Elissa Poe is thankful that she was alone at home on July 10. Her children, Madeline, 10 and Nicholas, 15, were safe from the fire that destroyed her Indian Creek Court Apartment. Poe, 43, suffered smoke inhalation, and burns on her arms and face are still painful but healing. Yet Poe and her children grieve the loss in the fire of their beloved two-year-old dog Eleanor, named for Eleanor Roosevelt.
They were the coolest guys in town. Literally and figuratively. Four Hood River law enforcement officers dumped water on their own heads Friday in the parking lot of Hood River Supply. 41 buckets of ice water.
Teams walk this weekend at HRVHS to raise funds for ACS
“Superheroes” will be the theme of this year’s Relay For Life of the Columbia Gorge, the community gathering on July 19-20 for the fight against cancer. For 24 hours starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, teams will walk around the Hood River Valley High School track to raise funds, and awareness, for the American Cancer Society.
Police and fire helped Northwest Natural Gas evacuate six homes in an east Heights neighborhood Monday night in response to an underground gas leak. No one was hurt and there was no property damage, though residents in the homes on June and May streets between Fourth and Fifth streets were advised to stay elsewhere for the night.
Jose Guzman of Guzman Towing maneuvers a Highway Transportation trailer weighing a total of 60,000 pounds after it got stuck Tuesday at the hairpin intersection of Oak and Cascade streets.
A spirited Sternwheeler Days festival starts a busy Cascade Locks summer, bringing visitors from all over
Some big events are coming to Cascade Locks and Stevenson this summer, a testament to Cascade Locks’ growing place as a prime adventure sport locale: the North American Laser Masters Championship from July 11-13, the 14th annual Bridge of the Gods Kiteboarding Festival July 25-27, and the first Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon on Aug. 10.
Hood River County communities join the rest of the nation in celebrating Independence Day on Friday.
County Museum supporters throw party to thank Connie Nice
Hugs were a mixed blessing for Connie Nice Monday at the reception in her honor.
Do you have small children and did you forget something on your way to go camping?
Brigham Fish Market receives a cultural blessing attended by more than 100 people
More than 100 people, led by a group of Umatilla drummers divided by men and women on the north and south, gathered Saturday to spiritually dedicate one of Cascade Locks’ newest businesses.
Pair races to raise awareness for child sex trafficking foundation
The “Mirage” points its bow at something all too real: the horrors of child sex trafficking.
Action Network looks to limit regional fuel export terminals
Oil and coal transport opponents rallied some dramatic numbers in a multimedia forum Monday convened by the Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network at Riverside Community Church.
Governor names HR attorney to finish Judge Crowley’s term
Gov. John Kitzhaber announced Monday the appointment of Karen Ostrye to fill the vacancy on the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District created by the retirement of Judge Paul Crowley. The Seventh Judicial District encompasses Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler counties.
We begin “Tracks To ‘26,” a living yearbook.
Sister City’s 37th year
The Tsuruta-Hood River Sister city Program has seen some big celebrations in its 37 years, but none like next week’s.
For weeks the yellow caution tape has flapped at three of the four corners of 12th and May streets where pedestrian access changes were started by the city and left incomplete.
Roller-skating incidents, teachers’ waistlines, and misplaced homework assignments lined up as humor fodder in Saturday’s Class of 2014 commencement at Horizon Christian School.
June 6 was the 70th anniversary of one of the most important military actions in history: the Allied forces’ landing on the Normandy beaches, the turning point in the defeat of the Nazi regime in Europe.
Eagles stun Crescent Valley to advance; watch game live at OSAA.org/media
CORVALLIS — The “grind” continued with a stroke as Hood River Valley Eagles stunned the host and second-ranked Crescent Valley Raiders 8-1 on Tuesday, to win the Class 5A semifinal game and advance to the state final for the first time in 21 years. Eagle teams won state in 1986, 1988 and 1990 and reached the final in 1985, 1987 and 1993.
‘Keep on playing’: Music, stories and laughter usher Rick Hulett to that ‘Stage In Some Other Place’
“Keep on playing” was the hilarious punch line of the story Hood River musician Kerry Williams told of his friend Rick Hulett, during Saturday’s memorial service attended by about 300 people, filling Riverside Community Church.
The open position of Hood River mayor has its first announced contestant.
‘Hotel Impossible’ visit transforms a local landmark — but owner Grant Polson says there is more work to be done
Grant Polson carries bridesmaid dresses across the threshold in the “Hotel Impossible” episode about Polson’s Vagabond Motel, which aired Monday on The Travel Channel.
Humility may be the dominant trait of the two stand-out students honored with the 2013-14 Citizenship Award at Hood River Valley High School.
“I got it, Dad!” Lila May Schow, 3, called out when her stepfather, Blake, urged her to hold on tight during a Saturday horse ride.
Hood River’s agricultural community lost a patriarch with the death of Eugene Euwer of Parkdale on May 21.
Respect and gratitude were in the wind during Monday’s Memorial Day observance, held in breezy but sunny weather at Idlewilde Cemetery.
A well-preserved felt banner, reading “Asbury, Hood River,” lies folded on the floor of what was once a Sunday school room of the 100-year-old Methodist Church, left behind 15 months ago when the church closed its doors.
Samantha Meyers and Amanda Durnez made Hood River County history Tuesday: They purchased an Oregon marriage certificate, entitling them to marry, following a federal judge’s ruling Monday that the ban on same-sex marriage in Oregon is unconstitutional.
You can pretty well see the outline of the new State Street.
Event layout changes worked well; Rotary looks ahead to fifth annual in 2015
Red wines are famous — red pears, not so much
The Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Festival returns May 17-18, and meeting the vintners and the growers is a big part of its appeal.
Others love tutus, too
Students learn about community while presenting drama this weekend
You can’t script what happens backstage — but you can use it as a teaching moment.
Collins Memorial Field is a scenic ballpark, between views of Mount Adams to the north, Jackson Park to the east, Tsuruta Tennis Courts to the west, the historic Hood River Middle School across May Street, and the green ball field itself.
Crag Rats clung to a jagged cliff worthy of their name Saturday afternoon.
Sometime Sunday night, vandals damaged three chairs and a bench at the popular Mike’s Ice Cream patio on Oak Street.
Weekend tasks: Mow the lawn, check the oil, open your ballot.
In school cafeterias, it’s food for thought
You could say the classrooms move each weekday to the warm, aromatic basement of Parkdale Elementary School, starting at about 11 a.m. Kitchen staff are there to help with the learning.
High points in Saturday’s Little League Opening Day included the ceremonial first pitch — a high ball across the plate — by HRVHS varsity baseball coach Erich Harjo, flurries of fireworks amid teams of chilly but excited young players from T-ballers to teenagers lining the infield. Stands full of parents and grandparents added to the fun as the reconstituted Mid-Columbia Little League kicked off the season with gratitude for youth baseball leaders of the past.
When Ron Wyden told an auditorium full of students, “Let’s focus on the big issues and just have some fun,” he went first.
Smokey, Sparky, Bunny greet kids as safety fair blends with hunt
Several hundred young children (with parents’ help) scooped up a total of 6,500 eggs at Saturday’s annual community Easter egg hunt in Jackson Park. Some of those eggs were refilled on the spot and distributed again by “secret egg layers.” The Easter Bunny was on hand, along with Sparky the Firedog.
We Eat Well — "You can't find gooseberry pie anywhere, but we get it here every year," said Longview's Harry Blair, who ate at the Parkdale Grange Blossom Dinner with his wife, Dorothy, and his brother, Terry, and his wife, Suzie.
Meet them at Saturday’s FFA steak feed, auction
The FFA chapter at Hood River Valley High School is an active bunch, as you will learn Saturday if you attend the fifth-annual Steak Feed and Silent Auction, 6 p.m. at HRVHS.
The Start Making A Reader Today “Reading Matters” tour visited Westside Elementary School on April 18.
Watershed Group meets Tuesday
A pioneering method of bringing more ice on the north side of Mount Hood will be the topic of the Hood River Watershed Group’s meeting on Tuesday, 7 p.m. at the OSU Extension meeting room, 2990 Experiment Station Road, Hood River (turn north just after Your Party and Rental Center).
Mark Johnson called his Thursday talk to Hood River Rotary “the good, bad and the ugly.”
Kaleidescope: Firefighters gain in-house knowledge, as structure is torched in west Hood River neighborhood
A rare practice burn in a Hood River residential neighborhood recently gave firefighters from several Hood River County agencies the chance to practice hose handling techniques and other interior and exterior strategies for suppressing a house fire.
The New York Times has once again found favor with the Gorge, in an article they call “Hood River in 36 hours,” published April 3 in the newspaper’s online edition.
Marilyn Wall’s is a life with taxes, and she likes it.