Saturday, August 31
All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Aug. 12-25.
The long hallway at Hood River’s “speakeasy” is now a matter of choice.
‘Cemetery Tales’ is a go Sept. 27-29
After being closed for nearly a month, The History Museum of Hood River County will officially reopen next week.
Trying not to jinx the team before the season gets started, Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer coach Jaime Rivera stopped short of estimating how well he expects the team to do, but says with excitement that this year’s squad has the right ingredients to turn quite a few heads.
It’s hard to believe August is over already. These last couple weeks of cool weather and rain really put a damper on what is arguably the Gorge’s finest month for enjoying the great outdoors and cooling off in the many great bodies of water that surround us.
Man dead, 26-year-old OSP trooper recovering from wound sustained in I-84 incident near Rufus
The investigation continues in an officer-involved shooting Thursday afternoon along Interstate 84 east of Biggs Junction in Sherman County. The incident resulted in 26-year-old Oregon State Police trooper Matthew Zistel being wounded and the death of the male suspect, 34-year-old John Van Allen II.
The school year got off to an upbeat start — literally — for the staff of Hood River County School District.
Why fly to Munich for a genuine Oktoberfest Lager when this one could be inches from your lips?
The Dufur Boys will present an evening of country music at the Kiwanis Steak Feed which takes place Thursday, Sept. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sorosis Park in The Dalles.
A voice without support; Regrets; Overkill at the museum; more
The recreation industry may be thriving in Hood River, but local business owners aren’t taking their current prosperity for granted.
Jane Osborne, a teacher on special assignment and the district’s math coach, is the recipient of the Mildred Bennett Award.
Polkinghorn assisted by Jones, Rosselle; Horizon promotes Kempf
The Hood River County School District Board of Directors recently approved the administration’s recommendation to appoint Rich Polkinghorn, previously vice principal of Hood River Valley High School, as interim principal for 2013-14.
See the Sept. 4 Hood River News for complete story
A controversial wind farm proposal slated for construction on forestland in Skamania County has been upheld by the Washington Supreme Court.
Labor Day weekend is here, and with it a Hood River signature for this weekend, and all others, the Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim.
A 91-year old Washington man was arrested Thursday afternoon after attempting to elude and failing to stop for Oregon State Police troopers between Biggs Junction and The Dalles. The incident came to an end after police successfully deployed spike strips and the man pulled into the OSP The Dalles office parking lot where he was arrested without further incident.
Hey kids, grab a parent or older sibling, tune up your bikes and get registered for the second Hood River Rural Rampage on Sept. 8.
Manimalhouse plays Pint Shack; Hazelnuts Friday at Pourhouse; Beautiful Wrecks at Double Mtn.; Joseph Appel at Rivertap; Mark Womble, Sugar Daddies play Waving Tree ; Will West, Barlow Road at Ruins; CEBU rocks this weekend
Scarlet Thistle Studio presents Amber Charms at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River on Sept. 14.
Some of the lines have been changed to protect the innocent.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cautions Columbia River users that water levels from downstream of Bonneville Dam to Longview will decrease starting Labor Day weekend and could remain low for several weeks.
Two local churches will be offering a “Our Whole Lives Lifespan Sexuality Education” program starting in September.
Members of the community are invited to join Mid-Columbia Community Choir for its 22nd season.
FISH food bank building project; Parkhurst House Senior Living Community; Hat Project welcomes volunteers, yarn; Next Door seeks foster parents; Help grant senior wishes
Family and Community Education, also known as Home Extension and sponsored by Oregon State University, will kick off its annual program at a meeting on Sept. 5.
Hundreds of free and ticketed activities and performances offer something for everyone.
Middle school cross country starts soon; Fall tennis program christens new courts; Pass Punt and Kick fundraiser Sept. 7; HRVHS Hall of Fame golf tourney Sept. 21
How’s your Harry Potter knowledge?
Wy’East Vineyards has opened two bocce courts next to its tasting room at 3189 Highway 35, Hood River.
In an effort to increase communication with the public, staff and school board, and to provide for greater citizen involvement, Hood River County School District Supt. Dan Goldman has announced open community positions for a finance advisory committee for the district.
Marine Board offers tips for safety on rivers and lakes
Water users Labor Day Weekend is one of the top three boating weekends of the year on many Oregon lakes and rivers, attracting thousands to the alluring banks and warmest water of the season.
Friday, August 30
Wednesday, August 28
Unseasonal weather gives crews the upper hand on 11,221-acre Blackburn Fire
A weekend of cool, wet weather and calmer-than-expected winds have gone a long way toward helping fire crews make progress on extinguishing the 11,221-acre Blackburn Fire burning several miles southwest of The Dalles.
The Port of Cascade Locks has finally received good news regarding the Bridge of the Gods.
The reunion started with hugs in the lobby of The History Museum of Hood River County.
Russ Paddock remains awed by flying
Look skyward every July 4 night and, as the fireworks go off, Russ Paddock of Hood River is behind what’s aloft.
The heroes rose slowly but stood tall. Oregon Nisei veterans, including Shig Imai of Hood River, received gratitude and applause Saturday in two ceremonies welcoming them and inaugurating the Oregon Historical Society visit of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling “American Heroes” exhibit at Oregon Historical Society, sponsored by Oregon Nikkei Endowment. “Japanese American Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal” stays in Portland through Sept. 29 in one of only seven stops around the country.
This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Mumford as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:
What again?; World-scale NIMBY; Bake the cake!; Citing essential; Resources for glasses
The Hood River Aquatic Center has a long and vibrant history as the county’s public swimming pool, dating back to its pre-remodel seasonal days when it was lined with 10-foot-high green fencing and the Summer Swim Bus picked-up and dropped-off full loads of kids from as far away as Parkdale to spend the day lounging around in the sunshine and helping lifeguards get good use out of their whistles.
Upbeat. That’s the attitude Hood River Valley High School cross country coach Kristen Uhler has about the upcoming running season, and although the longtime coach and avid runner is well-known for her think-positive, be-positive outlook, she has a lot more than simple optimism to back her expectations of an outstanding next few months.
Fishing is a way of life for Gabe Cunningham. Surrounded by water, he is happy to call a place like Hood River home and has found satisfaction in spending his youth along the shorelines of some of the Northwest’s best rivers, lakes and streams. But as the Hood River Valley High School sophomore matures, so does his perception of favorite local fishing rivers like the Hood, Klickitat and Deschutes.
Into the hot woods: Through the brown pall of a wildfire, a former firefighter clearly sees a renewed respect
There is a bright sky-blue building across the street from my clinic that I can see from my desk. It has blood-red garage doors and houses some less-frequently used fire trucks for the HRFD. The clinic has been busy, so I don’t spend a lot of time staring out the window, but the other day I looked up from a patient chart to find that the building had been repainted a leafy green. I would swear it had been blue just an hour earlier.
Donate $5, get a pint of blueberries
Blueberries and fistula repair surgery motivate Linda Chamberlain, co-owner of Wilinda Blueberry Patch, to swim the Columbia River crossing on Labor Day, Sept. 2, for the annual Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim. The 72-year-old eats several cups of blueberries each day so she feels she is ready for the challenge.
The Planning Commission’s public hearing to consider American Tower Corporation’s Appeal (P-13-0174) of the planning director’s decision to deny its National Scenic Area application (P-12-0194) for a communications tower, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m., has been canceled.
The body of a Hood River man was found at the bottom of Ecola Falls early Saturday afternoon.
Dance to epic music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s by the band Hit Machine in a benefit concert for the United Way of the Columbia Gorge on Friday, Sept. 20, at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles.
Jon Koonce Trio brings Roadhouse Blues Rock to CEBU Lounge at Best Western Hood River Inn Friday.
Songwriters team up Sept. 13; Pigs on the Wing Sept. 7; Dance at HR Elks Sept. 5; ‘Wild & Scenic’ films Sept. 20-21
Two steps forward, one step back.
Look out, lucky 7: Our friend 5 is in town.
Pass Punt and Kick fundraiser Sept. 7; HRVHS Hall of Fame golf tourney Sept. 21; Camp Morrow Fun-Raiser Sept. 21; Dallman earns USL Pro Assist title
All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Aug. 12-25.
Do you have a great art display or show you’d like to produce? Maybe you want to preserve or highlight some fascinating part of Hood River County’s cultural heritage? Or perhaps you’d like to invite a fascinating author or historian to the area to help people learn more about literature or the humanities?
Columbia Center for the Arts seeks a sevelopment manager, a 25-hour paid position, and has volunteer openings for the Center board, and volunteer coordinator.
Tuesday, August 27
Margaret Boytz, Margie Gholston, Janice Staver
Saturday, August 24
New business brings fun new ‘boardsport’ to river
For most people, watching a YouTube video of an extreme sport usually instills a sense of awe — and then they go back to their regular lives. Neil McCormick, however, became inspired from a video he saw, and set off to Florida to purchase the necessary equipment and get all the required training. What started as a simple video link posted on Facebook by his nephew quickly turned into a new passion, and a business opportunity. With his wife, Sue, McCormick started Gorge Flyboarding, which is now up-and-running and ready for customers. Flyboarding is one of the newest action “boardsports,” born in Italy in 2011 and brought over to the U.S. in 2012. If you haven’t heard of it, you may have seen it on the Columbia River just east of the bridge and asked yourself, “is that someone on a jetpack?”
The defending Columbia River Conference champion Hood River Valley Eagles football team is keen on following in the footsteps of last year’s squad, which gave fifth-year head coach Caleb Sperry his first CRC title, and the school’s first league title since 1989. Although winning the conference was a proud accomplishment for the Eagles, who ended the season with a 20-14 loss against the Putnam Kingsmen in an OSAA state championship play-in round, Sperry is focused on the future, not the past, and what a fresh lineup can accomplish.
While fall sports are gearing up for action, soon-to-be junior Ryan Ward and sophomore Kellan Duffy have been busy all summer building on their stand-out spring seasons and representing what looks to be a very promising future for Hood River Valley High School baseball. Most recently, the two played on the Baseball Northwest Senior Championship Tournament in Centralia, Wash. — Ward on the 2015 team and Duffy on the 2016 — where they were both named Most Valuable Pitcher for their class after team-leading performances.
Before going into the outdoors in pursuit of big game mammals, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and Oregon State Police remind hunters to review the 2013 Oregon Big Game Regulations for important information
On Thursday, Aug. 22, the incident commanders for the Government Flats Complex fire issued the following message to the general public: “The Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, and all the firefighters and support personnel associated with the Government Flats Complex would like to thank the people of Wasco County and the City of The Dalles for your many expressions of support and offers of assistance to our hard-working crews. Your actions have not gone unnoticed.
The lead story from Saturday, Aug. 17 News, “What’s the big picture for schools?”, describes the new Oregon Kindergarten Assessment program as a measurement of …“early literacy, math, social-emotional development and self-regulation.” Rep. Mark Johnson emphasizes the word readiness, “because readiness is essentially what OKA looks at.” And he asks us to keep an open mind on OKA, saying “it is an assessment to help us determine how we’re doing in that early pre-K(indergarten). We need to assess.”
The dream is over
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs voted during a recent Tribal Council meeting to officially end its pursuit of the Bridge of the Gods Resort and Casino in Cascade Locks. For all intents and purposes, the casino was a dead deal in 2010, when Gov. John Kitzhaber took office for a third term. The proposed 600,000-square-foot facility on 60 acres of Port of Cascade Locks land was a lightning rod of controversy during its decade of life — which never matured from its planning stage to its implementation stage. The casino would have been located on a subtly beautiful tract of land between Interstate 84 and the Columbia River, near the Forest Lane exit.
It all comes together on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25, in White Salmon’s Rhinegarten Park as Rapid Readymix hosts the Art On Wheels car show, part of the final concert in the 2013 Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series.
Entertainment happenings around the Gorge
Fire consumes four homes, runs west toward Hood River County line
More than a week later, the Blackburn Fire is still burning. What began as a lightning strike during the early morning hours of Aug. 16 has swelled to an 11,728-acre conflagration that has consumed four homes and nine outbuildings as of Friday morning. The Blackburn Fire comprises almost the entire size of the Government Flats Complex of three wildfires burning several miles southwest of The Dalles. The other two fires in the complex have been contained for several days.
Unemployment figures for the month of July have been released and show that Hood River County is in better economic straits than almost all other counties in Oregon.
Caroline Mead, gallery manager at Columbia Art Gallery, loves being part of a community art center. “There’s always something fun happening down here, whether it’s an exhibit or a production or a presentation,” she said. “I love being part of an organization that provides that.” Mead has been gallery manager for a little over two years, but has had an interest in museum work and art center work for many years, she said. Her resume reflects that interest. Originally from Wisconsin, she majored in art history at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, while completing internships at art centers and museums in the Southwest. She lived a summer in Taos, N.M. (near Santa Fe), working at a museum, and then came back to Colorado for another two years at an art center.
Police search for leads on gun-wielding man in black
It was a busy week for the Astro fuel station in Hood River and not in a good way. Starting on Aug. 13, the gas station and convenience store located at 214 Front St. in downtown Hood River was the site of an armed robbery, an unrelated employee theft, and a car accident — all in the span of four days.
While the bulk of local attention and resources are focused on the Government Flats Complex burning just east of Hood River County, three smaller fires this week serve as a unambiguous reminder of just how precarious fire danger remains throughout the region. Crews doused a pair of fires along Herman Creek Road, one on Wednesday and another on Thursday, before they got out of hand, and Thursday afternoon firefighters responded to a lightning-struck snag that caught fire and began burning the ground around it. Both were extinguished quickly, thanks in large part to quick responses from nearby agencies and relatively high humidity and low winds that kept fire behavior subdued.
Thursday, August 22
Stage reading of "Cell" at Columbia Center for the Arts on Aug. 25
Level I evacuation issued for Fir Mountain Road area in Hood River County lifted
Sheriff's office advises some Hood River county residents to prepare for possible evacuation for Government Complex Fire
The Hood River County Sheriff's Office is advising residents on Fir Mountain Rd east of the irrigation ditch, Fir Mountain Loop and Swyers Dr of a level 1 pre-evacuation notice due to the Government Complex Fire.
Wednesday, August 21
Smoke from the 8,000 acre fire in The Dalles reaches Hood River. The Hood River County Health Dept. has issued an air quality warning.
Government offices and schools across the Northwest will be healthier places to work and visit thanks to a new “green” janitorial supplies contract developed by Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services in partnership with Washington’s Department of Enterprise Services. The contract — developed with support from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Washington Department of Ecology and Responsible Purchasing Network — will supply public agencies with people — and planet-friendly janitorial supplies that reduce the use of toxic chemicals without increasing costs.
Sadil wrote about building his dory, Tia, and the challenges he faced learning to sail in the Gorge, in a two-part feature he sold to Small Craft Advisor. “Part one ends after the first day of my maiden voyage, when I’m right back where I launched after heading the opposite direction I was supposed to go,” said Sadil. “You have to get used to doing things like that if you’re going to try to learn anything entirely new.” Having never owned, sailed, rowed, or built a boat before Tia, Sadil says he still can’t figure out why he’s suddenly captivated by boats.
Kerbox, Wylde are overall champions
Several epic battles ensued this weekend in what is already being hailed a very successful third-annual NAISH Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. Starting Saturday with the distance race, relatively light wind meant paddlers’ endurance was truly put to the test in the six-mile upriver grind from Viento State Park to Hood River. Wind picked up on Sunday for course racing in front of the Hood River Waterfront Park, and again paddlers were pushed to their limits, as half of the diamond-shaped course faced straight upwind.
I am not a night owl. I don’t even remember staying out late in college when scientists say your late-night constitution peaks. This was a definite asset in completing my college education in a timely manner, given there were few college students who wanted to get up for 8 a.m. classes. Nine is the evening witching hour for me. I mean that literally. If I am not crawling under the covers with a newspaper or research paper in hand by 9 p.m. I have been known to lash out at unsuspecting cats or heaven forbid, grandkids. I read a few pages and then fall asleep before the 10 o’clock news can creep into my psyche with its litany of hit-and-run crimes, summer wildfires and political coups.
The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission has awarded a grant to construct a new playground at the Mount Hood Town Hall, a project that volunteers have been working toward for years. The new playground with provide children in the Upper Valley with new and safer ways to play and is another major step in the restoration of the Town Hall and its grounds.
Local success at the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone, especially for the dedicated group of young athletes who have been putting in long, hard, and oftentimes early hours in preparation for the races that took place over the weekend. For many competitors, top finishes at the event can be attributed to training sessions with the Big Winds Junior Program, which is divided into a more experienced Junior Elite Team and a Development Team. The group of 30 boys and girls has been practicing Tuesday through Friday all summer, starting promptly at 6:30 a.m.
Mikel Diwan started as the new Hood River County Public Works director on July 29, replacing Dean Guess, who retired at the end of June. Recently, Diwan answered some questions to help the community get to know him a little better.
County hopes to reopen it by end of the month
The History Museum of Hood River County remains closed as the county examines a preliminary audit report on the museum’s finances and how they may have been mishandled. County Administrator Dave Meriwether reported last week that The History Museum was closed Aug. 9 after the county learned of “administrative and operational anomalies” with the museum’s accounting practices. The museum is currently in the process of applying for a 501(c)(3) federal nonprofit tax designation, and Meriwether said last week that museum funds may have been moved too soon from one account to another “in anticipation of that (nonprofit) formation, which is not yet in place or recognized by the IRS.”
Rescue costs putting strain on Sheriff’s Department resources
Hood River County’s economy is driven by tourism and outdoor recreation, but during Monday night’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, department heads raised concerns over how some types of recreation are having a negative impact on county resources.
Local fire crews dispatched to aid in Wasco Co. conflagration
Hood River County fire crews are part of a group of over 700 firefighters who are trying to extinguish the nearly 7,000-acre Government Flats Complex wildfire burning approximately 6-10 miles southwest of The Dalles. The Oregon State Fire Marshal reported Tuesday morning that two homes and five outbuildings have been consumed by the flames.
A forest order has been in effect since July 26 that restricts many recreational uses of fire and Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) use. It is hoped that through these restrictions, wildfires on the national forest may be prevented. The continuing hot, dry weather, along with late summer lightning storms combine to create challenging times for firefighters.
Wineries in the Columbia Gorge will be offering open houses for Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31-Sept 2, with huge discounts, food pairings, new releases and more fun surprises.
Next up at Rasmussen Farms is Salsa Sizzle, a fun event with a focus on everyone’s favorite condiment, happening Sept. 7-8. Who doesn’t love delicious salsa, in all its wonderful variations? Enjoy it with chips, top a taco or salad, savor it with your favorite meat — salsa is a harvest season tradition.
Staff and volunteers at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum are gearing up for its 17th annual Show & Shine car show Aug. 31. “We had 23 cars at our first show,” said General Manager Rob Peterson. “Last year we had 173 cars registered and more than 1,200 visitors voting on their favorites.”
Athletics teaches responsibility, leadership, discipline
We have a goal for parents as pads start popping, balls are kicked and spiked, and legs churn this week, when high school athletes start their preseason drills: release your child. If you do, it will be one of the biggest gifts you could ever give your son or daughter.
We are all connected, Bakery owners are patriots, sarcasm is good, Olympians need focus, people are good in HR
Did you know that the Hood River County Library Foundation, one of the two library support groups, gave more than $35,000 to the library district this year? Thanks to the Foundation’s contributions, the library district has been able to offer downloadable e-books and audiobooks, magazines and newspapers, a revitalized Spanish language collection, and soon new teen and magazine reading areas.
Green Drinks will be held Sept. 11 at Cody Orchards Farm Stand, 3475 Graves Road in Odell, from 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $5 suggested donation (free to current GO! members).
Swindells Resource Center of the Columbia Gorge is offering a free class, “ADHD: What families need to know,” Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 6-9 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Community College’s third floor lecture hall in Building 2 at The Dalles campus.
Hood River Library and Waucoma Bookstore will be hosting author Gail Storey at the library on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m.
While not considered remote by most standards, Rainy Lake is out of the way enough that the chances of having the lake to yourself on any given day are pretty good. From Hood River, Rainy is about an hour’s drive from downtown and is one of several lakes oriented in a north-south line stretching between Mount Defiance to the north and Mount Hood to the south. Black, Rainy and North lakes are all accessible from the same Forest Service Road 2820, or Dead Point Road, which can be reached either from Kingsley Reservoir or Dee. Not far to the south geographically, but accessed from different roads are Whatum and Scout lakes, and beyond those are Lost Lake and Bull Run Lake.
Community creates massive mural declaring Wy’east to be a ‘zona libre’
The largest mural in Hood River County faces west on the back of the historic grandstands at Wy’east Middle School — a community facility used year-round for the county fair and other events, and recreation including soccer and Ultimate Frisbee. There are actually two murals, both giving a prevention message; the main one on the west side of the grandstands and a smaller one on the east.
Saturday, August 17
Columbia Gorge CASA launches a new annual fundraising event called “CASAS for CASA,” a custom-built child’s playhouse raffle.
Hood River County School board hears about changes, projects for 2014-15
Schools are preparing for big changes in 2014-15. In a meeting that was part summer wrap-up and part fall preview the Board of Directors of Hood River County School District conducted a wide variety of business Wednesday, including news on how two statewide assessment and reporting programs will affect local schools.
The Congressional Gold Medal, awarded in 2011 to Japanese American World War II veterans in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS), will be on view at the Oregon Historical Society’s Oregon History Museum in Portland, from Aug. 24 through Sept. 29.
Young artists will showcase artwork inspired by traditions of the Columbia River in the “Gifts from Our Ancestors” traveling exhibit at The History Museum of Hood River County.
Nuestra Comunidad Sana hosted a fiesta on Saturday, Aug. 10, to celebrate 25 years of improving health in the Latino community. The fiesta at Odell Community Park was sponsored in large part by healthy food giant Tofurky.
Members of the Mt. Hood Meadows Management Team have been participating in ODOT’s multi-modal planning meetings on a regular basis for the past two years. As part of these on-going transportation improvement planning efforts, ODOT and the Mt. Hood Multimodal Transportation Plan partners have created an online survey.
Agents and staff members from Windermere Real Estate offices throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington took the day off June 21 to volunteer for a variety of causes in the communities they serve. Community Service Day is a company-wide
The southern Oregon coast and the John Day Fossil Beds are featured in the newly released “2013- 15 Official Oregon State Map,” produced by the Oregon Department of Transportation every two years.
HRVHS Hall of Fame Golf Tourney Sept. 21
Fed by springs percolating up from the base of Mount Adams, the White Salmon River remains a steady flow and chilling temperature throughout the year, making this Wild and Scenic waterway an excellent option to cool-off on the hottest summer days. In this, our fifth of an eight-part series on great local places to cool off in August, we take a ride down the White Salmon on a giant blue inflatable raft with one of several guide services that run the river.
Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation is organizing its first Columbia Gorge Gatherings series for this summer. Proceeds from this series of food and friend events benefit the CGCC Foundation permanent endowment fund.
Columbia Gorge Racing Association hosts global event
Like a colony of fire ants chasing one another in well-orchestrated lines and patterns, a massive fleet of racers with nearly identical boats and bright red patterned sails have been tacking and jibing in front of Cascade Locks all week during the 2013 Tasar World Championships.
The Hood River Waterfront Park will be abuzz with activity this weekend as athletes, both local and from around the world, compete in the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge
City of Hood River building permits
After existing for over 20 years as a Bank of America branch, the building at 115 Oak St., right in the heart of downtown Hood River, will soon have different occupants.
Gov. John Kitzhaber has ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Aug. 18, in honor of Specialist Nickolas Welch.
Protest needed, Avoid Sarcasm, Deputy goes above and beyond
With the annexation to the City of the Westcliff Drive lodging properties decided upon, the implications will come to bear on a wider range of our local Hood River economy than many expect.
New singers invited to apply
Members of the community are invited to join Mid Columbia Community Choir for its 22nd season. “It’s that time of year when I begin contacting choir members, past and present, to come and join the choir for another great season of choral music,” said director Perry Cole of Hood River.
This weekend (Aug. 16-18) is the Fruit Loop’s Summer Fruit Festival, and Tammi Packer is ready. Packer Orchards and Bakery, located along Highway 35 in Odell, has a host of goodies ready for hungry customers, including apple pie, apple cinnamon rolls and applesauce.
After six months of preparations, the Luhr Jensen & Sons Gallery has been completed and in celebration, will have a grand opening today at 1 p.m. at The History Museum of Hood River County.
A compote of apples, pears, peaches, cherries and berries makes up the Summer Fruit Celebration this weekend in the Hood River Valley.
Friday, August 16
June Campbell, Pete Richards
Wednesday, August 14
Summer is a season long awaited by many Hood River residents. After months of winter rains and a spring spotted with intermittent showers, summertime is as dry as it gets. With chances of precipitation extremely low for the months of July and August, one can usually skip checking the forecast and not fear getting caught in the rain.
Council also revises Waterfront Park design
Two tiers for Waterfront Park.
This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Otto as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:
With a deep-green, slow-moving swimming hole shimmering in the afternoon sunlight, the Hood River at Tucker Bridge has long been one of the best swimming holes on the river anywhere between the Punchbowl in Dee and the old Powerdale Dam powerhouse just outside downtown Hood River.
Hood River Yacht Club held its annual Double Damned race Saturday and was met with variable but constant winds, a solid fleet of competitors and only slightly nerve-wracking threats of thunder and lightning boiling in the clouds overhead.
Armed with 16-meter kites (very large for the Gorge), Eric Rienstra and Cory Roeseler battled head-to-head Sunday afternoon in the Blowout kiteboarding race from Stevenson to Hood River. Rienstra, a Slingshot pro kiteboarder, finished first by just 10 seconds (50:30) to become one of the few to beat Roeseler in the history of the event. Rienstra used a twin-tip board with wakeboard bindings while Roeseler was on waterskis, which allowed him to take more direct downwind lines.
Quilting is an indoor activity, except when it comes to the new Bridge of the Gods Quilt Block Trail.
Wine Country Avenue, Hood River’s newest road, opens Wednesday, according to City Engineer Gary Lindemyer.
Closure expected to be short-term
The History Museum of Hood River County has been closed for the time being while independent auditors hired by the county investigate possible bookkeeping issues.
Thanks to the kids at the Columbia Gorge Peace Village in Mosier, some local community gardens will be looking a lot more festive and green this summer.
Columbia Center for the Arts presents the film “My Glass Odyssey” with attending filmmaker John Waterman for the monthly Mt. Hood Independent Film series on Wednesday, Aug. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. This evening is slated to be full of gorgeous glass and conversation.
Do you wonder what it takes to write an interesting play or story, one with great characters, dramatic tension, and a way to make people think about it for a long time?
Much of my weekend was spent elbow-deep in thorns.
During the early part of this week, things looked a little disorganized on the western access streets in Hood River.
Tower not wanted; No problem with charter; Say no to big corporations; Honor vets with garden; Please clean after dog
These are the regular meeting times of governing bodies for these agencies:
How’s your Harry Potter knowledge?
Disco Dance Party Thursday for Families in the Park; ‘Cell’ reading Aug. 25; Learn about glass this month; Moe Dixon at Divots Aug. 1; Fire Weeds at CEBU Lounge
With the arrival of Labor Day and the unofficial end to summer, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to roll up a sleeve and give blood or platelets to help ensure sufficient supplies over the holiday weekend.
Reunions update, Aug. 14
American Tower Corporation has appealed Hood River County Planning Department’s decision to deny the Massachusetts-based company’s proposal to build a 160-foot cellphone tower on private land off of Fairview Drive in Hood River.
Oregon State Parks is conducting a comprehensive planning process of its 24 state parks in the Columbia Gorge and is asking for comments from the public. Comments received and decisions made will affect Gorge parks for the next decade.
Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Community is working on a new special program, Senior Wish Project, which will grant members of the senior community “special wishes,” such as reliving a childhood memory, an afternoon at a favorite fishing hole or a glider ride through the Gorge.
With his brand of selfless dedication to Hood River’s young athletes, former middle school track program head coach Steve Wrye left big shoes to fill as he departed this summer on an around-the-world sailing trip. Before leaving, however, he managed to convince a world-class athlete and trainer to take over his role as mentor and coach to the incoming field of several dozen young runners from Hood River and Wy’east Middle Schools.
The Odell Lioness Club will hold its annual garage/yard sale Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1999 Seventh Court, Hood River. Money raised will be given to various Lioness projects, including local high school scholarships and the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.
All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River July 29-Aug. 12.
Father and daughter plan cross-Pacific sail to raise awareness of global child sex abuse
A local father-daughter team is preparing to tackle a 2,070-mile sail boat race to help raise awareness for an issue that is close to their hearts.
The 2013 Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series will conclude with a spectacular three-day car show and concerts in White Salmon Park on Aug. 23, 24, and 25.
Hood River tour organizer Kay Lincoln is hosting an eight-day tour of New Orleans, Memphis and sites in between just after Thanksgiving, with proceeds going to the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation scholarship fund.
When Little Red Riding Hood set off to her grandmother’s house, her mother reminded her to beware of strangers lurking in the woods, strangers, she believed, set on harming her child.
Tuesday, August 13
Sebastian Kinasiewicz apparently fell 2,000 feet to his death
An air and ground search resumed Tuesday morning for a Polish man, Sebastian Kinasiewicz, in the Tilly Jane area on the north side of Mount Hood, and an Oregon Army Blackhawk helicopter crew spotted Kinasiewica's body at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. He apparently fell aabout 2,000 feet, to the 9,100 feet level on the north face of the mountain, in a place known as Climber's Left Chute, according to Sgt. Petet Hughes of the Hood River County Sheriff's Department.
Joseph Brandl, Pete Richards, Dorcas Sanchez, Buck Buchheit, June Campbell
Saturday, August 10
With their classic ’80s hits, Quarterflash was a wildly popular dance band that played every bar between Seattle and Portland in the late ’70s.
This year at the Hood River County Fair was a big one for a lot of 4-H and FFA members in the Upper Valley.
Janet Bennett, Ivone Delepine
Urban Renewal project creates downtown detours as crew begins building retaining wall and sidewalk
Boulders rolled on State Street Thursday as a three-man crew used an excavator and hand shovels to sculpt the earthen bank on the south side of the street.
City orders cutting of two infested trees in Jackson Park and on Rand Road
Trees dying from the widening bark beetle infestation problem in the Gorge will be removed at Jackson Park and on Rand Road this week.
ODELL — Reyna Gomez-Larios and Belialdo Galvez have always worked in the field. In Mexico, they owned a ranch where they planted 50 acres of maize. They even tried planting rice one year. When they came to the United States in January of 1999, they started working in the orchards.
Not everyone who goes looking for waterfalls wants to embark on long, arduous hikes or scramble up talus slopes to see them.
Canoes honor river species, visit Hood River this weekend
A unique opportunity to see, touch and paddle a dugout canoe on the Columbia River is coming to the History Museum of Hood River County Aug. 11 at 10 a.m.
Community Education soccer program serves 250 kids in summer season thanks largely to volunteer coaches
Hood River County Community Educations’ summer recreational soccer league wrapped up Wednesday afternoon with one final hurrah of the season at Westside Elementary School.
Big Winds youth stand up paddle program trains hard, and early
It’s barely daylight on a Thursday in the middle of August, and instead of lying comfortably in bed as the summer sun climbs over the horizon, 30 teenagers are getting started with their third morning workout of the week.
Dr. Edward Ray, president of Oregon State University, visited The Dalles and Hood River Thursday to talk about developing partnerships that will create more educational opportunities in rural areas of the state.
Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River) has been appointed to the Legislative Emergency Board, a committee that oversees allocation of state resources through the interim until the 2014 session convenes next February, and deals with any emergency issues that may arise.
Columbia Gorge Community College has achieved independent accreditation.
A Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital employee was arrested last week after allegedly stealing drugs from the hospital’s pharmacy.
Loretta DeKay of White Salmon has been appointed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee to join the Columbia River Gorge Commission.
Music, skywatching at Lost Lake ; Mark Daly at Ovino’s Aug. 9; Clocktower Ales in The Dalles; Tumbledown House at CEBU; ‘Finding Bigfoot’ at HR Library; ‘Hello Dollface’ at Pint Shack; Concert at Garden of Grace in Mosier Aug. 17; Hawks Ridge Country Fair Aug. 16; Back Porch Swing in Mosier 10; ‘Easy Boys’ at Everybody’s
The 2013 Skamania County Fair and Timber Carnival promises awesome activity for the whole family.
Maryhill Museum of Art’s sculpture garden is the idyllic setting for the Maryhill Arts Festival, taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. Admission to the festival is free.
Unfortunately, one doesn’t have to look far to see the increasing evidence of the latest beetle to wreak havoc on our pine trees.
Gov. John Kitzhaber ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Aug. 10, in honor of Jesse Trader of Albany, 19, who died while working on the Big Windy fire in Southern Oregon.
Emotions dictate policies; A thankless duty; Price behind guns; Celilo Center appreciated; Learn about health centers
In Peru and Utah, they will be among first to use social media
At some point most Hood River residents have run into missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in their white shirts and ties, but they might not know that two local young adults recently left to serve similar missions in other parts of the world.
All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River.
In celebration of 25 years of promoting health with Columbia Gorge Latinos, Nuestra Comunidad Sana (NCS), a program of The Next Door, is hosting a free potluck fiesta open to all.
At the recent District G Lions meeting in Hood River, Past District Governor , Steve Oliver, presented Odell Lions Co-President, Chuck Bugge, with a Lions Club International Foundation check for $75,000.
Approximately 20 firefighters from departments around Hood River County have been called up by the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshall to help fight the over 10,000-acre Grouse Mountain Complex near John Day.
HRVHS Fall sports night is Aug. 13; Middle school cross country up and running
Friday, August 9
Thursday, August 8
Wednesday, August 7
80s rock band Quarterflash plays the Columbia Gorge Hotel on Sunday, Aug. 11.
‘Global Sessions’ uses recreation to break the ice in networking events
With the mantra of building relationships and growing business through recreation, Global Sessions co-founders Aaron Sales and Matt Sweeting are holding the first of what they hope will be many multi-faceted business, networking and recreation-based retreats this weekend in Hood River.
‘Hello Dollface’ at Pint Shack; Gospel concert at Garden of Grace in Mosier Aug. 17; Hawks Ridge Country Fair helps seniors Aug. 16
A 'massive effort' as rescue crews use chain saws to recover snowboarder buried by collapsed glacier
In a first for rescue and recovery efforts on Mount Hood, chain saws were used on the White River glacier Sunday to cut away ice and retrieve the body of a 25-year-old Colorado snowboarder.
Mayor Arthur Babitz said Monday that calls for him to resign are unfounded and based on secondhand information.
Local resident tells story of kidnappping and survival in Mexican state of Michoacán
... After the guards returned from killing the young father of two, and after they had threatened the lives of everyone else in the cabin, they had Jose call his brother to see where the ransom money was. Jose told his brother the gruesome news.
Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette will unveil its newest store on Aug. 8 at 8 a.m. Located at 304 Oak St. in downtown Hood River, Goodwill on Oak will offer luxury items on its 1,380-square-foot retail floor. The store is in the historic First National Bank building, in the space formerly leased by Columbia Gorge Title.
Dhani Freeland led the Hood River Valley Swim team at the recent 13-and-over Oregon Swimming Inc. long-course championships with a first-place finish in the 200 IM, a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle and several other top-five finishes in her age group.
Tickets are now on sale for The History Museum of Hood River County’s fifth-annual production of Cemetery Tales, to be held Sept. 27-29 at Idlewilde Cemetery.
A quick dip in the Columbia at Koberg Beach State Recreation Area is perfect for those hot summer evenings when you get off work and want to cool off and enjoy the last hour of sunshine but don’t have the time or energy to venture far off the beaten path.
Gorge-based team will join NPSL’s 2014 season
SO Samba FC has a lot of work to do between now and next spring, but the newly formed, Hood River-based team is aiming to make an impression in the 2014 National Premiere Soccer League season. NPSL is a nationwide league of semi-pro adult men teams divided into Northeast, South, Midwest and West regions, with a regional season running from the spring through early summer before a national championship tournament.
Drive past Hood River Middle School on a late Thursday afternoon, and you’ll see the colorful canopies and crowds that converge to make up Gorge Grown Farmers Market.
The start of the food preservation season can bring mixed emotions for me.
This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected King Tut as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:
An interfaith Peace Walk for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembrance occurred Sunday, July 28, in the Columbia River Gorge with the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order of Bainbridge Island joining in with local folks in Bingen, White Salmon and Hood River in a meditative walking along the main streets.
Council close to hiring City Council is scheduled to consider action Aug. 12 on appointing an interim city manager.
If you haven’t been to a show at the Columbia Gorge Hotel yet, I’m urging you to set aside this coming Sunday to do just that, when 80s rock icons Quarterflash will play their familiar radio hits and bring us up to date, musically, with their about-to-be released CD, “Love is a Road.”
The tragic incident fresh in mind, Crag Rats are able to give a vivid description of a recovery effort unlike any other. It took a well-practiced brand of teamwork last weekend to find Collin Backowski’s body under tons of snow and ice, and bring him off the mountain.
When I was first elected to the Hood River City Council in 2006, our city was in crisis. Our finances were terrible — the city’s three major operating funds were more than $1 million in the red, and the central part of the plan to fix them was to keep increasing water and sewer rates.
Empirical evidence; Lionesses also serve; Let mayor do his job; Three crucial tasks; Liberty and safety
Gorge Green Drinks meets Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at Phelps Creek Vineyards in what will be unique version of the monthly networking event: Tour the vineyards and winery and learn about the history and farming practices of this family-owned winery while enjoying a glass of wine or beer and fresh, local veggies from Dancing Moon Farm.
Week One: How’s your Harry Potter knowledge?
Notes on entering and volunteering
Oregonians still have time to enter Creative Living and Arts competitions at the Oregon State Fair, set for Aug. 23 to Sept. 2. Participating is more convenient than ever, thanks to online registration and remote drop-off and pickup sites throughout Oregon.
Dr. Vic Baker, professor emeritus, University of Arizona, Tucson, will speak Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Hood River Library about the controversy that J. Harlen Bretz encountered with his idea of a giant flood creating the scablands of eastern Washington.
Saundra Buchanan previously served at Columbia Gorge CC
On Aug. 2, Hood River County School District Supt. Dan Goldman announced that Saundra Buchanan will be recommended as the district’s next chief financial officer.
Deschutes guru reveals fly fishing secrets
Even though I have written about and known him for over 30 years and we’ve fished together on several occasions, I wasn’t sure Don Hamblin would submit to an interview and reveal to me, for this column, what has taken him a lifetime to refine. His knowledge about the lower Deschutes and the steelhead that lurk there is vast. He has more than paid his dues, taught by years of on-the-water experience as to what works and what doesn’t under varied conditions.
King of the Hook windsurfing, Blowout kiteboarding events this weekend; Matt Dallman continues pro soccer career
Watercolor artist Sally Bills Bailey of Mount Hood, a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Northwest Watercolor Society, has a painting, “Passing Storm,” juried into the Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors opening mid-August in Old Forge, N.KY.
The Hood River Library and Waucoma Bookstore will be hosting Cliff Barackman, author of the new book “Finding Bigfoot,” on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hood River Library.
Tuesday, August 6
Don Sperber, Rutherford Scott
Collin Backowski, Joyce DeHart, Kimberlie Lowe
Sunday, August 4
On 08/03/2013 at about 3:51pm the Hood River County Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible avalanche that occurred on Mt. Hood and that one man had been buried and was missing.
Saturday, August 3
Part One of Two: Local resident tells story of kidnappping and survival in Mexican state of Michoacán
Jose Sergio Garcia Villa waited for his eyes to adjust to the light as the blanket his kidnappers had covered him with an hour or two before was ripped from his face. Standing before him were five men, dressed in ski masks, assault rifles dangling from straps around their necks. One of them — perhaps the leader, Jose thought — stepped forward.
When Brooke Pauly and her husband, Mike, were married almost 11 years ago, they bought a travel trailer, quit their jobs, and toured the United States. The trip, while fun, had a purpose, too: The Paulys wanted to move to a small town, and they were looking for just the right one.
Hood River Valley High School’s boys basketball team finished its summer season last month with an overall record of 7-7. The team of mostly incoming sophomores and juniors got valuable off-season playing time and were exposed to some of the changes head coach Steve Noteboom has in store for the varsity team in the upcoming 2013-14 season.
The windiest July in decades benefits many Hood River businesses
Although an official record of this type is hard to qualify, July 2013 will go down in the boardhead recordbooks as one of the windiest months the Gorge has seen since the invention of epoxy resin and neoprene.
Former mayors join in effort to oppose Mayor Babitz
A newly formed group calling itself Hood River Citizens For Accountability (HRCA) is joining three past city mayors in asking the City of Hood River’s mayor Arthur Babitz to resign, saying his resignation is in the best interest of the city.
Opportunity Connections is providing an annual day of giving through its Gorgelink.com and Gorgelinkfaith.com online personalized directories and powered by Charity of Choice an online giving platform. They are doing this to help all the nonprofits in the five counties of the Mid-Columbia (Skamania, Klickitat, Wasco, Hood River and Sherman) raise money for their causes. The first Day of Giving is Nov. 21.
Local government officials told Gov. John Kitzhaber Wednesday they support his call for a one-day special session of the Oregon Legislature to deal with education funding reform including revisions to the Public Employee Retirement System.
Look for one-way daytime traffic in August; ‘heavy work’ starts after Labor Day
Work on phase one of State Street redevelopment, a retaining wall and sidewalk, begins Monday on the State Street Urban Renewal Project.
Tickets are now on sale for The History Museum of Hood River County’s fifth-annual production of Cemetery Tales, to be held Sept. 27-29 at Idlewilde Cemetery.
Community invited to Aug. 8 tours and barbecue
The community is invited to a centennial celebration at Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center on Aug. 8.
Your local farmers market is the best place to source all of the bounty grown, raised and produced here in the Gorge. Of course you can find fresh peaches, berries, carrots and tomatoes, but the harvests from the Gorge region also include fresh salmon fillets, lamb, freshly baked breads, artisan cheeses, steaks and much more!
Epic, for Providence Hood River Hospital, is not a thick tale of fiction, but a deep set of data.
Last year’s West Nile virus season was one for the records, but it does not mean that people should become complacent about taking preventive measures this season, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital
Angie Adkins will teach – and learn – in Abu Dhabi
Hood River Middle School teacher Angie Adkins is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, and for the 46-year-old mother of two, the timing “feels just right” to pack up, move to a distant corner of the world and begin a new chapter of her life story.
The following Hood River area residents recently graduated from the University of Portland:
Data might have helped; You don’t know Obama; Lions serve
It’s only fitting to start this month-long series with a place that will forever be ingrained in the hearts and memories of anyone who spent their childhood years cooling off on the doorstep of Mount Hood, trolling for trout in the warm breeze, combing the shallows for crawdads, pitching tents and building campfires, roasting marshmallows over glowing coals, falling asleep with pitch and pine needles stuck to your feet and waking up at sunrise to the smell pancakes and bacon and the joy of having nothing to do but relax and enjoy another day at Laurance Lake.
All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River July 24-28.
One hallmark of the 2013 Hood River County Fair was the increased number of food preservation entries, by youth and adults.
No solid center stripe on what follows, but tell me, if, as a column, this can pass ...
Carpenter at Marley’s Corner; Quarterflash at CG Hotel; Summer Smack Down with Bigfoot and Austin Heat; ‘Greencards’ play house concert; Laurie Star Duo in Hood River'; ‘Hello Dollface’ at Pint Shack; Back Porch Swing in Mosier
Maryhill Museum of Art’s sculpture garden is the idyllic setting for the Maryhill Arts Festival, taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. Admission to the festival is free.
Friday, August 2