Stories for February 2017

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Tuesday, February 28

   

Hood River News updates obit policy

Funeral homes often submit obituaries, death notices and service announcements for the families they are assisting. Those submitted by family members are also accepted as follows:

February 28, 2017 1:14 p.m. read more..


HRV needs lock-in chaperones

Hood River Valley High School will hold its annual lock-in on Friday and Saturday, March 10-11, and needs chaperones to work all night, all shifts.

February 28, 2017 12:43 p.m. read more..

Saturday, February 25

  

Jefferson Dancers perform March 4

Be inspired by one of the most elite dance companies in Oregon — the Jefferson Dancers — at Columbia Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 4 at 7 p.m. The performance is part of the center’s 2017 poTENtial Program Series.

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Horizon student claims spelling bee championship

Kai Robertson, eighth grader at Horizon Christian School, spelled his way to champion at the recent Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) District Spelling Bee in Camas, Wash. Ellie Rinella, sixth grade, took fourth place. Both students will compete in the ACSI Regional Spelling Bee later this month.

February 25, 2017 midnight read more..


‘Give Kids a Smile’

Sylvianna Marquez, RDH, takes a pause from cleaning teeth to let Ramon Garcia show his best fist pump from the dental chair during One Community Health’s Give Kids a Smile Day Feb. 14.

February 25, 2017 midnight read more..


Osprey compete well at 10U champs

Four swimmers from the Hood River Valley Swim Team (HRVST) qualified and competed at the Arena Oregon Swimming 10 & Under Championships held in Springfield this past weekend. The fastest swimmers from all over the state of Oregon and southwest Washington compete at this championship meet.

February 25, 2017 midnight read more..


Ski news: HRV ski team sweeps Mt. Hood League

Coming as no surprise to anyone, the HRV boys and girls ski teams are once again champions of the Mt. Hood League, officially taking the title last week after winning a giant slalom (GS) competition at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl on Saturday, which was the last event of the regular season. It was the team’s fifth victory in as many races this season.

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‘She Kills Monsters’ to open next weekend

The first of two Hood River Valley High School winter plays, “She Kills Monsters,” directed by Rachel Harry, comes to the Bowe Theater next weekend, bringing ‘90s geek culture — and a Dungeons and Dragons module — to center stage.

February 25, 2017 midnight read more..
   

Cooper Spur Alpine Team sees big crowd for annual Cooper Duel race

On Feb. 5, the Cooper Spur Alpine Team (CSAT) hosted the annual Cooper Duel ski race at Cooper Spur Ski Area on Mount Hood. The Cooper Duel is a unique format in which racers run head to head on two adjacent slalom courses which provides ample opportunity for fierce competition, thrills, spills, and more cowbell.

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Horizon girls host Powder Valley Saturday at 6 p.m.

The Horizon girls basketball team (21-5, 13-1 Big Sky District) will enter the second round of the 1A state tournament as an eight-seed and will host No. 9 Powder Valley (20-5, 12-3 Old Oregon League) on Saturday at 6 p.m.

February 25, 2017 midnight read more..
     

Hood River Supply holds 67th annual meeting

Fiscal year 2016 was another successful year for the local cooperative Hood River Supply, announced President/CEO Pat McAllister at the 67th annual meeting on Feb. 9 at the Pine Grove Grange.

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Friday, February 24

 

Thursday, February 23



Wednesday, February 22

   

HRV swimmers come home with hardware from state meet

A large combined contingent of 16 (nine girls, seven boys) Hood River Valley High Eagle swimmers participated in the 5A state championships at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) in Gresham. The highlight was that five members of Coach Kelly Cunningham’s Columbia River Conference champion girls swim team recorded top finishes in Friday’s preliminaries to earn a position in Saturday’s finals.

February 22, 2017 midnight read more..
 

Kegler's Corner: Chabotte and Bergren dominate City Tournament

Last week’s 10-pin action was in full swing at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. For the first time in weeks, the entire league schedule was completed and on top of that, the 65th annual City Bowling Tournament was conducted. Big scores and lots of new faces emerged in the limelight. Check out the highlights below.

February 22, 2017 midnight read more..
 

Hawks make history!

Scissors in hand, Horizon Hawks girls basketball team players and coaching staff were all smiles Saturday afternoon as they cut down the nets in the Madras High School gym for the first time ever.

February 22, 2017 midnight read more..


DeeTour Hotel conflict heading to state land board

A citizen watchdog group plans to appeal Hood River County Board of Commissioner’s decision to allow DeeTour Hotel, which could bring a long-running dispute over commercial development in the upper valley to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.

February 22, 2017 midnight read more..
 

New resolution serves as ‘commitment to protect our liberties today ‘

State Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River, has sponsored a resolution to recognize the historical significance of Feb. 19, 1942, the date President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which restricted the freedom of Japanese Americans and other legal resident aliens through required identification cards, travel restrictions and seizure of personal property.

February 22, 2017 midnight read more..


Adult Center: New director Amy Mallett makes changes

Amy Mallett, Hood River Valley Adult Center executive director since June 2016, has a long history of working with seniors. She served as senior director of the Goleta Valley Community Center for 12 years, and, most recently, program manager of Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, Area Agency on Aging, for a year, located in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties in California.

February 22, 2017 midnight read more..
     

Remembering my wicked mother: Not all Rainbows and Unicorns

Generally speaking, when someone dies and their friends and family gather together to celebrate their life and honor their memory, we like to remember the good times, to talk about how wonderful they were, how kind and generous and loving. We talk about the good things they did, their accomplishments, all those things that touched our lives in positive ways.

February 22, 2017 midnight read more..
   

CAT seeks feedback on plan improvements

Columbia Area Transit (CAT) is proposing several bus route improvements as part of the new Hood River County Transit Master Plan. The goal of the plan is to enhance public access to key destinations for people of all ages and abilities by expanding the area’s public bus service in the near term and over the next 20 years.

February 22, 2017 midnight read more..


‘Green’ gainers

Hood River team Men In Green (back rows) won the field competition first place award at the recent Super Qualifiers in Portland.

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Tuesday, February 21

  

Saturday, February 18

   

Resistance goes mainstream

When reality show celebrity Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, many of us who professionally and passionately work for peace and justice knew that it was once again time to ramp up nonviolent resistance.

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Rezoning Morrison Park: on a path of separation by income

Is the City of Hood River aware of where it’s heading with its affordable housing policies? Consider the city’s application for rezoning Morrison Park to R-3. It may not be obvious at first, but approval of this proposal will be a major step toward separating the people in Hood River by income.

February 18, 2017 midnight read more..
 

Open and shut case: You should know about mitral valve disease

There are certain matters of the heart that should be left to the experts, and mitral valve disease is one of them. Dr. Joseph Lamelas, associate chief of cardiac surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, gives some insight into the disease and its treatment.

February 18, 2017 midnight read more..
   

Local gymnasts excel at Northwest competitions

Despite freezing rain, closure of Interstate 84, and at times, treacherous driving, nothing could stop Hood River gymnasts representing Riverside Gymnastics Academy based out of The Dalles from making it to three multi-state competitions, three weekends in a row.

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Knights of Columbus Hoop Shoot

Local students competed in the Knights of Columbus district free-throw contest on Feb. 12 at Wy’east Middle School after advancing from the opening round in December.

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Kegler’s Corner: Nancy Asai rolls 679 series in TNM

Last week’s league action was partially suspended in order to conduct the 65th annual city bowling tournament at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. This is the biggest bowling event of the season and we’ll have the tournament results for you next week. Nevertheless, there were still some fine scores posted in limited league action. Three stars emerged, all out of the spirited Tuesday Nite Mixed League: Nancy Asai, David Gibeaut and Alex Frazier.

February 18, 2017 midnight read more..
 

After Pendleton loss, girls look to regroup for final half of CRC play

The last time the HRV girls basketball team faced Pendleton, the Eagles were at the start of Columbia River Conference play, buoyed by a nonleague record of 6-4, with three of those four losses by five points or fewer. Though they did not beat the Buckaroos in their first meeting, they lost by three points, which was the most competitive game against a league opponent for the HRV girls in nearly five years.

February 18, 2017 midnight read more..
 

‘I can fix this!’

Building owner Brad Perron, left, and friends salvage parts of a 110-year-old Philadelphia-made carousel from the wreckage of Perron’s storage building in Dee on Monday.

February 18, 2017 midnight read more..
    

Loyalty Honored

State Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River, has sponsored a resolution to recognize the historical significance of Feb. 19, 1942.

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‘Hanford: A Conversation’ at White Salmon Library

The Friends of the White Salmon Valley Community Library invite the public to join former Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken and Patricia Hoover, Hanford Downwinder and activist, as they share insights, poems and personal experiences living in the shadow of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation during the 1950s to 1970s.

February 18, 2017 midnight read more..


Environment Oregon launches solar campaign

Environment Oregon hosted a happy hour event Feb. 1 to address the importance of continuing the Residential Energy Tax Credits for solar energy in Oregon. At the launching of their spring campaign, Stand up for Solar, Environment Oregon had speakers from the Hood River City Council to speak about solar energy’s future in Oregon.

February 18, 2017 midnight read more..


HB 2131: ‘Insurance and protection that is needed’

Here is the full text of the letter from the City of Hood River to State Dist. 52 Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River). Copies were also sent to State Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River) and members of the House Energy and Environment Committee:

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Friday, February 17

   

Wednesday, February 15



REAL WEDDINGS-Columbia Gorge Hotel: Mari Nado and Rob Duck

Mari grew up in Troutdale, where her parents still live, and she has family in the greater Portland area. Rob is an avid kiteboarder and Mari has been learning. Both love kiting, as well as the wine and beer tasting scene in Hood River and the beauty of the Gorge.

February 15, 2017 4:45 p.m. read more..


Flower Power

Beautiful fresh flowers personalize your wedding in a big way. Go for a pop of color or monochromatic elegance.

February 15, 2017 4:27 p.m. read more..


REAL WEDDINGS - Cooper Spur: Alex Robinson and Andrew Kraus

The couple spent a lot of time in the Gorge while dating — hiking, camping, skiing and doing other outdoor activities together. Along with that, “the area is a visually stunning pastoral mecca,” said Alex. But the biggest reason they chose the area was that Andrew proposed on Mount Hood at a site on the Pacific Crest Trail, which the couple had previously thru-hiked together. “It was such a visceral and transformative experience for us and our relationship,” Alex said. “We felt it was only natural that we would take our vows in the environment which showed us what our relationship was made of and what we were capable of together.

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A close call

Rick Larson’s oak tree split off a major portion last Thursday at 10:30 a.m., narrowly missing the corner of his home at 15th and Cascade.

February 15, 2017 midnight read more..


HRVHS hosts winter clothing exchange

Hood River Valley High School is seeking lightly used winter coats, boots, snow pants, hats, gloves and scarves for students who can’t afford new items. Community members are asked to drop off donations to the front office. Students are also bringing in donations.

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Roots and Branches: Winter? Fini!

Snow falling gently from the winter sky was a beautiful sight back in December, bringing the hush of its thick carpet to the valley floor, calming the cacophony of Christmas carolers and taking the edge off the hapless hucksters hawking their wares.

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Coal hub backer appeals lease denial

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Developers of a proposed coal-export terminal in southwest Washington have appealed after the state last month denied the project an aquatic lands sublease.

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CL Port continues boat ramp repairs

The Port of Cascade Locks has applied for a boating facility grant through the Oregon State Marine Board and received $25,000 to repair the boat ramp in Marine Park.

February 15, 2017 midnight read more..


Truck Fire

Hood River Fire Department’s Adam Wheat applies water to a vehicle engulfed in flames Sunday afternoon on the westbound exit 62 on-ramp to Interstate 84.

February 15, 2017 midnight read more..


Sinfonietta plays at Wy’east Feb. 17, 19

On Feb. 17 and 19, Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta presents the tone poem “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius, the “Pathetique” Symphony by Tchaikovsky, and a special appearance by oboist/author Blair Tindall performing Mozart’s lyrical Oboe Concerto.

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Peace scholarship fundraiser held Feb. 25

For the last decade, The Columbia River Fellowship for Peace has provided the Susanna Blake Gabay Peace Award supporting continuing education to local Gorge area high school students who plan to pursue peace and justice studies.

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Marbach presents photo lecture, panel on Columbia

Hood River photographer Peter Marbach will share stories and imagery from his current project documenting the landscapes and culture of the Columbia River, from its beginnings in Canal Flats, British Columbia, to the two-mile-wide confluence with the Pacific, at a free public lecture and slide show on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.

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Robotics Winners

Last weekend, six Hood River Valley High School FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics teams competed in Super Qualifiers in Portland.

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News presents wedding guide

The full-color, redesigned “Destination: Weddings/ Columbia River Gorge” is ready for your nuptial planning. The ultra-deluxe wedding magazine highlights wedding venues, Q and As by planners and photographers, “Flower Power” photo feature, and advance wedding checklist.

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REAL WEDDINGS-Tin Roof Barn: Katherine Johnson-Reid and Ryan Abraham

Ryan is originally from Missoula, MT, and Katherine is a city kid from Chicago. While they considered both of their home locations, they settled on one of their favorite places — Oregon. Katherine’s dad is from Oregon and she fell in love with it while spending part of every summer at the family’s coast cottage. “Hood River was everything we wanted — a great and manageable little town with breweries, restaurants, coffee shops and beautiful scenery,” Katherine said. “The Gorge allowed us to have a less formal, naturally beautiful, easy-going wedding.”

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REAL WEDDINGS-Skamania Lodge: Rhyne Simon and Brandon Perkins

Rhyne’s parents had discovered Skamania Lodge while on an anniversary trip to Washington and Oregon. The couple knew they wanted a unique destination wedding, and after exploring several options, they decided the Gorge was the best place for their rustic, outdoor tastes. “We love the Pacific Northwest, and knew the lodge was a perfect spot for a destination wedding,” Rhyne said.

February 15, 2017 midnight read more..

Tuesday, February 14



Real weddings-Crag Rat Hut: Laura Redmond and Joe Jurisa

The couple moved to Oregon four years ago, With Laura’s family in the Southeast, Joe’s in the Midwest, and friends all over the country, they wanted to get married in a place that would make for a beautiful destination for all of their guests and give them a little “taste of Oregon,” according to Laura. “We decided on the Gorge because of its beauty and abundance of activities for our guests to enjoy.”

February 14, 2017 9:42 p.m. read more..
 

Planning a Destination Wedding in the Gorge

Wedding planner Debbie Dennis, owner of Hitched in the Hood, shares her knowledge of planning a destination wedding in the Gorge. She had her own destination wedding in the Gorge several years ago. She and her husband loved the area so much, they ended up moving here and soon after, she launched her business to help other couples create their own perfect destination wedding.

February 14, 2017 8:23 p.m. read more..


Cold and icy spell due Wednesday

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Winter Storm Watch, which is in effect from late Tuesday night through late Wednesday night.

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Death Notices for Feb. 14:

Russell Briard, John Ratchye, John Speer, Nicholas Davitt, Virgil Patton, Margaret Pentecost, Everett Akers and Joyce Settles 0

February 14, 2017 12:35 p.m. read more..


Monday, February 13



REAL WEDDINGS-Mt. Hood Organic Farm: Marla Keethler and Ryan Dougherty

After taking numerous vacations in the Pacific Northwest (where Marla grew up), the couple was looking for a venue that captured the beauty and dramatic mountain views they’d come to love over the years, and wanted to share with friends and family. They loved the Gorge so much, they ended up moving here from New York City shortly after their wedding.

February 13, 2017 6:04 p.m. read more..

Saturday, February 11

    

Rebecca Johnston signing

Hood River Valley High School senior Rebecca Johnston recently signed with Whitman College to play NCAA Division III volleyball for the Blues, located in Walla Walla, Wash.

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Sports Briefs for Feb. 11

Pickleball at May Street; Weather impacts games… again; Youth basketball tournament coming to Hood River; Indoor soccer tournament Feb. 25

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TRACKS THROUGH THE TREES

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort got another healthy dose of snow earlier this week, making for some fine tree-skiing on this Hood River Meadows run.

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‘Sticker Shock’

The Hood River Valley High School HEALTH Media and HOSA (Health Occupation Services of America) clubs joined forces Feb. 2 to spread the word that sharing alcohol with minors is a dangerous sport — just in time for the Super Bowl.

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Thursday, February 9



Wednesday, February 8

   

‘Sense of Place’ programs return Feb. 15 with music of Woody Guthrie

As a commissioned songwriter for the Portland’s Bonneville Power Administration in 1941, Woody Guthrie wrote 26 songs, including classics like "Roll On, Columbia," "Hard Travelin’," and "Pastures of Plenty," extolling the benefits of public power, hydroelectricity, irrigation, and the Grand Coulee Dam.

February 8, 2017 midnight read more..
  

Horizon boys look to power through final week of play

The Hawks had both games interrupted by weather over the weekend, but were able to play both, as Friday’s game at Arlington was moved to Thursday and Saturday’s home game against Dufur was moved to Monday. Horizon beat Arlington 61-54, but then fell to the No. 10 Dufur Rangers 69-55.

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‘Pirates’ on stage this week only

Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association (CGOA) Stages presents its second theater ensemble, “The Pirates of Penzance,” Feb. 9-12 at the Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

February 8, 2017 midnight read more..
 

‘Carnal Love’ opens at AniChe

“Carnal Love” is the latest installation in a series of art shows featured at AniChe Cellars, 301 Oak St., Hood River, in the historic Butler Bank building in downtown Hood River.

February 8, 2017 midnight read more..


Pine St. Kitchen hosts GO! Solar event Feb. 20

Join Gorge Owned (GO!) to learn if solar is right for your business or commercial building from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 at Pine Street Kitchen. GO! is working with local solar contractors and partners to offer discounted, bulk rates on solar panel installations on commercial buildings in Hood River County.

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Cascade Volcanoes virtual tour Feb. 17

Take a virtual tour of the Cascade Volcanoes with Dr. Tom Pierson on Friday, Feb. 17 at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. An optional dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. presentation.

February 8, 2017 midnight read more..


Cascade Observations: 'You are adored'

When it comes to unidentifiable incoming phone calls, I’ll admit I’m wary to answer them. I feel distrust, even fear, of the unknown caller. Some menacing stranger may be on the other end, poised to steal my identity or my money.

February 8, 2017 midnight read more..
 

Tuesday, February 7

   

Monday, February 6



School board selects Rich Truax to fill vacancy

On Jan. 25, the Hood River County School District Board of Directors selected Rich Truax to replace Jan Veldhuisen Virk for the at-large position after her 18 years of service. Five qualified applicants interviewed for the position at the Jan. 25 school board meeting at Westside Elementary School. Truax was the unanimous choice and will be formally sworn in as the at-large board member on Feb. 8 at the district office.

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Eagle boys get ugly, but important, victory

After coming out on the wrong side of a handful of close contests this season, the HRV boys basketball team finally learned how to close out a game Tuesday evening, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Vannet Court was electric as the Eagles (6-9, 1-2 Columbia River Conference) hung on for dear life and repelled a rallying Riverhawks team (3-11, 0-3), defeating The Dalles 66-63 and getting their first league win of the season.

February 6, 2017 8:58 p.m. read more..


Police responding to reported Ontario armed barricade

Numerous law enforcement vehicles have been reported headed eastbound on I-84 this morning. Oregon State Police Sgt. Kaipo Raiser said at 11:45 a.m. that OSP SWAT teams are responding to mutual aid in a reported armed barricade incident in the city of Ontario in eastern Oregon.

February 6, 2017 11:50 a.m. read more..

Saturday, February 4



Snow Days: School calendar extended until June 16

Hood River County School District and Hood River Education Association, the certified employees’ union, agreed Wednesday on changes to the 2016-17 school calendar as a result of the many hours of instructional time lost due to weather in January.

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This month at HRVAC: Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 25

Hood River Valley Adult Center was closed for several days last month due to inclement weather, which canceled many events, including the January regular board of directors meeting, which had to be rescheduled. The next board meeting will be held on Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. Three newly elected board members were welcomed in January: Sue Sanchez, Sally Fairchild and Lynn Rasmussen.

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‘Pirates’ opens Feb. 9

Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association Stages presents “Pirates of Penzance” at Wy’east Middle School’s Performing Arts Center Feb. 9-12 at 7 p.m.

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Army Corps replaces massive gate at The Dalles dam

On Tuesday morning, contractors used heavy-duty cranes to lower a new upstream gate at The Dalles Lock & Dam. The gate, which weighs 110.5 tons, is a vital piece of machinery for operation of the navigation locks, and represents the most important component of the annual maintenance upgrades and repairs at the dam this winter.

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‘Give Kids a Smile’ returns Feb. 14

Uninsured children from throughout the Columbia River Gorge will be all grins this upcoming Valentine’s Day. But these big smiles won’t necessarily be from eating lots of heart-shaped, sugary treats.

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HR Supply celebrates customer satisfaction award

Hood River Supply is celebrating the Ace ranking “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores” for the 10th year in a row with a customer appreciation event on Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hood River.

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Upcoming events help Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge hosts its 11th annual Italian Night and Raffle on Friday, Feb. 17 from 5-8 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 1280 W Jewett Blvd., White Salmon. This yearly event is hosted by the Beneventi family and features all-you-can-eat vegetarian lasagna, chicken parmesan, penne pasta, garlic bread, salad and dessert.

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State posts pot tax data

As of Dec. 31, 2016, the Department of Revenue has received $60.2 million in marijuana tax payments since the state began taxing recreational marijuana in January 2016. Additional marijuana tax data is available at www.oregon.gov /dor/stats.

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Wednesday, February 1



Yesteryears: High winds in Parkdale hits Fischer’s store in 1967

Winds sweeping through Parkdale Sunday sucked the second-floor wall at Fischer’s Grocery, scattering rubble across the community’s main street. Estimates placed the velocity of the wind gusts up to 100 miles an hour in a storm that centered almost entirely in the upper part of the Hood River Valley.

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Snow days extend school year to June 16

Hood River County School District and Hood River Education Association, the certified employees’ union, agreed Wednesday on changes to the 2016-17 school calendar as a result of the many hours of instructional time lost due to weather in January.

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Holman, Gudiel chosen as Elks Students of the Month for January

Blair Holman and Deylan Gudiel, both Hood River Valley High School seniors, have been selected as the January Students of the Month. Both were presented checks for $100 in recognition of their volunteer efforts in the community and their achievements at school during last week’s lodge meeting.

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Kegler's Corner: Team No. 8 takes the Industrial second round

Hallelujah! For the first time in weeks, we had a full slate of league action last week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. And, judging by some mighty fine scores that were posted, it appears our bowlers were happy to be back rocking and socking those 3-pound, 6-ounce pins.

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Horizon girls extend win streak to five

The Horizon girls basketball team steamrolled two opponents in a pair of weekend victories as they continued to build momentum for the upcoming Big Sky Conference playoffs. Horizon (13-5, 7-1 Big Sky) outscored league foes Condon/Wheeler and Sherman by a total margin of 131-50.

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Hawk boys split to stay in district playoff contention

The Horizon boys basketball team split two weekend games to stay in contention for the upcoming Big Sky Conference playoffs. Horizon (9-10, 3-5 Big Sky) won 69-44 Friday on the road over the Condon/Wheeler Knights (8-8, 4-4). The Hawks, guided by Head Coach Darrin Lingel, then lost at home Saturday 68-55 to the second-ranked Sherman Huskies (14-4, 9-0).

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TD youth shelter gets key staffing grant

A $25,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is expected to provide a major boost for a local shelter geared to protect young people in the Gorge dealing with troubled home lives.

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Youth baseball camp starting

The Hood River Valley High School baseball team will be running an afterschool youth baseball camp every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:45-3:45 p.m. from Feb. 7-23 at the baseball/softball training facility.

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Girls wrestling team has productive weekend during home matches

The annual Elks Wrestling Tournament marked another impressive performance by the HRV girls wrestling team, who have had quite the season as they head into their state qualifying competition this weekend. The Eagles headlined with first-place finishes by Grace Miller and Monique Verduzco — the former of whom received the Most Outstanding Wrestler award of the tournament — and placed second out of 28 teams that showed up to the event.

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Swiss exchange student settles in

When Nathan Schmidli decided to leave his hometown of Leytron, Switzerland, and go on exchange, he had no idea that he would end up in Hood River. He had Texas, California, and Florida in mind, but is now happily attending Hood River Valley High School.

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Working to stay Warm

Hood River Shelter Services — perhaps better known as the warming shelter — is now in its eighth season, with a mission to provide a warm, safe place to sleep during the winter months, generally from November through early March.

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Oregon faces major timber fund cut

SALEM (AP) — A U.S. Forest Service program that infused rural communities with millions to make up for lost timber revenue is drying up, and that means Oregon will see a 90 percent reduction in the payments that have kept critical services afloat in many counties since environmental rules curtailed logging nearly 30 years ago.

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Another Voice: Morrison Park rezone violates city law

Morrison Park, an existing city park zoned as Open Space, is an undeveloped jewel right in the middle of town that sits just north of Wasco and 20th streets. It is over five acres of undeveloped oak and pine woodland, a haven for wildlife, birds, and deer that use it as a corridor to get to the river under the freeway.

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ODFW efforts help deer, elk survive winter

After six years of drought, parts of Oregon are experiencing a harsh winter with impressive snow packs. Although fish and wildlife populations will certainly see long-term benefits from the winter moisture, Oregonians may be worried about increased winter mortality of deer, elk and other wildlife.

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Leaders renew push for Mt. Hood land exchange

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Representatives Greg Walden (R-Hood River) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland), introduced legislation this week to push forward a long-stalled land exchange on Mount Hood.

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