiences with his unique beats. This musical savant loops his way through a unique genre of music that you won’t find anywhere else,

Initiative backers aim for spring ballot

County rental initiative effort kicks off, appeal fee cap proponents wait for court ruling

They will not be on the November ballot, but two measures that would have significant effects on local government may hit the ballot this spring.

One wildfire extinguished, another ignites

Hwy. 141 fire nears containment, Mount Adams fire blazes

One fire comes to a close while another rages into full-gear. Welcome to high fire danger season in the Gorge.

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Dakine finds new home in Hood River

It will be in a different building than the company originally anticipated, but Dakine has found a new home in Hood River.

Rick Higgins wins national off-road council award

At its annual conference in August 2012, the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council awarded Rick Higgins, of Hood River, the 2012 Volunteer of the Year award.

Restoring the Run

Reintroduction program brings formerly extinct spring chinook back to the Hood

To the untrained eye, they’re difficult to spot, but for Ryan Gerstenberger and Blaine Eineichner, the pits and piles of upturned stones are obvious signs of spawning salmon. The water is crystal-clear in the upper reaches of the West Fork, where the two Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs staff are walking slowly upstream looking for signs of active spawning and spawning beds, called redds.

Eagles run over Forest Grove

For the past several years the Hood River Valley football has counted itself lucky if it got one running back over a hundred yards on any given night.

HRVHS alum plays final year at WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. — With a new coaching staff, there’s a highly positive outlook for the Washington State Cougars football team. A group of seniors, including defensive lineman Adam Coerper, are expected to help provide the necessary leadership in what could very well be a turnaround season.

Hawks soccer getting back in the groove

Horizon’s 0-3 start due in part to players reintroducing themselves to the game

The focus of the Horizon Christian School soccer team during the next few weeks will be to take care of the little things.

Aluminum Man Tri highlights

Several HR athletes win their divisions

The Aluminum Man Triathlon in The Dalles took place Saturday morning and brought 200 competitors to the 24th annual event. Racers chose between two distance options: an Olympic triathlon (1.5 kilometer swim, 40 kilometer bike, 10 kilometer run) and a sprint triathlon (750 meter swim, 20 kilometer bike, 5 kilometer run).

Death Notices: Michael Connelly; Lee Freedman

Death Notices: Michael Connelly; Lee Freedman

Obituary: Jane Price

Jane Price

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 12, 2012

See ‘2016’ movie; Not self-made; Win-lose tactics; more

County officially nixes Barrett Park, looks at other field options

Parks and Rec board to decide whether or not to appeal county decision to LUBA

Now that there will be no park on Barrett Drive, the ball is back in the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District’s court.

Dave Meriwether finalist in Deschutes administrator job

County Administrator David Meriwether is in the running for the Deschutes County Administrator position.

Man, 20, dies in second recent homicide in The Dalles

An altercation between two males in the parking lot of Fred Meyer on Sixth Street Sunday night, Sept. 9, ended in a homicide that is now under investigation.

Tuesday, September 11

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Photo of the Day for September 11, 2012

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Saturday, September 8

Sides still spar over clearcut

Friends of the Gorge issues response to commission director’s report

Months after the trees came down on a 110-acre section of forest between Hood River and Mosier the situation is either still unclear, or was settled decades ago.

Wildlife trooper searches creatures great and small

Trying to find the largest and smallest of creatures kept Andrew Vanderwerf busy Thursday afternoon.

‘Tall and athletic’

Varsity volleyball looking to improve on last season’s second in conference

In its first two matches of the season, Hood River Valley High School’s varsity volleyball team hosted Pendleton on Tuesday and Lakeridge Thursday evenings. Both matches ended in similar fashion, and although the Eagles lost 1-3 in both, the early-season competition was a good measure of the team’s strengths and weaknesses in time to make adjustments for the bulk of the season.

HRV XC posting fast times

High school cross country runners tested their early season limits over the last week at two away meets. The first, the Wilsonville Night Meet on Aug. 31, was a 3,000-meter race against many of the top schools in the state.

Rex Putnam proves tough opponent in season opener

Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer hosted Rex Putnam Tuesday evening in the team’s season-opener. The 3-1 loss against the Kingsmen was a tough way to start their schedule; but the girls found some strong points to build on and the game will serve as a gauge of progress for the rest of the season.

Death Notices: James Stoller; John Short; Charles ‘Slim’ Woody; Kenneth Gibbons

James Stoller; John Short; Charles ‘Slim’ Woody; Kenneth Gibbons

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 8, 2012

Painless way to help schools; Late-night biases; Questions for Romney; more

Candles light way for suicide prevention

Hood River mother brings urgent message

When a family loses a relative to suicide, the survivors bear an especially painful grief.

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Fire in the Gorge

Highway 141 fire burning near White Salmon

What started as four small fires along Highway 141 in Washington at about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, has now burned over 1,200 acres of open land between White Salmon and Husum. As of press time on Friday morning, officials were reporting a 40 percent containment of the fire.

First ‘zom-bee’ found in Oregon

CORVALLIS – According to a press release from Oregon State University, an OSU researcher has reported Oregon’s first documented case of a “zombie” fly infecting a honeybee, but he doubts that the parasite at the moment poses a threat to the already beleaguered bee, which is a vital pollinator of some of the state’s key crops.

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Derby girls make a statement

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A crowd of about 500 rallied in support of the Gorge’s first women’s roller derby team last week at Riverfront Park in The Dalles. The Gorge Roller Girls teams battled for glory in a “black vs. white” exhibition bout. Fans were treated to an intense neck-in-neck game, with the White Thrashers pulling ahead of the Black Betties by just 12 points at the end.

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Eagles finish unsettled business

Last season ended in disappointing fashion for the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team. In round two of the state playoffs, the boys played to a draw after double overtime against Rex Putnam. The game went into a shootout, where the Kingsmen eliminated the Eagles from the tournament on their home turf.

Thursday, September 6

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Photo of the Day Sept. 5, 2012

White Salmon/Husum wildfire 2012

Wednesday, September 5

Death Notice: Tia Hyde

Tia Hyde

Smooth waters ensure ‘great day’ on the river for cross channel swim

Warm sunshine and helping hands greeted the 497 swimmers as they emerged from the Columbia River Monday in the 70th Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim.

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 5, 2012

Replace Obama; Lessons from GOP; Paramedic needed in CL; more

Fly-In lands at WAAAM this weekend

Fifth annual event honors ‘revered’ Waco airplanes of the 1920s and 1930s

Two hundred or more visiting aircraft are expected this weekend at the fifth annual Fly-In at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum. Fly-In hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, and fair weather is in the forecast.

Runway project gets under way

500-foot section of Orchard Road to be closed Sept. 13

Hood River will become a little different starting this week.

Mountain View Memorial Cemetery updates website

The Mountain View Memorial Cemetery recently posted its new website, writes Timothy MB Farrell, president, Mountain View Memorial Cemetery Inc. It can be found on the web at

Rothe family expresses its thanks

JoAnn Rothe writes, “The family of Carole Laughlin would like to think the medical personnel at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

Valley Residents Committee celebrates 35th anniversary

The Hood River Valley Residents Committee recently celebrated 35 years of history in helping protect the Hood River valley. The celebration and annual meeting was held at Kate Mills’ house in Mt. Hood.

Local Scouts hone skills at regional jamboree

Four Scouts from Troop and Pack 378 in Hood River attended the regional jamboree, WashJam 2012, from Aug. 16-19 near Tacoma, Wash.

May Street is ‘on track’ for new school year

With plenty to do last Thursday, Kelly Beard knew there was one thing missing.

Betz bequest expands Horizon School

Horizon has an expanded facility this year.

School work

As fall arrives, students will see results of summer building projects

This summer Hood River County schools may not have seen the major construction projects that were undertaken in 2011, but some of the schools got some pretty welcome upgrades.

Pet care shops have canine-do attitude

Dogs are everywhere — it’s part of Hood River’s charm.

First Horizon volleyball team sets long-term goals

Yes, you are reading this right. Horizon Christian now has enough participants to compete in the 1A level of girls volleyball.

Intimate with the Gorge

‘Friends’ hike series offers educational outings through fall

Friends of the Columbia Gorge starts its annual fall hike series Sept. 8 with 36 outings on the two-month schedule. The series includes guided hikes, bike rides, work parties and driving tours focused around educating participants about different areas of the Gorge, as well sharing its scenic beauty as a group.


HRV football tops Sandy in Friday’s season-opener

The offensive line blocked, the defensive front caused havoc and the Hood River Valley High School varsity football team re-established its running game.

A long-awaited day

Ten years after injury, Hood River native returns to the slopes

Noah Smith’s entire life changed in a split second.

Library District ends its first year strong

Over a year ago, Hood River County closed the doors on its three public libraries, in Hood River, Cascade Locks and Parkdale. However, county residents reopened those doors in 2011 by creating the independent and stable Hood River County Library District.

Saturday, September 1

Farmers offered cost-sharing program

Plenty of help is available to farmers through several programs from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), including cost sharing on projects and technical expertise.

Ludwig, city reach settlement

Former police chief drops wrongful termination claim

After over a year of legal wrangling, the City of Hood River and former police chief Bruce Ludwig have settled a lawsuit Ludwig filed against the city.

First Gorge junior race team tests Seattle waters

Young sailors represent the Gorge at Junior Olympics

As an extension to the Hood River Community Education-based GORGE Junior Sailing program, a group of 10 young sailors traveled to Seattle last weekend to race in the Northwest Junior Olympics. The group, coached by Paul Steward, trained through the summer with GJS and learned the ropes of sail racing inside the protected waters of the Hood River Marina.

‘High expectations’

Eagles will push aggressive offense as team strategy this season

With eight returning varsity players and seven seniors on the roster this season, Hood River Valley High School boys soccer is looking to repeat as Columbia River Conference champions and improve upon last year’s second-round state playoff elimination.

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 1, 2012

Bush-league; Keep multi-use of basin waters; Deregulation is culprit; more

The Dalles detectives seek witnesses in murder case

Witnesses are being sought in the murder of an adult male found dead in The Dalles on Aug. 24.

Extension cord blamed in Eliot Road house fire

According to West Side Fire Marshall Jim Trammel, the Aug. 27 blaze at 3099 Eliot Drive in the Heights began as a failure of an outdoor extension cord. A garage, a motor home and a car were completed destroyed and a modular home received damage. No injuries occurred.

W. Nile virus on the rise

OSU provides guidance as mosquito-borne illness hits Oregon

CORVALLIS — Although summer may be winding down, the threat of West Nile virus in Oregon appears to be increasing, putting humans and some animals at risk.


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