Life hasn’t slowed down much for Kristi Thomsen the past couple of years.
Hood River Valley High School sophomore Brynn Searcy is an artist. And a state and nationally recognized artist at that.
‘Keys to Talent:’ students excel in creative works
Hood River Valley High School honored artists and writers on Friday with an all-school Fine Arts assembly.
Stan Benson has retired after 25 years on the County Planning Commission.
There’s a new organic juice and food bar in downtown Hood River.
Alfonso and Sylvia Delgadillo have enjoyed a steady stream of loyal customers since opening Tropicali Fruit, their Heights-area business serving Mexican-inspired fresh fruit cups, smoothies, juices and sorbets.
Melodi Johnson is recognizable as the wife of Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River. After all, her face adorned his campaign fliers during the last election cycle, too (definitely not her idea), and she is often seen at a variety of events, either alone or with her husband.
Hood River County School District middle and high school students are AVID for college.
To say Hood River Valley High School junior Sebastian Barajas, 17, is busy would be an understatement.
The Hood River County Planning Department has a new director of community development.
Tom Yates is going through a bit of a transition at Providence Down Manor, where he’s worked as community relations coordinator for almost two years.
Second dwellings, solid waste disposal among Salcido’s key challenge
Hood River County created the new post of code enforcement coordinator last fall, and on Oct. 1, 2014, Julie Salcido took on the task of managing the intake, investigation and resolution of various land use, health and safety ordinances within the county, not including the cities of Hood River or Cascade Locks.
‘Confidence will come’
Eight Robotics teams from Hood River Valley High School — along with two each from Hood River Middle School and Wy’east Middle School — are competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Tournament in The Dalles today, Jan. 31, at The Dalles Middle School.
Justine Ziegler has been Match Coordinator with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) — part of The Next Door, Inc. — since June 2012.
Hood River Chamber of Commerce members gathered at the Columbia Gorge Hotel on Friday for the group’s annual Membership Appreciation dinner. Many members came decked out in their formal best in keeping with the evening’s prom theme.
Matthew Joyce opened Freshies Bagels and Juice on Nov. 1, 2014 — without any previous knowledge of baking — and business is booming. Located in the former Hood River Bagel Co. store, earnings are up 25 percent over the last eight months than in all 12 months of the previous year.
Karen Gass — or Teacher Karen, as she’s commonly known — has been teaching at Little Feet Cooperative Preschool for the past 20 years.
Lauren Kraemer, left, Hood River County Extension Facility, led a panel presentation on domestic violence and sexual assault Jan. 15 at the Hood River Oregon State University Extension Office classroom.
Ron Dunn knows a lot of people.
Kirk Miller has a day job — he’s a software designer at Insitu — and, with his 50 hour work weeks, you’d think that would be enough to keep him plenty busy.
Residents travel to Parkdale to meet with students
December was service project month at Parkdale Elementary School, and 30 Hood River Care Center residents were the recipients of concentrated holiday cheer
Megan Spears is not a naturally organized person.
As the year comes to a close, so does A Slice of Local Life, a feature that has run every Saturday for the past two years.
From the middle of November through the beginning of March, the homeless of Hood River have a warm place to stay at the Hood River Warming Shelter.
Leadership. Responsibility. Generosity. Thrift.
Orion Wattenberg Trust will provide Meals on Wheels assistance, but more help is needed
Hood River Valley Adult Center Director Collice Martens-Sinclair has good news: The center’s 501c3 non-profit tax status, lost in 2010 due to a “series of unfortunate events,” has been retroactively reinstated.
Emergency Voucher Program coordinator Rev. Maggie Sebastian hit the ground running when she became the Clinical Chaplin at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital almost 3 years ago.
Charlotte Arnold celebrates 50 years teaching tap in Hood River
“ONE and TWO and THREE and FOUR!”
The FISH Food Bank in Odell has opened many doors for the people of the community — and not just in the area of food assistance.
Rodrigo Silva — or Rigo, as he’s also called — really knows pears. He also really knows gift boxes.
Six volunteers are helping in the community while embracing simple living
At the beginning of August, the Mid Valley became home to six young women with hearts for service and social justice.
When Emmy Thomson and daughters Taylor, 16, Timber, 12, and Treasur, 4, moved to Cascade Locks from North Carolina three years ago, they brought with them cherished family traditions.
A chance meeting this summer at Starbucks, between Hood River Adopt A Dog shelter coordinator Janette Skarda and Jan and Tom Short of Wenatchee, Wash., lead to a recent influx of five dogs at the Hukari Animal Shelter, located in Odell.
There isn’t a job on the Mt. Hood Railroad that Jimmy Guthrie hasn’t done, whether that’s working on the track or running the trains.
Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is up and running for 2014, with more businesses and individuals than ever interested in filling one (or more) of the program’s green and red shoeboxes for a child in need in one of 130 countries under the umbrella of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization chaired by Franklin Graham
Family scrapbook offers detailed account of Hood River County’s World War II sacrifices through news clippings
In August 1944, Grace Paasch, lifelong Pine Grove resident, started a scrapbook that would span the course of World War II.
The Hood River County Christmas Project held its biggest fundraiser of the season Nov. 7 with its Gala Fashion Show, held at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn Gorge Room.
When Celia Smith started out as a beautician 28 years ago, it wasn’t in the iconic A-frame near the fire station in downtown Odell where she’s worked more than two decades.
Parkdale resident Katrina McAlexander — or Trina, as she is commonly known — is in the process of purchasing Mt. View Orchards, and she couldn’t be happier.
Halloween hasn’t even come and gone yet, but Diana Tomson is already thinking about Christmas.
Alonso Magana, 18, is a freshman at Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) in Portland, majoring in photography. An Odell native, Magana has always been interested in art — he just didn’t think he was any good at it.
The entryway at Wy’east Middle School is much more colorful these days, thanks to a SPROUTS Club stained glass project held after school last year.
For those of us lucky enough to call Hood River home, there’s a good chance you’ve seen local potter James Diem’s ceramics displayed around town and at local art fairs — like the upcoming Hood River Valley Harvest Fest this weekend at the Waterfront.
St. Francis House held its annual pet blessing ceremony Oct. 10 at the youth center in Odell. Dogs, one very brave cat, and even a chicken came with their humans for a special blessing by Fr. Ron Maag, pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hood River.
Heads held high in Haiti: Charla Banks returns to troubled Caribbean nation on teaching, volunteering mission
Charla Banks visited Haiti for the first time two years ago as a graduate student at Loma Linda University — and is planning her third trip later this month.
Parents and families gathered at Georgiana Smith Park early Friday evening for the first ever Walk to Remember, in honor of National Awareness Month for Pregnancy and Infant Loss.
Taking a tour of Hood River is like taking a tour of Mark Nilsson’s artwork. And after 20 years in town, he’s created quite a bit of it.
CAST tackles dark classic that taps ‘the pulse of truth or illusion’
What is truth, and what is an illusion?
Community invited to memorial walk on Oct. 3
Pregnancy and infant loss are hard subjects to share — and perhaps that’s why those who suffer these losses often feel unable to acknowledge their grief publicly.
El Mercado del Valle celebrated its last farmers market Sept. 20 with piñatas — some made by St. Francis House, others donated by local businesses — music and dancing.