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Wednesday, December 31

 

New cell tower planned for Windmaster Corner

Verizon Wireless is seeking county approval to build a cell tower near Windmaster Corner after deciding to shelve plans, at least for the time being, for a tower that was to be located on Multnomah Road.

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A fun guide to New Year’s Eve (and Day) in the Gorge

Happy New Year, however you mark the occasion. Thursday is 1/1/15, and in the Gorge, residents can enjoy a large variety of ways to “ring in the new year.” The weather prediction is cold, giving the Jan. 1 Polar Bear Plunge at Maryhill State Park a stark appeal.

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Don’t let the holiday blues get you down

For many people the holiday season is full of celebrations and cheer but, for some, this season can bring more misery than merriment. With high expectations of gift-giving, decorating, feasting and family gathering, feelings of disappointment, sadness, fatigue, frustration or being overwhelmed are not unusual.

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Happy Ned Year: Chooglin’ into 2015

Still no Happy Ned Year app – these nuggets are newsprint only. I’d use a typewriter if I could just get a ribbon. Always liked the fingerprints. So here are my smudges for 2014.

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Dog not gone: Rescue in the Columbia Gorge

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A yellow Labrador that got spooked on a Christmas Day hike in the Columbia Gorge, snapping her leash and plunging 150 feet down a cliff, was rescued in the dark by a climber who rappelled to a narrow ledge where the dog was trapped.

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Wy’east in dire need of basketball coaches

The local middle school girls basketball season is about to start, and organizers of the program are feverisly on the hunt for head coaches for Wy’east Middle School’s seventh and eighth grade teams.

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Kegler's Corner: Michael Allen strikes

Scoring at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes the past few weeks has been out of sight, especially in the high powered Fraternal league, where all five of our Team of the Week stars stirred the sticks. It took some mighty fine bowling to make this latest list of kegling standouts.

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Happy New Year

This is the final Hood River News edition for the year 2014. The final day of one year and the arrival of the new provide us all with an opportunity to reflect on what is ahead.

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A happy Holiday Tourney for HRV

The Hood River Valley High varsity girls basketball team added two wins to its record on its way to the finals of the Gresham Holiday Tournament last weekend. The girls defeated North Salem 43-25 Friday night and Madison 45-43 Saturday before losing 60-37 to the home team — the 8-1 6A Mt. Hood Conference Gophers — in the championship game. The showing is a big improvement from a year ago, when the team went 0-3 at the same tournament.

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Better!

A skier drops over a cliff on a run called Seventh Heaven at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort Saturday morning. The resort reported 31 inches of fresh snow between Saturday and Tuesday and (as of Tuesday morning) a base of 44 inches at the lodge and 58 inches at mid-mountain.

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Monday, December 29



Saturday, December 27

  

Creating cheer

Lois Vance of Hood River is one person who shows the Christmas spirit all year long.

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Helping Hands, and Feet

Helping Hands Against Domestic Violence receives an unusual donation from Footwise of Hood River: 100 pairs of shoes, from the Israeli manufacturer Naot.

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Greenough vs. Hukari (HRMS vs. Wy’east)

Longtime figures in Hood River Valley athletics, Tom Greenough (at left) coaches the Hood River Middle School 8th grade boys basketball team while Phil Hukari rallies his boys from Wy’east during the two teams’ final meeting of the season last week.

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Take the Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 1 at Maryhill Park

Are you looking for a cool, fun and refreshing way to start the New Year? The Central Klickitat County Park and Recreation District has the answer for you: the 8th Annual Polar Plunge at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day at Maryhill State Park.

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The Porch

<strong>WELL SAID:</strong> The poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote in 1833 “In Memoria” for his friend Arthur Henry Hallam, of “the Christmas bells from hill to hill,” and despairs at the start of the poem: “This year I slept and woke with pain/I almost wished no more to wake/And that my hold on life would break/Before I heard those bells again.”

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How to Help, updated for Dec. 27

Next Door — The Next Door is in need of full time and part time foster parents in Hood River and Wasco Counties. The Next Door provides care and behavioral treatment for children and teens age 6-18 and is seeking individuals who are willing to open their hearts and homes.

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Walden nominates HRV’s Stan Ochesky

Stanley (Stan) Ocheskey, son of Brent and Emily Ocheskey of Hood River, attending Hood River Valley High School, has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy.

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Meadows back on track with night skiing

Santa flew over the summit of Mt. Hood and dropped the much-needed Christmas gift of about six inches of fresh snow on the slopes of Meadows in time to spare the always-popular holiday break ski and snowboard season.

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Friday, December 26



Wednesday, December 24



UP wants to add to tracks in Mosier

Union Pacific wants to extend a 1.5-mile siding, or pullout lane, in Mosier by two miles on either side, enabling trains to bypass each other without stopping. The project would cost $25 million. Now, trains pull off in Mosier, and sit idling, waiting for an oncoming train to pass. Extending the siding, or bypass lane, would eliminate “the biggest bottleneck in the Northwest,” UP spokesman Brock Nelson told a crowd of nearly 30 in Mosier Dec. 10

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Body of missing man found near Mosier

The remains of a Portland man were found Monday about one mile from his vehicle in Mosier and Wasco County Chief Deputy Lane Magill said there was no evidence of foul play.

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CL looks to expedite Nestlé bottling plant

City of Cascade Locks officials say they have found a way to help move along a Nestlé water bottling plant that has been in a state of arrested development for years due to appeals from environmental groups.

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Local food drive keeps on moving

FISH food banks and Hood River Christmas Project delivered food to needy residents in time for Christmas, and schools are out for winter break but the holiday canned food drive goes on.

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U.S. Rep. Walden honors HRV boys soccer team

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of the Hood River Valley High School boys’ soccer team which brought home the title of ‘State Champions’ this year in the 2014 Oregon 5A state championship. Hood River is my hometown, and both my son and I are proud graduates of Hood River Valley High School, so this victory is especially sweet."

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HRV buzzer-beater sinks Senators

The Hood River Valley Eagles varsity boys basketball team will undoubtedly begin 2015 with a positive outlook, with their confidence bolstered after an exciting 63-61 nonleague win Saturday at home over the Madison Senators.

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Meadows opens

Ask the Magic-8 Ball last week if Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort would open in time for Christmas and it would have answered “Extremely unlikely.”

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Eagle wrestling building steam

An invaluable team bonding experience and an opportunity to compete against the nation’s best are the two big takeaways Hood River Valley High School wrestling got from its four-day trip to Nevada to compete in the annual Reno Tournament of Champions, says coach Trent Kroll.

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HRV swimming second at La Grande

Hood River Valley High School swimmers were up bright and early Saturday morning to make a long trip east to compete in a six-team swim meet in La Grande.

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Plenty to do on winter vacation

Hey kids — are you looking for something fun to do over winter break, either by yourself, with your siblings or with your parents, too? Here, we have ideas ranging from classes to concerts to parties. Registration, where necessary, is strongly encouraged.

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Police, Sheriff mount DUII enforcement

From Dec. 12 to Jan.5, 2015, the Hood River Police Department and Hood River County Sheriff will be conducting a DUII enforcement period. The purpose of this campaign will be to focus on people driving under the influence of intoxicants. This is in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This will be the first of several high visibility enforcement efforts throughout the year. There will be a higher number of officers on patrol during these enforcement periods.

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Merry Christmas

Christmas brings people together, but people celebrate in different ways. Be they religious or secular, the things we do as families can create a strong and emotional bond.

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The Art of Christmas

Look to the Christmas Carols special section in this edition for the annual presentation of kids’ holiday drawings.

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Tony Clark wins 911 IT award

Tony Clark, Hood River County information technician (IT), has won the 2014 Oregon State Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) IT Person of the Year Award for his work with Hood River County 911.

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Bolland named Meadows Chief Operating Officer

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort has named Charles Jake Bolland as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Meadows Chairman and CEO Matthew Drake made the announcement, saying, “It gives me great pleasure to promote Jake to this position. Jake has an exceptional understanding of our operations and financial structure. He also possesses the core values and solid leadership qualities to help guide and support our outstanding management team. With day-to-day operations in Jake’s very capable hands, I can focus more on future growth opportunities for our company.”

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County unemployment still low

The latest unemployment numbers are in and show Hood River County’s unemployment rate changed little over the year, but has remained low.

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Paul Thompson joins Copper West Properties

Paul Thompson has lived in the Hood River Valley for over 35 years, and has worked the past ten of those years helping people sell and find homes here, as a real estate broker. Today, Thompson and Copper West Properties announce that he too has found a new home, at the brokerage.

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Mike Hendricks named to international position

The American Evaluation Association has selected Mike Hendricks of Hood River to represent its 8,000 members on the board of directors of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE). The IOCE is an international partnership that helps foreign governments and nongovernmental organizations around the world improve the lives of the people within their borders by using program evaluation.

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Tuesday, December 23



Saturday, December 20



Holiday eating myth busters

There are a few holiday eating myths that may prevent you from enjoying some of your favorite holiday foods. Below is some advice that may help you enjoy your holiday favorites without expanding your waist line.

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Holiday stress: It’s not how much stress, but how well you handle it

New research is showing that it is more important to improve the way we respond to stress than it is to try to eliminate stress in our lives. For this reason, yoga, meditation, and breath practices are key to training the nervous system how to respond to the realities of daily life with less stress-inducing reactivity.

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FISH Milestone

A significant milestone was reached this week on the construction of the new FISH Food Bank building.

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Local gymnasts bring home state hardware

Representing Hood River on The Dalles-based Riverside Gymnastics Academy lineup at the 2014 Oregon Fall State Championships were young athletes Sophia Riviello, Ava Krentz, Regina Sanchez-Macias, Jacy Johnston and Poppy Miller.

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HRV outshoots Barlow for first win

After a rough start to the season, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls basketball team got a much-needed win at home Tuesday night over Barlow. Senior Kelsey Wells had a team-high 17 points and Laruen Winans had ten points and seven rebounds to lead the Eagles to the 46-30 win against the 6A Mt. Hood Conference Bruins.

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Parker Kennedy leads with 17 in boys’ loss at Gresham

Elevated by a four-game winning streak, the Hood River Valley varsity boys basketball team traveled to Gresham Tuesday to take on the 6A Mt. Hood Conference Gophers (2-2), and although the Eagles finished with a loss, they still have plenty of reason for optimism.

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Swim team competes

Hood River Valley High School swimming traveled south last weekend for an eight-school meet at Bend High. Although a smaller team than many of the others, the Eagles put in some quality marks, including top three finishes by Dhani Freeland, Kylie Webb, Trey Schilling, Stan Ocheskey and the girls 400 freestyle relay team.

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Winter activities for kids

Hood River County Community Education is offering several sports-related options to help keep kids occupied over the winter break and through the winter. More information and registration for the following activities can be found at hrcommunityed.com or by calling 541-386-2055.

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Advent and Christmas, updated for Dec. 20

Valley Worship Center is hosting a one-hour Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24, including the reading of the Christmas story, Christmas caroling and a candlelight ceremony. The church is located at 5780 Hwy 35 in Mt. Hood.

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Self-care for handling holiday-induced stress

Start every day with a large glass of lukewarm water. Fill your favorite glass with water and drink it slowly, followed by taking some deep breaths into your abdomen. This morning ritual helps keep your body hydrated and relaxed at a time when more-than-usual amounts of alcohol and caffeine (both dehydrators) meet higher-than-usual stress levels.

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Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression

When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.

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Friday, December 19



Wednesday, December 17

  

Fischer leads HRV nordic to victory in first race of season

Although winter is off to a very slow start around Mount Hood, the Hood River Valley High School Nordic ski team had a blazing intro to its season Saturday at Mount Bachelor, where the team competed in the first Oregon High School Nordic Organization race of its 2014-15 schedule.

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Roots and Branches: ‘Justice for all’

An enthusiastic class of sixth graders at Hood River Middle School under the mentorship of Sarah Segal has been exploring the life of Minoru Yasui, a native of Hood River and one of our nation’s unsung heroes.

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Gorge Winds Band plays Christmas Concert Dec. 21

The Gorge Winds Concert Band will be presenting its 15th annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. The concert will be held at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles, located at the corner of Fourth and Federal streets.

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Behold (and beware): ‘The 12 Schemes Of Christmas’

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — and potentially the most profitable for scammers. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has put together a list of 12 common Christmas schemes to help consumers stay safe this holiday season.

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Boeing/Insitu grants HR District $10,000

Boeing/Insitu has granted Hood River County School District $10,000 for middle school math coaching and professional development, district math coach Jane Osborne announced.

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Advent and Christmas: Updated for Dec. 17

Valley Worship Center is hosting a one-hour Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24, including the reading of the Christmas story, Christmas caroling and a candlelight ceremony. The church is located at 5780 Hwy 35 in Mt. Hood.

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Masters-Konopasek granted Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse status

Victoria D. Masters-Konopasek, RN, CGRN, CAPA, of Mosier, employed by Kaiser Permanente, Clackamas, Ore., was recently granted Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse status by the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. She joins a cadre of over 11,000 other Perianesthesia nurses who are currently certified in their specialty.

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Thomsen gains a seat at the education table

Salem, OR — State Senator Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River), entering his fifth year serving Oregon Senate District 26, will continue to serve on the important budget-writing Full Ways and Means Committee, and the Senate Business and Transportation Committee.

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to air on Radio Tierra Dec. 25

A holiday gift to the Gorge arrives Christmas Day. Columbia Center for the Arts and Radio Tierra are joining up to air It’s a Wonderful Life on KZAS FM. The show will broadcast at 2 p.m., Dec. 25, on 95.1 Hood River, 95.9 Stevenson, and 107.7 The Dalles.

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Hawks back to 1A No. 1

After losing a tough game a week ago against Horizon Christian of Tualatin, Hood River’s Horizon Hawks varsity boys basketball team responded by winning three straight to restore its OSAA 1A No. 1 ranking. The Hawks will try to continue their streak when they meet Class 3A’s Blanchet Catholic Cavaliers (2-2) in their next game Friday at 4:30 p.m. in their first matchup of a tournament Dec. 19-20 at Dayton High School.

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HRV boys score 88 in big win

“On fire” would be a fair way of describing the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys basketball team after their fourth straight win Friday night against Mountain View High School of Vancouver. The Eagles, now 4-2 in nonleague action, have averaged an impressive 78.5 points per game over the past four games, highlighted by a team record-setting 88-points Friday to finish with an 18-point margin of victory.

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Eagle wrestling sets high goals

Hood River Valley High School wrestling got its first taste of competition over the weekend at tournaments in North Bend and White Salmon. Many of the top wrestlers in each weight class represented the Eagles at the Coast Classic invitational, where 30 teams went to battle in one of the toughest tournaments in the state. Meanwhile, a second HRV lineup stayed in the Gorge to represent the Eagles in White Salmon at the seven-team Bruin Invitational.

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Dec. 20 concert benefits Lila May Schow

Lila May Schow, whose family is facing indefinite travel plans and new medical deductibles in January in her fight against cancer, will be the beneficiary of a concert Dec. 20 at the Hood River Middle School auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Exit Mayor Babitz

Outgoing Mayor Arthur Babitz (right) accepts a plaque adorned with a key to the city from City Manager Steve Wheeler at the conclusion of Monday night’s Hood River City Council meeting.

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Adult Center looks to future

Hood River Valley Adult Center Director Collice Martens-Sinclair has good news: The center’s 501c3 non-profit tax status, lost in 2010 due to a “series of unfortunate events,” has been retroactively reinstated.

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Hood River City Council lays out the Waterfront's future

In what was one of its last actions of 2014, and for some, one of their last actions as city councilors, the Hood River City Council voted Monday evening to pass an ordinance implementing the Waterfront Refinement Plan, which sets down design concepts and zoning restrictions for future development at the Hood River Waterfront.

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Saturday, December 13

  

DeeTour appeal fails due to deadlock

An appeal against a concert and event venue planned for the unincorporated town of Dee has failed after Hood River County Planning Commissioners were unable to muster enough votes to make a decision Wednesday evening.

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HR wrestlers get royal treatment at OTC

Hood River residents and youth wrestling standouts Noah and Jeremiah Wachsmuth and Ryan Zeller got quite a surprise last week when they arrived in Denver to compete in King of the Mountain collegiate youth wrestling tournament.

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Postal service hits crunch time Monday

The triple treatment of reduced staffing, increased volume and bad weather over the past weeks has resulted in U.S. Mail delivery delayed into the evening hours for many recipients.

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Eagles end curse with ‘game-changer’ vs. Putnam

For the first time in a long time, the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys basketball team is on a roll. Granted, Tuesday night’s home win was just the second of this early 2014-15 season, but the hard-fought 76-71 triumph came against the then 5A No. 2 ranked Putnam Kingsmen, who defeated South Albany and Century last week to open their season.

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The Porch, Dec. 13

SCANNING: In years past we’ve published “a scanner year” – entertaining excerpts from what we heard over the dispatch communications device in our office – and while we did not get it together in 2014 to compile such a list, one item overheard on Dec. 9 was funny in itself: the words of the officer were, in full and verbatim: “An inquisitive toddler.”

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Lighted fire trucks roll Dec. 15-17

The annual Hood River County fire departments’ lighted truck Christmas parade will take place Dec. 15 in Odell and Pine Grove, Dec. 16 in Parkdale and Dee, and Dec. 17 on the West Side and Hood River, each night from 6-9 p.m.

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Food bank benefit Dec. 14

Barley Draught & Friends return to old St. Peter's Landmark Church in The Dalles for their third annual Christmas Concert, Sunday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m.

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How to Help: Updated for Dec. 13

Giving Tree — For the 20th year, John L. Scott realty offices host the Giving Tree. Gifts will be distributed to needy families in the area. Gift tags can be taken from trees located at any of the following John L Scott offices: 1000 W. Steuben, Bingen; 3206 W 6th St., The Dalles; 138 NW Second St., Stevenson; 512 Cascade Ave., Hood River.

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Robotics winners

“Dragon Bricks“ from May Street Elementary, led by teacher Tom Dalbey, was champion for the Dec. 7 Columbia Gorge First Lego League Qualifying Tournament at The Dalles Middle School.

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Last Chance Holiday Bazaar Dec. 13-14

A favorite event of procrastinating shoppers — the Last Chance Holiday Bazaar — takes place at the Hood River County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13-14.

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Friday, December 12



Wednesday, December 10

  

Speech-Debate team starts new season

On Dec. 6, the Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate team took 17 students to the Clackamas Holiday Edge Tournament at Clackamas High School. The tournament is the largest in the state, with 47 teams competing from around the region.

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Eriksson weds Domingue

Maiken Eriksson of Hood River and Larry Domingue of Apple Valley, Calif., were married in Maui at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea on Sept. 5, 2014.

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Mayer, Groove Project play holiday shows this weekend

Hood River jazz pianist Tim Mayer performs two concerts this weekend, starting with the Friday noon Advent Concert at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State, with Mayer joined by Char Mayer on vocals, Ed Dietrich on bass, and Tim Ortlieb on drums. The concert is free.

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CL Port hires Mayah Frank as recreation coordinator

The Port of Cascade Locks has selected Mayah Frank to fill the new full time position of Port Recreation Coordinator. Frank will focus on facilitating a year-round schedule of recreational events and programming in Cascade Locks. Frank arrives at a critical time as the Port is revising facility rental policies and fees.

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Vintage bicycles at WAAAM

On December 13, the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum will feature vintage bicycles for its Second Saturday event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. While the museum has several ordinary bicycles and safety bicycles in its collection, visitors are encouraged to bring a vintage bicycle to share.

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Agreement reached on controversial Lava Thin

After attracting controversy from environmental groups earlier this year, a compromise has been reached that will help move forward a thinning project proposed on Mt. Hood National Forest land west of Parkdale.

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HR Lions Foundation awards 2014 grants

The Hood River Lions Club Foundation has selected 10 community organizations to share the generosity of an anonymous donor who, 16 years ago, gave the club $2.1 million and requested that the club’s foundation distribute the earnings to Hood River County organizations. This year, the charitable endowment provided the club with about $68,500 to donate. Fourteen non-profit organizations applied for the funds.

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Sports Briefs for Dec. 10

HRV Nordic hosts ski flic; HRV water polo starting youth program; Fast Pitch softball tryouts Dec. 13; HRVHS searching for boys lax coach

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Saturday, December 6

   

HR City Council votes down Walmart expansion

In a lengthy land use hearing that was fraught with controversy, the Hood River City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to deny Walmart’s application to expand its Hood River location, ruling that the store’s vested right to do so had expired since expansion of the store hadn’t moved forward in years.

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New era for Horizon girls

The Horizon Christian School varsity girls basketball team will be under the guidance of new head coach this season. Brian Stevens brings a positive outlook and upbeat attitude, which the Hawks are hoping will bring some success their way this season. Stevens and assistant coaches Kevin Dale and Melissa Bagge are hoping to transform a squad that had a 2-20 record in Class 1A a year ago into a winning team in 2015.

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HRV boys are taller, older; girls hope for breakthrough

Whenever a new season begins, it can often signal a dramatic turnaround for sports teams. Having that renewed sense of optimism is exactly the type of attitude that the Hood River Valley High Eagles girls basketball team is hoping will help them enjoy success during the 2014-2015 season.

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Hawk boys eye a new state title

The Horizon Christian High Hawks boys basketball team has enjoyed considerable success in recent years, including reaching the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Class 1A state finals the past three seasons.

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Neon golf?

Several unique opportunities for community are found this week.

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Friday, December 5



Thursday, December 4



Wednesday, December 3



CGCC looks at staff cuts, other bleak options

So many people showed up for Tuesday’s college board special meeting that a scheduled class switched rooms to give the board and public more space. The special meeting on Columbia Gorge Community College budget issues drew about 75 people at the Hood River campus, including staff, students, parents, and State representatives John Huffman of The Dalles and Mark Johnson of Hood River.

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Council votes 4-3 against Walmart expansion

In a lengthy four-hour land use hearing that was fraught with controversy, the Hood River City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to deny the expansion of Walmart's store on Wasco Avenue.

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Friday night Lights

Tree decorator Bryan Atwood installs lights on the Hood River downtown tree at Second and State streets.

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Wrestling Blue vs. Gold night kicks off HRVHS winter sports

In a first for both the Hood River Valley High School wrestling team and the school’s theater department, an exciting intersquad showdown took place Saturday on the stage of the Bowe Theater, complete with spotlights, smoke machines, play-by-play announcing and post-match media interviews.

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Local ladies featured in ‘Where the Wind Blows’

While waiting-out the next few months of gloomy northwest winter weather, go online and check out the locally-produced kiteboarding web series titled Where the Wind Blows. The three-part video project features Gorge-based professional female kiteboarders Lindsay McClure, Laura Mayer, Colleen Carroll and Sensi Graves as they explore the waters of the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast.

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Eagles earn first-team All-State soccer honors

On the heels of a memorable and historic fall season, Hood River Valley High School varsity soccer had four boys and one girl selected as OSAA 5A first-team All-State players, one player chosen as the 5A Player of the Year and a coach selected as Coach of the Year. The 5A All-State awards (first team and second team) were announced last Friday and were chosen by all 5A coaches from the state.

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It's A Wonderful Life

Take a step back in time- be a part of a live radio show audience for the CAST Theater production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Columbia Center for the Arts Dec. 6-20. Sponsored by Jeff Sacre of Director’s Mortgage and Ruby Mason of Windermere Realty this is the first performance of the play in the Columbia River Gorge.

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OSU holds session on bark beetles

Oregon State University Extension Service is holding a presentation and discussion session Dec. 6 on Bark Beetle Infestations and Tree Health in the Hood River area. The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the OSU Extension Service Conference Room at 2990 Experiment Station Drive, Hood River. (Turn east next to Your Party and Rental Center.)

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DeeTour appeal hearing set for Dec. 10

The DeeTour development, which attracted controversy when it was announced earlier this year, will go before the Hood River County Planning Commissioners next week, who will consider an appeal filed by a local land use group that accuses the county of making errors in how it approved and noticed the project.

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HRV kicks off canned food drive

You might have seen them already at the markets: Hood River Valley High School kids collecting food and cash donations for the annual holiday food drive.

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State parks sell discount day permits

What better stocking stuffer than a year of free parking at Oregon’s state parks? From Dec. 1-31, holiday shoppers can buy an annual day-use parking permit for only $25 — a $5 discount from the regular price of $30.

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‘Learning Unleashed’

Families and robot lovers of all ages are invited to watch the fun at the Columbia Gorge First Lego League (FLL) Tournaments in December.

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Schools: ‘Flash Alert’ hacked

“The Flash Alert system was hacked this morning and we are currently trying to uncover the source,” Hood River School superintendent Dan Goldman said Tuesday in an email.

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