QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Where does all the white go when the snow melts? Well, since it involves melting, perhaps that is next week’s question, or the week after that …
Dist. 2 rep conducts ‘telephone town hall’
Keep elements of the ACA but not the ACA.
One of Hood River County’s longest-standing elected officials left stepped out of the public eye last month after 18 years of service.
Mayor Paul Blackburn, right, presents four retirees — with a total of 100 years’ service to the city — with retirement plaques at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Weather-related closures have kept patrons out of the Hood River Library in the past week, but on Friday, that changed.
Giving into the juggernaut winter, here is an all-weather, chains off edition of The Porch, asking the question: Will we now add “Yaktrax” to that list of standard Hood River equipment?
Among the quietest places in the Gorge was Interstate 84 for the past four days; the freeway finally reopened at 11 p.m. Thursday.
Hope, awareness, and action. Those are the concepts to take forward, speakers said Monday at the Martin Luther King Day events at Riverside Community Church, sponsored by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries.
More than 80 people attended an outdoor rally for health care Sunday in Hood River, braving 15 degree weather and standing in the snow at Overlook Memorial Park at Second and State streets.
It was not Hood River’s first beer fest.
Waucoma Bookstore, Columbia Center for the Arts and Double Mountain Brewery are hosting author Leif Whittaker for a book talk Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave.
Looking for winter work, these three May Street students used a snow day off from school on Wednesday to drum up some snow shoveling business. From left are Grant Hardy, 11, Massimo Blanco, 11, and Sawyer Clement, 10.
Hood River Warming Shelter host Sandy Spellecy, right, briefs shelter volunteers Leigh Hancock, center, and Michelle Nijhuis on procedures at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the shelter site last week. On Jan. 8, the shelter moved to Covenant Christian Church.
Sometimes, you can go home again.
Waterfront parking changes postponed
Long discussions of sanctuary city and waterfront parking at city council led to a planned resolution on the former and a delay in the latter.
Waterfront merchants ask City to consider a plan to share off-street parking
The sanctuary city proposal and a revisiting of a parking meter decision highlight Monday’s agenda for Hood River City Council, meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
Breweries in the Gorge (B.I.G.) is offering its first “Holiday Hangover Brew Fest” in downtown Hood River. B.I.G. is a non-profit organization that is comprised of 12 breweries located in the Columbia Gorge region of Washington and Oregon, spanning from Washougal to The Dalles.
Downtown’s “cornerstone” has new owners.
The iconic Hood River Hotel has been sold to a group of Portland investors.
An open letter to Rob Mullens, University of Oregon athletic director.
Part Two: July to December
More snow. Six new inches fell in Hood River on Jan. 2, and nine or more inches in the upper valley, bringing the Gorge to within five days of one solid month with snow on the ground — the snowiest December in memory for the valley floor.
Maui Meyer came to Hood River for the surfing, and it is that verb, in an allegorical sense, he uses to describe his next phase of life. Meyer hopes to be appointed by the governor’s office to the Regional Solutions Team and plans to serve on the Rural Development Initiative, a non-profit group.
We met them in Kindergarten. Now, they are third-graders.
An end of the year is now a new year effort. The Hood River Valley High School food drive has been extended through January.
My goal of writing a letter a day in 2016 is nearly finished. Three to go.
The community has three days to bid on a painting for a unique non-profit benefit that is itself a unique piece of artwork.
This was the year that a readerboard stirred up some controversy.
Bonnie Taylor, left, talks with volunteer Darlene Daggett as she picks up her orders of holiday breads and cookies from the Fresh Start Culinary Program.
Firefighters Diego Vaca, left, and Kip Miller, right, welcome Finbar O’Donoghue, right, and his friends Jackson Bullock, left, Van Aiken and Jenner Baumhackl, aboard a Hood River Fire Engine for a special ride to school at May Street Elementary last month.
Patrons line up, and a U.S. Postal Service employee works the window for parcel pickups, Tuesday at the Hood River Post Office.
Second-grader Nolan Buel finds presents as names are called by his dad, Brandon Buel.
Hood River County Board of Commissioners on Monday overturned the Planning Commission ruling against DeeTour Hotel, developed by Apollo Land Holdings, saying the proposal meets the county Comprehensive Plan as an allowed use.
Hood River Towing’s Kenton Chandler loosened a jackknifed semi stuck at Third and Cascade streets
Food helps bolster shelves at FISH
Due to snow days and a general slow-down from the pre-holiday snow storm, the Hood River Valley High School food drive has been extended through Jan. 6 to the public, and to Jan. 12 at the school.
Two weeks of snow and ice appeared to abate Monday night, with warming temperatures and rain turning much of the snow to slush.
North Pole was half a mile away, but riders on Polar Express Monday night were delayed in meeting Santa Claus.
State: local breweries find niche in growing crowded field
News item: “Oregon’s craft beer industry is slowing down after a decade of explosive growth, but a state economic analyst says the outlook is good for neighborhood microbreweries.”
Alexia Aguilar, a Westside Elementary kindergartener, hugs Santa Claus Thursday during the annual Hood River Rotary holiday luncheon in the Gorge Room at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn.
For the 19th year, it happened just before Christmas: The Hood River Lions Foundation Trust grants.
Nike launches Hood River boy’s aviation-inspired apparel design
Ideas take flight in the hands and mind of Corwin Carr, 11, of Hood River.
WELL SAID: “We can worry about it or we can just wax our skis.” — David Skakel, of Mosier, with the proper attitude about the winter storm.
A winter storm walloped the Columbia River Gorge Thursday, leaving Hood River with at least six inches of snow — and an ice storm warning effective until early Saturday morning.
Destination: Cannon Ball, N.D. Two Mosier men are heading to the frozen plains this month to support the protesters at Standing Rock.
This comedic play is both theatrical AND theological.
Fighting hunger formally started with lunch.
A concert Sunday honors one of Hood River’s true musical friends, the late Tim Ellis. Violinist Aaron Meyer will dedicate Sunday’s annual holiday concert to guitarist Ellis, his long-time “musical sidekick,” arranger, and musical director.
Sanctuary: a place of refuge and protection — Merriam Webster. Sanctuary city: official status by a city as resisting enactment of federal immigration policies.
Ever heard “The 12 Days of Christmas”?
WELL SAID: “Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.” — J. Robert Moskin
HR Council meets on Monday and Tuesday
Hood River City Council meets on two consecutive evenings this week — its regular meeting Monday and Tuesday’s special meeting held solely to consider passage of an emergency ordinance on Title 5. This pertains to rules for short term rentals in residential zones.