Wednesday, July 31
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.
Bridge of the Gods contest thrills crowd, highlights up-and-coming Gorge talent
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Summer Fruit Celebration is set to take place all along the scenic Hood River Fruit Loop, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17-18.
East Fork Irrigation District is in the process of building a new fish ladder and weir near Tollbridge Park.
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.
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
A beaming Emma Laney and her armload of ducks.
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.
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.
The truth can hurt; Speaking out of turn; Help for Guard kids; Menacing coal dust
All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River July 22-28.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
Rachel Shields, Susan McCarthy, Neoma Cates
Saturday, July 27
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.
True family fun, Hood River style, returns Aug. 1 to Jackson Park with the annual “Families in the Park” series of free concerts.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Collins Field batting cages get new concrete thanks to Kristian Apland
Here’s an Eagle Scout project that is slightly off-kilter.
$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.
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.
End data collection; Time to resign; Need new mayor; Support our mayor; Big heart
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.
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
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.
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 blueberry farm opened in July, with a new name and new owners.
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
We are at mid-year, making it a suitable time to talk about letters.
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).
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.
Rescuers carried a seriously injured 10-year-old boy out of the White River canyon south of Hood River early Wednesday.
All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River July 15-24.
Columbia Gorge CASA launches a new annual fundraising event called “CASAS for CASA,” a custom-built child’s playhouse raffle.
Wy’east needs volleyball coaches; Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest this weekend
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
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.
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
Mayor says he will not seek re-election
The searches are on.
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.
A Tucker Road landmark is gone, but not far gone.
The wonders of wind and wastewater provided lessons in Monday’s first StandUp4Water Awareness day.
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.
Grace follows tragedy; Jenga challenge; Damage can’t be undone; Dog as copilot?
Van Gogh Days returns to Rasmussen Farms Aug. 3-4.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Ride bracelets must be purchased by 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 24.
HR Brew Supply adds tap room; Wy’East Vineyards opens bocce courts
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.
Looking for efficient ways to keep cool this summer?
Hood River County Fair will be familiar yet new.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Horizon Christian School teacher Faith Kempf will start work in the fall in an expanded role: secondary principal at the Hood River private school.
Hood River News took home first place in General Excellence at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest on Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River July 15-21.
Reunion update, July 24
June 19 to July 12
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
Fredrick Evans, Roberta Munoz
Saturday, July 20
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.
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.
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.
Fruit Loop serves up cherries, and the trimmings
Hood River valley, Fruit Loop holds its annual Cherry Celebration July 20-21.
Clara Rice, Hood River County Fair manager, is retired.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To this day, guitarist Pat Travers can point to the one event that made him say “I want to be a guitar player.”
The fair opens Wednesday, July 24, offering open class, 4-H, FFA and commercial exhibits of all kinds.
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.
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.
Jeanne Marie Davis; Stan Hinatsu
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.
‘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...
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.
A few not-so-random thoughts as we reach midsummer:
Hood River Soccer Club’s 13/14 Strikers traveled to Seattle last weekend for the Seattle United Cup at the Starfire Soccer Complex.
Cascade Locks EMS funding; Appointments for life?
Curves offers August membership deal; Bisnett Insurance adds Pemco; Gallion joins Columbia River Insurance
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Oregon legislature provided an end-of-session boost to the future of Gorge communities and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
Two renowned Oregon poets will read their works at the Hood River Library July 23 at 7 p.m.
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.
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.
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? 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.
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
Bridge problems; Arts center shines
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.
Sometimes the best of times come when you least expect it, amidst the worst of times.
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.
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.
All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River July 8-14.
Hood River will be host to more than 100 library staff from around the state on Friday.
All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River July 8-14.
Semi-pro men’s soccer team forming; Bilingual youth soccer clinic Aug. 8 ; Youth flag football sign-ups are open; Youth football signups open
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.
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.
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
The troublesome trio of heat, wind, and lighting activity looms over the mid-Columbia this week.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Mia as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe her as follows:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A sports car and a delivery truck that were literally resurrected from Gorge pastures drew honors Saturday at a well-attended car show.
The Hood River sportswear company DaKine has been sold to Altamont Capital Partners, according to Internet reports.
The Romancing the West Tour is a narrative-style concert featuring an ensemble of acclaimed performers telling the epic story of the American West.
Pint Night benefits Relay for Life July 17; Full Sail presents ‘Faria’s Clara’; Richard Wilkins at Naked Winery
Tuesday, July 16
Saturday, July 13
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 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.
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.
Ahhhhhh, summertime! Everyone is coming out of hibernation.
Muir Cohen wanted to open a bookstore after he retired. It didn’t quite work out the way he planned.
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.
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission has promoted 20-year CRITFC Enforcement veteran Sgt. Mitch Hicks to chief of enforcement.
A well-known local artist is in serious condition after getting run over by a van Monday evening near Waterfront Park.
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.
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.
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.
‘Wailing Wind’ plays Trout Lake; Ticket discount available for Art Center volunteers; Blues from David Vest July 27; Volcanic celebrates 3 years
Donating blood is a time-honored tradition that is nonetheless a new experience for many people who are eligible to give.
City council claims; More than guidelines; Three ‘R’s; Rediscovering the soul
Reunion update, July 13
All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River July 1-7.
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.
This month, the Hood River Library Book Club is reading “Mink River,” by Brian Doyle.
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.
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.
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
River of Life Assembly; Hood River Church of Christ
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Addie as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe her as follows:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have so much to learn about our water.
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
Here’s a formula for public involvement, one that goes against the revered First Amendment but is worth making to raise a point.
A kiter goes face-down into the water and prays that someone will come to his aid.
Kudos for quick action; Moving forward; Thanks, mayor and council; Boycott Thailand fish
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.
All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River June 30-July 8.
Youth tennis camps have room; Two Hawks named to hoops all-state team; Timbers offer bilingual soccer clinic Aug. 8
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Columbia Gorge Teen Camps, based out of Lyle, Wash., will award eight 50 percent scholarships to 14 eligible 17-year-olds.
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.
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.
FISH food bank building project; Parkhurst House Senior Living Community; Yarn sought for Hat Project; Next Door seeks foster parents
Tuesday, July 9
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
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.
Are you concerned with the growing numbers of deer and elk moving through your orchards and property?
We live in an area surrounded by beautiful water.
City Council will discuss manager in Monday session
Crowd City Manager Bob Francis’ job will simmer over the summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Swimming involves vivid verbs and despite the understated manner of lifeguard Leo Dorich, many of those verbs apply to him.
Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival is seeking submissions for the 2013 film festival from local and Northwest filmmakers.
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.
Goldstars at Gallery 301; ‘Dreams’ at Mt. Hood Winery; Meet the Brewer July 18
Nine Hood River residents, including four Hood River Valley high school students, traveled to Haiti June 22-29 to provide medical relief.
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 in Hood River presented a true display of community.
Remembering when; Not what we hoped; DaKine is the best
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.
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.
Circuit Court: May 24 to July 2
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.
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 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
Katherine Herring, Susan McCarthy
Tuesday, July 2
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.
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.
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.
Thursday is Independence Day, and fine weather is in the forecast.
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.
First Friday returns July 5 to downtown Hood River, but there will be no street closures this year
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.
Hood River’s first “Task Party” happens on July 5.
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.
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.
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.
Fossil fuel independence ; Large shoes to fill; Show respect for the flag; more
Firefighters from Gorge counties are annually counted among those dispatched to other states to fight wildfires.
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?
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
All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River June 24-30.
All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River June 25-30.
Dale Cook, Hood River, 1:14
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.
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.
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.
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.
Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation is organizing its first Columbia Gorge Gatherings series for this summer.
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.
Happy Fourth of July! Odell will celebrate with its annual parade through downtown, beginning and ending at Mid Valley Elementary.
“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.
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.
Monday, July 1
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.