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Julie Raefield-Gobbo

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Candle sets house ablaze

A candle burning in a bedroom most likely ignited the second-story fire at 1015 Columbia St. on Sept. 30, said Hood River Fire Chief Devon Wells.

October 3, 2012 noon read more..

Meter thief at large

With the quiet of a burglar’s finely finessed tools or through a brute hacksaw meter-decapitation, someone has been making off with parking money from the City of Hood River.

October 3, 2012 noon read more..

Jesuit Volunteer Corps profiles: Monique Stenger

Using an analytical brain, matched with a caring heart, Monique Stenger is taking on a much-needed task at PHRMH. She will be working to eliminate barriers to women who need to obtain mammogram cancer screenings, but who might not be able to afford them.

September 25, 2012 2:45 p.m. read more..

Jesuit Volunteer Corps profiles: Hollis Dunlop

Racing between four food-based assistance programs in Hood River is just about the right pace of service work for Hollis Dunlop, whose high energy is fueled by passionate dedication to creating equal access to food.

September 25, 2012 2:40 p.m. read more..

Jesuit Volunteer Corps profiles: Daniel Taylor

Leaving behind a rural home in Texas replete with alligators and swamps, Daniel Taylor is bringing his degree in philosophy to his volunteer service with Columbia Gorge Community College. His future plans to become a physician or research scientist will, according to him, be enriched by his year with JVC.

September 25, 2012 2:37 p.m. read more..

Chinese teacher welcomed at HRV

Acting fast on an unexpected opportunity sometimes yields surprisingly good outcomes. As a result of some quick action, Hood River Valley High School Principal Karen Neitzel was able to create an unusual and exciting opportunity for her students — and the community at large.

September 22, 2012 noon read more..

Brown marmorated stink bugs are spreading

This invader eats just about everything that is grown commercially in Hood River. They call it the BMSB for short, but its full common name is the brown marmorated stink bug. It’s a name local growers will become very familiar with, very soon.

September 15, 2012 noon read more..

Fire in the Gorge

What started as four small fires along Highway 141 in Washington at about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, has now burned over 1,200 acres of open land between White Salmon and Husum. As of press time on Friday morning, officials were reporting a 40 percent containment of the fire.

September 8, 2012 noon read more..

Extension cord blamed in Eliot Road house fire

According to West Side Fire Marshall Jim Trammel, the Aug. 27 blaze at 3099 Eliot Drive in the Heights began as a failure of an outdoor extension cord. A garage, a motor home and a car were completed destroyed and a modular home received damage. No injuries occurred.

September 1, 2012 noon read more..

Stabbing suspect is in custody

After living off of orchard fruit and hiding out in rugged forest lands since he allegedly stabbed his employer on Aug. 18, suspect Edgar Omar Rodriguez-Garibo, 38, was taken into custody following a nighttime sheriff’s department stake-out on Aug. 25.

August 29, 2012 noon read more..

Fire guts garage, vehicles

A giant cloud of billowing, black smoke sent residents to their phones on Monday afternoon as fire blazed through two structures and two vehicles at 3099 Eliot Road.

August 29, 2012 noon read more..

Travel agent Sue Collins loses small claims case

With charges on his credit card account totaling over $42,000 for flights that actually cost closer to $18,000, Mark Flaming, of Hood River, sought a civil judgement against Cascade Travel owner Sue Collins in the court room of Judge John A. Olson on Aug. 22.

August 25, 2012 noon read more..

Mt. Hood orchardist attacked by employee

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a local man who allegedly attacked a woman at a Highway 35 farm on Saturday afternoon. The suspect is identified as Edgar Omar Rodriquez-Garibo, 38.

August 22, 2012 noon read more..

Healthcare with an alternative view

The divide between western medical practice and eastern health strategies may be a step closer to harmony with the opening of a new integrative medicine practice under the leadership of Erin Martin, D.O., M.P.H.

August 18, 2012 noon read more..

Librarian Steighner to retire

She had been sharing her love of reading with her young son, and then thought about sharing that love with other children. That was the initial enticement that drew veteran children’s librarian Hillary Steighner to apply for the children’s librarian position with the Hood River County Library back in 1987.

August 15, 2012 noon read more..

Faraway fires fuel Gorge haze

Hazy days in the Gorge are a bit of a surprise when normally sky-clearing winds have been blowing. But, as many river users have noticed, haze has been on the daily menu over the last week.

August 1, 2012 noon read more..

Idlewild Market meets niche needs

If you’ve got an urgent need for some of life’s basic necessities, Nina Buckley of the newly opened Idlewild Market, on Fourth Street and Cascade Avenue, has got just what you’re looking for.

August 1, 2012 noon read more..

Cascade Travel owner charged with theft

Sue Collins, owner of Cascade Travel in Hood River, has been charged with four misdemeanor counts of theft II, according to Hood River Police Detective Don Cheli, lead investigator on the case. Collins is scheduled to appear in Hood River Circuit Court on Aug. 6.

July 25, 2012 noon read more..

Recreation renaissance in Cascade Locks

Mountain biking, kayaking, cycling, hiking, sailing, kite boarding and windsurfing are more than just great sports activities in the Columbia Gorge. They represent a significant regional economic engine — fueled by growing participation —which yields substantial local spending.

July 21, 2012 noon read more..

Cherries feel sky’s wrath

Thursday night’s second series of thunderstorms raged through the valley with dazzling lightening displays, downpours and even a smattering of hail.

July 21, 2012 noon read more..

Speakboxx combines vintage, high-tech

If vintage, retro and classic are styles that ring your bell, but you still insist on high-tech sound quality, then Luke Nance, 23, has found his target consumer in you.

July 21, 2012 noon read more..

CGCC rewards excellence in 2012

Two outstanding members of the Columbia Gorge Community College faculty and staff have netted awards of excellence for the 2011-12 school year. Both share a dedication and belief in their work that others recognize as extraordinary.

July 14, 2012 noon read more..

Hood River physician struck on bicycle

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital surgeon Christeen Osborn, 35, of Hood River, was struck and critically injured at around 1:24 p.m. July 7 while cycling five miles south of Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast.

July 11, 2012 noon read more..

Coal train derails

While the Hood River City Council has led the way in voicing fiery opposition to coal trains passing through Hood River, the battle over the toxic transports is just beginning. An “up-river” Mesa, Wash., derailment accident on July 2 may just add fuel to those flames.

July 7, 2012 noon read more..

Walmart: Use it or lose it?

Did Walmart lose its right to expand under the Hood River Municipal Code when the store became a nonconforming property and failed to take steps to finish construction?

July 7, 2012 noon read more..


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