Jim and Lore Sampson are bringing peonies back. And with more than 600 cultivars, they’re off to a good start.
When educators from around the nation meet Oct. 21 for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative conference in Washington, D.C., Lisa Roberts, ASPIRE Coordinator at Hood River Valley High School, will be among them.
When the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) met for its seventh annual Hall of Fame gala earlier this month, a Hood River man was among the inductees.
Debut director puts new twist on a classic
“Romeo and Juliet” is the action-packed, witty debut of first-time director Emma Spaulding, now playing at the Columbia Center for the Arts. And while the story isn’t new — it was, after all, written in 1595 and is one of Shakespeare’s most-produced works — Spaulding’s take on it is.
The second annual Walk to Remember will feature a change or two, but the purpose of the walk remains the same: the observance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in support of those who have lost a pregnancy or baby.
Jean Pearson has been a toll taker at Bridge of the Gods for 18 years, and, as you can imagine, she’s seen a lot of changes in that time.
Patty Lara-Martinez has been the outreach specialist for the Hood River County Library District since December 2011. And while you may recognize her from the Parkdale and Hood River libraries, her range also extends into Odell — where no branch exists.
A benefit dinner for Nannette Mortenson and her family, to be held Oct. 6 at the Vintage Grille, 102 Oak St., Hood River, quickly sold out.
Despite enrollment increases, district sees class sizes shrink
With Hood River County Schools in their second full week of classes, official enrollment numbers are coming in.
“For a change of pace, I actually have positive news about our budget,” Hood River County School District Supt. Dan Goldman said Tuesday evening.
When you think of a high school vice principal, what comes to mind? For many, “disciplinarian” is probably the first thought. But how about instructional coach? Kyle Rosselle and Nate Parson, vice principals at Hood River Valley High School, say the latter is what most accurately describes the position.
You could say Louanna Flint is a bit of an institution at May Street Elementary School. That’s because Flint, 94, has worked for the school in one form or another for the past 60 years.
Fun facts behind some lesser-known apples and pears of the Hood River Valley
All around the county, farmers are bringing in a variety of unique and/or heirloom apples and pears that just aren’t found in traditional markets.
Churches, youth groups and service organizations will come together Sept. 26 to fight hunger.
Last October, Inge Echterhoelter examined her kitchen and wondered what it would look like to cook her family’s meals without prepackaged ingredients.
September 10 dawned bright and clear for the annual day of service in honor of Jerry Cranmer. Friends, family and community members met at Waterfront Park at 9 a.m. — as they have for the past three years — and spent the morning completing grounds-keeping tasks.
Every year on Sept. 10, the friends and family of former Vagabond Lodge owner Jerry Cranmer gather to perform an act of service in his memory.
When participants dive off the Sternwheeler early Monday morning to take part in the 73rd annual Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim, members of a Gorge amateur radio group will be helping to ensure it all goes safely.
With the Hood River County School District and Horizon Christian School back in session Sept. 8, there’s been a fair amount of buzzing around the various sites in the past week or so. And for four new principals — two of whom are new to the area — the work is just beginning.
Weekend of music, athletics to benefit School Dist. programs on Sept. 19 and 20
The Gorge Kids Triathlon keeps growing.
Kelly Dennis, of Underwood, has just brought a national pet-matching program to the Gorge.
Betsy Berens has always had dogs. She has not always been a doggy foster parent.
Barbara Ayers, Emergency Manager Public Information Officer for Hood River County, says her days aren’t exactly exciting.
Foster parents don’t need to be perfect.
Some might go into the woods to live deliberately, but in the case of five Hood River County teens, their time in the forest this summer has been hard work.
John Maher and Thad Perry, longtime drivers with Columbia Area Transit (CAT), have a message they really want to get out to the community: CAT is a public transportation service that anyone can use.
Harsh summer temperatures ushered in an early pear harvest for Hood River Valley.
Bob Dill, of Mosier, likes to build.
Campers from around the Gorge came to the eighth annual Columbia Gorge Peace Village this week to participate in what has become a summer traditional at Mosier Community School.
Your guide to al fresco options: mobile and stationary food trucks and carts abound around the county
Mobile and stationary food trucks and carts abound around Hood River County.
Norma Vega — or Normy, as she’s also known — is the woman behind Empanadas Maria Elbas, the Chilean empanadas food cart open every Thursday at Gorge Grown Hood River Farmers’ Market, located at Hood River Middle School through November.
I’m not going to lie — cows freak me out.
Lynn and Dollie Rasmussen are selling Rasmussen’s Farms, but the public will have one last opportunity to see the well-known Pine Grove landmark.
A group of Hood River County residents spent the weekend of July 10-12 helping a neighbor in need.
Faith Ocheskey, 13, models the dress she made using her brother Stanley’s Hood River Valley High School cap and gown at Wednesday’s 4-H Style Review at the Hood River County Fair.
Connie Potter, left, of Beaverton, and sister Glenda Holland, of Lebanon, are greeted by Ronald McDonald at the grand re-opening of the Marina Drive McDonald’s Wednesday.
Construction workers rescue house swallows
What should have been a basic building residing job turned into a rescue mission earlier this week.
As a child, Diana Blackmon would often hear she saved the best for last, and that’s how she feels about her practice, Reflexology Hood River, located on Sherman Avenue.
Gretchen Jordan, Coordinator of Volunteers, Oregon Long Term Care Ombudsman, has an opportunity that hasn’t been seen before in Hood River or Wasco counties: A volunteer training to be held in The Dalles Aug. 12-13, Aug. 26-27 and Sept. 10, at a location to be announced.
The Hood River Art Club — started in 1949 by a group of local artists — is celebrating its 66th anniversary with an art show July 10-18 at the History Museum of Hood River County.
Late Tuesday evening. Or maybe it’s Wednesday now, because it’s 1:45 a.m. It’s hot. Well, of course it’s hot. We’ve got the windows open in our bedroom, and I’m awake because something as of yet unidentified has woken me up.
Genesis Quezada just turned 16, but she already has four years of business experience under her belt.
Dave Kalousdian’s Fourth of July will be different this year, but only just.
First, a correction: I inadvertently typed the wrong date for the 50-Plus Expo coming to the Hood River County Fair on Senior’s Day in my last column — it will be on July 23, to correlate with the special admission price to the fairgrounds for seniors on that day.
You’re on deadline and you really should have done your research earlier, but you’ve been pulled a hundred ways all week (excuses!) and you’re just now getting to your story. Which is due in four hours. And okay, you’re panicking more than a little bit. Because this is going to be impossible.
When Activities Director Christine Shannon began her free “Gentle Yoga for Beginning Seniors 50 and Over” at the Hood River Care Center mid-February, she started with three students.
In the early 1990s, while working in a local orchard, Gerardo Bobadilla was challenged by an old-time farmworker to change the course of Mexican history in the Hood River Valley.
I know it’s been a few months (or six), but rest assured, the Odell community column really does still exist. Grab your calendar — there’s a lot going on in our little community over the next few weeks.
Life is busy for Cruz Torres, but you wouldn’t know it from his easygoing demeanor.
Mid Valley School garden brings fresh, local produce to students and community
Walk the path leading to Mid Valley Elementary School’s playground on a Friday afternoon, and you just might be greeted by the sounds of children in the garden.