News for Saturday, February 15, 2014

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Worst-case averted for PPS athletes

Potential teacher strike threatened school sports, but athletes will play on

While a major storm brews between Portland Public Schools, its teachers and some 48,000 students caught in the middle of an impassioned labor dispute, the threat of a teacher strike in the city had Hood River Valley High School administration and coaches preparing for potential impacts it would have on HRV athletes and the winter sports season.

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Oak St. closes Tuesday from First to Front

Downtown street work moves over; on Heights, work set back to March 3

Look for a big change in traffic in downtown Hood River starting Tuesday. .

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Hood River Bridge’s lift span is ‘sound’

That Hood River Bridge’s lift span appears to be in good condition following a routine mechanical and electrical inspection on Tuesday by engineers contracted by the Port of Hood River.

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A slice of local life -- Walking the Walk: Rick Dant goes inside and out for fitness

Rick Dant, owner and operator of Inside Out Fitness, wants to help people. And that’s ultimately why the 50-year-old — his birthday is this month — quit his job as a critical care nurse to open up Inside Out Fitness, located at 15 Third St. in downtown Hood River.

DEQ issues $5,365 penalty to Mount Hood Railroad

Fined for violating stormwater permit

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a $5,365 civil penalty to Mount Hood Railroad Company for failing to monitor pollutant levels in the rail line’s stormwater — a violation of the company’s stormwater discharge permit.

On ramps and reroutes

Locals, visitors find ways around the slide

The closure of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 has caused an odd situation for the residents of Mitchell Point Drive.

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Landslide on I-84 snarls traffic

Both eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 will likely remain closed throughout the weekend after a landslide sent down 2,000 cubic yards of rock across the freeway Wednesday about a mile west of Hood River at milepost 61.

HRV chapter observes National FFA Week

National FFA week is Feb. 15-22 this year and the Hood River Valley FFA Chapter has several activities planned at the local level.

District starts to take a close look at absenteeism

In Wednesday’s meeting, Hood River County School District Board of directors discussed a wide variety of topics and updates, including the dawning issue of student absenteeism.

Entertainment Update for Feb. 15

Jelly Bread, more at CEBU; more

Round Table: Getting some traction when rocks come falling down

Monday, as the snow melt began, a caller phoned the Hood River News with a timely suggestion: “Please slow down so you don’t splash icy dirty water on those on sidewalks.”

FISH Wrap: Food bank program meets its capital goal

Two years of fundraising paid off big time this week for local food banks.

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 15

Cell facts; Support ORU4M; First step; more

HRCSD budget committee members needed

There are four openings on the Hood River County School District budget committee for residents who live in the following zones:

‘Pencil Pushers’ creative workshops begin March 7

Writers of all skill levels and genres are welcome to join “Pencil Pushers,” a weekly creative writing workshop series taught by Lois Colton.

Parkhurst welcomes volunteers, knitters

Do you have an open heart and some extra time?

Mid Valley News: Wy’east seeks volunteers for after-school programs

Odell Garden Club President Norma Curtis invites everyone “interested in gardening and having a great social group” to join. The club not only holds educational meetings and sponsors flower shows, but does a lot of volunteer work in the community as well. For more information, contact Curtis at 541-386-6635 or nlcurtis@hrecn.net.

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Watch Gorge native Vic Wild make Olympic appearance

He might be competing for Team Russia, but Vic Wild’s hometown will always be White Salmon.

Sports briefs for Feb. 15

HRV basketball eyes end of season; Eagle lacrosse gearing up; Cooper Spur scheduled open this weekend

Eagle wrestling demolishes The Dalles

Team hosts home dual Saturday

Hood River Valley High School wrestling traveled to The Dalles-Wahtonka Thursday evening for their annual River Clash Cup dual.

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Parkdale Jog-A-Thon is awesome

On side note, school carnival is March 14

Parkdale Elementary School students worked up a sweat this week during their annual Healthy Heart Jog-A-Thon fundraiser. Under the watchful eye of the school’s iconic Pete’s Dragon painting (extra credit to those who can remember the dragon’s name), students took turns running laps around the gymnasium and, with the help of teachers and parent volunteers, getting punch-cards as Swiss-cheesy as possible during their allotted time.

Missoula Children’s Theater takes stage

Kids can sign up now for a theater opportunity hosted by Columbia Center for the Arts.

Scholastic Writing: HRV writers Peterson, Miller, Sacre honored

Hunter Peterson and Danielle Miller, seniors at Hood River Valley High School and Cayla Sacre, a junior, won notable awards in 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, one of the most prestigious national recognition program for students in the U.S.

Kids’ Soup finalists give their pitches

Tickets available for Feb. 20 event

Gorge Soup has announced the finalists for the Feb. 20 Kids Gorge Soup event at Springhouse Cellar. The event will start at 6 p.m.

Supply’s side shows good economics

Hood River Valley Guidance and ASPIRE present Class of 2015 College Information Night for students and parents of HRV juniors, Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m in the Bowe Theater. The presentation will be available in English and Spanish. Highlights include “Using Naviance as Your College Search Tool”; AdmissionsTesting” and “The Costs of College.”