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Julie Raefield-Gobbo

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Community College budget under-funded

Dr. Frank Toda, president of Columbia Gorge Community College, is taking an energetic stance in response to recent proposed Oregon State budget plans that would impact CGCC’s budget significantly.

March 20, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..

Coal protesters cry foul

“We’re going to stop that coal with the power of the soul!” recited Chaplain Mark Thomas of Hood River to the gathering local citizens.

March 15, 2013 2:31 p.m. read more..

Arts in Education award named for Steighner

“For artistry, excellence and dedication in arts education in our schools and community”: That is how a newly created award will honor future dedicated educators in Hood River County. This year’s first recipient of those eloquent accolades however is Hood River Valley High School Music Director Mark Steighner.

March 12, 2013 4:11 p.m. read more..

It's all in the family

Mother and son personify yin and yang; Davises grow, work together; Sheppards: Business success rests on enjoying each other's company; Capovillas: 'Simple, straight-up' pub family

March 12, 2013 2:56 p.m. read more..

A slice of local life: Blooming business brings beauty

Tammy Hall began her love affair with flowers when she was just 16. That’s when she took on the mantle of floral delivery person for her parents’ flower shop on the Heights. She’s taken a few detours since then, but always wound her way back to the blossoms.

March 8, 2013 2:10 p.m. read more..

HRV robotic teams advance to state

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.

March 1, 2013 2:37 p.m. read more..

Spanish GED class offered

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.

March 1, 2013 2:13 p.m. read more..

Little League treasurer pleads guilty to theft

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.

February 26, 2013 3:19 p.m. read more..

McAndie gets 52 months for attempted kidnap and rape

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.

February 26, 2013 3:17 p.m. read more..

Fathers, daughters dance the night away

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.

February 26, 2013 3:09 p.m. read more..

Theft suspect nabbed

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.

February 19, 2013 3:51 p.m. read more..

In photos, (f-stop) bullying

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.

February 19, 2013 3:50 p.m. read more..

Sinfonietta to herald ‘Heroic’ performances

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.”

February 19, 2013 3:37 p.m. read more..

Pair pulls man from icy waters

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.

February 8, 2013 2:32 p.m. read more..

Leaders change, Nestlé proceeds

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.

February 5, 2013 2:35 p.m. read more..

Teen photographers inspired at WAAAM

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.

February 5, 2013 2:31 p.m. read more..

Changes at La Clínica

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.

January 25, 2013 2:30 p.m. read more..

Dancer dares to do the Paso Doble

Paso Doble: Just saying the name of this Latin dance elicits romantic images of strong men, beautiful women, measured movements and passionate guitar strums.

January 23, 2013 3:37 p.m. read more..

Project Graduation asks for help

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.

January 15, 2013 2:09 p.m. read more..

Smoke alarm saves home

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.

January 8, 2013 1:41 p.m. read more..

Year in Review: A dynamic 2012

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.

January 2, 2013 noon read more..

Three safe after rescue

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.

December 28, 2012 2:02 p.m. read more..

Big Brothers mixes gratitude and friendship

“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.

December 26, 2012 3:52 p.m. read more..

A son’s unexpected gift arrives just in time

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.

December 26, 2012 2:51 p.m. read more..

Cascade Locks plugs in

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.

December 21, 2012 1:14 p.m. read more..

‘Oh, the weather outside is ...’

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.

December 18, 2012 12:56 p.m. read more..

‘A Night to Remember’ benefits HRMS programs

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.

December 18, 2012 12:46 p.m. read more..


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