Jan Veldhuisen Virk and Mark Johnson easily kept their seats on the Hood River County School District Board of Directors in voting in the May 21 Special Districts election. Virk gained 1,683 votes (66.9 percent) to 792 for Tim Counihan, a research biologist running for school board for the first time. Johnson was the only name on the ballot for Position 6, but write-in candidate Mary Reynolds gained 39.7 percent of the votes in the 314-207 race.
Nick Hogan has established roots in Hood River in his 10 years with Hood River County School District and hopes to remain in the community. Hogan announced his resignation this week as finance director of the school district, following a spring in which he weathered criticism over his handling of district finances. “I have come to truly love this community and it’s my hope to explore other opportunities to remain here,” said Hogan.
Anna and Pedro Pederson of Vancouver and Mona Knudson of Argentina sampled local Anjous as they held glasses of wine Sunday. At the Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Festival in Hood River, combinations of flavors and sounds kept about 3,200 entertained over the weekend at the third-annual event hosted by Hood River Rotary. Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum hosted the festival.
For Hood River Valley Track and Field, there is plenty to look forward to this weekend as 14 athletes will leave for Eugene at noon on Thursday to compete at the OSAA State Track and Field meet.
Fiona Wylde does fine in cold water or the hot seat. Within the same week in Hood River, Wylde, 16, won Gorge Cup and Gorge Soup. Wylde, who competes internationally, made history Sunday as the first female to win overall in a Gorge Cup Series windsurfing event.
School district budget committee hears pleas to fund program in 2013-14
The next school year will have a linoleum budget for Hood River County School District. Basic carpeting might be available later. “You are looking at a budget that is the floor,” Supt. Charlie Beck told the district budget committee Monday in its meeting at Hood River Valley High School.
Enjoy unimpeded traffic on State Street this summer, because after Labor Day, “it will pretty much get torn up,” according to chief designer Devry Bell. Bell and his partner Stoner Bell, City Manager Bob Francis and Public Works Director Mark Lago met with members of the community Thursday to describe the 2013-14 Urban Renewal project that formally starts June 3, and will last 18 months.
3rd annual benefit at WAAAM raises funds for scholarships
Vintners pour their wines, artists display their skills, and chefs serve their best during the Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Festival May 18-19 in Hood River. And students will reap the benefits of all that sharing and tasting of wares in the third annual Rotary benefit event.
FISH food bank organization has moved one giant step closer to realizing its goal of a building project on Tucker Road in Hood River.
Hood River County School District received a well-timed windfall on Monday. The district learned over the weekend that it will receive an additional, and unexpected, $2.1 million in state school support funding over the next two school years.
Wednesday’s Hood River County School Board meeting had a going-away party feel.
Mothers’ Day is May 12. We asked five Hood River residents of varying ages to tell us, “What do you love about your mother?” as a kind of Mothers’ Day card to moms everywhere.
Susie Rowe, new owner of the Sandbar Café, watches at 8:15 a.m. May 9 as the café moves into place at the Hood River waterfront,
Owners take new approach to running historic business
The futons are gone, but the view remains forever. A six-figure renovation effort continues at Lost Lake Resort and campground, which re-opened May 1 for campers, lodge and cabin guests, hikers and boaters.
Employees honored at centennial party and open house
ODELL — A hundred-years’ hubbub filled Diamond Fruit Growers packing plant and offices on April 24.
Get ready to “feel the awkward”.
New superintendent Dan Goldman hears sobering news, praises district
Joyful sounds of fifth graders playing ukeleles gave way to somber tones of serious budget cut news at Wednesday’s meeting of the Hood River County School Board.
Public Forum duo repeats as titlists, advances to nationals
With some competitions, it’s “all in the wrist,” or “all in your head.”
‘Reverse 9-1-1’ and building ordinance also fill long agenda
Repairs have been made but there’s just a trickle of trouble with the Oak Grove water, meaning the boil-water order remains in place for an unknown length of time for Oak Grove Water District patrons.
Parks Redwine is summit’s founder and wine importer who sets up a flight of secrets to the trade
There’s more than fruit, grapes, honey and grain that goes into the Northwest Wine Summit, April 18-20 in Hood River.
With a sweet thud, a 31-year-old track and field record fell on Tuesday.
Niko Peterson was in a big hurry Sunday. So much that all 7 pounds, 1 ounce of him demanded an early entry into the world. Niko was born in his parents’ car on Sunday at 10:35 a.m. on State Street near 10th.
Panicked crowds and no phone service added to the fears for a Hood River family separated just yards away at the time of the Boston bombings.
Diamond turns 100
ODELL — Diamond Fruit Growers is just part of the neighborhood for three employees with 40-plus years with the company.
Fruit packing house opens doors to public April 24
One of Hood River’s biggest, and oldest, businesses is holding a little party. Diamond Fruit Company hosts an open house on April 24, celebrating its centennial.
The shape of an artistic life is unique to each person, and for Karen Watson of Hood River, shape is the basis of everything.
Small but potent is the “bug” that could become the Oregon State Microbe, the first designation of its kind in the U.S.
Andrew’s Pizza and Skylight Theatre and Yum Yogurt represent dinner, a pint and dessert all under one roof.
CASCADE LOCKS — The town’s business district is about to undergo a major change, with a coffee shop and fish market both set to open this spring.
Horticulturist says recent variable weather likely won’t harm fruit crop
The recent up-and-down weather patterns in Hood River valley yet will not pose any significant impact to developing orchard fruit.
Donna Reuter heads to her hometown of Spokane for the Northwest Old Time Fiddlers Regionals April 13 after winning first place in state last weekend.
Julisa Ramirez receives a bag full of stuffed bears in thanks for saving family from house fire
It is not unusual for students at Parkdale Elementary to cheer each other on, for any number of reasons, but a unique and inspiring occasion for applause took place Friday.
CASCADE LOCKS —Chuck Thomsen and Mark Johnson of Hood River held their first joint town hall meeting Thursday at the Port Pavilion Building, a gathering attended by 25 people.
PARKDALE — A school board member and the fire chief got into the act as Kim Vogel got “syrup and feathered” on Friday at Parkdale Elementary School.
Asbury faithful vacate sanctuary, with challenge to carry the light with them
The youngest to the oldest members of Asbury United Methodist Church took active part in Sunday’s decommissioning service for the building, at 616 State St.
‘Dam break’ and ‘shooting’ scenarios happen together
Up in the hills and down in the town, responders tested their skills in a dual “emergency” Thursday.
In three months immersed in the classics, I found my rock ‘n’ roll fix in a Field.
An appreciation of an “Gloves are very interesting. It’s almost like a second skin, because they’ve been with us for so long.” — Wren Andrews
Accessory buildings: Larger issue of renting units will wait for another day
The Hood River County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to open a small door within a wide issue.
Quick-thinking Julisa Ramirez, 8, saved her family from tragedy Sunday in the first house fire in Parkdale in more than five years.
Saturday’s Feast of Words turned out to be an encyclopedia of giving.
Case made for legally putting qualified immigrants back in the driver’s seat
Speakers told their tales of legal obstacles and life realities at a forum on immigration reform last week in Hood River.
Pfriem Family Brewing More room to make beer — and bottle it, too.
HR Ciderworks, Fox-Tail, Hood Valley all start up
Will Hood River become the cider capital of America?
A look at some family-owned businesses in the Gorge
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
Ever wanted to see where your newspaper comes from? Watch the video to get a glimpse!
The newly licensed 16-year-old pilot profiled in a 1999 edition of the Hood River News has moved way beyond Cessna.
Resume includes three years with Bend Visitor Bureau
Michael Glover of McCall, Idaho, will be the new executive director of the Hood River Chamber of Commerce.
Water ruins 1,800 cases, but employee-owners save stacks of Full Sail ale
Twenty-five guys gathered around beers on a Sunday morning but it wasn’t to watch sports on TV.
The 49th annual Pine Grove Fire Department auction on Saturday “went real smooth,” chairman Mike Frahm said. “We had a good year. It was good crowd, about normal, but it stayed longer.