Stories for April 2017


Saturday, April 29


Earth Day at Nichols Area

On April 22 Columbia Riverkeeper hosted an Earth Day Cleanup with support from Footwise Hood River and the Hampton Inn & Suites Hood River.

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Local students named to OSU honor roll

A total of 1,241 Oregon State University students earned 4.0 GPA and have made the Scholastic Honor Roll for Winter term. Another 4,481 earned a B-plus (3.5) or better to make the listing.

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Delta Kappa marks 50 years, holds Spring Fling Bingo May 13

Delta Kappa Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The group was chartered in November 1966 in Hood River. Delta Kappa holds numerous fundraisers and has supported St. Jude Research Hospital, Oregon Easter Seals, Hospice, local scholarships, FISH Food Bank, the animal shelter, Relay for Life and more.

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HRVHS music students win spots at state championships in May

Hood River Valley High School music students are headed to the State Choir and Band Championships. Both the HRVHS Wind Ensemble and Chamber Singers have qualified. Dan Kenealy, band and choir teacher, said the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Singers performed at a music contest in Pendleton, Ore., on March 22.

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OSU spring plant sale canceled

The annual OSU Central Gorge Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale, scheduled for Saturday, May 13, has been cancelled due to the combination of a cold, wet spring and lack of access to a greenhouse. The greenhouse is needed to start vegetable plants, while the cold and wet weather delayed digging and potting of perennial flowers and shrubs.

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Summer youth employment at Next Door

May 1 is the deadline to apply for Summer Youth Employment jobs, a program of The Next Door. This program helps youth learn valuable new skills via trail stewardship work.

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HR Farmers’ Market opens May 6 for season

Hood River Farmers Market returns to the Fifth and Columbia Parking Lot — across from Full Sail — Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will return each Saturday through Nov. 18. Parking in the lot is free.

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Riding for salmon

A trio of Idaho women rode horses through Hood River Thursday, just one leg of their nearly 1,000-mile journey from Astoria to central Idaho drawing attention the strife of endangered salmon.

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Hood River Port, Parks candidates meet public

Tuesday’s candidate forum kicked off the 2017 Special Districts Election season with a lively, though fireworks-free discussion among 16 of the 18 total candidates running for Port of Hood River Commission and Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation Board.

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Missing woman found dead

A 27-year-old Seattle woman who had been missing for a month was found dead in the Columbia River in Hood River Monday, April 24.

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HRV baseball holds off Bucks in rainy affair

The Eagles baseball team locked up their first season series this year, getting a third win over Pendleton on a very wet Tuesday evening in Hood River, where they edged the Buckaroos 4-3, following up last weekend’s doubleheader sweep.

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Hood River man snow kites up St. Helens in 35 minutes

Hood River’s Aaron Sales accomplished a 15-year mission this month by becoming what he says is the first person to successfully snow kite to the summit of Mount St. Helens. After a dozen unsuccessful attempts in prior years, this spring’s snow pack and wind conditions lined up perfectly on April 21 for Sales to climb the east face of the mountain to the crater rim.

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Friday, April 28

Trail help needed at Binns Hill

Dirt Surfer and other sections of trail 160 north of Binns Hill Staging Area were damaged by a timber sale during fall 2016, and are in need of repair.

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Wednesday, April 26

Students ‘Make a Difference’

Hood River Middle School sixth graders Allie Doss and Thea Brevard made “comfort kits” for warming shelter and other community members as part of the “Make a Difference” class offered at the school.

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Rotary Peace Pole

Aryan Argrawal, exchange student from India, right, joins Rotarians last week at the dedication of the Peace Pole at the city-owned Jackson Park in Hood River.

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Little League opening day

Hood River Valley Little League (HRVLL) had their annual opening day ceremonies Saturday morning at Traner Field at Hood River Valley High School, heralding the start of the season.

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Cider Fest Tunes

Kerry Williams, Steve Alford and Matt Mesa perform the first set of music at Saturday’s Hard Pressed Cider Fest in Odell

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Last events for Library ‘Reads’ program

Three winning posters were chosen for this year’s Hood River County Reads poster contest, created by students in art teacher Amirra Malak’s classes. Liam Longland won first place, Alivea Harsanyi second, and Gabby Shepard third.

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Children’s Park Repairs

Plywood boards cover portions of the Children’s Park; the play structure will re-open in about three weeks, following its closure in March for safety reasons.

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Sports Briefs for April 26

Horizon golfers compete at district qualifier; Girls tennis sustains first non-tournament loss; Girls lax clobbers Liberty for fifth win in a row

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Man stabbed, hospitalized in TD

A 24-year-old The Dalles man remains in intensive care following a stabbing in the area of 11th and Trevitt at around 8:30 p.m. last Wednesday, according to city police.

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Herrera Beutler addresses healthcare

Healthcare took center stage in Thursday’s telephone town hall with Washington state’s Third Congressional District Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler. The issue was the common denominator among caller questions, and ranked number one in a phone survey of suggested congressional priorities.

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Tuesday, April 25


Saturday, April 22


‘Fish Tales’ at HR Library May 6

“Fish Tales: Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon,” is the title of a conversation with Jennifer Burns Bright about consuming and preserving local seafood that will be hosted by the Hood River Library on Saturday, May 6 at 3 p.m.

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Girls lacrosse wallops Wilson, extends win streak to four

After a slow start to the season, the HRV girls lacrosse team has been rolling as of late, and extended their win streak to four with another commanding victory, this time over league opponent Wilson, whom the Eagles walloped 19-3 Tuesday evening at Westside Elementary.

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Jail hiring plans aired

A new jail contract with an as-yet unnamed county, and more beds rented for immigration detainees, has NORCOR officials poised to add a number of new positions.

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Baseball shows ‘uncharacteristic’ play in 4-2 road loss to Hermiston

After sweeping Hermiston in their debut league doubleheader, the HRV baseball team hoped to take the four-game series over the Bulldogs with a road rematch on Tuesday. However, an early lead by Hermiston, coupled with some uninspired play by the visiting team, dashed those hopes — at least for now — as the Dawgs (7-9, 1-2 Columbia River Conference) defeated the Eagles (10-6, 2-1) 4-2.

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HRV track runs fast times against big schools at Viking Relays

The HRV track and field teams both had a strong performance in the Viking Relays April 14 at North Salem High School. The teams combined for 15 top-five finishes as the 40 Eagle athletes faced tough competition among the 11 other 5A and 6A squads that participated in the meet.

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STEM students tour Insitu

Student STEM Tour brought about 100 high school age students from around the Gorge to Insitu’s Eagle Point Production facility in Bingen.

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Drug Take Back Day April 29 at Skyline

On Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department will be accepting unused or expired medications at Skyline Hospital’s main entrance, located at 211 Skyline Drive in White Salmon.

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Raices annual plant sale May 13

For the third year, Raices Cooperative Farm, an economic development program of The Next Door, will hold their organic plant start sale the Saturday before Mothers' Day, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in The Next Door parking lot, 965 Tucker Road, Hood River.

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CarFit Technician training held April 30

There will be a CarFit Technician training class at the Hood River Valley Adult Center on Sunday, April 30 beginning at 1 p.m. This four-hour training course will allow participants to become fully certified to help run CarFit events.

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Friday, April 21

Film Festival hits Hood River

For over 20 years, the best films from the Banff Film Festival and the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival have come each spring to Hood River — 20-plus years of award winning adventure, culture and adrenalin films that have been enjoyed and talked about long after the films have ended.

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Next Door seeks shoes

The Next Door is seeking new shoe donations for the children and young adults in their Youth Services programs.

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Thursday, April 20

Wednesday, April 19


Fitzsimons and Roeseler win titles at USASA Nationals

Tucker Fitzsimons, 19, a 2016 Hood River Valley High School grad and college freshman, won the Open Class Men’s Rail Jam at the 2017 USA Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) Freestyle Skier National Championships last week.

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Plant sale in White Salmon April 29

The 14th annual St. Joseph’s Church Plant Sale will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot across from Thriftway Harvest Market in White Salmon.

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‘Death of a Salesman’

Biff Loman (David Dye, right) makes a crushing discovery in “Death of a Salesman,” encountering his father, Willy (Tom Burns) and The Woman (Brenda Hering).

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Columbia Gorge ESD interviews finalists for superintendent April 19

The Board of Directors for Columbia Gorge Education Service District has selected three finalists for the position of superintendent: Samuel Bogdanove, Penny Grotting, and Patricia Sublette. The finalists will tour the district, meet members of the public, and participate in a second round of interviews. Board Chair Paul Zastrow said, “We have excellent candidates who truly care about the kids we serve and the communities we live in.”

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Visit Hutson Museum this weekend

Jesse and Winifred Hutson had an eye for the unusual and an appreciation of the ordinary. The Hutson Museum is the result of the items they found, and the items that found them — it is much like a community attic​, presenting​ a picture of the Parkdale community and a history of its residents.

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Roots and Branches: Past, present and future

Easter morning woke quietly across the valley, painting the sky with the soft glow of peaches ripening in the heat of summer. As the rays of the rising sun kissed the mountain tops, the wash of peach turned the shimmering, snowy peaks a fiery orange.

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Mid-Columbia Medical Center faces job cuts

THE DALLES — Mid-Columbia Medical Center announced April 13 it has reduced its workforce by 11 positions. Positions include managers and staff-level jobs. In addition, three staffers received a reduction in pay and 10 received a reduction in hours.

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‘Big One 2.0’ emergency safety fair returns April 20

Coming back to Hood River is a hands-on safety fair and Cascadia Subduction earthquake presentation — “The Big One 2.0” — from 5-8 p.m. on April 20. It was standing room only last year, so this year, a new location with more room for activities was located at the Rockford Grange and West Side Fire station, 4250 Barrett Drive, Hood River.

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Columbia River salmon risking 'gas bubble trauma'

BOISE, IDAHO (AP) — Young salmon and steelhead migrating from the Columbia River Basin in unusually high flows face a potentially lethal problem in spillways at dams where increased nitrogen in the water can cause tissue-damaging trauma.

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Tree City USA

Katie Lompa, Oregon Department of Forestry Central Oregon Community and urban forester, presented Mayor Paul Blackburn.

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Tuesday, April 18

Saturday, April 15


Wind by rail

Linda Forsberg spotted a train carrying an estimated 30 windmill “arms,” each in a separate, successive flatbed car, heading east through the Gorge Thursday morning on the Washington side.

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‘Tall Cop’ in HR

Hood River County Prevention, Hood River Police, Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, Hood River County School District, Providence Memorial Hospital Foundation and Youthink hosted Officer Jermaine Galloway April 12-13 for multiple presentations in Hood River.

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Earth Week events planned

Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, has expanded to Earth Week this year. Four separate events at different locations will take place on Earth Day to provide Gorge residents with opportunities to get involved. Then, for the next seven days, one event will take place per day, culminating in the People’s Climate and Justice March on Saturday, April 29 in Hood River.

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Another Voice: Take a stand, CGCC board: a sanctuary for us all

My earliest memory of the word “sanctuary” is my memory of the many times as a child when I walked up to the sanctuary of our church, along with so many others — rich and poor, locals and foreigners, old and young, conservative and progressive — to approach a place where we broke bread together.

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Friday, April 14


Wednesday, April 12


Boys lacrosse team can’t get by Canby Cougars

Last year, the boys lacrosse team started off on a roll, going on a 7-0 run to start the season before injuries and eligibility issues nearly bumped the team out of the state playoff tournament. This year, the team has started 1-2 and was missing several key players from Saturday’s nonleague game with Canby due to the same issues, and the Eagles lost 11-6 at home.

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Gaby Santa Cruz elected to State FFA

Gaby Santa Cruz, of the Hood River Valley High School FFA Chapter, was elected to serve the Oregon FFA Association at the Oregon FFA State Convention in Redmond on March 24-27.

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Art auction

Kerry Cobb holds up one of more than 30 works by the late Ellen Dittebrandt and Judith Cunningham at Sunday’s Art Auction at Columbia Center for the Arts, while auctioneer Steve Talbot scans for bids.

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First Light Academy

Alex Evans stands in the light at First Light Academy, which opened last week in the former Asbury Church on State Street in Hood River.

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Craft, quilt show returns April 15-16

The Blossom Craft Show and the Blossom Fest Quilt Show take place Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hood River County Fairgrounds. Admission and parking are free.

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Eagle Creek Trail Reopens

A destination hike, Eagle Creek Trail in westernmost Hood River County, is ready for spring visitors — a major stretch that had been closed due to landslides reopened last week. Above, a team of hikers enjoy the early steps of the trail in late March.

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Gorge jobs rate inches up

Unemployment throughout the Columbia River Gorge region dipped slightly in February, according to a report by Dallas Fridley, regional economist for the Oregon Employment Department.

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Amy Hawk at Double Mountain April 18

Waucoma Bookstore and Double Mountain Brewery host Hood River author Amy Shively Hawk for a book talk on Tuesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. Shively Hawk will be discussing her new book, “Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton.” The book is the story of her father, Captain James Shively, a Vietnam POW who survived six years in captivity. This event is free and open to the public.

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Hood River ‘CarFit’ event May 7 at HRVAC

To help the 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, and all senior drivers find a better fit with their cars for comfort and safety, mobility experts are hosting a safety program designed to help older drivers and their families on Sunday, May 7 at the Hood River Valley Adult Center. To register, call 541-478-2363.

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Providence Hospice of Gorge seeks volunteers, holds training

Providence Hospice of the Gorge is seeking volunteers to provide service to hospice patients and their families. Opportunities include visits to patients, transporting patients to appointments or outings, respite for caregivers, veterans supporting veterans, bereavement support, bedside vigils, office support and event planning, and pet peace of mind.

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Home and Lifestyle Show returns April 21-23 in TD

The annual Bicoastal Media/Guild Mortgage Home and Lifestyle Show will open its doors Friday, April 21 at 5 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium, and will run throughout Northwest Cherry Festival weekend to Sunday, April 23.

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Tuesday, April 11

Saturday, April 8

Doors Open at Rebuilt-it Center

Gorge Rebuild-it Center, a community-supported nonprofit since 2004, was looking at a February closing date as a long winter kept customers away and the theft of $8,000 in merchandise financially strained the organization.

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Denim Day: Students line downtown streets with jeans

Hood River Valley High School art students installed blue jeans with anti-sexual assault messages along Oak Street on Wednesday as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week. The art was inspired by Denim Day protests, which began in Italy when a rape conviction was overturned because judges deemed wearing tight jeans as implying consent to sex.

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Local skiers, snowboarders competing at USASA Champs

Sixty athletes from the USA Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) Hood Series have accepted invitations to compete at the USASA National Championships in Copper Mountain, Colo., for freestyle skiing and snowboarding events which began on April 1 and go through the 12th.

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Back from break, tennis teams torch competition

For not having many outside practices, the HRV girls tennis team seems to be no worse for the wear as the Eagles kept rolling this week with crushing defeats of Pendleton on Wednesday and St. Helens on Thursday — both in Hood River.

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HRV baseball team’s offense shines in wins over Tualatin, Bend

The Eagles spent spring break down in Arizona for their annual appearance at the Coach Bob Invitational, and while the trip wasn’t successful in terms of wins — HRV went 1-3, including a frustrating 8-6 loss to tournament champion Boulder Creek (Arizona) that was cut short by lightning — Head Coach Erich Harjo said it was good for team chemistry.

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Grow your garden photography skills via Gorge Photography Club

Want to grow your garden photography skills? The Gorge Photography Club will offer tips and techniques for photographing gardens and wildflowers at their bi-monthly meeting on Monday, April 10 in The Dalles at the Columbia Fire and Rescue building meeting room, 1400 West Eighth St. The program will include a session called “Photographing Gardens” by guest speaker Doreen Wynja.

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HRVHS blood drive

Lauren Greenleaf prepares to give blood Wednesday at the American Red Cross Blood Drive at Hood River Valley High School, with encouragement from her friend Elizabeth Bailey.

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May St. Dinner-Auction

May Street students created a number of artworks in class that will be sold to benefit the school’s Artists in Residence program, including bowls and tiled mirrors, at the annual Teddy Webber Scholarship Dinner and Student Art Auction on Thursday, April 13.

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‘After Hours’ Music

Gorge band Oakenfir plays Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at Underground Music Station in Hood River.

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‘Death of a Salesman’ opens

The anguished older son Biff (David Dye), left, pleads for understanding from his father, Willy Loman (Tom Burns) in a critical moment in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” opening April 13 at Bingen Theater.

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‘Positive Approach to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care’ April 20

On Thursday, April 20 from 1-5 p.m., Oregon Care Partners will host a free, instructor-led class, “Positive Approach to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care,” designed to help anyone caring for an aging Oregonian to develop positive approaches to behavioral challenges common in those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Friday, April 7

Wednesday, April 5


Ombudsman speaks: CASA hosts talk on Foster Bill of Rights

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and Columbia Gorge CASA is hosting Darin Mancuso, the Oregon Foster Care ombudsman, who will talk about the “Foster Children’s Bill of Rights” — a legal document that guarantees basic rights for the 11,000 children currently in foster care in Oregon.

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‘Astronomy for Everyone’ lecture April 15

Astronomer Kevin Manning, a former consultant with NASA, has always been passionate about astronomy, and wants to share the excitement. Visit the Hood River Library on Saturday, April 15, at 2 p.m. to learn more about astronomy and the universe.

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Citizen town hall scheduled April 8

A coalition of community advocacy groups has organized the April 8 “Constituent Town Hall” in Hood River, scheduled from 4:30-6 p.m. at Hood River Middle School auditorium.

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Photography by Danny McCarty newest exhibit at History Museum

Leading to its strength in vintage photography, The History Museum of Hood River County showcases “Inhabited/Uninhab-ited/Inhabitants,” an exhibition of recent photographs by Hood River artist Danny McCarty. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, April 7 to meet the artist. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with artist’s remarks at 8 p.m. The show runs from April 8 through May 31.

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Soroptimist looking for ‘Women of Distinction’

Is there a woman in your business, civic or personal life who has made a distinctive difference in the quality of life in Hood River County or in the lives of local women and girls? Soroptimist International of Hood River is asking individuals, businesses and organizations to help honor a woman in their midst whose professional or volunteer work qualifies her as a Soroptimist “Woman of Distinction.”

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Lions Follies’ Supersized Show

It’s the year of the Superhero show, starting with the Mid-Columbia Lions Follies. The 2017 show will be “Kid Awesome and the Disco Girls.” It is an original script with story by Terri Tyler and Bev Bridgewater, written by Tyler.

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Forestry workers fight hunger

The Oregon Department of Forestry (The Dalles Unit), which provides fire protection on private land in Hood River and Wasco counties, would like to thank the following businesses for supporting the 2017 Governor’s State Employees Food Drive, writes Deborah Gonzales Cyparski, The Dalles Unit:

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LeFevre Sustainability Awards nomination period now open

Gorge Owned (GO!) is now accepting nominations for the seventh annual Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Champion Awards, which celebrates people who are working on innovative, creative solutions to the environmental, economic and social issues facing the Gorge.

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Tuesday, April 4


Saturday, April 1


HRV athletics on board with basketball shot clock proposal

The 24-second shot clock has been a staple of the National Basketball Association (NBA) since 1954, when it was first used in a game in Syracuse, N.Y., to ameliorate “stall ball” tactics that were slowing down the game and making it less enjoyable for fans. The National College Athletic Association (NCAA) introduced a 45-second clock in the mid-1980s and has reduced time periodically over the years — most recently a couple years ago when the NCAA bumped it down to 30 seconds.

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Sports Briefs for April 1

Hood River Water polo athlete Faith Ocheskey picked for National Team Selection Camp; Skyler Hunter named Big Ten Freshman of the Week; Annie Veatch named NWC Player of the Week; Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort hits 500-inch mark; Gorge Roubaix/Gravel Grinder this weekend; Paddling event April 15 raises money for families with cancer; and Fiona Wylde starts off season with podium finishes

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‘Never Give Up’ film screened Sunday at CCA

Columbia Center for the Arts, Gorge Owned, the Hood River County History Museum, the Hood River County Library District, and the Yasui family of Hood River have co-sponsored a special screening of the film “Never Give Up!”

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