UP wants to add to tracks in Mosier

$25 million project would add four miles of track

Union Pacific wants to extend a 1.5-mile siding, or pullout lane, in Mosier by two miles on either side, enabling trains to bypass each other without stopping. The project would cost $25 million. Now, trains pull off in Mosier, and sit idling, waiting for an oncoming train to pass. Extending the siding, or bypass lane, would eliminate “the biggest bottleneck in the Northwest,” UP spokesman Brock Nelson told a crowd of nearly 30 in Mosier Dec. 10

Mike Hendricks named to international position

The American Evaluation Association has selected Mike Hendricks of Hood River to represent its 8,000 members on the board of directors of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE). The IOCE is an international partnership that helps foreign governments and nongovernmental organizations around the world improve the lives of the people within their borders by using program evaluation.

Gorge Technology Alliance: Andy von Flotow, Insitu honored as Gorge Tech Leader, Organization of the Year

The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) held its second annual awards program on Dec. 16, recognizing Andy von Flotow of Hood Technology as the 2014 GTA Technology Leader of the Year and Insitu as the 2014 GTA Technology Organization of the Year.

Paul Thompson joins Copper West Properties

Paul Thompson has lived in the Hood River Valley for over 35 years, and has worked the past ten of those years helping people sell and find homes here, as a real estate broker. Today, Thompson and Copper West Properties announce that he too has found a new home, at the brokerage.

MTMCare’s Nicole Schrankel recognized for pharmacy Excellence in Innovation

Nicole Schrankel, PharmD, recently received the 2014 Excellence in Innovation Award from the Oregon State Pharmacy Association for her exceptional dedication and commitment to the pharmacy profession.

Pet of the Week: Axel’s wish for Santa is a new home

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

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‘Cosmo’s Turducken’ makes its entrance at Full Sail dinner

Baked, with their carmelized coat, they looked like elongated cinnamon rolls.

The Ale List: Double Mountain diversifies its taps, Solera gets plummy

Something new is always bubbling up at local breweries. Between now and January you’ll find four distinct new beers at Double Mountain Brewery, notes brewmaster Matt Swihart, including a sweet take on cherries.

Full Sail sweeps with 14 medals at ‘World Beer’

Full Sail Brewing swept the recent World Beer Championships, with nine gold and five silver awards. Every beer entered by Full Sail earned a prize at this year’s competition.

County unemployment still low

The latest unemployment numbers are in and show Hood River County’s unemployment rate changed little over the year, but has remained low.

Sheriff Log, Dec. 16 to 21

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River.

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Tony Clark wins 911 IT award

Tony Clark, Hood River County information technician (IT), has won the 2014 Oregon State Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) IT Person of the Year Award for his work with Hood River County 911.

Bolland named Meadows Chief Operating Officer

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort has named Charles Jake Bolland as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Meadows Chairman and CEO Matthew Drake made the announcement, saying, “It gives me great pleasure to promote Jake to this position. Jake has an exceptional understanding of our operations and financial structure. He also possesses the core values and solid leadership qualities to help guide and support our outstanding management team. With day-to-day operations in Jake’s very capable hands, I can focus more on future growth opportunities for our company.”

Pot business moratorium extended for Klickitat County

Six-month moratorium would affect new businesses

No new marijuana businesses will be permitted in Klickitat County’s unincorporated areas until a six-month moratorium lapses or is called off by county commissioners.

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Body of missing man found near Mosier

The remains of a Portland man were found Monday about one mile from his vehicle in Mosier and Wasco County Chief Deputy Lane Magill said there was no evidence of foul play.