Stories for August 2015


Saturday, August 29

HRMS teacher studies in Germany

This summer, 100 American and Canadian educators traveled to Germany for two weeks, all-expenses-paid, as fellows of the Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP).

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Fire brushes downtown Cascade Locks

The most destructive wildfire of 2015 in Hood River County took out two buildings but no homes, forced evacuations, and charred trees and brush on a hillside near downtown Cascade Locks Thursday night.

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The Porch for Aug. 29

KUMARI UPDATE: Peter Marbach, a Hood River photographer and friend of Kumari, Nepal, takes his message of help to the flagship store of the L.L. Bean, in Freetown, Maine on Aug. 28.

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Thursday, August 27

Wednesday, August 26

Lorang Fine Art open house will be Oct. 4

Lorang Fine Art on WaNaPa Avenue in Cascade Locks announces it will hold its annual fall open studio starting at 11 a.m. on Oct. 4 as part of the Western Columbia River Gorge Fall Festival of the Arts (

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Lummi Totem visits Hood River

Gorge residents touch the 22-foot cedar totem pole carved by Bellingham carver Jewell James of the Lummi Nation, in its visit Tuesday to Hood River.

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CL Port hosts Aug. 29 Bridge of the Gods walk

The Port of Cascade Locks will again partner with the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) and the Friends of the Columbia Gorge to host a free Community Bridge Walk on the Bridge of the Gods on Aug. 29, at 8:30 a.m

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Living with Smoke

The famous crystal clear views of the Gorge have been little seen in the past three weeks, but the concern with our smoke-congested environs more for health than aesthetics – especially for the sake of the elderly, those with chronic diseases, and for children.

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Tuesday, August 25


Saturday, August 22

Police say missing paddle boarder likely died

Search crews called it a night Saturday after unsuccessfully seeking a missing paddle boarder, Andres Pombo, 20, of Miami, Florida, who vanished on the Columbia River Friday afternoon. Early evidence suggests Pombo did not survive.

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County hears jail ‘matrix’ options

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners discussed options Monday on how best to reduce the population of adult inmates at Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility.

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Lummi totem visits Hood River Aug. 25

Community members are invited to participate Aug. 25 as Lummi Tribal members bring a 22 foot totem pole to Hood River, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Riverside Community Church, 4th and State streets.

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Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Beer Bible puts Hood River on the map

Hood River beer aficionados have a chance to meet up with Jeff Alworth, author of “The Beer Bible,” on Sunday, Aug. 23. He’ll be at Double Mountain Brewery as part of the Great Bottle Roundup, which starts at noon. If you’re ready for a 644-page reference guide that represents over two years of world-wide travel to major beer-producing regions, Sunday would be a good time to head down and check it out.

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Port of CL dedicates new road on Aug. 26

The Cascade Locks Port Commission will hold a brief groundbreaking ceremony for the new cul-de-sac NE Columbia Gorge Way, Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. in the Port’s Business Park.

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Team Adrenaline returns from Spartan Race

Nearly a dozen people representing the Gorge not only competed in, but survived the Pac West Spartan Sprint Race in Washoughal earlier this month, enduring a “race” that was really more like a sadistic obstacle course.

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Fire Time

Clouds regaled us in Friday’s post-dawn sky show, with banks, blankets and streaks of impressive collected vapor ranging from a puffy upright mitten to a fist-shaped thunderhead just over Fir Mountain.

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Planting and Preparing

Volunteers Nicole Goldman, left, and Cathy Petersen plant an area between the playground and portables at May Street Elementary on Thursday.

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Yoga and your relationship with yourself

Living a life of yoga creates greater contentment as we become more grounded in awareness. We relax into life, realizing that there will always be highs and lows, joys and sorrows.

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Friday, August 21

Wednesday, August 19

The Gorge Literary Journal Summer 2015

The Gorge Literary Journal is coordinated and edited by Julie Hatfield and John Metta and assistant editor Sarah Sullivan, and is a joint project with Hood River News and Columbia Gorge Press.

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Portland Timbers MLS team travels to HR to host community events

Portland Timbers players dropped their soccer cleats and picked up work gloves and paint brushes to help beautify Wy’east Middle School on Monday, sweating under the hot, midday sun as they cleared brush away from one of the school’s gardens and helped paint a mural on an outbuilding door.

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Yesteryears: Cascade Locks residents hold first city election in 1935

Registered voters of Cascade Locks, to the number of 245, held their first city election on Wednesday of this week, following the incorporation of their town about two months ago. The fight was between two groups, known as Independents and Taxpayers’ League, and victory went to the first named. The first mayor of the Locks is Captain Charles Nelson.

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Fatality closes I-84 Friday

A pedestrian died Friday afternoon when she attempted to cross eastbound lanes of I-84 in The Dalles just east of the Union Street underpass.

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Mt. Adams fire 15 percent contained

Glenwood, Wash. — The Cougar Creek Fire burning near Glenwood swelled to 22,500 acres over the weekend, with firefighters keeping it at 15 percent contained as of Monday.

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Weatherly marries Aman

Lora Weatherly, of Hood River, and William (Will) Aman, of Bremerton, Wash., were married July 11, 2015, at Faith Bible Church of Hood River. Rev. Bruce Parker officiated.

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Saturday, August 15


Locals get lift at CrossFit games

Three athletes represented Hood River at the world championship CrossFit Games and recently returned from the competition not only in one piece (mostly), but with honors as well.

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Freeway Car Fire

A car fire six miles east of Cascade Locks on Interstate 84 destroyed a 2013 Hyundai four-door car Thursday afternoon.

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HR Police DUII enhanced enforcement planned

The Hood River Police Department will be ramping up its efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. From August 21 through September 7, the Police Department will be participate in a high visibility campaign which will allow more officers to target impaired drivers.

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Duane Fulps Memorial horse show Sept. 20

The 22nd annual Duane Fulps Memorial Scholarship Fund Horse Show will be held Sept. 20 at the Ft. Dalles Riders’ Arena, located at 1023 Irvine St. in The Dalles. The entry fees and sponsorships go toward the college scholarship fund awarded to graduating high school seniors who are also members of the Ft. Dalles Junior Riders.

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Wednesday, August 12

Washington fire contained

The Milepost 30 fire, which burned an estimated 5 acres in the western Columbia River Gorge, was 100 percent contained Monday, according to fire officials.

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GORGE EXPLORER: See snow-free ski runs, scenic waterfalls at HRM

Winter is probably my favorite time of year in the Columbia River Gorge. Seeing as I am an avid snowboarder and cross country skier — and just about nothing else, as far as sports go — that’s pretty to understand why. For me, taking a smooth, quiet run down a Mt. Hood Meadows hill dusted with a few inches of new is one of the best experiences in the world.

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Yesteryears: Packing houses need workers in 1945

Approximately 24,000 men and women will be needed in nearly a dozen “hot spots” throughout Oregon to meet the peak needs of Oregon’s large food processing industry. The Apple Growers Association, as reported by Earl Ziegler, will need about 400 men and 1,000 women. E.R. Pooley, American Fruit Growers, will need 60 workers in their packing operations, John Duckwall of Duckwall Bros., Inc., will need about 30 more men for the fall season, and “Pep” Mann of Stadelman Fruit will need 100 men and women.

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Class Notes: Kahler earns WAEF scholarship

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) awarded $885,000 to 225 new and renewing students with scholarship support this spring. Funding for the awards was raised through voluntary contributions from members of the tree fruit industry and its suppliers and service providers.

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Discovery Ctr. presents ‘World War II Stories’

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Oregon Historical Society present Oregon Transformed: World War II Stories on the Columbia River, Thursday, Aug. 20, with an optional dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m.

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Olsons celebrate 60th anniversary

Orvin and Carol Olson celebrate their 60th anniversary on Aug. 12. They were married Aug. 12, 1955, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Vancouver, Wash. The couple lived in the Portland area after their marriage, moving to Hood River five years ago to be closer to family, initially moving to Hawks Ridge.

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Gorge Literary Journal debuts this month

The Columbia Center for the Arts announces its one-year sponsorship of the new Gorge Literary Journal. The publication is coordinated and edited by Julie Hatfield and John Metta and assistant editor Sarah Sullivan, and is a joint project with Hood River News. Gorge Literary Journal will debut in the Aug. 15 Hood River News, as a two-page pullout.

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Tuesday, August 11

Cascade Observations: Looking for a Calling

These days, “calling” someone usually means pulling out a cell phone from a pocket or purse, rapidly typing a message in abbreviated “text” format using nothing more than two thumbs, or talking “face to face” or better said “screen to screen” via Face Time.

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Saturday, August 8


Local water polo athlete returns from Junior Olympics

Each year, the Junior Olympics for water polo brings the best teams in the United States together for two weeks of battle for boys and girls in three age groups (14U, 16U, 18U) in two classes — Classic and Championship — based on performance at regional qualifier tournaments.

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The Porch for Aug. 8

WELL SAID: “Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath.” — Jonathan Swift

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Mount Hood Gardens hosts Green Drinks

Join Gorge Owned (GO!) for Green Drinks Aug. 19, 5:30-7 p.m. at Mount Hood Gardens, Inc., 1570 Orchard Road, an award winning garden and landscape company, and learn about how they have been beautifying, designing and installing parks and private gardens in the Columbia River Gorge for almost 30 years.

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Another View: Diverse local economy depends upon housing availability to all workers

An incredibly important discussion is happening in Hood River city hall right now. Hiding behind the dry name “Buildable Lands Inventory and Housing Needs Analysis” is a study which raises fundamental questions about what kind of community we will have in coming decades. The report looks at the cost and availability of housing for our growing city over the next 20 years, and the picture it paints isn’t pretty.

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Hood River housing options are out of reach

The cost of renting or buying a home is increasingly out of reach for all of us. Our housing affordability challenge puts us at risk of losing what has made the Gorge, and our diverse hometowns, a wonderful place to live, work and play.

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Friday, August 7

Wednesday, August 5



Mobile and stationary food trucks and carts abound around Hood River County.

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Portland Timbers are coming to town Aug. 17

Players and staff of the Portland Timbers will hit the road on Monday, Aug. 17, to visit with fans and conduct community events, a youth soccer clinic and host a pub event with a Q&A session in Hood River as part of the inaugural “Rose City Road Trip,” presented by Providence Health & Services.

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Outdoor News: Try spinners for Buoy 10 salmon

I was outnumbered, what with my single red-and-white spinner competing against four herring as we trolled near the Astoria-Megler Bridge. I knew my friends, all confirmed bait addicts, wondered if I was losing it a little when I’d traded my herring in for a spinner as we began our downstream troll a half-hour earlier.

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Motorcycles, snowmobiles at WAAAM

Calling all motorcycle owners: bring your ride to Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum on Aug. 8 to participate in a gathering between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. WAAAM is located on Tucker Road about a mile south of Hood River.

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Plein Air hits CCA Aug. 7-30

The Columbia Center for the Arts holds is 11th annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air exhibition Aug. 7-30 — a series of events featuring the art of painters and writers. The Plein Air Art Exhibition, a juried show, will be displayed, as will sections of writing from the Plein Air Writing Event.

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Waucoma hosts author Elizabeth Little

Waucoma Bookstore is hosting mystery author Elizabeth Little for a book signing on Friday, Aug. 7 from 5-8 p.m. at the bookstore, located at 212 Oak St., Hood River.

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Yesteryears: Spruce budworm infestation hits forests in 1985

Brown needles on large tracts of forest land trees could spell problems down the road for the county treasury, and Ken Galloway explained some of the details Monday. Addressing the Hood River County Board of Commissioners, Galloway explained that large chunks of Hood River County Forest have been hit by spruce budworm infestation, and more may be on the way.

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Tuesday, August 4

Saturday, August 1

Sports Briefs for Aug. 1

Jared Davis signs with Fort Lewis College; Erin Jones heads to Olympic qualifier event; Vote for HR women for SUP honor

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Foster parent recruiter hosts open house

Amy Lindley, The Next Door’s foster parent recruiter, will host a series of informal open houses at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, 1400 W. Eighth, The Dalles, for those interested in what it takes to become a foster parent.

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Roundtable on Nestlé weighs pros, cons

A joint City of Cascade Locks and Port of Cascade Locks roundtable discussion Thursday night charged the public with sketching out the benefits and dangers of a proposed water bottling plant in Cascade Locks.

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Normy Vega brings a taste of Chile to Hood River

Norma Vega — or Normy, as she’s also known — is the woman behind Empanadas Maria Elbas, the Chilean empanadas food cart open every Thursday at Gorge Grown Hood River Farmers’ Market, located at Hood River Middle School through November.

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