Stories for June 2017

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Friday, June 30

    

Wednesday, June 28

    

CGWA Beach Bash

Prayers for wind largely went unanswered last weekend, but that didn’t stop people from getting on the water in the hot, sunny weather during Beach Bash.

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Tuesday, June 27



Saturday, June 24

  

U.S. Hwy 30 bridge work underway

Crews have launched an overhaul of three historic bridges on the Columbia River Historic Highway east of Mosier. Road work began this week, and the endeavor will press on into fall.

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Hang up and walk: Distracted pedestrians are on the rise

While countless campaigns urge distracted motorists to “hang up and drive,” a new poll from Public Employees Mutual Insurance Company (PEMCO) Insurance shows smartphone wielding pedestrians pose an increasing threat on streets and sidewalks, and a majority of Northwest drivers aren’t happy about it.

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The Porch for June 24

News editor Kirby Neumann-Rea recalls his response to a street race proposition and tackles curb issues.

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Wednesday, June 21

 

Making Noise at the Library

“It’s okay to make some noise in the library,” Rachael Fox, above, tells members of the Chamber of Commerce at the June 16 monthly “Coffee Clatter” event in the reading room at the Hood River Library branch.

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SPAMALOT: Monty Python classic spoof takes stage in Bingen

King Arthur and faithful Knights Bedevere, Lancelot and Dennis pursue the Holy Grail nightly for a couple of weeks in Bingen, parrying hilariously with the French Taunters, the irrepressible (and limbless) Black Knight, Tim the Enchanter, and others along the road to Cametlo. Er, Calmeto — Camelot, that is.

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Gorge Grown Food Network

Gorge Grown Food Network will launch the region's first Healthy Corner Store Project June 28 at Allen’s Grocery Outlet and La Michoacana in The Dalles, meeting the needs of low income families for farm fresh fruit and vegetables in neighborhoods without easy access to a grocery store.

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National Theatre Live from London comes to CCA June 25

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast world-class theater to venues around the world. Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River recently obtained the rights to bring this theatrical experience to the communities of the Gorge.

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Westside School thanks West Side Fire District

Towards the end of every school year, Westside Elementary School recognizes the volunteers at the school who provide a tremendous amount of support, notes principal Bill Newton. “This year, Westside Elementary recognized the West Side Volunteer Fire Department as our Volunteers of the Year.

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Racer visits

Allie Ferrick, Class of 2013 at Hood River Valley High School, and Mazda Miata circuit racer, talks to Westside students during the school field day on June 15.

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‘Insanely photographic’ Hood River

Just in time for the summer rush: The web site Culture Trip has revealed its list of “The Most Beautiful Towns to Visit in Each U.S. State” and Hood River has been named the most beautiful in Oregon.

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County will acquire 400 forest acres

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners decided Monday to purchase two tracts of forest land totaling 400 acres from a private timber company, Weyerhaeuser, for $1.78 million.

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A-TOWN THROWDOWN

The inaugural A-Town Throwdown wind and water sports event was held last weekend in Arlington as a way to show off the Port of Arlington’s new launch site; Hood River’s Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association donated funds to the port to help with the project, which was completed early this spring.

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Loretta and Patsy: Together Again

Two of the Northwest’s most renowned female singers, Mary Cameron and Julie Amici, will join forces to perform a musical tribute to the great country artists Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline.

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High Prairie Firehouse Sale back this weekend

The High Prairie Firehouse Sale happens June 23-25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the High Prairie Community Center at 701 Struck Road, about seven miles up Centerville Highway from Lyle, Wash.

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Another Voice: New legislation is win-win for community college students

Even though most of the headlines about the 2017 legislative session have been dominated by the budget discussion, I’m very proud to highlight a piece of policy work that I’ve been actively involved with over the last few months. This legislation will have lasting benefits for Oregon students and once again establish Oregon as an example of increasing access and affordability to higher education.

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Tuesday, June 20

 

Saturday, June 17



School’s out, work’s on

This summer, residents will see many changes in buildings and grounds around the Hood River County School District as long-awaited capital bond construction projects begin in earnest.

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‘Kids Tri’ sign-up open

The Gorge Kids Triathlon returns to Waterfront Park in Hood River on Sept. 17. Kids can run or swim across the swim beach, then choose from various length bike and run courses. Proceeds promote health and fitness programs in the Hood River County schools.

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Girls lax all-stars

Hood River Valley High School varsity girls lacrosse athletes Abby Bartles, Rebecca Kiyokawa, and Katie Koenig (left to right) participated in the Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association All-Star game on Sunday, playing for the red team.

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Have lunch and talk about death

“Talk About Dying,” a program developed by Oregon Humanities, comes to the Hood River Valley Adult Center on June 19. Lunch will be served at noon, with the conversation beginning at 1 p.m.

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Friday, June 16

 

Wednesday, June 14



CGWA Beach Bash returns next weekend

The annual Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association’s Beack Bash extravaganza returns June 22-25, helping usher in the summer wind and watersports season in the Gorge.

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Cascade Observations: Deadly Sins and Doing Good

Lately, the Seven Deadly Sins have been rearing their ugly heads far too often. Evil and excess seem to be in charge. In the same week that good Samaritans were murdered on a Portland MAX train defending two innocent girls, I paid $30 to take a voyeuristic tour through William Randolph Hearst’s monument to excess, the Hearst Castle.

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Public access planned at Powerdale Corridor

Columbia Land Trust has announced that the new Powerdale Recreation and Access Plan will be presented to the public on June 27 at a meeting hosted by the Hood River Watershed Group from 6–8 p.m. at the Hood River Library.

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‘Spamalot’ opens Friday

King Arthur (William Thayer-Daugherty) belts one out with Lady of the Lake (Emily Vawter), right, Patsy (April Sampson), left, Dennis (Peter Tappert) and Lance (Jimmie Oates) in a Vegas-style number in “Spamalot” opening Saturday.

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‘World Elder Abuse Awareness Day’ June 15

June 15 is designated by the UN as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). On this day, communities across the world honor older people and uphold their right to live in safety with dignity and respect. WEAAD is an opportunity to make the community aware that many older people experience mistreatment from people close to them, often their family members.

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A Step Up

“These graduating seniors Friday walked the halls of Westside Elementary where their academic careers began,” writes teacher Joelena Evans .

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Sports Briefs for June 14

Mike Clement gets hole-in-one; HRMGA best ball tourney results; Boys lacrosse All-League names announced; Girls lacrosse All-League, All-State names announced

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‘Sisters on the Fly’ roll through in vintage trailers

Look for a line of vintage campers in the Gorge June 15 as more than 100 members of Sisters on the Fly, the largest outdoor women’s group in the U.S., visit on a journey of exploration. The members are following the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery trail from May 22 to June 21, with a stop next week at Hood River County Fairgrounds in Odell, a press release said.

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Tuesday, June 13



Saturday, June 10

 

Fire season back

Fire season has rekindled at its ordinary threat level, despite a remarkably snowy winter.

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Nuttin’ to do?  We’ve got June covered

Summer in the Gorge is like nowhere else: The Mid-Columbia’s wealth of indoor and outdoor happenings amounts to a long list of events, attractions and activities needing a good three months to exhaust. Wonder how to go about that?

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ESA installs new officers

On May 27, Delta Kappa ESA installed Debbie Sanguras as the new president for 2017-2018 during a luncheon held at the Columbia Gorge Hotel.

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Westside planning: ‘the future will be denser’

A lot of questions are being asked about the westside planning process which is currently underway. I think it is important for everyone to understand what is going on; this is an important discussion about the future of our city.

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Poison hemlock can kill

Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) is currently flowering throughout Hood River County. It is important to be able to identify poison hemlock to prevent accidental ingestion.

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HRV destined for IMC in latest OSAA reclassification proposal

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) recently went through its ninth public meeting of the committee assigned to examine rearranging the state’s athletic classifications and districts, and it shows that Hood River Valley High School’s current league for the majority of its sports, the Columbia River Conference, will no longer exist.

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‘A-Town Throwdown’ to showcase improved Arlington launch

After years of scrambling over algae-covered boulders and dealing with choppy waters, windsurfers, kiteboarders and intrepid stand-up paddle boarders (SUP) have been enjoying the improved launch site at Earl Snell Memorial Park in Arlington and will christen it next weekend with a brand-new event.

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Athletes of the Year

Seniors Jesse Wiley and Daisy Dolan (left to right) were recently named Athletes of the Year by the Hood River Valley High School Athletic Department.

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Friday, June 9



Hospital cancer screenings

Providence Hood River hosts a free oral, head and neck cancer screening session June 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Lobby, 810 12th St.

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Wednesday, June 7



Soil and Water District receives ‘Water Bank’ grant

The Oregon Water Resources Department has awarded more than $411,000 in eight grants for water conservation, reuse and storage feasibility studies. The Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District will receive $50,330 to assess the viability of a Hood River water bank to increase summer stream flows. They will match the grant dollars for the $101,980 study.

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First-ever Outfound Series comes to Hood River this weekend

Outfound, described by its founders as “the first experiential conference of its kind focused on giving outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to network with some of the most inspirational leaders and brands in the outdoor industry,” is set to take over the Hood River Event Site this weekend.

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Valley resident Bruce Parker selected to officiate state softball game

Celebrating his 40th year as an umpire, Bruce Parker was selected as the plate umpire for Saturday’s 5A State Softball Championship game at the Oregon State University Complex in Corvallis between Dallas and Marist Catholic (Marist won 12-7). Parker, the former president of the Mid-Columbia Umpires Association, will get his first shot at officiating a title contest, joining a long list of his brethren to earn such a distinction.

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Tutors needed for four brothers in foster care

Four brothers have a new home after the recent death of their mother. Forging a new family brings challenges for Mike and Renee Mueller of Hood River, along with fellow parishioners at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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USA Pears unwraps second annual HowdoyouAnjou? social media contest

While most consumers don’t associate USA Pears with this time of year, U.S. Anjou, Red Anjou and Bosc pears are still widely available and are great eating right now. Unlike fruits that ripen on the tree, these varieties of pears only ripen after several months rest in cold storage. To encourage consumers to keep buying pears, Pear Bureau Northwest is launching the second annual #HowdoyouAnjou? social media contest.

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Hapa Hillbillies celebrate 14 years

Every now and then an email comes along that is so detailed and nicely written that it would seem a shame to try and re-write into a story, and well known guitarist Ben Bonham has done just that. I’d

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Protest energizes oil debate

One year after an oil train derailment roiled communities throughout the Columbia Gorge, hundreds gathered at Mosier Community School to remember the fiery wreck and speak out against proposed fossil fuel terminal developments.

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Adopt A Dog: taking care to find the right match

Limping among January snowdrifts, a sweet Schnauzer-mix was found wandering near Cascade Locks. Rescued by a Hood River County sheriff’s deputy, “Phoebe” began her journey as another Hood River Adopt A Dog (HRAAD) success story

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Wasco County Historical Society program June 17

The public is invited to the first of three summer programs hosted by the Wasco County Historical Society on Saturday, June 17 at 1 p.m. at the Moody/Rorick House, 300 W. 13th St., The Dalles. Local historian Karl Vercouteren will present “Vogt Opera House: The Sequel.”

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Have lunch and ‘Talk About Dying’

“Talk About Dying,” a program developed by Oregon Humanities, comes to the Hood River Valley Adult Center on June 19. Lunch will be served at noon, with the conversation beginning at 1 p.m.

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Gorge Peace Fellowship awards two scholarships

Columbia Fellowship for Peace Susanna Blake Gabay Peace Scholarship was awarded to Deylan Guidel and Morgan Totten, Hood River Valley High School Class of 2017, on May 25 at the school’s scholarship night.

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Tuesday, June 6

     

Saturday, June 3

 

Outdoor Art June 4 at CCA

Each month this summer, Columbia Arts will feature a free art workshop for children and families that is themed after its gallery exhibition.

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Heading out? How to safely enjoy Gorge

Memorial Day marked the start of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area’s peak visitor season, but outdoor enthusiasts who plan ahead can experience the Gorge safely and sustainably.

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Spring Scenes

David Skakel captured this image of the family dog Mossy playing with a fawn in their Mosier yard.

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Search crews called out on two trail rescues

Crag Rat Rescue volunteers and deputies with Hood River County Sheriff’s Office mobilized early Tuesday afternoon to do a search for an injured hiker on the Benson plateau area, about 8-10 miles south of the Eagle Creek fish hatchery.

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Boys lax runs wild on Wilsonville in CC semis

Surprising few who saw their last meeting with Wilsonville, the No. 1 HRV boys lacrosse team (8-8) rolled the No. 13 Wildcats (5-12) 15-2 Tuesday evening in the Cascade Cup semifinal game played in Hood River.

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A day with the Crag Rats: Lessons learned firsthand

The Crag Rats, Hood River County volunteer search and rescue team, and students from Hood River Valley High School spent the day together to talk about wilderness safety, rescue equipment, and general guidelines for enjoying the backcountry.

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Murals of honor rise in Hood River

Two historic figures, and an artist who died too young are honored in two new murals — one completed, one a work in progress — to become permanent fixtures in Hood River.

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HRCSD teachers lobby for PE support

Physical education in both Hood River and on the national level got a running start when PE teachers Brack Hassell and Adam Howell traveled to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Friday, June 2



Genealogical Society June 10

Jan Bony, OrGenWeb state coordinator, will be the speaker at the next Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society meeting and program on June 10 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. The public is invited to attend.

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