Stories for January 2013

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Tuesday, January 29

Four pounds of crystal meth cache nabbed on I-84

An Oregon State Police traffic stop last Thursday led to the arrest of a Pasco, Wash., man after an OSP drug detection canine and trooper discovered more than 4 pounds of crystal methamphetamine concealed in a vehicle along Interstate 84 in Hood River.

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Runners-up get nod in Cascade Locks

City Council to offer seats to Helfrich, Randall, Hesgard

The City of Cascade Locks will go to the polls to try to fill its vacant City Council positions. Past poll results, that is.

Gorge ‘Big Brothers’ program lauds mentors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Gorge honored three special mentors Saturday at the annual “Big Breakfast” event in the Best Western Hood River Inn Gorge Room.

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An about-face on waterfront residential ban

After numerous planning commission meetings, and a city council seemingly looking at a split vote, the council decided not to ban residential development on the Hood River waterfront after all.

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One young man helps another

Odell seventh-grader takes to heart a friend’s cancer fight

ODELL — Jaydon Gabriel wears his caring on his wrist, not on his sleeve.

Chimney fire draws attention

Two engines, one each from Hood River and West Side Fire, and about a dozen fire fighters responded to a reported house fire in the 1500 block of Tucker Road Monday afternoon. West Side fire station was only blocks away from the scene and the engines, along with several volunteers in their own vehicles, arrived at the scene moments after being dispatched.

CL closes out Parks-Rec, honors Peck and Morse

The final city recreation program will be Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

Turning a garage into a New Leaf

Teen gallery opens this week, offers varied classes

Big ideas are behind the small studio on Seventh Street in Hood River.

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Entertainment Update for Jan. 30, 2013

‘Blues’ at the art center; Solstice celebrates six years; Music at Mt. Hood Meadows; Longmire at CEBU Lounge; Stillman plays at Gallery 301

Library ends year with clean audit

Hood River County Library District has a clean financial bill of health for its first year in operation.

HR Saturday Market seeking new board members

The Hood River Saturday Market is accepting applications for board members. The organization has been operating in Hood River for more than 23 years. Its focus is on promoting local artists, craftsmen and produce vendors in the Gorge by hosting a weekly market every Saturday from May through September in Hood River.

OSU Small Farms Conference offers support

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Experienced and newer farmers will share their wisdom at the Oregon Small Farms Conference at Oregon State University on March 2.

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Covenant Christian cleared to move to Frankton School

Christian Covenant Church in Hood River will be getting a new home and a former school will be getting a new life.

Avoid Super Bowl drinking, driving dangers

Tips for hosts offered

Once again, thousands of Oregonians join millions across the country planning to gather and watch America’s most popular sporting event, the Super Bowl, on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Mentoring: Giving the gift of guidance

An interesting statistic on mentoring came out of Saturday’s Big Brothers/Big Sisters awards event (see article on page A1.)

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Letters to the Editor for January 30, 2013

Clever endeavor; Mother the earth; True cost of coal; more

Next Door needs $1,860 to meet $100K matching grant

Next Door Inc. is on the verge of a major capital goal.

Police Log for Jan. 30, 2013

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Jan. 8-27.

Father-daughter dance supports healthy fun

Dads, uncles, grandfathers and male mentors of young women — now is the time to start a new tradition of fun and festivities with the girls in your life.

United Way provides 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.

Death Notices for January 30, 2013

Death Notices for January 30, 2013: Esther Roberts, Pinky Warren

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PET OF THE WEEK: Scamp has ‘hi-steppin’ dance style’

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

HRVHS Robotics season in full swing

HRVHS Robotics Team Magnum (formerly Blue Steel) competed in the First Tech Challenge regional qualifying event Jan. 26 in Tigard. They earned second place on the game field, second place in the Aspire award challenge and then won the Rockwell Collins innovate award for their robot design.

Community Ed needs community teachers

Feb. 15 application deadline nears

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: Russ Frazier fires 702 series, Jeff Miller leads Team of the Week

Russ Frazier, Hood River’s renowned Truck and Toy impresario, sure had the Midas touch on the friendly boards at Orchard Lanes in last week’s Tuesday Nite Mixed league.

Horizon boys earn road win at Ione

A year ago, Ione was one of two Big Sky Conference teams to defeat Horizon Christian School in boys basketball. The Hawks made sure history didn’t repeat itself Friday.

HRV hoops continues conference slump

Hood River Valley High School varsity boys and girls basketball teams traveled to The Dalles-Wahtonka Friday evening for their fourth league matchup of the season and the first between the rival Eagle-Indians.

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X Games Bronze for local

Hood River native Dylan Thompson was in Aspen last week for the 2013 X Games. Competing in the Snowboard Street event, Thompson finished third overall to claim bronze — his first X-Games medal — behind Louif Paradis and Dylan Alito in first and second.

Sports Briefs for January 30, 2013

Registration soon for HR Little League; HRV Nordic hosts 5K Classic; HRVHS spring sports registration

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A busy week for HRV wrestling

Eagles face three events in three days

With a few weeks remaining in the regular season, the Hood River Valley High School wrestling team is boosting its training regimen to twice a day and upping the level of intensity in the mat room. The goal in the timing is for wrestlers to peak — both physically and mentally — at the district and state tournaments set for Feb. 15-16 and 21-23.

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Kaleidoscope: Bullshot Crummond

Complete with monocle, physical farce returns to the Hood River stage

The next CAST play provides more derring-do and devilish deeds than you can shake a stuffed duck at.

Roots and Branches: Life is a full-circle lesson

Life is a continuous circle of change. Celebrations tend to focus on beginnings and endings, albeit more than birth and death, but still intermittent benchmarks along that continuum. It is what happens in the continuum of change between those benchmarks that represents the richness of the journey.

Peace writing contest open to Oregon teens

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility announces the fifth annual Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship, sponsored by Oregon PSR and named for Del Greenfield, our first executive director. Any 11th or 12th grade high school student in Oregon may enter by submitting an original essay, poem, or narrative work (maximum 600 words) reflecting on the following question:

MID VALLEY NEWS: Local events feature teapots and artwork

Vendors are being sought for the upcoming Blossom Craft Show, April 20-21 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds in Odell. Applications are online at hoodriverfair.org.

History forum returns Feb. 2 in TD

The Dalles archeologists Eric Gleason and Jacqui Cheung will present the first program of the 2013 Regional History Forum Series Saturday, Feb. 2, 1:30 p.m. at the Original Wasco County Courthouse, 410 W. Second Place, The Dalles. Their topic is “The Modoc War: Archeology and Historic Photos.”

Friday, January 25

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Photo of the day: Oh, Canada (Geese)

Between resident and migratory Canada Geese, there sure are a lot of these big birds flying around the Gorge this time of year.

Changes at La Clínica

Community health center grows — and restructures

The sluggish economy affects more than just for-profit businesses and La Clínica Del Cariño community health center is just one of many local and statewide charitable organizations feeling those effects.

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A slice of local life: Kevin Long straightens things out at Apple City

This time of year, cars are sliding into each other, into guardrails and into ditches. And that means plenty of work for Kevin Long.

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2-hour school delay explained

It may have been a surprise to some people that the Hood River County School District chose to have a two-hour delay on Wednesday, when most of the valley had just a trace of snow.

Insitu breaks ground this spring in Bingen

Insitu Inc. announced last Friday that, not only is it staying put in the Columbia River Gorge, it plans to break ground this spring at Bingen Point on a 120,000-square-foot concrete tilt-up building that will house the company’s production and administrative departments.

PocketFuel moves to Halyard Building

The Port of Hood River has a third tenant for its waterfront Halyard Building.

Amber Alert kidnapper nabbed, boy safe

Law enforcement officials scrambled early Wednesday morning after the mother of a 5-year-old boy reported that he had been kidnapped from her home in The Dalles by a known male.

Several municipal code changes on tap

A few parts of the Hood River municipal code will get a facelift during Monday’s city council meeting.

Tax credits placed for public bid

As an incentive for completing energy efficiency upgrades the Oregon Department of Energy has issued the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District a tax credit of $15,012.

Donald McAndie could go to trial in April

Barring a plea deal between the state and defense, Donald McAndie will be heading to trial this spring.

Radio Tierra features veterinarian Dr. Foss

“Here in the Gorge” on Radio Tierra on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. presents Dr. Mike Foss, and owner of Alpine Veterinary Clinic.

HR Port will honor 2012 bridge tickets

Those old bridge tickets are good after all.

Truck Crash

A truck crash Thursday afternoon caused a brief back up on Interstate 84 westbound between exits 62 and 63. The west bound truck suffered an explosive puncture of one of the cab’s passenger side tires.

Entertainment Update for Jan. 26, 2013

Cahalen and Eli perform in house concert Feb. 6; The Quiet American, Jan. 27; Volunteers needed for arts center events; Jazz at 301 Gallery

ROUND TABLE

Five crazy ideas for saving college athletics and academics

News item: the two highest paid public employees in Oregon are the head football coaches at Oregon State and University of Oregon.

Sending Letters

Here again is the Hood River News’ policy on letters:

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Letters to the Editor for January 26, 2013

Global warming; Take time for survey; Need gun law change

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Clutch shooting lifts Horizon girls to victory

Kasia Neilsen stood strong in the post and muscled in the go-ahead basket with six seconds left Saturday and the Horizon Christian School girls basketball team defeated the visiting Nixyaawii Eagles.

Public Records: Marriage Permits

Dec. 18 to Jan. 24

Sheriff Log for Jan. 23, 2013

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Jan. 13-21.

Eagles fall short against Pendleton

Close, but no free throws.

Relays key to HRV swim team’s winning finish at home meet

Boys and girls teams take titles over eight-team field

The Hood River Aquatic Center was packed with action last weekend at the annual Hood River Invitational swim meet. The event brought together eight teams from Baker to North Marion to test their fastest against one another and fine tune as the push for district titles approaches.

Locals dominate Pursuit race

Wiley brothers top podium together, Cordell is fastest

After a mad dash at the starting line, racers thinned out across the course in what would prove to be a fast and glorious day of racing at Mt. Hood Meadows.

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HMK: Humbly on the world stage

In hindsight, life-changing twists of fate are rarely as obvious as the one Kirk Zack had on his birthday in November of 1995. Playing a celebratory round of golf at the Indian Creek Golf Course, Zack teed-up on the 10th hole, took a swing and sunk the shot most golfers go their entire lives without sinking. At the time a hole-in-one had a $1,000 payout.

HRV freestyle boosts big

Hood River Valley High School’s freestyle ski team took advantage of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with some fun in the sun at Mt. Hood Meadows.

Hawk hoops continues undefeated streak

Horizon Christian School’s top-ranked boys basketball team earned two wins this past weekend, defeating Condon-Wheeler 66-31 in Fossil on Friday and besting Nixyaawii at home Saturday, 70-42.

Green tea may help weight loss – somewhat

There is recent evidence that a chemical found in ordinary green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), may offer a bit of weight loss magic.

Battle your exercise excuses

You’re tired, hungry, too busy, have to run errands…does this sound familiar? Break your bad habit of making excuses not to work out and get in shape.

Kids invited to join ‘Yoga Fusion’ class

Kids invited Alex Evans of Hood River teaches “Active Intentions,” a yoga fusion class for kids, at Flow Yoga in Hood River.

Missoula Children’s Theater returns

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

OMSI opens ‘Myth Busters’

OMSI opens Does sprinting rather than strolling keep you drier in a downpour? How would you stack up against an action hero or stunt man while, say, hanging from a ledge by your fingertips?

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‘Face-O’ puts a smile on judges’ faces at state robotics

The First Lego League state championship competition took place Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19-20, in Hillsboro. Hood River Middle School had four teams advance to the state championship, and the Gorge region was represented by six teams advancing from the local qualifying tournaments.

Hood River sheriff says no letter necessary on gun laws

While several Oregon sheriffs have written to the White House opposing “unconstitutional” gun control laws, Hood River County Sheriff Matt English will not be joining them.

Thursday, January 24

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Fourth quarter rally too little, too late for Eagle boys

Friday’s loss to Hermiston gave a few peeks into the future of HRVHS basketball. Freshmen Skylar Hunter and Parker Kennedy both scored, including a nifty fast-break score from Kennedy to Hunter, as coach Steve Noteboom gave his younger players extensive court time in the 64-49 loss to the Columbia River Conference opponent.

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Photo of the day: Ice tilling

How's the ice in your neighborhood?

Wednesday, January 23

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Three city council members call it quits in Cascade Locks

The “new” council has abruptly changed in Cascade Locks. Randy Holmstrom, Mark Storm and Brad Lorang have left the council, submitting their letters of resignation to city hall, one week after their first public meeting with a newly elected mayor and two new council members.

Words of gratitude from near and far

The Family Council at the Hood River Care Center; The Parkhurst House; Riverside Community Church

History Museum happenings

Tuesdays: ‘Celebrate the Story’; Be a volunteer

‘The Blues’ exhibit opens at Columbia Art Gallery Feb. 1

Feeling the winter blues? Cheer up at Columbia Art Gallery with its February exhibit, “The Blues.”

Oregon Farm Bureau seeks calendar photos

Oregon’s Bounty is an award-winning calendar produced by Oregon Farm Bureau that features gorgeous photos of agriculture: its orchards, ranches, fields and people.

PARKDALE NEWS: Town Hall wants input

The Mt. Hood Town Hall board is gearing up for an exciting project on the horizon and would like the community to share their thoughts about it by filling out an online questionnaire.

Elks Lodge honors students of the month Rawson, Kerr

Claire Rawson and Brendan Kerr have been selected as December’s Students of the Month by the Hood River Elks Lodge. Each was presented a check for $100 at a recent Lodge meeting. They are both seniors at Hood River Valley High School.

Dancer dares to do the Paso Doble

Paso Doble: Just saying the name of this Latin dance elicits romantic images of strong men, beautiful women, measured movements and passionate guitar strums.

Fourth quarter rally too little, too late

Friday’s loss to Hermiston gave a few peeks into the future of HRVHS basketball.

Sports Briefs for January 23, 2013

HRV wrestling 2-2 at Oregon Classic HRVST swims to top finishes

Kegler's Corner: Bloom rolls a 300; Yarnell tallies 235

It was quite a week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.

Colesar, McLean lead HRV ski team

Win is third straight for varsity girls

With blue skies and sun-softened snow, the Hood River Valley High School ski team competed in spring-like conditions over the weekend at Ski Bowl. The slalom event brought teams from the Mt. Hood Ski League for the third race of the season.

Hawk hoops continues undefeated streak

Horizon Christian School’s top-ranked boys basketball team earned two wins this past weekend, defeating Condon-Wheeler 66-31 in Fossil on Friday and besting Nixyaawii at home Saturday, 70-42.

Fishing workshop Feb. 23

Learn to fish for some of the most challenging freshwater sport fish in the world at a workshop Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Choral groups welcome new singers

Cascade Singers extends an open call to choral singers. The regional community choir meets under the leadership of Lloyd Walworth Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union streets in The Dalles. Rehearsals are open to all interested singers.

Gorge Soup seeks startups

The next Gorge Soup will be Feb. 5, and diners and presenters are welcome to sign up.

Pie Night serves ‘good, clean’ fun

HRVHS Booster Club event raises $471, deliciously

Pie Night, a multi-flavored fundraiser, earned $471 for Hood River Valley High School Booster Club on Friday

PET OF THE WEK: Birney is a ‘loveable lap dog’

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

Death Notices: Lois Clarke; Laura Reineccius

Lois Clarke; Laura Reineccius

‘Art of the Wild’ call for submissions

The Columbia Art Gallery hopes to engage artists who share a love of nature and all things wild.

How to Help: Next Door seeks foster parents

The Next Door Inc. provides care and treatment for children and teens ranging in age from 4-18. Most of the children’s lives have been broken in some way, resulting in emotional and behavioral instability.

ANOTHER VOICE: The time is now to reverse global warming

Hood River Men’s Discussion Group meets twice a month for three hours to discuss issues and concerns of the day. This letter to President Obama, drafted by Carroll Davis and David Hupp and signed by 19 others, was presented this month to Rep. Greg Walden and Sen. Ron Wyden at local town halls.

Sheriffs’ words: Hood River County arrests the rhetoric

Notably, 32 of the 36 Oregon county sheriffs have not written dramatic letters this month on the subject of gun control.

Letters to the Editor for January 26, 2013

Amend 2nd Amendment; Signs of drug use; Good faction, bad faction; Failure to perform

‘Battle of Badges’ boosts Red Cross

The Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region will be conducting its first-ever Battle of the Badges blood drive in Oregon and Washington. Multiple organizations within the police and fire departments will be participating by hosting blood drives and recruiting blood donors.

Drummond named BPA director

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Energy Department has chosen Bill Drummond to be the new administrator for the Bonneville Power Administration. As BPA’s administrator, Drummond will be responsible for managing the nonprofit federal agency, which markets carbon-free power from Columbia River hydroelectric dams and the region’s one nuclear plant.

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Kaleidoscope: A ‘rest’ becomes a life’s work

When former Hood River resident Laurel Patrick began traveling regularly to Mexico in the early 1980s, she wasn’t thinking about its unique biodiversity or how she could bring attention to the many species that filled the region. But then she created El Refugio de Potosí — and that is exactly what she has done.

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Benefit for Chamber Singers is Thursday

Jazz, harmony and Irish music featured

Tim Mayer and the Groove Project are pulling out the stops to support the HRVHS Chamber Singers’ upcoming tour to Ireland.

Entertainment Update for Jan. 23

Live local music listings and more!

CASCADE LOCKS RESIGNATIONS

Resignation; Resigning from council; Dysfunction in politics

Amber alert deactivated: child found safe, suspect in custody

UPDATE #3: AMBER ALERT DEACTIVATED - CHILD LOCATED SAFE, SUSPECT IN CUSTODY Posted: January 23rd, 2013 8:34 AM

Amber alert for kidnapped child in The Dalles

Suspect vehicle is blue green 97 Chevy Cavalier with Oregon plate 229 BUK.

Schools on two-hour delayed start Jan. 23

School closure information

Friday, January 18

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A slice of local life: Joe Silliman, Cooper Spur Resort

Joe Silliman wants “community” to be the common ingredient in everything served at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort restaurant.

Rotary hosts annual Ski Night Monday at MHM

Hood River Rotary Club will host its annual Rotary Ski Night Monday at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort.

Health officials: ‘Get the shot’: Oregon flu season update

While the rate of Oregonians reporting flu-like symptoms is on the rise, heralding an early start to the 2012-13 flu season, state health officials say this year’s flu activity level remains moderate across the state, and effective vaccine is available.

City asks residents to trim trees

This is the time of year that is best to trim your trees along the public right-of-way. The City of Hood River is asking for all residents to trim their trees next to the public right-of-way and pile the branches by the trees. Call City Public Works at 541-387-5201 by Feb. 20 with your address and a crew will pick up the branches.

‘Sense of Place’ series continues Feb. 19

Two more presentations remain in the Columbia Gorge Earth Center’s third annual Sense of Place lecture series. The next event happens Feb. 19 with Scott Burns and Marjorie Burns presenting “Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods.”

Marine Board holds meeting on no-wake zone

Representatives from the Oregon State Marine Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 5 p.m. at the Marina Center Ballroom, 1000 E. Port Marina Drive in Hood River, on a proposed boating rule near Hood River.

Officials urge vaccine

Hood River Public Health is asking the community to get vaccinated for whooping cough.

Cover, wash, sleep: tips for preventing the flu

There are other prevention steps Oregonians can take to reduce the spread of the virus:

HRSWD offers native plant sale, now through April

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.

Red Cross holds trainings Jan. 26

The Hood River chapter of the American Red Cross invites the community to two opportunities on Jan. 26 to become Red Cross volunteers.

Holiday closures listed

Monday, Jan. 21, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.

My Dinner Party series launches Jan. 26

The launch party for the annual “My Dinner Party” series will happen Jan. 26, 6-8 p.m. at The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River. This is a free event. The series features a rotating group of hosts who open their homes for dinners, brunches and various soirees to benefit the Heart of Hospice Foundation.

The Pines hosts fundraiser for Chamber Singers’ Ireland tour

Whatever your musical tastes — jazz, Irish dance music or vocal pop — you’ll enjoy a special evening with some talented local musicians on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Entertainment Update for Jan. 19, 2013

Hillstomp, Fruition at CEBU; Twilite Twins debut Jan. 18; Jan. 18: Kevin Selfe at 9 p.m. ; Live Belly Dancing at Solstice; HR Jazz Theater at Gallery 301; Cahalen and Eli perform in house concert Feb. 6

Project Graduation: You don’t need to be a parent to help

Yes, it’s not even Groundhog Day, but this is a good time to start thinking about graduation day.

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Letters to the Editor for January 19, 2013

Non-lethal defenses; The wrong fight; Social Security truths; CL council regressing?

Courthouse ‘original’ series returns Feb. 2

THE DALLES — The Original Courthouse Regional History Forum series returns starting Feb. 2.

Author Sam Moses releases new book

After a 10-year wait and five years of writing, White Salmon author Sam Moses has released his parenting memoir titled “It doesn’t Get Any Better Than This: The dream lives of Papa Madre and the AngloArabAsian Brothers.”

Books sought for inmates

The Oregon Women Lawyers Book Drive to benefit the library at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility will take place through Feb. 15.

LIBRARY NOTES: Friends group sponsors author programs

The Friends of the Hood River Library, in conjunction with the Hood River County Library District, have four wonderful winter and spring programs coming up.

Service Announcements

John Bennett; Edward Holmer

Death Notices for Jan. 19. 2013

Anna Wheeler; Bev Rowland; Benjamin Veatch

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HRV girls rally, twice, but fall short against Buckaroos

You have to dig yourself a hole to get to a last-ditch effort.

Sports Briefs for January 19, 2013

Wheat leads with 20 in varsity boys league opener ; ‘Kids’ Night Out’ Feb. 2; Run through winter with CGRC

Hermiston bulldogs through HRV wrestling

Charlie Mallon, Cesar Zarate pick up only wins against Oregon 5A’s top team

Sometimes you have to call things for what they are, and the 56-7 thumping Hermiston wrestling dished out Thursday night was just that; a thumping.

Hawks rock best of Big Sky

36-point rout means Horizon is the only undefeated BSC team

What was billed as a Big Sky Conference, West Division showdown never materialized Tuesday in Maupin, as second-ranked Horizon Christian School strong-armed South Wasco County, 78-42, in boys basketball.

Help line opens for Oregon seniors

Because they received more than 30,000 calls through local community telephone numbers last year, Oregon’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection has opened a statewide toll-free telephone number. Now, all Oregonians can easily access resources and information from anywhere in the state on issues related to aging or living with a disability.

Watershed Group hosts groundwater and aquifer presentation

The Jan. 29 meeting of the Hood River Watershed Group will explore groundwater and aquifer issues and a planning effort for the valley that is about to get under way.

Remembering Artist John Bennett

The joy of art is ‘You see what gives you a charge’

“I’ll just keep in the background because too much talking can spoil the effect.” — John Bennett, July 2012

State says heart attack killed Roark Smith

Defendant, 53, was charged with double murder in 2011

The state medical examiner’s office determined following Tuesday’s autopsy that a heart attack caused the death of accused murderer Roark David Smith in his jail cell.

Fiegenbaum sentenced to jail for Discovery Center embezzlement

THE DALLES — Lori Fiegenbaum stood and turned in The Dalles courtroom Monday so she was facing employees and officials from the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center before delivering her apology for embezzlement.

Researcher alarmed over higher-ed PE reductions

Even as policy makers and health experts point to an increased need for exercise, more than half of four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. have dropped physical education requirements compared to historic levels.

Ask an expert: Getting fit for a 5K run

Question: “Some of the healthiest people I know are runners. I’ve never been much of an exerciser, but I’ve decided that I want to be more like them. To get myself motivated, I’ve committed to running a 5K three months from now. What’s your advice for going from zero to 5K in 12 weeks?”

Tuesday, January 15

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Cases against McAndie, Bailey continued on procedural reasons

On Monday, two cases that have drawn close public attention again came before the court, but both received procedural delays.

Taking oaths and action

More than ceremony took place Monday as new and returning city council members took the oaths of office in Hood River and Cascade Locks

Music celebrates life of MLK Jr.

WHITE SALMON — Gorge residents are invited to a musical celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Ball fields issue creeps forward

Jeff Blackman proposes fields near Westside School

Stakeholders in the search for more places to play in Hood River County held their second meeting last week and movement to identify areas for new sports field is slowly gathering steam.

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Cascade Locks City Council puts off filling vacancy

Council can’t agree how to fill open seat

Transition, and an accompanying stalemate, highlighted the Jan. 14 meeting of the Cascade Locks City Council.

Sheriff Log for Jan. 16, 2013

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Jan. 7-14. n Assaults, harassment, menacing and domestic violence:

Walden not opposed to coal shipments

Wants to see Clean Air Act enforced to keep coal dust out of the Gorge

Standing in front of a Hood River audience for the first time since being re-elected to an eighth term in the U.S House of Representatives, Congressman Greg Walden covered a wide range of topics with his constituents last Friday, but one got significantly more time than others.

‘Inside Out Fitness’ opens new studio

Inside Out Fitness, the longtime personal training company in the Gorge, has announced it is opening a new studio at 15 Third St.

Full Sail uncaps new ‘Pub Series’

Full Sail Brewing has announced the release of a new rotating line of classic ales called the Pub Series.

Business Notes for Jan. 16, 2013

Coffee Clatter meets at Idlewild; AniChe winemaker wins awards; Gorge Soup event seeks presenters; Chamber announces ‘Getaways’

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Cascade Locks Ale House opens taps

New owners savor stories and spirits

A quartet of hopeful beer enthusiasts is setting down new roots in Cascade Locks at what was formerly known as the Pacific Crest Pub and Hostel.

Cahalen and Eli perform in house concert Feb. 6

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.

Entertainment Update for Jan. 16, 2013

Hillstomp, Fruition at CEBU; Twilite Twins debut Jan. 18; Kevin Self at Clocktower; Live Belly Dancing at Solstice; HR Jazz Theater at Gallery 301

Aspects of Self: Artists talk Jan. 16

Nine artists are featured this month at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. The current show is entitled “Aspects of Self,” and features work from Blue Ackerman, Rebecca Bashara, Samantha Bauc, Janet Essley, Teri Schurheck, Cleo Sterling, Cathy Stever, Eric Voigt and Peny Wallace.

Staged reading of ‘Travesties’ Jan. 18-19

Talk, and action, enliven Stoppard’s study on art’s meaning

“Travesties,” running this weekend at CAST Theatre, provides plenty to think about, and for a staged reading, plenty of action.

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CL Council: Compromise needed on the important issue of filling a vacancy

The Cascade Locks City Council should ask for applications, and choose the best person for its sixth member.

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Letters to the Editor for January 16, 2013

Let’s work together; Cigarette vs. chimney smoke; Obama not anti-Israeli; more

Death notices for Jan. 16, 2013

Lawrence Henningsgard; Anna Thompson

Fishing workshop offered Feb. 23

Learn to fish for some of the most challenging freshwater sport fish in the world at a workshop Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PET OF THE WEEK: Wilson is ‘80 pounds of adoring energy’

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

AARP seeks tax prep volunteers

If you don’t seize up at the thought of preparing income taxes, and kind of enjoy unique situations, fiddling with numbers, decoding things like tax rules, this might be for you:

Pet volunteers take Petfinder training

Sally Donovan, Jane Keeler and Jen Schwab represented Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue and Linda Vandenberg, Cheryl Lawson and Susan Lannak, Hood River, represented Hood River Adopt A Dog, at a one-day workshop in Portland, presented by Petfinder.com, the online database of adoptable pets.

Hood River Saturday Market is accepting applications for new board members

The Hood River Saturday Market is accepting applications for board members. Our organization has been operating in Hood River for over 23 years. Our focus is on promoting local artists, craftsmen and produce vendors in the Gorge by hosting a weekly market every Saturday from May through September in Hood River.

Project Graduation asks for help

Party slated for June 7, parent and business support needed

When it comes to celebrating graduation, a longtime, local tradition helps keep Hood River Valley High School seniors safe, sober and sharing a great night of fun. The annual all-night event, to be hosted this year on June 7, is called Project Graduation.

Hawks win again

The second-ranked Horizon Christian School boys basketball team readied itself for a Tuesday night first-place showdown against fifth-ranked South Wasco County with two Big Sky Conference wins this past weekend.

A hoot at Hoodoo for HRV Nordic ski team

Cold and sunny conditions with fresh sparkling dry snow set the stage for the HRV Nordic Team’s race at Hoodoo Ski area Saturday morning near Sisters. The race was the second of the Oregon High School Nordic Organization season and was hosted by teams from Corvallis, Crescent Valley and Sisters.

Hood River Elks, Knights of Columbus crown free throw contest winners

Local youth competed in two recent free-throw contests; one sponsored by Mid-Columbia Council of the Knights of Columbus and the other by the Hood River Elks Lodge.

Best times a theme for HRV swim team

Eagle swimmers posted solid times over the weekend at the annual The Dalles-Wahtonka Invitational Swim meet. The HRV girls dominated the field of 10 teams for a first-place finish; on the boys side the Eagles finished third behind Pendleton in second and LaSalle in first.

Sports Briefs for January 16, 2013

HRV wrestling wins first league match vs. Pendleton; Three runs in three weeks

Kegler's Corner

Bowling Leagues back in full swing for 2013

Since league play was significantly interrupted during the holiday season at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes, we’ll combine the last few weeks of highlights into this report.

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Eagles fly down the mountain

In the second race of the season, Hood River Valley High School ski team finished first overall and nabbed fastest times in both boys and girls fields Saturday at Mt. Hood Meadows. The HRV girls dominated their field with a blowout win and five racers finishing in the top 10 in the slalom event on MHM’s Stadium run. Boys results were much closer, with HRV edging The Dalles and Sandy high schools by a few close points for the win.

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In the wake of Sandy: Hood River firefighter helps in aftermath

Last year Hood River Fire Marshal Peter Mackwell’s work took him to New York City, where he saw an oddly familiar scene: tents where firefighters were cooking outdoors.

Manfulls mark 60 years

Thomas and Georgia Manfull recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. They were married Nov. 25, 1952, in Vancouver, Wash.

Roots and Branches: Rice and resolutions

By We are several weeks into January and many 2013 resolutions have already gone by the wayside for millions of Americans. There seems to be two camps of folks, those who make New Year’s resolutions and those who resolve never to make a resolution, which in fact is a form of resolution by definition.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Prime Time kids learn from adult experts

The Odell Garden Club held its monthly meeting Jan. 8. The group is planning its annual tea party, to be held Feb. 12 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds.

‘Sense of Place’ series continues Jan. 15

The Columbia Gorge Earth Center’s third annual Sense of Place lecture series began Oct. 16 and continues Jan. 15 with a presentation by Brett Vandenhuevel and Lauren Goldberg, “Hanford’s Nuclear Legacy: The Impact on our River Today.”

Friday, January 11

Death notices for Jan. 12, 2013

Bobbie Kimball; Roberta Haney; Roberta Rutherford

Death notices for Jan. 9, 2013

Audrey Hagg; Robert McPherrin; Isobel Willis; Geronima Munoz Carreno

Death notices for Jan. 5, 2013

John H. Bennett; JoAnn Oakes; Verne Root; Ed Holmer; Brad Lynch

Fishing regulation updates for new year

Sport sturgeon retention season approved for Bonneville Pool

Go-time for CSRT

Cooper Spur Race Team is 65 kids strong as it starts its 35th winter race season. Fresh off the team’s annual Cooper Camp over winter vacation, young skiers performed admirably in the first Mt. Hood Mighty Mite race over the weekend.

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Aloha finds HRV weaknesses

The Hood River Valley Eagle girls are looking to learn from their disappointing 85-49 loss Tuesday to Aloha on Vannet Court.

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Tough girls

Four girls build on growing tradition for Hood River Valley High School wrestling program

For Payton Rigert, Marina Smith, MaKenna Sullenger and Jessica DeHart, the saying “chicks dig scars” takes on an entirely different meaning.

Sports Briefs for January 12, 2013

Reynolds handles HRV boys hoops; Meadows hosts Rotary skiing Jan. 21; Free snowshoe demos Jan. 12 at White River; Oregon Select Baseball tryouts Jan. 18; Tumbleweed hoops tourney March 8-10; Teacup Classic Jan. 27

Seven secrets to slimming down

By Providence Nutrition Services

Bloodmobile visits Jan.23

January has been designated National Blood Donor Month to raise awareness of blood donation during the time of the year when blood supplies often fall to their lowest levels.

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Deadline Jan. 31: Port seeks comment on trail grant request

The Port of Hood River has submitted a grant application to ODOT’s Active Transportation Section to fund the preliminary engineering needed to prepare for construction of the Nichol’s Basin segment of the Hood River Waterfront Trail.

Mosier City Council meets Jan. 16

Mosier City Council meets Jan. 16, 7 p.m. at Mosier Creek Terrace.

Bald eagle watch event at The Dalles Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host The Dalles Dam Bald Eagle Watch Jan. 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center. Area residents and visitors can catch a glimpse of our national symbol, the American bald eagle, and other raptors during this two-day event.

Gorge Ecumenical Ministries holds annual celebration

Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) will host its annual celebration on Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road in Hood River.

CASA volunteer training begins Jan. 24

Prudence Amick, a longtime resident of The Dalles, has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer since 2007. She describes her experience as a CASA volunteer as “interesting, sometimes frustrating and emotionally demanding work, but one of the most satisfying things I have done in my life.

CGCC to host four-year college fair

THE DALLES – Many students find that the most economical solution for attending college is to attend a community college for the first two years, then transfer to a four-year school to complete a Bachelor’s degree.

Pet of the Week: Izzy is ‘super-spunky and silly’ terrier mix

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

Military notes: Saito finishes basic

Army National Guard Pvt. Branden K. Saito has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

Green Drinks returns

Cascade Acupuncture Center, 104 Fifth St. in Hood River hosts the first Gorge Owned Business Network Gorge Green Drinks of 2013, on Jan. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

‘Gorge Soup’ served Feb. 5

Dinner seeks start-ups to make pitches; apply by Jan. 25

HOOD RIVER — The next Gorge Soup will be Feb. 5, and diners and presenters are welcome to sign up.

Students score well in Sumdog

Students score Ten Hood River students placed in the top 10 in the Northern Oregon Sumdog mathematics contest.

ANOTHER VOICE: Coal transport comments needed now

There are five different proposals to export massive quantities of coal to Asia through the Northwest. Any or all, if approved, would hurt the health, safety, property and economy of the Gorge and its residents.

Public Servants: In appreciation for taking on the challenge

Transitions at city halls in Hood River and Cascade Locks officially happen Monday as a new Cascade Locks mayor takes the reins and new city councilors take on the role of decision-makers.

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Letters to the Editor for January 12, 2013

A little intrigue; Cut budgets where needed

‘Travesties’ Jan. 18-19

Desiree Amyx Mackintosh (Cecily), left, “translates” as Jason Carpenter (Lenin) hears of revolution from Kim Salveson (Nadya) in a scene from “Travesties,” presented as a staged reading Jan. 18-19 at CAST Theater in the Columbia Center for the Arts.

Sense of Place lecture Jan. 15 explores Hanford

A lecture entitled “Hanford's Nuclear Legacy: The Impact on our River Today,” will be presented Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Springhouse Cellar (13 Railroad St.) in Hood River.

Entertainment Update for January 12, 2013

‘Soulcity’ at Waucoma Club; Country Dance Jan. 12; ‘My Dinner Party’ starts Jan. 26; ‘Strings’ at Naked Winery

The Porch

WELL SAID: “Grant us a common faith that man shall know bread and peace — that he shall know justice and righteousness, freedom and security, an equal opportunity and an equal chance to do his best not only in our lands, but throughout the world. And in that faith let us march toward the clean world our hands can make.” — Stephen Vincent Benet, 1942

Building permits – county

December

Young singers spread some cheer

On a cold Friday, Dec. 21, afternoon when most students at Hood River Valley High School were leaving for winter break, the Youth Heart of Hospice YoHOHs met with Santa out in front of the school.

Police Log for January 12, 2013

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Dec. 18-Jan. 7.

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Logsdon Bretta wins No. 1 rank from Beer Magazine

The nationally distributed Beer Magazine has ranked a Hood River valley ale its best U.S. beer of 2012.

Koch slides over to port interim post

When the Port of Cascade Locks brings on a new general manager at some point in the coming year, that person’s job description could look a bit different than that of his or her predecessor’s.

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A slice of local life: Who we are and what we do

Adopt a Dog and Linda Vanderberg

With this article, the Hood River News begins a new weekly series offering a glimpse into the daily lives of local individuals and organizations.

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Walden provides ‘cliff’ notes

The Congressman drew a crowd Friday, with more than 150 people attending U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s town hall and filling the Hood River Valley Adult Center meeting room.

Wyden holds town halls on Jan. 17

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden’s past town hall meetings have been in courthouses, granges and community halls.

Icy conditions lead to numerous crashes on I84

Several crashes have been reported on I-84 this morning due to ice on the highway.

Tuesday, January 8

SOLVE seeks applications for Earth Day projects

SOLVE is accepting applications for volunteers to lead Earth Day projects through our annual event, SOLVE IT presented by Portland General Electric.

EXTENSION REPORT: Landowners can fight bark beetle infestation

Recent fires and last winter’s ice storms created a great late season smorgasbord of susceptible pine trees for the California fivespined Ips bark beetle. Top-killed ponderosa pine trees and dead young and old pines scatter the landscape in the eastern Gorge with small outbreaks occurring in Mosier, and Hood River Oregon and in Washington around Underwood, White Salmon and Catherine Creek Trail Area, just west of Lyle.

Second Saturday at WAAAM returns

Opening the 2013 Second Saturday roster at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum this weekend is a visit with Tuskegee Airman Ben “Flaps” Berry, who will hold a “fireside” chat at 12:30 p.m. Berry will tell his story of training to be a pilot for the Army Air Corps when the U.S. government wondered whether Blacks could fly.

CASCADE OBSERVATIONS: The limits of the absurd

When I decided to become a teacher 10 years ago, I enrolled in a 14-month-long master’s program. During those rigorous studies, I learned many things, including how to: explain algebra to a first grader; set up science experiments to teach scientific inquiry; evaluate reading skills by analyzing miscues; and how to design developmentally appropriate social studies lessons.

PARKDALE NEWS: Grange restarts Sunday breakfast tradition

Members of the Parkdale Grange decided it was time to fill the need for once-a-month group breakfasts that ended last year when the Lions stopped serving them.

Open houses held for support of veterans

The Mt. Adams Institute is hosting an open house for veterans and community members who are interested in supporting veterans as they transition back to civilian life.

CLASS NOTES: OREA honors Johnson, Donahue graduates from Tufts

Oregon Retired Educators Association, Unit 20, representing Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties, has selected Jacob Johnson as its scholarship recipient for this year.

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Kaleidoscope: The ear in review

Because if you can’t make fun of yourself once in a while, you’re taking life far too seriously

For regular Hood River News readers, this page should look familiar.

Death notices: Audrey Hagg, Robert McPherrin, Isobel Willis, Geronima Munoz Carreno

Death notices for Audrey Hagg, Robert McPherrin, Isobel Willis, Geronima Munoz Carreno

Horizon boys continue streak with 13th straight win; girls 4-8 overall

Five games in eight days, including its first two conference contests of the season, started to wear on the Horizon Christian School boys basketball team last week.

HRV girls win Cato ski race

Hood River Valley High School ski team hit the slopes this weekend in the annual Christine Cato Memorial Race. The annual event brought 35 teams of boys and girls from across Oregon to the snowy slopes of Timberline for the first race of the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association high school season.

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Conditions, course perfect for Meadows Nordic series

Racers ranging in age from 6 to 70 turned out Saturday for the second Meadows Nordic Series race of the season. With a dusting of fresh snow falling from the sky, conditions were near-perfect for the day’s racing action. Among the approximately 70 skiers in attendance, Hood River’s Nordic youth program was represented by 10 high school and 15 middle school racers.

Cooper Spur Ski area hosting $10 Wednesday nights

Cooper Spur Ski Area is adding Wednesday evenings to its schedule this season for only $10. The ski area typically operates Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but is adding a 3-8 p.m. Wednesday shift to its operating schedule.

Support HRCF trails? Send a letter

Grant would pay for trail supplies and machinery

Hood River County Forestry and local mountain bike advocates are encouraging local trail users to submit letters of support for a trails grant application due next week. HRCF is in the process of gathering the letters and will submit them as supporting documents to go along with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Recreational Trails Program grant application.

Portland Spirit's ‘Outrageous’ gets new name

Now the ‘Explorer’ vessel is a regular summer visitor to Cascade Locks

Whether you are renaming an old boat or christening a new one, accomplishing the ritual properly helps ensure you receive the favor of the nautical gods and Portland Spirit is set to do just that.

Gorge ‘guest chefs’ play with fire at Solstice

BINGEN — Solstice Wood Fire Café is hosting “Guest-Chef Mondays” for the months of January and February.

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Cutie Pie tries to keep good things going

Erika Doring’s New Year resolution is to “make Cutie Pie the most fun and satisfying feel-good shop for your family.”

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Our Children’s Place now run by mother and daughter team

Our Children’s Place now offers full-time child care for children ages 12 months and up as well as after-school care.

Unemployment law renewal explained

Nearly 35,000 Oregonians will benefit from an unemployment compensation program enacted by Congress Tuesday.

Snow days: School district issues winter weather advice

During the winter months, the Hood River County School District closely monitors current and projected weather conditions that could affect the transportation of students to and from school.

PUBLIC RECORDS: CIRCUIT COURT

Nov. 15 to Dec. 26

Sheriff Log for Jan. 9, 2013

All calls responded to within the County of Hood River Dec. 31-Jan. 7.

Q-A with Katy Coba, Ag secretary: Oregon needs labor reform, Farm Bill

In many ways, 2012 was a banner year for Oregon agriculture, and that has set up a potentially strong encore in 2013. That’s the assessment of Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba as she reviews the past year and looks forward to the new one.

Walden vows to fight trillion dollar coin plan

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore, plans to fight any Congressional move to avoid spending cuts by minting trillion-dollar platinum coins to pay the federal government’s bills.

Town Hall Friday provides a golden opportunity for the community

Last spring, Rep. Greg Walden took some heat for what some perceived as town halls too few and too far between.

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Letters to the Editor for January 9, 2013

Coach kudos; Ads are bad influence; Vietnam vets low priority; Gas price puzzle

‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Gorge style

THE DALLES — The TV show “Dancing with the Stars” is coming to the Mid Columbia area — almost.

Entertainment Update for Jan. 9, 2013

‘My Dinner Party’ starts Jan. 26; ‘Blue Skies’ at CEBU Jan. 11; ‘Stevequeen’ at Everybody’s; HR Horns at Gallery 301; Volunteers needed for events

Forest Service announces 2013 fee free dates

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Forest Service joins other federal agencies in offering fee-free days on public lands in 2013, beginning Jan. 21 in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

County libraries join passport program

Hood River County Library District patrons have access to many libraries, thanks to the district’s involvement with the Sage Library System and an Oregon/Washington metropolitan-area library agreement. However, as of Jan. 1 library users are now able to get free cards at many other libraries throughout Oregon.

Arts Center to host poetry reading

What do Hood River, Ore., and New York City have in common with Sapporo, Japan, and Marrakesh, Morocco? In January, these cities, along with other cities and towns in the Northwest and other states and countries will celebrate the birthday of William Stafford, Oregon’s most famous poet and one of America’s most important 20th century poets.

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It’s now official: English is Sheriff

For the first time in two decades, Hood River County has a new sheriff.

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Smoke alarm saves home

A working smoke alarm and a quick fire department response helped prevent what could have been a devastating house fire on Jan. 6 at 1605 Sherman Ave. in Hood River.

Federal storm money flows in

From FEMA, county recoups most of its 2012 emergency costs, totaling $880,000

As wind gusts blasted through the Gorge and freezing rain pelted trees and roadways last week, one could be forgiven for looking at the weather forecast with a bit of nervousness.

Walden town hall Friday

Rep. Greg Walden will hold a town hall meeting in Hood River on Friday, 8-9 a.m. at Hood River Valley Adult Center.

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Walden: Don't cut defense

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., fielded questions ranging from reductions in military funding to “heavy handed” labor regulations and gun control at Monday’s town hall meeting in The Dalles.

Monday, January 7

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Photo of the day: Who's up for some hockey?

Laurance Lake was frozen enough Sunday for an impromptu game of ice hockey for three friends on their way down from snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows (with warm, wet weather in the forecast, venturing out on the ice won't be safe until things cool of for a while).

Friday, January 4

Pathways to Health

Open house for veterans; Free weight loss workshop; Free Speed Fitness Boot Camps

HAHRC Beats: Start your New Year off right

As you decide your New Year’s resolution, here are a few national health statistics:

Safety on the Slopes

Keeping your gear and body in tune are keys to winter recreation safety

Safety on the SloOrthopedic and sports medicine specialist John Durkan, M.D., has vast experience in sports medicine, including his time as the assistant team physician for the U.S. Snowboarding team (and working at the Nagano Olympics). He has seen it all; and as we enter into another ski season, he urges you to practice caution and watch your head. pes

Tolbert, Bloomster lead girls in overtime win

Overtime might be part of the winning formula for the Horizon Christian School girls basketball team.

Kegler's Corner

Finley, Kawachi hold top averages at mid-season

As we shift gears to begin the New Year, the end of 2012 also coincides with mid-season bowling league action. Let’s take a quick look to see who’s hot at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.

Sports Briefs for January 5, 2013

HRVHS alum Amy Hay raises the bar; Tumbleweed Tournament: Men’s basketball March 8-10; Free snowshoe demos Jan. 12 at White River

Varsity girls hoops 7-4 after weekend tourney

Hood River Valley varsity girls basketball closed out 2012 with three games in three days over the weekend at the annual Gresham Holiday Tournament. The girls finished 1-2 in the tourney, with a win against Sandy and losses against Forest Grove and Aloha high schools. The result puts the team at 7-4 overall with three games to go before the league action begins (Jan. 15, 7 p.m. at home vs. Pendleton).

HRV wrestling ready for league action

Hood River Valley varsity wrestling faced eight teams in two days at last weekend’s Northwest Duals in Beaverton. The Eagles went 4-4 overall, with wins against Lakeridge, Snohomish, South Salem and Tualatin and losses against McNary, Bend, Dallas and Glencoe.

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South Albany pressure too much for Eagles

After first-quarter lead, game slips away for HRV boys

Eagle turnovers and sharp South Albany shooting kept Hood River Valley’s boys basketball team from surpassing .500 for the first time in nine seasons.

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Hawks win at home

Horizon boys remain undefeated

Horizon Christian’s boys basketball team met its biggest challenge to date Wednesday, much the same way it has met all its other challenges this season. The Hawks relied on their defense to turn a close game against Portland’s Columbia Christian into a comfortable 61-45 victory.

‘My Dinner Party’ series launches on Jan. 26

The 2013 “My Dinner Party” series launches at The Pines Tasting Room on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 6-8 p.m. This is a free event.

In 2012, bookend wet spells sandwiched the summer drought

CORVALLIS – 2012 will likely go down as the warmest year on record for the lower 48 states, but it may be remembered just as much for its extreme events – and Oregon was no exception.

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Letters to the Editor for January 5, 2013

Self-serving representatives; Who pays?; Food warehouse needed; more

PERS: Take that winding road toward reform

Local government, public education and state agency budgets are stretched thin, and everyone realizes that one solution involves reform of Oregon’s Public Employee Retirement System. Turning that perception into reality may be a long and winding legislative road, but a road well worth taking.

Stampfli will retire from Watershed Group

Steve Stampfli, coordinator of the Hood River Watershed Group, announced Thursday he will retire in March.

Three notes of kindness

Salvation Army volunteers warmed by a boy’s donations in memory of Newton victims

Greg Simpson saw a lot of people put money in the Hood River County Salvation Army Service Extension Unit kettle while he and Stu Watson rang the bell outside of the Hood River Walmart on Dec. 22 for the Lions Club.

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Entertainment Update for Jan. 5, 2013

Jazz Party at Gallery 301; DJ Swoop at Pint Shack; CAST holds ‘Hot Tin Roof’ staged reading auditions; ‘Travesties’ premiers Jan. 18-19; Utah Ballroom Dance Company to perform at Columbia Arts

‘Mink River’ author visits

Hood River County Library presents an afternoon with Brian Doyle, Sunday, Jan. 27, from 2- 4 p.m. in the Jeanne Marie Gaulke Meeting Room downstairs at the Hood River County Library.

HR County School Board meets Wednesday night

In the Jan. 9 meeting of the Hood River County School District Board of Directors, Columbia Gorge Education Service District Superintendent Gary Peterson will present the Local Service Plan for the 2013-14 school year.

OSP issues New Year’s traffic report

Preliminary information indicates 12 people died in four separate fatal traffic crashes on Oregon roads during the New Year’s holiday reporting period.

CGCC offers aid advice

Columbia Gorge Community College is sponsoring a free Financial Aid Day in conjunction with College Goal Oregon, at The Dalles and Hood River campuses on Jan. 5.

Boy, 7, dies in Columbia River

Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon’s traffic crash along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 about a mile west of Mosier in which a vehicle lost control on ice, crashed through a guardrail and went into the Columbia River.

Help needed with warming shelter

Baby it’s cold outside! Hood River Warming Shelter needs volunteers.

Sheriff Log for January 5, 2013

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Dec. 24-31.

Police investigate assault on woman

Hood River Police are investigating a Dec. 18 assault on a woman near downtown.

New leaders in local governments

As the calendar turns to 2013, it’s out with the old and in with the new for local governments.

Baby Ayden Niemela arrives first in 2013

In the wee hours arrived a big baby, the first of 2013.

Walden holds town hall Monday

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., will hold his first town hall meeting of 2013 in The Dalles Monday.

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Year in Review: A dynamic 2012 Part 2

Part Two of Two

Following are selected items from the second half of 2012 found in the headlines and photo essays offered in the Hood River News. (Part 1 ran in the Jan. 2 edition.)

Wednesday, January 2

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First baby of 2013

Ayden Tyler Niemela was born Jan. 1, 2013 at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital

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Photo of the day: Beautiful devastation

Above the clouds on a crisp, clear evening this week, as seen here looking north at Mount Adams from the Tilly Jane ski trail near Cooper Spur.

Bees — the latest buzz in sustainability

CORVALLIS — Move over backyard chickens. Here come honeybees. They’re an emerging homesteading trend, according to a honeybee expert at Oregon State University.

A river of power: Seventy-five years of affordable, public hydropower

The rural Pacific Northwest of the 1920s and 1930s was a far cry from what we know today. The promise of the Oregon Trail had been good to many farm families, but many parts of the region experienced abject poverty — even during the boom time of the Roaring Twenties. When the boom went bust at the end of the decade, economic conditions became even worse.

Soil and Water district board holds annual meeting Jan. 3

Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District board holds its annual meeting Jan 3 at 3 p.m. (winter schedule) at OSU Extension Service, 2990 Experiment Station Road, Hood River.

Celebrate the New Year by ordering free trees

Residents of Oregon can ring in the New Year with five free crape-myrtle trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2013.

Happy Ned Year

Beware the toadying conjurer

There’s a “if” in the middle of significant.

Some helpful information about trees

City accepts trees City accepts trees; Lions collect trees

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A New Year, a New Day At The History Museum of Hood River County

On Jan. 6, The History Museum of Hood River County will reopen its doors to the public after being closed for nearly a year.

Horizon boys win Heppner tourney opener

Top-ranked Horizon Christian School forced 27 turnovers en route to a 67-34 boys basketball win Friday against McLoughlin at the Heppner Tournament.

HRV athletes finish on top at first USASA Rail Jam

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, Windells and USASA have teamed up this winter to take the resort’s annual rail jam series to the next level. The 10-event series — run this year by Windells Academy, hosted by MHM and operated under the USASA umbrella — features snowboarding and freestyle skiing, rail jam, halfpipe, slopestyle and boardercross events weekly through March. Overall winners from each discipline in each age division qualify for nationals, held at the end of the season at Copper Mountain, Colo.

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Morning Ball: Pre-breakfast hoops feeds the friendly competitive spirit

The regular crowd shuffles in, to borrow a line from Billy Joel.

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HRV snowboarding ready to rock

Hood River Valley Snowboard Club is gearing up for what coaches anticipate will be an exciting season.

‘No interest’ from HRV for C. Oregon leagues

OSAA’s four-year classification cycle under review for 2014-18

The process for determining which school plays in which league has begun, and Hood River Valley is hoping for better results than the last process.

Root Down Yoga opens

“All you need is yoga,” says Root Down Yoga studio owner, Angela Logan.

How to Help for Jan. 2

Volunteer tax preparers sought for Tax-Aide

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In ‘farewell,’ Wampler, Brown praise their peers

Don’t say goodbye yet to either Joe Wampler or Jerry Brown.

Dear Readers: Thanks for Writing

Presenting Aaron, Brian, through Zwanenburg, Jack — Our Readers who Write, 2012 edition.

A Cure for the Itch: I'm feeling it!

Everybody’s got their own problems, so you might wonder why I’d think you’d all want to listen to mine. But amazingly, here you are reading my monthly column again (you should know better by now!) and guess what I’m going to talk about.

Happy New Year: Wishing for grace in transition

Every new year brings about its skein of shifting roles and responsibilities in our local leadership. Accompanying the annual period of transition is the continuation of service by other people whose posts and offices are unaffected by election, retirement or resignation.

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Letters to the Editor for January 2, 2013

Mental health realities; Gun control won’t help; Health care for all

Entertainment Update for January 2, 2013

Utah Ballroom Dance Company to perform Jan. 11; CAST holds ‘Hot Tin Roof’ auditions; ‘Travesties’ premieres Jan. 18-19; Music at Naked Winery

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‘Aspects of Self’ opens Jan. 4

“Aspects of the Self: An Exploration,” the January show at Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River, opens on Friday, Jan. 4, with an artists’ reception from 6-8 p.m. The show will run through Jan. 27.

County keeps Health Net through June 30

Assessor asks Providence to justify tax-exemption requests

Hood River County has a solution to its health coverage issue for county employees — for now, at least.

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Year in Review: A dynamic 2012

Part One of Two

Whether you took to the streets against coal trains or fought for the right to ship local water to parts unknown in plastic bottles, the first six months of 2012 provided plenty of opportunities to become part of the local news scene.