Stories for April 2013


Tuesday, April 30

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Gorge farmers’ markets start this week

Organizers set $1M sales goal for 13 farmers’ markets Gorge-wide

Gorge farmers’ markets begin opening for the 2013 season in May with the Gorge Grown Farmers’ Market (Thursdays in Hood River), the Hood River Saturday Market and the Goldendale Farmers’ Market (Saturdays).

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Eager to achieve

Spanish GED program brings local learners together

Gleaming rays of evening light illuminate the cafeteria of Hood River Middle School, providing an appropriate reflection of the uplifted mood shared by the 65 or so adults gathered inside.

Rep. Johnson hosts town hall meeting on education

This Saturday: Dr. Frank Toda and Janet Hamada will be guest speakers

SALEM—Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) will be hosting an in-district town hall on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. to provide a legislative update, focusing specifically on K-12 and higher education issues.

Ballots go out

County will decide on four contested races for 16 districts

Ballots will be mailed Friday for the May 21 Hood River County Special Districts levy.

Ludwig tops all Twisters

On Friday, April 26 a crowd gathered to wrangle some words for a good cause. SMART (Start Making A reader Today) netted $2,000 in the third annual Tongue Twister Tournament.

Lost Lake Resort opens

Lost Lake Resort and Campground will reopen the lodge May 1 and the campground May 6 under new ownership and management.

Child Advocacy Center hosts ‘Spring for Kids’ fundraiser

The Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center (CGCAC) is having a fundraiser on Saturday, 7-10 p.m. at Springhouse Cellar in Hood River.

Gorge musicians unite for jammin’ swing concert with Sinfonietta

On May 3 and 5, some of the Gorge’s most popular musicians are soon to be featured with the Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta.

Entertainment Update for May 1

Street party at Double Mtn.; Asian Dance recital May 5; Meet ‘100 Hikes’ author; Shoe contest, ‘Kinky Boots’ at Columbia Center for the Arts; VOCI choral concert May 12-13; FISH benefit May 4 at The Pines; Flamenco dance at Gallery 301; Adopt-A-Dog’s sale May 11

Letters to the Editor for May 1

Fishing Freeloaders; Johnson too busy?; Reynolds for School Board; more

ANOTHER VOICE: Walden: Forest use status quo must end

This is an important and timely hearing. I’m encouraged by the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks Forests and Public Lands’ interest in identifying a long-term solution for our federal forest counties and the hardworking people who live there.

Fair notice: Time to think about contributing to the summer extravaganza

The “crookedest carrot” and other delights will be back at the Hood River County Fair this summer.

Parkdale News: Mother’s Day brings final Grange breakfast

Several families in Parkdale are gearing up to hold yard sales during the Memorial Day weekend and all are encouraging more Upper Valley residents to join in.

Kindergarten roundup is slated for May 6-10

The Hood River County School District will hold their annual “Kindergarten Roundup” during the week of May 6 - 10, 2013. This is the time for parents to register their children entering kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year.

Sign up soon for soccer camp, tryouts

Eagle Youth Soccer Camp; Competitve youth soccer tryouts

Horizon baseball, track and field wind down

Hawks remain winless in league play; Track team preps for district meet

Horizon Christian School had a couple of more baseball comebacks last week, but they weren’t enough for the Hawks to end their league losing skid.

Rodriguez leads HRV track

Senior runner wins event, sets conference time-to-beat

Saturday’s Summit Invitational track meet brought 12 teams from across central Oregon to Bend Saturday for one of the last major meets of the season before district and state championships later this month

Cascade Locks launches 18-hole disc golf course

On Port property, course is addition to recent biking and windsports access

If you are a fan of the popular and quickly growing sport of disc golf, the Columbia River Gorge is a great place to be. The Dalles, Hood River, North Bonneville and now, Cascade Locks, with the opening of The Locks Approach course, all have public disc golf courses.

CRC rivalry key to final standings

HRV Baseball, softball teams battle head-to-head with The Dalles

The Hood River Valley High School varsity softball team played to a 3-0 win and a 4-1 loss on the road Saturday against The Dalles-Wahtonka.

Rally race returns

Weekend race in Hood River, Wasco counties

The 2013 Rally America National Championship comes to the Gorge May 3-5 in the annual Oregon Trail Rally stage of the racing series.

Next Door Inc. announces family photo contest

To celebrate “Oregon Parenting Education Week,” May 19-25, the Columbia Gorge Parenting Education Program of The Next Door is having a photo contest.

An awkward comedy reflects on human foibles

Get ready to “feel the awkward”.

Sternwheeler Days seeks vendors for festival in Cascade Locks

The Columbia Gorge Lions Club is seeking vendors for the 2013 Sternwheeler/Portage Days Festival to be held in Cascade Locks June 28-30.

Hospice hosts butterfly release on May 18 at Jackson Park

The fifth annual Heart of Hospice Foundation Butterfly Release will be held Saturday, May 18, at Jackson Park in Hood River from 3-4 p.m. The butterfly is a universal symbol of hope and resurrection.

Author signs books, leads hike on Friday

A unique hike and book talk combination event on May 3 will feature author William Sullivan, “100 Hikes in NW Oregon and SW Washington,”, who will also be signing his books from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 3rd at Waucoma Bookstore (212 Oak St., Hood River).

CASA offers training May 9 in HR

Columbia Gorge CASA launches its Spring Volunteer training on May 9 in Hood River and invites residents of Hood River County and surrounding areas to consider becoming a CASA volunteer.

Wade, Bredemeier wed

Samantha Wade of Gresham, daughter of David and Kellie Wade of Hood River, married Kevin Bredemeier of Gresham, on July 29, 2012.

Fruit fly could bring record damage in Northwest this year

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The spotted wing drosophila fly, which lays its eggs in fruit and makes it unmarketable, could reach record population levels in the Pacific Northwest this year, according to Oregon State University researchers.

Discovery Center hosts Roosevelt dinner

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents living history performer Joe Wiegand as Theodore Roosevelt, May 14 at 6 p.m.

Sheriff Log for May 1

April 21 to 28

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Photo of the day: Flowers in the field

Atop York Hill, mustard flowers frame a cloud capped Mt. Hood.

Friday, April 26

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Cuts loom for Hood River County schools

New superintendent Dan Goldman hears sobering news, praises district

Joyful sounds of fifth graders playing ukeleles gave way to somber tones of serious budget cut news at Wednesday’s meeting of the Hood River County School Board.

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A slice of local life: Nate DeVol: Dog River’s multi-tasker extraordinaire

Walk into Dog River Coffee, and there’s a good chance you’ll be served by owner Nathan DeVol.

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Runner’s story is a triumph amidst tragedy

Inundated by the tragic aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, it would be easy to forget the many stories of hope connected to the run itself.

Oregon Trail Rally visits Gorge

Oregon Trail Rally, Round 3 of the Rally America National Championship, comes to Portland, Hood River and Dufur May 3-5.

‘Transformation’ opens May 9

CAST Theater and Columbia Center for the Arts present Annie Baker’s award winning play: “Circle, Mirror, Transformation,” on May 9.

Adopt-A-Dog’s Going to the Dogs Rummage Sale May 11

The Going to the Dogs Rummage Sale, a fundraiser for Hood River Adopt-A-Dog, will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 9-4 p.m. and Sunday, May 12, from 12-4 p.m. at the Cody Fruit Stand, 3475 Graves Drive in Odell. Sunday is half price day for pet “moms.”

Entertainment Update for April 27

FISH benefit May 4 at The Pines; Flamenco dance at Gallery 301; Bunzow Band, more at Bingen Theater April 27; Roosevelt Dinner Theatre at Discovery Center May 14; ‘Troubadours’ visit April 26

Volunteers at Arts Center needed

The Columbia Center for the Arts needs you! Volunteers are needed for several events in May.

School budget: A wrinkle among the tough choices

A stark reality surrounds the pending budget for the Hood River County School District.

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Letters to the Editor for April 27

Porn prudence; Johnson missing in action?; Waterfront needs you; more

Teammates rally around teen

Two Cystic Fibrosis fundraisers planned April 28, May 4-5

Courtney Erikson is a softball player. She understands that no one player succeeds without the help and support of their teammates and that every homerun is the result of each player’s contributions towards a unified goal.

Sheriff Log for April 27

April 14 to 22

Heart of Hospice hosts butterfly release

The fifth annual Heart of Hospice Foundation Butterfly Release will be held Saturday, May 18, at Jackson Park in Hood River from 3-4 p.m. The butterfly is a universal symbol of hope and resurrection.

Death Notice for April 27

Donna Sharkey

HRV tennis takes on Hermiston, The Dalles

Hood River Valley High School varsity girls tennis traveled to Hermiston Monday for a makeup meet against the Bulldogs; an earlier-scheduled meeting between the two teams was canceled due to bad weather

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Crunch time for HRV lacrosse

Boys and girls teams face must-win stretch of season

A hard-fought but disappointing 12-10 loss at home Tuesday against the Central Catholic Rams and a 9-5 win Thursday at Cleveland puts Hood River Valley High School varsity boys lacrosse in a tight spot as the regular season quickly comes to a close.

Sports Briefs for April 27

Hershey’s Track Meet Saturday; Eagle youth soccer camp; Competitive Youth Soccer Tryouts; Dry Hollow Vineyard hosts Home At Last 3K/5K benefit ; Hawks baseball loses close game

HRV track shines in dual at The Dalles-Wahtonka

Hood River Valley High School Track and Field went head to head against The Dalles-Wahtonka Tuesday afternoon on Eagle-Indian turf. Highlights below include a new school record in the discus, set by freshman Sebastian Barajas, with a distance of 149’8”.

Kids yoga offered

Kids can connect with history in a fun new way through The History Museum’s special new childrens program –History through Yoga!

Fun stuff for kids: Who says there’s nothing to do around here?

From comic books to soccer, here are four fun upcoming events for local kids:

Tuesday, April 23

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Earth Day, waterfront cleanup draw crowds

With volunteer workers edging over a hundred adults plus innumerable child-helpers, the Earth Day celebration and Waterfront park cleanup event on Saturday simultaneously brought smiles to faces and much-needed order to park landscaping.

City Council hears park concerns, roadway issues

Monday’s city council meeting brought new information tied to two large proposals — the Naito development at Nichols Boat Basin and a proposed annexation of Westcliff Drive into city boundary lines — and a small contingent of city residents alarmed about maintenance cuts now under way at nine city-owned parks.

Register to vote deadline April 30

Special districts election May 21

April 30 is the last day to register to vote for the Hood River County Special Districts election on May 21.

Patterson and Bofferding lead Speech-Debate to third at State

Public Forum duo repeats as titlists, advances to nationals

With some competitions, it’s “all in the wrist,” or “all in your head.”

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Little League: Uniting a community

57 teams start local Little League season with positive energy

Hood River native Raquel VanNatta stepped up to the mound at Jim Winters Memorial Field, took aim at niece Madelynn Trujillo’s glove and tossed the opening pitch of the Little League season on a sunny Saturday morning surrounded by more than a dozen teams from the Hood River township.

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‘Adventures’ arrive in Hood River

Safari inspires book, vision leads to new publishing business

Joe O’Neill stands tall, wears a good-natured smile and hides a twinkle of mischief in his eyes — appropriate for a man who has experienced real-life adventures in both literal and high-tech jungles before making his home in Hood River.

Neitzel to leave HRVHS post

Hood River Valley High School Principal Karen Neitzel announced last week that she will be leaving her position as principal at the end of the school year. She has accepted a position as dean of studies at the ‘Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii, for the 2013-14 school year.

Parkdale Grange dinner funds stolen

After a long day’s work sharing some home-cooked meals with visitors and locals alike, the Parkdale Grange found itself the victim of an unknown thief after the Blossom Fest gathering wrapped up on Saturday

County to bolster flagging DA funds

‘Reverse 9-1-1’ and building ordinance also fill long agenda

Repairs have been made but there’s just a trickle of trouble with the Oak Grove water, meaning the boil-water order remains in place for an unknown length of time for Oak Grove Water District patrons.

OSP starts new recruiting round

Oregon State Police (OSP) will be accepting applications to hire another group for Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper positions starting April 29, using the State of Oregon’s E-Recruit electronic application system. The recruitment is necessary as OSP continues moving forward with hiring to fill vacant positions during the next year because many long-time troopers have retired over the last few years.

Helping Hands hosts free event Thursday

Helping Hands Against Violence honors three individuals and one community group Thursday at a free event at Springhouse Cellars.

Diamond Fruit celebrates centennial with open house April 24

Diamond Fruit Company hosts an open house on April 24, celebrating its centennial.

Kids’ Gorge Soup applications accepted through April 30

Deadline extended for community granting event

Kids, got a business or community activity idea?

Ten locals compete in Friday’s Tongue Twister Tournament

The third-annual SMART Tongue Twister Tournament will be held Friday.

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Entertainment Update for April 24

‘Groove for Thought’ April 26; Swing with the Sinfonietta; New Orleans jazz at Elks May 4; Art Krug at The Pines April 26; Smiley at CEBU Lounge; Stillman at Gallery 301

ANOTHER VOICE: PERS reform critical to education in Oregon

My father was a general contractor, as I am. So I learned at a young age that you can’t build a lasting house without first setting a firm foundation.

ANOTHER VOICE: State should deny coal project permits

As elected officials in the Columbia River Gorge, we are frequently asked to weigh in on projects that affect our local quality of life. Few, however, present such potentially adverse economic and environmental effects as the continuing expansion of coal shipments.

Letters to the Editor for April 24

Budget plans disappoint; Kids called to ‘Soup’

Public Records: Circuit Court for April 24

March 13 to April 17

Mosier School Board has two openings

There are two open seats on the Mosier Community School Board. Both seats have two-year terms. Candidate forms are available in the MCS office.

CGCC accreditation process reaches milestone

Evaluation findings presented today; college has until July to respond

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities evaluation visit to Columbia Gorge Community College April 22-24, represents a critical milestone in a seven-year journey that began Aug. 8, 2006, when the college’s board of directors directed the institution to pursue independent accreditation.

PET OF THE WEEK: Brody is ‘one goofy, goofy boy’

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

Death Notice for April 24

Janis Arthur

HRV baseball sweeps 5A No. 3

The Hood River Valley High Eagles baseball team faced the No. 3-ranked team in the state Saturday in a doubleheader matchup versus the Hermiston Bulldogs in which the outcome was crucial to their goal of being a top contender for the Columbia River Conference title.

Outdoor News: Get ready for trout season

For the last several weeks, I’ve been preparing for trout season. Of course, there has been no small amount of encouragement; our two boys (I mean young men; sons Wade and Blake are now 20 and 23), remembering all the fun we had last year reminded me they’d like to go again

Wells’ homer propels Eagles to league win

Varsity girls split Saturday doubleheader with Hermiston

In order to stay in the running for the Columbia River Conference title, the Hood River Valley High Eagles softball team faced a must-win situation in Saturday’s home doubleheader versus the Hermiston Bulldogs.

Beyond ‘bush regattas’: CGRA readies for another world-class sailing season

Columbia Gorge Racing Association started in the 1990s as a group of friends who came to Cascade Locks in the summer to sail dinghies and hold impromptu races they dubbed “bush regattas.”

Kegler's Corner: Nancy Asai rolls 299 game

In recent Fraternal league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes, Nancy Asai continued her blistering assault on the sticks with another out-of-body performance on the lanes. She led all scoring for men and women in league action for the second week in a row with a nifty 725 three-game series that was capped by a prodigious 299 game. To quote the great Yoda, “Oh, so close to perfection, that second game was.”

Roller Girls head north

The Gorge Roller Girls All-Star team is traveling north this weekend to represent the Gorge in Spokarnage: A roller derby tournament.

Pietro’s ‘Lockup’ and Dutch Bros. help MDA

Last week’s MDA Lockup event in Hood River reaped $20,000.

FFA fifth annual Steak feed and silent auction are Saturday

The Hood River Valley FFA Chapter is gearing up for its fifth-annual steak feed and silent auction to be held in the Hood River Valley High School Cafeteria and Commons on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m

65 HRVHS students donate a day’s labor

The annual Hood River Valley High School Community Work Day on April 15 inspired 65 student participants to give service across the valley.

Earth Day, waterfront cleanup draw crowds

With volunteer workers edging over a hundred adults plus innumerable child-helpers, the Earth Day celebration and Waterfront park cleanup event on Saturday simultaneously brought smiles to faces and much-needed order to park landscaping.

‘Power to the People’ workshop May 5

“History from Below: Power to the People” is an interactive workshop that invites participants to explore the moments when passionate, principled or simply fed-up people from rural Oregon (Wasco County in particular) have banded together in hopes of changing the course of history at the local, state or national level.

Mid Valley News: Register for May 21 ‘Soccer Shootout’

The Hood River County Fairgrounds will host a Ranch Sorting and Team Penning clinic May 4. The Ranch Sorting clinic starts at 9 a.m. and costs $45.

Showdown in gopher gulch

When I was a kid, there were few things I hated worse than having to spend a weekend afternoon mowing my parents’ lawn, so I have to admit it’s a little perverse that I get pleasure from ordering my own kids to do the same.

FAMILIES READ: First Book promotes literacy

First Book-Hood River County recently awarded six book grants for a total of 2,719 books to be distributed by local organizations to 501 children/youth in the community.

Soennichsen to present at library on April 28

Waucoma Bookstore and the Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute are hosting author John Soennichsen for an event at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at the Hood River County Library Jeanne Marie Gaulke downstairs meeting room. Soennichsen will be discussing

Friday, April 19

It's Blossom Fest Weekend!

Your Guide to Blossom Fest is available in the April 20 edition of the Hood River News and here online.

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Coal train opponents give ultimatum, railroad says suit is ‘without merit’

Columbia Riverkeeper and several other conservation groups have issued an ultimatum to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad: Clean up coal debris along the tracks or face a lawsuit.

A runner writes: At Boston, ‘we cried for a different reason’

Mike Gangwer was running his 199th marathon on April 15 when the explosions went off near the finish line.

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A slice of local life: Wy’East Chief Greg Borton: Here to help people

Wy’East Fire District Chief Greg Borton wears only one firefighter’s helmet these days, but it wasn’t long ago that he wore, figuratively, two.

Garden Symposium at HRMS

A special event will be offered April 22 for Gorge students who seek to learn the science behind our food system. The “Every Day is Earth Day: School Garden Symposium” will be held on the campus of Hood River Middle School.

3K-5K Vineyard Run is May 4 in The Dalles

Dry Hollow Vineyards winery presents the 2013 Gorge Vineyard 3K/5K Run-Walk on May 4 at 10 a.m., a benefit for Home at Last.

Skier dies at Mt. Hood

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a skier at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort on April 14.

Mentors bring success to local youth, community

There are 15 teens in the Gorge who can now boast something not many others can say they have: a mentor.

CG Hotel is host to Northwest Wine Summit

Parks Redwine is summit’s founder and wine importer who sets up a flight of secrets to the trade

There’s more than fruit, grapes, honey and grain that goes into the Northwest Wine Summit, April 18-20 in Hood River.

Art of Movement’ April 20

“Art of Movement” will showcase a wide range of dance and movement. This year brings exciting new works from the Columbia Gorge Dance Academy’s Company Dancers.

Get thee to the library!

Celebrate that spoony bard, Shakespeare's birthday with Hood River County Library District from April 23-27. Enjoy a week of special events at Hood River Library celebrating the world famous playwright.

‘Our Town’ staged reading April 21 at HR Library

Hood River County Library presents staged readings from Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” Sunday, April 21 from 2-4.

White Salmon River film; NW mining issues discussed April 26

April 26 beginning at 7 p.m., a Portland filmmaker, a Texas journalist and a Hood River author will each present recent work examining the good, bad and ugly within the Columbia River watershed.

Entertainment Update for April 20

Bunzow Band, more at Bingen Theater April 27; Earth Day Clean-up April 20; FISH benefit at White Buffalo; Jazz, Flamenco at Gallery 301; ‘Women in the Dirt’ April 24; Groove Project at Naked Winery; Scott Law at CEBU Lounge; MacMillan plays Sunshine Mill

ANOTHER VOICE: Happy 2013 Environmental Health Specialist Day

On April 22, Oregon celebrates “Environmental Health Specialist Day.” This annually celebrated day occurs every fourth Monday in April to celebrate the hard work performed by environmental health specialists in Oregon and across the country.

Big Weekend: Celebrate Blossom Festival, Earth Day

Earth Day’s traditional high-profile event in Hood River, Procession of the Species, is in hiatus this year, but plenty of other activities are offered on and around the April 22 observance. (For a full list, see our guide to Blossom Festival and Earth Day events, inserted in this edition.)

Letters to the Editor for April 25

Parks need maintenance; Many are concerned; Boxed-up thinking

Hood River Reads wraps up April 25

First of two Gorge book events

The Hood River Library hosts two author events featuring books that focus on the Gorge and its history.

Benefit April 27 for Rebecca Gustafson

Four-year-old will undergo transplant

On Saturday, April 27, there will be a fundraiser to benefit 4-year-old Rebecca Gustafson, who will be traveling to Stanford University to receive a kidney and liver transplant. This will require the family to be in California for two to four months for the procedure, post-operation care and her recovery.

Blue Sock Brigade: UU Warming Shelter supporters honored

During its Sunday service April 14, Hood River’s Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship celebrated the work of 13 members who formed a special team to volunteer regularly at the homeless warming shelter this past winter.

Service Announcement for April 20

Robert Wilson

Death Notices for April 20

William Small; Marsa Routson; Kenneth Dennis; Josef Desch

Volunteers sought to spread a little cheer at Parkhurst

Do you have an open heart and some extra time?

Reunions: Wy’east classes to meet in summer

The Wy’east High School Class of 1963 is planning its 50-year reunion for the weekend of July 20 and 21.

Community garage sale this weekend in Stevenson

Skamania County will hold its seventh annual community garage sale Friday and Saturday at the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, Wash.

Deadline is April 20 for Saturday Market vendors

Hood River Saturday Market is accepting applications until April 20 for new vendors for the 2013 market season, beginning May 4. Even if you have sold at this market in the past, you must fill out a new application each year.

Eagle lacrosse tastes victory as key league games approach

HRV girls beat Central Catholic at home, boys pound Rex Putnam on the road

Taylor Cramer and Lydia McElderry scored four goals each to lead Hood River Valley High School boys and girls lacrosse teams to victory Wednesday evening against squads from Rex Putnam and Central Catholic. The boys went on the road to Milwaukie to face the 5A Kingsmen of the Northwest League while the girls hosted the Rams in the second meeting between the two Portland League schools.

Fults’ record tops HRV track meet

With a sweet thud, a 31-year-old track and field record fell on Tuesday.

HRV baseball, softball teams face key games

Softball team needs to play up to 5A No. 2 ranking; baseball looks for focus with playoff hopes on the line

The Hood River Valley High School varsity girls softball team, ranked No. 2 in the OSAA Class 5A level, hopes to prove that its worthy of such high recognition when the Eagles meet the Hermiston Bulldogs in a Columbia River Conference noon doubleheader Saturday at Westside Elementary.

Sports Briefs for April 20

Little League opening day today; Sign-ups open youth co-ed soccer; Hershey’s Track Meet April 27; Dry Hollow Vineyard hosts Home At Last 3K/5K benefit

Tennis teams swing through season

Big improvement all around was the theme Tuesday after Hood River Valley High School varsity girls tennis team’s narrow loss to Pendleton. Assistant coach Justine Ziegler said, “We saw huge improvements in every one of our girls. They were on a whole other level yesterday and played absolutely beautiful tennis out there.”

Horizon baseball wins against LaSalle Prep

Horizon Christian School snapped a six-game losing streak Tuesday, with a 12-11 win against the LaSalle Prep junior varsity in Milwaukie.

75th annual March of Dimes Walkathon will be May 18

On May 18 at Jackson Park, families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies, the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

Police Log for April 20

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River April 3-15.

Castagnoli speaks on pest management

Steve Castagnoli will speak on “Innovations in Orchard Management to Protect Water Quality in the Hood River Valley” at the next Hood River Watershed Group meeting, 7 p.m. April 23, at the OSU Extension meeting room.

Hospice hosts butterfly release

The fifth-annual Heart of Hospice Foundation Butterfly Release will be held Saturday, May 18, at Jackson Park in Hood River from 3-4 p.m. The butterfly is a universal symbol of hope and resurrection.

HR Council discusses Westcliff annexation

Hood River City Council will take up the issue of annexation of a portion of Westcliff Drive when it meets starting at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

Rotary hosts Wine and Pear Festival in May

Third-annual event raises funds for scholarships

Hood River Rotary renews its annual fundraiser, the Columbia Gorge Wine & Pear Fest, May 18-19 at the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum in Hood River.

Nine HRV Speech-Debate students advance to state

The Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate team achieved historic results in Bend.

Tuesday, April 16

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Gorge residents witnessed Boston bombing

Lisa Rust, Emmons family share stories from the finish line

As stalwart runners from around the world crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon on April 15, the first bomb went off, according to national news reports, at 2:50 p.m. EST with a second blast following just 13 seconds later.

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Baby Niko couldn’t wait

Niko Peterson was in a big hurry Sunday. So much that all 7 pounds, 1 ounce of him demanded an early entry into the world. Niko was born in his parents’ car on Sunday at 10:35 a.m. on State Street near 10th.

April 19-22: Blossom Festival, Earth Day

Blossom Festival

LUBA rules on Naito

Ruling cites for errors by city in waterfront decision

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals recently issued a ruling that will require the Hood River City Council to address several land use planning “errors” made when the city approved an application to develop a hotel and commercial building complex at the Hood River waterfront near exit 62.

In Boston, a text message brings ‘true relief’: Amidst panic, Emmons family finds each other

Panicked crowds and no phone service added to the fears for a Hood River family separated just yards away at the time of the Boston bombings.

Oregon jobless rate dips slightly

Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in March and 8.3 percent in February and 8.2 percent in March. This is Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since October 2008 when the rate was 7.7 percent.

Wy’east and HR middle schools compete in state Battle of Books

District winner Wy’east takes eighth place

Salem – Wy’east Middle School advanced to the top eight in the state championships at the Oregon Battle of the Books on Saturday. The team includes Douglas Asai, Jake Bromham, Jesse Wiley, Symeon Walker and Ruben Gonzaga, coached by David Sacquety.

Bald for Bux: CenturyLink workers are shorn’uf caring

A simple brainstorming session between CenturyLink Hood River’s Jaclyn Miller and Heather McClain has turned into a $3,370 fundraiser in support of coworker Tiffany Baumgarten.

Entertainment Update for April 17

FISH benefit at White Buffalo; Jazz, Flamenco at Gallery 301; ‘Women in the Dirt’ April 24; Groove Project at Naked Winery; Scott Law at CEBU Lounge; MacMillan plays Sunshine Mill

‘Our Town’ starts Centennial Celebration April 21

Hood River County Library presents staged readings from Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” Sunday, April 21 from 2-4.

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‘Once Upon a Mattress’ at Horizon

Horizon Christian School presents its sixth-annual spring musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” beginning Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the school’s church sanctuary.

Flags Lowered: Boston bombing victims

Gov. John Kitzhaber on Tuesday ordered all flags at public institutions statewide to immediately be lowered and flown at half-staff until sunset on Saturday, April 20.

Letters to the Editor for April 17

Dustless Gorge; One simple solution; Support forPERS reform; What works?

Death Notice for April 17

Henrietta Willey

PET OF THE WEEK: Dayley is ‘snuggly and devoted’

PET OF THE WEEK This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Dayley as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:


The Wy’east High School Class of 1963; The Wy’east High School class of 1968; The Wy’east High School Class of 1969

Ranger District announces office closure

The Hood River Ranger District Office will be closed April 30 through May 4 due to construction issues related to the office installing a new HVAC system. This is part of an ongoing renovation of the Hood River District office building.

Lyle Lions collecting for ‘White Cane Day’ May 4 to benefit sight, hearing

Each year during the month of May, the Lyle Lions Club has a “White Cane” awareness day to help raise funds for the Pacific Northwest Lions Foundation.

Dominguez tops HRV wrestling post-season with Greco state title

Hood River Valley High School heavyweight Brandon Dominguez got retribution over the weekend at the Oregon high school Greco-Roman and Freestyle Wrestling Championships. After a disappointing district result earlier this year in which he failed to qualify for the OSAA state championships, Dominguez, a senior, earned All-America honors by winning a state Greco-Roman title Sunday and finishing second in the freestyle tournament on Saturday.

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Gorge Roller Girls rock home bout

The Gorge Roller Girls hosted the Southern Oregon Rollergirls of Medford Saturday night at Hood River Valley High School in a hard-hitting and action-packed bout that brought the hundreds of fans in the bleachers to their feet for a standing ovation after it was over.

National champ

Hannah Bergemann brings home USASA gold

After winning the girls combined Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state freestyle title this winter, Hannah Bergemann traveled last week to the USA Snowboard and Freeski Association National Championships at Copper Mountain, Colo.

Sports Briefs for April 17

Little League opening day is Saturday; Sign-ups open for 11-13, 14-16 co-ed soccer; Two teams remain undefeated in Gorge Hoops League; Hawks still winless in league games; ICMGA holds Spring Handicap tourney

Waller, Keuchmann lead HRV golf teams in action

Hood River Valley High School boys and girls golf teams had tournament play Thursday; the boys hosted a Columbia River Conference preview event with The Dalles-Wahtonka, Hermiston and Pendleton while the girls traveled to Pendleton for a tournament of their own.

‘Nuf fun’?

Third ‘Tongue Twister’ event

Tongue Twister Tournament is back.

Long time employees talk about ‘a family place’ to work

Diamond turns 100

ODELL — Diamond Fruit Growers is just part of the neighborhood for three employees with 40-plus years with the company.

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Diamond turns 100

Fruit packing house opens doors to public April 24

One of Hood River’s biggest, and oldest, businesses is holding a little party. Diamond Fruit Company hosts an open house on April 24, celebrating its centennial.

An interview with company president David Garcia

Diamond chief says members’ belief in co-op has not wavered with the ups and downs

Wyoming native David Garcia has been with Diamond for more than a third of its existence, including the last three years as president, and chief financial officer for 10 years before that. He started as an entry-level accountant in 1978, a few years after graduating from University of Wyoming.

Merz, Gingrich are married

Dresden Marie Merz and Casey Benjamin Gingrich, both of Vancouver, Wash., were married Sept. 22, 2012, at Laurelbrook in White Salmon, Wash. Dr. Gary Gingrich officiated. Madison Wood, niece of the bride, was flower girl.

Arts Center accepts NW Plein Air applications

Columbia Center for the Arts is accepting artist applications for its annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air Paint Out and Exhibition.

HRVHS holds Class of 2017 open house

The class of 2017 — students who will be ninth-graders next year at Hood River Valley High School — are invited, with their parents, to an open house on April 18 from 5-8 p.m.

PARKDALE NEWS: Enjoy friends and fun at Casino Night

The Mt. Hood Town Hall’s Enchanted Evening fundraiser was a huge success thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the event, put it on or who donated items.

Roots and Branches: Finding the golden egg, at any age

Easter is a holiday celebrated by Christians and pagans alike; Christians celebrate rebirth and resurrection, while pagans honor Eostre, the Goddess of Spring.

HISTORY MUSEUM BLOG: Museum needs your help to diversify exhibits

Yesterday afternoon I finally had a few moments to sit at my desk and plan out the cast for the 2013 Cemetery Tales performance. I am almost a month behind schedule on this annual program, but we will hopefully be ready to announce the date and the full cast by next week and then we’ll begin research and costume design.

Sheriff Log for April 17

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River April 7-14.

Rocky Mtn. Elk event set April 27 at Armory

The North Central Oregon Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is hosting its 24th annual fundraising banquet in Hood River on April 27 at the National Guard Armory in Hood River, beginning at 5 p.m.

Blossom Fair, Quilt Show return to Odell April 20-21

Among acres of bountiful blossoms in the orchards of the Hood River valley, two of the Hood River Blossom Festival’s most popular events — the Blossom Craft Show and the Blossom Fest Quilt Show — return April 20-21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

4-H sees big growth, thanks its leaders

Oregon Statte University 4-h held its leadership appreciation banquet Sunday, following at successful 2012. The event was held at Hood River County Fairgrounds.

Friday, April 12

Groups sue over coal in Columbia

A handful of environmental groups announced last week they intend to sue BNSF railroad and several coal export companies after finding coal in and near local waterways which they say is from improperly secured loads of coal trains haul through the Gorge every day.

HRV e-cars ready to roll

Saturday race on streets of downtown Hood River

A block of downtown Hood River streets will be closed for a few hours Saturday morning as racers from across the state compete in the annual Hood River Apple Open Electrathon Car Rally. The race, of high school students and adults, will take place on a half-mile stretch of street in the Columbia/Industrial Avenue area of town circling the Full Sail Brewing building.

Expert recommends changes to school finance oversight

Says department needs better communication; more people involved

The Hood River County School District recently hired a consultant to review its financial department’s processes, after learning in February that last year’s expenditures exceeded its budget by $1.4 million.

Catch artists in their element on Studio Tour

The shape of an artistic life is unique to each person, and for Karen Watson of Hood River, shape is the basis of everything.

A slice of local life: Apple Valley artist creates homemade perfection

The sweet aroma of delicious dark purple berries bubbling on the stove. Vibrant patterned fabric aprons and purses hanging gaily from antique wooden racks. Delectable pies of every variety calling out, tempting, from inviting display cases.

‘Mastery of Aging Well’ class series offered

Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles campus, is offering a series of classes on aging. The OSU “Mastery of Aging Well” course will be offered in a five-session series; each one consisting of a 45-minute online training followed by an hour question Q&A period with a local expert on the topic. Each will also provide information on local resources and take-home activities.

High school robotic teams present at Tech Alliance

April 17 meeting at Springhouse open to community

The Gorge Technology Alliance invites the community to the April 17 networking event to celebrate and explore the robotics education happening in two regional high schools: Goldendale and Hood River Valley.

Class of 2017 open house

The class of 2017 — students who will be ninth-graders next year at Hood River Valley High School — are invited, with their parents, to an open house on April 18 from 5-8 p.m.

Crash at county building proves fatal

An elderly man driving a gold Subaru Legacy crashed into a GMC Sierra truck parked in front of the Hood River County Administration building at 601 State St. on Thursday, at 4:04 p.m.

Auditions for ‘Shrek’ musical April 16-18

Auditions for the Hood River Valley High School’s fall production of the musical “Shrek” will be April 16, 17 and 18 from 3:15-5:15 p.m.

Entertainment Update for April 13

‘Troubadour Camp’ visits Hood River April 26; The Don Stiernberg Trio at The Pines Tasting Room; HR Jazz Theater April 12; MacMillan plays Sunshine Mill; Rich Wilkins Blues Band schedule;‘Art of Movement’ April 20

Chamber of commerce welcomes all

The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to springtime in Hood River County!

Newspaper 101: Out of the mouths of babes come the best questions and comments

That was the case a couple of weeks ago when about 2,000 Westside fifth graders visited the Hood River News (there really weren’t 2,000, it just seemed that way). They toured our State Street printing plant and then peppered me with questions. The students provided more feedback once back at school, by writing more questions and comments which they then forwarded on to me.

Letters to the Editor for April 13

Obama’s law; March of Dimes; Finding balance; more

EMO to honor Gorge Ecumenical Ministries

Gorge Ecumenical Ministries will be presented with the “Ecumenical Service Award” at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Annual Community Awards and Celebration Dinner April 25. The award is presented in recognition of GEM’s special achievements in hope-inspiring, life-enhancing, ecumenical community ministry.

Man found dead at park

Oregon State Police, with the assistance of the medical examiner, is investigating the cause of death of an adult male found shortly after midnight Wednesday morning by an OSP trooper in a vehicle parked off Interstate 84 west of Hood River.

Highway 35 to undergo construction

The Oregon Department of Transportation is planning to improve Highway 35 between the northern end of Cooper Spur Road (milepost 85) and the southern end of Neal Creek Road (milepost 91). The contractor will re-pave this section and install rumble strips in an effort to improve safety and reduce crashes.

Service Announcement for April 13

Carl Perron

Death Notice for April 13

Robert Wilson

How to Help for April 13

FISH food bank building project; Parkhurst House Senior Living Community; Next Door seeks foster parents; Court-Appointed Special Advocate Training; Lyle Lions collecting for ‘White Cane Day’

Ways to celebrate Earth Day in the Gorge

Gorge Owned (GO!) and dozens of partners and sponsors invite residents from around the Gorge to participate in 2013 Gorge Earth Day. GO! is coordinating a community-wide celebration that includes Hands-to-Work volunteer projects, kids activities at Hood River Waterfront Park, the annual Community Pride Cleanup in Bingen and a party at Springhouse Cellar.

Sports Briefs for April 13

HR Little League month meeting April 17; Join HRCF, HRATS in trail work parties

Hawks still winless in league

The long ball on Tuesday and base on balls on Thursday led to two more losses for the Horizon Christian School baseball team.

Girls lax leaves it all on the field in double overtime loss vs. Wilson

Hood River Valley High School girls lacrosse played to an exciting double-overtime finish Wednesday evening against a tenacious and undefeated Wilson squad. The Trojans scored first in the final sudden-death period to nab the 9-8 win on HRV turf and maintain their standing atop the Portland League’s leaderboard.

HRV girls sweep TDW tennis

Hood River Valley High School varsity girls tennis won all but one match Tuesday afternoon in a home pairing against The Dalles Wahtonka.

With ‘monkey off their back’, Eagles begin league play

HRV baseball beats Corvallis 9-8 in last non-league game

The Hood River Valley Eagles baseball team utilized error free defense, strong pitching and an explosive offense to get a big win in its final nonleague contest. Ryan Colesar’s game-winning RBI single helped propel the Eagles to a 9-8 victory over the Corvallis Spartans Thursday at Hood River Valley High.

Wednesday, April 10

Skamania County Community Garage Sale April 19-20

Annual event benefits Eagles Lodge 1744

Tuesday, April 9

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City rules on County Club Road issues

Flood plain concerns dominate Naito waterfront project talks

Two large projects at opposite ends of the city were the focus of attention at the Hood River City Council meeting on April 8.

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Meet the artists in Gorge Studio Tour this weekend

The 2013 Gorge Artists Studio Tour featuring 29 regional artists in oil, watercolor, pastel, ceramics, glass, sculpture, jewelry, fabric and more, takes place April 12, 13 and 14.

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Students host April 11 fashion show and auction

Teen talent abounds at Hood River Valley High School, and some of that creativity will fill the Columbia Center for the Arts Thursday evening.

‘Here in the Gorge’ airs on Radio Tierra

Here in the Gorge airs on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. on Radio Tierra with hosts Gale Arnold and Susan Hess.

Education groups offer scholarships

Pi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma, announces it ismaking available a $750 scholarship to an educator having five years or less experience within a Sherman, Wasco, or Hood River County school.

Town Hall presents ‘Enchanted Evening’

Town Hall presents The Mt. Hood Town Hall is ready to host its annual fundraiser, “Enchanted Evening,” on April 13.

Training scheduled April 17 for HR Voucher Program

Last year more than 500 individuals sought a helping hand through the Hood River Emergency Voucher Program: About 200 of those were children.

Next Door, GGFN receive grants

At the March program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust’s board of trustees awarded two grants totaling approximately $313,000 to nonprofit organizations in the Columbia Gorge.

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Jim Drake's Entertainment Blog: All she wants to do is dance

Except for a brief introduction to East Coast Swing a few years ago, I’m pretty much in the “two left feet” category as far as dancing goes. What I’ve noticed, though, is if people congregate in a place that has music, especially live music, the one thing you can count on is folks will dance.

Entertainment Update for April 10

Bunzow Band, more at Bingen Theater April 27; Paris Slim at Clocktower April 14; ‘1939,’ more at CEBU Lounge; Truck Mills at Pint Shack April 10

ANOTHER VOICE: Library board of directors: We need you!

The porn topic returns a year later. Yes, there have been letters written, people stabbing each other in “letters to the editor” and making extreme comments about “Nazism” etc., but let’s look at some facts. I would like to challenge our library board of directors to do some research and get back to the community regarding our valid concerns. Here are some things I found:

Blossom Time: A festival for everyone

Starting this weekend, it’s time to celebrate Blossom Festival.

Letters to the Editor for April 10

Drink cold to get warm; Sing for your supper; Kudos to Follies; more

Sunnyside man dies in I-84 crash

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into the cause of Saturday morning’s single-vehicle traffic crash along Interstate 84 about 5 miles east of The Dalles that resulted in the death of an adult male and injuries to two other occupants.

Sheriff Log for April 10

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River April 1-8.

DEQ seeks public comment on landfill

The Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to renew the Solid Waste Closure Permit for the Hood River Landfill for a 10-year period. The renewal is open to public comment

Death Notice for April 10

Margaret Love

Agencies offer free boat inspections

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites recreational boaters to a free vessel safety inspection at Columbia Hills State Park from 7 a.m. to noon April 27.

Students support Hood River Marine; learn to be grateful

Jonathan Pablik, 23, a Marine veteran, captivated fourth-graders at Chenowith Elementary School in The Dalles, using his military training last week to hold their attention.

CRITFC Enforcement Chief Davis Washines to retire in August

Citing medical reasons, Davis Washines, also known as Yellowash, has decided to retire in August 2013 as chief of police from the Hood River-based Columbia River Fisheries Enforcement Department, a position that he has held since March 8, 2010.

‘Biggest Winners’ share their secrets

1st Place Team: Duckwall Fruit Co.; 1st Place Individual: Sharon Vink

Sharon Vink has participated in the Biggest Winner individual contest before, taking second place. This year, she’s taken first, with a total weight loss of 16.3 percent.

HRV baseball splits with Bend, will play Pendleton in league opener

Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball traveled to Bend this weekend for a doubleheader against the 5A Intermountain Conference Lava Bears. In the opening game, the Eagles fell behind 3-1 in the second inning but chipped away with a total of 12 hits in seven innings to finish with a 9-3 win. The second game went the way of the Bears, who capitalized on four HRV errors to finish with a 3-2 win despite being outhit by their opponent.

Hawks drop two in Heppner doubleheader

Heppner took advantage of walks and Horizon errors to sweep the Hawks 8-3 and 12-5 in a District 6 baseball doubleheader Saturday at Kramer Field in The Dalles.

Horizon track jumps into season

Bloomster takes first in long jump at Condon/Wheeler

Horizon Christian School’s track and field team is up and running in its second year competing in the sport. The squad traveled to the Condon/Wheeler Invitational Saturday for the first meet of the season, where the boys team finished ninth out of 14 and the girls finished 10th out of 12 teams.

Ready for adventure? Try Big Winds SUP Race Team

Open to area youth ages 12-19, new paddlers welcome, boards available

The Big Winds Stand Up Paddle Race Team is now accepting applications for the 2013 summer season. Now in its third year, Team Big Winds is made up of a select group of kids, ages 12-19, who are interested in SUP racing. Team Big Winds has established itself as the premier youth SUP race team in the U.S., with podium finishes at events all over the West Coast and Mexico.

Eagles continue streak with two Bend victories

HRV varsity girls 10-1 going into league schedule

After winning eight straight to improve its record to 10-1, perhaps the sky is the limit this eason for the high-flying Hood River Valley High Eagles softball team. HRV, ranked seventh in the OSAA Class 5A level, showed it’s deserving of high recognition after sweeping a doubleheader 11-1 and 8-5 over the Bend Lava Bears (3-6) Saturday.

Emerald isle enchants HRV singers with a bejeweled journey and a bit’o mischief

The inspiring quote above, often misattributed as the U.S. Postal Service motto, is fitting to describe the Hood River Valley High School Chamber Singers’ recent adventures in Ireland during a nine-day performance tour.

Gorge Grown sponsors CSA Farm Open House April 17

Gorge Grown Food Network invites the public to come meet local farmers and ranchers at the second annual CSA Farm Open House at Dog River Coffee in Hood River, Wednesday, April 17, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Area leaders go ‘behind bars’ to support MDA

More than 100 business and civic leaders from throughout the Hood River area will be “arrested” and put “behind bars” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock-Up fundraiser on Wednesday, April 17.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Blossom craft show returns April 20-21

The Blossom Craft Show returns to the fairgrounds in Odell April 20-21, and includes more than 100 vendors, filled with all manner of food, plants, arts and crafts and wine tastings.

CASCADE OBSERVATIONS: A reminder to ‘cast kindness’

It’s a familiar sight: a large display ad, filled with columns of names, taking up nearly half a page in a local newspaper. These ads proliferate during election seasons, powerful visual statements in support or opposition to an issue or a candidate.

Reunion: Wy’east High School Class of 1963

The Wy’east High School Class of 1963 is planning its 50-year reunion for the weekend of July 20 and 21. The event will open with a banquet Saturday evening at the Best Western Hood River Inn and will end with a Sunday potluck picnic at Toll Bridge Park.

Gorge Grown Farmers Market begins new season on May 2

Check out the Gorge Grown Farmers Market weekly for fresh fruits, veggies, grass-fed beef, cut flowers, cheeses, fresh salmon, bread, eggs and more, from 4-7 p.m. every Thursday beginning May 2 at Hood River Middle School on 13th and May streets.

Public Records: Marriage Permits

Feb. 25 to March 28

Feb. 25 to March 28

Words of gratitude from many community sources

“On behalf of the Columbia Gorge Young Life Committee I want to thank all of the people who made the Father/Daughter Dance a huge success,” writes Jeanine Jacobson.

CL Lions help food bank meet Feinstein challenge

The Columbia Gorge Lions Club has donated 200 pounds of food and household items last month to the Cascade Locks food bank, associated with FISH of Hood River County.

A yellow ‘Blues’ winner

The Blues show People’s Choice Award went to watercolor artist Mary Rollins, of The Dalles, for her painting “Yellow Legs.”

Police Log for April 10

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River March 13-April 2.

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Blossom Festival runs April 12-28

Three weekends of scenic beauty and community activity start Friday.

Friday, April 5

Emergency voucher program needs help

More volunteers, money needed to serve community

Last year more than 500 individuals sought a helping hand through the Hood River Emergency Voucher Program: About 200 of those were children.

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A slice of local life: Good News for the Garden — Rhea Hergenrather

As delicate scents waft on softening spring breezes, a stroll through the life’s work of Rhea Hergenrather will bring most visitors a deep sense of wonder and calm.

Johnson crafts official microbe proposal for Brewer’s yeast

Small but potent is the “bug” that could become the Oregon State Microbe, the first designation of its kind in the U.S.

KZAS looks at local music

Musicians Paul Blackburn and Ben Bonham will appear on Here in the Gorge, Radio Tierra’s Tuesday night program, April 9 (KZAS, 95.1 FM Hood River).

Yum Yogurt opens on Oak Street

Andrew’s Pizza and Skylight Theatre and Yum Yogurt represent dinner, a pint and dessert all under one roof.

‘Treat Yourself to Theatre’

Evening involves drama, dessert

Performers from around the Gorge will present a night of theater, and dessert, on April 13, with a staged reading of the one-act play “Cell,” followed by dessert and discussion.

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April 11: A day of fashion and art

Two fundraisers will be held April 11: the annual May Street Lasagna Feed and Art Auction, and the HRV Fashion Show and Art Auction. The events will raise funds for art, fashion and scholarship programs.

‘An Evening with Scott Joplin’ April 12

Join local musicians Roger and Diane Gadway at the Hood River Library on Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. for “An Evening with Scott Joplin.” The Gadways, who perform as the duo 'Gadzukes', will showcase Joplin's music along with a narrative history of his life and the time that gave rise to his compositions.

Romancing the West: A musical and visual journey through time, April 6

Described as a celebration of hope, faith and woven histories of the people of the Great West, Romancing the West tells epic stories of native peoples, explorers and sagas of pioneers — a history that has spanned two centuries.

Entertainment Update for April 6

Music at Springhouse Cellar; Jackstraw at Mt. Hood Meadows; Country Dance April 13; Banff Film Festival returns; House concerts April 6, 12; Auditions for ‘Shrek’ April 16-18; Blues benefit April 7 at The Pines; Volunteers need for April events; Kirkpatrick reads April 7; ‘Quiet Beauty’ release party April 10

Project Graduation: Safe party needs help

Thanks to a group of caring parents, and wide community support, Hood River Valley High School’s Class of 2013 will have a fun and safe graduation party on June 7. The all-night party is held each year at the Hood River Elks Lodge, which donates the space.

ANOTHER VOICE: USDA school nutrition rule bears fruit

The U.S. Department of Agriculture works every day to improve childhood nutrition and combat obesity in order to raise a healthier generation of Americans.

Letters to the Editor for April 6

Be thankful for park; Questions for bank; Not even one vote?

Pet of the Week: Huckleberry is ‘a real hoot’

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

How to help for April 6

FISH food bank building project; Parkhurst House Senior Living Community; Next Door seeks foster parents; Court-Appointed Special Advocate Training; Lyle Lions collecting for ‘White Cane Day’

Native plant sale happens April 5 and 6

Still looking for the perfect low-maintenance plants for your spring planting? You’re in luck!

Tax-Aide continues in three locations

Time is running out for filling out tax returns, and those who need help can find it with volunteers of the AARP Tax-Aide program. The service is available in three Gorge locations: Mondays at the Hood River County Library, Thursdays at the Hood River Valley Adult Center and by appointment at the Pioneer Center in White Salmon.

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Hamada receives flight scholarship

WAAAM joins the Callas Trust in awarding its first flight scholarship

Hood River Valley High School student Eric Hamada has been named as the first recipient of the Callas Trust Flight Scholarship, administered by the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.

Sports Briefs for April 6

Kids Night Out fundraiser April 6; HRVHS baseball troubled by Jesuit squad; Hershey’s Track Meet April 27

Ziegner remains undefeated to lead HRV varsity tennis

Boys and girls teams have bright spots despite losing to Pendleton

Scottie Ziegner continued his unbeaten streak with a 6-1, 6-3 win Tuesday against Pendleton’s Peter Anderton. The Hood River Valley High School varsity boys home tennis match Tuesday went to the Buckaroos 5-3, with Ziegner winning the only singles dual of the afternoon and the other two wins coming from doubles pairs Billy Edwards/Patrick Humann and Jonathan Hale/Nate Miller.

As spring waters fluctuate, change location and tactics to find fish

I just returned from the north Oregon Coast, near Tillamook, where friends and I spent multiple days chasing steelhead on rivers where the water levels were high and the water clarity ranged from that fishy looking steelhead green to approaching brown in color. Since we were fishing from a drift boat, our plan was to target rivers like the Wilson, Trask, Nestucca and Kilches. Not to be detoured when the water conditions were less than perfect, we simply changed our location and fishing methods to match the water conditions.


Tuesday’s 10-0 blowout can go on the books as a slugfest for the Hood River Valley High School varsity softball team. The Eagles, now 8-1, hosted the winless Mt. View Cougars of Bend in a dominating six-inning rout highlighted by nine strikeouts for pitcher Kayla Byers, three runs by Hallie Curtis, two hits each from Curtis, Byers and Amanda McCafferty and two RBI each from Hannah Williams and Breanna Weakly.

Girls lax 1-1 on the road this week

Senior Kristin Lago and freshman Lydia McElderry led the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls lacrosse team to victory Tuesday with five goals each at Central Catholic. The 17-9 win came with help from seniors Kaili Duffy and Kayla Van Hoose, who had three and two goals each and, along with senior Hannah Hurley, provided key leadership in the team’s third win of the season.

HRV lax wins with hard-hitting defense, improved offense

After losing its opening two games, Hood River Valley High School lacrosse picked up key wins at home this week against Hermiston and Wilson high schools. Tuesday’s game was something of a gimme against the new Hermiston lacrosse team; the 5-3 win was earned largely by HRV junior varsity players, who gave the Bulldogs a better matchup than the varsity lineup would have.

Pathways to Health: April 6

Breastfeeding support group meets ; ‘Mastery of Aging Well’ class series offered; Tips on ‘Raising a Child with Down Syndrome’; Learn to be a hospice volunteer

HAHRC BEATS: Public Health is a return on investment

April 1 marked the start of National Public Health Week. The theme of the week is “Public Health is ROI (Return on Investment): Save Lives, Save Money.”

CSA Open House: The farm comes to town

Gorge Grown hosts a CSA Farm Open House on April 17 to call attention to opportunities to support local agriculture.

ASK AN EXPERT: Now that I’ve lost the weight, how can I keep it off?

If you’ve recently lost excess weight, congratulations! It’s an accomplishment that will likely benefit your health now and in the future. Now that you’ve lost weight, let’s talk about some ways to maintain that success.

Wednesday, April 3

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Photo of the Day

A robin rests among fresh cherry blossoms along Reed Road Tuesday evening. With a warm and sunny start to spring, blossoms are coming out earlier than the last couple years and should be in their prime for this month's Blossom Festival activities around the valley.

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Egg enthusiasts

Easter Egg hunt at Jackson Park

Death notices for April 6

John B. Rumsey; Patricia Connelly; Clemente Guzman

Tuesday, April 2

Sue Collins pleads guilty, moves away

One year has passed since Hood River travel agent Sue Collins, owner of Cascade Travel, left Kay Ericksen and her daughter Sarah Keller of Hood River scrambling for Disneyland vacation airline tickets at triple the price, just hours before their flight was to take off. The family had paid for their trip months in advance.

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Opportunity Connections holds annual dinner

Fundraiser supports programs for disabled members of the community

Opportunity Connections celebrates its 46th anniversary Thursday by hosting the annual spaghetti dinner from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. Ninth, in The Dalles.

MCMC looks for a few good dogs

Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles holds training and testing programs on April 17, at 5:30 p.m. and May 1, beginning at 11 a.m., for dogs and handlers interested in participating in the hospital’s pet visitation program.

HR Library Friends meet April 9

The Friends of the Hood River County Libraries will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, April 9, at noon in the Jeanne Marie Gaulke Meeting Room downstairs in the Hood River County Library.

CGCC begins new tuition free program for teen scholars

Columbia Gorge Community College is piloting a program that will provide local high school graduates an opportunity to attend college tuition free for up to two years.

MDA Lockup happens April 17

More than 100 business and civic leaders from throughout the Hood River area will be “arrested” and put “behind bars” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock-Up fundraiser on April 17.

‘Regards to Rural’ scheduled

Registration is now open for the Regards to Rural Conference at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, with a pre-session by Michael Shuman, conference keynoter, on June 20.

Cascade Locks welcomes coffee stand, fish market

CASCADE LOCKS — The town’s business district is about to undergo a major change, with a coffee shop and fish market both set to open this spring.

Mt. Hood Pullout opens

The Mt. Hood Pullout restaurant is open on Highway 35 in Mt. Hood.

‘An Evening with Scott Joplin’ at the Hood River Library

Join local musicians Roger and Diane Gadway at the Hood River Library on Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. for “An Evening with Scott Joplin.” The Gadways, who perform as the duo 'Gadzukes', will showcase Joplin's music along with a narrative history of his life and the time that gave rise to his compositions.

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‘Troubadour Camp’ visits Hood River April 26

This spring Mountain John Hilligoss, Moe Dixon and Peter Wilson come to the Pacific Northwest during a CD release concert tour with new and original songs and old favorites from three musicians’ lifetimes.

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Entertainment Update for April 3

Music at Springhouse Cellars; Taarka at CEBU April 6; Lisa Ornstein plays house concert April 6; Stillman at Gallery 301

HOW TO HELP: Foster parents needed: Learn ‘what it takes’

The Next Door’s foster parent certifier, Becci Crane, will host an informational class about “What it Takes to Become a Foster Parent” every Monday this month beginning April 8.

Local Talent: Go West, go to Follies

Two things are certain about spring in the Hood River Valley: fruit blossoms and Mid-Columbia Lions Follies.

ANOTHER VOICE: LLC law change would help protect small business owners

There are currently almost 130,000 LLCs (limited liability companies) registered in Oregon. These companies represent businesses of all sizes, but the vast majority are small businesses working and employing people in communities throughout Oregon.

Letters to the Editor for April 3

Library policies re: porn; Something of value

Kids’ Gorge Soup deadline nears

Kids, got a business or community activity idea?

Blossom Fair, Quilt Show return to Odell April 20-21

Among acres of bountiful blossoms in the orchards of the Hood River valley, two of the Hood River Blossom Festival’s most popular events — the Blossom Craft Show and the Blossom Fest Quilt Show — return April 20-21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mueller honored with named scholarship

Long recognized for her dedication to children, Laneta “Lennie” Mueller helped found one of Oregon’s largest childcare organizations based in Parkdale — the Oregon Child Development Coalition.

LIBRARY NOTES: Teens make a difference at Library

Who says young people don’t read anymore?

Death Notice for April 3

Frances Flynn

Who’s up for table tennis?

New club plays Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. at HR Armory

Thanks to the efforts of a few enthusiastic players, table tennis is now added to the long list of activities to keep you busy in Hood River. A recently formed club plays every Wednesday evening, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Hood River Armory and is inviting interested players — of any ability — to join the fun.

Get dirty at HRATS work parties

It’s trail season, and the Hood River Area Trail Stewards and Hood River County Forestry are planning a few early-season work parties for Northwest Area Trail System. Below are details.

Kegler's Corner: Nancy Asai rolls jumbo 747 series

The last couple of weeks have seen some extraordinary action in league play at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Nancy Asai was simply brilliant in the last Wednesday night Fraternal league, where she racked up a huge 747 three-game series — the top women’s series score for this season at Orchard Lanes.

Meadows hosts spring fun

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort has a list of spring activities for the sunny spring season starting this weekend with the annual Full Sail Banked Slalom race on Saturday (open to skiers and snowboarders, register at and Sunday’s third-annual Hood River Appreciation Day all day at the Hood River Meadows lodge with food, drinks, music, raffles and more.

‘All baseball’ spring break preps Eagles for league

Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball spent last week playing and watching baseball on the sunny fields of Phoenix, Ariz., in the first spring break trip the team has taken in several years.

Mid-Columbia Lions Follies: The Wacky Wild West

Show to benefit Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation

The Mid-Columbia Lions Follies will present “The Wacky Wild West” as its 37th annual show April 5-6 and 11-13 for 7:30 p.m. shows, with a matinee performance Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. All performances are at the historic Hood River Middle School Auditorium.

Columbia Gorge CASA welcomes new volunteers

Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is happy to introduce its newest child advocates: Nicolette Hage, Antonio Marconi, Colleen Clark and Patricia Carty, of Wasco County, and Stacey Johnson of Hood River County, who were sworn in by the Honorable Paul G. Crowley March 6. These new advocates join a cadre of child advocates who serve our neglected and abused children in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties.

April art show explores ‘many moods of spring’

The Columbia Art Gallery will hold an artists’ reception Friday evening to open its April show, “The Many Moods of Spring.”

PARKDALE NEWS: Support Lions and locals … buy Follies tickets at McIsaac’s

Every spring upper valley residents come out to support the Lions Follies, both by performing in the show or attending the performances.

HR Port: Jernstedt Airfield remains open

Construction of the runway shift project at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield had planned to resume April 1 following the winter shutdown.

Sheriff Log for April 3

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River March 24-April 1.


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