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Friday, March 29

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Lions Follies returns with ‘The Wacky Wild West’

Lions Follies scheduled April 5-6, 11-13

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Music preview - Taarka, April 6

Gypsy-jazz group in Hood River April 6

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HR Soil-Water District hires technician, coordinator

The Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District has announced that Cindy Thieman has been hired as the new Hood River Watershed Group coordinator and Kris Schaedel as conservation technician.

‘Primed and Ready’

Horticulturist says recent variable weather likely won’t harm fruit crop

The recent up-and-down weather patterns in Hood River valley yet will not pose any significant impact to developing orchard fruit.

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Powerdale transfer complete

PacifiCorp gives 400 acres to two groups for future stewardship

PacifiCorp on Thursday signed over 400 acres of waterfront property lining the lower Hood River to Columbia Land Trust and Hood River County. The transfer has been several years in the works and closes another chapter in the long process of decommissioning Powerdale Dam, which was built in 1923 and removed in 2010.

Marchesi Vineyards Nebbiolo awarded ‘best of class’ in SF

Marchesi Vineyards of Hood River received Best of Class award for its 2010 Nebbiolo, Bujanen, Columbia Valley, at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Hospice Gala set for April 6

Join the Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Celebration for Heart of Hospice Annual Gala on April 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn.

Broadband forums to start April 4 in White Salmon

During fall 2012 the Klickitat-Skamania Local Technology Planning Team began a new broadband planning project by holding 10 broadband community forums and gathered information through about 350 surveys to help better understand broadband availability and needs.

Entertainment Update for March 30

Kirkpatrick reads April 7; ‘Quiet Beauty’ book release party April 10; Music at Springhouse Cellars; Romancing the West - a musical and visual journey through time

Stevenson’s Barnstorming Bluegrass concert, dance

The Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival presents the first annual Stevenson's Barnstorming Bluegrass Concert and Dance, Saturday, April 13 in the Skamania County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

Reuter wins first at fiddle contest

Donna Reuter heads to her hometown of Spokane for the Northwest Old Time Fiddlers Regionals April 13 after winning first place in state last weekend.

Natural link: The current and potential wonders of Powerdale Corridor

Portland might claim the fame of the largest urban park in America, Forest Park, but a new land deal announced this week gives Hood River a resource that could rival that beautiful place.

Letters to the Editor for March 30

Porn is not free speech; Calm the porn storm; Call before you dig; more

OSP and DoJ warn of ticket collection scam

Scammers claiming to be with the Oregon State Police are placing pre-recorded phone calls to Oregonians telling them they owe money for unpaid traffic tickets and asking that a Green Dot MoneyPak card be used to make the payment. These calls, which may begin with a siren sound, are fraudulent and should be ignored, warned the OSP and the Oregon Department of Justice.

Providence named to top 100 for critical care access

For the second consecutive year, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital has been named one of the “Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals” in the country by iVantage Health Analytics, a health care business intelligence and technology company.

Death Notice for March 30

John McNaughton

Soil & Water native plant sale, April 5-6

Still looking for the perfect low-maintenance plants for your spring planting? You’re in luck!

Rehearsals begin for new ladies chorus

There is a new ladies chorus in the Gorge, under the umbrella of the Mid-Columbia Community Choir. This group, for now, will be known as the Mid-Columbia Community Choir Ladies Chorus.

New book celebrates the history of Hood River

New to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is “Hood River,” by local author Connie Nice and The History Museum of Hood River County. The foreword was written by Mayor Arthur Babitz.

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With time to spare: bowling 300

That’s how many folks knocked down pins to lift up Big Brothers

Big bowlers, Little bowlers and bowlers in between made a difference at Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2013 on March 9.

Duathlon combines scenic run and ride

THE DALLES — The Cherry Blossom Fitness Festival held in The Dalles returns April 14 for the second year, offering a fun filled event for all ages and abilities.

Register for free robotics trainings

The Gorge Technology Alliance is hosting two free robotics trainings in honor of National Robotics Week, April 6-14. Register students ages 9-14 now to participate on April 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in The Dalles or April 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Moro.

HR racers excel in Alaska

On March 19-22, Hood River skiers Austin Keillor, Montana Kurahara, Zack Millelson, Beth Mixon and Hannah West competed in the U16 Western Regional Championships in Alyeska, Alaska.

Horizon baseball takes on challenge of building year

e results of Horizon Christian School’s first three baseball games this young season reflect the makeup of this year’s team.

Local man Dan Betz headed to national bass championship

Hood River local and competitive fisherman Dan Betz travels next week to Grand Lake, Okla., to compete in the 2013 the Bass Federation National Championship. The bass fishing tournament brings the best fishermen from across the United States and Canada, who qualified for the event finishing in the top two in local and regional contests over nearly 25,000 other anglers.

Heights clinic uses Budo in rehab and fitness

To clinic founder and physical therapist Bret Paulus, Synergy Rehab and Fitness is in the right place at the right time, and for the right reasons.

No mercy from Eagles softball

Four straight wins at southern Oregon invitational brings HRV team to 7-1

This week’s time off from school didn’t mean a complete vacation for the Hood River Valley High School varsity softball team, which traveled to play in the North Medford Spring Break Invitational. The Eagles played four games in two days and outscored opponents 37-8 to improve their season record to 7-1 with three games remaining before league play.

Tips for injury prevention during sports

Exercise safety; Tips for youth sports; Playground safety tips

Resistance training for your brain

These seven willpower workouts can help you overcome temptation just when you're most likely to give in

Willpower is the answer to everything — in theory. If you had lots of it, you might exercise more and eat less junk, not to mention work harder, show more patience and make better decisions. There’s hardly an area of life that wouldn’t be more successful if you did more of what you should and less of what you shouldn’t. In fact, research finds that people who best control their impulses are healthier, happier and more successful.

Community egg hunts take place March 30

The annual community egg hunt at Jackson Park will start March 30 at 11 a.m. sharp, and Cascade Locks’ annual hunt will begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon.

Tuesday, March 26

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Parkdale FD honors brave young hero

Julisa Ramirez receives a bag full of stuffed bears in thanks for saving family from house fire

It is not unusual for students at Parkdale Elementary to cheer each other on, for any number of reasons, but a unique and inspiring occasion for applause took place Friday.

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Johnson, Thomsen sound PERS alarm

CASCADE LOCKS —Chuck Thomsen and Mark Johnson of Hood River held their first joint town hall meeting Thursday at the Port Pavilion Building, a gathering attended by 25 people.

Youth In Transition try hospital coffee shop for skill training

Walk through the main entrance of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, and chances are you will notice the smell of coffee — and the energy of high school students at Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop.

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Kids ‘syrup and feather’ principal

PARKDALE — A school board member and the fire chief got into the act as Kim Vogel got “syrup and feathered” on Friday at Parkdale Elementary School.

Postmark: Parkdale, offered March 29

MT. HOOD-PARKDALE — The United States Post Office will be offering the last of a series of “Postmark America” postmarks at the Mount Hood-Parkdale post office in Parkdale, beginning March 29 at 10 a.m.

Flagging course offered at CGCC in The Dalles

Columbia Gorge Community College is offering a Work Zone Traffic Control and Flagger Training course Tuesday, April 2, at CGCC’s The Dalles campus.

Santillan, Santa Cruz are students of the month for February

Adriana Santillan and Eduardo Santa Cruz, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, have been selected as February’s Students of the Month by the Hood River Elks Lodge 1507. Each student was presented with a check for $100 at a recent Lodge meeting.

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Entertainment Update for March 27

Bob Connolly plays Parkdale; Blues benefit for Big Brothers, Big Sisters April 7 at The Pines; Fiddler Lisa Ornstein plays house concert April 6; ‘Into Eternity’ screens March 27; Pint Shack screens kayak films; Volunteers need for April events; Explore Italian culture March 30; Romancing the West - a musical and visual journey through time

ANOTHER VOICE: Teach our children the full cost of war

The National Museum of American History, and a billionaire who has funded a new exhibit there, would like you to know that we’re going to need more wars if we want to have freedom.

ANOTHER VOICE: Make accountability universal standard

I’d like to discuss the word accountability. It’s an interesting word that has been inflated to the point that it can mean almost anything. It’s like the phrase “moving forward.” Or another abused word, “reform.”

Letters to the Editor for March 27

Computers not a right; Telltale lines

Young hero: What did Julisa Ramirez know that we all should know?

As they say, “Out of the mouths of babes …”

Sheriff Log for March 27

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River March 18-25.

‘HR County Reads’ author Robin Cody visits

Hood River County Reads is an annual community reading adventure. This year, Hood River County is reading “Ricochet River,” by Robin Cody, a coming-of-age story set in a small Oregon logging town in the 1960s.

Nominees sought for Sustainability Award

Gorge Owned (GO!) is accepting nominations for the third annual Tod LeFevre Sustainability Champion Awards, which celebrates people who are working on innovative, creative solutions to the environmental, economic and social issues facing the Gorge.

USFS announces interim staff changes

Hood River District Ranger Daina Bambe will retire March 31, with 31 years of service as an employee of the U.S. Forest Service.

Death Notice for March 27

Carl Perron

Service Announcement

Mayme (Princehouse) Jones

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PET OF THE WEEK: Heywood is ‘loveable, snuggly little guy’

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

Egg hunts happen March 30 in HR, CL

The annual community egg hunt at Jackson Park will start March 30 at 11 a.m. sharp, and Cascade Locks’ annual hunt will begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon.

Holy Week Schedule

Concordia Evangelical Lutheran; Shepherd of the Valley Church; Hood River Valley Christian Church; The Immanuel Church; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church; St. Mary’s Catholic Church; Our Redeemer Lutheran Church; The First Baptist Church of Hood River; Riverside Community Church

Kegler's Corner: Team Got Sand wins Tuesday Nite Mixed

Roll out the red carpet, turn the spotlight on and start the music. In a four-team total pins roll-off, Got Sand won the popular and highly competitive Tuesday Nite Mixed league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes recently.

Eagle lacrosse takes a beating

Breakdown of fundamentals leads to 17-6 loss in varsity boys lacrosse home opener

A “doozy” is how Hood River Valley High School lacrosse coach Jon Munk described Friday’s varsity matchup against the Westview Wildcats. The 17-6 loss puts the Eagles at 0-2 two weeks into the season after a much closer 7-6 loss last week at Oregon City.

HRV softball, baseball win on the road

At Summit Thursday, girls win 10-1, boys 8-3

Kayla Byers struck out 12 and the Eagles allowed only one hit in the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls softball team’s 10-1 thumping of Summit last Thursday.

Snowpack is average at start of spring

As is typical for the Cascades, the first official days of spring were met with cold, wet and windy weather that brought quite a bit of fresh snow to the mountains. Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort announced 44 inches of new snow last week as it prepared for a busy schedule of spring break activities and operations. The resort’s 117-inch base (as of Monday) ensures a quality late season with plenty of opportunity for skiing and snowboarding in T-shirts and sunglasses.

The meeting, not the building

Asbury faithful vacate sanctuary, with challenge to carry the light with them

The youngest to the oldest members of Asbury United Methodist Church took active part in Sunday’s decommissioning service for the building, at 616 State St.

GO! hosts Earth Day

The sun is coming out, flowers are blossoming and the Gorge is getting ready for springtime. On Saturday, April 20, Gorge Owned Business Network is putting together an Earth Day party from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Springhouse Cellar Winery located at 13 Railroad St., Hood River.

Mid Valley News: FISH marks third year, seeks help

The Odell FISH Food Bank site opened its doors almost three years ago in downtown Odell and has been quietly distributing food to clients on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. ever since.

Let's talk puberty: Mysteries and wonders

Being a health care provider has certain benefits in our society, and one such perk I received recently was an invitation to teach a couple dozen fourth- and fifth-grade boys about all the mysteries and wonders of puberty.

Friday, March 22

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Jim Drake's Entertainment Blog: ‘Here’ is there and everywhere

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray’s songs are gritty, bluesy, atmospheric, sparse at times and bring lots of roots-music elements together to tell stories. You would think that the music should “say it all,” so to speak.

Trooper makes drug bust on I-84

A Spokane, Wash., man was arrested Monday night during an Oregon State Police traffic stop after a trooper allegedly found more than 5 pounds of marijuana and a small amount of cocaine in the man’s car along Interstate 84, 2 miles east of Hood River.

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A slice of local life: Dave Koebel: Passion for river and sky

This week has been mostly cold, windy and rainy; not exactly the kind of weather that makes you want to go flying. But Thursday at Ken Jernstedt Airfield in Hood River, Dave Koebel is doing his pre-flight check to make sure everything is ready for a flight.

Public can still weigh in on school boundaries

Both community forums for the school attendance boundary study have come and gone, but parents and other community members have until the end of March to share their ideas for solutions with the 12-member committee that has been looking at the imbalance in school enrollment and building capacities throughout the district.

Special Districts ballot finalized

The names are in. Filings concluded Thursday for the May 21 Special Districts election in Hood River County. Ballots will be mailed in a little over a month.

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Drill tests local agencies

‘Dam break’ and ‘shooting’ scenarios happen together

Up in the hills and down in the town, responders tested their skills in a dual “emergency” Thursday.

NW Natural reports phone scam

NW Natural gas is reporting a phone scam in which scammers claiming to be from NW Natural tell customers they have a past due payment that must be paid immediately with cash to avoid shut off. The customer is given details on where to wire the cash payment.

Military tuition assistance to be cut

Oregon National Guard affected

Oregon Military Department – In response to a call for cuts due to federal sequestration, the Department of Defense has suspended its federal tuition assistance program for all military members.

ANOTHER VOICE: Please foster a shelter dog and teach it to trust

Hood River Adopt A Dog (HRAAD) rescued 10 dogs on Friday, March 15, from a Washington farm where they had been housed in less than desirable conditions, and is seeking help in their care.

Letters to the Editor for March 23

Get ‘real’; New school needed; Nice job; more

Holy Week Schedule

Hood River Valley Christian Church; The Immanuel Church; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church; St. Mary’s Catholic Church; Our Redeemer Lutheran Church; The First Baptist Church of Hood River; Riverside Community Church

‘Earth Laughs in Flowers’ photo contest

Columbia Art Gallery has issued a call for entries to professional and amateur photographers to submit their finest scenic, close-up and artistic renderings of wildflowers from the Columbia River Gorge area.

Sheriff Log for March 23

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River March 10-18.

Service Announcements for March 23

James Rosenback; Bob McGee

Author events coming April 7, 10

Author reading: Jane Kirkpatrick; Book release party and presentation: David Cobb

Spring Humanities Series returns April 3

The Spring Humanities Series 10th Anniversary Retrospective will begin April 3 with a presentation by Flor Fernandez Barrios. The event will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium, 323 E. Fourth St. in The Dalles.

Pre-order native plants now

Native shrubs and trees may be ordered now through the Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District native plant sale.

Winegrowers host gala

Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Celebration hosts its annual Hospice Gala on Saturday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn.

AARP Tax-Aide continues in three Gorge locations

The AARP Tax-Aide program is available in three Gorge locations: Mondays at the Hood River County Library, Thursdays at the Hood River Valley Adult Center and by appointment at the Pioneer Center in White Salmon.

Oregon Employment data for February released

Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 8.4 percent, unchanged from January. The February 2012 unemployment rate was 8.9 percent.

GorgeOut helps Bingen Skate Park

The City of Bingen is inviting all Gorge residents to join a fund evening of fundraising March 23 to help raise the remaining funds to finish the Bingen community’s skate park. The event, held at the Bingen School House (210 N. Cedar, Bingen, Wash.), starts at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour and silent-auction. A buffet dinner, music and a live auction will follow. Tickets are $15 each or $25 for two, available at the door.

HRV golf drives into season

With strong wind and sideways rain challenging their early season strokes, Hood River Valley High School golf hosted Mt. Hood Conference teams Wednesday in a first-day-of-spring tournament at Indian Creek Golf Course.

Special Olympics at State

Hood River’s Special Olympics team concluded its winter season recently with the Special Olympics of Oregon State Championships March 8-10 at Mt. Bachelor. Pictured are team members Joe Cannon, Dylan Bigelow, Kardell Mann, Charles Kronger, Nolan Carlson, AnaLinda Orlickas and Melody Nilson. Coaches were Dominick Leonardo, Jena Christiansen, Kelci Barnes, Cale Rice and Amanda Thomas.

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HRV track springs into action

After successful 2012 season, Eagles track and field working to continue winning ways

Following in the footsteps of last year’s standout Hood River Valley High School track and field team, which brought home 10 district titles, two state championship titles and top-10 state finishes in 12 events, is going to be a big task; but the next batch of Eagle athletes is hard at work trying.

HRV baseball suffers first loss vs. Bruins

Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball’s run of offensive ascendancy came to an abrupt halt Tuesday in a sluggish 4-2 loss against Barlow. The home game brought the Bruins, now 1-2 on the season, to HRVHS for a cold afternoon at Traner Field following three blowout victories for the Eagles.

Prescribing a healthy diet: 12 ways to turn your kids into vegetable lovers

Ideally, half of every plate you put in front of your children should be filled with vegetables and fruits.

Get a grant from ‘Kids’ Gorge Soup’

Kids, got a business or community activity idea?

Cascade Locks, Hood River host Egg hunts

The annual community egg hunt at Jackson Park will start March 30 at 11 a.m. sharp, and Cascade Locks’ annual hunt will begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon.

Three ideas for Spring Break

‘Spring Extravaganza’ at The History Museum; Pool offers open swims during spring break; Scavenger Hunt at the Discovery Center

Entertainment Update for March 23

Maryhill Museum of Art open for season; Dead Winter Carpenters at CEBU Lounge; ‘Charlie Brown’ onstage in The Dalles March 22-23; Blues master MacLeod returns to The Pines March 23; Rich Wilkins at Naked Winery

Wednesday, March 20

PARKDALE NEWS: Support community landmarks at fundraisers

Fundraisers are what help keep the lights on and the water running at event centers in the upper valley community.

Registration accepted for ‘Regards to Rural’ event

Registration is now open for the Regards to Rural Conference at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, with a pre-session by Michael Shuman, conference keynoter, on June 20.

ODFW hosts conservation stamp art contest

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announces an art contest to benefit its Habitat Conservation Stamp program. The winning artist will receive $3,000. Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. May 31.

Bloodworth to wed Van Laar

Nikole Bloodworth and Marcus Van Laar, both of Hood River, have announced their engagement. They will be married Sept. 7, 2013, at Wind Mountain Ranch in Stevenson, Wash.

Hannifan, Holcomb to marry

Kristen Hannifan and Trent Holcomb, both currently living in Nampa, Idaho, have announced their engagement. They will be married May 4, 2013, in Hood River.

Rock on, John Field

In three months immersed in the classics, I found my rock ‘n’ roll fix in a Field.

Stolhands to mark 65 years

Paul and Frances (Kile) Stolhand will celebrate 65 years of marriage next month.

Found on the ground: An appreciation of an under-appreciated garment, the glove

An appreciation of an “Gloves are very interesting. It’s almost like a second skin, because they’ve been with us for so long.” — Wren Andrews

Project Graduation seeking donors, volunteers

Graduation night: A night to remember and potentially, a night to worry about.

Port puts weight controls on Bridge of the Gods

On March 13, the Port of Cascade Locks placed traffic controls on the Bridge of the Gods due to requirements from the Federal Highway Administration and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Public Records: Circuit Court

Feb. 11 to March 11

Pacific Power issues telephone scam alert

PORTLAND, - Pacific Power warns customers and the public to be wary of giving their information out, especially right now, because of a phone scam targeting utility customers in Oregon and Washington.

Landmark legislation exhibit visits library

Learn about the laws behind Bottle Bill, Cultural Trust and more

The Hood River Library is hosting an exhibit on Oregon’s Landmark Legislation, a 16-panel display highlighting groundbreaking legislation that Oregon has passed since achieving statehood.

Eagles lose openers but remain optimistic about girls tennis season

With six seniors on the roster this season, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls tennis team is working to improve on last season’s rebuilding effort that concluded with a fifth-place league finish.

Defense, senior leadership will anchor HRV boys lacrosse season

Junior attack-man Taylor Cramer sunk back-to-back goals to kick the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys lacrosse team into gear Friday night in the season-opener against the 6A Three Rivers division Pioneers.

Sports Briefs for Mar. 20

Cascade Locks disc golf course naming contest deadline March 22; Hood River Elks host adult hoops contests; Indian Creek Men’s Golf hosts scramble results; CGORA hosts group ride; A selection of fun runs are on the docket

HRV snowboard team brings home state bacon

Hood River Valley Snowboard Team’s Autumn Inouye claimed an individual state halfpipe title last week in the Oregon Interscholastic Snowboard Association state championships in Bend. Along with the individual title, the girls team brought home a first-place trophy for the halfpipe event thanks to a second-place performance by Maddie Collins and a 15th-place result for Katie Middle.

PET OF THE WEEK: Jasper has ‘so much possibility for right owner’

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

Train to be on The History Museum’s research team

Are you detail oriented? Enjoy diving into a good mystery? Wish you could be a Hood River County history trivia champ? Become a research volunteer at The History Museum.

AARP Tax-Aide continues in three locations

The AARP Tax-Aide program is available in three Gorge locations: Mondays at the Hood River County Library, Thursdays at the Hood River Valley Adult Center and by appointment at the Pioneer Center in White Salmon.

Grow Organic offers classes

Beekeeping 101; Organic Gardening Techniques

STEM summer camps offered

The Mt. Adams Institute announces a new partnership with Cascade Mountain School to engage local youth in innovative summer outdoor programming.

March show will preview studio tour

Every April, artists from around the Gorge open their studios for the public to visit.

Community Egg Hunt happens March 30

The annual Community Easter Egg Hunt held each year March 30 at Jackson Park is going to bigger and better than ever, according to organizer Jeff Mueller, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Entertainment Update for Mar. 20

‘Into Eternity’ film and discussion scheduled at Arts Center; Richard Wilkins Band at Naked Winery; Music at Alma Terra wines; Pianist Jason Farnham performs March 25

‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ opens

Staged reading by CAST goes to the roots of Williams’ classic

CAST Theater and Columbia Center for the Arts present two nights of a staged reading of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, at 7:30 p.m. in the theater at the arts center, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River.

ANOTHER VOICE: Reauthorize Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credit

Where would the Gorge economy be without arts, history and culture?

Filing time: Last chance to sign up for Special District election

Citizens still have time to step forward and be counted in a big way.

Letters to the Editor for Mar. 20

Learn by doing; Nonprofit users; Warm thanks; more

Winegrowers host gala

Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Celebration hosts its annual Hospice Gala on Saturday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn.

Mt. Hood mill official speaks to Watershed Group on March 26

The next Hood River Watershed Group meeting will include a water quality technology presentation by Charlie Allen, vice president of Wilkins, Kaiser & Olson, owner of Mt. Hood Forest Products in Mt. Hood.

Hood River woman named Energy Manager of Year

Cathy Higgins of Hood River was recently named Energy Manager of the Year by the Oregon Association of Professional Energy Managers.

‘HR County Reads’ public events continue

Hood River County Reads is an annual community reading adventure. This year, Hood River County is reading “Ricochet River,” by Robin Cody, a coming-of-age story set in a small Oregon logging town in the 1960s.

Holy Week Schedule

Hood River Valley Christian Church invites community members to any of these Easter week activities:

Asbury decommissioned in service on Sunday

A decommissioning service for the Asbury United Methodist Church building will take place Sunday at 3 p.m. The community is welcome to attend.

Hood River Police Association announces local scholarships

The Hood River Police Officers Association is offering two $500 scholarships in support of students wishing to pursue higher education. These scholarships can be applied toward tuition, room and board or books.

Exercise snippets can match long workout benefits

CORVALLIS, Ore. – New research at Oregon State University suggests the health benefits of small amounts of activity – as small as one- and two-minute increments that add up to 30 minutes per day – can be just as beneficial as longer bouts of physical exercise achieved by a trip to the gym.

County Board approves modified zone change

Accessory buildings: Larger issue of renting units will wait for another day

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to open a small door within a wide issue.

Community College budget under-funded

CGCC sees huge rise in enrollment and inadequate funding

Dr. Frank Toda, president of Columbia Gorge Community College, is taking an energetic stance in response to recent proposed Oregon State budget plans that would impact CGCC’s budget significantly.

LUBA tells city to revisit waterfront

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals ruled Friday morning that the City of Hood River must reconsider several points of its recent decision to allow construction of a hotel and commercial building on the Hood River waterfront.

8-year-old saves family in Parkdale fire

Quick-thinking Julisa Ramirez, 8, saved her family from tragedy Sunday in the first house fire in Parkdale in more than five years.

Death notice for March 20

James Rosenback

Tuesday, March 19

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Gorge Roller Girls debut bout draws sell-out crowd

Turning fans away at the door isn’t normally something to be proud of,

Friday, March 15

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Forums explore answers to school capacity issues

What would be the best way to deal with the problem of overcrowding in some schools and under-enrollment in others?

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A slice of local life: A principal’s principles pave way for pupils

Whistle? Check. Mighty Miles certificates and Dragon Dineros? Check. Clothespin hall passes? Check. Bullhorn, two-way radio and blood-borne pathogens safety kit?

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Coal protesters cry foul

Citizen groups say coal export is the wrong choice for the country and the Columbia River Gorge

“We’re going to stop that coal with the power of the soul!” recited Chaplain Mark Thomas of Hood River to the gathering local citizens.

Entertainment Update for Mar. 16

Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, don’t ye know?

McPherson competes at Poetry Out Loud

Photos, events sought Nine high school-aged poetry champions from around Oregon are set to compete in the state Poetry Out Loud competition on March 16, including Emelia (Emmy) McPherson of Hood River Valley High School. Each Poetry Out Loud competitor has already won both school and regional contests held earlier this year.

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New lines: The boundary question is a critical community issue

Know your boundaries, the old saying goes.

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Letters to the Editor for Mar. 16

Call for cat lovers; See HRVHS’ ‘Hamlet’; Support HRV theater; more

Police Log for Mar. 16

Feb. 25 to March 13

Death Notice for March 16

Robert McGee

Volunteer training for history research March 20

Are you detail oriented? Enjoy diving into a good mystery?

Retired educators offer teaching scholarship

Mid-Columbia Unit 20 of the Oregon Retired Educators Association is offering a $750 scholarship to a third-, fourth- or fifth-year college student (as of this coming September) who aspires to become a teacher and is attending an Oregon school.

ON THE AGENDA

Hood River County Library District Board of Directors holds a regular meeting on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Jeanne Marie Gaulke Community Meeting Room of the Hood River Library. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Special District election filings trickle in

March 21 is the deadline to run for office

March 21 is the filing deadline for the May 21, 2013, special district election.

Sports Briefs for Mar. 16

HRVHS tennis 1-1 in opening matches; Little League invites public to meetings; CSRT shines at U12 Finals; Work parties help revitalize Gorge trails

Kegler's Corner: Incredibowls win County League

A ticker tape parade is definitely in order for the Incredibowls team, which won the Thursday evening Hood River County league at Orchard Lanes last week in a championship match that pitted the first-half winners against the second-half winners for all the marbles.

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HRVST seniors win state titles

Hood River Valley Swim Team continues to add state champions to its ranks as this year’s season comes to a climax. Competing at the recent 2013 Oregon senior state championships, HRVST standouts Scott Bergstrom, Danielle Miller, Erin Nelson and Connor Webb all won state titles.

Season openers a breeze for HRV teams

Last-inning rally gives girls second win; varsity boys 3-0 with dominating offensive showings

A blowout and a nail-biter set the stage for what should be an exciting season for Hood River Valley High School varsity softball. With seniors Natalia Ames, Hallie Curtis, Amanda McCafferty and Hannah Williams and another seven juniors anchoring the varsity roster, the team is loaded with players who bring several years of experience to the field.

Community Egg Hunt takes place March 30

Each child gets goodie bag; help needed March 27

The annual Community Easter Egg Hunt held each year on March 30 at Jackson Park is going to bigger and better than ever, according to organizer Jeff Mueller, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Learn sumo wrestlers’ diet techniques; do the opposite

South Carolina chiropractor Daniel Kehres says those trying to lose weight should look at how sumo wrestlers live.

Fueling your workout

Fuel your motivation, and your muscles, with the following strategy

Feel that, the growing in your stomach after a work-out? That’s hunger, the honest-to-goodness kind, not the I’m-bored-so-I’ll-eat-ice-cream variety. It’s a good thing, and you earned it. Now, however, what you do about that hunger can make or break your weight loss goals.

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LUBA remands waterfront hotel decision to city

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals ruled Friday morning that the City of Hood River must give more consideration to a decision to allow construction of a hotel and commercial building on the Hood River waterfront.

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Hood River County School District picks Dan Goldman as new superintendant

The Hood River County School Board concluded its search for a new superintendent Wednesday evening and offered the position to Dan Goldman, current director of instruction and elementary education with the Tigard-Tualatin School District.

Wednesday, March 13

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Photo of the day: Countering coal

Participants in the "No Coal" rally walk past Riverside Church on State Street in Hood River Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday, March 12

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Photo of the day: Ski champs

Kayla Van Hoose, Tucker FitzSimons and Kirra Paulus all have plenty of reason to smile. All three won OISRA state skiing championships.

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Arts in Education award named for Steighner

“For artistry, excellence and dedication in arts education in our schools and community”: That is how a newly created award will honor future dedicated educators in Hood River County. This year’s first recipient of those eloquent accolades however is Hood River Valley High School Music Director Mark Steighner.

Forums will discuss school boundary changes

When schools reach or exceed capacity, there is an impact on building facilities such as cafeterias, small-square-footage classrooms, gymnasiums and rooms used for instructional support.

LUBA is busy with HR cases

Naito development decision expected next week

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals seems to enjoy keeping Hood River in suspense.

‘Feast of Words’ raises volumes for Hood River library

Saturday’s Feast of Words turned out to be an encyclopedia of giving.

Who’s minding the store? Mosier School students that's who

In Mosier, school store opens at former gas station site

The students of Mosier Middle School are seizing the opportunity to improve their school surroundings and help change the learning experience for the future generations of students.

‘Hamlet’ closes

An unscrupulous ruler — Claudius, played by HRVHS senior Murphy Jackson — takes over the throne and the wife of his slain brother, King Hamlet, in the high school drama department’s production this weekend of “Hamlet.”

Entertainment Update for Mar. 13

Dodgy Mountain Men return to Pint Shack; Richard Wilkins at Naked Winery; Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Ray ; Barley Draught plays the Gorge; Jazz, and crepes, at North Shore

Oregon Blue Book: online and full of information

Secretary of State Kate Brown on Feb. 14 unveiled the online version of the 2013-14 Oregon Blue Book, the state’s official almanac.

ANOTHER VOICE: Leos: 400,000 containers and counting

As usual, the first Saturday of March had the Hood River Leos Club collecting deposit bottles and cans in the Rosauers parking lot. As they do on the first Saturday of every month, the Leos greeted the regular stream of cars whose drivers were bringing bags or boxes of empty containers.

HR Reads: ‘Something to Hold’ and ‘Ricochet River’ are books to share

Hood River Feasted, now it’s time for Hood River Reads.

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Letters to the Editor for March 13

‘Hamlet’ a must-see; Help people of Tibet; Democracy held hostage?

Arc provides respite care assistance

The Arc of the Mid-Columbia provides up to $200 for families with children and adult children living in the family home to purchase respite care.

Soil testing workshop at Grow Organic

Soil is arguably the most important component in a successful garden; it’s what feeds and aerates your plants. Good soil is a microcosm filled with microorganisms that transform organic matter into food your plants can digest. Only with good soil will your plants thrive.

Sheriff Log for Mar. 13

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River March 3-11.

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Bring the bang: Gorge Roller Girls host home bout

If there was ever a time in Hood River to break-out the clickty-clackers, cowbells, plastic clappy-hands, thunder-sticks and vuvuzelas, Saturday is it. The otherwise maddening spectator noisemakers will provide appropriate harmony for the Gorge Roller Girls’ first-ever league bout; a match-up between the River Reapers and the Cherry Bombers March 16, 6 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School.

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Cimock wins state title

HRVHS girls finish a solid third, boys have a tough state showing

Hood River Valley High School junior Korey Cimock claimed the girls combined title last week at the 2013 Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state championships.

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HRV freestyle team makes clean sweep at state

Van Hoose, FitzSimons claim individual overall girls, boys titles

Hood River Valley High School freestyle skiers flipped, spun, shredded and grinded their way to domination in what is fast becoming a popular new facet of high school skiing. In last week’s OISRA state championships, HRV boys and girls freestyle competitors made a clean sweep in all events, taking first as a combined team, first as boys and girls teams and claiming most of the top three spots in all individual events.

Little Feet Cooperative Preschool sets registration dates

Join Little Feet Cooperative Preschool for its open house March 19-20 from 9-11 a.m.

Leadership series starts

Columbia Gorge Community College will offer a series of leadership seminars.

Meet superintendent finalists on March 13

The Hood River County School District Board of Directors has selected two candidates for its final round of interviews which are set for March 13.

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‘We deserve it’: Speakers call for immigration reform

Case made for legally putting qualified immigrants back in the driver’s seat

Speakers told their tales of legal obstacles and life realities at a forum on immigration reform last week in Hood River.

‘Sense of Place’ series concludes March 19

The final “Sense of Place” lecture of the season will feature Hood River Mayor Arthur Babitz presenting “The Hood River Valley as seen though a Century of Photographs.”

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Pfriem Family Brewing will expand this spring

Pfriem Family Brewing More room to make beer — and bottle it, too.

CGCC hosts Renewable Tech info night

Columbia Gorge Community College will host an evening session to present information about the Renewable Energy Technology Program on March 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Dalles Campus, Building 3, second floor, room 3.203.

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Setting sights on ciders

HR Ciderworks, Fox-Tail, Hood Valley all start up

Will Hood River become the cider capital of America?

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It's all in the family

A look at some family-owned businesses in the Gorge

Mother and son personify yin and yang; Davises grow, work together; Sheppards: Business success rests on enjoying each other's company; Capovillas: 'Simple, straight-up' pub family

Curves starts ‘Feed the Need’ food drive

Curves International’s annual food drive, “Feed the Need,” runs March 11-25.

CASCADE OBSERVATIONS: Communities of learners

Last Saturday dawned beautifully. Blue sky, snow-covered mountains, birds singing and early spring flowers popping open. The perfect day for biking, working in the yard, taking a walk, or (for several dozen local teachers) willingly sitting in darkened rooms illuminated by computer screens, not sunshine.

Mid valley news: Church’s Potato Dinner returns March 16

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church Potato Dinner will be held March 16 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Odell church’s fellowship hall. Baked potatoes with all the trimmings, salad and ice cream will be served. Adults are $6, seniors $5, children $3, and those under age 3 are free. All proceeds will be donated to FISH.

Wy’east OBOB wins Region, heads to State

Wy’east Middle School repeated as Region 4 Oregon Battle of the Books tournament champions March 2.

Reunion

The Wy’east High School Class of 1963 is planning its 50-year reunion for the weekend of July 20 and 21.

Friday, March 8

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Behind the scenes of a Hood River News press run

Ever wanted to see where your newspaper comes from? Watch the video to get a glimpse!

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Hood River skiers soaring at state

Hood River Valley High School skiers flew through the air Wednesday afternoon at Mt. Hood Meadows in the 2013 Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association’s freestyle state championships.

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Innovative Teaching Awards recognize creative efforts

Inspired teachers receive grants, students benefit

Twenty-seven educators across the county received a little extra boost in their efforts to bring innovation to the classroom with recent grant awards from the Hood River County Education Foundation’s Innovative Teaching program.

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School district narrows superintendent search

Two finalists visit schools March 13

The Hood River County School District Board of Directors has selected two candidates for its final round of interviews which are set for Wednesday, March 13.

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HR lawmakers support in-state ‘tuition equity’

Two Hood River-based Republican representatives recently joined forces in an effort to pass a tuition equity bill for undocumented students in Oregon.

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A slice of local life: Blooming business brings beauty

Tammy Hall began her love affair with flowers when she was just 16. That’s when she took on the mantle of floral delivery person for her parents’ flower shop on the Heights. She’s taken a few detours since then, but always wound her way back to the blossoms.

Council revises SDCs that pay for transportation improvements

The Hood River City Council moved ahead Monday with approval of a plan amending its system development charges for transportation impacts.

‘Play for Peace’ teaching event scheduled March 10

The international organization Play for Peace hosts a community event to help people and organizations use cooperative play to create laughter, compassion and peace.

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Amanda Birch, once a teen pilot, now flies Blackhawks

The newly licensed 16-year-old pilot profiled in a 1999 edition of the Hood River News has moved way beyond Cessna.

Acting workshop offered

CAST is offering a six-session advanced adult acting workshop with professional actress Sharon Laughlin.

Entertainment Update for Mar. 9

Romancing the West: A musical and visual journey through time; Blues master MacLeod returns to The Pines March 23; Spring Break Kids Scavenger Hunt at Discovery Center; Music Tuesdays at Springhouse; Bird ID workshop March 16

School matters: Grants represent public support; there are other ways to help

Between PERS reform and less-than-robust state education budget projections, it is sobering but instructive to pay attention to the fiscal future of classroom programs in 2013-14.

Oregon employment data released

SALEM – The newly revised payroll employment numbers show that Oregon’s economy added jobs slowly and steadily for the past three years. In January, 182,994 Oregonians were unemployed. This was 7,707 fewer individuals than in January 2012 when 190,701 Oregonians were unemployed.

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Letters to the Editor for March 9

Making a connection; Free biased speech; Win-Win

Gorge Discovery School thrives

Over the past four years, the Gorge Discovery School has been establishing itself as an innovative place-based school here in our region.

Death Notices for March 9

Gabriel Ortega; Carol Corsale

Sidelines for Mar. 9

Dairy Farmers of Oregon releases Academic All-State list ; HRVHS girls basketball all-league honors

Kegler's Corner: Jason DeGeus rolls a 298

The pins took a beating in league action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week. The two hottest bowlers in town kept up their torrid pace with a nearly perfect game and big series numbers. New bowlers also found the range and familiar names in women’s play hit pay dirt, too.

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A bright future for Horizon hoops

As the shock of a two-point loss in the state finals wears off, Horizon boys basketball turns its attention to next year

The Hawks return 11 of 12 varsity players to the program, which has finished fifth, first and second at the Class 1A state tournament in Baker City the past three seasons. Horizon spent most of the 2012-13 campaign ranked first or second and rode a 38-game win streak over two seasons into the March 2 title game — a 41-39 loss to City Christian of Portland.

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HRV snowboard team dominates Gorge League

Team travels to Bend this week for state events

Hood River Valley Snowboarding Club boys and girls teams claimed individual and team Gorge League titles this month after solid performances throughout the season. The team of high school snowboarders will train this weekend in preparation for the Oregon Interscholastic Snowboarding Association state championship, held March 13-16 at Mt. Bachelor.

ASK AN EXPERT: How can I stop the middle-age spread?

Q: “Controlling my weight was a piece of cake in my 20s and 30s, but not anymore. Why does it seem so much harder now that I’m 50-something? Is there anything I can do to fight the middle-age spread, or is this a battle that all women my age are destined to lose?”

Sheriff Log for Mar. 9

Feb. 26 to Mar. 4

Mosier schools hold parent information meetings March 14

Parents are invited to attend informational meetings March 14 about Mosier Community School and Middle School and the 2013 school year.

Thursday, March 7

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Photo of the day: Veiled rails

A foggy Thursday morning in the lower valley gave way to sunny skies and spring-like weather by lunchtime.

Wednesday, March 6

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American beauty

American Bald Eagles grace local waters.

Tuesday, March 5

Michael Glover to direct Chamber of Commerce

Resume includes three years with Bend Visitor Bureau

Michael Glover of McCall, Idaho, will be the new executive director of the Hood River Chamber of Commerce.

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Response to flood bonds Full Sail brew crew

Water ruins 1,800 cases, but employee-owners save stacks of Full Sail ale

Twenty-five guys gathered around beers on a Sunday morning but it wasn’t to watch sports on TV.

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Pine Grove auction packs them in

The 49th annual Pine Grove Fire Department auction on Saturday “went real smooth,” chairman Mike Frahm said. “We had a good year. It was good crowd, about normal, but it stayed longer.

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Hood River holds out hope for ‘slip lane’ at Country Club

State legislators meet with ODOT to seek resolution on realignment

Hope remains alive for Hood River to keep some direct access to Country Club Road.

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Hoffman estate gives $92,000 to Rotary

Scholarship fund reaps latest in a long line of family’s gifts

The Hood River Rotary just received a $92,381.45 boost to its scholarship fund, thanks to a trust set up in the early 1990s by Bernice Jackson Hoffman of Pine Grove.

Postal worker pleads guilty to theft, drug charges

Wasco County DA raises concern over Aaron Helseth handling mail on job in Hood River

A postal worker who delivered mail in Hood River and lives in The Dalles was recently convicted for drug-related crimes in both communities but might soon be back on the job.

Art aficionados sought for 2014 curator positions

Ever wanted to curate an art show? Now is your chance!

‘GorgeOut’ event raises funds for Bingen Skate Park

The City of Bingen is putting on a dinner and auction fundraiser called GorgeOut on March 23, to raise remaining funds to finish the community skatepark.

Groups host forum on Hanford waste transport

U.S. Energy Department official to speak at March 12 event

A community discussion will be held at 6 p.m. March 12 about Hanford nuclear reservation and the impact of transporting nuclear waste through the Gorge.

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Entertainment Update for Mar. 6

Blues guitarist Dennis Johnson at Waucoma Club March 9; Volunteers needed for March art center events; Talbot Quartet at CEBU Lounge; Manimal House at Pint Shack; Gallery 301 features Gold Stars; Country Dance March 9

Country Club: Don’t let a good opportunity ‘slip’

The path from point A to point B is often circuitous, be it politically or literally.

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Letters to the Editor for March 6

Feelers and doubters; Free speech reigns at Fox; Stick with Webster’s; more

‘Hood River County Reads’ events continue March 10

Hood River County Reads is an annual community reading adventure. This year, Hood River County is reading “Ricochet River,” by Robin Cody, a coming-of-age story set in a small Oregon logging town in the 1960s.

Death Notice for March 6

Leona Vorhees

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PET OF THE WEEK: Duncan is ‘gentle boy, a little shy’

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

Sports Briefs for Mar. 6

Water polo starts, adds new youth opportunites ; County Forestry opens trails to OHV use

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HRV Nordic stoked about state results

Boys and girls teams finish third, Wiley leads

Hood River Valley Nordic boys and girls teams earned podium finishes over the weekend at the OHNSO state championships in Bend.

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Buzzer-beater doesn’t drop, Hawks fall by two in 1A state finals

City Christian strategy pays off in 41-39 win over Horizion

BAKER CITY – Horizon Christian School got the shot it wanted with four seconds remaining in Saturday’s Class 1A state title game, but not the result.

Hood River Valley Swim Team has another state champion

Hood River Valley Swim Team’s Chad Klaas swam to two state champion titles last weekend at the 2103 Oregon Swimming age 11-14 championships in Corvallis. Klaas won the 50- and 100-meter butterfly events in the 11-year-old boys division, dominating his competition and setting three new team records along the way.

Vasquez tours with drama ‘Zambia Home’

Amalia Vasquez, a student at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, is a member of the college’s Drama Ministries Ensemble and will perform a new worship drama, “Zambia Home,” in Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania and New York during the college’s spring break March 1-11.

Class Notes: Local students graduate from WOU

The following local students gradated from Western Oregon University in 2012:

Horizon inducts first Honor Society students

Seven students were inducted into the National Honor Society in a recent ceremony attended by Horizon Christian School students, staff and guests.

Laura Schaefer writing contest opens for teens

Deadline to enter is April 1

Teens with writing talents are invited to create an entry for a county-wide writing contest now open.

Lunafest arrives March 13-14

Lunafest, the annual touring international film festival featuring award-winning short films by, for, and about women, arrives in the Gorge on March 13 and 14, courtesy of Soroptimist International of Hood River

Soil-Water board meets Thursday

Final meeting for Steve Stampfli as coordinator

The Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District board meets Thursday at 3 p.m. at OSU Extension Center, 2990 Experiment Station Road in Hood River.

Outdoor education grant funding opens

Nonprofit organizations with programs to improve outdoor access and recreation may qualify for a newly reopened grant opportunity.

Hood River School District seeks candidates for four board seats

March 21 is deadline to file for dozens of local board positions

The Hood River County School Board has four positions coming open in the May election. The district would like to encourage community members to consider board service as a way to be involved and make a contribution to the children and schools of Hood River County.

Mosier Council meets March 6

Mosier City Council meets March 6 at 7 p.m. at Mosier Creek Terrace.

Wy’east repeats state ‘Battle of the Books’ title

Wy’east Middle School repeated as Region 4 Oregon Battle of the Books champions on Saturday, winning a tournament of 42 schools in Canby

Donations sought for ‘Bowl for Kids’ Sake’

Big Brothers/Big Sisters holds its largest fundraiser Saturday, at Orchard Lanes.

‘Chair Affair’ art event raises $13,700

Westside Elementary School’s second-annual Chair Affair event at Springhouse Cellar on Feb. 23 was a big success, according to Megan Spears, auction committee chair.

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Elks build outward while working from within: Old organization draws new blood with athletics and events

Workout area will replace former pool; Facilities an asset for members and community activities

In an effort to attract new members and better serve existing ones, Hood River Elks Lodge is taking steps to upgrade its athletic facilities. The lodge offers two racquetball courts, a selection of weights, treadmills, stationary bikes and other basic equipment and locker/shower rooms with saunas, but it’s no secret that the amenities have seen better days and are in need of a facelift.

Parkdale News: Get your tickets: Let’s go to the carnival

This Friday, March 8, from 5:30-8 p.m., Parkdale Elementary School students, faculty and PTO members are inviting the community to come out and join in the fun at their carnival, their biggest annual fundraiser.

Pine grove news: Firefighters honored for service, dedication

The Pine Grove Fire Department Awards dinner was held Feb. 9 at the Hood River Inn in the River View room. It was a nice change of pace from several years of having it at the fire station.

Monday, March 4

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Spring weather brings blossoms

Get ready for buds, bees and beauty. Hood River is about to awaken for spring.

Friday, March 1

Horizon Christian to play for second straight 1A title

The Horizon Christian Hawks defeated Hosaana Christian 58-37 Friday afternoon to advance to the 1A state finals in Baker City.

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These guys will probably grow on you

An interview with the Blackberry Bushes Stringband

Bluegrass and Blackberries go hand in hand. Check out this stringband on March. 2. You'll be glad you did.

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HRCSD deals with $1.4 million over-expenditure

Board calls for better communication after miscalculations led to budget discrepancy

A furor of sorts erupted this week at the Hood River County School Board meeting, stemming from some disturbing fiscal news that came out of the Feb. 13 board meeting.

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HRV robotic teams advance to state

Three Hood River Valley High School robotics teams won state championship slots at OMSI’s First Tech Challenge qualifying tournament on Feb. 24. They all advance to finals this weekend.

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A slice of local life: Warm welcome at the ‘troll bridge’

CASCADE LOCKS — Friendliness is more than idle talk for Peggy Towery. “Hey, doing fine, how about you?”

‘Feast’ among the books

Library Foundation hosts fundraiser on March 9

The Hood River County Library Foundation invites the community to eat, drink and be merry in the library at the third annual Feast of Words on March 9.

Country Dance at Rockford March 9

On Saturday, March 9, from 7-10 p.m., it’s the Second Saturday Country Dance at the Rockford Grange in Hood River.

Speaker tells of Columbia River bar dangers March 6

For two centuries, the Columbia River Bar has been called one of the world’s most dangerous passages. The loss of nearly 2,000 ships has earned the bar the moniker “Graveyard of the Pacific.”

Family ‘genie’ musical magically returns March 5

“Three-and-a-Half Wishes” is a new musical written by Mark Steighner and presented by students and staff at Hood River Middle School. With three performances canceled last week due to cast illness, one final “encore” performance has been added for this coming Tuesday.

Entertainment Update for Mar. 2

Bob Connolly plays Parkdale; ‘Vesper Geer’ screens March 5; Willy and Nelson play Chips; Music at Mt Hood Meadows ; ‘Last Shangri-la’ screens March 9; Live music Tuesdays at Springhouse Cellar; L’il Rev plays March 3

Panorama peek: Events and photos needed

Among the happiest of information slip-ups occurs when March hits, and people say, “it’s springtime.” Technically, not until March 21, but a happy spirit moves people to hasten the calendar.

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Letters to the Editor for March 2

Volunteers needed; Stop pipeline project; Keep school yard clean; more

Lunafest women’s film festival is March 13-14

Lunafest, the annual touring international film festival featuring award-winning short films by, for, and about women, arrives in the Gorge on Wednesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 14, courtesy of Soroptimist International of Hood River.

‘March for One’ rallies for immigration reform March 6

Next week, 50 Oregonians will embark on a five-day regional “March for One” bus tour through Oregon’s Second Congressional District.

Spanish GED class offered

It is no wonder that local educators have been exploring ways to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking families; close to 30 percent of the population of Hood River County is of Hispanic origin according to the 2010 U.S. Census. In addition, over 28 percent of county residents speak a language other than English in the home.

Death Notice for March 2

Frank Thiess

Grief support available

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

Lions seek site for newspaper trailer

Hood River Lions is looking for a new Heights location to place its trailer for collecting donated newsprint for recycling.

‘Community Work Day’ comes April 15

Student work sponsors needed

“Thank you in advance for helping our students participate in an active and positive role in their community!” said Wendy Herman, HRVHS CWD coordinator.

County Health Department says repairs continue on Oak Grove water problem

According to a March 1 press release from the Hood River County Health Department, efforts to repair the cracked spring box of the Oak Grove Water company are continuing and that it has no plans to pursue enforcement actions against the company.

Sports Briefs for Mar. 2

Little League tryouts March 2,4; Little League seeks public involvement; HR water polo gearing up; County Forestry opens trails to OHV use March 1; Roller Derby bout March 16

Kegler's Corner: Showdowns loom in Orchard Lanes bowling leagues

In the blink of an eye, the main bowling season at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes will reach a climatic conclusion this month as we determine team champions. This is really what it’s all about, conquering those ever-changing invisible lane conditions, holding each other up through the grueling season and striking out in the tenth to win points for the team. The intensity of it all is what makes bowling so much fun.

Cooper Spur Race Team has fun winning

Young skiers representing the Cooper Spur Race Team had excellent showings in two recent events.

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Hood River Valley skiers are league champions

In downhill action, McLean, Lamer lead HRV team; Bergemann and FitzSimons top freestyle standings

HRV girls:

Totaro leads Horizon hoops to first-round playoff win

29-0 Hawks advanced to state semifinals Friday night; finals run Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

BAKER CITY - Horizon Christian School opened defense of its Class 1A boys basketball state championship Wednesday with a 53-42 win against Country Christian in the final eight tourney.

Library District seeks candidates

Hood River County Library District is seeking a few great individuals to run for its board of directors. The district was created by a vote of the citizens of Hood River County on Nov. 2, 2010, following the closure of the Hood River County Library, then a department of Hood River County.

Police Log for Mar. 2

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Feb. 12-25.

Sheriff Log for Mar. 2

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Feb. 17-26.

Work out now and play well later

Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Cooper Institute, both in Dallas, recently found that being fit in your 30s, 40s and 50s doesn’t just extend your life, but also ups the likelihood that you will really enjoy your later years.

The Marcus Corner: Life as it comes

Is life living not with you? Be in the different parts of life as it comes.

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HAHRC Beats: Eat right, your way, every day

March is national nutrition month. This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.”

‘Play for Peace’

The international organization Play for Peace hosts a community event to help people and organizations use cooperative play to create laughter, compassion, and peace.

Hospice reaches out to Hispanics

As he labored in a Hood River Valley cherry orchard, Antar Pinto knew there was someplace else he needed to be.

Programs offered for new moms

Do you have questions about your pregnancy, breastfeeding or your baby’s health? Hood River County Public Health Department has the following programs:

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Photo of the day: Eye on the Eagles

Gloomy weather in the Gorge this week, but still beautiful.