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Wednesday, April 30



Gorge Commission rejects scenic area ban

Despite its legal staff saying the Gorge Commission had authority to ban growing and selling marijuana on the Washington side of the national scenic area, the commission took a pass on the idea.

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Roots and branches: The good, old ball game

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is playing on every station in the Yasui household. Half of our eight grandchildren are playing one form or another of baseball. The remaining four will spend many hours on the bleachers watching their cousins or siblings play ball over the next few months. It is a time-honored tradition in the Yasui family.

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Ostler gets the game ball in Eagles’ 14-8 win

Freshman midfielder Bruce Ostler played with the poise and prowess of a senior Friday evening in the Hood River Valley Eagles’ 14-8 home win over the Cleveland Warriors. Ostler’s four goals, one assist and five ground ball grabs earned him the ceremonial game ball at the end of the evening.

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Join Lila May in her Pink Tutu Trot

In many ways, Lila May is a typical 3½-year-old. She’s feisty and energetic, she likes to bake cookies and play dress-up, watch Blazer games, cuddle with stuffed animals, dress in pink, dance like a ballerina with Teacher Nancy and has an absolutely darling smile.

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Olson named presiding judge

Circuit Court Judge John Olson has been appointed by Thomas Balmer, Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, to serve as the Presiding Judge of the Seventh Judicial District upon the retirement of Circuit Court Judge Paul Crowley. Crowley, who has served as the presiding judge for 15 of his 23 years on the bench, will retire as of July 1.

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HRC tied for lowest unemployment rate

Hood River County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was little changed in March, falling by 0.1 percentage point over the last month to 5.5 percent, but was good enough to rank as Oregon’s lowest county rate, tied with Benton County, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

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Lovers of classical music and video games unite!

According to Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta conductor and music director Mark Steighner, video game music has now reached a status equal to that of film. “Scores for video games are now composed by the same talented writers who pen big-budget Hollywood features, and they are just as musically complex and interesting,” Steighner said.

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Saturday Market, Farmers Market open this week

This weekend brings the return of the Hood River Saturday Market, returning May 3 in a new venue. A downtown fixture since 1990, the market moves to a new location this year: the City parking lot at Fourth and Cascade streets in downtown Hood River.

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ANOTHER VOICE: Return Rural SIP to rural Oregon

In the recent Legislative session, Tax Fairness Oregon worked hard in support of HB 4142, the “Rural SIP Bill.” It would have closed a nasty tax loophole and made it easier for rural communities along I-5, I-84 and US 97 to compete with the Portland Metro area for large business investments.

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Cohn and Dolan chosen as Elks ‘Students of the Month’ for February

Delia Dolan and Tony Cohn, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, were recognized for their academic excellence and community service at a recent Hood River Elks Lodge meeting. Both students received a check for $100 and are among the 18 students who are in the running for the “Student of the Year” Awards which will be presented on Sunday, June 1.

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Honor Roll

Hood River Middle School has released its list of students on the honor roll for second quarter:

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Wrestlers claim kids state titles

Hood River wrestlers Jason Shaner, Noah Wachsmuth and Jeremiah Wachsmuth each claimed state wrestling titles over the weekend at the 2014 Oregon State Kids Freestyle and Greco Wrestling Championships. Hood River Middle School seventh-grader Noah Wachsmuth, a defending national champion representing the Portland-based Cobra All-Stars club, went undefeated both days to repeat as freestyle and Greco state champ and claim his fourth straight triple crown.

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Students experience science and adventure at Cascade Mtn. School

Climbing volcanic trails. Making fresh mozzarella cheese. Bicycling through alfalfa fields. Hunting for salmon. Cascade Mountain School isn’t your typical summer camp. It takes a roll-up-your-sleeves and get-your-hands-dirty approach to outdoor education, attracting budding scientists, aspiring farmers and everything in-between.

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Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale returns May 10

Mark your calendars: The annual event that local gardeners look forward to each year returns again on Saturday, May 10. That’s the date for the OSU Central Gorge Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale in Hood River.

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Book reading examines slavery in Oregon

The History Museum of Hood River County invites the community to “Slavery in the Oregon Territory,” a book reading and discussion with bestselling legal thriller author Phillip Margolin and Oregon history author R. Gregory Nokes, Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m.

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Kitzhaber opposes Ambre coal terminal

Gov. John Kitzhaber has taken his strongest stand against a proposed coal export terminal proposed at the Port of Morrow in Boardman, saying it should be rejected and setting a May 31 deadline for a state decision on the project.

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Saturday, April 26



Oregon Trail Rally returns May 2-4

Rally America racing comes to Hood River County next week, with many of the top racers in the country in tow for the 2014 Oregon Trail Rally — one of eight events in the national championship series. The three-day stage starts May 2 at Portland International Raceway, followed by May 3 racing in Wasco County and ending May 4 on the technical gravel roads of Hood River County.

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HRV boys tennis pleased with progress

Although victory is always nice, Hood River Valley High School varsity boys tennis coach Jon Hiatt isn’t judging the success of this year’s tennis season by wins and losses, but rather by participation and improvement. With 23 players on the roster, the team is considerably larger than in recent years; two years ago the team consisted of just seven players.

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World-traveling BYU Singers to visit Hood River May 8

With flawless phrasing and exacting intonation, the Brigham Young University Singers have won international competitions and built worldwide relationships with choral musicians and audience members alike. The superb performance abilities of this 40-voice ensemble will create a must-see concert to be performed at the Hood River Middle School on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m.

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April is alcohol awareness month

In Hood River County most of us are well aware of the positive contributions that the alcohol industry brings to our community. It is one of the county’s largest employers, a significant contributor to many of our nonprofits and an industry that brings thousands of tourists and millions of dollars to the community each year. It is a beverage that brings enjoyment and physical health benefits to many adults.

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Hood River Farmers Market opens for 2014 season

On Thursday, May 1, at 4 p.m. the Hood River Farmers Market opens for the 2014 season at Hood River Middle School, with a diverse set of vendors selling locally raised vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese, eggs, bread and more.

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Friday, April 25



Nichols Boat Basin waterfront plan hinges on funding

The Port of Hood River is nearing completion of the design phase for a project that aims to revitalize the former site of Nichols Boat Works with a waterfront bike and pedestrian trail that is to be built on the west edge of the boat basin.

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Dave Fults: At HRV, ‘Your kids will be taken care of’

Dave Fults has a dual perspective of Hood River Valley High School: He teaches government, advanced government and “economics as needed” to seniors, but he’s also a parent; three of his four boys have graduated from HRVHS (Ritchie, Seth and Eli), and his youngest (Sam) is a sophomore.

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Thursday, April 24

 

Wednesday, April 23

 

Poster contest for Fusion event underway

The White Salmon Arts Council is offering $250 for the poster design selected for this year’s Art and Wine Fusion. This is the 10th annual Fusion event in White Salmon, scheduled for Saturday, July 26.

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Rebranded, Gorge FC looks to the future

Gorge FC hosted Inter United of Seattle Saturday evening at Hood River Valley High School the newly formed semi-pro soccer team’s first home league game since being formed last year. After breaking out with an exciting 2-0 first-half lead off goals from Raul Marquez — both assisted by Felipe Heredia — the home team lost steam in the second half, allowing four goals to finish with a 4-2 loss.

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High marks for HRV track and Field at Blossom Invite

Friday afternoon’s sunny weather illuminated nearby fruit trees in full bloom, providing a fitting backdrop for the aptly named Apple Blossom Invitational at Hood River Valley High School. After many years’ hiatus, the event, once a well-regarded track and field meet, was revitalized this year with the intent of restoring it as an annual occurrence.

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Families flock to Jackson Park for community egg hunt

Several hundred young children (with parents’ help) scooped up a total of 6,500 eggs at Saturday’s annual community Easter egg hunt in Jackson Park. Some of those eggs were refilled on the spot and distributed again by “secret egg layers.” The Easter Bunny was on hand, along with Sparky the Firedog.

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Revitalized Little League ready for fun

High points in Saturday’s Little League Opening Day included the ceremonial first pitch — a high ball across the plate — by HRVHS varsity baseball coach Erich Harjo, flurries of fireworks amid teams of chilly but excited young players from T-ballers to teenagers lining the infield. Stands full of parents and grandparents added to the fun as the reconstituted Mid-Columbia Little League kicked off the season with gratitude for youth baseball leaders of the past.

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Commission says yes to dispensary moratorium

Like the Hood River City Council the week before, the Hood River County Board of Commissioners made a unanimous vote during its Monday night meeting on an emergency ordinance that would place a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Lolley plea date pushed back to June

A Hood River man arrested in December of last year on over a dozen counts of first-degree sexual abuse won’t plea to the charges until this summer, following a request from his attorney to extend proceedings.

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Klickitat County offers scenic aid

As a backlog-busting move, Klickitat County proposed that its planners do the legwork for scenic area applications in the county, and hand over completed paperwork for Gorge Commission planners to sign off on. It is the county’s response to a request from the Gorge Commission last fall to have Klickitat County provide resources to the Gorge Commission to ease a growing backlog of land use applications from the county.

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ANOTHER VOICE: Forget Barrett, find a site that works

The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District has a well-deserved reputation for delivering a lot of public benefit on a small budget. Given that reputation, the District’s recent decision to spend $300,000 in local and state funds on a radio flyer field at its Barrett Drive property is perplexing. The district has identified ball fields as our community’s number one need while a radio flyer field doesn’t even appear on its master plan.

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Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale returns

Mark your calendars: The annual event that local gardeners look forward to each year returns again on Saturday, May 10. That’s the date for the OSU Central Gorge Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale in Hood River.

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Bucks too much for HRV

HRV BASEBALL: Facing the second top-five-ranked team in a week, the Hood River Valley Eagles baseball team was on the verge of snapping a four-game losing streak in a Class 5A doubleheader matchup against the highly regarded no. 3-ranked Pendleton Buckaroos. A late game lead evaporated, though, as Pendleton scored four unanswered runs in the sixth to pull out a 5-2 win over the Eagles in their Columbia River Conference opener Saturday at HRV’s Traner Field.

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Second-half comeback falls short in HRV lax loss to Summit

After opening with a painful 10-2 first half deficit, the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys lacrosse team made some vital adjustments to its defensive tactics and rebounded by outscoring the Summit Storm 7-4 in the second half. The comeback attempt was too little, too late, however, as the Eagles lost 14-9 in the home game Saturday afternoon.

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Book reading examines slavery in Oregon

The History Museum of Hood River County invites the community to “Slavery in the Oregon Territory,” a book reading and discussion with bestselling legal thriller author Phillip Margolin and Oregon history author R. Gregory Nokes, Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m.

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Learn about the Grange April 26

Rockford Community Grange celebrates Grange Month with an open house. The community is invited to come see the 100-plus-year-old Grange building and learn about the Patrons of Husbandry.

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Tuesday, April 22

 

Saturday, April 19



HR Water Polo juniors have great first tourney

Hood River Water Polo’s group of junior players (eighth-grade and under) had a successful showing at Newberg earlier this month in their first-ever tournament, where the team finished in second place out of eight.

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Logsdon ale wins national Belgian honor

Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Brewery received a gold medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup Competition held in Denver Colo. Awards were presented April 12 and brewer David Logsdon brought home the top honor for Cerasus (Sarah-soos) in the Belgian Style Ale category, out of 54 other entries.

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Can artificial glaciers be grown on Mount Hood?

A pioneering method of bringing more ice on the north side of Mount Hood will be the topic of the Hood River Watershed Group’s meeting on Tuesday, 7 p.m. at the OSU Extension meeting room, 2990 Experiment Station Road, Hood River (turn north just after Your Party and Rental Center).

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Poet Gaffney reads April 29

Master poet Tommy Gaffney will read from his new book, “Whiskey Days,” at noon on Tuesday, April 29, at Columbia Gorge Community College, Hood River–Indian Creek campus. The reading is free and open to the public.

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What’s new at Community Ed?

Hood River County is known for its abundance of outdoor athletic activities. But what about those of us who are afraid of water, heights, and flying projectiles?

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United Way celebrates increased donor support

Spring seems like the perfect time for United Way of the Columbia Gorge to kick off its 2014 allocations process. For many, the new life that these much-needed funds bring to local agencies mirrors the essence of the season.

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Sports briefs for April 19

HRV girls lacrosse defeats Central Catholic in overtime; Water’s Edge Duathlon, Half Marathon and 10K is May 3 in The Dalles; more

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A great spring for BSC Hood River

The BSC Hood River Bulldogs U14 grade girls club soccer team finished the spring Oregon Youth Soccer Association competitive season with a 2-4-2 record. The team competed against some of the top teams in the state, scoring six goals in eight games and holding the opposing teams to 12 goals.

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A busy Saturday in sports

There’s always something happening in Hood River County, but Saturday’s list of athletic happenings is especially long. Here’s a quick roundup of several things going on:

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DeHart, Lane to wrestle in Japan; help sought

In an effort to help re-establish Washington’s high school cultural exchange wrestling program, Oregon has partnered with its neighbor to the north to send a team of 13 high school wrestlers to Japan this June. To help fill the team, Oregon is sending six of the 13, and of those six two (and possibly a third) are Hood River Valley High School wrestlers.

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Medical marijuana decisions coming soon

Local governments will be voting in the next couple weeks on whether to adopt ordinances that would place up to one-year moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries that are now legally allowed to operate in the state of Oregon.

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Kindergarten Round-Up returns April 28

The Hood River County School District will hold its annual Kindergarten Roundup during the week of April 28 to May 2. This is the time for parents to register their children entering kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year.

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Friday, April 18



Wednesday, April 16



‘DamNation’ screening on April 18 benefits Columbia Riverkeeper

“DamNation,” a long-awaited documentary film about dam removal, featuring the Condit Dam removal as well as the plight of Columbia River salmon, will premiere in Hood River at the Hood River Middle School auditorium on Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, benefiting Columbia Riverkeeper. The film is 87 minutes.

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Microchip clinic April 26

Join Hood River Adopt A Dog for the second-annual Adopt A Dog Microchip Clinic during the annual city-wide yard sale event in Cascade Locks on Saturday, April 26, from 10 am to 1 p.m. It will be held at the old fire station on WaNaPa, next to the post office.

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Oka weds Cooper

Lauren Oka and Trevor Cooper were married Feb. 1, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church in Portland, Ore., with the reception at McMenamin’s Edgefield in Troutdale.

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Thomsen, Rummel to marry

Meagan Thomsen, of Hood River, and David Rummel, of Tacoma, Wash., have announced their engagement. They will be married Saturday, Sept. 27, in The Dalles.

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HRV Softball climbs rankings to 5A No.1

Riding a six-game winning streak, five of which have been commanding shut-outs, the Hood River Valley High School varsity softball team is now the state’s top ranked 5A team, ahead of Liberty, Sandy, Pendleton and Willamette in the top five.

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‘Heart and Mind:’ Joni Mitchell's 70th birthday tribute concert

Last year, this sold out show captivated audiences at Columbia Center for the Arts right from the first note. Bringing together some of Portland’s finest musicians, this is a true celebration to Joni Mitchell and her 70 glorious years (and counting!) on this planet making music that just gets better and better.

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Root rot closes Herman Creek campground

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Forest Service is temporarily closing Herman Creek Campground/Horse Camp, located just east of Cascade Locks and 47 miles from Portland, to protect public health and safety. This temporary closure is expected to last throughout the 2014 summer season, and the public will be notified when the campground is reopened.

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Repair work to begin on Benson Bridge

Repairs on the historic Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls are scheduled to begin this week. The bridge suffered damage from a rock fall that occurred early in the morning Jan. 9. Catworks Construction, a construction company from Battle Ground, Wash., was awarded the contract for repairs and plans to complete the project by Memorial Day weekend.

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‘Traditional’ Blossom Weekend

Plants for sale, desserts and fruit to sample, music to listen to, pancakes to eat are just a few examples of what’s in store this weekend with Hood River Blossom Festival, in its second weekend for 2014 throughout the Hood River valley.

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Hard-Pressed a resounding success

Gauging the success of a first-ever event can be “a bit of a crapshoot,” says Mike Glover, executive director of the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce. Will people show up? Will the weather cooperate? Will people enjoy themselves

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HRV baseball ready for a fresh start

The Hood River Valley varsity baseball team was hoping to rise to the occasion in a home doubleheader Saturday against one of the best Class 5A teams in the state: the No. 2-ranked Bend Lava Bears. The Eagles (6-7) struggled through both games, however, as the Bears lengthened their winning streak from five to seven with 12-1 and 10-2 blowouts over the Eagles.

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HRV lax makes it five straight

With just three seconds remaining in the final quarter and a six-goal lead, the Hood River Valley varsity boys lacrosse team had already sealed the home win Monday night against Newberg.

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FitzSimons flies to National titles

When Sean FitzSimons entered the U.S.A. Snowboard and Freeski Association National Championship this year, it was the fourth time the 13-year-old snowboarder from Hood River competed in the event.

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Tuesday, April 15

 

Saturday, April 12



As child abuse cases rise, CGCAC role grows

On Wasco Street in Hood River, just up from the 13th Street intersection, there lies an unassuming, beige, quad-plex that from the outside, looks mostly like any other apartment building you might find in America.

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Boys lacrosse beats Canby, improves to 3-2

Short quick passes led to a series of close, quick goals in the second half as the HRVHS boys lacrosse team defeated Canby 10-8 Wednesday in a physical, closely contested game at Henderson Field.

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PocketFuel seeks Kickstarter boost

PocketFuel of Hood River continues to expand and diversify, and has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to help upgrade production of a signature product, ColdBrew Coffee.

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Maryhill Winery announces 2014 summer concert series

Classic rock and blues highlight the 2014 Summer Concert Series at Maryhill Winery in Goldendale, Wash. Tickets for the series are on sale Friday, April 11, at the venue’s website http://www.maryhillwinery.com/news-events/calendar-of-events.

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First cider fest comes to Odell

Blossom Festival starts off Saturday with a new event: Hard-Pressed Cider Fest, noon to 6 p.m. at Mt. Defiance Cold Storage, 3351 Stadelman Drive, Odell, just off Highway 35.

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ANOTHER VOICE: Are those tests really necessary?

I recently attended the Safe Patient Project Summit in Yonkers, N.Y., at the headquarters of Consumer Reports, the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. I was there with other patient safety advocates, and we were introduced to the new Choosing Wisely campaign.

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School Budget

We are looking at a fairly bleak funding picture for Hood River County School District in 2014-15.

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Peace Village ‘adult day camp’ scheduled April 26

Columbia Gorge Peace Village hosts an Adult Day Camp April 26 from 1-5:30 p.m. at Bethel UCC, White Salmon. It is based on the concept that “there’s a different story of who we are meant to be than the one that our current culture is telling us,” according to organizer Erika Rench.

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Bonneville pool sturgeon seasons announced

Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington have approved summer fishing seasons for catching and keeping sturgeon and a new sturgeon spawning sanctuary in the Columbia River upstream of Bonneville Dam.

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Sports briefs for April 12

Boys tennis slips by Benson Tech; HRVHS Nordic skier excels in Jr. Nationals; Men’s Golf Assc. holds first 2014 tournament; HR 12U baseball shows offensive strength; Horizon beats HRV frosh on Totaro homer

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Outdoor News: Is PowerBait N’ Worms for Trout the best?

I caught my first trout on a worm, but learned the “magic of lures” after out-fishing my uncle and his secret “red” worms by trolling a “coach dog” colored FlatFish. Still, bait remains a standby for many anglers because it’s a consistent producer. There are two bait choices that dominate the market, with prepared bait (called PowerBait) and worms topping the list.

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Nominations sought for LeFevre award

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

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Wednesday, April 9

 

Fire destroys house, garage in Odell

An Odell man is homeless after a fire that started Monday morning in his garage eventually spread to the main portion of his Mud Alley Drive home, totally burning the inside of the residence, and killing at least one of his pets.

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HRV girls take 1st at East County Classic meet

Last week, Hood River Valley track and field coach Donnie Herneisen referred to Friday’s East County Classic meet at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham as HRV’s “first official test” of the season.

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HRV comeback falls short against Grant

A spirited second-half rally by the Hood River Valley varsity girls lacrosse team wasn’t quite enough to overcome the Grant High School Generals, who beat the Eagles, 7-6, during a hard-fought match in Hood River Friday evening.

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HR Equestrian places second

Hood River’s high school equestrian team competed in its second event of the season March 28-30 in Redmond at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center.

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Part II: A Firefighter’s Journey

Since moving to Oregon from Atlanta, Ga., I have learned many new skills and concepts that I was never exposed to on the East Coast. One of the more intriguing concepts that I picked up on while living in Portland is that of the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Time for Art at May Street

May Street Elementary School holds its annual Teddy Webber Scholarship Dinner and Student Art Auction on Thursday. This event, which began in 1997, raises money for the school’s artist-in-residence program and the Teddy Webber Scholarship fund.

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Blossom Fest starts with cider

It is blossom time again, and Hood River Blossom Festival starts off Saturday with a new event: Hard-Pressed Cider Fest, noon to 6 p.m. in Odell.

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Hood River Blossom Festival starts this weekend

Blossom Fest’s first of three weekends offers plenty of family-friendly activities around the Hood River valley. The Hood River News’ Panorama special section, published April 12, gives the full Blossom schedule and map, but here is the list of what’s happening this Friday through Sunday, weekend one.

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Ambre Energy asks permit delay

Ambre Energy, the Australian company proposing to build a coal export terminal in Boardman, has requested another permit delay from the state of Oregon.

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Friends of Mount Adams hosts

Three nationally known experts on wilderness will speak at a conference at Trout Lake on May 3, sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of Mount Adams.

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Entertainment Update for April 9

Chinook Winds quintet in concert April 10; Trio, Pickers and Coconuts; Ritchie Young at CEBU Lounge; Earth Day birder’s social; ‘Assault on El Capitan’ April 17

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Woman of Heart and Mind: Joni Mitchell's 70th birthday tribute April 18

Bringing together some of Portland’s finest musicians, this is a true celebration to Joni Mitchell and her 70 glorious years (and counting!) on this planet making music that just gets better and better. Get ready for Woman of Heart and Mind on Friday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts.

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ANOTHER VOICE: Helping kids grow up healthy and safe

Throughout the year, Child Abuse Intervention Centers in Oregon play a critical role in making our state a place that prioritizes the health and safety of children. There are close to 70,000 reports of abuse and neglect each year in Oregon, and almost half of all victims of abuse are under the age of 6.

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Supply, 3 Fingers vie for Industrial Crown

The Monday night Industrial league is finishing up its own version of March Mayhem with bracket matches at Hood River’s Legendary Orchard Lanes to decide its champion. Last week, the final four teams in the league met.

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April 12 ‘Be a Hero’ event helps McCabe family

The community can gather to “Be a Hero” for the Matt McCabe family of Hood River on April 12 with a Zumbathon charity event from 9-10:30 a.m. at Westside Elementary School, 3685 Belmont Drive. No tickets are needed; donations are accepted at the door.

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Books’ great beginnings

In 2004 during our weekly visits to the school library, many of the female students in my third-grade class were inclined to check out books about princesses, fairies and cute puppies. Meanwhile, their classmate Thania Torres searched the shelves for books about anatomy. She shared with me every fascinating fact she discovered about the human body. At the ripe old age of 8, Thania was already certain that one day she wanted to be a doctor.

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Mid Valley News: Blossom Fest Craft and Quilt show coming soon

It’s Blossom Fest time! The Blossom Craft Show and Quilt Show takes place at the Hood River County Fairgrounds April 19-20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. A wide variety of Northwest vendors — at last count, 120 — will be on site, featuring art, crafts, garden art, home furnishings and decorations, photographs, gourmet food products, jewelry, clothing, plants and more.

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History dinner looks at pioneer surveyors

THE DALLES—Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents the April history dinner, “Pioneer Surveyors of the Columbia Gorge,” with Jerry Olson, Friday, April 18. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles.

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Tuesday, April 8

 

Saturday, April 5

 

Judge Crowley and the tale of the starfish

On March 20, 2014, Judge Paul Crowley swore into service his last class of new CASA advocates. Crowley is retiring in July and Columbia Gorge CASA marked the occasion with a gift to honor the vital role he has played in CASA since it began in the Gorge in 1987.

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HRV girls lax opens with win

A flurry of second-half goals by Isabelle Cullen stamped out any chances Cleveland had at a comeback Tuesday evening in the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls lacrosse team’s season opener. Cullen scored six on the night to lead the girls in the 15-9 home win.

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Eagle baseball moves up in the rankings

Fresh off a solid 3-1 outing at the Coach Bob National Invitational tournament in Arizona over spring break, the Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball team took the Gladstone Gladiators to the cleaners Wednesday afternoon with a 7-0 shutout at Traner Field.

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'Hotel Impossible' films at Vagabond Lodge

Tom Reid, left, and Theo Davis of Green Home Construction of Hood River stand with designer Blanche Garcia on the grounds of the Vagabond Motel Thursday, the final day of filming for an upcoming episode of The Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible,” with TV host Anthony Melichiorri.

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New memorial fund honors Chuck Beardsley

The Gorge Community Foundation announced Friday that a memorial fund has been established to honor prominent Hood River businessman and philanthropist Chuck Beardsley, who passed away on March 27 at age 73.

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Help fill ‘hope chest’ for foster teens

Local insurance agent Tina Pasto has started a project she’s calling “The Hope Chest” to collect new household goods for teens who are leaving foster care. For the next few months, she’s asking community members to fill a Hope Chest in her office.

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Bridge of the Gods toll increases for multi-axles

Effective May 1, the toll will increase on the Bridge of the Gods by 50 cents per axle for all vehicles with three or more axles. This increase comes following a few months of research and deliberation by the Port Commission.

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Fiber Fest returns April 18-20

Local yarn shop Knot Another Hat is bringing the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival back to the Best Western Hood River Inn for its fourth showing, on April 18-20.

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HRV track faces first big test

With spring break in the rear view, Hood River Valley High School track and field is transitioning from its early season outlook to a more focused mindset of preparing for the all-telling Columbia River Conference championships, just six weeks away as of this weekend.

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Enriquez hits game-winning RBI for 5A No. 3 Eagles

In a matchup between two of the state’s top-ranked softball squads, Hood River Valley High’s Erika Enriquez hit a clutch game-winning RBI double to help lead the Eagles to an exciting 5-3 come-from-behind win Tuesday at Gladstone High School.

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Friday, April 4



Wednesday, April 2



Claudia Schmidt plays White Salmon Guitar April 4

Hailing from Michigan, she knew at a young age that she was destined to be a singer. Performing in numerous choirs throughout her youth, Claudia Schmidt soon pursued a professional career while in Chicago, leading her to Wisconsin and Minnesota, where she was a frequent guest on the early days of A Prairie Home Companion.

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It’s always sunny in Sun Valley

For 16-year-old Montana Kurahara, the end of the winter season means the end of an experience of a lifetime. For about the last six months, the Hood River native has been attending the Sun Valley Ski Academy, a full-time school and training program for aspiring young ski racers in the idyllic setting of central Idaho’s mountainous Sun Valley.

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Open Studios Tour returns April 11-13

The Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour April 11-13 is your opportunity to meet artists in their studios, to ask artists about their inspiration and process, to see artists at work.

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Engel grand slam ends Hawks mercy-rule win

Micah Engel had two home runs, including a walk-off grand slam in the sixth inning, to lead the Horizon Christian School baseball team to a 17-7 comeback victory Monday evening at Collins Field.

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RMEF celebrating 25th anniversary in Hood River

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a nonprofit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to protecting wild elk and other wildlife and the land they inhabit. This organization was started around 1984 and has around 1,000 members in the Gorge and 200,000 members nationwide.

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Snowpack is close to average

Fantastic February transitioned into marvelous March on Mount Hood, and as this winter’s erratic attitude improved dramatically from depressing December, it delivered enough snow by the start of spring to end in an almost average April.

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Community Ed is COOL

Along with its long list of not-so thrilling, but still perfectly respectable and worthwhile offerings like Paralegal Tutoring, Fundamentals of Wet Felting, Everything You Need to Know After Having a Baby and — the butt of many jokes but the bud of many musical careers — Band Camp, Hood River County Community Education is gearing up for its most exciting season, when instructors from all walks of life get to introduce local youth to the many world-class outdoor activities the region is blessed with.

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SUP boards over 10 feet need permit

As paddlers and kayakers dust off their boards and boats and hit the water this season, the Oregon State Marine Board and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife want to remind craft users that Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention permits are required for not only motorized boats, but all non-motorized boats and paddlecraft 10 feet and longer. The rule includes any stand-up paddle board over that length.

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Cascade Huts starts a new adventure

Oregon’s Cascade Huts came under new ownership March 30. Local mountain bike enthusiasts who started the successful adventure business in 2004 have decided to pursue other interests and are selling to two Oregon natives.

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Healthcare ins. deadlines extended for DV survivors

PORTLAND — The current deadline for open enrollment in 2014 for healthcare insurance coverage in Oregon was extended through April 30. However, for survivors of domestic violence who are also married, this open enrollment period is extending to May 31, in recognition by the Department of Health and Human Services of the unique difficulties that these survivors of domestic violence face when attempting to file taxes (http://1.usa.gov/1hwkHwV).

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Grannemanns mark 25th anniversary

Glenn and Donnamae (Craber) Grannemann will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an open reception on Sunday, April 6, at noon, (after the 10:30 a.m. worship) at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road.

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Irwins celebrate 50th

Roy and Susie Irwin, longtime Hood River residents now living in Prineville, will celebrate 50 years of marriage with an open house given by their family April 5. The Irwins were married April 4, 1964, in Reno, Nev.

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Benton weds Cushman

Sarah Ann Benton, of Hood River, was married to Peter Alan Cushman, of McMinnville, in a traditional Mayan ceremony on the beach in Tulum, Mexico, on March 1. Close family and friends were in attendance.

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Collective Voices speak

This weekend brings a special art show, “Collective Voices,” connecting the ideas of about 25 Hood River and Klickitat County middle schoolers.

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Closures possible on State Street

Starting April 7 and running through May 23, some sections of State Street from Sixth Street to Front Street may be closed to vehicular traffic 24 hours a day during the work week. All streets and parking areas within the work zone will be open on the weekends.

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Extension hosts bark beetle workshop Wednesday

White Salmon, Wash. — Pine trees continue to redden and die throughout the Columbia River Gorge. It looks like the bark beetle outbreak will continue through 2014. That’s not good news for foresters and landowners.

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Mosier evaluates critical water issues

Maintaining regional watersheds remains a critical factor when it comes to supporting Wasco County infrastructure, particularly in Mosier’s watershed. That’s according to District Watershed Coordinator Anna Buckley, who told the Board of Commissioners March 19 about some of the biggest problems that currently inhibit the area watersheds’ efficiency and what the councils are doing to address those issues.

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Tuesday, April 1

  

Suspect crashes vehicle during high-speed chase

A 46-year-old Ontario man is in jail after leading law enforcement on a high-speed police chase through three counties in the Columbia River Gorge that ended when the suspect rolled his vehicle on a curvy road in Skamania County early Friday evening.

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