Bridge of the Gods contest thrills crowd, highlights up-and-coming Gorge talentJuly 31, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 31, 2013 midnight read more..
A beaming Emma Laney and her armload of ducks.July 31, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 31, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 31, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 31, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 31, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 31, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 31, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 31, 2013 midnight read more..
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).July 31, 2013 midnight read more..
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:July 31, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 27, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 27, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 27, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 27, 2013 midnight read more..
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).July 27, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 27, 2013 midnight read more..
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 PinesJuly 24, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 24, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 24, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 24, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 24, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 24, 2013 midnight read more..
Hood River County Fair will be familiar yet new.July 24, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 24, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 24, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 24, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 24, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 24, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 24, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 20, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 20, 2013 midnight read more..
Clara Rice, Hood River County Fair manager, is retired.July 20, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 20, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 20, 2013 midnight read more..
To this day, guitarist Pat Travers can point to the one event that made him say “I want to be a guitar player.”July 20, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 20, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 20, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 20, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 20, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 20, 2013 midnight read more..
The Oregon legislature provided an end-of-session boost to the future of Gorge communities and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.July 20, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 20, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 20, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 20, 2013 midnight read more..
Sometimes the best of times come when you least expect it, amidst the worst of times.July 17, 2013 midnight read more..
Hood River will be host to more than 100 library staff from around the state on Friday.July 17, 2013 midnight read more..
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 BeavertonJuly 17, 2013 midnight read more..
The troublesome trio of heat, wind, and lighting activity looms over the mid-Columbia this week.July 17, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 17, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 17, 2013 midnight read more..
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).July 17, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 17, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 17, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 17, 2013 midnight read more..
A sports car and a delivery truck that were literally resurrected from Gorge pastures drew honors Saturday at a well-attended car show.July 17, 2013 midnight read more..
The Romancing the West Tour is a narrative-style concert featuring an ensemble of acclaimed performers telling the epic story of the American West.July 17, 2013 midnight read more..
They say the wheels of government move slowly, but Bob Francis’ new corporate employer moves quickly.July 13, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 13, 2013 midnight read more..
Muir Cohen wanted to open a bookstore after he retired. It didn’t quite work out the way he planned.July 13, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 13, 2013 midnight read more..
A well-known local artist is in serious condition after getting run over by a van Monday evening near Waterfront Park.July 13, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 13, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 13, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 13, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 13, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 13, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 10, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 10, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 10, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 10, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 10, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 10, 2013 midnight read more..
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.”July 10, 2013 midnight read more..
Here’s a formula for public involvement, one that goes against the revered First Amendment but is worth making to raise a point.July 10, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 10, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 10, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 10, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 10, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 10, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 10, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 6, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 6, 2013 midnight read more..
Swimming involves vivid verbs and despite the understated manner of lifeguard Leo Dorich, many of those verbs apply to him.July 6, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 6, 2013 midnight read more..
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 6, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 6, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 6, 2013 midnight read more..
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.July 2, 2013 2:38 p.m. read more..
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 2, 2013 2:35 p.m. read more..
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.July 2, 2013 2:30 p.m. read more..
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.July 2, 2013 2:28 p.m. read more..
This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Blossom as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe her as follows:July 2, 2013 2:16 p.m. read more..
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.July 2, 2013 2:05 p.m. read more..
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.July 2, 2013 2:03 p.m. read more..
Happy Fourth of July! Odell will celebrate with its annual parade through downtown, beginning and ending at Mid Valley Elementary.July 2, 2013 1:55 p.m. read more..
“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.July 2, 2013 1:53 p.m. read more..
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.July 2, 2013 1:52 p.m. read more..
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