It still felt like summer on Friday, September 13, but just barely, as I drove toward Mt. View Orchards. The sky was blue and the breeze was warm but promised to turn chilly before the evening was over. I parked at the Mt. View Orchards venue in front of trees heavy with near-ripe pears. Mt.…
Looking ahead to 2020, there is much to be excited about.Yes, it’s an election year, and the fractious nature of the American body politic is a clear cause for concern — though here in the Gorge, the votes will also include a number of key leadership roles in local government, and these are…
Letters to the Editor submissions were down all around in 2019. We received 639 letters from 379 writers this year. Contrast that to 2018, when the News received 865 letters by 476 different writers — that’s 226 fewer letters and 97 fewer writers this year.
The most surprising thing about the last month of 2019 is that we have not seen more “end of decade” coverage in the media.
With minimal fanfare, in last week’s editions the Hood River News and our fellow Gorge newspapers rolled out the 2020 Gorge Giving guide, an annual tradition over the past five years.
Last Friday a letter came across my desk. It was an anonymous one; other than Facebook and website comments where we sometimes see a made-up name or none at all, Hood River News doesn’t get many anonymous letters. And it is our policy to not publish them in print. (The contradiction between …
Probably for the last time, I am marking the year by writing a letter a day.I am just a month away from completing the 365-letter goal. Generally at the end of my day I will sit down and, usually, handwrite a letter to a friend.Sometimes I type, but perhaps for the last time; more on that in…
Local theater has exploded in the past couple of years, an evolving response to a breakdown of some relationships that happened about five years ago and that, generally, the thespian community has moved beyond.
Folks regularly look out for us here at the Hood River News, helping us chronicle the life and times of this amazing town.
Freedom of the press, of speech, of religion, of assembly and to petition the government are woven, like stars in the flag, into the fabric of the First Amendment.
Paul Blackburn is no longer mayor and is preparing to move to Washington, D.C., for the foreseeable future, but he’ll be remembered for that role and others:
Public debate can get messy, and sometimes it cleans itself up.An example of this was good to see Aug. 12 outside City Hall.City council had heard testimony that night from both sides of the Lot 700-Morrison park rezone debate, and some of those folks continued their argument outside City Ha…
The chocolate cake was not the FIRST thing I went and looked at when I visited the county fair last week
An experiment in correspondence continues with interesting wrinkles.I wrote in this space a few months back about my return to writing a letter a day, something I tried with limited results in 2003 and again in 2008.
June 20 news item 1: “Gov. Kate Brown today released the following statement on the Oregon Senate’s request for assistance of the Oregon State Police to bring back the Senate Republicans:
I can tell you what year Ted Williams hit .406 and what Denny McLain’s pitching record was in 1968, but otherwise, my mental bank of baseball facts let me down in my recent “Park Your Age” column.
Gov. Kate Brown has ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff in honor of the nation’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient and longtime Bend resident, Robert (Bob) Maxwell, who died on May 11.
Gov. Kate Brown has ordered flags lowered to half-staff at all public institutions from sunrise to noon on Monday, May 27 in honor of Memorial Day. Flags should be raised to full-staff from noon to sunset.
Gov. Kate Brown orders all flags at public institutions throughout Oregon be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, May 15 in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day.
In voting on the May 21 Special Districts election in Hood River County, we recommend “yes” votes on both 14-65, termed the Public Health and Safety Five Year Local Option Levy, and 14-66, termed the Prepared Food and Beverage Tax.
Gov. Kate Brown has ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff in honor of former Oregon Secretary of State Norma Paulus, who died on February 28. Flags should be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, April 27, the date of Secretary Paulus’ …
Gov. Kate Brown ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff in honor of Washington state’s Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier, who died on April 14 after being shot on duty while responding to a call April 13.
This year brings the 50th anniversary of a historic event. As July 2019 approaches, we’re asking readers to think about answering one or all of three basic questions about the moon visits and space exploration...
It was another banner year for letters to the editor. Records that were broken in 2017 were broken again in 2018, helped by the election cycle and general discontent on a number of issues.
There is no basketball quite like November and December basketball, when hopes are high, teams are starting to gel, and it feels good to come out of the cold and into a warm gym.
Simply by stepping foot inside local shops and checking out the merchandise, you create an opportunity for community, even if you don’t end up buying anything at that particular moment.
Walden needs to answer to his characterization of his constituents’ behavior in that April 2017 session: “Weaponized” is how he termed the town halls of 2017 in deciding “I changed my mind’ when asked about his failure to fulfill his promise to hold a town hall in Hood River County this year.
Until Wednesday, Walden’s office did not respond to repeated requests, beginning in September, for a one-on-one interview with this newspaper; the interview was intended to take place in a timely manner with the election campaign. Walden will not be available to talk until Nov. 1, five days before the election.
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- ‘Would you like a straw?’: New Oregon law restricting single-use plastic straws in full effect as of Jan. 1
- TOUGH ‘D’ AGAINST ‘C’: Volleyball player and Hood River native Rebecca Johnston, now at Whitman, conquers cancer with determination to study medicine
- Cancellations and Closures for Jan. 14
- SHERIFF LOG, Dec. 19 to 30
- An interview with Superintendent Sara Hahn-Huston: ‘It’s been really exciting to see the culture of collectivity and community’: Part 2 of 2
- Winter Weather Advisory in effect starting at 2 p.m.
- Death Notices, Jan. 15 edition: Richard Hamilton, Dennis Carter, Larry Smith and Donna Okimoto
- Ferment Brewing Company taps into running community
- Letters to the editor, Jan. 11 edition
- HR student heads to Davos for ‘Arctic Basecamp’ leadership
- Winter Storm Warning in effect 4 p.m. Friday until 2 p.m. Saturday
- Cancellations, Jan. 16
- Racial bridges and the commitment to ‘allyship’
- Winter Weather Advisory in effect starting at 2 p.m.
- Pick of the Week: Shakespeare Showcase Fundraiser Jan. 18 at CCA
- Yesteryears: Record snowfall hits county in 1980
- Kid Scoop enterprise expands
- Art on Oak featured in Locals Wednesday Downtown