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Do Gorge Locals Act Ridiculous Enough for Television? You Bet!

You can just see this one coming: A new fake news comedy program set in the Northwest. Some goof-ball Gorge local happenings. Put ‘em together and what do have? An interesting summer, maybe. A new Comedy Central TV program, “Dog Bites Man” — a cringe-inducing fake news show along the lines of “The Daily Show” — has just hit the airwaves. “Dog” is a fictional morning show based in Spokane. The straight-faced cast uses silly, stupid, potentially offensive questions while it interviews real people, who are often unwitting participants, and not always happy about it, including some Oregon university professors. I suppose a new program of that ilk is always looking for catchy material. Here’s hoping, for the sake of locals’ dignity, that the program’s producers don’t start reading Columbia Gorge newspapers. Consider the Hood River story of the teenager hospitalized after a — no kidding — Happy Birthday beating last week. How might that sound in a comedy sketch? “Dog Bites Man (DBM)”: “So, you boys always give a beat down on each others’ birthdays?”...

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Want A Voice In Oregon’s Future? Clear Your Throat, It’s Time To Speak Up

Worried that Oregon is in the grip of land-grabbing socialists? That the gub’mint wants to run you off your property? Or, on the other hand, that the forces of corporate rule are tightening their remorseless grip on our once-green land? That billboards will soon sprout like blackberry vines along our roadways, and condos will replace farmhouses? Politics aside, are you concerned about how Oregon will look, how it will deal with development desires and population pressure in the coming decades? Well, do I have an evening for you! Envision Oregon is bringing a town hall meeting to Hood River as part of it ongoing collaborative effort to gather Oregonians’ thoughts about our home state. The event is next Thursday, June 22, from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m., at the Hood River Hotel...

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Casino Pushers Plan Spending Spree With Secret Millions

Here’s a recipe for a nasty dish: A constitutional set-aside for a gambling monopoly. Politics done hastily. Millions of dollars from secret sources. Another Washington, D.C., scandal? Hardly. It’s the method of operation for those pushing a new casino in Wood Village, near Gresham. It would be Oregon’s first, and only, non-Indian casino. The Oregonian has a piece today about how the casino’s pushers plan to spend millions of dollars “furiously fast” to gather signatures to put two initiatives on the state’s November ballot, should the Oregon Supreme Court rule soon in their favor to do so. The effort would need the money in order to gather the 175,000-plus signatures by July 7...

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Mt. Hood Cycling Classic Draws Hundreds of Racers, Spectators

The cyclists in this photo are a pack of the men’s pro riders at the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic’s “criterium” stage Saturday evening in downtown Hood River. The cyclists’ tires created a hum like a swarm of bees as the racers zipped past within inches of spectators at up to 40 mph, unfurling a ruffling breeze in their wake. The one-kilometer cycling sprint included long slopes, steep descents and sharp corners — the scene of several crashes. One race volunteer shook her head after a pro woman rider fell; it was, she said, the seventh crash at the same corner. The criterium evening was one of six stages of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic; competitors who raced the entire event rode as much as 300 miles and climbed 20,000 feet of elevation...

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Windsurfers’ Bane or Gorge Jewel?

Guest Opinion by Temira Wagonfeld Sixty acres of bustling resort across the street from the Hatchery? A community for vacationing wealthy outdoor enthusiasts, where the average home is expected to sell for $392,000? I’m semi-professional sailor living at the poverty line. When the news of a huge new Gorge resort reached me, my first reaction was utter disgust. The Gorge, the Hatchery, these are temples. This land isn’t a tourist trap – it’s a place to pay homage to Mother Nature. My gut instinct tells me that we should fight this proposal with every weapon we can muster. However, we are probably fighting a losing battle. Outdoor enthusiasts may not like the Broughton Landing Master Plan, but it is not going to go away. It may even be a good idea. Abandoned buildings and swathes of concrete already blemish the site. This refuse is no more part of the National Scenic Area than is a discreet recreational resort. If development near the Hatchery can’t be stopped, the best course of action is to work with the developer...

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Homegrown Gorge Film Festival Celebrates Fourth Year, Screens 22 Films

The Cannes Film Festival started this week. It runs through May 28 in case you want to catch it. The big news is the The Da Vinci Code opened the festival. Big names, big money, big yawn. That glittery event sparkling with stars has had 59 years to develop into a front-page event. The Parkdale Film Festival, by contrast, just finished its fourth year. The films may not be as polished as those on the Rivera, but it’s closer, it’s free, and the film mix just as eclectic and creative. And it’s ours, this Gorge event. On May 6, 200 filled the Mt. Hood Towne Hall to see the top 22 of the 40 films entered. The festival hits the road to play in The Dalles tomorrow, Saturday, May 20, at Columbia Gorge Community College...

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Casinos, Renewable Energy Are Topics of Hood River Meetings

Will a Columbia Gorge casino create Las Vegas-style crime? Well, could be. You'll just have check out a public meeting coming up next week. I have an aversion to attending public meetings, especially in the evenings. Perhaps it’s the scores of city councils, public fora, town halls, town meetings, chambers of commerce lunches, volunteer committees and other meetings that numbed my backside as a beat reporter. But there are two public meetings slated for Hood River that sound particularly worthwhile: One on casinos, and one on potential Hood River-area renewable energy projects...

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You Think Gas Prices Are High? Try Gorge Housing

Why invest in the stock market when you can do much better buying a house in Hood River or White Salmon? We all know how pricey and popular the place is getting, but just how pricey and popular? Try half again as pricey as last year. The numbers show that the average Hood River residential sales price rocketed up 52 percent in one year. In the first three months of last year, the average home sale was $272,802. This year, it’s $413,244. For White Salmon and Bingen, the first-quarter home prices soared 56 percent, from $198,025 to $309,781...

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Artist Profile: Chad Mayo’s “Birds of Paradise”

Spring has sprung on the Columbia Gorge art scene. The weather for Hood River's April First Friday art walk was indisputably perfect: cool, windless, serene. Downtown was delightfully un-crowded. The tourist day-trippers have not yet begun to arrive and many of the locals were saving themselves for the big see and be seen to-do on Saturday Night, Bite of the Gorge. Yet, feral bands of HRV teenagers roamed Oak Street, coalescing and breaking apart like foam in the surf. And, as usual in the Gorge, art lovers were spoiled for choice. We were free to flit from gallery to pub to coffee shop to admire local talent. That is how I came across Chad Mayo's solo exhibit "Birds of Paradise" at Jeans@110 on 5th, where the artist did more than flit about. He soared...

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Wrestling With Illegal Immigration

Forming an opinion has never been difficult for me, but I have mixed feelings about the current immigration brouhaha. And perhaps that’s as it should be, having seen the effects of a migrating population. I grew up in The Dalles, which for decades has been swamped for a month or two each summer by seasonal migrant laborers, who plant ladders against the cherry trees and pick-pick-pick the fruit into buckets, feeding the community’s agro-economic pillar. Over time, migrants — Latinos all — have left some of their own behind, working as farm hands in the orchards, or starting a few small businesses in town. One in 20 people in and around The Dalles is an immigrant. And in Hood River County next door, it's one in six. Now there's a flare-up in the ongoing national immigration debate: Do we secure our borders against illegal immigrants for the sake of national integrity and security, or do we offer amnesty to hardworking foreign-born people who want a better life? The problem, of course, is that both are, to some degree, necessary for this nation. We must be secure, and we must also, on another level, remain a frontier of opportunity and liberty...

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