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Saturday, October 31



‘Fifty Year Trail of Ink’: Arthur Babitz talks history Nov. 4

Former mayor and active historian Arthur Babitz will speak on “Newspapers, Boom Towns, and Mental Health in the Old West” Nov. 4 (the body of the article in the Oct. 28 article gave the wrong date) in a Sense of Place Lecture at Columbia Center for the Arts, sponsored by Gorge Owned.

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The Porch

WELL SAID: “A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” — John Lubbock

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‘Making Energy Work’ workshop Nov. 6

Residents interested in renewable energy may attend Making Energy Work for Rural Oregon, a one-day workshop on Nov. 6 designed to help Hood River increase its investment in clean energy, and benefit from local energy programs and projects.

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Fiber Fest moves to Fort Dalles Readiness Center

Columbia River Gorge yarn shop Knot Another Hat is bringing the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival (CGFF) to the new Fort Dalles Readiness Center for its fifth showing. The festival brings hundreds of fiber enthusiasts from throughout the United States and Canada to the Gorge.

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HRV boys blank The Dalles to take CRC title

The HRV boys soccer team was all business Tuesday night in Hood River, picking apart another opponent with clinical coldness and precision — this time The Dalles Riverhawks, who were shut out by The Eagles for the second time this season, unable to answer the three goals scored by HRV.

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Middle school XC teams see success at state meet

On the heels of HRV’s performance at the Columbia River Conference Championship meet on Saturday, the Hood River middle school combined cross country teams had great races on Sunday at the Oregon State Middle School Championships, with the girls taking first and the guys taking seventh in the “superchamps” race.

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Powerdale Road closed this week

Hood River County Public Works Department will be closing access to the Powerdale Corridor parking lot just off Highway 35 next week beginning Nov. 1 to allow several hundred feet of pipe removed from the site.

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Water ballot OK'd for signatures

Hood River County approved citizen group Local Water Alliance Monday to proceed in gathering signatures for a ballot measure that would bar large-scale commercial water bottling operations within the county, including Nestlé’s proposed plant in Cascade Locks.

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Church News: Veterans Day service at Tucker Road Baptist

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. On Nov. 8, the second Sunday in November, Tucker Road Baptist Church will be honoring those who have served and those who are now serving this country in each branch of the military — Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and the Coast Guard — with a Veterans Day Celebration Service.

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Goldendale gallery celebrates first anniversary

Small rural towns are usually not recognized as a resource for art, but Goldendale’s Big River Art and Crafts works hard at making art of all kinds accessible to residents and visitors. Big River showcases the work of local and regional creatives including a number of artists from Hood River.

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Friday, October 30

 

Wednesday, October 28



‘Door To The Dead’ premieres

No Halloween spoilers here. “Connecting the dots for yourself” is the essence of the mystery in the new Oregon-made horror video series based on a creepy concept involving found footage on an orphaned VHS tape.

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City accepts leaves

Beginning Oct. 28, Hood River City residents may dispose of leaves at the City Public Works facility at 18th and May Streets. Disposal hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please check in at the office before dropping off leaves. Residents will be required to empty any bagged leaves.

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HRV XC heading to 5A state championships

Columbia River Conference teams scrapped tooth and nail last weekend at the CRC Championships in The Dalles, with the decision of who gets to go to the OSAA 5A State Championships and who gets to stay home not made until the last 500 meters.

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Hawks slide into the finals

The Horizon co-ed soccer team is headed to the Special District 6 finals after holding off Damascus Christian, 2-1, in Hood River Monday afternoon.

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Warming Shelter holds kickoff at new location

The Hood River Warming Shelter will hold a “Warm the Night” silent auction of services 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, to kick off its 2015-16 season at its new location, 4041 Westcliff Drive, next to the Hood River Char Burger.

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Gorge employment dips slightly with fall seasonal shift

With the dawn of fall, jobs in the Columbia River Gorge have declined slightly but remain strong in the statewide context, according to a report by regional economist Dallas Fridley. Hood River County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly, to 4.8 percent in September, tied with Benton County for Oregon’s lowest. Looking back to September 2014, the county’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage point higher and ranked second.

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Gorge Lit welcomes submissions

Polish up your flash fiction, poetry or essays and submit your favorites to the second edition of The Gorge Literary Journal, a new voice for writers in the Columbia Gorge.

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River Travelers

Hood River native Rachel Mallon, left, prepares to leave Hood River marina Monday with Leah Shamlian, as part of an adventure sponsored by OAR Northwest, a non-profit outdoor education program based in Washington state. Mallon and Shamlian are on a 45-day row from the Columbia River headwaters in British Columbia to the mouth of the river.

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Yesteryears: Heights window decorating contest underway in 1955

Windows will be painted in the Height’s business district Hallowe’en night, Monday, but not with the usual soap and paraffin attar. The Heights Booster Club is sponsoring a window-painting contest between 6 and 8 p.m. for youngsters in five age groups. Registration is scheduled for tomorrow; each contestant will be assigned an area on 12th Street windows.

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Urban vs. rural: Judge and Juror

I want to open with the disclaimer that this is going to be a good one. I haven’t even written it yet, but I’ve just got this feeling. So, promise me you’ll keep reading until you just can’t stand it anymore. Okay?

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Stegall, Davis engaged

Liana Stegall and Logan Davis, both of Hood River, announce their engagement. They will be married June 18, 2016.

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Butler Bank Social Club hosts ‘Movember’ events

Union Event Co., an event-planning company based out of a historic bank, now known as Butler Bank Social Club, will host a series of events throughout the month of November in order to raise awareness and support for men’s health month.

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Apland supports African children’s library

Apland Jewelers has an open suitcase for the community to fill with books to support the initiation of a library at the Kitarini Maasai Children’s School in the rural Longido district of northern Tanzania, where 450 children attend.

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Tuesday, October 27

  

Saturday, October 24

 

‘A Boy’s Dream’ Fulfilled: 4,000 miles solo: HR sailor finishes Pacific journey from Japan

ASTORIA (AP) — The hull of Tracy Hollister’s boat, the Ingrid Princess, appeared around the breakwater at the West End Mooring Basin just before 2 p.m. Friday. A friend and fellow sailor, Brian Thom, waited on a paddleboard to greet him, while Hollister’s wife, Michelle, whooped and waved her hands on the docks, eager to see her husband for the first time in nearly three months.

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Hood River Valley Swim Team hosts first meet of the season

The Hood River Valley Swim Team had a very successful home swim meet last weekend to start the team’s season. For 17 swimmers, it was their first time ever competing in a swim meet: Corbett Blackman, Massimo Blanco, Athelea Brevard, Willow Cohen, Juliet Crain, Georgia DeResta, Dylan Durand, Henry Durand, Colin Gerald, Mallory Keller, Rowan McKenna, Hannah Roser, James Schofield, Oliver Schofield, Anna Southall, Meg Tappert and Annabel Webster.

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Big win propels HRV water polo boys into top spot

The HRV boys water polo season enjoyed some big wins earlier this week, defeating 6A Reynolds, 8-6, on the road Monday and then trouncing Gresham, 20-7, the very next day in Hood River, giving HRV an 11-1 record and putting the Eagles at the top of the Mt. Hood 5A/6A conference for the first time ever in the team’s history.

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Church News for Oct. 24

Valley Christian holds pre-Christmas sale; River of Life holds benefit for Donovan Doroski; church Halloween events

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Presentation explores native soils, plants of the Gorge

Soil is the foundation of our natural resources, our wealth, our food — and most of us know very little about it. Friday, Oct. 27, starting at 7 p.m., the public is invited to a free presentation: “Soil: What it is and how it works with our native plants.”

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Tech Alliance seeks award nominees

The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) has opened nominations for its annual awards program to recognize the individual and organizational leaders working to advance the tech industry and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in the Columbia River Gorge. Finalists are invited to the organization’s annual Winter Party in December, where the winners for Technology Leader of the Year and Technology Organization of the Year are announced.

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Friday, October 23



Wednesday, October 21

   

Halloween: When and Where to get your Scare!

Halloween is all-ages fun. The big day is 10 days away, but to help you prepare, we present this list of community events and attractions leading up to Halloween, with some fun fall events also happening in the harvest and trick-or-treat season.

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Foliage Portfolio

Mark Bell recently hiked Eagle Creek and took this image of raindrops clinging to vine maple and lichen.

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Murder at The Dalles vets home

A Happy Valley woman is behind bars at the regional jail for allegedly murdering her husband at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles Sunday afternoon. According to reports, James Wilkerson, 67, was stabbed in the neck in his room on Bravo Wing shortly after 4 p.m. on Oct. 18.

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Eagles stun Bucks in CRC opener

The HRV football team (4-3, 1-0 league) extended its win streak to two and notched its first Columbia River Conference win of the season last Friday with a decisive 42-21 win over the Pendleton Buckaroos (2-5, 0-1 league) in Hood River for the final home game of the regular season.

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(Home) Season Finale

The Horizon Christian soccer team had their last regular season home game on Monday, where the Hawks (7-4, 7-1 league) hosted the Open Door Christian Academy Huskies (3-8, 3-6 league).

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Helping Hands Against Violence Gala is Oct. 24

You may have attended the candlelit vigil honoring victims of domestic violence, seen the purple ribbons signifying awareness of the issue, or sipped a cup of coffee with a No More sticker on top. Now it’s time to top off your commitment to end abuse by supporting the work of Helping Hands Against Violence at their annual auction gala on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Springhouse Cellar, 6-9 p.m. in Hood River.

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Huffman addresses Mosier wells

Rep. John Huffman stopped in Mosier Wednesday night to ask citizens if they would allow city officials to assess their wells and determine which ones are leaking.

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Beethoven’s 9th makes Gorge debut with CGOA

According to director Mark Steighner, this weekend’s CGOA performance of Beethoven’s 9th symphony will involve the largest number of professional adjunct musicians the Sinfonietta has ever employed.

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Bridge closes Thursday a.m.

The Port of Hood River will perform required maintenance to the lift span deck on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge on Thursday, Oct. 22 beginning at 3 a.m. and continuing until 4:30 a.m.

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Tuesday, October 20

 

Saturday, October 17



HRV soccer keeps winning, but CRC title still up for grabs

HRV (10-0-2, 4-0 league) swept the first round of Columbia River Conference play earlier this week shutting out its third league opponent in a row, The Dalles Riverhawks (2-10, 1-3 league), by a score of 7-0. It was the Eagles’ fifth consecutive shutout this season (eighth overall).

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The Porch for Oct. 17

WELL SAID: “I saw old Autumn in the misty morn/Stand shadowless like silence, listening/To silence. — Thomas Hood

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Foster parent info events planned

The Next Door’s Foster Parent Recruiter, Amy Lindley, will host an informational open house on Monday, Oct. 19 and Monday, Oct. 26 from noon to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided and registration is appreciated. “What it Takes to Become a Foster Parent” will be held at the Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, 1400 W. 8th, The Dalles.

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Bruce Parker named new Horizon trustee

Horizon Christian School has announced that it has elected Pastor Bruce Parker to the Board of Trustees, effective Oct. 7, 2015. In addition to his duties, Parker will become part of the church relations committee of the Board.

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HAHRC BEATS: Know about and find breast cancer early

In the Gorge, we know or have heard about someone that has had or died from breast cancer. Some of us have experienced breast cancer ourselves. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States other than skin cancer. Each week in Oregon and Southwest Washington, 70 men and women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 10 will die.

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Dr. Robin Henson responds to questions about breast cancer

Dr. Robin Henson is the Medical Director for Providence Hood River and also oversees a busy OB/GYN specialty clinic at the Providence Medical Group Hood River Women’s Clinic. Among the concerns of her patients, questions are often asked about breast cancer and mammogram screenings.

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HRV water polo: Boys win twice, girls win a pair after OT thriller

Thursday night at Sandy High School featured two different worlds between the boys and girls games. The boys varsity won by forfeit as Sandy, already short on players, didn’t provide the players for a regulation game. HRV provided Sandy some players and it was a great opportunity to have essentially a refereed scrimmage where everyone was able to get valuable playing experience.

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HRV XC gets good practice for CRC at Wildhorse Invite

The HRV cross country squads got a good look at their league opponents on Thursday at the Wildhorse Invitational in Pendleton, which served as a Columbia River Conference preview of sorts as it was the first time the Eagles have raced against all their CRC competition in one race this season.

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Sports Briefs for Oct. 17

Horizon volleyball looks for a win in final games; Jacy Johnston hitting her marks in gymnastics competitions; Full Moon Run Oct. 27; Gorge Gear Swap Oct. 24

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Regulated fire closure ends, but continued caution urged

Fire restrictions will be reduced on private and non-federal public forest and rangelands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District. The regulated closure which has been in effect since June 19, 2015, will be terminated as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Fire season will remain in effect for the Central Oregon District (COD) until significant widespread rain falls throughout the district.

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Friday, October 16

 

Wednesday, October 14



Horizon soccer heading to playoffs

The Horizon Christian co-ed soccer team officially clinched one of Special District 6’s four postseason berths thanks to the Hawks’ 3-1 win over Damascus Christian Monday afternoon in Hood River.

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HRV back on track with win over McKay

Inspired by Homecoming festivities, fireworks, and a loudly cheering capacity crowd, the Eagles played their best game this year with a dominating performance in a 49-14 win over the McKay Royal Scots Friday night at Hood River’s Henderson Community Stadium.

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Eagles XC ‘starting to pop’ in time for CRC races

Another competitive invitational race is under the HRV cross country team’s belt this season and with it, another long list of Eagles athletes who are performing at peak, as evidenced by the numerous personal records set this weekend.

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Kegler's Corner: Gabriele is No. 1

Scoring in league action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes has definitely been a challenge for just about everybody, but we’re only a few weeks into the season. So, it will get better, just hang in there, bowlers — you’ve still got a few weeks to go to get into mid-season form. Maybe, try some practice?

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HRV Athletes of the Month

The Hood River Valley High School Athletic Department recently announced its athletes of the month for September: Justin Crosswhite and Kara Kiyokawa.

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Debate sends six to first tournament

Six new members of the Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate team began the competition season at the Silverton Novice Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 10.

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‘Walk to Remember’ honors lost babies

The second annual Walk to Remember will feature a change or two, but the purpose of the walk remains the same: the observance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in support of those who have lost a pregnancy or baby.

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HRVHS Royalty

King Noah Noteboom watches as Queen Sophia Marble is wrapped in the royal Homecoming cape by 2014 Homecoming Queen Lulu Rodriquez during Friday night’s halftime coronation ceremony.

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Harvest Fest, Fruit-Craft Fair this weekend

Fruit by the bin, innovative arts and crafts, food from local restaurants, varied live music, and beer, wine and cider from the Gorge highlight two autumn events this weekend in Hood River County.

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Badger Lake Fire inactive, trails still closed

The Badger Lake area in the southeast portion of the Mt. Hood National Forest remains closed due to a wildfire that started Oct. 3 and grew to approximately 80 acres last week due to dry and windy conditions, but is no longer actively burning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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Locals participate in global rhino-elephant march

Hood River participated as the only Oregon event in last weekend’s Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. Some cities also rallied for tigers and lions as citizens spread awareness to the rapid decline of iconic species, mostly due to increased poaching in wildlife trafficking.

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CROP Hunger Walk organizers give thanks

CROP Walk committee members write, “A warm thank you to communities of the Mid Columbia for supporting the recent Columbia Gorge CROP Hunger Walk. We thank the 81 walkers representing ten area churches, as well as those who walked as individuals.

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Cascade Observations: Shares of grief and joy

When I was a small child, it was all the rage to wear “Days of the Week” underwear, with each pair printed with the corresponding day of the week. I yearned for my own special set, but my mom was not convinced by my pleading, and purchased plain white panties: no frills, no lace, no days of the week.

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Yesteryears: Cascade Locks adding ‘374’ to phone numbers in 1965

Cascade Locks and Bonneville will switch to new telephone numbers at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, according to J.B. Mason, manager for Pacific Northwest Bell. On that date, the two telephone offices will be combined into one office in Cascade Locks and long distance calls between the two towns will be eliminated. Existing three-digit customers at Bonneville will be replaced by new seven-digit numbers, all beginning with the prefix “374.” Cascade Locks will add “374” to the present four numbers

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Radio Quake drill prepares for 9.0

Gary Hollister of Odell monitors the control equipment connecting radio operators around the county in Saturday’s Hood River County ARES/RACES participation in a statewide communications exercise, dubbed “Quake Ex II”— simulating amateur radio operators’ response in case of a destructive 9.0 earthquake in Oregon.

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Romeo and Juliet: A tale of love …and hate

“Romeo and Juliet” is the action-packed, witty debut of first-time director Emma Spaulding, now playing at the Columbia Center for the Arts. And while the story isn’t new — it was, after all, written in 1595 and is one of Shakespeare’s most-produced works — Spaulding’s take on it is.

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Saturday, October 10



Hood River Elks Lodge makes donation to Meals on Wheels

On Sept. 17, Hood River Elks Lodge No. 1507 presented a check for $2,000 to Kristi Thomsen and Debra Laraway of Meals on Wheels. Along with this check, the Dominguez Family of Juanita’s Fine Foods contributed an additional $1,000 to help support this project, said Secretary Linda Sanders.

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College honors Umpqua shooting victims

A small group of student leaders, administrators, faculty and staff gathered at Columbia Gorge Community College Wednesday evening to honor the nine victims of last week’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College.

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Fall bounty celebrated in Underwood Oct. 24

Celebrate the bounty of fall with music and dancing, food, wine and beer. On Oct. 24, the Underwood Community Council will host a local music, food, wine and beer event at the Underwood Community Center, 951 Schoolhouse Road in Underwood.

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Sports Briefs for Oct. 10

CSRT registration now open; Middle school winter sports registration is open; Middle school volleyball cancer research fundraiser match Oct. 22; Horizon volleyball loses close one with Sherman; Horizon soccer splits games

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Friday, October 9



Wednesday, October 7

     

Riverkeeper hosts speaker on Hanford in White Salmon

Columbia Riverkeeper is hosting a free event Sunday in White Salmon featuring speaker Dr. Ceiridwen Terrill, a Concordia University professor who will be walking 225 miles from Portland to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in an effort to raise awareness about the history and cleanup of the nuclear site on the Washington side of the Columbia River.

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Tod LeFevre Day Oct. 7

Mayor Paul Blackburn and City Council passed a proclamation last week that Oct. 7 is Tod LeFevre Day in Hood River, in honor of the late resident’s championing of sustainability and “his humble determination to make our community and this world a better place.”

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Hood River Library to host Death Cafe

Join Hood River County Library District for the third Hood River Death Café, Sunday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Hood River Library. At a Death Café, people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. The objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.

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WAAAM hosts community flag event

The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum will host a community flag retirement ceremony on Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. in partnership with local Boy Scouts.

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Eat, freeze, and smoke your fish

With over 800,000 fall chinook having passed above Bonneville Dam this fall, the fishing has been really good this season on the Columbia with many anglers finding success at the mouths of the White Salmon and Klickitat rivers. If you’re among those finding success, your freezer might be getting a little full by now, in which case you might try smoking some of your catch.

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GORGE-US GALS RIDE

Riders from all over the Pacific Northwest came out to the Columbia River Gorge to ride in the annual Gorge-Us Gals Ride on Saturday.

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Kegler's Corner: Jeff Furlong stars at Orchard Lanes

Jeff Furlong outpaced everybody in league action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week. Jeff racked up nice scratch 222 and 209 games in the Monday night Industrial League. Those good games boosted him 142 pins over his average.

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Harvest Quilt fundraiser on now

The Harvest Quilt is a yearly community fundraiser for a local non-profit. This year, Hood River Adopt A Dog is honored to be the recipient of the quilt and is raising money by selling raffle tickets. The quilt is being shown around town and tickets are being sold at ETC — Every Thread Counts — and at Gorge Dog and Hood River Adopt A Dog, 3910 Heron Drive, in Odell. Tickets are 1 for $2, 3 for $5, or 7 for $10.

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Fruit and Craft Fair adds ranch sorting and other events

One of the Columbia Gorge’s most popular autumn events — the Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair — arrives Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the park-like Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Road, near the community of Odell. Admission and parking are free.

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Yesteryears: Lower valley apple harvest in full swing in 1945

Hood River Valley’s apple harvest was in full swing in the lower valley Monday of this week, and with fine weather prevailing and an increasing number of both white and Mexican pickers available, fruit was coming off the trees in considerable volume. Contrary to the usual rule, Newtowns were the first of the late apples to be harvested, and the picking of both Delicious and Spitzenbergs was delayed to add to the already good color attained by these red varieties.

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Clark, Engel marry in Pine Grove

Kevin Anthony Clark, of Pine Grove, and Angela Marie Engel, from West Bend, Wisc., were married June 20, 2015, “on a perfect day in Pine Grove.”

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Helicopter photos: Graves, Krenz marry

Kara Graves, of Hood River, and Benjamin Krenz, of White Salmon, were married on June 6, 2015, in Odell with perfect summer weather at the home of the bride’s parents, Rick and Brenda Graves.

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Mosqueda, Weber wed in railside ceremony

Ruben Mosqueda and Sharla Weber, both of Hood River, were married Sept. 6, 2015, on the train platform at the west end of the historic Union Building in downtown Hood River, surrounded by 160 friends.

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West Avery Park near Wishram closed

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed the west portion of Avery Park, located on the north shore of the Columbia River along Washington State Route 14 near Wishram, Wash. The east portion of the park remains open.

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Saturday, October 3

     

‘Paws for a Cause’ event returns Oct. 15

On Oct. 15, the fourth annual Paws for a Cause silent auction and social event will be held by Hood River Adopt A Dog (HRAAD) at Springhouse Cellar Winery, 13 Railroad Ave., Hood River, from 5:30-8 p.m.

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HRV runs wild in 10-0 Buckaroo beat-down

In high school sports, disparity in talent and mismatches in skill levels between teams happens frequently enough, resulting in lopsided contests where it becomes clear fairly quickly which club is superior.

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Cole Shepherd named National Merit student

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced Hood River Valley High School senior Cole Shepherd as a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of Commendation from the school and NMSC, which conducts the program, has been presented to this scholastically talented senior.

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Retail marijuana dawns in Hood River

Curious customers young and old flocked to Hood River’s dispensaries Thursday to take part in a memorable day for Oregon — the first day of legal retail marijuana sales.

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Patty Lara-Martinez extends library service to all

Patty Lara-Martinez has been the outreach specialist for the Hood River County Library District since December 2011. And while you may recognize her from the Parkdale and Hood River libraries, her range also extends into Odell — where no branch exists.

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Another Voice: Hood River Valley Residents’ Committee celebrates 38 years

At its 38th annual meeting the Hood River Valley Residents’ Committee (HRVRC), welcomed keynote speaker Gil Kelley, director of citywide planning for San Francisco and former planning director of Portland. Kelley, also a part-time resident of Mount Hood, opened his talk with a quote: “In livable cities is the preservation of the wild.”

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