Stories for March 2013

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Friday, March 29

    

‘Primed and Ready’

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

March 29, 2013 2:41 p.m. read more..


Powerdale transfer complete

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.

March 29, 2013 2:39 p.m. read more..
 

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.

March 29, 2013 2:37 p.m. read more..


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.

March 29, 2013 2:37 p.m. read more..


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

March 29, 2013 2:36 p.m. read 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.

March 29, 2013 2:26 p.m. read more..


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.

March 29, 2013 2:25 p.m. read more..
  

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.

March 29, 2013 2:20 p.m. read more..


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.

March 29, 2013 2:19 p.m. read more..
  

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.

March 29, 2013 2:06 p.m. read more..


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.

March 29, 2013 2:05 p.m. read more..


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.

March 29, 2013 2:05 p.m. read more..
 

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.

March 29, 2013 2:03 p.m. read more..
 

No mercy from Eagles softball

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.

March 29, 2013 2:02 p.m. read more..
 

Resistance training for your brain

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.

March 29, 2013 1:55 p.m. read more..


Tuesday, March 26



Parkdale FD honors brave young hero

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.

March 26, 2013 2:43 p.m. read more..


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.

March 26, 2013 2:34 p.m. read more..
  

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.

March 26, 2013 2:29 p.m. read more..
 

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.

March 26, 2013 2:27 p.m. read more..


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

March 26, 2013 2:23 p.m. read more..
     

‘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.

March 26, 2013 2:08 p.m. read more..


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.

March 26, 2013 2:07 p.m. read more..
     

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

March 26, 2013 1:48 p.m. read more..
 

Eagle lacrosse takes a beating

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.

March 26, 2013 1:33 p.m. read more..


HRV softball, baseball win on the road

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.

March 26, 2013 1:29 p.m. read more..


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.

March 26, 2013 1:26 p.m. read more..


The meeting, not the building

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.

March 26, 2013 1:24 p.m. read more..


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.

March 26, 2013 1:17 p.m. read more..
 

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.

March 26, 2013 1:14 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 22

 

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.

March 22, 2013 2:12 p.m. read more..
 

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.

March 22, 2013 2:10 p.m. read more..


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.

March 22, 2013 2:09 p.m. read more..
 

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.

March 22, 2013 2:06 p.m. read more..


Military tuition assistance to be cut

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.

March 22, 2013 2:05 p.m. read 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

March 22, 2013 1:57 p.m. read more..


‘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.

March 22, 2013 1:54 p.m. read more..
   

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.

March 22, 2013 1:46 p.m. read 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.

March 22, 2013 1:45 p.m. read more..


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.

March 22, 2013 1:44 p.m. read more..
 

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.

March 22, 2013 1:41 p.m. read more..


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.

March 22, 2013 1:40 p.m. read more..


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.

March 22, 2013 1:39 p.m. read more..


HRV track springs into action

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.

March 22, 2013 1:27 p.m. read more..


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.

March 22, 2013 1:27 p.m. read more..
   

Three ideas for Spring Break

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

March 22, 2013 1:21 p.m. read more..


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

March 22, 2013 1:12 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 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.

March 20, 2013 4:21 p.m. read more..


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.

March 20, 2013 4:20 p.m. read more..


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.

March 20, 2013 4:20 p.m. read more..
      

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.

March 20, 2013 4:11 p.m. read more..


Landmark legislation exhibit visits library

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.

March 20, 2013 4:11 p.m. read more..
  

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

March 20, 2013 4:07 p.m. read more..


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.

March 20, 2013 4:05 p.m. read more..
  

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.

March 20, 2013 4:03 p.m. read more..
 

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 20, 2013 3:58 p.m. read more..
 

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.

March 20, 2013 3:55 p.m. read more..


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

March 20, 2013 3:55 p.m. read more..


‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ opens

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.

March 20, 2013 3:48 p.m. read 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.

March 20, 2013 3:22 p.m. read more..
  

‘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.

March 20, 2013 3:17 p.m. read more..


Holy Week Schedule

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

March 20, 2013 3:16 p.m. read more..
  

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.

March 20, 2013 3:07 p.m. read more..
 

Community College budget under-funded

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.

March 20, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..


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.

March 20, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..
 

Tuesday, March 19



Friday, March 15

  

Coal protesters cry foul

“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.

March 15, 2013 2:31 p.m. read more..
 

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.

March 15, 2013 2:26 p.m. read more..
     

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.

March 15, 2013 2:08 p.m. read more..
 

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.

March 15, 2013 2:05 p.m. read more..
 

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

March 15, 2013 2 p.m. read more..


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.

March 15, 2013 1:56 p.m. read more..


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.

March 15, 2013 1:54 p.m. read more..


Season openers a breeze for HRV teams

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.

March 15, 2013 1:53 p.m. read more..


Community Egg Hunt takes place March 30

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.

March 15, 2013 1:51 p.m. read more..
 

Fueling your workout

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.

March 15, 2013 1:42 p.m. read more..


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.

March 15, 2013 10 a.m. read more..


Wednesday, March 13



Tuesday, March 12



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.

March 12, 2013 4:30 p.m. read more..


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.

March 12, 2013 4:11 p.m. read more..
    

‘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.”

March 12, 2013 3:59 p.m. read more..


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

March 12, 2013 3:59 p.m. read more..
 

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.

March 12, 2013 3:53 p.m. read more..
   

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.

March 12, 2013 3:48 p.m. read more..
 

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.

March 12, 2013 3:44 p.m. read more..


Cimock wins state title

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.

March 12, 2013 3:40 p.m. read more..


HRV freestyle team makes clean sweep at state

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.

March 12, 2013 3:13 p.m. read more..
      

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.

March 12, 2013 2:59 p.m. read more..
 

It's all in the family

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

March 12, 2013 2:56 p.m. read more..
 

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.

March 12, 2013 2:50 p.m. read more..


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.

March 12, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..
 

Reunion

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

March 12, 2013 2:46 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 8

 

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.

March 8, 2013 3:26 p.m. read more..
   

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.

March 8, 2013 2:10 p.m. read more..
    

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

March 8, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..
 

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.

March 8, 2013 1:54 p.m. read more..
 

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.

March 8, 2013 1:47 p.m. read more..
  

Sidelines for Mar. 9

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

March 8, 2013 1:41 p.m. read more..


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.

March 8, 2013 1:40 p.m. read more..


A bright future for Horizon hoops

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.

March 8, 2013 1:38 p.m. read more..


HRV snowboard team dominates Gorge League

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.

March 8, 2013 1:36 p.m. read more..


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?”

March 8, 2013 1:32 p.m. read more..
 

Thursday, March 7



Wednesday, March 6



Tuesday, March 5

  

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.

March 5, 2013 3:02 p.m. read more..
      

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

March 5, 2013 2:53 p.m. read more..
        

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.

March 5, 2013 2:33 p.m. read more..


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.

March 5, 2013 2:27 p.m. read more..
   

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

March 5, 2013 2:18 p.m. read more..


Soil-Water board meets Thursday

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.

March 5, 2013 2:18 p.m. read more..
      

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

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.

March 5, 2013 1:50 p.m. read more..
 

Monday, March 4



Friday, March 1

   

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.

March 1, 2013 2:37 p.m. read more..
 

‘Feast’ among the books

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.

March 1, 2013 2:32 p.m. read more..
  

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.

March 1, 2013 2:25 p.m. read more..


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

March 1, 2013 2:25 p.m. read more..


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.

March 1, 2013 2:22 p.m. read 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 1, 2013 2:16 p.m. read more..
 

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.

March 1, 2013 2:13 p.m. read more..
 

Grief support available

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

March 1, 2013 2:06 p.m. read more..
   

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

March 1, 2013 2:01 p.m. read more..


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.

March 1, 2013 1:56 p.m. read more..
   

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.

March 1, 2013 1:34 p.m. read more..
  

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.

March 1, 2013 1:29 p.m. read more..
  

‘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.

March 1, 2013 1:19 p.m. read more..
 

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:

March 1, 2013 1:16 p.m. read more..

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