Panorama peek: Events and photos needed

Among the happiest of information slip-ups occurs when March hits, and people say, “it’s springtime.” Technically, not until March 21, but a happy spirit moves people to hasten the calendar.

Naturally, springtime also brings us to “Panorama time.” It’s about the same thing, here at Hood River News.

We’re compiling our blend of agricultural, historical, recreational and just plain personal stories for the special April 13 publication, and inviting the community to get involved, in two ways.

First, Panorama will include an exhaustive (we hope) list of events in the mid-Columbia for April through August. If you have an event you’d like listed, please send it by March 15 to Trisha at

Second, we invite photographers to submit “My Favorite Photo of the Gorge.” These are quality images taken at any time in the past year. (Size: 100K to 3 MB is ideal for a digital image.) Add a brief description of where the photo was taken, and the circumstances, add “My Favorite,” in the subject line and sent to Please include your name and contact information. We want all submissions by March 16 – two weeks from today.

Send us your favorite, but if you can’t restrain yourself and want to make it two or three, go for it. We reserve the right to pick one.

Thanks in advance for your photographic contributions to this popular piece of Panorama. Again, the photos can be of any season, but sending them in is a way of saying “Happy Spring.”

Letters Policy reviewed

The novelist Mark Helprin equated the challenge of writing to being closed in a room with “a thousand white cats.”

Perhaps Hood River News letter writers feel this way at times. A thousand words can come and go in a blink, or so it feels sometimes.

This is a friendly reminder to letter writers that our letters policy contains the 350-word limit.

We’ve kept to that, mostly, since declaring we’d be stricter about the maximum, in reminders at the start of 2012 and reiterated in January 2013.

Hit “word count” on your computer or take a few moments to count, before sending your letters. It will speed the process and open up room for more writers to make sure they are as close to 350 as possible. There are almost always one or two we have to hold for the next issue.

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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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