Stories for September 2014

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Monday, September 29

 

Saturday, September 27



Sense of Place examines mushrooms Oct. 1

Langdon Cook is the author of the award-winning book, The Mushroom Hunters, a book that reveals the hidden economy surrounding wild mushroom harvesters in the Pacific Northwest. At this lecture and slideshow, follow itinerant pickers and field buyers as they hunt for mushroom in an effort to supply restaurants from coast to coast with one of nature’s best ingredients.

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Entertainment Update for Sept. 27

Danny Barnes returns to Double Mountain Oct 1 “Danny Barnes, oft-cited as a visionary in American music, has led an illustrious solo career following decades of work with the Austin-based Bad Livers.

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Hood River Valley girls soccer looks for fresh start

A break in concentration in the first half by the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team gave the girls from LaSalle Prep all the room they needed Thursday afternoon to find the net late in the first half. The goal proved to be the only of the game, which ended with a second-half stalemate in which neither team was able to get their offense firing on all cylinders.

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DeeTour proposal on hold due to HRVRC appeal

An outdoor music venue planned for the community of Dee has been put on hold due to an appeal filed by a local land use watchdog group that says the county made missteps in its approval process.

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Council not interested in pot tax

The vote on a measure that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Oregon is fast approaching and some municipalities are considering passing their own cannabis taxes beforehand in case the measure is approved.

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HRV water polo holding its own

Hood River Valley High School water polo hosted the 6A Reynolds Raiders in a hard-fought and grueling grudge match Tuesday at the Hood River Aquatic Center. After a 10-5 win by the HRV junior varsity squad, the varsity boys teams went head-to-head, with the more-experienced Raiders lineup pulling ahead after a tight first quarter to finish with a 12-6 win.

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Partnership promotes bike transport across Hood River Interstate Bridge

Bicyclists in the Mid-Columbia have an option for transporting their bikes across the Hood River Interstate Bridge. Mt. Adams Transportation Service (MATS) recently added bicycle racks to some vehicles so that cyclists may utilize its fixed route service across the bridge during on its a three-day per week schedule, for the cost of $1. on (Monday, September 15).

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The Pioneering Life: A Living History Camp along the Barlow Road

A scar across the trunk of a towering pine tree in the Mount Hood National Forest is believed by historians to have been caused by ropes that early settlers used to secure and pull wagons across the White River. The crevice in the bark is pointed out by U.S. Forest Service officials to students coming to the Living History Camp on the site of the old Barlow Road.

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CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH

A climate change march held Sunday afternoon in downtown Hood River drew approximately 200 people, many of whom were children.

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Sing with Harmony of the Gorge

If you are a woman of any age, who loves to sing and make people happy, then you won’t want to miss the “Girls’ Night Out” guest night with the Harmony of the Gorge Chorus Sept. 30 at 6:15 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Valley Christian Church.

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Fun fall activities for the family

Just because school is back in session and the leaves are beginning to change color and fall from the trees doesn’t mean that it’s time to hibernate. There are plenty of fun activities for kids of all ages — and their parents, too — like those listed below.

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Thursday, September 25

  

Wednesday, September 24

    

Names released in pursuit that shut down railroad

Police have released the names of two individuals arrested in a traffic stop Friday, one of whom was allegedly involved in a foot pursuit that temporarily shut down the Union Pacific rail line near Hood River.

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Erin Jones finishes third in ITU World Triathlon finals

Erin Jones continues to climb the ranks as a professional triathlete in her ultimate quest for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Earlier this month the 2009 Hood River Valley High School graduate, who now lives and trains full time in Colorado Springs, finished third in the U23 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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County unemployment falls to 5.1 percent, state’s lowest

Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose by 0.3 percentage point in August to 7.2 percent according to the Oregon Employment Department. Compared with August 2013, Oregon’s unemployment rate fell by 0.5 percentage point over the year.

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Deal on Nichols Landing, park inches closer

The long-awaited deal that would bring an end to the Naito Development/Friends of the Hood River Waterfront dispute over Nichols Landing may not be quite done yet, but a big step forward was taken Monday night.

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SMART program wins 2014 literacy award

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today), the statewide early literacy nonprofit organization, was named the recipient of the 2014 Library of Congress Literacy Award in the American Prize Category.

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Felicitations, United Way

The Sept. 18 French-themed fundraiser, Midnight in Paris, yielded about $100,000 (it will probably go higher — the money’s still being counted) in what would likely be the largest amount raised at a single event in Hood River history.

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Fall art sale this weekend

Columbia Center for the Arts will have its Semi Annual Gallery Overstock/Seconds sale Sept. 27-28 in the studio of Art Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Kegler's Corner:Bergren and Mason star

There’s been no shortage of big scores in the last two weeks of league action at Hood River’s venerable Orchard Lanes. We’ve already had six 700 sets, and it looks like many of our big shooters are already in mid-season form even though we’re only just delving into the bowling season.

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Sports Briefs for Sept. 24

Indian Creek hosts drive, chip and putt contest; Free IMBA trail building workshop Oct. 18; Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is Oct. 4

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HRV XC runs NW Classic

In a preview of the OSAA 5A state championship course, Hood River Valley High School cross country raced at Lane Community College in Eugene Saturday at the annual Northwest Classic. With many of the state’s 5A and 6A teams in attendance, the Eagles lined-up against fields of nearly 150 varsity runners who were there to test their legs and lungs at the biggest meet of the season thus far.

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Monday, September 22



Saturday, September 20



Warwick is CGWA’s Gorge Windsurfer of the Year

The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association closed out the 2014 season with its annual end of season party and Gorge Windsurfing Awards last week at Springhouse Cellar in downtown Hood River. Nominees for five awards were selected, then winners were chosen by the windsurfing community via an online vote.

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Take in Pear Party this weekend

The celebration of Oregon’s official state fruit happens this weekend with the annual Pear Celebration all along the famous Hood River County Fruit Loop.

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Yoga for healthy aging in body and mind

Relaxation and deep breathing are the most beneficial part of a yoga practice in terms of overall health and well-being. Stress is now believed to be the culprit of 75-90 percent of all doctor visits.

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Healthy Aging: Tips for staying well and happy in later years

The term “aging” often is associated with an assumed decline in physical and mental health, as well as in overall quality of life. Many of us cross our fingers and hope we’ll be among the lucky few who maintain strength, mental acuity and independence later in life — not realizing that the course of our later years is largely up to us.

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‘Helping Hands’ home care agency opens office

One of the state’s oldest in-home care companies has recently added a branch in Hood River and will be serving The Dalles/ Hood River and surrounding areas. Helping Hands Home Care NW (HHHC) provides in-home care services to elderly and disabled throughout the Gorge and Portland metropolitan area.

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HRV water polo takes aim at state

After a successful first season competing at the varsity level last year, the Hood River Valley High School water polo team is bigger and better as it returns to the pool for the fall season. In its third year since being formed, the team has grown considerably over the off-season and, in addition to having full varsity and JV squads for the first time, now has enough members to field a separate female team.

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Rail company pledges to fight coal dust

In a bid to eliminate coal dust, BNSF Railway will start spraying a second coating of sealant on coal cars in Pasco, before they enter the windy Gorge, a rail official said last week. Andrew Johnsen, assistant vice president of state government affairs for BNSF, which operates on the Washington side of the Gorge, told the Gorge Commission Sept. 9 the railway would do whatever was needed to eliminate coal dust.

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Eagles send statement in rematch of 2013 state finals

In an energetic battle between the state’s top two ranked teams, senior forward Jaime Frias made a speedy run up the center of the field, took a perfect through-ball from midfielder Diego Rueda, outran two defenders in chase and made a quick dribble around a charging Summit goalie for an open shot at the net.

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Spotlight on allergy elimination sessions

At Cascade Acupuncture Center many of our clients have experienced relief from symptoms to environmental allergies, including our local trees, poison oak, weeds and grasses, dust and mold, perfumes, wood and cigarette smoke. In addition they have experienced relief from reactions to the foods they eat.

September 20, 2014 midnight read more..


Planning commission approves zone change on port property

A plan to redevelop the Expo Center property at the Port of Hood River took a small step forward Monday night with the Hood River Planning Commission voting to recommend that the city council approve a rezone and site plan review needed to develop the land.

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Friday, September 19



Foot pursuit of suspects shuts down UP railroad

Train traffic on the Union Pacific rail line was briefly shut down Friday morning as law enforcement pursued a male suspect who allegedly fled during a traffic stop made by the Hood River Police Department.

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Wednesday, September 17



Eagle football wins 46-6 in home opener

It was a fantastic setting for the Hood River Valley High Eagles opening home football game with great weather, fireworks and a capacity crowd cheering their team on at Henderson Community Stadium. The Eagles responded to the atmosphere with a dominating 46-6 win over the Madison Senators in the nonleague contest Friday.

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Doug’s celebrates 30th year in Hood River

Writes Lori Duffy of Doug’s: ”Little did Doug Campbell and his windsurfing friends know when they started selling gear from their car the concept would still be going strong 30 years later!”

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HR native heads HUD Portland Field Office

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Bill Block announced the appointment of Hood River native Margaret S. Salazar as Director of HUD’s Portland Field Office.

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Vittoria finalist in Martha Stewart contest

Hood River’s Patricia Vittoria, who creates hand-sewn dolls, is a finalist in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made contest. She is competing against up to 1,000 others from around the country for a chance to win $10,000 to grow her business, a spot in the Martha Stewart American Made market, and a feature on marthastewart.com, among other prizes.

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Rock, Paper, Scissors

Cody Colloton, 15, above center, won the $500 top prize in the annual Rock Paper Scissors competition sponsored by Andrew’s Pizza and Mr. Elive Productions Sept. 5.

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County considering preemptive pot tax

A ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Oregon hasn’t yet been passed by voters, but Hood River County will consider passing its own marijuana tax beforehand just in case they do.

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HR man critically injured in Wasco crash

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon’s serious injury crash involving a motorcycle and van at an intersection on Highway 97 near Wasco in Sherman County.

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HR man cited in head-on collision on Highway 35

According to Oregon State Police, Servando Zanora Avendano, 26, of Hood River, has been cited for DUII, Reckless Driving, and Assault in the Third Degree in connection with a two-vehicle head-on crash Saturday on Highway 35 near Pine Grove.

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CG Lions review Sternwheeler Days

Congratulations, and a caution, came from President Pat Hesgard of the Columbia Gorge Lions Club as the group last week reviewed the successful Sternwheeler Days 2014 event, the group’s annual major project.

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Fire burns portion of in-lieu site on White Salmon River

A fire that started around 6 a.m. Monday destroyed most of the lower section of the in-lieu fishing encampment used by the Yakama Nation at the confluence of the White Salmon and Columbia Rivers, according to a report by the White Salmon Enterprise.

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All lines point to the coming new season

In many cultures, the September equinox is a sign of fall (autumn) in the northern hemisphere. In Greek mythology fall is associated with when the goddess Persephone returns to the underworld to be with her husband Hades. It was supposedly a good time to enact rituals for protection and security as well as reflect on successes or failures from the previous months.

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Tuesday, September 16



Saturday, September 13

 

Wildfire damages homes near Underwood

A wildfire sparked by a power line damaged three homes and burned 8.5 acres on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River near Underwood Thursday afternoon, but was mostly contained as of Friday morning.

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Rural Rampage Winners

Seventy people — 35 teams of two — turned out last weekend for the third annual Rural Rampage adventure race and fundraiser.

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Eagle boys soccer still undefeated

Although too early in the season to put much stock in the rankings, Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer lived up to its 5A No. 1 status Tuesday afternoon in a commanding 5-2 win over 6A No. 2 ranked Franklin.

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Wash. governor says no to extending Hanford deadline

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson said they will not extend Friday’s deadline for resolving a dispute with the U.S Department of Energy over cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site.

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Authorities release new details on missing Kentucky men

Oregon State Police (OSP) and Hood River County Sheriff’s Office (HRSO), working in cooperation with Kentucky State Police (KSP), are continuing to ask for the public’s help to locate a father and son whose vehicle was found last week along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area. With this weekend’s expected warm weather and the potential for many visitors and hikers in the Mt. Hood area, some new details are being released after confirming the men were in the area last week.

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Mosier celebrates 100

The community of Mosier hosts a large number of events this weekend to celebrate the city’s 100th anniversary.

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Public hearing on port zoning Monday

The Hood River Planning Commission will meet this Monday to address two items needed before development planned near the Expo Center property at the Port of Hood River can move forward.

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County approves DeeTour venue

Earlier this week, the Hood River County Planning Department approved a commercial land use permit for DeeTour, a music and event amphitheater planned for the old mill site at the corner of Lost Lake Road and Dee Highway.

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Friday, September 12

 

Authorities release new information in search for Kentucky men missing in Mt. Hood area

<strong>From Oregon State Police:</strong> Oregon State Police (OSP) and Hood River County Sheriff's Office (HRSO), working in cooperation with Kentucky State Police (KSP), are continuing to ask for the public's help to locate a father and son whose vehicle was found last week along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area. With this weekend's expected warm weather and the potential for many visitors and hikers in the Mt. Hood area, some new details are being released after confirming the men were in the area last week.

September 12, 2014 12:08 p.m. read more..

Thursday, September 11



Wednesday, September 10

 

Crowd celebrates completion of park

Waterfront Park drew a large crowd Sept. 7 for Hood River Waterfront Park Association’s celebration of the newly completed two-tiered amphitheater, the last phase in the park’s development. Local bands Toy Gun Conspiracy and Cripple Hop performed in the first-ever organized concert at the amphitheater.

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Art Club seeks life stories

Hood River Art Club will be celebrating its 65th anniversary in late October of this year at the Historic Hood River Museum.

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HRV volleyball will draw from seven seniors

After a tenuous 2013 season that ended with just four wins in 19 games, this year’s Hood River Valley High School varsity volleyball team is digging into its fall schedule with the optimism of a fresh start, and the ease of knowing that there’s nowhere to go but up.

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Record return

As predicted, this year’s run of Fall Chinook salmon returning to the Columbia River is setting all-time historic records.

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Local bowhunter second in OBA triple-crown

Hood River’s Joleen Wampler-Kendall came down out of the woods last week to shower and resupply before heading back into the Mt. Hood National Forest to continue this month’s elk bow hunting season.

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Gorge Commission budget spurs protest

For the first time in its 27-year history, both the chair and vice chair of the Columbia River Gorge Commission have resigned their posts – but are staying on the commission – in a disagreement over the budget.

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County hears earfull on Meadows park and ride

A proposal for a ski resort park and ride located in the community of Mount Hood has garnered dozens of public comments from county residents — the vast majority of which say they are opposed to the project.

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Tuesday, September 9



Saturday, September 6



Agencies plan Sept. 27 ‘Drug Take Back Day’

On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Hood River Fire Department, Hood River Police Department and Hood River County Prevention Partnership will be hosting a drug take back collection site at the Hood River Fire Department, 1785 Meyer Parkway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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‘It is high time we put our money toward this’

Dan Goldman used data to vigorously agree with Nancy Golden on her statement, “the single-most important investment a country can make is ensuring as many students as possible are reading well when they leave third grade.”

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Record Chinook are here

September is harvest time for salmon and steelhead along the Mid-Columbia, and with huge numbers of Chinook, Coho and Steelhead migrating up the Columbia River past Hood River and The Dalles, now is your chance to capture one of these monster fish.

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Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Remembering grandma’s 8-track still a key note for Mare Wakefield

I’m beginning to think the 8-track copy of John Denver’s Greatest Hits must have existed in every household in America. I certainly remember hearing his voice in our Toyota Corolla, as a passenger of course, in New Jersey in the early ‘70s. Yesterday, musician Mare (pronounced Mary) Wakefield told me of a similar experience it brought on — the simple comfort of liking music.

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Sexuality education class offered this fall at UCC

OWL (Our Whole Lives), sexuality education for kids in grades 7-9 is being offered again this fall at Riverside Church, United Church of Christ in Hood River. It is considered a “best practices” program by the State of Oregon, and in the past has received grant funding from Hood River County Commission on Children and Families.

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Friday, September 5

  

Wednesday, September 3

 

Too Much Coffee Man Opera in Hood River Sept. 19-20

Maryhill Museum of Art and Columbia Center for the Arts are proud to co-present Too Much Coffee Man Opera at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River on Sept. 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. In a genre now called Gonzo Opera, the show melds zany plots and sub-plots with classical vocal technique.

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Double Cross race returns to Hood River

Cyclocross racing returns to in a couple weeks for two days of lung-burning action around the campus of Hood River Valley High School. The annual bike race, called Double Cross, runs Sept. 13-14 and has historically attracted hundreds of riders from around the region who are just gearing up for the Northwest’s fall and winter cyclocross racing scene.

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HRV football starts season with high hopes

The Hood River Valley High Eagles’ varsity football team is beginning the season with an upbeat attitude and high hopes for success on the field, and with a good number of experienced players returning, those high expectations have a good chance at coming to fruition.

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Dog park list narrowed down

An ad hoc committee formed to find a suitable location for a dog park in Hood River has narrowed down its list of potential sites and largely scrapped plans to place the facility on already existing park sites.

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Tuesday, September 2


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