In partnership with the Hood River Crag Rats Mountain Rescue Organization, the Hood River Ranger District will be hosting free interpretive tours of the historic Cloud Cap Inn. This opportunity to tour the inn, discover its history, and enjoy the majesty of Mt. Hood will be offered on Sundays this summer beginning July 27, weather and road conditions permitting, and will continue through Labor Day.
The Historic Columbia River Highway reopened at early in the afternoon of June 24 — nearly three weeks after a rock slide closed the road at the Stark Street Bridge east of Troutdale.
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The Fourth of July holiday will limit access to Port of Hood River property beginning 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.
Make plans to attend kid-friendly County Fair July 23-26
The 2014 Hood River County Fair, with its theme “Music, Memories, Magic,” takes place Wednesday through Saturday, July 23-26, at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Road, Odell. Gates open at noon each day. Carnival rides begin at 1 p.m. General admission is $7 per adult on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and $10 per adult on Saturday. Children aged 6-12 are admitted for $2 every day, and children younger than 6 are admitted free.
Searching for a summer camp?
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.
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.
‘Inspired Garden Art’ July 4; Street dance at Double Mtn.; more
The 39th annual Sternwheeler Days festival features live music from Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising on the main stage at Marine Park on Saturday from 12:30 - 5 p.m.
Seventeen-year-old Fiona Wylde grew up around water, so it’s probably not surprising she’s an elite water sport athlete.
Fresh fruit, big art, hot rods and ‘Dino Train’ — what’s happening in the Gorge’s splendid season
What are the sounds of summer?
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.
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