Stories for December 2013


Monday, December 30

Death notices for Jan. 1, 2014

Robert Fogle, Shirley Marsh, Barbara Barclay, Floyd Baskins, Derrick Osbourn

Saturday, December 28

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Xmas in May? No, it just felt like it

Despite low snowpack, ski resort managers positive, hopeful for rest of season

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.

Hawks rock solid heading into 2014

Horizon boys basketball sits atop Oregon 1A standings

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.

Port plans to sell Expo Center

Deal depends on zoning swap of waterfront properties

Expo Center, one of Hood River’s largest structures, is one step closer to undergoing a major change.

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Petitions challenge liquor law

Grocers seek voters’ decision on privatizing Oregon alcohol sales

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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Bird Count, guided hikes, eagle watching join New Year list of outdoor activities

Cold, yet active: that’s the forecast for the end of 2013 and the start of 2014, outdoors in the mid-Columbia Gorge.

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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A slice of local life: Barman Jimmy Dey savors the conversation

“Dark and Stormy” might be Jim Dey’s favorite drink, but this barman’s way is just the opposite: calm and peaceful.

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”).

Klickitat board lifts pot-growing moratorium

It’s now legal for state-licensed growers and processors to operate in all zoning districts in the unincorporated area of Klickitat County.

Art Gallery draws the line starting in January

Columbia Art Gallery kicks off 2014 with a lineup of artists from around the Northwest, all engaging in some form of elemental of artistic expression: drawing.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 28

New Year’s Eve planner; Songwriter Summit returns

Dear Readers: Thanks for Writing

Our Readers Write: Presenting (student) A., Lindsey, through Zuehlke, Ann — Our Readers who Write, 2013 edition.

Sheriff Log for Dec. 28

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Dec. 16-22.

Outdoor News: Winter steelheading ‘just the way I like it’

Despite the fact that I was wet and cold, I stood still as a statue in the thigh-deep water with all my attention focused on my fishing rod, line and outfit that was drifting through the high, yet green colored water.

Kids’ notes

Here are some ideas for fun things to do in the next week:

Health Media youth work for the community

Health Media is:

Friday, December 27

Death notices for Dec. 28

Santos Mariscal Sr., Louis Goyack

Tuesday, December 24

Eidler and McCrea are married

Tamara Chiara Eidler and Clayton Lee McCrea, both of Hood River, were married Sept. 14, 2013, in Salzburg, Austria.

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Chronicling ‘the continual feast’: 2013 readerboard year

Our annual celebration of roadside spiritual (and other) messages this year adds a new contributor: Hood River Seventh-Day Adventist Church installed a signboard in September.

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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Class project, food drive exemplify Christmas spirit

Giving can be a lesson, and a fun one.

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

HRV boys continue to improve as they seek first win of season

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.

Norovirus alert: County health dept. issues cautions

Over the last few weeks, we have had reported outbreaks of Norovirus, prompting public health officials to issue advice on steps everyone can take to avoid this common and unpleasant gastrointestinal illness.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 25

New Year’s Eve planner; more

ROUND TABLE: This Christmas film list is merry but not quite right

For your Christmas reading enjoyment, perhaps by that leg lamp in the window: a website called Ranker reports that viewers rated “A Christmas Story” the greatest Christmas movie of all time.

Merry Christmas: ‘Make your house fair as you are able’

Sunday’s comics pages presented a piece of seasonal theology, expressed 40 or so years ago by the late Charles Schulz.

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 25

Watery blind spot; Imperfect freedoms; Sad irony; Water and our future

Public Records: Marriage Permits

Oct. 15 to Dec. 16

Oct. 15 to Dec. 16

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.

Sports Briefs for Dec. 25

Knights of Columbus free throw contest Jan. 4; Gorge Roller Girls bout Jan. 12

A kegler’s Christmas hymn

It was the night of league, when all thru the house Not a creature was stirring, not even the ubiquitous, Len Hickman

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.

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.

Executive director: Gorge Commission ‘on verge of collapse’ due to funding

Shortages in funding to the Columbia River Gorge Commission are leading to compromises in terms of how effective the agency can be when it comes to addressing the planning needs of the National Scenic Area, according to its executive director.

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.

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.

Sumako Kobayashi

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

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.

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.

Monday, December 23

Big changes coming to Expo Center

Expo Center, one of Hood River's largest structures, is one major step closer to undergoing a major change.

Death notice for Dec. 25

Brian Hillyard

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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A slice of local life -- Antonio and Joyce, a Christmas décor team

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Hood River, but nowhere is quite as Christmassy as the Oak Street Hotel.

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Blocks of love: Cascade Locks ladies make, donate quilts to domestic violence shelter

For those who have been displaced from their homes following a domestic violence incident, the holidays can be an especially difficult and traumatic time of year.

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Naito hotel proposal remanded, again

LUBA decision a setback for waterfront development; Naito will continue pursuit of hotel and commercial building project

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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Persistence pays as Eagles add two to win column

Two games in two nights with two-point margins both times.

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‘Murder in the Key of D’ promises fun mystery NYE at CG Hotel

‘Murder in the Key of D’ promises

Christmas services

Christmas services

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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.

HRV ski team ready to rock

Healthy downhill, freestyle rosters promise repeat titles

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.

Hundred units planned in sweet development deal

HOOD RIVER —The Hood River Bagel Company at 13 Oak Street is a surprising location for the planned development of over 100 houses. Until you realize that the houses are gingerbread.

Santa photos help Adopt A Dog

The community is invited to help Adopt A Dog by having photos taken with Santa at the Hood River Hotel.

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.

Kids relish ‘Shop With A Cop’

The rules of Shop With A Cop are two: no air-soft guns and all video games and movies purchased must be age appropriate.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 21

Garbanzo Bros. at Trillium Cafe; more

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 21

Room at the inn?; On freedoms; Seventy percent; more

Marriage Equality initiative petition makes rounds

The Oregon United for Marriage Hood River Committee will be gathering signatures from Dec.16-22, from Oregonians who would like to see the Marriage Equality initiative on the November 2014 ballot.

ROUND TABLE: Bring on the beloved ‘Snow Bowl’ headcases

Bowl season is upon us; which means There Will Be Food. Even at the Fight Hunger Bowl I doubt they’ll cancel concessions.

Next Door Inc. honors Cassady as top volunteer

The Next Door announced its Volunteer of the Year for 2013, Gary Cassady, in a ceremony this week.

Building permits: November

Building permits: November

Museum events look at Japanese American WWII experience

The History Museum will host a special exhibit and event in January to remember the experiences of Japanese American citizens in World War II, and honor those who braved prejudices to help them or speak out against their treatment.

Sports Briefs for Dec. 21

Knights of Columbus free throw contest Jan. 4; more

‘Battle tested’ Hawks win three straight

Horizon hoops 3-1 after three-game road trip

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.

Friday, December 20

Hood River man receives three-year prison sentence for bank robbery

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.

Wednesday, December 18

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Kaleidoscope: In from the cold

Volunteer-based Warming Shelter program for homeless undergoes changes in 2013-14; host sites and more volunteers needed

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.”

Snow didn’t stop ‘Girl Up’ supporters: ‘I really couldn’t have done it with you’

“To the community of Hood River — I want to say thank you,” writes HRVHS junior Caitlyn Fick.

Elks clinic visits, screens Head Start kids’ vision

The Elks Children’s Eye Clinic at OHSU provided vision screenings to preschool children Nov. 10 at Hood River Head Start.

A memorable ‘Tree of Remembrance’

Julie Raefield-Gobbo, director of Providence Foundation, writes:

Museum events look at Japanese American WWII experience

The History Museum will host a special exhibit and event in January to remember the experiences of Japanese American citizens in World War II, and honor those who braved prejudices to help them or speak out against their treatment.

Roots and Branches: Transforming lives of many

2013 is coming to an end. It has been a year of some of the most profound changes I have experienced in decades.

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.

Martz and Davis to marry

Julie Martz and Aubrey Davis, both of Parkdale, are planning to be married in Parkdale on June 21, 2014.

Mid valley news: Art cards are still available at Mid Valley

Christmas spirit swept through downtown Odell Dec. 15 with a live crèche at Gehrig’s Chevron. Jesuit Volunteer Corps members planned the event, with many others coming together to make it happen.

12 Columns of Christmas: To benefit the Hood River Warming Shelter

This month the Hood River News has published the first edition of “12 Columns of Christmas,” a booklet containing editorials written by Editor Kirby Neumann-Rea from our Christmas papers between 2000 and 2012.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kegler's Corner: Ciena Brittle rolls 622 series

Ciena Brittle put on quite a show in last week’s Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.

Sports Briefs for Dec. 18

Knights of Columbus free throw contest Jan. 4; more

Sheriff Log for Dec. 18

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Dec. 10-15.

HR Police conduct DUII ‘blitz’ through Jan. 2

From Dec. 13 through Jan. 2 the Hood River Police Department will be conducting a traffic safety blitz campaign.

‘Tis the season for giving to CGCC Foundation Fund

Columbia Gorge Community College welcomes generous holiday “giving” to ensure its grant match challenge goal.

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 18

Grateful for response; Sorry for inconvenience; Greatness or greed?; more

Tech tacks: Gorge STEM efforts stay on course

The whole STEM effort in the Gorge took a couple of steps forward this week.

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.

Marriage Equality initiative gathers signatures

The Oregon United for Marriage Hood River Committee will be gathering signatures from Dec.16-22, from Oregonians who would like to see the Marriage Equality initiative on the November 2014 ballot.

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.

Deadlines move up

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

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.

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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Fire truck parade rolls Dec. 17-18

The annual Hood River County fire departments’ lighted Christmas parades continue Dec. 17-18, 6-9 p.m.

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Who is homeless?

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, July 2009:

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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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Muhonen, Robinson lead HRV Nordic in first race

With more than a dozen new racers and several returning state placers on its roster, the Hood River Valley Nordic Team is picking up speed in what should be another breakthrough season for the blossoming program.

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Travis Chapman opens Waterfront Endodontics

Dr. Travis Chapman has recently opened Waterfront Endodontics at the Port of Hood River across from Waterfront Park at 501 Portway Ave., Ste. 202.

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PET OF THE WEEK: McGraw is ‘super-sweet, irresistible’

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

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Ruling brings Nestlé closer to CL

State agency says Nestlé opponents’ chief argument is ‘without merit’

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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Vagabond Lodge grows, stays connected to ‘50s origins

Vagabond Motel only looks like a classic motor court motel like those popular in the 1950s.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 18

Scott Sparks at Double Mt.; more

Tuesday, December 17

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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.

Death notice for Dec. 18

William Hanel

Saturday, December 14

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A slice of local life -- Gavin McAlpine forges ballet bonds and more

You might say Gavin McAlpine is a professional volunteer.

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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

Turnovers plague HRV in home opener; team looks to bounce back at Sandy tourney

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.

Sheriff Log for Dec. 14

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Dec. 1-9.

Hood River business owner facing child sex abuse charges

A local business owner has been charged with five counts of first-degree sexual abuse after allegedly having sexual contact with at least two minors between the ages of 8 and 10.

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.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 14

Photos with Santa helps Adopt A Dog program; more

ANOTHER VOICE: Guns since Newtown — not a happy anniversary

On Dec. 14 it will have been a year since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 14

Giving Guide is a gem; Who profits from ACA?; Words and actions matter; more

Gifts of meaning: New ways of seasonal giving

Plenty of businesses got on board Dec.11 for the Hood River Chamber of Commerce’s first Holiday Giving promotion.

‘Longest Night’ prayer service planned Dec. 19 at Riverside

Riverside Community Church invites community members to join in a “Longest Night” prayer service Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

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SO Samba FC puts Hood River on NPSL stage

Local semi-pro soccer team accepted to National Primere Soccer League, helps form Northwest Conference

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.

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.

Coming to a street near you ... Fire truck parade rolls Dec. 16-18

The annual Hood River County fire departments’ lighted fire truck Christmas parade rolls Dec. 16-18, 6-9 p.m. each night. Below are routes the decorated vehicles will take through the county.

Port, CGWA working on new Hook launch and access point

If all goes as planned, windsurfers, kayakers, paddle boarders and other river users will have significantly improved water access at the Hook by the 2015 season.

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.

Police Log for Dec. 14

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Dec 2-8.

How to Help for Dec. 14

Bid on auction items for Warming Shelter; more

Barrett Park stays open space

Parks Board will likely not appeal county denial, but holds land for future use

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.

Friday, December 13

Weather update: Hood River schools 2 hours late

Hood River County School District and Horizon Christian School are both on 2-hour late start this morning due to weather.

Wednesday, December 11

How to Help: Volunteer opportunities are plentiful

‘Share the Warmth’ at Windermere; more

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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PARKDALE NEWS: Parkdale Fire re-ignites Christmas tree lighting

The Parkdale Fire Department is hosting the once-again annual Parkdale Tree Lighting at Rail’s End Station on Baseline and Clear Creek Roads on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.

Insider’s View: The canned food drive -- Students compete to help FISH food bank

As the height of the holiday season is approaching, a fully stocked food bank is needed.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 11

Ron Rogers plays Dec. 14; more

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The Best Christmas pageant ever: Hilarity, with a message

As CAST reprises ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever,’ stage mom in 2009 becomes director for 2013 show

Chaos within mayhem: sounds like any Christmas experience, right?

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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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City plans new parking survey

Mayor calls for methodical, permanent parking use monitoring system

The city will get the data first before making any big decisions on parking.

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Gift sales help Meals on Wheels

Looking for some holiday décor with good calories connected?

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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.

Alert senior detects scam in ‘Fruit Packer’ call

Sheriff: Never give personal information on the phone.

Wilma Packer said, “I’m glad I stopped to think,” after an apparent scam phone call on Tuesday morning.

Hood River Garbage looking to raise rates

Citing the rising costs of doing business, Hood River Garbage has asked the Hood River County Board of Commissioners to approve a rate increase for its county customers.

Pipes break at Brookside Memory Care Unit

Residents of Providence Brookside Manor’s Memory Care unit were evacuated after a water pipe broke early Monday morning, a result of freezing temperatures.

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.

Historic Columbia River Highway open again

Restoration project is now complete after renovation of the 1918 viaduct

Renovation of the Historic Columbia River Highway and the viaduct surrounding the Vista House has been completed and one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions is fully open.

County starts Odell area zoning update

Meeting scheduled Dec. 17 at Wy’east

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.

ROUND TABLE: Walkin’ man Dave Phelps quietly retires

And the walkin’ man walks …”

Parking: The solution is not just up to the city

The idea of a thorough, methodical review of parking needs and practices in downtown Hood River is a great idea (story, page A1).

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 11

Tea Party mission; Much ado about nothing; Right idea, wrong subject

Kegler's Corner: Bryan Mason rolls huge 759

Once again, Bryan Mason’s bowling skills are in the limelight as he posted the top score in town last week.

Sports Briefs for Dec. 11

Cooper Camp coming soon; Wrestling community says thanks; Gorge Roller Girls bout Jan. 12

Ann Harris named CGCC ‘Open Campus’ coordinator

Oregon State University Extension Services has had a presence in the community for many decades, but OSU has decided to bring its Open Campus program to the Columbia Gorge as well.

MCT brings ‘Robinson Crusoe’ to Parkdale

Missoula Children’s Theatre and Parkdale Elementary School students are teaming up to perform a fun version of “Robinson Crusoe.”

Cascade Observations: Keeping it local, staying thankful

In December 1969 my 19-year-old brother came home for Christmas in a green Pontiac Firebird. That same year, my friend Florence’s brother came home from Vietnam in a body bag.

Oregon History Museum admission free Dec. 14

Admission to the Oregon History Museum at the Oregon Historical Society will be free Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

Youths brighten hearts on Thanksgiving at Care Center

On Thanksgiving morning the Youth of Heart of Hospice/YoHOHs arrived at the Hood River Care Center bringing dozens of assorted carnations and carringing signs that read Happy Thanksgiving for the resident.

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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Hawks’ tough schedule opens with 2A Irrigon

Totaro, Davis and Bloomster lead offense in Horizon boys’ 67-51 loss; Girls look for bright spots in tough loss

Tuesday, December 10

Death notices for Dec. 11

Robert Barker, Michael Vanderslice, Norman Vance

Saturday, December 7

‘Himalayan Dreams: The Quest for Kumari’

Peter Marbach shares inspiring story of Nepali guide Jagat Lama

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.

Students design, help build Wy’east Wellness Park

There’s a new playground for students and the community to use, at Wy’east Middle School.

Outdoor News: Frozen fish doesn’t keep: turn it into smoked treats

Unfortunately, fish doesn’t keep very well when frozen. The more time fish spend in the freezer the less desirable they become. And while there are ways to make fish last in the freezer for six to 12 months, dropping fillets in a zip-top bag won’t get you much past 60 days.

Horizon girls hoops building foundation

Young but athletic lineup means bright future for girls team

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.

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.

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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Nazarene Church hosts Drive-through Nativity

Don’t let a few pipes along the road keep you from making the Nativity pilgrimage this weekend.

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The Subterranean puts new on the old

Chris Lynn opens restaurant in former North Oak space

Old is new and new is old at one of Hood River’s newest restaurants, and Chris Lynn is back in the business.

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Scenic, yet slick

Friday weather causes numerous accidents, some events canceled

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

Sieverkropp development planned for the Heights

100 lots planned for 29.37 acre Heights property

A new subdivision may be coming to Hood River, pending city approval.

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A slice of local life -- Flaggers Betsy and Cheryl: safety with a smile

Betsy Keith and Cheryl Rohan are friends who really, really enjoy what they do.

‘Sabotage’ on FMX, again

Destruction of county property leaves trail builder determined, not deterred

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

With lots of new faces, HRV girls optimistic as season gets going

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.

Mercado del Valle coming to Odell in June

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.

‘Tree of Remembrance’ event returns on Dec. 12

The annual Tree of Remembrance/Light Up A Life Memorial returns at 6 p.m. Dec. 12, at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Bridge of the Gods to add Saturday nighttime closures

The Port of Cascade Locks has announced that more nighttime closures will be coming to the Bridge of the Gods as contractors work to finish repairs on the structure by the end of the year.

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.

CRG National Scenic Area announces new personnel

Lynn Burditt, area manager for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (Forest Service), announced new employees in three positions:

Entertainment Update for Dec. 7

Danny Barnes, Matt Sircely at Double Mountain Dec. 12; more

On Letters: How to get your letter published

Letters to the editor, or “Our Readers Write,” is an essential part of the community forum, and the Hood River News welcomes them.

How to Help for Dec. 7

Get a haircut, donate to FISH; more

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 7

‘Sunshine patriots’; Laws protect insured

‘A Few Good Men’ auditions Dec. 15-16

Columbia Center for the Arts has announced auditions for “A Few Good Men,” a play of trust, loyalty, friendship and truth in many forms.

OSP reports two fatalities during Thanksgiving holiday

Preliminary information indicates two people died in Oregon in fatal traffic crashes during the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday reporting period between 6 p.m. Nov. 27 and 11:59 p.m. Dec. 1.

Friday, December 6

Death notice for Dec. 7

Ralph Smiley

Weather updates: Hood River tree lighting postponed

Updates on weather related news

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.

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.

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 4

Thanks, bin fire workers; Positive side of Affordable Care

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.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 4

Voci, Interludes sing Dec. 7-8; more

Holidays bring a long list of music events

December is music month in Hood River.

December debuts with record rainfall

The month of December is only a few days old, but Hood River already has one weather record in the books.

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.

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.

Hood River County is at its lowest unemployment rate in over five years

The Oregon Employment Department has released its October unemployment figures that show Hood River County has not only one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state, but its lowest rate in over five years.

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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!

Stage and studio musician, filmmaker, inventor, windsurfer Thomas Dolby has Hood River memories

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.

Hawks have ‘all the right pieces’

Horizon boys fired up to reclaim state title

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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Downtown prepares for holidays

State Street will be cleaned up and ready for Friday night

State Street should “clean up real good.”

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Barrett Park is a no-go

Commissioners vote 4-1 to deny permit for controversial park

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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Chairez, Dillon, Eastwood, Scheer, Remington, Bockius win Turkey Trot divisions

Results are in for the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot fun-run and fundraiser for Mosier Community School. More than 300 runners turned out for this year’s run, held in brisk but dry conditions on the Twin Tunnels trail.

Local ballet students perform ‘Scenes from The Nutcracker’

Ballet students at Columbia Gorge Dance Academy will once again present their gift to the community, “Scenes from The Nutcracker,” in three performances Dec. 14 and 15 in the Hood River Middle School auditorium.

Students learn ‘culture of community’

Leaders for Tomorrow recently visited local non-profit organizations as part of Cultural and Community Resources Day.

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.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Pizza sales Dec. 3-4 will benefit Wy’east PTO

Short column this week — but there’s a lot going on.

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.

Sheriff Log for Dec. 4

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Nov. 24-Dec. 1.

Tuesday, December 3

Death notice for Dec. 4

Wilda Goe


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