Stories for January 2014

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Friday, January 31



Wednesday, January 29



Free writing workshop with young adult author Marissa Meyer Feb. 5

Young adult author Marissa Meyer will giving a free writing workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Hood River County Library (502 State St, Hood River). The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Meyer will be discussing how all of her novels in the “Lunar Chronicles” series started as National Novel Writing Month projects and how they were published by a large publishing house.

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Schools begin search for HRVHS principal

The Hood River County School District is initiating a rigorous search process to find a top-notch principal to lead Hood River Valley High School next year and into the future.

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Sports briefs for Jan. 29

Middle school track volunteers, coaches needed; Little League sign-ups Feb. 4-6; HR Babe Ruth returning, sign-ups Jan. 29, Feb. 9; HRVHS baseball fundraiser Feb. 8

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Freestyle, alpine ski teams continue suscess

Hood River Valley High School ski team had a repeat performance this week as both boys and girls downhill teams took first place in Mt. Hood League slalom racing action at Mt. Hood Meadows Saturday. The team result follows a Jan. 18 slalom race that again had both HRV teams finishing with the fastest marks of the day.

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Roots and Branches: A legalization lament

I was a teen in the infamous Sixties, a truly oxymoronic era, where history would have you believe that adolescents and young adults grooved to psychedelic music, lost in a haze of dope, believing they were seeing the world more clearly than their parents ever could or would. That everyone who came of age in the era had an endless stream of sex partners, used every drug imaginable, never worked at a “real” job and only cared about getting high.

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Gorge Geology: History Forum series begins Feb. 1

White Salmon resident Terry Hurd will address the geology of the Columbia River Gorge Saturday, Feb. 1, in the first of four Regional History Forum programs at the Original Wasco County Courthouse, 410 W. Second Place, The Dalles. The program, entitled “Gorge Geology: Colliding Plates, Lava Flows and the Missoula Flood,” begins at 1:30 p.m.

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Totaro double-doubles in Horizon blowout

Facing Big Sky Conference opponents has meant one thing for the Horizon Hawks boys basketball team this season — another one-sided win to add to their season stat sheet. But that’s a detail Horizon coaches Darrin Lingel, Mike Totaro and their powerhouse squad isn’t focusing on.

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‘Lava Restoration’ forest thin draws heat

A proposed U.S. Forest Service timber thin west of Parkdale has caught the eye of environmental groups and resulted in an outpouring of public comment from those concerned about the potential impact of the project — officially named “Lava Restoration.”

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Tuesday, January 28



Saturday, January 25



St. Mary’s hosts ‘Valentine’s Celebration’ Feb. 14

An interactive event promises romance, an Italian dinner, dancing, troubadours, and intrigue as you discover how Valentine’s Day began when you step back to 269 AD and meet Father Valentine, (played by Lou DeSitter) Feb. 14, at the Hood River Elks Club at 6 p.m.

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Swimmers pick up the pace

The Hood River Aquatic Center was packed to capacity last weekend as the HRV Eagles swim team hosted its annual invitational meet.

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Martin leads Eagles with 10 in CRC opener

The 7-9 Pendleton Buckaroos used a considerable size advantage and accurate shooting to hand the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys basketball team a 79-45 defeat Thursday in the Eagles’ Columbia River Conference opener.

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Public meetings planned for Nichols Basin

The Port of Hood River Commission has developed a public process and meeting schedule in preparation for the design and planning of Nichols Basin’s west edge that will include a pedestrian/bicycle path, water access, and landscaping. The work will be guided by a Project Advisory Committee, and include four public meetings to obtain community input.

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Beam, Magana in running for Oregon Sports Awards

Online voting is open for the annual Oregon Sports Awards, which honor the state’s best and most dedicated high school and college athletes. In the running for two awards are standout Hood River Valley High School athletes Kyle Beam and Giovani Magana.

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School District Budget committee has openings

The Hood River County School District is looking for committed citizens to join its budget committee: the committee of community and school board members tasked with scrutinizing and approving a budget of approximately $40 million. Vacancies are in the following regional areas:

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Friday, January 24



Wednesday, January 22

 

Young and old serve at FISH for MLK Day

With Martin Luther King’s legacy in mind, a diverse group of community members spent part of Monday afternoon in service at a place that definitely can use volunteer help: FISH food bank.

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Wells double-doubles in loss to Aloha

With starters Jestena Mattson and Annie Veatch and reserve Kassidy Ellefson-Davidson unavailable due to injuries and illness, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls basketball team was up against tough odds Friday night in a home dual against the 8-6 Aloha Warriors.

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HRV Nordic stoked on landmark win

A tough training regimen, proper waxing and home course advantage paid off for the Hood River Valley Nordic Team as it celebrated a landmark victory Saturday after besting Bend High and Summit for the first time in team history.

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Eagle wrestling 2-3 at Oregon Classic

Wrestlers from across the Northwest piled into the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond over the weekend for the annual Oregon Wrestling Classic. The high school division brought 53 teams to compete in the dual-meet format tournament, including a lineup of the top varsity wrestlers representing Hood River Valley High School.

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MLK Day speakers call for immigration rights

About 250 people filled Riverside Community Church sanctuary on Monday for the Martin Luther King Day service organized by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries, titled “MLK’s Dream Lives On: Building a Community of Justice for All.”

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Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Avery Hill doesn’t mind the drive – and neither should you

Before diving into introducing you to folk musician Avery Hill I thought you should know that my last blog post caught the attention of a think-tank based in Washington, D.C., called the Tax Foundation — someone from that organization thought I might enjoy a blog post on “the historical realities of estate taxes on Downton Abbey and a discussion on how the real Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) has dealt with these same issues.”

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Small Farms Conference meets Feb. 22 at OSU

Hundreds of farmers from throughout Oregon will gather in Corvallis this winter to improve their skills and get inspired for the next growing season. The 14th annual Oregon Small Farms Conference will take place Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Oregon State University.

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Kegler's Corner: Levi Phelps is this week’s star

The big story in last week’s 10-pin action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes Bowling Center has to be the terrific display by young Levi Phelps in the Wednesday night Fraternal league. Levi fired a fine 671 series that vaulted him back to the heady status of a 200 average bowler and, for the first time, vaulted him to the honorable Team of the Week.

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Skiers dominate league race

Fast and furious was the theme for Hood River Valley High School ski team this weekend in the team’s second race of the season; and much like the first (Jan. 4 Cato Race), Austin Keillor and Lucy McLean had unbeatable performances that brought individual top honors and propelled both varsity boys and girls teams to top finishes.

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Sports briefs for Jan. 22

‘With a Kite’ premieres Jan. 22 at Skylight; Mark your calendar: Little League sign-ups Feb. 4-6; Avalanche awareness presentation Jan. 24; HRVST nets top finishes at Seth Dawson meet

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Sweet Adelines hold Guest Night Jan. 28

Are you a woman who loves to sing? In the shower, in your car, or on a stage? Harmony of the Gorge chorus is hosting a special guest night, Jan. 28, for women who love to sing.

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Tuesday, January 21



Monday, January 20

 

Sen. Merkley holding Hood River town hall Jan. 21

Senator Jeff Merkley will hold town halls in Hood River, Wasco, Gilliam and Sherman Counties this week. He will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.

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Saturday, January 18



The porch

WELL SAID: “Things changin’, but they ain’t change all dat much.” – Hoke Coleburn in Arthur Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy” on stage at Columbia Center for the Arts. It’s a tale of friendship, aging, civil rights, and canned salmon.

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A slice of local life: ‘Loud and happy’ Gordy Sato of Parkdale grows pears, gives cheer

Parkdale native Gordy Sato is something of a volunteer recruitment specialist: He believes that everyone has gifts to share, and likes to connect people with volunteer opportunities when the topic arises. In other words, don’t tell Sato you’re bored unless you’re looking for a new pastime. “My goal is to get everyone to do whatever it is they’re passionate about,” he said. “There’s a plethora of things to volunteer for, right?”

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Fire consumes shed on Belmont Drive

A tool shed on the west side of Hood River was reduced to little more than a pile of charred wood following a fire that quickly ripped through the structure Wednesday morning.

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Dreams live on

In preparation for the Martin Luther King Day national holiday, third graders in Odell have been looking at Martin Luther King’s life and how it has affected their own.

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Scott Baker fights for FCFF welterweight title Jan. 25

Hood River native and amateur mixed martial arts fighter Scott Baker will step into the cage later this month for a shot at a Full Contact Fighting Federation championship belt. With three wins in his career, Baker will challenge Daniel Dieringer in the FCFF’s 170-pound welterweight bout at the Jan. 25 “Rumble at the Roseland 76.”

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Kids’ Gorge Soup returns on Feb. 20

Gorge Soup for Kids’ third annual dinner will be Feb. 20, a chance for young people to win funding for a business or project. This year, Gorge Soup for Kids will allow students to apply for community initiative or the start-up of their business.

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Hawks continue winning streak

Horizon Christian School’s boys basketball team added another notch to its win column this week with a big 79-44 victory on the road Tuesday against Sherman. The 1A No. 1-ranked Hawks are now 11-1 overall as they steamroll into the heart of conference action. The boys moved on to host Dufur 7:30 p.m. Friday (results not available as of presstime) and travel to Arlington Saturday before hosting home games Jan. 21 vs. South Wasco and Jan. 24 vs. Condon/Wheeler.

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Miller, Johnston claim state titles

Hood River gymnasts Poppy Miller and Jacy Johnston claimed state champion medals last month at the Oregon State Gymnastics Championships in Grants Pass. The two train with Riverside Gymnastics in The Dalles and traveled with eight others who also brought home first-place honors in individual events.

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As Odell grows, a boundary is drawn

Hood River may get a lot of attention, but the unincorporated community of Odell is also a happening place. Though it is not an incorporated city like Hood River, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, Odell has 2,225 residents — twice as many as Cascade Locks, which is the only other incorporated city in Hood River County. Odell is also a relatively young community as well, with approximately a third of its population 18 years of age or younger.

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GEM honors Campos-Davis at potluck Jan. 26

Gorge Ecumenical Ministries will host its annual celebration on Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. The event will begin with a potluck dinner and will take place at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road.

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New online resource helps caregivers

Hearts of Gold Caregivers has just launched an online learning center, a free educational resource for family caregivers. The Family Learning Center offers more than 50 courses relating to the roles, responsibilities and challenges surrounding the care of our elderly loved ones.

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Project Graduation 2014 seeks support

Senior parents of the Hood River Valley High School graduating class of 2014 need the community’s help to make the all-night drug- and alcohol-free graduation party a success.

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Dreaming On: MLK through eyes of children

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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How to help

Hood River County Library District board meets Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Jeanne Marie Gaulke meeting room at Hood River Library, 502 State St. (In case of construction on State Street, parking is available across the street at the Hood River News lot.)

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Wednesday, January 15

  

Library District awarded Ready to Read grant

The Hood River County Library District has received a $4,425 grant to improve public library services to children. The Ready to Read grant funds will be used to create several “mini-libraries” in underserved areas around the county, especially in Odell.

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Wy’east hosts winter concert on Jan. 23

Art cards, designed by Mid Valley Elementary students, are still available. Stop by the school office to check out the window display — the cards range from holiday to everyday, and can be purchased for $2 a card or $14.95 for a box.

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Bonneville Lock and Dam seeks volunteers

PORTLAND, Ore. – Would you like to meet people from all over the world and teach them about historic places, or help protect our natural resources? Bonneville Lock and Dam needs volunteers on weekends during the spring, fall and winter months to help run its visitor centers, powerhouse display gallery, bookstore and Natural Resource program.

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‘The Perpetual Farm’ to kick off Gorge Grown Winter Film Series on Jan. 23

Can we farm forever? That is precisely the question that producers of the documentary film The Perpetual Farm set out to discuss. Gorge Grown Food Network will launch its Winter Film Series on Jan. 23 with a screening of “The Perpetual Farm” at North Shore Café, located at 166 E. Jewett Blvd. in downtown White Salmon. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the 30-minute documentary will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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HRV girls defeat Sprague

Relentless defense, teamwork and contributions from role players boosted the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls hoops team to a 56-50 win over Sprague on Jan. 10 at Vannet Court.

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Kegler's Corner: Randy Nieto is latest Bowler of the Week

Earning top honors last week was righty Randy Nieto, who scorched the boards with a 267 game that propelled him to a solid 681 series in the Monday night Industrial league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. The pro painter from across the river ended up 132 pins over his average, the most by anyone at the lanes last week, which makes him the latest Bowler of the Week.

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Little League is gearing up

The first pitch of the 2014 Little League season will be thrown in less than 60 days. Sign-ups for the league run Feb. 4-6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Westside, Parkdale and Mid Valley elementary schools. Tryouts are set for March 1 and 3 at the HRVHS baseball field. More specific details for tryouts will be announced after sign-ups. Cost to play this season will be $25 per player or $45 each for families with more than two players; scholarships are available.

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Mud Matters: Simple steps toward health management

Driving around the Hood River Valley in winter, it is easy to notice a lot of damaged pastures and livestock standing hoof-deep in mud. This time of year we tend to accept mud as a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can avoid most mud problems by taking a few steps to manage the soil and water on your land.

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Progress made on Hanford cleanup, but challenges remain

It’s been almost 25 years since the U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Washington Department of Ecology entered into an agreement to clean up the Hanford Site — widely considered to be the most contaminated nuclear site in the nation.

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School board update: District seeks details on state poverty formula

School Superintendent Dan Goldman told the Hood River County School District board he has invited Michael Elliott of the state Department of Education to attend the board’s Jan. 22 meeting to discuss the proposed changes in how the Department of Education calculates funding for students who are considered to be below the poverty line.

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Brown Bag workshops offered

Gorge Innoventure is offering Brown Bag Workshops during February, to be held from noon to 1 p.m. at its office at 1000 E. Port Marina Drive, Ste. 101, Hood River. The cost is $5 for non-members. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. For details or to register, visit gorgeinnoventure.com.

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Library book club reads ‘Look Again’

This month, the Hood River Library Book Club is discussing “Look Again,” by Lisa Scottoline, the thrilling tale of a journalist who discovers that the child she adopted may have been stolen before he came into her life.

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Kaleidoscope: What would you do?

Don Butzin took a stand. Serving in the Army, he wrote a letter in December 1944 to the Hood River American Legion after they took the names of 16 Japanese-Americans from the Hood River veterans honor roll.

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Hawks make it 10 straight

Seeking a fourth consecutive Big Sky Conference title, the Horizon Christian School boys basketball team kicked off its Class 1A Big Sky league schedule Friday night at home versus the Central Christian Tigers of Redmond.

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SO Samba FC gaining steam

Hood River-based SO Samba FC is holding tryouts Saturday, Jan. 18, for a range of youth soccer teams the club is trying to assemble for upcoming seasons. Tryouts will run from 10 a.m. to noon for girls and 1-3 p.m. for boys at the St. Mary’s Church field (1501 Belmont Ave.), with age groups from U12 to U18.

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Confessions of a mock marriage

Walking into my Advanced Health classroom, I observed the desks arranged in pairs. It was now the time I had heard about since middle school: mock marriages; a week-long exercise designed to prepare students for life-long marital success.

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Tuesday, January 14



Saturday, January 11

      

Escapee back in NORCOR after four-year hiatus

On Aug. 19, 2009, Duane Allen Reineccius was temporarily released from the Northern Oregon Correctional Facility for a dentist appointmentwhile serving time for a probation violation on a DUII charge.

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Hospital institutes flu restrictions

Hospital institutes With H1N1 flu cases on the rise in the state of Oregon, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital announced Thursday it is instituting new visitor restriction policies in order to help prevent the virus popularly known as “swine flu” from spreading throughout the hospital.

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Crash spills diesel into East Fork

A steep grade and slick road conditions caused a semi-trailer to go over an embankment along Highway 35 Wednesday morning and narrowly miss taking a plunge into the icy East Fork of the Hood River.

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ANOTHER VOICE: State should take broad look at fibromyalgia status

A national petition having gone viral garnering more than 600 signatures (http://chn.ge/1aua7js), highlights a concerted effort by clinicians, patients and advocates who are asking a subcommittee of the Oregon Health Authority’s Health Evidence Review Commission to allow Oregon Medicaid to cover diagnosis and treatments for fibromyalgia. Oregon is the only U.S. state that excludes Medicaid coverage of fibromyalgia.

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Thanks by the shelf-load

As the Hood River County FISH food bank closed the books on the 2013 year, it has been able to look back over the year to evaluate its accomplishments and successes, writes Billie Stevens, the organization’s volunteer coordinator.

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Friday, January 10

 

Wednesday, January 8

  

Dolans, Muhonen, Wiley, lead HRV Nordic

Hood River Valley High School Nordic skiers were in Bend over the weekend for their second race of the season. With more snow than Mount Hood, the Mount Bachelor course provided competitors with solid and fast conditions, and sunny skies meant a pleasant day of racing.

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Rebels rally past Eagles

Hood River Valley High School varsity girls basketball matched South Albany for three quarters Saturday night before slumping in the fourth and letting the 1-5 Rebels walk away with a victory.

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Hawks outplay HRV in cross-town matchup

The Horizon Hawks boys basketball team built a big lead over the hosting Hood River Valley High School Eagles Friday night, and held onto the win despite a furious fourth-quarter rush led by Eagle reserves.

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McLean, Keillor win Cato race

Lucy McLean and Austin Keillor were a cut above the rest Saturday at the 24th annual Christine Cato Memorial Race at Timberline Ski Area.

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Lions’ tree disposal day Jan. 11

Cleaning up after Christmas is tiring enough, without having to load a dry, needle-dropping old tree into your car and haul it to the transfer station.

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Library book club reads ‘Look Again’

This month, the Hood River Library Book Club is discussing “Look Again” by Lisa Scottoline, the thrilling tale of a journalist who discovers that the child she adopted may have been stolen before he came into her life.

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In Service: Community awards focus upon the works

This is award season. We refer not to Oscars and Globes, but something more important: local service awards such as those coming out later this month courtesy of Hood River Chamber Commerce, and this spring, and beyond, from other groups.

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Kegler's Corner: Bryan Mason is No. 1

We’re at the midseason point in league action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes so as we do at this time of the year, let’s see who are our top five men and women bowlers by average:

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Cascade Observations: The pleasing puzzle

The “after Christmas season” always means one thing to me — it’s jigsaw puzzle time. We drag the rickety card table from a dark closet, open the box, and dump 1,000 pieces of colored cardboard onto the table’s ancient surface.

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Tuesday, January 7



Saturday, January 4

 

New charges filed in Lolley sex abuse case

Local business owner Kenneth Gordon Lolley is facing more child sexual abuse charges after an investigation determined he may have inappropriately touched the private parts of another underage girl.

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First baby of 2014

Not every newborn baby gets ceremonial spotlights from Hood River Police, but Keller Everett Mason did. Keller, son of Tamme and Erin Mason of Hood River, has the honor of being the first baby born in 2014 in Hood River.

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Watching the rockets

Gus Londin watches a rocket in dramatic takeoff during the annual New Year’s Eve rocket launch, aided by teacher Zed Ruhlen of Hood River Hobbies.

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New year brings big changes for Columbia River sturgeon fishery

A flotilla of fishing boats has arrived in the Bonneville Pool. With the start of the new year come new fishing regulations for the Columbia River, and between now and Jan. 19, the stretch between Cascade Locks and The Dalles is going to be a center of activity for the dramatically changing white sturgeon fishery.

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Eagle boys hoops falls to Franklin at buzzer

Austin Martin’s last-ditch three point attempt from the top of the key met the top of the rim on its way down, and with a clang the Franklin Quakers escaped with a 47-43 win over the Hood River Valley High School Eagles on Dec. 30.

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HR man charged with sexual abuse

A Hood River man has been charged with sexual abuse and attempted sexual abuse after being accused of inappropriately touching and attempting to touch underage girls.

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A slice of local life: Unsung heros of the Gorge

Marianne Durkan grew up in a household of volunteers. As the oldest of seven, the native of Schenectady, NY, watched her parents volunteering in both the Catholic Church and in area homeless shelters. Helping others, she said, was just part of her family’s values.

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The news keeps flowing: Year in Review Part 2

There were plenty of fish in the river but regional water supplies were far from plentiful in 2013. Those are just two highlights of news in the Hood River News in the second half of the year. Here is a summary of events covered from July to December 2013, with a few updates. (Part I ran in the Jan. 1 edition.)

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Neighbors: Giving goes on in Cascade Locks

Ralph Hesgard was doing repairs at the Cascade Locks Community Church when a semi truck driver, from Florida, approached him. He handed Ralph an envelope said he hadn’t tithed in December, turned and walked back to his truck. Later when the envelope was opened it was found to hold nine $20 bills.

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ANOTHER VOICE ‘To my young daughters on the 2014 New Year’

It is the beginning of the New Year, 2014. I watch you as you board your school bus on this cold January morning. I am filled with precious memories of our family time in the last weeks of December. Like a lot of other families, we gave gifts to each other. I had this dream that I would find the perfect gift for you both. In the dream, as you open it, out bursts a light cloud that fills your lungs as you look inside. You breathe in this gift — and it miraculously offers you the promise of a long and healthful future. It is the gift of a healthy, life-giving planet.

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Editorial -- When and Now: In two ways, our history comes home

Our sense of history, and place, gets two major stimuli this week. Gorge Owned hosts Hood River Mayor and history enthusiast Arthur Babitz at Springhouse Cellar Winery on Jan. 8 for the next “Sense of Place” lecture series. Babitz will explore the rich and well-documented past of Hood River using photographic archives of The History Museum of Hood River County.

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‘Discovering William Stafford’ airs Jan. 16

Portland — Oregon Art Beat returns this month with the premiere of a half-hour special dedicated to the art, life and legacy of famous Oregon poet William Stafford. In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of his birth, “Discovering William Stafford” will air on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. on OPB.

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Friday, January 3



Wednesday, January 1



DUII patrols increase

This holiday season, the Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police urge everyone to support their enforcement efforts and show zero tolerance for drunk and drugged driving.

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A look back: Slice of local life

The Hood River News set out to interview 52 people (and sometimes couples) for our weekly Slice of Local Life column this year. Having written two-thirds of these columns (or so says Kirby; math was never my strong point), I can tell you firsthand that Hood River is filled with remarkable people.

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2013: Greatest Hits

The phrase “never a dull day” comes to mind when looking back at the last year’s worth of sports pages in the Hood River News. Despite being a small, rural county, Hood River is blessed with an unrivaled combination of active and athletic residents, a great variety of world-class outdoor sports and a supportive community that gives young athletes more opportunities than they could possibly have time for.

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How to help: Jan. 1

Warming Shelter seeks host sites Hood River Warming Shelter will be housed at Immanuel Lutheran Church Dec. 29 to Jan. 4. The church is hosting the shelter this week, and took on the extra week when the word went out that no host site was available the week after Christmas.

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A ‘What If’ that was all too true

The new year brings a new exhibit to The History Museum of Hood River County. “What if Heroes Were Not Welcome Home?” moves to Hood River Jan. 2 from the Oregon Historical Society, where it was unveiled in August with the sons and daughters of the World War II internees as honored guests.

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Semester at Sea: HR grad finds global adventure

Extorted for money in Ghana ... ate a cicada in South Africa ... hiked a glacier in Argentina — these are just a few of one young man’s adventures in the past four months. Leo Dorich, a 2010 HRVHS graduate, writes about Semester At Sea, which took him from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Florida, in fall 2013, by way of Ireland, West Africa, Brazil, Cuba, and many other ports. On the voyage, Dorich earned credits for study at University of Oregon.

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2013 in review -- Part one of two: Issues on the boil

False starts and court wranglings over Barrett Park and Nichols Landing development highlighted the first half of 2013, as reported in the Hood River News. Here is a summary of events covered from January to June, with a few updates. Part II will run in the Jan. 4 edition.

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No rest for wrestlers

Hood River Valley High School wrestlers traveled to two major tournaments since school ended for the holiday break. Last weekend the team loaded into vans and dove down to Nevada for the Reno Tournament of Champions, which is dubbed the toughest tournament in the country.

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HRV girls basketball ready to return home

After a five-game road stretch, including three over the weekend at Gresham High School’s Holiday Tournament, the Hood River Valley School varsity girls basketball team focused on its return to Vannet Court, and on snapping a four-game losing streak.

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HISTORY MUSEUM BLOG Starting Thursday at the museum: Seeing the injustice

When my son Aaron (who is now 28) was in kindergarten, he was typically a wonderfully polite and intelligent little boy. So, you can imagine our surprise when we received a phone call one day that he was being suspended for hitting another child. We immediately arrived at the school to pick him up and learn what had happened.

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Stafford writing workshop offered

To celebrate the birth centennial of Oregon’s most famous poet, William Stafford, a poetry writing workshop will be held on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 1-4 p.m. at the Hood River Middle School library, 1602 May St. in Hood River.

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ANOTHER VOICE CGCC reaches milestones in 2013

Two-thousand thirteen has been a banner year for Columbia Gorge Community College. Most significantly, the culmination of over seven years of hard work by faculty and staff has finally paid off with CGCC achieving independent accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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Jan. 9 event looks at protecting children

On Jan. 9 Gorge Ecumenical Ministries will host a workshop on “Recognizing and Responding to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.” All area clergy and other professionals are invited to attend this gathering at Hood River Valley Christian Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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