The long Barrett Park saga could finally be coming to an end as early as next week.
Closed 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. until repairs are finished
Construction begins next week on the Bridge of the Gods and will require the bridge to be closed to traffic as crews work around the clock to repair the aging structure and allow heavy trucks to cross the span once again.
The Mt. Hood Rally race seemed destined for cancellation after Hood River County raised concerns over the event’s impacts on county roads, but organizers say a truncated version of the race will be held next month after all.
The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a local teen who has been missing for nearly two weeks.
Local telecom provider Gorge Networks is planning the installation of an expansive new fiber optic network it hopes will be in place to deliver blistering-fast internet to customers in the Hood River area by next year.
A decade later, HR firefighters still impress with muscular dystrophy fundraising efforts
If the boots of Hood River firefighters look heavier this year, that’s because they are.
U.S. Bank Robbery suspect Timothy Bryan Glenn was in Hood River Circuit Court again via live video feed Monday morning to hear the results of his indictment.
The Hood River County Health Department and the Mid Columbia Center for Living will be providing services at two new healthcare facilities opening up in Cascade Locks and Odell next week.
In 2007, a year before she passed away, Friends of the Columbia Gorge Founder Nancy Russell purchased a 42-acre parcel of land east of Mosier overlooking the Gorge and donated it to the nonprofit she helped form nearly 30 years prior.
A popular rally car race scheduled for late October has effectively been canceled as Hood River County Commissioners examine how feasible it is to continue holding the race on county forest roads.
DA reveals details in robbery suspect’s initial circuit court appearance
Less than 24 hours after his arrest, 28-year-old Timothy Bryan Glenn appeared via live video feed in Hood River Circuit Court Tuesday morning to be arraigned on charges in connection with last week’s armed robbery of U.S. Bank’s Hood River branch.
Dana’s Xtreme Burgers is just over a month old, but the new restaurant located on the Heights features a local burger recipe crafted well over 20 years ago.
County’s Community Justice officers in Adult Division can carry arms
Hood River County parole and probation officers tasked with monitoring adult offenders will now have the option of carrying a firearm while in the field and the office.
After two years painstaking development, Friends of the Columbia Gorge has rolled out an online 3-D trail map that gives users a birds-eye view to nearly 150 trails, trailheads, and waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge.
A pipe band led a crowd across the Bridge of the Gods and the old fire hall filled with bicycles in Cascade Locks last weekend.
Last week at the third annual First Friday Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament, dozens, nay, perhaps hundreds of people battled each other to win hundreds of dollars worth of prizes — and eternal glory. Winners stayed, losers walked, and the group of competitors was reduced exactly by half each round until only two players remained.
Police search for suspect in U.S. Bank armed robbery
A suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery that occurred at the U.S. Bank Hood River branch Thursday morning is still at large as of Friday morning.
For its first monthly meeting in its new headquarters in Salem, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission christened its new digs by hearing pro and con testimony regarding a proposal to build a Nestlé water bottling plant in the city of Cascade Locks.
When the Port of Cascade Locks announced in July that the Bridge of the Gods would have its weight limit reduced from 40 to 8 tons — effectively banning all truck traffic from crossing the bridge — the news immediately raised a red flag at the Port of Hood River.
Tofurky has come a long way in the past 33 years.
Business owner helps in arrest of two suspects accused of scamming local businesses
Owners of retail stores are used to having goods returned to their businesses on occasion and oftentimes, it’s store policy to ask for a receipt.
Over five years after they were scorched by wildfire, some 5,000 dead trees in the Mt. Hood National Forest will soon be coming down.
Every Saturday morning without fail, Douglas Fry would come to The History Museum of Hood River County, put on a pot of coffee, sit at the front desk, and wait to greet museum guests with a smile.
‘Cemetery Tales’ is a go Sept. 27-29
After being closed for nearly a month, The History Museum of Hood River County will officially reopen next week.
Unseasonal weather gives crews the upper hand on 11,221-acre Blackburn Fire
A weekend of cool, wet weather and calmer-than-expected winds have gone a long way toward helping fire crews make progress on extinguishing the 11,221-acre Blackburn Fire burning several miles southwest of The Dalles.
The Port of Cascade Locks has finally received good news regarding the Bridge of the Gods.
Fire consumes four homes, runs west toward Hood River County line
More than a week later, the Blackburn Fire is still burning. What began as a lightning strike during the early morning hours of Aug. 16 has swelled to an 11,728-acre conflagration that has consumed four homes and nine outbuildings as of Friday morning. The Blackburn Fire comprises almost the entire size of the Government Flats Complex of three wildfires burning several miles southwest of The Dalles. The other two fires in the complex have been contained for several days.
Police search for leads on gun-wielding man in black
It was a busy week for the Astro fuel station in Hood River and not in a good way. Starting on Aug. 13, the gas station and convenience store located at 214 Front St. in downtown Hood River was the site of an armed robbery, an unrelated employee theft, and a car accident — all in the span of four days.
Smoke from the 8,000 acre fire in The Dalles reaches Hood River. The Hood River County Health Dept. has issued an air quality warning.
Local fire crews dispatched to aid in Wasco Co. conflagration
Hood River County fire crews are part of a group of over 700 firefighters who are trying to extinguish the nearly 7,000-acre Government Flats Complex wildfire burning approximately 6-10 miles southwest of The Dalles. The Oregon State Fire Marshal reported Tuesday morning that two homes and five outbuildings have been consumed by the flames.
County hopes to reopen it by end of the month
The History Museum of Hood River County remains closed as the county examines a preliminary audit report on the museum’s finances and how they may have been mishandled. County Administrator Dave Meriwether reported last week that The History Museum was closed Aug. 9 after the county learned of “administrative and operational anomalies” with the museum’s accounting practices. The museum is currently in the process of applying for a 501(c)(3) federal nonprofit tax designation, and Meriwether said last week that museum funds may have been moved too soon from one account to another “in anticipation of that (nonprofit) formation, which is not yet in place or recognized by the IRS.”
Mikel Diwan started as the new Hood River County Public Works director on July 29, replacing Dean Guess, who retired at the end of June. Recently, Diwan answered some questions to help the community get to know him a little better.
Rescue costs putting strain on Sheriff’s Department resources
Hood River County’s economy is driven by tourism and outdoor recreation, but during Monday night’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, department heads raised concerns over how some types of recreation are having a negative impact on county resources.
After existing for over 20 years as a Bank of America branch, the building at 115 Oak St., right in the heart of downtown Hood River, will soon have different occupants.
After six months of preparations, the Luhr Jensen & Sons Gallery has been completed and in celebration, will have a grand opening today at 1 p.m. at The History Museum of Hood River County.
American Tower Corporation has appealed Hood River County Planning Department’s decision to deny the Massachusetts-based company’s proposal to build a 160-foot cellphone tower on private land off of Fairview Drive in Hood River.
Thanks to the kids at the Columbia Gorge Peace Village in Mosier, some local community gardens will be looking a lot more festive and green this summer.
Closure expected to be short-term
The History Museum of Hood River County has been closed for the time being while independent auditors hired by the county investigate possible bookkeeping issues.
Summer is a season long awaited by many Hood River residents. After months of winter rains and a spring spotted with intermittent showers, summertime is as dry as it gets. With chances of precipitation extremely low for the months of July and August, one can usually skip checking the forecast and not fear getting caught in the rain.
Approximately 20 firefighters from departments around Hood River County have been called up by the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshall to help fight the over 10,000-acre Grouse Mountain Complex near John Day.
A Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital employee was arrested last week after allegedly stealing drugs from the hospital’s pharmacy.
Not everyone who goes looking for waterfalls wants to embark on long, arduous hikes or scramble up talus slopes to see them.
Local resident tells story of kidnappping and survival in Mexican state of Michoacán
... After the guards returned from killing the young father of two, and after they had threatened the lives of everyone else in the cabin, they had Jose call his brother to see where the ransom money was. Jose told his brother the gruesome news.
Part One of Two: Local resident tells story of kidnappping and survival in Mexican state of Michoacán
Jose Sergio Garcia Villa waited for his eyes to adjust to the light as the blanket his kidnappers had covered him with an hour or two before was ripped from his face. Standing before him were five men, dressed in ski masks, assault rifles dangling from straps around their necks. One of them — perhaps the leader, Jose thought — stepped forward.
For people seeking healthcare services in Odell and Cascade Locks, there are few to no options that don’t involve driving to Hood River or Stevenson.
Once upon a time, like at last year’s Hood River County Fair, I dreamed that someday I would have unlimited time to actually look at the exhibits instead of just following my kids around and watching them ride roller coasters in varying degrees of scariness (not for them, but for me).
The annual 4-H and FFA market animal auction at the Hood River County Fair is always a hit and the event is getting bigger and better ever year.
The Hood River County Planning Department has denied an application to build a 160-foot commercial cellphone tower that was planned for construction on private property near Westside Elementary School.
The Port of Hood River will be keeping a close eye on the Hood River Bridge for the next several weeks to prepare for the likely increase in trucks that will be using the structure now that the Bridge of the Gods has stricter weight limits.
People from all walks of life came to Hood River Valley High School last Saturday to participate in Relay for Life of the Columbia Gorge and help end one of the most devastating diseases known to humankind: cancer.