Stories for September 2018


Friday, September 21

Wednesday, September 19

HR Hops Fest returns Saturday

“Immediately after harvest, hops are quickly dried before packaging. Drying and cooling stabilizes the hop components, but it also changes them ... in order to capture the most evanescent volatile elements, brewers collect hops from the fields and race them back to waiting kettles. The length of time between picking and brewing is never more than a few hours ...” — Jeff Alworth, The Beer Bible.

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HRCSD enrollment down slightly for new school year

Hood River County School District is down 11 students compared to last year’s enrollment numbers, said Catherine Dalbey, Human Resources Department director. This year, HRCSD has an enrollment of 4,087 district-wide.

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County sustains Veterans Office funding

Hood River County leaders vowed Monday to sustain its support for the County Veterans Service Office. But the move came with sobering budget warnings from Board of Commission members.

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CGCC takes on workforce development programs

Columbia Gorge Community College has assumed operations of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult/Dislocated Worker program, joining the WIOA Youth program CGCC began managing in 2017.

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Roots and Branches: Capital burger call

When fall begins to flash its crimson colors across the valley hillsides, my internal clock begins to pull me out of bed just a little earlier each morning. This seems contrary to the “pull the covers over your head” reflex that most experience when daybreak comes later with each passing day.

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Volleyball suffers back-to-back losses

Hood River Valley volleyball had been off to its best start (6-0) since the Eagles’ 10-0 start in the 2016-17 season, but its undefeated start came to an end last week.

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HRV XC girls rank first in 5A

A total of 25 teams in both 5A and 6A from around the state, including the Hood River Valley girls and boys cross country teams, were in Eugene Sept. 15 for the Northwest Classic meet to preview what will be the state meet course at Lane Community College.

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Faces of Triathlon

“Sunday was a tremendous day for the Gorge Kids Triathlon and the kids of our community,” said to organizer Nicole Sibert-Faaborg.

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PET animal rescue training on Sept. 30

A volunteer training for those wishing to join the Pet Evacuation Team (PET)’s new disaster response team will be held Sunday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort Dalles Riders Club, 1023 Irvine St., The Dalles.

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Surf wagons and SKSK

Looking back on the busy, windy river summer of 2018, scores of locals and visitors flocked to the Event Site and other waterside locations to pursue some “stoke.”

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Tuesday, September 18


Sponsored content: A new you is waiting just beneath the surface

What if you could get rid of imperfections in your facial skin?m Facial peels are a very safe and effective way to do just that. Peels often times conjure up visions of raw peeling skin. In fact most peels have very little visible peeling.

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Ron and Mary Ann Holloway celebrate 50th anniversary

Ron and Mary Ann Holloway met in Washington, where he was a naval aviator and she was a teacher who had moved to the state by way of Nebraska. They were married Sept. 14, 1968, on Whidbey Island, where Ron was stationed.

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Saturday, September 15

Mt. View, Kiyokawa orchards up for ‘10 Best Apple Orchards’

Mt. View Orchards and Kiyokawa Family Orchards are both up for USA Today’s “10Best Readers’ Choice 2018 Best Apple Orchards” award. Voting continues from now until noon (eastern standard time) on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The winning orchard will be announced on 10Best on Friday, Oct. 12.

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Interpret the wind winner

Stephen Datnoff’s image of a storm front and wind turbines in Wasco County is winner of the Hood River News’ first “Interpret the Wind” photo contest. (Photo, top of page.)

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HRV girls soccer falls in final minute

It hasn’t turned out to be the start the community is used to reading about regarding the Hood River Valley High School soccer programs, as both the boys and girls have had little success early on.

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Boys soccer wins home opener

Back-to-back losses by scores of 0-2 was on the minds of the entire HRV boys soccer program ahead of what felt like a must-win situation in the Eagles’ home opener versus Franklin.

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Tobacco specialist comes to Hood River, Wasco counties

Thanks to a grant awarded by PacificSource Columbia Gorge Coordinated Care Organization, and the combined efforts of Hood River County Prevention, North Central Public Health District and the Hood River County Health Department, Hood River and Wasco counties now have a tobacco cessation specialist.

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Friday, September 14

Woman found dead inside parked car

A woman’s body was found Sunday inside a parked car in the Starbuck’s parking lot at Hood River Marketplace, adjacent to exit 64 off Interstate 84.

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Wednesday, September 12


Cascade Observations: The magic of libraries

Growing up, my house was always filled with books — many thick volumes with dark covers: Poems by Robert Frost, novels with names like “Jane Eyre” and “Gone with the Wind” and textbooks about European history.

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Pick of the Week: Annual Gorge Grown Harvest Dinner on Sunday

Meet local farmers, enjoy the mountain-view scenery of a working orchard and cidery, savor local flavors and support the nonprofit Gorge Grown Food Network on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the annual Gorge Grown Food Network Harvest Dinner fundraiser, held at Mt. View Orchards, Parkdale, beginning at 4 p.m.

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Back-to-back tournament champions

For a second weekend in a row, the Hood River Valley volleyball team heads into a new week still undefeated this season after going 3-0 in last week’s competition, including 2-0 at the Canby Volleyball Tournament.

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XC girls dominate at IMC Preview

After sweeping the Ultimook Race Nike Invitational to open the month of September, the Hood River Valley cross country team had another impressive performance last weekend at the Intermountain Conference Preview meet.

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Insitu donates ScanEagle to WAAAM

Calling it “an incredible moment for our company and this community,” Insitu CEO Esina Alic dedicated a 2004 ScanEagle model unmanned aircraft to Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum on Saturday.

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‘Tina’ wins Rock Paper Scissors competition

First Friday Sept. 6 had it all: One of the largest crowds ever taking in a vibrant variety of events and displays, ranging from new artwork to fire trucks and State Police boats filling Oak Street, and the annual “Rock Paper Scissors” (RPS) competition, which drew more than 500 people.

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Tuesday, September 11


Saturday, September 8


HRV boys soccer drops season opener

Before last year, the Hood River Valley boys soccer program had won its season opening game for four straight seasons. But in the past two years, the boys have found themselves behind 0-1 heading into the second game of the season.

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HRV volleyball remains undefeated

After winning the Hillsboro Varsity Volleyball Tournament last weekend, the Hood River Valley High School volleyball team put its undefeated season on the line Thursday night in the Eagles’ first home match of the season against Camas.

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Stories of Hope Breakfast on Sept. 14

The Next Door will hold its annual Stories of Hope Breakfast fundraiser at the Columbia Gorge Hotel on Friday, Sept. 14, from 8-9 a.m. The breakfast is free to attend, but space is limited to 120 people, so those wanting a spot are encouraged to reserve it quickly.

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Cougar spotted in Hood River

A cougar first spotted near Westside Elementary School Wednesday, or one like it, has been seen in other west Hood River locations as of Thursday.

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The Porch, Sept. 8 edition

SEEN AND HEARD: “Thanks a LOT, Mom! I love you!” shouts a middle schooler, riding out of his yard with a grin on his face, first day of school …

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Friday, September 7

Wednesday, September 5


CL Port holds airport town hall Sept. 12

The Port of Cascade Locks will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 at Marine Park Pavilion to educate the community regarding the results of the Airport Feasibility Study and begin to focus on the future use of the State-owned property.

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A busy weekend

100 years of airmail will be just one focus of this year’s Hood River Fly-In at Ken Jernstedt Airfield. The event is just one of many in what will be a particularly active weekend in Hood River.

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‘Home’ tiles’ turn

Hood River Shelter Services volunteer Susan Bellinson gives this update on the mural project involving ceramic tiles decorated by community members on the theme of “home.”

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Winds cancel ‘75th’ Cross Channel Swim event

Hood River County Sheriff’s Department ordered that the Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim be cancelled due to high winds. The swim was cancelled for a second year in a row; in 2017, the event was called off because of the Eagle Creek fire.

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‘Women on Deck’ for Habitat

When they asked for the 2018 Women Build by Columbia Gorge Habitat for Humanity to have a “Rosie the Riveter” theme, the visiting team had no idea that the first female to work on airplanes during World War II resided in The Dalles. The 10 women who came from across the United States planned to have the walls of the 1,200-square-foot home on Fourth Street in Lyle up by the end of the week.

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Another voice: Now, more than ever, we need our unions

For the past six months, I have been honored to serve as executive director of Service Employeees International Union (SEIU) Local 503, Oregon’s public employee and care provider union. On this Labor Day weekend, I’m reflecting on our incredible history, but I’m also worried about the future.

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HRV XC sweeps Ultimook Invite

The Hood River Valley High School cross country season is officially underway after both the boys and the girls teams competed in last weekend’s Ultimook Race Nike Invitational at Tillamook.

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Another voice: Speak up at forum Sept. 6 on Columbia River Treaty

For the past three years, I have traveled the length of the Columbia to document the riverscapes and the tribes and First Nations feelings about the river and hopes for a new treaty that will honor their requests to restore the health of the river and salmon runs back to Canada. Many people have asked how they can get involved.

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Tuesday, September 4


Saturday, September 1

Mid-Columbia earns ‘Dementia Friendly’ designation

The Mid-Columbia Gorge has become the first — and currently only — officially recognized Dementia Friendly community in Oregon. The Dementia Friendly in the Gorge Initiative received the designation from Dementia Friendly America on June 26.

September 1, 2018 midnight read more..

Hot dogs and hotter cars

Cooler temperatures might be right around the corner with the coming of autumn, but Hood River County is still in the summer season. And it’s been a hot one.

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Mt. Hood residents oppose Dollar General

“Keep it Local,” a group of upper valley residents aiming to stop Dollar General from building a store in Mt. Hood, invited community members to meet in the Mt. Hood Town Hall gym on Tuesday to learn more about Dollar General and share their opinions. They also got to meet a representative of SimonCRE, the developer contracted to build the proposed Mt. Hood Dollar General.

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Melissa Farlow, Randy Olson bring ‘Talk of the Town’ to CCA

Husband and wife photography team Melissa Farlow and Randy Olson bring their stories and their art to Columbia Center for the Arts as part of the September Gallery exhibition titled “Talk of the Town.” Farlow and Olson are photojournalists in the documentary tradition. Even though they are published in LIFE, GEO, Smithsonian and other magazines, they have primarily photographed for the National Geographic Society on more than 50 assignments that have taken them to 50 countries over the past 20 years.

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Cross-Channel Swim Monday

After a year of waiting, swimmers from across the globe prepare for the 75th anniversary of the most popular Labor Day swim in the Pacific Northwest.

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2018-2019 school year begins

For most students in the Hood River County School District, as well as at Horizon Christian School, classes resume for the 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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