Despite high gas prices, this year’s Memorial Day weekend is expected to pull high numbers of drivers onto the roads. May all travelers get away and home again safely this weekend and any time they hit the road. What happened on I-5 north of Seattle Thursday is a testament to the unexpected: A freeway bridge collapsed, with three cars falling into the Skagit River below. Miraculously, no one died.
The steps and bridges that help make up Indian Creek trail are a reasonable allegory to consider with this week’s news that LUBA has sent back to Hood River County the matter of Barrett Park’s future. The LUBA legal decision, rather than a divisive moment, provides an opportunity to come together over Barrett Park. No one at the county level, or in the community, is averse to parks in general.
Special Districts election deadline is near
We are not quite at “last chance” for getting ballots in on time, but close to it. Consider Thursday, May 16 as your deadline for mailing in your vote for the May 21 Special Districts election. After that date, a mailed ballot runs the risk of not getting to the county on time.
The economic and social values of cycling
Two wheels at a time, bicycles are making a difference in the Columbia River Gorge as more and more people ride and more and more cycling events and opportunities for all ages arrive on the scene.
Good as it is to see challengers in any local election, when it comes to Hood River County School Board, Jan Veldhuisen Virk and Mark Johnson richly deserve to return to their posts.
Centennial status is a proud one for sure.
The “crookedest carrot” and other delights will be back at the Hood River County Fair this summer.
A stark reality surrounds the pending budget for the Hood River County School District.
New to the community?
Earth Day’s traditional high-profile event in Hood River, Procession of the Species, is in hiatus this year, but plenty of other activities are offered on and around the April 22 observance. (For a full list, see our guide to Blossom Festival and Earth Day events, inserted in this edition.)
Gov. John Kitzhaber on Tuesday ordered all flags at public institutions statewide to immediately be lowered and flown at half-staff until sunset on Saturday, April 20.
That was the case a couple of weeks ago when about 2,000 Westside fifth graders visited the Hood River News (there really weren’t 2,000, it just seemed that way). They toured our State Street printing plant and then peppered me with questions. The students provided more feedback once back at school, by writing more questions and comments which they then forwarded on to me.
Starting this weekend, it’s time to celebrate Blossom Festival.
Thanks to a group of caring parents, and wide community support, Hood River Valley High School’s Class of 2013 will have a fun and safe graduation party on June 7. The all-night party is held each year at the Hood River Elks Lodge, which donates the space.
Two things are certain about spring in the Hood River Valley: fruit blossoms and Mid-Columbia Lions Follies.