Stories for November 2013


Saturday, November 30

HRVHS French Week celebrates culture

Students broke bread together at HRVHS just before the Thanksgiving break, but it had nothing to do with pilgrims.

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A slice of local life -- Library’s Harley Judd connects with youth

A brand new teen area is up and running at the Hood River library branch on State Street, and with it, new Teen Services Assistant Harley Judd.

Rosauers asking customers to pay via cash or check

Parent company’s credit card system compromised

Rosauers Supermarkets are advising customers to use cash or check when purchasing goods at their stores after discovering that some of their customers’ credit cards were compromised in a cyber attack.

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County will decide Barrett Park’s fate Monday night

Hood River County Commissioners will deliberate and render a decision Monday night on whether or not the controversial Barrett Park planned for the west side of Hood River can be developed.

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The aftermath: Bin burn investigation continues, DFG leader thanks firefighters

Authorities are asking for help from anyone with information on the nighttime Nov. 25 fire at Diamond Fruit Growers in Odell.

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Letters to the Editor for Nov. 30

‘Barack-a Claus’; Being thankful; Political history; more

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Wes Lapp finds peace in freediving

Hood River man, former record holder, continues pursuit of exotic sport

Wes Lapp got hooked on freediving about 10 years ago, when he and his wife, Nancy Napp, took a six-week trip to Micronesia with the objective of conceiving their first child. The trip was a success; somewhere between Guam and Pohnpei their daughter, Zan, was in utero, and the two returned home to Hood River to start their new family.

Trail users asked to mind conditions

As winter weather settles in for the next several months, representatives of local mountain biking groups are asking riders to be mindful of trail conditions and respect the hard work volunteers have put into making Gorge-area trails the world-class singletrack that they have become.

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Magana named Player of the Year

Sophomore standout gets 5A top honor; Rueda, Villegas and Aberg make All-State teams

Giovani Magana, Quique Rueda, Edgar Villegas and Joel Aberg represent Hood River Valley High School on the recently announced Class 5A All-State soccer team.

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Plates and Bowls: Two ways that ceramics serve arts education, FISH food bank

Looking for a unique holiday gift that helps art programs in Hood River County?

Dee man arrested on meth, endangerment charges

A 44-year-old Dee man was arrested on drug charges Nov. 27 in a multi-agency operation that culminated an investigation by Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.

A different display: Columbia Gorge Hotel hangs a new, musical, set of lights

Call it a holiday rarity: a Christmas tradition that’s actually delayed a week or so.

Holiday v­olunteers needed

The holidays are fast approaching, as are the holiday shows, and the Columbia Center for the Arts needs you.

Trail Band plays annual show Dec. 5

The Trail Band is an eight-piece ensemble that creates an energetic blend of brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 30

Photos with Santa helps Adopt A Dog program; Sasquatch is coming Dec. 28; Countryside’ at Everybody’s; Benefit for Owen Stolte Dec. 7; Free Holiday films at Skylight; Tallman Band at White House; Groove Project Christmas Dec. 8

ANOTHER VIEW: Keeping toxins out of your holiday shopping

It’s shopping season! Experts predict that we’ll buy $602 billion worth of new stuff in the United States during November and December.

Christmas Project: The time to help is now

Christmas is just around the corner: one of those corners the needy among us will have to be cutting.

How to Help for Nov. 30

Get a haircut, donate to FISH; Volunteer as tax preparer; Parkhurst House Senior Living Community; FISH food bank building project; Robotics volunteers needed; Hat Project welcomes volunteers, yarn; Next Door seeks foster parents; Help grant senior wishes; Help with Christmas Project registration

Christmas Project sign-ups conclude Dec. 5-7

Here’s how to get help and give help to annual food-toy drive

Registration for the Hood River County Christmas Project is nearly over for 2013.

Police Log for Nov. 30

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River.

PET OF THE WEEK: Poca is ‘perfect size for lap’

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

Become an OSU Master Gardener

Would you like to learn more about gardening, plants and insects? Do you like to work with people? Do you want to improve your gardening skills? Do you like to share your gardening experiences? Then the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program might be right for you. The training is open to everyone with an interest in gardening.

Silverado showcases Streeter ‘Mixed Metals’

Jewelry by Cari, a Hood River-based designer of interchangeable, personalized handmade charms jewelry, will conclude a preview of its latest Mixed Metals Collection at Silverado Jewelry Gallery in Hood River on Nov. 29-30.

Schuepbach’s EFID project vies for ‘Crews That Rock’ show in Las Vegas

Schuepbach Builders’ fish passage and diversion structure project for East Fork Irrigation District has been nominated with 20 other companies across the country for the 2013 Crews That Rock Award.

CPA Willow, Shamrock build anew

More than three years after beginning the planning process, Wendy B. Willow, certified public accountant, is excited to see her new 1,400-square-foot office space rising to the east of the dilapidated structure that has been home since 1999.

Riverside earns Wine Spectator award

For the third year in a row, Riverside has earned an Award of Excellence for its wine list by Wine Spectator, a nationally renowned wine-focused magazine.

Friday, November 29

Death notices for Nov. 30

Frank McJunkin, Ellouise Robison

Wednesday, November 27

County okays restoration fee hike for road rallies

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners is allowing motorsport events to continue being held on county roads but at a significantly higher cost.

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Full room, healthy mix for HRV wrestling

Eagles kick off season with Blue and Gold night Friday

With 10 returning district placers leading the charge, Hood River Valley High School wrestling is gearing up for what is expected to be another exciting season on the mat, and with precious little time to spare, the team will be working hard over the holiday break to get in shape for the first round of competition in less than two weeks.

Nestlé drilling test wells in Cascade Locks

Monitoring will determine if aquifer viable for water exchange

Nestlé began drilling test wells this week in Cascade Locks to see if an aquifer believed to be beneath Port of Cascade Locks property can be used in a water exchange Nestlé wants for a proposed water bottling plant.

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Shred time: Sunny spring conditions hail start of season at Mt. Hood Meadows

A persistent temperature inversion made opening day conditions at Mt. Hood Meadows on Saturday more akin to the end of the ski and snowboarding season, not the beginning.

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Ryan dials back debt dispute with $200K payment

City Council action: Schultz hired as new interim manager

The debt dispute between the City of Hood River and Ryan’s Juice is all but over.

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‘A loss felt throughout the world:' Part 2

Part 2: ‘Where were you on Nov. 22, 1963?’

‘A moment of terror and passionate chaos.’

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Letters to the Editor for Nov. 27

Salesman Obama; Almighty God; Join prayer vigil Dec. 4; more

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What’s happening Thanksgiving week

School is out for the week and government offices are closed on Thursday, but much is happening during Thanksgiving week.

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Kaleidoscope: A Snapshot in Time

Museum exhibit reveals the photography and adventurous spirit of Alva Day

“Bear Wallow, 12:50, 11-6-39”: so says the caption on the Autographic camera image of a smiling man clothing a hat while standing in a field. The rustic, plain-faced image befits its subject, the photographer Alva Day (born in Colorado, 1887, died in Oregon in 1955, and buried at Idlewilde Cemetery).

Display contest sets stage for downtown holiday events Dec. 6

The holidays are coming, and Hood River is preparing for the local festivities.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 27

Secret Salsa meets Dec. 13; more

Thanksgiving Roads: Have a game plan for safe travel

This will be a big travel weekend.

Police DUII ‘blitz’ held through Dec. 3

Hood River Police Department will be conducting a traffic safety blitz campaign through Dec. 3.

Kegler's Corner: Ebersole stars in Senior Tourney

The results just came in for the recent 2013 in-league Senior Tournament held at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Association manager and organizer extraordinaire, Joyce Ebersole, had her left side tosses in the groove as she simply cleaned up, taking the top three spots in the mixed doubles event and, just for the heck of it, finishing second in eomen’s foubles. Clearly, this makes Joyce our latest Bowler of the Week.

PARKDALE NEWS: 100th anniversary celebration at the Parkdale Grange

The Parkdale Grange is inviting the community to an open house Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2-6 p.m. for cake and beverages to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Sheriff Log for Nov. 27

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Nov. 17-25.

Columbia Bank offers grants to charities

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Columbia Bank will grant a total of $20,000 to three charities throughout Washington and Oregon. Community members may nominate nonprofit organizations for a top prize of $10,000 and two $5,000 prizes.

Full Sail lagers sweep World Beer

Full Sail Brewing took home seven gold and four silver medals from the World Beer Championships last week.

Early Hood River Glaciers, The Dalles Weekly Chronicles, Maupin Times to be digitized

Historic newspapers from Hood River and Wasco counties will soon be made available online thanks to several grants, Hood River Library Director Buzzy Nielsen announced.

Whitehead, Villalobos are ‘students of the month’ for September

Gabriella Whitehead and Stephanie “Heidi” Villalobos, both students at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as Students of the Month for September by the Hood River Elks Lodge No. 1507. Each student was presented a check for $100 at a recent meeting.

Train to become an OSU Master Gardener

Would you like to learn more about gardening, plants and insects? Do you like to work with people? Do you want to improve your gardening skills? Do you like to share your gardening experiences?

Museum volunteer training offered

December brings several volunteer opportunities and family work days at The History Museum of Hood River County, 300 E. Marina Drive, Hood River:

Tuesday, November 26

Rosauers stores victims of cyber attack on credit card system

Rosauers Supermarkets are advising customers to use cash or check when purchasing goods at their stores after discovering evidence that their credit card system was compromised in a cyber attack.

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Massive blaze destroys thousands of empty bins at Diamond Fruit

A pillar of fire rose over Odell Monday night as flames devoured 10,000 plastic fruit bins on Diamond Fruit property at AGA Road and Odell Highway. Firefighters came from every department in the valley, deploying 12 tenders and engines including the Tower 3 from Hood River Fire Department. The fire was reported at about 7:20 p.m. “It looked like a Roman candle, flames sticking straight up,” said Pat Roy, who lives on AGA Road directly across from the fire.

Death notices for Nov. 27

Leora Biornstad, Margaret Reed, Lara Voeks

Saturday, November 23

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CL port talks toll increases

Port of Cascade Locks commissioners came to a tentative consensus during their regular meeting Thursday night to double tolls for trucks and other heavier vehicles crossing the Bridge of the Gods, but to not raise tolls on cars.

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A slice of local life: Grandma-to-be Karen Lewis helps elders stay active

Karen Lewis received a hearty round of applause when she began her job as activities coordinator at Providence Down Manor this September. Literally.

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‘A loss felt throughout the world’

Readers reply: ‘Where were you on Nov. 22, 1963?’

“A moment of terror and passionate chaos.”

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Letters to the Editor for Nov. 23

Not so affordable; Entitlements; Embracing climate refugees; Time to impeach’

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Hanging up their whistles

Dedicated in many ways, Smith and Hukari ready for change of pace

After decades of donning black-and-white uniforms and chasing players up and down the field, throwing flags, counting yards, calling first downs and touchdowns and rousing the scorn of many thousands of spectators, Phil Hukari and Wayne Smith are hanging up their whistles.

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WAAAM spreads wings into new hangar

The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum has expanded into its new building bringing the total display area of the museum to over 100,000 square feet.

Local youth design winning Peace Posters

Four students from four area middle schools advance in Lions International Peace Poster Contest

Christine Kaiser, an eighth-grade student at Wy’east Middle School, Brianne Dunn, a sixth-grade student at Mid-Columbia Adventist, Nolan Ryan, a fifth-grade student at Horizon Christian School, and Kennedy Leavitt, a seventh-grade student from Hood River Middle School, have all taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Hood River Lions Club.

Westside Elementary evacuated Thursday due to smoky library

A downed power line was responsible for knocking out electricity for about two-and-a-half hours Thursday morning on the west side of Hood River, as well as indirectly sparking a small fire at Westside Elementary that sent smoke through the school and triggered an evacuation.

‘We all prayed together’

A 16-year-old writes in the anger of the day

By Leslie Dinsmoor Melby, written Nov. 24, 1963

The Porch, Nov. 23

WELL SAID: “Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.” – Jonathan Kozel

Entertainment Update for Nov. 23

Alder Street All Stars at CEBU; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Don’t be fooled, it’s the laughs that count

Two distinct character personalities were evident in my phone call to a couple of fools the other week.

Art access: State Commission’s report points to strength of local programs

Oregon Arts Commission‘s “Access to Arts” report, issued Thursday, shows that four counties — Hood River, Morrow, Sherman and Wheeler — have 100 percent access rates.

Covenant hosts visiting pastor George Watkins

Rev. George Watkins, evangelist from Mount Vernon, Wash., will minister during morning services at Covenant Hood River church on Nov. 24. Service times are 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

‘Children First’ worship service planned Sunday

Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church hosts a special “Children First!” service Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church in Odell.

Choir presents ‘Hymns of Thanksgiving’ Sunday

Mid-Columbia Community Choir presents “Hymns of Thanksgiving” on Sunday at 7 p.m. at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State streets.

Suicide survivors event Saturday

Survivors of suicide are invited to a free public event Nov. 23 at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, in the board room on the second floor, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Walk-ins are welcome.

For Fred Bergen, refereeing is a sport in itself

Like many 2-year-olds, Fred Bergen loved fire trucks, and growing up in New York City meant they were a common sight. At 47, Bergen, who now lives in The Dalles, has lived with the effects of his childhood curiosity ever since.

Sports briefs for Nov. 23

HRV wrestling spagetti feed Saturday; Mt. Hood Meadows opens Saturday; Trails Committee members sought; Turky Trot is Nov. 28; Local businesses chip in for ski team

‘Share the warmth’

In partnership with nonprofit organizations in their communities, Windermere Real Estate offices in the Gorge are hosting Windermere’s annual “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drive.

Elks contest winners announced

The annual Elks Hoop Shoot contest was held Sunday afternoon at Hood River Middle School.

Things to do during Thanksgiving break

Staying in the area for Thanksgiving?

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Cooper Spur Race Team starts second FreeRide season

Long-running local ski program adds freestyle-specific training to list of offerings

Taking the term “training” loosely, Cooper Spur Race Team’s FreeRide Team started winter practice a couple weeks ago, and although the snow is still far up the mountain at the moment, the dozen or so kids at practice this week were geared up and working on their best rail-sliding maneuvers.

Friday, November 22

Death notice for Nov. 23

Bioggio Verdi

Wednesday, November 20

Hospice youth visit Veterans Home

The Saturday before Veterans Day the Youth Heart of Hospice YoHoHs from Hood River and The Dalles visited the Oregon Veterans home. Their visit included giving flags to the veteran residents, and every Heart of Hospice patient received a certificate of appreciation with their name and branch of service.

City asks for help with leaf, drain, sidewalk, branch upkeep

The City of Hood River issues autumnal reminders regarding tree leaves, drains, and branches:

MID VALLEY NEWS: Pizza fundraiser will benefit Wy’east PTO

‘Tis the season for holiday bazaars, and we have a couple that are happening soon right here in Odell. The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar Dec. 6 at the Odell church site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll find Christmas crafts, home baked goods, soup and homemade pie with ice cream.

Roots and Branches: Caution, ‘shroomers, caution

I have made several trips into the hills to hunt mushrooms this fall, resulting in a freezer full of delectable morsels. The weather has been great for the production of a prolific crop of fungi, with some of the largest specimens I have seen in years.

New volunteers join CASA

Judge Janet L. Stauffer swore in the newest group of Columbia Gorge CASA volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates) on Nov. 7.

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Kaleidoscope: Lights, cameras, fashion!

17th Fashion Gala packs the house, again

A sold-out crowd packed the Gorge Room at the Best Western Hood River Inn more than an hour before the house lights dimmed for the 17th Annual Hood River Christmas Project Gala Fashion Show on Nov. 15.

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Dog owners: Beware of salmon poisoning

The active fall chinook run has brought many spawning salmon to the sandy shores of the sandbar and the Hood River, which writhe and die upon the shoals after completing their reproductive duties.

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County votes against cutting Dep. DA hours

A county recommendation to cut hours from a deputy district attorney position was voted down by Hood River County commissioners during their regular meeting Monday night.

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Biologists are ‘cautiously optimistic’ about year’s big returns of fall chinook to the Hood River

This year, fall chinook have returned to the Columbia River in numbers that astound sportsmen and fish biologists alike.

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‘Empty Bowls’ help fill food banks

Students make artful bowls for unique take-home meal Thursday

Soup’s on, and every bite’s delicious and every bowl is different.

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Summit claims state title; Eagles vow to return

HRV loses 2-0 in 5A finals but looks ahead to ‘bright future’ for boys program

An impenetrable defense and two first-half goals proved enough for Summit Storm to claim the OSAA 5A boys state soccer championship Saturday over Hood River Valley High School.

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PET OF THE WEEK: Jedidiah ‘a lover through and through’

PET OF THE WEEK This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Jedidiah as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:

HR man arrested on meth charges

A Hood River man was arrested Nov. 9 by Portland Police Bureau for drug charges.

‘Chair Affair’ raises $14,000

Megan Spears of the Westside PTO writes: “Westside’s Chair Affair: Oh, My Word! Reflecting back over the last three years, I have to say that the Chair Affair event is getting better and better. More of our Westside community attended this year than ever before; the night was a wonderful opportunity to connect with some friends and meet some new!

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 20

Let’s not follow Mars; Safe and sound; Have fun, help Owen; Trees and small-farm welfare; Leos donate bottle funds

Building Bridges: Aging local spans must be considered part of a national problem

Hood River port officials held a wide-ranging conversation about bridges and highways Saturday morning with U.S. Rep Greg Walden.

Soroptimist Extravaganza is ‘more than a sale’

Nov. 30 bazaar brings together artisans from far and wide

Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams is hosting its ninth annual pre-holiday Artisan Shopping Extravaganza on Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn Gorge Room. The event will feature Gorge and Portland area artisans exhibiting holiday gift items of jewelry, metal art, alpaca garments, pottery, glassware, paintings, cards, and more.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 20

Free holiday films at Skylight; more

HRVST picks up Oregon Top 5 awards

Hood River Valley Swim Team was represented by eight of its best on Sunday at the annual Oregon Swimming Top 5 Awards Ceremony at Canby High School.

Dunn earns MHC water polo honors

Hood River Valley High School senior Connor Dunn picked up Mt. Hood Conference All-League second team honors for his role this fall on the HRVHS water polo team’s first varsity season.

Sports briefs for Nov. 20

Hawks Madness is Friday; HRV wrestling spagetti feed Nov. 23; County seeks Trails Committee members; Stenberg helps Corban win soccer title

Sheriff Log for Nov. 19

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Nov. 11-17.

Singers, musicians invited to join ‘Messiah’ concert

Vocal auditions for the upcoming Handel’s “Messiah” Community Concert will be held on Sunday, Nov. 24, following choral rehearsal, or by appointment (call Chloris Mullins at 541-340-0840 or Lloyd Walworth at 541-340-9858).

Christmas Project sign-ups continue

Here’s how to get help and give help to annual food-toy drive:

Tuesday, November 19

Service announcement for Nov. 20

Evelyn Locy

Death notice for Nov. 20

Keith 'Bob' Wagner

Monday, November 18

Service Announcements for Nov. 16

Steve Anderson, Hitoshi Imai

Saturday, November 16

Jury rules against HR businessman Jim Cole

The three-year-old federal case against Hood River entrepreneur Jim Cole reached a landmark Wednesday at U.S. Federal Court in Portland.

Forest Recreation Trails Committee seeks applicants

Three Forest Recreation Trails Committee member’s terms are due to expire on Jan. 1.

Police Log for Nov. 16

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Nov. 4-10.

Sheriff Log for Nov. 16

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River Nov. 3-10.

PET OF THE WEEK: Chico ‘ready to be someone’s best friend’

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

4-H’ers ‘Tie One On’

Youth pay it forward — with aprons and cookies

Since there was no school on Monday, Nov.11, due to Veterans Day, the Hood River County 4-H members gathered at the OSU Extension Building to decorate their own aprons, as well as cookies, to give to people of the community.

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 16

Bad to worse; Feeling welcome; Are you a redneck?; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Expect soulful tunes from Jess Clemons

It’s been a while since I’ve interviewed someone for the house concert series that happens at Paul Blackburn’s house, so please consider this my wakeup call on that. I know that over the years these shows have been a really nice way to hear music in an intimate setting.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 16

Groove Project Christmas Dec. 8; more

Marriage Equality group starts work in Hood River

A petition drive to place a Marriage Equality amendment to the Oregon constitution on the November 2014 ballot recently took it first steps to organize in Hood River.

FISH benefit ‘Empty Bowls’ returns Nov. 21 at HRMS

Dine on hot soup and help FISH food banks at the same time on Nov. 21, with the second annual Empty Bowls benefit, 6:30 p.m. at Hood River Middle School.

Windsheimer earns award for work in abuse prevention

Sara Windsheimer received the Judge Stephen B. Herrel award on Oct. 11 in recognition of her exceptional work to end domestic violence.

Clear Winners:Congratulations, HRVHS soccer

What’s a little fog among friends?

New Columbia River Gorge trail segment is now open

Allows bike and pedestrian travel off I-84 between Cascade Locks and Troutdale

The new 1.6-mile segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail will officially be open to the public Thursday allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to travel between Troutdale and Cascade Locks without using Interstate 84.

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A slice of local life -- HRV junior Caitlyn Fick: A Girl Who’s Up

Caitlyn Fick, a junior at Hood River Valley High School, believes in helping others.

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Ryan’s Juice, city dispute over sewer debt continues

City may take legal action if not resolved by Nov. 25

A dispute between Ryan’s Juice and the city of Hood River over a back sewer debt is still simmering in council chambers and may head toward legal action if the situation is not resolved to city council’s satisfaction by Nov. 25.

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Cell tower plan nixed

The Hood River County Planning Commission didn’t take long to deliberate Wednesday night on whether a proposed cell tower would stand or fall.

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On a mission

Eagle soccer makes school history with trip to state finals

Stadium lights set a thick blanket of fog aglow over Woodburn High School’s soccer field Tuesday night, giving dramatic ambiance to what promised to be an exciting 5A boys soccer state semifinal between the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs and the No. 4-ranked Hood River Valley Eagles.

Three arrested for meth in Hood River drug sting

Three Hood River residents were arrested last week as part of a joint drug sting conducted by Hood River City Police Department and the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.

Bridge of the Gods night closures start Monday

Port will discuss raising bridge tolls at Nov. 21 meeting

As the Bridge of the Gods repair work enters its next phase, the structure will be closed to traffic at night starting Monday, Nov. 18.

Opening day crowd helps ring in Bealls store

Large-scale department store back on Heights for first time in 13 years

The first thing to know about Thursday’s grand opening of Bealls store in Hood River is that nearly 100 people waited in 40-degree weather, some slipping into the foyer for warmth, to be the first in the doors of Hood River’s newest store at 9 a.m.

Friday, November 15

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Eagles set to take on Summit for state soccer title

The Hood River Valley boys soccer team will take on the Summit Storm of Bend for the 5A state title Saturday morning in Hillsboro.

Wednesday, November 13

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Veterans Day: A day when the community stands with those who served

Three events, three opportunities for recognition amounted to a day of remembrance and tribute in Hood River.

Building permits: October

City and County

Local notes on quilts, dogs, pears and more

Mooreen Morris of Soroptimist International of Hood River writes:

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Mt Hood Independent Film Festival draws 1,100 visits

Last minute technical difficulties did not seem to put a damper on the start of the second annual Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival at the Columbia Center for the Arts.

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‘Oh-Man’ for Owen: Root beer and hair cuts help Owen Stolte in cancer fight

On Oct. 20, the Gorge Roller Girls presented Kim Stolte with a check for close to $10,000.

ATC tower decision could come Nov. 13

The Hood River County Planning Commission may decide this Wednesday whether or not a 140-foot cell tower on the west side of Hood River can be built.

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‘Puff Factory’ planned for CL

Port of Cascade Locks, Odell orchardist want to build freeze-dried fruit plant by 2015

CASCADE LOCKS – An Odell orchardist is looking at a Cascade Locks location for her new business, “The Puff Factory,” a 26,000-square-foot plant that will use a unique freeze-drying technique to transform Hood River fruit into snack products. Plans are to employ 30-50 people.

CL port plans downtown, sports center projects

CASCADE LOCKS — As innovative as The Puff Factory would be (article, A1) two other development proposals by the Port of Cascade Locks are even closer to reality, according to Gary Rains, the Port’s economic development director.

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Saturday wreck blocks freeway

Two people received minor injuries Saturday at approximately 12:40 p.m. when their sport utility vehicle and trailer jackknifed in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 in Hood River. The crash blocked the eastbound lanes for about 90 minutes while a detour helped route traffic off the freeway and around the crash scene.

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Letters to the Editor for Nov. 13

Denying park won’t help farmers; Support local businesses; Preaching to the choir

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Special Olympics The Gorge ready for bowling regionals

Special Olympics The Gorge team was fired up Monday evening during the annual Bowling with the Cops and Firefighters fundraiser at Orchard Lanes.

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On to the semis

4-0 quarterfinal win advances Eagles to 5A semifinal at Woodburn

The Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team traveled to Woodburn Tuesday afternoon to face one of the biggest games in HRV soccer history.

Local merchants get behind Fashion Gala

Friday’s annual event benefits Christmas Project

Your turn, Fashionistas.

Display contest sets stage for downtown Holiday events

The holidays are coming, and Hood River is preparing for the local festivities.

Hood River trio complete Air Force basic training

Three graduates of Hood River schools have decided to “Aim High” and pursue a career in the U.S. Air Force.

Local man pleads guilty to sexually abusing horses, sentenced to probation

A Hood River man accused of sexually abusing horses has been released from jail following the approval of a plea deal.

Multiple police entities involved in Hood River-Bingen chase

An attempted traffic stop in Oregon turned into a vehicle leading law enforcement officials on a chase across the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge and through Bingen on Friday.

‘Reach 4 It’: A musical with something to say for us all

Just three shows left for “Reach 4 It.”

ROUND TABLE: A year of classical music heads to fine finale

In March I wrote a column, “Rock On, John Field,” about the start of my year-long regimen of limiting my active musical listening to classical music and its cousins. Irishman John Field wrote energetic music that, while 225 years old, just rawks.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 13

Groove Project Christmas Dec. 8; more

Mid-Columbia Community Choir announces concerts

Mid-Columbia Community Choir will soon present three benefit holiday concerts. The first concert will be presented on Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Riverside Community Church sanctuary, Fourth and State streets in Hood River.

Christmas Project sign-ups continue

Here’s how to get help and give help to annual food-toy drive

Registration for the Hood River County Christmas Project is under way at locations around Hood River County.

Sports briefs for Nov. 13

Elks Hoop Shoot Nov. 17

Kegler's Corner: Jim Youtsey is the Bowler of the Week

Three 700s were notched in league action last week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.

Join wrestling family reunion at Nov. 23 fundraiser

Hood River Valley High School wrestling is hosting a community dinner and spaghetti feed Nov. 23 at the county fairgrounds’ Community Building in Odell.

Cascade Observations: Looking for the light

SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, is one of the few diagnoses I know of in that an acronym is both an abbreviation for and a description of a condition.

PARKDALE NEWS: Parkdale students sing their thanks

Parkdale Elementary School’s annual music program will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 12

HRV boys soccer advances to 5A state finals

Eagles top Woodburn 3-1 in overtime, will play Summit Saturday in Hillsboro for state title

Death notices for Nov. 13

Adaline Williamson, Shirley Harman, Hitosh 'Hit' Imai

Saturday, November 9

Horizon stands out for school safety

Horizon Christian School starts the school year with something unique among Oregon schools, according to Supt. Ken Block.

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A slice of local life -- Nannette Mortensen: Cutting with care

Surviving cancer helped Nannette Mortensen craft a new mission statement for her life.

Veterans Day messages: ‘We can’t ever say thank you enough’

The community honors veterans in a variety of ways on Monday, a national holiday.

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Generators stolen in smash-and-grab at Sheppard’s

Someone used a rock to smash the front window of Sheppard’s early Wednesday morning.

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Time to feed FISH

Food banks need donations as demand rises for the holidays

The cupboards aren’t bare at FISH, at least not yet.

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Hood River County 4-H Ambassadors ‘Tie One On’

The passing of Halloween brings a new season of warm pumpkin pie, turkey, and even more community involvement.

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Haunted House has a record year

$8,500 raised for MDA is best in the event’s history

Hood River Fire has once again done a great job of scaring up funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

HRV united

Trust, teamwork ingredients in Eagle soccer postseason success

The Parkrose Broncos stood little chance Tuesday evening against the steamrolling Hood River Valley Eagles varsity boys soccer team. Edgar Villegas struck first just 20 seconds into the game, bringing the home crowd to its feet and firing up the Eagles in what would end as a 7-1 pounding in the opening round of the 5A state championship.

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Special Olympics join forces in HR, TD to form Gorge team

In a recent move to combine forces and facilities, Hood River and Wasco/Sherman County Special Olympics programs have decided to merge into one Gorge-wide team to participate and compete in sports like bowling, basketball, skiing, bocce ball, track and field and swimming.

Evolution of the Crag Rats

Nov. 13 lecture reveals history of mountain rescue organization

As the oldest mountain rescue organization in North America, the Crag Rats have a lot of history.

Business Notes for Nov. 9

Beall’s store opens Thursday; Bingen Windermere holds open house; Cohen sells advisorship to Moser; Coffee Clatter returns Nov. 15

Johnson announces run for re-election

Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) announced this week that he will file his candidacy for re-election as state representative to House District 52 for the 2014 campaign cycle. House District 52 encompasses Hood River, Cascade Locks, Corbett, Sandy, parts of Estacada and Gresham, as well as other communities within the Hood River, Clackamas, and Multnomah Counties.

City asks for help with leaves, trees, sidewalks, drains

The City of Hood River issues autumnal reminders regarding leaves, sidewalks, drains, and branches:

Honoring Veterans Nov. 11

Veterans Day events begin with a 7-10 a.m. veterans breakfast at the Elks Lodge, co-hosted by American Legion and Gorge Heroes Club. (The Nov. 6 edition gave the wrong time for this event.)

‘Sweet and Sad’ staged reading is Nov. 22-23

Columbia Center for the Arts presents a staged reading of “Sweet and Sad,” by Richard Nelson, directed by Judie Hanel.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 9

Resolectrics at The Pint Shack; more

Nov. 22, 1963: Where were you?

If you’re 54 years or older, you probably remember where you were on Nov. 22, 1963.

Nation should ‘Fulfill the sacred trust’

In the days leading up to and including Veterans Day, I will have the privilege to connect with Oregon’s veterans at parades, pancake breakfasts, and ceremonies across the state.

Remembrance Day

With 400 World War II veterans dying every day in the U.S., this poem, passed along by friends, serves as a poignant reminder of the reason we celebrate Veterans Day (formerly called Remembrance Day).

VETERANS DAY VIEWS: Let’s show veterans that we care

Thank you for joining us today to honor our veterans for their selfless service to America.

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 9

Volunteers beware; Happy trails; Dress to be seen; ‘Sloppy’ administration

Education Foundation brings ‘Trail Band’ and puppet theater events

The Hood River County Education Foundation is sponsoring two holiday events in December:


October 2013

Sports briefs for Nov. 9

Ski Swap is Nov. 9; Little League community meeting Nov. 13

Friday, November 8

Death notices for Nov. 9

Robert Pelletier, Steve Anderson

Wednesday, November 6

Entertainment Update for Nov. 6

‘Amaze-o’ at Double Mountain; more

Mt. Hood Indie Film Fest returns

Three days, five screens, 100-plus films, with special 3-D segment

Call it “Something for Everyone.”

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Deibert gains aviation honor

‘54 Wy’east High grad served for 29 years

Odell native and 1954 Wy’east High School graduate Larry Deibert was inducted into the Evergreen Aviation Hall of Honor on Oct. 20. Diebert, a decorated Vietnam war veteran now serving as civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army, was enshrined there with five other honorees.

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Coming soon... Facility improvements, plenty of snow in store for Mt. Hood Meadows this season

Although we’ve yet to see any flakes fly in Hood River, Mother Nature is already busy dumping plenty of snow up on Mount Hood.

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Polar Express returns Nov. 9

The Next Door kids take special ride Saturday

One of the region’s most classic attractions has announced the return of a holiday tradition: Mount Hood Railroad brings back The Polar Express for two magical months. The Polar Express will transport riders to the North Pole and into the holiday spirit during the popular Hood River event.

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PET OF THE WEEK: ‘Nothing ordinary’ about Cloud

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

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Wrestling, hoops, skiing, climbing and more ... sign up now

Winter sports are coming up fast, and sign-ups for many have already begun. Below is a selection of opportunities for Hood River youth during the “indoor sports season.”

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Girls team fifth, Bockius sixth at state XC finals

Seven girls, two boys represent HRV at 5A cross country meet

In a repeat of last year’s standings, Hood River Valley High School varsity girls cross country team finished in fifth place Saturday at the Oregon 5A State Championships. The Eagles had nine runners in Eugene for the race — seven varsity girls (Sascha Bockius, Lauren Robinson, Daisy Dolan, Sophia Marble, Kailee McGreer, Denali Emmons and Althea Dillon) representing the Columbia River Conference championship team and varsity boys runners Ricardo Castillo and Justin Crosswhite, who qualified for the race individually.

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Athletes, coaches honored

Columbia River Conference announces All-League awards

With the exception of the varsity boys soccer team, which played a first-round playoff game Tuesday evening, 2013 fall athletics at Hood River Valley High School are a thing of the past. As is tradition at the end of each season, coaches from each of the four Columbia River Conference teams vote on the top athletes in their respective sports, who earn All-Conference honors.

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Play-in defeat ends season for Eagle girls soccer

HRV girls hang tough, but can’t match Wilson in 3-1 loss

Facing a do-or-die game Friday night, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team ended its season with a 3-1 loss against the No. 22-ranked Wilson Trojans. The Eagles had home-field advantage for state championship tournament play-in game after finishing the regular season ranked No. 11.

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Kaleidoscope: “This is a community”

Adults and students team up to help ‘Reach 4 It’ achieve ambitious grasp

The drama begins in the lobby in “Reach4It!” the new musical at Hood River Valley High School, running the next two weekends (see page B10 for details).

Soroptimist groups offers ‘Women’s Opportunity Awards’

Soroptimist International clubs of Hood River and Mt. Adams are looking for Gorge-area women heads of households to receive one of four $1,500 Women’s Opportunity Awards from the clubs. Applications are now available and are due back by Dec. 1.

White Salmon considers city-run marijuana shop

First attempt at beginning process fails; council meets Nov. 6

Concerns regarding cost and community impact bubbled to the surface of a special meeting of the White Salmon City Council focused on potentially seeking a license to open a retail marijuana shop.

Mediator Gary Casady given Stewart Award of Excellence

Gary Casady of The Dalles was awarded the Shannon Stewart Award of Excellence by the Oregon Mediation Association on Nov. 1 in Portland.

CAT goes to Portland

Heading to Portland?

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Show me the way? Director talks about movie stars and the inspiration of ‘Walking the Camino’

I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that the topic of a major spiritual pilgrimage has made an appearance in my blog for the second time in as many weeks. Last week, classical guitarist Peter Fletcher played a piece called “Diario dun Camino,” based on composer Jeremy Gill’s personal journey along the 500-mile trail, and this week, filmmaker Lydia Smith will be at the Mt. Hood Film Festival with her award-winning documentary “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago.”

Crew hauls trash from Indian Creek

On Sunday, Nov. 3, Indian Creek Stewards and community volunteers picked up about 10 cubic yards of garbage, including an armchair, propane tanks, and a lot of plastic along Indian Creek in the area from 12th Street to the Union Street substation.

Who? Me?

Humanities magazine invites Oregonians to explore the theme

Oregonians are invited to submit an essay or article for Oregon Humanities magazine’s spring 2013 issue on the theme “Me.”

ANOTHER VOICE: A year for change, technologically, at

This has been quite the year for changes in Oregon’s higher education system. As members of the House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee we have been closely involved with the structural realignment of higher education. For the Gorge this means we are well prepared to take advantage of this new structure.

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 6

Cell tower in Dee?; Get facts straight; Fix schism; more

Coming Soon: Winter, both sides of the season, are upon us

Should Thanksgiving wear a costume this year, may it be Frosty the Snowman.

Police Log for Nov. 6

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River Oct. 21-27.

Program helps parents coach teen drivers

Parents who ensure that teens get ample practice in a wide variety of situations and transfer their safe driving wisdom to their novice drivers are more likely to help their teens develop the necessary skills to be safer drivers, according to a series of research studies from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Kegler's Corner: Jenna Hert is Bowler of the Week

The 3 pound, 6 ounce pins put up a heck of a good fight at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week.

Sports Briefs for Nov. 6

HRVHS Winter Sports Night is Nov. 6; more

Library Notes: Dearing serves as library collection specialist

What do you do when you have degrees in political science, economics and international relations AND you’ve lived in Japan, Germany, Morocco and the Philippines, in addition to a number of different cities in the United States?

MID VALLEY NEWS: Methodist church hosts Harvest Dinner Nov. 16

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church will host its annual free Harvest Dinner on Nov. 16, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Odell Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Dinner will include a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Donations of canned food and money will be accepted for FISH Food Bank.

Hospice youth spread Halloween cheer

Wearing festive hats and beautiful smiles the Hood River Youth of Heart of Hospice/YoHOH’s began visiting Hospice patients this season, delivering festive little pumpkins, visiting with patients and reading autumn poems by Emily Dickenson and Robert Frost.

OF WHAT Are We Afraid?

Trick? Or treat?

Based on how things went at our house last Thursday night, I’m not entirely convinced that Halloween is a dog’s favorite holiday. I mean, talk about frustration!

DAR chapter marks 35 years

The Celilo Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR, celebrated its 35th anniversary Oct. 16.

Historical survey methods discussed

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society invites the community to a presentation, “Metes and Bounds Survey,” given by Jim Bull and Fred Henchell Nov. 9 in the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center’s lower meeting room, beginning at 1 p.m.

History of Crag Rats discussed at library

Who are the Hood River Crag Rats? Come to the Hood River Library Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. to learn the history and activities of the Hood River Crag Rats, presented by their historian, Bill Pattison.

Honoring Veterans

Nov. 11 events include Wounded Warrior Project speaker

The Nov. 11 Veterans Day service at Anderson’s Tribute Center is just one part of the day’s observation in honor of those who have served the United States in the military.

Saturday, November 2

Hood River County Christmas Project Registrations start Nov. 8

Hood River County Christmas Project coordinator Bruce Holmson has announced registration dates for the upcoming 2013 holiday season.

Fighting cancer individually, and together

Webster defines community as: noun, an interacting population of various kinds of individuals.

Health Notes for Nov. 2

Surviving the holidays; more

HAHRC BEATS: Putting your best foot forward with diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month. Foot care might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about diabetes. However, poorly controlled diabetes can lead to problems with your feet.

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No ‘inappropriate expenditures’, but ‘sloppy’ bookkeeping at History Museum

Investigation of History Museum results in continued fiscal controls

Revenue-gathering restrictions imposed on The History Museum of Hood River County since early September will remain in place following the recent release of a report that found museum board members “appeared to intentionally circumvent” county-established financial controls when handling museum funds.

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Resiliency in Tsuruta

Sister City residents band together in post-storm recovery

Summer is over and the arrival of fall is something I greatly anticipate, especially in Japan.

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A slice of local life -- Sergeant Rau values family and calls Hood River home

Andrew Rau, patrol sergeant with Hood River Police Department, did not plan to go into law enforcement. But, with 22 years of service, he’s the senior-most member of the department, having been hired in July 1991. He’s spent nearly his entire career in law enforcement in Hood River, and here he plans to stay.

Sports Briefs for Nov. 2

CSRT introduces youth FreeRide program; Local Special Olympics fundraiser coming soon; Sign up now for youth basketball programs

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Sen. Thomsen will run for re-election

Democrat Robert Bruce of Sandy will oppose HR Republican

Chuck Thomsen announced his plans Wednesday to run for a second term as Dist. 26 State Senator.

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HRV girls soccer claim Columbia River Conference title

5A No. 11 ranking placed team in home play-in game Friday night vs. Wilson

Claiming the outright Columbia River Conference title Tuesday evening with a momentum-building 3-1 win at The Dalles-Wahtonka, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team closed the regular season with a 4-0-2 CRC record and a 5A No. 11 ranking.

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Eagle boys soccer up to No. 4

HRV boys host playoff first round Nov. 5, 6 p.m. at HRVHS

Talk about going out with a bang …

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HRV water polo wraps up ‘amazing’ inaugural season

In its first year as a varsity program, Hood River Valley High School water polo players and coaches are celebrating what they’re calling an amazing season of progression in the Mount Hood Conference.

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Waterfront season was ‘best ever’

Port summarizes 2013 rec. season

Many Gorge residents celebrated, or cursed, this summer as one of the windiest in history.


When I think of fall, I think of my mother-in-law, Meg Nice. She had a particular love of the beautiful orange and red leaves of the viney maples found high on the coast range passes.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 2

United Way benefit Dec. 8; more

ANOTHER VOICE: More than you know: Bus drivers value safety

I am a school bus driver for our local school district and am speaking as a driver without prior approval from our district. I feel it is important to let the public in and around Hood River know a few issues we face every day.

Letters welcome: Getting your view into print

Letters are a focal point of any newspaper.

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 2

I do it for the kids; Juxtaposition; Safety first; more

‘Operation Christmas Child’ is Nov. 18-24

What starts out as a simple gift — a decorated shoebox packed with items such as needed school supplies, grooming necessities and colorful toys — is used to transform the hearts and souls of millions of children and their families in more than 100 countries.

Friday, November 1

Death notice for Nov. 2

Victor Tucker


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