Plastic Recycling near The Gorge

July 22, 2014 by:

You ever wonder where you can bring hard and soft plastics, and other recyclables that are not accepted at the curb? Far West Fibers is very close to the PDX airport. For awhile they were not accepting film plastic, but they are back accepting it. Here are some pictures of the facility and things you can drop off.


12820 NE Marx St, Portland, OR 97230

Phone:(503) 255-2299


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Upcoming Events in the Gorge!

March 20, 2014 by:
Mt. Hood, Oregon

It’s spring – the earth opens up again


Do you hear it? It’s the soft purple skin of Oregon Fawn Lily shedding dew drops. It’s the pink pucker of Indian Plum as it arches gracefully toward a silky meadow’s green embrace. It’s spring – it’s happening – Gorge-goers rejoice!

There are many ways to celebrate the return of spring in the Columbia River Gorge’s vast landscape of adventure. It’s obviously time to lace up your hiking shoes and inhale that deep, sweet, wet Gorge air. But why not enjoy a hard pressed cider festival while your at it? How about a Trail Running film festival to cap off a day outside? Maryhill’s spring wine release anyone? A night of stargazing? These are some of the many marvelous Gorge happenings you can mark on your calendar for the next thirty days as you get over winter’s UV light inducing silent treatment and embrace spring’s much gentler communication style.

The Trail Running Film Festival

3 / 20 / Hood River / Columbia Center for the Arts / 5 pm reception, 6 pm showing

With a line up of feature and short films made by both independent and well known filmmakers alike, cozy up at the Columbia Arts Center to appreciate the visual beauty, the impressive stamina and the diverse terrain inherent in the athletic world of trail running.

Free Spring Break Kid’s Admission to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

3 / 22 thru 4 / 13 / The Dalles / Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

Take advantage of a spring break outing at the ever informative and yet endlessly engaging Columbia Gorge Discovery Center against the stunning backdrop of The Dalles. Check out the Birds of Prey show while your there and let your kids view the majesty of the great horned owl or the red tailed hawk up close and personal.

Spring Stargazing

3 / 29 / The Dalles / Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum / 6 pm

Astronomer Jim White will lead a star hungry crowd through an exciting viewing presentation (including a telescope sky viewing if weather allows!) Don’t miss the gourmet burger dinner at 6 so you can enjoy the starry presentation with a happy belly.

Maryhill Spring Release Concert

3 / 29 / Goldendale / Maryhill Winery / 1 pm to 5 pm

Head down to Maryhill winery and savor Maryhill’s spring wine specials while indulging in the vocal stylings of White Salmon’s Colleen Regalbutto and Portland’s own Groove Collective.

A Nomad’s Sense Of Place: The river and sea voyages of Amos Burg

4 / 2 / Hood River / Columbia Center for the Arts / 7 pm

Part of the Sense of Place Lecture series, hosted by the Columbia Center for the Arts, A Nomad’s Sense of Place will delve into the fascinating travels of Amos Burg, as Vince Welch highlights his journey and his deep connection to the landscape around him.

Catherine Creek Stewardship

4 / 12 / Catherine Creek / 9 am to 3 pm

Do you enjoy getting your hands dirty with work that helps restore our beloved Gorge ecosystems? Join a Catherine Creek Stewardship team and spend a saturday enjoying the beauty of Catherine Creek’s wildflower bounty while loosening compacted soil and seeding decommissioned areas with native seed mix.

 Hood River Blossom Festival 

4 / 12 thru 4 / 27 / Hood River

The Hood River Blossom Festival is one of the great Gorge ways to celebrate the blooming fruit trees. Throughout the second part of April you can expect myriad celebratory events, including Gorge open studio artist tours and of course the Blossom Fest winegrowers kick off weekend!

First Annual Hard Pressed Cider Fest

4 / 12 / Hood River / 12 to 6 pm

Sample the verdant Hood River valley apple grower’s delicious cider and see what happens to it when it becomes carbonated – which is to say nothing less than crisp mouth watering magic…

Ghost Town Historical Tour and Lecture 

4 / 18 thru 4 / 20 / Dufur

Always been fascinated by the eerie beauty of ghost towns? Oregon has more than a few, so you’re on the right track. Come learn about their historical context, while getting to tour around a few of these time-haunted areas. You will surely leave with a visceral sense of the past. Make it a weekend and enjoy Gorge grown wine, homemade breakfast and the ever-pleasing elegance of The Balch Hotel.

Happy Equinox, Gorge dwellers and adventurers! Take time to watch and wonder at the slow return of the earth, the awakening of color, blade and petal, the rise of rivers and the thickening of community connections. We are done hibernating. Step outside and take it in.









Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Hood River

September 24, 2013 by:

Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Hood River, Oregon

It was a warm, rain scented evening this past Saturday as I roamed the town of Hood River, cappuccino in hand, enjoying the views of rolling hills and soft, blue water before sitting down at the Columbia Center for the Arts to watch this year’s selection of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2013 Tour. The festival, whose tag line is, Where Activism Gets Inspired, takes place every January in Nevada City, California and hosts some of the premiere environmental and adventure films in the nation. The tour version of the fest allows smaller communities around the United States to select their own line up from the wider array of more than 110 films, so they can host a night or two of inspiring outdoor themes that relate more closely to their own communities.

The Crag Law Center, run by co-executive directors Ralph Bloemers and Chris Winter, coordinate the Hood River Tour, co-sponsored and supported by Columbia Riverkeepers, Doug’s Sports, Wet Planet, Patagonia and Cliff Bar. All the proceeds go to support Crag’s work as a non-profit legal center whose focus is to provide affordable justice. Through fundraising, grants and donations they offer free to nearly free legal aid to those who can’t otherwise afford it in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Northern California and have represented 1,000 Friends of Oregon, Alaska Whaling Commission, Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, Friends of the White Salmon River, Kalmiopsis Audobon Soicety and Northwest Ecosystem Alliance, among countless others.

Crag became involved in Wild and Scenic because a film Bloemers directed with Sam Dreevo, Trout on the Wind, was a previous selectee at the festival in Nevada City. Bloemers, who is currently working on a film about Mt. Hood’s Kate McCarthy – an inspirational figure amongst women conservationists – can relate to the  festival on myriad levels, including that of filmmaker ( a role he plays when he’s not busy with a full time load at Crag, of course!).

The Columbia Center for the Arts bustled with a multi-generational crowd of movie-goers, ranging from young children to grandparents and everything in between. A different selection of films was featured during each of the two nights of the Hood River run. Friday revolved around a theme of rivers and water and Saturday centered on mountains and ice. When I had the chance to sit down with Bloemers for a brief interview before the program, he commented on his support of Wild and Scenic, saying,
“It’s a great way to have people look beyond their own borders to find the interconnectedness and also get stoked for winter, for being in the water and on the mountains. Film is another dimension that keeps life interesting.”

Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Hood River, Oregon

The six films screened included epic snow boarding feats, a harrowing look at uranium tailings and their impact on the community of Grants in New Mexico, the first disabled climbing team to summit El Capitan, and a story of cultural change and a family business near Mt. Chimborazo in Ecuador. The film mentioned last, my personal favorite of the evening, was a poignantly understated 14 minute short by director Sandy Patch. It told the story of Baltazar, a 67 year old man and also the last ice merchant in a long generational line to loyally frequent Mt. Chimborazo’s melting glacial peak and laboriously hack huge squares of ice from the mountainside that sell for next to nothing at market. The Last Ice Merchant did what so many Hollywood blockbusters avoid, it let the audience naturally slip into the story, rather than force feeding us content.

Film has the great capacity to connect us, like Bloemers said, to that which is outside our own boundaries. In one evening of film I went on six unique journeys into the vast realms of mountains and ice. After the credits rolled, I drove I-84 west home towards Portland through the dramatic, pointed scape of the Columbia River Gorge and my mind echoed with one quote from The Denali Experiment, a film about an expedition team’s ascent of Denali’s 20,320 foot peak, directed by Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk.

“The mountains will always be here, but you may not.”

For this reason the Wild and Scenic Film Festival brings us something timeless and eternal – the chance to peer into the longstanding monuments of earth as they were before we arrived and an invitation to imagine how it will all evolve after we’re gone.



Upcoming September Events In The Gorge

September 20, 2013 by:

As the last traces of summer warmth fade into thunder storm forecasts and the calendar approaches the Fall Equinox on September 22nd, the face of Gorge adventure changes colors, literally and figuratively. To take you through the end of September here is a highlight of some transitional activities to suit every style of excursionist!

Tomorrow, Saturday September 21st, the Goldendale Motorsports Association hosts the Festival Of The Wheels in Goldendale, Washington. The festival includes a hot wheels drag racing contest and a vintage tractor and engine display. Before you let your inner car fanatic steer your route, detour off of Hwy 14 just past Bingen to enjoy a walk and some lovely river views around the scenic Catherine Creek area.

If vintage tractors are not your idea of an idyllic Saturday in the Gorge then stop in Lyle, Washington instead and partake in the NW Homesteading Fair , also taking place tomorrow, Saturday the 21st. At the NW Homesteading Fair you can participate in workshops that range from goat milking to sausage making to solar powering your own modern homestead! The fair is rounded out with delicious vendors, live music and children’s activities including faery craft gardens and a hands on pioneer living children’s museum.

If you’re feeling hungry this weekend then head over to the other side of the Columbia where you can enjoy a variety of  pear indulgences along the Hood River County Fruit Loop Celebration. This 35 mile scenic drive includes pear pies, corn mazes, recipes and live music at Rasmussen Farms or pear dumplings partnered with country BBQ at Apple Valley among other loop participants. The pear celebrations are taking place both tomorrow Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd.

If you’re already near Hood River, you might as well be a connoisseur of films along with pears at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival happening tomorrow at the Crag Law Center, where you can buy tickets online or at the door. This years line up includes films that take you from Ecuador’s Mt. Chimborazo where three brothers have harvested glacial ice for over 50 years in Last Ice Merchant  to the extreme snowboarding world of Jeremy Jones in Jeremy Jones’ Further. Films run tomorrow night, Saturday the 21st, from 6 to 9pm.

As this weekend fills up and you look ahead to next weekend keep these events in mind:

On Saturday September 28th enjoy a Cider Squeeze at Phillip Foster Farms in Eagle Creek, Oregon and tempt your tastebuds with harvest cravings. Bring your own apples or press theirs and savor some fresh made cider. Musicians, artisans and vendors will be in attendance as you delve into the endless delights of the apple.

Craving more fermented beverages? Celebrate your favorite breweries at the Hood River Hops Fest taking place both Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th in Hood River, Oregon. Expect music, food and the tantalizing bite and refreshing cool of Hood River County microbreweries and some of the best Northwest brewers, all set against the  picturesque backdrop of the Columbia River.

Lastly – the Sense of Place Lecture Series kicks off on Sunday, September 29th from 12 to 4pm with a place based lecture while rafting on the White Salmon River! Following lectures will take place the first wednesday of every month from November through March at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, Oregon. Included on the speaker roster is Jon Bell, author of the biography On Mt. Hood and Eric Gleason, who will lecture on the history of Chinese immigrants in The Dalles.

Whether you grab your fruit filling barrels, your camera, your homesteading diagrams, your car magazines, your documentarian sensibility or your frosty pint – don’t forget your rain jacket, (because we hail from the Pacific Northwest!), as you cherish the rest of September in the Columbia River Gorge.

Columbia Gorge Events





Source To Sea At The Clinton Street Theater

September 11, 2013 by:

The Columbia River is a shape shifter. It transposes silky, azure surfaces into daunting, frothy rapids. It rises in the rocky mountains of British Columbia, surges past the desert bedside and resplendent waterfall canyons of Washington and Oregon, until finally merging with the Pacific Ocean in a tumultuous reunion that has sunk approximately 2,000 large ships since 1792. This defining source of Pacific Northwest water has suffered at the hands of industrialization, lost large populations of salmon in the face of dam construction and bore the brunt of a whole host of other pollutants too innumerable to count. Concerned about clean water and human rights, a man by the name of Christopher Swain made it his goal to turn the attention of Columbia River communities, all the way from the Southern Rocky Mountain Trench to the coastal town of Astoria, in the direction of the current. His method? Become the first person in history to swim the 1,243 miles of the river’s course.

In Andy Norris’s compelling documentary, Source To Sea, we follow Swain on his epic six month swim as he submerges himself daily in the belly of the Columbia. Norris, a Pacific Northwest based filmmaker and writer, heard of Swain’s efforts when he was working at a restaurant in Portland and a customer mentioned that she was heading to Canada to drop off supplies for Swain’s swim. When speaking to me about the inception of Source To Sea, Norris explained,

“I learned that the effort was underway and I asked the customer in the restaurant if anyone was making a film about it. A woman out of New York had tried. She went to the usual suspects, National Geographic, Discovery etc. They wouldn’t fund the film and she wasn’t able to do it, so she just shot some initial footage at the headwaters and that was that. Then I went and met Christopher and I said, I don’t have any money, I don’t have a camera or editing equipment, but I want to make a movie about your swim.”

As Low-To-No budget filmmaking goes, Source to Sea required Norris to be resourceful, calling upon the community in what became an all volunteer effort that included 20 to 30 filmmakers.  Encouraging anyone with an interest in the story and a camera of their own to participate, Norris captured Swain’s swim with a collected crew of both activists and artists, following Swain on various borrowed boats. The 88-minute documentary that emerged highlights Swain’s incredible effort and borders his story with rich archival footage and evocative interviews with tribal elders from the native Columbia River communities.

You haven’t missed your opportunity to check out Source to Sea on the big screen, although it originally came out in 2007 (and received the Environmental Action and Social Justice award at the EarthVision Film Festival) It screens at 6pm tonight, Wednesday Sepember 11, at the Clinton Street Theater, followed by Norris’s recent documentary, Targeting Iran.

If you miss your Clinton Street Theater opportunity, imitate a great river and seek out another channel to witness this amazing story for yourself. On his sight,, Swain’s bio wraps up his perspective nicely: Christopher Swain is a swimmer. In the ocean, he sees evidence of every environmental choice we have ever made. Swain is not rich, not a scienteist, and not that fast a swimmer. But he is a Dad who wants his daughters to grow up in a healthier world.  

Source to Sea, written, directed and produced by Andy Norris, plays at the Clinton Street Theater, Wednesday, September 11th at 6pm.

Source to Sea, written, directed and produced by Andy Norris, plays at the Clinton Street Theater, Wednesday, September 11th at 6pm.


Snowboarder killed in ice tunnel on White River Glacier, Mt. Hood-Collin Backowski

August 4, 2013 by:

It is a sad day in the community as Hood River Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, Tiffany Peterson, delivered the news of 25 -year old, Colorado rider Collin Backowski,reported killed this weekend on White River Glacier on Mt. Hood. Officials said these were very skilled and prepared snowboarders here from Colorado and had all the proper gear, food and responded as well as could be expected.

Collin was here with five friends when the ice tunnel collapse happened Saturday. When the ice/snow  is that wet and slushy from the hot days we have had here  makes it extremely hard to shovel out and is extra heavy. The riders worked to get him out for about an hour then took photos of the area and got Hood River Sheriff and Hood River CragRats on the scene asap. A team of seven search and rescue experts including five members of Hood River’s all-volunteer group, CragRats, got up to White River Glacier (appox 6,000 ft elevation) with chainsaws and help. None of the other riders were injured and we commend all involved in doing what it takes to help an adventure with out risking more lives in the process. Seems this was all handled as good if not better than you could do in such an emergency.


White River Glacier, approximate elevation 6,000 where Snowboarder was killed in ice tunnel August 3, 2013

Warmest compassion to Collin’s friends and family

Thank you to all who volunteered and the friends who tried to save this young man.

Please always check prior to your trip and use these resources off of to plan your adventure.

No matter how skilled you are, every season and every change in our environments health brings new adventure as well as many hazards.

Mt Hood National Forest

Climbing Guides

Portland Mountain Rescue Virtual Climb and Other Climbing Resources

Cascade Climbers (location = mt hood)

Virtual Climb of Mt Hood (Text)

Virtual Climb of Mt Hood (Pictures)

Third Annual Grateful Dead meet up at the movies Aug. 1, 2013

August 1, 2013 by:


On a blistering summer day in 1972, the Grateful Dead took the stage on the grounds of the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta, Ore. for what would become one of the most legendary concerts of the band’s storied history. Join us this summer when we screen the previously unreleased concert film “Sunshine Daydream” as part of our now annual Grateful Dead Meet Up At The Movies.

Originally shot on 16mm film and painstakingly restored to HD resolution, “Sunshine Daydream” captures the band at the height of their powers (fresh off the Europe ’72 tour) and at the epicenter of the counterculture movement. Special features include never-before-seen footage of the concert day as well as recently recorded interviews with key participants from the time such as Ken Babbs, Sam Cutler, Wavy Gravy and Carolyn “Mountain Girl” Garcia, who provide insight on how the community came together for this special event to help raise money to keep the local town’s Springfield Creamery afloat. This extraordinary screening also shines a spotlight on some mighty fine tunes, with a playlist containing all new Stereo and 5.1 Audio mixes done by Jeffrey Norman at TRI Studios in San Rafael, Calif. and mastered by Grammy® winning engineer David Glasser at Air Show Mastering in Boulder, Colorado, with tape transfer and restoration by Plangent Processes.

“Sunshine Daydream” will only be playing on the silver screen for one night! Come along and connect with Dead Heads in your neighborhood on Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. local time.

Tickets are now available at

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Fire season in The Gorge, rural fire safety tips from FEMA and U.S. Fire Administration

July 11, 2013 by:
Fire season in The Gorge, advice and safety tips from FEMA and US Fire Administration

Fire season in The Gorge, advice and safety tips from FEMA and US Fire Administration

The Gorge 2013 fire season is upon us. Hood River Fire receives about 1500 calls for help a year and out of that around 200 are fire related. The safer we can keep our farms, businesses and homes the less risk is involved for all including the Emergency crews who risk their lives to help our community stay safe. It is especially important to be ready and educated if you live far from town or the Fire Dept. In Hood River the fire fighting team of staff and volunteers are  equipped with various fire apparatus including a 2011 Pierce Velocity 95′ mid-mount tower platform, a 2010 Pierce Velocity PUC fire engine, 1998 Pierce Saber fire engine 1998 Pierce Saber Quint 65′ telesquirt for the larger jobs.

Please take a moment and save this fire safety article and share with your house mates or children. We have put together a few little facts, safety tips and local fire resource numbers for your home. Have a great summer and keep it safe!

Advice & Fire Facts  from U.S. Fire Administration & FEMA

About 3,500 Americans die each year in fires and about 18,300 are injured. You can stop the fire before it starts. Use this fact sheet to learn how to prevent a fire in your home and know what to do if you have a fire.

Stop the rural fire before it starts:

  • Burning yard waste is a fire hazard. Call your fire department on their non-911 number for fire permit requirements and restricted burning times.
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned regularly by a certified specialist.
  • When building a home or addition, use fire-resistant roofing materials. Avoid using wood materials that offer the least fire protection. Use fire-resistant siding like stucco, brick, stone, etc.
  • Create a landscape that can defend your property from fire. You can defend you home from wild fires by thinning trees and brush at least 30 feet away from your home.
  • Stack firewood at least 30 feet away from your home and other structures.
  • Store flammable materials, liquids, and solvents in metal containers outside the home, at least 30 feet away from structures and wooden fences.

Be prepared for a fire:

  • One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is to have a working smoke alarm that can sound fast for both a fire that has flames, and a smoky fire that has fumes without flames. It is called a “Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm.” A smoke alarm greatly reduces your chances of dying in a fire.
  • Make sure emergency vehicles have access to your home by having driveways and roadways at least 12 feet wide with turnaround space.
  • Post home address signs that are clearly visible from the road.
  • Prepare an escape plan and practice it twice a year. Make sure everyone in your family knows at least two (2) escape routes from their bedrooms.

To learn more on how you can prevent fires and fire deaths, please contact your local fire department’s office phone number (not 911) or visit

Home Fire Escape Drill for Parents

  • Crawl low to avoid heat and smoke.
  • Feel doors with the back of your hand before opening them. Do not open the door if it feels hot – use your second exit get out fast.
  • Meet outside and then call 911 for help.
  • Stay outside no matter what – don’t go back for anything.

Hood River Fire / EMS
1785 Meyer Pkwy
P.O. Box 27
Hood River, Or. 97031
(541) 386-3939 – Phone

Other Local Fire Departments

Bingen Fire Department PO Box 607112 N Ash St.Bingen, WA 98605(509) 493-2212

Cascade Locks Fire Department 505 WA NA Pa St Cascade Locks, OR 97014(541) 374-8510

Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue 1400 W. 8th St.The Dalles, OR 97058-4116(541) 296-9445

Mosier Fire Department 210 Oregon StMosier, OR 97040 (541) 478-4335

Parkdale Fire Department 4895 Baseline DrMt Hood Parkdale, OR 97041-8704 (541) 352-6092

West Side Fire Department 1185 Tucker Rd.Hood River, OR 97031 (541) 386-5551

WyEast Fire District 3431 Odell Highway Hood River, Oregon 97031 P.O. Box 56 Odell, Oregon 97044 (541) 354-1648

Stevenson City Fire Hall PO Box 371 Stevenson, WA 98648-0371 (509) 427-5552

White Salmon Fire Department 204 Tohomish St., White Salmon, WA 98672 (509) 493-1135

KVH Ambulance 310 S. Roosevelt Goldendale, WA 98620 (509) 773-1026

Skyline Ambulance 211 Skyline Dr. White Salmon, WA 98672 (509) 493-1101

Have you considered volunteering with the Fire Dept? Here’s how-From The City of Hood River Fire Dept, please contact them to verify volunteer needs, but this will give you an idea of what you can look forward to and the process.

Seeking Interested Citizens! (Volunteer Positions)
Have you ever wanted to get involved and make a difference by helping your neighbors and friends? Have you ever considered learning to be an Emergency Medical Technician? How about firefighting? Did you know that the City of Hood River Fire Department employs both Career and Volunteer Firefighter/EMT’s?
In addition to the Hood River Fire Departments Career staff, a group of local residents like yourself provide emergency services to the community, responding to the station from their homes and from work to answer calls for help. Our last recruit academy consisted of 6 of your friends, neighbors and co-workers who now can provide emergency services to their community. Some of those recruits are currently learning to be EMT’s and will soon help provide medical treatment to those in need.
The Fire Departments desire is to recruit approximately 12 additional citizens to supplement the current membership. When joining, all members will be provided basic fire training and those who wish can learn to become EMT Basic’s. Department training is paid for by the Fire Department. Once trained, members are assigned to Companies and respond to those in need of our professional services. Members who become certified as EMT’s then have the opportunity to help staff our three ambulances.
Who are the Department Volunteers? Some are new residents looking for a way to become involved in their community. Others are longtime Hood River residents who have been involved for years. Not sure if you’ll fit? Think again! You may be surprised to learn that Hood River’s Fire Department Volunteer Members are Teachers, Salesmen, Waitresses, Loggers, Truck Drivers, and College Students, with a desire to give a little of their time to serve the community.
If you think you may be interested – don’t wait!!
Take a look at this letter to prospective Volunteers.
Please call the Hood River Fire Department at (541) 386-3939 ext. 214, and leave a message or just come by the station and meet the firefighters!
Click here for directions
Check out our  Volunteer Recruiting guideline and the Volunteer Job Description.
Download a Volunteer application  packet today!
You will also need to complete a release of information, and a release of liability.
Internship Announcement
Hood River Fire & EMS
Internship Announcement
• Up to $10,000 per year of tuition
• Free housing/utilities available
• 48/96 shift schedule
Minimum Requirements:
• Oregon EMT
• At least 18 years of age
• Diploma, GED or Certificate of Advanced Mastery
• NFPA FF 1 trained
• Valid drivers license
• Full time student (12 credits). Preferably in Paramedicine, Fire Science or a Health Care degree program.
The Selection Process:
• Based on results of application, physical agility test, oral interview, and drug screen.
Two Ways to Apply:
1. Email Tony DePinto at [email protected] and request an application packet.
2. Follow the links to the left to print an application packet and Intern Program Goals an Objectives.
Deadline to turn in application is August 10th, 2013

Mail Applications to:
Hood River Fire & EMS
c/o Internship
PO Box 27
Hood River, OR 97031

Insitu building new test center in Bingen, Wa

July 11, 2013 by:
Insitu new test and production building plans in Bingen, Wa

Insitu new test and production building plans in Bingen, Wa


insitu-marquee-services_rapidresponseBingen, Wa- Insitu is building a 120,000 production and test center due to open next summer. According to insitu CEO, Steve Morrow, the company brings in a nice $400 million in annual revenue and generates jobs for 800 workers, 180 of those workers will set up shop at the new plant scheduled for completion by summer 2014. The new 120,000 sq. foot test plant in Bingen will replace the 17 plus Insitu buildings around the Gorge on both Washington and Oregon side.

The The Port of Klickitat and Insitu have been working together for 17 years now so one would think a project of this size will go smoothly with such a long-standing working partnership. Back  In 2003, the Port of Klickatat completed a $1.2-million building at Bingen Point for Insitu and 43 employees moved in and set up shop in 2004 which was the seed planted that we now see matured and harvesting.

Biggest question most of us have is how is building such a huge facility going to effect our environment and commuinty? The building will be the size of about two football fields long and almost one football field wide — will be designed and constructed to achieve a Gold or Silver LEED certification, LEED standing for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The U.S. Green Building Council developed the rating system in the late 1990s and have been huge industry leaders in green construction and development. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is transforming the way we think about how our buildings and communities are designed with the environment and consumer foot print in mind. At the core, LEED provides a third-party verification of green buildings and the clients like Insitu that hire them get ratings/ points  for their building  and achieve different levels of certification accordingly. It will be interesting to see next summer what kind of report card or rating LEED gives Insitu.

On Wednesday’s ground breaking event for the new test plant, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee stated that he and other Washington Government officials are pushing for the Federal Aviation Administration to designate parts of Washington as official test centers for UAS (unmanned aerial systems). We see some unique business and innovative ideas manifest here in the Gorge, but did you ever think there would be a day where we are known for drones vs our fruit, mountain  and river sports? Times are changing I hope that Insitu employees local contractors and vendors to do the work. Back in January it was rumored that a contractor out of Tigard landed the job.

Steve Morrow’s word to the community during the planning stages of this project, “We appreciate the community’s patience through the selection process and are especially grateful to the Klickitat County commissioners, the Port of Klickitat, and state and local government for putting it all together.”

Hood River street tour like you may never have seen before

June 30, 2013 by:

Hood River is a abundant with art, galleries, and creatives types of all shapes and sizes! For some of them, the alley ways and concrete walls surrounding Hood River seem to be their canvas of choice. Many call this graffiti and vandalism, while others see it as a way of self expression, healing, and remembering loved one’s.

What do you say?