Stories for May 2013


Friday, May 31

Editorial: Getting behind Community Ed

Encouraging news can be drawn from the May 28 school budget committee meeting regarding the fate of the Community Education program. (Story, page A1.) While officially the county-wide program seems on tenuous terms, it has several things going for it looking ahead to 2013-14: First, the committed and impassioned leadership of director John Rust, who in three years at the helm has redefined of Community Ed and accommodated the major expansion of its role by taking on middle school sports programs.

May 31, 2013 4:28 p.m. read more..

City Council wrangles with TRT allocation plan

Hood River City Councilors met May 28 to plow through some tough issues — the likely reason behind the large audience packed into the city hall chambers. On the agenda: an Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals remand (send-back) of the council’s decision previously approving the Naito development at the waterfront, and a Chamber of Commerce proposal addressing the potential shift in transient room tax dollars away from the Visitor Council budget.

May 31, 2013 4:25 p.m. read more..

A slice of local life -- Tammie and Kaitlin Eckert: Still learning

Every Thread Counts — ETC to locals — celebrated its one-year anniversary May 1 under the new ownership of mother-daughter team Tammie and Kaitlin Eckert. The business will celebrate at its new location in the old Wine Sellers space, 514 State St., on June 17. The Eckerts — Tammie and husband Joe, son Max and Kaitlin — are originally from the East Coast, moving from Sandy Hook, Conn., to Mosier in 2011.

May 31, 2013 4:23 p.m. read more..

School district opts to stay with $1.4M cutbacks

Budget decisions are coming down to the deadline, and Monday night will be decision time for the Hood River County School District Budget Committee. Monday’s meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Hood River Valley High School library, and public comment will be taken.

May 31, 2013 3:43 p.m. read more..

Early fire season averted, but wet weather means more flash fuels

According to Jon Gehrig, wildfire coordinator for Hood River Fire and EMS, the unexpectedly heavy rains this last week are putting the fire season back to normal after an early drying spell that had threatened to advance the burn ban date. “No matter how you look at it, this is a lot of rain ... For fire, this means that, at least in the short to mid-term, fire danger should be at normal levels.”

May 31, 2013 3:41 p.m. read more..

Oregon bill calls for product toxin disclosures

At a recent workshop entitled “Toxins in Everyday Products,” Hood River pediatrician Rich Martin introduced a tough subject to his audience of 15 adults gathered in the basement conference room of the Hood River Library. Martin, as a pediatrician, is used to employing his calming voice to sooth. Lucky for the audience — because the information he shared, alongside presenters from the Oregon Environmental Council, was none too reassuring.

May 31, 2013 3:40 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 29

Tuesday, May 28


Youth Uprising for HRV track and field at state

Freshman Sebastian Barajas and sophomore Jestena Mattson claimed state titles over the weekend at the 2013 OSAA 5A State Track and Field Championships at Eugene’s historic Hayward Field. Leading a field of 14 Eagle athletes who qualified for the meet, the two represent a bright future for Hood River Valley High School track and field.

May 28, 2013 7:47 p.m. read more..

Perfect game ends HRV softball season

Kelsey Broadus wore a frilly ribbon, and held a fierce grip. The West Albany freshman pitcher threw a perfect game Friday to lead the host Bulldogs to a 6-0 win in the OSAA Class 5A quarterfinal playoffs over Hood River Valley, ending the Eagles’ deepest playoff run in years.

May 28, 2013 7:44 p.m. read more..

Muddy, and fun at Gorge Short Track

The second race of the Gorge Mountain Bike Short Track Series, presented by Breakaway Promotion, was held last Thursday evening in Cascade Locks. Despite rain most of the week, conditions were cool and calm, providing a challenging but fun mix of course conditions for the second of five races in the series. As was the case with the first race, Gorge-area riders placed well among the pack of riders.

May 28, 2013 7:43 p.m. read more..

ANOTHER VOICE:Course catalog doesn’t tell the whole story

As an eighth-grade teacher at Wy’east Middle School and parent of former WYMS and HRMS students, I’d like to respond to the recent comments about how to make Wy’east Middle school more “appealing” (Our readers write, May 22). Because the question was asked in a way that implies that Wy’east is lacking in appeal, the focus has inevitably been directed on comparisons between Hood River Middle School and Wy’east, reflecting poorly on Wy’east.

May 28, 2013 3:35 p.m. read more..

Editorial: CenturyLink cost-cutting would put public at risk

The biggest provider of landline telephone and Internet service in Oregon wants regulators to let it pare back utility pole maintenance to one-fifth of its current requirement as a cost-cutting measure. In a May 22 Willamette Week article entitled “Down to the wire,” CenturyLink is reported to have asked the Oregon Public Utility Commission to put off routine maintenance of utility poles to 10 years; five times the currently mandated two years.

May 28, 2013 2:57 p.m. read more..

Memorial Day multi-car crash ties up freeway at Corbett

Three people were injured Monday afternoon in a series of several near-simultaneous crashes that occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 between Corbett and Rooster Rock State Park. The crashes closed the westbound lanes for approximately 90 minutes.

May 28, 2013 2:48 p.m. read more..

Hood River honors fallen Americans

A drizzle moistened Monday’s Memorial Day observance, not enough to drive away the congregation, as evidenced by the 300 or so attendees at the Idlewilde Cemetery event. Music by Andy Streich and the HRVHS band and choir highlighted the occasion, along with presentation of wreaths and reading of new names on the Veterans’ Walk of Honor. Sexton Bob Huskey spoke passionately about honoring fallen veterans every day.

May 28, 2013 2:46 p.m. read more..

Ruby Mason to retire from Housing posts

After 33 years of service, Ruby Mason announced this month that she has decided to retire as an officer and executive director of three organizations that work together as the Greater Gorge Housing Partnership. The organization, which addresses housing issues in the Gorge, includes: Mid-Columbia Housing Authority, Columbia Gorge Housing Authority and Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation. “Ruby Mason has been a strong leader, only the third since the Housing Agency started operating in 1976, and one who has managed the company through both good and challenging times,” said Rod Runyon, chairman of the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority board.

May 28, 2013 2:24 p.m. read more..

Saturday, May 25

Friday, May 24


HRV softball whips the Bears in first round of state

A thrilling game to watch if you’re an Eagles fan, Wednesday evening’s matchup between Hood River Valley High School and the Bend Lava Bears appeared as though it was going to be a fierce battle in the do-or-die first round of the OSAA 5A state softball playoffs. Bend struck early in the game — moved from Hood River to The Dalles to avoid wet weather — with two runs in the opening inning to set the tone. The determined HRV girls answered back, however, with a relentless offensive performance that tallied nine hits and eight runs and a fortress of a defense that kept the Bears scoreless the rest of the game.

May 24, 2013 5:08 p.m. read more..

Marquez to wrestle on Cultural Exchange team

Hood River Valley High School sophomore wrestler Christian Marquez will be representing Hood River and Oregon this summer as a member of the Oregon Wrestling Association’s cultural exchange team. The team of high school wrestlers will travel to Germany this summer, from July 23 to Aug. 5, to tour the country, participate in wrestling contests and home-stay with German wrestling families.

May 24, 2013 5:06 p.m. read more..

Eagles earn first OSAA Sportsman-ship Award

Hood River Valley High School athletes received a special honor this week as the Oregon Schools Activities Association released the list of winners for its first Sportsmanship Award. One school in each classification — six total — was chosen to receive the newly created award based on a vote within each conference and a final selection by the Sportsmanship Review Committee. The award, which is planned to be given annually, includes recognition throughout the state and a $1,000 gift for each winning school.

May 24, 2013 4:52 p.m. read more..

HRV electric car racing team top notch

For the first time since competing in the Electrathon America electric car racing program, a Hood River Valley High School racer, Adam McCaw, claimed the overall first-place title after the final race of the Northwest series last weekend.

May 24, 2013 4:46 p.m. read more..

Mental health first aid training offered

Mental health and the lack of resources, particularly in rural areas, is a hot-button issue these days when conversations around reducing gun or gang violence take place. Having the ability and knowledge to help someone through a mental health crisis can literally be a lifesaver. Mental Health First Aid is a training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone experiencing a mental health emergency.

May 24, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..

HR Supply holds grand opening May 30-June 1

Hood River Supply opened a new store on the Heights in Hood River Feb. 28. The store, located at 1945 12th St., will provide an increase in product selection and service offered to the community.

May 24, 2013 4:37 p.m. read more..

‘Bark for Life’ honors canine companions, helps Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society Bark for Life is a fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of our canine caregivers. It presents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships and to contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society.

May 24, 2013 4:33 p.m. read more..

Butterfly Release brings tears of joy

On Saturday, May 18, over 80 local residents braved the cool, windy, and rainy spring weather at Jackson Park to attend our fifth annual Heart of Hospice Butterfly Release to honor the loss of their loved ones. For many of the participants, this was not their first Butterfly Release. Our Youth Heart of Hospice volunteers (YoHOHs) were on hand to face-paint the children and to pass out the butterflies. The YoHOHs are teen volunteers from Hood River Valley High School.

May 24, 2013 4:31 p.m. read more..

Editorial -- On the roads: Stay safe this Memorial Day, and take a moment to remember

Despite high gas prices, this year’s Memorial Day weekend is expected to pull high numbers of drivers onto the roads. May all travelers get away and home again safely this weekend and any time they hit the road. What happened on I-5 north of Seattle Thursday is a testament to the unexpected: A freeway bridge collapsed, with three cars falling into the Skagit River below. Miraculously, no one died.

May 24, 2013 4:30 p.m. read more..

‘Aurora’ lights the stage Sunday

Local audiences will have one more chance to savor the sweet singing of Hood River Valley High School’s Aurora ensemble, as the girls present their spring concerts Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27. Also on the bill will be Borealis, the men’s counterpart.

May 24, 2013 4:17 p.m. read more..

Lions announce July 4 details

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

May 24, 2013 4:02 p.m. read more..

FAA drone testing approval sought for Gorge airport

The Klickitat County Economic Development Department submitted a proposal earlier this month that would make the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport a site approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for the testing of the integration of drones into U.S. commercial airspace.

May 24, 2013 3:56 p.m. read more..

Two Gorge residents charged with hate crime

Two men accused of assault with a deadly weapon – but not a firearm – and the hate crime of malicious harassment, pleaded not guilty to the charges on May 20 in Klickitat County Superior Court. The County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged both Stephen L. Campbell, 22, of Lyle, and 28-year-old Jared T. Duddles of Parkdale, Ore., with three felony counts of second-degree assault (deadly weapon) and three felony counts of malicious harassment, defined by state statute as a hate crime involving “crimes or threats motivated by bigotry, prejudice, and bias.” Superior Court Judge Brian Altman appointed defense counsel for Campbell and Duddles, who entered not guilty pleas during Monday’s arraignment hearing. They are next scheduled to appear in court on July 15.

May 24, 2013 3:55 p.m. read more..

A slice of local life -- Coral Worth: Twenty-four years and counting

Hood River Sports Club manager Coral Worth has witnessed a lot of changes during her 24 years with the business. She’s seen owners, managers, daycare and front desk staff come and go. And she’s seen the once basic gym expand to include indoor courts, a gymnastic area, a yoga loft and pool facilities. Through all the changes, Worth has remained a familiar face. She’s been at the Sports Club longer than any other employee, working her way up from a daycare position at age 14.

May 24, 2013 3:23 p.m. read more..

Virk, Johnson, win re-election

Jan Veldhuisen Virk and Mark Johnson easily kept their seats on the Hood River County School District Board of Directors in voting in the May 21 Special Districts election. Virk gained 1,683 votes (66.9 percent) to 792 for Tim Counihan, a research biologist running for school board for the first time. Johnson was the only name on the ballot for Position 6, but write-in candidate Mary Reynolds gained 39.7 percent of the votes in the 314-207 race.

May 24, 2013 3:20 p.m. read more..

School district finance director steps down

Nick Hogan has established roots in Hood River in his 10 years with Hood River County School District and hopes to remain in the community. Hogan announced his resignation this week as finance director of the school district, following a spring in which he weathered criticism over his handling of district finances. “I have come to truly love this community and it’s my hope to explore other opportunities to remain here,” said Hogan.

May 24, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 23

Photo of the day: Kite Ninja

Like this flying ninja spotted at the event site recently, wind and wave warriors are sure to be out this weekend as weather warms and skies clear.

May 23, 2013 8:43 p.m. read more..

Kaleidoscope: Where do we go from here? Seniors heading in all directions after graduation

Spring is a special and exciting time for high school seniors. With graduation on the horizon, these young adults are about to close one chapter of their lives and begin the next. But before they toss their caps to the wind and go their separate ways, we checked in with seven Hood River Valley High School and two Horizon Christian School seniors to get a glimpse into the heart and soul of the class of 2013.

May 23, 2013 12:20 p.m. read more..

Wine and Pear Fest draws a crowd

Anna and Pedro Pederson of Vancouver and Mona Knudson of Argentina sampled local Anjous as they held glasses of wine Sunday. At the Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Festival in Hood River, combinations of flavors and sounds kept about 3,200 entertained over the weekend at the third-annual event hosted by Hood River Rotary. Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum hosted the festival.

May 23, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..

Young entrepreneurs impress at second ‘Gorge Soup for Kids’

Water sport athlete Fiona Wylde took first place ($1,600) in the Kids Gorge Soup competition on Tuesday, taking 50 percent of the prize pot. Wylde is planning a learn-to-SUP an event for youth that will also include also learning how to perform water tests using LaMotte kits and other water quality awareness-building activities. Second place and $1,100 went to Keeley Brownback, taking 35 percent of the prize money. Third place and $400 went to Courtney Ghiz Peters, taking 15 percent of the pot.

May 23, 2013 11:44 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 22


HRV baseball ends season with 2-0 loss

Having home field advantage and the momentum of a last week’s 6-1 upset over The Dalles-Wahtonka in its favor, the No. 11-ranked Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball team came into Friday’s play-in contest vs. North Eugene with confidence and poise. The team walked away disappointed, however, as the No. 22-ranked Highlanders pulled off a 2-0 upset to end the Eagles’ season and advance to the Oregon 5A state championship tournament.

May 22, 2013 9:38 a.m. read more..

Another voice: Pie maven asks: Who may we refuse to serve?

Some years ago, Pam Regentin and I were the last two bakers standing in Shortt Supply’s first pie-baking contest. We stood side by side, chatting nervously as the judges made their decision for first place. We talked about our kids and baking. We didn’t talk about the $1,000 first prize, but I’m sure we were both already thinking about how we’d spend it.

May 22, 2013 8:41 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 21

Kayaker Ammons presents ‘Riverscapes’ June 8

Columbia Center for the Arts proudly presents Emmy Award-winning author and world-class kayaker Doug Ammons as he presents “Riverscapes: The Geology and Human Culture of Rivers,” on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m.

May 21, 2013 5:25 p.m. read more..

County sites go tobacco-free

Three members of the Hood River Commission on Children and Families arrived in force to hear the Hood River County Board of Commissioners’ decision during its May 20 regular meeting on whether to make all county properties “Tobacco and Smoke-Free.”

May 21, 2013 5:11 p.m. read more..

Cup, Soup wins make a full week for teen

Fiona Wylde does fine in cold water or the hot seat. Within the same week in Hood River, Wylde, 16, won Gorge Cup and Gorge Soup. Wylde, who competes internationally, made history Sunday as the first female to win overall in a Gorge Cup Series windsurfing event.

May 21, 2013 4:58 p.m. read more..

Library Board takes anti-porn measures

Filters have been placed on all computers in the Hood River Library children’s area, in response to a recent outcry over access to inappropriate materials at the library.

May 21, 2013 4:26 p.m. read more..

Community Ed faces the axe

The next school year will have a linoleum budget for Hood River County School District. Basic carpeting might be available later. “You are looking at a budget that is the floor,” Supt. Charlie Beck told the district budget committee Monday in its meeting at Hood River Valley High School.

May 21, 2013 4:22 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 17

Photo of the day: Good rain

Weekend weather in Hood River calls for showers and 64-66 degrees; good days for a wander through Good News Gardening with your umbrella.

May 17, 2013 5:22 p.m. read more..

Hood River lacrosse team wins Sisters Lacrosse Invitational

The Hood River Boys 5-6 Select lacrosse team, the Fire Hawks, won its division of the Sisters Annual Lacrosse Invitational Tournament last weekend. The Hood River boys went undefeated in the tournament, winning three games to qualify for the championship match later that evening against an experienced Lincoln squad.

May 17, 2013 5:19 p.m. read more..

HR players shine in FC Portland soccer league

Hood River Dynamos U-10 boys team recently completed FC Portland’s Spring Development League undefeated, with a record of 6-0-1. For most of the players, the season was their first experience playing competitive club soccer against larger club organizations, such as Westside Timbers, Lake Oswego Soccer Club, Willamette United and FC Portland.

May 17, 2013 5:16 p.m. read more..

Twin Tunnels Run draws 100+ for Mother’s Day fun

The 2013 Mosier Twin Tunnels run/walk drew 113 participants Sunday morning for 3k, 5k and 12k events for a friendly morning of competition to raise money for Mosier Community School. Easton Atchley (13) and Emma Atchley (11) won the 3k male and female events, Elkin Parker (14) won the 5k male event, Kayla Collins won the 5K female, Charlie Remington (29) won the 12k male and Shanon Sexton won the 12k female event. For upcoming runs in the Columbia Gorge area, visit Next on the group’s calendar is Saturday’s 8th annual Carson to Steven Ridge Run, followed by the June 15 White Salmon Backyard half marathon.

May 17, 2013 5:15 p.m. read more..

Hawk baseball ends on high note

The final high school pitching performance by Horizon Christian School’s Jake Wells on Saturday turned out to be his best. Wells, one of two seniors on the Horizon roster, tossed a one-hitter in a 3-1 win at Irrigon in the Hawks’ season finale. Wells also had two hits, scored a run and knocked in another on a 90-degree day in Eastern Oregon.

May 17, 2013 5:10 p.m. read more..

HRV boys lacrosse ends season one win shy of playoffs

Hood River Valley High School varsity boys lacrosse team had heavy weight to shoulder going into Monday evening’s home game against Wilson. In the last game of the regular season, the Eagles, fighting for fourth place in the league, not only had to win to qualify for the state playoffs, but had to score six goals or more while keeping the Trojans to two goals or less. Satisfying those factors would have placed the HRV boys at fourth in the Columbia League and given them a play-in game for the 2013 Oregon High School Lacrosse Association championships. Anything less would mean an end to the season.

May 17, 2013 5:04 p.m. read more..

HRV girls golf finishes eighth at state

After winning the team’s first-ever Columbia River Conference title last week, Hood River Valley High School’s four-player girls golf team moved on to the state championships this week at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks. The combination of long fairways, variable weather and tough competition was a challenge for the girls, even though three of the four had competed at the same tournament the previous two seasons. After a first-round score of 433 that put them in ninth place out of 11 teams, the girls all improved their scores the second day to finish in eigth overall with a total score of 823 – the best result the HRV girls team has had at the state tournament.

May 17, 2013 4:48 p.m. read more..

Editorial: LUBA ruling leads to a new opportunity

The steps and bridges that help make up Indian Creek trail are a reasonable allegory to consider with this week’s news that LUBA has sent back to Hood River County the matter of Barrett Park’s future. The LUBA legal decision, rather than a divisive moment, provides an opportunity to come together over Barrett Park. No one at the county level, or in the community, is averse to parks in general.

May 17, 2013 4:34 p.m. read more..

‘Glaciers’ author Alexis Smith reads Sunday

The Oregon Book Awards Author Tour brings Oregon Book Awards finalist Alexis Smith to the Hood River Library for an author talk on May 19, at 2 p.m. Smith grew up in Soldotna, Alaska, and Seattle, Wash.. She holds degrees from Portland State University and Goddard College. She was selected as a finalist in fiction for her debut novel “Glaciers,” published by Tin House Books.

May 17, 2013 4:15 p.m. read more..

‘Last Voyageur’ author Welch speaks Tuesday at Arts Center

Vince Welch, author of “The Last Voyageur,” will speak Tuesday, at 7 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts. The biography focuses on Amos Burg, one of the first commercial river guides, the last known individual to run all the major western rivers (Columbia, Snake, Yellowstone, Missouri, Mississippi, Yukon, Canada’s Mackenzie, Green and Colorado, Middle Fork and Main Salmon) before dams made such voyages difficult if not impossible.

May 17, 2013 4:07 p.m. read more..

Sam Graham, Eric Hamada crowned at HRVHS Prom

Last Saturday, the Hood River Valley High School had its 2013 Prom at The Dalles Discovery Center. James Bond was the theme of the event, with dice centerpieces, silhouette decorations, and “you’re the bomb” decorated Rolos. With elements such as a chocolate fountain and photo booth, the HRVHS Prom was considered a success.

May 17, 2013 3:45 p.m. read more..

Another voice: Cake maker states that she stands on principle

Recent events surrounding my interaction with a potential client have sparked a nationwide media controversy that looks to not be subsiding. I feel the need to address my friends and family in the Hood River community regarding my position in the escalating argument surrounding this contentious issue. First and foremost, the media is misrepresenting me and the conversation I had with Katie Pugh. In my telephone exchange with her, it was clear that we held vastly differing opinions on this issue.

May 17, 2013 3:41 p.m. read more..

State Street project starts June 3

Enjoy unimpeded traffic on State Street this summer, because after Labor Day, “it will pretty much get torn up,” according to chief designer Devry Bell. Bell and his partner Stoner Bell, City Manager Bob Francis and Public Works Director Mark Lago met with members of the community Thursday to describe the 2013-14 Urban Renewal project that formally starts June 3, and will last 18 months.

May 17, 2013 3:34 p.m. read more..

Slice of local life: Larry Wyatt – a hands-on approach to music

There’s an enthusiastic tone in Larry Wyatt’s voice as he demonstrates a unique wooden instrument that sits on the floor in the front of his May Street School music classroom. “These are “Studio 49” German-engineered xylophone bass boxes. They’re set up so we can play in the key of C, which is the same for my ukuleles.” With large mallets, Larry deftly plays a bass line that could be used in any number of simple folk songs, and then plays the first few measures of “Ode to Joy.” Full, rich, bell-like tones resonate around the room.

May 17, 2013 3:26 p.m. read more..

Car seat safety at fire hall

The community is invited to bring their car seats — preferably with kids in them — to a clinic Saturday from 1-3 p.m., at the Hood River Fire Department’s Ty Taylor Station. The fire hall is located next to Hood River Aquatic Center, on 18th near May Street. Turn to page A9 for related story on a traffic safety “blitz” to start May 20. Officers will focus, in part, on compliance with child car safety seat laws.

May 17, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..

LUBA: County erred in Barrett Park decision

Average citizens who serve as representatives on local boards and commissions are charged with rendering decisions on often contentious and legally complex issues. In recent years, Hood River City Council members and commissioners alike have been asked to issue verdicts on far-reaching questions that have sent teams of lawyers scrambling for tiny details and complex legal language interpretations supporting their positions. Sometimes errors occur in that process, even with extensive research and diligence by those representatives.

May 17, 2013 12:57 p.m. read more..

Local cake baker’s gay marriage cake denial hits national news

Mt. Hood specialty cake designer, Pam Regentin, owner of Fleur Cakes, has made national news, following another Oregon business, “Sweet Cakes” of Gresham, in deciding against providing a wedding cake to a same sex couple. The incident occurred this week when Katie Pugh, a naturopathic physician contacted Regentin to arrange for a wedding cake for an upcoming ceremony in Hood River. Pugh was communicating by phone and then follow-up email when she used the word “she,” referring to her partner, Erin Hansen. The couple is from Portland.

May 17, 2013 12:36 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 15

CenturyLink will lay off 51 in Hood River

A CenturyLink spokesman Martin Flynn confirmed Wednesday that the company plans to lay off 51 employees at its “assignment center” in Hood River. CenturyLink plans to close its Hood River this summer, the company told employees Tuesday that they have jobs through Aug. 2.

May 15, 2013 1:29 p.m. read more..

Antique Appraisal Fair returns to Museum Sunday

The History Museum of Hood River County hosts an Antique Appraisal Fair Sunday, May 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is located in the Port Marina Park, Exit 64, off I-84 in Hood River There is a $10 to have one item appraised; this includes admission to the museum exhibits. Museum members pay $5 for the appraisal fair.

May 15, 2013 1:17 p.m. read more..

Kaleidoscope: Happy trails ... for you

Imagine a sculpted, looping series of trails that wind through city neighborhoods, along creek sides, through parks, schools and open lands — allowing any trail user beautiful and easy access to experience Hood River on a personal, down-to-earth level.

May 15, 2013 10:41 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 14

Horizon track chases state

Horizon Christian School doesn’t have the numbers to challenge for the boys or girls Big Sky Conference district track and field team titles, but the Hawks do have some individual athletes bidding for state meet berths.

May 14, 2013 9:12 p.m. read more..

Ziegner advances to state tennis

Scottie Ziegner breezed through the first three rounds of the Special District 1 tennis tournament over the weekend in Sunriver before dropping the next two to finish fourth overall and secure a qualifying round match Thursday in the opening round of the OSAA State Championships.

May 14, 2013 9 p.m. read more..

Eyeing playoffs, HRV softball gains momentum with 7-2 win in last league contest

The Hood River Valley High School varsity softball team has relied on its rock solid defense (2.95 runs allowed average) all season to help pull out victories. In the team’s final Columbia River Conference regular season softball contest Friday afternoon, the team combined that same tough “D” with a potent offensive attack (16 hits) to defeat league rivals, The Dalles Wahtonka, 7-2.

May 14, 2013 8:54 p.m. read more..

Eagles take fast track to the finish

In a format that rewards saving the best for last, Hood River Valley High School track and field athletes are preparing for what is essentially the only contest that really matters since the beginning of the season.

May 14, 2013 5:42 p.m. read more..

‘The trick is in the beginning’: an interview with Kim Stafford

Portland writer Kim Stafford will be in Hood River May 16 to read from his new memoir, “100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do” about the life and death, by suicide, of his older brother, Bret, who worked as a planner for Hood River County for three years in the mid-1980s. Bret and Kim are the sons of former, famed Ore-gon Poet Laureate William Stafford. The reading will be at noon at the Indian Creek Campus of Columbia Gorge Community College. It is free and open to the public.

May 14, 2013 5:03 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Ballot time

We are not quite at “last chance” for getting ballots in on time, but close to it. Consider Thursday, May 16 as your deadline for mailing in your vote for the May 21 Special Districts election. After that date, a mailed ballot runs the risk of not getting to the county on time.

May 14, 2013 4:55 p.m. read more..

Gorge Tech hosts ‘Complexity: A Guided Tour’

The Gorge Technology Alliance invites the community to a May 22 presentation by Professor Melanie Mitchell on “Complexity: A Guided Tour.” Mitchell, professor at Portland State University and Santa Fe Institute, will share examples that illustrate how the interdisciplinary field of complex systems science is discovering common principles underlying different natural and technological systems.

May 14, 2013 4:29 p.m. read more..

Dr. Chown opens eye center

The demands for local, sustainable, and affordable goods as well as accessible healthcare services continue to grow in the Pacific Northwest. Hood River is no exception and these forces have shaped Rebecca Chown’s vision for her new eye clinic, Indian Creek Family Eye Care, now open on the Heights.

May 14, 2013 4:15 p.m. read more..

Wine and Pear Festival this weekend

Vintners pour their wines, artists display their skills, and chefs serve their best during the Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Festival May 18-19 in Hood River. And students will reap the benefits of all that sharing and tasting of wares in the third annual Rotary benefit event.

May 14, 2013 4:11 p.m. read more..

Meet the candidates: Parks and Rec District

Meet the candidates:Parks and Rec District Ballots are due May 21 for the Hood River County Special Districts election. In one race, four people are running for two open positions on the board of the Hood River County parks and Recreation District.

May 14, 2013 4:01 p.m. read more..

Sen. Thomsen holds town hall on Friday

State Senator Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River) will hold a town hall, hosted by Turtle Island Foods on Friday, May 17 to discuss his outlook on Salem progress and take questions and feedback from anyone in attendance.

May 14, 2013 3:40 p.m. read more..

Pride of Charter Lions

The Odell Lions Club met May 9 at the Odell Community Park to pay homage to remaining Charter members Ken Raasch, Arnie Udelius, Bob Hanel and Ted Weber. The club presented four conifer trees and a plaque to honor the four who, in 1971, were part of a group of 50 original members.

May 14, 2013 3:29 p.m. read more..

City will annex Westcliff Drive

The hotels have been fixtures in the Hood River lodging landscape for generations. Now, they will become official members of the City of Hood River. During the May 13 City Council meeting, the Vagabond Lodge and the Columbia Gorge Hotel, along with a remaining unincorporated sliver of Westcliff Drive, were annexed into city boundaries. A total of 16.5 acres will now fall under full, city jurisdiction.

May 14, 2013 1:33 p.m. read more..

School District will receive a $2.1 million bump

Hood River County School District received a well-timed windfall on Monday. The district learned over the weekend that it will receive an additional, and unexpected, $2.1 million in state school support funding over the next two school years.

May 14, 2013 1:28 p.m. read more..

Sunday, May 12

Saturday, May 11

Friday, May 10

Photo of the day: Savor the sunsets

Expect a few more days of glorious sunsets like this one on Mt. Adams as seen from Barrett Drive near Alameda. High today of 88 is predicted with 82 on Saturday then expected rain on Sunday and a high of only 70. Monday temperatures will drop to 64 with continued predicted rain.

May 10, 2013 4:30 p.m. read more..

Young wrestlers place at state

Five young Hood River wrestlers competed in recent Freestyle and Greco Roman state championships. Leading the way Noah Wachsmuth, who took state titles at 80 pounds in both freestyle and Greco Roman disciplines. The Hood River Middle School sixth-grader went undefeated in nine matches, allowing only three points to be scored against him.

May 10, 2013 3:59 p.m. read more..

Sports briefs for May 11,2013

Hood River Valley baseball and softball teams traveled to Hermiston Tuesday to take on the Bulldogs in the last road game of the regular season. The girls had a tough 2-0 loss against the Columbia River Conference’s No. 2 team to move their league record to 3-8 and their position to third in the conference with one win more than The Dalles Wahtonka.

May 10, 2013 3:57 p.m. read more..

Eagle boys lacrosse faces do-or-die Monday match

The result of Monday evening’s 6:30 p.m. home game against Wilson will determine whether the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys lacrosse team calls it quits for the season or moves on to the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association state championship.

May 10, 2013 3:54 p.m. read more..

HRVHS girls golf makes school history, brings home Columbia River Conference title

For the first time in team history, the Hood River Valley High School girls golf team claimed a district championship. The team of four – Laura Waller, Korey Cimock, Alicia Hay and Gabriella Whitehead – shot a two-day total of 782 on Monday and Tuesday of this week to claim the Columbia River Conference championship over Pendleton, Hermiston and The Dalles-Wahtonka.

May 10, 2013 3:45 p.m. read more..

An unforgettable memory from Lost Lake

For Ed Bartlien, Lost Lake has a special place in his heart. Like many who have lived around here long enough, the 92-year-old has decades’ worth of fine memories locked away, of fishing, camping, picnicking and enjoying the picturesque mountain lake that has long been a jewel of Hood River County.

May 10, 2013 3:41 p.m. read more..

Veterans Voice: New web site designed for veterans’ health

The Veteran Health Administration has created a new program — “MyHealtheVet” MyHealtheVet is an online Personal Health Record that empowers veterans to become informed partners in their health care. With MyHealtheVet, America’s Veterans can access trusted, secure and current health and benefit information at their convenience.

May 10, 2013 3:28 p.m. read more..

Editorial: On 2 wheels

Two wheels at a time, bicycles are making a difference in the Columbia River Gorge as more and more people ride and more and more cycling events and opportunities for all ages arrive on the scene.

May 10, 2013 3:22 p.m. read more..

Full Sail sets up ‘Amigos’

To celebrate American Craft Beer Week (May 13-19), Full Sail Brewing will release a new beer in its Brewer’s Share Experimental line up: “Bello-Torres y Amigos Lager” (ABV 5.0% IBU 21) crafted by maintenance supervisor Eduardo Bello and bottling technician Leo Torres.

May 10, 2013 2:53 p.m. read more..

Providence gains palliative care grant

Thanks to an added two-year, $170,000 grant from the Cambia Foundation, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital can now care for more patients through the development of a comprehensive palliative care program serving people with serious illnesses.

May 10, 2013 2:39 p.m. read more..

Mother’s Day is more than meets the eye

Appearing as a recent phenomenon — promoting the sale of chocolates and greeting cards — Mother’s Day has a rich heritage that carries more history and meaning than we may now recognize.

May 10, 2013 2:30 p.m. read more..

Kids’ Gorge Soup is Tuesday

The presenters have been chosen for Tuesday’s Gorge Soup for Kids. With Gorge Soup, diners enjoy dinner together, hear grant hopefuls describe their project or business and then vote on which request or requests they would like to fund.

May 10, 2013 2:26 p.m. read more..

Mother’s Day Musings

Mothers’ Day is May 12. We asked five Hood River residents of varying ages to tell us, “What do you love about your mother?” as a kind of Mothers’ Day card to moms everywhere.

May 10, 2013 2:03 p.m. read more..

$12M port budget reviewed

Plans for marina renovations and the completion of the airport runway extension will highlight Port of Hood River capital projects in the remainder of this fiscal year and through the next budget cycle.

May 10, 2013 1:13 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 9

Wednesday, May 8


Tuesday, May 7


Kaleidoscope: 'Real is right'

The futons are gone, but the view remains forever. A six-figure renovation effort continues at Lost Lake Resort and campground, which re-opened May 1 for campers, lodge and cabin guests, hikers and boaters.

May 7, 2013 5:09 p.m. read more..

Key catch cuts Eagle softball short of win over Bucks

In a Columbia River Conference softball matchup between two of the state’s top-five ranked 5A softball teams, the Hood River Valley High Eagles had the No. 1 ranked Pendleton Buckaroos right where they wanted them — in a late-inning deadlock with a chance to win. The fifth-ranked Eagles (3-7 CRC, 13-8 overall) had lost twice to the Bucks earlier in the season by a total of just three runs and had a golden opportunity to knock off the defending conference and state champion in a home game Friday afternoon.

May 7, 2013 3:57 p.m. read more..

HRV baseball snaps losing streak

Two teams hoping to end slumps met in a Columbia River Conference baseball game Friday afternoon, and it was the Hood River Valley High Eagles who snapped a four-game losing streak with a 12-3 home win over the Pendleton Buckaroos.

May 7, 2013 3:53 p.m. read more..

22 qualify for Hershey’s state track meet

The annual Hershey’s Track Meet brought several dozen youngsters to Hood River Valley High School’s Henderson Stadium last weekend to compete for a shot at the state meet this summer at Eugene’s legendary track and field venue, Hayward Field.

May 7, 2013 3:51 p.m. read more..

HRVHS Alum Erin Jones wins USA Triathlon National Championship

Former Hood River Valley High School cross country, swimming and track standout Erin Jones is making serious headway in the world of professional triathlons. Representing the Elite Training Academy in Colorado Springs, the 2009 HRVHS graduate won the biggest triathlon of her career last month – the Collegiate National Championship.

May 7, 2013 3:40 p.m. read more..

OSU Extension offers territory tour May 24

Oregon State University Extension Service is sponsoring a Spring Tour, “Travel Through Time and Territory” on Friday, May 24, 2013. The public is invited to this annual event which is hosted by Wasco and Hood River County Home Extension Council.

May 7, 2013 3:18 p.m. read more..

Project Graduation to raffle car and scooter

Every teen dreams of having their own wheels. Thanks to Project Graduation, two lucky seniors at HRV will have that wish fulfilled if they attend the senior graduation night party planned for June 7.

May 7, 2013 3:11 p.m. read more..

Museum Blog: On mothers, history and current events

It is May; Mother’s Day month. Many of you know that I have two wonderful children and one super wonderful grandson. But in thinking about mother’s day this year, I have to focus on a recent conversation I had with my son, Aaron.

May 7, 2013 2:59 p.m. read more..

Soroptimist seeks help for Gorge infants

For many expectant mothers in our community, the excitement of having a baby is diminished by serious life stresses. Soroptimist International of Hood River invites the whole community to make a difference for these new families.

May 7, 2013 2:32 p.m. read more..

ODOT Online Survey seeks input on Highway 35

Project partners working on the Mount Hood Multimodal Transportation Plan are seeking input from people who live, work and travel along the US 26/OR 35 (Mount Hood Highway) corridor. The project is aimed at developing projects that increase travel options to and from Mount Hood and improve transportation safety along the corridor.

May 7, 2013 2:16 p.m. read more..

Rockford Grange celebrates 100 years

Rockford Community Grange will be celebrating its 100-Year anniversary with an open house. The community is invited to come tour the old Grange, find out about other community partners, join in a potluck dinner and stay for an old-time country dance.

May 7, 2013 1:50 p.m. read more..

Monday, May 6

Friday, May 3


City wrangles with budget

Park maintenance and mowing have been on the list of concerns voiced by citizens at recent City Council meetings. The impacts of city budget constraints are becoming more visible to the general public.

May 3, 2013 3:55 p.m. read more..

Frosty weather takes toll on crops

You’ve probably heard it: that hearty, rhythmic thwop-thwop-thwop that rouses you from your early morning dreams. Or you may have noticed a brownish-dull haze hanging in the skies.

May 3, 2013 3:55 p.m. read more..

Teens’ good wishes sail across the Valley

The colorful string of handcrafted flags lifted into the air, fluttering peacefully in the Hood River winds. Teens and teachers raised their hands in benediction, sending their wishes for peace, prosperity, kindness and community out toward the towns they call home.

May 3, 2013 3:53 p.m. read more..

‘Art & Soles’ opens with a kick

This May, thirteen artists share their fetish for shoes in an amazing display of creativity at the Columbia Center for the Arts. Shoes are on display in a high-stepping mixed-media interpretative show.

May 3, 2013 3:52 p.m. read more..

Schools host Kindergarten roundup May 6-10

The Hood River County School District will hold their annual “Kindergarten Roundup” during the week of May 6 - 10, 2013. This is the time for parents to register their children entering kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year.

May 3, 2013 3:40 p.m. read more..

Airport runway closed

K&E Excavating, the Ken Jernstedt Airfield runway shift contractor, has released its new schedule for resuming construction after the winter shut down.

May 3, 2013 3:31 p.m. read more..

Battling for league posture

Hood River Valley’s baseball and softball rivalry with The Dalles Wahtonka continued for the third game in as many days at home Tuesday afternoon.

May 3, 2013 3:25 p.m. read more..

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