In a wide-ranging meeting Monday, Hood River City Council heard new staff suggestions on short term rental regulations, received a report of an unusual development with the new Hampton Inn hotel project, and voted unanimously to place on the Nov. 8 ballot a measure proposing a 3 percent city tax on marijuana items as allowed by Oregon law.
In a historic first, a “straw pull” decided who will be appointed to the Hood River County School District Board of Directors.
Firefighter John Stehlik hoses a burn pile Thursday that had been set more than five weeks ago. The fire spread to four-tenths of an acre before Wy’East Fire District personnel responded and controlled its spread through blackberries and into nearby woods.
I was headed into my freshman year of high school when Mike’s Ice Cream opened in 1986. It was a big deal — there weren’t a lot of places where kids my age could hang out, and having something downtown, across from the library park (that sold ice cream! In waffle cones!) really opened up options for me and my friends. We’d meet, grab a cone, and catch up on what we’d been up to that summer.
The traveling “Before I Die” kiosk awaits all-comers next to the downtown Hood River Library.
“Much Ado About Nothing” preparations began with an unusual rehearsal arrangement: one of the leads, Paul Bowen (Benedick), who was traveling out of state, “phoning it in,” yet giving it his best, via Facetime.
With apologies to vintners of the Gorge, around here there’s no vintage like Surf Vintage.
Cascade Locks’ annual June festival has been cancelled this year. The Mountain Man Rendezvous will go one as planned, Friday through Sunday on Thunder Island in Port Marine Park.
Bernice Arthur, left, and Pat Rasmussen Hoodenpile, along with Nate Arthur, far left, greet Delpha Clark, class of 1944, Saturday at the final reunion of the Odell High School, which was founded 100 years ago.
WELL DONE: The kids in the Westside Elementary talent show, with a special shout-out to emcee Ben Bauman, a fourth-grader, who ably kept things moving with a dryly humorous touch, at Wednesday’s event.
Arrows flew at Hood River Waterfront Park Saturday and some struck arms or chests, but no harm was done and it was all in good fun.
Kateri Osborne-Lohr receives a parting gift from Superintendent Dan Goldman.
Warm Springs tribal members begin Tuesday’s Centennial rededication of the Historic Columbia River Highway.
Headlights up: two utility projects this summer will cause some significant, albeit temporary, traffic changes on the Heights and in west Hood River.
Friends and colleagues honored 17 Hood River County School District employees retiring with 400-plus years’ experience at a reception last week hosted by the History Museum of Hood River County.
WELL SAID: “Some people have Crossfit. I call it ‘Bookfit.’” — Muir Cohen of Waucoma Bookstore, while schlepping a handcart full of boxes the three blocks from his store to the Post Office.
“Cradle to career” education and social support, starting at childbirth. “A measurably positive school culture.” “Focus on critical thinking skills instead of facts and data.”
This corrects the June 3 print and online versions of this story
Fire heavily damaged a home Wednesday night on an alley just south of Hull Street, near 10th Street on the Heights, consuming the garage and a Volkswagen Transporter vehicle inside. No one was in the structure and police and fire reported no injuries.
Towns and times: across the U.S. by bus — and back
"What — were the wagon trains all booked?" This was just one response I got when I told people I had returned from a cross-country Greyhound bus trip.
“Let us honor and respect the sacrifice of all those who sacrificed for their country, and continue to do,” Rev. Carl Casey, American Legion Post commander, said Monday in his benediction at the community Memorial Day observance at Idlewilde Cemetery.
Hood River City Council will hold a special meeting in early June to address two topics: appointing a new council member to replace Laurent Picard, and wording of licensing rules (aka Title 5) on short term rentals.
Jay Garcia tells Crestline Construction employee Colleen Kemp Wednesday that, coming down the stairs, he wasn’t sure if they were open at Sherman Street.
A beer and cider tasting at Venue 301 (301 Oak Street) for the Hood River County Education Foundation will provide tastes of six beers and three ciders on First Friday, June 3.
Recusal matter also affects Councilor Becky Brun,
Passage by City Council of a moratorium on new applications for short term rentals was just one development on Monday in this long-simmering controversy in the City of Hood River.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden wrapped up a district-wide tour Friday with a sparsely-attended town hall at the Port of Cascade Locks’ pavilion.
Talk about the chance to Mark your ballot.
I just might call it “Houndlandia.”
The bowls don’t stay empty for long.
Joanna Holmes drops off her ballot Monday at the Hood River County Administration building, Sixth and State, one of two official drop-off points for May 17 Primary ballots.
WELL SAID: “An inch is a long time.”
Gorge Kitchen, Hood River’s new Kombucha brewery and dairy-free ice cream creamery, is scheduled to open May 6.
Emmy-award winning animator Teresa Drilling of Portland visited Hood River recently for a series of school and after-school workshops on stop-motion animation, which she terms “an esoteric little art form.”
Wednesday brought a listening event unlike any other to Hood River.
The April 21 Hood River Republican Central Committee gathering was part GOP meeting, part debate, and it held its share of lively moments. At Hood River Valley Adult Center, a crowd of mostly retirees gathered, a table filled with juice and coffee on one side of the room, tables covered with lawn signs, brochures and other campaign material on the other, and four speakers up front.
City Council will deliberate May 9
Economic impacts and private property rights. Housing availability and neighborhood preservation.
A homeless man and a family with three children were among the recipients of bikes Sunday in the spring bike drive held by Anson Pulk, 9, and friends.
Wy’east Fire District firefighter Dave Rummel sprays water on a permitted burn that got out of hand April 21 near Panorama Point.
Check your mail in the next few days: the distinctive long envelope with the pink “Election” logo should arrive no later than Monday.
CCA founder and theater veteran Judie Hanel is first recipient of the award named for her
Judie Hanel took home a new award that is named for her, the Judie Hanel Service award, at the 10th anniversary awards night at Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) on April 2.
Spring is a fascinating time; sometimes you can just taste it, with strange results.
Tarwater Tavern on Jewett in White Salmon hosts a tap takeover by 11 breweries in Breweries in the Gorge, 5 p.m. on April 20.
The Mozart opera in town this weekend won’t be longhair music, unless you mean the hipsters’ beards.
Columbia Center for the Arts has poTENtial — the center’s 10th anniversary series started off April 4 with 100 people in attendance to hear “Martin Marten” author Brian Doyle in a wide-ranging and hilarious talk.
WELL SAID: As City Council and staff discussed the water line installation project for busy Rand Road set to happen next month — see notice at right — Public Works director Mark Lago was asked by Councilor Mark Zanmiller if sidewalk improvements could be done at the same time (answer, no, this is being done with water line funding) so Planning Director Cindy Walbridge joked, “How about a kind of slip and slide for the summer?” That drew a laugh, but City Manager Steve Wheeler’s wry remark was, “Cindy is a great planning director, but perhaps she is not ready for the job of parks and rec director.”
Hood River’s two newest cideries will be among those pouring Saturday at the third annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest in Odell.
On Portland Drive on the afternoon of April 7, firefighters responded to a fire in a row of arborvitae at the home of Lee and Norma Curtis.
The cooking area is part of the name and the experience at Pine Street Kitchen, which opened in February and is doing brisk business. It’s next door to, and shares a dish room with, the founders’ Pine Street Bakery.
Dan Peterson of Hood River is the microbiology-trained brains and brawn behind Ferment, one of Oregon’s newest breweries, and a unique one.
Go east, brother.
‘Feel free’ to comment again, planning director says Monday
The protracted and controversial work of short term rental (STRs) regulations moves from the appointed Planning Commission to the elected City Council.