Seahawks got a new Offense Coach….

        The Seahawks didn’t waste much time replacing offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Seahawks are expected to hire Brian Schottenheimer as their next play-caller. Schottenheimer spent the last two years as quarterbacks coach in Indianapolis, but has worked as a coordinator for the Rams and Jets previously (along with the University of Georgia). He has also worked as a quarterbacks coach in San Diego (with Drew Brees) and Washington, and will be tasked with building an offense around Russell Wilson.

Hood River Port hires bridge replacement project director!

Kevin Greenwood

Kevin Greenwood

    The Port of Hood River has hired a new specialist as it takes steps toward replacing the interstate bridge.

Kevin Greenwood, from Newport, joined the port district staff Jan. 2 as project director for the “Hood River-White Salmon Bridge Replacement Project.”

Greenwood has held various port and city government posts in Oregon.

The new staff position will play a lead role charting out efforts to replace the Hood River Bridge. The structure was built in 1924 and owned by the port since 1950. The mile-long span connects communities, businesses and the freight network of the Gorge.

For years, port officials have said the publicly owned bi-state link must be replaced due to its age and structural deficiencies.

However, because it spans two states, is port-owned, and an expensive $250-million plus to reconstruct, a replacement would require teamwork in the Gorge and beyond.

“The Port Commission is committed to replacing the bridge as quickly as possible while continuing to ensure the continuous and safe operation of the existing bridge,” Michael McElwee, port executive director, said.

McElwee said Greenwood will direct completion of tasks required by two bills that came out of the Oregon Legislature last year — HB 2017 and HB 2750.

Lawmakers committed, respectively, $5 million in funds to Oregon Department of Transportation for a pre-construction environmental study on a new bridge, and a framework for a private-public partnership that could manage such a structure.

Of Greenwood’s tasks, McElwee said, “This work will be primarily focused on the completion of the required Final Environmental Impact Statement which will require participation and collaboration from federal, state, regional and local authorities.

“Kevin is a well-known and respected professional in these arenas and we are lucky to have him onboard.”

The Port Commission mulled details for the project manager position at their Dec. 19 meeting, according to minutes. The salary range listed in a job description filed in a port meeting packet was $85,000-$125,000. Commissioners authorized staff to fill the post.

Greenwood said he was ready to join the port team.

“I’m excited to be working with Michael McElwee and the Port Commission on this critically important capital project,” Greenwood said. “I have the utmost respect for Michael’s leadership and look forward to collaborating with him and his staff.”

Greenwood worked from 2014-2017 as the general manager of the Port of Newport, which has $92 million in assets and an annual operating budget of $14 million. The Port of Newport hosts a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration marine center and international terminal as well as two large marinas with a total of 650 commercial and recreational boat slips.

Parks announce local government grants!!

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (ORPD) has opened the grant cycle for the 2018 Local Government Grant Program (LGGP). More than $5.4 million in reimbursement grants are available to help local government agencies fund outdoor park recreation areas and facilities, and for land acquisition. Eligible agencies include cities, counties, park and recreation districts, metropolitan service districts and port districts.

Grants are available in large, small and planning categories. Grant application deadlines vary: large grants deadline is April 1, small grants deadline is May 1, and planning grants deadline is May 15.

All applications must be submitted online at Returning applicants should use their existing account username and password. New applicants must request an account via the grants website.

OPRD will conduct two workshops this month to familiarize applicants with the grant process. The first is an in-person session on Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon in Salem.

The second workshop is a webinar on Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. Content at both workshops will be the same. Registration is required for both. Contact Mark Cowan, OPRD grant program coordinator, at

The Local Government Grant Program is funded by voter-approved state lottery revenue and has awarded more than $50 million in reimbursement grants since 1999.

Today’s Kids Love Socialism 

Today’s Kids Love Socialism — but It’s Not Because of Their Radical Professors

James Piereson Naomi Schaefer Riley

USA Today January 2, 2018

Professors have little influence on student political beliefs compared with peers, ‘student life’ administrators and campus activists.

Why are young people growing more sympathetic to socialism?

According to a survey conducted late last year by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a third of Americans and as many as 44% of Millennials would prefer to live under a socialist system than a capitalist one. This is more than a little puzzling at a time when socialism has proved a catastrophic failure in its remaining strongholds in Venezuela, North Korea and Cuba.

Some observers blame leftist professors for this development. This makes sense. The renewed sympathy for socialism seems most pronounced among recent college graduates.

It is demonstrably true that professors are overwhelmingly liberal and have become more so in the past three decades. But it is far from clear that classroom indoctrination is driving students to the far left.

In a study published in 2009 of 7,000 students at 38 institutions across the U.S., professors Matthew Woessner and April Kelly-Woessner found that students’ political beliefs did not change much during their college years. Even in cases where students’ opinions changed, there was little correlation between the direction of the change and the political leanings of their professors. When contacted about these conclusions, Woessner confirmed that although campuses today may seem more radical, his current research suggests that those earlier conclusions are still true.

But if professors are not swaying student opinions in the classroom, what is making them more sympathetic to socialism and less tolerant of conservative views about free markets and limited government?

Author Leonore Skenazy has suggested that students’ upbringings are a large part of today’s problems on campus. In her book Free Range Kids, she argued that parents who try to protect their children from every possible threat or danger deprive them of the freedom to grow up. Naturally, when they arrive on campus as 18-year olds, they look to professors and administrators to take over the parental role of protecting them from life’s challenges. Thus, so-called “helicopter parenting” yields “snowflake” students unable to tolerate uncomfortable opinions.

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Convicted felon accused of assaulting 10-year-old boy, two women in Albany!!

Todd Dickinson mug shot courtesy Linn County Jail.         

ALBANY, Ore. – An Albany man with a string of felony arrests dating back to 1991 was arrested again Monday on accusations he assaulted a 10-year-old boy and two women.

      Todd Edward Dickinson, 58, is facing charges of third-degree assault, third-degree attempted assault, fourth-degree assault, strangulation, harassment and first-degree burglary.

Court documents say on Jan. 8, Dickinson physically injured a 10-year-old boy and a woman who was related to him or who lived with him.

      He also tried strangling another woman who was related to or who lived with the boy and harassed a third woman.

Investigators say he unlawfully entered a home in the 300-block Kingfisher Court in Albany and intended to assault, strangle and harass the people inside the home.

Dickinson is also a suspect in an open fourth-degree assault case from 2017.

His other felony arrests date back to 1991.

Concern Over NORCOR!!!!

City raises concerns over NORCOR

Originally published December 13, 2017 at 12:00a.m., updated December 13, 2017 at 12:00a.m.

NORCOR’s treatment of juveniles and immigration detainees dominated Hood River City Council discussion on Monday.

Several citizens urged the council to do what it can to separate the county, as one of five counties funding NORCOR, from the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because of alleged poor treatment of detainees, and recent deportations of Gorge residents.


Megan Saunders

“There are many people who see (NORCOR) as a hand that will rip their families apart. It is not an institution I want to be supportive of,” said MariRuth Petzing of Hood River.

Monday’s outcome will be a plan in which the city will formally call on Hood River County to seek massive changes in the relationship between ICE and the jail facility in The Dalles. Council will carry a draft letter on the subject to their Hood River County counterparts and ask them for feedback.

The letter, as written, calls on the county to end its NORCOR contract “as soon as it is feasible.”

“The City of Hood River desires a strong, healthy and safe community for all our residents. We believe reducing or eliminating ICE’s presence at NORCOR will help

create that community,” it states.

Council members will hold one-on-one meetings with County Board of Commissioners to review contents of the draft letter, and review the discussions at the next council meeting, Jan. 8, 2018, before submitting the letter itself.

The city has no fiscal or operational hand in the operation of NORCOR beyond its police department sending some arrestees there.

“This a good way to go about it. People appreciate it when you come and talk to them about something,” Mayor Paul Blackburn said, adding, “Hopefully, this could be a moment for (the county) to take the bull by the horns and do something.”

The working draft of the letter was described as “softer” version than one originally written by Councilor Megan Saunders.

“This is the start of a conversation,” Saunders said. “We don’t want to ram in there like a train engine. We want them to get communicating with us and then try to deal with it as a community issue.”

Sarah Kellems was among those calling for a strongly-worded letter that specifically calls for an independent fact-finding study, establishment of a citizen advisory board for NORCOR, and termination of the ICE contract. Those measures are not specifically called for in the draft.

Citing severe limits on visitations among other conditions, Rev. Vicky Stifter called conditions at NORCOR “a morally reprehensible situation,” adding, “it is inconsistent with the city’s declaration of Sanctuary.”

Stifter also claimed that the letter as it stands lacks a “direct ask.” Stifter, pastor at Riverside Community Church, is one of 10 Gorge Ecumenical Ministry pastors who take turns visiting ICE detainees, who are allowed to see only clergy or legal counsel, and even then, under limited conditions.

Stifter said, “You need to say, ‘This is not okay and we will work to change your decision-making.’”

Council members spoke of several possible variations to the final paragraph of the working draft of the letter, which currently reads, “… Council would be happy to discuss these concerns and their potential solutions further.”

Excerpts from the working draft include:

“The ongoing presence of ICE officials within the community in general and, especially, reports of information sharing between local officials and ICE creates an atmosphere of fear and mistrust among City of Hood River residents.

“We are also concerned about reports of poor detention conditions for ICE detainees. Immigration detainees are held on civil, not criminal, charges, but are subject to the same treatment as inmates.

“All ICE detainees should be treated with humanity and dignity throughout their stay at NORCOR, including adequate access to legal material and legal assistance, family contact, clothing, hygiene products, and nutrition.”

Ice Causes Problms

Ice causes crashes on Dee Highway Thursday

Originally published February 23, 2017 at 09:13a.m., updated February 23, 2017 at 09:13a.m.

A life flight helicopter transports a patient from the Hood River County Fairgrounds to a hospital for medical care at about 7:08 a.m.

Photo by Jody Thompson, Hood River News 
A life flight helicopter transports a patient from the Hood River County Fairgrounds to a hospital for medical care at about 7:08 a.m.

UPDATE: There were three crashes in total this morning on Dee Highway, in the area near milepost 8. The only serious injury involved a juvenile patient from Parkdale being flown to a hospital for treatment.

A life flight helicopter transports a patient from the Hood River County Fairgrounds to a hospital for medical care shortly after 7 a.m.

Multiple crashes resulted from an icy section of Dee Highway (Hwy. 281) near milepost 8. Three accidents occurred Thursday morning, according to emergency officials.

In one of the crashes, a vehicle slid off the road due to icy road conditions, Wy’East Fire Chief Greg Borton said. There were three occupants: a mother, daughter, and son from Parkdale. After the crash, the mother and son were able to safely extricate themselves from the vehicle, but the daughter was trapped inside. Emergency officials removed her from the vehicle. The patient was stable, but apparently had leg and head injuries. Medics transported her by helicopter to a hospital in Yakima, Wash.

Officials with Hood River Fire Department, Wy’East Fire District, and West Side Fire Department were on scene at the fairgrounds this morning.

Emergency officials urge motorists to practice extreme caution while navigating roadways due to slick conditions.

Man Trys to out Run Cops!!

Man flees police in HR, falls to death from cliff

Originally published April 25, 2017 at 01:34p.m., updated April 25, 2017 at 01:34p.m.

A 20-year-old Goldendale man suspected of shoplifting from Walmart fell to his death April 23 after trying to evade authorities, Hood River Police reported Tuesday evening.

Edwin Charge Jr., fell off a ledge near Westcliff Drive shortly before 6 p.m. The fall was ruled accidental.

On Sunday, Hood River Police officers responded to Walmart on Cascade Avenue to investigate a report of theft involving three people. Two of the suspects involved were arrested and lodged at Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles.

However, Charge ran across Interstate 84 toward Westcliff Drive. A Westcliff resident advised police that a male matching Charge’s description had gone on his property and was last seen running eastbound.

Hood River Police Sgt. Don Cheli said police didn’t pursue the suspect at a certain point because they knew the layout of the area, which was “dangerous back there as far as terrain goes.”

The next morning, a Union Pacific Railroad employee discovered the body in the 3800 block of Westcliff Drive, the riverside area east of the Westcliff/Highway 30 intersection.