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Saturday, December 30



Planting a ‘Monofir’

What looks like a tall Ponderosa pine or Douglas fir near Tucker Road is a new 111-foot AT&T “monofir” cell-tower, approved by Hood River County in June.

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The Porch, Dec. 30 edition

WELL SAID: “The old problems — love, money, security, status, health, etc. — are still here to plague us or please us.” — Shelley Berman, 1926-2017

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Lions honor Peace Poster winners

The Hood River Lions Club has awarded the three selected winners of its annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “The Future of Peace.” The winners received their awards Dec. 9 at the Hood River Library.

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CASA seeks community support

Thanks to the generosity of the Gorge community, this past year, almost three-quarters of children in foster care in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties had a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer on their side, looking out for their best interests, stated a CASA press release.

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‘Hanford: Our River Runs Through It’ Jan. 10

The Pacific Northwest is home to the United States' most contaminated place, the Hanford Nuclear Site. Join Gorge Owned on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts for a panel discussion that will explore the history of Hanford's plutonium production, the contamination that persists as a result, and the importance of the last free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River known as the Hanford Reach.

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2017: The Year in Sports

Another year and another state title for the HRV girls water polo team, as well as a state title for HRV skiing highlighted the year in Gorge sports in 2017, but there were many other stories of athletes in the Gorge that caught our attention.

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Friday, December 29

 

Wednesday, December 27

     

YESTERYEARS: ‘Development’ the theme when looking back at 1987

Often times, a look back through a year’s news will reveal a theme — a thread that seems to tie everything together. That’s the way it has been in Hood River County in 1987, and the theme has been “development.” To be sure, there were many other events — both positive and negative — but the year was just barely underway when new developments started hitting the headlines.

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Kegler's Corner: Happy Holidays!

The first half of competition in three leagues concluded at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week. In the “what else is new” department, Nobi’s prevailed in the ladies Tuesday Morning Workshirkers league.

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Christmas giving on Wheels

Giving is a firm tradition in many corners of Hood River County, and among those recurring chapters is the one at Hood River Valley Adult Center, home to a community center, thrift shop, and senior nutrition program.

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Winter Traveler

A hawk glides over Catherine Creek trail west of Lyle, Wash., near the Columbia River overlook point on a cool December weekend.

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Woman sentenced for Fossil wreck

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for the wreck that killed three motorcycle riders in May.

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Klickitat seeks emergency volunteers

The Klickitat County Department of Emergency Management (KCDEM) is seeking citizen volunteers to assist in staffing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Goldendale during large-scale emergencies. Citizens will assist KCDEM staff in supporting first responders during natural and man-made disasters.

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City of Hood River snow removal procedures

The City of Hood River starts plowing streets when snow buildup is 3-inches or greater. Ordinances allow parking on the south and west sides of the street — where parking is allowed — which allows city crews to clear snow quickly and efficiently.

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HRV wrestling wins the Battle of the Bridge

After team success versus St. Helens in their home opener and some individual successes, as well as a girls first place finish in the Liberty Tournament last weekend, the HRV boys wrestling team continued their early dominance against Stevenson and the girls against Washougal in the Battle of the Bridge dual meet last week.

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Tuesday, December 26

  

Saturday, December 23



Yoga at May Street

In Ted Webber gym, May Street Elementary students do Downward Dog asana as part of their Yoga experience.

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The Porch, Dec. 23 edition

WELL SAID: “Why did I walk though crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode! Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me?” — Marley’s ghost, in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

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Girls Up expands its mission

Hood River Valley High School Girl Up chapter will be sending 100 bikes to Malawi in Africa and Guatemala in Central America through the United Nations School Cycle Initiative thanks to community support.

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Another Voice: ‘Stop placing profits ahead of safety’ on railroads

In the wake of Amtrak 501’s derailment earlier this week, we are once again reminded of the importance of incorporating modern technology to drastically improve outcome and, in some cases, prevent derailment altogether. Mosier Mayor Arlene Burns submitted this Another Voice, and mayors and council members from six other Oregon and Washington cities signed it.

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Carrying ‘Carol’

A moral fable and one of the world’s most enduring ghost stories, one known best as novel, started as a series of tales told around coal fires. “A Christmas Carol,” known the world over for its entertaining and moving account of Ebenezer Scrooge, began as a serial, author Charles Dickens reading to London audiences. True power and impact originates with small groups of people gathered together. Dickens’ landmark, so beloved “at this time of the rolling year,” grew from such places.

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Community Health official lends a hand to Children’s Advocacy Ctr.

One Community Health’s (OCH) Kristen Foskett, a certified family nurse practitioner, has recently teamed up with Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center (CGCAC) to help provide qualified child abuse screenings, specialized sexual assault screenings, and support services at the center, located in Hood River.

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Observing Hanukkah

Menorahs contributed by the Hood River Havurah Group, a community of Jewish residents throughout the Columbia River Gorge, debuted for Hanukah this year in Hood River (Overlook Memorial on State Street, shown) and in White Salmon.

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Santa visits Rotary

Zana Barnes, a Parkdale kindergartner, meets Santa Claus at the Dec. 14 Rotary luncheon at the Gorge Room at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, where Rotarians hosted youngsters from Cascade Locks and Parkdale schools.

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Friday, December 22

 

County Clerk notes dates for Jan. 23 special election

A special election will be held throughout Oregon on Jan. 23 on Measure 101, which “approves temporary assessments to fund health care for low-income individuals and families, and to stabilize health insurance premiums,” according to the referendum text. It also will provide “temporary assessments on insurance companies, some hospitals, and other providers of insurance or health care coverage.

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Wednesday, December 20

  

County backs NORCOR, calls for changes

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners on Monday made clear their confidence in Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility, following public concerns over treatment of youths at the jail.

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Warming the Gorge

LavenderSheep’s Yvonne Ellsworth, left, and Sarah Keller, Knot Another Hat owner, sort through the many knitted items donated during the shop’s annual Warming the Gorge campaign, which ended Dec. 17.

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Red Cross stands ready after train derailment

The local Red Cross in Oregon and southwest Washington has mental health responders and volunteers at Union Station in Portland to provide information and support to families affected by Monday’s train derailment near Tacoma, Wash.

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United Way invites applications for 2018-19

The United Way of the Columbia Gorge is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 allocations period. Each year, the Allocations Committee, a group of volunteers and community members representing the entire Gorge, review applications from local human service non-profits to ensure that the money raised by the United Way will have the greatest impact in the community.

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US, Canada to talk Columbia River deal

Spokane, Wash. (AP) — Members of Congress from Washington state are praising the decision to start negotiations early next year over the future of a half-century-old agreement between the United States and Canada that governs hydropower and flood control operations along the Columbia River.

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Stevenson man arrested Sunday on murder charge

On Sunday, Dec. 17, at about 8:35 a.m., the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a shooting in the 1500 block of Lakeview Drive in Stevenson. The original caller reported hearing multiple gunshots and people screaming for the police.

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Shop with a Cop

Officers, from left, are Juan Pulido, Brent Goe, Jeremy Cervantes, Isaac Miller, Erin Mason, Houston Webb, Sal Rivera, and Don Cheli.

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Winning wreath

The winning team from the Dec. 9 Parkhurst Place wreath contest was Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union. Their wreath, made of blue Christmas bulbs, is above; at right are other entries in the contest.

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Gorge Grown, Rockford Grange ‘Friday Film Fest’ begins in January

Join Gorge Grown Food Network and Rockford Grange for the monthly Friday Farm Film Fest, with shows on Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16 and April 20 at the Rockford Grange. Films will be watched as a community, with discussion and related panelists to follow. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door. Movies are suitable for all ages.

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Insitu's Hartman honored by Gorge Technology Alliance

The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) held its fifth annual awards program on Dec. 12, recognizing Ryan Hartman as the 2017 GTA Technology Leader of the Year and Insitu Commercial Division as the 2017 GTA Technology Organization of the Year.

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Tuesday, December 19

   

Saturday, December 16



FutureBus visits Cascade Locks Elementary

The Beaverton School District’s “FutureBus,” a mobile maker-space and design studio, visited Cascade Locks Elementary School Dec. 14. In this unique partnership, a team from Beaverton shared design-thinking and robotics curriculum as well as what they’ve learned in two years running the FutureBus, stated a press release.

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‘HRV fight, fight, fight!’

The HRV boys basketball team headed into its home matchup Tuesday night against Gresham fresh off a Madras Tournament championship, where they dominated La Grande and Redmond.

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‘Loving Vincent’ Dec. 20 at CCA

“Loving Vincent” is the world’s first fully oil painted feature film, and it will show at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at the Columbia Center for the Arts. The unique movie brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his story.

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First Lego League: Robotics winners announced from The Dalles Tournaments

Thirty-six teams of students ages 9 to 14 competed at the First Lego League (FLL) robotics tournaments on Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10. The Dalles Middle School event welcomed teams from as far as Hermiston, Heppner, Irrigon and Ione as well as Klickitat, Stevenson, Dufur, Mosier, Centerville, Hood River and The Dalles. Eleven teams were chosen to advance to the state competition in Hillsboro in January.

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Friday, December 15

 

Wednesday, December 13

     

Hood River Bridge replacement: Understanding the WHATs

Replacing the Hood River/White Salmon Interstate Bridge, spanning a federal waterway, connecting two states, and likely costing over $250 million is a complex and risky undertaking. Recent letters to the editor reflect the understandable desire to replace the bridge, and do it quickly. The port shares this objective.

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Menorah Installed

A menorah is in place at Second and State streets, next to the community Christmas tree.

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How to help during the holidays

Wells Fargo bank branches throughout Oregon and S.W. Washington are helping out those in need by collecting donations of food and toys this month.

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Stauffer appointed 7th District presiding judge

Wasco County Circuit Court Judge Janet L. Stauffer has been appointed by Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer to become the next presiding judge of the Oregon Judicial Department’s Seventh Judicial District.

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Changes ‘in the works’ for youths held at NORCOR

Wasco County officials reversed themselves Friday and said they would be comfortable lodging youth in the local juvenile detention facility after announcing Wednesday they would send juveniles elsewhere following a critical report on the facility.

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HR County joins response on facility

Following a deeply critical report about juvenile inmate conditions at the regional jail, Hood River County will join a multi-county response drafted by attorneys.

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Cascade Observations: Special Gifts

Though it’s only early December, I’ve already received two extraordinarily special gifts. The first gift arrived in the fall, when Jack O’ Lanterns still decorated the front steps. It didn’t come in a box, or wrapped in holiday paper. It arrived in a humble canning jar, its contents as precious to me as the gold, frankincense and myrrh delivered by the three kings to Bethlehem so many years ago. The gift? A jar of strawberry jam, canned with love last spring, when its maker had just learned he had only months to live.

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Holiday Happenings, updated for Dec. 13 edition

Dec. 14 — Tree of Remembrance Memorial, 5:30 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center, Hood River. Decorate an ornament in memory of a loved one; live music. Can be placed on Tree of Remembrance and taken home later, or taken home that night.

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Tuesday, December 12



Ducks Unlimited

Gary Templin, right, Gorge Chapter Ducks Unlimited chair, and Rich Thurman, Oregon District chair, accept their award.

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Application deadline extended for Soroptimist ‘Live Your Dream’ award

Soroptimist International of Hood River is looking for three Gorge area women who are heads of households to receive $1,500 Live Your Dream Awards to continue their education. Applications are now available at the Hood River Library, Cascade Locks, Parkdale and The Dalles Library. The application deadline has been extended to Jan. 15.

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Rawson, Langhoff wed

Daniel Francis Rawson and Leia Kathleen Langhoff, both of Vancouver, Wash., were married Jan. 22, 2017. The ceremony was held at Timberline Lodge Raven’s Nest, with the groom’s father, Patrick Rawson, officiating. A brunch reception followed.

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Saturday, December 9

 

A new House Rep

Oregon Supreme Court Justice Thomas Balmer, administers the oath of office Wednesday to House Rep. Jeffrey Helfrich of Hood River.

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Lighted fire trucks roll Dec. 11 to 13

The annual Hood River County fire departments’ lighted truck Christmas parade will take place Dec. 11 in Odell and Pine Grove, Dec. 12 in Parkdale and Dee, and Dec. 13 on the West Side and Hood River, each night from 6-9p.m.

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CGCAN hosts holiday party Dec. 20

Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network and partners will celebrate the holiday season with a kid-friendly potluck supper and program on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at Springhouse Cellar.

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Kegler's Corner: Double A Orchards Takes Mixed

Congratulations to the Double A Orchards team, who won the first half of the spirited Tuesday Nite Mixed league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. This foursome has all the makings of a dynasty, comprised of a family of outstanding bowlers led by matriarch and perennial all-star bowler Nancy Asai, hubby Aron Asai, dynamic daughter Ciena Brittle and up and comer Austin Dehart.

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Friday, December 8

 

New Year’s Day: State Parks offers ‘First Day Hikes’

The First Day Hikes tradition continues New Year’s Day 2018 when the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) joins America’s State Parks in sponsoring the seventh annual event. All 24 hikes in 22 Oregon state parks will be guided by park rangers or volunteers who will share stories about a park’s geology, history, wildlife and plants. Day-use parking fees are waived for all visitors at participating parks Jan. 1 only.

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Wednesday, December 6

     

No one hurt in Mt. Hood Railroad derailment

The first evening run of the Mt. Hood Railroad “Train to Christmas Town” derailed late Friday afternoon about four miles south of Hood River, with no injuries. Four train cars, with about 200 passengers aboard, slid off the tracks but stayed upright, according to MHRR General Manager Ron Kaufman.

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Horizon boys carried by big three in Hawk Invitational

Horizon Christian hosted their annual Hawk Invitational basketball tournament this past weekend and four teams from the OSAA 1A conference — Trinity Lutheran, Damascus Christian, Triad and Horizon —competed in the boys side of the bracket.

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Fatal crash on Mt. Hood

On Sunday, Dec. 3, Oregon State Police troopers and emergency crews responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 26 at milepost 65.

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CRITFC asks for Lamprey photos

Portland — The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) is exploring the historical range and abundance of Pacific Lamprey throughout the Columbia River Basin.

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Tuesday, December 5



Theater Notes

Open auditions are announced for “The Little Prince,” directed by Nicole Scribner, at Columbia Center for the Arts Dec. 11-12, 6:30 p.m.

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Monday, December 4

   

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Saturday, December 2

    

Groups offer ways to help during the holidays

Warm, handknit or crocheted items for men, women and children are being collected at Knot Another Hat for local warming shelters in Hood River and The Dalles, as well as for The Next Door, Helping Hands Against Violence, and the people of Cascade Locks.

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Lions announces grocery winners

For the 19th year, the Hood River Lions has awarded two more winners in its Grocery Raffle contest hosted by Rosauers Supermarket, who donates $500, said a press release.

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Good cheer in words, pictures, and swags

Julie Adams of “Hello Gorgeous” beauty and barber shop in Odell writes, “I would like to give a big thank you to the Odell Garden Club. At the beginning of the Christmas holidays, a lovely handmade swag adorns all the businesses in Odell. Thank you to all who make these swags and deliver them. They have been adding beauty and joy to my piece of heaven for the past 10 years.”

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Helfrich named to House Dist. 52

With a unanimous vote from the commissioners of Clackamas, Multnomah and Hood River counties, Hood River resident Jeff Helfrich is the new House District 52 representative.

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CAT bus adds Odell and Cascade Locks service

CAT’s new executive director, Patty Fink, has announced that the local bus service provider will move to expanded fixed route service Dec. 4, while also providing its traditional dial-a-ride service.

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Legion supports cadet

Hood River American Legion Post 22 sponsored Hood River Valley High School senior Sarah Sullenger to attend the 2017 Oregon Police Academy Cadet training program.

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LION SCREENERS

The local Lions Clubs in Hood River County are in the process of vision screening students at local schools.

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The Next Door names ‘Philanthropists of Year’

Jeff and Melissa Rippey of Hood River have been named The Next Door’s 2017 Bonnie Benton Philanthropists of the Year. The couple was recognized and thanked by staff in November at the organization’s office on the heights.

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County Clerk notes dates for Jan. 23 special election

A special election will be held throughout Oregon on Jan. 23 on Measure 101 which “approves temporary assessments to fund health care for low-income individuals and families, and to stabilize health insurance premiums,” according to the referendum text.

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CCA holds Dittebrandt drawing

Columbia Center for the Arts has announced a raffle of the two paintings by the late Ellen Dittebrandt remaining in the center collection.

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Friday, December 1

 

Blanket (and more) Drive returns

The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is hosting its fifth annual Blanket Drive. All items collected from this drive will be donated to The Warming Place in The Dalles, and to Gilliam and Sherman County Emergency Management.

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