Stories for February 2016


Saturday, February 27


Home with Heroes 5K Run & Gun registration open

Home With Heroes, a Vancouver, Wash., nonprofit committed to bringing veterans and active duty military together and into the outdoors to honor and thank them for their service, announces the opening for registration for their annual endurance race fundraiser, the 5K Run & Gun.

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Moon on Oak

Reader Ellen Shapley took this photo of the moon rising above Oak Street Wednesday morning

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DeeTour hotel approved

A hotel at DeeTour, a proposed concert venue in the upper Hood River Valley, has been conditionally approved.

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HR Distillers holds ‘Midnight’ challenge

Hood River Distillers, Inc., the largest and oldest importer, distiller, producer and bottler of distilled spirits in the Northwest, announced the launch of the Pendleton Midnight Cocktail Challenge, a contest allowing fans to submit their original cocktail recipes featuring Pendleton Midnight.

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The Ale List: pFriem gains WW honors

The annual Willamette Week Oregon Beer Awards are in, and pFriem Family Brewers did well, with six awards including Brewery of the Year and Best Brewpub Experience. Willamette Week also named its Double IPA as eighth among the Top 10 beers of the year.

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Heights dining choices quickly expand

The Heights’ newest gathering places are Pine Street Kitchen, which started serving pizza and pasta on Tuesday, and Spoke and Sail Cidery, coming March 10 with its small-batch ciders emphasizing local fruit aged in barrels.

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Hamada, Burns are Students of the Month

Claire Hamada and Emily Burns, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as the Elks January “Students of the Month.” Each student was presented a check for $100 at a recent Lodge meeting.

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Ed Foundation presents ‘Jungle Book’ performance

A free performance of The Jungle Book by the Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre will be presented by the Hood River County Education Foundation (HRCEF) on Saturday, March 5 at 2 pm in the auditorium at Wy’east Middle School. The performance is sponsored by the Oates Orchards as a fundraiser for the Opportunity Campaign.

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Friday, February 26

Wednesday, February 24

Oak Grove Store

“A place to remember,” is how owners Patricia Huff and Betty Paddock describe their new Oak Grove Store.

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HRV’s Dhani Freeland grabs a state title at 5A swim champs

Hood River Valley High School senior Dhani Freeland capped her illustrious high-school swim career this weekend at the OSAA 5A state championships, where she won a state title, taking first place for the HRV girls in the finals of the 100 yard freestyle event.

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Tough teams and the flu knock Horizon girls out of the playoffs

The Horizon Christian girls basketball team capped a spectacular year by accomplishing their goal and reaching the Big Sky district tournament for the first time since 2012. The Hawks came into the four-team event with lots of momentum too, with a school-record five-game win streak and winning six of their last seven games.

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Horizon boys place third at Big Sky tourney

The Horizon boys basketball team’s route through the post-season this year has been somewhat of an unusual one compared to past seasons, but the Hawks are still hanging tough and still in the playoff mix.

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Subscription contest underway at the News

Our hard-working team of sales kids has hit the streets for the 2016 Kids Subscription Contest, and chances are one will be knocking at or calling your house soon, if they haven’t already.

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YESTERYEARS: Men hired to break up snow and slush for PP&L in 1936

For the first time in years, groups of men are employed day and night breaking up ice jams at the intake of the Pacific Power & Light Company’s hydro-electric plant. In near zero and sub-zero weather of the past week, and with many of the tributaries of Hood River now frozen over, the current on the main river has been so markedly slowed that ice has formed on many of the pools above the power intake and above the dam. One week ago, the line did freeze just above the power plant and fires had to be built under it to thaw it out and release water to the turbines.

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Windermere announces Gorge expansion

The owners of Windermere Property Management Columbia River LLC, Kim Salvesen-Pauly and Rick Pauly, have announced the company’s purchase of Property Management The Gorge.

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Abby Walker awarded title of Miss Pioneer Oregon

Mel Fuller, president of the Sons and Daughters of the Oregon Pioneers (SDOP), has announced that Hood River native Abby Walker, 16, is the association’s Miss Pioneer Oregon 2016. She received the honor at the association’s annual Oregon Statehood Banquet, held Feb. 13 in Clackamas.

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Fischer heads to Nationals

Valerie Fischer of Teacup Lake Nordic Club is heading to Telemark, Wis., to attend the USSA Cross Country Skiing Junior National Championships in early March.

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Saturday, February 20

The Gorge Literary Journal Winter 2016

The Gorge Literary Journal, a joint project with The Hood River News and sponsored by the Columbia Center for the Arts, strives to give local writers an outlet for sharing their work. The next submission deadline will be May 15, for publication this August. Please follow the guidelines and submission procedure at submission. Best wishes from co-editors John Metta and Julie Hatfield, and assistant editor Sarah Sullivan. Comments may be directed to

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New billboard highlights Health Media Club mission

Hood River County Prevention, in cooperation with Hood River Valley High School’s Health Media Club, has a new bilingual billboard on 12th Street, promoting the message, “Brains Develop Better Without Drugs/Alcohol.”

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Oregon Author Don Scarmuzzi comes to The Dalles March 8

See stunning photographs, learn about secret waterfalls, and get tips on hiking the entire Columbia River Gorge from Oregon author and photographer Don J. Scarmuzzi at Klindt’s Booksellers on March 8. This event is free and open to the public. Klindt’s is located at 315 East Second in The Dalles.

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HRV Girls first, boys third at CRC swimming champs

The Hood River Valley High School swim team cleaned up at the Columbia River Conference Championships Saturday at the Hood River Aquatic Center, claiming 11 conference titles, and sending nearly a dozen athletes to the 5A state championships this weekend at the Mt. Hood Aquatic Center in Gresham.

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The Porch for Feb. 20

WELL SAID: “Well done is better than well said.” – New Beginnings Church readerboard, White Salmon.

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HRV skiers own the Mt. Hood League

The HRV ski team continues to be unstoppable in the Mt. Hood League winning once again, with both the boys and the girls alpine teams winning their fifth consecutive races of the season.

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Pendleton gets season sweeps of HRV basketball teams

HRV basketball teams were unable to avoid season sweeps by Pendleton Tuesday night, with both Buckaroo teams proving formidable Columbia River Conference opponents for the Eagles. At home, the boys lost 93-51 and the girls lost 71-33 on the road.

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Windermere opens four property management offices in the Gorge

Windermere Real Estate, the largest regional real estate company in the Western U.S., announced in November 2015 the addition of a new property management company in the Windermere network: Windermere Property Management Columbia River LLC. The company, which recently opened four offices in the Gorge, is owned by Kim Salvesen-Pauly and Rick Pauly

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House approves landmark minimum wage hike

Oregon lawmakers have approved landmark legislation that propels the state’s minimum wage for all workers to the highest rank in the U.S., and does so through an unparalleled tiered system based on geography.

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Wednesday, February 17


YESTERYEARS: ‘First annual meeting’ of the Hood River Electric Co-op slated in 1946

The first annual meeting of the Hood River Electric Co-operative is to be held at Odell Grange Hall on Tuesday evening, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. A number of reports on the prospective business of this cooperative will be submitted and a board of directors is to be elected, states Walter Wells. The manager of the cooperative, Court Morehouse, is now actively engaged in assembling the equipment which has been purchased.

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‘Crop Talks’ are back

Rockford Grange is starting up the annual Crop Talks, an informal discussion group about the joys, frustration and benefits of growing food, on Feb. 22.

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Stoddard and Stahly announce engagement

John and Andrea Stoddard of Beavercreek are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Cassandra A. Stoddard, to Joshua H. Stahly, son of Michael and Arlene Stahly of Seaside.

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Travelogue: Tanzania

You step off the plane into the balmy night, your weary legs fail you as you stumble on the tarmac but a dark, unfamiliar hand offers salvation from certain humiliation on this foreign continent.

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ANOTHER VOICE: Defense Dept. ‘leans forward’ on climate change and security

If you Google “arcane bureaucratic tool,” the Department of Defense Directive (DODD) should be high on the results list. That said, these little-known directives can be very influential in how the Pentagon conducts its day-to-day business. However, Robert Work, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, recently signed out a DODD that may just be the most meaningful climate-related document that Defense has released.

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Kegler's Corner: Weatherly, Frazier & Spellman triumph

Last week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes, the determined kegling trio of Paul Weatherly, Alex Frazier, and Lynn Spellman won the second round in the high-scoring Wednesday night Fraternal League with ease, taking it by a whopping 26.5 points over the second-place team. That’s such a wide margin, they could have all gone to Cancun instead of bowling and they still would have won!

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Sports Briefs for Feb. 17

Pickleball class Feb. 21; Nordic team preparing for state; Varsity wrestlers crush The Dalles in dual meet; Local students place at state middle school wrestling championships in Hood River

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HRV boys take down The Dalles

Vannet Court was rocking Friday night with white-wearing HRV fans, who screamed themselves hoarse watching the Eagles boys basketball team play its best game of the season on HRV hardwood, demolishing The Dalles, 67-46, in a game that the home team controlled from the tip to the buzzer.

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Hawks head to playoffs on a high note

The Horizon boys basketball team concluded the Big Sky Conference regular season by winning its last two games and they’ll move on to the district playoffs with the momentum that has propelled them to wins in seven of their last 10 contests. Horizon (11-12 overall, 8-6 Big Sky) won 63-41 on the road Friday over the Mitchell/Spray Loggers, then followed with a 59-38 home win Saturday over the Ione Cardinals.

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Tuesday, February 16

Saturday, February 13

Into the thick of 'thinning'

The U.S. Forest Service met face to face with the public Wednesday to discuss the Polallie Cooper thinning and fuels reduction project.

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Wednesday, February 10

‘Speakin’ Eagles’ attend Linfield tournament

Last weekend, the Hood River Valley Speech and Debate Team attended the 81st Linfield Singletary tournament at Linfield college in McMinnville. The college began hosting the tournament back in 1933 and it is one of the oldest in the country.

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Girls compete well, but can’t overcome Pendleton’s offense

In a season where victories have been hard to come by, the HRV girls basketball team’s 66-45 loss against Pendleton on Friday ended up feeling like a victory, as the Eagles (3-14, 0-4 Columbia River Conference) played well against the Buckaroos (7-12, 2-2) for the majority of the game.

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Pendleton’s shooting proves too much for HRV boys

The ninth-ranked Pendleton Buckaroos continued their reign of terror in the Columbia River Conference Friday night, handing the HRV Eagles the team’s worst loss of the season — league or otherwise — with a 96-54 drubbing in Pendleton.

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Horizon boys clinch Big Sky berth

The Horizon boys basketball team is peaking just in time for the upcoming district playoffs. The No. 15 Hawks (9-11, 6-5 Big Sky) played with the intensity level of a playoff team in a 60-52 win over the Arlington Honkers (8-14, 2-9) Friday at Horizon Christian School.

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Kegler's Corner: Zach Mohun leads at Orchard Lanes

League bowling action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes was terrific last week. As always, the five stars who bowled the most over their averages last week making our team of the week is a special group, a diverse mix of our league bowlers from the very best to the unheralded.

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Repeat: HRV girls wrestling wins state qualifier title

The HRV girls wrestling team won the team state championship this past weekend at the Oregon Girls State Championship Qualifier at Cottage Grove High School. The team title is decided at this tournament and the top four wrestlers in each weight class qualify to compete at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland Feb. 26-27.

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Accountants add partner

Rowe & Deming, LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Business Advisors, welcomes Mark A. Rothman of Hood River as partner, and in doing so the firm is changing its name to Rowe, Deming & Rothman LLC.

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Father of the Bride

The vexing phone keeps ringing and it’s attached to a cord coming out of the wall. The furniture has doilies on it, teenagers read the newspaper at the breakfast table, and a middle class suburban family employs a maid.

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Second Saturday will be all about pilots

Want to learn all about being a Hood River pilot? Come on by the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum on Feb. 13 for a special talk sponsored by Classic Wings at 11 a.m. about Hood River pilots.

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Parenting program starts in Cascade Locks

Enrich your child’s life and your own by attending the “Incredible Years” parenting program on Mondays, starting March 7, in English. The series will be held at the Cascade Locks School.

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Cascade Observations: Sweetness of Winter

It must be February. The candy aisles are turning pink and red, enticing us to purchase sweets for our sweeties. It’s the month when we compose our own statements of affection or ask Hallmark for help in expressing our amorous feelings.

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YESTERYEARS: DaKine, Pro Motion relocating to Hood River in 1986

Sailboarding Scoop — Port of Hood River Manager Jim O’Banion notes that three sailboard industry manufacturers are planning to set up shop here this year. Da Kine, an international sailboard accessory firm, plans to locate a regional facility here starting next month. Pro Motion, which operated a sail-making operation next to the post office last year, will return this season and will consolidate other regional offices into a central location here. And a Vancouver, B.C., firm also reportedly will locate here. All three firms will be based on port-owned properties.

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Tuesday, February 9

Saturday, February 6


Snowboard team looks to improve after first comp

The Hood River Valley snowboard team shook the rust off last weekend with its first competition, a slopestyle event at Mt. Hood Meadows, after not having much in the way of competitions in the 2014-15 season due to low snow.

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Indoor Track Stars

Hood River Valley High School and Wy’east Middle School runners representing the Hood River Track Club ran last weekend at a Tracktown USA indoor track meet, putting up some solid times and places in the mile.

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HRV girls swept in first round of league play

The Eagles’ struggles in the Columbia River Conference continued Tuesday night in The Dalles, as HRV found itself on the wrong end of a 53-30 decision with the Riverhawks to go 0-3 to start league play this season.

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‘Pass The Pig’: HRVHS plans FFA Week events

National FFA week is Feb. 21-27 this year and the Hood River Valley FFA Chapter has several activities planned at the local level. The first activity in the community is the “Pass The Pig” fundraiser, which will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23 beginning at 9 a.m.

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The Porch: Feb. 6

WELL SAID: “Making a career of art is like baking bread. You put the various ingredients into the bowl ... If it’s too wet, you add a bit more flour; if it’s too dry, then a bit more liquid. You let it rise and then you punch it down to let it rise again. You slap it around on a counter to force some elasticity into it. Eventually it starts to take shape and you can envision the nice crusty brown loaf with the perfect amount of chewiness and tenderness it will become. I’m somewhere in that slapping around phase, I think.” — Mt. Hood artist Rachel Harvey, in her February email newsletter.

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Church News: Nazarene’s install new pastor

The Hood River Church of the Nazarene held an installation service and reception for its new pastor on Sunday, Jan. 31. About 100 people attended. Dr. Stan Reeder, District Superintendent for the Oregon Pacific District of the Nazarene Church, was there for the installation.

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Learn the art of personal storytelling

Humans tell stories — to remember, to understand, to connect with each other. Everyone has a story (or two, or four, or ...) that deserves to be told. People can come to find out how to tell their own stories.

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Wednesday, February 3


Museum thanks Gilbertson

Friends and associates gathered last week to thank Dottie Gilbertson, at right, for her years of service to the History Museum of Hood River County, as she steps down from the Hood River Heritage Council.

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Dough-n’t miss this pizza party

Super Bowl weekend arrives — finally — and anyone wanting to watch the Broncos vs. Panthers can find it in plenty of places, from private parties to big-screens in local bars and restaurants.

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YESTERYEARS: School District No. 3 projects new high school on May Street in 1926

A number of important matters were disposed of by the board of directors of School District No. 3 at the meeting last Monday. Among the subjects which came up was that of the projected building of a new senior high school on the new tract on May St., which was originally acquired for a union high school site. The question is one which, at a later date, will probably be submitted to the taxpayers for consideration and decision.

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Are You Ready? Survival 101

Hood River is known as an outdoor mecca, and with the increase in traffic comes an increase in the calls for lost or injured recreationalists.

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Free tax help through April in HR and TD

AARP Tax Aide program sites are now open through the end of tax season. Certified trained volunteers man the sites, sponsored by AARP in cooperation with the IRS. The help is free and preference is given to adults 60 and over and low- and moderate-income taxpayers.

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Troutdale Energy Center plan abandoned

Backers of a proposed power plant near the Troutdale airport have withdrawn their siting application with state regulators and abandoned their plans, a victory for environmental and other groups that had opposed the plant.

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Last hurrah: Senior wrestlers shine in final home matches

The Hood River Valley High School gymnasium was packed to the rafters Friday evening for the HRV varsity wrestling team’s final dual match of the season. The Eagles were unable to pull out a win against the visiting Bend Lava Bears, losing 50-24 against their Special District 4 opponents.

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Hawks eye district playoff berths

The Horizon boys captured their fourth consecutive victory with a 56-43 home win over the Condon Wheeler Knights Friday in Hood River. The No. 14 Hawks (8-10, 5-4 Big Sky) then traveled to Moro Saturday for a tough matchup versus the league-leading, 1A fourth-ranked Sherman Huskies (15-4, 9-0), who snapped Horizon’s win streak, though, with a 58-45 win.

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Boys edge Summit for first at Meadows 7K

Volunteers busied themselves with preparations for Saturday’s high school Nordic race on Mt. Hood, as the sun rose warmly from the tree line. An immense amount of organization and work goes into a race. With food, timing and strategically placing Kybos (outdoor restrooms), pre-race prep is a race in and of itself. The dedication of the racers is matched by their parents’ desire to improve their experience.

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