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Saturday, September 29



Will HR put ban on homes by water?

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.

September 29, 2012 noon read more..
 

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.

September 29, 2012 noon read more..
      

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.

September 29, 2012 noon read more..
   

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.

September 29, 2012 noon read more..

Friday, September 28

    

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.

September 28, 2012 3:10 p.m. read more..


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.”

September 28, 2012 2:41 p.m. read more..
  

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.

September 28, 2012 10:20 a.m. read more..

Thursday, September 27

  

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.

September 27, 2012 10:34 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 26

 

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 www.echelongranfondo.org.

September 26, 2012 7:38 p.m. read more..
    

Dist. 52 forum Sunday

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.

September 26, 2012 noon read more..


Second Gorge kids triathlon is 'Well-organized chaos '

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.

September 26, 2012 noon read more..


Hops Fest returns

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

September 26, 2012 noon read more..
  

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.

September 26, 2012 noon read more..


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.

September 26, 2012 noon read more..


Eagles steamroll Vikings

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.

September 26, 2012 noon read more..
  

Tuesday, September 25



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.

September 25, 2012 2:45 p.m. read more..


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.

September 25, 2012 2:40 p.m. read more..


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.

September 25, 2012 2:37 p.m. read more..
  

Monday, September 24



Saturday, September 22

   

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).

September 22, 2012 noon read more..
  

Chinese teacher welcomed at HRV

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.

September 22, 2012 noon read more..
 

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.

September 22, 2012 noon read more..
   

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).

September 22, 2012 noon read more..
 

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.

September 22, 2012 noon read more..

Thursday, September 20



Wednesday, September 19

 

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.

September 19, 2012 3:41 p.m. read more..
 

Washington wildfires still burning

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

September 19, 2012 noon read more..
   

Double Cross 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.

September 19, 2012 noon read more..


Eagle football drops one to Redmond

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.

September 19, 2012 noon read more..


Glaciers, past and present

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.

September 19, 2012 noon read more..
 

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.

September 19, 2012 noon read more..


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?

September 19, 2012 noon read more..
  

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.

September 19, 2012 noon read more..
  

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.

September 19, 2012 noon read more..

Saturday, September 15

  

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.

September 15, 2012 noon read more..


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.

September 15, 2012 noon read more..
  

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.

September 15, 2012 noon read more..


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.

September 15, 2012 noon read more..


First Rural Rampage a ton fun

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.

September 15, 2012 noon read more..


Brown marmorated stink bugs are spreading

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.

September 15, 2012 noon read 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.

September 15, 2012 noon read more..
   

Friday, September 14

 

Wednesday, September 12



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,

September 12, 2012 1:58 p.m. read more..
    

Restoring the Run

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.

September 12, 2012 noon read more..


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.

September 12, 2012 noon read more..


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.

September 12, 2012 noon read more..
 

Aluminum Man Tri highlights

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).

September 12, 2012 noon read more..
     

Tuesday, September 11



Saturday, September 8



Sides still spar over clearcut

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.

September 8, 2012 noon read more..
 

‘Tall and athletic’

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.

September 8, 2012 noon read more..


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.

September 8, 2012 noon read more..


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.

September 8, 2012 noon read more..
   

Fire in the Gorge

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.

September 8, 2012 noon read more..


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.

September 8, 2012 noon read more..


Derby girls make a statement

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.

September 8, 2012 noon read more..


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.

September 8, 2012 noon read more..

Thursday, September 6



Wednesday, September 5

   

Fly-In lands at WAAAM this weekend

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.

September 5, 2012 noon read more..
 

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 http://www.mo-untainviewmemorial.org/.

September 5, 2012 noon read more..
     

School work

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.

September 5, 2012 noon read more..
  

Intimate with the Gorge

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.

September 5, 2012 noon read more..


Execution

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

September 5, 2012 noon read more..
 

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.

September 5, 2012 noon read more..

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.

September 1, 2012 noon read more..


Ludwig, city reach settlement

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.

September 1, 2012 noon read more..


First Gorge junior race team tests Seattle waters

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.

September 1, 2012 noon read more..


‘High expectations’

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.

September 1, 2012 noon read more..
  

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.

September 1, 2012 noon read more..


W. Nile virus on the rise

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.

September 1, 2012 noon read more..
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