Stories for August 2014


Saturday, August 30


Schools forum Sept. 4

State Chief Education Officer Dr. Nancy Golden and other state and local education leaders will join Rep. Mark Johnson in a forum on education scheduled for Sept. 4 in Hood River.

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Ways to eradicate invasive Puncturevine

Puncturevine is a sprawling annual plant that forms a dense mat with very sharp, spiny seed heads. This nasty weed has infiltrated Hood River County from the east, according to Jordan Kim, assistant manager of Hood River Soil and Water District.

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HR team competes in ‘Rat Rod’ contest

Team “Resurrected Rust” from Hood River competes in the 2014 RAT HARD Great American Blue Collar Build-Off, sponsored by Ratrod Magazine & Ride Hard Magazine, in Lebanon Tenn., next month.

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Cross Channel Swim is Monday

Undeterred by the distance (1.1 miles) or water temperature (average of 69 degrees), almost 500 hardy swimmers from around the world will again take the plunge this Labor Day during Hood River’s 72nd annual Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim.

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Light Wave wins Telly for ‘Hope 2014’ video

The 35th Annual Telly Awards has named Light Wave Communications as a Bronze winner for the video titled “Vision of Hope 2014,” which focuses on HAVEN’s efforts to prevent sexual and domestic violence in the Columbia Gorge.

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Labor Day: Sept. 1 is WWII’s 75th anniversary

Labor Day is more than a day for barbecues and the last day of school vacation. Coming on the first Monday in September, it is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

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Friday, August 29

Thursday, August 28

Wednesday, August 27


Polling the parents: Vacation like the President

I’m feeling very presidential this morning, but not necessarily in a good sense. In fact, I’m not sure feeling presidential would ever be a pleasant experience. Maybe it would on that first day, one hand on the bible, the other in the air, when the whole world is watching as the Chief Justice of the greatest country in the entire history of humanity affirms that, in fact, you DID win the world’s most expensive popularity contest.

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Seven people file to run for HR Council

Seven candidates have filed for election to Hood River City Council, including former City Manager Bob Francis and former Mayor Bob Palmer, while in Cascade Locks the mayor and council incumbents are the only people to file as of 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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Bruce Peterson claims Gorge Cup windsurfing series title, again

Bruce Peterson proved unbeatable in all but one race day this season on his way to yet another Gorge Cup windsurfing series overall title. The Sailworks owner and proverbial slalom racing guru ended the summer series with five wins out of six days of racing, just missing a clean sweep of the field with a runner-up finish to second place overall sailor MacRae Wylde, who won six heats in the two-day US Windsurfing National Slalom Tour to win that event.

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2014 Gorge Paddle Challenge: Bigger and Better

Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson stepped to the top tier of the podium, popped a couple corks, shook vigorously and had the pleasure of covering their fellow racers with Champaign Sunday evening after two ferocious and exhausting days of racing.

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HRV welcomes new XC coach

Hood River newcomer Brandon Bertram has truly nailed the concept of hitting the ground running. The 30-year-old Fargo, N.D. native moved to town a few weeks ago and is already over his head, literally, with his new job.

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Marquee event on Tucker Road

The Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum has finished restoring an iconic piece of Hood River history – the old Trail Drive-In Theatre marquee.

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Lolley sex abuse case could go to trial

A child sexual abuse case that has been subject to proceedings in Hood River County Circuit Court since late last year may end up going to trial in January 2015 if a settlement isn’t reached in time.

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OSP Trooper badge stolen

Oregon State Police is asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect and recover a stolen police badge and ASP expandable baton taken from a trooper’s apartment in Government Camp.

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It’s still summer:Ways to save water

Rain actually does go away on summer days in the Pacific Northwest and during this dry time, when vegetables and flowers bask in sunlight, water use and costs can increase substantially.

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State Agriculture unveils new and streamlined website

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has announced the launching of its new and improved website, providing visitors a more user-friendly experience. Months in the making, the redesigned website is streamlined to make navigation easier and is now mobile-friendly for those using smartphones and tablets.

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Oregon Food Bank alerts recipients to nut butter recall

Oregon Food Bank is alerting recipients of food through the Oregon Food Bank Network and associated partner agencies, pantries and community kitchens of a voluntary recall of almond butter and peanut butter due to a potential Salmonella contamination.

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Tuesday, August 26

Monday, August 25

Saturday, August 23


'New' WAAAM sign goes up

The “new” sign went up Friday morning at Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum on Tucker Road in Hood River.

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Check out the Paddle Challenge

With Labor Day weekend in sight, the summer high season is nearing an end; however, the Gorge wind and weather seem to be paying no attention to the date. August has brought some warmer weather (did anyone else’s thermometer hit 106⁰?) and lower winds, but the westerly flow seems to be back in full force this week.

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OWRC upholds ruling on Oxbow water right

A proposal to build a Nestlé water bottling plant in the Gorge took a small step forward on Thursday when a state commission ruled that a water right the corporation needed for the bottling plant should not be canceled despite the concerns of environmental groups.

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Uphill Challenge keys Meadows’ late summer fun

A field of 39 ranging in age from 4 to 71 took on the challenge in first-ever Uphill Challenge at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, in what is planned to be an annual event. Most ran, but some walked the 1.2-mile course which gained 621 vertical feet from the parking lot to the top of the Stadium Express chairlift.

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A boss already at 17, Jenni Packer sees a future in agriculture

Jenni Packer, 17, will start her senior year at Hood River Valley High School in September. Like many of her peers, she plays sports (right now, it’s volleyball; in the spring, it will be softball) and is looking forward to “doing all the senior activities” in the coming year.

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No leads in Astro armed robbery

Police continue to investigate an armed robbery that occurred at the Astro gas station in Hood River Wednesday morning, and are still looking for a suspect in the case.

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HRCSO looking to squelch radio issues

Interference, poor signal strength, and lack of service altogether are plaguing local law enforcement radio systems and the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is trying to figure out why.

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‘At Home in the Wild’ presentation Aug. 26

Local photographer Peter Marbach will present “At Home in the Wild” at the Parkdale Library Aug. 26 at 7 p.m., a visual journey to his favorite wild places in the Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge areas.

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Friday, August 22


Wednesday, August 20


Local volunteers replenish Parkdale Bicentennial Gardens

What Upper Valley residents are seeing lately isn’t a mirage, but rather the oasis of the Bicentennial Gardens in Parkdale, taking shape once again through the combined hard work and efforts of the Parkdale Garden Club, The Central Columbia Master Gardeners and the Parkdale Grange.

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Mom gets five years for crash that killed daughter

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman who crashed her SUV after falling asleep while drunk driving — killing one of her children — has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide and other charges.

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Words to the wild

A large crowd gathered at the Columbia Center for the Arts last Wednesday evening to welcome Professor Mark Harvey and his presentation on Howard Zahniser (1906-1964), an instrumental figure in creating the Wilderness Act of 1964.

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Opportunities for comment on park and ride

It was originally a project that was approved without notification of the general public, but now the proposal for the Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort park and ride slated for the community of Mount Hood is open for public comment.

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Martz, Davis marry in Parkdale

Julie Renai Martz and Aubrey Mathew Davis, both of Parkdale, were married June 21, 2014 at the home of Ken and Alice Clarke in Parkdale.

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Smooth sailing for inaugural Commissioner’s Cup

Sunday saw the beginning of what many hope will become an annual event in Hood River. Supported by the Port of Hood River and Zepher Inc., the Commissioner’s Cup Regatta was the first local youth sailing race to be held in Hood River.

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Public fish sales are on as record fall Chinook season is underway

The fishers from the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakama tribes are taking to the Columbia River for the fall commercial fishing season while the anticipated record-breaking fall chinook return is heading up the Columbia. The first of five tribal commercial gillnet openings started Aug. 18.

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Two hurt in Odell shooting

Two Odell residents suffered gunshot wounds Tuesday morning and were transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

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State denies key permit for proposed coal terminal

After more than two years of public review, analysis, and permit filings, delays, and extensions, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) announced on Monday that it had rejected a crucial permit needed for the construction of the Coyote Island coal export terminal proposed for the Port of Morrow.

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Man dies in Hwy. 197

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Thursday morning’s two-vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an adult male and injuries to his wife and daughter on Highway 197, about 5 miles north of Dufur. The names of the victim and his injured wife and daughter are released in this update.

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‘Plein Air’ event marks 10th year, September 2-7

This September, Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) celebrates 10 years of Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge. “En plein air” is a French expression which means “in the open air.” Each year, CCA invites artists and writers from around the country to come to the Gorge to participate in this annual competition and exhibition.

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Sam Baker in concert Aug. 24

The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association is proud to present the singer/songwriter Sam Baker on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts.

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CGCC golf tourney fundraiser grows endowment

Participants, volunteers and sponsors of Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation’s 15th Annual Founder’s Cup golf tournament helped raise approximately $18,000 for CGCC Foundation’s permanent endowment.

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Sports briefs for Aug. 20

Sign up now for fall MS/HS tennis program; ‘Rural Rampage’ returns Sept. 7 at Westside; Dave Kalama talks SUP Aug. 19 at Big Winds

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Pet of the week: ‘Sweet’ Cari loves people

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Cari as this week’s adoptable pet. This is a courtesy posting; for more information on Cari, please contact her owner, Craig Asher, at 516-729-0327 or

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Tuesday, August 19

Saturday, August 16

Editorial: The sweet Looking beyond the bitter

This is the season of the bittersweet. Minds are on the return to school, a fact favored by parents and regretted by most kids. This is the time of year when wind sports enthusiasts are still looking for a good ride, but typically see glassy water. The lack of moving air aggravates the already warm temperatures.

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Portion of Powerdale pipe to be removed

After decades in the dirt, 2,600 feet of steel pipe that comprised part of the late Powerdale Dam on the lower Hood River is marked for removal. Columbia Land Trust, a Pacific Northwest river conservation group that owns part of the land the pipeline is on, announced it is removing the half-mile section on the southern end of the fragmented pipeline in order to make way for riparian restoration efforts.

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Paddle Challenge gains acclaim as world-class event

The Columbia River has again been a hotbed of activity this summer, and in case the frenzy of wind and wave junkies along the Hood River Waterfront wasn’t hot enough, next weekend’s Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge is going to kick it up to a whole new level.

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Friday, August 15

E.Coli advisory posted, then lifted, at Waterfront Beach

Update to print story: City Public Works director Mark Lago called Hood River News at 4 p.m. Friday to say that Thursday’s E. Coli alert on Waterfront Beach has been lifted, following latest tests by Riverkeeper. “The beach is open again,” he said.

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Thursday, August 14

Wednesday, August 13


Sold-out run showcases Cascade Locks

In surely the most colorful crossing in Bridge of the Gods history, nearly a thousand people gathered Sunday morning on the Washington side of the Columbia, awaited the countdown by Chad Sperry of Breakaway Promotions and, once released, spread out across the entire length of the bridge in bright running outfits as they began the inaugural Bridge of the Gods half marathon and 10k run.

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Nichols Landing appeal pushed back to Aug. 25

An appeal hearing challenging the city of Hood River’s decision to award a permit for the Nichols Landing hotel and retail development has been pushed back to later this month at the request of the project applicants.

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Containment grows on Rowena fire

Evacuations have all been lifted in the Rowena Fire zone and residents are now able to return to their homes, but firefighters are still working in the area so spectators are asked to stay away.

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Insitu names Ryan Hartman as new CEO

Boeing and subsidiary Insitu Inc., announced on Wednesday that Ryan Hartman will be the new president and Chief Executive Officer of Insitu, effective immediately.

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HRATS update: Time to build, and rebuild

While much of Hood River’s flourishing summer recreation and tourism industry is focused on the Columbia River, the waterfront and the Gorge’s renowned wind and waves, another movement continues to build momentum in the forests just outside of town, and although not nearly as bad as the city center congestion, traffic on the local mountain biking trails is markedly busier this time of year than any other.

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Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Perfectly good Broken Down Guitars

Musicians are known for breaking things. The other week, I helped out my friends in the Liberty Bond Jug Band, a band, by the way, that technically shouldn’t even need electricity to play music — and by the end of the gig, we had one questionably-functioning pre-amp and another guitar with only five strings left.

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Body found near Oneonta Gorge tunnel

At approximately 8 a.m. on Sunday, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a body seen along the side of the Historic Columbia River Highway by a passerby just east of the Oneonta Gorge tunnel.

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DEQ extends comment period for coal terminal

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has extended the comment period for the draft 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Coyote Island Coal Terminal project in Boardman. Comments will be accepted by email, mail or online by Wednesday, Sept. 24.

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Skamania Co. responds to coinciding river rescues

At 5:08 p.m. on Aug. 9, Skamania County EMS (SCEMS), Skamania County Fire District #4 (SCFD #4), and Skamania County Fire District #5 were dispatched to 1.5 miles past Dougan Falls on the Washougal River, to an area commonly referred to as Naked Falls, for swimmer with a shoulder injury.

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Monday, August 11

Saturday, August 9


HR’s ‘Team Adrenaline’ second at Spartan race

If crawling uphill through the mud under cover of barbed wire, leaping over flames, throwing spears, climbing ropes and walls, carrying buckets of gravel and being hurled out of control into a giant mud pit – all with physical penalties for non-completion – sounds appealing, you should consider signing up for next year’s Pac West Spartan Race in Washougal.

August 9, 2014 midnight read more..

Fall salmon: Record run is coming this way

When it comes to fishing the Pacific Northwest, Buzz Ramsey is something of a virtuoso, and even though his most recent edition of Outdoor News offers tips to maximizing fall-run salmon fishing success quite a ways downstream of Hood River, at the mouth of the Columbia, his column is relevant and extremely encouraging for the many Gorge-area fishermen and women who excitedly await the arrival of these great fish.

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MHM reduces scope of Park and Ride

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort plans to reduce the scope of a park and ride planned for Mount Hood after residents and adjacent property owners raised concerns over the project’s potential impact.

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Local crews part of first response to Rowena fire

The number of personnel fighting the Rowena fire has grown to approximately 700 since the Rowena fire was declared a conflagration the morning of Aug. 6, but one of the first groups of fire crews to arrive on scene were departments from Hood River County.

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Cloud Cap Road officially open

Cloud Cap Road, Forest Road 3512, was officially scheduled to open Friday morning at 7. The road has been closed the past two summers due to trees killed during the 2008 Gnarl Ridge fire that finally began toppling over.

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Sallie Ford stops by with new band Aug. 15

Sallie Ford’s new sound comes from an all-girl rock band. But as far as she can tell, there’s only one thing that’s really changed as far as touring and playing shows with her old band.

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ANOTHER VOICE: Can Oregon overcome its drug problem?

The United States consumes 83 percent of the world’s oxycodone and 99 percent of its hydrocodone, according to a 2010 International Narcotics Control Board report. These are all generally classified as potent painkillers and sedatives and used for a wide variety of medical needs such as pain control, anxiety and depression.

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Friday, August 8


Thursday, August 7

Video: Operations on Rowena Fire

News photographer Adam Lappierre captured video of helicopters performing bucket drops on the Rowena Fire, as well as capturing the size and scope of the fire.

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Wednesday, August 6


A connecting ritual

The 50 people gathered Monday for the health of the Columbia River invoked the names of many rivers and waterways where they had lived or had seen human impacts: the Pacific Ocean and Great Lakes, San Francisco Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake Bay, Columbia, Willamette, Mississippi, Colorado, Merced, Potomac, Thames, James, Shannon, and the Mekong.

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Coffman, Hukari named ‘Hearts of Gold’ honorees

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation honors community members through the annual Hearts of Gold celebration to benefit the Medication Assistance Program which provides advocacy in support of patients who cannot afford their medications.

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Wildfires spread haze throughout the state

Smoke from wildfires currently burning in the southern, central and eastern regions of Oregon has spread throughout most of the state, the Oregon Department of Forestry reported, reducing visibility, but having minor impacts on air quality.

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Clark College to expand in the Gorge

Less than a year after establishing a location in the Columbia River Gorge, Clark College is expanding its academic and technical offerings and moving into a new, larger facility.

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Business Notes for Aug. 6

Castro earns Hearing Board certification; Cascade Hearing has offices in Hood River and The Dalles; HR Supply receives Ace ‘Pinnacle’ award

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Families in the Park return Aug. 7

Aug. 7 — Families in the Park: Radical Revolution (‘80s genre gems), 6-9 p.m. at Jackson Park, 13th and May Streets, Hood River. Toy Gun Conspiracy open. Fajitas will be served by Eye Openers Lions Club, raising money for sight and hearing. Free concert sponsored by Griffith Motors, Northwest Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Bruce Burton DMD, Lions Eye Openers, Rotary of Hood River.

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One year later: Gorge Ecology Institute director looks back, looks forward

It has been a fulfilling year for the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute’s (CGEI) Executive Director Drew Eastman. He led the efforts in a strategic planning process, was awarded his first-ever grant from Google, and despite having only one other staff member, saw significant growth in program participation from 800 students in all of 2013 to 700 students as of mid-June, 2014.

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No vacancy: Swimming, running events reach capacity

If international acclaim and recent nods in such publications as Sunset Magazine, National Geographic and The New York Times weren’t enough, here’s more proof the Gorge is a desirable place to visit: the upcoming Bridge of the Gods Marathon and the Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim are both filled to capacity.

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Railway, state officials talk crude oil transport at resident-led forum

The same day White Salmon residents heard from the Federal Railroad Administration, Washington State Department of Ecology, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Corporation on oil train transport through the Gorge, the U.S. Department of Transportation made moves on changing standards governing tank cars nationwide.

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Army Corps agrees to monitor dam pollution

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For the first time in its history, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways in a groundbreaking legal settlement that could have broad implications for the Corps’ hundreds of dams nationwide.

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Saturday, August 2


Friends of HRW appeal Naito ruling

A hotel and retail development slated for the south end of the Nichols Boat Basin is on hold once again after opponents appealed a decision by the Hood River Planning Commission that would have allowed the project to move forward.

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Committee to vet dog park sites

An ad hoc committee will be examining several properties both in and outside the Hood River city limits over the next week or more to determine their feasibility as possible dog park sites for public use.

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CL putting ‘For Sale’ sign on old fire hall

The city of Cascade Locks is making another attempt to sell the city’s old fire hall, the windows of which have largely been dark since the city opened and began using its new fire hall on the east end of Wa Na Pa Street years ago.

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‘Megafloods’ scholar speaks Saturday at HR County Library

The Hood River County Library District and the Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute are hosting Dr. Victor R. Baker from the University of Arizona for a presentation on “Megafloods on Earth, Mars, and Beyond” Saturday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Van Gogh Days blossoms Aug. 2

Van Gogh Days, celebrating the beauty of summer’s signature flower — the sunflower —returns to Rasmussen Farms in the heart of Oregon’s Hood River Valley Aug. 2-3.

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The Ale List: Brewers ready ales for Aug. 9 Solog fest

At the Aug. 9 Solog Summer Fest, meet brewers Jason Kahler from Solera Brewery and David Logsdon and Charles Porter from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, and sample more than a dozen seasonal and specialty beers from the upper valley. It all takes place at Clear Creek Station (Mt. Hood Railway terminus park) from 1 to 9 p.m.

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ANOTHER VOICE: Legislation would turn LEED certification even greener

Earlier this summer, I attended the dedication ceremony for Insitu’s new production facility at Bingen Point. Not only will this building play a key role in the future of tech manufacturing in our area, but it meets high standards for energy efficiency and sustainability, and qualified for a high score by LEED for its construction and design.

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Different approach, similar goal

Young baseball players in the Gorge have two different opportunities to continue the spring and summer seasons into the fall, and although the philosophies behind the programs differ, the objective remains the same: keep kids playing baseball as far into the year as possible.

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Sports briefs for Aug. 2

Sports slideshow Saturday at Hood River Hostel; Bernie Fagan Soccer Camp runs next week; Youth tennis camps coming up

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