An Officer with the Hood River Police Department (HRPD) stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction March 16, according to a press release. During the officer’s contact with the driver, several signs of impairment were observed. After field sobriety tests (SFST) the driver was taken into custody.
Mayor Paul Blackburn of Hood River is resuming his Pie with the Mayor program to connect with the community. He hopes to learn more about their needs, interests, struggles and ideas for the future.
Simeon Hill, who was taken into custody following an incident on Feb. 2 in which he allegedly fired multiple shots in his home on Cascade Avenue in Hood River, was released from jail on $2000 bail, following his arraignment hearing in Hood River on Feb. 23.
HOOD RIVER — Three AVID students — seniors Araceli Lopez and Giselle Gonzalez, and sophomore Wilfrano Solano — inspired happy tears during a program update presented at the Feb. 8 Hood River County School District board meeting.
When the Cherry Festival arrives in The Dalles this year, it will be with a blast to the past, channeling the ‘50s with the theme “Homegrown Happiness.”
HOOD RIVER — On Jan. 31 the Port of Hood River, in collaboration with the Hood River-White Salmon Bridge Authority, launched the new bridge replacement project website. The new online domain, HoodRiverBridge.org, will be the new home for updates, statistics and facts on bridge replacement efforts. HNTB Bridge Replacement Project Director Michael Shannon said the port is working on a smooth transition from moving documents and other public information on the port’s existing website to the new webpage. Project staffers are working to direct online traffic to the new website before they plan to remove existing content on the Port of Hood River’s website in March or April.
WHITE SALMON — The City of White Salmon approved both a vehicle licensing fee of $15 and a sales tax of 0.1% to fund future transportation projects, including road reconstruction and smaller chip seal projects, at last week’s city council meeting.
WHITE SALMON — White Salmon Valley School District officials are facing a $3.72 million budget shortfall for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year, according to current projections.
Join The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum (CGICM) in Stevenson, on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 1-3 p.m. for a special book signing event with Laurie Case Wilhite author of the book “Paddle to the Pacific.”
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Democrats will remain in charge of both chambers of the Oregon Legislature when the new session opens Jan. 9, but will lack the 60% majorities required to pass revenue-raising measures on their own.
HOOD RIVER — The City of Hood River is recognizing its employees with bonuses worth up to $2,500. Hood River City Manager Abigail Elder approached the city council with a proposition to reward workers for their dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic, and council approved the bonuses in their Oct. 10 meeting.
“Lots of businesses and institutions shut down, but the city and government functions couldn’t,” said Elder.
Tribute to Oregon Nisei Veterans is theme for HR Veterans Day ceremony
HOOD RIVER - A tribute of respect to honor all Japanese American (Nisei) veterans statewide and to make amends and reconcile past actions will be the theme for the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Anderson Tribute Center in Hood River on Friday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
HOOD RIVER — On Oct. 30, the Hood River Police Department responded to the 1500 block of Hope Avenue on a report of shots fired.
Three of four stories in a series on the Oregon Bee Project and its work in the Columbia River Gorge.
The second annual Literary Journal of Columbia Gorge Community College, Otolith, was released this spring and is available at the college bookstore.
Writing as managing editor, Kendra Bettelyoun introduced the publication:
"CGCC offers a wealth of experience. It is a confluence. A place where paths varied by age, income, ethnicity and personal history, meet and travel together for a time towards educational enrichment," she wrote. "In the pieces chosen for this edition, you will find many examples of human connection."
Thrive Hood River and the Historic Hood River Hotel are will host a November Election Candidate Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.
To help raise awareness and provide in person opportunities for feedback on Pacific Power’s Wildfire Protection Plan, the company is hosting a public input forum at the Mosier Grange Hall, 1000 Fourth Ave., Mosier, on Oct. 20 from 6-8 p.m.
HOOD RIVER — Operations and safety brought Hood River County School District administration and the new school resource deputy together to update board members and the community during the Sept. 28 meeting.
Michael McElwee has been selected by the Hood River County Education Foundation (HRCEF) board as its new executive director.
Hood River County School District (HRCSD) conducted its biannual core values survey in June 2022. The purpose of these surveys, which are conducted in the fall and spring each year, is to assess the school district’s performance on each core values.
HOOD RIVER — Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn gave board members a stark overview of challenges faced by area school districts this school year at the Sept. 28 Hood River County School District board meeting.
HOOD RIVER — Work on the Hood River Middle School entryway construction project is ahead of schedule, Dale Kuykendall, senior project manager, Wenaha Group, reported at the Sept. 28 Hood River County School District board meeting.
Hood River Lavender Farms was featured by TheTravel, a travel website with more than 3 million users per month, in a list of 10 of the most beautiful farms to visit.
The Hood River County Transportation District, operating as Columbia Area Transit and locally known as “CAT,” seeks community input on potential transit service options. As part of the update to CAT’s 2017 Transit Master Plan (TMP) — a key guiding document that outlines the future delivery o…
Ongoing election coverage for the Nov. 8 general election, featuring races pertaining to the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon and Washington.
HOOD RIVER — The Port of Hood River was recently awarded $5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant program to help spur the design and engineering phase of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge Replacement project.
The Wasco County Republican Party hosted their 50th Beef & Burgundy Dinner and Auction at the The Dalles’ Shilo Inn.
Ironsmith Alan Root often starts a project with unusual materials — 500 wrenches, for instance, or a wagon wheel — and ends with a freeform sculpture. His art can begin with things that others have already shaped or discarded: scrap metal, rebar and a vision.
HOOD RIVER — Compass Family Medicine has a new tool to fight major depressive disorder.
HOOD RIVER — Hood River’s fall festival line-up returns this October with signature events, including Hood River Hops Fest and Hood River Valley Harvest Fest.
As do all of our staff here at Columbia Gorge News, I wear a lot of hats: I’m lifestyle editor; I’m a features and news reporter; I put together our event calendar; and I go through our bound copies of previous editions to find noteworthy or humorous stories to include in our Yesteryears column.
Joe Yetter is the Democrat candidate in Oregon’s recently revised 2nd Congressional District. Yetter is running against the Republican incumbent, Rep. Cliff Bentz. He was interviewed at Cousin’s Inn and Restaurant in The Dalles as he concluded a road trip that included an appearance at the Pendleton Round-Up.
Riverside Community Church, United Church of Christ invites community members to join in a family friendly worship experience on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at its location in downtown Hood River.
HOOD RIVER — Urban renewal is near the top of the City of Hood River’s project goals. Listed as a critical project, formation of the Westside Urban Renewal District is gaining traction while the already established Columbia Cascade Urban Renewal District — listed as a significant priority — has more than $4 million to spend on infrastructure upgrades. The Columbia Cascade District was established in 1987 and encompasses most of downtown and sections of Industrial Street.
Hood River Police Department has reported that over the weekend, a 34-year-old man was arrested for his alleged involvement in two stabbings.
HOOD RIVER — Hood River Distillers (HRD) announced the promotion of President David Ballew to the position of president and CEO on Sept. 6.
Oregon Cultural Trust (culturaltrust.org) released its fiscal year 2023 grant allocations on Aug. 15, and Columbia Center for the Arts, located in Hood River, was awarded $9,682 “to support a strategic business planning process and program implementation for FY2023-2026,” according to a pres…
HOOD RIVER — Cheryl Lubbert and her husband Jim Gerlach came to Hood River in search of fruit for their cidery, and left owners of the Sakura Ridge Farm and Lodge.
With the new Circles of Care program in Hood River comes the need for volunteers.
HOOD RIVER — On Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cascade Forest Conservancy (CFC) and the Green River Valley Alliance (GRVA) will be hosting their next “No Place For a Mine” event at Ferment Brewing, 403 Portway Ave. This free event, open to the public, is part of CFC and GRVA’s ongoi…
School board members unanimously approved Resolution No. 22-23/01 — proclaiming Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month — at the Sept. 14 Hood River County School District board meeting.
HOOD RIVER — Hood River Shelter Services (HRSS) and Mid-Columbia Community Action Council (MCCAC) have announced that they will be working together to operate a warming shelter in Hood River this winter.
HOOD RIVER — From new staff to new positions, the theme of the Sept. 14 Hood River County School District Board of Directors meeting was the start of the 2022-2023 school year.
HOOD RIVER — Nurses who work at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital were joined by members of the Oregon Nursing Association (ONA) during an “informational picket” in front of Providence Hood River on Thursday, Sept. 15. Labor representatives, current and former nurses and residents stood at the intersection of 12th and May Street with signs in support of ONA members during ongoing union negotiations with Providence.
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Hood River Special Olympics program is starting its fall sports season in September. There will be a bowling team and a swim team with weekly practices at Orchard Lanes and the Hood River Aquatic Center, respectively.
HOOD RIVER COUNTY — The Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) introduced a new solar program that will help address goals listed in Hood River County’s 2018 Energy Plan.
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