Gorge Life


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Photographing wildflowers: ‘Flora in Focus’ workshop on April 18

Spend an afternoon focusing on the magnificent wildflowers of the Columbia River Gorge Saturday, April 18, at a “Flora in Focus” workshop at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles.

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Clarks served Camp Baldwin for 32 years

July 1, 1983 was an important day for one man and his wife and, as it turns out, also for thousands of Scouts and Scouters. That day, nearly 32 years ago, was the day that Larry Clark started his career as ranger at Camp Baldwin. Since then, Larry and Helen Clark have served tens of thousands — perhaps hundreds of thousands — of Scouts and Scouters, and have touched countless lives.

Are you crazy? Part I

My first significant exposure to the “criminally insane” came many years ago when I was a physician assistant student in Baltimore, Maryland.

Yesteryears: Butler Bank Co. celebrates 25 years of serving Hood River in 1925

Tomorrow, April 4, the Butler Banking Co. will celebrate its 25th birthday. Established 25 years ago, when Hood River was just a village, and when apple growing in the valley was still in its infancy, the Butler Bank has taken a prominent part in the growth of this section during the past quarter century. The quarters of the Butler Bank, completed last year, rank very high among the various bank buildings of the state.

PET OF THE WEEK: Howdy loves people, attention … and bacon

Howdy is about a year old, and probably a Cattle dog mix, and 40 pounds.

Church News: Holy Week services and other local church events

Updated for April 1

Riverside Church; Valley Worship Center; Valley Christian; Easter egg hunt planned; Bible classes offered

Hood River Elks Lodge honors Kylie Webb, Breanna Weekly

Kylie Webb and Breanna Weekly have been selected as February Students of the Month by the Hood River Elks Lodge and were presented $100 checks at a recent Lodge meeting. Both are seniors at Hood River Valley High School.

Animal control officer wins national dog trainer title

You wouldn’t guess that Casey DePriest, Hood River County animal control officer, is also an expert of the softer side of animal relationships. Her true passion is dog shows, a calling for which she is nationally ranked.

Folklorist Nancy Nusz seeking Gorge traditions, stories

The Oregon Folklife Network is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded it funding to document cultural traditions in the Columbia River Gorge. Folklorist Nancy J. Nusz will be working in Hood River, Wasco, Jefferson, Sherman and Gilliam counties with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs during March and April 2015.

Saddle Club fundraiser April 17

The Hood River Saddle Club will host their annual spaghetti feed fundraiser on April 17, 2015, from 5-8 p.m. The menu features all you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, beverage and dessert.

Entertainment Update for April 1

‘Normal’ auditions April 1-2; ‘Junebug,’ Albatross April 3; more

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Making the best of what Mother Nature brings: With a fickle snow year, Meadows is forced to get creative

The last time the News wrote about Mt. Hood’s snowpack was Feb. 4 of this year, and we, just like many others in the region, were hopeful that the typically prodigious snowfall months of February and March would help turn around what had been a dismal winter recreation season.

CHURCH NEWS: Holy Week at Riverside Church

Updated for March 28

Entertainment Update for March 28

‘Guardians of the Columbia’ art show features Lloyd; Ashleigh Flynn at Springhouse; more

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Holly Webster brings Tooth Fairy to life

If your preschooler or kindergartener says the Tooth Fairy came for a visit at school, chances are this is not a new imaginary friend they’re talking about.