Stories for April 2015

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Thursday, April 30

   

Hawks second at Portland Christian Invite

Horizon Christian’s track and field team entered the final third of its season by competing in two invitational meets this past week, Thursday with 11 other teams at St. Paul and Saturday in the 26-team Portland Christian Invitational

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Wednesday, April 29

    

Fashion visits Cascade Locks

A model shows off couture by Carson, Wash., designer Desi Allinger Nelson, who has upcoming shows in Australia, Seattle, and London, in Sunday’s “Soul In Motion” fashion show and forum at the Port Pavilion Building.

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DGCC wind program open house May 11

Columbia Gorge Community College’s Renewable Energy Technology (RET) program will host an open house on May 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at its new home in the Fort Dalles Readiness & Workforce Innovations Center on The Dalles campus.

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About Dementia Series offered May 2

OSU Extension Office, Oregon Geriatric Education Center and Providence Home Services, Mid-Columbia Senior Center and Hood River Valley Adult Center present “About Dementia Series” on May 2. The series begins at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. Ninth, The Dalles, from 10 a.m. to noon, and moves to the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Drive, from 2-4 p.m.

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Young Voices:Student hosts eating disorder benefit May 1

Zoe Shepard, Hood River Valley High School junior, is using her Extended Application (EA) Project to raise money for the National Eating Disorder Association, to aid in the research of eating disorders and the building of treatment facilities, on May 1.

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Plant class series starts

Columbia Gorge Community College, in partnership with the Discovery Center, will offer a series of plant stewardship class this spring.

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‘Mad Hatter’ cake decorating contest open

All cake decorating enthusiasts can show off their talents and compete for four $100 cash prizes by entering the “Once Upon a Cake” decorating contest as a part of the fifth annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, an afternoon event, from 2-4 p.m. on May 17, hosted by the Columbia Gorge Hotel.

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Yesteryears: Forest Service begins charging day use fee at Lost Lake in 1965

1965 — 50 years ago: Lost Lake, the Forest Service showplace in Hood River County, comes under a new program that will require visitors to pay a fee for using the park starting this summer. In the past, Lost Lake has been free for anyone wanting to use its facilities. This is the only Forest Service Park in Hood River District that will be designated this year, according to Cranson Fosburg, District Ranger. Other Forest Service Parks will remain on the same basis as before.

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HR Reads concludes

Hood River Reads concluded Saturday with a talk by author Luis Urrea of “Into the Beautiful North” in the main reading room at Hood River Library.

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Earth Week networking

Winners of the first Business Competition by Gorge Owned drew 125 or so people to The Pint Shack Thursday, where five businesses gave their pitches and three earned enough audience votes to snare the right to apply for a no-interest Kiva Zip non-profit loan for start-ups.

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HRVHS Garden Symposium brings students together

Hood River Valley High School and Gorge Grown Food Network hosted the third annual School Garden Symposium on April 21 at HRVHS. Students from Lyle middle and high school, Klahre House and Corbett CAPS joined HRVHS students for the day, with about 100 total participants.

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Invasive mussels found on boat at Ontario

ONTARIO, Ore. – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife technicians discovered Zebra mussels on a boat at the Ontario boat inspection station Friday. The boat being hauled from Lake Erie in Ohio is the first vessel of the 2015 inspection season found to be infested with the invasive mussels.

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Sunday, April 26



Saturday, April 25

     

Tyson Miller gains ag experience, has fun, in FFA

Tyson Miller, 16, Hood River Valley High School sophomore, has been busy the past few weeks, helping get ready for the school’s 8th Annual FFA Steak Feed and Silent Auction fundraiser, held today (April 25) in the HRVHS cafeteria and Commons beginning at 6 p.m.

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Reese receives Ford Foundation scholarship

The Ford Family Foundation of Roseburg, Ore., has recognized Parkdale resident Kristin Reese with a Ford Community Fellowship award. This honor is given to residents in rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif., who demonstrate a commitment to community service and to the pursuit of rural community vitality.

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Budget committee meets

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of Columbia Gorge Community College, to discuss the 2015-16 budget, happens in the Board Room 1.162, Building One, 400 East Scenic Drive, The Dalles.

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The Porch: April 25

WELL DONE: Ink drawings by Kristina Cancelmi (above) on display through April 30 at Dog River Coffee. These bittersweet observations on love and life employe images and words, including a lyric by the 1980s Scottish band Big Country. Cancelmi is the graphic artist for Full Sail Brewing.

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Made for Mosier gala tonight in HR

Mosier Schools holds its biggest fundraiser of the year today — the Made for Mosier Art Auction and Gala. As a charter school, Mosier gets 80 percent of its funding from the state and county, with the rest coming from fundraisers. The goal is to raise at least $30,000 at this gala.

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ANOTHER VOICE: Can we change the decline before it kills the college?

I read with great interest and sadness the two articles in the Hood River News of April 18, 2015, regarding our Columbia Gorge Community College. On page one, Mark Gibson discussed the new board proposed tuition increase and in a letter to the editor by Lynne Davidson, she talked about her recent retirement from the college.

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Neighbors: Sweet Pea, Helping Hands

Cameron Teems, RNC-OB, Family Birth Center, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, reports that 27 new baby blankets were collected during the center’s Sweet Pea Project blanket drive.

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Friday, April 24



Thursday, April 23



Wednesday, April 22

    

HRV rolls opponents at Blossom Invite

Like blossoms in the valley orchards this year, the athletes of Hood River Valley’s track and field team are blooming early: posting top marks in the conference and the state, breaking school records, and winning meets in preparation for the district and state meets that are still about a month away.

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Sunday fire claims Parkdale family’s home

A blaze destroyed a double-wide manufactured home in Parkdale Sunday, leaving its residents with few worldly possessions. It was the second home to burn down in Hood River County within the last two weeks.

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Earth Week: Celebrating Sustainability

Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network (CGCAN) and other local groups are hosting a number of Earth Day events on Saturday and Sunday in Hood River supporters said are intended “to celebrate and connect Columbia Gorge residents around Earth awareness.”

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Special rose delivery

Gordy Sato delivers roses to Brookside Manor Friday, a sort of Rotary Roses, part 2: Sato, a Hood River Rotarian and Parkdale orchardist, organizes the annual rose sale on the third Thursday of each April.

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Experiencing Blossom Time

While most agreed that Saturday was the busier day, the weekend’s warm, sunny weather brought scores of visitors to the valley for the second weekend of Blossom Time.

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Yesteryears: Georgiana Smith Memorial Park expanding in 2005

Ground was broken Monday for the Georgiana Smith Memorial Park project, which will expand the library grounds into an adjoining lot west and create new landscaping with additional paths and seating areas, while keeping the popular open lawn area. Virginia Hosford, Library Foundation member, told the 30-40 people who came to celebrate the event that the project was the culmination of the efforts of many people.

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Green acts count

This is Earth Day, though plenty has happened last weekend and will happen this weekend as the greater Gorge community rallies around the need to conserve, reduce, and help the earth recover.

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Gorge Lit seeks writers of poetry, short fiction, essays

The Gorge Literary Journal, a new voice for writers in the Columbia Gorge, is soliciting short original works for publication. Partnering with The Hood River News, selected items will appear in a special newspaper section this summer. There is no financial remuneration for acceptance.

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Tuesday, April 21



Saturday, April 18



Riverside Gymnastics Academy heads to state

Local athletes with Riverside Gymnastics Academy competed last week at the Precision Elite Spring Invitational in Clackamas, leading up to the Oregon State Spring Championship, which is being held at Athletic Edge Gymnastics in Salem, April 24-26.

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Gorge Gymnastics members qualify for State

Eight members of the Gorge Gymnastics team competed in Clackamas at the Spring Invitational on April 11th. In their first competition as Level 3’s, the gymnasts earned a sixth-place overall finish as a team. The highlight of the meet in the Child Division came from a second-place finish in vault by Poppy Clegg with a score of 9.525. She also placed eighth all-around with a score of 33.1.

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Kegler's Corner: Fireworks at the Lanes

Randy’s Painting won the Monday night Industrial League at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week. They absolutely crushed Columbia Hills RV in the championship match 28 points to 2. Randy Nieto was the driving force in the contest as he rolled a solid scratch 648 series that was capped by nifty 242 and 224 games. Randy was 90 pins over his average. That’s some pretty darn good clutch bowling by Randy, who doubles as the sponsor of his team.

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Sports Briefs for April 18

Depleted girls lax team edges Cleveland; Girls lax routs Central Catholic; HRV boys tennis defeats The Dalles, 5-3; Hawks golf v. Goldendale

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HR Elks Lodge honors Funez and Ziegner

Nancy Funez and Scottie Ziegner, seniors at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as Elks “Student of the Month” for their outstanding community service. Each student received a check for $100 at the recent Lodge meeting.

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Barajas breaks another record

Junior Sebastian Barajas is continuing on his quest to become what HRV track and field coach Donnie Herniesen calls “the most dominant thrower in the history of HRVHS,” after breaking yet another school record, this time in shot put.

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HRV Speech-Debate wins District

Eighteen members of the Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate team travelled to Hermiston April 11 to compete for the District championship.

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CGCC increases tuition

The Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education unanimously approved a $2 per credit tuition increase, coupled with a $3 per credit increase in general fees, during their regular board meeting Tuesday, April 14. Tuition and fees were last raised in 2012.

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Friday, April 17

 

Wednesday, April 15

 

Crop Talk scheduled for April 27

This month’s Crop Talk, 6 p.m. at the Rockford Grange, 4250 Barrett Drive in Hood River, will feature a short field trip to a farm located near the Grange. Meet at the Grange and then car pool to Casa Verde CSA, which delivers veggies to members’ homes March through October.

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Folklorist speaks April 21 at Hood River Library

Learn about folklife and some of the people in your community who practice traditional crafts and skills. The Oregon Folklife Network presents Folklife in your community by folklorist Nancy Nusz at the Hood River Library on Tuesday, April 21, 6 p.m.

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HR Saturday Market finds new home

Hood River city manager Steve Wheeler announced Monday that the Hood River Saturday Market association has found a new home for the 2015 season: Fourth and Oak in the parking lot of Horse and Hound pub.

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Watercolor Workshop April 23

The Hood River Art Club will host a workshop by local artist Jan Muir on Thursday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Building M1, Hood River Alliance Church, 2650 Montello (corner of Rand and Montello).

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GTA hosts April 28 presentation

On April 28, the Gorge Tech Alliance welcomes everyone to hear expert Marcella Vail, from the Portland marketing firm Kinesis, for a presentation on “Recipes for Marketing Success for Manufacturers.” The event will be at 6:30 p.m. at the White Buffalo Wine Bar in Hood River. Appetizers will be provided; there is a $10 entry for non-GTA members.

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Call for instrument makers, artists

The Columbia Center for the Arts is planning an invitational art show entitled "Instrumental," which will be inspired by the beauty of handmade musical instruments. The show is being curated by Sarah Burr Arnold, and is planned for March 2016.

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Coal export terminal gets water-quality approval from Oregon

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Oregon environmental regulators have ruled that proposed coal export terminal on the Columbia River meets state and federal water-quality standards, but the project still faces an adverse ruling from another state agency and questions about its economics in a slumping coal market.

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Climate Network plans Earth Day events

Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network (CGCAN) is coordinating a series of Earth Day events on Saturday, April 25, in Hood River to celebrate and connect Columbia Gorge residents around Earth awareness.

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ALL-STATE HONORS

Horizon Christian Hawks boys basketball team players Mason Bloomster and Jared Davis recently received All-State honors from the 1A Oregon Basketball Coaches Association for their performance this past season.

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Horizon Christian Hawks track team continues to break school records

The Horizon Christian School boys track and field team finished fourth Thursday at the Life Christian Invitational in Aloha, and a select few athletes competed Saturday at the Meet of Champions in Salem. On Thursday, the Hawks had a number of athletes who were competing in events for the first time this season – including some for the first time ever.

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Ramsey, Curley to wed this summer

Tracy Ramsey of The Dalles and Stephen “Squrl” Curley of Underwood have announced their engagement. They will be married on August 29, 2015, in Underwood.

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Blossom Time is here

Blossom Time started with the cider spectrum — from clear to cherry red — enjoyed by an estimated 2,000 people at the second annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest in Odell.

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Reach out and Read comes to One Community Health

At first, Javier, who is here for his 2 year old well child check, looks at me skeptically when I show him the “My Little Word Book,” that I would like to look at with him. I turn the pages and show him the pictures. He is still is not sure what to make of this as he chews on his delicious cracker.

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FitzSimons, Bergemann: National Champs

Hood River skiers Hannah Bergemann and Tucker FitzSimons both won USASA gold at the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association Nationals last week at Copper Mountain, Colo. For Bergemann, defending national titles in women’s 14-up rail jam and women’s 16-18 slopestyle meant that she now claims a total of six national wins in the various USASA freeski disciplines, including halfpipe and skiercross.

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Saturday, April 11

     

Climate Action Network plans Earth Day events

Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network (CGCAN) is coordinating a series of Earth Day events on Saturday, April 25 in Hood River to celebrate and connect Columbia Gorge residents around Earth awareness.

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The Ale List: Pfriem launches first bottles

pFriem Family Brewing held a party April 2 to launch its first bottles since opening in 2012. pFriem now sells 23 beers in annual, seasonal, limited and barrel-aged varieties. The Classic series is offered in a capped 500ml German-style bottle while the Select line and barrel-aged beers are being packaged in a corked and hooded 375ml bottle.

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County curbs Logsdon brewery barn expansion

The Hood River County Planning Commission voted at a hearing Wednesday to limit Logsdon Farmhouse Ales’ public expansions. The commission plans to bar the rural Odell area brewery from expanding its barn facility and conducting public tours and beer tastings.

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Getting a hand up

“I love giving back to the community” is Lucas Gilbert’s response to Hood River Valley High School Robotics newest project.

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Schools looking at $896,000 in budget cuts next year

Saying “it will be impossible to make cuts that don’t affect kids,” Superintendent Dan Goldman announced that he expects budget cuts totaling $896,000 will be required of Hood River County School District for the 2015-16 school year.

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Artist Robin Panzer employs ancient ‘new’ medium

Hood River’s Robin Panzer is a Chigiri-e artist — an ancient Japanese art form (Heian period, 794-1185) that uses layers of hand torn colored paper to create images that, when completed, resemble a textured painting. Although it’s an old technique, she unknowingly stumbled upon it in 2011.

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Kegler's Corner: Randy’s Painting & Columbia Hills RV

Last week, the Monday night Industrial League at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes had its final four bracket matches in its season-ending championship tournament: in a contest that was much closer than it shook out, Randy’s Painting topped Hood River Supply 19 points to 11 and in an epic battle, Columbia Hills RV and defending champion 3 Fingers Deep tied at 15 points each, so the deciding factor became which team had rolled the most total pins in their three game contest.

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Another sweep for Eagle boys tennis

Boys tennis results swept the competition for the second consecutive match, this time defeating Pendleton, 8-0. Above, Brandon Campos returns a volley during a doubles competition Wednesday.

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‘Chasing the Light’ art class April 26

Local photographers Peter Marbach and Brian Chambers will teach “Chasing the Light: Six simple steps to the Art of Landscape Photography” on April 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Columbia Center for the Arts. The class is limited to 20; cost is $75.

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Friday, April 10

  

Thursday, April 9



Hood River man sentenced to 17 years for manslaughter, assault

A Hood River man accused of killing the mother of his child last year was sentenced to 17 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges of manslaughter and assault. Miguel Angel Soto-Quintana, 29, was convicted for the death of Cecilia Campuzano-Ortiz, 23, last October. Soto-Quintana will serve 16 years in prison for manslaughter and 14 months for fourth degree assault. He will also serve three years in a post-prison supervision program and pay $14,611 in restitution, most of which is portioned for the victim’s family.

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Wednesday, April 8

   

Port plans to close on Lower Hanel land buy

The Port of Hood River is taking final steps to close on the purchase of a 9-acre property in Odell, the former lower Hanel Mill site. The vacant lot could become a valuable property for the Port as early as July.

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Bowl for Kids’ Sake raises funds, awareness

Big bowlers, Little bowlers and bowlers in between made a difference at Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2015 on Saturday, March 14. The event grossed more than $55,000, almost half of the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ annual budget.

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Blue Ribbon Campaign raises awareness

The Blue Ribbon Campaign, started in 1989 as a grandmother’s tribute to her grandson, who had died as the result of child abuse, came to downtown Hood River on April 4.

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Mid-Columbia Lions Follies: “Follies in the Ozarks”

The Mid-Columbia Lions Follies will present “Follies in the Ozarks” as its 39th annual show. Dates are April 10, 11, 17 and 18 starting at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will be on Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. All performances are at the historic Hood River Middle School Auditorium.

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‘Politics of Climate Change’ speaker today

“The Politics of Climate Change” will be the focus of a presentation this Wednesday, April 8, featuring former White House staffer Dr. Johannes Loschnigg at Springhouse Cellars in Hood River. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the presentation is at 7:30 p.m., followed by questions and answers.

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‘Celebrate the Journey’: Gay Men’s Chorus performs Sunday

Portland Gay Men’s Chorus performs at the Old St. Peter’s Landmark in The Dalles on Sunday, April 12, at 3:p.m. Their concert, “Celebrate the Journey,” is part of its Celebrate Oregon Tour. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, PGMC has taken concerts to Ashland and Roseburg in the Fall, Astoria during the holidays, and now travels to Pendleton and The Dalles.

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April 8, 1975: Leaving Saigon, Vietnam

Forty years ago our family went to the beach for spring break, where I celebrated my 11th birthday. That beach was warm and sunny; we snorkeled and swam and rode bicycles, and climbed through abandoned helicopters.

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Cascade Observations: The changing response to the familiar question, ‘What Do You Do?”

Imagine yourself at a gathering, surrounded by mostly unfamiliar people. You enter into a bit of polite conversation with someone close by. Inevitably, one of the first sentences out of your mouth, or theirs, is “What do you do?” The expected answer must be what you do for a job. Any other answer would most likely label you as someone eccentric, lazy, or unemployable.

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Equipment rentals available through OSU/Gorge Grown

Ever want to try out some kitchen equipment for food preservation before you buy them for yourself? Or need some kitchen equipment to use for a short period of time? Or to try out some equipment that you might want to use for your up and coming food business?

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Soroptimist accepts ‘Woman of Distinction’ nominations

Soroptimist International of Hood River invites individuals and organizations to honor a woman in their midst whose professional or volunteer work has made a distinctive difference in the life of Hood River County or in the lives of women and girls. Nominations for the service club’s annual “Women of Distinction” award are being accepted until Thursday, April 30th.

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Head Start programs earn 5-star rating

Two of Mid-Columbia Children’s Council Head Start facilities — Country Club and Parkdale — recently received the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) five-star rating from the state of Oregon.

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Yesteryears: City Council grants permission for the construction of swimming pool in 1915

At the meeting of the City Council Monday night a committee was named to represent the city in the matter of establishing a city swimming pool. The Council committee, which has been given power to act, granted a permit to build the proposed concrete swimming pool on the city park grounds at the corner of 13th and May streets. It is proposed to construct a pool 30 by 75 feet in size. In order to do this work, the committee proposed to ask for public contributions.

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Saturday, April 4



Kegler's Corner: Hickman, Ross, Fishtrom & Boyle Star in City

Last week’s league action produced another remarkable team of the week. Topping everybody and making the big five for the fourth time this season was Your Rental Center’s main man, Woody Eskildsen, who pummeled the pins in the Wednesday night Fraternal League with a nice scratch 667 series. Woody finished this outing a whopping 178 pins over his average.

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Eagles softball looking to snap losing streak

Competing in what’s considered as the state’s strongest Class 5A softball league and having such a tough schedule every year is a challenge that the Hood River Valley High Eagles have responded quite well to recently. The Lady Eagles, who are the defending Columbia River Conference co-champions with the Pendleton Buckaroos, are focusing on continuing the remarkable success they’ve enjoyed the last several years again this season.

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News Kids Campaign winner donates to dog shelter

For Caleb Trumbull, victory and charity are a combined mission. When the seventh grader took first place in the Hood River News Kids Campaign in March, he made a point to donate half his winnings to the local animal shelter, Hood River Adopt A Dog.

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GRG gets some sweet revenge

The Gorge Roller Girls All Stars put a hurt on the Rose City Rollers Fresh Meat during the team’s March 28 at The Dalles Armory, with GRG annihilating their opponent by a score of 299-182.

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CSRT AT BUDDY WERNER CHAMPS

The Cooper Spur Race Team traveled to Schweitzer Mountain in northern Idaho for the annual Buddy Werner Championships ski race that was held March 13-15.

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Balch Hotel hosts talk, tour, dinner

The Historic Balch Hotel in Dufur on April 10-1 2 is hosting geologist Jason McClaughry, Eastern Oregon Regional Geologist and the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (STATEMAP) Coordinator for Oregon, for a weekend lecture and tour.

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Jim Dummer ‘lovin’ it’ at McDonald’s

Jim Dummer has been Director of Operations for Gorge-area McDonald’s since 2009, but to get there, he worked his way up through the ranks, from a part-time crew to grill crew to counter to store manager to general manager to supervisor to director — with many steps in between.

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A bigger Bear Mountain

After two years of discussion, the Port of Cascade Locks sold 10 acres of industrial property in its business park to Bear Mountain Forest Products Tuesday. The wood pellet and bedding manufacturer will be expanding and boosting its production over the next two years.

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Submit for Gorge Literary Journal

The Gorge Literary Journal, a new voice for writers in the Columbia Gorge, is soliciting short original works for publication. Partnering with The Hood River News, selected items will appear in a special newspaper section this summer. There is no financial remuneration for acceptance.

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Opportunity Connections holds annual dinner April 10

Opportunity Connections (OC), will celebrate 48 years as an organization providing support services to people with disabilities in the Mid Columbia with an Anniversary Dinner Friday, April 10 at the Mid Columbia Senior Center in The Dalles. The event is open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the event runs until 7 p.m. with a taco feed, silent auction and raffle items. Tickets are $10 for adults and $ 5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door.

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Friday, April 3



Wednesday, April 1

 

ANOTHER VOICE: Tips for living in a small town

I have lived in Hood River for almost 11 years, and this is the first place I’ve ever loved. Coming from Seattle, I had to learn a few things to settle into the community. If you’re new to small town life, this advice is for you.

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Saddle Club fundraiser April 17

The Hood River Saddle Club will host their annual spaghetti feed fundraiser on April 17, 2015, from 5-8 p.m. The menu features all you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, beverage and dessert.

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Folklorist Nancy Nusz seeking Gorge traditions, stories

The Oregon Folklife Network is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded it funding to document cultural traditions in the Columbia River Gorge. Folklorist Nancy J. Nusz will be working in Hood River, Wasco, Jefferson, Sherman and Gilliam counties with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs during March and April 2015.

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ODOT announces long-term repairs on Highway 26

Construction will delay travelers over Mt. Hood on U.S. 26 with congestion, one hour road closures, 20-minute traffic stops and increased truck traffic west of Government Camp. This project will take place April through October in 2015 and 2016.

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Forum highlights solar issues

A community meeting Friday will highlight solar Issues in Oregon. Environmental advocates, businesses, representatives are expected to gather for the5 p.m. event at the Hood River Community Library meeting room, 502 State St, Hood River.

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Yesteryears: Butler Bank Co. celebrates 25 years of serving Hood River in 1925

Tomorrow, April 4, the Butler Banking Co. will celebrate its 25th birthday. Established 25 years ago, when Hood River was just a village, and when apple growing in the valley was still in its infancy, the Butler Bank has taken a prominent part in the growth of this section during the past quarter century. The quarters of the Butler Bank, completed last year, rank very high among the various bank buildings of the state.

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Are you crazy? Part I

My first significant exposure to the “criminally insane” came many years ago when I was a physician assistant student in Baltimore, Maryland.

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$100K for education in first 15 years

When shoppers at Rosauers pick up a tasty organic apple from the “School Aid” bin, many are unaware that they’re fueling robots — and a new generation of engineers.

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Logsdon, pFriem earn WWeek beer awards

Hood River breweries did well in the recent Willamette Week Beer Awards: pFriem Family Brewing was named Best Brewpub Experience in the WW Portland Beer Guide, issued earlier this month.

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Roubaix Redux

The Gorge Roubaix returned for its third annual race this past weekend, and nearly 400 competitors signed up for the event – up from 250 last year – according to Chad Sperry, race organizer for Breakaway Promotions.

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Jail chief hands over keys

When James Weed took the job of executive director at the regional jail in April 2009, he inherited eight pending lawsuits over alleged inmate abuse and a spate of high-profile personnel problems.

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Columbia Gorge CASA welcomes new volunteers

Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) welcomes new child advocates to the program: Mike Uffelman and Janis Miller from White Salmon, Katie Wallace and Amber Strain, The Dalles, Trena Gray and Donna Birtwistle, Sherman County and Grace Parson and Maria Miller of Hood River. The group was sworn into duty by the Honorable John A. Olson on March 9.

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Clarks served Camp Baldwin for 32 years

July 1, 1983 was an important day for one man and his wife and, as it turns out, also for thousands of Scouts and Scouters. That day, nearly 32 years ago, was the day that Larry Clark started his career as ranger at Camp Baldwin. Since then, Larry and Helen Clark have served tens of thousands — perhaps hundreds of thousands — of Scouts and Scouters, and have touched countless lives.

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Fishing springers at the John Day Dam

When it comes to fishing Spring Chinook what you may not know about guide Eric Linde (call 360-607-6421), is that given the right run size and conditions, he’s known to spend more than a little time fishing the Columbia west of the John Day Dam. According to Eric, “This area of the Columbia is a lot less crowded than the lower river and can yield quick limits. When conditions are right, I’ve had some really good luck up there.”

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Horizon track results

Horizon Christian School had its first track meet of the season March 25: the Canby All Comers meet, held at Canby High School, which saw 20 schools compete.

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National body makes changes to high school football rules

In an ongoing effort to minimize the risk of injury in high school football, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee expanded the provisions of unnecessary roughness to include contact with a defenseless player.

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The Dalles sets rules for pot shops

The Dalles City Councilor Dan Spatz was the sole vote last Monday against rules to site medical marijuana dispensaries on properties not located near schools or within residential areas.

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County unemployment falls below 5 percent

Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates in the Columbia Gorge for February 2015 ranged from a low of 4.9 percent in Hood River County to 6 percent in Sherman County, according to figures recently released by the Oregon Employment Department.

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