Three Hood River Valley High School robotics teams won state championship slots at OMSI’s First Tech Challenge qualifying tournament on Feb. 24. They all advance to finals this weekend.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., recently pledged to extend the Secure Rural Schools program for at least another year, hoping to buy time to craft a long-term solution for replacement of lost timber harvest funds and blocked tax revenue for rural communities. The legislative pair currently chair two powerful committees in the Senate and represent some of the hardest hit timber-reliant counties in the country.
It is no wonder that local educators have been exploring ways to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking families; close to 30 percent of the population of Hood River County is of Hispanic origin according to the 2010 U.S. Census. In addition, over 28 percent of county residents speak a language other than English in the home.
Jennifer Bailey, 41, of Hood River, pleaded guilty to Theft I tied to her embezzlement of $21,451.92 in cash from the Hood River County Little League. Bailey was arrested Nov. 20 and was originally charged with theft in the first degree-aggravated, and forgery in the second degree.
Former high school teacher pleads guilty
At a recent settlement conference, Donald Stuart McAndie, a hearing specialist who has been employed in Hood River and The Dalles, pleaded guilty to one count each of attempted rape, attempted kidnapping, attempted unlawful sexual penetration and attempted sexual abuse.
YoungLife dance event a success
With rhinestones, tiaras, feather boas and elegant attire of every kind on full display, more than 150 beautiful young ladies were joined by their fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and other male mentors at the first-ever YoungLife Father-Daughter Dance on Feb. 23.
Ghosts, sword fights, spies, poisoned cups, madness and an evil king will bring intrigue and drama to audiences in the Hood River Valley High School production of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” running weekends March 1 through March 16.
Driver also linked to Portland bank robbery
Just after 11 p.m. on Feb. 17, Hood River Police Officer Jacob Ferrer responded to a reported theft of a pickup truck from the 600 block of 30th Street. The man later turned out to be a suspect in a Portland bank robbery.
Teen’s photography earns national prize
Sadie Shepard is an artist. She, at just 17, has learned to value her different perspective on the world, and has learned to help others do the same.
Viola soloist, Beethoven highlighted
Music has always played a part in stirring up patriotism in the hearts of humankind. Two Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta concerts slated for this weekend will explore that phenomenon through their presentation of “The Heroic Spirit in Music.”
“The only constant is change,” said Kevin Branson, USPS postmaster for Hood River. Being practical and adaptable is just part of the work he does.
Walter & the Conqueror is living up to its name.
Deputy Supt. for Public Instruction Rob Saxton announced this week that Oregon’s student graduation rates for 2012 were up slightly over the past year.
Standing amid the sawdust-laden benches under a bower of woodworking tools, Deb and Dan Baxter of Hood River exude the calm confidence, directness and easy manner of longtime work mates — a perfect analogy for their marriage of 30 years.
Joey Soto and Cory Gross jumped to the rescue of 77-year-old man
Two young heroes employed at the Best Western Hood River Inn took fast action at the Columbia River on Tuesday around 1:25 p.m., pulling a 77-year-old man to safety from frigid river water. The victim’s family has requested his name be withheld.
People visiting Hood River often remark on the high level of creative expression evident in the community. Apparently, that culture of artistry begins early.
In Cascade Locks, future use of Oxbow Springs pending
Some of the first specific steps needed to secure water resources for a proposed Nestlé bottling facility are now under way for the City of Cascade Locks, despite a roller-coaster of leadership.
It seems that the sleek industrial beauty of autos and airplanes can inspire a wide-range of creative interpretation. That is what photography students of HRVHS art teacher Amirra Malak discovered while on a recent photo shoot hosted by the Western Antique, Aeroplane and Automobile Museum on Tucker Road.
Big sales expected as U.S. fruit gains major global market
As any good economist can tell you, one of the biggest emerging markets for U.S. goods can be found halfway around the world — in China.
Dads, uncles, grandfathers and male mentors of young women — now is the time to start a new tradition of fun and festivities with the girls in your life.
Community health center grows — and restructures
The sluggish economy affects more than just for-profit businesses and La Clínica Del Cariño community health center is just one of many local and statewide charitable organizations feeling those effects.
How's the ice in your neighborhood?
Paso Doble: Just saying the name of this Latin dance elicits romantic images of strong men, beautiful women, measured movements and passionate guitar strums.
Jazz, harmony and Irish music featured
Tim Mayer and the Groove Project are pulling out the stops to support the HRVHS Chamber Singers’ upcoming tour to Ireland.
On Monday, two cases that have drawn close public attention again came before the court, but both received procedural delays.
New owners savor stories and spirits
A quartet of hopeful beer enthusiasts is setting down new roots in Cascade Locks at what was formerly known as the Pacific Crest Pub and Hostel.
Party slated for June 7, parent and business support needed
When it comes to celebrating graduation, a longtime, local tradition helps keep Hood River Valley High School seniors safe, sober and sharing a great night of fun. The annual all-night event, to be hosted this year on June 7, is called Project Graduation.
Adopt a Dog and Linda Vanderberg
With this article, the Hood River News begins a new weekly series offering a glimpse into the daily lives of local individuals and organizations.
A working smoke alarm and a quick fire department response helped prevent what could have been a devastating house fire on Jan. 6 at 1605 Sherman Ave. in Hood River.
Part Two of Two
Following are selected items from the second half of 2012 found in the headlines and photo essays offered in the Hood River News. (Part 1 ran in the Jan. 2 edition.)
Part One of Two
Whether you took to the streets against coal trains or fought for the right to ship local water to parts unknown in plastic bottles, the first six months of 2012 provided plenty of opportunities to become part of the local news scene.
Dec. 31 is the deadline for 2012 tax credit
Supporters of Oregon’s arts, heritage and humanities have just hours remaining to take advantage of a very special incentive to sustain Oregon culture.
The renowned former Poet Laureate of Oregon, William Stafford, would have been 99 on Jan. 17.
Six agencies search White River Canyon on Mount Hood
A trio of backcountry enthusiasts, attempting an overnight snowshoe trip into the White River Canyon area of Mount Hood, was ultimately rescued on Dec. 24 after becoming lost in heavy snowfall conditions and dense fog on Dec. 23.
The teams arrived in cheerful clusters to the front lobby of Walmart on Dec. 16, with charitable hearts a-ready and gift lists in hand.
“Bigs” and “Littles” celebrated together on Dec. 8, when the Moose Lodge in The Dalles hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge.
More Christmas Memories from the Hood River News staff: ‘The best time of year’: Christmas is found in the music
I can still picture the moment each December when we would open up the old piano bench and dig down through to find the treasure trove of sheet music for Christmas.
If you can hear the soft, lilting voice of Bing Crosby singing “I’ll be home for Christmas ... You can count on me ...” then you already know that sweet, sorrowful mixture of love and sadness that comes when a soldier away from home longs for a return to family for the holidays.
New electric car charging station dedicated
The weather was rainy and windy, typical for a winter’s day in Cascade Locks, but the moods of the gathered electric vehicle enthusiasts were warm and sunny.
It’s called “black ice” because it tends to look like the rest of the pavement on the road.
Tuesday morning brought a cold blast of winter reality when the first two-hour delay notice arrived through countywide email alerts telling families that the season of snowy roads is upon us.
Spirited creativity may be found in both familiar and unfamiliar places within the walls of Hood River Middle School. In the spirit of holiday giving and celebration, on Thursday 7-8:30 p.m., two of the most engaging programs at HRMS will be offering “A Night to Remember,” an evening of music, delicious desserts and a chance to support kids and teachers with vision.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Mister Rogers
The Hood River County Planning Department is fielding inquiries and concerns from several neighbors near Westside Elementary School over the proposed installation of a 160-foot-tall commercial cell tower.
A local coalition of doctors, nurses, other health care providers and community members are banding together to create a new vision for health care in the Gorge and across Oregon.
The annual “pie-in-the-sky” target is 200,000 cans of food collected for Hood River County residents in need. Last year, the Hood River Valley High School student food drive for FISH food bank netted close to 124,000.
CGCC hosts forum, provides local stepping stone
“It was never a question that I would go to college,” said Chief Diversity Officer Jilma Meneses of Portland State University. “It was never a question that my daughters would go to college.”
Dec. 9 concert benefits United Way agencies
Imagine a sumptuous musical mixture of rock, pop and classical all swirled together like a peppermint parfait served up by world-class musicians presented with high energy and uplifting spirit.
Judge sets $100,000 cash bail, release contingencies
The tension and disturbing allegations tied to a five-count indictment for rape and kidnap allegedly committed by Home Valley, Wash., resident and former teacher Donald Stuart McAndie were palpable Tuesday morning in the Hood River courtroom of Judge Paul Crowley.
An innovative tech-teaching project is under way in Hood River County thanks to the Hood River County Education Foundation’s Innovative Teaching grant program, according to Paul Lindberg, executive director for the organization.