Stories for December 2015

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Wednesday, December 30

   

Mosier man helps save a life

Michael McKeag of Mosier was commended Wednesday by the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office for saving the life of a suicidal woman Dec. 13 at Rowena Overlook.

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Yesteryears: Trapped baby cougars on way to Portland Zoo in 1975

Two baby cougars, apparently orphans, were on their way to the Portland Zoo Tuesday morning after being trapped near a residence along Highway 35. State Fish and Wildlife Division personnel helped Tom Bostwick, a resident near the Dee area, trap the two baby cougars. The two have been roaming the area of Middle Mountain for several days.

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2015: THE YEAR IN SPORTS

For both Hood River Valley High School and Horizon Christian School, 2015 will go down as one of the most successful years for athletics in either school’s history. Records were smashed, state and conference titles were won, and teams that had struggled in past years suddenly found themselves in the playoffs.

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WAAAM receives 1.5M for new hangar

Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM) Director Judy Newman has announced the museum has received a major gift from Jerry Wenger, WAAAM board member and donor of many of the WACO’s and Gliders found at the museum.

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Tuesday, December 29

  

Friday, December 25

  

Church News: Christmas schedules

Asbury-Our Redeemer; Hood River Alliance Church; Concordia Evangelical Lutheran; Parkdale Baptist; Riverside Community Church; Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist; Valley Christian Church; Tucker Road Baptist; St. Mary’s; Valley Worship Center; Immanuel Lutheran Church

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Horizon boys lose to Stanfield

The Hawks boys basketball team (2-4) wasn’t able to get revenge against Stanfield Monday night and fell to the Tigers (5-1), 59-42, for the second time this season.

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Improving play not enough to help HRV through back-to-back against St. Helens and Woodburn

The Eagles girls basketball team had an unusually compressed schedule this week, playing in the team’s only non-tournament back-to-back this season, with a game at home against St. Helens on Monday, then another in Woodburn Tuesday night. The HRV girls continued to improve elements of their game, but the wins still proved elusive, with the Eagles dropping both games to go 1-7 heading into the holiday break.

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Food drive totals updated

Hood River Valley High School food drive in November and December raised $12,200, announced Chuck Bugge of Hood River FISH Food Bank.

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Thursday, December 24

  

Wednesday, December 23

 

We Remember Christmas: Hood River News staff members look back ...

For me, the holiday season doesn’t officially begin until I hear the opening notes of the music from “Scenes from the Nutcracker.” The festive costumes and magical storyline from the CGDA ballet performance never fails to put me right in the holiday spirit, ready to eat Christmas cookies and make snow angels.

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Gorge Commission looks at marijuana laws

During the Columbia River Gorge Commission’s (CRGC) meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8, commissioners requested staff to prepare a memo providing guidance for the six counties of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in planning for the implementation of Oregon’s Measure 91, and Washington Initiative 502.

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Oregon Air National Guard to track Santa

The Oregon Air National Guard will be on high alert again this Christmas Eve as they work closely with the United States Air Force and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to monitor the skies and track the annual flight of Santa Claus.

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Tourism Studio program invites wide participation

Gorge Tourism Studio, offered by Travel Oregon in partnership with 26 agencies and organizations, is now open for registration. The winter/spring program will focus on communities in Oregon and Washington within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and those surrounding Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood.

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Meadows plans party Dec. 31

On New Year’s Eve, Mt. Hood Meadows lifts are scheduled to operate until midnight with the annual fireworks starting at 10:15 p.m. You can view the fireworks from the base area or from the mountain (but not from the chairlift).

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Gorge Climate Change Network charts a year’s progress

Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network (CGCAN) held its third annual holiday party and potluck on Dec. 15 at Riverside Church, attended by about 50 people. The Pioneer Room at the church was decorated by Cyndi Strid with evergreen garlands and candles at each table and a 25-foot Christmas tree.

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Yesteryears: Optimism beginning to take hold in time for Christmas 1935

Christmas Day, 1935, found most Hood River families in their own homes and celebrating in much freer manner than in several years, for optimism has already taken the place of the gloom of depression years. The weather, too, was such that there was little temptation to venture too far from the cheerful warmth of the open fireplace or heater.

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Students of History

Students stand with Sarah Segal in a recent assembly at Hood River Middle School when Segal received the Oregon History Teacher of the Year award.

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Landslide Concerns: Danger increases following heavy rain periods

The National Weather Service notes that with the heavy amount of snow and rain this month, flooding remains a concern in north and central Oregon coast, the central Willamette Valley, the central Columbia River Gorge, the north and central Coast Range, and the northern Oregon Cascades and Cascade foothills.

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Great conditions make for a fun HRV Nordic race at Meadows

The HRV Nordic team competed this Saturday in Mt. Hood Meadows’ community race series, an annual open 3.5K and 7K skate race. The race had been cancelled for the past two years because of weather and snow conditions. This year it was 31 degrees and the snow was hard packed, perfect for a skate race.

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Kegler's Corner: Sandy Holmes spins 662 series

Typical league bowling has historically consisted of three games, otherwise known as a “series.” One of the most satisfying feelings in the game happens when bowlers finish a series in a strong fashion with a big game. This is especially true in today’s modern game, because the new high-tech bowling balls are being used to crush the pins with unprecedented power, but they can wreak havoc on lane conditions, often making that third game very difficult.

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Despite loss to Reynolds, HRV girls show improvement

Despite losing recent nonleague home games, the Hood River Valley Eagles girls basketball team has shown much improvement, which has certainly contributed to a positive outlook for the team. The Eagles (1-5), guided by coach Scott Walker, hung with the tough, 6A Reynolds Raiders (7-2) for the majority of a Friday game in Hood River, losing 43-39.

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Tuesday, December 22

 

Windstorm knocks out power

The windstorm Monday knocked out power for 691 users in the Hood River area, 668 in the Mosier area and 800 in Cascade Locks.

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Saturday, December 19

    

The Porch for Dec. 19

WELL SAID: A yellow 2-by-3 card rests on a Hood River Library shelf. On one side, it reads: “… Out beyond that/there is a field. I will meet you there.” On the other side: “May we meet in a peaceful new year.”

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HRV boys basketball loses heartbreaker to Gresham

The Eagles had their best chance Tuesday night to grab a win against an Oregon team for the first time this season, hanging with the 6A Gresham Gophers into the fourth quarter, which HRV entered with a three-point lead.

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Snowy conditions leveling off, crews deep in clean up

The first true snow storm of the season blew in during the early hours of Thursday morning, and continued to batter the Hood River Valley throughout the afternoon, as streets caked with icy residue and powder turned to rain and slush.

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The Dalles Moose Lodge Hosts BBBS

The Dalles Moose Lodge hosted Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge (BBBS) for their annual Christmas Breakfast. This was the 10th year for the event.

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Advent and Christmas church schedules

Listings for: Riverside Community Church; Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist; Parkdale Baptist; Valley Christian Church; Tucker Road Baptist; St. Mary’s; and Immanuel Lutheran Church

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Healthy holiday eating

It’s all about choices, moderation and realistic expectations. You can get through this special time of holiday social events without packing on the winter weight or feeling deprived, guilty or following with the typical New Year’s dieting and broken resolutions.

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Dallying Downtown

Snow puts a winter look on Ruddy Duck, Fifth and Oak streets, which got a new structural look in late 2015 with the addition of an entry awning and corner gazebo, both highlighted here in six inches of snow Thursday morning.

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Hood River Adopt a Dog hires new Executive Director

Hood River Adopt A Dog is pleased to welcome Jarrod Holmes as its new executive director. Holmes has spent his entire professional career in the nonprofit sector with an emphasis on donor development and organizational management. Recently, he and his wife permanently relocated to Hood River.

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Friday, December 18



Thursday, December 17



Wednesday, December 16



Kegler's Corner: Columbia Hills RV wins City Tournament

The 64th annual Hood River City Bowling Tournament was conducted at Orchard Lanes last week. The turnout was excellent, scores were outstanding and the list of winners contains several pleasant surprises. The team event was hotly contested with just a mere three pins separating first and second place.

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Kollas Memorial Walk: Better late than never

What do you do when your dad founded the Joe Kollas Memorial 4th of July Run / Walk (now the Kollas–Cranmer Run / Walk) and you missed it for the year? Simple: you schedule a make-up for yourself, even if it’s in November!

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Uplifting Tom

Every time Tom Yates talks to groups of Providence Down Manor Village residents, he has a joke or a trivia quiz.

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Talk describes Cougar Creek Fire devastation

The Mount Adams Cougar Creek Fire Forum on Dec. 11 was a success. Around 110 people attended on that dark and stormy night, almost filling the Columbia High School library in White Salmon. Darryl Lloyd, of Friends of Mount Adams, provided the following transcription of the event.

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Miracle on 34th Street closes this weekend

The radio-theater-style staging of “Miracle on 34th Street” closes this weekend at Columbia Center for the Arts. You have three chances to tune into some genuine Christmas spirit with director Gary Young and the cast and crew of Radio KZAS Hood River, c. 1948.

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Riverkeeper director receives state award

Brett VandenHeuvel, Columbia Riverkeeper executive director and attorney, received the Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resource Section’s annual Leadership and Service Award on Thursday, Dec. 10.

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HRV girls grab first win

After a disappointing performance against Canby on Friday, the HRV girls basketball team outlasted White Salmon’s Columbia High School to win 36-22 on Saturday in the final round of the Pink Tourney in Hood River, giving the Eagles (1-3) their first win of the season.

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Eagles’ offense can’t push HRV past Putnam

Good offensive production and the return of all-leaguer Dallas Buckley weren’t enough for HRV to put one over on Putnam Friday night in Portland, as the Knights extended their win streak this season to four, defeating HRV (1-3) 84-65.

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Gorge teams advance to State Robotics

Over 300 kids aged nine to 14 from schools all around the Gorge showed off their robotic talents the last two weekends as part of the international robotics competition known as First Lego League (FLL).

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Tornado touches down in Battle Ground

A tornado with winds in excess of 100 mph tore through Battle Ground late Thursday morning, sending emergency personnel to downed power lines and damaged houses, vehicles and other property. No injuries were reported.

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Tuesday, December 15



Saturday, December 12



Lighted fire trucks roll Dec. 14 to 16

The annual Hood River County fire departments’ lighted truck Christmas parade will take place Dec. 14 in Odell and Pine Grove, Dec. 15 in Parkdale and Dee, and Dec. 16 on the West Side and Hood River, each night from 6-9p.m.

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Lions gives money to 2015 non-profit grantees

A $4,686 grant to Horizon Christian School for its championship Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Project is just one of 12 Lions Foundation grants announced Thursday in Lions’ annual round of gifts drawn from a $1 million anonymous donation made to the community in 1999.

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HRV football going to IMC in 2016

The Hood River Valley High School football team will have a longer league schedule and face some new opponents next year, as the OSAA executive board announced this week that HRV football will be joining the Intermountain Conference for at least the next two seasons.

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Students advance in Lions Peace Poster contest

Emily Lage, an eighth grade student at Horizon Christian School, Lyric Emmons, an eighth grade student at Hood River Middle School, Connor Chapman, an eighth grade student at Mid-Columbia Adventist School, and Anna Pickering, a sixth grade student from Wy’east Middle School, have all taken the first step to becoming an internationally-recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Hood River Lions Club.

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Friday, December 11



Wednesday, December 9



The Nutcracker: The three Claras are getting into character

“Scenes from the Nutcracker” runs for three performances, giving three lucky young ladies each the chance to play the iconic part of the ballet’s central figure of Clara. Celia Acosta, Josephine Dickenson and Rhiannon Evans are 10-year “Nutcracker” veterans who are fulfilling a long-time goal of being Clara.

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Hood River floods

The Hood River swelled beyond its banks Monday and heavy rains continue to pelt the valley.

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Yesteryears: Hood River County War Finance Committee disbanded in 1945

At the conclusion of its meeting Monday of this week, Estis L. Morton, chairman of Hood River County War Finance Committee, informed members that, under present plans, the committee will dissolve before the year end, after serving this county, the state and the nation continuously since August 1941, a period of nearly four and a half years.

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HRV girls basketball looking to go on the rebound

Third-year coach Scott Walker is looking to reinvigorate the girls basketball program at HRV this season, which has struggled in recent years, combining for a total of nine wins over the past two seasons, none of which were during league play.

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Horizon girls focused on reaching the playoffs

The Horizon girls basketball team kicked off their 2015-2016 schedule while hosting a four-team invitational tournament Dec. 4-5 in Hood River. The Hawks enjoyed a successful start to the season with a split of their two games as they earned the third place trophy.

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Kegler's Corner: Jeff Hasegawa spins 728 series

Typical league bowling has historically consisted of three games, otherwise known as a “series.” One of the most satisfying feelings in the game happens when bowlers finish a series in a strong fashion with a big game. This is especially true in today’s modern game, because the new high-tech bowling balls are being used to crush the pins with unprecedented power, but they can wreak havoc on lane conditions, often making that third game very difficult.

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HRV wrestlers gunning for the state title

HRV’s wrestling team has got a young roster this season, but Trent Kroll thinks it’s a roster filled with athletes who will be able to do great things when late February rolls around.

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New artist brings creative spirit to Rural Craft Revival

One new face at Thursday’s Rural Craft Revival, an annual artisan show and sale, will be Mica Foster, a Hood River chiropractor who has turned her love of drawing into her first coloring book, subtitled, “Hand Drawn Illustrations to Inspire the Creative Spirit and Imagination.”

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Tuesday, December 8

 

Monday, December 7



Saturday, December 5



Gorge Commission meets Tuesday

The Columbia River Gorge Commission will meet Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. The session will go from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with lunch at noon.

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A 'model of Promise'

Top U.S. education staffers and decision makers will hear about Oregon’s flagship tuition waiver program, Oregon Promise, at an education conference at the White House Tuesday.

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HOOPS kids having a ball

HOOPS Baller program has completed another successful year under the leadership of Kinzer Hough (or Coach K, as the kids call her) who has grown the youth basketball program by teaching fundamental skills to children starting as young as age 3.

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Segal receives teaching honor

Hood River Middle School Teacher Sarah Segal received the History Teacher of the Year award from Oregon Department of Education at Friday’s student recognition assembly. Following a welcome by principal Brent Emmons, information on the forthcoming canned food drive, and National Anthem by Maggie Bertram, teachers presented awards to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.

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‘Get Wilder’ events serve one beloved beer-meister

The big news regarding beer, and the people who drink it and local craft beers in general, comes down to an intriguing business story — Laurelwood’s plans to brew under contract at Full Sail — and an inspiring personal one — the rallying of support for gregarious owner Ed Wilder of da Brewshop.

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How to help, updated for Dec. 5

Giving Tree starts at John L. Scott; ‘Share the Warmth’ coat and blanket drive; Christmas party for Native Americans; Extended Application presentations; Warming Shelter

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Wednesday, December 2

  

Mid-Columbia Community Choir announces concerts

Mid-Columbia Community Choir will present their annual sacred Christmas concerts beginning on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek. There is no admission, but an offering will be received to benefit FISH Food Bank.

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Yesteryears: Snowstorm causes valley-wide havoc in 2005

The eight-inch snow punch nature threw Thursday caused trucks and timelines to go awry. Classes started late and ended early for Hood River County School District. Teachers, staff and drivers scrambled to get kids onto busses and home as snow kept accumulating throughout the morning. “More trouble than snow,” was how Jose Guzman of Guzman Towing pup it, after a day of pulling cars out of ditches.

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Mt. Hood Meadows preview

Mt. Hood Meadows saw its first significant crowds of the season this past weekend as skiers took to sunny, snowy slopes to burn off their Thanksgiving meals and enjoy a preview weekend at the ski resort.

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HRV XC, soccer and water polo athletes receive All-State awards

On the heels of receiving numerous All-Conference awards, Hood River Valley High School athletes have had a healthy showing the past couple weeks in the All-State awards category, as coaches from Class 5A teams from around the state recognized the achievements of Eagles athletes.

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President honors ‘Citizen Min’ Yasui

Almost one hundred years ago, a child was born into a Hood River family of Japanese immigrants who settled in this valley seeking the American Dream. Masuo and Shidzuyo Yasui were a hardworking, industrious and gentle couple dedicated to building a community where their budding family could thrive.

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KickStand expands with new bar

Coffee connoisseurs, burger fiends, or doughnut fans will all find something to like at the expanded KickStand Coffee & Kitchen, formerly known as 10 Speed Coffee Roastery, on the corner of 12th and State Street.

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‘Joy’s Art Studio’ celebrates opening

Gorge artist Joy Kloman has opened Joy’s Art Studio, LLC, at 1412 13th Street, on the Heights in Hood River (next to 10 Speed Coffee Bar), and will celebrate its grand opening Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon with an open house.

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Recent poll: Majority of Washington voters oppose coal-by-rail

Polling results released Oct. 9 from a September telephone survey of 1,200 Washington citizens found that “a strong and growing majority of voters in Washington oppose proposals to ship coal through Washington along rail lines for the purposes of export to Asia.”

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