Hood River County has been peppered with complaints of various potential land use and building code violations committed by some of its residents, and those complaints have been piling up faster than the county can resolve them.June 28, 2014 midnight read more..
The Grammy Foundation recently announced that Noah Tauscher, a Hood River Valley High School senior, was selected to attend Grammy Camp 2014, to be held this July on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles.June 28, 2014 midnight read more..
There are more close-to-home fishing opportunities now than at any time earlier this year. While fisheries for trout, shad, sturgeon (mostly catch amd release) and the warm-water clan consisting of bass, crappie, bluegill and perch have been going on for several weeks, other major fisheries are now open. For example, as of May 31 the Columbia opened for fin-clipped spring chinook. Regulations for these fish can change so check out the WDFW web site for updates: wdfw.wa.gov.June 28, 2014 midnight read more..
The 2014 Hood River County Fair, with its theme “Music, Memories, Magic,” takes place Wednesday through Saturday, July 23-26, at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Road, Odell. Gates open at noon each day. Carnival rides begin at 1 p.m. General admission is $7 per adult on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and $10 per adult on Saturday. Children aged 6-12 are admitted for $2 every day, and children younger than 6 are admitted free.June 28, 2014 midnight read more..
Organizers of the annual Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run are gearing up for what has become a wildly popular Independence Day tradition for several hundred people every year. This year marks the 39th-annual 4th of July run, named after the late Joe Kollas and Jerry Cranmer, both of whom were active runners and community members.June 28, 2014 midnight read more..
“Definitely not luck,” is how Gorge FC manager Roger Sherrell describes his team’s first league win of the season last weekend over Seattle Sporting FC. After going through structure and coaching changes midway through the spring, the Hood River-based semi-pro soccer team has found its rhythm as it concludes its first season in the Northwest Conference of the National Premier Soccer League.June 28, 2014 midnight read more..
Seventh Judicial District Presiding Judge Paul Crowley of Hood River says it is time to take on new challenges because life is not meant to be too comfortable. In an interview first published in The Dalles Chronicle, he looks back on two memorable cases and talks about dispensing justice and the isolation of the role.June 28, 2014 midnight read more..
Physical work has begun on a project that will restore a long-dormant section of the Historic Columbia River Highway in Hood River County to its former glory when it was first constructed nearly 100 years ago.June 28, 2014 midnight read more..
Seventeen-year-old Fiona Wylde grew up around water, so it’s probably not surprising she’s an elite water sport athlete.June 28, 2014 midnight read more..
A Hood River man arrested in December of last year on over a dozen counts of first-degree sexual abuse is scheduled for an entry of plea Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Hood River County Courthouse.June 28, 2014 midnight read more..
The Port of Hood River recently received word that it is in line to receive a $445,000 state grant to help construct a waterfront bike and pedestrian trail located on the west bank of the Nichols Boat Basin.June 28, 2014 midnight read more..
The Port of Hood River is set to begin a $266,000 bridge approach overlay and joint rehabilitation project in less than two weeks, which will cause delays and closures for motorists traveling over the Hood River Bridge for approximately one month.June 28, 2014 midnight read more..
The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association proudly presents the Portland State University Chamber Singers under the direction of internationally recognized director and composer Ethan Sperry, Saturday, June 28, at 7 p.m. at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State Streets, Hood River.June 28, 2014 midnight read more..
The 39th annual Sternwheeler Days festival features live music from Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising on the main stage at Marine Park on Saturday from 12:30 - 5 p.m.June 28, 2014 midnight read more..
When her “Little Sister” graduated from 8th grade a year ago, Keely Kopetz was beaming proudly in the audience. Like many middle schoolers, her Little Sister, Zoe, was anxious about starting high school. She was afraid she’d get lost on campus, worried she wouldn’t choose the right classes, and concerned about finding new friends who shared her interests. Living with a dad who speaks primarily Spanish, the girl wondered how he could help her through the process., writes Dawn Stover of Next Door Inc.June 25, 2014 midnight read more..
I have sat down many times over the past few weeks to write this, my last blog for The History Museum of Hood River County.June 25, 2014 midnight read more..
Do you have small children and did you forget something on your way to go camping?June 25, 2014 midnight read more..
Sarah Sullivan of Portland is the next Executive Director of Gorge Grown Food Network, succeeding Michelle McGrath.June 25, 2014 midnight read more..
CrossFit Hood River Athletes Regan Huckaby and Christine Wells are headed to the world championship of CrossFit competition, the CrossFit Games, at the end of July in Carson, Calif. The two are the first athletes from Hood River to qualify for the Games, which they did by advancing through highly competitive local and regional contests earlier this year.June 25, 2014 midnight read more..
Hood River artist and metal sculptor C.J. Rench and his team unveiled the final product of several months of hard work and collaboration over the weekend in Seattle, Wash., where a 22-foot high, 11,000-pound structure was pieced together in the city’s Jefferson Park. The project, called Red Bull Skate Space, is a joint effort between Rench, Red Bull and professional skateboarder Torey Pudwil. In addition to its appeal as a bright and cheerful piece of public art, the work is and is designed to be interactive and, in particular, to be skateable.June 25, 2014 midnight read more..
There are plenty of things to know about Independence Day celebration, but here are five main things to get you going; see future editions of Hood River News for more details.June 25, 2014 midnight read more..
The cherry harvest is underway in Hood River County and the fruit is looking good, with ripening slightly ahead of schedule.June 25, 2014 midnight read more..
Community volunteer Kari Goben will lead Saturday’s parade as Grand Marshal of Sternwheeler Days 2014. The three-day event pays tribute to the community’s historic ties to the river, through the sternwheeler vessels that carried passengers and cargo through the Gorge.June 25, 2014 midnight read more..
Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in May at 6.9 percent. Compared with May 2013, Oregon’s unemployment rate fell by 0.9 percentage point over the year according to Dallas Fridley, the Columbia Gorge and Columbia Basin regional economist with the Oregon Employment DepartmentJune 25, 2014 midnight read more..
A little more than a month following its 20th anniversary, Insitu opened the doors to its new facility June 12.June 25, 2014 midnight read more..
The Bonneville Power Administration Library has released a new collection of six BPA-produced films from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s that takes viewers on a cinematic journey into the early years of the Northwest hydroelectric power and transmission systems.June 25, 2014 midnight read more..
A Toppenish, Wash., woman is dead after driving her car into the Columbia River Monday night, according to a report by the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office that was published on the White Salmon Enterprise website.June 25, 2014 midnight read more..
Did you hear it Monday night?June 25, 2014 midnight read more..
Did you hear it Monday night?June 25, 2014 midnight read more..
In an effort to get more kids involved in the sport, Hood River’s Indian Creek Golf Course has formed a youth team to participate in the nation-wide PGA Jr. League Golf program. The program is open to players ages 8-13 and is run similar to Little League baseball and softball, with contests held between teams based from neighboring courses. Mark Gradin, Indian Creek’s director of Instruction and Player Development, says the Hood River team currently has a full team of 16 players, but if he can recruit more kids he’ll gladly form a second team.June 25, 2014 midnight read more..
Suffice to say, the 2014 Gorge wind season has been nothing to scoff at so far. May and June have performed more like July and August, and were highlighted by the now famous “Big Tuesday” (June 3). Locals who have been windsurfing in the Gorge for 20+ years agree, it was one of the biggest days they have ever seen.June 25, 2014 midnight read more..
For Second Wind Sports co-owner Erica Gerald, one word sums up the entire Hood River windustry: Stoked.June 21, 2014 midnight read more..
The Maryhill Festival of Speed returns to the Gorge next week, June 25-29, for five days of hair-raising downhill skateboard and street luge action on the world-renowned Maryhill Loops Road. The annual event has become known by adrenaline junkies the world over as one of the best races, and the absolute best venue, on the International Downhill Federation’s World Cup circuit.June 21, 2014 midnight read more..
As mayor of Hood River, I am frequently called upon to take a stand on issues. As someone with strong opinions, you’d think this would be easy, but there’s a bit of subtlety required. As a citizen I am entitled to my strong opinions on any topic; as mayor of Hood River I am careful to limit myself to issues where the mayor and council have a legitimate policy concern under our city charter.June 21, 2014 midnight read more..
With high temperatures and drought conditions predicted for most of the state of Oregon this summer, firefighting agencies throughout the Gorge are already girding themselves for what is expected to be a challenging wildfire season that is already underway.June 21, 2014 midnight read more..
Stephanie Harris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in environmental science from Colorado College. Harris is a 2010 graduate of Hood River Valley High School.June 21, 2014 midnight read more..
The Fourth of July holiday will limit access to Port of Hood River property beginning Thursday, July 3, when the Hood River Eye Openers Lions Club begin setting up its fireworks display just west of the mouth of the Hood River.June 21, 2014 midnight read more..
Matt Klee’s philosophy in life was simple: Find things that make you happy, and do them as often as possible.June 21, 2014 midnight read more..
On Thursday, June 5, “Ken” Jian Huang, a Chinese government lawyer, visited Hood River and met with several local attorneys and leaders. Huang’s trip to Hood River was part of a two-week cultural and legal exchange sponsored by the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.June 18, 2014 midnight read more..
Oil and coal transport opponents rallied some dramatic numbers in a multimedia forum Monday convened by the Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network at Riverside Community Church.June 18, 2014 midnight read more..
The Gorge Roller Girls hosted Atomic City Saturday night at Hood River Valley High School in their final bout of the season, and for the many hundred fans who have followed the team through its first two years of competition since being formed, this was the bout to end all bouts.June 18, 2014 midnight read more..
Kenji Nakano has dedicated almost half of his life to his community and townspeople, and after serving 40 years as the Mayor of Tsuruta, Japan, the 84-year-old is finally retiring.June 18, 2014 midnight read more..
Gov. John Kitzhaber announced Monday the appointment of Karen Ostrye to fill the vacancy on the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District created by the retirement of Judge Paul Crowley. The Seventh Judicial District encompasses Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler counties.June 18, 2014 midnight read more..
A celebration to honor the 100 years since the Mount Hood Town Hall was built will be held Saturday, June 28, outdoors under the summer sky and under the big tent on the front lawn.June 18, 2014 midnight read more..
Tina Pasto of Allstate Insurance recently presented a $1,000 check from the Allstate Foundation to Heidi Venture of The Next Door. Pasto’s Hope Chest project, collecting new household items for teens leaving foster care, inspired the grant for The Next Door’s programs serving foster teens.June 18, 2014 midnight read more..
Gov. John Kitzhaber has ordered all flags at public institutions statewide to be lowered and flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, June 17.June 18, 2014 midnight read more..
As Ponderosa pine trees throughout the Gorge continue to wither and redden due to the California Fivespined Ips another type of bark beetle has begun swarming and attacking Douglas fir trees, as well.June 18, 2014 midnight read more..
Preparation for potential incidents stemming from oil train traffic in Klickitat County was the hot topic of discussion at a meeting in White Salmon last week.June 18, 2014 midnight read more..
Five years after the global recession, the revenue situation for Hood River County has not improved as fast as the county would like, and that doesn’t appear to change anytime soon.June 18, 2014 midnight read more..
Hood River native Alex Titus is embarking on the trip of a lifetime.June 14, 2014 midnight read more..
Over Memorial Day weekend the Hood River Police Department participated in a high-visibility enforcement program in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).June 14, 2014 midnight read more..
If you love to read, regardless of your age, the Hood River County Library has a summer reading program for you.June 14, 2014 midnight read more..
When the discussion comes to funding schools, streets and infrastructure, a common theme is to assess some tax or fee that doesn’t include big business. Governor Kitzhaber says he wants revenue reform and a state sales tax, but in a recent “special session” gave Nike a 30-year tax break. In Portland, commissioners proposed a residential street fee to fix potholes. No proposal I’m aware of demands that big business stop freeloading on the public.June 14, 2014 midnight read more..
Six Oregon artists will deliver special presentations about the history and cultural significance of their crafts and traditions at state parks across Oregon during the month of June.June 14, 2014 midnight read more..
Full Sail Brewing is one of the 69 craft brewers across the country that has joined the Ales for ALS™ campaign in support of the ALS Therapy Development Institute’s (ALS TDI) mission to discover and develop effective treatments for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.June 14, 2014 midnight read more..
The city of Cascade Locks has decided it will make another attempt at passing an Emergency Medical Services support fee during the November general election after the original measure failed during the May primary due to a lackluster voter turnout.June 14, 2014 midnight read more..
We begin “Tracks To ‘26,” a living yearbook.June 14, 2014 midnight read more..
RBS Inc. — Robichaud Batten Systems — is flying under the radar, and that’s how owner Romeo Robichaud likes it.June 14, 2014 midnight read more..
The Tsuruta-Hood River Sister city Program has seen some big celebrations in its 37 years, but none like next week’s.June 14, 2014 midnight read more..
Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball and softball teams concluded praiseworthy seasons last week in the 2014 OSAA 5A state championships.June 14, 2014 midnight read more..
Usually during summer, my family and I would take some vacations to Mexico or somewhere around the valley. This year we were in a hard financial situation. My dad decided that it was better to work instead of taking vacations spending the little money we had left. I have a Mexican background. My dad is MexicanJune 11, 2014 midnight read more..
Roller-skating incidents, teachers’ waistlines, and misplaced homework assignments lined up as humor fodder in Saturday’s Class of 2014 commencement at Horizon Christian School.June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
For weeks the yellow caution tape has flapped at three of the four corners of 12th and May streets where pedestrian access changes were started by the city and left incomplete.June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
The final play of Saturday’s OSAA 5A state baseball championship between Hood River Valley and Sandy high schools came down to a high pop fly in foul territory beyond the first baseline. Down 8-3 with two outs, the chance of an HRV comeback was slim to none, and Sandy’s first basemen sealed the victory, and the Pioneers’ first-ever state baseball title, by catching the fly ball directly over the heads of the HRV lineup watching from Volcano Stadium’s visitor’s dugout.June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
The 17th annual Student of the Year Banquet was held in the Hood River Elks Lodge ballroom on June 1. The 18 monthly award winners were honored for their volunteer efforts in the community as well as their academic and activities work at school.June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
The Dog Mountain and Augspurger trails have been temporarily closed for public safety due to the nearby Dog Falls fire burning on the Washington side of the Gorge in Skamania County. Both trails start from the Dog Mountain trailhead. The trails have been cleared of any visitors and signage is posted at the trailhead informing visitors of the closure.June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
Oregon State Police is asking for the public’s help to identify the driver and vehicle involved in Saturday morning’s hit-and-run crash along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Mosier. The crash was non-injury.June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
Effective July 1, the rates for system development charges throughout the entire Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District will increase by 6 percent and will be $2,761 for single-family dwellings, $1,973 for multi-family and $2,649 for manufactured homes. HRVPRD will be collecting the SDCs throughout Hood River County, excluding Cascade Locks.June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
Students of the Klahre House Alternative School are unveiling their recently completed group art project on June 11. The students want to share their art with the community at an opening ceremony.June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation received a donation of stock valued at more than $400,000 from Robert and Annabelle Vogel of The Dalles.June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
California-based folk duo Four Shillings Short will play a benefit concert for the Mosier Middle School on Wednesday, June 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Springhouse Cellars in Hood River. Suggested donation is $5/$15-family. Food and refreshments will be available.June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
Ooligan Press announces the publication of its newest title, “The Wax Bullet War: Chronicles of a Soldier & Artist.” This new memoir by Iraq War veteran Sean Davis cuts through politics and party lines to explore the ugliness of war and the restorative beauty of art.June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
Changes in Oregon law and other trends point to the necessity of licensed school librarians and their positive impact on student learning.June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
Join an opportunity to celebrate equal rights in Oregon, as Oregon United for Marriage hosts its final musical celebration this Saturday, honoring the right of same gender couples to marry in the state. ORU4M and Columbia Center for the Arts will co-host an evening with music from Mazama, on Saturday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. A $10 per person donation is suggested.June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
Christopher B. Adams, Pharm.D., has been awarded a 2013-14 ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Resident Practice-Based Research Grant. Adams is a PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. He grew up in Hood River, graduating in 2004 from Hood River Valley High School. His mother is Bobbie Adams of Hood River.June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
El Mercado del Valle has a new logo, thanks to Wy’east Middle School eighth-grader Jairo Munoz.June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Extension Service’s food preservation and safety hotline will help Oregonians safely can and preserve their garden’s abundance again this summer.June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
In college I wrestled intellectually with Socrates, Plato and Aristotle in Philosophy 101, but during all those sessions with my fellow students I never faced the philosophical quandary that perplexes me now. The question that haunts me is this: “Does a crock-pot have a soul?”June 11, 2014 midnight read more..
CORVALLIS — The “grind” continued with a stroke as Hood River Valley Eagles stunned the host and second-ranked Crescent Valley Raiders 8-1 on Tuesday, to win the Class 5A semifinal game and advance to the state final for the first time in 21 years. Eagle teams won state in 1986, 1988 and 1990 and reached the final in 1985, 1987 and 1993.June 7, 2014 midnight read more..
“Hold your heads up. Hold your heads up,” coach Eric Keller told his girls Tuesday evening outside the dugout, as a strong west wind swirled dust devils around the infield of the Hood River Valley Eagles’ home ballpark.June 7, 2014 midnight read more..
Seniors Anna Schlosser and Wyatt Webber were named Hood River Valley High School Athletes of the Year last week during an assembly to kick off the school’s year-end Luau festivities. The annual distinction is awarded to the top outgoing male and female students and is voted on by HRVHS athletics coaches based on criteria such as personal performance and accomplishments, as well as team leadership, community service and GPA.June 7, 2014 midnight read more..
A worker at Hood River Juice Company (Ryan’s Juice) is recovering in a Portland hospital after receiving hot water burns Wednesday afternoon in what a representative of the juice company referred to as a “freak accident.”June 7, 2014 midnight read more..
A local man convicted last fall of having sexual contact with horses in the Hood River area is once again behind bars after allegedly committing the same crime at the same address earlier this spring.June 7, 2014 midnight read more..
Ask founder Bruce Peterson to describe his business, Sailworks Inc., and he’ll tell you it’s just a cool little toy shop.June 7, 2014 midnight read more..
June 6 was the 70th anniversary of one of the most important military actions in history: the Allied forces’ landing on the Normandy beaches, the turning point in the defeat of the Nazi regime in Europe.June 7, 2014 midnight read more..
A public hearing regarding a proposal to construct facilities for a radio control flyer field at Barrett Park has been canceled after the proposal applicant, Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation, decided to withdraw the application.June 7, 2014 midnight read more..
“You know, I think I’ve got the one with the old rotary phone on the cover,” I said — trying to remember exactly which CD from Chuck Mead’s old country band, BR549, I had in my music collection.June 7, 2014 midnight read more..
The walk gets longer, and finally I am at the top of the lot.June 7, 2014 midnight read more..
Graduation’s past, school’s about to let out, what’s next?June 7, 2014 midnight read more..
Horizon Christian School has applied for, and received a school improvement grant which provides for three additional staff positions beginning in September 2014.June 7, 2014 midnight read more..
Conditions aligned perfectly Saturday for the inaugural Hood2River Relay Race, and if the unanimous expressions of blissful exhaustion at the finish line and after-party were any indication, the event promises to be bigger and better next year.June 4, 2014 midnight read more..
This was no simple rural delivery.June 4, 2014 midnight read more..
The Hood River Valley Eagles advanced to the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires softball state semifinals for the first time in 17 years after surviving a challenge from the tough Willamette Wolverines to get a 1-0 win in the 5A quarterfinals Friday at Westside Elementary School.June 4, 2014 midnight read more..
Second Wind Sports moved from its longtime location on Oak Street in April to its new store on the corner of Second and State streets — formerly The Pines Tasting Room — and things are going pretty well, says co-owner Pepi Gerald, even with the State Street construction project right outside the door.June 4, 2014 midnight read more..
If there’s small solace to be had in this tragedy, it’s that Matt Klee died doing something he loved.June 4, 2014 midnight read more..
“Keep on playing” was the hilarious punch line of the story Hood River musician Kerry Williams told of his friend Rick Hulett, during Saturday’s memorial service attended by about 300 people, filling Riverside Community Church.June 4, 2014 midnight read more..
Where can you get fresh, seasonal produce grown by local farmers delivered weekly?June 4, 2014 midnight read more..
The open position of Hood River mayor has its first announced contestant.June 4, 2014 midnight read more..
Payton Rigert and Victoria Kohner-Flanahan have a mission. These two students from Hood River Valley High School want to help the community learn about all the amazing engineering opportunities in our classrooms and businesses.June 4, 2014 midnight read more..
Dear Hood River County School District and Hood River County School Board: We are all aware of the difficult choices you face: budget cuts, boundary decisions, personnel issues, student conduct, and countless other details that you receive little or no thanks for. I would like to take a few moments to congratulate and thank you!June 4, 2014 midnight read more..
In the beginning of the spring of 2013, I was told by my organization, EF, that my future exchange year’s destination had been decided. After years of preparations, it seemed like the endless paperwork finally paid off. I was randomly picked to spend my year abroad in Dundee, Minn., a place with as few as 68 inhabitants.June 4, 2014 midnight read more..
Twenty years ago, a gentleman and his dog were driving east on I-84 toward Hood River. The rest area just before Hood River looked like a perfect place to stop for a walk.June 4, 2014 midnight read more..
The Oregon Enduro Series returns to Hood River this weekend for the first of five states in the statewide mountain biking series. The Hood River stage includes seven sections of racing over two days — June 7-8 — on County Forestry trails and property in the Post Canyon area. An expo and home base for the event will be set up at the bottom of Post Canyon Road.June 4, 2014 midnight read more..
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