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.June 28, 2013 2:34 p.m. read more..
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.June 28, 2013 2:33 p.m. read more..
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.June 28, 2013 2:24 p.m. read more..
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.June 28, 2013 2:21 p.m. read more..
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.June 28, 2013 1:55 p.m. read more..
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.June 28, 2013 1:52 p.m. read more..
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.June 28, 2013 1:50 p.m. read more..
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.June 28, 2013 1:49 p.m. read more..
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.June 28, 2013 1:26 p.m. read more..
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.June 25, 2013 4:02 p.m. read more..
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.June 25, 2013 3:56 p.m. read more..
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.June 25, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..
I have an announcement regarding one of our members, and about what “Service Above Self” is all about.June 25, 2013 2:44 p.m. read more..
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.June 25, 2013 2:19 p.m. read more..
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.June 25, 2013 2:14 p.m. read more..
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.June 25, 2013 2:13 p.m. read more..
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.June 25, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..
Come and see the gardens of seven Master Gardeners.June 25, 2013 1:48 p.m. read more..
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.June 25, 2013 1:43 p.m. read more..
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.June 25, 2013 1:41 p.m. read more..
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.June 25, 2013 1:38 p.m. read more..
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.June 25, 2013 1:35 p.m. read more..
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.June 25, 2013 8:53 a.m. read more..
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.June 21, 2013 2:17 p.m. read more..
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.June 21, 2013 2:15 p.m. read more..
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.June 21, 2013 2:07 p.m. read more..
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.June 21, 2013 2:06 p.m. read more..
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.June 21, 2013 1:58 p.m. read more..
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.June 21, 2013 1:51 p.m. read more..
We all like a little fanfare in our lives.June 21, 2013 1:49 p.m. read more..
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.June 21, 2013 1:33 p.m. read more..
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.June 21, 2013 1:32 p.m. read more..
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.June 21, 2013 1:25 p.m. read more..
Summertime Suggestions The calendar made it official on June 21: Summer is here.June 21, 2013 1:21 p.m. read more..
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.June 19, 2013 4:48 p.m. read more..
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.June 18, 2013 3:21 p.m. read more..
Providence Hospice of the Gorge has support groups for grieving adults and children and teens, as described below:June 18, 2013 3:20 p.m. read more..
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.June 18, 2013 3:19 p.m. read more..
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.June 18, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..
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.June 18, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
I’d be lying if I said the bike racing scene didn’t intimidate me.June 18, 2013 2:56 p.m. read more..
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.June 18, 2013 2:54 p.m. read more..
Hood River News this month welcomes some new faces and bids “farewell” to a news staff member.June 18, 2013 2:51 p.m. read more..
Love those courts.June 18, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..
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.June 18, 2013 2:46 p.m. read more..
The annual Fruit Loop Wine Celebration will take place June 22-23, showcasing the Hood River County Fruit Loop’s wines.June 18, 2013 2:37 p.m. read more..
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.June 18, 2013 2:32 p.m. read more..
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.June 18, 2013 2:31 p.m. read more..
Oregon writers Ralph Salisbury and Ingrid Wendt will present a reading at the Hood River Library on June 18 at 7 p.m.June 14, 2013 1:43 p.m. read more..
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.June 14, 2013 1:41 p.m. read more..
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.June 14, 2013 1:41 p.m. read more..
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.June 14, 2013 1:28 p.m. read more..
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.June 14, 2013 1:21 p.m. read more..
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 DogJune 14, 2013 1:15 p.m. read more..
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.June 14, 2013 1:12 p.m. read more..
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.June 14, 2013 1:11 p.m. read more..
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.June 14, 2013 1:04 p.m. read more..
Though it’s no game, call it “Cops and Talkers” in Hood River on June 19.June 14, 2013 1:04 p.m. read more..
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.June 14, 2013 12:50 p.m. read more..
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.June 14, 2013 12:49 p.m. read more..
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.June 14, 2013 12:46 p.m. read more..
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.June 13, 2013 8:27 a.m. read more..
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.June 12, 2013 5:40 p.m. read more..
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?June 12, 2013 5:03 p.m. read more..
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.June 12, 2013 10:41 a.m. read more..
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.June 12, 2013 10:30 a.m. read more..
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.June 11, 2013 4:42 p.m. read more..
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.June 11, 2013 4:04 p.m. read more..
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.June 7, 2013 7:13 p.m. read more..
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.June 7, 2013 7:02 p.m. read more..
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.June 7, 2013 6:49 p.m. read more..
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.June 7, 2013 6:44 p.m. read more..
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.June 7, 2013 5:15 p.m. read more..
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.June 7, 2013 4:07 p.m. read more..
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.”June 7, 2013 3:50 p.m. read more..
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.June 4, 2013 4:22 p.m. read more..
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.June 4, 2013 4:12 p.m. read more..
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.June 4, 2013 3:48 p.m. read more..
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.June 4, 2013 3:23 p.m. read more..
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.June 4, 2013 3:17 p.m. read more..
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.June 4, 2013 3:09 p.m. read more..
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