Stories for June 2015


Tuesday, June 30


Tuesday crash near Odell

All occupants escaped serious injury in this two-car head-on crash Tuesday at about 1 p.m. at Highway 35 and Willow Flat Road.

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Monday, June 29

Saturday, June 27

Health, comfort, efficiency measures allow homes to work better

Summer is definitely here, long after the first waves of hot weather. Many of us will spend the coming months doing our best to stay cool and protected from the hot sun. For Rick Anderson, staying cool is not just about comfort — it’s critical to keep his multiple sclerosis symptoms in check.

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Beat the Heat

Here are some tips from American Red Cross and National Weather Service for how to beat the heat:

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Looking back: 40 years of the Kollas-Cranmer run

July 4, 1975: In the midst of the phenomenon known as the “running boom” that became that decade’s athletic focus, and several weeks after the passing of Oregon cross-country/track and field legend Steve Prefontaine, a few dozen individuals gathered for a footrace from Odell to Hood River.

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Give your trees a deep drink during hot weather

The weather forecast is calling for high temperatures around most of the state through the weekend and even into the middle of next week. It’s a time to keep fire prevention uppermost in our minds, and also, to remember to protect the health of trees in yards and landscapes by deeply watering them

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Basketball skills

Horizon Christian School’s annual Triple Threat concluded last week, with about 70 campers in grades 4-9 attending to improve their basketball fundamentals (triple threat stands for pass, dribble, shoot).

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100°⁰and up?

Dangerously hot weather is predicted for Oregon and Southwest Washington through Sunday.

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Ailene Hibbard keeps history alive for News staff

You’re on deadline and you really should have done your research earlier, but you’ve been pulled a hundred ways all week (excuses!) and you’re just now getting to your story. Which is due in four hours. And okay, you’re panicking more than a little bit. Because this is going to be impossible.

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Driver sought in Dethman Ridge crash

Hood River County Sheriff’s Department is still looking for the driver of this vehicle that went off a 50-foot embankment Tuesday on Dethman Ridge Road near Odell Highway.

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Friday, June 26

Wednesday, June 24


Heat is on

It’s going to be a scorcher. With an anticipated surge of locals and tourists hitting the Columbia River and other natural water playgrounds throughout Hood River County, local law enforcement and safety officials are urging caution.

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Relay For Life is July 18

The American Cancer Society held its annual Bark For Life event June 20 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds — the same spot Relay For Life will be held next month.

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Summer heats up at the HR Library

The Hood River County Library — and its branches in Parkdale and Cascade Locks — have a variety of classes, crafts and reading programs for the whole family to enjoy this summer.

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Water wise?

Word came from a reader this week about some sidewalk watering by a public agency.

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Bi-Coastal Media gears up ‘Wheels of Hope’ campaign

The radio stations of Bicoastal Media, Mid-Columbia Medical Center, and Griffith Motors are teaming up to help a Columbia Gorge family in need. Wheels Of Hope will provide a deserving family lacking transportation options a vehicle to help them meet their daily needs, along with other appropriate gifts to offer a hand up.

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Next Door receives grant

The Oregon Community Foundation awarded a grant of $15,000 to The Next Door for the Promoting Prosperity Program. This project enrolls participants in Lending Circles to improve their credit ratings and access to loans.

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McNerney, Rogers to wed

Ashley McNerney and Casey Rogers, both of Nampa, Idaho, have announced their engagement. They will be married on Aug. 15, 2015 in an outdoor ceremony in the bride’s hometown of Hood River.

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Indian Creek Golf Course teams up with BBBS

Indian Creek Golf Course hosted Big Brothers Big Sisters’ first ever golf clinic on May 16. Mark Gradin, Director of Instruction and Player Development, and a few volunteers from the Hood River Valley girls and boys golf teams generously presented the event.

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Lions collect food

Lions Don and Bonnie Benton hold up an order form given to shoppers as part of the June 6 food drive at local grocery stores.

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Lions provide sight screenings this weekend in CL

The Columbia Gorge Lions Club will host its 40th annual Sternwheeler Days Festival in Cascade Locks June 26-28. Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation will also be on hand June 28 to conduct free state-of-the-art sight screenings for children.

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Yesteryears: John Weber retires from HR Port in 1995

It was an emotional evening for returning Port of Hood River Commissioner John Weber Tuesday as he attended a reception in his honor followed by his final commission meeting. People came from Salem and Portland as well as the Mid-Columbia to congratulate Webber on a job — many jobs — well done during his 24 years on the commission.

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Prevention Program thanks its supporters

Prevention supporters said one goodbye and issued numerous thank yous on June 16 at an appreciation luncheon at China Gorge Restaurant sponsored by the Hood River county Prevention Department.

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Carson Oilers looking to get first win of the season

Two teams seeking their first summer league win met in an American Legion Single A baseball game Monday as the Carson Oil-sponsored Hood River Oilers hosted the Horizon Christian Hawks of Tualatin at Hood River Valley High School’s Traner Field.

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Cascade Locks holds town hall on Nestlé

The city of Cascade Locks is hosting a town hall meeting Thursday, facilitated by a neutral party, to hear questions and comments from the public regarding Nestlé’s proposed water bottling plant.

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Goldendale Library holds summer book sale July 2-3

The Friends of the Goldendale Library will be holding their annual Community Days book sale on Thursday and Friday, July 2 and 3 in the library’s Camplan Room. Used books of all sorts will be on sale, from gardening to crafts, mysteries, children’s books and much more. Most paperbacks are 50 cents, and most hardbacks are $1. The sale starts at 10 a.m. each day.

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Klickitat County considers two-year ban on new pot businesses

GOLDENDALE — The Klickitat County Planning Commission was one vote shy of unanimity in its meeting Monday night in proposing a two-year ban with a sunset clause on new marijuana businesses to the County Commissioners. The vote has no binding authority but rather serves as a recommendation for action to the county commission. No action would affect existing county businesses.

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Cripple Hop performs at July 11 Trailgate event

Celebrate the world of Mt. Hood single track at Trailgate, hosted by the 44 Trails Association and the Mt Hood National Forest! Trailgate is a day to celebrate and enjoy the fine single track trails accessible from Forest Road 44 on the Mt. Hood National Forest. There’s plenty of great riding and hiking to be had from the Billy Bob SnoPark, including rides for all abilities, even kids.

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Tuesday, June 23


Saturday, June 20


World-class paddling event coming to the Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge is home to a multitude of wind and water sports, as well as a number of festivals and races to go with them and come July, the Gorge will add another such festival to its already busy summer roster.

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Sheriff urges caution at Eagle Creek area

The USDA Forest Service Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind visitors to recreate responsibly this summer at Eagle Creek Recreation Area.

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Friday, June 19

Wednesday, June 17

County adopts budget, considers 911 radio improvements

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners met Monday to adopt a $55 million budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Commissioners also discussed an overhaul of the current 911 emergency radio system used by police and fire departments.

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County Fair comes July 22-25

The 2015 Hood River County Fair takes place Wednesday through Saturday, July 22-25, at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Road, south of Hood River near the community of Odell.

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Roots and Branches: Calendar swirl never stops

June is jam packed with celebrations of every manner. My day planner notations look like a Spirograph has had its way with each date, recording a whirlwind of grandkids, family and friends celebrating birthdays, weddings, babies, graduations, talent shows and dance recitals.

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Yesteryears: ‘High class’ Kreig Apartments open on Oak Street in 1925

With the opening to the general public of the new Kreig apartments on Oak Street tomorrow evening, one of Hood River’s long felt needs will be filled. There has always been a big demand for high-class apartment houses, and the few building which could fit the requirements have long and extensive waiting lists. The new Kreig building will provide 16 apartments, most of them of three rooms and bath, with one or two smaller apartments containing combined living and bedroom.

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Pickleball court opens in Hood River

On Monday, new courts dedicated to the sport of pickleball opened in Hood River behind Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, with about a dozen or so people playing in the inaugural games that evening.

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Plan ahead for July 4 weekend fun

The Hood River Lions are working with other community groups for another great Independence Day salute to the United States. Set for Saturday, July 4, the day opens with the 40th annual Kollas-Cranmer Run/Walk from Odell to Jackson Park in Hood River.

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‘The Home Place’

Frances Goe Arnold and Ken Goe talk about 100 years of farming during Sunday’s celebration at the Goe farm on Webster Road just outside of Odell.

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Hawai’i: Good food, friendship and elders’ blessings yield ‘ohara,’ healing for cancer survivors

Right after high school, I tried going to college, but it didn’t appeal to me. I was working as a cook and my father didn’t like that career path. So one day I came home and there were two options laying on the desk for me. One was an application to the Air Force via my Dad, and the other was an up and coming culinary school in Portland that my Mom found in an article in the newspaper. I thought about it for about 30 seconds and culinary school won out.

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Hood River 14U wins again

The Hood River 14U Senior Federal Junior Baseball Organization won another tournament this last weekend in Beaverton.

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Sports Briefs for June 17

Summer sturgeon seasons on tap above Bonneville; Mt. Adams Country Bike Tour June 27; Oregon Enduro series returns this weekend; Maryhill Festival of Speed

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Looking back: A great year for HRVHS athletics

It’s been a banner year for Hood River Valley High School athletics: the Eagles have won state titles, produced individual state champions, received numerous coaching awards, and most importantly, have some pretty intelligent, hard-working athletes to boot.

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Labor market largely unchanged in May

Oregon’s unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 5.3 percent in May compared with 5.2 percent in April. This kept the state’s rate close to the national level, as the U.S. unemployment rate was 5.5 in May and 5.4 percent in April.

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Charges mount for Schneiders

One of two brothers accused of murdering a Parkdale man last year — and shooting the victim’s dog — is facing new charges of criminal conspiracy and aggravated animal abuse.

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Most retailers comply in youth ‘tobacco assessment’

A team of high school students from Hood River Valley High School Health Media Club in partnership with The Dalles YouthThink recently participated in a tobacco retail assessment, a youth led evaluation around the sale of tobacco products in their community.

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Monday, June 15

Saturday, June 13


June column: Summer chinook on the lower Columbia

I blinked with disbelief as the salmon made a U-turn out of the net and streaked down river faster than you can say, “summer chinook.” Never in all my years (which are quite a few) have I seen a fish that large escape a landing net so deliberately.

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Mercado del Valle returning to Odell

On Saturday, June 20 at 3 p.m., the Mercado del Valle Farmers’ Market in Odell opens for the season at Mid Valley Elementary. The Mercado del Valle offers something for everyone with a diverse set of vendors selling locally raised vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese, eggs, honey, and bread.

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‘Grave Matters’ discussion series continues June 28

We all experience grief and loss at some point in our lives. Even when we have experienced it before or know it’s coming, we are rarely prepared for its effects. And although much has been said and theorized about grief and the grieving process, how we grieve and how we react to loss can surprise and confuse those around us and even ourselves at times.

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Nixon’s Legacy: Celebrating the Deleted Expletive

I may not be the deepest of thinkers — in fact, some have said my well is not just shallow but was dug with a spade — but I like to think that I can recognize and appreciate the philosophical bent in others, even in the most unlikely of circumstances.

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Erin Jones places first in Dallas duathlon

Triathlete Erin Jones, a Hood River native and 2009 Hood River Valley High School graduate, continues on her quest to make the Olympic qualifiers in Brazil this summer, and helped herself out last week by taking first in the Elite Women’s category of the International Triathlon Union’s Dallas CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon held in Dallas, Texas, June 6, as part of the Continental Cup series.

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Three-peat athletes at HRVHS

Hood River Valley High School recently celebrated its 49 three-sport athletes, who are busy competing all school year long for the Eagles.

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Cascade Locks School, supporters celebrate Walk/Ride to School Month

Twelve students won new bikes, scooters and skateboards during the Walk/Ride to School event in May. Cascade Locks School’s PTO challenged businesses and organizations to make donations to purchase the items with the group donating the most money winning two hours of community service from the school.

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Windermere opens office on Oak

Windermere Real Estate, the largest regional real estate company in the Western U.S., has announced the company has opened an office on Oak St. in Hood River.

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Friday, June 12


Q & A with pear orchardist Gordy Sato

Gordy Sato runs his family’s farm in Parkdale that was established in the early 1900s. He returned to the farm 20 years ago after a successful career in outside sales.

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Planting the seeds of good health

Walk the path leading to Mid Valley Elementary School’s playground on a Friday afternoon, and you just might be greeted by the sounds of children in the garden.

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Savor the harvest

I teach a variety of food preservation classes each year that highlight the many methods available for preserving food. These methods include freezing, drying, fermenting, boiling water bath canning, pressure canning, smoking, and even turning milk into cheese and yogurt. Because of the risk of food-borne illnesses and the preservation of valuable nutrients, my favorite methods of putting up foods are freezing and fermenting.

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Thursday, June 11

Have dinner at your mother's place

Have you seen your mother today? Cross the Hood River Interstate Bridge into Oregon, drive south on Highway 35, or for us lucky ones, look out your front window. And there’s our mother: Mount Hood.

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Wednesday, June 10


The Milk Man

If you ask Jim Lambert, there’s something very special about milk and honey. Lambert, owner of North Land of Milk and Honey Dairy in Trout Lake, uses this belief to fuel his passion for his raw milk dairy business, the only one of its kind in the region.

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The ‘Reset’ on State Street

The new street trees added needed shade as the City of Hood River formally dedicated the 18-month State Street Urban Renewal Project on the warm evening of June 5.

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HRV Eagles are Cascade Cup champions

The HRV boys lacrosse have been crowned the Cascade Cup kings, defeating LaSalle Catholic College Preparatory, 11-10 at Hillsboro Stadium on Saturday, winning the first cup in HRV history.

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Bike Tour on Mt. Adams

Bikers will traverse the scenic flanks of snow clad Mt. Adams soon — the 2015 Mt. Adams Country Bike Tour is hitting the Trout Lake, Wash. area on Saturday, June 27.

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Shaniko Days June 20-21

Shaniko’s first seasonal event, Pioneer Days, takes place June 20-21. Pioneering activities such as coal forge blacksmithing, gunfights and kids’ pioneer games will be available, but the real focus will be on Shaniko’s pioneers, depicted in the town’s murals. New this year are murals of the Moody, Fowlie and Farrell families.

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Lyle schools unite with ‘Art for Sky’

Lyle — Students from Lyle School District created a grand scale human painting of a crimson salmon last Friday. The schools teamed up with “Art for the Sky” photographer Daniel Dancer of Mosier to make the proposed public art piece a reality.

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Gorge Geology Tour June 21

Retired Professor Steve Carlson will lead a geology tour Sunday, June 21, as he explains the dramatic upheavals, raging floods, and volcanic activities that shaped the Columbia Gorge. The tour van will depart the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center parking lot at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 21.

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Senior members of the Hood River Valley High School Chamber Singers share a light moment before their final performance Friday during Class of 2015 Commencement.

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Here’s what you need to know for July 4 in Hood River

The Hood River Lions are working with other community groups for another great Independence Day salute to our country. Set for Saturday, July 4, the day opens with the 40th annual Kollas-Cranmer Run/Walk from Odell to Jackson Park in Hood River.

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Elks honor ‘Students of the Year’

The 19th annual Elks Student of the Year ceremony was held in the Elks Lodge ballroom on the evening of May 31. Les Perkins, local businessman and County Commissioner, was the guest speaker. He talked about the value of community service and how the benefits of helping others within the community are long lasting and beneficial in many different ways.

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Honoring David Duncombe

Pastor Kelly Ryan, left, and moderator Pam Tindall welcome guests to the David Duncombe Library at Bethel United Church of Christ in White Salmon.

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Cascade Observations: Love, punctuated

May 29, and the handcrafted love notes from second graders keep coming — their teacher has informed them that today is my birthday, and that I will be retiring from teaching in the coming year. If I felt uncomfortable about turning 59 when I awoke this morning, their lovely cards have temporarily banished those feelings.

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Yesteryears: Mt. Hood Meadows extends ski season in 1995

In the old days, a prospector may have pointed to Mount Hood with delight, saying “there’s gold in them thar hills.” Today, there’s a different prospector looking with glee at a gold mine on the mountain. This time, though, the color’s snow white. Saturday, Mt. Hood Meadows begins something it hasn’t done for over a decade. Extended skiing runs the next 25 days until July 4.

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: ‘Thailand Trek’ at HR Alliance

Thailand Trek VBS, for kids from age 4 to 5th grade, will be hosted by Hood River Alliance Church June 23-26 and will run from 9–11:45 a.m. each day. Kids will participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork building games, and dig into yummy Thai-inspired treats.

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Traveling Red Chair visits Hood River County bed and breakfasts

Where travelers once held photos of Flat Stanley in unusual places, photographers now shoot photos of a humble red chair. Long considered simply a place to rest after a long day, the lowly wooden chair has been elevated to celebrity status, and is being welcomed at inns and bed and breakfast establishments throughout America.

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Tuesday, June 9


Monday, June 8

Front Yard, Back Yard, All around Town

Plant a cabbage in your front yard. Go ahead. No one’s going to arrest you. At least not in Hood River. But around the country, from Los Angeles to Orlando and even in the midst of Iowa corn country in Des Moines, front yard vegetable gardeners are facing fines, and in some cases, city officials bulldoze their gardens.

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Saturday, June 6


‘Puff Factory’ coming to Cascade Locks

The Port of Cascade Locks has finalized a deal with an Odell orchardist, Jacqueline Alexander, which will make way for “The Puff Factory,” a plant that will freeze-dry Hood River Valley fruit and turn it into packageable snacks.

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HRMS band serenades Salem

From the balcony of the cavernous Oregon House chambers, eighth graders from Hood River Middle School regaled state decision makers with a fluttering, jubilant piece.

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Elks announce May ‘Students of the Month’

Madison Graham and Jessie Karr, both students at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as Students of the Month for May by the Hood River Elks Lodge No. 1507 and were each presented with a check for $100. They joined 16 other winning students in the running for the annual Student of the Year Awards, held May 31.

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Sports Briefs for June 6

Handball tourney raises $2,500 for Lila May; HR 7/8 girls lax heading to state; Event site now closed to kiteboard launching/landing

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Valley Christian Church to welcome new pastor

On Sunday, June 14, Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road, will welcome its new pastor, the Reverend Alicia M. Speidel, who has been called to the congregation from the First Christian Church of Medford, where she served as pastor for 12 years. The service will start at 10:30 a.m.

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Steven Sliwa receives Distinguished Eagle Scout award

Steven Sliwa has been awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award upon nomination by the Cascade Pacific Council, Hood River Oregon and the Boy Scouts of America. This award is granted to Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years, have distinguished themselves in their life work and who have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.

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Blues and Brews returns June 26-27

Stevenson’s signature event returns for its 22nd year, June 26-27, when Gorge Blues and Brews Festival hits the Skamania County Fairgrounds, 650 SW Rock Creek Drive.

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‘Incredible Years’ returns June 23

Come enjoy summer fun with the Incredible Years program for parents and other adults and their children 2-8 years starting Tuesday, June 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Indian Creek Apartments, 1615 9th Court St., northeast of Walgreens.

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‘Author Talk’ at Discovery Center June 12

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum presents author Dr. Robert Boyd on Friday, June 12, with “Henry K.W. Perkins: Forgotten Wascopam Missionary.” The culture a la carte dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles.

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Thursday, June 4

Wednesday, June 3


Sports Briefs for June 3

Bernie Fagan soccer camps in HR; Another hole-in-one at Hood River Golf Course; Gorge Roller Girls win finale; Rock Creek Day Use Area Closed to Protect Nesting Bald Eagles

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No snow? No problem! Hood 2 River Relay goes on

Runners, paddlers and bikers turned out in droves on Saturday for the second annual Hood 2 River Relay, racing from the slopes of Mt. Hood down to the Hood River Waterfront. Started last year by event company Breakaway Promotions, the relay had to replace the nordic and alpine legs with an uphill run and a trail run due to the lack of snow, said race organizer Chad Sperry.

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HRV gets second post-season shutout in a row

The HRV Eagles defense once again put on a masterful performance Friday evening in Hood River, defeating the Putnam Kingsmen, 4-0, to get their second consecutive shutout of the post-season — the only team in the 5A playoff bracket to shut out an opponent at all, let alone twice.

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Free fishing June 6 at Spearfish Park

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to a family fishing event at Spearfish Park, near Dallesport, on June 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event coincides with the state of Washington’s free fishing weekend and national Get Outdoors Day.

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Performing arts director nominated for Tony award

Mosier Schools’ Performing Arts Director Betsy Oslund Harmon has been nominated for a Tony award. Community members and current and former students nominated Harmon for the national award, “Excellence in Theatre Education,” on Sunday, March 31, 2015 with letters of reference and a three-minute video tribute.

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Cloud Cap Inn tours beginning June 21

Parkdale — The Mt. Hood National Forest Service will be hosting free interpretive tours of the historic Cloud Cap Inn starting June 21 through Labor Day on September 7, weather and road conditions permitting. The Hood River Ranger District is inviting the public to tour the inn, discover its history, and enjoy the majesty of Mt. Hood.

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Pulitzer Prize author Megan Marshall at Klindts June 6

Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers, Oregon’s oldest bookstore, will host author Megan Marshall June 6, for an evening featuring her Pulitzer Prize winning biography, “Margaret Fuller; A New American Life.” Marshall will offer a reading and informal question-and-answer session followed by book signing. The Pines winery will be on site pouring wine by the glass and Klindt’s will provide refreshments.

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Sarah Braman-Smith selected as Principal at Wy’east Middle School

Sarah Braman-Smith of Madras has been selected as the next principal of Wy’east Middle School beginning in the 2015-16 school year. Her selection was approved by the School Board at its May 13 meeting. Braman-Smith will be replacing Catherine Dalbey who will begin serving as the district’s Director of Human Resources July 1.

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BLM issues fireworks ban, urges caution

Effective June 1, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prohibits the use of fireworks and exploding targets on all BLM-managed public lands throughout Oregon and Washington. The ban will be in effect from June 1 to Oct. 15.

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Camp for free on June 6

State parks throughout Oregon invite the public to camp and play for free the weekend of June 6-7 in celebration of State Parks Day and Free Fishing Weekend.

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Light load, sharp turn

The driver of an empty moving van heading east on Sherman Street attempted a left turn onto angular E. Second Street Thursday and got pinched by the slope and an oak tree and home on the northeast corner.

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BBBS holds first golf event; Scouts convene Court of Honor

Indian Creek Golf Course hosted Big Brothers Big Sisters’ first ever golf clinic on Saturday, May 16. Justine Ziegler of Big Brothers Big Sister writes, “Mark Gradin, Director of Instruction and Player Development, and a few volunteers from the Hood River Valley girls and boys golf teams generously presented the event.

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Yesteryears: First-ever use of airplanes to spray orchards in 1925

One of the most important experiments ever attempted came to a successful conclusion on Friday of last week, when 60 acres of the well-known Oregon Apple Company orchard near Monroe, Ore., were sprayed with dust of arsenate of lead and sulphur by two airplanes piloted by Lieutenants Oakley Kelly and Miller; the exact time to perfectly cover all trees in the 60 acre tract being 34 seconds. This was the first attempt ever made to dust spray an apple orchard by airplane, but all of the experts present declared that the “coverage” of the trees was perfect.

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‘Gorge’ book released

Linda and John Hardham of Cook, Wash., meet writer Janet Cook, seated at left, and photographer Peter Marbach at Wednesday’s book release event and photo presentation at Columbia Center for the Arts, attended by about 40 people.

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Rally looks at sea lion predation

Faced with unprecedented levels of predation from growing numbers of sea lions in the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, leaders from the Columbia River Treaty Tribes, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and the recreational fishing community were joined at a public gathering on the shore of the Willamette River by Oregon U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader and hundreds of concerned citizens to support the passage of federal legislation to protect endangered salmon.

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Tuesday, June 2


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