Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Gorge Owned invites the community to the next in its Sense of Place lecture series, “Mount Hood: Shaping the People and Places of the Pacific Northwest,” with Jon Bell. It will be held March 5 at Columbia Center for the Arts. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7.
Bell will talk about the legendary Mount Hood, which has helped define the Northwest for centuries. It shapes the landscape, inspires awe and lures adventurers from around the world, The mountain also helps create the notorious Oregon rains and deep alpine snows. It has long been a sacred place for Native Americans, and it provides some of the purest drinking water in the world.
Admission is free for Gorge Owned members and $5 for non-members.
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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