Stories for May 2016


Tuesday, May 31


Saturday, May 28

Sports Briefs for May 28

Mt. Adams Country Bike Tour next month; White Salmon Backyard Half returns June 18; Columbia Chinook season reopens; sturgeon season closes; Oregon beach wrestling state championships June 4; Triple Threat basketball camp June 20-24

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Decision pushed back on DeeTour hotel appeal

The fate of a 50-room hotel addition at DeeTour, a proposed concert venue in the upper valley, remains uncertain. Hood River County Planning Commission decided after a hearing Wednesday to pick up the debate on an appeal against the hotel on June 15, a three week extension. In the meantime, the commission will be accepting more written comments.

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HRV girls lax wins inaugural Navy championship

Capping off the best season in the history of the HRV girls lacrosse program, the Eagles finished their playoff run Wednesday night in Wilsonville with a 7-4 defeat of the Newberg Tigers to win the first-ever Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association Navy bracket championship.

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‘Air Panther’ goes aloft

Hood River Middle School will be involved in a school-wide art project on Friday, June 3 from 2:45-3:25 p.m. All students will be participating in a giant, living painting of a hot air balloon on the athletic field. This is the culminating event of local aerial artist Daniel Dancer’s Art For the Sky residency.

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Community Baby Shower June 4

Soroptimist International of Hood River, a local women’s service group, is organizing the annual Community Baby Shower to benefit little ones born to families who, because of stressors or other circumstances, are not able to afford things for their baby that many of us take for granted

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Riverside UCC votes for fossil fuel divestment

Riverside Community Church in Hood River has become the first faith-based congregation in the Gorge and the first within the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC) to vote to divest funds from the fossil fuel industry.

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Mercado del Valle opens June 2 in new location

El Mercado del Valle, the farmers’ market and community gathering space in Odell, will host its opening day of the 2016 season on Thursday, June 2 from 4-7 p.m. on Atkinson Drive in downtown Odell. That’s right: a new time and location near the landmark Odell Methodist Church.

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Stairs are open at Sherman

Jay Garcia tells Crestline Construction employee Colleen Kemp Wednesday that, coming down the stairs, he wasn’t sure if they were open at Sherman Street.

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McBride to serve dual role on port, county commissions

Double duty awaits Rich McBride. McBride, a Port of Hood River commissioner for five years, was elected last week to the County Board of Commissioners, a position that takes effect Jan. 1, 2017. However, his term at the port expires June 30, 2017 — that means six overlapping months.

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Two locals, Kickstand Coffee & Kitchen owner Nick Hardin and his wife, Kim Hardin, took home the top spot in the Pro division on both days of racing this past weekend for the first round of the Cascadia Dirt Cup mountain bike race series, dubbed the “Deux-Deuro,” which was held at the Post Canyon trail system west of Hood River.

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Friday, May 27


Thursday, May 26

Wednesday, May 25


White River campground closed

Sandy — The White River Station Campground, located along the Barlow Road on the Barlow Ranger District, is closed to the public until later notice due to safety concerns related to the White River migrating into the campground.

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Yesteryears: Horizon Christian ‘changing skyscape’ with new building in 2006

Horizon Christian School is changing the skyscape on the Heights in Hood River. Crew members aboard a high lift installed rafter caps on the west end of the building, at Eighth and Pacific streets. The 30,000-square-foot building is ahead of schedule, said administrator Chris Herring. “We’re working hard to get the new campus open for business in September,” Herring said. Phase one includes classrooms and offices. Phase two will be the gym and cafeteria, and phase three will be athletic fields.

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Family photo contest enters fourth year

Once again, in honor of “Oregon Parenting Education Week,” May 16 – 20, the Parenting Together program of The Next Door is seeking photos of children from birth to 8 years interacting with an adult in a healthy activity.

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Eagles girls lacrosse beats Lincoln, heads to Navy bracket championships

A furious rally by the Lincoln Cardinals and three HRV goals called back in the second half weren’t enough to sink the Eagles in their Navy bracket semifinal showdown Monday night in Wilsonville, where No. 2 HRV defeated No. 3 Lincoln 10-7 to advance to the Navy championships Wednesday at 6 p.m. with Newberg.

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Snapshots of Culture Fest

This year’s Culture Fest at Columbia Gorge Community College was indeed a Kaleidoscope of vibrant color, dance and community interaction.

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EnviroGorge announces bird quiz

EnviroGorge, based in Hood River, created a fun, free online bird identification quiz for all ages and levels to help you learn about birds of the Gorge.

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Tuesday, May 24


Monday, May 23

Saturday, May 21


Eagles girls lacrosse headed to semifinal matchup with Lincoln after come-from-behind OT victory over Sherwood

Facing a one-goal deficit at the half, the HRV girls lacrosse team didn’t seem worried. Players smiled as they trotted back to the sideline for a pep talk from Head Coach Andrew McElderry and Assistant Coach Bekah Rottenberg. Players swayed back and forth to Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” that was pumped out from the speakers at Henderson Community Stadium.

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Friday, May 20

HR Schools bond widely approved

Results are in for the May 17 Primary Election Ballot, which saw the victory of two countywide ballot measures, as well as a win for Mark Reynolds (D-Odell) in the Democratic nomination for the House District 52 race.

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Wednesday, May 18

Election results: water measure, school bond pass

Results are in for the May 17 Primary Election Ballot, which saw the victory of two countywide ballot measures, as well as a win for Mark Reynolds (D-Odell) as Democratic candidate in the House District 52 race to square off against Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) in November.

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Horizon boys repeat as Big Sky district track and field champions

It was fitting that a couple of Andy Hung’s teammates briefly lifted him on their shoulders after it was announced that Horizon Christian School’s boys track and field team had successfully defended its Big Sky district title Saturday in Moro. That symbolic victory ride culminated a roller-coaster, seven hours of teammates supporting teammates through the usual highs and lows of a championship event, which after all was said and done, was decided by two points and a photo finish.

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Highway Collaborative identifies Gorge congestion goals

On May 11, members of the Oregon Solutions Historic Columbia River Highway Collaborative signed a Declaration of Cooperation outlining goals for the project and delegating responsibilities to specific stakeholders. The collaborative seeks to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety along the Columbia River Highway and enhance visitor experiences.

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Sports Briefs for May 18

HRV girls lax team to host playoff game Thursday; Softball team closes out season with loss to The Dalles; HRV baseball drops game, but not ranking in bizarre no-hitter with The Dalles; Correction on HRV track story

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Yesteryears: Columbia Sightseer to start tours in Cascade Locks in 1976

A tour boat will go into operation on Saturday to provide daily cruises from Cascade Locks and Stevenson, according to Harry Cramblett, president of the Port of Cascade Locks. The tour boat Columbia Sightseer was purchased by the Ports of Cascade Locks and Stevenson from Gray Lines. Tours on the 100 passenger boat are scheduled to start May 22.

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Gorge Soup for the Arts seeks applicants

Gorge Soup returns with a new focus this fall: the arts. The Hood River based group is seeking presenter applications from individuals or teams from throughout the Gorge who are starting a new artistic endeavor or community initiative centered on the arts.

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Tuesday, May 17


Election Time

Joanna Holmes drops off her ballot Monday at the Hood River County Administration building, Sixth and State, one of two official drop-off points for May 17 Primary ballots.

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Saturday, May 14


Church News: VBS planned at HR Alliance

Hood River Alliance Church, 2650 Montello Ave., will host a summer kids’ vacation bible school event called “Expedition Norway” from June 20-23 and running from 9-11:45 a.m. Children ages 4 to fifth grade are invited to attend.

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El Mercado seeks vendors for 2016 season

The Mercado del Valle, the farmers’ market and vibrant community gathering space in Odell will host its opening day of the 2016 season on Thursday, June 2, from 4-7 p.m. and will continue every first and third Thursday until September 15 in downtown Odell.

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HRVAC honors Suzanne VanOrman

Outgoing Hood River Valley Adult Center (HRVAC) Interim Executive Director Suzanne VanOrman was the honored guest at Wednesday’s senior center luncheon.

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USDA announces Parkdale Sanitary District funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) celebrated Earth Day by announcing the funding of projects that will improve rural water quality and safety in 33 states across the country, including Oregon, announced State Director Vicki Walker.

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Sports Briefs for May 14

Jocelyn Pedrotti to play water polo at U of Redlands; Horizon hosts color run May 27; Horizon golf season ends at districts; Tyrone Stintzi signs to Clackamas CC for track; Girls and boys HRV golf seasons also end at districts

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Friday, May 13


Next Door honors foster parents

On May 10, The Next Door honored foster parents for their commitment to providing safe places for youth to live while in the Treatment Services Program.

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Wednesday, May 11


New road comes to life in CL Port business park

Northeast Columbia Gorge Way is almost finished. An infrastructure project by the Port of Cascade Locks, the new road will serve industrial tenants in the port’s business park — completion is slated by the end of May.

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Occam’s Razor back from St. Louis Worlds

Hood River Valley High School robotics team Occam’s Razor competed in the World Competition in St. Louis last week, making it to the semi-finals after nine qualifying matches — making them one of the top 24 teams out of a field of 128.

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Sentinel takes on new role as ‘movie captain’

Gavin McIlvenna is on a mission to sell 63 tickets by the fourth week in May to bring a documentary about the role of the “Old Guard” to Oregon as part of a National Salute to the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

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‘Women of Distinction’ selected

Four Hood River County women have been chosen as Soroptimist of Hood River’s 2016 Women of Distinction: Martha Lamont of Cascade Locks, and Rebecca (Becky) Bugge, Dorothy (Dottie) Gilbertson and Cherie Vannet of Hood River

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Grant will pay for seismic upgrades to ‘MPR’ at HRMS

Business Oregon’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Committee announced that it will award an historic $50.3 million in grants for seismic upgrades at 41 schools across the state. Hood River County School District will receive $898,400 to upgrade the gymnasium and classroom building known as Multi-Purpose Room at Hood River Middle School.

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Two WAAAM Flight Scholarships awarded

The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) announces the winners of the 2014 and 2015 Flight Scholarship awards: Hood River High School senior Michael Guzman and Horizon Christian School junior William Decker.

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‘Denim & Diamonds’: FFA annual steak feed, silent auction May 14

The Hood River Valley Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter is gearing up for its ninth annual Steak Feed and Silent Auction, “Denim & Diamonds,” held in the Hood River Valley High School Cafeteria and Commons on Saturday, May 14 starting at 6 p.m. The dinner includes grilled tri tip, baked potato, salad, dinner roll, and a beverage. In addition, the $10 ticket gives you the opportunity to bid on items that have been donated from throughout the Columbia Gorge.

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Yesteryears: City water fluoridation pros and cons heard this week in 1956

Objections to fluoridation of the city water, due for vote on May 18, will be presented by Dr. Arthur B. McWhinnie, Seattle dentist, at an 8 p.m. Monday public meeting at the library hall and sponsored by the citizens’ committee against fluoridation, reports Chairman Roy Webster. A tape recording of Dr. David Witter’s talk for fluoridation and Dr. F.B. Exner’s talk against it recently in Portland will be replayed, Webster said.

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‘Beyond the Block’ art quilt exhibit at library

During the month of May, Beyond the Block will be showing their art exhibition “Building(s)” at the Hood River Library in the Jeanne Marie Gaulke Community Meeting Room. The art quilts were created by members of Beyond the Block in response to a challenge to make artwork 14” wide by 42” long, with a vertical orientation in representational or abstract design, conveying the concept “Building” (noun or verb).

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Learn how to read the river at the library May 26

In Eliot Treichel’s debut young adult novel, “A Series of Small Maneuvers,” 15-year-old Emma Wilson finds herself alone on the river after the accidental death of her father on a wilderness canoe trip meant to bring them closer together.

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Investigation continues into death near Biggs

Oregon State Police are investigating the death of a 48-year-old man who was found lying on the shoulder of Interstate 84 near Biggs Junction, according to a Friday police report. Police identified the man as Thomas L. Kelsey, 48, of Deer Park, Wash.

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Tuesday, May 10


Friends of the Library hold annual book sale

The Friends of the Hood River County Library will hold their annual book sale Thursday through Saturday, May 12-14, in the Jeanne Marie Gaulke Community Meeting Room at Hood River Library. The members-only preview sale will be held May 12 from 4:30 to 7 p.m., and the public sale May 12 from noon-6 p.m. and May 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($2 bag day).

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Saturday, May 7


Horizon track finishes middle of the pack at Condon/Wheeler Invite

The Horizon Christian School boys and girls track teams did well with their small rosters at the Condon/Wheeler Invitational last weekend, with the boys finishing 12th of 17 teams and the girls finishing ninth of 18 teams in a meet that included primarily small schools from both sides of the Columbia Gorge and beyond.

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Coe Primary turns 100

A crowd of former students, teachers and administrators, many with old photographs and other memorabilia to share, gathered at Coe Primary Building Thursday to celebrate the building’s 100th birthday.

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Cougar sighted May 4

On the evening of May 4, Hood River Police responded to a call of a cougar killing a deer near a residence.

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Mt. Hood Town Hall begins kitchen renovations

After two years of fundraising, The Mt. Hood Town Hall Association has embarked on a complete renovation of the old kitchen in the community center along Highway 35 in Mount Hood. The association is the volunteer non-profit group which has been coordinating the restoration of the 101-year-old schoolhouse since 1988 and now manages the building for classes, events and activities.

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Friday, May 6

Service announcement for May 7: Margaret Workman Hill

Margaret Workman Hill passed away April 22, 2016, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in Hood River, Ore. Margaret was born Jan. 26, 1921, at her family home near Admire, Kan. She was 95 years old at the time of her passing.

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Death notice for May 7: Yoshio Kiyokawa

Dr. Yoshio Kiyokawa passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in Hood River, Ore. Yoshio was born March 9, 1930, and was 86 at the time of his passing.

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Plant sales this weekend benefit educational programs

Raices Cooperative Farm, a program of The Next Door, will hold its annual plant sale Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of The Next Door office at 965 Tucker Road. All proceeds from the plant sale will benefit the Raices program.

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Wednesday, May 4

HRV baseball bounces back with wins over The Dalles

The Hood River Valley Eagles baseball team bounced back from its worst defeat this year (a 9-1 loss to Hermiston, April 26) and swept a Columbia River Conference home doubleheader 4-1 and 9-0 over the The Dalles Riverhawks Friday.

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HRV track and field peaking in time for districts

HRV athletes had another good weekend at the track, competing at the Dean Nice Invite in Gresham. The boys team, missing Sebastian Barajas, who was across town competing in the Nike Jesuit Twilight Relays, placed second overall, losing by 20 points to Marist — a team that narrowly beat HRV the previous weekend at the Summit Invite. The girls squad placed fifth of 15 teams.

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KEGLER’S CORNER: Your Rental Center rolls

Last week, Your Rental Center (YRC) won the third round in the high-flying Wednesday night Fraternal League at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Bowling for the big shooters are the league’s individual point winner Zach Mohun, steady Woody Eskildsen, and power ball artist Aaron Troxel. Congratulations!

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Losses to The Dalles puts HRV in a CRC bind

With the league schedule entering its final stretch, the HRV softball team is on the outside looking in when it comes to a chance at making the postseason after dropping both games of a doubleheader to The Dalles last Saturday in Hood River.

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Sports Briefs for May 4

Girls lax falls to OES; Shorthanded boys lax team falls in the standings; Girls youth lax gives back during May 7 games;Noe Magaña is a finalist for Prep Soccer Player of the Year; Cynthia Brocklesby gets a hole-in-one at Indian Creek; Horizon golf team taking off strokes at seeding match

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Stop-motion animator shares her skills

Emmy-award winning animator Teresa Drilling of Portland visited Hood River recently for a series of school and after-school workshops on stop-motion animation, which she terms “an esoteric little art form.”

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Crash near Arlington kills Portland man

Oregon State Police investigated a fatal crash in Gilliam County Sunday, according to a Monday police report. The crash occurred early Sunday on westbound I-84 near milepost 132, six miles west of Arlington.

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Study lays out impacts of Longview coal terminal plan

SEATTLE (AP) — A coal-export terminal proposed along the Columbia River in southwest Washington state could have unavoidable, significant impacts on greenhouse gases emissions, vessel traffic and rail safety, according to an environmental review released Friday.

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CGCC hikes fees and tuition to fill budget deficit

Students attending Columbia Gorge Community College this fall will see a tuition increase of $6 per credit hour and a new $25 admission fee for registering students as the institution seeks to fill a budget gap of $748,000 for the upcoming year. A number of current fees were also increased.

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The Daily Bread: My Life in Dog Years

They say that one year of a dog’s life equals seven in human time. That puts me roughly at the equivalent of an eight year old canine. That suits me perfectly, for over the past 22 years I have maintained a child- like awe about the magic and speechless beauty of Dog Mountain in spring.

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Decker, Elzinga wed

Sonja Noelle Decker of Portland, Ore., was united in marriage with Stephen Richard Elzinga of Salem, Ore., on March 19, 2016, in Hood River. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce R. Decker of Hood River. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Elzinga of Beaverton.

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Yes to School Bond

No increase in taxes, but big increase in value for students and community Hood River County School District facilities serve our children, and serve the community in general.

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Yesteryears: Women challenged at the polls in 1916

A number of women who appeared at the polls in the special school election Friday were challenged as to their qualifications and, upon appeal to County Assessor Wickham, they were disqualified. In several instances the action of the election board threated to cause hard feelings. Women who held joint deeds with their husbands believed themselves qualified voters. In not all cases, however, did their names appear with their husbands’ on the tax roll. Where this omission occurred they were not legal taxpayers.

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Tuesday, May 3


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