Stories for June 2014

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Saturday, June 28

    

County creates code enforcement position

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.

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Class Notes: Noah Tauscher attends Grammy Camp

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.

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Summer salmon and steelhead runs are hot

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.

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Tractor Pull and Bust That Wool!

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.

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Kollas-Cranmer Run: Organizers gear-up for July 4 tradition

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.

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Semi-pro soccer: Gorge FC gets revenge over Seattle Sporting

“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.

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Understanding judgment

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.

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Punchbowl grant a no-go

While the Port of Hood River’s proposal for a waterfront trail at Nichols Boat Basin will almost certainly receive funding, a county proposal to acquire 102 acres of land around Punchbowl Falls for a public park will almost certainly not.

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HR Bridge overlay to start soon

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.

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Chamber singers at Riverside June 28

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.

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Friday, June 27



Wednesday, June 25



BBBS program announces ‘Mentoring Match of the Year’

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.

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Make it two: Wells to join Huckaby at Crossfit Games

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.

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Local sculptor’s Skate Space changes face of public art

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.

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In Cascade Locks, Sternwheeler Days returns this weekend

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.

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It’s fresh in Odell

El Mercado del Valle opened for the summer season on Saturday, a fair-like array of produce, hot food and cold drinks, craft items and information booths — including Cover Oregon — under the Mid Valley Elementary covered play area.

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‘Big sound’ and smoked salmon

More than 100 people, led by a group of Umatilla drummers divided by men and women on the north and south, gathered Saturday to spiritually dedicate one of Cascade Locks’ newest businesses.

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County’s May unemployment rate rises slightly

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 Department

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Lost films chronicle dawn of hydroelectric power

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.

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Sports briefs for June 25

Elks Charity Golf Tourney June 28 benefits student scholarships; Mt. Adams Country Bicycle Tour is June 28; Sternwheeler 5K/10K is Saturday; Catch Maryhill Festival of Speed

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Indian Creek forms for PGA Jr. League team

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.

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And we’re off, to an epic start

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.

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Tuesday, June 24

 

Saturday, June 21

  

Maryhill Festival of Speed rolls next week

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.

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ANOTHER VOICE: ‘An exponential increase’: Hazards of train transport of fossil fuel bring mayor’s analytic protest

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.

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Crews quickly knock down Owens fire

A wildfire that began sometime early Wednesday morning on the site of an active timber sale on Hood River County Forestry Department timberland has been brought under control by fire crews.

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Authorities preparing for ‘tough’ fire season

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.

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Entertainment Update for June 21

Zimbabwe choral master teaches workshop June 29; ‘God Loves Uganda’ at CAG; ‘Harmony Roadshow’ featured at Sandbar Café; Paper Bird at CEBU June 21

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Fireworks limit access to popular recreation areas

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.

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Testimonial: It did happen to me

I was told by many doctors and my dad not to use tanning beds. Dad was diagnosed with melanoma in 1986 and had two different surgeries, in 1986 and 1992, to remove lymph nodes in his stomach and groin.

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Melanoma: The skin cancer story

Melanoma is a very serious form of cancer that occurs most often on the skin and less frequently in the eye or the lining of the nose, mouth, or genitals.

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Ask an expert: Are you sun safe?

Some sun is important not only for the skin, but for a person’s overall well-being. Sunlight is also a source of vitamin D — D3 to be specific.

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Friday, June 20



Wednesday, June 18

 

Local attorneys, Mayor Babitz welcome Chinese attorney

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.

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Roller Girls win nail-biting finale

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.

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Winged healing: butterfly release

Hundreds of painted lady butterflies took to the sunny skies on Saturday, June 7, honoring the loss of loved ones for over 150 local residents who attended the sixth-annual Heart of Hospice Butterfly Release.

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Ostrye appointed to fill Seventh Judicial Post

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.

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Backyard Half draws hundreds

Nearly 350 runners and walkers packed the streets of downtown White Salmon Saturday morning for the seventh-annual White Salmon Backyard Half Marathon.

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Locals boost foster teens, diabetes research, STEM fair

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.

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Tuesday, June 17

 

Saturday, June 14

  

Cloud Cap Inn tours begin July 27

In partnership with the Hood River Crag Rats Mountain Rescue Organization, the Hood River Ranger District will be hosting free interpretive tours of the historic Cloud Cap Inn.

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Vacation Bible Schools

Hood River Church of Christ, 1512 Tucker Road; Riverside Church, 317 State St.; Hood River Alliance Church, 250 Montello Ave.; Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ninth and State streets

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ANOTHER VOICE: Break the ‘dirty’ connection: time for corporations to pay up

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.

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Hop union: Full Sail joins ‘Ales for ALS’ campaign

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.

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CL to try EMS support fee measure again

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.

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Friday, June 13



Wednesday, June 11

 

Young Voices: ‘Struggling’ essay reflects on ag work

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 Mexican

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HRVHS Class of 2014 up for whatever comes next

The Hood River Valley High School Class of 2014’s motto is an oft-quoted lyric from John Lennon’s 1971 hit “Imagine,” that states: “You may think that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

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OSAA 5A state baseball championships: They'll be back

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.

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Developer scales down DeeTour proposal

Back in January, the News ran a story on “DeeTour:” a 3,000- to 5,000-person concert amphitheater proposed for construction on the old mill site in Dee located near the intersection of Dee Highway and Lost Lake Road.

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Gunman kills student at Troutdale school

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — A gunman shot and killed a student Tuesday at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon shortly after classes started and was found dead himself as police arrived, authorities said.

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Wildfire season gets underway in the Gorge

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.

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SDCs for new homes in Park District to increase

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.

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Mosier School benefit features folk duo June 18

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.

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‘Wax Bullet War’ author Sean Davis reads in HR June 18

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.

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Oregon United for Marriage celebration in HR June 14

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.

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HRVHS grad Adams receives ER pharmacy residency

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.

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Cascade Observations: The simmer of memory

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?”

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Saturday, June 7

 

HRV baseball plays Sandy Saturday for OSAA 5A state title

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.

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Schlosser, Webber named HRV Athletes of the Year

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.

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HRVPRD withdraws RC flyer field application

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.

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Sports briefs for June 7

Roller Girls bout June 14; Dirty Harlots host bike team fundraiser; CSRT has Mt. Bike Club camp openings; 44Trails Association work parties scheduled

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Wednesday, June 4

 

Hood2River Relay was ‘fantastic’

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.

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Veatch homer sends Eagles to state semis

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.

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2nd Wind settles into new location

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.

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This Vagabond is here to stay

Grant Polson carries bridesmaid dresses across the threshold in the “Hotel Impossible” episode about Polson’s Vagabond Motel, which aired Monday on The Travel Channel.

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Students plan First Friday Engineering Fair

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.

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ANOTHER VOICE: The many hands helping child through school

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!

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Good Luck, Class of ‘14

Several versions of a video to Pharrell’s hit song, “Happy,” helped define the 2013-14 school year at Hood River Valley High School.

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Young Voices: A welcome home: The end of a year abroad

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.

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Sports briefs for June 4

HRV lacrosse season ends; Roller Girls’ last home bout; Dirty Harlots host bike team fundraiser; CSRT hosts Mountain Bike Club camps

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Hood River Enduro is this weekend

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.

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