Saddling Up

New adventures await newsman and friend of Hood River

Jim Kelly, Hood River News publisher for the past 10 years, rides off to new horizons this week. Tom Lanctot, veteran publisher in Sunnyside, Wash., takes the Hood River News reins, effective Monday, as Kelly starts a new job with Brigham Young University.

"Let's saddle up," Kelly was well-known for saying when bringing people together.

The phrase suggested the start of a small adventure, and that kind of energy and creativity was just part of Kelly's legacy at Hood River News.

Jim Kelly had a deep love for the Hood River Valley, and a fondness for its history and its future. As Eagle President Dick Nafsinger (who will retire in October) said in a farewell gathering for Kelly Monday night, Kelly helped make the Hood River News a great community newspaper.

Kelly said Monday, "you can leave your possessions behind, but you take your friendships with you."

Jim Kelly will remain one of Hood River's greatest friends.

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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge



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