Wednesday, September 12, 2012
At its annual conference in August 2012, the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council awarded Rick Higgins, of Hood River, the 2012 Volunteer of the Year award.
Higgins was honored for his tireless and lengthy history of service in several states including Arizona, Oregon and Washington.
In Hood River County alone, he volunteered an average of 400 hours a year on its trail system over two decades.
He is a member of the Hood River County Recreational Trail Committee representing the Motorized Group and currently president of the Columbia Gorge Off-Road Association, which provides numerous volunteers to support the Hood River County trail system.
NOHVCC, as a national body of OHV recreation enthusiasts, develops and provides a wide spectrum of programs, materials and information, or “tools,” to individuals, clubs, associations and agencies in order to further a positive future for responsible OHV recreation.
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‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge