Business Notes for April 30

Mt. Hood RR hosts Thursday After Hours

Mount Hood Railroad will host the May 1 Hood River County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at its downtown train depot, located at 110 Railroad Ave., from 5 until 7 p. m..

Attendees will be able to tour the historic depot and rail cars, and sample items off the Mount Hood Railroad menu. Beverages will be provided. General Manager Ron Kaufman will speak.

A short ride aboard the Mount Hood Railroad will follow, carrying passengers along the lower Hood River.

There will also be an opportunity to enter a drawing for a hand-crafted eight-piece premium wooden train, a fundraiser for the FISH Food Bank Building Project. The drawing will be held Labor Day. The train was created and donated by Wayne Frater of

Opened in 1906 to support the Hood River Valley’s fledgling timber economy, the Mount Hood Railroad transformed into a major tourist attraction in 1987. It travels 22 miles from Hood River to Parkdale, then back to downtown, offering the Parkdale Excursion, the Murder Mystery Dinner Train, the Western Train Robbery Brunch Train and special trips and charters.

Each November and December, the railroad operates the popular Polar Express Train Ride.

Ryan Fraunfelder rejoins KeyBank as senior VP

Ryan Fraunfelder is back with KeyBank as senior vice president and senior business banking relationship manager. Based in Portland, he is responsible for working with business owners and operators in the greater Portland metropolitan area, Gresham, Hood River, Oregon City and West Linn.

With his return to KeyBank, he brings with him more than 35 years’ experience in the banking business and more than three decades at Key. Fraunfelder holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Oregon State College.

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