Stories for July 2018


Tuesday, July 31

UPDATE: Wildfire at exit 46 now in mop up

Just east of Cascade Locks at milepost 46, a grass fire has been reported. Officials are closing Frontage Road in Cascade Locks while ODF, Cascade Locks Fire Department and other agencies have responded and are preparing to combat the fire.

July 31, 2018 3:27 p.m. read more..

Saturday, July 28


Child exploitation operation nets five arrests

On July 17, Hood River County Sheriff’s Office and Portland FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force conducted a joint operation with assistance from the Columbia Gorge Major Crimes Team and Hood River County District Attorney’s Office to identify and apprehend individuals seeking to commit sexual acts with minor children. The operation resulted in the arrest of five males ranging in age from 16 to 44 years of age. All suspects were lodged at NORCOR.

July 28, 2018 midnight read more..

District 2 candidate McLeod-Skinner comes to Hood River

Earlier this week, District-2 candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner stopped by Dog River Coffee in downtown Hood River to hear from people in the area and give voters the chance to get to know who she is as she vies for U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s (R-Ore.) post in Congress.

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‘Fostering Backbacks’ drive happens Sunday at Gustavo’s

Next time you’re at the store, make sure to pick up some school supplies or an extra backpack to donate to #dapperautofamily’s “Fostering Backpacks” backpack and school supply drive starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 30 outside Gustavo’s Tacos food truck, parked at 1108 13th St., Hood River.

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HRV student attends ACLU Summit

Hood River student activist Montserrat Garrido, a senior at Hood River Valley High School, spent a week in Washington this month at the Summer Advocacy Institute hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union.

July 28, 2018 midnight read more..

Heather Hendrixson takes helm at Soil-Water District

With both District Manager Jordan Kim and Financial Manager Anne Saxby stepping down from their respective positions at the Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District (HR-SWCD), Heather Hendrixson has assumed the role of district manager, which has been restructured to include both Kim and Saxby’s duties.

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Friday, July 27

CL Food Bank donation

Cascade Locks FISH Food Bank Coordinator Martha LaMont, left, talks Monday with Cheryl Kolbe, center, of the Portland-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, and Mary Payne of Columbia Market.

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Summer fun continues with kid-friendly events

This is going to be tough news to hear, kids, and I’m sorry, but break it I must: The first day of school for Hood River County School District sites, Horizon Christian and Mid-Columbia Adventist School is Tuesday, Sept. 4.

July 27, 2018 2:57 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 25


Theater Notes: Big Britches Productions forms in Bingen

Bruce Ludwig and Julie Hatfield, fresh from Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association’s musical “Chicago,” in June, have struck out on their own to form a new theatrical production company called Big Britches Productions. Ludwig directed “Chicago,” and Hatfield was its producer and primary publicist. “Audience members kept asking what we were going to do next, and we realized we wanted to take a chance and attempt something ambitious,” said Ludwig. Hatfield added, “We knew full well that we may be too big for our britches, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity.”

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Kids take a downtown Manser mural tour

Summer vacation bible schools don’t generally feature local art history tours, but kids attending the Riverside Community Church “Earth Camp” took a look back last week in downtown Hood River.

July 25, 2018 midnight read more..

Jim Drake’s entertainment blog: Brewer’s Grade Band wins IMEA Country Band of the Year

Minutes before I had to interview Al Hare of Brewer’s Grade Band, I was scrambling around under my desk trying to find all of the audio cords to hook up my legendary “Phone Interviewing System,” which was just fine the other week at the old Chronicle Office — but since the move to our new location (I’ll stick with “across from Domino’s” until someone tells me the actual address), I’ve barely had time to unpack.

July 25, 2018 midnight read more..

Entertainment Update, July 25 edition

Pianist and native Oregonian Hunter Noack is performing on a nine-foot Steinway grand piano at 22 landscapes across Oregon and Southern Washington as part of the outdoor concert series “In A Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild.” Noack transports the piano on a trailer that acts as a stage.

July 25, 2018 midnight read more..

News wins General Excellence honor

Hood River News placed first in General Excellence in its circulation category, and took home several other writing, design, and news coverage awards in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest for 2017.

July 25, 2018 midnight read more..

Grant provides Health Dept. solar energy

Hood River County, in partnership with Sustainable Northwest, Pacific Power, and the Oregon Clean Power Cooperative, welcomes the public to the Hood River County Health Department building, 1109 June St., on July 31 at 11 a.m. for the ribbon cutting event for a new 24-kilowatt rooftop solar array.

July 25, 2018 midnight read more..

10U baseball finishes third at state

Hood River Valley’s 10U Oregon All-Star District-5 Little League Championship Baseball team had a remarkable accomplishment in reaching the 2018 Oregon State Tournament.

July 25, 2018 midnight read more..

Tuesday, July 24


Saturday, July 21


Substation Fire top priority in U.S.

The 70,000-acre Substation fire, threatening 900 homes in Sherman County, became the top priority fire in the nation Thursday, an official said. The fire is 15 percent contained.

July 21, 2018 midnight read more..

Friday, July 20


Wednesday, July 18

Kingsley expansion moving forward

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners approved a forestland exchange with Farmers Irrigation District (FID), a nonprofit government agency that provides water to residential and agricultural users in the Hood River area, following a quasi-judicial public hearing Monday evening.

July 18, 2018 midnight read more..

Top-15 finishes lead HRVST at 10U state meet

The Hood River Valley Swim Team was represented by swimmers William Frost (boys 8 and under competition) and Delaney Hackett (girls 10 and under competition) at the 10 and Under Oregon State Swimming Championships in Albany this past weekend.

July 18, 2018 midnight read more..

Velosolutions begins construction of asphalt pump track

Hood River Area Trail Stewards (HRATS) and Hood River Parks and Recreation organizations are partnering with Velosolutions, an organization focused on pump tracks and trail building, to bring the best site-specific asphalt pump track to the Hood River County community.

July 18, 2018 midnight read more..

HR Elks Lodge sends four students to Camp Meadowood

The Hood River Elks Lodge is sponsoring four teenage students this July to attend Camp Meadowood Springs. Sponsorship is 100 percent provided from member donations with the majority coming from the Tuesday night poker players ($5,400).

July 18, 2018 midnight read more..

Fire reported south of Mt. Hood

A 25-acre wildfire was discovered late Sunday afternoon on the Clackamas River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest, south of Mt. Hood.

July 18, 2018 midnight read more..

Tuesday, July 17


Saturday, July 14


Say hello to Gorge Youth Mentoring

The Next Door’s two youth mentoring programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Columbia Gorge and Mentor for Success (MFS), will merge under a new name in the coming year and continue providing Gorge youth ages 6-21 with caring adult mentors, said a Next Door press release.

July 14, 2018 midnight read more..

CL dedicates business park

Cascade Locks’ economic development took a step forward July 6 with the ribbon cutting at the new Herman Creek Business Park.

July 14, 2018 midnight read more..

BOCC meets Monday: Marijuana retail tax could be on ballot

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners is working to get a local tax on retail marijuana on the November 2018 ballot. Also on the agenda for Monday’s BOCC meeting is a public hearing on a proposed forestland exchange with the Farmers Irrigation District, a nonprofit government agency that provides water to residential and agricultural users in the Hood River area.

July 14, 2018 midnight read more..

Friday, July 13


Thursday, July 12

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Wednesday, July 11

WAAAM Traffic Jam returns

Cars, and those who love them, are invited to Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum July 14 for the seventh annual WAAAM Traffic Jam.

July 11, 2018 midnight read more..

CAT’s many Connections

I’m ashamed to admit that when I found out I was going to be transferred from The Dalles Chronicle to the Hood River News, my first thought was something along the lines of ‘ugh now I have to drive to Hood River.’

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George "Ed" Goin

George ‘Ed’ Goin, age 65, died unexpectedly on July 6, 2018 at his residence in Florence, Ore. He was born...

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Kaysha Glenn

Kaysha Mae Glenn was born April 21, 1993, to parents Jack Glenn and Stephanie Oberg in Hood River, Ore. Kaysha was very talented and could draw most anything. She loved travel and the outdoors, but she especially loved her two little girls! Kaysha is survived by...

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Lonnie "Lonzo" Roth

Lonnie David Roth passed away at his home in Hood River, Ore., on July 3, 2018 at the age of 73. Lonnie “Lonzo” was born in Sterling, Colo., to Ovadell and Lester Roth on March 1, 1945. Their family...

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Memaloose Fire under control

The Memaloose Park Fire, located along Interstate 84 ten miles west of Hood River, was 70 percent contained as of Tuesday, Oregon Department of Forestry reports.

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Tactay jumps to another title

Hood River’s Jonah Tactay added another gold medal to his summer resume this past weekend, when he won the age 17-18 high jump at the USA Track and Field Region 13 Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Bend.

July 11, 2018 midnight read more..

Saturday, July 7

OSAA announces new sponsorship

OnPoint Community Credit Union and the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) announced July 2 that OnPoint is the newest title sponsor for Oregon high school state championships, part of a five-year partnership agreement between OnPoint and the OSAA.

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Fall registration open at CGCC

Fall registration at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) starts July 9 for returning students and July 11 for new students. Classes start Monday, Sept. 24 and the college encourages prospective students to register as early as possible. The fall term ends Dec. 14 and the last day to drop classes for a tuition refund is Friday, Sept. 28.

July 7, 2018 midnight read more..

New chapter for CL Library

The Hood River County Library District will host a grand opening party at the new and expanded library space at the Cascade Locks Elementary School on July 7 at 5:30 p.m.

July 7, 2018 midnight read more..

Gorge Juntos hires new coordinator

OSU Open Campus has teamed up with the Columbia Gorge Educational Service District Migrant Program and the Hood River County Migrant Program to hire a new, full-time coordinator for the Gorge Juntos Program.

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Pet of the Week: Luke is a good boy

Volunteers at Hood River Adopt A Dog report they have a handsome boy on their hands — Luke, the three-year-old Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix, who’s this week’s adoptable pet.

July 7, 2018 midnight read more..

Students attend STEM leadership conference

Seventeen middle and high school students from Hood River and The Dalles convened with other student leaders from across the state for the Chief Science Officers Institute at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

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Friday, July 6


Wednesday, July 4


CGPA hosts Pride Day celebration

This past weekend, hundreds of people gathered at Hood River Waterfront Park for the 2018 Pride Day celebration organized by the Columbia Gorge Pride Alliance (CGPA).

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Yesteryears: Cold storage bids in 1928

Within the next few days the Apple Growers Association will call for bids for the building of a new packing shed at Odell, to be erected immediately west of the big association cold storage plant at this important fruit receiving center.

July 4, 2018 midnight read more..

Barajas’ sophomore season at UO

It’s been two years since Sebastian Barajas, a four-time OSAA state champion in track and field at Hood River Valley High School, accepted an offer from the University of Oregon to throw for the Ducks track and field team.

July 4, 2018 midnight read more..

Police chase ends in capture

Local cyclist Bart Cohn got quite the surprise on his regular route Tuesday, June 26 when he ended up on the sidelines of a police pursuit that spanned nearly 100 miles before ending at Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead.

July 4, 2018 midnight read more..

Tuesday, July 3


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