Stories for January 2016

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Saturday, January 30

  

Amphibian and fowl unafraid: HR author talks new kids’ book

Suspense, comedy and animal friends await readers in Hood River author D.J. Griffin’s new children’s book, “The Adventures of Frog and Duck: Wanderer in the Woods.” A tale based on bedtime stories Griffin once told his daughters, “Frog and Duck” follows two buddies who get lost in the forest and need to muster all their wits and bravery to make it out safely.

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Horizon boys get upset in win over No.2 Damascus

The Horizon Christian boys basketball team had what was undoubtedly its most impressive win of the season when the Hawks upset the No. 2 team in 1A, the Damascus Christian Eagles, 66-62, Monday night in Damascus.

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HRCSD seeks capital bond

Hood River County School District is pursuing a capital bond, which they hope to present to voters on the May election ballot.

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Edstravaganza

About 400 people packed the hall for ”EdStravaganza,” the 51st birthday party for Ed Wilder on Jan. 27.

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Another Voice: Rep. Mark Johnson looks to February session

On Feb. 1, the 2016 February session will officially begin. You may recall that annual sessions were approved by the voters in 2010 and the even-year sessions were limited to 35 days and intended to give the legislature an opportunity to make needed budget adjustments and to consider “minor” policy needs. Each legislator is limited to introducing just two bills, with just a little more than one week to pass your bills out of committee.

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Flags Lowered: LCpl. Ty L. Hart

Governor Kate Brown has ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset in honor of Lance Corporal Ty L. Hart on Saturday, Jan. 30,the date of his memorial service.

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‘Thomas Condon: Of Faith and Fossils’ to show at Discovery Center

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, in partnership with OPB, presents an advance screening of the new OPB Oregon Experience documentary, “Thomas Condon: Of Faith and Fossils,” Friday, Feb. 12 at the Discovery Center, located at 5000 Discovery Drive in The Dalles. An optional lasagna dinner will be served at 6 p.m. for $15, followed by the film at 7 p.m.

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Wednesday, January 27



Eagles run into Buckaroo buzz saw in Friday games

The Pendleton Buckaroos didn’t do any favors for two HRV teams looking to gain traction at the start of league play Friday night, with the team’s formidable shooting proving too much for either Eagle squad to overcome. In Hood River, the Buck boys defeated HRV, 82-54, and in the east, the Pendleton girls’ equally potent offense caused problems for the Eagles, who lost 81-34.

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HRV Girls swim team crushes competition

The HRVHS swim team is in peak form as it enters the twilight stretch of its 2015-16 season, illustrated by the team’s performance at the Hood River Invite this past weekend.

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Horizon grabs big Big Sky wins

That familiar swagger and confidence has returned for the five-time defending Big Sky Conference Champion Horizon Christian Hawks boys basketball team. After getting two blowout wins over the weekend, the Hawks will now begin the second half of their Big Sky Conference season with the momentum they’ll need for what they’re hoping will be another successful Class 1A district playoff run in February.

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Girls grab second, boys fifth at XC Oregon Invite

Thirty degrees and clear, crisp and beautiful, the freshly groomed trails were etched with ice. The XC Oregon Classic Invitational at Mt. Bachelor’s nordic center was last Saturday. With competition fierce, racers were given a 5k to prove their mettle (or wax).

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ALUMNI NIGHT FIGHTS

The HRV varsity wrestling team hosted Pendleton Thursday night and honored alumni of the Eagles’ wrestling program.

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Kegler's Corner: ERS wins second round of Industrial

Last week the Excavation Rental Supply (ERS) team won the second round in the Monday night Industrial League at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Bowling for the ERS quintet are Jesse Davis, Spencer Johnisee, Zach Mohun, Woody Eskildsen and Mark Chabotte. ERS took the second round with relative ease, topping the next best team by 14.5 points.

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Columbia Gorge CASA welcomes new volunteers

Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) welcomes their newest child advocates, Rob Brostoff, Cascade Locks; Amanda Cummings, Sherilyn Hutchinson, and Barbara Pizzola, The Dalles; and Feliza Greenwald, Giulia Good Stefani, and Steve White, Hood River. They were sworn into duty by the Honorable John A. Olson on Jan. 14.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts mentor appreciation event

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Columbia Gorge hosts an annual Mentor Appreciation event each year to say thank you to volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) for everything they do for children (“Littles”) in the program. This year, the event took place at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles with approximately 30 attendees.

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American Red Cross Blood Drive Jan. 27

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital volunteers are hosting an American Red Cross blood drive at the Hood River Armory on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 12:30-5:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), visit www.redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: HoodRiver), or call Margo Parker at 541-387-3669.

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Yesteryears: J.C. Penney closes downtown Hood River branch in 1986

James Cash Penney’s store in Hood River won’t quite make it to age 70. Management of the national mercantile store confirmed Monday that the J.C. Penney store, a fixture in Hood River since 1917, will close its doors for good here on June 7. The closure announcement was made Monday to store employees by Wayne Mohn, district manager, who met with the employees together with store manager Joe Farnsworth. Mohn cited adverse local economic factors, competition from larger markets and the resulting impact on store profits as reasons for the close.

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Hedges and hedgerow workshop Saturday

The Underwood Conservation District (UCD) is inviting the public to come and learn about hedges and hedgerows during a workshop Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Underwood Community Center.

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‘Solarize’ campaign relaunches Feb. 1

Gorge Owned (GO!) is working with local solar contractors and partners to offer discounted, bulk rates on solar panel installations to homeowners in Klickitat, Skamania, Wasco and Hood River counties.

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Warming Shelter: Helping Those Who Are Without

“I hear so much flak out on the street. I get flipped off, people say ‘get a job.’ I hear so much BS — it just rolls off my shoulder. I’m like, ‘Whatever you think, it doesn’t matter anymore. I’m goin’ on.’” — Chuck, a Warming Shelter guest

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Tuesday, January 26

 

Saturday, January 23

 

Lions trailers offer another option for recycling containers

LEOS continue to collect those bottles and cans that have a five cent refund value in the Rosauers parking lot the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The student service group receives about 10,000 donated water, pop and beer containers per month — that’s $500 when they get the nickel refund for each bottle and can — but they would appreciate more.

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Ed Wilder: A determined road back to da Brewshop

Ed Wilder has always been a one-on-one guy. You go into da Brewshop in Hood River to sample one of the fine ales he curates by instinct, and you get Ed’s focus, even if it’s a brief one before moving on to the next customer.

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Bowl for Kid's Sake returns in March

Bowl for Kids’ Sake (BFKS), Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge’s largest fundraiser of the year, takes place March 12, and Hood River Match Coordinator Justine Ziegler says now is the time to form teams and commit to sponsorships.

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Tower talk delayed

Cell towers have come back before Hood River County — now instead of looking at specific applications, county leaders aim to set up baseline rules for their placement and character.

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The snow keeps coming

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort was already one of the top 10 snowiest ski areas in North America before a storm dropped 20 inches of snow in a 24-hour period from Tuesday to Wednesday.

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Nonleague schedule gives way to tough CRC matchups for HRV girls

The nonleague schedule for the HRV girls basketball team drew to a close Tuesday night and with it, another difficult loss to a 6A team that the Eagles had to put behind them as they prepared for their Columbia River Conference debut against the Pendleton Buckaroos (4-9) on the road Friday.

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Ethan Evans’ 23 points not enough to upset rollin’ Redsides

The Horizon boys basketball program’s Big Sky Conference dynasty continues to be challenged this season in league games and took another hit Tuesday evening as the No. 22 Hawks (4-9, 2-3) couldn’t pull out the upset against a challenging South Wasco squad (13-2, 4-1 league). The No. 4 Redsides defeated the Hawks 58-49 in Hood River.

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Wednesday, January 20

   

HRV boys hoops look to league schedule for lift

On the heels of HRV’s 54-52 loss to Woodburn Jan. 2, another potential victory slipped through HRV’s fingers Friday night, this time at the hands of the Heritage Timberwolves, who defeated the Eagles, 56-53, in Vancouver, Wash., as both teams looked to snap nine-game losing streaks.

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Kegler's Corner: Randy Tumlinson is No. 1 for Tinman Heating

Tenpin action teemed in last week’s Monday night Industrial League at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Three of our Team of the Week stars emerged from team matches in the Industrial, which were critical, because only one week remains in the second round.

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Busy time for Horizon

The Horizon Christian School basketball teams are currently in the busy part of their seasons, playing four games in a span of five days.

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Learn to knit at the library

Winter is here and that means it is time to knit! What better way to spend hours inside than creating knitted items to wear and share?

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YESTERYEARS: City jail resembles ‘secondhand store’ in 1936

Hood River’s city jail, on Monday afternoon of this week, more nearly resembled a secondhand store than anything else, for, displayed on a large auto robe which had been spread on the floor was as varied an assortment of stolen goods as has ever been brought into the city jail.

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Saturday, January 16



Speech-Debate scores well at Pacific U.

Ella VanCott, Mason Leavitt, Sofie Larsen Teskey and Katelyn McAllister took top honors Jan. 8-9 as the Hood River Valley Speech and Debate Team attended the Hap Hingston Invitational at Pacific University, the team’s first two-day tournament of the year.

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The Porch: Jan. 16

WELL SAID: From late last year, on The Mesquitery chalkboard, and an excellent thought for the New Year:

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'The climate is always changing'

When Mark Cherniak, a retired energy consultant living in Mosier, spoke about climate change on Thursday, the message was stark: It’s not going to get better; it’s only going to get worse. And we can’t afford to wait any longer to reverse the trend.

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GEM churches, KZAS host MLK Day event

Here are two ways to observe the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is observed Monday as a federal holiday; schools, government offices and banks will be closed.

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2A Irrigon too much for Horizon

Tuesday’s meeting between Irrigon and Horizon Christian was the teams’ second meeting of the season and proved to be as equally challenging as the first as both the Hawks’ boys and girls teams were ultimately overwhelmed by the 2A Knights in Hood River. The boys lost 67-35 and the girls dropped their game too, losing 60-20.

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HRVHS announces December athletes of the month

The Hood River Valley High School Athletics Department has released their athletes of the month for December: Noah Wachsmuth and Payton Rigert, representing HRV wrestling, and Marlie Bloomster, representing the HRV girls basketball team.

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Friday, January 15

 

Wednesday, January 13

 

HRV girls make it two in a row with defeat of Jefferson

Tenacity, banging the boards, and good game management on Saturday night in Portland allowed the HRV girls basketball team to do something it hadn’t been able to do thus far this season: string a pair of wins together — road wins, no less.

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Yesteryears: New Ray  T. Yasui Dialysis Center opens in 2006

The community is invited to an open house and dedication of the new Ray T. Yasui Dialysis Center on Jan. 15. The center is located on the third floor of the new addition to the Providence Health Services Building, 1151 May Street in Hood River. The new center boasts 12 state-of-the-art dialysis stations, an increase from eight in the former center. The added chairs allow people who had been traveling to Portland for their thrice-weekly treatments to now just drive the short distance to the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital campus.

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2015 from the files

The year 2016 is settling in with its own personality — hefty snowpack, high desert dramas and elections at all levels — but for our second Kaleidoscope of the year, we take one last look back at 2015, and some of the photos that never made it into the paper.

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Councilors rail on oil terminal

Controversy over oil trains in the Gorge has ramped up as three Hood River City Councilors and numerous local environmental groups speak out against a proposed Tesoro-Savage terminal in Vancouver.

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Hazardous waste: Tri-County Recycling events — 2016

From David Skakel, Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program comes this list of Community Events for 2016. These are free events where community members and businesses can safely dispose of unwanted pesticides, paint, solvents, oil, batteries, and other toxic substances.

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Parkhurst honored with 2016 Senior Living Award

Parkhurst Place, an Enlivant community and local provider of senior care services, has announced that the community has been honored with 2016 Best of Senior Living Awards from SeniorAdvisor.com, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America.

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Rotary Ski Night returns Jan. 18

“Ski your heart out for a good cause” as Hood River Rotary hosts the annual Rotary Ski Night at Mt. Hood Meadows, on the Martin Luther King holiday, Monday, Jan.18, from 2-9 p.m.

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HRV Nordic boys take third, girls take second at Teacup

Grey jays leapt from branches, swooping in to steal bits of pastries as the main square outside the Teacup’s Ray Garey Cabin bustled with ski enthusiasts. A vibrant gathering of junior racers, coaches and their parents — all visually and verbally expressing their excitement — crowded around waxing benches, contemplating temperature and wax effectiveness.

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Hawk boys get ‘wake-up call’ in Sherman loss

As five-time and defending Big Sky Conference Champions, the Horizon Christian boys basketball team opened its 14-game Class 1A regular season schedule with a weekend split. On Friday, the 13th-ranked Hawks (1-1 Big Sky, 4-6 overall) lost 69-39 at home to the sixth-ranked Sherman Huskies (2-0, 7-4).

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Kegler's Corner: Mike Roberts scores

The holidays have concluded, so league bowling is back in full swing at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes, that is, unless Old Man Winter really gets angry with us in the ensuing weeks. Scores are definitely on the upswing now.

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Birth control law takes effect

On Jan. 1, Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control pills and patches, although so far, few pharmacists, and none in The Dalles, have taken the required training.

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Gorge Tourism Studio starts Jan. 20

Gorge Tourism Summit happens Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, starting a series of workshops and forums aimed to “determine the essence of this destination, create the future and galvanize community members in working toward the fulfillment of this common purpose,” according to Travel Oregon.

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Tongue Twister Tourney returns Feb. 26

Hood River County Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) has announced the sixth annual Tongue Twister Tournament will take place on Feb. 26, at a new location – Butler Bank Social Cub, 301 Oak St.

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YoHOHs, friends spread cheer

On a cold, wet and windy Friday afternoon, while most students were leaving for winter break, the Hood River the Youth of Heart of Hospice (YoHOH) club met up with Santa (Robin Pereyda) in the front lobby of school to begin their annual Christmas outing.

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Tuesday, January 12

  

Monday, January 11



Saturday, January 9



Medical or recreational?

Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries enjoyed a winter of tax-free sales and a limited recreational market, but changes are shaking up the formula.

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On the agenda

This week brings a variety of important agenda items with local elected bodies.

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HRV starts road stint with a win

The HRV girls basketball team got a much-needed win Wednesday evening in Salem, where a stout Eagles defense more than made up for a lackluster offense, helping HRV defeat the McKay Scots, 26-21.

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Eagles rock Bulldogs in ‘Battle of the Bridge’

The “Battle of the Bridge” trophy will once against stay on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, as the HRV wrestling team once again trounced the Stevenson Bulldogs in the annual contest Wednesday evening in Hood River.

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‘Old Car Inspection 101’ at Second Saturday

Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) will feature restoration projects for its Second Saturday event on Jan. 9. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers will offer insight on how WAAAM inspects its incoming vehicles and gets them back in driving and flying condition.

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Friday, January 8

  

Wednesday, January 6

    

Burger options dwindle in Bingen

The City of Bingen saw some changes toward the end of this year in terms of what’s offered in town for quick bites with the closure of two burger joints.

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Training begins for certified ombudsman volunteers

Applications are now being accepted for Certified Ombudsman volunteers. A five-day training will be held in the Portland area beginning the last week of January. Those wishing to apply and be eligible to attend training should do so before Jan. 15. The training includes recognizing and reporting abuse, conflict resolution, long-term care and aging issues, elder law issues, investigating, and case reporting.

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Community Foundation looks ahead to 2016

For the fifth consecutive year, the Gorge Community Foundation provided more than $100,000 in grants and scholarships ($112,000) in 2015 to more than 50 organizations or institutions in the Columbia Gorge.

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HRV wrestlers individually shine at NW duals

The HRV varsity wrestling team earned 16th place in the 36-team NW Duals competition at the Lane County Fair & Expo Center in Albany last week. On the first day, the Eagles were 3-2 beating Woodburn, Cleveland, and Tigard, while losing to David Douglas and Churchill. That result earned HRV the 16th seed in the championship 16-team bracket on the second day.

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Kegler's Corner: Jesse Flores rolls a big 279 game

Happy New Year, everybody! Last week, we had a bunch of happy revelers on the friendly boards at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Jesse (Grandpa) Flores led the parade of pin-busters with a huge scratch 279 game that he fired in the high-powered Wednesday night Fraternal League.

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Tourism Studio starts Jan. 20

The Gorge Tourism Studio, offered by Travel Oregon in partnership with 26 agencies and organizations, is now open for registration.

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Up Up! Farm Film Festival: ‘Hanna Ranch’

Gorge Grown Food Network and the Rockford Grange present Up Up! Farm Film Festival, starting Jan. 15 at Rockford Community Grange, on Barrett Drive a mile west of Windmaster Corner, located south of Hood River.

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Editorial: Harney protest: Please, no ‘bad time’ at Malheur

News item: “The Harney County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a community meeting to discuss safety concerns and the disruptions caused by the behavior of those at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. … to address a wide range of community concerns and the steps being taken to ensure everyone’s safety. Media can attend, but Sheriff Dave Ward is only taking questions from Harney County community members.”

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Looking back at "Saturday Spotlight"

With the closing of 2015 and the start of the new year, we take this opportunity to look back on the faces and stories that made up our Saturday Spotlight—a weekly feature about how residents of Hood River County spend their days.

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Tuesday, January 5

 

Friday, January 1

 

Elks honor Kara Kiyokawa and Marelie Vorster

Kara Kiyokawa and Marelie Vorster are the Elks November Students of the Month and were presented checks for $100 at a recent Elks Lodge meeting. They are both seniors at Hood River Valley High School. They, along with all other monthly winners, will be honored at the annual banquet at the end of the school year.

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Kegler's Corner: Mid-Season report

The league bowling season is closing in on 2016, so, as we usually do at this time of the year, let’s see who our mid-season stars are at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Check out the list below.

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Wrestling class successful

The November/December Hood River County School District Community Education wrestling class had a successful ending just before the Winter break. The

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2015 in Review: June to December

Three murder cases — including one discovered Dec. 28 — were major stories in 2015 and so was water, as in the plan to bottle it in Cascade Locks.

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Pony Club rides, learns, together

For many young people, it is a dream to someday ride, train, and understand a horse. Maybe they’re drawn in by the sense of freedom that a horse can bring, or they simply love spending their time in a barn around horses. Whatever the case, the Hood River Valley is home to an organization that brings its members just this, called the Mount Hood Pony Club.

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Lights out: Going dark in the Columbia River Gorge

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents Lights Out: Going Dark in the Columbia Gorge, on Friday, Jan. 22. Bob Yoesle will talk about the effects and hazards of light pollution. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. program, which is free to the public. Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is located at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles.

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Columbia Art Center opens studio to community

The Columbia Center for the Arts is throwing open the doors to their classroom studio space for use by individuals in the community. The 700-square-foot studio has capacity for 25 individuals, and includes tables, chairs, sinks, countertops, drying racks, flat-screen television, model lighting, easels, access to restrooms, and free Wi-Fi. CCA staff are excited to see new creative faces in the studio.

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‘Women of Substance’ opens this January

The work of two Gorge artists will be on exhibition in the Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., from Jan. 8-31, with an opening reception Friday, Jan. 8 from 6-8 p.m. Judith Cunningham and Ellen Dittebrandt lived in Mosier and created beautiful mixed-media paintings of the surrounding country from the Columbia Gorge to the Steens Mountains.

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Ann Harris wins OSUEA award

Ann Harris, second from left, Columbia Gorge Open Campus coordinator with Oregon State University Extension Service in Hood River and Wasco counties, has been awarded the OSUEA Diversity Multicultural Team Award for the statewide Juntos Program during the Extension Services Annual Conference Awards Program held Dec. 9 in Corvallis.

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