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Julie Raefield-Gobbo

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Helping in Uganda: Knitting broken lives together

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Mister Rogers

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Neighbors raise concerns over cell tower plan

The Hood River County Planning Department is fielding inquiries and concerns from several neighbors near Westside Elementary School over the proposed installation of a 160-foot-tall commercial cell tower.

‘Health Care for All’ workshop is today

A local coalition of doctors, nurses, other health care providers and community members are banding together to create a new vision for health care in the Gorge and across Oregon.

Canned food fever ignites charitable spirit

The annual “pie-in-the-sky” target is 200,000 cans of food collected for Hood River County residents in need. Last year, the Hood River Valley High School student food drive for FISH food bank netted close to 124,000.

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PSU leaders bring education message to Latino youth

CGCC hosts forum, provides local stepping stone

“It was never a question that I would go to college,” said Chief Diversity Officer Jilma Meneses of Portland State University. “It was never a question that my daughters would go to college.”

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Aaron Meyer sets strings and audiences afire

Dec. 9 concert benefits United Way agencies

Imagine a sumptuous musical mixture of rock, pop and classical all swirled together like a peppermint parfait served up by world-class musicians presented with high energy and uplifting spirit.

D.A. fights bail reduction in McAndie rape case

Judge sets $100,000 cash bail, release contingencies

The tension and disturbing allegations tied to a five-count indictment for rape and kidnap allegedly committed by Home Valley, Wash., resident and former teacher Donald Stuart McAndie were palpable Tuesday morning in the Hood River courtroom of Judge Paul Crowley.

HR foundation funds iPad project

An innovative tech-teaching project is under way in Hood River County thanks to the Hood River County Education Foundation’s Innovative Teaching grant program, according to Paul Lindberg, executive director for the organization.

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Trail Band concert set to jingle jangle HRMS stage

Dec. 6 musical celebration and fundraiser supports local education

The annual season of music, light and celebration is upon us. One great Hood River tradition will be returning Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. with the Hood River County Education Foundation fundraiser concert featuring the Trail Band.

Bailey charged in Little League case

District Attorney John Sewell has charged Jennifer Bailey, 41, of Hood River, with two felonies tied to her alleged embezzlement of $21,451.92 in cash from the Hood River County Little League.

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High school seeks project evaluators

Junior and senior students at Hood River Valley High School this year will again undertake a personalized project to fulfill newly revised graduation requirements. Adults willing to listen to their presentations will help students deepen their learning, and will enjoy hearing about a range of topics and the knowledge gained through the students’ experiences.

Coal transport meetings slated

Just over a year ago, the Sierra Club began alerting residents to a proposal now under way to transport 130-150 million tons of coal per year through the Columbia River Gorge — via barges or open train cars. One of the specific coal transport projects tied to that proposal is now under consideration in Oregon.

McAndie appears on rape, kidnap indictment

New hearing slated Dec. 4 in circuit court

In the packed Hood River courtroom of Judge Paul Crowley on Nov. 29, Donald Stuart McAndie, 56, of Home Valley, Wash., appeared via video feed from NORCOR to face indictments of rape in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree, unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree and two counts of sexual abuse.

Latino Family Night brings info on college

A coalition of educators and community supporters have worked together to create a new educational opportunity for Hispanic high schools students in Hood River.

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Bridge closed, man injured in HR Bridge accident

City of Hood River Police Officer Anthony Frasier received an emergency dispatch call reporting a two-vehicle accident had occurred mid-span on the Hood River Bridge, at 7:14 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Van Voast gains fire marshal status

Local builders and homeowners alike may recognize the name Mark Van Voast — Hood River County building inspector. What may be news is that Van Voast has become the first building official in the state of Oregon to become a certified fire marshal.

Hood River Cultural Trust awards local arts projects

Six hard-working Gorge nonprofit organizations will find their visions a little easier to achieve this year with the help of grant funding from the Hood River Cultural Trust.

‘Aurora’ performs: Where harmony and choreography mix it up; Tony Smiley opens Nov. 30

‘Aurora’ performs: Aurora, HRV’s newest pop/rock ensemble, will take the stage for its first ever concerts on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Kaleidoscope: Christmas Project fundraiser marks 16 years of styling success

The hairdos were wild along with a few of the t-shirt logos. The room was packed wall-to-wall and the event attendees cheered as each new team of models took to the runway.

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A road revised

City starts Country Club realignment

Anyone waiting to make a left turn from County Club Road onto West Cascade knows what the term “failing intersection” means. It means at minimum, frustration, or near misses, and, for some unlucky drivers, accidents.

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Pass the Bird

Hood River man translates turkeys into treasure for local charities

If you’ve gone on the annual “Tour de Coop” in which dozens of local poultry enthusiasts show off their fowl farms each summer, then you may already know about Ted James and his bird farm. What you may not know is that James has turned his poultry passtime into something that benefits the community.

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Greg Walden to head NRCC, says forests need ‘expedited process’

Hood River Republican promoted in party leadership

The Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously selected U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., on Nov. 14 to one of the top Republican leadership positions in the Congress. He will chair the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

CGCC nets donation for Workforce center

Columbia Gorge Community College is poised to take a dramatic new step in expanding and improving its renewable energy technology workforce training program.

Rep. Mark Johnson returns to House

Peter Nordbye shares campaign finance lessons

Oregon State House of Representatives incumbent Mark Johnson, (R-District 52) of Hood River, will be headed back to Salem for another term, thanks to a successful, yet close run against Democratic opponent Peter Nordbye.

Cascade Locks mayor-elect speaks out

In an interview on Nov. 8, Cascade Locks Mayor-elect Tom Cramblett shared his feelings on his recent victory: “I’m feeling great.”

Principals begin exchange of education cultures

Educating upcoming generations is a priority in every culture, even if the methods used to bring about that education vary widely.

HR Fire fights ISO downgrade

Insurance costs rising as a result of industry rating

Imagine taking a test wherein your answers will affect thousands of people. You have not been informed of the value of each question (of which there are hundreds), but every point gained or lost could potentially cost thousands of dollars.

Warming Shelter volunteers sought, training offered

The Hood River Warming Shelter seeks to provide some of the most vulnerable in our community with a warm place to sleep, according to coordinating Pastor Linda Presley of Valley Christian Church.

Chamber break-in, computers stolen

Thieves entered the Hood River Chamber of Commerce offices sometime on the night of Oct. 30 and walked away with two laptops, a desktop and about $50 in petty cash, said Hood River Police Chief Neal Holste.

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Kaleidoscope: Legally Blonde sails into HRV stage on a woof and a prayer

The prayer that opens this raucous, fairytale musical offers a decidedly modern twist to praising God. Not to give too much away, but think “OMG” sung in the highest, most endearing Valley-Girl-Speak ever — like, for sure!

Candy in, candy out

Halloween offers recycling options, healthy ideas

Good news for those of you who love trick-or-treating with the young’uns: The free Heights Safe Halloween event will still be offered this year at the Hood River Armory on the Heights Halloween evening, 5-7 p.m. The Heights Business Association, the City of Hood River and Hood River Lions are hosting the event.

CORRECTION: Walden to seek NRCC chairmanship

Rep. Greg Walden recently told press-representatives that if re-elected in November he intends to seek the chairmanship of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Rock violinist Aaron Meyer shares musical insights

Concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer and guitarist Tim Ellis will be arriving back in Hood River Saturday to share a fully orchestrated performance alongside the Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta.

All-weather fun at Autumn Festivals

The “sun breaks” that blessed Harvest Fest-goers this weekend provided just enough warmth and rain-free moments to enjoy the many outdoor aspects of the event.

Walden to seek NRCC chairmanship if re-elected

Correction: Oct. 23 online and Oct. 24 printed edition of the Hood River News erroneously identified the organization Rep. Walden sought the chairmanship of. The text below reflects the correction.

Rep. Greg Walden recently told press-representatives that if re-elected in November he intends to seek the chairmanship of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Sign up for HRCSD flash alerts

With the weather turning cold and the potential for school delays on the horizon, parents need to re-subscribe to the Hood River County School District FlashAlert system.

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Teen dies in Highway 35 collision

Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon’s fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of 18-year-old Savanna K. Holloway, of Cascade Locks, along Highway 35 about 10 miles south of Hood River.

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Kaleidoscope: Tales from the Fruit Loop

This week's Kaleidoscope focuses on the places and people of the Hood River Valley Fruit Loop.

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Rasmussen’s renews visitors with beauty and spirit

The feel of crisp autumn air in your face. The contrasting crunch and give of a juicy, ripe pear in your mouth. The stunning beauty of an unobstructed view across the valley. The joyful shrieks of children as they race to the pumpkin field and on through the corn maze.

‘Legally Blonde’ tickets on sale

If you have an interest in smart blondes, goofy dogs or fun-spirited, toe-tapping musicals, the news is good.

Pears finish strong

Labor shortages arose, posed small challenges

According to the preliminary reviews of this year’s pear harvest, the numbers are looking good.

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Harvest Fest: 30 years young

Event promises foraging and fun

Thirty years of delivering fresh-picked apples, pears and produce mixed in with live music, good food and spectacular views makes for a good bet when it comes to planning your weekend fun — even with a possible sprinkle or two.

CGCC’s inspired IT department marks 17 years

From humble beginnings in a dark, dank basement room to a sleek, brand new suite of offices and equipment areas, the CGCC Information Technology department has come a long way in 17 years.

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For Hood River Valley winemakers the crush is on

At the Bickford family farm, ‘weeds with fruit’ yield sweet results

Pinot Noir. Riesling. Syrah. Tempranillo. Gewürztraminer. Chardonnay. Zinfandel. These exotic pronunciations roll off the tongue with luxurious sensations, very much like the ultimate product of these fruits, after they’ve been pulled from the vine.

Elections approach

FYI: Candidates and issues in review

Perhaps the presidential debates have sparked renewed interest in politics for the average Hood River County resident. If so, the time to secure your right to vote is fast approaching.

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Fire: Facing a necessary force of nature

Recent news reports have blazed with dramatic and terrifying images, tapping into a primal, instinctual fear shared by every human — the fear of fire.

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Murals beautify buildings, hearts

Following a calling to “build communities through art,” Alex Cook, a muralist and musician from Boston, worked some magic this week on two local buildings, and in the hearts of the children who use them.

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Fire closes Twin Tunnels trail for a month or more

With the danger of falling boulders and other hazards a real threat, the Mosier Twin Tunnels trail, connected to the Mark O. Hatfield State Park above Hood River, will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists for up to a month or more.

Sinfonietta pairs with Aaron Meyer

A new twist on a favorite local performer’s style awaits audiences in the Gorge come Oct. 27.

Crash ignites West Side brushfire

A small brush fire ignited when a truck driver crashed into a power pole near the intersection of Frankton and Country Club roads on Sunday around 5 p.m.