So you want to start a beer business? Get smart, first, online

Are you the next home brewer to break into the world of commercial production and sales? You know how to brew (you think), but do you know how to run a brewing business?

No prob, Bob. Portland State University and the University of Portland are among somewhat local schools to attack that skill gap with business-of-beer programs.

Both the University of Portland’s Craft Beer Business master strategist certificate and  Portland State’s Business of Craft Brewing certificate are available entirely online.

UP’s course runs $10,500. PSU’s goes for around $2,800.



Median home values in Hood River County are highest in Oregon


We’re No. 1, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing.

A new analysis by Oregon Employment Department regional economist Dallas Fridley shows that Hood River County’s median home price has vaulted this micro-market past Clackamas County and into the top position in Oregon.

Figures from 2014 show that Hood River county’s home prices gained the top spot despite actually declining a bit from 2013 to 2014. Why? Because the median in Deschutes County declined even more.

Figures released by Fridley show that Hood River County’s $309,500 median value for an owner-occupied home was $13,900 higher than second place Clackamas County’s $295,600.

Hood River County’s number far exceeds — by 32 percent — the median for the entire state at $234,100.

Fridley said the Hood River median dropped by $12,200, or 7 percent, from 2013’s $321,700.

During the post-recession recovery period dating back to 2010, he said, owner-occupied median home values in Hood River County climbed by a scant 0.5 percent, or just $1,500.

That, however, was enough to boost Hood River County’s in-state ranking from third to first, “with Clackamas County falling to second and Deschutes County sliding from second in 2010 to seventh in 2014.”.

Home values in Hood River County were concentrated in the $300,000 to $499,000 group (see graph above), which represented just over 35 percent of its homes.

Statewide, just 23 percent of Oregon’s owner-occupied homes fall into that price bracket, and in the mercurial Deschutes County market, just 24 percent of home price at that level.

By contrast, Hood River County homes valued $150,000 to $199,000 represented just 9.7 percent of its owner-occupied homes. Throughout Oregon, that slice of the home market comprised 16.8 percent. And in Deschutes County, it makes up 16.1 percent.

(A quick aside here. Before you fire off a letter to the editor — or Fridley — take note that these numbers are medians. Half of home values in a given county sit above the reported number, and half below. County-wide numbers also fail to show the location of the half that sits above the median. It’s our guess that the numbers for the city of Hood River are higher still, just as numbers for the city of Bend probably far exceed those for LaPine.)

Citing the American Community Survey’s 2010-2014 five-year data, Fridley noted that the median value of an owner-occupied home in Oregon fell to $234,100 in 2014, a drop of 1.6 percent. In 2013, the statewide median was $238,000.

Since 2010, the median value of an owner-occupied home in Oregon fell by $18,500, or 7.3 percent.

Owner-occupied home values in Deschutes County declined the most. The median fell to $249,500 in 2014, a drop of $71,000 (29.2%) since 2010.

Just to the east of Deschutes County, Crook County (Prineville county seat) found itself in a similar situation with home values down $68,900 since 2010, falling to $159,800. That dropped its in-state ranking from 15th in 2010 to 22nd in 2014.

Fridley noted that Southern Oregon and the south coast also fared poorly with median home values in Jackson County down $57,300, Curry County down $55,500 and Josephine County down $41,000.

Only 12 of Oregon’s 36 counties saw their home values rise between 2010 and 2014. All were rural with the exception of Benton County (Corvallis).

Just to the east of Hood River County, tiny Wheeler County — it has the lowest population of any county in the state — saw its median home value climb the most since 2010, rising by $27,700 (21.8 percent) to $126,800. Wheeler County’s in-state ranking also improved, rising from dead last in 2010 (36th) to 33rd position in 2014..

Gilliam County (Arlington, Condon) also saw its median home value rise rapidly, climbing by $25,700 (20.5 percent) since 2010 to $125,600.

Despite this rise in median home values, Gilliam County ranked 35th in 2014, matching its 2010 ranking.

Sherman County’s median home value rose to $139,900 in 2014, an increase of $20,400 (14.6 percent), since 2010, while its ranking climbed from 33rd to 31st. Lake County’s median home value climbed by $19,200 (13.6%), since 2010, the fifth largest in-state gain, while its ranking climbed from 32nd in 2010 to 28th in 2014.

Holmes takes over leadership leash at Adopt a Dog

After years of working with the Boy Scouts, Jarrod Holmes has stepped sideways into the canine corps — taking over as top dog of the Hood River Adopt A Dog program.

Jarrod Holmes

Jarrod Holmes

Holmes worked for 12 years developing financial support for scouting in Denver, Co., Greensboro, N.C., and Detroit, Mich.

Holmes and his wife, veterinarian Katy Holmes, recently relocated to the Gorge with their best canine buddy, Bruno (Italian Spinone), according to Judy Dutcher, president of Adopt a Dog.

Holmes follows Linda Vandenberg in the post.

“Linda has passionately and tirelessly worked for the previous five years developing the Adopt a Dog program and caring for the dogs,” Dutcher said.

“Prior to her position as director, she was a dedicated volunteer extraordinaire and board member. Her efforts have laid a strong foundation for the new director.”

Hood River Adopt a Dog is the volunteer group providing care for all shelter dogs and veterinary care and adoption services for unclaimed dogs at Hood River County’s Hukari Shelter in Odell. Adopt a Dog receives no funds from tax dollars for services provided, operating solely on donations, adoption fees, and funds raised from events.

Holmes said he hopes to continue building financial support for the program, along with volunteer engagement to care for dogs, at the shelter and through foster placement.

He said dog lovers can support the program by adopting, fostering, volunteering or donating funds.

To do any of the above, or get more information, call Hood River Adopt A Dog at 541-354-1083, send e-mail to Holmes, or visit Adopt A Dog’s website ..

Oregon Bar honors VandenHeuvel for Environmental Leadership and Service

Brett VandenHeuvel ... and the river he serves.

Brett VandenHeuvel … and the river he serves.

Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper, has received the Oregon State Bar’s Leadership and Service Award.

In a media release from Riverkeeper, it was noted that the award recognizes persons who provide “leadership, service, and outstanding contributions in the areas of environmental and natural resources law.”

VandenHeuvel leads Riverkeeper’s legal and policy work to protect clean water.

“Brett is more than deserving of this prestigious award,” said Chris Winter, Co-Executive Director of Crag Law Center and member of the Executive Committee of the Bar’s Environmental and Natural Resources Committee, which made the selection.

“He has a long and distinguished track record of advocating on behalf of the public interest in conservation of the Columbia River ecosystem, and he also exemplifies professionalism in the legal profession.”

The ENR selected VandenHeuvel from its 460 statewide members.

“This award reflects the work of our top-tier legal team at Columbia Riverkeeper, which brings successful legal actions to protect clean water and our climate,” VandenHeuvel said in the news release.

Columbia Riverkeeper recently prevailed to force eight large dams, for the first time, to reduce toxic oil pollution, an accomplishment that the New York Times called historic and the Wall Street Journal called groundbreaking.

Riverkeeper in its news release said VandenHeuvel has led the group’s “efforts to establish stronger limits on toxic pollution and protect our region and climate from fossil fuel export terminals.”

VandenHeuvel thanked the Oregon State Bar and the lawyers who practice environmental law: “Oregon is renowned for strong environmental lawyers, and I’m honored to accept this award from my outstanding peers.”

VandenHeuvel previously started a public interest law practice, researched climate change during expeditions to Antarctica and New Zealand, and taught science to kids at OMSI field stations throughout Oregon.

Hood River businessman Cole’s law firm notes recall of all diet supplements

According to the law firm that has represented Hood River businessman James G. Cole for the last several years, Maxam Laboratories and James G. Cole, Inc. of Hood River are recalling all products distributed by the companies and bearing branding of Maxam Laboratories, ASN, or Maxam.

In a media release sent by Bridget A. Zerner, an associate attorney with Cole’s Boston, Mass., law firm, Markham & Read, the recall is being conducted “because the products are misbranded, adulterated, and/or considered unapproved  new drugs. The company had previously notified direct customers of this recall via email on March 6, 2015.”

The United States District Court for the District of Oregon ordered the recall because the products were found by the Court not to have been manufactured in compliance with all of the manufacturing practices required by federal law.

A District Court jury in late 2013 found Cole guilty of defrauding customers of both his company’s dietary products and machinery said to improve a variety of physical conditions.

The company has received no reports of any injury, or illness caused by use of the products or any other
adverse events to date.  Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have
experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

Maxam products are used orally in spray form and bear the Maxam label. The ASN products are in
capsule or powdered form and bear the ASN label. The ASN and Maxam products were distributed
directly to Maxam customers worldwide or sold from the website The recalled
products are listed in the table below and identified in the attached labels.

The law firm advised purchasers of the products to Immediately examine their inventory and quarantine product subject to recall.  In addition, the firm noted that people who may have given or sold the product to others should notify those customers at once about the recall.

Maxam further advised buyers of the Maxam or ASN products to destroy them by pouring them
down the sink or into a toilet bowl, or by returning the products to the following address where they will
be destroyed:  P.O. Box 1277, Hood River, OR 97031.

Any user of a Maxam or ASN product who has experienced any adverse reaction or quality problems was advised to report their experience to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online, by regular mail or by fax. To mail or fax, download the report form  or call 1‐800‐332‐1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre‐addressed
form, or submit by fax to 1‐800‐FDA‐0178.

The recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at (541) 436‐0874 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pacific Time Zone, Monday‐Friday.

The recalled products are identified in the PDF document available for download by concerned consumers by using the link below:

Press Release Nov 16 2015

Everybody wants to be in business, and here’s who’s new

Filings for new business names last month with the Oregon Corporations Division, including the name of the person filing or registered agent, if they are identified and not an attorney. If you or anyone you know is affiliated with a business below and wishes to share plans, vision, business model and launch info, please contact the editor with details. Thanks.

  • Joy’s Art Studio, Joy Kolman (reported here previously)
  • Sweet Lila’s Coffee Cup, Heidi Hall
  • Lisa Peterson Design
  • The Woolery Project
  • AISEC Life Inc.
  • Printz Marketing, Henry Mendez
  • Revolution Lenr, LLC
  • Webster Orchards / The Berg Ranch, Scott Webster
  • Columbia Gorge Storage LLC
  • MCCounseling, Melanie Kelly
  • Sivetz Coffee Company LLC
  • MountNBarrell, LLC, Sarah Carter
  • Gorge Kitchen Inc., David Ashburn
  • Raw Soap Co., Jason Odd
  • Building Energy Efficiency Solutions (BEES), Cathy Higgins
  • Rustic Treasures, Tyler Rooker
  • Clutch Hair Co. LLC, Kalyn Benaroya
  • Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program (more on this later)
  • Alpenglow HOA, Kristi Chapman
  • Stellar Green Farms, Aaron Swift
  • Mikey’s Guide Service LLC, Michael Roberts
  • Hedrom Data LLC, Hunter Morton
  • Aerosim Systems LLC, Marius Niculescu
  • Lorrie’s Grove LLC, Lorraine Arvin
  • Creative Eye Web Design, Karen Davis
  • Gorge Nannies LLC, Jennifer Gulizia
  • Float Boat LLC, David Hanson
  • The Rotary Club of Hood River, Erick Haynie
  • Wilson Street PUD Homeowners Association
  • Palliser LLC, Dwayne Sinclair
  • Burnsquared, David Burns

When the moon hits-a your eye, like a big-a pizza pie … DM tops local faves

The pie you see on Double Mountain's web site, and on many a plate.

The pie you see on Double Mountain’s web site, and on many a plate.

OK, the pizza poll results are in, but before we hand out crowns, let me bend over and moon you all — so you can whack me with a pizza paddle.

Megatissimo apologies for a couple of egregious omissions of the brain-fart variety, and apologies to the proprietors. No diss intended, to forget including Sawtooth Roadhouse (“You left out the Sawtooth Roadhouse which I would have ranked FIRST. If you have never had pizza there, make a point of it,” one reader wrote).and Mosier’s Rack & Cloth in the list of pizza places.

It’s been awhile since I’ve been up to the Roadhouse, but a visit last summer to Rack & Cloth left me and the missuz duly impressed.

In any case, SurveyMonkey cuts you off at 100 in its free survey platform, but that got us a pretty clear weighting of local faves..

The winner? Double Mountain, with 34 first place votes, and 68 votes for one of the top 3 places.

One reader, on his DM vote, wrote: “Actually, I really only like Double Mountain but will tolerate the other 2 (Solstice and Beneventi’s). I’m a pizza snob from Chicago. I like DM’s best since they don’t try to make them overly fancy with odd toppings and their crust is decent.”

Let’s talk about numbers for a sec. Looking at the results in SurveyMonkey’s tally, you see percentages that don’t square with the vote. That’s because some respondents didn’t rank all the places on the list — the just picked their top few favorites, and bailed. That would tend to over-weight their rankings..

Others ranked the 10 listed (again, sorry there weren’t two more in the list) sequentially, top to bottom. So those places got more total votes, but votes in the lower levels could drag down the percentages for the top levels.

So, it made sense to us here at Statistics Central to look at total votes for the top three places, and toss out everything below that. We wanted to know your top three, after all.

Behind DM, Solstice had 25 first place votes and 62 total to finish second. One reader commented, “Think place in Mosier (uh, that would be Rack & Cloth) should be on here too. That would’ve my 2nd or 3rd.”

Another offered a more qualitative assessment, noting “Yummy, creative, consistently delicious! Local ingredients and locally owned.”

And in third, well, it gets tricky here. Andrew’s Pizza had six first place votes and 41 total. One reader said: “Andrews – I love being able to grab a few slices of pie and watch a movie at the same time. Also, the owner is top notch and I’ve always received friendly customer service when I’ve gone there for a movie.”

Papa Murphy’s had 13 for first and 24 total for the top-3.

Cual es mas macho? Papa o Andrew? Andrew o Pap? You decide.

One respondent who tilted the Papa way wrote: “I get pizza for movie night or football at home. Pizza is not my choice when I eat out. Pietro’s is only on the list because we do parties their for kids.”

Pelenti’s (18), Beneventi’s (17; “Because they are the best pizza and are not all wrapped up in telling us what their politics are”), Focolare (17; “Reminds me of pizza back east”), and Pioneer (15) had their fans.

Bottom line? Go now, directly and without delay, to Sawtooth Roadhouse and Rack & Cloth and order a pizza. Why? Because something tells us they’re both contenders.

Or follow the advice of a fan of Papa Murphy’s Pietro’s and Domino’s: “Variety, not too expensive, hands on (bake myself). Good home delivery also. Not so many tourists to deal with in the summer months that you have to wait an hour to find a place to sit & then another hour to get a server’s attention & then get cold pizza & have to send it back to be ‘nuked’ & tough.”

Ouch. Tough crowd out there.

Thanks, everyone, for weighing in.

Ground school class will teach everything but flight to wannabe private pilots

Admit it, your bucket list includes “learn to fly (a plane).” To get started, you may want to tap into a forthcoming Private Pilot Ground School Course, offered for eight weeks beginning Jan. 6.

The course, a joint effort of Columbia Gorge Community College and Gorge Aviation Services, covers aircraft systems, basic aerodynamics, airport operations, airspace, radio navigation, aviation regulations, and weather.

The course prepares students to take the written FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test, a requirement for obtaining a private pilot’s license. No actual flight training is included.

Cost of the class is $385. Preregistration is required online or by calling (541) 506-6011.