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Julie Raefield-Gobbo

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Car crash sends two to hospital

At about 12:50 p.m. June 11, a crowd quickly gathered on Cascade Avenue at 20th Street after hearing the sounds of breaking glass and crunching metal. A three-vehicle crash at the site sent two Hood River men to the hospital — one to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and one, via LifeFlight, to Portland.

Woman found safe after search

“She’s a very tough person,” said Bill Pattison of his 80-year-old wife. Patricia Pattison of Hood River recently returned home relatively unharmed after spending the night out in the cold and rain on a hillside above the Hood River.

‘What is a great lesson your father taught you?’

Father’s Day offers a chance to acknowledge lessons

Fathers can be bountiful sources of wisdom and in honor of Father’s Day on Sunday, we asked people around town, “What is a great lesson your father taught you?”

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Three men injured, one dead in jump from Punch Bowl Falls

Punch Bowl Falls, a lush, dramatic and inviting forest-encased waterfall on Eagle Creek, enticed four cliff jumpers into its cool waters on June 2 and claimed the life of one man, leaving three others injured. Five friends took the Eagle Creek trail for a late spring hiking adventure: four made it home, but Jason Endicott, 25, of Cincinnati, Ohio, did not. His remains were recovered by search teams on June 3. At about 5 p.m. Sunday, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office received a report of multiple men injured at the falls.

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City responds to LUBA Naito remand and new evidence

Public may comment on waterfront project at June 10 meeting

At its May 28 meeting, the Hood River City Council considered two aspects of the proposed development of the Nichols Boat Basin waterfront area by Naito Development LLC. The project would create a 20,000-square-foot commercial building alongside an 88-room Hampton Inn & Suites hotel on city-regulated property adjacent to the exit 63 overpass.

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Sunderland in race for concert slot

online voting underway

Band releases first album and hopes to build their Oregon fan base with Weezer concert opening slot on June 21.

City Council wrangles with TRT allocation plan

Hood River City Councilors met May 28 to plow through some tough issues — the likely reason behind the large audience packed into the city hall chambers. On the agenda: an Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals remand (send-back) of the council’s decision previously approving the Naito development at the waterfront, and a Chamber of Commerce proposal addressing the potential shift in transient room tax dollars away from the Visitor Council budget.

Early fire season averted, but wet weather means more flash fuels

According to Jon Gehrig, wildfire coordinator for Hood River Fire and EMS, the unexpectedly heavy rains this last week are putting the fire season back to normal after an early drying spell that had threatened to advance the burn ban date. “No matter how you look at it, this is a lot of rain ... For fire, this means that, at least in the short to mid-term, fire danger should be at normal levels.”

Oregon bill calls for product toxin disclosures

At a recent workshop entitled “Toxins in Everyday Products,” Hood River pediatrician Rich Martin introduced a tough subject to his audience of 15 adults gathered in the basement conference room of the Hood River Library. Martin, as a pediatrician, is used to employing his calming voice to sooth. Lucky for the audience — because the information he shared, alongside presenters from the Oregon Environmental Council, was none too reassuring.

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Photo of the day: Kite Ninja

Like this flying ninja spotted at the event site recently, wind and wave warriors are sure to be out this weekend as weather warms and skies clear.

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Kaleidoscope: Where do we go from here? Seniors heading in all directions after graduation

Spring is a special and exciting time for high school seniors. With graduation on the horizon, these young adults are about to close one chapter of their lives and begin the next. But before they toss their caps to the wind and go their separate ways, we checked in with seven Hood River Valley High School and two Horizon Christian School seniors to get a glimpse into the heart and soul of the class of 2013.

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County sites go tobacco-free

In closed session, commissioners examine LUBA ruling on Barrett Park

Three members of the Hood River Commission on Children and Families arrived in force to hear the Hood River County Board of Commissioners’ decision during its May 20 regular meeting on whether to make all county properties “Tobacco and Smoke-Free.”

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Photo of the day: Good rain

Weekend weather in Hood River calls for showers and 64-66 degrees; good days for a wander through Good News Gardening with your umbrella.

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LUBA: County erred in Barrett Park decision

Average citizens who serve as representatives on local boards and commissions are charged with rendering decisions on often contentious and legally complex issues. In recent years, Hood River City Council members and commissioners alike have been asked to issue verdicts on far-reaching questions that have sent teams of lawyers scrambling for tiny details and complex legal language interpretations supporting their positions. Sometimes errors occur in that process, even with extensive research and diligence by those representatives.

Local cake baker’s gay marriage cake denial hits national news

Mt. Hood specialty cake designer, Pam Regentin, owner of Fleur Cakes, has made national news, following another Oregon business, “Sweet Cakes” of Gresham, in deciding against providing a wedding cake to a same sex couple. The incident occurred this week when Katie Pugh, a naturopathic physician contacted Regentin to arrange for a wedding cake for an upcoming ceremony in Hood River. Pugh was communicating by phone and then follow-up email when she used the word “she,” referring to her partner, Erin Hansen. The couple is from Portland.

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Kaleidoscope: Happy trails ... for you

Imagine a sculpted, looping series of trails that wind through city neighborhoods, along creek sides, through parks, schools and open lands — allowing any trail user beautiful and easy access to experience Hood River on a personal, down-to-earth level.

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Photo of the day: Oncoming storm

April showers bring May flowers but this incoming storm on May 13 brought a bit of majestic beauty.

City will annex Westcliff Drive

The hotels have been fixtures in the Hood River lodging landscape for generations. Now, they will become official members of the City of Hood River. During the May 13 City Council meeting, the Vagabond Lodge and the Columbia Gorge Hotel, along with a remaining unincorporated sliver of Westcliff Drive, were annexed into city boundaries. A total of 16.5 acres will now fall under full, city jurisdiction.

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Photo of the day: Savor the sunsets

Expect a few more days of glorious sunsets like this one on Mt. Adams as seen from Barrett Drive near Alameda. High today of 88 is predicted with 82 on Saturday then expected rain on Sunday and a high of only 70. Monday temperatures will drop to 64 with continued predicted rain.

Mother’s Day is more than meets the eye

Roots of the day run deep; official U.S. designation came in 1914

Appearing as a recent phenomenon — promoting the sale of chocolates and greeting cards — Mother’s Day has a rich heritage that carries more history and meaning than we may now recognize.

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Mother’s Day Musings

Mothers’ Day is May 12. We asked five Hood River residents of varying ages to tell us, “What do you love about your mother?” as a kind of Mothers’ Day card to moms everywhere.

$12M port budget reviewed

Plans for marina renovations and the completion of the airport runway extension will highlight Port of Hood River capital projects in the remainder of this fiscal year and through the next budget cycle.

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Photo of the day: Let's go fly a kite

Sunny skies, warm winds and cool water. Columbia River playground is now open.

Project Graduation to raffle car and scooter

Seniors eligible, gift tickets okay

Every teen dreams of having their own wheels. Thanks to Project Graduation, two lucky seniors at HRV will have that wish fulfilled if they attend the senior graduation night party planned for June 7.

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Warm, dry spring means increased fire danger early

Two wildfires broke out over the weekend near The Dalles, timed perfectly for the beginning of “Wildfire Awareness” week in Oregon, and serving as early warning for Gorge residents.

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Photo of the day: Mountain's majesty

Mt. Hood as seen from McCurdy Farms fruit stand at Tucker Road and Portland Drive.

With persistence, contractor sees his invention reach new heights

Everyone knows the challenge and fear of carrying out home maintenance jobs that require tool management while standing on a sloped roof.

Spirits distillery in the works at waterfront business park

If the valley’s myriad gem-tone wines and amber-colored brew selections are not to your liking, another adult beverage producer is about to remedy that for visitors and locals alike – and no, that wouldn’t be another hard cider operation.

City wrangles with budget

Fire services vs. parks discussed

Park maintenance and mowing have been on the list of concerns voiced by citizens at recent City Council meetings. The impacts of city budget constraints are becoming more visible to the general public.

Frosty weather takes toll on crops

Cherry commission estimates 5-10 percent loss in HR valley

You’ve probably heard it: that hearty, rhythmic thwop-thwop-thwop that rouses you from your early morning dreams. Or you may have noticed a brownish-dull haze hanging in the skies.

Teens’ good wishes sail across the Valley

The colorful string of handcrafted flags lifted into the air, fluttering peacefully in the Hood River winds. Teens and teachers raised their hands in benediction, sending their wishes for peace, prosperity, kindness and community out toward the towns they call home.

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Eager to achieve

Spanish GED program brings local learners together

Gleaming rays of evening light illuminate the cafeteria of Hood River Middle School, providing an appropriate reflection of the uplifted mood shared by the 65 or so adults gathered inside.

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Photo of the day: Flowers in the field

Atop York Hill, mustard flowers frame a cloud capped Mt. Hood.

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Runner’s story is a triumph amidst tragedy

Inundated by the tragic aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, it would be easy to forget the many stories of hope connected to the run itself.

Teammates rally around teen

Two Cystic Fibrosis fundraisers planned April 28, May 4-5

Courtney Erikson is a softball player. She understands that no one player succeeds without the help and support of their teammates and that every homerun is the result of each player’s contributions towards a unified goal.

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Earth Day, waterfront cleanup draw crowds

With volunteer workers edging over a hundred adults plus innumerable child-helpers, the Earth Day celebration and Waterfront park cleanup event on Saturday simultaneously brought smiles to faces and much-needed order to park landscaping.

City Council hears park concerns, roadway issues

Monday’s city council meeting brought new information tied to two large proposals — the Naito development at Nichols Boat Basin and a proposed annexation of Westcliff Drive into city boundary lines — and a small contingent of city residents alarmed about maintenance cuts now under way at nine city-owned parks.

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‘Adventures’ arrive in Hood River

Safari inspires book, vision leads to new publishing business

Joe O’Neill stands tall, wears a good-natured smile and hides a twinkle of mischief in his eyes — appropriate for a man who has experienced real-life adventures in both literal and high-tech jungles before making his home in Hood River.

Parkdale Grange dinner funds stolen

After a long day’s work sharing some home-cooked meals with visitors and locals alike, the Parkdale Grange found itself the victim of an unknown thief after the Blossom Fest gathering wrapped up on Saturday

Earth Day, waterfront cleanup draw crowds

With volunteer workers edging over a hundred adults plus innumerable child-helpers, the Earth Day celebration and Waterfront park cleanup event on Saturday simultaneously brought smiles to faces and much-needed order to park landscaping.

Mentors bring success to local youth, community

There are 15 teens in the Gorge who can now boast something not many others can say they have: a mentor.

LUBA rules on Naito

Ruling cites for errors by city in waterfront decision

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals recently issued a ruling that will require the Hood River City Council to address several land use planning “errors” made when the city approved an application to develop a hotel and commercial building complex at the Hood River waterfront near exit 62.

A slice of local life: Apple Valley artist creates homemade perfection

The sweet aroma of delicious dark purple berries bubbling on the stove. Vibrant patterned fabric aprons and purses hanging gaily from antique wooden racks. Delectable pies of every variety calling out, tempting, from inviting display cases.

Crash at county building proves fatal

An elderly man driving a gold Subaru Legacy crashed into a GMC Sierra truck parked in front of the Hood River County Administration building at 601 State St. on Thursday, at 4:04 p.m.

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City rules on County Club Road issues

Flood plain concerns dominate Naito waterfront project talks

Two large projects at opposite ends of the city were the focus of attention at the Hood River City Council meeting on April 8.

Emerald isle enchants HRV singers with a bejeweled journey and a bit’o mischief

The inspiring quote above, often misattributed as the U.S. Postal Service motto, is fitting to describe the Hood River Valley High School Chamber Singers’ recent adventures in Ireland during a nine-day performance tour.

Emergency voucher program needs help

More volunteers, money needed to serve community

Last year more than 500 individuals sought a helping hand through the Hood River Emergency Voucher Program: About 200 of those were children.

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A slice of local life: Good News for the Garden — Rhea Hergenrather

As delicate scents waft on softening spring breezes, a stroll through the life’s work of Rhea Hergenrather will bring most visitors a deep sense of wonder and calm.

Sue Collins pleads guilty, moves away

One year has passed since Hood River travel agent Sue Collins, owner of Cascade Travel, left Kay Ericksen and her daughter Sarah Keller of Hood River scrambling for Disneyland vacation airline tickets at triple the price, just hours before their flight was to take off. The family had paid for their trip months in advance.

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