Stories for July 2013

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Wednesday, July 31

Last call for writers in Plein Air

The Aug. 2 registration deadline is fast approaching for writers to participate in the annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event, organized by Columbia Center for the Arts.

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Bridge of the Gods contest thrills crowd, highlights up-and-coming Gorge talent

Bridge of the Gods contest thrills crowd, highlights up-and-coming Gorge talent

Take a virtual tour of Cloud Cap Inn

Community members will have an opportunity to take a virtual tour of the historic Cloud Cap Inn Sundays from now through Sept. 1 at The History Museum of Hood River County.

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Marker 28 fire spreads

The Mile Marker 28 fire near Goldendale, Wash., expanded over the weekend and Monday to an estimated 20,337 acres but firefighters made some headway on containment, which was listed at 25 percent as of Monday night.

Gov. Kitzhaber visits Hood River Wednesday

Public invited to round-table, 11:15 a.m. at HRMS

Gov. John Kitzhaber will visit Hood River today for a meeting he is billing as an “Education Reinvestment Roundtable” at Hood River Middle School.

School District hires interim chief academic officer

Goldman brings Erin Lolich over from Tigard-Tualatin

Supt. Dan Goldman has announced that he is appointing Erin Lolich as the interim chief academic officer of the Hood River County School District for the upcoming school year.

Fruit Loop plans ‘Summer Celebration’

The Summer Fruit Celebration is set to take place all along the scenic Hood River Fruit Loop, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17-18.

EFID nears completion of fish ladder and weir

East Fork Irrigation District is in the process of building a new fish ladder and weir near Tollbridge Park.

Scrabble game highlights First Friday

Kids in the Hood, a new business downtown, 13 Oak St., (see article on A2) hosts an impromptu Scrabble game for First Friday, open to all comers, on the courtyard tiles in front of the shop.

Entertainment Update for July 31

pFriem celebrates anniversary; Music listings for The Dalles; Chorus concert with Harmony of the Gorge; ‘Greencards’ play house concert; Holland featured at Dog River; Williams, Hulett at Stonehedge; Vandella at CEBU Lounge

Round Table: The Fair Moments we’d love to have told

A beaming Emma Laney and her armload of ducks.

Water Wise: The need to conserve is real

We all need water, but the days of all-day sprinkling and luxurious showers may be a thing of the past — at least until fall.

‘Kids in the Hood’ blends art, commerce

As you walk into Noelle Newton’s art shop, Kids in the Hood, you are greeted by the sight of a wardrobe full of tutus.

Letters to the Editor for July 31

The truth can hurt; Speaking out of turn; Help for Guard kids; Menacing coal dust

Sheriff Log for July 31

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River July 22-28.

Baseball players represent HRV on national stage

Hood River Valley High School baseball player Kellan Duffy will be in Fort Meyers, Fla., this week to play on Team Northwest for the 15U Perfect Game Elite World Series. Top 16-15U teams in the country have been invited to attend the tournament, with games played on the major league spring training site of the Boston Red Sox.

Popular hike, bike trails close due to fire danger

Hood River Area Stewards reports that, due to extreme fire danger, all SDS, Longview Fiber, Kreps, Broughton Lumber, Hancock Forest Management and American Forest Management lands will close to all public use at the end of the day Friday, Aug. 2.

Scott Sadil completes Columbia-Snake sail

Author Scott Sadil arrived Sunday, July 28, at Hell’s Gate State Park, five miles upstream from Lewiston, Idaho, completing a 471-mile voyage up the Columbia and Snake rivers in Tia, his home-built Swampscott dory.

Local author holds First Friday book signing

Local author Joe O’Neill will be at Waucoma Bookstore Aug. 2 for First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. for a kids treasure hunt and book signing.

Roots and Branches: Summertime, and plenty new under the sun

Summertime and the living is easy. That song was not written for those who must work outdoors for a living or indoors without any air conditioning. Even our farm families who favor a warm summer sun are wilting under its glare.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Openings remain in bilingual preschool

School is still a month from reopening, but it’s not too early to start thinking about enrolling your child in Community Education’s Mid Valley Preschool.

Columbia Gorge Peace Village receives Jubitz Foundation Grant

Now in its sixth year, Columbia Gorge Peace Village has received its first grant from the Portland-based Jubitz Family Foundation. Jubitz funding priorities include strengthening families, fostering peace and respecting the natural environment.

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Healthcare facilities to open soon in Odell, CL

For people seeking healthcare services in Odell and Cascade Locks, there are few to no options that don’t involve driving to Hood River or Stevenson.

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City holds State Street meeting

The City of Hood River Urban Renewal Committee will hold an informational meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall on the forthcoming $4.2 million State Street project, which will include paving, sidewalks, retaining walls, pedestrian plazas, lighting and landscaping. The meeting is open to the public.

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Many hands help in fair’s growing livestock auction

The annual 4-H and FFA market animal auction at the Hood River County Fair is always a hit and the event is getting bigger and better ever year.

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Fair moments: News staff returns from County Fair with stories to share

Once upon a time, like at last year’s Hood River County Fair, I dreamed that someday I would have unlimited time to actually look at the exhibits instead of just following my kids around and watching them ride roller coasters in varying degrees of scariness (not for them, but for me).

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Water managers warn of possible drought

Irrigation districts voice concerns as temps rise and reservoirs drop

July’s uninterrupted hot, dry weather has upstaged arid August, and water supplies are a concern in the Hood River Valley.

Pet(s) of the Week: Beanie and Salsa are ‘package deal’

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Beanie and Salsa as the program’s adoptable pet(s) of the week. They describe the two as follows:

Tuesday, July 30

Death notice for July 31

Beth Repp

Service announcements for July 31

Rachel Shields, Susan McCarthy, Neoma Cates

Saturday, July 27

Camp Musango is back!

Aug. 12-15, Monday through Thursday, immerse your child in the music of Africa, with four fun-filled days of marimba, drumming, dance, singing and outdoor games. This is a unique opportunity to learn African music from native African teachers, with lots of fun, energetic activities.

Looking for fun? It’s in the parks

True family fun, Hood River style, returns Aug. 1 to Jackson Park with the annual “Families in the Park” series of free concerts.

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A slice of local life -- Dave McAlister enjoys his work, expressly

Dave McAlister has done every possible job in his 15 years with the Postal Service. He started as part-time Christmas help (that doesn’t count toward his 15-year total), working his way through the ranks as a mail processor, carrier, clerk and postmaster.

Planning Department nixes cell tower plan

The Hood River County Planning Department has denied an application to build a 160-foot commercial cellphone tower that was planned for construction on private property near Westside Elementary School.

Dollar Lake Fire recovery hike Aug. 3

Two summers ago, we all watched the north side of Mount Hood burn. How would you like to get a first-hand look at the recovery of this fire-ravaged forest?

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At County Fair, ‘It’s a full barn now’

Thursday night at the fair, Harrison Howell shoveled out a hog pen and Logan Marques crouched inside turkey cages to feed and water the birds.

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Eagle Scout project sure to be a big hit

Collins Field batting cages get new concrete thanks to Kristian Apland

Here’s an Eagle Scout project that is slightly off-kilter.

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Court remodel ‘worth the sacrifice’

$260,000 project is on schedule and should be finished by mid-September

For area tennis players, the timing couldn’t be worse to have the city’s only public courts torn up and unusable, but for those who have played on the ever-cracking concrete surface of the May Street courts (Tsuruta Courts) over the years, another month of waiting, or playing elsewhere, will be well worth the sacrifice.

For Alison Danko, the Port is her classroom

HRV grad helps with economic analysis, and prepares to study in Denmark

Port of Hood River intern Alison Danko will leave her mark on an economic impact study happening here in Hood River.

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Letters to the Editor for July 27

End data collection; Time to resign; Need new mayor; Support our mayor; Big heart

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HRV Swim Team busy with summer season

Hood River Valley Swim Team has had a busy summer of racing around the Northwest. Most recently, team swimmers competed last week at three different meets — the Speedo Championship Series Sectionals in Gresham, the Oregon Swimming 12U championships in Albany and the Sizzlin’ Summer meet in Moses Lake, Wash.

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With 225, Hixon wins ICMGA club championship

Hood River’s Pete Hixon put together a three-day total of 225 to win the annual Indian Creek Men’s Golf Association’s annual club championship last week

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HRV cheer honored at UCA Camp

Hood River Valley High School’s incoming squad of varsity cheerleaders picked up top honors last week by earning the Camp Champion title at the July 16-19 Universal Cheerleaders Association Cheer Camp.

Plein Air writing event deadline is Aug. 2

The Aug. 2 registration deadline is fast approaching for writers to participate in the annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event, organized by the Columbia Center for the Arts.

The Juicy Blue opens

The Juicy Blue blueberry farm opened in July, with a new name and new owners.

Entertainment Update for July 27

John Bunzow at Brian’s Pourhouse Aug. 3; ‘Harmed Brothers’ at CEBU; ‘Romancing the West’ tour in Hood River July 26-27; Blues from David Vest July 27 at The Pines

On letters: How to get your opinion in print

We are at mid-year, making it a suitable time to talk about letters.

Library District ends another busy year

Only two years ago, Hood River County, Ore., closed the doors on its three public libraries in Hood River, Cascade Locks and Parkdale. However, county residents reopened those doors in 2011 by creating the independent and stable Hood River County Library District (HRCLD).

Interfaith Peace Walk Sunday in Bingen, HR

An interfaith peace walk and screening of the film “The Atomic West” will be held July 28 in both White Salmon/Bingen and Hood River.

Boy injured in fall on White River

Rescuers carried a seriously injured 10-year-old boy out of the White River canyon south of Hood River early Wednesday.

Police Log for July 27

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River July 15-24.

CASA launches playhouse raffle

Columbia Gorge CASA launches a new annual fundraising event called “CASAS for CASA,” a custom-built child’s playhouse raffle.

Reunion update, July 27

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Sports Briefs for July 27

Wy’east needs volleyball coaches; Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest this weekend

Family events this weekend at Fair

Family fun abounds at the Hood River County Fair this weekend. This year’s fair features more free kids games, including a money toss and dummy roping, along with traditional carnival rides and midway fun. Parking is free — but be prepared for traffic back-ups at key times during the evenings.

Wednesday, July 24

Good News Gardening offers free class Aug. 13

Is it possible to grow your own nutritious vegetables year-round in the Gorge? John Hergenrather from Good News Gardening thinks so, and has been doing it for years without expensive, heated greenhouses.

Entertainment Update for July 24

Summer Smack Down with Bigfoot and Austin Heat; ‘A Glass Act’ opens Aug. 2; Jason Waicunas presents Gorge photography lecture July 25; Music weekend at Gallery 301; Ruins Tuesday at Springhouse; Blues from David Vest July 27 at The Pines

City plots course for finding new manager

Mayor says he will not seek re-election

The searches are on.

Port ‘concerned’ about traffic influx

The Port of Hood River will be keeping a close eye on the Hood River Bridge for the next several weeks to prepare for the likely increase in trucks that will be using the structure now that the Bridge of the Gods has stricter weight limits.

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Old ‘Trail’ sign gains a new home at WAAAM

A Tucker Road landmark is gone, but not far gone.

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Kids play, and learn, with water

The wonders of wind and wastewater provided lessons in Monday’s first StandUp4Water Awareness day.

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Local guys start Hakujin

One morning, Colby Richards woke up and panicked because he wanted to do something with his life and still hadn’t. His thoughts led to an idea for a food truck.

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Letters to the Editor for July 24

Grace follows tragedy; Jenga challenge; Damage can’t be undone; Dog as copilot?

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Van Gogh Days returns Aug. 3-4

Van Gogh Days returns to Rasmussen Farms Aug. 3-4.

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HRV soph Parker Kennedy wins USATF state, regional decathlons

Parker Kennedy has been making great strides toward the goal of becoming one of the top young decathletes in the country. While many of his friends were kicking back and relaxing in the first weeks of summer vacation, the Hood River Valley High School sophomore was busy competing in, and winning, the USA Track and Field state and regional championships.

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Gorge Cup: Four down, two to go

Peterson, Poor win weekend races; Fiona Wylde leads series

In what organizers and longtime competitors agree is one of the windiest races in the Gorge Cup’s long history, more than 30 windsurfers put their skills, and gear, to the test over the weekend at the Hood River Event Site. Saturday’s action included gusts into the 40-mph range, and Sunday into the upper 30s, giving racers in the summer-long series a true taste of what nuclear Gorge conditions can dish out.

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Local gals ride through summer rodeo scene

For Hood River cowgirls Jayden Shelton and Chantelle Carter, competing in the 48th Annual Fort Dalles Days “Rough & Wild” Pro Rodeo was undoubtedly the highlight of their three-year rodeo career

Rants in your pants: What are you complaining about?

What are YOU complaining about?

I’ve got so many things on my list, I don’t know where to start. But if I don’t start, I’ll never finish.

New mural to highlight fair festivities

Fine-tuning activities abuzz for 2013 Hood River County Fair

Aligning chairs on a lawn, labeling dilly beans in a jar, and placing a camper on not-so-level ground were all part of the diverse set of tasks that make up a pre-fair Monday at Hood River County Fairgrounds.

Need to know: 2013 Hood River County Fair Facts

Ride bracelets must be purchased by 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 24.

Business Notes for July 24

HR Brew Supply adds tap room; Wy’East Vineyards opens bocce courts

Solstice finds success with Kickstarter project

The Solstice Cafe Kickstarter project — an online campaign to raise funds for bringing the Solstice Café from Bingen, Wash., to the Hood River Waterfront — was funded successfully with 456 backers pledging $57,647 in three weeks.

Try these tips for keeping your home cool

Looking for efficient ways to keep cool this summer?

Go to Fair: Merry-go-round to market goats, this one has it all

Hood River County Fair will be familiar yet new.

Help Hawks Ridge grant senior wishes

Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Community is working on a new special program: Senior Wish Project will grant members of the senior community “special wishes,” such as reliving a childhood memory, an afternoon at a favorite fishing hole or a glider ride through the Gorge.

13th Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest is this weekend in Stevenson

Dubbed the longest-running amateur kiteboarding contest in the country, the 13th-annual Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest is set for July 27-28 at the Stevenson Marina. The amateur division will run July 27 and the pro division July 28, with start times depending on wind conditions. Backup days for no wind are July 26 and Aug. 3-4.

Ways of the Wind: It’s been a great summer, and there’s more to come

Except for a brief stint of hot weather earlier this month, the wind has hit the Gorge in full force this summer, as is evident by the numerous wind-chapped, sandblasted and tired — but euphoric — faces you see around town. And since the end of June, an action-packed schedule of events has accompanied the wind, making for a great start to what is sure to be an epic summer on the Columbia River.

Hood River is start, finish for Race Across Oregon

Riders endure distance, time on 550-mile course

The Race Across Oregon is a 550-mile bicycle time trial contested by solo riders and two- and four-person relay teams. Earlier editions of the race, which has been held for 15 years, traversed the state, but the past five years have been a loop starting and finishing in Hood River.

Library hosts teen events

The Hood River County Library will hold a Teen Scavenger Hunt July 26 at 2 p.m. Teens are invited to play alone, or with three other friends to solve riddles and discover unique items in downtown Hood River to score points.

Kempf named Horizon principal

Horizon Christian School teacher Faith Kempf will start work in the fall in an expanded role: secondary principal at the Hood River private school.

News earns honors from ONPA

Hood River News took home first place in General Excellence at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest on Friday.

Robotics workshop offered in Hood River July 27

The Gorge Technology Alliance is hosting two more robotics trainings this summer: July 20 at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles and July 27 at Bambinos in Hood River.

Marketplace readiness workshop series helps grow local food economy

Fledgling food entrepreneurs can receive startup assistance by participating in the “Marketplace Readiness” workshop series offered in Hood River on Aug. 12, 13 and 14 from 1-5 p.m. OSU Extension, Gorge Grown Food Network and Columbia Gorge Community College are collaboratively hosting the series.

PARKDALE NEWS: It’s time to go to the fair!

This is the week all the Upper Valley 4-H and FFA kids have been waiting for all year to take their animals and projects to fair.

Hannifan marries Holcomb

Kristen Hannifan and Trent Holcomb, both of Nampa, Idaho, were married May 4, 2013, in the Gorge Room at the Best Western Hood River Inn. The Rev. Gary Young officiated.

Sheriff Log for July 24

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River July 15-21.

Reunion update, July 24

Reunion update, July 24

PUBLIC RECORDS: MARRIAGE PERMITS

June 19 to July 12

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Kaleidoscope: At Relay for Life, community bonds in cancer fight

People from all walks of life came to Hood River Valley High School last Saturday to participate in Relay for Life of the Columbia Gorge and help end one of the most devastating diseases known to humankind: cancer.

Tuesday, July 23

Death notices for July 24

Fredrick Evans, Roberta Munoz

Saturday, July 20

Library Notes: Donors, buyers help book fair

If you enjoy books and book people and you’ve never gone to a Friends of the Library book sale, that is something you really should do next year. Just to be in the presence of all those books you have can have for almost nothing and all those people intent on getting them before you do is exciting for any book lover.

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Busy fair for Smith family

If Aidan and Ellie Smith were sent back in time to live during the days of the pioneers, they’d be able to pull their own weight around a homestead, no problem.

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Ag burn or wildfire?

In peak fire season, here’s how to tell the difference

As the Hood River Valley enters peak wildfire season and everyone grows accustomed to the countywide burn ban that started July 1, many residents are on the lookout for fires and are often prompted to call the fire department as soon as they see a column of smoke beginning to wind upward into the clear, blue summer sky.

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Celebrating Cherries

Fruit Loop serves up cherries, and the trimmings

Hood River valley, Fruit Loop holds its annual Cherry Celebration July 20-21.

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A slice of local life -- Fairgrounds are a year-round joy for Clara Rice

Clara Rice, Hood River County Fair manager, is retired.

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Weight restrictions to remain on Bridge of the Gods at least until year’s end

New weight restrictions were placed on the Bridge of the Gods earlier this week and it appears they will likely remain in place on the structure, at the very least, for the next several months.

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CL Museum holds open house

The first Friends of the Cascade Locks Historical Museum open house and annual meeting will be Tuesday, 7 p.m. at the Historical Museum in Cascade Locks Marine Park.

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Team wins Goetz/Lee tourney with score of 60

With a low gross of 60, the four-person team of Josh Halemeier, Justin Kahut, Stephen Stenberg and Rachel Stenberg finished as winners of the second-annual Dale Goetz/Marc Lee Memorial Golf Tournament last weekend at Hood River Golf Course.

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Sailors fly high at Freestyle Frenzy

Summer sunshine: check. Strong wind: check. Classic Gorge swell: check. Large audience: check. Lineup of competitors excited to huck, flip, jump and jibe around the river for bragging rights and prize money: check.

Sounds of Summer series kicks off with the Pat Travers Band July 21

To this day, guitarist Pat Travers can point to the one event that made him say “I want to be a guitar player.”

Hood River County Fair begins July 24

The fair opens Wednesday, July 24, offering open class, 4-H, FFA and commercial exhibits of all kinds.

Gorge wildfires brought under control

A 27-acre wildfire burning north of the town of Lyle on the Washington side of the Gorge was declared to be 100-percent contained Thursday morning. No one was injured in the fire, which started Monday afternoon along the Centerville Highway, but one home was lost in the blaze.

Seventh Day Adventists celebrate centennial

Hood River Seventh-Day Adventist Church marks its 100th year Saturday, July 27, with a special Sabbath service at the church, 13th and Oak streets. All former members and friends are invited to attend the special centennial services.

Local citizens honored for their dedication

Jeanne Marie Davis; Stan Hinatsu

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Lavender Daze features new music from MMB

Yesterday, after a 30-minute talk on the phone with rock guitarist Pat Travers, I think it finally hit me that the whole “Hood River summer music thing” is in fact, happening right now.

Entertainment Update for July 20

‘Eve and Emily’ debuts July 24; ‘Love, Loss’ show and art auction conclude this weekend; Bigfoot Band at Solera July 26; ‘Lighters’ at Red Carpet July 20; Catch Tess Barr Blues soon...

Keep your eye out for pine bark beetles

It has become an epidemic. If you look out your window you can see them everywhere now, rapidly dotting the once-green landscape with their bright orange colors.

Summer Notes: Go carefully, but go

A few not-so-random thoughts as we reach midsummer:

13/14 Strikers take charge at Seattle tournament

Hood River Soccer Club’s 13/14 Strikers traveled to Seattle last weekend for the Seattle United Cup at the Starfire Soccer Complex.

Letters to the Editor for July 20

Cascade Locks EMS funding; Appointments for life?

Business Notes

Curves offers August membership deal; Bisnett Insurance adds Pemco; Gallion joins Columbia River Insurance

RING CYCLE: Physician rides cross-country to sound climate change alarm

Dr. Wendy Ring will speak at 7 p.m. at the Rockford Grange on July 23 about how climate change affects our health and what we can do about it.

Tour Tuesday to new E. Fork wier

The Hood River Watershed Group will be holding its annual picnic July 23 from 5 p.m. until dusk. As usual, the picnic will take place at Tollbridge Park right across the street from EFID’s diversion facility.

Hike Mount Adams Aug. 10

The Friends of Mount Adams is sponsoring three different hikes into the Mount Adams area on Aug. 10. The hikes feature Mount Adams views, waterfalls and wildflowers, with experienced leaders knowledgeable about the area’s history, botany and geology.

Valley Residents hold annual meeting Sunday

Speakers include Rep. Ben Unger

All citizens interested in the Hood River valley’s course of future development and land use issues are invited to attend the 36th annual meeting and potluck dinner of the Hood River Valley Residents Committee on Sunday.

Legislature approves planning grant for Scenic Area

The Oregon legislature provided an end-of-session boost to the future of Gorge communities and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Library hosts two poets on Tuesday

Two renowned Oregon poets will read their works at the Hood River Library July 23 at 7 p.m.

Local athletes compete at Hershey’s State

Chloe Clark qualifies for North American Finals

Hood River’s Chloe Clark led a group of 12 local young athletes earlier this month at the annual Hershey’s Track and Field Oregon State Finals in Eugene.

9/10 All-Star girls ‘had a blast’ despite tough draw

Hood River Little League’s 9/10 girls All-Star team traveled to Scappoose last week to compete in the annual state all-star tournament. The girls, who qualified for the tournament by going undefeated the week prior in the district tournament, had a tough draw and ended up facing the first-, second- and third-place finishers in the opening rounds.

DeHart second at wrestling nationals

Hood River wrestlers Max Lane, Jessica DeHart and Payton Riggert returned this week from the annual USA Wrestling Nationals in Fargo, N.D.

Where’s Waldo? Find the striped-shirt fellow and win prizes

Where’s Waldo? In Hood River, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 20 different local businesses throughout the community this July.

Friends, with benefits

Ladies take to the trails in weekly Post and Pinot ride

Post Canyon offers ample opportunity for Hood River locals and visitors to enjoy nature, and while there are plenty of groups taking to the trails on bikes, foot, and horseback, the weekly Post and Pinot group ride brings an energy and exuberance to the forest like no other.

Wednesday, July 17

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Letters to the Editor for July 17

Bridge problems; Arts center shines

Corps offers weekend tours of The Dalles Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will offer tours of The Dalles Dam this summer, every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tours will end the last weekend of September.

Roots and Branches: Best and worst of times in cherry and softball seasons

Sometimes the best of times come when you least expect it, amidst the worst of times.

Lost Lake Resort offers ‘Farm to lake’ dinners

Lost Lake Resort and Campground is collaborating with chef Kathryn Yeomans and farmer Roger Konka to launch the first of the “Farm to Lake” dinner series on July 26.

New wildfire burns home near Lyle

A home just north of the town of Lyle on the Washington side of the Gorge has been lost in the 100-acre Centerville wildfire that started burning around 2:30 p.m. on Monday.

Police Log for July 17

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River July 8-14.

Oregon Library Association meets Friday in Hood River

Hood River will be host to more than 100 library staff from around the state on Friday.

Sheriff Log for July 17

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River July 8-14.

Sports Briefs for July 17

Semi-pro men’s soccer team forming; Bilingual youth soccer clinic Aug. 8 ; Youth flag football sign-ups are open; Youth football signups open

Geology of the HR watershed tour

The Hood River Watershed Group invites the community to learn more about how and why our streams and rivers flow through the Hood River Valley.

Tech On: Summertime and the learning is easy

As summer settles in, it’s that cusp time when kids are still enjoying “the time off” but adults and no doubt some kids are also thinking about the fall.

FROM THE PUBLISHER: Every day, we answer to our readers

At the same time Oregon’s largest daily newspaper, The Oregonian, was scheming to reduce its delivery days from seven to four, it also was continuing with plans to launch neighborhood newspapers in the Portland suburbs of Forest Grove and Beaverton

ROUND TABLE: Remembering to ask: ‘How are the firefighters?’

The troublesome trio of heat, wind, and lighting activity looms over the mid-Columbia this week.

Museum hosts free ‘Decades of Play’ event

Lawn-versions of classic games including Jenga, Twister and Anagrams will highlight the Free Family Day at The History Museum of Hood River County on Saturday.

County looks to sell its timberland in eastern Oregon

The Hood River County Forestry Department is about to set the wheels in motion for the sale of county-held timberland in Eastern Oregon, with the intent of purchasing more timberland in Hood River County.

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Volunteers sought for Peterson Prairie Cabin project

The Forest Service is looking for volunteers to help in a cabin reconstruction project in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, part of its Passport in Time project.

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Freestyle Frenzy helps revive windsurfing stoke

This week’s event features freestyle, Gorge style and big air contests

In an effort to “revive the stoke” in the Gorge as a world-class locale for windsurfing contests, the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association and the American Windsurfing Tour are teaming up this week to put on Freestyle Frenzy. The two-day event has a wind window of July 17-21 and will be held on the first two windy days within that range at the Hatchery (Spring Creek Fish Hatchery, 4 miles west of the bridge on Highway 14).

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Wachsmuth claims National Greco title

Teammate Zellar finishes fourth

Hood River wrestler Noah Wachsmuth claimed his second national title in the recent 2013 ASICS/USA Wrestling kids National Championships in Orem, Utah. Wrestling in the 80-pound Novice age division (11-12), Wachsmuth went 5-0 with four technical falls and a 7-5 decision to win the Greco Roman title.

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PET OF THE WEEK: Mia is ‘sparky little thing’

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

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Tule Lake, revisited

Hood River Nisei provide input on restoring the World War II Segregation Center

The Jeanne Marie Gaulke room of the Hood River County Library was packed with people who came to give input and listen to the National Park Service’s presentation on restoration plans for the Tule Lake Segregation Center in northern California — a notorious World War II internment camp for people of Japanese descent.

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Local artists help define ‘Love, Loss’

28 pieces will be sold in silent auction this week

Art and theater blend in a unique way with the stage production of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” which closes this weekend.

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Gorge Triathlon club: Pastime turns into passion

Tuesday tradition turns into passion for many

Patrick Hiller, a three-year member of the Columbia Gorge Triathlon Club, described his first Tuesday night training with the group: “I showed up with just my mountain bike and boardshorts. Somebody loaned me goggles to wear for the swim and everyone was very inclusive.” Hiller said that now, three years later, he’s a dedicated, competitive triathlete.

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FAIR!!!

Hood River County Fair returns July 24-27

People from around Hood River County lined up at the fairgrounds in Odell Saturday on a warm summer morning for the Small Animal Pre-Fair for students in 4-H and Future Farmers of America.

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Empassioned Rep. Gutierrez draws crowd

Illionois Congressman fires up audience of 400

A visiting Illinois Congressman received a raucous reception Saturday in a forum on immigration reform at Hood River Middle School’s auditorium.

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Kaleidoscope: WAAAM Traffic Jam honors vehicles restored with love

A sports car and a delivery truck that were literally resurrected from Gorge pastures drew honors Saturday at a well-attended car show.

DaKine sold to Altamont Capital

The Hood River sportswear company DaKine has been sold to Altamont Capital Partners, according to Internet reports.

‘Romancing the West’ tour in Hood River July 26-27

The Romancing the West Tour is a narrative-style concert featuring an ensemble of acclaimed performers telling the epic story of the American West.

Entertainment Update for July 17

Pint Night benefits Relay for Life July 17; Full Sail presents ‘Faria’s Clara’; Richard Wilkins at Naked Winery

Tuesday, July 16

Service announcement for July 17

Butch Houck

Saturday, July 13

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Fresh from resignation, Francis hired by Juice Co.

Former city manager takes chief operations officer job

They say the wheels of government move slowly, but Bob Francis’ new corporate employer moves quickly.

Hood River County Sheriff’s Officers involved in ‘hairy’ river rescue

Hood River County Sheriff’s deputies had their mettle tested on the Fourth of July when rough conditions on the Columbia River made rescuing two men and a dog who were trapped on a capsized boat in the river exceedingly difficult... and dangerous.

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Huck Fest a success

New technology allows for contest to see who can jump the highest

Over-calculating one’s own athletic feats is a common phenomenon in extreme sports, and in the Gorge, there are few better examples of this than with the sport of kiteboarding.

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Lyme disease: The tick-ing time bomb

Ahhhhhh, summertime! Everyone is coming out of hibernation.

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A slice of local life -- Muir Cohen, happy to keep books in Hood River

Muir Cohen wanted to open a bookstore after he retired. It didn’t quite work out the way he planned.

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A spiritual journey: 310 miles from ancestral waters to the Pacific Ocean

A journey has begun where youth and elders grow together developing leaders, revitalizing indigenous cultural knowledge, and really, becoming a family. N’chi Wanapum is a Native Community Canoe Family based on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation where students and teachers learn from each other in a circle of kinship.

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CRITFC names Hicks enforcement chief

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission has promoted 20-year CRITFC Enforcement veteran Sgt. Mitch Hicks to chief of enforcement.

Local artist hospitalized after motorcycle accident

A well-known local artist is in serious condition after getting run over by a van Monday evening near Waterfront Park.

Farmers, workers looking for relief from cherry losses

Local farmers may be getting relief for losses incurred by a bad Bing cherry harvest if the federal government decides the damage is great enough to declare the region a disaster area.

‘A protocol – both humble and generous – of journeying together’

Canoe Journey is a ritual that encompasses great healing, hope, happiness, honor and hospitality. The Journey began with nine canoes as the “Paddle to Seattle” in 1989. As in ancient times, the paddlers can take weeks to reach their destination. The celebration has been reawakening indigenous Native American and First Nation cultures through their first potlatch (official feast for guests) since 1937.

Schools provide summer meals

ODELL — On Monday July 1, the Mid-Valley Migrant Summer School started providing breakfast from 7:15-8 a.m. and lunch from 10:45-noon to both the students at the summer school and the general public. About 180 children eat breakfast there and 250 eat lunch.

Entertainment Update for July 13

‘Wailing Wind’ plays Trout Lake; Ticket discount available for Art Center volunteers; Blues from David Vest July 27; Volcanic celebrates 3 years

Summer Draw: Blood drives need our help

Donating blood is a time-honored tradition that is nonetheless a new experience for many people who are eligible to give.

Letters to the Editor for July 13

City council claims; More than guidelines; Three ‘R’s; Rediscovering the soul

Reunion update, July 13

Reunion update, July 13

Police Log for July 13

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River July 1-7.

Kickoff: Youth football programs gearing up for summer season

Flag football added for first and second graders

Youth football is about to kick off for the season through Hood River Community Education. Registration for a new flag football program for first- and second-graders, the annual Gorge Tackle Football league for 3rd-6th-graders, two middle school teams and the annual Blue and Gold camp is open now.

HR Library Book Club dives into ‘Mink River’

This month, the Hood River Library Book Club is reading “Mink River,” by Brian Doyle.

Robotics coaches invited to training at CGCC

TechStart offers SuperQuest robotics training for coaches and teachers Aug. 21-23

Teachers and STEM volunteers are encouraged to sign up in advance to get high-quality technology education professional development in the training at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles.

United Way helps fund local agencies

This year the United Way of the Columbia Gorge will allocate funding to 40 local nonprofit programs. More than 60 volunteers raised $155,000 within the Columbia Gorge community which will now be channeled directly to agencies serving Hood River, Klickitat, Sherman, Skamania and Wasco counties.

Movies, Families in the Park return

All movies start Saturdays at dusk in Jackson Park. Movies in the Park is presented by Hood River County Community Education and Hood River Parks and Recreation.

Wednesday, July 10

Vacation Bible School update for July 10

River of Life Assembly; Hood River Church of Christ

Service Announcement: Susan McCarthy

Susan McCarthy

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Hood River ‘survived’ Red Flag fire week

Between the hot, windy weather in the Gorge and revelers setting off fireworks both legal and not, this past Fourth of July holiday and the days surrounding it were primed for wildfires.

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Local Crag Rats helped find fallen climber

A several-day search for a climber missing on Mount Hood came to a sad end on Saturday, June 29, when the body of the climber, 59-year-old Dr. Kinley Adams, a dentist from Salem, was found near the top of the Sandy Glacier near the Hood River-Clackamas county line.

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All-Stars are off to state

Hood River’s 9/10 girls win district tournament to advance to next level

Hood River Little League’s four All-Star teams returned from Bend after several days of sunny summer ball in Central Oregon during the annual District 5 tournament.

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WAAAM adds to collection

The Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum has announced the arrival of a 1932 Waco UBA airplane. Museum Chief Pilot Ben Davidson and Assistant Director Donna Davidson picked up the airplane in Michigan and flew it across the country to its new permanent home in Hood River.

PET OF THE WEEK: Addie is ‘playful, sweet’

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

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Bystanders come to man’s rescue in the nick of time

Imagine lying face down in the river, fully conscious but unable to move, aware of people around you but unsure if they’ll be able to flip you over before the last breath burning in your lungs expires and you drown.

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Kiteboarding 4 Cancer is this weekend

Endurance race, fundraising highlights nation’s largest amateur kiting event

Once every summer, the disorganized jumble of kiteboarders on the Columbia River transforms into an orchestrated mob of brilliant colors, rallying around the river in support of young cancer survivors.

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‘Love, Loss, and What I Wore’: A play about more than fashion--and no fourth wall*

The actors’ portrayals stand on their own, but a unique set of visual aids helps convey the variety of stories in the CAST production of “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” opening Thursday at Columbia Center for the Arts.

Breakin’ in the Gorge a First Friday hit

Oak Street was abuzz with action during July First Friday activities last week, and the epicenter of action was in front of the British Pub, where a large crowd gathered to cheer on breakdancers battling it out in the seventh-annual Breaking in the Gorge competition.

Illinois Congressman visits July 13 for public forum on immigration reform

Causa Oregon will host a forum on immigration reform July 13, with guest speaker U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., an immigration reform proponent. The event will be at noon at Hood River Middle School, 1602 May St. The community is welcome to attend.

Forest Service closes Cloud Cap Road

Tree removal forces decision; Tilly Jane Trail

The Cloud Cap Road (No. 3512) will be closed to all visitors until further notice due to the numerous dead, standing hazard trees that line both sides of the road.

Local youth organizes ‘Stand Up 4 Water’

We have so much to learn about our water.

‘Red Hand’ book series, writing initiative continue

Hood River author Joe O’Neill and Black Ship Publishing have introduced the second book in the “Red Hand Adventures” series: “Wrath of the Caid.”

Entertainment Update for July 10

Entertainment Update for July 10

ROUND TABLE: Gettin’ civic with it, 15 seconds at a time

Here’s a formula for public involvement, one that goes against the revered First Amendment but is worth making to raise a point.

Let’s breathe: A collective, effective response

A kiter goes face-down into the water and prays that someone will come to his aid.

Letters to the Editor for July 10

Kudos for quick action; Moving forward; Thanks, mayor and council; Boycott Thailand fish

Honor loved ones at Relay with luminaria

Relay for Life of the Columbia Gorge returns July 20-21 to Hood River Valley High School’s football field. And one of the most touching and beautiful events at the annual fundraiser is the luminaria ceremony.

Building permits - June

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Sheriff Log for July 10

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River June 30-July 8.

Sports Briefs for July 10

Youth tennis camps have room; Two Hawks named to hoops all-state team; Timbers offer bilingual soccer clinic Aug. 8

Oiler boys chase shot at playoffs

Hood River’s Carson Oil-sponsored Oilers baseball team started its home Firecracker Tournament with a bang Friday in the form of a 9-2 win over David Douglas. Following the impressive opening victory, however, the Oilers were unable to build additional momentum in the seven-team, July 5-7 contest at Hood River Valley High School’s Traner Field.

Library hosts discussion on natural resources

Oregonians are known for a fierce sense of independence and a rugged individuality, qualities long associated with natural resource vocations such as logging, fishing, farming and ranching

Mt. Adams Institute starts veterans program

The Mt. Adams Institute has announced that it received an AmeriCorps grant to implement VetsWork: Environment, a career development program for military veterans interested in employment in the natural resources management/public lands sector.

PARKDALE NEWS: Deer and elk planning session in Parkdale

As Upper Valley growers, residents and property owners know, deer and elk are causing damage to property and crops in the valley, and in turn financial losses.

Legislature approves funding for ‘Regional Center for Innovation’

Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River, announced Monday that the Legislature approved the Committee on Capital Construction’s recommendation to fund $7.35 million for the Columbia Gorge Community College Regional Center of Innovation for the 2013-15 biennium.

Hawks Ridge looks for help with ‘Wishes’ effort

Hawks Ridge is working on a new special program. Senior Wish Project will grant members of the senior community “special wishes,” such as reliving a childhood memory, an afternoon at a favorite fishing hole, or a glider ride through the Gorge.

Cascade Observations: Hood River, where many paths cross

Hood River, Oregon – Where’s that?” was the incredulous response from my Bostonian friends when, in 1979, I informed them that I was moving from their historic city bound for a small town in Oregon. They all thought I was crazy, leaving their cultural Mecca to settle in the West.

Gorge Teen Camps offer summer camp scholarships

Columbia Gorge Teen Camps, based out of Lyle, Wash., will award eight 50 percent scholarships to 14 eligible 17-year-olds.

Sadil completes leg one of Columbia voyage

Author and teacher Scott Sadil of Hood River completed the initial 170-mile leg of his voyage from the mouth of the Columbia to Lewiston, Idaho.

Community helps injured woodworker

Allen Larsen is home again after a work-related accident June 25. A table saw severed two of his fingers, partially severed another, and cut a tendon in his thumb.

How to Help for July 10

FISH food bank building project; Parkhurst House Senior Living Community; Yarn sought for Hat Project; Next Door seeks foster parents

Reunion update, July 10

Reunion update

Tuesday, July 9

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Bob Francis out as HR city manager

Despite outpouring of support, Hood River City Manager Bob Francis affirms resignation at Monday council meeting

Despite outpouring of support, Hood River City Manager Bob Francis Resignation, not mediation.

Saturday, July 6

Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival

2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival, and the celebration boasts some of the biggest stars in bluegrass —Jim Lauderdale, the James King Band, Town Mountain and the SteelDrivers.

July 10 meeting on deer, elk issues

Are you concerned with the growing numbers of deer and elk moving through your orchards and property?

HAHRC BEATS: Have a safe summer by the water

We live in an area surrounded by beautiful water.

Crowd backs Francis at council meeting

City Council will discuss manager in Monday session

Crowd City Manager Bob Francis’ job will simmer over the summer.

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Major Creek fire burns 150 acres

A wildfire that started west of Lyle Wednesday afternoon and burned 150 acres of U.S. Forest Service and Native American trust land was at 40-percent containment as of Friday morning, according to Stan Hinatsu, recreation program manager for the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area office in Hood River.

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A true boom for the 4th

The fireworks display put on by the Hood River Lions Club every Independence Day is always a much-anticipated capstone to the Fourth’s festivities.

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‘You have to know your limitations’

Adult riders find rich reward in Motocross

Imagine being able to compete on the same field that professional athletes do, such as jogging around the basepath at Seattle’s Safeco Field or running on the football field at the Seattle Seahawks Stadium.

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Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run a record-breaker

Runners and walkers turned out in full force for this year’s Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run on July 4, breaking not only attendance records, but also posting some of the fastest times in the history of the event, which started in the early 1970s.

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A slice of local life -- Lifeguard Leo Dorich keeps watch, keeps humor

Swimming involves vivid verbs and despite the understated manner of lifeguard Leo Dorich, many of those verbs apply to him.

Entries needed for Mt. Hood Film Festival

Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival is seeking submissions for the 2013 film festival from local and Northwest filmmakers.

Second annual ‘Traffic Jam’ on July 12-13 benefits WAAAM

Cars, trucks, campers and motorcycles — antique, vintage, classic — join food, fun and music at the Second Annual WAAAM Traffic Jam, 1600 Air Museum Road, July 12-13, a benefit for The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum in Hood River.

Entertainment Update for July 6

Goldstars at Gallery 301; ‘Dreams’ at Mt. Hood Winery; Meet the Brewer July 18

Locals visit Haiti with Medical Student Missions

Nine Hood River residents, including four Hood River Valley high school students, traveled to Haiti June 22-29 to provide medical relief.

ANOTHER VOICE: Why I voted no on PERS ‘grand bargain’

The end of the 2013 Legislative Session is now imminent, and as we see too often, those in charge down here have waited until the 11th hour to push the most controversial legislation through. Introduced to the Senate was a tax package marketed to all of us (and you) as a “Grand Bargain.” Sounds nice, right?

July 4 : Putting our best feet forward

July 4 in Hood River presented a true display of community.

Letters to the Editor for July 6

Remembering when; Not what we hoped; DaKine is the best

White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium returns

HUSUM —The White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium kicks off July 10 with the popular annual community float. This affordable, $20 raft trip is designed for the local community to enjoy the river together.

Gorge Commission’s air study upheld in Oregon court ruling

The Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the Columbia River Gorge Commission’s Regional Air Quality Strategy for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area on June 19, rejecting a Friends of the Columbia Gorge challenge that claimed it neither provided enough remedies, nor even constituted a strategy.

Public Records: Circuit Court for July 6

Circuit Court: May 24 to July 2

Little League All-Stars rack up the District W’s

Hood River Little League All-Star teams did a bang-up job this past weekend in the District 5 Championship double-elimination tournament held in Bend, facing stiff competition from teams all around Oregon, including North and South Bend, Crook County, Jefferson County, John Day, The Dalles, Warm Springs, and Central Oregon.

Register early for Cross Channel Swim

Those wishing to swim in the 71st annual Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim are encouraged to register early as the Swim has become one of the county’s most popular attractions.

State Parks service says ‘Let’s Go’

State park rangers throughout the Willamette Valley and Columbia River Gorge have joined forces to start a new summer program called “Let’s Go.”

Friday, July 5

Service announcement for July 6

Clarence Olmstead

Death notices for July 6

Katherine Herring, Susan McCarthy

Tuesday, July 2

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Opening The Old Trunk means no slowing down for the Woosleys

Many people enter their golden years intent on taking it easy, eagerly anticipating boundless leisure time after working day jobs for the majority of their lives.

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Fair Winds and Fun Times at Windfest

From learners to experts, hundreds of people flocked to the Event Site Saturday in near-perfect wind and temperature conditions for the annual Windfest, sponsored by Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association.

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Hood River couple displaced from home after fire

Jessica Sanderson was on her way home after walking her dog Friday evening in Hood River when she saw a crowd of people and vehicles gathered a couple blocks from the home she rents at 1335 Cascade Ave. Sanderson could see smoke rising against the darkening sky.

July 4 brings a parade of events

Thursday is Independence Day, and fine weather is in the forecast.

Gorge Grown changes July 4 hours

On July 4, the Gorge Grown Farmers Market will change its hours and be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., right after the Independence Day parade.

For First Friday, streets stay open

First Friday returns July 5 to downtown Hood River, but there will be no street closures this year

‘Requiem’ author visits July 5

Waucoma Bookstore is hosting Oregon author Ken Scholes for an author reception on Friday, July 5, from 5-8 p.m. at the bookstore, 212 Oak St., Hood River.

‘Task Party’July 5

Hood River’s first “Task Party” happens on July 5.

Discovery Center History Dinner, lecture July 12

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is kicking off the Fort Dalles Days events on Friday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m. with a History Dinner and a 6:30 p.m. presentation by Steven L. Grafe, curator of Art at Maryhill Museum of Art.

Ark Life w/Paleo at Double Mt. July 13

Nationally touring Denver-based band Ark Life comes to Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River on Saturday, July 13, at 9 p.m. Opening the show will be indie-rock trio Paleo, currently based in Portland. There is no cover charge.

Robbie Laws at Waucoma Club July 6

One of the region’s top blues and rock guitarists, Robbie Laws, will be at The Waucoma Club in Hood River on Saturday, July 6.

Entertainment Update for July 3

Entertainment Update

Letters to the Editor for July 3

Fossil fuel independence ; Large shoes to fill; Show respect for the flag; more

Fire Watch: Caution honors fallen firefighters

Firefighters from Gorge counties are annually counted among those dispatched to other states to fight wildfires.

Input sought for deer and elk management

Hood River Valley growers, residents and property owners: Are you concerned with the growing numbers of deer and elk moving through your orchards and property?

PET OF THE WEEK: Blossom loves squeaky toys, laps, walks

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

Building permits: June

Building permits: June

Sheriff Log for July 3

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River June 24-30.

Police Log for July 3

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River June 25-30.

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WindFest Blow-Out results

Dale Cook, Hood River, 1:14

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Climbing Faith

The tough way up leads to lifetime achievement

In 2007, I met John and Lisa Rust on a large group climb of Mount St. Helens.

Oilers aim for Div. 1 playoffs

Hood River’s Carson Oil-sponsored Oilers baseball team continued its summer schedule in the Oregon Junior State Baseball Association Division I league while focusing on its goal to qualify for the upcoming state playoffs starting July 25.

Gut check: Kollas-Cranmer is Thursday

The Kollas-Cranmer Fourth of July Memorial Run has been a definitive kickoff-of-summer tradition for decades. The event began in the early 1970s, with a small group of cross country enthusiasts who called themselves the Mid-Columbia Track Club.

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July 4: Parade of Events

Hood River, Odell, Cascade Locks celebrate July 4

Fireworks over the river, parades down the main street, and plenty of good times in between all add up to Independence Day in Hood River County on Thursday.

CGCC Foundation organizes ‘Gatherings’

Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation is organizing its first Columbia Gorge Gatherings series for this summer.

Grant provides books to Wy’east kids

At least 188 Wy’east kids will spend some time reading this summer. Though a First Book Grant, the students were awarded books to take home.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Get those entries ready for the fair

Happy Fourth of July! Odell will celebrate with its annual parade through downtown, beginning and ending at Mid Valley Elementary.

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David Garcia: Stay relevant in a changing world

“Today’s pear is the same pear in appearance as 100 years ago, which in today’s marketing world is unheard of,” CEO David Garcia said in his talk to Diamond members last week, noting he plans to “stay around for a few more years,” to help Diamond through the changes he said are certain to come. Here is his talk, edited slightly for space reasons.

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Loyalty kept the shine on Diamond, co-op folk agree

State Ag director helps celebrate company’s centennial

Linda Miller of GEM Farms took home the top sponsor prize, an ATV from Sheppard’s, in one of the more festive moments of 100th annual meeting of Diamond Fruit Growers Inc.

Reunion update, July 3

Reunion update

Death notice for July 3

Curtis Mathisen

Monday, July 1

Parade of Events

Hood River, Odell, Cascade Locks celebrate July 4

Fireworks over the river, parades down the main street, and plenty of good times in between all add up to Independence Day in Hood River County on Thursday.