Stories for June 2013


Friday, June 28

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Riverkeeper tests show high E. coli at Event Site

Riverkeeper notified the city and port Thursday that testing shows dangerous levels of E. coli bacteria in the water of the popular Event Site on the Columbia River.

School finalizes 2013-14 cuts

There will be no layoffs of teachers in the Hood River County School District in 2013-14.

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Car theft thwarted by plant crew

“Stop an auto theft” was not on the 8 a.m. staff meeting agenda Friday for the guys at the city wastewater treatment plant.

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A slice of local life: Belinda Ballah stays positive about prevention

You may have seen the tobacco and alcohol prevention stickers, posters or ads, but do you really know who is behind Health Media Club and all these ads? Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Belinda Ballah works with youth from Wy’east Middle School, Hood River Middle School and Hood River Valley High School to teach them about tobacco and alcohol prevention.

City Council will discuss Bob Francis’ resignation July 3

Special meeting open to the public, comments allowed

A special meeting of Hood River City Council is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. The lone item on the agenda is to discuss how to respond to City Manager Bob Francis’ June 24 resignation.

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Wet weather splits cherry crops

Area farmers assessing damage, counting losses

For many local cherry farmers, the weather the Hood River Valley has seen this past week couldn’t have happened at a worse time.

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Big crowd turns out for Cooper Spur’s Crooked Tree Tavern opening

The weather may have been cold and wet, but it wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of guests who attended the grand opening of the newly completed Crooked Tree Tavern at the Cooper Spur Mountain Resort Tuesday evening.

‘Gifts from Ancestors’ exhibit opens July 6

Young artists will showcase art work inspired by traditions of the Columbia River at a traveling exhibit opening Saturday, July 6, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles.

REEL Paddling Film June 28-29

Join Wet Planet Whitewater Center, Kayak Shed and Columbia Center for the Arts for two nights of dynamic water adventure films with the REEL Paddling Film Festival World Tour on June 28-29 at 8 p.m.

Trout Lake Festival of the Arts returns July 13-14

Enjoy a weekend of fine art, music and food with a mountain view at the 2013 Trout Lake Festival of the Arts. This festival was chosen as a top summer regional art festival in 2012 by The Oregonian’s event guide.

Entertaniment Update for June 29

Ruby Pines at CEBU Lounge; Barley Draught at Solera; Barlow Road at Double Mtn.; Lone Madrone at Volcanic; Birdwalk scheduled June 30

Another Voice: A Father’s Day to remember

If you read the Parkdale column on a regular basis you know that our oldest son, Camden Ball, has been deployed to Afghanistan with the United States Army since last November.

City Hall : Process – in all forms – is important

Process in government is important. Legal steps are in place to protect the rights of both citizens and public servants, and to ensure that public officials fulfill responsibilities and stay within the law.

Letters to the Editor for June 29

Time for new mayor; Francis has been great; Support is appreciated

Valley Christian helps with ‘Clean-Up Buckets’

Hood River Valley Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Condon United Church of Christ have participated in an ecumenical disaster relief effort in response to recent devastating tornadoes in the Midwest.

‘Voices’ tells real life stories

River of Life Assembly has compiled a book, “Voices from the Valley,” from true-life stories of some of its members. (Names have been withheld or changed to preserve privacy.)

Block party returns to River of Life

On June 30 River of Life Assembly hosts its annual block party, from 3-6 p.m. at the church, 979 Tucker Road, Hood River.

‘Hope’ in Concert

California Baptist University’s small mixed ensemble “Hope” will be performing in Hood River on Wednesday, July 3, at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 1889 Belmont Drive.

Round Table: Desire to write brings intern to the News

I was walking out of Hood River Valley High School after winning two certificates at the Evening of Excellence, one of them from my journalism teacher, when Julie Raefield-Gobbo, who had been reporting on the event, approached me.

Be in the July 4 Parade

The Hood River Lions Club has chosen Hood River resident Don Benton as grand marshal for the July 4 Independence Day Parade. Organizations and commercial entries are encouraged to register for the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Line-up starts at 8:30 a.m.

Scam targets utility customers

Pacific Power is warning the public of a phone scam targeting utility customers in the region where crooks posing as customer service agents are trying to get money and steal personal information.

HRV swim team makes waves through summer

Hood River Valley Swim Team has been busy training through spring and into the summer, and all the hard work and countless laps are showing in results from three recent contests. In two June contests — one in Madras and the other in Gresham — a number of the team’s youngest swimmers won events and had podium finishes.

HRV alum Thompson makes Westside Timbers roster

Hood River Valley High School 2012 graduate and former soccer and track and field standout Emily Thompson recently completed her freshman year at Lewis and Clark, where she played on the Pioneers womens soccer team. As a freshman, Thompson started in 19 games, scored six goals and was named First-Team All-Northwest Conference.

Sports Briefs for June 29

Maryhill Festival of Speed finals Sunday; HRVHS cross country summer workouts; Hole-in-one at HRGCC; Community Ed tennis has openings

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Summer soccer camp a ‘win-win’

This week’s Eagle Youth Soccer Camp brought about 80 kids to Westside Elementery School for five full days of skills developement, scrimmages, fun and games.

Windfest is this weekend

Annual event will feature gear demos, clinics, food, fun

Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Associations’ annual Windfest returns to the Hood River Event Site this weekend for two days of gear demos, clinics, demonstrations, lessons, music, food, drinks and more.

Good Luck All-Stars

Hood River Little League’s four All-Star teams will be in Bend this weekend and next week for the annual District 5 Championship tournament.

Goodwill ‘boutique’ comes to Hood River

With approximately 1,380 square feet of retail space, Goodwill Industries’ third luxury boutique plans to open as early as mid-summer in downtown Hood River.

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Master Gardeners tour invites visitors June 29

The Central Gorge Master Gardeners Association tour takes place June 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. around Hood River.

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Cascade Locks FD responds to truck blaze and ’suspicious’ structure fire

Cascade Locks Fire Department had a busy Monday night and Tuesday morning this week, responding to two separate fires that occurred less than 15 hours apart.

Fireworks prep closes Spit area July 3-5

The Fourth of July holiday will limit access to Port of Hood River property beginning Wednesday, July 3. This will include a three-day closure at a popular recreation area, the Spit.

Death Notice for June 29

Clyde Williams

Thursday, June 27

Tuesday, June 25

Cascade Locks presents Sternwheeler Days

CASCADE LOCKS — New events, including Saturday’s Ducky Derby fundraiser, fill the schedule for the June 27-30 Sternwheeler Days, Cascade Locks’ annual community festival.

Goodwill holds job fair June 27-28 in The Dalles

Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette will host a job fair Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 700 Union St. in The Dalles.

Clean Energy Works Oregon offers incentives to weatherize

High heating bills might not be on the top of most people’s minds now that summer is in full swing. But now is the time to take advantage affordable energy-efficient upgrades through Clean Energy Works Oregon (CEWO), a nonprofit you can count on to deliver a more comfortable and energy efficient home, year round.

Small changes for county budget

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners adopted the county budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, with little fanfare during a regular meeting of the commissioners held last week.

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DaKine digs its new digs

Action sports company settles into new waterfront location

DaKine employees are happily settling in to their new 25,000-square-foot company headquarters, and the move from their aged Columbia Street location to a recently completed Hood River Waterfront building is a welcome change for the current staff nearly 50 who will call the office home.

Jail sees budget decline

Operating expenses for the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities in fiscal year 2013-14 are expected to be down, which means there will be no increase in the share of costs paid by the four owner counties.

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City Manager Bob Francis resigns

Mayor will schedule special City Council meeting next week

City Manager Bob Francis resigned Monday night, referring to “difficulty” with Mayor Arthur Babitz.

WAAAM to expand

The Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum announces that construction is under way on an expansion of its display buildings.

Arts center issues call for Plein Air writers

Columbia Center for the Arts is inviting writers to participate in its annual Plein Air Writing Exhibition. Participants join visual artists in five sites around the Columbia River Gorge for creative inspiration.

Entertainment update for June 26

‘CelloBop’ at HR Library; Twangshifters at Everybody’s; REEL Paddling Film June 28-29 ; Sugardaddies featured on Mt. Hood RR mystery train; ‘Har-di-Har’ at Trillium Cafe

Another Voice: Ask Salem to support Clean Energy funding

For the last 16 years, my company, McDowell & Son, has served the Hood River area, providing local homeowners with construction and residential energy efficiency services.

Another Voice: Next Door Inc. honors the Bentons’ service

I have an announcement regarding one of our members, and about what “Service Above Self” is all about.

Relay Time: Take steps for cancer research

Relay for Life returns next month, to its original location, HRVHS, after a three-year sojourn at Hood River County Fairgrounds.

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Letters to the Editor for June 26

Who cares?; ‘Green’ home?

Jaques resigns as CL Port attorney

In a June 3 letter to the Cascade Locks Port Commission and staff, Jerry Jaques resigned his position as general counsel for the Port of Cascade Locks.

The Pines moves to smaller space

Customers will soon find The Pines Tasting Room at a new location.

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Pet of the Week: Claire is ‘crazy girl’

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Claire as the program’s adoptable pet of the week.

Sheriff Log for June 26

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River June 16-24.

Police Log for June 26

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River June 17-23.

Tolbert joins hoops all-star team

Katie Tolbert of Horizon Christian School has joined the Big Sky Conference team in the Oregon Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Stars series, which competes this weekend at Sisters High School.

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Hood River Saddle Club hosts Mountain Trail contest

The Hood River Saddle Club hosted a Mountain Trail clinic over the weekend that drew riders from as far away as Seattle to participate in clinics and a friendly competition at the club’s 10-acre facility.

Another way to play

New youth baseball team looks to give kids more game time

Some youngsters who are about to reach the ends of their Little League seasons in the Gorge are wondering when the next opportunity to play the game they love will come along.

Ways of the Wind: Catch Windfest this weekend

A summer series with Greg Stiegel, Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association

The sun has been shining and the wind has been blowing in the Gorge for months now, but Friday marked the official start of summer.

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Cycling Classic a tough road to gold

Cameron Cogburn and Amy Thornquist combined smart racing with athleticism and sheer endurance over the weekend to win the overall pro men and women titles of the 2013 Mt. Hood Cycling Classic.

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Maryhill Festival of Speed: Four-wheeled crazies compete this week

The seventh-annual Maryhill Festival of Speed kicks off Wednesday and Thursday with practice runs, continues Friday and Saturday with elimination heats and climaxes Sunday with street luge finals and the 2013 Downhill Skateboarding International Downhill Federation World Cup.

Have you ever heard of an atlatl?

See ancient weapon used at museum community picnic Thursday

In celebration of a special summer archeology traveling exhibit during the months of June, July and August, The History Museum of Hood River County invites the public to a community picnic and primitive native weapon demonstration on the east museum lawn on June 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Hood River County Fair returns July 24-27

The 2013 Hood River County Fair takes place Wednesday through Saturday, July 24-27, at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Road.

High tea in the berries helps Ugandan hospital

A local group, Half the Gorge Sky, is sponsoring a High Tea at the Wilinda Blueberry Patch, 730 Frankton Road, from 3-6 p.m. June 29.

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The last hurrah

Mt. Hood Cycling Classic ends on high

“With mixed emotions” is how Chad Sperry describes Sunday’s successful end to the 11th and final Mt. Hood Cycling Classic.

SMART seeks volunteers

Volunteers are needed by the Start Making A Reader Today literacy program in Hood River County.

Parkdale News: Summertime events go into high gear

A huge community yard sale is being held on Saturday, July 13, at Mt. Hood Town Hall and everyone is invited to come out and buy items.

Bark! Bark! Woof-woof-woof! The dog shouter-er

Being at a loss for words recently — ahem — I asked Stacey what she thought should be the topic for my column this month. Without hesitation, she announced, “Barking.”

Hood River garden tour June 29: Bees, Blossoms and Scarecrows

Come and see the gardens of seven Master Gardeners.

Oregon Arts Commission grants benefit Hood River County

New report summarizes impact of Arts Build Communities grants in Gorge

The Oregon Arts Commission highlighted two innovative community development projects in Hood River County in a new report summarizing the Commission’s investments in arts and community development during 2012.

Vacation Bible School update for June 26

Immanuel Church (Ninth and State streets) invites all children ages 4-11 to a wonderful week of “Kingdom Rock — where kids stand strong for God!” This free week of fun, games, crafts, songs, treats, faith lessons and surprises galore happens from 9 a.m. to noon, July 8-12.

‘Here in the Gorge’ focuses on the water

Radio Tierra presents “Here in the Gorge” on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

44 Trails Association rallies fun and funds

On June 1, the 44 Trails Association hosted a trail work day followed by a fundraiser at Dirty Fingers Bicycle. About 50 volunteers worked on the trails while more than 100 people attended the party.

Get involved with large mural project at Wy’east stadium

This summer Hood River Valley High School Health Media Club members, along with local summer school students and artist-in-residence Allison Bell Fox, will be creating two large murals for the Wy’east Middle School stadium.

Reunion update, June 26

The Wy’east Class of 1961 will have a joint “70th birthday” party July 20 at Charburger Country, 4100 Westcliff Drive. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with an informal get-together, to be followed by dinner, games, a contest for best birthday hat and gift exchange.

Service Announcements for June 26

Eddie Lage, Betty Waterman

Hood River City Manager Bob Francis resigns

City Manager Bob Francis resigned Monday night, referring to unspecified “difficulty” with Mayor Arthur Babitz and members of the city council, all of whom said they were surprised by the announcement, which came near the end of the regular City Council meeting. Francis cited a June 7 meeting with council member Laurent Picard in which Picard recommended strongly that Francis look for other work and resign. Francis used his standing report segment of Monday's meeting to announce he will resign effective July 8.

Monday, June 24

Friday, June 21

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Free yard debris day faces limits

Representatives of Hood River Garbage Service say the days of people abusing the free Wednesday yard debris drop-off service — either wittingly or unwittingly — at the Hood River Transfer Station will soon be over.

Pear crop looks good

Forecast includes 9 percent increase in Bartlett yield

Representatives of the Northwest pear industry met last week in Portland to project the size of the 2013 fresh pear harvest. With reports of a crop of excellent quality from the Pacific Northwest growing regions of Wenatchee and Yakima, Wash., and Mid-Columbia and Medford in Oregon, the total projection is showing approximately 19.8 million standard 44-pound box equivalents (or 436,410 tons) of pears for the fresh market.

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A slice of local life: Rick Routson: Orcharding ‘is in my blood’

Rick Routson’s earliest memory takes place in his family’s orchard: When he would venture into the orchard with his parents as a child, he was usually placed in one of the big wooden fruit bins for safekeeping.

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Undoing a deep trauma: Group seeks Celilo Falls revival

The Dalles — A new nonprofit group has lofty goals: to permanently lower the Columbia River, restoring Celilo Falls and its native fishery; and reconnecting Celilo Village to the river by rerouting the nearby rail lines and freeway to Washington.

Mt. Hood Cycling Classic: Catch the action

Racing action started Friday morning in the 11th and final Mt. Hood Cycling Classic. The four-stage road race takes racers through the rolling wheat country east of The Dalles, across the Historic Columbia River Highway, around the streets of downtown Hood River and up the north side of Mount Hood in three days of famously-scenic and notoriously-tough competition.

Class Notes: Mrs. S-G highlighted in newsletter

Hood River native Karen Smith-Griffith is a 5-6 grade teacher at Heppner Elementary School and has been with the Morrow County School District for 26 years.

Schools to adopt budget

Hood River County School plans to adopt the 2013-14 district budget in its meeting June 26, 6:30 p.m. at the District Office.

Watershed Group hosts county forester

Doug Thiesies, forester for Hood River County, will speak at the next Hood River Watershed Group meeting, Tuesday, at 7 p.m. at the OSU Extension Service meeting room at 2990 Experiment Station Road in Hood River.

Cooper Spur opens Crooked Tree Tavern

Cooper Spur Mountain Resort inaugurates its new Crooked Tree Tavern next Tuesday.

‘The Clean House’

Staged reading of comedy is June 21-22

Matilde (Sullivan Mackintosh), a Portuguese maid, remembers a joyful childhood with her parents (David Dye and Alison Fitts), while her employer, Lane (Kathleen Morrow, right) listens, in the staged reading of “The Clean House,” running June 21-22 at Columbia Center for the Arts.

Hood River Bridge Users please be advised

Bridge delays scheduled on June 21 and June 26

Entertainment Update for June 22

Kevin Selfe at Memaloose; ‘12 Eyes’ at Solera June 20; ‘Wall St. Tankers’ at Saw Tooth; Arts Center screens indie films; Fiddlin Under the Stars bluegrass festival June 21-22

ANOTHER VOICE: Rock-solid support for ‘brothers’ in harm’s way

Long ago, it became part of my morning routine to look at the Department of Defense casualty list and pay my respects to the fallen. This ritual started when my son, a Marine, began a series of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

July 4 array: Time to plan for, and support, Independence Day events

We all like a little fanfare in our lives.

Letters to the Editor for June 22

Laughable; Support SB 488; Guns for all?; more

Police Log for June 22

For June 9-16

Sheriff Log for June 22

For June 9-15

Death notices for June 22

Curtis Campbell, Elizabeth Cole

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Backyard Half draws almost 400

The sixth-annual White Salmon Backyard Half Marathon drew 399 registered runners last weekend for the 11.5-mile trail run starting and finishing in White Salmon and venturing on to the muddy single-track trails overlooking the Columbia River.

Oilers lead Oregon JBO standings

With six games in six days, many teams would succumb to fatigue by the end of such a grueling schedule. That certainly wasn’t the case for coach Erich Harjo and his Oilers baseball squad over the last week, as the team endured and enjoyed great success at home and on the road.

Lee/Goetz Memorial Golf Tourney set for July 13

The second annual Lee/Goetz Memorial Golf Tournament is set for July 13 at Hood River Golf and Country Club.

City court renovations will begin this month

The tale of the deteriorating tennis courts will soon see a happy ending.

Thanks, Alice

Tennis community pools funds to honor dedicated fan with bench

Alice West, although shy about being in the spotlight, was recently recognized by the tennis community for her unmatched support and dedication to Hood River tennis.

GTA topic June 25: Systems certifications

The Gorge Technology Alliance hosts a presentation on June 25th by Marcia Buser on what it takes for an organization to register to the ISO 9001 and AS9100 standards.

Sternwheeler Days

Cascade Locks’ Sternwheeler Days community celebration returns June 27-30.

Students score in Sumdog mathematics competition

More than 570 first- through fifth-grade students in the Hood River County School District participated in an online math contest called Sumdog HRCSD Math Mania at the end of May. This seven-day, friendly competition inspired students to have fun while practicing basic math skills.

48-Hour Film Project winners announced

Cash prizes and honors were given out on Saturday, June 15, for the Columbia Gorge 48 Hour Film Project, in front of a full house at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.

Summertime Suggestions: What can kids and families do around here? Plenty!

Summertime Suggestions The calendar made it official on June 21: Summer is here.

Wednesday, June 19

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Let the hops and malt speak’: talking beer with Big Horse’s Darrek Smith

Darrek Smith is the youngest brewer in any of the county’s five commercial breweries, and he works in the oldest, and smallest, ale house. Smith’s story is a unique one, even in the diverse field of ale authors in our midst. He works alone in a four-barrel system that expanded to six tanks last year from the original four installed by his boss, Randy Orzeck, who was the first Big Horse brewer. In a brewing tradition seen all over Europe, he is handcrafting beers one floor below the pub where it is served. Big Horse has this in common with Full Sail and Solera, where pub areas also are located directly above the tanks.

Tuesday, June 18

History in Graffiti style

The newest mural at Hood River Middle School is both companion and counterpoint to the older murals located across the west courtyard.

Pet of the Week: Toby is ‘adorable, blossoming’

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

Dogs at Work to benefit HRAAD

As a benefit for Hood River Adopt A Dog, local veterinarian and herding dog trainer Dr. Cynthia Mills will demonstrate the herding skills of her award winning dogs, Folly, Mango, and Krayken on June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Summer fun for everyone at county library branches

Hood River County Library District welcomes everyone — kids, teens, and adults — to participate in the libraries’ special reading programs this summer. Prizes will be given out to those who reach their goals.

Providence offers grief support for children, adults

Providence Hospice of the Gorge has support groups for grieving adults and children and teens, as described below:

Death Notice for June 19

James Farring

Lady Washington returns to Gorge June 22-23

The brig Lady Washington, the official ship of Washington state, and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain are in the second half of a seven-week tour of Columbia River ports, and are scheduled to make a two-day visit to Stevenson, Wash., June 22-24.

24-hour ‘Dayshoot’ announced

The Oregon Project Dayshoot 30th Anniversary event seeks photojournalists and videographers to participate in a historic 24-hour project on July 15.

Horizon students go outside to study drones

Students at Horizon Christian School tackled a topic that touches the lives of Columbia Gorge residents and beyond — unmanned aerial systems, more commonly known to many as drones.

Friends of the Quail

Two sharp-eyed passers-by saved a passel of baby quail that fell into a storm drain on June 11.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Odell Methodist church holds barbecue June 29

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church is hosting a community barbecue at the Odell church June 29 beginning at 5 p.m. The street on the north side of the church will be closed for this event.

‘Earth Laughs’ finalists chosen

Columbia Art Gallery has announced the finalists for its “The Earth Laughs In Flowers” juried photography competition. Their work will be featured in a month-long show at the gallery in Hood River, opening Friday, July 5, at 6 p.m.

Roots and Branches: Aya Endow -- Tiny, soft-spoken, legendary

Aya Endow passed away last Wednesday, slipping softly into another place, leaving this world as she had lived in it. Unassuming, unpretentious, beautiful to the very core of her being.

Young buck settles in as brewer

Derrak Smith is the youngest brewer in any of the county’s five commercial breweries, and he works in the oldest, and smallest, ale house. Smith’s story is a unique one, even in the diverse field of ale authors in our midst.

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Big Horse still kickin'

Hood River's oldest brew pub turns 25

A certain vigor was always needed to run a three-story restaurant.

Gorge Short Track series exemplifies beginner-friendly race scene

I’d be lying if I said the bike racing scene didn’t intimidate me.

Local riders make top marks in bike series

A first of its kind for Cascade Locks, the Gorge Short Track Series concluded last week with a fifth and final race at the city’s newly created EasyCLIMB trail system on the east end of town. The five-week event, organized by Gorge-based Breakaway Promotions, was hailed a success as it drew dozens of competitors of all ages and ability levels from across the Northwest.

Windmaster Market claims Little League title

The 2013 Hood River Little League Baseball season climaxed on Saturday with a league championship matchup between the top-two boys majors (age 12U) teams — Windmaster Market of Hood River and the Odell Lions. .

Beam named 5A Player of the Year

As a major affirmation of his performance this season and over his high school career, Hood River Valley baseball’s four-year varsity catcher Kyle Beam was named the Oregon 5A Player of the Year last week.

ROUND TABLE: New faces, and other transitions, at the News

Hood River News this month welcomes some new faces and bids “farewell” to a news staff member.

Letters to the Editor for June 19

You might be drinking tea; Enjoy July 4 in White Salmon; Kite curious?

‘Clean House’ staged reading June 21-22

CAST Theater and Columbia Center for the Arts present a staged reading of “The Clean House,” a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Sarah Ruhl’s “The Clean House” is a comedy that takes place in the home of a married couple who are both doctors. They have hired a Brazilian housekeeper named Matilde, an aspiring comedian who’s more interested in writing the “perfect joke” than in house-cleaning.

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Trailer overturns, blocks I-84

Interstate 84 westbound lanes west of Cascade Locks were briefly blocked Sunday afternoon when a travel trailer overturned. One person received minor injury not requiring transport to a hospital.

Fruit Co. holds warehouse sale

The Fruit Company announces its second-annual Fruit Friday Summer Warehouse Extravaganza, to be held June 21.

Entertainment Update for June 19

Bram Brata’ Steel Band at Mt. Hood Winery ; ‘Livin’ Tiny’ at Pint Shack; ‘Daisy Mayhem’ play house concert June 25; Sassparilla at CEBU Lounge

Savor the Fruit Loop Wine Celebration this weekend

The annual Fruit Loop Wine Celebration will take place June 22-23, showcasing the Hood River County Fruit Loop’s wines.

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Joe Renault: A lock-down guy

Corps of Engineers honors Cascade Locks man for 50 years of service

Joe Renault’s award certainly came through the proper channel.

City funds assure court renovation

Council commits $24,842

There’ll be no double-fault on tennis court grant funding, thanks to a boost from the City of Hood River.

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Sunset storm brings beauty, hint of danger

Weather Saturday starts, extinguishes small fire

Hood River residents were treated to an impromptu light show last weekend, courtesy of Mother Nature.

Help park programs

Families, Movies in the Park programs need financial help

Hood River Community Education will be asking its sponsors who have supported the popular Movies in the Park and Families in the Park entertainment series in past years to give a little bit more this summer to ensure these events will have enough funding to survive.

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Mt. Hood Cycling Classic rides into the sunset

Racing action starts Friday in last of event’s history

After 10 years of entertaining spectators with high-speed racing action and attracting competitors from around the world to experience some of the most grueling and scenic stages in the nation, the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic will ride into the sunset Sunday evening. And as a fitting end to the 11-year history of the event, Sunday’s final stage will put riders through what has become famous as one of the most brutal but spectacular race courses in America — the Three Summits Road Race.

Friday, June 14

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Photo of the day: Ready to go for the glory

Hood River Little League’s boys majors regular season concludes Saturday with the annual league championships at the ballfields behind St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Library hosts writers Ralph Salisbury, Ingrid Wendt

Oregon writers Ralph Salisbury and Ingrid Wendt will present a reading at the Hood River Library on June 18 at 7 p.m.

Seat belt blitz yields tickets

From May 20 to June 2 the Hood River Police Department conducted its second traffic blitz of the year.

Police plan cellphone enforcement

On June 19 the Hood River Police Department will be stepping up law enforcement against drivers’ cellphone use while operating a motor vehicle.

USFS, Crag Rats offer tours to Cloud Cap Inn

In cooperation with the Hood River Crag Rats Mountain Rescue Organization, the Hood River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest is now offering reservations for the public to participate in free interpretive tours of the historic Cloud Cap Inn with tours starting July 7.

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Car crash sends two to hospital

At about 12:50 p.m. June 11, a crowd quickly gathered on Cascade Avenue at 20th Street after hearing the sounds of breaking glass and crunching metal. A three-vehicle crash at the site sent two Hood River men to the hospital — one to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and one, via LifeFlight, to Portland.

Bickford named chair at CenterPointe Bank

Bickford named chair Orchardist Steve Bickford has been appointed chairman of the board for CenterPointe Community Bank.

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Parks Service seeks input on Tule Lake internment camp

TULE LAKE, Calif. — Japanese Americans living on the West Coast were forcibly removed and incarcerated in remote camps during World War II without being charged of any crime. The National Park Service is seeking public comment to develop a management plan for one of those internment camps.

Woman found safe after search

“She’s a very tough person,” said Bill Pattison of his 80-year-old wife. Patricia Pattison of Hood River recently returned home relatively unharmed after spending the night out in the cold and rain on a hillside above the Hood River.

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A slice of local life -- Yong Cho: Serving the Odell community

Yong Cho has been commuting from Portland to Mid Valley Market, the store he purchased in Odell from John and Kathie Alley in 2007, for the last six years. He makes a 180-mile round trip every day, taking only one day off per month—if that.

‘What is a great lesson your father taught you?’

Father’s Day offers a chance to acknowledge lessons

Fathers can be bountiful sources of wisdom and in honor of Father’s Day on Sunday, we asked people around town, “What is a great lesson your father taught you?”

Documentary ‘Coal’ airs June 19

Oregon Public Broadcasting announces “COAL,” an EarthFix original documentary that will air on OPB-TV on Wednesday, June 19, at 10 p.m.

SMART seeks volunteers

Volunteers are needed by the Start Making A Reader Today literacy program in Hood River County.

Pool starts new schedule for summer

The pool will host an open swim daily from 1-5 p.m. and Monday through Friday evenings from 7-9 p.m.

Entertainment Update for June 15

48 Hour Film awards June 15; ‘Vesper Geer’ screens June 21; Victor Johnson at Clocktower; Arts center volunteers needed; Le Guin, Dorband visit Klindt’s in The Dalles June 15; Clambake at Marley’s Corner; ‘Dogs at Work’ to benefit Hood River Adopt A Dog

Lions announce July 4 parade details

The Hood River Lions Club has chosen Don Benton as grand marshal for its July 4 Independence Day Parade. Organizations and commercial entries are encouraged to register for the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Line-up starts at 8:30 a.m.

Class Notes for June 15

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Teachers from Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties, has selected Maggie Edwards, from Dee, as its scholarship recipient for this year. Edwards will be a senior at Western Oregon University, majoring in early childhood/elementary education.


Climate change: ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ ; St. Mark’s hosts benefit luau June 15

Education Foundation offers scholarships

The Hood River Education Foundation administers three separate scholarships for Hood River County students that are currently enrolled in college.

Environmental grant applications sought

The Hess Family Environmental Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation is accepting applications for its first grant cycle. This year the amount available for award is $1,000.

Flu vaccines could break transmission cycle

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The value of vaccinating more children and young adults for influenza is being seriously underestimated, experts say in a new report. Conventional wisdom and historic vaccine programs previously concentrated on the elderly and those at higher risk of death and serious complications.

Editorial -- Hang up and drive: One-day cellphone ‘blitz’ serves a broader purpose

Though it’s no game, call it “Cops and Talkers” in Hood River on June 19.

Letters to the Editor for June 15

Lots of good news; Check facts on marijuana; Service fees vs. government; Say ‘my pleasure’

How to help

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

Vacation bible school

Vacation bible school



Death Notice for June 15

Takako Yamasaki; Aya Endow

Volunteers needed: Every little bit helps

Volunteers, host families for Mt. Hood Cycling Classic; Middle school coaches needed

Outdoor News: June fishing favorites near here

We started off the year chasing winter steelhead and, perhaps like you, later added spring chinook, trout and summer steelhead to our fishing pursuits. June is when we continue to chase trout (but, now in the high mountain lakes), summer steelhead and, happily, add summer chinook to our fishing adventures.

Youth lacrosse teams end season on ‘sweet’ note

Hood River 5-6, 7-8 grade boys win VooDoo Invitational Tournament

Hood River’s youth lacrosse continues to turn heads this season as teams representing the program compete and defeat bigger and more seasoned teams from across the state. The most recent example of the local lacrosse momentum is two first-place finishes last weekend at the VooDoo Invitational Lacrosse Tournament at Portland’s Buckman Fields.

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Oiler boys start summer season

Although the Hood River Valley High Eagles varsity baseball team concluded its season last month, it really wasn’t the end of the hardball season for most of the players.

Event Site closes for kiting

As of Monday, June 17, the Event Site will revert back to its summer policy of being pump-and-dry only for kiteboarders, who will not be allowed to launch and land kites from the Event Site area for the remainder of the summer season.

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Solstice Cafe move hinges on Kickstarter campaign

Solstice Cafe, a popular restaurant that specializes in wood-fired gourmet pizzas, has outgrown its current Bingen, Wash., location and wants to relocate to the Hood River waterfront area.

Thursday, June 13

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Update: Hood River woman found safe after search

Patricia Pattinson has been located unharmed, according to Sheriff Matt English. A team of 30 search and rescue volunteers worked through the night before she was found in a brushy area on the eastside of the Indian Creek Trail below Wilson Park. With the aerial reconnaissance help of retired Sheriff Joe Wampler and his search plane assistant Grant Porter, Pattinson was spotted and then located by ground crews close to 10:30 a.m. She was returned in good condition to her home and family. The Sheriff's department was assisted by Hood River Fire and EMS, the Crag Rats and members of the Hood River Rotary.

Wednesday, June 12

Invasive species permits required for SUP boards

Afternoon temperatures are rising and sunny summer fun is right around the corner; and on the long list of ways to keep cool in the Gorge, stand-up paddling seems to be rising in popularity in sync with the mercury. But before casting out on one of the area’s many bodies of water, authorities at the Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Coast Guard want to remind you of a couple of regulations SUP users are obliged to follow.

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Anti-gravity treadmill gives Heights clinic unique edge

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk on the moon, to run through clouds, or bound like Tigger? Or, more realistically, have you ever imagined the ease of walking or running if you were just a fraction of your current body weight?

Letters to the Editor for June 12, 2013

Gun safety revisited, rescue the elephents, danger and disrespect

Kids in Motion happens June 15

The Mt. Adams Parks and Recreation District and Klickitat Healthy People Alliance are hosting the second-annual Kids in Motion, a festival for kids of all ages.

Woman rescued from burning car near Cascade Locks

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Monday morning’s single-vehicle rollover injury crash that led to a vehicle fire spreading into the grass and trees along Interstate 84 near Cascade Locks. Cascade Locks firefighters doused the fire, with help from Skamania County District 2 and City of Stevenson fire departments.

Pfriem celebrates one year anniversary with expansion

Hood River’s new waterfront brewpub, Pfriem Family Brewing, will be nearly doubling in size just in time for its one-year anniversary. At its June 4 night meeting, the Port of Hood River commission approved an intent to award a bid to Colton Construction for improvements to the Halyard Building on Portway Avenue. The $191,000 contract calls for an expansion for Pfriem to increase its size for around 6,000 square feet to 10,000 and improvements on the exterior of the building.

Tuesday, June 11

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City says Naito project is a go -- again

Hood River City Council approved the Nichols Landing hotel and commercial building project Monday night and gave the green light to its own State Street improvement project, in a wide-ranging, four-and-a-half-hour meeting. “We are excited to be coming to Hood River and bringing a much-needed hotel and office building,” said Steve Naito of the Naito Corp., which will build the four-story, 45,000- square-foot, 88-room hotel, doing business as a Hampton Inn, and two-story, 20,000-square-foot commercial building in the Nichols boat basin on the Columbia River, along with a parking facility.

Environmental groups sue over coal pollution

Last week, several environmental groups made good on their promise from earlier this spring to sue BNSF railroad and a handful of coal export companies for allegedly continuing to pollute a litany of Gorge waterways with coal they say is coming from improperly loaded railcars.

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Photo of the day: Graduation celebration

HRV graduating seniors perform the traditional cap toss following the school's graduation ceremony Saturday.

Service announcement for June 12

Alan 'Al' Cady and Albert 'Al' Cady

Death notice for June 12

Lyle B. Wells

Friday, June 7

Editorial: Lasting spin -- Travel safely and consider one man’s cycling legacy

Share the road. This is the time of year when awareness of that concept is more important than ever. With summer’s arrival, more and more bicyclists will be recreating, commuting and competing aboard two-wheeled transport. This is magnified by the fact that school will be out on June 12, putting more kids on the road at more hours of the day.

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LEtters to the Editor for June 8, 2013

Fox tells the whole story, Memorial Day thanks, give to tennis courts, kudos to HR supply, new life in old gym, more...

HRV alum Nelson Snyder third in TransPortugal race

Hood River resident Nelson Snyder rode 1,162 kilometers across Portugal last month in 48:15:44 to finish third in the annual Trans-Portugal endurance event. The nine-day mountain bike race spanned the eastern coast of Portugal, running from north to south in nine stages ranging from 99-165 kilometers each, on terrain ranging from village streets and gravel roads to forested single-track, cliff-side trails and historic cobblestone streets.

One last ride for Mt. Hood Cycling Classic

June 21-23 race will be the last

Organizers started the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic 11 years ago with humble roots and grand aspirations. The open roads, breathtaking scenery and fun-loving communities of the Gorge had been enjoyed by cyclists for years, but were just barely being “discovered” by Northwest, national and international audiences as an epic cycling destination.

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One door closes, another opens for grads

This is a big week for hundreds of local students, as the Class of 2013 receives diplomas in commencement ceremonies at Hood River Valley High School (7:30 p.m. Friday) and Horizon Christian School (Saturday at 2 p.m.) in the Mark Boyden Gymnasium.

Port told Skagit-type collapse unlikely on HR toll bridge

The old bridge appears to be safe. The Port of Hood River received a report Tuesday from its bridge engineer regarding the vulnerability of the Hood River Toll Bridge to accidents like the one which resulted May 23 in the collapse of a bridge over the Skagit River on Interstate 5 in Washington. Bridge engineer David McCurry provided general analysis based on the Hood River bridge structure and type, compared to that of the Skagit River Bridge.

Road work begins Monday on Markham Road, Dee Hwy.

With summer comes road work in Hood River County, with projects on Markham Road and on Dee Highway.

Senior reflects on years past while preparing grad slideshow

While looking at photographs and thinking back on my life, the multitude of images brings back memories so vivid it’s as if they were on a television screen. Now I need to take all those images and create a slideshow — that’s my job.

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A slice of local life:Molly Clarke knows the scope, and scoop, at Mike’s

Molly Clarke, Hood River Valley High School senior, has been employed at Mike’s Ice Cream for the past three years, and she can’t think of one downside to working with ice cream all summer long. “It’s one of the best jobs ever,” she said. Clarke has lived in Hood River all her life and was a frequent customer at Mike’s growing up. “I still remember certain people who worked there, who would split my scoop in half for me; little things like that.”

Tuesday, June 4

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Photo of the day: Stunning sunrise

It was a long hike through the night, but well worth this view of Mount Hood's Illumination Rock at sunrise Sunday morning.

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RJ Hicks qualifies for rodeo nationals

Horizon Christian sophomore qualifies for ‘world’s largest rodeo’

For most people, 8 seconds doesn’t hold much significance; it’s a sip of coffee in the morning, a flip through the newspaper, a stroll across the street, a brief daydream. But if you’re a bullrider like RJ Hicks, 8 seconds can be the world –– the difference between success and failure, the culmination of a season’s worth of hard work, compressed into not much more than the blink of an eye.

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Crowds flock to new hardware store in Hood River

The largest dining hall in town on Saturday was located in the shed at a new hardware store. Crowds gathered at long tables and on hay bales at Hood River Supply for hot dogs and hamburgers cooked by West Side Fire Department. Saturday was a record sales day for the expanded store, on Tucker Road on the Heights, said CEO Pat McAllister, terming the facility the company’s largest capital construction since the original Heights building went up in 1967. Hood River Supply also owns a store in Odell.

High schools present diplomas this weekend

Families will gather in celebration Friday and Saturday for 2013 Commencement events. Hood River Valley High School holds its ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Henderson Stadium, and Horizon Christian School hands out diplomas Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Mark Boyden Gymnasium.

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Three men injured, one dead in jump from Punch Bowl Falls

Punch Bowl Falls, a lush, dramatic and inviting forest-encased waterfall on Eagle Creek, enticed four cliff jumpers into its cool waters on June 2 and claimed the life of one man, leaving three others injured. Five friends took the Eagle Creek trail for a late spring hiking adventure: four made it home, but Jason Endicott, 25, of Cincinnati, Ohio, did not. His remains were recovered by search teams on June 3. At about 5 p.m. Sunday, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office received a report of multiple men injured at the falls.

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City responds to LUBA Naito remand and new evidence

Public may comment on waterfront project at June 10 meeting

At its May 28 meeting, the Hood River City Council considered two aspects of the proposed development of the Nichols Boat Basin waterfront area by Naito Development LLC. The project would create a 20,000-square-foot commercial building alongside an 88-room Hampton Inn & Suites hotel on city-regulated property adjacent to the exit 63 overpass.

Schools ponder $800K question

Restore lost positions and programs, or balance the budget?

What will be the answer to the $800,000 question in 2013-14 for Hood River County School District? In recommending a $50 million budget for next year on Monday, the district budget committee attempted to answer that question. The budget, with $1.4 million in cuts to the general fund, involving the loss of a total of 14 district positions, next goes to the school board for adoption by June 26. Under the new budget, the district will continue to levy the full $1.25 amount allowed under the Local Option levy, approved by voters two years ago. The Local Option levy has been $1.25 annually for the past five years.

Death notices for June 5

Randall Bates, Helen Blair, Jason Endicott, Florence Schluckebier, George Scheer, Manny Bertola

Monday, June 3

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Sunderland in race for concert slot

online voting underway

Band releases first album and hopes to build their Oregon fan base with Weezer concert opening slot on June 21.

Punch Bowl jump claims one, three others hurt

A Sunday afternoon hike ends in tragedy


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