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Adam Lapierre

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Three Peaks equals one epic adventure

Group logs 115 miles in 72-hour journey around Hood, Adams and St. Helens

Four friends, three mountain peaks and 115-miles of trail in 72 hours: This is one epic exploit that few places in the world could accommodate so readily and few people could accomplish, but for Michael Stevens, the adventure was just down the road.

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Thrill, then agony

HRV boys dominate Lincoln, slump vs. Wilsonville

This was a week of ups and downs for the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team, and after Thursday’s disappointing 3-2 loss at home against Wilsonville, the boys are looking to hold the momentum they built in a very solid preseason and learn from mistakes in their only loss as they begin a six-game Columbia River Conference schedule next week.

OSAA districting draws HRV into IMC

Columbia River Conference schools unified in opposition of plan, OSAA says they’ll listen

A migraine for Hood River Valley High School athletics comes around every four years, and to the dismay of the athletic department, school board, coaches, parents and athletes, the splitting headache has returned in rapid fashion.

Make way: Community Ed shifts youth indoor soccer season to extend basketball program

Find classes, sports and activities online at hrcommunityed.org

Hood River County Community Education’s popular indoor youth soccer league starts a month earlier than usual this year to give the even more popular youth basketball season an extra month of playtime. Registration for the indoor soccer program, for youngsters ages 4-9, is still open, with sessions starting next week at Westside Elementary School.

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HRV boys soccer remains undefeated

Team ranked 5A No. 3 after 5-1 win Saturday

Edgar Villegas, Aldo Muro, Jaime Frias, Giovanni Magaña and Manuel Mozqueda had one goal apiece in a 5-1 scoring clinic the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team gave West Albany Saturday afternoon at Westside school.

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Gorge Kids Triathlon ‘Awesome’

Apparently the word awesome is still cool to today’s younger generation.

Runners test times at state locale

Hood River Valley High School cross country runners were among the masses at Saturday’s Northwest Classic in Eugene.

MS football drives through season

Combined HRMS, Wy’east team stomps Corbett this week

Hood River and Wy’east middle schools’ combined football team put the hurt on Corbett in the team’s second game of the season Wednesday afternoon at Hood River Middle School. After playing all seventh-graders in the first half against Corbett’s combined seventh-eighth-grade team, the Hood River squad of eighth-graders exploded from a 2-0 deficit to run away with a 28-2 win.

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Going up: Young but determined, HRV water polo team fights through first varsity season in the MHC

Although a rough way to christen the Hood River Aquatic Center as its new home pool, Tuesday’s 18-4 loss is something the Hood River Valley High School water polo team is taking in stride.

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Chinook run breaks records

Columbia River fishing has been ‘off the hook’ the past several weeks

If you’re friends with, married to or happen to be an avid Gorge-area fisherman, the last month or so has been something to remember — and not just for the unmistakable smell of cured fish eggs that takes several rounds of soap and water to remove.

Hall-of-Fame honors Eagles of the past

Limited tickets remain for Saturday banquet

Hood River Valley’s high school athletics have a long tradition of determination and grit, of hardheadedness in the face of adversity, of overcoming difficult odds and of statewide success despite often competing against deeper programs and larger schools with more athletes to choose from.

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‘A new movement in public art’

Hood River sculptor C.J. Rench pairs with Red Bull for one-of-a-kind art installation

Hood River-based metal and sculpture artist C.J. Rench is in the midst of a one-of-a-kind project in collaboration with Red Bull and world-renowned professional skateboarder Torey Pudwill. Called “Red Bull Skate Space,” the project is a massive, multi-piece sculpture that will be permanently installed in Seattle’s Jefferson Park.

Harvest Ride is this weekend

In a unique combination of sporting event and agri-tourism, the fifth-annual Hood River Harvest Ride is set for this Saturday, rain or shine. Organized by the Hood River Valley Residents Committee, the Harvest Ride is a non-competitive cycling event in which participants choose from five different loops around the valley, stopping at points of interest like scenic vistas, farm stands and orchards, wineries, breweries and museums along the way.

Hawks soccer ready to rock

Horizon Christian School’s soccer team kicked off its fall season over the weekend at the annual Trout Lake Tournament. The Hawks, who belong to the 3A/2A/1A Special District 5, went 0-2 at the tourney with a 2-0 loss vs. Trout Lake on Friday and a 4-2 loss against City Christian the following morning.

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RUN!

Castillo, Bockius highlight HRV country in home meet

Hood River Valley High School cross country hosted its only home meet of the season Wednesday afternoon, with teams from Ridgeview, Benson, Cleveland, Franklin, Madison, Roosevelt, The Dalles, Wilson and Lincoln in attendance.

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HRVHS water polo dives into second season

Team fields enough players for JV, varsity competition

It was about 90 degrees Wednesday afternoon and 15 or so high school athletes were busy swimming and splashing around the Columbia River, in the calm waters of the Nichols Boat Basin.

Gorge athletes shine at 25th Aluminum Man

The 25th Annual Aluminum Man Triathlon and Duathlon drew nearly 200 athletes to The Dalles Saturday morning. With prime conditions — relatively cool, sunny and no wind — the event featured an Olympic triathlon, an Olympic duathlon and a Sprint triathlon based from The Dalles Waterfront Park.

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‘Mud, sweat and tears’ at Rural Rampage race

The second-annual Rural Rampage bike race was described by one competitor as “mud, sweat and tears (of joy).”

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Tennis courts reopen

With fresh coats of bright blue and white paint, the newly remodeled city tennis courts are all but complete, and anyone who frequented the old courts is going to notice a dramatic difference when they step onto the $132,000 “Premier Court” surface.

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Le Roux wins Gorge Cup

Persistence finally paid off for Jac Le Roux.

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A solid start for HRV boys soccer

HRV varsity boys soccer 2-0 in first week of action

Thursday evening’s thunder-and-lightning storm looks to have saved the 6A Canby Cougars from an even tougher loss than the 3-0 lead the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys had built before the game was called partway through the second half due to violent and electric weather overhead.

Double Cross race returns Sept. 14-15

Newcomers invited to compete; free kiddie race part of the action

The 12th-annual Double Cross returns to Hood River Valley High School next weekend for two days of cyclecross racing action that is expected to draw between 400 and 500 competitors from across the Northwest.

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Tall and athletic, HRV volleyball ready to go

Varsity girls started season Tuesday, look to improve on last year’s 7-5 CRC record

The Hood River Valley Eagles varsity volleyball team has something to draw on this year that it doesn’t usually have much of: height. With a couple girls at or above the 6-foot mark and several others not far down the measuring stick, head coach Scott Walker says this year’s lineup is the tallest he has had in his eight years with the team.

HRV XC shines at Night Meet

Hood River Valley High School cross country jump-started its fall running season Thursday evening at the Wilsonville Night Race. As a 3K instead of the regular 5K distance, the race is a good opportunity for teams to measure their early season speeds, called “date-pace,” to base workouts on as they prepare for the regular season.

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HRV soccer kicks off

Trying not to jinx the team before the season gets started, Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer coach Jaime Rivera stopped short of estimating how well he expects the team to do, but says with excitement that this year’s squad has the right ingredients to turn quite a few heads.

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Beat the heat No.8: Lost Lake: A true gem of Hood River County

It’s hard to believe August is over already. These last couple weeks of cool weather and rain really put a damper on what is arguably the Gorge’s finest month for enjoying the great outdoors and cooling off in the many great bodies of water that surround us.

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Teen returns from Jackson Hole fishing camp with valuable lessons

Fishing is a way of life for Gabe Cunningham. Surrounded by water, he is happy to call a place like Hood River home and has found satisfaction in spending his youth along the shorelines of some of the Northwest’s best rivers, lakes and streams. But as the Hood River Valley High School sophomore matures, so does his perception of favorite local fishing rivers like the Hood, Klickitat and Deschutes.

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Ready to run: HRV cross country poised for promising season

Upbeat. That’s the attitude Hood River Valley High School cross country coach Kristen Uhler has about the upcoming running season, and although the longtime coach and avid runner is well-known for her think-positive, be-positive outlook, she has a lot more than simple optimism to back her expectations of an outstanding next few months.

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Beat the heat: The ever-reliable HR Aquatic Center

The Hood River Aquatic Center has a long and vibrant history as the county’s public swimming pool, dating back to its pre-remodel seasonal days when it was lined with 10-foot-high green fencing and the Summer Swim Bus picked-up and dropped-off full loads of kids from as far away as Parkdale to spend the day lounging around in the sunshine and helping lifeguards get good use out of their whistles.

Additional fires around Hood River County reminder of extreme danger

While the bulk of local attention and resources are focused on the Government Flats Complex burning just east of Hood River County, three smaller fires this week serve as a unambiguous reminder of just how precarious fire danger remains throughout the region. Crews doused a pair of fires along Herman Creek Road, one on Wednesday and another on Thursday, before they got out of hand, and Thursday afternoon firefighters responded to a lightning-struck snag that caught fire and began burning the ground around it. Both were extinguished quickly, thanks in large part to quick responses from nearby agencies and relatively high humidity and low winds that kept fire behavior subdued.

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Gorge Paddle Challenge: Locals represent amidst large field at 2013 SUP event

Kerbox, Wylde are overall champions

Several epic battles ensued this weekend in what is already being hailed a very successful third-annual NAISH Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. Starting Saturday with the distance race, relatively light wind meant paddlers’ endurance was truly put to the test in the six-mile upriver grind from Viento State Park to Hood River. Wind picked up on Sunday for course racing in front of the Hood River Waterfront Park, and again paddlers were pushed to their limits, as half of the diamond-shaped course faced straight upwind.

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Beat the heat No. 6 -- Rainy Lake: Soak in summer nostalgia

While not considered remote by most standards, Rainy Lake is out of the way enough that the chances of having the lake to yourself on any given day are pretty good. From Hood River, Rainy is about an hour’s drive from downtown and is one of several lakes oriented in a north-south line stretching between Mount Defiance to the north and Mount Hood to the south. Black, Rainy and North lakes are all accessible from the same Forest Service Road 2820, or Dead Point Road, which can be reached either from Kingsley Reservoir or Dee. Not far to the south geographically, but accessed from different roads are Whatum and Scout lakes, and beyond those are Lost Lake and Bull Run Lake.

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Beat the heat #5: Float the (new) lower White Salmon

Fed by springs percolating up from the base of Mount Adams, the White Salmon River remains a steady flow and chilling temperature throughout the year, making this Wild and Scenic waterway an excellent option to cool-off on the hottest summer days. In this, our fifth of an eight-part series on great local places to cool off in August, we take a ride down the White Salmon on a giant blue inflatable raft with one of several guide services that run the river.

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Tasar World Championships hit Cascade Locks

Columbia Gorge Racing Association hosts global event

Like a colony of fire ants chasing one another in well-orchestrated lines and patterns, a massive fleet of racers with nearly identical boats and bright red patterned sails have been tacking and jibing in front of Cascade Locks all week during the 2013 Tasar World Championships.

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Gorge Paddle Challenge is this weekend

The Hood River Waterfront Park will be abuzz with activity this weekend as athletes, both local and from around the world, compete in the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge

Middle School cross country scores pro coach, needs assistants

With his brand of selfless dedication to Hood River’s young athletes, former middle school track program head coach Steve Wrye left big shoes to fill as he departed this summer on an around-the-world sailing trip. Before leaving, however, he managed to convince a world-class athlete and trainer to take over his role as mentor and coach to the incoming field of several dozen young runners from Hood River and Wy’east Middle Schools.

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Yacht Club hosts fifth Double Damned

Hood River Yacht Club held its annual Double Damned race Saturday and was met with variable but constant winds, a solid fleet of competitors and only slightly nerve-wracking threats of thunder and lightning boiling in the clouds overhead.

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Beat the heat: The Hood at Tucker Bridge

With a deep-green, slow-moving swimming hole shimmering in the afternoon sunlight, the Hood River at Tucker Bridge has long been one of the best swimming holes on the river anywhere between the Punchbowl in Dee and the old Powerdale Dam powerhouse just outside downtown Hood River.

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Thanks coach

Community Education soccer program serves 250 kids in summer season thanks largely to volunteer coaches

Hood River County Community Educations’ summer recreational soccer league wrapped up Wednesday afternoon with one final hurrah of the season at Westside Elementary School.

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SUP team takes training seriously

Big Winds youth stand up paddle program trains hard, and early

It’s barely daylight on a Thursday in the middle of August, and instead of lying comfortably in bed as the summer sun climbs over the horizon, 30 teenagers are getting started with their third morning workout of the week.

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Koberg: Perfect for a quick evening dip

A quick dip in the Columbia at Koberg Beach State Recreation Area is perfect for those hot summer evenings when you get off work and want to cool off and enjoy the last hour of sunshine but don’t have the time or energy to venture far off the beaten path.

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Semi-pro soccer team taking shape

Gorge-based team will join NPSL’s 2014 season

SO Samba FC has a lot of work to do between now and next spring, but the newly formed, Hood River-based team is aiming to make an impression in the 2014 National Premiere Soccer League season. NPSL is a nationwide league of semi-pro adult men teams divided into Northeast, South, Midwest and West regions, with a regional season running from the spring through early summer before a national championship tournament.

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Mixing business with pleasure

‘Global Sessions’ uses recreation to break the ice in networking events

With the mantra of building relationships and growing business through recreation, Global Sessions co-founders Aaron Sales and Matt Sweeting are holding the first of what they hope will be many multi-faceted business, networking and recreation-based retreats this weekend in Hood River.

Hood River teacher readies for adventure

Angie Adkins will teach – and learn – in Abu Dhabi

Hood River Middle School teacher Angie Adkins is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, and for the 46-year-old mother of two, the timing “feels just right” to pack up, move to a distant corner of the world and begin a new chapter of her life story.

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Good wind is good for business

The windiest July in decades benefits many Hood River businesses

Although an official record of this type is hard to qualify, July 2013 will go down in the boardhead recordbooks as one of the windiest months the Gorge has seen since the invention of epoxy resin and neoprene.

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Bridge of the Gods contest thrills crowd, highlights up-and-coming Gorge talent

Bridge of the Gods contest thrills crowd, highlights up-and-coming Gorge talent

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Court remodel ‘worth the sacrifice’

$260,000 project is on schedule and should be finished by mid-September

For area tennis players, the timing couldn’t be worse to have the city’s only public courts torn up and unusable, but for those who have played on the ever-cracking concrete surface of the May Street courts (Tsuruta Courts) over the years, another month of waiting, or playing elsewhere, will be well worth the sacrifice.