Sixth Annual Harvest Fest Pie Eating Contest
The sixth annual Pie Eating Contest at Hood River Harvest Fest is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and HRVHS youth service group Leaders for Tomorrow. HRVHS student Dylan Polewczyk won the 1-minute fruit-pie eating event.
Key rule, as stated by Chamber President Jason Shaner, “You have to eat the pie, you can’t just dislocate it. We will be checking for pie dislocation.”
Governor visits Hood River during fire
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visited Hood River Hotel Thursday morning, Sept. 14, discussing economic impacts of the Eagle Creek fire with local business leaders. Attendees included Sen. Chuck Thomsen, Mayor Paul Blackburn, and business representatives from Celilo Restaurant, Double Mountain Brewery and Cascade Locks' The Renewal Workshop. For updates on the fire, stay tuned at www.hoodrivernews.com.
"Entwined" gets ready for cross country trip
Just as Hurricane Irma bore down on the U.S. south Atlantic region on Friday, Hood River artist C.J. Rench, left, was preparing to send a massive sculpture to Jacksonville, Fla. “Entwined” weighs 3,800 pounds and stands 30 feet tall when installed. But when that happens is unknown, as Jacksonville suffered major storm damage Sunday and Monday. Rench, shown working with employee Ryan Cournoyer to adjust straps for loading at CJR Designs in Hood River, said Tuesday the truck was in South Carolina that morning. Rench’s employee Damon Millman will meet the truck in Florida and oversee installation at the Haskell Building in Jacksonville.
Starting a Curtis Jenny at WAAAM Fly In
Community meeeting on Eagle Creek fire
View of I84 after wildefire closure
Interstate 84 in the hours after closure on Monday, from an overlook at the west end of Westcliff Drive in front of the Tribal Fisheries Enforcement headquarters: a lone vehicle comes up the hill and then, darkness again.
Hikers evacuate on Eagle Creek trail
Emily Yan of Washington D.C. shot this video while on the rugged Eagle Creek trail between Tunnel Falls and Wahtum Lake. Yan had water filters and a headlamp that she shared with others on the hike.
Hood River Library Unity Picnic
The Hood River Library wraps up its summer reading program with the annual Unity Picnic.
Feed the Dogg at Chavez Family benefit concert
Feed the Dogg plays at a benefit for the Chavez Family
Farmworkers were celebrated and honored at the Farmworker Celebration at Jackson Park Sunday.
Planet Fly at Pfriem
The band Planet Fly plays at Pfriem in an outdoor concert.
Peter Marbach hurries to save his tent from the wind
Peter Marbach comes to the rescue of his wind blown tent.
Hood River Valley High School graduation 2017
Scenes from graduation of the class of 2017 at Hood River Valley High School
Hood River firefighters battle Heights blaze
Hood River firefighters tackled an early morning fire at an answering service in the Heights Wednesday morning. The 1 a.m fire was caused by an electrical panel and eventually gutted the office.
I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m.
Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list.
What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency.
Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…”
Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B).
12 Gallons of Water (A)
11 Family meals (B)
10 Cans of propane (A)
9 Hygiene bags (B)
8 Packs of batteries (A)
7 Spare coats (B)
6 Bright red flares (C)
5 Cozy blankets (B)
4 Tire chains (C)
3 Flashlights (B)
2 cell phone chargers (B)
1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B)
Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine:
n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum)
n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60)
n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter)
n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days)
The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months.
If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …”
Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane).
Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis.
Notes on the 12 gift ideas:
12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages.
11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended
10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy.
9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation)
Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213.
The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts.
Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest 2016
Kiteboarders in action during the pro competition Friday at the 16th Annual Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest in Stevenson. All photos by Ben Mitchell.
Oil train car being transported by truck
A damaged rail car from the June 3, 2016 oil train derailment and fire is transported from the crash site via truck on I84.
Aerial view of Mosier train fire
A look from the air at the oil train derailment and fire in Mosier, June 3, 2016. Video courtesy of TacAero.
Oil train derails, burns
Video of an oil train which derailed and caught fire in the town of Mosier, five miles east of Hood River.