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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.

Meter thief at large

Suspect sought in $7-$10K in losses, damages

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jesuit Volunteer Corps profiles:Justin Velez

“It’s a great way to live in another place, have an internship and experience an alternative living style,” said Justin Velez, a “veteran” JVC volunteer.

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Jesuit Volunteer Corps profile: Bianca Fernandez

Bianca Fernandez speaks three languages: English, Spanish and Italian. She also speaks a universal language recognized by people of every age — compassion.

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Service and Spirit: A community of inspired young adults arrives in Hood River

While much of today’s culture in the U.S. appears focused on the acquisition of wealth and the adoration of fame, there is a small group of young people who have just arrived in Hood River who are experimenting with a different world view; one more in line with the profoundly challenging guidance offered by Mother Seton.

Chinese teacher welcomed at HRV

Middle schoolers, adults can also enroll in language classes

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.

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Photo of the Day: September 19, 2012

Summer's flowers and warm weather are fading away, replaced by the cool, early morning nip of fall.

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Pole Creek fire survivors: ‘We were on our own’

Gorge trio describes harrowing escape from central Oregon fire

Imagine a vast, fantastic forest wilderness at your disposal, a week’s vacation ahead and two friends to share your backpacking adventure with.

Brown marmorated stink bugs are spreading

Search for egg predator is under way

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.

Corps, BPA celebrate Bonneville’s 75 years

During the Depression of the 1930s, one of the darkest economic times for the United States, a beacon of light shone forth from a monumental project spanning the Columbia River.

Cascade Creek fire on Mount Adams rages on

Anyone who looked to the north during daylight hours this week might have thought Mount Adams, the dormant volcano, had come back to life.

One wildfire extinguished, another ignites

Hwy. 141 fire nears containment, Mount Adams fire blazes

One fire comes to a close while another rages into full-gear. Welcome to high fire danger season in the Gorge.

Candles light way for suicide prevention

Hood River mother brings urgent message

When a family loses a relative to suicide, the survivors bear an especially painful grief.

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Fire in the Gorge

Highway 141 fire burning near White Salmon

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.

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.

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Stabbing suspect is in custody

Rodriguez-Garibo nabbed in Parkdale during night operation

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.

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Fire guts garage, vehicles

Nobody injured in Monday afternoon Eliot Drive blaze

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.

Travel agent Sue Collins loses small claims case

Mark Flaming awarded $9,346 after proving unauthorized credit card use

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.

Mt. Hood orchardist attacked by employee

Sheriff reports suspect Edgar Rodriguez-Garibo still at large

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.

Columbia Gorge Dance Academy

The company in motion

Great journeys often begin with small steps. In this case, we’re talking dance steps.

Columbia River Gorge Commission adds new members

Blaine replaces Reinig for HRC

Three new commissioners have joined the ranks of the Columbia River Gorge Commission, including one new representative from Hood River.

Healthcare with an alternative view

Osteopathic physician opens integrated medicine practice

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.

Summer Internet scams and squash multiply prodigiously

Get ready for a terrible story from someone you know — but before you get out your wallets, read on.

Fallen firefighters memorial dedication Sunday in Odell

1 p.m. ceremony includes honors for Louis Bud Mohr and John Hazlett

With wildfire season upon us, what better time to recognize and honor those citizens who dedicate their lives to protecting the community from the dangers of fire.

Monks give, receive blessings, farewells

With spiritual blessings for Hood River, the Gorge and the entire world, six Tibetan monks brought the beauty of sand mandala art to Hood River’s library this last week.

Peace Village engages kids in camp with a purpose

Five years ago a group of parents from across faith communities gathered together to share a vision; seeking a way to teach children peace-building skills, and teach them early.

Librarian Steighner to retire

Children’s party planned for Aug. 17

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.

Hood River providers organize for uninsured

Hood River County has one of the highest rates of uninsured individuals in the state (about 33 percent versus the state average of 21 percent).

New heights: Tanner Brownback is second 8-year-old in family to summit Hood

Common sense tells us that features like blue eyes or straight hair tend to run in families.

Travel agent arraigned on felony

Police say additional theft charges pending against Sue Collins

Charges and complaints against Cascade Travel owner Sue Collins, are mounting.

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.

To this day, the carousel continues and continues ...

Her eyes were adorned with delicate petals of color. Her smile blazed with the sweetest, unselfconscious joy. As she surveyed her choices, Juliana Moore, 6, selected a brilliant white steed and took the reins.

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.

Daily exercise plan thwarts check fraud

HR Sports Club rebounds from major scam

Daily exercise routines promise to bring about good health and longer life. For Clark and Carol Emmerson, one particular daily routine also ensured the survival of their business.

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.

Recreation renaissance in Cascade Locks

Wayfinding, stewardship, connectivity are keys

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.

High-speed motorcyclist nabbed in Portland after 135-mph chase on I-84

Imagine cars traveling I-84 at 65 mph looking like a series of turtles in the pathway of an oncoming luge sled. That might have been the effect when a motorcycle driver, traveling at 135 mph, began weaving between the usual traffic stream on the morning of July 19 just outside of Hood River.

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.

Speakboxx combines vintage, high-tech

Business ideas run in the family

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.

Walk of Love: Relay for Life returns Saturday

This weekend several people in Hood River will be saved from a premature death. Several more neighbors will be spared surgeries. Your own father or mother may be given 30 extra years of life.

Motorists help take dangerous drivers off Interstate 84

Two incidents happen in five-hour period

“No man is an island” – That old saying took on a new twist July 13, when after a crash, flat tire and 10 miles of erratic driving, a drunk driver was corralled into submission along the shoulder of I-84 by four other drivers.

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.

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.

Rain Storm Results: Cherries doused by cloudbursts

For every cherry farmer, the key to harvest success at this time of year is fruit maturity, timing, weather and a lot of luck.

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Lightning heralds wildfire season

Crack! Rumble! Flash! Repeat.

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.

Walmart: Use it or lose it?

City Council must re-examine Walmart vested right question

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?