July 19, 2014
July 19, 2014
New this year, return shuttle service offered
Organizers of the annual Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run are gearing up for what has become a wildly popular Independence Day tradition for several hundred people every year. This year marks the 39th-annual 4th of July run, named after the late Joe Kollas and Jerry Cranmer, both of whom were active runners and community members.
“Definitely not luck,” is how Gorge FC manager Roger Sherrell describes his team’s first league win of the season last weekend over Seattle Sporting FC. After going through structure and coaching changes midway through the spring, the Hood River-based semi-pro soccer team has found its rhythm as it concludes its first season in the Northwest Conference of the National Premier Soccer League.
There are more close-to-home fishing opportunities now than at any time earlier this year. While fisheries for trout, shad, sturgeon (mostly catch amd release) and the warm-water clan consisting of bass, crappie, bluegill and perch have been going on for several weeks, other major fisheries are now open. For example, as of May 31 the Columbia opened for fin-clipped spring chinook. Regulations for these fish can change so check out the WDFW web site for updates: wdfw.wa.gov.
Seventeen-year-old Fiona Wylde grew up around water, so it’s probably not surprising she’s an elite water sport athlete.
CFHR hosts fundraiser auction July 11 for duo
CrossFit Hood River Athletes Regan Huckaby and Christine Wells are headed to the world championship of CrossFit competition, the CrossFit Games, at the end of July in Carson, Calif. The two are the first athletes from Hood River to qualify for the Games, which they did by advancing through highly competitive local and regional contests earlier this year.
Suffice to say, the 2014 Gorge wind season has been nothing to scoff at so far. May and June have performed more like July and August, and were highlighted by the now famous “Big Tuesday” (June 3). Locals who have been windsurfing in the Gorge for 20+ years agree, it was one of the biggest days they have ever seen.
Young golfers ages 8-13 invited to join new program
In an effort to get more kids involved in the sport, Hood River’s Indian Creek Golf Course has formed a youth team to participate in the nation-wide PGA Jr. League Golf program. The program is open to players ages 8-13 and is run similar to Little League baseball and softball, with contests held between teams based from neighboring courses. Mark Gradin, Indian Creek’s director of Instruction and Player Development, says the Hood River team currently has a full team of 16 players, but if he can recruit more kids he’ll gladly form a second team.
Hood River artist and metal sculptor C.J. Rench and his team unveiled the final product of several months of hard work and collaboration over the weekend in Seattle, Wash., where a 22-foot high, 11,000-pound structure was pieced together in the city’s Jefferson Park. The project, called Red Bull Skate Space, is a joint effort between Rench, Red Bull and professional skateboarder Torey Pudwil. In addition to its appeal as a bright and cheerful piece of public art, the work is and is designed to be interactive and, in particular, to be skateable.
Series continues July 19 with national slalom race
Elks Charity Golf Tourney June 28 benefits student scholarships; Mt. Adams Country Bicycle Tour is June 28; Sternwheeler 5K/10K is Saturday; Catch Maryhill Festival of Speed
Matt Klee’s philosophy in life was simple: Find things that make you happy, and do them as often as possible.
Three events scheduled over the next month
Huckfest: June 25-29
The Maryhill Festival of Speed returns to the Gorge next week, June 25-29, for five days of hair-raising downhill skateboard and street luge action on the world-renowned Maryhill Loops Road. The annual event has become known by adrenaline junkies the world over as one of the best races, and the absolute best venue, on the International Downhill Federation’s World Cup circuit.
Skate contest Saturday; Motorcycle event this weekend; more
The Fourth of July holiday will limit access to Port of Hood River property beginning Thursday, July 3, when the Hood River Eye Openers Lions Club begin setting up its fireworks display just west of the mouth of the Hood River.