Stories for August 2016

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Wednesday, August 31

     

Peak 7 hosts Next Door

Peak 7 Adventures, a faith-based non-profit which provides outdoor adventures to marginalized young people, hosted The Next Door program participants for whitewater rafting on Saturday, Aug. 27 on the Deschutes River in Maupin.

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Sheriff steps up patrols

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing patrols for driving under the influence of intoxicants, safety belt violations and distracted drivers through the Labor Day weekend.

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‘Parenting’ photo contest winners shown at library

Eight photos have been selected as winners of the fourth annual Columbia Gorge Parenting Together photo contest. Winning photographers are Blanca Flores, Elisa Cartwright, Jessica Hoffman, Karen Harding, Karin Tauscher, Lauren Kramer, Melanie Kelly and Paloma Ayala.

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One driver's plea: School, and buses, are back – remember the rules of the road

With school starting this week, we again find children walking and riding their bicycles to school. Also those big yellow buses are on our streets and roads picking up and delivering children to and from home to school. While walking to and from the bus stop, waiting at the bus stop and crossing the street to get on the bus, these children are put at risk due to inattentive drives.

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20th annual ‘Show & Shine’ Sept. 3

Staff and volunteers at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, 990 SW Rock Creek Drive in Stevenson, are gearing up for their 20th annual Show and Shine Car Show and Swap Meet on Saturday, Sept. 3.

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ASPIRE seeks volunteers

The ASPIRE Program at Hood River Valley High School is seeking volunteers to help encourage all students to further their education, set goals and achieve career dreams.

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Library Tree

A Norway maple at the southeast corner of Hood River Library property, on State Street, is removed due to defects consisting of extensive sun-scald on the main trunk and bark loss on 40 percent of the tree.

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Cross Country prize

Hood River Valley High School senior Daisy Dolan holds her prize, a garden gnome, from Saturday’s cross country opening race at Wilsonville.

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Tuesday, August 30



Saturday, August 27

 

Season Preview: Volleyball

The defending Columbia River Conference champion Hood River Valley Eagles volleyball team begins the season with a tremendous amount of optimism, while the squad is hopeful of continuing the momentum that they had a year ago.

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Genealogical Society meets Sept. 10

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society will begin the new meeting year on Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at 1 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles.

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Gridders Get Ready

Coach Caleb Sperry (above) and his staff are busy prepping the 2016 Eagle football team for a new season.

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Another voice: Combating mental illness and drug addiction in our communities

Across Oregon, I’ve talked with many families who are struggling with mental illness and drug addiction. These touch every segment of our communities, no matter where you live or what you look like. Tragically, they often carry with them a major stigma in society, and help is hard to find. Fortunately, Congress is working in a bipartisan way to help solve these problems and offer relief to those who need help.

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Safe Tree

Adam Alsop (photo at left) reaches Wednesday to make just the right trim to the maple on the Hood River Library’s State Street grounds.

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Sheriff will increase patrols on Labor Day

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing patrols for driving under the influence of intoxicants, safety belt violations and distracted drivers through the Labor Day weekend.

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Who says there’s no more summer fun?

School starts Aug. 30, and there’s bound to be some enjoyment in that, but for a few remaining tips to get the most out of your summer, here are some things going on in the next week, starting with morning, afternoon and evening events on Aug. 27:

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Friday, August 26



Wednesday, August 24

     

HR Council adopts STR regulations

On a night when a local builder decried “the critical lack of affordable housing” and called for city action on the issue, Hood River City Council adopted short term rental regulations a year after the issue came to dominate its docket.

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City honors Devon Wells for service

Hood River City Council paid tribute to its out-going fire chief Monday, passing a resolution stating Chief Devon Wells “devoted time, talents and energy to the Hood River Fire Department for more than 16 years.”

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Big Winds JET hosts BBBS event

Big Winds’ Junior Elite Stand-up Paddling (SUP) Team held its fifth annual SUP clinic for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge and Mentor for Success on Aug. 13 at Nichols Basin.

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12th Street update

A downed power line closed the lower part of 13th Street in Hood River for several hours Friday afternoon.

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‘Get Outside for Education’ Aug. 27

The Hood River Education Foundation hosts its “Get Outside for Education” fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 1-4 p.m. at Waterfront Park. Family fun includes a Zorb “human hamster ball,” a dry land obstacle course, slack line, raffle and prizes.

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Music Festival of the Gorge Sept. 17

The Music Festival of the Gorge will take place at the Hood River Waterfront Park Amphitheater on Saturday September 17, 2016. The free festival is a fundraiser to support school music programs in the Hood River District, through the Matt Klee Scholarship Fund

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Tuesday, August 23

 

Saturday, August 20

 

Sports Briefs for Aug. 20

Uphill Challenge Saturday at Mt. Hood Meadows; Annual Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge going on this weekend; more

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Eat right: Making a healthy box lunch

Although it is summer, kids will be going back to school soon. With that comes the challenge of finding some good lunchbox meals that are healthy and that your child will eat. Not an easy task!

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Student delegation returns from Tsuruta

Rice art, museums, shrines, a cat café, a judo demonstration, host families and Pokémon were a few of the highlights for the group of 16 who returned to Hood River Wednesday.

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‘Un Dia de Teatro’ — a free dance, music, theater event

Un Día de Teatro is a culturally-rich evening of Latin dance, music, and live theatre coming to the Columbia Center for the Arts on Aug. 27 and hosted by Angel Reyes, Jr. The night includes a performance by local youth dancers Las Palomitas, a staged reading inspired by The Book of Unknown Americans performed by the award-winning Milagro Theatre, music and singing by guitarist Arturo Leyva, and beautiful flamenco dancing from Experience Flamenco.

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Talking about bags

Mayor Paul Blackburn talks with Shallon Courser, Hood River Walmart representative, at Wednesday’s “plastic bag summit” at Hood River Library.

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Another voice: ‘The greenest corner in the richest nation on earth’

The fiery wreck of an oil train at Mosier is what galvanized many of us to sit on the Burlington Northern railroad tracks in downtown Vancouver on June 18. Twenty-one protesters, ranging in age from 20 to 84, were repeatedly warned of 90 days’ jail time and $1,000 fines for criminal trespassing. And still, we sat.

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Bloomin’ fun

Aunt Eller (Lisa Roth) shakes her bloomers in the rousing “Farmer and the Cowman” dance number in the musical “Oklahoma!”

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Plein Air exhibit opens at Maryhill

Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event opens Aug. 26 at Maryhill Museum, featuring 40 artists working outside to capture the sublime light and inspiring vistas of the Columbia River Gorge, from the waterfalls, rivers and plateaus to the surrounding peaks.

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The Porch for Aug. 20

WELL SAID: “It’s not what you don’t know that kills you, it’s what you know for sure that ain’t true.” — Mark Twain

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Friday, August 19



Back-to-school tips for parents

Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips.

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Laughlin gives actor workshop

Join experienced actress Sharon Laughlin in a small workshop to improve your acting skills on Sept. 10 from 1-3 p.m., and Sept. 17 from 1-4 p.m

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Wednesday, August 17

  

Robbery suspect has yet to enter plea

A Hood River man accused of robbing at gunpoint Jack’s Mini Market had a court appearance Tuesday in Wasco County but did not enter a plea as expected. A plea entry is anticipated by or before Sept. 20.

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Judge upholds denial of Columbia River coal dock

An administrative law judge in Oregon on Friday found that state regulators acted within their authority when they rejected a proposed coal terminal on the Columbia River that would funnel millions of tons of American coal to power-hungry Asia each year.

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Editorial: Keeping On

Editorial: Sustained business enterprises are critical to the lifeblood of any community, and Hood River County is blessed with an abundance of long-standing businesses, often family-owned ones that span generations.

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‘Finding Yourself in the Gorge’ camp starts Aug. 22

What survival skills would you need if you were exploring the untamed wilderness? Kids ages 9 to 12 can learn through the “Finding Yourself in the Gorge” summer camp Aug. 22-25, held at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center from 9 a.m. to noon.

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A Party in the Street

Hundreds gathered Saturday for the biggest street party in recent memory. Mike’s Ice Cream and Ruddy Duck, owned by the Kitts-Mack family, celebrated 30 years in business by closing the street and giving away bucket after bucket of free ice cream.

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Tuesday, August 16



Saturday, August 13

     

Crowd welcomes Hampton Inns at grand opening

At Thursday’s grand opening of Hampton Inns, the hundred or so visitors enjoyed local beer and wine, and chocolates, ate freshly prepared pizza and wings, and you could say some gladly ate a little crow.

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HR Supply ‘Aces’ corporate award

Ace Hardware Corporation announces that Hood River Supply, 1945 12th St., Hood River, achieved designation as a “Pinnacle Performance Retailing, 2015” for the third consecutive year for its outstanding performance, according to a company press release.

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Introducing the HRVHS Athletic Hall of Fame 2016 inductees

The Hood River Valley High School Hall of Fame Committee has made its selections for the 2016 class of athletes who will be inducted during next month’s Hall of Fame game and weekend celebration that runs Sept. 23 and 24 (see the end of the article for more information on those events).

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Mt. Hood Town Hall draws crowd

A large crowd gathered for the second Mt. Hood Town Hall farmers’ market this summer — they’re held every second Thursday of the month, July through September — which features fresh produce, arts and crafts, and live music with upper valley flair.

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Oklahoma! continues at HRMS

In “Oklahoma!” Will Parker (Matthew McCravey, above, left) sings the classic “Everything’s Up To Date in Kansas City” and dances with Aunt Eller (Lisa Roth) while cowpoke Cooper Case and his real-life Mom, Shauna Ramsey, trip the prairie light fantastic.

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Friday, August 12



Thursday, August 11



Wednesday, August 10

 

Community creates masks for United Way

A series of mask-making workshops this summer throughout the Gorge are adding colorful, imaginative and festive visages to the Sept. 22 Fall Masquerade, a benefit for Columbia Gorge United Way.

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Yesteryears: Forest fires close campgrounds, Highway 35 in 2006

1916 — 100 years ago Work has started this week on the big community packing house which the Apple Growers Association will build at Van Horn Station. The building is located on the Mount Hood Railroad. It is 55 by 160 feet in size and will have a capacity sufficient for the fruit from the immediate neighborhood. Grading machines will be installed to expedite the work of packing. This is the first community packing house erected by the Association and is being built in response to the wishes of Association members in that section.

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No surprises in Gorge Cup series finale

Coming as absolutely no surprise to anyone who has been following Gorge Cup action this year, Bruce Peterson has once again claimed this year’s windsurfing slalom series title — made official after the Sailworks co-founder ran the table in the final two days of racing last weekend during the Dakine Derby at the Event Site.

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Tuesday, August 9

 

Saturday, August 6

    

HRVST ‘tore up the pool’ at 11 and over state championships

The Hood River Valley Swim Team (HRVST) “tore up the pool” at the 11 and over state swimming championships held at Mt. Hood Community College this past weekend, said Head Coach Shelly Rawding. “With 80-percent personal best times achieved, the team has much to be proud of.”

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Subi Salon adds site, holds grand opening

Subi Salon, on the Heights, hosts its grand opening on Aug. 12 at its second location, 1215 B St. (corner of 12th and B), from 5-7 p.m. Sample all-natural hair care products, try on jewelry from local artist Rebecca Bashara, and meet the stylists while enjoying refreshments from OVino and AniChe Cellars.

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Oklahoma! opens

Peddler Ali Hakim (Bob Fox, left), finds himself at the edge of a literal shotgun wedding thanks to an adoring Ado Annie (Anne Marie Goodman) and her stern father, Andrew Carnes (Bruce Ludwig).

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KZAS adds Nichols’ bluegrass show

KZAS announces the kick off of a new Bluegrass music show hosted by Mike Nichols starting Monday evening, Aug. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. KZAS, aka Radio Tierra, is found at 95.1 FM in Hood River.

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Flags lowered: Victims of Cal-Ore Life Flight crash

Gov. Kate Brown ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff on Aug. 2 in honor of the Cal-Ore Life Flight patient and crew members who lost their lives while on a transport mission in Humboldt County, Calif., on Friday, July 29.

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One Community Health seeks advocates

National Health Center Week, Aug. 7-13, has been celebrated for more than 30 years to recognize the services and contributions of community, migrant, homeless and public-housing health centers. For 30 years, One Community Health has provided access to affordable, high-quality health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people.

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Friday, August 5

 

Crews advance on Neal Creek fire

Neal Creek Fire, which roared up at about 4 p.m. Thursday, is burning 15 acres of brush and timber on a ridge about eight miles south of Hood River.

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Crews make progress on fire near Odell

Neal Creek Fire, which roared up at some time after 4:10 p.m. Thursday, is burning 15 acres. Crews made “really good progress” on the blaze overnight and have stopped its spread, a public information officer told the News on Friday morning.

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Wednesday, August 3

 

BOTG Kite Fest enjoys great wind, greater turnout

The beach at the Port of Skamania in Stevenson was crowded with spectators and kiteboarders alike all last weekend, who came from around the Gorge, around the country, and around the world to take in the 16th Annual Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest.

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Hood River Co. tops state in employment

Jobs are strong in the Columbia River Gorge this summer. Hood River County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate led Oregon at 3.9 percent in June, earning the distinction as the only county below 4 percent, according to a report by regional Economist Dallas Fridley.

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Sports Briefts for Aug. 3

Fall sports registration is underway; Mind over Mountain adventure race Aug. 6 at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort; Post Canyon 50K and Half Marathon

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Chinook season opens below Bonneville Dam

The popular Buoy 10 salmon fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River opened to Coho and Chinook fishing Aug. 1, with another strong return of nearly one million fall Chinook predicted.

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Hood River man dies in plane crash

In what is believed to be the first fatality at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport, longtime Hood River pilot Richard Sperling died Monday morning after his plane crashed on landing.

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4-H Fair Results: Education Displays and Memory Books

Photos by Kirby Neumann-Rea 4H-er Aiden Sewell, 15, talks with Poultry Chair Julianna Dolan during the fair. Dolan said that turkey entries saw increased participation in 2016 in part due to disease issues with ducks and other small animals in 2015. At left: the cool floor of the Community Building was too much to resist for Rhylan Tama, 4, of Hood River on Thursday during the county fair. Below: Malina Broddie’s photo won the Special Award for Best Animal, from Women for Agriculture.

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State launches first veterans rental assistance program

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), in partnership with the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA), has launched the Veterans Rental Assistance Program, designed to provide transitional housing for military veterans who have serious mental illness and are homeless or at risk for homelessness.

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Oklahoma!: Shows benefit non-profits

“Brand new state! Gonna treat you great!” A classic romance, with plenty of comedy and action, and a touch of tragedy, “Oklahoma!” unfolds against the historic backdrop of the eponymous Midwest prairie territory preparing to become a state, as it did in 1907.

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‘Arts in the Park’ in Wasco Co. Aug. 20

Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District is partnering with The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, Opportunity Connections, The Dalles Art Center and Farmers Market to host the third annual Art in the Park Festival at City Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Summer so far: 'Seals and osprey'

Michael Zuiker and his 15-year-old son visited Hood River over the Fourth of July weekend, and he was impressed with “the hundreds of active human beings."

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TD Art show celebrates Oregon

Two Portland artists are featured in a local show that opened July 9 in The Dalles. The installation at the former Morin Printing building joins 24 other venues around the state celebrating the unique landscapes and culture of Oregon.

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MHCC censures board member for meme

GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) — The Mt. Hood Community College Board of Directors has censured one of its members who had been pressured to step down after sharing an internet meme that depicted President Barack Obama in a noose.

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New toll policies for Bridge of the Gods

The Port of Cascade Locks encourages everyone to get their local sticker or purchase a coupon book to cross the Bridge of the Gods. Locals, defined as residents of Wasco, Hood River, Skamania or Klickitat counties or residents of Warrendale or Dodson who prefer to pay cash to cross the bridge can do so for $1 if they have the local sticker on their windshield.

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‘Wear it Well’ sneak preview and fundraiser Aug. 4

Want a sneak peek and the first chance to try on and purchase the wearable art on display at this month’s “Wear it Well” show at the Columbia Center for the Arts? Then you’ll want to attend the ladies’ night out fundraising event on Aug. 4 beginning at 6 p.m.

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Tuesday, August 2


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