Stories for August 2017


Wednesday, August 30


Unity Picnic

At Saturday’s annual Unity Picnic hosted by Hood River Library, people enjoyed Mexican food, listened to music by Hood River Norteno quartet 6 Del Rio and posted words of beauty and hope as the library wrapped up its Summer Reading Program.

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Roots and Branches: Hands on for good

A tumultuous year seems to have reached a crescendo these last few weeks. The intensity of emotions generated by catastrophic violence, threat of war, acts of terrorism and racism, and nature at its finest as well as at its most destructive has a strangle hold on our senses.

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HRV boys soccer is underway with title ambitions

The HRV boys soccer team began their season last week with a jamboree in Woodburn against two of the top teams in the state. In their first matchup they beat Silverton, who are potential state contenders, 3-0, and in the final match of the day against defending state champions Woodburn it was a scoreless draw.

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Road 44 Fire defeated

Crews caught and quickly controlled a 400-foot fire off the 44 Road, reported at 10 a.m. Sunday, southeast of Parkdale.

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MCCOG to hand off services

After a nearly 40-year existence, the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments has voted to find new homes for its four programs and will cease to function as a direct service provider.

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Port holds airport meeting on Thursday

The Port of Hood River will hold a public meeting Thursday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m. at Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum to discuss operations and development at the airport.

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The Daily Bread: Embracing the Shadow World

From the very beginning of my chosen life as a landscape photographer, I have sought out light at the edges of day. There is a brief moment when shadows emerge, then disappear. It is those fleeting seconds of surreal beauty that I live for.

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Pet of the Week: Kenai the Husky is ready for adventure

Kenai has been selected by volunteers as Adopt A Dog’s adoptable pet of the week. He’s a purebred Husky! Isn't he gorgeous?! They think he's around four years old. He came to us as a stray, underweight and in desperate need of a groom. They brushed off enough hair to cover a whole other dog!

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CCA celebrates Latino art and culture in September

Columbia Center for the Arts is excited to host a month-long, center-wide celebration of Latino Art and Culture throughout September. This program is part of the art center’s 2017 Cultural Series, which included honoring the Art and Culture of Japan and will feature Native American Arts and Culture in November.

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Tuesday, August 29


Saturday, August 26


Peace Village in Mosier draws 150 campers

The 11th annual Columbia Gorge Peace Village last month drew a record 150 campers to Mosier School for a week of active learning about social justice, environmental citizenship, wellness, collaboration, media literacy, and self-empowerment.

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Editorial: Watch List

Early this summer the City of Hood River took the welcome step of identifying what it called the “Big Six” intersections.

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Thursday, August 24

Fire closures extended at Eagle Creek Trail

The U.S. Forest Service has extended its closure of Eagle Creek Trail to High Bridge — located 3.3 miles from the trailhead — for public safety due to the growth of the Indian Creek Fire, according to a news release.

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Wednesday, August 23


John and Suze Nigl celebrate 50th anniversary

John and Suze Nigl were married Aug. 26, 1967, in San Jose, Calif., where they spent their first year of marriage. They moved to Fresno in 1968 so John could attend Fresno State College on the GI Bill. He worked nights at the county library while Suze worked as a legal secretary. John received his degree in business administration in 1972 and a few weeks later they moved to Hood River.

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The Hook has crowned a king and queen

Windsurfing board tricks, relay races, tandem sailing and attempted acrobatics on the boards are just some of the fun that goes on at the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association’s King of the Hook event.

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Open studio tour calls for Gorge Artists

The annual Gorge Artists Open Studio Tour will be held April 20-22, 2018, at Gorge-area studios, and applications are now being sought from artists who would like to participate. Application deadline is Sept. 1.

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Veterans take flight at Gorge airport

The concept behind Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation is in the organization’s motto: “Giving back to those who have given.” The devotion inherent in the motto was recently on display at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport.

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Another Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge in the books

This past weekend athletes from Australia, Tahiti, Europe, Canada and the US traveled to Hood River to compete in the seventh annual Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge (CGPC), which is one of the most competitive and prestigious stand up paddling races.

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Gorge Cup summer series ends

The annual Gorge Cup windsurfing series came to an end earlier this month. On Aug. 12-13, the last two races of this series were completed.

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School Construction

Construction continues at both middle schools in the Hood River County School District as Kirby Naglehout Construction crews and sub-contractors work to prepare the heavily remodeled buildings for school reopening Sept. 5.

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New lodgings

Andreas Ochoa of Rogue Adventures Group power-washes the roof of Hood River Adventure Lodge at Oak and 13th streets as workers prepare for opening on about Sept. 15.

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Pet of the Week: Bogey is ‘the happiest Lab mix around’

Bogey, “the happiest Lab mix around,” has been selected by volunteers as Adopt A Dog’s adoptable pet of the week. He's about 88 pounds and 2 to 3 years old. Bogey is enthusiastic about everything! Grab that leash and he'll jump for joy right out the door! His leash skills are getting better and better every day.

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Golden Eagle

The old picnic shelter is gone and where it stood is the new asphalt base for tennis and pickleball courts and basketball hoops at Golden Eagle Park.

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The Ale List: Full Sail and Harrington team up with Red Ale

Full Sail Brewing last week released Harrington’s Bourbon Aged Northwest Red Ale, sales benefiting the Harrington Family Foundation, which provides collegiate scholarships and mentorship support to Oregon’s future leaders. “This beer is 100 percent in the red zone,” said Oregon Duck legend and former NFL quarterback Joey Harrington. The release is available for a limited time in 16.9-ounce bottles and on draft (10.2 percent ABV, 39 IBUs).

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Tuesday, August 22


Bingen blood drive Aug. 30

Insitu sponsors an American Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its Eagle Point facility, 901 E. Bingen Point Way, Bingen.

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Monday, August 21


Eclipse Scenes

The solar eclipse brought together onlookers in Hood River for a lively scene today shortly after 10 a.m.

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Saturday, August 19

Toda resigns from CGCC

The Columbia Gorge Community College Board of directors and President Dr. Frank Toda signed a “mutually acceptable separation agreement” effective Sept. 29 in a special board session Tuesday evening at The Dalles campus

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‘Whatever we do, do it with a purpose’

On Feb. 3, 2014, Gary Peterson lost his life to an 18-year battle with Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA), a condition characterized by progressive problems with movement that attacks the immune system. Inspired by the courageous life his father lived, his son carries on his legacy.

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Gastroparesis: A misunderstood, troublesome stomach ailment

For this awareness month, I’d like to go back to the basics of awareness. Forget about the commercials, the fundraising, the treatments. I simply want to introduce you to a condition that often goes undiagnosed for many years, despite its debilitating and life-altering symptoms — a condition that remains undiscussed and unmentioned, despite the over 5 million Americans that have it: gastroparesis.

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Pet of the Week: Roxy is happy, friendly girl

Beautiful Roxy has been selected by volunteers as Adopt A Dog’s adoptable pet of the week, who describe her as the happiest girl around! She loves everybody she meets and sure knows how to bring a smile to volunteers’ faces.

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‘Wheels of Hope’ nominations sought

The radio stations of Bicoastal Media are teaming with Northshore Medical Group to launch their annual campaign to help a Columbia Gorge family in need. “Wheels of Hope” will provide a deserving family lacking transportation a 2007 Honda Accord from Griffith Motors to help them meet their daily needs.

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‘Terrific Tale of Thumbelina’ Aug. 25 at Arts Center

Join Columbia Center for the Arts on Friday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. for The Oregon Shadow Theater’s (OST) production of “The Terrific Tale of Thumbelina.” Oregon Shadow Theater is a Portland-based company specializing in the art of shadow puppetry.

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Engineer Jason Wilkins of Hood River Fire and EMS accepts a donation from a motorist during the Aug. 5 “Fill the Boot” campaign at 13th and Cascade streets.

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Friday, August 18


Wednesday, August 16

Two escape from state corrections

UPDATE An inmate who escaped while assigned to a crew fighting a wildfire in Central Washington was arrested in Portland Wednesday morning, police said. The other escaped inmate is still at large.

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Design for a legacy

July seemed to melt into August this year, with its relentless heat. The thickening dust of a thousand tractor wheels pulverizing the earth in the race to harvest perishable fruit filled the orchard air with a thick layer of particles. Little relief could be found in the eerily still nights with nary a breath of fresh air to ease the blistering heat.

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Pick of the Week: Jim Lommasson at CCA

Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) will present Jim Lommasson, freelance photographer and author living in Portland, as the next event in our poTENtial 2017 Program Series at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19.

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The mural and Nate Chavez

Mural admirers greet Hood River artist Nate Chavez, right, as he arrives with his paints to work on “The Remains Mural” at Third Street and Industrial Way, in this July 2017 photo.

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City of Hood River: Mayor asks Rep. Walden to ‘join our collective call’ on energy

The Hood River City Council would like to bring you up to speed related to the Hood River Energy Plan, currently being developed as a collaboration of seven local partners including the City of Hood River, the County of Hood River, the City of Cascade Locks, the Port of Cascade Locks, the Port of Hood River, Energy Trust of Oregon, and the Ford Family Foundation.

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Travelogue: Eclipse in Tahiti

During our epic journey sailing across the Pacific Ocean with our family of four, we had the opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse, just south of Tahiti. It required a challenging overnight sail and a little bit of effort to view 100 percent totality.

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Wy’East honors firefighters’ memory

“We honor and try to keep the memory of all our deceased brothers and sisters alive so they are never forgotten,” Fire Chief Greg Borton said Sunday at the Odell fire hall.

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Blanket statement: Timbers, Thorns partner with Providence hospitals

The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC, in partnership with Providence Health & Services, recently announced a program to present custom-designed, soccer club-themed baby blankets to the family of every newborn baby born at a Providence hospital in Oregon for the remainder of the 2017 calendar year.

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Wrestling: ‘A trip that the girls won't ever forget’

Two coaches and 12 student-athletes participated in the first Oregon Girls Wrestling Cultural Exchange. This year's team traveled through three provinces of Canada and four U.S. states, visiting four universities that have womens wrestling teams.

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Inventor camp draws Gorge youth

Middle school students from around the Mid-Columbia were challenged this week at “Inventor’s Camp,” a hands-on science and technology camp introduced this year by Oregon State University and hosted by the OSU Extension Service of Wasco County and Columbia Gorge Community College.

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Tuesday, August 15


Saturday, August 12


Eagle football: time to ‘prove them wrong’

Before the start of every football season, the incoming senior players get together to come up with a motto unique to that group and this year it’s simple, said senior defensive lineman Adrian Ramirez: “Prove them wrong.”

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Teamwork at Peace Village

At Mosier Community School, Peace Village participants go through a mini-Ropes Course involving trust-building and other cooperative skills.

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BBBS enjoys SUP event

Big Winds’ Junior Elite Stand-up Paddling (SUP) Team held its sixth annual SUP clinic for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge on Aug. 6 at Nichols Basin.

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Cool off at Hood River Library

With hot weather forecasted this summer, the Hood River County Library District once again is welcoming people to use the library as a cooling shelter.

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WSVEF fundraiser Aug. 26 features barbecue

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Aug. 26. That’s the day the community will come together to “Pig Out” for White Salmon's schools at a fundraising pig roast in Rheingarten Park.

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Friday, August 11


Wednesday, August 9


Tips for saving money on ‘back to school’ needs

Back-to-school spending is cutting more deeply into family budgets than ever before. In fact, the National Retail Foundation expects parents to shell out $83.6 billion this year to send their children and college students back to school, an increase of 10 percent over last year.

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Gracie Schenkel and Rory Jenkins win Uphill Challenge

Aug. 5 was an eventful day for sports and activities throughout the Gorge. Not only was the Double Damned event going on down at the Columbia River, but up at Mt. Hood Meadows the fourth annual Uphill Challenge took place and attracted over 40 racers from around the Gorge.

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‘The race that attracts adrenaline junkies’

Doug Archbald had this idea 10 years ago to bring downwind sailing competition to the Gorge and ever since then, he and the Hood River Yacht Club have put on an event during the summer season known as the Double Damned.

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At Wyeth, trail edges westward

Eastbound drivers on Interstate 84 have noticed crews hard at work building a new segment of the Columbia River Historic Highway State Trail, at Wyeth.

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HRMS: A school transformed

Hood River Middle School will be a “smart building with an old look,” said the man overseeing the transformation of one of the county’s most iconic structures.

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Tuesday, August 8

First Friday

Quiet and active pursuits filled the 90-degree night on Friday, Aug. 4.

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Timberland companies announce fire closures

Local timberland companies are announcing that due to conditions of high fire danger, all lands in Klickitat, Skamania, Yakima, Hood River and Wasco counties will be closed to public entry starting Aug. 5 until further notice.

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Saturday, August 5


Meriwether oath

The Hood River Port Commission swore in its third new board member, Dave Meriwether, at Tuesday’s general meeting.

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Mackintosh receives Hanel Award

Director, actor, producer, and playwright Sullivan Mackintosh has received the 2017 CCA Judie Hanel Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Theater Arts.

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Curb appeal

City of Hood River Public Works employee James Faring carefully applies a fresh coat of paint to the curb on 17th Street Wednesday, part of a mid-summer detailing of curbs, crosswalks, stop lines and other street surfaces.

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Friday, August 4


Thursday, August 3

Wednesday, August 2


Marr to serve as Eagle Gorge publisher

Eagle Media, the company that owns The Dalles Chronicle and Hood River News, is making a bold new move with the Aug. 1 appointment of Chelsea Marr to be publisher over both Gorge publications.

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Mosier okays UP railroad settlement

A group of Mosier officials voted Monday to accept the terms of the latest $2.4 million offer from Union Pacific Railroad, subject to further negotiations on the scope of the release provided to the railroad in return for their payment and in-kind donations.

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HRV cheerleaders receive All-American nominations

The Hood River Valley High School cheerleaders attended a four-day National Cheerleading Association “Get Shocked” camp at Oregon State University in July and returned home with much to celebrate. Their honors included both JV and varsity placing second overall, earning several All-American nominations, one Top Gun Dancer award, and securing one All-American.

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Commentary: Thank you, readers

Over the past six years as a reporter for Columbia River Gorge newspapers, I’ve covered pretty much every beat there is, from local to county government, to crime, to breaking news, to features, and most recently, local and high school sports.

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Emily Mitchell earns All-American honors for wrestling

Emily Mitchell, an incoming junior at Hood River Valley High School, earned a podium position at eighth at the U.S.A. Wrestling Girls Cadet Freestyle National Championships in Fargo, N.D., late last month, earning her All-American honors.

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Blowout goes off

After light winds postponed the Gorge Blowout two weekends ago during the Bridge of the Gods Kitefest, the 17-mile downwinder from Stevenson to Hood River went off Saturday afternoon.

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Phil Soltysiak wins fifth race of Gorge Cup slalom series

The fifth race of the Gorge Cup occurred last Saturday at the Hood River Event Site and after the final heat finished, the leaderboard of the annual windsurfing slalom series looked very much the same as it did heading into the final weekend of racing.

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Pick of the Week: Hood River premiere of King of Roads: Story of the Historic Columbia River Highway

The Hood River premier of the documentary by Laughing Deva Productions, “King of Roads,” will be showing at the Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. The show is a benefit for the History Museum of Hood River County. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and children under 12. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling 541-387-8877.

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Another Voice: Americans need to stop treating each other like the enemy

As we venture deeper into the new realities of a Donald Trump presidency, many people across this great country are still feeling anger and resentment toward one another in the wake of a very messy and tumultuous 2016 election. Rather than seeing past their political differences, a growing number of Americans have chosen to stop speaking with friends and even family members, all because of whom they voted for.

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Tuesday, August 1


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