Stories for May 2018


Wednesday, May 30

Sheriff’s Department seeks input

Hood River County Sheriff Matt English and his staff have been hosting a series of community meetings this spring for the public to learn about the department’s resources and responsibilities in light of budget cuts for 2018-19 and more severe cuts expected starting in 2019.

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest seeks input on rec sites

The South Gifford Pinchot Collaborative (SGPC) is hosting a public workshop June 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Hegewald Center, 710 S.W. Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, to gather public input on the future management of developed recreation sites on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest (GPNF).

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Another Voice: Weyerhaeuser clearcuts violate community values

We recently became aware of Weyerhaeuser’s plans to clearcut approximately 250 acres south of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail located east of Hood River. Many residents and visitors recreate on this trail to enjoy the scenic beauty and natural splendor the experience provides.

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Tuesday, May 29

Saturday, May 26

Library hosts annual book sale

The Friends of the Hood River County Library will hold its annual book sale May 31 to June 2 in the Gaulke Meeting Room at the Hood River Library, 502 State St.

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Look for more bridge lifts

Because of high water, vessels are coming closer to the bridge span, so expect to see more Hood River Interstate Bridge lifts in the coming weeks, as many as four or five (a typical annual total is 12).

May 26, 2018 midnight read more..

Give Memorial Day its due

The community will, or should, pay tribute Monday to the memory of men and women who have given this country the ultimate sacrifice.

May 26, 2018 midnight read more..

Columbia River high water creates safety concerns for recreation

The Hood River waterfront recreation beaches and parks are effectively shrinking as high water levels in the Columbia River climb higher up the shoreline. The spring runoff is causing high water levels throughout the Columbia/Snake River system, but local concerns are focused on water safety in the run up to Memorial Day weekend.

May 26, 2018 midnight read more..

Gun Take Back Day June 2

The Hood River Police Department will host a gun take back day on June 2. The gun take back program provides local residents an opportunity to voluntarily turn in unwanted firearms.

May 26, 2018 midnight read more..

Friday, May 25


Wednesday, May 23


Board hears bond update, HRV lockdown report

Expanding bilingual education, an update on construction bond projects, and a report on the expanded lockdown drill at Hood River Valley High School all figure in a diverse agenda at tonight’s Hood River County School District Board meeting.

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Students complete ESMAR

On April 27, Hood River high school seniors Lea W. Rysavy (homeschooled) and Onar E. Smith (Hood River Valley High School) successfully completed the Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA) Extended Study in Musicianship and Repertoire (ESMAR) curriculum

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I-84 construction update

A $5.1 million project at Farley Slide along Interstate 84 is designed to stabilize the landslide by constructing a retaining wall that is intended to blend into the surrounding landscape, said a press release.

May 23, 2018 midnight read more..

Softball clinches playoff berth with shutout victory

HRV Softball headed into its play-in game matchup with the 11-16 Wilsonville Wildcats on a four-game losing streak, but the Eagles looked nothing like its 7-8 record to end the regular season, and instead more like the team that won 13-straight games to open the season.

May 23, 2018 midnight read more..

Coerper’s six inning no-hitter leads Eagles over Lions

Prior to an OSAA class 5A play-In game between the 11 ranked Hood River Valley Eagles (16-11) and the struggling St. Helens Lions (7-18), there wasn’t much doubt about the outcome. There was simply no way whatsoever that Hood River would lose. The only question was, would the Eagles throw their first no-hitter of the year?

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Tuesday, May 22

Judge upholds $36.6 million Eagle Creek restitution

In a six-page ruling, Circuit Court Judge John A. Olson on Monday upheld all but a fraction of the $36.6 million in restitution requested by the Hood River County District Attorney’s Office that a Vancouver youth pay for damages in the September 2017 Eagle Creek fire.

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Saturday, May 19

Hood River Therapy offers Mommy Wellness classes

Mothers and their babies, from birth to 2 years old, are the focus of a series of free Mommy Wellness classes at Hood River Therapy, 33 Nichols Parkway Suite 350 (new location), on Tuesdays from May 8 through June 26, from noon to 1 p.m.

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Girls LAX storms past first round of playoffs

HRV girls lacrosse headed into the first round of the state playoffs this week on a two-game winning streak. The team continued its end of the regular season run with a dominating performance in the opening round of the playoffs.

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Ames resigns as HRV A.D.

After three years as athletic director at Hood River Valley High School, Tom Ames will be stepping down from that role starting with the 2018-19 high school sports season.

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Why it’s important to learn about volcanoes in Oregon

On Sunday, May 18, 1980, at 8:32 a.m., the bulging north flank of Mount St. Helens slid away in a massive landslide — the largest in recorded history. Seconds later, the uncorked volcano exploded and blasted rocks northward across forest ridges and valleys, destroying everything in its path within minutes.

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Claire Bokovoy named regional winner

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced Wednesday that Claire Bokovoy, a freshman at Hood River Valley High School, has been selected a regional winner for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition.

May 19, 2018 midnight read more..

Migrant Food Drive on now

It’s that time of year when migrant workers come to the Gorge to tend orchards and farms. Many of these laborers arrive with very little money to feed their families until their first paychecks. Many go hungry.

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Friday, May 18


Wednesday, May 16


‘Science Behind Eagle Creek Fire’ May 17

The Mid-Columbia chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon presents “The Science Behind the Eagle Creek Fire Response” on Thursday, May 17, with Steven Sobieszczyk, hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

May 16, 2018 midnight read more..

Hazing sea lions not a long-term fix

A peculiar war is being waged on the Columbia River as tribes seek to keep sea lions from decimating salmon runs, and the sea mammals refuse to give up the all-you-can-eat buffet.

May 16, 2018 midnight read more..

CGCC hosts Culture Fest

Columbia Gorge Community College, a sanctuary college, is hosting its fourth annual Gorge Culture Fest on its Hood River-Indian Creek Campus on Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

May 16, 2018 midnight read more..

HRV track sends 20 to state

Before the upcoming Oregon 5A state meet in Eugene on May 18-19, HRV track and field ended its regular season in Hermiston on May 9-10 in what was the final track meet in the Columbia River Conference’s existence.

May 16, 2018 midnight read more..

Kaleidoscope: After the fire

The Eagle Creek fire began Sept. 2 and was officially declared contained on Nov. 30 last year, but the effects are still being felt, from closed trails to lost business revenue.

May 16, 2018 midnight read more..

Roots and Branches: ‘Snarled yarn’ travels

I have been a road warrior these last few weeks, crisscrossing Oregon in pursuit of our granddaughter’s softball fields and meeting with tribal and county purveyors of prevention. These two very diverse activities have taken me along roads familiar and others less traveled.

May 16, 2018 midnight read more..

Yesteryears: Portable classrooms installed in 1988

Addition of portable classrooms at Westside Elementary may provide “a better Band-Aid” solution to overcrowded conditions pending a long-term answer, according to information presented at the latest of several school district budget committee meetings.

May 16, 2018 midnight read more..

Tuesday, May 15

Convicted sex offender re-arrested

On May 7, detectives from the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office arrested 77 year old Kenneth Gordon Lolley, of Hood River, for sex abuse. Lolley was the former owner/operator of a Tucker Road pottery store, where he taught classes to adults and children.

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Saturday, May 12


Hood River hiker injured at Middle Falls Trail

On May 8 at approximately 2:38 p.m., the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an injured hiker near the overlook at Middle Falls Trail, off the USFS 90 road, approximately 37 miles east of Cougar, Wash. The initial report was the hiker fell off the trail and was unresponsive.

May 12, 2018 midnight read more..

Henderson Revision

Work began May 7 on the removal of the track and field at Hood River Valley High School, for its replacement with a new artificial turf field and reconfigured track.

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Stafford hired as HR port waterfront, marina manager

Daryl Stafford joined Port of Hood River staff on April 23 as the new waterfront and marina manager, replacing Steve Carlson. Stafford is a longtime Gorge sailing and water-sport enthusiast, entrepreneur, and administrative professional known in the sailing and surfing communities served by the port, said a press release.

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OHA releases findings of AmeriTies report

The Oregon Health Authority has released the “AmeriTies-West Letter Health Consultation” report, which concluded exposure to outdoor air pollutants near the facility in The Dalles did not pose chronic public health risks for people in the area.

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Tuesday is election day

Turnout is at 23.5 percent as of Friday morning in the May 15 Primary Election. That’s 3,341 ballots out of the 14,207 issued. The deadline is 8 p.m. on May 15 to submit ballots in the wide-ranging Primary Election.

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Horizon golf district results

With spring sports coming to an end across the state, Horizon golf finished off its season at Quail Valley in Banks on May 1 and 2 for the District One Tournament.

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Softball unable to end Pendleton’s win streak

With second place in the Columbia River Conference secured last week by HRV softball in its 11-1 victory over Hermiston, the Eagles had nothing to play for besides something to prove on Tuesday, May 8 against the conference undefeated Pendleton Buckaroos.

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Girls LAX closes out league with back-to-back wins

After five-straight wins to open conference play, the HRV girls lacrosse team came into this week’s competition with a chance to suffer back-to-back losses for the first time in league this season, after falling at home to Lincoln by a final score of 8-4 on May 3.

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Friday, May 11


Wednesday, May 9

Master Gardener plant sale May 12

The annual Oregon State University (OSU) Central Gorge Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new Dorothy A. Metcalf Master Gardener greenhouse on the grounds of the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 2990 Experiment Station Drive in Hood River.

May 9, 2018 midnight read more..

David Roh, Kendra Taylor wed

David Roh and Kendra Taylor, both of Salt Lake City, were married on April 27, 2018, in St. George, Utah. Kendra is the daughter of Glenn and Vicki Taylor of Hood River, and David is the son of John and Young-hee Roh of Fullerton, Calif.

May 9, 2018 midnight read more..

Water experts recommend conservation

It’s looking like maintaining an adequate water supply will not be an issue this spring and summer in Hood River County — as long as users do their part to conserve.

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CGCC enhances nursing program

More than a million nurses will be needed in the United States within four years, and beginning this fall, Columbia Gorge Community College marks a new milestone in its longstanding mission of preparing nurses to join this fast-growing field, said a press release.

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Soroptimist honors ‘Distinctive’ quartet of women

“Working under the radar, volunteering in the background, always making a difference for the community,” describes each of this year’s four Soroptimist Women of Distinction Award winners, Debby Chenoweth, Erma Hickman, Leslie Hidle and Kristin Reese.

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Hood River actor performs in ‘80s Teen Musical in Portland

Building on the success of their sold out smash hit “Heathers: The Musical,” Staged! presents the world premiere of “John Hughes High: The 1980s Teen Musical,” a piece designed for teen performers by Mark LaPierre (4X4=Musicals) and Eric Nordin (The Snowstorm) and directed by Diane Englert (“Heathers: The Musical”).

May 9, 2018 midnight read more..

Tuesday, May 8

Sponsored content: With the right solution, drainage can be managed

Poor drainage can cause problems including standing water, mud, dead grass, and even structural damage or water intrusion. These issues can affect the aesthetics and property values of our homes. As we work on our yards this spring, we should plan on how to best convey and treat our runoff during the next rainy season.

May 8, 2018 1:17 p.m. read more..

Sponsored content: Get the skinny on CoolSculpting

The idea that fat could be frozen away sounds like science fiction and seems like a far-fetched idea. But it is not, and it is rooted in research done by scientists at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston – a center affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

May 8, 2018 12:47 p.m. read more..

Saturday, May 5

Girls tennis finishes CRC strong

With bad weather disrupting many of the HRV girls tennis matches at the 5A Duals Tournament in Bend this past weekend, the team was actually able to finish its latest match thanks to the recent spring weather in Hood River.

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‘Lessons from Internment’ May 8

Special guest speaker Janet Hamada will describe lessons from the Japanese-American internment of World War II on Tuesday, May 8 at the Hood River Indian Creek Campus of Columbia Gorge Community College.

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Rally marks NORCOR protest anniversary

May 1 marks a full year of daily protests by a local group opposed to the housing of ICE detainees at the regional jail. Organizers estimated more than 300 people attended a Saturday rally commemorating the anniversary.

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Taking Back the Drugs

Skyline Hospital in White Salmon served as the drop-off site for the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28. Skyline was the Columbia Gorge regional take back site for people in Hood River and Wasco counties in addition to Klickitat and Skamania counties in Washington.

May 5, 2018 midnight read more..

Tod LeFevre Awards announced

An agency, a business, and a rigorously recycling conscious family are the winners of the 2018 Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Champion Awards, presented by Gorge Owned (GO!). Awards will be presented at the Gorge March for Science, held Saturday, April 28 at Rheingarten Park in White Salmon.

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Friday, May 4


Serpentine work detour guide

The ongoing obstacle course that is the City of Hood River waterline replacement project will continue on and around the project’s main focal points: Sherman and Serpentine streets.

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Wednesday, May 2

The Daily Bread: A River Damned

In the nearly three years I have been documenting the entire Columbia and people of the river, one thing has become abundantly clear. It is less a river but more a series of slack water lakes made into a perfect machine, reverse engineered to benefit corporate interests.

May 2, 2018 midnight read more..

Drug Take-Back Day

White Salmon-Bingen Police Chief Mike Hepner and Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer talk with U.S. Rep. Greg Walden at Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at Skyline Hospital in White Salmon.

May 2, 2018 midnight read more..

Wildwood hosts Friends’ ‘Preserve the Wonder’ event

On the evening of May 3, the Greenneck Daredevils will team up with Friends of the Columbia Gorge for a night of music, inspiration and information on how the public can help save seven places in the Gorge for the next generation, said a press release.

May 2, 2018 midnight read more..

Parks worker jailed for $125K theft allegation

A Hood River County Parks employee with nearly 25 years with the department was arraigned Monday on 13 counts of theft, with the allegation that he stole $125,000 from the county over the past eight years, Assistant District Attorney Carrie Rasmussen told Circuit Court Judge Karen Ostrye.

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Digging into Arbor Week

A diverse line of deciduous trees now graces Rand Road near Cascade following a community Arbor Week project on April 22 and April 27.

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HRV baseball pours in runs on The Dalles

After scoring one run in its previous game, HRV baseball put together its strongest offensive two-game stretch of the season last week, scoring 21 runs in their doubleheader versus The Dalles on Friday, April 27.

May 2, 2018 midnight read more..

Alejandro Jimenez packs library

Hood River County Reads welcomed poet Alejandro Jimenez, author of “Moreno. Prieto. Brown.,” this year’s selection, on April 28 at the Hood River Library.

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Tuesday, May 1


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