Sanctuary: a place of refuge and protection — Merriam Webster. Sanctuary city: official status by a city as resisting enactment of federal immigration policies.
A concert Sunday honors one of Hood River’s true musical friends, the late Tim Ellis. Violinist Aaron Meyer will dedicate Sunday’s annual holiday concert to guitarist Ellis, his long-time “musical sidekick,” arranger, and musical director.
Ever heard “The 12 Days of Christmas”?
WELL SAID: “Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.” — J. Robert Moskin
HR Council meets on Monday and Tuesday
Hood River City Council meets on two consecutive evenings this week — its regular meeting Monday and Tuesday’s special meeting held solely to consider passage of an emergency ordinance on Title 5. This pertains to rules for short term rentals in residential zones.
The Hood River Warming Shelter remains in transition, with a one-week delay for opening.
Fruit gains a big lift this month with three beers made from unusual fruits, pouring at pFriem Family Brewing and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales. Both are redolent, colorful ales, distinct but not overpowering with the flavor and aroma of their essential fruit: plums at Logsdon (Zuur Pruim — sour plum in Flemish) and at pFriem the blueberry Bosbesson and Farmhouse made from … kumquats.
Ballot tabulation is not quite through for the 2016 General Election and Democrat Mark Reynolds said he’s not done working for future votes.
Keeping Service in Sight: Local Lions club members stay busy with scholarships, vision screenings, container collection, Peace Posters and other projects serving community
Lions are busy.
Hood River County voters went heavily for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, 6,359 (59.5 percent) to 3,223 (30.2 percent) and gave a solid edge to challenger Mark Reynolds in his failed bid to unseat Mark Johnson in the State House Dist. 52 race.
The math classroom of Troy Tactay fills with the aroma of cheddar in the twice-monthly lunch gathering “Toasted Cheese Wednesday” on Nov. 9.
The annual “Chair Affair” event for Westside Elementary will be Nov. 11 at Springhouse Cellars from 6-10 p.m.
Organizer Erika Doring congratulates Matthew Williams, 11, upon his winning the first “For Love Of Chocolate” bake-off, and $100, Sunday at Springhouse Cellars.
The gathering was the first of its kind, at least in years.
Warm autumn sunshine brings out the class pet in Penny Davis’ fourth-grade classroom for recess Wednesday at Westside Elementary.
WELL SAID: “Elections determine who is in power, but they do not determine how power is used.” — Paul Collier
“I want a faster car!” said Kaius Johnson, 5, fueled by a new bouquet of balloons.
Collaborations that began in the fertility of summer reach their reveal in the season of harvest.
Ballot preparation time included a special visitor in advance of the Nov. 8 General Election.
Gov. Kate Brown spent Wednesday in Hood River, focusing on health and education.
Owner Amy Cannon, center, tells friends what happened Monday afternoon when her furniture burn pile ignited the power line running above the fire at her home on Country Club Road.
He was a 25-year-old man who challenged FDR.
Rating pFriem Family Brewing as producing “some of the best Belgian-style beers west of the Mississippi — and good IPAs, too,” The Oregonian newspaper last week gave the four-year-old Hood River Brewery its number one spot in its list of top 10 breweries in Oregon. Pfriem, is the only Gorge brewery on the list. Breakside, Barley Brown, Deschutes and The Commons rounded out the top five.
Bees are critical to pollination, and new sculptures in the community will become homes to bees while standing as artistic representations by middle school students.
Hundreds gathered last week at centennial birth anniversary events for Minoru Yasui, native son and civil rights advocate who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.
A water polo “what if” put a disappointing twist on the Hood River teams’ efforts Saturday.
A ‘profound lack of understanding’
Calling it “a disease that touches all of us,” Deputy District Attorney Carrie Rasmussen told her own family’s story of domestic abuse, as keynote speaker at the Helping Hands Against Violence candlelight vigil Oct. 12 at Georgiana Smith Gardens.
The fight remains in the winless Hood River Valley High School Eagle team, and they gave one to Pendleton Friday.
Another Columbia River Conference title is within the grasp of the Hood River Valley High School’s girls soccer team — if it wins its next game, Tuesday at Hermiston (3-1 CRC).
Dr. Erin Burnham of Hood River is EMS Medical Director of the Year for 2016.
All four candidates for three open positions on Hood River City Council spent the morning together Oct. 8 at Saturday Market greeting voters.
Hood River Valley Girls Water Polo took a key match from the 6A powerhouse Barlow Bruins Tuesday,
As domestic abuse continues, so must the conversation about it.
Reconciliation and remembrance were held forth along with gifts in Monday’s first ever Indigenous People Day in Hood River, attended by about 70 people at Overlook Memorial Park.
‘The Maltese Falcon’ and ‘Casablanca’ continue this weekend
A double dose of classic stories forms the third annual radio theater production at Columbia Center for the Arts, with faithful takes on the classic stories “The Maltese Falcon” and “Casablanca.”
WELL SAID: ”Ours is the age that is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to.” — H. Mumford Jones (1892-1980)
More than 4,750 fresh-hop beer lovers came to Hood River on Sept. 24 for the 13th annual Hood River Hops Fest, the Pacific Northwest’s largest fresh-hop beer festival. A total of 49 Oregon, Washington and California breweries — the most ever to be featured at Hood River Hops Fest — participated, with 63 original seasonal fresh-hop beers on tap.
“Harvesting Our Stories,” happening Friday during First Friday, is both meal and art show, and the culmination of an Arts in Education of the Gorge project pairing artists with farmers to create works of art about agriculture.
Crews hired by Oregon Department of Transportation do rock fall abatement last week along Interstate 84 at milepost 61, just west of Hood River.
Council passes resolution for ‘Indigenous Day’
Parks use and city planning policy, both dealing with affordable housing, dominated business this week before both City Council and the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District.
12th Street has been closed from May to State streets, limiting access to 12th and connecting streets surrounding Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital since July, but it is now open.
“I just had to come down and do something. This country is in trouble,” said Dell Charity, a 37-year-resident of Hood River, who stood downtown Friday afternoon in an impromptu protest.
All three sailboat occupants, and a dog, were safe after an unexpected swim in the Columbia River at about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
Pasquale Barone describes progress on the residences he and his wife, Jacquie, left, are creating in the historic Union Building at Wednesday’s Gorge Owned Green Drinks event.
WELL SAID: “The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” — Mark Twain
Gorge Soup for the Arts winner Peter Marbach, right, talks with Claire Griffin and her daughter, Margo Lydden-Griffin, after Wednesday’s event at Columbia Center for the Arts.
Downtown will be a beer drinker’s paradise on Saturday, with two events open to families happening simultaneously a few blocks apart. The first Oktoberfest at Hood River Elks Lodge, Third and Cascade, runs 4 to 9 p.m. Admission is free for all ages.
Two events, and the common elements of art and exercise, overlapped last weekend in ways that showed how nimble and creative the Hood River community can be.
FESTIVAL ALSO BRINGS LOCAL CIDER
Hood River Hops Fest, a showcase for fresh hopped ale, has evolved into one of Oregon’s premier beer events.