‘I feel very honored to have served’
Suzanne VanOrman, longtime community activist and 18-year resident of Hood River, has worn many hats.
Scenes from Saturday’s Fill Your Pantry event, held for the second year at Rockford Grange.
Annual collection for children in need
The annual Operation Christmas Child (OCC) fundraiser has started, and organizers are hoping to raise awareness not only of the project, but how to help.
Writer makes stops in Hood River
The Hood River Library hosts Portland author Ana Consuelo Matiella on Saturday, Nov. 12 for an author talk and book reading — the second time she’ll have presented in town in less than a month.
Trina McAlexander, a third-generation Hood River Valley farmer, embraces changes in order to maintain the family farm
When Trina McAlexander returned to Mt. View Orchards in Parkdale two years ago — the family farm where she grew up — she was excited and grateful to be the third generation to work the land. Her enthusiasm hasn’t waned. “I love it — farming is in my blood,” she said. “I was born to do it and I’m honored to do it.”
Twelve teenagers from the newly formed nonprofit Columbia Gorge Company Dancers have their sights set on Florida this December.
Detective Hanratty (Jasper Krehbiel) discusses a lead with fellow detectives Branton (Cooper Case), Cod (Kelsey Stewart) and Dollar (Sam Hannigan, not pictured) in the Hood River Valley High School fall musical performance of “Catch Me If You Can."
Last year’s debut of the Fill Your Pantry market at Rockford Grange turned out better than organizers dared to hope.
Mountaineering group celebrates 90 years on Sunday
The community is invited to gather at the Crag Rat Hut in Pine Grove this Sunday, Oct. 30, to help one of Hood River’s oldest organizations celebrate their 90th anniversary.
HRVHS drama students stage a big musical with funny, moving true story
Hood River Valley High School’s fall musical, “Catch Me If You Can,” is a big production.
Hood River Liquor closed its doors last Saturday night, but only until 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24.
Hood River Valley High School’s fall musical, “Catch Me If You Can,” opens next weekend, Oct. 28-29, in the Bowe Theater beginning at 7 p.m.
With most of the 400 copies of “The Age of Dignity” now out in the greater Gorge, the Aging in the Gorge Alliance (AGA) is gearing up for the second part of their book program: Discussion groups.
At the end of February, a longtime downtown business will close its doors.
For Kalyn Benaroya, stylist and owner of Clutch Hair Co., working backstage at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) has become a yearly excursion.
Six new volunteers with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest began the 2016-2017 session this summer, living in Odell and working at various agencies in Hood River.
A group of about 20 gathered Monday at Riverside Community Church for an open house that introduced a new nonprofit immigration law office that opened in Hood River earlier this year.
When Lucy Fine began working to bring “little free book boxes” to Hood River last spring, she had no idea she was laying the groundwork for something significantly bigger.
Community barbecue will be Oct. 1 in Odell
Sometimes, you just need to show your neighbors you care.
Hood River Elks Lodge No. 1507 supports a number of local and statewide organizations, but this summer had the opportunity to do something it hasn’t in 25 years — send two local kids to camp.
Aging in the Gorge Alliance (AGA) has begun a new community reading and conversation project this week — and there’s still time to join in.
When Aging in the Gorge Alliance (AGA) began meeting in August 2015, the goal was to give residents of the Mid-Columbia region a place to discuss — and advocate for — the elderly and their caregivers.
The 27th annual Columbia Gorge CROP Walk won’t run much differently this year than it has in the past. And that’s okay.
A pastor called to a new house: Anna Carmichael of St. Mark's accepts position in California, passes Warming Shelter baton
When the U-Haul leaves Hood River on Aug. 31, it will take Rev. Anna Carmichael with it.
School is back. What’s different this year?
The population growth of Hood River is probably a lot like you’d expect it would be: As transportation got faster from the 1850s onward, more people came
There’s a new nonprofit in town encouraging community youth to reach for the sky. Quite literally.
A large crowd gathered for the second Mt. Hood Town Hall farmers’ market this summer — they’re held every second Thursday of the month, July through September — which features fresh produce, arts and crafts, and live music with upper valley flair.
Hood River got its shake on with another slam hit Families in the Park Thursday.
Mike’s Ice Cream, a downtown Hood River staple since it opened in 1986, has planned a free community block party for Aug. 13 from 6-10 p.m. to celebrate the store’s 30th anniversary.
Anna Cavaleri, of Hood River, purchased just one ticket for the 2016 Columbia Gorge CASA playhouse raffle — but one was all it took.
The first in the 2016 Families in the Park series last Thursday saw a large turnout despite the summer heat, with plenty of food, music and fun for all.
The second of three upper valley farmers’ markets, held at the Mt. Hood Town Hall, takes place Thursday, Aug. 11, from 4-7 p.m.
Climbing Mount Hood is not an experience you forget. Just ask Peggy McLucas Tetlow, 94. She was 18 when she climbed Mount Hood on July 21, 1940, part of the annual Legion Climb aided by Crag Rats.
Jesse Flem never set out to be a sheriff’s deputy, but, after 30 years on the job, he’s about to retire from a career doing just that. His last day will be July 30 — he’ll be working security at the Hood River County Fair — before going on vacation and coming back on a part time basis.
Odell service station one of longest-running family-owned businesses in the county
It’s pretty impressive when a business hits the 70 year mark.
Saturday dance event gives hope and help to boy, 4, who faces debilitating illnesses
If there’s one thing Kaius Johnson, 4, needs, it’s friends. And he has them. But he could always use more.
Fair runs July 27-30 in Odell
Hood River County Fairgrounds Manager Clara Rice said that patrons of this year’s fair, which opens July 27 and runs through July 30, will find many of the same elements they love and expect each year — rides, exhibits and entertainment.
Relay for Life, held this year at the Marina Green, kept some of its old traditions — like luminarias.
What downtown business is rumored to have a friendly ghost?
Multi-lingual HRVHS student pursues unique teaching opportunity
Julia Skwarczynski knows a lot of languages. Besides English, the Hood River Valley High School student — who will be a senior next year — speaks French, Spanish and Polish (her native language), is learning German, and this year began Russian lessons as well.
Jackie Santa Cruz and Jesus Chavarias, both 18, were two of 5,987 Oregon and Northern California high school seniors to apply for a Ford Family Foundation scholarship their senior year of high school.
The Hood River Valley Evening Garden Club hosted this year’s Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs Convention June 13-16 at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn — the first time in more than a decade the state convention has been hosted by a Hood River club.
I was headed into my freshman year of high school when Mike’s Ice Cream opened in 1986. It was a big deal — there weren’t a lot of places where kids my age could hang out, and having something downtown, across from the library park (that sold ice cream! In waffle cones!) really opened up options for me and my friends. We’d meet, grab a cone, and catch up on what we’d been up to that summer.
The Golden Rule, an anti-nuclear sailboat, was in Hood River Wednesday for multiple events, hosted by Columbia Riverkeeper.
Linda Chamberlain, who works with The Fistula Project at Kitovu Hospital in Uganda, has held a high tea fundraiser at her Wilinda Blueberry Patch on Frankton Road for the past several years.
Frost fans and helicopters, like this one above an orchard in Odell, have been employed the past few days as rains moved through the valley at just the wrong time for cherry growers.
New this year at schools in the Hood River County School District: Graduating seniors visited their elementary schools to parade the hallways in cap and gown.
Current, former students nominate theater teacher
Sunday’s Tony Awards playbill will contain a familiar name and school, thanks to the efforts of students and community members.
The Packer Family has been busy lately.