Stories for December 2013

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Monday, December 30



Saturday, December 28



Xmas in May? No, it just felt like it

It was sunshine, sweeping vistas and slushy, spring-like conditions at Mt. Hood Meadows Wednesday afternoon; not exactly what comes to mind when you think of Christmas on the slopes, but a pleasant treat just the same.

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Hawks rock solid heading into 2014

Horizon Christian School varsity boys basketball team notched wins last week against Dayton and Blanchet Catholic to finish the year on a high note, riding a five-game winning streak and ranked 1A No. 1.

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Petitions challenge liquor law

Liquor could soon be available on grocery store shelves, if Oregonians for Competition can gather enough signatures to bring a ballot measure before voters — and get their approval — in November 2014.

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Kindness, by the truckload

A bad situation was turned into a Christmas blessing when, on the evening of Dec. 23, a semi-truck carrying groceries caught on fire and was partially burned near The Dalles.

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The Porch, Dec. 28

WELL SAID: “If life is full of questions let the answers be full of love.” — E. Barrett (Barry) LaMont, of Cascade Locks (from his book “The Things I Meant To Say”).

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Friday, December 27



Tuesday, December 24

  

ATC drops cell tower appeal

American Tower Corporation has chosen not to appeal a Hood River County Planning Commission decision that denied the company a permit to build a cellphone tower on the west side of Hood River.

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HRV swimming nets top finishes

In its most recent competition, the Hood River Valley High School swim team traveled to Bend for a dual agaisnt the Gophers, then hosted a three-way meet last Thursday against Gresham and North Marion.

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Tough preseason will give Eagles the edge

In its best-played game so far this season, the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys basketball team had a first win within grasp before letting it slip away in the fourth quarter of a 62-48 loss against Lebanon last Friday night at Vannet Court.

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Bank robber gets 3 years

A Hood River man has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree attempted robbery following a heist at the U.S. Bank branch on the Heights in September.

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Mercado del Valle coming to Odell

The sights and sounds of a farmers market are almost universal, whether you’re at the Gorge Grown Farmers Market or in another part of the globe. The laughter and shouts of children playing, the murmur of voices from farmers and shoppers alike, the sound of music ringing in the air, the smell of food cooking, the colorful array of fresh, local fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, and other food products are what one expects to see at a farmers market.

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Farm Bureau re-elects Barry Bushue president

Farm Bureau re-elects Barry Bushue was re-elected to an eighth two-year term as president of Oregon Farm Bureau during the 81st OFB Annual Meeting in Bend, Dec. 10-12. A third-generation farmer, Bushue runs a family nursery, berry, and flowering basket operation near Boring.

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Stafford writing workshop offered

To celebrate the birth centennial of Oregon’s most famous poet, William Stafford, a poetry writing workshop will be held on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 1-4 p.m. at the Hood River Middle School library, 1602 May St. in Hood River.

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The History Museum hosts Holiday Open House Dec. 28

After a two-year hiatus, The History Museum’s Holiday Open House is back, Saturday, Dec. 28, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The community and visitors are invited to spend a cozy day at the museum with friends and family, enjoying refreshments, listening to music, playing games and discovering history.

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Reward offered in Diamond fire

Wy’East Fire District and local, state and federal investigators are working diligently to bring the Diamond Fruit Growers fruit bin fire case to a close and are asking for the public’s help in gaining more information about the Nov. 25, blaze, according to Wy’east Fire Chief Greg Borton.

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Sumako Kobayashi

Sumako (Akiyama) Kobayashi recently celebrated her 99th birthday. She was born on Binns Hill in Hood River on Nov. 30, 1914.

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Jesuit volunteers live simply, help the community

At the beginning of August, Hood River welcomed six new Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest members for an intensive year of service with several local agencies. While the program is Catholic, volunteers come from all religious backgrounds. But all live according to the four pillars of the program: Community, spirituality, social justice and simple living.

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History Museum seeks Exhibit Team volunteers

The History Museum is looking for volunteers to assist the Exhibit Team as they install “What if Heroes Were Not Welcome Home,” a special exhibit on loan from the Oregon Historical Society.

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Monday, December 23

 

Saturday, December 21



Sense of Place: ‘The Ghosts in Our Backyard’

Gorge Owned welcomes Hood River Mayor and history enthusiast Arthur Babitz to Springhouse Cellar Winery on Wednesday, Jan. 8, as part of the Sense of Place lecture series. Babitz will explore the rich and well-documented past of Hood River using photographic archives of The History Museum of Hood River County.

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Reward offered in Diamond fire

Wy’East Fire District and local, state and federal investigators are working diligently to bring the Diamond Fruit Growers fruit bin fire case to a close and are asking for the public’s help in gaining more information about the Nov. 25, blaze, according to Wy’east Fire Chief Greg Borton.

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Naito hotel proposal remanded, again

A proposed development of a hotel and commercial building on the Hood River waterfront has again been remanded to the Hood River city council by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.

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The Last Lantern

Paper lanterns enthralled the crowd at the Dec. 13 downtown holiday tree lighting event, but it will be the last year the Chamber of Commerce sets the flame-lit ornaments aloft, according to Chamber Executive Director Mike Glover.

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HRV ski team ready to rock

With three returning state champions, a filled-out roster and momentum carried over from last season’s success, the outlook is good as the Hood River Valley ski team prepares for its first race of the season in a couple weeks.

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HRSO plans DUII ‘blitz’

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is participating in a DUII enforcement overtime grant this holiday season from Dec. 13 through Jan. 1.

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‘Battle tested’ Hawks win three straight

Elevated by three straight wins last week, the Horizon Christian School boys basketball team is now atop the Oregon 1A rankings going into the third week of pre-season action. The Hawks (3-1) played road games last Friday and Saturday at the Country Christian Cougar Classic and another Monday at Horizon Christian in Tualatin, winning all three to set momentum in the right direction after opening the season with a tough 67-51 loss against 2A No. 3 Irrigon.

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Friday, December 20



Wednesday, December 18



Kaleidoscope: In from the cold

The Hood River Warming Shelter is seeking to enrich the quality of life of the homeless in Hood River County and surrounding areas by providing “a safe place to meet the basic human needs of people without shelter during our coldest months.”

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Museum seeks Exhibit Team volunteers

The History Museum is looking for volunteers to assist the Exhibit Team as they install “What if Heroes Were Not Welcome Home,” a special exhibit on loan from the Oregon Historical Society.

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Teachers put their hair on the line

The canned food drive is currently in full swing at Hood River Valley High School, with a total of seven teachers pledging to have their heads shaved if the highest goal is met.

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Businesses and charities partner during downtown holiday event

It might be better to give than to receive, but shoppers were able to do both Dec. 11 during a special Holiday Giving promotion held by participating downtown Hood River businesses. Many shops partnered with local charities and service organizations to raise funds during this particular time of need.

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Jan. 1-19 sturgeon retention season set for Bonneville Pool

Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington recently adopted a split-season management structure for winter sturgeon in the Columbia River, between Bonneville and The Dalles dams. Managers set the winter sturgeon season in the Bonneville pool for Jan. 1-19, with hopes of opening a summer sturgeon retention season in June, provided enough of the 1,100-fish annual guideline remains for an additional fishery at that time.

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Marquez 2nd, DeHart 4th at Coast Classic

Christian Marquez and Andrew DeHart represented Hood River Valley High School wrestling with podium finishes over the weekend at the North Bend Coast Classic, which is regarded as one of the toughest tournaments in the state. Fighting through 30-person brackets, Marquez, a junior wrestling at 132 pounds, won three straight to advance to the championship match, which he lost 7-6 to finish second. DeHart, a senior at 152 pounds, finished fourth overall after winning three straight and getting knocked out of the championship round in the semifinals.

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HRV hoops shooting for first wins

After its first three games were canceled because of weather, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls basketball team finally hit the hardwood at a home tournament over the weekend.

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John Standefer, Brooks Robertson at WS Guitar

Two expert fingerstyle guitar players will be at the White Salmon Guitar Co. for a house concert on Saturday, Dec. 28. Music starts at 7 p.m. and there is a suggested donation of $10-$15 for this all-ages show.

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A night for Nepal, Dec. 18

Hood River photographer Peter Marbach presents an evening journeying into the heart and soul of Nepal on Dec. 18 at Columbia Center for the Arts.

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Deadlines move up

Deadlines for the Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 editions of the Hood River News have been moved up 24 hours.

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County sells east Oregon timberland

Hood River County has accepted the offers of two bidders interested in purchasing all of the county’s nearly 19,000 acres of Eastern Oregon timberland it has owned since 2002.

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Garbage rate increase set for January

Hood River County Commissioners unanimously approved a garbage rate increase for county residents after a public hearing that was held during the commission’s regular meeting Monday night.

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Gorge teams advance to state robotics

Robotics teams Rainbow Tigers of Hood River Middle School and Robo Dragonz from May Street will advance to state along with nine other Gorge teams, following competition last weekend in Odell.

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Ruling brings Nestlé closer to CL

Nestlé’s proposed water bottling plant in Cascade Locks may still be years away, but last week a state ruling helped Nestlé over one of multiple legal hurdles it must clear before the 250,000-square-foot plant can be built.

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Gorge Tech Alliance presents awards to Blackman, 4-Tell

The Gorge Technology Alliance held its first-ever awards program on Dec.12, recognizing Jeff Blackman of Hood River Valley High School as the 2013 GTA Technology Leader of the Year and 4-Tell Inc. as the 2013 GTA Technology Organization of the Year.

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Tuesday, December 17



Photo: Under the lights

Hazel Haspela and her father, Kevin, share a moment beneath the bright lights of the downtown Christmas tree Friday at Second and State streets.

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Saturday, December 14

 

Bridge of Gods limits have broad, negative impacts

The Bridge of the Gods has been closed to heavy truck traffic for nearly five months now as the Port of Cascade Locks works to repair the bridge and lift the Oregon Department of Transportation weight restrictions that have been in place on the structure since July.

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Eagles score early, but Scots prevail

The Hood River Valley High School boys basketball team started the 2013-14 season Tuesday with steals, quick baskets, defensive rebounds and an 11-3 lead over the visiting, and favored, David Douglas Scots.

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Lions give 2013 grants

Tuesday’s 14th opening of a community checkbook — Hood River Lions Foundation annual grants — distributed a total of $48,912 in gifts.

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SO Samba FC puts Hood River on NPSL stage

The National Premier Soccer League announced last week that the Hood River-based semi-pro soccer club, SO Samba FC, will join the league as an expansion team for the 2014 season. The recently formed team consists of adult players from throughout the Gorge, coached by Brazilian native Thiago Samba.

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Cascade Locks coins help Giving Tree

Ducks fans in Cascade Locks are celebrating after the University of Oregon’s victory in last month’s “Civil War Penny Drive” at Cascade Locks School.

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Friendly wager turns into fundraiser

Caleb Trumbull lost a bet, and in doing so raised $100 for a class project titled Operation Make a Difference. The money, along with contributions from classmates in Tracy Norton’s home room class, will go to sponsor a family in need for Christmas.

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Barrett Park stays open space

It appears that the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District’s quest to receive a permit for the development of Barrett Park is likely at an end.

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Friday, December 13



Wednesday, December 11

 

Tides change for HRV swim team

Going from the largest to one of the smallest lineups in recent years, the Hood River Valley High School swim team is gearing up for what is expected to be a tough season.

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A night for Nepal, Dec. 18

Hood River photographer Peter Marbach presents an evening journeying into the heart and soul of Nepal, Dec. 18 at Columbia Center for the Arts.

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Holiday lights happen Friday

The season’s first snow last week postponed the Hood River Downtown Tree Lighting Celebration and related events, but they are a go for Dec. 13, starting at 5 p.m., with the parade at 6.

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Solstice Cafe opens Friday on waterfront

After months of anticipation, the pizza purveyors at Solstice Wood Fire Café will officially open their doors for a grand opening this Friday at their new location at the Hood River waterfront.

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Blood drive’s lucky 26

The Thanksgiving blood drive at Hood River Elks yielded 82 total pints of blood donated, just shy of the goal of 84, said coordinator Margo Parker.

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County starts Odell area zoning update

The public is invited to a public meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 6-8 p.m. in the Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center to learn more about a project to plan for the future of the Odell area.

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Town Hall hosts event for winter shelter

The Hood River Warming Shelter works to ensure that homeless families and individuals have a warm and safe shelter during the dangerously cold winter months here in Hood River and the Columbia Gorge, according to Immanual Lutheran Pastor Jeff Mueller.

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Food banks gain grant from OCF

FISH Food Bank Building Project is the recipient of a $40,000 grant from the community grant program of The Oregon Community Foundation to assist in the construction of a new distribution center and warehouse in Hood River.

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Tuesday, December 10



Saturday, December 7

   

Horizon girls hoops building foundation

A young but athletic lineup of players has Chad Leeson excited about the upcoming season. The second-year Horizon Christian School varsity girls basketball coach says although the team has no seniors, this year’s squad has speed, quickness and the right mindset to continue the uptick the team has seen in recent years.

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Distressed by holiday plans?

The holidays are a festive time of year, but many people feel too stressed to enjoy the season. They may have too many deadlines, too much shopping to do, or they are juggling too many holiday-related things and not getting enough sleep.

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HAHRC Beats: ‘Change is in our air’

There is a growing move toward protecting our air that we breathe from toxins that are known to cause cancer. In an effort to do this, you may be noticing more signage around our community that promotes healthy living. Within the last six months, Hood River County facilities, parks and forests have gone tobacco- and smoke-free, along with the Parks and Recreation District, the Library District, Mt. Hood Town Hall, the Power Station and all Hood River Chamber events.

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Scenic, yet slick

The winter weather is forecast to continue this weekend with frigid temperatures falling into the single-digits in some areas.

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‘Sabotage’ on FMX, again

For the third time in the last five years, man-made features along a popular mountain biking trail in the Northwest Area Trails System have been hit by vandalism.

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Ready for a fresh start

A new coach, a new core group of players and the optimism that comes with a fresh start set the tone for the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls basketball team as it kicks off the winter season. The young 12-member squad, guided by first-year head coach Scott Walker, opens the season this weekend with a tournament at Sandy High School.

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Benefit for Owen Stolte Dec. 7

The Lloyd Jones Struggle and guest guitarist Paris Slim will play a benefit blues concert for Owen Stolte at Double Mountain Brewery on Saturday, Dec. 7.

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Friday, December 6

 

Wednesday, December 4



Rubber hits road for winter sports

Winter sports teams had only a quick couple of weeks to get tuned up and in shape before the first contests of the season. Below are this week’s competitions for HRVHS and Horizon athletics.

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Kegler's Corner: Hood River Supply Wins City tourney

Results are in for the 52nd annual Hood River City Tournament that completed recently at Orchard Lanes. The tournament consisted of three games in team, doubles and singles, plus an all-events category. All-events is a combination of bowlers’ scores in the team, doubles and singles events; there divisions in this category, one for scratch scores and the other with handicaps.

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Gorge Giving: A new guide

Hood River News and The Dalles Chronicle have joined forces for “Gorge Giving,” a new publication that is inserted in this edition.

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Volunteer as tax preparer

For more than 35 years in the Gorge, the AARP Tax-Aide program has been operating with volunteers to prepare taxes for senior citizens and low- to moderate-income persons, free of charge. Volunteers are needed to join the program.

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Rosauers OKs credit card use at stores after cyber attack

URM Stores, the parent company of Rosauers, announced Tuesday that it was okay for customers to resume using credit cards and other electronic payment methods after a “cyber attack” compromised its stores’ credit card systems last month.

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Parkdale Grange stays vibrant after 100 years

The Parkdale Grange was organized on Nov.18, 1913, and meetings began in McIsaac’s Hall, above McIsaac’s Store on Baseline Road in Parkdale. Not the current store site, but the one that until a few years ago housed Jalisco Market, next to the Hutson Museum.

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Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog Turns Five!

When I mentioned that I spoke to Thomas Dolby the other week, friends have asked me if he is the guy who invented the Dolby™ noise reduction system found on a lot of stereo equipment. I laughed to myself, partly because it didn't occur to me, of all people, to ask him.

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Hawks have ‘all the right pieces’

After a heartbreaker 41-39 loss to City Christian in the 1A boys state basketball finals last season, the Horizon Christian School Hawks are enthused and ready to start their quest for a state title; and with only one player graduated from last year’s near-perfect 30-1 season, they are poised to continue the dominating reputation Hawks basketball has built in recent years.

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Young but athletic, HRV boys ready for fresh start

The Hood River Valley High School boys basketball team kicks off its winter schedule today, with an away jamboree at Liberty High School. The team, guided by third-year head coach Steve Noteboom, is starting with optimism, while acknowledging the challenges to come.

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Gorge Lego robotics season starts this month

Families and robot lovers of all ages are invited to watch the fun at the Columbia Gorge First Lego League Tournaments in December. These free events will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8 at The Dalles Middle School (1100 E. 12th St.) and Dec. 15 at Wy’east Middle School (3000 Wy’east Road near Odell). These tournaments are local qualifiers for the international FLL robotics competition for kids ages 9 to 14. Winners will travel to the state tournaments in Hillsboro in January.

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Barrett Park is a no-go

Hood River County Commissioners voted 4-1 Monday night before an audience of 25 people to once again deny a conditional use permit for Barrett Park.

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Wrestlers in full force at home tournament

In an exciting start to the 2013-14 season, Hood River Wrestling Club was in full force Saturday for the annual Gorge Folkstyle Challenge at Hood River Valley High School. The youth wrestling tournament drew teams from as far away as Yakima, but with 46 in its lineup, the Hood River program was the clear powerhouse.

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The Dalles Chinatown uncovered at Sense of Place lecture Dec. 4

Gorge Owned (GO!) welcomes archeologist Eric Gleason to the Columbia Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Dec. 4, as part of the Sense of Place lecture series. Gleason will present “One Block Through Time: The History and Archaeology of The Dalles Chinatown,” about the 19th century Chinese community that once thrived in The Dalles.

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State Parks offers savings on day passes in December

December is “good deal” month at Oregon State Parks. From Dec. 1-31, visitors and gift-givers can save $5 on the 12-month day-use parking permit. Parking fees are required at 26 Oregon state parks, and cost $5 per day, unless you have a 12- or 24-month pass. The 12-month pass is on sale for $25 — regularly $30 — in December.

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