Camas VFW Dinner and Silent Auction

September 26, 2013 by:

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post #4278 and their Ladies Auxiliary is having a fundraising dinner and silent auction at the Camas Community Center on October 12th, 2013 starting at 5:30PM. The proceeds of this dinner auction will help fund the Post Veterans Relief Fund as well as our Youth Essay Program. The Veterans Relief Fund helps any local Veteran or active service member who is in need. The Youth Essay program is a nation-wide program available in all local schools from 3rd through 12th grade and is sponsored by local VFW Posts. Students write on patriotic issues and compete with other students locally, at the state level, and nationally for recognition, cash awards, and scholarships. If you are interested in attending this event, please, call Judy Graves at (360)835-8215 for tickets.

John Butler said, “as VFW members, we are being counted and represented as Veterans who served our country for freedom at home and throughout the world during times of conflict or war.  The VFW, both locally and nationally, speaks out on behalf of Veterans, for freedom and Veteran support issues.  All members have direct input through the Post. We make contributions to our local community.  As members we strengthen and serve the local community.  Members of our Post and Auxiliary work in the local community to support local Veterans and work on community projects.  Among other things, members take Veterans and seniors to doctor’s appointments, help at the local VA Hospital, and participate in local community events.  Financially the Post Veterans Relief Program serves Veterans in need in the local community.  Our Youth Essay Program is a local, state, and national program open to all 3rd through 12th grades that promotes patriotism with recognition, awards, and scholarships.  Our Post & Auxiliary Youth Essay Program is open to all schools in Camas, Washougal, and Skamania County.”

The VFW Post 4278 has obtained its tax exempt status under a special veteran’s service organization provision, Section 501 (c) (19) with Federal ID #91-6057639.

Hike The Gorge Nov. 9th

September 25, 2013 by:

Cost for the event is $35.00 a person. Kids under 6 are free. Kids 6-12 are $20.00.


The U.S. Forest Service has notified Hike The Gorge that Hike The Gorge needs to obtain a special event permit for any event on National Forest System lands where an entry or participation fee is charged.  To be clear, the Hike The Gorge event is a theme dinner party to celebrate hiking in The Gorge and to help raise money for the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.  Hike The Gorge is charging a fee only for the dinner party and celebration, not for hiking.  In fact, hiking itself is not a requirement of Hike The Gorge – you can just join us for the party!

We encourage (but don’t require) you to bring a recent or past hiking experience to the event ( see Photo and Trip Report Contest Below), or to simply come to support West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.  Of course, we further encourage you to hike on the day of the event but your recent hiking experience can also be from any past experience or a day leading up to it.  But again, please note that Hike the Gorge is not authorized to have hikers on National Forest System lands in the Scenic Area as part of its event.  So, if you hike on such lands on the day of the event, you are doing so without connection to or sanction of Hike The Gorge.

So what makes this event special?

We are raising money for the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society in helping to get more dogs onto trails and animals into caring homes! We are looking to celebrate hiking in The Gorge.


How are you raising money?

One buck of each drink ticket, five bucks of every t-shirt, 50/50 raffle and a portion of the proceeds for overnight stays at the Carson Hot Spring Resort will go to support the cause!

Hike The Gorge November 9th, 2013

Hike The Gorge November 9, 2013

How does it work?


We have all been on terrific hikes in The Gorge, and if you haven’t, now is the time to do it.  We are encouraging you, Pick a hike, share your experience, sign up for the party, consider spending the night!

We also encourage you  to chronicle (if you haven’t already) your hiking adventure  by taking up to 20 pictures (no video)  of your hiking experience, and submit them along with a trip report, so that we can record your hike, use it to share with our hiking community, and for entry into our Photo Trip Report Contest. Award for Best Trip Report and Photo Roll will  be presented on December 16th, 2013. Submission of photos and trip reports are due by November 16th, 2013. At the event, we will be available to collect your photos of the day, or you can make arrangements to send us images using Dropbox’s public link feature. If you are not familiar with this or other similar technologies that require you to download their software and have a username and password, we strongly encourage you to submit your images the day of the event!

What is the location?

The Party Celebration starts at 6 PM and will go until 10 PM.

Elk Ridge Golf Course
1 St. Martin’s Spring Road, Carson, Washington 98610

What is the cost? 

Cost for the event is $35.00 a person. Kids under 6 are free. Kids 6-12 are $20.00.

  1. Entry into our Photo and Trip Report Contest
  2. Dinner
  3. Chance to win cash and prizes
  4. Dancing, music, and lots of fun!

Is there going to be alcohol at the event?

This is an all ages event, but for those over 21, there will be $3.00 drink tickets available for AniChe wine and Backwoods Brewing beer!

How do I make a reservation to stay overnight?

You can call 509.427.8296, which is the reservation desk for Carson Hot Spring Resort. Tell them you are with the Hike The Gorge Event.

Who are the sponsors?, Backwoods Brewing, Aniche Cellars, Vita Coco, and Carson Hot Springs Resort.



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.



Cape Horn Conservancy Upcoming Events

August 13, 2013 by:

There will be a FUN & FUNDRAISER September 21st (Saturday) – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Location is 2001 Salmon Falls Road, Washougal WA. The cost: $20 per person (Children 5 and under free). Last year people reported having a terrific time, loving the music, the great food and connecting with fellow Cape Horn supporters. There were over 80 people and they raised over $1,600 for the trail! Because of this, the entry into the trail is now a sturdy rock turnpike rather than the knee deep mud.



If you can’t make it to the party, you can also sign up for work parties.  Join one (or more) of CHC’s scheduled work parties to help enhance and maintain the Cape Horn Trail. You can email [email protected] your preferred dates and name(s), if you are interested in helping out. Working with folks who love this trail and the gorge makes for a fun and satisfying day, while providing efforts that truly make a difference.

CHC work events
August 23rd (Friday) 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
September 14th (Saturday) 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
September 18th (Wednesday) 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
September 19th (Thursday) 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
September 20th (Friday) 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
September 27th (Friday) 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
(September 18-20 in conjunction with Washington Trails Association)

Upcoming Washington Trails Association Cape Horn Trail work event
August 29th (Thursday)- 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Fifth Annual West Columbia Gorge Humane Society Hike on the Dike

May 22, 2013 by:

Join us on Saturday, June 1st for the Fifth Annual West Columbia Gorge Humane Society Hike on the Dike! This year we will be starting our walk at Pendleton Woolen Mills at 11:00 a.m. $25 minimum pledge per walker (kids under 16 are free with registered adult), each walker receives a WCGHS lanyard and is entered into our prize drawing contest.
Over 20 Vendors, Police K-9 Demonstration, Raffles, Games & More!
Come out for a fun filled day and support your local animal shelter.
Orchard Hills Animal Hospital will also be offering Micro Chipping for $25 ( 60% savings).
WCGHS successfully placed 513 dogs & cats in forever homes last year! All proceeds benefit the lifesaving work of West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Gorge Commission Preps for Talks with Oregon and Washington Legislatures to Raise Budget

September 11, 2012 by:

Gorge Commission Preps for Oregon And Washingto State Legislatures

The commission, which is funded equally by the Washington and Oregon legislatures, has asked for a budget that would bring its biennium total to $2.6 million, Nichols said, or about $1.3 million per year. That would bring the agency closer to its pre-recession levels, allow it to restore some core functions and look ahead to the future, he said.

Of course, that’s far from a sure thing. During a committee meeting in Portland last month, commission leaders discussed whether the agency should continue to focus its efforts on the Vital Signs project, or turn more attention to its push for more funding. The group recommended the latter course of action. The full commission holds its next meeting Tuesday in Hood River, Ore.

See the original article here:

Gorge commission preps funding pitch