Stories for January 2013


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.

January 29, 2013 3:11 p.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2013 2:58 p.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2013 2:48 p.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2013 2:29 p.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2013 2:22 p.m. read more..

Community Ed needs community teachers

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.

January 29, 2013 2:21 p.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2013 2:19 p.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2013 2:18 p.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2013 2:17 p.m. read more..

A busy week for HRV wrestling

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.

January 29, 2013 2:08 p.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2013 1:57 p.m. read more..

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:

January 29, 2013 1:52 p.m. read more..

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.”

January 29, 2013 1:47 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 25


Changes at La Clínica

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.

January 25, 2013 2:30 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2013 2:28 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2013 2:27 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2013 2:24 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2013 2:21 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2013 2:18 p.m. read more..


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

January 25, 2013 2:15 p.m. read more..

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

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.

January 25, 2013 2:04 p.m. read more..

Locals dominate Pursuit race

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.

January 25, 2013 2:02 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2013 1:57 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2013 1:53 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2013 1:50 p.m. read more..

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?

January 25, 2013 1:32 p.m. read more..

‘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.

January 25, 2013 12:11 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 24

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.

January 24, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 23

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.

January 23, 2013 4:41 p.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2013 3:39 p.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2013 3:38 p.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2013 3:37 p.m. read more..

Colesar, McLean lead HRV ski team

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.

January 23, 2013 3:30 p.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2013 3:29 p.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2013 3:28 p.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2013 3:28 p.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2013 3:20 p.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2013 3:19 p.m. read more..

‘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.

January 23, 2013 3:13 p.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2013 3:11 p.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2013 2:33 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 18


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.

January 18, 2013 3:01 p.m. read more..

‘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.”

January 18, 2013 3 p.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2013 2:59 p.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2013 2:56 p.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2013 2:48 p.m. read more..

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

January 18, 2013 2:46 p.m. read more..

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.”

January 18, 2013 2:35 p.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2013 2:34 p.m. read more..

Hawks rock best of Big Sky

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.

January 18, 2013 2:23 p.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2013 2:20 p.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2013 1:58 p.m. read more..

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?”

January 18, 2013 1:57 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 15


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

January 15, 2013 2:58 p.m. read more..

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.

January 15, 2013 2:57 p.m. read more..

Ball fields issue creeps forward

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.

January 15, 2013 2:56 p.m. read more..

Walden not opposed to coal shipments

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.

January 15, 2013 2:45 p.m. read more..

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.

January 15, 2013 2:26 p.m. read more..

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:

January 15, 2013 2:13 p.m. read more..

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, the online database of adoptable pets.

January 15, 2013 2:11 p.m. read more..

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.

January 15, 2013 2:10 p.m. read more..

Project Graduation asks for help

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.

January 15, 2013 2:09 p.m. read more..

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.

January 15, 2013 2:07 p.m. read more..

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.

January 15, 2013 2:06 p.m. read more..

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.

January 15, 2013 2:04 p.m. read more..

Kegler's Corner

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.

January 15, 2013 1:48 p.m. read more..

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.

January 15, 2013 1:48 p.m. read more..

Manfulls mark 60 years

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

January 15, 2013 1:37 p.m. read more..

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.

January 15, 2013 1:36 p.m. read more..

‘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.”

January 15, 2013 1:30 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 11


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.

January 11, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2013 2:48 p.m. read more..

Tough girls

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

January 11, 2013 2:47 p.m. read more..

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

January 11, 2013 2:43 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2013 2:34 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2013 2:30 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2013 2:29 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2013 2:27 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2013 2:25 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2013 2:19 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2013 2:14 p.m. read more..

‘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.

January 11, 2013 2:08 p.m. read more..

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

January 11, 2013 2:03 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2013 1:51 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2013 1:45 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 8


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.

January 8, 2013 3:55 p.m. read more..

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.

January 8, 2013 3:54 p.m. read more..

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.

January 8, 2013 3:51 p.m. read more..

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.

January 8, 2013 3:39 p.m. read more..

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.

January 8, 2013 3:39 p.m. read more..

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.

January 8, 2013 3:37 p.m. read more..

Support HRCF trails? Send a letter

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.

January 8, 2013 3:09 p.m. read more..

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

January 8, 2013 2:06 p.m. read more..

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.

January 8, 2013 2:01 p.m. read more..

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.

January 8, 2013 1:57 p.m. read more..

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.

January 8, 2013 1:41 p.m. read more..

Federal storm money flows in

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.

January 8, 2013 1:40 p.m. read more..

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.

January 8, 2013 1:39 p.m. read more..

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.

January 8, 2013 1:39 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 7

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).

January 7, 2013 2:03 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 4


Safety on the Slopes

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

January 4, 2013 2:24 p.m. read more..

Kegler's Corner

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.

January 4, 2013 2:20 p.m. read more..

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).

January 4, 2013 2:17 p.m. read more..

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.

January 4, 2013 2:17 p.m. read more..

Hawks win at home

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.

January 4, 2013 2:12 p.m. read 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.

January 4, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..

Three notes of kindness

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.

January 4, 2013 1:54 p.m. read more..

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

January 4, 2013 1:52 p.m. read more..

‘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.

January 4, 2013 1:50 p.m. read more..

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.

January 4, 2013 1:48 p.m. read more..

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.

January 4, 2013 1:45 p.m. read more..

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.

January 4, 2013 1:44 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 2


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.

January 2, 2013 2:42 p.m. read more..

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.

January 2, 2013 2:30 p.m. read more..

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.

January 2, 2013 2:14 p.m. read more..

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.

January 2, 2013 2:12 p.m. read more..

‘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.

January 2, 2013 2:08 p.m. read more..

Year in Review: A dynamic 2012

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.

January 2, 2013 noon read more..

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