Towns and times: across the U.S. by bus — and back
"What — were the wagon trains all booked?" This was just one response I got when I told people I had returned from a cross-country Greyhound bus trip.
“Let us honor and respect the sacrifice of all those who sacrificed for their country, and continue to do,” Rev. Carl Casey, American Legion Post commander, said Monday in his benediction at the community Memorial Day observance at Idlewilde Cemetery.
A beer and cider tasting at Venue 301 (301 Oak Street) for the Hood River County Education Foundation will provide tastes of six beers and three ciders on First Friday, June 3.
Jay Garcia tells Crestline Construction employee Colleen Kemp Wednesday that, coming down the stairs, he wasn’t sure if they were open at Sherman Street.
Hood River City Council will hold a special meeting in early June to address two topics: appointing a new council member to replace Laurent Picard, and wording of licensing rules (aka Title 5) on short term rentals.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden wrapped up a district-wide tour Friday with a sparsely-attended town hall at the Port of Cascade Locks’ pavilion.
Recusal matter also affects Councilor Becky Brun,
Passage by City Council of a moratorium on new applications for short term rentals was just one development on Monday in this long-simmering controversy in the City of Hood River.
Talk about the chance to Mark your ballot.
The bowls don’t stay empty for long.
I just might call it “Houndlandia.”
Joanna Holmes drops off her ballot Monday at the Hood River County Administration building, Sixth and State, one of two official drop-off points for May 17 Primary ballots.
WELL SAID: “An inch is a long time.”
Emmy-award winning animator Teresa Drilling of Portland visited Hood River recently for a series of school and after-school workshops on stop-motion animation, which she terms “an esoteric little art form.”
Gorge Kitchen, Hood River’s new Kombucha brewery and dairy-free ice cream creamery, is scheduled to open May 6.
Wednesday brought a listening event unlike any other to Hood River.
The April 21 Hood River Republican Central Committee gathering was part GOP meeting, part debate, and it held its share of lively moments. At Hood River Valley Adult Center, a crowd of mostly retirees gathered, a table filled with juice and coffee on one side of the room, tables covered with lawn signs, brochures and other campaign material on the other, and four speakers up front.
City Council will deliberate May 9
Economic impacts and private property rights. Housing availability and neighborhood preservation.
Check your mail in the next few days: the distinctive long envelope with the pink “Election” logo should arrive no later than Monday.
A homeless man and a family with three children were among the recipients of bikes Sunday in the spring bike drive held by Anson Pulk, 9, and friends.
Wy’east Fire District firefighter Dave Rummel sprays water on a permitted burn that got out of hand April 21 near Panorama Point.
CCA founder and theater veteran Judie Hanel is first recipient of the award named for her
Judie Hanel took home a new award that is named for her, the Judie Hanel Service award, at the 10th anniversary awards night at Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) on April 2.
Spring is a fascinating time; sometimes you can just taste it, with strange results.
Tarwater Tavern on Jewett in White Salmon hosts a tap takeover by 11 breweries in Breweries in the Gorge, 5 p.m. on April 20.
WELL SAID: As City Council and staff discussed the water line installation project for busy Rand Road set to happen next month — see notice at right — Public Works director Mark Lago was asked by Councilor Mark Zanmiller if sidewalk improvements could be done at the same time (answer, no, this is being done with water line funding) so Planning Director Cindy Walbridge joked, “How about a kind of slip and slide for the summer?” That drew a laugh, but City Manager Steve Wheeler’s wry remark was, “Cindy is a great planning director, but perhaps she is not ready for the job of parks and rec director.”
Columbia Center for the Arts has poTENtial — the center’s 10th anniversary series started off April 4 with 100 people in attendance to hear “Martin Marten” author Brian Doyle in a wide-ranging and hilarious talk.
The Mozart opera in town this weekend won’t be longhair music, unless you mean the hipsters’ beards.
On Portland Drive on the afternoon of April 7, firefighters responded to a fire in a row of arborvitae at the home of Lee and Norma Curtis.
The cooking area is part of the name and the experience at Pine Street Kitchen, which opened in February and is doing brisk business. It’s next door to, and shares a dish room with, the founders’ Pine Street Bakery.
Hood River’s two newest cideries will be among those pouring Saturday at the third annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest in Odell.
Go east, brother.
Dan Peterson of Hood River is the microbiology-trained brains and brawn behind Ferment, one of Oregon’s newest breweries, and a unique one.
‘Feel free’ to comment again, planning director says Monday
The protracted and controversial work of short term rental (STRs) regulations moves from the appointed Planning Commission to the elected City Council.
About 30 people, young and old, turned out Friday afternoon for an impromptu “community run” on Indian Creek Trail.
Work is almost complete on the City of Hood River’s $1.3 million sewer outfall relocation project that has closed the Hook recreation area all winter.
Boots were as helpful as baskets Saturday at the egg hunt.
Racing is just part of the fun for skiers from Washington School for the Blind
An overnight at Mt. Hood Town Hall was just one part of the fun for a group of novice skiers on March 9-10.
Principal for the Day might just be a cool new tradition at Parkdale Elementary School.
Bracket-heads used four-letter words over the weekend.
Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom holds its ninth anniversary party on March 19, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Kids welcome (free) until 8 p.m. Entry is $5 (21 and over) and includes a souvenir mug.
LOOK UP: If you’re thirsty and want a soda with a local touch, try a Jones strawberry lime — that’s White Salmon resident Paul Kline’s image on the label. A Jones Soda Co. letter to Kline told him that just one percent of all submitted photos get used.
In the craft beverage world, “sail” is spoken for, meaning Spoke and Sail needs to find a new name.
CAST Theatre staged reading opens Friday
Nancy Reagan’s death on March 6 adds a poignant timeliness to the opening of “Other Desert Cities."
'May you find peace'
Candlelight, television spotlights and the stream of headlights illuminated the “Love for All” vigil.
DaBrewshop is back. Dana Price, left, has purchased the tap room and home brew supply, and OLCC permit, and Brian Woodward will serve as bartender.
Chip Dickenson, one of the new owners of the new cidery on the Heights, talks with customers March 10, the establishment’s first day serving craft cider.
Just as I did in 2003 and in 2005, I am writing a letter a day.
Following his assault on Feb. 29, Kozen Sampson is feeling “grateful I was not terribly hurt.”
A service group that goes back to 1969 and a woman who has served her neighbors for 25 years received the Hearts of Gold Awards Saturday.
Twenty-five years in, Andrew McElderry allows himself an un-appetizing description of the first pizzas he ever made.
Hood River Warming Shelter closes next week but it will have a boost to start the 2016-17 season courtesy of customers of Columbia Bank.