The largest firefighting department in Oregon is at work in the rugged hills of the Eagle Creek/Indian Creek fire.
An ongoing event such as the Eagle Creek/Indian Creek fire will produce many stories. After two days covering the event in Cascade Locks and environs, here are a few observations, with no pretense of having personally experienced hardship or difficulty.
By Tuesday morning the evacuation orders in Cascade Locks had been heightened and “everybody’s ready” to get out of their homes, according to Joe Wampler, deputy with Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.
UPDATED: Tunnel Falls is not designed to sleep anyone, let alone 140 people, but it was the scene of the biggest and most famous impromptu campout in years in Hood River County.
Fires are raging throughout the western Columbia River Gorge, burning thousands of acres, forcing evacuations, and choking transportation corridors.
WELL SAID: “If books didn’t have chapters, we wouldn’t know when to stop reading and have lunch.” — George Earley, the sage of Mt. Hood
Don Benton, Hood River’s grand uncle, died Tuesday at age 68.
What’s old is new in some schools as the 2017-18 year starts up.
Long-time regulars at Sixth Street Bistro and Pub might remember that loft.
In Parkdale, The Blue Canoe café is taking shape, with opening around Oct. 1.
The first Farmworker Celebration in Hood River on Sunday in Jackson Park honored long-time orchard employees.
Navy veteran and father of three, Dr. T.J. Finlayson recently joined the dental offices of Dr. Dennis Marshall, 1835 Belmont Drive, on the Heights.
Crews caught and quickly controlled a 400-foot fire off the 44 Road, reported at 10 a.m. Sunday, southeast of Parkdale.
On Aug. 21 shortly after 10 a.m. the morning looked like 8:15 p.m. as the 98 percent totality eclipse shaded the Gorge in brief dusk conditions for about two minutes, and caused a notable drop in air temperature.
A Silent Auction and Party to benefit the family of Chavez will fill Underground Music Station on Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., is in back. Underground Station is located at 500 Industrial Way.
The community’s first celebration of farm workers happens Sunday at Jackson Park from 2-8 p.m.
The 11th annual Columbia Gorge Peace Village last month drew a record 150 campers to Mosier School for a week of active learning about social justice, environmental citizenship, wellness, collaboration, media literacy, and self-empowerment.
Students registered at Hood River Middle School Thursday.
Andreas Ochoa of Rogue Adventures Group power-washes the roof of Hood River Adventure Lodge at Oak and 13th streets as workers prepare for opening on about Sept. 15.
The old picnic shelter is gone and where it stood is the new asphalt base for tennis and pickleball courts and basketball hoops at Golden Eagle Park.
Construction continues at both middle schools in the Hood River County School District as Kirby Naglehout Construction crews and sub-contractors work to prepare the heavily remodeled buildings for school reopening Sept. 5.
Full Sail Brewing last week released Harrington’s Bourbon Aged Northwest Red Ale, sales benefiting the Harrington Family Foundation, which provides collegiate scholarships and mentorship support to Oregon’s future leaders. “This beer is 100 percent in the red zone,” said Oregon Duck legend and former NFL quarterback Joey Harrington. The release is available for a limited time in 16.9-ounce bottles and on draft (10.2 percent ABV, 39 IBUs).
Engineer Jason Wilkins of Hood River Fire and EMS accepts a donation from a motorist during the Aug. 5 “Fill the Boot” campaign at 13th and Cascade streets.
As the end of summer nears, remember there is more to do than just watch the eclipse. Here is the final installment of our School’s Out-to-Labor Day list of one-a-day activities for the busy Gorge summer. (As this is intended for fun, we have not included “back to school shopping.”)
Nate Chavez’s work speaks for ‘Los otro de lado’ by m. Eugene
Nate Chavez brought energy to all he did, and the response following his death seems to be in keeping with that.
The paper was out and an otherwise quiet Tuesday afternoon brought a scanner call I just had to go check out: two drivers refusing to relinquish one parking spot. What we heard was that one guy was preparing to back into a space when another guy squeezed in and stole it from behind. But both were stuck at angles, and blocking traffic.
“We honor and try to keep the memory of all our deceased brothers and sisters alive so they are never forgotten,” Fire Chief Greg Borton said Sunday at the Odell fire hall.
A national nod comes pFriem Family Brewery’s way upon the celebration of its fifth anniversary.
‘Not on my watch’ is Senator’s slogan at Cascade Locks town hall
On Sunday, Sen. Ron Wyden came close to creating a new acronym: NOMY. “Not On My Watch.”
Hood River Middle School will be a “smart building with an old look,” said the man overseeing the transformation of one of the county’s most iconic structures.
MSN ‘best of’ list gives nod to the Gorge, again
We sure are popular here in the Gorge.
Wy’east and Hood River middle schools are seeing major facility changes this summer.
City of Hood River Public Works employee James Faring carefully applies a fresh coat of paint to the curb on 17th Street Wednesday, part of a mid-summer detailing of curbs, crosswalks, stop lines and other street surfaces.
Families in the Park series returns Aug. 3, First Friday events downtown on Aug. 4
Families in the Park starts its new season Thursday, and Friday brings another long list of events for all ages in Hood River.
Plays for Non-Profits performed on the lawn
William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opens Aug. 3, in dinner theater, on the lawn at Stonehedge Gardens.
Summer passes the halfway point now that August is upon us, yet plenty of summer fun remains to be had around here. Here is the latest installment of our summer-long list of one thing a day to do in the Gorge.
Columbia Gorge United Way held its annual funding allocation social at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn on Tuesday, handing out checks to 36 agencies in Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Klickitat and Gilliam counties.
Scenes from the Hood River County Fair; photos by Kirby Neumann-Rea
Hood River County Fair is back, starting today.
WELL SAID: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank
“The Big 6” problem intersections are getting the attention of City Hall.
“Maybe each of us is Cain to some Abel, and slays him in the field without knowing it through the things he does to him, the things he says to him, and the things he should say and doesn’t.” — Primo Levi
Gifts took their accustomed honored place at Thursday’s 40th anniversary dinner celebrating the Hood River-Tsuruta Sister City program.
No layoffs are currently planned in the Providence Health System in the Gorge, Chief Executive Officer David Underriner said Monday.
Double Mountain Brewery and a national direct to door craft beer delivery service are officially “Beer Buddies.”
ANTIQUE steam tractor, restored over the last few years by driver Jack Sheppard and others, announces the start of the July 4 parade.
The Lack Family performs a rollicking show on July 4 at Jackson Park as part of the post-parade festivities.
Independence Day celebrations ...
Pie from the mayor was the unusual twist at Hood River City Council on June 26. Mayor Paul Blackburn, who holds periodic citizen conversation sessions called “Pie with the Mayor,” presented a round baked good to the Art of Community committee in thanks for their completion of a new gallery of art works installed around the city.
The east parking lot of Wy’east Middle School serves as an important public space, and not just for school activities.