Stories for March 2015

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Saturday, March 28

      

SWIFT SWIMMERS

Sarah Arpag (back), of Hood River, and Shea Kasenga, of Underwood, recently competed in the 2015 NW Region Swimming Championships in Federal Way, Wash.

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FANTASTIC GYMNASTICS

Riverside Gymnastics Academy (RGA) captured the first place team title in both Level 3 and 4 at the 2015 Smith Rock Invitational held on March 21 in Redmond.

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Performers needed for Cemetery Tales

The Hood River County History Museum will host auditions for its annual Cemetery Tales production March 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 300 East Marina Drive.

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HRV Fashion Club hosts youth fashion camp

The HRV Fashion Club is searching for 14 to 16 future fashionistas to attend their Tutus and Tyvek Fashion Camp on April 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in at Hood River Valley High School.

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Wednesday, March 25

     

Target practice substance suspected in blast death

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A blast that killed one man near U.S. Highway 26 between Portland and Mount Hood is believed to have been caused by a mixture that is used to make exploding targets for firearms practice, authorities said Friday.

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Remote volcano monitoring stations proposed for Hood Wilderness

The Mount Hood National Forest is accepting comments on a U.S. Geological Survey–Cascades Volcano Observatory proposal to install four volcano monitoring stations on the upper flanks of Mount Hood. The unmanned remote monitoring stations would be located in the Wilderness area, occupying a total of 105 square feet of land. These proposed stations would be constructed with minimal impact on the environment, located away from trails, and painted to blend in with the surroundings.

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Hapa Hillbillies accompany Chaplin silent films Saturday

A unique marriage of film and music arrives Saturday night with the screening of four c. 1917 Charlie Chaplin silent films accompanied by local musicians performing traditional and newly-written music. The Hapa Hillbillies will perform along with the films in the 7:30 p.m. all-ages show at Columbia Center for the Arts (details below).

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Unique guitar concert at HR Library April 8

Japanese guitarist and songwriter Hiroya Tsukamoto will take you on an innovative, impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility at the Hood River Library on Wednesday, April 8, 7 p.m.

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CHURCH NEWS: Valley Worship Center Easter services planned

The community is invited to attend Valley Worship Center’s Easter celebration events on Sunday, April 5 at 5780 Hwy. 35 in Mt. Hood. A free Easter Sunday breakfast will be served at 10 a.m., followed by the Easter Celebration Service at 10:45 a.m. with Pastor Don Howell.

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Wy’east OBOB team headed to state competition April 11

Wy’east won the Region 4 East Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Tournament, which was held at The Dalles Middle School on Saturday, March 14. The team consists of Kendra Wilkins, Aunika Yasui, Jimena Gonzaga, Nick Arenas, Ethan Happy, and coach David Sacquety, Wy’east reading teacher. Wy’east has won its regional OBOB tournament four times in the past six years.

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Parkdale News: Parkdale carnival a big success

Each year the Parkdale Elementary School carnival raises funds to help students by providing money for field trips, school assemblies and provides additional funds for music, PE and art programs that the school could otherwise not afford.

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‘Proud and honored to be here’

“On behalf of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, I want to thank all of those in our community who participated in the first ‘Share the Warmth’ event,” writes Rev. Anna Carmichael.

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Yesteryears: Feud over future of Wells Island continues in 1985

The feud over who will determine the future of Wells Island goes on. City counselors hesitantly passed an ordinance adopting background information and implementing language and map amendments to the city’s comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance conserving Wells Island, but it didn’t go over unanimously. The council voted on the ordinance at Monday’s noon meeting, and passed it 5-2.

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Decoding Dyslexia Chapter shares its message in Salem

Columbia Gorge Chapter of Decoding Dyslexia attended the Senate Committee Hearing on Education regarding Senate Bill 612 on March 17. Parents, teachers, students, professionals and elected officials testified at the legislative hearing and supporters of the bill packed hearing room C as well as two overflow rooms.

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Hearts of Gold Caregivers receives honor

Hearts of Gold Caregivers recently received the distinguished Best of Home Care Leader in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse, the leading firm in quality assurance for private duty home care. The Leader in Excellence Award is given annually to the select few home care businesses that consistently ranked among the highest in 18 or more quality metrics assessed by Home Care Pulse.

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‘Pleased about the road map’

Paul Blackburn jokes that he is “seven for seven” in elections — the most recent being Mayor of Hood River in November 2014. He was elected to city council in 2004.

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A Tsuruta scrapbook

Monday morning, Hood River’s Sister City guests from Tsuruta, Japan, said their goodbyes to their host families and members of the Hood River-Tsuruta Sister City Board at HRVHS.

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CSRT competes at U16 Can-Am Champs

This past week, you may have noticed a few ski racers missing from the mountain. Three athletes from the Cooper Spur Race Team were selected to the Pacific Northwest Ski Association’s U16 Western Regional Team.

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HRV softball gets first win of the season

After dropping their first two games, including an 11-0 loss to Sandy on Thursday, the Eagles softball team got its first win of the season Saturday against the West Anchorage Eagles from Alaska, trouncing them by a score of 9-2.

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Monday, March 23



Saturday, March 21

    

Tsuruta Sisters

Kaori Sato gets a helping hand from her host mother, Wendy Bullock, while friends Mizuki Ito and Kaho Urita roller skate behind them at Westside Elementary Wednesday.

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In home opener, HRV comes out swinging

The No. 7-ranked Hood River Valley High Eagles (2-0) baseball team continued its early season success by winning a nonleague home contest 12-6 over the Barlow Bruins Tuesday at Traner Field.

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Track team on their marks in home debut

The first track meets of the season can often mean more about getting into shape and measuring athletes’ abilities than they are about posting record times, but after HRV’s meet Wednesday against the Centennial Eagles, Coach Donnie Herniesen was pleased with his squad’s performance right out of the gate.

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Local Farmers’ Markets seeking new vendors

Spring is in the air and farmers’ market season is just around the corner. There are 9 markets throughout the Gorge preparing to open in the coming months and they need more vendors. People with backyard garden surplus, a few extra dozen eggs, cut flowers, jams and more are a wonderful addition to the market. It can be as simple as harvesting the plums from the tree in your yard and selling them at your local market one week.

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Kegler's Corner: John Miller is No. 1

Last week’s league action at Hood River’s fun spot, Orchard Lanes, once again produced an amazing and diverse group of stars who bowled the most over their averages to make our famous Team of the Week.

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Friday, March 20

 

Wednesday, March 18



Sports Briefs for March 18

Meadows puts operations on temporary hold; Willie Ishizaka commits to Penn State Beaver baseball; Stan Ocheskey to play Div. I water polo for Air Force; Discover Pass free day March 19

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Yesteryears: Covered bridge north of Parkdale closed by order of the county court in 1955

The old covered bridge north of Parkdale on the Woodruff station road was closed Saturday afternoon by order of the county court. Damage to the east end of the bridge resulted during the recent wind storm and necessitated the closing of the structure, which has spanned the east fork for half a century. The concrete bridge was opened to traffic Wednesday afternoon. The covered bridge may be preserved as a foot bridge, commissioners report.

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Hood River County Reads books are now available

Hood River County Reads kicked off on March 15 with a special event at the Hood River Library beginning at 2 p.m.; related kickoffs happen at the Parkdale and Cascade Locks libraries on March 17 beginning at 5 p.m.

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GORGE LIT SEEKS WRITERS

The Gorge Literary Journal, a new voice for writers in the Columbia Gorge, is soliciting short original works for publication. Partnering with The Hood River News, selected items will appear in a special newspaper section this summer. There is no financial remuneration for acceptance. All submissions are anonymous (the online submission process connects writers’ names to their pieces after they are accepted).

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Retired Educators offer scholarship

Mid-Columbia Unit 20 of the Oregon Retired Educators Association is offering a $750 scholarship to a third, fourth or fifth year college student as of this coming September, who aspires to become a teacher and is attending an Oregon school.

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Celebrate Red Cross Month this month

Each year, the President of the United States proclaims the month of March as Red Cross Month to honor the lifesaving work the organization does throughout the year.

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Eviction sparks gunshots, fire

An attempt by the Wasco County Sheriff’s office to serve eviction papers Monday morning to a man at 1100 Mt. Hood Street led to a shooting and fire that gutted the residence.

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Break stress ‘ripples’

Retired emergency room physician Bonnie New took to Salem Tuesday, proposing tighter gun safety measures to the Oregon legislature. Of the ten Oregon doctors who spoke to state leaders on March 16, she was the only one from Hood River.

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Clink! exhibit offers wine tastings

Enjoy local wines, listen to music, and soak up some Oregon history as The Hood River History Museum hosts a special traveling exhibit, “Clink!” on the history of wine in Oregon.

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Parkdale man arrested on sex abuse charges

On March 11, 2015, deputies arrested 24 year old Gerardo Morales of Parkdale for multiple sex offenses involving a minor. In the past, Morales has worked with youth in the community through various sports and youth group programs.

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Spring is in bloom

Spring break — March 23 to 27 — is right around the corner for Hood River County School District, Horizon Christian, Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School and Columbia Gorge Community College students.

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Trail work begins

Port of Hood River started extensive trail work last week between the Hood River footbridge and Button Bridge Road.

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Root and Branches

Due to a deep seeded skepticism about the actual “reality” of television reality shows, I seldom watch one in its entirety.

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Lyle Nicholson celebrates 100 years

Lyle (“Nick”, “Doc”, and “AB7A”) Nicholson will celebrate his 100th birthday on March 23, 2015. Nicholson, a former veterinarian, resides at Providence Down Manor in Hood River, where he has lived since 2008.

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County to decide on Punchbowl Falls plans

The Hood River County board of commissioners will meet for a special work session at 5 pm Thursday March 19 to approve or deny designs for a county park at Punchbowl Falls, a waterfall near Dee. If approved, the county would apply for an Oregon state park grant.

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Despite rally, HRV falls to Gresham in home opener

A mid-game rally bolstered by solid pitching from Hood River Valley’s freshmen wasn’t enough for the Eagles to get a win in their home-opener against Gresham Monday night, falling to the Bulldogs, 10-4. The score on paper, though, didn’t accurately reflect how well the Eagles performed for the majority of the non-league contest.

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Outdoor news: Bank fishing for steelhead

I landed my first steelhead, a summer run fish, while casting and still fishing/plunking a Spin N Glo lure into the Columbia River from a beach near Woodland Washington. It was later, after a friend suggested I try for winter steelhead on the Sandy River, that I tried my luck on a mid-size stream.

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Tuesday, March 17



Saturday, March 14

  

CHURCH NEWS: ‘How We Got the Bible’

Tucker Road Baptist Church presents “How We Got the Bible” with Dr. Mike Kuykendall, March 13 and 20, and April 3 and 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the church, located at 1455 Tucker Road in Hood River.

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Little Feet Preschool holds

Little Feet Cooperative Preschool, Hood River’s only cooperative preschool, has started its annual plant sale fundraiser. Planters, annuals, perennials, vegetable starts and herbs sourced from local nurseries are available for pre-order. Order deadline is April 3.

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Celebrate Red Cross Month this March

Each year, the President of the United States proclaims the month of March as Red Cross Month to honor the lifesaving work the organization does throughout the year. Show your support and celebrate with us by donating blood and asking a friend to do the same.

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Spring sports have sprung

Hood River Valley High School athletes were busy this past week practicing and gearing up for the upcoming spring sports season that starts in earnest next week.

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HR gymnasts medal in Corvallis meet

Local gymnasts from The Dalles’ Riverside Gymnastics Academy sprang to the top of the podium during the 2015 Oregon State Gymnastics Spring Invitational held last weekend in Corvallis.

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Exhibiting Potential: Museum welcomes new director

After nearly a year in executive limbo, the History Museum of Hood River County found a new director in Megan Shuemate. The Wisconsin native comes to the job with enthusiasm, experience and a drive to put the museum back on the public radar.

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Pine Grove Reflections

Pine Grove Fire Department supporters are reflected in a heavy framed mirror, just one of hundreds of items sold in live auctions inside the fire hall and outside in the yard in the March 7 fundraiser for the department.

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Young Voices: Julia Skwarczynski: Taking on the world, one language at a time

Every high school student has a talent, something interesting about them, or perhaps a little quirk to them. Some students are talented in math, some in science, but there are very few students who know and are learning more than four different languages. Whether she is up at the mountain skiing or in a classroom studying, sophomore Julia Skwarczynski is always trying her best to achieve the goals she has set for herself and have success in the future.

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Friday, March 13

 

Thursday, March 12



Wednesday, March 11

    

Horizon third at 1A state tourney

BAKER CITY — It wasn’t the placing the Horizon Christian School boys basketball team had in mind, but in the end, a win in its final game at the Class 1A state tournament provided a soothing dose of satisfaction for the Hawks.

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Put a price on carbon, council votes

Hood River became the second city in Oregon to adopt a resolution calling on the Oregon Legislature to enact laws creating a price on carbon as a means to stem global warming.

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Providence honors men of big Hearts

More than 170 people, many in tears, stood to applaud Dr. Paul Hamada and Don Benton, the Hearts of Gold recipients for 2014, in Saturday’s event at Hood River Best Western Inn, according to Susan Frost of the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation, which each year honors a community member and a health care professional “whose golden hearts shine brightly.”

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Cascade Locks celebrates Dr. Seuss

Cascade Locks School held a Spirit Week March 3-6 in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Students around the Hood River County School District participated in Read Across America week, which coincides with the author’s birthday each year.

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Underwood Community Gardens begins third season

The Underwood Community Gardens begins its third season with all 21 garden spaces leased and a new Board of Directors: Sally M. Stillman, President; Molly Hamlin, Vice President; and Kirby Richards, Treasurer. Like most Community Gardens, UCG is a gardener-led organization that relies on all participants to enhance the community experience.

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‘Drones, Droids, Data & Dirt’: Precision Farming Expo returns to Salem March 17

Farmers, agronomists, innovators and others interested in learning how new and increasingly affordable tech solutions are becoming available to Northwest growers are invited to attend the second annual Precision Farming Expo, which will be held Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 at the Salem Convention Center (located at 200 Commercial Street SE).

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Delta Kappa honors outstanding members

Delta Kappa ESA held their Outstanding Member Awards luncheon recently at the Hood River Inn. Charlotte DeHart, treasurer, and Tami Arthur, awards chairman, received top honors for their total dedication and excellent work through the years.

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Cascade Observations: The ‘Classified’ are critical

Classified in the world of government most often refers to something that someone doesn’t want us to know about. In the world of public education, the word has a decidedly different meaning, referring to a group of people who literally are the backbones of schools. These amazing folks, from custodians to instructional assistants, cooks to bus drivers, are too often overlooked when praise is given out. This last week, officially known as “Classifieds Week,” teachers and administrators in our school district tried earnestly to let our classified staff know just how much we love them and count on them to educate and protect our students.

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Yesteryears: Hood River airport prospects brighter in 1945

1965 — 50 years ago: Major renovation of The Paris Fair department store, scheduled to be completed by mid-summer, may be the first in a series of face-lifting efforts for Hood River business houses. Paris Fair’s Dick Lance said a “completely new” front will be put on the store, a longtime local fixture on the local business scene. New windows, a single double door, and convertible backdrops for the windows will be features of the front.

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Wine themed art nights come to museum

The History Museum of Hood River County proved wine makes for a promising creative medium as well as a classy beverage. Casual artists assembled at the museum Monday night to enjoy the first in a series of weekly wine themed craft nights celebrating Oregon’s wine history.

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Saturday, March 7

 

May St. lasagna dinner, art sale on March 12

May Street Elementary School will hold its annual Teddy Webber Scholarship Dinner and Student Art Auction on March 12. This event, which began in 1997, is held to raise money for the school’s artist in residence program and the Teddy Webber scholarship fund.

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Spring Ahead — and get alarmed

March 8 marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

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GO! Competition planned

Gorge Owned (GO!) is pleased to introduce the first GO! Local Business Plan Competition in conjunction with its annual Earth Day event.

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Page contest coming to an end at library

Michele Dearing, Collection Development Specialist for the Hood River County Library District, updated the Million Page Challenge board at the Hood River Library Thursday afternoon. And we’ve got sad news, Hood River County — we’re in last place.

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HRV basketball falls just short of state playoffs

One of the best seasons in recent memory for the Hood River Valley boys basketball program came to end Tuesday night, when the Eagles narrowly lost to LaSalle Catholic College Preparatory, 75-70, as well as lost their chance to make the post season for the first time in two decades.

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City asks comments on carbon

A carbon pricing resolution, along with affordable housing, wastewater treatment plan funding, and public art, make for a busy Hood River City Council agenda on Monday.

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CGCC lays off five workers

Columbia Gorge Community College has laid off five employees across multiple departments in an initial schedule of layoffs designed to help address a projected $2.4 million deficit in the upcoming fiscal year, according to college president Dr. Frank Toda.

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Outdoor News: Drift boating for steelhead

I traded the old drift boat for a new one last fall; my new one is an 18 foot wide-bottom Willie drifter complete with a UHMW (synthetic) bottom. Yes, it’s big, but this boat’s plastic bottom makes the craft row easily, not stick on rocks, and its size means it’s in no way tippy and allows me to haul gear and people safely over shallow river bottoms.

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Kegler's Corner: The Dudes win County League

The Thursday Hood River County league had its championship roll off last week at Orchard Lanes and The Dudes trio emerged victorious over The Incredibowls team in the battle for the title in this fun league. Bowling for the champs were Matt Monbouquette, Patrick Hughes and Jeremy Ziegler. We want to extend our thanks to the County league for bowling with us this season. We miss you already and can’t wait to see you again next fall.

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Thursday, March 5



Wednesday, March 4

 

Feast of Words March 7

The Hood River County Library Foundation will host its annual Feast of Words inside the downtown Hood River Library on March 7 from 6-9 p.m.

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Seussville, USA

It is Read Across America Week, and local elementary schools are honoring Dr. Seuss March 3-6.

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Armacost, Brekke engaged

Kristen Armacost and Jared James Brekke, both of Boise, have announced their engagement. They will be married Oct. 10, 2015.

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Gymnasts earn high marks in 2015 MAC Open

Riverside Gymnastics Academy’s (RGA) Level 4 gymnasts captured the title at the 2015 MAC Open in Portland on Feb. 13 with a team score of 111.625. Team placement is determined by the top three scores on each individual event.

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Marquez gets second at state

Surrounded on all sides by bright lights and the buzz of thousands of spectators, 12 mats filled the floor of Portland’s Memorial Coliseum over the weekend for the 2015 OSAA state wrestling championships.

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Random Stuff

I’ve decided that today’s column is going to be about the random thoughts of a man who spends his days prying the clothes off stiff, cold corpses, and chatting amicably with the criminally insane.

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Yesteryears: ‘Viento Park’ donated by Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co. in 1925

2005 — 10 years ago: It was a fitting way for a bus driver to pass along her prize money: Send students on field trips. That’s the way Trisha Peterson wants Hood River County School District to spend the $1,033 in prize money she won Feb. 23 as part of her Educator of the Week award from radio station K-103 in Portland. Peterson is the first bus driver to earn the K-103 distinction.

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Odell landmark reopens with new menu, name

Clems is reopening after a three month closure. The one-time convenience store and deli in downtown Odell is now a restaurant operated by longtime Hood River residents Graciela and Rodolfo Gomez.

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Friends of the Columbia Gorge offers Spring-Summer Hike Program

Spring is in the air a bit earlier than usual in the Columbia River Gorge — ready to get out and explore? It’s a great time to kick off a new season of discovery: fascinating trails, colorful wildflowers, bracing waterfalls, and a new wealth of Gorge discoveries! From March 15-July 18, Friends of the Columbia Gorge will host over 65 hikes, outings, and land stewardship events as it celebrates the organization’s 35th anniversary.

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Public meeting on Rooster Rock future March 18

A public meeting for Rooster Rock State Park is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18. Park staff with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will present site development plan options for the park that include improving the park entrance and developing an accessible walking path along the Columbia River, while maintaining existing park features.

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May Street annual Lasagna Dinner, Art Auction March 12

May Street Elementary School will hold its annual Teddy Webber Scholarship Dinner and Student Art Auction on Thursday, March 12. This event, which began in 1997, is held to raise money for the school’s artist in residence program and the Teddy Webber scholarship fund.

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Tuesday, March 3


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