Stories for February 2013

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Thursday, February 28

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Horizon Christian advances to 1A hoops semis

Hawks to face Hosanna Christian at 3:15 Friday in Baker City

Horizon Christian cleared the first hurdle in Baker City in its attempt to defend its 1A state title.

Tuesday, February 26

Rep. Johnson talks ‘Gorge Center for Regional Innovation’

Rep. Mark Johnson told the Chamber of Commerce at Friday’s Appreciation dinner that a high-tech educational facility to serve the Gorge is looking increasingly likely for Hood River.

Little League treasurer pleads guilty to theft

Jennifer Bailey, 41, of Hood River, pleaded guilty to Theft I tied to her embezzlement of $21,451.92 in cash from the Hood River County Little League. Bailey was arrested Nov. 20 and was originally charged with theft in the first degree-aggravated, and forgery in the second degree.

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McAndie gets 52 months for attempted kidnap and rape

Former high school teacher pleads guilty

At a recent settlement conference, Donald Stuart McAndie, a hearing specialist who has been employed in Hood River and The Dalles, pleaded guilty to one count each of attempted rape, attempted kidnapping, attempted unlawful sexual penetration and attempted sexual abuse.

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Fathers, daughters dance the night away

YoungLife dance event a success

With rhinestones, tiaras, feather boas and elegant attire of every kind on full display, more than 150 beautiful young ladies were joined by their fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and other male mentors at the first-ever YoungLife Father-Daughter Dance on Feb. 23.

Special Districts filing deadline looms

Personal property returns due March 1

The Hood River County Clerk’s Office announces two key filing deadlines in March.

Lot 1 planning back in gear

The Port of Hood River is getting the ball rolling again on Lot 1 planning.

Where the street has no name — yet

Public hearing set for March 11 to explore options

What’s in a name?

Police Log for Feb. 27

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Feb. 12-25.

Sprinkler quells fire, but unstopped water damages Dakine, Full Sail

The Dakine showroom, at 408 Columbia Ave., suffered a fire Saturday.

At Chamber, it’s fun with honors

An enjoyable comic book spirit filled the room Friday in the annual Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Dinner, but members also heard encouraging news about college text books.

Robotics teams win

Hood River robotics teams won three slots for state at OMSI’s First Tech Challenge qualifying tournament. The Feb. 24 event started with five qualifying rounds placing Hood River teams first, second, sixth and eighth.

Revisit ‘Missoula Floods’

“Cataclysms On the Columbia,” a lecture on the Missoula Floods, one of the greatest geological events to ever have occurred in North America, is presented Feb. 26 at Columbia Gorge Community College Indian Creek campus.

Leos take cans, bottles for BBBS

Hood River Valley Leos Club will collect cans and bottles on March 2 to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge.

Entertainment Update for Feb. 27

‘Big Love Story’ screens Feb. 27; L’il Rev plays March 3; Bone Soup event March 2; Feast of Words March 9; ‘Gentleman Band’ at Cebu

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: What’s in a name? Dag Shaw plays Pint Shack Feb. 28

I’m sure you agree — if there’s one population of folks with interesting names — musicians surely can be at the top of the list.

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 27

Don’t know what to say?; Record family stories; Looking for Oregon info; more

Filing time: Public office: the bread and buttonhole of local life

Sequestration and gridlock are terms that, so far locally, create none of the burdensome political baggage we are seeing in Washington, D.C.

HOOD RIVER READS KICKS OFF MARCH 3

Everyone is welcome to come enjoy the many events connected to Hood River County Reads:

LIBRARY NOTES: In ‘Reads’, we center on a book

There’s nothing like sharing a good book with a friend. So how about sharing a good book with a whole community? That’s the goal of the annual “Hood River County Reads”—more than a month of community activities and presentations centered on a book everyone has read.

Hood River County starts reading ‘Ricochet River’

Hood River County Reads is an annual community reading adventure. This year, Hood River County is reading “Ricochet River,” by Robin Cody, a coming-of-age story set in a small Oregon logging town in the 1960s.

PUBLIC RECORDS: MARRIAGE PERMITS

Feb. 6-25

Death Notices for Feb. 27

Clara ‘Marie’ Stifel; Joann Wols

‘Occupy the Bible’ comes to Riverside Church

Community members are invited to join in the study and exploration of a new, challenging and provocative book: “Occupy the Bible: What Jesus Really Said (and did) about Money and Power.”

Tax-Aide held in three locations

The AARP Tax-Aide program is available in three Gorge locations: Mondays at the Hood River County Library, Thursdays at the Hood River Valley Adult Center and by appointment at the Pioneer Center in White Salmon.

Trail work volunteers sought

The Washington Trails Association is hosting two weekends of volunteer trail work at Coyote Wall in the Columbia River Gorge. Volunteers are sought to help with trail restoration and maintenance.

Red Feather Mercantile to close

Red Feather Mercantile, the Oak Street store owned by Dick and Linda Templeton, will close in mid-March. Red Feather opened in May 2003.

Hospice youth bring Valentine cheer

Youth Heart of Hospice (YoHOHs) and Heart of Hospice volunteers decorated heart-shaped cookies for their YoHOH Valentine’s Day outing delivering to hospice patients in the Hood River area.

Sports Briefs for Feb. 27

Wheat, Kopecky earn all-league honors; Little League tryouts March 2,4; Little League seeks public involvement; HR water polo gearing up

Horizon punches return ticket to state tourney

Hawks overwhelm Crow 80-27 in Class 1A boys basketball play-in game

As Crow High School’s boys basketball season came to an end Friday night, a young fan in red and black face paint sitting behind the Horizon Christian School bench quipped: “It looks like we’re going back to Baker.”

Eagles excited for future after 7th-place state finish

Christian Marquez may not yet have a state title, but he did put the rest of the 5A wrestling world on notice for the next couple of years.

Marquez leads Eagles at state

HRV wrestling 7th overall 5A state

Win or lose, state is the experience of a lifetime

The staging area is a musky rectangular room packed with a couple hundred bodies bouncing in circles and pacing back and forth like caged animals. There are many hundred more waiting upstairs for their time to come.

Rotary sets Wine and Pear dates

Hood River Rotary has announced May 18-19 as the dates for its annual fundraiser, the Columbia Gorge Wine & Pear Fest.

EdCamp Gorge, an education ‘unconference,’ set for March 9

EdCamp Gorge, a free conference for teachers, administrators and anyone involved in education, comes to Wy’east Middle School March 9.

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Kaleidoscope: HRVHS brings Shakespeare to stage in Hamlet

Ghosts, sword fights, spies, poisoned cups, madness and an evil king will bring intrigue and drama to audiences in the Hood River Valley High School production of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” running weekends March 1 through March 16.

Laugh until you cry

Sometimes one just really needs a good laugh, something straight from the gut that will make doubts flee and chase worries into a dark corner. Without getting into the details, lately I’ve been feeling the need.

Devlin, Hay are wed

Rachel Ann Devlin and Graham Gilbert Hay, both of Portland, were married Nov. 17, 2012, at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Portland. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii and will continue to make their home in Portland.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Hosts needed for Tsuruta visitors

Don’t miss the unveiling of the mural “Harvesting Our Stories” in Mid Valley Elementary’s cafeteria lobby Feb. 28 at 5:15 p.m. The mural honors Odell’s fruit industry and those who work in it. This is an “Arts Build Communities” project, made possible through the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon taxpayers.

Hawks Ridge hosts health fair

Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Community on the Heights hosts a health fair Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the second floor. The fair is open to the community.

Friday, February 22

A slice of local life: Library’s family programs plant many seeds

What’s happening at the library these days?

Fire auction seeks donations

March 2 event supports Pine Grove volunteers

That annual jolt.

City to hear road name ideas

The City of Hood River says it doesn’t care what the name of a new road connecting Mt. Adams Avenue to Country Club Road is called — it just can’t be called Country Club Road.

Pipe bomb found on bike trail

OSP squad destroys device at Post Canyon trail head

Members of the Oregon State Patrol and Portland Police bomb squads destroyed a pipe bomb at the popular Seven Streams trailhead in Post Canyon Tuesday afternoon.

Entertainment Update for Feb. 23

Walk the red carpet Feb. 24; Sassparilla at CEBU Lounge; Jug band plays at Solera; Storm Large plays Columbia Arts benefit April 13; Gold Stars at Gallery 301; L’il Rev plays March 3

ANOTHER VOICE: Youth Mental Health: EASA, and what every parent should know

Did you know that three out of 100 individuals have some form of psychotic illness? It usually develops gradually in the teen years or early 20s. Untreated, teens and young adults with psychosis are often unable to transition to adulthood. They often fail to maintain their family ties, lose their homes, their ability to care of themselves, their family and community support, and their ability to protect themselves from harm. With early treatment and support, families stay together and young people become successful adults.

Lot 1: Plan for potential

Hard to ignore, yet historically hard to plan for, Lot 1 sits in our collective front yard and beckons the community to finally act.

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 23

Convert to renewable; Working together

Service Announcements for Feb. 23

Bea Baldwin; Frances Hankins

‘Made for Mosier’ fund-raiser returns April 27

Mosier Schools will hold its fifth-annual Made for Mosier benefit auction April 27 at Springhouse Cellar Winery, 13 Railroad Ave., Hood River, and is looking for donations.

Arbor Day trees available

The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easier for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring through planting trees.

Sheriff Log for Feb. 23

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Feb. 10-18.

HRV Nordic’s Wiley hot in ‘hot pursuit’

Hood River Valley High School Nordic team racers continued season action last weekend with a “Hot Pursuit” race that brought teams from Summit, Bend, Redmond, Saint Mary’s, Crescent Valley, Cleveland and Corvallis high schools to the groomed cross country trails of Mt. Hood Meadows.

Castaneda leads HRVST at 10-and-under state

Hood River Valley Swim Team took five of its members to the 2013 Oregon 10-and-under State Championships, held last weekend at Springfield’s Willamalane Park Swim Center.

Sports Briefs for Feb. 23

Teams of five: join Bowl for Kids’ Sake; Umpires needed for spring season; Young wrestlers star at state

Trail reopens, with new view

Hood River County Forestry still has some “finishing touches” to do in the area, but for the most part operations on the Clematis Timber Sale are complete.

Gorge Roller Girls ready for first league bout March 16

In a much-anticipated season debut, the Gorge Roller Girls are excited to announce the first-ever bout of the recently formed roller derby league. The bout, set for March 16 at Hood River Valley High School, comes after months of recruiting members, training, building stamina and preparing bodies for the physical demands associated with the rapidly reemerging sport of roller derby.

ON THE AGENDA

The following Cascade Locks meetings will be at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers:

‘Spare’ some time March 9 to Bowl for Kids

You don’t have to be an expert bowler to participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge’s largest community fundraiser of the year

Time to order native plants

Even though days are short and the weather’s lousy, spring will be here before you know it. Be prepared! Order your native shrubs and trees now through the Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District native plant sale.

McPherson tops Poetry Out Loud contest

Students from Hood River Valley High School competed in the Poetry Out Loud national recitation contest Thursday in Columbia Center for the Arts’ CAST Theater.

New research finds sitting detrimental

Think you’re sitting pretty at work because you exercise regularly? Think again.

Lions seek Heights site for newspaper trailer

Hood River Lions is looking for a new Heights location to place its trailer for collecting donated newsprint for recycling.

Casting call looms for 2013 Cemetery Tales

The History Museum of Hood River County is putting out a casting call for production of its 2013 Cemetery Tales. This is the fifth year for this cultural heritage event co-sponsored by Idlewilde Cemetery.

Parenting series starts Feb. 26

If you take care of a toddler, preschooler, or 5-6-year-old then you will really enjoy the parenting series starting next week in Hood River.

La Clínica announces new name, building

‘One Community Health’ reflects patient population

Expect to see some new signage at a familiar location come March 4.

BOOKS, films and plays: Upcoming events at the library

Here are upcoming special events at the Hood River Library, in addition to the weekly StoryTime program for young children — highlighted on page A1.

Missoula Children’s Theater starts Monday at Wy’east: ‘A Secret Garden’

A great theater opportunity for kids is Missoula Children’s Theater, returning Feb. 25 with a production of “The Secret Garden.”

Multi-dimensional May Street writers

Here are selections from “Fifth Dimension,” a selection of poems and nonfiction writings by May Street Elementary fifth-graders. They were guided this winter by Wendy Best of Parkdale, artist in residence. Best credited teachers Katherine Jacobson, Heidi Burns and Leonard Bunting, and Principal Kelly Beard, “for having been so supportive of this special creative writing project.”

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Seeing white

Jake Allen of Carson, Wash., looked out his window at the Embarq building on Wasco Street Thursday at 11:30 a.m. and saw a rare sight: a snowy owl

Thursday, February 21

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Wall-to-Wall Wrestling 2013

The Hood River Valley High School wrestling team heads to the 2013 state wrestling tournament with 14 wrestlers, 12 boys and two girls. We are also headed to the Memorial Coliseum with a laptop, camera, video camera -- and a whole lot of snacks.

Wednesday, February 20

Pipe bomb found at Seven Streams

Members of the Oregon State Patrol and Portland Police bomb squads destroyed a pipe bomb at the popular Seven Streams trail head in Post Canyon Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, February 19

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In Oak Grove, frustrations rise as water boils

Residents still unable to drink tap water after E. coli bacteria contamination found

Chris Reitz would just like to be able to drink from her tap again without first having to put the water on the stove and boil it.

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Theft suspect nabbed

Driver also linked to Portland bank robbery

Just after 11 p.m. on Feb. 17, Hood River Police Officer Jacob Ferrer responded to a reported theft of a pickup truck from the 600 block of 30th Street. The man later turned out to be a suspect in a Portland bank robbery.

HRVHS celebrates FFA Week

‘Pass the Pig’ today, breakfast Saturday

“Pass the Pig” returns today and the annual Farmers Breakfast will be Saturday as local students celebrate National FFA Week.

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In photos, (f-stop) bullying

Teen’s photography earns national prize

Sadie Shepard is an artist. She, at just 17, has learned to value her different perspective on the world, and has learned to help others do the same.

Martinez wins Best of Show with ‘Giraffe’

Hood River Valley High School art students won best of show and two first prizes in the 2013 Mid-Columbia High School and Middle School annual art show.

Chamber dinner comes Feb. 22

“Create Your Own Superhero” is the theme of the Feb. 22 Chamber of Commerce annual dinner at Columbia Gorge Hotel.

Workshop offered on grant writing

The Hood River County Faith Connection is partnering with Paul Lindberg, of Hat Creek Consulting, to present a series of workshops that focus on grant writing, foundations and the grant process.

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Trail guide Art Carroll receives state honor

For his dedication to local recreation, Art Carroll of Hood River recently won his second state award in just over two years.

Learn about conservation resources

Working Group meets Feb. 28 at OSU Extension

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has scheduled a Local Working Group meeting for Feb. 28, from 1-3 p.m. at the OSU Extension Service meeting room, 2990 Experiment Station Drive, Hood River. Farmers and stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

Join fellow fishermen at Festival of the Fly

The fourth-annual Festival of the Fly returns to the Skylight Theatre and Pub Feb. 21 for an evening of hanging out with fellow backcasters and watching some of the most cutting-edge fish footage ever created.

‘White Out Dinner’ helps Heart of Hospice

“White Out Dinner,” the latest of the 2013 My Dinner Party series, has some seats available.

Family musical fun arrives in a bottle Feb. 23-24

“Three-and-a-Half Wishes” is new musical written by Mark Steighner and presented by students and staff at Hood River Middle School this weekend and next.

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Sinfonietta to herald ‘Heroic’ performances

Viola soloist, Beethoven highlighted

Music has always played a part in stirring up patriotism in the hearts of humankind. Two Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta concerts slated for this weekend will explore that phenomenon through their presentation of “The Heroic Spirit in Music.”

Entertainment Update for Feb. 20

Music at White Buffalo Feb. 21; Storm Large plays Columbia Arts benefit April 13; Women of Heart and Mind; Gold Stars at Gallery 301; L’il Rev plays March 3

Valuing families: Community can get on board new grant aimed at reducing abuse

Consider the new example of the Hood River County community’s coordinated efforts to respond to the needs of at-risk families.

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 20

Why change address?; It’s Country Club, right?; Time’s a wastin’; more

‘Connect Cascade Locks’ team receives award

Cascade Locks — A team of Portland State University master’s degree candidates, also known as the Celilo Planning Studio, has received a national award from the American Planning Association for its work in the town of Cascade Locks.

‘Keeping Families Together’: Abuse prevention grant seeks local participants for community board

The Hood River County Commission on Children and Families recently received a child abuse and neglect prevention grant from the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon.

Death Notices for Feb. 20

Bea Baldwin; Glen Allen

PET OF THE WEEK: Scout ‘loves people of all shapes and sizes’

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

Bonneville Dam hosts ‘Electrifying Event’

Bonneville Lock and Dam will host its annual Great Electrifying Event Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Washington Shore Visitor Center, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced.

Kegler's Corner: HRVHS girls finish third at district bowling tourney

The Hood River Valley High School girls bowling team competed in its district tournament last week in Hermiston, against teams from Pendleton and Hermiston.

Hawks rock Big Sky championship

Undefeated, boys are top-ranked in class 1A state

Top-ranked Horizon Christian School accomplished one of its season goals Saturday, winning the Big Sky Conference boys basketball championship in Hermiston.

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13 Eagle wrestlers will go to big show

No district champions, but Eagle wrestling sends large contingent to state tournament

The Hood River Valley wrestling team is sending 13 wrestlers to the state tournament this weekend, and for the 11 boys who qualified at last week’s district tournament, they will all have a chip on their shoulder.

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Eagle swimming scores three top-five finishes at state

Connor Webb ended his high school swimming career with a pair of top-five finishes at the OSAA state swimming championships Saturday.

Final ‘Sense of Place’ talk features historical photos

The last of the presentations in the Columbia Gorge Earth Center’s Sense of Place lecture series will take place March 19 with Arthur Babitz, “Visible Change: The Transformation of the Hood River Valley As Seen in the Photographic Record.”

PARKDALE NEWS: School carnival needs your donations

Parkdale Elementary is gearing up for its carnival on Friday, March 8, and is seeking local businesses and community members’ help donating raffle prizes.

United Way offers packets

The 2013 United Way of the Columbia Gorge allocations application packets will be available throughout the month of February from the United Way of the Columbia Gorge office.

Teens can enter peace essay contest

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility announces the fifth-annual Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship, sponsored by Oregon PSR and named for Del Greenfield, its first executive director.

Abby Walker wins DAR essay contest

Wy’east Middle School eighth-grader Abby Walker has been selected as the Daughters of the American Revolution Celilo Chapter’s 5-8-grade winner of the 2012-13 American History Essay Contest.

Roots and Branches: WWII research presents a poignant surprise

I had the opportunity to visit with a small group of college students from Evergreen, Wash., last fall. They were visiting several communities in the Pacific Northwest to supplement their studies on human rights, discrimination and immigrant populations.

‘Cataclysms’ lecture will repeats on Feb. 26

If you missed the “Cataclysms On the Columbia” presentation at Springhouse Cellear Winery on Feb. 19, here’s one more chance.

GTA looks at Gorge technology education

The Gorge Technology Alliance invites the community to a Feb. 26 gathering for a discussion on higher educational initiatives to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities in the Gorge.

Soroptimist seeks past ‘Opportunity’ awardees

Soroptimist of Hood River is hoping to hear from some of the dozens of women who have received its Women’s Opportunity Award in the past 15-20 years.

Mid-Columbia students honored for artwork

The Dalles Art Center has announced the 2013 awards for the Annual Mid Columbia Middle and High School open juried show.

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Getting serious in Tsuruta

A peek inside elementary school life in small-town Japan

I have now passed the six-month mark of my time here in Tsuruta, Japan, as the Coordinator for International Relations for the Hood River-Tsuruta sister city program.

Friday, February 15

Service Announcements for Feb. 16

Ken Jernstedt, Terry Roberts

Kathy Watson named to Oregon Travel Council

Hood River chef appointed by Gov. Kitzhaber

Oregon Travel Experience recently welcomed Kathy M. Watson of Hood River as the newest member to its governing board, the Oregon Travel Information Council.

‘Here in the Gorge’ looks at beer, books

Beer and books are the next two topics of conversation on Radio Tierra’s “Here in the Gorge” on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Road work starts on Cascade Ave

Crestline Construction will be performing utility work on Cascade Avenue just west of Les Schwab for approximately one month beginning Feb. 18.

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Photo of the day: Serene Sunrise

A beautiful sunrise Friday morning gave way to sunny skies and spring-like temperatures. National Weather Service forecasts say a chance of rain Saturday and mostly sunny weather for Sunday and Monday.

A slice of local life: 9-1-1 dispatch: Ready for anything and everything

Hood River County 9-1-1 Dispatch commander Marita Haddan is blunt about one of the most basic qualifications to be a dispatcher:

USPS changes might create local effects

“The only constant is change,” said Kevin Branson, USPS postmaster for Hood River. Being practical and adaptable is just part of the work he does.

Celilo: What was it like?

Ocean Kuykendall, one of 15 teachers in the Mid-Columbia region to receive a $3,000 grant from Confluence Project’s Gifts from Our Ancestors, gathered 180 middle school students to hear Native American voices of today share how their culture, customs and the Columbia River continue to be a strong current in their lives.

Hood River Police search for suspect

Law enforcement uses Facebook to aid search for Safeway wallet thief

Hood River Police are using social media to identify a suspect in a recent theft case.

Cataclysms lecture Feb. 19

One of the greatest geological events to ever have occurred in North America was given the name the Missoula Floods. Join the Columbia Gorge Earth Center on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Springhouse Cellar Winery to learn about one of the great forces that shaped the landscape of the Gorge, as well as the incredible story of J. Harlen Bretz and his discovery of the floods.

Community Work Day’ returns April 15

Student work sponsors needed

“Thank you in advance for helping our students participate in an active and positive role in their community!” said Wendy Herman, HRVHS CWD coordinator.

Toddlers to age 6: Parenting series starts Feb. 26

“If you take care of a toddler, preschooler, or 5-6-year-old then you will really enjoy the parenting series starting Feb. 26 in Hood River and February 28 in The Dalles,” siad Nancy Johansen Paul, of the Columbia Gorge Parenting Education Program.

Port takes stock of infrastructure

The path to some significant improvements to the Hood River waterfront has been eased, thanks to a financing agreement between the Port of Hood River, the City of Hood River and the Hood River Waterfront and the Hood River Urban Renewal Agency.

Community Ed offers Chinese classes

Hood River Community Education is currently offering classes on Chinese language and culture, for adults and children; including one with special focus on business. Minchun Huang, who is here on a teaching exchange, will be the instructor.

Zwickelmania tours Feb. 16

Zwickelmania features guided tours of local craft breweries in Oregon, including Hood River County, on Saturday, Feb. 16, with open houses from noon-4 p.m. Zwickelmania will feature Full Sail Brewing, Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom, pFriem Family Brewers and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales.

HR rockers win battle in PDX

Walter & the Conqueror is living up to its name.

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Entertainment Update for Feb. 16

Terrible Buttons at Trillium Cafe; ‘Acoustic Crepe’ at North Shore; Barlow Road on tour; Jug band plays at Solera; ‘NW Harmony’ at Gallery 301; Transcendental Brass at Double Mountain Feb. 16; James Apollo at CEBU Lounge

Thomsen emphasizes jobs, government efficiency

SALEM — According to a recent press release, Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River, will focus on the creation of private sector jobs, increasing funding to local classrooms and streamlining state government during the 2013 Legislative Session, which began business last weekend.

Presidents Day: A few facts for the day off

As the Presidents Day holiday awaits us on Monday, it may be helpful to point to a new car ad on television, one that, while humorous, casts some light on the question of just how well-informed Americans are about the history of our nation’s elected chiefs.

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 16

Did you know; Humans are responsible; Informed Fox viewer; more

River of Life church speaker Bob Kilpatrick

River of Life Assembly in Hood River hosts guest speaker Ben Kilpatrick on Sunday.

Gorge churches honor Warming Shelter’s Andy Wade

Keynote speaker John Boonstra calls for action on climate change

Andy Wade, “the CEO of the Warming Shelter,” received the 2013 Inspired Service and Action Award from Gorge Ecumenical Ministries.

Death Notice for Feb. 16

Michael Adams

Pet of the week: Ryder is ‘good copilot and travel buddy’

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

Sheriff Log for Feb. 16

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Feb. 6-12.

Police Log for Feb. 16

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Feb. 5-11.

Military Notes: Lopez completes Basic training

Air National Guard Airman Crystal A. Lopez graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

No spring chinook season on Deschutes

THE DALLES — Fisheries managers have announced that the popular spring chinook fishery on the Deschutes River will not open in 2013.

Sports Briefs for Feb. 16

$10 Monday at Meadows; Umpires needed for spring season; Gorge Roublaix comes March 24 to The Dalles; Gorge Gymnasts spring into new season

Mount Hood Ski Patrol holding tryouts for 2013-14

Mount Hood Ski Patrol is holding tryouts March 3 for skiers and snowboarders to fill its staff of about 300 volunteer patrollers for the 2013-14 winter season.

Ski team continues streak as season peaks

With only two races remaining in Mount Hood Ski League action, Hood River Valley High School skiers are looking poised to be among the top echelon at next month’s Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state championships.

Join fellow fishermen at Festival of the Fly

Fourth-annual fundraiser promises great prizes, awe-inspiring fish flick

The fourth-annual Festival of the Fly returns to the Skylight Theatre and Pub Feb. 21 for an evening of hanging out with fellow backcasters and watching some of the most cutting-edge fish porn ever created.

A key weekend for Hood River athletes

High school winter sports seasons are coming quckly to an end, but before they do there’s the little detail of determining the best of the best. This weekend features a heafty serving of action for even the hungriest of sports fans. Here’s a summary:

What we eat affects how we feel

Food makes us feel good. Besides tasting great and nourishing the body, food also has an influence on appetite and moods. Research shows that certain foods affect powerful mood-modifying brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are made from the foods we eat, and are present in higher concentrations after meals than between them.

10 things a woman should know about heart disease risks

Women — if you think that heart disease is something you don’t need to worry about, you could be tragically mistaken. This is one disease that most women know far too little about, and it affects far too many of us.

History series continues

THE DALLES — The Original Courthouse Regional History Forum series continues Saturday with “Blanche McGaughey, Early Cowgirl,” 1:30 p.m. in the upstairs courtroom of the 1859 Courthouse, at 410 W. Second Place in The Dalles. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Coffee and cookies are served.

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State swimming live: Day 1

The Hood River Valley Eagles send 20 swimmers to state this year, the team's largest contingent in years.

Tuesday, February 12

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HRVHS ranks near top of state graduation rates

Deputy Supt. for Public Instruction Rob Saxton announced this week that Oregon’s student graduation rates for 2012 were up slightly over the past year.

Crash claims Hood River man

Terry Dale Roberts, of Hood River, died Saturday in a vehicle crash on Highway 141, in Washington.

Residential allowed at waterfront

City council nixes language to require 30-day stay for waterfront residential

The City of Hood River will allow residential development on the waterfront after all. And developers won’t be facing as many restrictions as they could have.

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Cascade Locks Council appoints three

One position remains open after Monday’s meeting; Mayor may come calling

If you are a registered voter in Cascade Locks you may be hearing soon from Mayor Tom Cramblett about serving on city council.

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: Elks Lodge honors Ziegner, Oswald

Emilee Ziegner and Sophie Oswald, both Hood River Valley High School seniors, have been selected as January Students of the Month by the Hood River Elks Lodge. Each received a check for $100 at a recent Lodge meeting.

Class Notes for Feb. 13

Caitlin Kelley, a 2008 graduate of Hood River Valley High School, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in early childhood/elementary education from Western Oregon University Dec. 8.

CAST announces auditions for ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’

CAST is looking for actors for “Circle Mirror Transformation,” a play by Annie Baker that won the 2009 Obie Award for Best New American Play

Zwickel-mania tours Feb. 16

Zwickelmania features guided tours of local craft breweries in Oregon, including Hood River County, on Saturday, Feb. 16, with open houses from noon-4 p.m. Zwickelmania will feature Full Sail Brewing, Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom, pFriem Family Brewers and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales.

‘Three-and-a-Half Wishes’ is a magical musical that will delight families

The scene begins with Beatrice Barbara Cotton (Bea) and her friend Sonja Sanchez texting to one another about how dull and boring their lives are. Bea’s mom asks her to dust off some old bottles for their garage sale.

Entertainment Update for Feb. 13

Meet the brewer and the beer; ‘Big Love Story’ screens Feb. 27; Valentine’s, more at Pint Shack; James Apollo at CEBU Lounge; The Theatre Company of The Dalles present ‘I Hate Hamlet’

Flying again, with angels: Ken Jernstedt remembered

I remember well the first time I met Ken Jernstedt. I was probably 8 or 9 years old and we were living on the cherry orchard six miles outside of The Dalles.

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Letters to the Editor for February 13

‘Bullshot’ hits mark; Looking deeper; Gun points to consider; more

Service Announcement for Feb. 13

Rick Leonard

Death Notice for Feb. 13

John Buey Jr.

CGCC flagger training class meets Mar. 5

Columbia Gorge Community College is offering a Work Zone Traffic Control and Flagger Training course Tuesday, March 5, at its campus in The Dalles.

Students advance in musical competition

The Mid-Columbia Music Teachers Association held its annual District Bach Festival competition Jan. 27 at Mid Columbia Community College in The Dalles. Divisions included students age 9-18 on piano, violin and voice.

Community Ed seeks interested teachers

Deadline for forms is Feb. 15

Hood River Community Education is putting together its spring/summer course catalog, and is looking for people interested in instructing a class for the community and surrounding Gorge area.

Kegler’s Corner: An abbreviated version

Nieto named latest Bowler of the Week

Randy Nieto bowled the lights out in league action last week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes, where he rolled solid games of 233, 203 and 256 for a mighty nice 692 series. The score was 143 pins over his average; good enough to elevate him to Bowler of the Week status.

Cheer team is pleased as punch

The last few months of practice and training paid off for Hood River Valley High School’s winter competitive cheerleading team. The squad of 13 girls performed in front of thousands Saturday at the Memorial Coliseum in the annual OSAA state cheerleading contest and, in its second season as a competitive team, placed fifth out of 12 in the 5A small division.

Hawks eye district title

Horizon Christian’s boys basketball team completed an unbeaten regular season last Friday at Sherman County, and now the Hawks are prepping for this weekend’s Big Sky district tourney.

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HRV boys and girls swimming are district champs

Hood River Valley High School swim team swept the competition over the weekend at the Columbia River Conference championships at the Hood River Aquatic Center. Both HRV boys and girls teams won conference titles and the team won the combined title by nearly 300 points over second-place Pendleton.

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Two wins for HRV snowboarding

Led by standout riders Autumn Inouye for the girls and Connor Goodwillie for the boys, the Hood River Valley High School snowboarding team is carving through the season and has picked up two more first-place finishes in Oregon Interscholastic Snowboarding Association action.

GTA to address education

The Gorge Technology Alliance invites everyone for a discussion on higher educational initiatives to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities in the Gorge.

Public Records: Circuit Court

CIRCUIT COURT Dec. 26 to Feb. 11

Sheriff Log for Feb. 13

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Jan. 28-Feb. 4.

Police Log for Feb. 13

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Jan. 29-Feb. 5.

Conflict management webinar offered Saturday

A webinar training event on “Conflict Management and Resolution” will be Feb. 16 at Covenant Church, 540 Riverside Drive, Hood River.

New sheriff deputies sworn in

Nate Larson and Kyle Cozad were sworn in Feb. 1 by Sheriff Matt English, as Hood River County’s newest deputy sheriffs. Larson and Cozad fill positions recently vacated by retirement.

Erick Haynie named as one of top ‘Forty Under 40’

Hood River attorney honored Thursday in Portland

PORTLAND — Attorney Erick J. Haynie of Hood River has been named to the Portland Business Journal’s list of “Forty Under 40” for 2013.

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Cascadia quake not chief among county’s natural disaster worries

Large coastal quake would likely have minimal direct impact on county

The good news for Hood River residents is the effects in Hood River County of a large earthquake off the Oregon coast might not keep you up at night

CGCC Foundation offers scholarships

The Columbia Gorge Community College Spring 2013 Foundation Scholarship application is now available.

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Work, respect and purpose are the elixir for this romance

Standing amid the sawdust-laden benches under a bower of woodworking tools, Deb and Dan Baxter of Hood River exude the calm confidence, directness and easy manner of longtime work mates — a perfect analogy for their marriage of 30 years.

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Faith and respect are the glue that holds the Riveras together

For Jorge and Gavina Rivera, faith is the glue that has held their marriage together through the trials and tribulations of the last four decades.

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Life’s many changes kept things interesting for the Kollases

The constant in Paul and Maria Kollas’ life together has been its inconstancy — from the very beginning of their marriage in 1962.

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The ‘Picking experience’ grew into steadfast love

“We enjoyed spending time together, and we had the same goals,” Mary Ellen Picking said of the longevity of her marriage with Chuck Picking, 90.

Long, Croke marry in Hawaii

Kari Ann Long and Jeffrey Jae Croke, both of Hood River, were married Jan. 12 at Hamoa Beach in Hana, Maui, by officiant Becky Lind.

CASCADE OBSERVATIONS: Grafting, pollinating and sorting: The joy of 'Harvesting Our Stories'

Although I’m closer to age 60 than age 6, I’ve spent the last year immersed in the ABCs. Not the ones that adorn wooden blocks, however, but rather an Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant.

THE HISTORY MUSEUM BLOG

What was I thinking!!?? For some reason, I had in my mind that once the museum opened again after our 13-month renovation and remodeling project, that things would slow down and get back to a somewhat normal pace and I could start to get a little caught up on my list of things to do.

Gathering around the water table: Well owners sought for important groundwater monitoring study

Mount Hood’s iconic beauty and recreational opportunities bless the Hood River Valley. Her glaciers and snow packs supply precious water for irrigation and her springs provide almost all of the domestic drinking water.

Friday, February 8

LUBA hears Nichols dispute

LUBA hears SALEM – Both sides made their pitch to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals Thursday afternoon in a case that will determine whether or not a proposed hotel and commercial building project on the Hood River waterfront can proceed, or if it must be sent back to the city for another look.

Pair pulls man from icy waters

Joey Soto and Cory Gross jumped to the rescue of 77-year-old man

Two young heroes employed at the Best Western Hood River Inn took fast action at the Columbia River on Tuesday around 1:25 p.m., pulling a 77-year-old man to safety from frigid river water. The victim’s family has requested his name be withheld.

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A slice of local life: Heidi Huskey, Parkdale School secretary

“I love every minute of every day.”

The Porch: Feb. 9

WELL SAID (Valentine version): “Grown ups have great power. They can order candy on credit cards over the telephone and have it delivered.” — George Carlin

School board to hear boundary study update

The Hood River County School District Board of Directors will hold its next regular meeting Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the district office, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

‘Whoa moments’ at Art Week

Confluence Project: Mid Valley students marvel, learn and create

ODELL — Art Week at Mid Valley Elementary is always an eye-opening experience for the 500-plus students who get to participate, and this week was no exception.

Entertainment Update for Feb. 9

Otis Heat at Clocktower Ales; ‘NW Harmony’ plays Feb. 9; Fields of May, more at Solera; Pamela Thomas-Martin at Columbia Gorge Hotel ; Valentine's music in Trout Lake; Country Dance at Rockford Grange Feb. 9; Bone Soup event March 2

Saturday mail: What will it mean to reduce to five delivery days?

We have in our society a system of communications between friends, family and business that connects us all.

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Letters to the Editor for February 9

Pears not first rodeo; Seek truth on warming; Respect other views; more

Speed, phones and belts: Officers, deputies plan February traffic ‘blitz’

For two weeks beginning Feb. 11, the Hood River City Police Department and the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a traffic safety blitz campaign.

Teen artists and writers recognized for excellence

People visiting Hood River often remark on the high level of creative expression evident in the community. Apparently, that culture of artistry begins early.

Death Notices for Feb. 9

Nancy Barkley; Lynn Bump; Rosa Ruiz

Support programs available for parents

Do you have concerns about your child’s development, behavior or disabilities? There are resources available to you:

Time to order native plants through HRSWC

Even though days are short and the weather’s lousy, spring will be here before you know it. Be prepared! Order your native shrubs and trees now through the Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District native plant sale.

Sports Briefs for Feb. 9

Spring umpires needed; TD Babe Ruth registration Feb. 9; HRVHS spring sports clearance

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First box lacrosse league a big hit

Indoor facility provides young players action in the offseason

When The Dalles Fitness and Court Club announced the opening of its new indoor sports field, Hood River youth lacrosse coach Cory Roeseler reserved a Monday night time slot in the hopes of recruiting enough area middle school boys to have once-a-week games to keep at least a small group of players sharp during the off-season.

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Despite best efforts, CRC rivalry falls the way of the Eagle-Indians

HRV boys and girls hoops fall short at home against The Dalles-Wahtonka

A crowd split evenly between supporters for Hood River Valley and The Dalles-Wahtonka witnessed one of the more exciting basketball games in years Tuesday at Vannet Court.

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Hawks soar to playoffs

Horizon ends regular season, eyes district and state tournaments

Horizon Christian School’s girls basketball team won successive games for the second time this season Tuesday, when the Hawks scored a season high in points during a 55-40 victory vs. visiting Central Christian.

HRV cheer team ready for state

Cheerleading may not be a traditional winter sport, but ask any of the girls on the Hood River Valley High School competitive cheer team what they’ve been up to for the last few months and they’d be happy to tell you just how much effort they have put into the season. And as the season comes to a climax at this weekend’s OSAA State Cheerleading Championships, the team will face a bittersweet moment.

MARRIAGE PERMITS: Jan. 25 to Feb. 6

Jan. 25 to Feb. 6

Renewable technology job fair March 7 seeks companies

Columbia Gorge Community College is hosting an annual Renewable Energy Technology (RET) Career Fair for enrolled students on March 7 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Tips for staying motivated

Have you ever started a fitness program and then quit? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Many people start fitness programs but stop when they get bored or results come too slowly. Here are seven tips to help you stay motivated.

Weight Loss: Assess your readiness to change

Your weight-loss success depends in large part on your readiness to take on the challenge. If you jump in before you’re ready, your weight-loss plan may buckle under the first challenge. Use these questions to assess your weight-loss readiness.

Wednesday, February 6

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Kaleidoscope: Mentoring

What works, who's involved, and how to help

‘You are an important part of some lucky child’s life right now.’ That’s how Bob Camillucci put it to a gathering of mentors on a recent Saturday morning. Camillucci, a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge, and himself a mentor, was addressing fellow “Bigs” and supporters, but he could have been talking about nearly any program in the community where caring adults meet on a regular basis to provide guidance, teaching and friendship to young people.

Tuesday, February 5

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Ken Jernstedt:A pilot and a gentleman

The Hood River community, and all of Oregon, mourns the death of Ken Jernstedt Sr., community leader and true war hero. He died Feb. 4 at age 95.

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Letters to the Editor for February 6, 2012

Proud alarmist; only harm in coal trains; different types of warming; tax evasion questions

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Leaders change, Nestlé proceeds

In Cascade Locks, future use of Oxbow Springs pending

Some of the first specific steps needed to secure water resources for a proposed Nestlé bottling facility are now under way for the City of Cascade Locks, despite a roller-coaster of leadership.

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Ace Ken Jernstedt dies at 95

Oregon’s first flying ace died Monday at age 95.

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Teen photographers inspired at WAAAM

It seems that the sleek industrial beauty of autos and airplanes can inspire a wide-range of creative interpretation. That is what photography students of HRVHS art teacher Amirra Malak discovered while on a recent photo shoot hosted by the Western Antique, Aeroplane and Automobile Museum on Tucker Road.

Meeting the Match: Next Door Inc. reaches major goal

The goal was reached well before closing time Thursday for the first-ever matching grant given to the Next Door Inc.

Entertainment Update for Feb. 6

Transcendental Brass at Double Mountain Feb. 16; Barlow Road at Everybody’s; Celebrate Mardi Gras at Bingen Theater; Alameda at CEBU Lounge; Evening jazz at Gallery 301

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Chasing the man with the black bag

There’s been a lot about bull around here lately. Bullshots. Bulldogs. Wait, bulldogs?

Gorge Roublaix rolls March 24

Breakaway Promotions announces a new, and rugged, cycling event for the Gorge.

Historical Society offers free admission Feb. 14

Oregon turns 154 years young this Feb. 14. Celebrate Statehood Day with a slice of Oregon’s birthday cake and free admission all day to our Oregon History Museum exhibits.

Death Notice for Feb. 6: Robert Leonard

Robert Leonard

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PET OF THE WEEK: Gabby ‘can make a game out of anything’

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

AARP tax-aide returns – with some changes

The AARP Tax-Aide program has returned to the Hood River County Library on Mondays, from 2-7 p.m. Volunteers will also be available Thursdays at the Hood River Valley Adult Center and Wednesdays (by appointment only) at the Pioneer Center in White Salmon.

HRV hoops continues down a rocky road

Hood River Valley High School varsity boys and girls basketball teams moved to 0-5 in league action after a pair of tough losses against the Hermiston Bulldogs Friday night. The loss is the ninth straight for the boys and the eighth for the girls in what is turning out to be a bumpy season.

Former HRV MVP posts double-double for Linfield

2011 Hood River Valley High School graduate and former Eagle basketball MVP Chris Dirks had a breakout game Saturday as he posed his first college career double-double for the Linfield Wildcats against the George Fox Bruins. The 6’5” forward had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the game. The Wildcats, now 2-10 in the Northwest Conference, lost the game

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Winter X was ‘awesome’

Winter X Games draws tens of thousands of fans to Aspen each January for what is arguably the biggest stage in the world for extreme skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers.

HRV nordic continues momentum at night race

Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center hosted one of two Oregon High School Nordic Organization night meets last Friday. Night meets are typically used as auxiliary contests so racers can meet the quota of finishing three meets in the league to be eligible for the state meet March 1-2. Friday’s activities consisted of a two-lap loop “skate style” course in the late afternoon light, a fun team relay at twilight and a barbecue and awards ceremony in full dark, illuminated by lantern light.

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Ski teams dominate home race

Hood River, The Dalles, Summit and Grant high school skiers were treated to sunny skies and soft course conditions Saturday for a giant slalom race at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort.

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A big win for HRV wrestling

Eagle wrestling takes Oregon City Invite team trophy

The Hood River Valley High School varsity wrestling team got the sweet flavor of victory, with hints of revenge, over the weekend at the 26th annual Oregon City Invitational.

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Bonding on the bus

A player’s road trip journal: Four-hour rides to games give young athletes time to grow together

The following is a compilation of memories and thoughts by senior player Katie Tolbert from the Horizon Christian School girls varsity basketball team’s road trips in the 2012-13 season as she tried “to make the most of my last year playing basketball.” The notes are from trips, some of them overnighters, to eastern Oregon burgs Helix, Prineville, Ione, Pendleton and the Willamette Valley, between December and January.

Sports Briefs for February 6

The Dalles Babe Ruth registration Feb. 9; HRVHS spring sports clearance

Kegler's Corner: Rosenberg and Reid star in week’s action

Scoring was really challenging at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week. The powerful shots of Jason DeGeus and Josh Worth still found enough success to make the most recent Team of the Week, as did the finesse strokes of Jeremy Bloom.

Horizon boys clinch top seed for Feb. 14-16 district tournament

Top-ranked Horizon Christian School clinched the Big Sky Conference’s regular season boys basketball championship this past weekend, but the Hawks have their sights set on a much bigger prize.

Street devices improve safety at Hood River Middle School

Safety devices known as “candlesticks” seem to light the way on May Street in front of Hood River Middle School.

Mentoring opportunities

ASPIRE; Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge; Community Education; Mentor for Success; Project Invent; SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)

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Balloons, not blocks: Mentors use relationships to help youths

In his National Mentorship Month proclamation in January, President Barack Obama wrote, “Mentors know that helping a child unlock his or her full potential starts with care, guidance and support. find the strength within themselves.”

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‘It’s a joy’ to be a ‘Big’

Mike Hendricks is a busy guy.

Parkdale News: Time go to from sign-ups to roundups; breakfasts, too

It’s a sure sign that spring is on its way in the Upper Valley when it’s time to sign up your children for Little League!

Local nurse asks for help in Haiti mission

Local nurse asks forTina Jorgensen of Glenwood, a recovery room nurse at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, is traveling with an aid group to Haiti and asks the community for help.

United Way provides 2013 grant packets

The 2013 United Way of the Columbia Gorge allocations application packets will be available throughout the month of February from the United Way of the Columbia Gorge office.

‘It will change your life . . .’

Brooke Brown, Advisory Board Member with Big Brothers Big Sisters writes:

Mosier kids say ‘yes’ to tofu

Mosier Schools held a “tofu tasting table” in December.

Home repair loans seek homes

Use local contractors, receive up to $15,000

Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation is now accepting pre-applications to assess the need for a regional Home Repair Program in Sherman, Wasco and Hood River counties.

Monday, February 4

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Photo of the day: Bridge to Beauty

Watching amazing sunsets from views like this; yet another reason why people love living in the Gorge.

Friday, February 1

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Entertainment Update for Feb. 2

Valentine's Day is coming: take your Sweetie to a show....

Paulsen gains law enforcement award

On Jan. 25, Deputy Travis Paulsen graduated from Basic Police Class 333 at Oregon’s Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, located in Salem.

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Eighth-graders quiz Rep. Greg Walden

Topics include coal, forest funds, gun violence and bullying

Students got to know the issues, and got to know the legislator, in Friday’s classroom Q-and-A with Rep. Greg Walden.

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Hood River pears heading to China

Big sales expected as U.S. fruit gains major global market

As any good economist can tell you, one of the biggest emerging markets for U.S. goods can be found halfway around the world — in China.

Court ruling puts Walmart one step closer in The Dalles

Marion County Circuit Judge Dale Penn issued a ruling Monday that moved the proposal to site a Walmart Super Center in The Dalles another step closer to reality.

Next Door Inc., meets Jensen match

Next Door Inc., based in Hood River, succeeded this week in meeting its first-ever matching grant.

Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee seeks applicants

SALEM – The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is seeking new members. The committee was first formed by Oregon Statute 366.112, a bill passed in the 1973 Oregon Legislature.

Cahalen and Eli perform in house concert

Renowned Seattle duo Cahalen and Eli will appear in a house concert on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 7-9 p.m. at the home of Paul Blackburn, 401 Montello St. in Hood River.

Firefighters: Appreciating their service starts at home

When a fire shuts down traffic, we often have to walk across the street or drive around the block.

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Letters to the Editor for February 2

Think ‘Big’; Stripes are still there; Insulting letter; more

Green Drinks meets

The next GO! Gorge Green Drinks will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, 415 W Steuben St., in Bingen, co-hosted by Mountain Sage Medicine.

Sheriff Log for Feb. 2

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Jan. 20-29.

Stink bug predator shows promise

Local researchers are key players

CORVALLIS — As the brown marmorated stink bug spreads across the state, Oregon State University is studying how to use bug-on-bug warfare to stop this crop-damaging pest.

Death Notice for Feb. 2: Thomas Plog

Thomas Plog

Service Announcement for Feb. 2

Esther Roberts

Building permits: January

Building permits: January

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No reprieve for HRV varsity boys hoops

After hanging within five points of 6A Oregon City Pioneers at home Tuesday evening, the Hood River Valley varsity boys basketball team came out flat after halftime, allowing the visiting team 14 unanswered points in a dismal third quarter in which the Eagles were outscored 20-6.

Horizon boys nab 21st straight win

A young, but gritty, Dufur squad provided Horizon Christian’s top-ranked boys basketball team some concern for a quarter Tuesday night before the Hawks methodically pulled away to a 70-36 Big Sky Conference win in Hood River.

HRVST posts many top finishes

Hood River Valley Swim Team traveled to Vancouver’s Marshall Center last weekend for a winter invitational swim meet.

Sports Briefs for February 2, 2013

HR Little League registration Feb. 1-2; The Dalles Babe Ruth registration Feb. 9; HRVHS spring sports clearance

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HRV ski team looking to repeat freestyle state titles

In another strong showing for the Hood River Valley High School ski team, Hannah Bergemann and Brendan Kerr topped the results last weekend in the latest USA Snowboarding Association Mt. Hood Series contest. Although run by USASA, the event included freestyle skiing divisions and drew high school competitors from Hood River, The Dalles, West Linn and Oregon Episcopal School to the slopes of Timberline. The slopestyle event gave each skier two runs down a course of jumps and rails in front of a panel of four judges; the lowest of each skier’s two scores was tossed out.

Behavior change is key

If you want to lose weight and keep it off forever, you not only have to eat right and exercise, but also be persistent.

Pathways to Health, Feb. 2, 2013

Yoga for MS class; Learn about acupuncture and Oriental medicine; First aid class at the fire station; GEM holds annual celebration Feb. 10

HAHRC BEATS: Pay attention to your heart

February is National Heart Awareness Month. Providence Hood River Heart & Vascular Institute and the American Heart Association remind you that heart disease is still the number one killer in the United States.

Yellow Alert: Teens stick to prevention

Young people spending time in the beer aisles on Feb. 1 were there for the community good.

A place to find help

Mid-Columbia Center for Living provides a wide range of services to adults, children and families dealing with mental health issues, addictions or developmental disabilities.

The Marcus Corner: A closed connection

The stronger we hold to God’s law, the better our relationships find respect. We easily join a family as we openly become full of a close connection completed by a passionate state of mind. Truth is not a sound of weakness, no matter how fast we follow the ways that it comes boldly into our lives. Prominently we develop over a lifetime a covered personality being shaped enough in the way of supportive needs that have no other way out of themselves.

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Fire crews knock down mobile home blaze

Crews from numerous local fire agencies responded to a mobile home fire in the 1800 block Cascade Street Thursday night.