Dan Spatz was named as the new Executive Director of the Hood River County Education Foundation, the board announced Monday. On Feb. 8 Spatz will step down from his post as Chief Institutional Advancement Officer and Executive Director of the CGCC Foundation at Columbia Gorge Community College. Spatz will begin his new, part-time, HRCEF position on Feb. 9.
Seen this week, six medium-sized birds whose yellow plumage is unusual, at least for the Heights.
Teenagers spending time in the beer aisle Thursday was behavior somewhat unusual, yet healthful.
The loss appears total in Friday morning’s house fire at 3578 Westcliff Dr., owned by Michael and Suzanne Maurer. They shared the home with their daughter and granddaughter, and all are safe. Westside and Hood River fire departments and Wy’east Fire District responded to the blaze starting at around 5 a.m., about a half-mile east of exit 62. The home and garage, including vehicles, were destroyed
City council hears detailed appeal on affordable housing
The chronic issue of affordable housing received a thorough airing Monday at City Council, and a sense of progress was evident to the council and those who presented on the issue.
Map, website, and cooperative spirit blend in new group
The ale-liance is ready to pour together.
A dialog, and silent protest, on climate change wove through U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s hometown town hall meeting at Hood River Adult Center, attended by about 75 people.
Speakers call for continued efforts to fulfill Dr. King’s vision of justice
In music, in readings, and in a challenge to keep on working for justice, a capacity congregation celebrated the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Monday at Riverside Community Church.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden listens as high school students urge him to put a high priority on climate change, during Saturday’s town hall at Hood River Adult Center, attended by about 75 people.
It’s been said that certain individuals have a “heart of gold.” These people make a difference and enrich the community through their good works and selfless dedication. They act from the heart and are driven to help others.
The best deal on skiing you’ll find all year will be Jan. 19 at Mt. Hood Meadows.
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales is coming to town.
A big award and official retirement.
The cowardly massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris put me in an uncomfortably reflective mood last week.
A runaway yard debris trailer damaged St. Mark’s Episcopal Church entryway Wednesday just before 3 p.m.
Loose change, no damage: Police report at least six car prowls Friday morning in Heights neighborhood
Hood River Police spent an hour combing a Heights neighborhood early Friday morning following reports of car prowls along June and Pine streets between Fifth and Seventh.
Non-profit’s members look at challenges and opportunities in goal of feeding the Gorge
Gorge Grown, champion of local growers and improved nutrition and access to quality food in the region, hosted a wide-ranging discussion on “feeding the Gorge” Thursday.
Former shop owner guilty on three felony sex abuse charges involving children
The case came close to trial, but Kenneth Gordon Lolley, 74, was sentenced to jail Tuesday for multiple sex abuse charges against girls aged 8-11, following a plea agreement.
RIO means river, giving brother a say in the naming year’s first baby
First Baby Roman Isaac Ortega edged the second baby of the new year by one hour on Jan. 1 at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.
Two men charged in what was otherwise a quiet holiday
Two men face multiple charges for a New Year’s Eve celebration that went too far — as in a bullet in the neighbor’s microwave.
Mayor announces next council meeting postponed in light of UO football game
The business of transition involved hugs and handshakes, cake, and checks to sign as city and county elected officials formally took office on Monday.
For the last two Augusts, State Street was a mess.
‘And who will tend all the fires the human spirit blazes? The world cooks by them, contends …’
In 2014 I read a poem each day.
Maria Ortega wants her new restaurant to continue the family tradition of cooking, as well as the cultural importance of Mexican food.
Happy New Year, however you mark the occasion. Thursday is 1/1/15, and in the Gorge, residents can enjoy a large variety of ways to “ring in the new year.” The weather prediction is cold, giving the Jan. 1 Polar Bear Plunge at Maryhill State Park a stark appeal.
Jules Burton has acted on a desire she thinks plenty of people have harbored: “I should own a bar someday.”
Why is Lois Vance smiling? Because she’s the one doing the giving
Lois Vance of Hood River is one person who shows the Christmas spirit all year long.
This is the 13th annual “Readerboard Year” list – an (almost) exhaustive list of all the messages put up at roadside marquees with moveable letters.
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.
Helping Hands Against Domestic Violence receives an unusual donation from Footwise of Hood River: 100 pairs of shoes, from the Israeli manufacturer Naot.
WELL SAID: The poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote in 1833 “In Memoria” for his friend Arthur Henry Hallam, of “the Christmas bells from hill to hill,” and despairs at the start of the poem: “This year I slept and woke with pain/I almost wished no more to wake/And that my hold on life would break/Before I heard those bells again.”
The ridiculous met the sublime last week in international matters.
Something new is always bubbling up at local breweries. Between now and January you’ll find four distinct new beers at Double Mountain Brewery, notes brewmaster Matt Swihart, including a sweet take on cherries.
Baked, with their carmelized coat, they looked like elongated cinnamon rolls.
Nine kids, nine visions
Look to the Christmas Carols special section in this edition for the annual presentation of kids’ holiday drawings.
Food banks receive pre-Christmas boost
The serious business of food delivery certainly had a humorous side.
Blue Cheer and a Red Opel: Claudia Lane’s poster collection is full color rock history on display at 301 Gallery through Dec. 24
Who says if you remember the ‘60s you weren’t there?
A significant milestone was reached this week on the construction of the new FISH Food Bank building.
Tracks to '26
“Tracks to ‘26,” a yearly inquiry into what drives and inspires six young hearts and minds, returns for Installment 2 of 13.
SCANNING: In years past we’ve published “a scanner year” – entertaining excerpts from what we heard over the dispatch communications device in our office – and while we did not get it together in 2014 to compile such a list, one item overheard on Dec. 9 was funny in itself: the words of the officer were, in full and verbatim: “An inquisitive toddler.”
Firefighers, officers punch holes in 12th Street house to gain new skills before the place is torn down
Call it construction demolition.
The triple treatment of reduced staffing, increased volume and bad weather over the past weeks has resulted in U.S. Mail delivery delayed into the evening hours for many recipients.
Town Traditions: City lights abound, ‘Nutcracker’ dancers fill the stage at HRMS Saturday and Sunday
Santa’s been here and the Sugar Plum Fairy is next.
Citing threats to public safety and the Gorge economy, Hood River City Council passed a resolution Monday calling for a ban on coal and oil transports through the Gorge
“I just happen to have the key …”
Directors affirm Indian Creek will remain open
So many people showed up for Tuesday’s college board special meeting that a scheduled class switched rooms to give the board and public more space.
Tree decorator Bryan Atwood installs lights on the Hood River downtown tree at Second and State streets.
I think there’s a connection between the fact that I learned you can see snow-capped peaks from Eugene on Sunday and a phone hang-up I got on Monday.
About 10 cases of unlawful vehicle entry have been reported in recent weeks in Hood River.
In words, music and sound effects, CAST recreates '40s radio play
Take a step back in time- be a part of a live radio show audience for the CAST Theater production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Columbia Center for the Arts Dec. 6-20. Sponsored by Jeff Sacre of Director’s Mortgage and Ruby Mason of Windermere Realty this is the first performance of the play in the Columbia River Gorge.