Stories for October 2017


Tuesday, October 31


Saturday, October 28


Who’s Who in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’?

Elementary and middle school students join their high school elders in “Fiddler on the Roof,” opening this weekend in the Bowe Theater. Rachel Harry directs, with musical direction by Dan Keneally. Stage manager is Paul Hargrave and assistant stage managers are Zach Amsberry and Zach Barbour.

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Beach work

AN EXCAVATOR operated by John Mann, Port of Hood River facilities manager, unearths a boulder at Event Site on the Hood River Waterfront, to assemble a new rock wall.

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Patrick Olson Rolls 779

TEAM of the WEEK: Patrick Olson, +143 (800 series); Austin Dehart, +122 (773 series); Josue Jiminez, +121 (721 series); Jim Green, +117 (717 series); Court Barker, +114 (768 series).

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Children’s Theater

October was Missoula Children’s Theater season at two Hood River County School District elementary buildings, with an adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels” featuring all-student casts at Parkdale and, pictured, May Street, where Sophia Cross as the maniacal scientist sings with her little robots.

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Quilt winners

Ribbon winners from the 2017 Columbia River Gorge Quilt Show Oct 20-21 at Hood River Armory.

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White Salmon School District receives grant

At-risk and struggling first through eighth graders in the White Salmon Valley School District will continue to have a safe place to go after school, to receive valuable help with academics and other life skills.

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Friday, October 27


Thursday, October 26

Controlled burns cause smoke above Bingen

Smoke rising from near the top of Burdoin Mountain, just east of Bingen, on Thursday is from one of several permitted slash burns carried out by timber companies in the coming weeks.

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Wednesday, October 25


HRV water polo wins tournament in West Salem

A battle between two of the top water polo teams in Oregon took place on Sunday, with Hood River coming out on top for the first time ever in tournament play. Hood River beat Bend in a championship game that would need extra time to decide a winner.

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Fire relief fund grows

Cascade Locks FISH Food Bank Coordinator Martha LaMont said the fund has grown to nearly $18,000 to support those financially impacted by the Eagle Creek fire.

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‘Gorge Night Out’ benefits businesses

For the past several years, the Heart of Hospice Foundation has held its “Dine Out” event to support local restaurants and the Heart of Hospice Foundation, which serves hospice patients in the greater Columbia Gorge communities.

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‘Out of the Shadow’

Hood River Valley High School art teacher Amirra Malak was a featured artist in a Scientific American blog post Sept. 27.

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Fall Portfolio

”Fall morning, Oct. 20, looking north to Underwood. For the moment, the sun peaks through the clouds,” writes Michael Schock.

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The Daily Bread: In Memoriam

I recently came across debates online arguing that mountain memorials are a kind of graffiti and not fitting to be in a wild environment. Others say they don’t want to encounter other people’s grief because everyday life is hard enough to deal with.

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Tuesday, October 24


Saturday, October 21


Fire hits hard at Underwood Fruit

A packing line and an estimated 100,000-150,000 boxes of pears were destroyed by Wednesday’s fire at the Underwood Fruit and Warehouse Company in Bingen and officials are scrambling to find a place to finish packing about 1,000 bins of pears.

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ATF takes on Underwood Fruit fire inquiry

Underwood Fruit and Warehouse was heavily damaged by fire Wednesday, the second urban fire in less than three weeks in the Mid-Columbia Gorge, after the Hood River Kayak Shed fire Sept. 27.

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Master Gardeners take on Food Bank garden

The Central Gorge Master Gardeners have increased their involvement in serving the community by adding the Spirit of Grace Church-FISH Food Bank garden to its volunteer project activities.

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‘Fill Your Pantry’ market returns Nov. 4

Residents from around the Gorge can stock up on locally-grown produce and staples at the third annual Fill Your Pantry Market, hosted by the Rockford Grange in Hood River. More than 25 farms and food businesses will be present, offering shoppers a variety of Gorge grown produce, meats, grains, preserves, and more. Most vendors offer discounts for bulk purchases, making the market a great way to stock up on this year’s harvest and support local farms.

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The Porch for Oct. 21

WELL SAID: From The Tragically Hip (RIP Gord Downie): “Can we get it quiet enough?/ In here, I can hear God, cat paws on the keys/ And the wish for tomorrow is but a whisper from your lips and I fall to my knees/ I’m not afraid of convincingness, I’m just uncertain for sure.”

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‘Upstream’ author talk Oct. 26 at Double Mtn.

Waucoma Bookstore, Columbia Riverkeeper, and Double Mountain Brewery host “Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table” author Langdon Cook for a book talk on Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Double Mountain.

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Boys soccer goes on the road and ties Hermiston

Although the Eagles are still ranked second in OSAA standings, the 1-1 tie on the road on Tuesday against Hermiston doesn’t sit well with the team and could be a factor in whether or not they win the CRC title.

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‘Gender, Dignity and Freedom’ Oct. 24: Gender identity panel

Most likely at some point in time you’ve said, “That’s a typical male response,” or muttered under your breath, “Women just can’t handle it.” How did this make you feel? Did you regret saying these things? Did you think twice about it? How might these words impact your spouse, your kids or your employees?

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Blacksmith Bob Denman at District Garden Club meeting Oct. 28

Mount Hood District of Garden Clubs present Bob Denman, garden tool expert and the only blacksmith in the U.S. specializing in hand-forged garden tools for home gardeners, farmers, landscapers and nurserymen, on Saturday, Oct. 28 at River of Life Assembly, 979 Tucker Road, Hood River.

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HRVAC hosts harvest dinner Oct. 21

Hood River Valley Adult Center hosts a harvest dinner fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 5-7 p.m. in the Kathleen Room. Tickets are $20 and proceeds support the center’s senior meals program.

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‘Fiddler’ opens next weekend

Hood River Valley High School Performing Arts Department presents the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” in the Bowe Theater Oct. 27-28, Nov. 3-4 and Nov. 10-11 at 7 p.m., and Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.

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Port submits Lot 1 plan

The Port of Hood River has sent to city planners a subdivision application for the last patch of developable land on the Hood River waterfront.

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Friday, October 20


Wednesday, October 18


HRVAC hosts harvest dinner

Hood River Valley Adult Center hosts a harvest dinner fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 5-7 p.m. in the Kathleen Room. Tickets are $20 and proceeds support the center’s senior meals program.

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Second annual ‘Rooted’ story event on Nov. 2

What secrets can you discover about your community in five minutes? Find out on Thursday, Nov.2, when nonprofit organization Livable Hood River presents an evening of storytelling by a diverse array of area residents.

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Colors Day

Oct. 4 was a day for college colors, both to celebrate the alma mater or otherwise beloved institutions and to help students throughout Hood River County School District develop a better sense of their futures by learning more about their post-public school options.

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Roots and Branches: Principles set in stone

In October of last year events were building to a crescendo across the county, state and nation, in celebration of Minoru Yasui’s 100th birthday. These events were coming on the heels of the posthumous award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to his family in 2015 and the naming of March 28 as Minoru Yasui Day in perpetuity by the Oregon legislature.

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YESTERYEARS: Cooper Spur district gets electric service in 1947

With the completion of a 7,200-volt line into the Cooper Spur district of Hood River County, Pacific Power and Light Company has now brought electric service into a new Hood River Valley area, well inside the Mt. Hood National Forest, C.O Bunnell, PP&L district manager, said Thursday.

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Kayak Shed razed

The remains of the Kayak Shed are taken down and removed Monday by Beam Excavating of Hood River.

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Railroads, officials talk concerns

Representatives of the two major railroads that operate in the Columbia River Gorge and government leaders from around the area recently met in an effort to bridge communication gaps amid controversy.

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Painting Paris Fair

Historic Paris Fair Building over the past week has received a new coat of paint — Stonington grey, to be precise — with charcoal accents on the storefront, according to Claudia von Flotow of Key Development, which owns the building at Oak and Fourth streets.

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CGCC board formally opposes Trump plan to rescind Dreamers’ program

Columbia Gorge Community College board members last week formally opposed efforts by the White House to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, joining a national effort by the American Association of Community Colleges to encourage federal legislation allowing DACA recipients to pursue higher education in the United States, according to a college press release.

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Westside Plan directed to city council

The wide-ranging Westside Area Concept Plan (WACP) moved on, with plenty of grinding gears, to its next phase, initial review by Hood River City Council, following an often-contentious meeting the evening of Oct. 11 at the Hood River Fire Hall. About 100 people filled the meeting room.

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A day of colleges and colors

Oct. 4 was the district wide event, College Colors Day, and Junior/Senior College Night also occurred that evening at Hood River Valley High School.

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Football suffers fourth straight loss

At this point in the season for the HRV football team, “there’s nothing to lose now,” said Head Coach Caleb Sperry. “We just have to go out there and have fun playing the game we love.”

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Tuesday, October 17


‘Heart of Gold’ nominations sought

“Heart of Gold” honorees are people who make a difference: people who enrich our community through their good works, selfless dedication and commitment to health. The Foundation at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital is seeking the community’s help in shining the spotlight on two such individuals from the Gorge in 2017.

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Saturday, October 14


HRMS water turned off, boiler chemicals enter pipes

The water system at Hood River Middle School has been turned off since Thursday morning after water described as smelly, yellowish, and cloudy emerged from drinking fountains and faucets. It was the result of an installation error that allowed a chemical solution used in the school’s new boiler to enter the potable water system, according to Principal Brent Emmons.

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Fall Gorge on Tap returns to The Dalles

Join Friends of the Columbia Gorge on Oct. 18 for a special presentation on current Columbia Gorge conservation issues and recreation programs. The program will feature four topics: Eagle Creek Wildfire and updates, Gorge Towns to Trails, The Dalles Connection, Preserve the Wonder Land Campaign and the Best Gorge Hikes for Fall Foliage.

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CGWAN gives to Girl Up

Eva Jones, president of the Hood River Valley High School Girl Up, addresses Columbia Gorge Women’s Action Network members at a recent meeting to talk about the program.

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Gorge clinic strengthens behavior health services

When it comes to building a vibrant, thriving community, the health of its people plays a vital role. But health isn’t just about visiting the doctor. It’s about treating the whole person, recognizing the importance of integrated practices that value medical, dental and even behavioral health — and that’s exactly why behavioral health is now one of the fastest growing areas of service provided by One Community Health (OCH).

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HAHRC Beats: Get into Gorge Happiness Month

Once again, One Community Health (OCH) is hosting Gorge Happiness Month throughout October. The goal is to get as many people as possible throughout the Gorge to do the three habits each day that are scientifically shown to make us happier: gratitudes, acts of kindness, and moments of silence.

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Distillers’ welcome

Erin Campbell, manager of the Hood River Distillers’ tasting room, samples some Boda’s Kitchen delectables during the Oct. 6 Business After Hours gathering at the tasting room on Oak Street in downtown Hood River.

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HRV boys soccer continues to battle despite ‘ugly’ play

As of late, the HRV boys soccer team has struggled and at times have played “ugly,” said Head Coach Jaime Rivera, but they currently remain in first place in the 5A OSAA rankings after their 2-1 win over The Dalles on Tuesday, Oct. 10 and their 10-0 home win over Pendleton on Thursday.

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Friday, October 13

Memorial for Dep. Mike Anderson Sunday

A memorial service for Hood River County Sheriff Deputy Mike Anderson will be held Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School. The public is invited to attend, and carpooling is recommended as parking will be limited.

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Thursday, October 12

Wednesday, October 11


Pick of the Week: ‘America’s Music on Parade’ Oct. 21

Harmony of the Gorge (women’s chorus) and the new Wind Masters (men’s chorus) are hosting their first joint shows on Oct. 21 — a 2 p.m. matinee and a 7 p.m. evening show — at Shepherd of the Valley Church (Horizon Christian School), 1631 Eighth St., Hood River.

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Tuesday, October 10

Children’s Park help needed

The design firm Play by Design has been chosen to help the City of Hood River lead the new community design and build process for the Children’s Park replacement.

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Polar Express canceled

After several months of ongoing negotiations, Rail Events Inc. has announced several U.S. locations of The Polar Express Train Ride, previously operated by Iowa Pacific Holdings, will not return for the 2017 season, including Mt. Hood Railroad in Hood River.

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Business workshop offered Oct. 13

Columbia Gorge Community College/Small Business Development Center is offering an “Increasing Your Bottom Line” workshop at the CGCC Hood River Indian Creek Campus on Friday, Oct. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per business.

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Saturday, October 7

Crush Cider Café, Waucoma host cider book author visit

Waucoma Bookstore and Crush Cider Café are hosting “Tasting Cider” author Erin James for a book talk and cider tasting on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Crush Cider Café, 1020 Wasco St. James is the editor-in-chief of CiderCraft magazine and will be discussing her new book, subtitled “The CiderCraft Guide to the Distinctive Flavors of North American Hard Cider.”

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HR Shelter Services volunteer trainings scheduled Oct. 17, 19

Hood River Shelter Services returns for a new season in November, and two trainings are scheduled for volunteers. Now in its ninth year and formerly known as the Warming Shelter, the program provides shelter, beds, meals and other services to the homeless from November through March.

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Indigenous Peoples Day events Monday in HR

On Oct. 9, Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) invites the community to celebrate Indigenous People's Day, formally declared for the second Monday of each October by the Hood River City Council.

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HRVHS marks homecoming week

Homecoming week, the second week in October, is rapidly approaching, and freshmen through seniors are preparing for the festivities.

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Friday, October 6


Who's your farmer?

From the mountain to the river, these are your local farmers, growers, and producers — working hard to provide fresh produce year-round.

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A Bakery Worth its Wood Fire

Something more than just bread is rising at a little bakery nestled along NE Estes Avenue in White Salmon. It is a bakery looking to connect its community to a better way of eating and to more regionally sourced food.

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Cooking with Kids

My daughters have been requesting to help more in the kitchen. In fact, they’ve been begging for “cooking lessons.” Per their request, Chicken Picatta was to be the subject of our first cooking lesson. I have my own version of Chicken Picatta (recipe below), but we began by watching a few cooking shows featuring Ina Garten and Giada De Laurentiis cooking their versions, which can be found on YouTube.

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Begging for an egging

Yesterday I made it to the Farmer’s Market. That alone felt like an accomplishment. Not that I found my way there, but that I remembered. It’s a defeat that’s hard to for me to bear when I get a hankering for something fresh out of the ground on Saturday at 2pm.

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Bringing Health to the Corner Store

Maybe you are one of the 30 percent of Gorge residents that worry about where your next meal will come from. Maybe you are a single parent with no car. You may live in a neighborhood with no grocery store where public transportation is limited. The nearby corner store is your primary source of food. The options are not healthy for you and your family: fried food, soda, candy, or salty, packaged items that leave you feeling empty.

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Q and A: Miranda Bray of River Daze Cafe

Miranda Bray was born in Truckee, Calif., and grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. She moved to Hood River with her now-husband, Carey, in 1997. In 2012, she opened River Daze Café in downtown Hood River. She and her husband are also farmers, and source many of their veggies from their own farm and other local farms. River Daze is known for its made-from-scratch menu —including dressings and sandwich spreads, and even its bread and pastries.

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Wednesday, October 4


Rain Dance helps Cascade Locks

Marianne Brevard, left, Marge Gale, Andy Roof and Ryan Brevard, part of the newly-assembled band “Going Down Reunion” perform at last week’s benefit event Rain Dance, held at Springhouse Cellar in Hood River, for the community of Cascade Locks, wracked by evacuations and business closures from the Eagle Creek fire.

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KAYAK SHED: Spanning Three Centuries

The old building bridged the downtown enterprises of three centuries. From 19th century blacksmiths through its machine shop era of the early- and mid-1990s, to the wind and water sports of the 20th and 21st century, the Schlosser family-owned Kayak Shed building had served multiple needs for more than 100 years.

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Gorge jobs rate peaked in August

Hood River County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose by 0.3 percentage point in August to 3.6 percent, tied with Multnomah County for Oregon’s second lowest rate.

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Fire damages Montello Street home

At 10:59 a.m. Saturday, Hood River Fire and EMS crews were dispatched to a reported residential structure fire in the 1800 block of Montello Avenue in Hood River.

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Que Pasa: Gathering planned Oct. 8 on

Roberto Mendoza Pérez will give a talk entitled, “Que Pasa: Understanding U.S.-Mexico Relations,” on Oct. 8 from 7-8 p.m. at Bethel Congregational UCC (United Church of Christ) in White Salmon.

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Seddon Wylde’s garden scrolls

Hood River artist Seddon Wylde’s unique garden scrolls will be on display in two settings this month: Columbia Center for the Arts’ October show and at Gorge Ink, 176 E Jewett Blvd., White Salmon. During the White Salmon Art Walk, Oct. 20-22, the entire “Couplets by My Friends” folded scroll and three framed originals will be exhibited and for sale.

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First brewery opens in Goldendale

Dwinell Country Ales in Goldendale will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 14 from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15 from noon to 9 p.m.

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Wash. coal hub suffers blow

Olympia, Wash. (AP) — A company that wants to build and operate a large terminal to export coal from the western U.S. to Asia was denied a key permit by Washington state on Sept. 26 because of environmental concerns.

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Tuesday, October 3


Monday, October 2

Sunday, October 1

From the Local Farms to All of Our Tables

The Columbia River Gorge looks like a food-rich place. Our valleys are covered in orchards, the eastern hills are golden with wheat, the rivers are famous for salmon, and the forests are full of berries, mushrooms, and wild game. You’d think all of us would be well fed.

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