Gorge Life


Kempf, Walker win Daughters of the American Revolution awards

Members of the Celilo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met March 18 at the Hood River Fire Station for their monthly club meeting, honoring two Hood River high school students in the process.

Entertainment Update for March 21

The Hapa Hillbillies play Chaplin; Kay Floria at White Buffalo; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Still jammin at 50: photos prove it really happened

It seems like yesterday I was celebrating birthday number 40, but to me time feels like it’s speeding by at a faster rate. I mean, it seemed like I just blinked my eyes and the last season of Downton Abbey was already wrapping up. What was that, anyway, a total of six weeks?

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Tsuruta Sisters

Kaori Sato gets a helping hand from her host mother, Wendy Bullock, while friends Mizuki Ito and Kaho Urita roller skate behind them at Westside Elementary Wednesday.

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‘Mayor for all of us’: Interview with Paul Blackburn

Paul Blackburn jokes that he is “seven for seven” in elections — the most recent being Mayor of Hood River in November 2014. He was elected to city council in 2004.

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Gordon Pillon mixes doughnuts with vehicle repair

Gordon Pillon aims for 100 percent customer satisfaction at Expertec Automotive Repair, located on the Heights at 1802 12th Street.

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Spring is in bloom

Plenty to do — with your buds

Spring break — March 23 to 27 — is right around the corner for Hood River County School District, Horizon Christian, Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School and Columbia Gorge Community College students.

Join in ’35 & Gorgeous’

Friends of the Columbia Gorge is launching the “35 & Gorgeous” hike challenge this month.

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Root and Branches

Due to a deep seeded skepticism about the actual “reality” of television reality shows, I seldom watch one in its entirety.

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Lyle Nicholson celebrates 100 years

Lyle (“Nick”, “Doc”, and “AB7A”) Nicholson will celebrate his 100th birthday on March 23, 2015. Nicholson, a former veterinarian, resides at Providence Down Manor in Hood River, where he has lived since 2008.

Yesteryears: Covered bridge north of Parkdale closed by order of the county court in 1955

The old covered bridge north of Parkdale on the Woodruff station road was closed Saturday afternoon by order of the county court. Damage to the east end of the bridge resulted during the recent wind storm and necessitated the closing of the structure, which has spanned the east fork for half a century. The concrete bridge was opened to traffic Wednesday afternoon. The covered bridge may be preserved as a foot bridge, commissioners report.

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PET OF THE WEEK: Phoebe’s small size hides a big dog

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Phoebe as the program’s adoptable pet of the week:

Hood River County Reads books are now available

Hood River County Reads kicked off on March 15 with a special event at the Hood River Library beginning at 2 p.m.; related kickoffs happen at the Parkdale and Cascade Locks libraries on March 17 beginning at 5 p.m.


The Gorge Literary Journal, a new voice for writers in the Columbia Gorge, is soliciting short original works for publication. Partnering with The Hood River News, selected items will appear in a special newspaper section this summer. There is no financial remuneration for acceptance. All submissions are anonymous (the online submission process connects writers’ names to their pieces after they are accepted).

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May Street, Wy’east, S. Wasco advance to Oregon Battle of Books State event

On March 15, schools from Hood River, Sherman, and Wasco counties competed in the Region 4 East Tournament of Oregon Battle of the Books at The Dalles Middle School.