Stories for August 2018


Wednesday, August 29


An ‘unexpected’ art exhibition

Sept. 2-9, the art of Rosie Augusta Grandt Freeman will be on exhibit at the Columbia Center for the Arts. This exhibit is sponsored by Cathedral Ridge Winery and Windermere Realty.

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Historic Trail Tour

Local leaders take a tour of the elevated section of the Columbia River Historic Highway trail, under construction west of Hood River between mileposts 51 and 56 of Interstate 84.

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‘Grow with Google’ engages workforce

On Aug. 22, Google’s Grow with Google initiative descended on the Fort Dalles Readiness Center as part of the tech company’s mission to help create economic opportunity across the United States.

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Skyline Scramble raises $32,000

“The Skyline Scramble has become not only a fun event, but an important opportunity to support essential hospital projects and community programs,” said Elizabeth Vaivoda, Skyline Foundation executive director, in a press release.

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Gorge Commission accepting input on ‘Gorge 2020’

The Columbia River Gorge Commission gave the Hood River County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) a status update on “Gorge 2020,” its National Scenic Area Management Plan review process, at the BOCC’s work session last Monday.

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Port evaluates success of waterfront parking plan

With summer coming to a close, the Port of Hood River’s Board of Commissioners reflected on the inaugural months of its paid waterfront parking plan and agreed that, aside from some minor problems, the plan’s implementation is going well.

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Yesteryears: Cooper Spur ‘practical’ in 1938

Members of Hood River Ski Club, who spent last Sunday at the new ski area, developed by the Forest Service and the CCC near the junction of Cooper Spur Road, are highly enthusiastic over the work which has been already accomplished, to the end that Hood River Valley shall have one of the most practical ski areas in Oregon.

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Q and A with Dr. Marta Cronin

This is part one of a two-part interview with Cronin. She met earlier in July with Kirby Neumann-Rea, Hood River News editor, in the commons of the Indian Creek Campus.

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City puts coin into parking study

Parking and housing, two major bywords of city business in the past three years, dominated discussion Monday at Hood River City Council, which took a major step forward on the former and a measured step on the latter.

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Tittle challenges Cramblett for CL mayor

Kathy Tittle filed this week for election to the position of Mayor of Cascade Locks. She will seek to unseat Mayor Tom Cramblett, who has filed to serve a fourth term. The Nov. 6 General Election ballot will also see races for the three open city council positions in both Hood River and Cascade Locks.

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Tuesday, August 28


Saturday, August 25


An outdoor Cascade Locks musical experience

“In a Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild,” is a unique outdoor concert series where the pianist, Hunter Noack, plays live on a nine-foot grand piano, transported to different rural landscapes across the Pacific Northwest on a trailer that doubles as a stage.

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Hood River Latino Fest draws crowd

The second annual Hood River Latino Fest drew a large crowd Wednesday to Jackson Park. The event, designed to bring the community together for free music and information booths, was hosted by Hood River Latino Network.

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Family music event returns on Sept. 15

The fourth annual Music Festival of the Gorge (MFOG) on Saturday, Sept. 15, is a free, family-friendly concert series at the Hood River Waterfront Park Amphitheater benefiting music programs in Hood River area schools.

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Back to school

Bilingual programs starting this school year on Radio Tierra, 95.1 FM in Hood River and 107.1 FM in Parkdale, are designed to help parents of school-aged children better understand and use Hood River County School District programs.

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Local ‘Stop Dollar General’ group to host town hall

A group of upper valley residents aiming to stop Dollar General, a Tennessee-based chain of variety stores, from building a store in Mt. Hood will hold a town hall Aug. 28, 6 p.m., in the gym at the Mt. Hood Town Hall, as part of their community effort to “Keep Mt. Hood Local.”

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OSAA launches OSAAtoday website this fall

The Oregon School Activities Association announced on Aug. 14 that it will provide original Oregon high school activity news content on its website,, beginning with the 2018-19 school year.

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Middle school girls travel basketball new to Hood River

Sports in Hood River over the past few years has seen a growth in travel ball teams, which occur outside of the traditional season sports calendar at schools, and the next sport to see an evolution in its travel ball season is girls basketball.

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Thursday, August 23


Wednesday, August 22


Local athletes headline Naish SUP Challenge

In a field of 340 athletes from around the world, two hometown racers stood out in last weekend’s Naish StandUp Paddle Challenge on the Hood River waterfront. The event is part of the World Paddling League series, so the stakes were high, racers might have said in Dutch, German, Japanese, Spanish or French.

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ODE hosts culinary training at HRVHS

Schools from around the state, including Hood River, Mosier, Phoenix, Union and Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC), gathered on Aug. 17 at Hood River Valley High School for a culinary lesson by Child Nutritional Specialist Jessica Visinsky, Oregon Department of Education.

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County decides on STR direction

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners decided upon a direction to take short term rental (STR) regulations after its Aug. 20 public hearing, and county staff will present either a draft of updated regulations or a timeframe at the commission’s Oct. 15 meeting.

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Tuesday, August 21


Saturday, August 18


County Commission deliberates short term rental rules Monday

After some delay, Hood River County Board of Commissioners is meeting again to deliberate what to do about short term rental (STR) regulations. Following Monday’s public hearing, the board of commissioners will either recommend a course of action to county staff or extend deliberation on the issue to a future meeting.

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HRV cheer receives NCA awards at camp

The 2017 fall Hood River Valley High School cheerleaders attended a National Cheerleaders Association “Get Shocked” camp in July, where they received both team and individual awards.

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Another Voice: Short-term rentals are not vested in the community

I am writing about the residency requirements for short term rentals (STRs) in Hood River County. Many STRs are owned by non-residents who live elsewhere. Many are second vacation homes; most don’t have permits. The permit application for a STR requires the owner state they live in the house for 30 days or more in a calendar year. If so, a person can have 12 different residences in a calendar year.

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Friday, August 17


Thursday, August 16

Wednesday, August 15


Gorge Gulp raises HRCEF scholarship funds

A warm summer night, local music and beers and ciders made for a successful fundraising event for the Hood River County Education Foundation (HRCEF) on August’s First Friday Gorge Gulp event.

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Major projects await new city manager

Business in Monday’s varied city council meeting included a bittersweet sendoff for City Manager Steve Wheeler and news of a project setback that his successor, Rachael Fuller, will need to deal with.

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‘Memaloose 2’ Fire 65 percent contained

The Memaloose 2 Fire is currently estimated at 167 acres and 65 percent contained, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) reported. Suppression efforts are now focused on strengthening containment lines and mopping up the interior of the fire.

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Teamwork rescues Hood River fire victims

A firefighter in street clothes, his friend and three law enforcement officers helped firefighters rescue three people from a burning home Saturday in Hood River. No one was injured in the blaze, which destroyed a single-story home on Foster Court, off Henderson Drive near the west city limits.

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Hansen, Shaull wed

Lisa Hansen, of Hood River, and Greg Shaull, of Roseburg, were married June 24, 2018, at Shore Acres Park in Coos Bay. The private ceremony was officiated by Scott Travelstead.

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Roots and Branches: Softball and the surreal

Our granddaughter Aunika’s softball season ended with a “bang” after a memorable week at the National Softball Championship in the Seattle suburbs. More about this towards the end of the column as you learn what led up to the climax of this adventure into a parallel universe.

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Tuesday, August 14


Monday, August 13

Sponsored content: The right acne treatment is unique to you

The American Academy of Dermatology says that acne is the most common skin condition affecting people. And it isn’t surprising. There are number of causes for acne: heredity, food high in refined sugars or carbohydrates, dirt and bacteria, hormones, cosmetics and medication. Even stress can cause acne.

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Saturday, August 11

Preview of Naish Paddle Challenge

Over the past eight years, Hood River’s Waterfront Park has become home to one of most recognized standup paddle boarding events in the world: The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge.

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Meteor showers at peak

Stargazers will get an exceptional treat this weekend as Perseid meteors shoot across the sky at a rate of almost one per minute.

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Canyon Road fire spurs evacuations

A fire reported in Odell Wednesday afternoon sparked not only five home evacuations, but response from Wy’East Fire Department, the Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service. Logistical support was provided by the Hood River Fire Department.

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Local 18-year-old arrested for encouraging child sexual abuse

Ash River Vaday, 18, was arrested Tuesday on six charges of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse, four charges of coercion, seven charges of attempt to commit a crime, and one charge of first degree possession of material depicting sexually explicit conduct of a child — all felonies.

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Wednesday, August 8


UPDATE: Canyon Road Fire is contained at approximately two acres and is in mop-up phase. Five homes were evacuated, as well as Wy’east Road between Davis Dr. and Central Vale.

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The Riv restaurant gains first Blue Zones rating

“Blue Zones Project — The Dalles” has announced the first local restaurant to achieve designation as “Blue Zones Project Approved.” The Riv Café earned the designation, which includes offering healthier menu options, optimizing menus to highlight healthy choices and making changes to the dining environment.

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Parents invited to learn about youth robotics training

The new school year is coming quickly and brings a new crop of students itching to get their hands on a robot. One of the easiest ways to help youth find their way to a robot is to get involved with FIRST robotics, said a press release.

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Tuesday, August 7


Saturday, August 4


Remembering the Forgotten Giant

One of the world’s foremost authorities on Mount Adams, Darryl Lloyd offers up his 70 years of hiking, climbing and photographing Mount Adams in his new book, “Ever Wild: A Lifetime on Mount Adams.” Columbia Center for the Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and Carpe Diem Books will host Lloyd for an author talk and book signing on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. in the CCA theater to celebrate the book’s launch.

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The Porch, Aug. 4 edition

FREE: Sets of skis, still with consignment tags on them, leaning against the State Street wall of 2nd Wind Sports on a recent 90-degree day.

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Mesa Community College lands Coerper

Connor Coerper (pictured around his parents and the HRVHS baseball coaching staff) signed his letter of intent this past week to attend Mesa Community College in Arizona this upcoming school year to play baseball.

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Firefighters battle South Valley Fire

Firefighters overnight “made good containment progress” on the South Valley Fire near Dufur, despite gusty and battling winds that remained strong through most of the night, according to fire officials’ statements issued Friday.

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Friday, August 3


Wednesday, August 1


Mosier man gives back at annual Roboflight Academy

At age 22, Julian Rogers of Mosier appreciates flying and inspiring young people. Rogers was the first student to graduate with a 4.0 cumulative GPA in every subject for the entire four years at Portland State in Mechanical Engineering. He also achieved a 4.0 GPA in all courses in the Honors College at PSU.

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Yesteryears: Huckleberry season in 1958

The Mt. Hood National Forest reports that due to the warm weather, this year’s crop of huckleberries is how ready for harvest in the lower elevated sunny areas. The peak of the crop, however, should be between August 1 and 15.

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Veggie Rx expands to Eastern Oregon

Food insecure residents of rural Oregon can now access fresh fruits and vegetables. Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI), with the assistance of Gorge Grown Food Network, has launched the Frontier Veggie Prescription (or Veggie Rx) program in Sherman, Gilliam and Harney counties.

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HRVST records fall at state meet

The Hood River Valley Swim Team Osprey finished 17th overall at the 11 and Over Oregon Swimming Championships this past weekend at Mt. Hood Community College.

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