The population growth of Hood River is probably a lot like you’d expect it would be: As transportation got faster from the 1850s onward, more people came
There’s a new nonprofit in town encouraging community youth to reach for the sky. Quite literally.
A large crowd gathered for the second Mt. Hood Town Hall farmers’ market this summer — they’re held every second Thursday of the month, July through September — which features fresh produce, arts and crafts, and live music with upper valley flair.
Hood River got its shake on with another slam hit Families in the Park Thursday.
Mike’s Ice Cream, a downtown Hood River staple since it opened in 1986, has planned a free community block party for Aug. 13 from 6-10 p.m. to celebrate the store’s 30th anniversary.
The first in the 2016 Families in the Park series last Thursday saw a large turnout despite the summer heat, with plenty of food, music and fun for all.
Anna Cavaleri, of Hood River, purchased just one ticket for the 2016 Columbia Gorge CASA playhouse raffle — but one was all it took.
The second of three upper valley farmers’ markets, held at the Mt. Hood Town Hall, takes place Thursday, Aug. 11, from 4-7 p.m.
Climbing Mount Hood is not an experience you forget. Just ask Peggy McLucas Tetlow, 94. She was 18 when she climbed Mount Hood on July 21, 1940, part of the annual Legion Climb aided by Crag Rats.
Jesse Flem never set out to be a sheriff’s deputy, but, after 30 years on the job, he’s about to retire from a career doing just that. His last day will be July 30 — he’ll be working security at the Hood River County Fair — before going on vacation and coming back on a part time basis.
Odell service station one of longest-running family-owned businesses in the county
It’s pretty impressive when a business hits the 70 year mark.
Saturday dance event gives hope and help to boy, 4, who faces debilitating illnesses
If there’s one thing Kaius Johnson, 4, needs, it’s friends. And he has them. But he could always use more.
Fair runs July 27-30 in Odell
Hood River County Fairgrounds Manager Clara Rice said that patrons of this year’s fair, which opens July 27 and runs through July 30, will find many of the same elements they love and expect each year — rides, exhibits and entertainment.
Relay for Life, held this year at the Marina Green, kept some of its old traditions — like luminarias.
What downtown business is rumored to have a friendly ghost?
Multi-lingual HRVHS student pursues unique teaching opportunity
Julia Skwarczynski knows a lot of languages. Besides English, the Hood River Valley High School student — who will be a senior next year — speaks French, Spanish and Polish (her native language), is learning German, and this year began Russian lessons as well.
Jackie Santa Cruz and Jesus Chavarias, both 18, were two of 5,987 Oregon and Northern California high school seniors to apply for a Ford Family Foundation scholarship their senior year of high school.
I was headed into my freshman year of high school when Mike’s Ice Cream opened in 1986. It was a big deal — there weren’t a lot of places where kids my age could hang out, and having something downtown, across from the library park (that sold ice cream! In waffle cones!) really opened up options for me and my friends. We’d meet, grab a cone, and catch up on what we’d been up to that summer.
The Hood River Valley Evening Garden Club hosted this year’s Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs Convention June 13-16 at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn — the first time in more than a decade the state convention has been hosted by a Hood River club.
The Golden Rule, an anti-nuclear sailboat, was in Hood River Wednesday for multiple events, hosted by Columbia Riverkeeper.
Linda Chamberlain, who works with The Fistula Project at Kitovu Hospital in Uganda, has held a high tea fundraiser at her Wilinda Blueberry Patch on Frankton Road for the past several years.
Frost fans and helicopters, like this one above an orchard in Odell, have been employed the past few days as rains moved through the valley at just the wrong time for cherry growers.
Current, former students nominate theater teacher
Sunday’s Tony Awards playbill will contain a familiar name and school, thanks to the efforts of students and community members.
The Packer Family has been busy lately.
New this year at schools in the Hood River County School District: Graduating seniors visited their elementary schools to parade the hallways in cap and gown.
Mr. HRV played to a full house June 2 at Hood River Valley High School.
Teens serve community and beyond
Hood River has a new teen service project that is seeking to benefit both the local community and those abroad.
Mid Valley third graders replace desk chairs with exercise balls as part of Providence pilot program
Students sat at attention in a loose cluster in Sarah Christiansen’s third grade Mid Valley Elementary classroom at the end of March, listening to Physical Therapist Assistant Nissa Huber explain proper use and care of the new exercise balls that would soon re-place their desk chairs.
It’s no secret that Hood River is a dog-friendly town — go literally anywhere and you’ll see dogs and their humans together.
Outgoing Hood River Valley Adult Center (HRVAC) Interim Executive Director Suzanne VanOrman was the honored guest at Wednesday’s senior center luncheon.
A crowd of former students, teachers and administrators, many with old photographs and other memorabilia to share, gathered at Coe Primary Building Thursday to celebrate the building’s 100th birthday.
Families gathered at the Wy’east Middle School cafeteria on April 28 for a potluck celebration to mark the end of Juntos (“together” in Spanish), a Latino high school/college and career readiness outreach program that had brought them together the past five weeks.
Hood River Valley High School’s annual Community Work Day was back April 27 with a new name — Community and Campus Pride Work Day.
‘Ten years of reading together’
Hood River County Reads celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and kicked off the 2016 season with book distribution of this year’s selection, “Martin Marten” by Brian Doyle, at the Hood River Library on sunny Sunday, April 17, with additional books at the Parkdale and Cascade Locks branches April 19.
Walkers, runners — and volunteers — needed for Saturday event
The Hood River Valley March of Dimes 5K-10K walk/run takes place this Saturday, April 30, beginning and ending at the Parkdale Rural Fire Protection District Station, 4895 Baseline Drive.
Ora Cantrell turned 93 on February 1, and she’s seen a lot of changes in Hood River during her time here — stories she figures it’s time to share.
A trio of “little free book boxes” will come to Hood River this spring, thanks to Lucy Fine, Hood River Valley High School junior.
Hood River County Reads will kick off its 10th year with “Martin Marten” on April 17.
OSU Extension’s Community Meals and Cooking Class is entering its fourth month, and has proven a popular way to not only fight food insecurity in the Gorge, but teach cooking and nutrition.
Friends mobilize for Kyle McCarthy
When Mid Valley staff and students set out to help third grader Kyle McCarthy and family raise the $6,000 needed to get him a new ultra-light wheelchair, no one imagined they would do it — and then some — all in one day.
Hood River Valley High School students in Jeff Blackman’s electric car (e-car) class have been preparing all year for this Saturday’s Electrathon America race, and will host eight teams from around Oregon and Washington.
Mid Valley staff hopes fun run will equip student with new wheelchair
Remember Mid Valley Elementary’s Blossom Boogie 5-10K? The school is bringing it back this year, with a new name and a new cause.
When the Hood River Watershed Group (HRWG) met March 22 for its regular monthly meeting, members and interested citizens — from Hood River and The Dalles — got a first glimpse of the Hood River Water Conservation Strategy, presented by Ed Salminen and Nicklas Christensen, Watershed Professionals Network, and Cindy Thieman, HRWG coordinator.
A popular prom dress sale will continue this year thanks to the work of a Hood River Valley High School junior.
March has been nationally designated as Gambling Awareness Month, and locally, the Center for Living is spreading the word about gambling addiction and free treatment options available to both gamblers and family members.
The Remains art gallery is hosting something new on Feb. 26 — a student art show, the first in the gallery’s history.
Hood River Valley High School’s theater department is ready to debut its winter play, “Taming of the Shrew,” written by William Shakespeare and directed by Rachel Harry, this weekend.
Hood River County Prevention, in cooperation with Hood River Valley High School’s Health Media Club, has a new bilingual billboard on 12th Street, promoting the message, “Brains Develop Better Without Drugs/Alcohol.”
You’ve just had a hip replacement and you need crutches for a couple of weeks. And then there’s that wheelchair gathering dust in the garage that you’d really like to find a new home.
Experts list the simple tools of staying alive
Hood River is known as an outdoor mecca, and with the increase in traffic comes an increase in the calls for lost or injured recreationalists.