The Gorge Roubaix returned for its third annual race this past weekend, and nearly 400 competitors signed up for the event – up from 250 last year – according to Chad Sperry, race organizer for Breakaway Promotions.
Making the best of what Mother Nature brings: With a fickle snow year, Meadows is forced to get creative
The last time the News wrote about Mt. Hood’s snowpack was Feb. 4 of this year, and we, just like many others in the region, were hopeful that the typically prodigious snowfall months of February and March would help turn around what had been a dismal winter recreation season.
HRV’s boys and girls golf program may have a young roster, but it’s an expanding one — at nearly 20 golfers, the team is twice the size in 2015 as it was 2014.
After suffering a heartbreaking overtime loss last Tuesday, the HRV girls lacrosse team wasted no time bouncing back, doubling up Central Catholic, 16-8, during an away game Thursday evening.
Eagles beat Franklin, Gresham to start the season 2-0
The HRV boys varsity tennis team started their season last week with a bang, defeating Franklin, 5-3, on March 16, and then crushing Gresham, 7-1, two days later (HRV was scheduled to play Century on March 19, but the match was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.)
Lincoln 10, HRV 9 (OT)
The Hood River Valley girls lacrosse team has been tested early in their season, with their home debut Tuesday evening featuring a contest against the Lincoln Cardinals that was cold, wet, and went right down to the wire.
The first track meets of the season can often mean more about getting into shape and measuring athletes’ abilities than they are about posting record times, but after HRV’s meet Wednesday against the Centennial Eagles, Coach Donnie Herniesen was pleased with his squad’s performance right out of the gate.
Plenty to do — with your buds
Spring break — March 23 to 27 — is right around the corner for Hood River County School District, Horizon Christian, Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School and Columbia Gorge Community College students.
A mid-game rally bolstered by solid pitching from Hood River Valley’s freshmen wasn’t enough for the Eagles to get a win in their home-opener against Gresham Monday night, falling to the Bulldogs, 10-4. The score on paper, though, didn’t accurately reflect how well the Eagles performed for the majority of the non-league contest.
Hood River Valley High School athletes were busy this past week practicing and gearing up for the upcoming spring sports season that starts in earnest next week.
HRV dominates alpine events
Mt. Hood’s snowpack may be lacking, but Hood River Valley’s ski-racing abilities are not.
One of the best seasons in recent memory for the Hood River Valley boys basketball program came to end Tuesday night, when the Eagles narrowly lost to LaSalle Catholic College Preparatory, 75-70, as well as lost their chance to make the post season for the first time in two decades.
Port also considering BOTG toll increases
The Port of Cascade Locks is looking to acquire a county-owned property in the city that the port hopes to use as a site for economic development.
Report shows increased oil going through the Gorge
The focus on oil trains running through the Gorge has largely remained on the Washington side, where the vast majority of crude, particularly coming from the Bakken formation in North Dakota, enters the National Scenic area.
Luke patrols with Deputy Travis Paulsen
One of the newest additions to the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office has already been making a name for himself around the department, helping deputies make drug bust after drug bust — and looking pretty adorable in the process.
A Hood River caregiver is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor charges after allegedly stealing well over $10,000 from a female patient of hers over a period of three years.
A Bend man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a Portland woman that occurred in 2009 west of Cascade Locks.
Court order results in shutdown of HR business
A U.S. District Court judge has ordered a permanent injunction against Hood River businessman James Cole, who has been accused by the federal government of selling “adulterated” and “unapproved” dietary supplements under his company Maxam Nutraceutics.
The state of Oregon has the highest percentage in the U.S. of people seeking non-medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations and new data shows that some schools in Hood River County are above that already high state average.
A Bend man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a Portland woman that occurred in 2009 west of Cascade Locks. Stephen Wagner Nichols, 40, was arrested Feb. 12 at the San Francisco Airport for allegedly murdering Rhonda Kristen Casto, who was 23 when she died Monday, March 16, 2009 on the popular Eagle Creek Trail.
The Hood River Police Department has arrested a 17-year-old juvenile male they say is responsible for a recent vandalism spree on the west side of the city of Hood River.
Hearing on proposed ordinance Feb. 11
The Hood River County Planning Commission will hold a hearing next week to decide whether it should amend an “unusual” zoning ordinance that currently does not allow the Board of County Commissioners to modify land use decisions made by the planning commission.
The 2015 Oregon Regular Legislative Session began on Monday in Salem and Hood River Republican legislators Sen. Chuck Thomsen and Rep. Mark Johnson are gearing up to promote their bills while also facing a Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate.
There’s still hope, but as dismal winter continues, water worries grow
For those who have been snow dancing, it may be time to learn some new steps.
As the Legislature convenes Monday, a look at what bills local lawmakers are sponsoring
The Regular Session of the Oregon State Legislature opens Feb. 2 — Groundhog’s Day! — and Hood River legislators Rep. Mark Johnson and Sen. Chuck Thomsen have sponsored a total of over a dozen bills for the upcoming session.
Funds greatly reduced as Secure Rural Schools ends
Counties that have federal forestland within their borders recently received some bad news after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that this year’s federal timber payments to counties would be drastically reduced due to Congress’ failure to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools Act.
The Hood River Bridge’s lift span has not been setting correctly and an engineering firm contracted with the Port of Hood River believes it has discovered why.
Legislation would create taskforce, fund more employees
The Gorge may be renowned for its beauty, but the law that protects the area, the National Scenic Act, and the entity that implements it, the Columbia River Gorge Commission, aren’t always so visible.
A call for public input on a plan to develop a county park around Punchbowl Falls has been warmly received by area residents, hundreds of which have already provided feedback on what the future should hold for the popular waterfall near Dee.
Developer says timeline for music venue TBD
A music venue planned for construction in Dee can now move forward after a local land use watchdog group made the decision to not continue pursuing an appeal it had filed against the project.
City to file application, ODFW still on the fence
Cascade Locks took another step forward this week to bring Nestlé to the city by approving an application for a transfer of water rights that will ultimately help supply spring water for a proposed water bottling plant.
Retailer files notice of intent to appeal with state agency over store expansion
Just over a month after it was made, a decision rendered by the Hood River City Council on whether Walmart should be allowed to expand its Hood River store has been appealed at the state level.
First of two public meetings on park proposal held Tues.
Hood River County and conservation groups want to turn an area around a popular waterfall near Dee into a public park and are looking to the public for input on the plan.
Land use squabbles, marijuana dispensaries, budget woes, and a historic win for the HRVHS soccer team were just some of the many stories the Hood River news reported on in 2014. Here’s a look back at some of the top stories from each month. Stories are categorized by the month in which they were published.
Verizon holds off on Multnomah Road tower
Verizon Wireless is seeking county approval to build a cell tower near Windmaster Corner after deciding to shelve plans, at least for the time being, for a tower that was to be located on Multnomah Road.
The anguish of holiday driving was likely a bit more tolerable this season for many American motorists as gas prices continue to fall to levels that haven’t been seen in several years.
A Hood River man received a nine-month jail sentence last week after pleading guilty to shooting and injuring a teenage woman on Mitchell Point Drive earlier this year.
Budget to stay mostly flat; increases had been earmarked for oil, coal train issue
A year after its executive director warned the agency was on the “verge of collapse” due to a lack of funding, the Columbia River Gorge Commission will not be receiving the financial boost it had hoped for.
Increase larger than last year’s
Garbage rates will be going up again in January following a decision from the Hood River County Board of Commissioners to approve a request for the increase from Hood River Garbage.
Outgoing Mayor Arthur Babitz (right) accepts a plaque adorned with a key to the city from City Manager Steve Wheeler at the conclusion of Monday night’s Hood River City Council meeting.
Council unanimously passes waterfront refinement plan
In what was one of its last actions of 2014, and for some, one of their last actions as city councilors, the Hood River City Council voted Monday evening to pass an ordinance implementing the Waterfront Refinement Plan, which sets down design concepts and zoning restrictions for future development at the Hood River Waterfront.
The city of Cascade Locks’ old fire hall finally has some new owners.
County Planning Commission votes 3-2 to deny appeal
An appeal against a concert and event venue planned for the unincorporated town of Dee has failed after Hood River County Planning Commissioners were unable to muster enough votes to make a decision Wednesday evening.
Vista Ridge Trailhead off limits as groups push for more wilderness
After attracting controversy from environmental groups earlier this year, a compromise has been reached that will help move forward a thinning project proposed on Mt. Hood National Forest land west of Parkdale.
Representatives from governors’ offices plan to attend Dec. 9 meeting
Representatives from both the Oregon and Washington governors’ offices plan to be in town next week to provide an update on what each state is doing to address coal and oil transport through the Gorge.
Councilors vote 4-3 against; unknown if Walmart will appeal
In a lengthy land use hearing that was fraught with controversy, the Hood River City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to deny Walmart’s application to expand its Hood River location, ruling that the store’s vested right to do so had expired since expansion of the store hadn’t moved forward in years.
In a lengthy four-hour land use hearing that was fraught with controversy, the Hood River City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to deny the expansion of Walmart's store on Wasco Avenue.
HRVRC challenges County’s approval of amphitheater in Dee
The DeeTour development, which attracted controversy when it was announced earlier this year, will go before the Hood River County Planning Commissioners next week, who will consider an appeal filed by a local land use group that accuses the county of making errors in how it approved and noticed the project.
The issue of whether Walmart’s Wasco Avenue store has the right to expand could come down to a Hood River City Council decision to be delivered Tuesday night.
Naitos look to break ground on project early next year
After over two years of appeals and nearly as many in negotiations, the legal disputes over the proposed Nichols Landing development have been put to rest.