Stories for July 2015


Friday, July 31

Wednesday, July 29


Residents Committee sues U.S. Forest Service

A local land use watchdog group, the Hood River Valley Residents Committee, filed a lawsuit Monday against the U.S. Forest Service over slow action in carrying out a congressionally mandated land exchange with Mt. Hood Meadows.

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Unemployment steady in Hood River, Wasco counties

Seasonally adjusted unemployment held steady through June — Hood River County remained statewide champion with a 4.3 percent ranking as Oregon’s lowest county, and Wasco County’s 5.3 percent weighed in at seventh place.

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Mt. Adams Institute receives $531,000 AmeriCorps Grant

TROUT LAKE — The Mt. Adams Institute, based in Trout Lake, Wash., was awarded over half a million dollars to fund its VetsWork program for military veterans interested in careers in public lands and natural resources management. Funding for the program comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps).

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Yesteryears: ‘Frank Herman Arena’ dedicated at fairgrounds in 1985

There weren’t many dry eyes around when the announcement came Saturday that 4-H horse leaders were dedicating the arena at the fairgrounds, renaming it the Frank Herman Arena. It was an emotional experience that left a surprised Frank Herman chocking back a few tears of appreciation himself as he realized what was happening.

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Saturday, July 25


Ways of the Wind: The eternal summer of the Gorge

With one week left in July, we have had an action-packed summer. Warm weather and west winds all spring have made summer feel eternal — no complaints here! The waterfront has been abuzz with fun, community-oriented events that do a great job of celebrating the beautiful place and people we have here in the Gorge.

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Vacation Bible School: August VBS scheduled

Church of Christ — Hood River Church of Christ will be taking a look at what goes on inside our hearts this year as we discover how Jesus turns hearts “Inside Out” Aug. 3-7 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Grave Matters Discussion Series holds advance directive workshop

Join the Grave Matters Discussion Series for an Advance Directive workshop at the Hood River Library on August 19 at 6 p.m. Learn what an advance directive is, how to complete one, and why it is important to have conversations about end-of-life care, including tips for making the conversation accessible, meaningful, and fun! Registration required.

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Author Kristy Athens at Library on Aug. 22

Oregon boasts a multibillion-dollar agricultural economy that includes both industrial agriculture and small-scale efforts such as community supported agriculture memberships, farmers markets, and community gardens.

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Explore Cascade Locks History

Join Cascade Locks Mayor Tom Cramblett for a presentation of the history of Cascade Locks on Thursday, August 13, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Cascade Locks Library.

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Brunk releases new book

Cindy Brunk of Hood River presents her new book, “Love Will,” on the emotional and spiritual impacts of abortion, July 29 at 10 Speed Coffee, 1412 13th St.

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Flags Lowered: Chattanooga shooting victims

At the request of President Obama, Governor Kate Brown, on July 21, ordered flags lowered to half-staff at all public institutions until sunset on Saturday, July 25 in honor of the victims of the Chattanooga shootings.

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Local phone store gives away backpacks

Students in Hood River are about to benefit from a national backpack giveaway. On Aug. 1, TCC, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S., will be donating 100,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through its annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.

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‘Kidding’ Revised

Columbia Gorge Press has published the revised and expanded “Kidding Around the Gorge,” by Ruth Berkowitz and Lisa Kosglow, a full-color, 240-page book now available at bookstores ($19.95).

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McDonald's holds grand re-opening

Connie Potter, left, of Beaverton, and sister Glenda Holland, of Lebanon, are greeted by Ronald McDonald at the grand re-opening of the Marina Drive McDonald’s Wednesday.

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Dress dedicated to brother

Faith Ocheskey, 13, models the dress she made using her brother Stanley’s Hood River Valley High School cap and gown at Wednesday’s 4-H Style Review at the Hood River County Fair.

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Friday, July 24

Wednesday, July 22


Yesteryears: Violent thunderstorm rocks lower valley in 1935

A thunderstorm, violent in its intensity, brought to a temporary end on Tuesday morning the unusual spell of sizzling heat which had prevailed in the Mid-Columbia area for nearly two weeks. Not only was the lightening display awe-inspiring, but the heavy artillery of the heavens discharged salvo after salvo almost simultaneously with the flash, so close to Hood River as the center of the storm, which descended on the lower valley with startling rapidity.

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Fried fish: heat brings more fish kills, regulations

In the wake of continued above-average high temperatures, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has instituted new fishing regulations to help mitigate the stress on salmon and other fish that has been caused by the heat and low water levels.

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Sager weds Meoz

Emily Sager and Ben Meoz, both of Seattle, were married June 21, 2015 at The Great Hall at Green Lake in Seattle.

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From slopes to stage: a history of Jackson Park

The decades have matured Jackson Park. What began as a humble, hilly plot of grass and trees has become a truly impressive family gathering place, thanks to a continued effort from the community throughout the years.

July 22, 2015 midnight read more..

Pacific Power issues telephone scam alert

Pacific Power is warning its customers and the public of a phone scam targeting utility customers in the Northwest where criminals posing as utility customer service agents are trying to get money and steal personal information.

July 22, 2015 midnight read more..

Cascade Locks Charburger changes name

Bridgeside is the new name of the former Charburger, a Cascade Locks restaurant with a history stretching over a half-century. The fresh name reflects a new vision for this popular tourist stop, while much will remain the same and be familiar to long-time customers.

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Governor Brown Q & A

Oregon Governor Kate Brown sat down with the Hood River News editorial board Friday morning to discuss the prescient issues Oregon faces, part of her day-long visit to Hood River.

July 22, 2015 midnight read more..

County adopts oil train resolution, approves 911 improvements

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners signed multiple resolutions into action at a regular meeting Monday night — most notably, one declared tighter enforcement on oil trains rolling through the Gorge, and one reallocated $7,000 to the County 911 Emergency Dispatch radio system, which police and emergency officials have called “poor to non-existent” in some areas.

July 22, 2015 midnight read more..

Tech alliance to focus on STEM ed in Gorge

The Goldendale Sentinel reports the Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) is about to launch another initiative to impact STEM education in the Gorge. STEM is the hot acronym of the moment, standing for science, technology, engineering and math. The GTA, a nonprofit trade association focused on supporting the tech industry of the region, is creating a new college scholarship fund for Gorge students pursuing post-secondary STEM degrees.

July 22, 2015 midnight read more..

Hood River News wins ONPA awards

Hood River News advertising staff repeated in Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Better Ad ideas awards in judging for 2014, and the news department brought home four prizes including a first place for Best Business and Economic Reporting.

July 22, 2015 midnight read more..

Fair opens today

Fun comes in many forms, from carnival rides to cake contests, at Hood River County Fair, July 22-25.

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Punchbowl Falls park granted

Oregon Parks and Recreation District has awarded Hood River County a $470,000 grant to acquire and develop a park at Punchbowl Falls, a waterfall near Dee.

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Elderly Long-Term Care: Ombudsman training a first for the Gorge

Gretchen Jordan, Coordinator of Volunteers, Oregon Long Term Care Ombudsman, has an opportunity that hasn’t been seen before in Hood River or Wasco counties: A volunteer training to be held in The Dalles Aug. 12-13, Aug. 26-27 and Sept. 10, at a location to be announced.

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Jake Morgan named 2015 ICMGA Club Champion

Indian Creek Men’s Golf Association offers congratulations to Jake Morgan, the 2015 ICMGA Club Champion. Jake continued his outstanding play on the third day of competition with a 70-stroke game and finished with a three-day total of 212, four strokes under par.

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Tuesday, July 21


Monday, July 20


Saturday, July 18

Friday, July 17

Wednesday, July 15

Education: Oregon Promise bill holds just that

At 6:05 p.m. on July 7 the 2015 Oregon Legislative Session came to an end. The final days and hours of a session are filled with the consideration of a huge amount of policy and budget bills that must be passed before the final gavel falls.

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Tuesday, July 14

Saturday, July 11


Director’s firing roils Museum

The Hood River County History Museum is re-orienting following the loss of its executive, as is the Hood River Heritage Council — one board member stepped down citing a need to spend more time volunteering elsewhere, as well as “frustrations” with the council.

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The Porch, July 11

BOOT HILL: Someone strapped a black therapeutic boot to the railing on the 9th Stret-Montello stairs.

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Dee blaze contained

A wildfire near Dee consumed roughly three acres of trees and brush Tuesday — and threated nearby orchards and homes — but a valley-wide response wrestled down the flames within hours.

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Vacation Bible Schools, updated for July 11

Church of Christ — Hood River Church of Christ will be taking a look at what goes on inside our hearts this year as we discover how Jesus turns hearts “Inside Out” Aug. 3-7 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Thursday, July 9

Wednesday, July 8


Cascade Observations: Some other roadside attractions

What do a flat tire, a cloth diaper, a nuclear cooling tower, a gargantuan jug of maple syrup, and a poet’s grave have in common? The answer is “road trip.” On a recent family adventure via a silver Nissan, old memories of trips long past were recalled, and new memories were made.

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Fourth of July celebrations kicked off with the 40th Annual Kollas Cranmer Run early Saturday morning that saw 213 runners and 107 walkers make the 7.4-mile trek from downtown Odell to Jackson Park in Hood River.

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Laurie Lewis, Sierra Hull play CG Bluegrass Festival July 23-26

2015 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival, and the celebration boasts some of the biggest stars in bluegrass: Sierra Hull, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado. They join The Caleb Klauder Country Band, the Downtown Mountain Boys, North Country Bluegrass and Jim Faddis with Farmstrong beginning July 23-26 when the event hits the Skamania County Fairgrounds in scenic Stevenson, Wash.

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ANOTHER VOICE: Don’t let Gorge become the next Lac Megantic

On July 6, 2013, a train carrying highly flammable oil from the Bakken region derailed and burned in the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, resulting in explosions so violent that several city blocks were flattened and 47 victims were incinerated, 5 of whom were never found.

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Brown lawn time: Outdoor water saving tips

You don’t need Hood River County’s recent drought declaration to recognize that we’re facing an unusually dry year. With the Hood River running at 39 percent of normal, a nearly non-existent snow pack, and temperatures over 100 degrees in June, everyone has water on their minds.

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Governor to speak: Leaders For Tomorrow calls alumni to brunch

Leaders for Tomorrow (LFT) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary on Friday, July 17 at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. Organizers are looking for alumni of the program, originally called Leadership for Youth (a.k.a. Chamber Leaders) with students from Hood River Valley, Cascade Locks and Summit (now Horizon) Christian Schools.

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Yesteryears: Pro-Am Speed Slalom opens with a ‘swoosh’ in 1985

After some nervous, windless moments on opening competition day, the ’85 Columbia Gorge Pro-Am Speed Slalom was off with a “swoosh” here Saturday. There was plenty of wind Friday for registration and preliminaries, but an edgy group of race arrangers had to wait on the beach Saturday from the 10:30 a.m. scheduled start until 2:30 p.m. for the wind to come up. It was dead calm in the morning but the day was saved by rising winds on a hot July afternoon.

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Archery Tag event benefits BBBS

Global Sessions, an event and destination management team specializing in event coordination, hosted an Archery Tag tournament on Saturday, June 6 at Hood River’s Waterfront Park. The event was a huge success, with 11 teams raising over $2,000 to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge.

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Tuesday, July 7

Friday, July 3


Kiteboarding 4 Cancer returns next weekend

Part endurance race, part festival, part fundraiser, the 9th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C) presented by Patagonia is an action-packed, feel-good event with a goal that lifts everyone’s spirits: help young cancer survivors find hope and healing through outdoor adventure.

July 3, 2015 midnight read more..

Sign Safety

ODOT CREWS take down a traffic sign at the intersection of Highways 35 and 30, in front of China Gorge restaurant.

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Tucker-ed Out

Swimmers pause on the Hood River bank just below Tucker Bridge, where property owner Bob White is trying to get word out that access is not allowed.

July 3, 2015 midnight read more..

Port opens Nichols trail

The Port of Hood River is wrapping up construction at the west end of the Nichols Basin Trail, opening the bicycle and pedestrian path to the beach just in time for Independence Day festivities.

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Thursday, July 2

Wednesday, July 1

The Ale List: Solog Fest returns

The second annual Solog Festival will return to Parkdale on an August date to be announced, said brewer Jason Kahler of one of two breweries involved in the collabora-fest, Solera Brewery of Parkdale and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales of Hood River. Watch The Ale List for details.

July 1, 2015 midnight read more..

MID VALLEY NEWS: Celebrate the Fourth in Odell

First, a correction: I inadvertently typed the wrong date for the 50-Plus Expo coming to the Hood River County Fair on Senior’s Day in my last column — it will be on July 23, to correlate with the special admission price to the fairgrounds for seniors on that day.

July 1, 2015 midnight read more..

Yesteryears: Swimming pool bond measure passes 398 to 61 in 1945

With a majority of better than 6 to 1,000 voters of Hood River City endorsed the $60,000 bond issue, proceeds of which are destined to be used for the construction of a swimming pool. The vote was: Yes, 398; No, 61. While the location of the pool has not been definitely decided upon, it is anticipated that a site near the city high school will be selected, and it may be incorporated into a wider plan for a recreation park at the same location.

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Passions run high at Nestlé town hall

More than 120 people filled the Cascade Locks City Hall gym Thursday to discuss Nestlé’s proposed bottling plant. Tension mounted as those in favor and opposed raised their voices with comments and questions.

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Pot legal, selling it’s not

A historic Oregon pot law that passed last November bloomed today — Oregon joins Washington, Colorado and Alaska as the fourth U.S. state that allows recreational marijuana.

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Wyden calls out USFS over stalled Mt. Hood landswap

Sen. Ron Wyden joked at Saturday’s town hall meeting that “there’s no script, no teleprompters” in his town halls. The Hood River town hall, his 734th, was a wide-ranging forum attended by about 75 people. Wyden discussed trade, education, infrastructure, Medicare reform, foreign policy, oil train transport and many other issues, but when it came to stalled land swap between Mt. Hood Meadows and US Forest Service, Wyden was clearly working without a script.

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Sports Briefs for July 1

HR 10U softball heading to state tourney; Motorized trail use on HRC trails currently prohibited; Mt. Hood NF issues fire restrictions

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Junior golf growing at Indian Creek

After starting its inaugural season last year, Indian Creek’s PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association of America) Junior League Golf program is now really getting into the swing of things.

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