Stories for January 2018

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Wednesday, January 31

 

Photo gallery: Meadows turns 50

NEW snow fell on Mt. Hood Meadows starting Jan. 18, a welcome sign that drew cheers at that day’s Meadows’ 50th anniversary party at Portland’s Pure Space event venue.

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Kegler's Corner: Austin Dehart Rolls 719

Exciting, brand-new pins were installed at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week and they proved to be challenging for some, yet others brushed them aside like nobody’s business!

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Smudge pot assistance available

Orchard operators in Hood River County may be eligible for financial assistance to replace diesel burning smudge pots with cleaner, more efficient frost control systems.

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‘Family Film Series’ starts Feb. 3

Four movies based on children’s books will be shown at the Hood River Library, in their new family theater space, every Saturday in February beginning at 2 p.m. A single copy of each book will be raffled off at each movie showing.

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HRV girls fall on the road to Hermiston

The HRV girls basketball team headed into league play with an 8-6 record, but after dropping their first two games of league, they’re now 8-8 and .500 on the season for the first time since they were 2-2 in early December.

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On the agenda: School board meets Wednesday

Hood River County School District Board of Directors meets Jan. 31 at May Street School for what will likely be the last such board meeting in the existing facility. The process will start in February of replacing the structure, this summer and in the 2018-19 school year. Heavy equipment is scheduled to arrive next week.

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Open letter to Walden: Seek common ground

I am a naturalized U.S. citizen, born and raised in Africa. After over a decade in Europe, intermingled with studies in the U.S., I immigrated to this country 30 years ago. I have been a researcher and educator for over three decades and am an elected commissioner in a local water district. My wife (originally from South America, also a naturalized citizen) and I vote regularly, conscious of having lived where voting was not free.

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‘Sense of Place’ returns Feb. 14 at CCA

Join Gorge Owned at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at Columbia Center for the Arts as they welcome Captain Tom Cramblett, a third generation Gorge resident whose love of the Gorge and passion for the historical importance of the sternwheelers, and their captains, set him on a continuing journey of research and discovery.

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Tuesday, January 30

    

Saturday, January 27

 

Health care tax passes

Oregonians roundly approved temporary taxes to fund health care for low-income individuals and families in a ballot initiative election Tuesday night.

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HRV prepares for weekend’s robotics competition

Students packed Hood River Valley High School engineering/math teacher Jeff Blackman’s robotics classroom Wednesday after school in preparation for this Saturday’s First Tech Challenge (FTC) league qualifier competition. Winners will advance to super qualifiers, to be held at a later date.

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January Jam Down

The third and fourth grade Hood River Eagles traveling team attended the January Jam Down tournament in Vancouver recently, and came away with their first tournament championship, said Head Coach Danny Ybarra.

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Register now for steelhead, chinook fishing clinic

Local fisherman Greg Short and the Hood River Watershed Group are hosting their annual Steelhead and Spring Chinook Fishing one-day clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24. Registration is now open through Community Education, online at www.hoodriver.k12.or.us/communityed or by calling 541-386-2055.

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‘Blind Princess’ auditions Feb. 5

Auditions for a spring production of The Blind Princess will be held on Monday, Feb. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA), 215 Cascade in Hood River. Additional auditions will be scheduled in other locations (dates and times TBA) and callbacks will take place at CCA on Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 6-8 p.m.

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HRV cheer places fourth at first competition

After a 2016-17 season fraught with snow cancellations that allowed HRV cheer only one opportunity to compete, the cheerleaders were able to make it onto the mat last Saturday at David Douglas High School for their first competition of the season and have already tied last season’s total number of competitions.

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Pet of the Week: Sweet Rupert offers plenty of snuggles

Rupert has been selected by volunteers as Adopt A Dog’s adoptable pet of the week. Sweet, sweet Rupert. He's about a year old, 26 pounds, and they think Boston Terrier/Pit bull mix. He's got super long feet, and those back legs have a happy, peppy step as he bounces along!

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Genealogical Society meets Feb. 10

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society will hold its February meeting on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. The general meeting and program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room.

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Friday, January 26



Hood River News obituary 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:

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All-glow mini golf this weekend

Hood River’s only full-size indoor glow in the dark mini golf course will open its doors for one more weekend before closing until November, Friday, Jan. 26 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 27 from 2-8 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ninth and State streets.

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Wednesday, January 24

  

HRVHS Asian Club gets sushi lesson

It was a packed house Jan. 17 in Hood River Valley High School Asian Club Adviser Dingfei Shen’s classroom, where students learned how to make California rolls from Justin Williams, owner and chef at Sushi Okalani in Hood River.

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Women’s march in The Dalles draws 400

Exceeding expectations, over 400 people joined the women’s march Saturday through downtown The Dalles, making a 1.1-mile loop that began and ended at City Park on Union Street.

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Pick of the Week: All-glow mini golf this weekend

Hood River’s only full-size indoor glow in the dark 18-hole mini golf course will open its doors for one more weekend before closing until November on Friday, Jan. 26 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 27 from 2-8 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ninth and State streets.

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February exhibition celebrates community

Reuse, recycle, recreate! Columbia Center for the Arts presents February’s exhibition featuring art created with recycled materials. Fun, dynamic, and full of creativity, recycled art challenges the artist to use materials at hand to express their vision, stated a press release.

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LUBA upholds Morrison Park rezone

The state land use board has sided with a city-supported zone change that would lead to transforming Lot 700 — Morrison Park — into a housing project.

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Columbia Gorge STEM Hub announced as finalist in award challenge

US2020 announces 15 finalists, including the Columbia Gorge STEM Hub in The Dalles, for the STEM Coalition Challenge, a competition for communities across the country to develop cross-sector partnerships to bring quality hands-on STEM mentoring and maker-centered learning to underrepresented students.

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Horizon girls move to 4-3 in league play

After dropping their first home league game of the season last Tuesday night against South Wasco County, the girls finished the week with a close 44-40 road loss to Sherman, following the loss up Saturday evening with a win at home versus Condon/Wheeler by a final score of 62-50.

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Hood River teams take FLL awards

Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program (ORTOP) has announced the awards received by teams at the 16th annual Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournaments, presented by Rockwell Collins, held Jan. 13-14 at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.

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Yesteryears: Ruptured natural gas line closes downtown in 1998

A ruptured natural gas line had a block of downtown Hood River cleared out Monday morning. Workers laboring on the Oak Avenue urban renewal project inadvertently jarred the line while digging up asphalt between Second and Third streets. The break occurred in front of Yaya’s restaurant.

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HRV wrestling beats Bend then follows with top-finishes at Elks

HRV wrestling had their biggest weekend of the season this past weekend, with a thrilling home dual matchup against Bend on Jan. 19. The following day, Jan. 20, the team hosted its annual Elks Tournament. Against Bend, both the boys and girls were victorious against the Lava Bears.

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Travelogue: Volcanoes of Chile

January is often a time to struggle with recently made resolutions. However, for me, every three years or so, January has meant packing my bags and field equipment and hopping a plane to the far end of South America.

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Underwood in-lieu restoration begins

The Yakama Nation Fisheries Program has begun work through contractor Tapani, Inc., of Battle Ground, Wash., to restore habitat and boat access to the Underwood In-Lieu Site and historic Namnit Indian village site at the mouth of the White Salmon River in Skamania County, Wash

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ODOT rockfall work at Rowena wraps up Jan. 22

The Dalles — Construction crews returned to the scene of a big rockfall along U.S. Highway 30 near Rowena Crest last week. They installed a steel screen to prevent the kind of rock slide that happened last spring, putting motorists at risk and forcing a closure of the highway. The work wrapped up Monday, Jan. 22.

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Tuesday, January 23

    

Saturday, January 20

 

‘Novice’ debate team earns first place

The Hood River Valley High School Novice debate team of Claire Powell and Jacob Kaplan placed first in Junior Public Forum debate at the Hap Hingston Invitational Tournament held Jan. 12-13 at Pacific University in Forest Grove.

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Bridge experts

The Port of Hood River held a work session Thursday, diving into policy options involved in replacing the Hood River-White Salmon Bridge.

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GasBuddy: average pump prices up 2.1 percent

Average retail gasoline prices in Oregon have risen 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.78 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy.com’s daily survey of 1,307 gas outlets in Oregon. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.52, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.

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At vet’s, students glimpse working world

Life hits fast for most people once high school graduation passes by, which is why Nita Bozarth, a teacher at Hood River Valley High School, provides a course for students to gain experience outside of the classroom to help in that transition from high school to adulthood.

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Art Center ‘Conversations’

ARTIST Rene Westbrook, right, and Kristyn Fix, Columbia Center for the Arts events manager, look at scrapbooks submitted for the Community Conversations exhibit, running through Jan. 30.

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County vets ID card proposal

Hood River County cannot pay for a community ID program, its elected board said Tuesday, but staff will take a closer look at how they could hand off the program to a non-profit group.

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Rivers to retire

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners’ presiding member will stand down from his post.

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HRV boys drop CRC home opener

After snapping a seven-game losing streak that dated back to Dec. 14, the HRV boys basketball team were unable to keep things rolling as they dropped their last non-league game earlier this week by a final score of 55-64 on the road at Liberty.

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Friday, January 19



Four to Go, Jan. 20 edition

Kickstand Kitchen hosts the annual student snow sports fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, this year to benefit the Hood River Ski Team. This is an all-ages event. Kickstand is located at 13th and State streets. The community is welcome to purchase food and drink, with 10 percent of proceeds going to support ski team expenses. A raffle is planned along with a silent auction.

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Wednesday, January 17

  

First look at ‘Lot 700’ design ideas

Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation (CCHC) hosted a community discussion for its Hood River Community Housing Development on Lot 700 Jan. 11 at Westside Elementary School with about 50 people in attendance.

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Greater Gorge: Vancouver port cuts off oil hub lease

The port of Vancouver's Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 9 to terminate a rolling lease on property that would hold the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil terminal if the project's backers don't provide all the necessary permits by March.

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Seven-game losing streak comes to an end at home

Two-days before the HRV boys basketball team would’ve been without a win for a whole month, they finally are able to put an end to the seven game losing streak as they won at home on Friday, Jan. 12 by a final score of 66-44 versus Corbett.

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Hundreds attend MLK Day events

The 300 people at Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration “are not afraid to look at things as they are and imagine how they ought to be,” said Rev. Vicky Stifter of the host Riverside Community Church.

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Saturday, January 13

   

Eagle Aloft

"Since it’s that time of year where the eagles winter-over in the Columbia River Gorge; I decided to head out to Balfour..."

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The Porch for Jan. 13

Editor Kirby Neumann-Rea discusses the Cascade Locks arts scene and the Rooster Rock basalt "needle."

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Children’s Park Committee starts fundraising

The Children’s Park Steering Committee announced Friday that it needs to raise $100,000 in donations to replace the Children’s Park playground structure at the corner of Ninth and Eugene streets in Hood River.

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Wednesday, January 10

 

Tree virus found in Gorge region

Cherry Leaf Roll virus has been found in The Dalles and Oregon State University officials want growers to stop its spread by removing infected trees this spring.

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Travelogue: Laos

In the United States, the era of big dam building ended some 30 years ago. That’s primarily because most of the best dam sites are already utilized and we’ve become much more aware of the environmental problems associated with dams. In the developing world, dam building is just getting started. River systems in Latin America, Africa, China, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe are being dammed at a staggering pace.

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Four to Go: January 10

HRV Nordic fundraiser Saturday; Martin Luther King Jr. events Jan. 15; FISH brick fundraiser ends Jan. 15; Adult Center Mardi Gras tickets on sale

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Car winner

Evelyn Charity of Hood River is the winner of the Nissan Leaf electric car, won in a drawing held at Riverside Community Church. Charity, a long-time RCC member, had her name selected on Dec. 20 from nearly 400 tickets, sold by the church to raise funds for its outreach and justice work and to promote the transition to e-cars and clean energy.

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Ecology Institute hosts volunteer workshop Thursday

The Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute is hosting a free volunteer workshop for anyone interested in learning about place-based education in the Gorge and local volunteer opportunities in environmental education. The workshop will be held on Thursday, Jan. 11 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Hood River Library Meeting Room, 502 State St., downtown Hood River.

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Cascade Observations: Finding home

I’ve lived in the same house, with the same wonderful partner, for over 30 years. Our house isn’t big, or fancy, or elegantly decorated, but it’s our home, filled with comfort and love, and on a cold, grey day it’s a wonderful, cozy place to be. Curling up with a book on such a day is a treat.

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Music is still rewarding for Roy Talley

Roy Talley, of Wasco, Ore., says he is approaching a milestone age of 70, but he still remembers all those years ago when he started playing music on the trombone, guitar and violin in early high school. “My mom was a well-known portrait artist, and I know she painted one of me playing the guitar,” Talley said recently. “A lot of her pieces went to my brother, and that one may still be around,” Talley said.

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‘Salome’ At CCA

National Theater Live returns to Columbia Center for the Arts on Jan. 14 at noon, with broadcast of the play “Salome,” directed by Yaël Farber (mature audiences).

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Lions pick up trees Saturday

“Cleaning up after Christmas is tiring enough without having to load a dry, needle-dropping old tree into your car and haul it to the transfer station. You’re thinking, ‘There’s got be an easier way,’” said Scott Thomson, Lions tree pickup chair.

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Town Houses on Oak

New view properties rise above Oak Street as Hood River’s SMP Construction frames up the three town house duplexes between Seventh and Eighth streets.

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Another Voice: Yes on Measure 101: Supporting my patients, neighbors, and community

I’m a physician in Hood River. My business and passion is taking care of my patients — all ages, all incomes, large and small medical needs, acute and chronic, physical and mental, from preventive to end-of-life. I don’t have the chops or inclination to be a journalist, but those same patients and neighbors often need policy advocacy to ensure even basic access to medical care. So, on their behalf, let me explain why I, and the vast majority of Oregon’s medical community, want to make sure Measure 101 gets passed this month.

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Tuesday, January 9

  

Monday, January 8

   

November Building Permits

This is a list of residential and commercial building permits issued in the City of Hood River, Wasco County and Hood River County

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Saturday, January 6

   

HRV girls ‘prevail’ at St. Helens

A 1-2 record at the Vince Dulcich Memorial Tournament in Astoria last weekend moved the HRV girls basketball team to 7-5 on the season before opening 2018 on the road versus St. Helens on Jan. 3.

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ODFW: No wolves released in HR Co.

Rumors that wolves have been let loose in the Hood River Valley sparked local conversations — but according to the Oregon Department of Wildlife, those stories were false.

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Introducing: Alex Marquez

With “Introducing,” Hood River News begins a new series of profiles, a standing set of questions we will put to local residents to get to know them a little better.

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Friends announces Gorge photo contest winners

Friends of the Columbia Gorge announced Matt Meisenheimer of Janesville, Wisc., as the grand prize winner of its third annual photo contest. The submission period for the contest ended on Sept. 10, a week after the outbreak of the Eagle Creek fire.

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Playground Moved

At May Street School, crews with Kirby Nagelhout Construction are working throughout winter break to prepare new playground areas on the east side of the campus in time for resumption of school on Monday.

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Thursday, January 4



Wednesday, January 3

 

Enrapt for the raptors

The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is a prime place to learn about raptors and other migratory birds and experience seeing them in the wild, in particular roosting bald eagles.

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Gifts for defense contractors

The Holiday for Heroes Committee received a photo Dec. 27 from a team of defense contractors in Afghanistan posing with 31 Christmas boxes they received from Gorge residents.

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McCabe announces legislative tour in Wash. side of Gorge for Jan. 3-4

Washington state Representative Gina McCabe (R-Goldendale) will hold round-table discussions Jan. 3-4 throughout the 14th Legislative District in advance of the 2018 legislative session. McCabe said the meetings are important tools for residents to directly engage with their government and fellow community members.

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Vote on insurance tax coming

SALEM — A tax on insurance companies and some hospitals to provide health care for low-income Oregonians goes before voters next month, even after it was approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor during the 2017 legislative session.

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MLK Day celebrated on Jan. 15

Gorge residents are invited to celebrate the life, work and dreams of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 15 at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State streets in downtown Hood River.

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Four to Go, Jan. 3 edition

Lions schedule tree pickup; Warming Shelter plans training sessions; Cascade Housing hosts meeting Jan. 9; and Teacup Nordic hosts events

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Tuesday, January 2

 
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