Stories for May 2015

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Saturday, May 30



Parking change at Cascade Lot

Public Works crew installs new signage, the kiosk, and heat-thermal striping on Thursday morning as the City of Hood River prepares for a change in the parking system at the Cascade Avenue parking lot — at Fifth and Cascade across the street from the Post Office — to a shared parking lot effective June 1.

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The Porch for May 30

SEEN AND HEARD: elementary students checking seed starts in morning light before school … bird-spotted bench in front of downtown store … shop owner flipping cardboard coasters at friends in open car windows, then retrieving his misses … tomato starts leveled by the wind … blackberry blossoms already emerging … new businesses on the Heights gestating behind butcher paper in the windows …

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TCC wireless opens in HR

TCC, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S., announced May 28 the opening of its newest location in Hood River.

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Friday, May 29

 

Wednesday, May 27

 

Café sales relieve Nepal

Lauren Bardenett adds the flourish to a coffee drink at Doppio, 310 Oak St., where all day May 27 the café will donate 10 percent of proceeds — drinks and food — to help an earthquake-damaged Nepal village of Kumari.

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Rummage for ‘The Dogs’ this weekend

Hood River Adopt A Dog is holding its annual “Goin’ to the Dogs” Rummage Sale on Friday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Washington teachers rally for education funding

Employees from the Camas and Washougal school districts joined forces to raise awareness during a teacher walkout day May 13. The demonstration was in protest against the state legislature for failing to fully fund K-12 education and keep class sizes smaller, among other issues.

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Wreathed in Honor: Remembering those who served

About 400 people assembled at Idlewild Cemetery Monday morning to remember the men and women who gave their lives for their country.About 400 people assembled at Idlewild Cemetery Monday morning to remember the men and women who gave their lives for their country.

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Culture Fest

Community members taught origami, provided music, and showed aspects of their folklore during the first Gorge Culture Fest, May 21 at Columbia Gorge Community College.

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Health group launches ‘Hospital Guide’

The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) announced Tuesday that it launched Oregon Hospital Guide (www.OrHospitalGuide.org), according to a press release. The new website displays hospital data on a user-friendly platform. This is the first phase of a larger hospital transparency effort, OAHHS officials said

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St. Helens’ pitching ends Eagles’ season with a shutout in play-in game

The Hood River Valley Eagles faced the second-best defensive team along with one of the best pitchers in the state in a Class 5A softball play-in contest versus the St. Helens Lions. Despite having the role as underdog though in Friday’s road matchup at St. Helens, the Eagles hung in there, played tough and had a chance for a possible upset win late in the game.

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Bryan to wed Palaniappan

John and Alison Bryan of Hood River announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Reid Bryan, to Subbu Palaniappan, originally of Chennai, India.

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Travelogue: Finland

The Rahalta Rajalle Hiihto is a classic (kick and glide) cross country ski event that crosses Finland from the Russian border to the Swedish border along the Arctic Circle.

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Yesteryears: Duckwall, Al Groff Company roads get new names in 1955

Two county roads recently were renamed by the county court. Duckwall Road is now Wy’east Drive and is the county road between the state highway boarding the F.L. Moe property south of Tucker’s bridge to Duke’s Valley Road. It is routed by Wy’east High School. The second road formerly was the Al Groff Company Road and is now the Roy Webster Road. It extends from Dethman Ridge Road to Ehrch Road. The names were changed on May 11 and May 18.

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Tuesday, May 26



Saturday, May 23

 

Hood River County election results

Two members of the Columbia Gorge Community College board kept their positions, based on unofficial results from the May 19 Hood River County Special Districts election.

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Eagles baseball wins defensive battle against Rams

HRV’s game Wednesday against the Central Catholic Rams wasn’t on the schedule to start the season, with Eagles’ coach Erich Harjo adding the contest a few weeks ago with the intention of preparing his athletes for the playoffs by giving them extra practice against a highly competitive opponent.

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Soroptimist honors trio

Allyson Pate, Ann Frodel and Tami Swanson are winners of Soroptimist International of Hood River’s 2015 Women of Distinction Award.

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Kegler’s Corner: Men with Balls wins Fraternal League to close out the season

At Hood River’s Orchard Lanes on Wednesday, May 13, the Fraternal League had its season-ending championship roll-off between three round winners: Men with Balls, Team Hirata, Cardinal Glass and the wildcard, who didn’t win a round, but had the most points won: Myassis Dragon. Yes, you’ve got to hand it to them, there are some creative team names there!

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Sports Briefs for May 23

Girls lax players receive all-league honors; Softball racks up all-league awards; ICMGA tourney results; HRMGA tourney results; Gorge Roller Girls host bout May 30; Oregon Beach Wrestling Champs May 30 in HR; WDFW expands fishing area on WS River

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Reunion concert May 23 at HRMS

Outgoing HRVHS music director Mark Steighner will lead the May 23 reunion choir concert at 7 p.m. at Hood River Middle School auditorium (a previous article contained the wrong location).

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Friday, May 22



Wednesday, May 20



Scottie Ziegner to represent HRV boys tennis at state championships

Capping off the team’s first-ever Columbia River Conference title earlier this month, the HRV boys tennis team had a good showing during last week’s 5A Special District No. 1 Championships in Bend, which saw the Eagles take third overall and No. 1 singles standout Scottie Ziegner finishing high enough to represent the team at the state championships.

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HRV track and field wins first-ever CRC title at District Championships

The final day of the Columbia River Conference Track and Field District Championships turned out to be an historic day for the Hood River Valley Eagles, who won their first ever CRC title. The Eagles, guided by coach Donnie Herneisen, won the boys and girls district championships Friday at The Dalles High School.

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‘Women are Veterans, Too’

Margie Anderson wears a bracelet that says “Women are Veterans Too” and is proud to have been part of the minority population in the military.

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Ex-sheriff in accidental shooting

Dee Hill remains in critical condition Tuesday morning after her husband Darrell Hill, a retired law enforcement who has dementia, accidentally shot her in the stomach Saturday morning.

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Student videos capture awards at new festival

Nine HRVHS students screened their current video productions at the Hood River County Education Foundation First Annual Independent Film Festival. Student videos were produced as an extension of a Video Production class taught by Shawn Meyle. Several films featured action across many local sports — snowboard, skiing, kite boarding, and surfing. The Festival was co-sponsored by Second Wind Sports, who provided prizes as well as a professional film of surfing in the Aleutian Islands.

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Waucoma hosts author Steve Martini May 23

Waucoma Bookstore is hosting New York Times bestselling thriller author Steve Martini for a book signing on May 23 from 1-3 p.m. at the bookstore, located at 212 Oak St., Hood River. Martini will be signing “The Enemy Within,” the latest book in the Paul Madriani series.

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PINE GROVE NEWS: John Stehlik named Wy’East Firefighter of the Year

I am slow/late getting this information in the paper but felt it should still be reported. Unfortunately, with all the recent passing of neighbors and friends, I thought I should remind everyone that for interment arrangements at the Pine Grove Butte Cemetery, Jean Godfrey is the Secretary and can be reached on her cell at 541-490-7713. Randy Holmstrom is the Sexton (grounds keeper) and can be reached on his cell at 541-380-1130.

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Roots and Branches: Got this shoe? Make amends

There are so many great things our students and young adults do in this community that I hate to mention a less than sterling moment committed by one young man. Perhaps it was a prank, or a simple irresponsible act. Regardless, if I write this article, and enough folks discuss how seemingly harmless pranks may inadvertently cause others significant pain, we can make amends.

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‘Relay For Life’ on tap July 18

On July 18, Columbia Gorge residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Columbia Gorge to help finish the fight against cancer. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. at the Hood River County Fairgrounds.

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Friends of the Library used book sale May 28-30

Craving a few more books to read? Maybe, say, a whole bag of books for a dollar? Then you’re in luck. The upcoming Friends of the Library Used Book Sale is just what you’ve been waiting for. The “members only” preview sale will be Thursday, May 28, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Gaulke Meeting Room of the main library.

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ANOTHER VOICE: Partnerships focus on ensuring youth are safe and successful

Over the last two and a half years, I have had the distinct honor of being part of a group of dedicated community volunteers and partners focusing on one common goal, the well being of the children in our community. In that time, an incredible amount of work has been done and milestones achieved. Through funding provided Casey Family Programs and a series of grants, the Keeping Families Together (KFT) initiative has focused their attention on several areas that have the most substantial impact on the success of youth in our community.

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HR Elks Lodge honors Barry and Ocheskey

Hannah Barry and Stanley Ocheskey, both students at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as Students of the Month for April by the Hood River Elks Lodge No. 1507 and were presented with a check for $100.

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Yesteryears: Former Childs property will become subdivision in 1965

D. E. Erwin, the same man who developed a tract of homes on west May Street last year, unfolded plans at a city council meeting Monday for a 50-lot subdivision farther west between May and Sherman. His land, the former Childs property, covers some 15 acres between 22nd and Rand Road, excluding Jensen and Lester properties.

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Dalbey is new HRCSD human resources director

Catherine Dalbey has been selected as the next Human Resources Director for the Hood River County School District beginning July. Her selection was approved by the School Board on April 22. Dalbey will be replacing Kevin Noreen, who has resigned the position effective June 30 to take a position with Forest Grove School Board.

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Climbing Wall Rodeo May 26

Gorge Grippers Climbing Team presents Climbing Wall Rodeo May 26 at the Hood River Middle School gym, locate at 1602 May Street.

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District championship results show a Horizon track team on the rise

Four years ago, a half-dozen students gathered on a cold, blustery March day on the grassy field behind Horizon Christian School and declared themselves a track team. They had no uniforms, no track to run on and no equipment. A hard rain early on during that initial practice forced the athletes to seek shelter inside the school’s gym, where they completed their workout.

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Sports Briefs for May 20

Boys lax to face Rex Putnam in Cascade Cup; HRV golf wraps up season; Hood 2 River Relay; Gorge Area Middle School Soccer League

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Tuesday, May 19

 

Saturday, May 16

      

HRV baseball misses season sweep of Hermiston

After securing the CRC title with win over The Dalles last week, the Eagles were looking to win-out the rest of their league games in order to ensure home-field advantage for when the playoffs start later this month.

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Sports Briefs for May 16

Swim team wins sprinter meet; Babe Ruth opening day is Saturday; Local youth wrestlers take home titles at U.S. Open Wrestling Championships; Horizon golf ends season at districts

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District races, HRV track

HRV track and field got off to a good start at the District Championships on Wednesday, and was scheduled to wrap up the meet Friday afternoon with the finals in the running events.

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Thursday, May 14



Wednesday, May 13

   

Extension ‘Whole Grains’ Tour planned for May 21

OSU Extension Service’s Mid-Columbia Family and Community Education Study Groups will hold their 2015 spring tour on May 21, at Bob’s Red Mill in Milwaukie and OMSI in Portland — aptly titled the “Whole Grains and Wonders of the World” tour.

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Jibson marries Ryan

Sarah Marie Jibson and Timothy Paul Ryan, both of Hood River, were married April 18, 2015, in Milwaukee, Wisc.

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Host families sought for international students

EF High School Exchange Year, the leader in high school cultural exchange, is seeking host families in the Hood River area. Host families open their homes to a 15-18 year old from countries around the world who come to the U.S. to attend one or two semesters of high school. Through the exchange experience, both student and family get the chance to learn about a new culture and potentially establish a lifelong bond.

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Mountain View cemetery featured in TLC episode

Timothy Farrell writes: “Several years ago the Board of the Mountain View Memorial Cemetery suggested that I take Master Gardening classes in order to better manage the historic two acre property just outside the city limits of Hood River.

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Klindt’s book drive helps build up NORCOR library

Maximizing on the popularity of their annual Spring Author Festival, Klindt’s Booksellers is kicking off a two-week long book drive to benefit the library for incarcerated students at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR).

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‘Relay For Life’ of Columbia Gorge July 18

On July 18, 2015, Columbia Gorge residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Columbia Gorge to help finish the fight against cancer. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. at the Hood River County Fairgrounds.

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Words of Gratitude

C.J. Woodward and Ken Tubbs write: “On the morning of May 6, we needed the help of medical and emergency services and was very lucky to live in Hood River County.

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Traffic enforcements begin

The Hood River City Police Department and the Hood River County Sheriff’s Department have announced traffic enforcement patrol increases in the coming weeks, with an emphasis on seat belts, speed and cell phone use while driving.

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Genealogy class May 16

Learn how to do family history research in the town you live in and how to find hidden resources. The class will be taught at the Hood River Library on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m. by local Pam Sanchez who has years of experience researching family history.

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Young Voices: HRVHS Speech and Debate team takes second at state

This year, 11 members of Hood River Valley High School’s Speech and Debate team took a trip to Western Oregon University April 23-25. In the end, they attained second in the 5A school division, the best showing ever from the team. These students had all placed either first or second place at district competition, and were competing at the state level.

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Tournament bringing pickleball athletes to Washougal

Hathaway Park in Washougal will come to life with the popping sound of pickleballs against paddles, cheering and laughter at the Washougal Rivers Edge Tournament – Pickleball for the Ages on June 5, 6 and 7. The competitive yet fun event will be presented by the Columbia River Pickleball Club (CRPC) with some tourism support from City of Washougal hotel/motel tax funds.

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Trout Lake students win ‘Bikes for Books’

Two students at Trout Lake School were awarded bikes as part of the White Salmon Masonic Lodge’s 2015 “Bikes for Books” program. Dasher Evans and Nia Burtchaell-Norman took home shiny two-wheelers as a celebration of their excellence in reading.

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Deadline for ‘Big Art’ May 15

Art of Community was established in 2014 by artists to build on this dynamic relationship, engage the community with art and work collaboratively to further promote and develop public art throughout the Gorge making it available to people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Tuesday, May 12

 

Saturday, May 9

     

‘Remembering the Year 1980’: Lloyd presents slide show of St. Helens

Local photographer Darryl Lloyd will present “Remembering the Year 1980” at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson on May 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is part of the Mount St. Helens Institute’s Volcanic Views and Brews Scenic Pub Lecture Series, which is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the mountain’s eruption.

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Mother’s Day celebration at the Discovery Center

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is giving free admission to everyone during the annual Mother’s Day Celebration on Sunday, May 10, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free admission is offered as a thank you to the Columbia Gorge community for support over the past year.

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Outdoor news: May 2015: High mountain trout

Acting like a steelhead, the trout yanked our son’s rod down and headed for the other side of the lake, stopping to perform a double somersault before falling back into the water, before changing directions and heading for a submerged stump near shore. Wade, our younger son (now 22), held his rod high and steered the torpedo-acting fish away from the bark-covered obstacle.

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Sports Briefs for May 9

Veatch receives recognition in rookie season; Swimmers bring home hardware from Bend Invite; Girls tennis match rescheduled; Boys lax wins at Cleveland

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Vineyard hosts choir, orchestra on May 15

The Columbia Gorge Fellowship of Churches are hosting the California Baptist University’s Collinsworth School of Music’s University choir and orchestra on May 15, 7 p.m. at Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 508 Ninth Street, Hood River.

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Next Door plant sale May 9

Find organically grown veggie starts to support the Raices Cooperative Farm, a program of The Next Door, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9 at 965 Tucker Rd. Starts include tomatoes, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers, and basil.

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Don Howell becomes Valley Worship pastor

On Sunday, April 26, exactly 73 years to the day from the date that the church came into being, Rev. Don Howell was voted unanimously to become the permanent pastor of Valley Worship Center, which was formerly called the Mount Hood Assembly of God.

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Union Pacific president visits

The top executive for Union Pacific Railroad and his communication team met Tuesday with city, county and port officials in the gorge to discuss safety concerns related to crude oil shipments.

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Good Parents: Resources rise for local families

There’s a scene in the play “Good People,” on stage at CAST, in which two friends from the same South Boston neighborhood debate why one of them succeeded in life and the other didn’t — how one got “a leg up.” Hard work is one thing, but to what extent do circumstances determine how we fare later on?

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Friday, May 8

 

Wednesday, May 6

  

Gorge Scenic Area stars in expanded Google Maps

With dramatic waterfalls, mountain peaks, alpine lakes and the magnificent Columbia River and Gorge, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Oregon and Washington is one of the United States most spectacular natural areas.

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Hood River Valley baseball focused on winning first-ever CRC title

The Hood River Valley High Eagles baseball team has enjoyed remarkable success this year at Traner Field where they’ve posted a sparkling 6-1 record. If their home cooking continues this week, the Eagles will very likely win their first ever Columbia River Conference championship Friday when they face the Pendleton Buckaroos.

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New home for FISH

Caleb Bell carries Irene Best’s favorite yellow stool, one of the final items to depart the long-tike FISH food bank home in Concordia Lutheran Church on the Heights.

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For her 15th birthday, this teen gives to others

Most 15-year-old teenage girls have a long list of birthday wishes; maybe the latest cell phone or trendy clothing item. That is not the case for McKenna West. On her 15th birthday this year, West wanted only one thing: to help ease the pain for patients undergoing chemotherapy.

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Good effort from HRV not enough to defeat The Dalles

In its push to the playoffs, Hood River Valley was looking to make significant headway last Friday in a softball doubleheader against The Dalles/Dufur — a team one spot ahead of The Eagles in the Columbia River Conference standings.

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Sports Briefs for May 6

Bassham voted Oregon’s 5A/large school AD of the Year; Boys tennis splits trip to Central Oregon; Youth track camp May 9; more

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HRV on playoff bubble after loss to OES

A promising start in the first quarter wasn’t enough for the HRV boys lacrosse team to overcome Oregon Episcopal School Friday in Hood River, who bested the Eagles, 15-5, after HRV relinquished a three-goal lead it had built at the start of the game.

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Cardboard boat races coming to Dallesport May 16

National Boating Safety Week is May 16 to 22, and Columbia Hills State Park is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to promote safe and responsible boating by launching the park’s first ever cardboard boat race at Horsethief Lake just east of Dallesport Saturday.

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Forest service hosting free fishing clinics for kids

The Barlow Ranger District and Hood River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest will be hosting free fishing clinics for kids. The Barlow Ranger District event will take place on Saturday, May 9, and Hood River Ranger District’s fishing clinic will take place on Saturday, May 16. Both events will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.

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Traffic safety blitz happens May 18-31

Beginning May 18 until May 31, the Hood River City Police Department will be conducting a two week traffic safety Blitz campaign. The focus will be on seat belts, speed, and cell phone use while driving.

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Part 2: The Girl From Ipanema...

Starting in the late 1990s, I endured a stretch of my life when every single morning of every single day for five years I woke up with the same song stuck in my head.

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‘Good People’ at Columbia Arts Center

The title of the play is itself full of irony: “good people,” the phrase used in South Boston and elsewhere to loosely describe firm acquaintances for whom you know, both the good and not-so-good.

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Tuesday, May 5

 

Saturday, May 2



Community Resiliency Programs continue May 2

Stevenson Grange 121’s 2015 Community Resiliency Programs continue with a Walk-In Plant Clinic given by the Central Gorge Chapter of the OSU Master Gardeners (Hood River) and a Seed and Plant Swap, on Saturday, May 2, from 12 to 3 p.m., in the Stevenson Community Library Gallery.

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CGCC faculty censures Toda

Faculty at Columbia Gorge Community College voted by a wide margin on April 25 to submit a letter to the CGCC Board of Education censuring college President Frank Toda and calling for his resignation.

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A taste of HRVHS cinema May 8

The first ever Hood River Independent Film Festival is coming to Hood River Valley High School on Friday, May 8. Catch the action at the high school’s Bowe Theater at 7 p.m.

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‘Tutu Trot’ May 9, helps Lila May, 4, in cancer fight

How much can we inspire a community to give when its most talked-about little girl is facing the cancer fight of her life, always smiling despite the grim odds? In Hood River and beyond, that’s the question that’s been on the minds of hundreds of people, particularly those who are making tutus and planning to wear other fun costumes to show their spirit and support in the 2nd Annual Lila May Tutu Trot.

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Kegler’s Corner

With just two weeks remaining in the regular bowling season at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes, Team Hirata holds a commanding 33-point lead in the third round of the high-powered Wednesday night Fraternal League.

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Sports Briefs for May 2

Softball shut out by Hermiston; Horizon golf receives sixth seed going into districts; Boys tennis closes out home match in style; Girls lax defeated by OES

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HRV baseball mounts crazy comeback over Hermiston

For the second time in a week, the HRV Eagles (13-6 overall, 5-1 Columbia River Conference) were pushed into extra innings by their opponent. And for the second time in a week, the Eagles were able to battle back and win the game, but Tuesday’s road win over the Hermiston Bulldogs (8-9 overall, 1-5 CRC) was anything but ordinary.

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