Illionois Congressman fires up audience of 400
A visiting Illinois Congressman received a raucous reception Saturday in a forum on immigration reform at Hood River Middle School’s auditorium.
Hood River County Fair returns July 24-27
People from around Hood River County lined up at the fairgrounds in Odell Saturday on a warm summer morning for the Small Animal Pre-Fair for students in 4-H and Future Farmers of America.
A sports car and a delivery truck that were literally resurrected from Gorge pastures drew honors Saturday at a well-attended car show.
Former city manager takes chief operations officer job
They say the wheels of government move slowly, but Bob Francis’ new corporate employer moves quickly.
We have so much to learn about our water.
The actors’ portrayals stand on their own, but a unique set of visual aids helps convey the variety of stories in the CAST production of “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” opening Thursday at Columbia Center for the Arts.
Here’s a formula for public involvement, one that goes against the revered First Amendment but is worth making to raise a point.
Despite outpouring of support, Hood River City Manager Bob Francis affirms resignation at Monday council meeting
Despite outpouring of support, Hood River City Manager Bob Francis Resignation, not mediation.
Swimming involves vivid verbs and despite the understated manner of lifeguard Leo Dorich, many of those verbs apply to him.
City Council will discuss manager in Monday session
Crowd City Manager Bob Francis’ job will simmer over the summer.
From learners to experts, hundreds of people flocked to the Event Site Saturday in near-perfect wind and temperature conditions for the annual Windfest, sponsored by Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association.
State Ag director helps celebrate company’s centennial
Linda Miller of GEM Farms took home the top sponsor prize, an ATV from Sheppard’s, in one of the more festive moments of 100th annual meeting of Diamond Fruit Growers Inc.
Hood River, Odell, Cascade Locks celebrate July 4
Fireworks over the river, parades down the main street, and plenty of good times in between all add up to Independence Day in Hood River County on Thursday.
“Stop an auto theft” was not on the 8 a.m. staff meeting agenda Friday for the guys at the city wastewater treatment plant.
Special meeting open to the public, comments allowed
A special meeting of Hood River City Council is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. The lone item on the agenda is to discuss how to respond to City Manager Bob Francis’ June 24 resignation.
Mayor will schedule special City Council meeting next week
City Manager Bob Francis resigned Monday night, referring to “difficulty” with Mayor Arthur Babitz.
City Manager Bob Francis resigned Monday night, referring to unspecified “difficulty” with Mayor Arthur Babitz and members of the city council, all of whom said they were surprised by the announcement, which came near the end of the regular City Council meeting. Francis cited a June 7 meeting with council member Laurent Picard in which Picard recommended strongly that Francis look for other work and resign. Francis used his standing report segment of Monday's meeting to announce he will resign effective July 8.
Darrek Smith is the youngest brewer in any of the county’s five commercial breweries, and he works in the oldest, and smallest, ale house. Smith’s story is a unique one, even in the diverse field of ale authors in our midst. He works alone in a four-barrel system that expanded to six tanks last year from the original four installed by his boss, Randy Orzeck, who was the first Big Horse brewer. In a brewing tradition seen all over Europe, he is handcrafting beers one floor below the pub where it is served. Big Horse has this in common with Full Sail and Solera, where pub areas also are located directly above the tanks.
The newest mural at Hood River Middle School is both companion and counterpoint to the older murals located across the west courtyard.
Two sharp-eyed passers-by saved a passel of baby quail that fell into a storm drain on June 11.
Derrak Smith is the youngest brewer in any of the county’s five commercial breweries, and he works in the oldest, and smallest, ale house. Smith’s story is a unique one, even in the diverse field of ale authors in our midst.
Hood River's oldest brew pub turns 25
A certain vigor was always needed to run a three-story restaurant.
Hood River News this month welcomes some new faces and bids “farewell” to a news staff member.
Corps of Engineers honors Cascade Locks man for 50 years of service
Joe Renault’s award certainly came through the proper channel.
Council commits $24,842
There’ll be no double-fault on tennis court grant funding, thanks to a boost from the City of Hood River.
Hood River City Council approved the Nichols Landing hotel and commercial building project Monday night and gave the green light to its own State Street improvement project, in a wide-ranging, four-and-a-half-hour meeting. “We are excited to be coming to Hood River and bringing a much-needed hotel and office building,” said Steve Naito of the Naito Corp., which will build the four-story, 45,000- square-foot, 88-room hotel, doing business as a Hampton Inn, and two-story, 20,000-square-foot commercial building in the Nichols boat basin on the Columbia River, along with a parking facility.
The largest dining hall in town on Saturday was located in the shed at a new hardware store. Crowds gathered at long tables and on hay bales at Hood River Supply for hot dogs and hamburgers cooked by West Side Fire Department. Saturday was a record sales day for the expanded store, on Tucker Road on the Heights, said CEO Pat McAllister, terming the facility the company’s largest capital construction since the original Heights building went up in 1967. Hood River Supply also owns a store in Odell.
Families will gather in celebration Friday and Saturday for 2013 Commencement events. Hood River Valley High School holds its ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Henderson Stadium, and Horizon Christian School hands out diplomas Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Mark Boyden Gymnasium.
Restore lost positions and programs, or balance the budget?
What will be the answer to the $800,000 question in 2013-14 for Hood River County School District? In recommending a $50 million budget for next year on Monday, the district budget committee attempted to answer that question. The budget, with $1.4 million in cuts to the general fund, involving the loss of a total of 14 district positions, next goes to the school board for adoption by June 26. Under the new budget, the district will continue to levy the full $1.25 amount allowed under the Local Option levy, approved by voters two years ago. The Local Option levy has been $1.25 annually for the past five years.
Budget committee meets Monday; June 6 is the day district will list expected job cuts
Budget decisions are coming down to the deadline, and Monday night will be decision time for the Hood River County School District Budget Committee. Monday’s meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Hood River Valley High School library, and public comment will be taken.
West Albany ace shuts down HRV batters in 6-0 win
Kelsey Broadus wore a frilly ribbon, and held a fierce grip. The West Albany freshman pitcher threw a perfect game Friday to lead the host Bulldogs to a 6-0 win in the OSAA Class 5A quarterfinal playoffs over Hood River Valley, ending the Eagles’ deepest playoff run in years.
A drizzle moistened Monday’s Memorial Day observance, not enough to drive away the congregation, as evidenced by the 300 or so attendees at the Idlewilde Cemetery event. Music by Andy Streich and the HRVHS band and choir highlighted the occasion, along with presentation of wreaths and reading of new names on the Veterans’ Walk of Honor. Sexton Bob Huskey spoke passionately about honoring fallen veterans every day.
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.”