First batch of candidate position statements is up, more to come

I’ve gotten a number of inquiries lately, asking if I know anything about the candidates on the May ballot. Yes and no.

The calls suggest a gap in public information, so the Buzz is mounting a belated call-out to candidates in key local races — Port of Hood River, Hood River County Schools, Parks & Rec and Columbia Gorge Community College (Hood River representatives).

Today, we launch the first round of responses, in the CGCC race. Tomorrow, we’ll post up info from candidates for the other positions.

So, if you’re in a quandary and haven’t yet filed your ballots — they’re due by May 19 — you may want to take a look over the next couple of days. To find the race you’re interested in, just use the Vote ’15 tab at the top of this page for a drop-down menu of specific races.

Happy voting!.

If you believe Hood River is tightly linked to Portland …

which, in our opinion, you should, then you may take interest from this piece in today’s NY Times and the source document, from a new think tank in Portland called CityReports.

Contrary to the stereotype perpetuated by “Portlandia” that the city is where young people go to retire, the facts suggest that it is a beehive of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Young people leaving college increasingly migrate to Portland. And when they look for recreation? Or weekend getaways? Or even relocation to a place that embodies many of the same values, but features much less traffic? This is an inference, but among the cities in Portland’s orbit, we are one.

Mark your calendars for these coming events

Green Drinks at Butler Bank in Hood River, May 12: Learn about Union Event Co. plans to offer the Butler Bank space at 301 Oak as a private event space, for art shows, performances, parties and one-off dining events. Event runs from  5:30 to 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation, free for GO! members.

Columbia Gorge Economic Symposium, Thursday, May 14, 2015, 9 a.m. to noon – Columbia Center for the Arts
215 Cascade Ave, Hood River, Oregon. A half-day event focusing on economic and employment trends in the regional economy. Highlights: State of the States: Economic Forecasts with Washington State Economist Paul Turek and Oregon State Economist Nick Beleiciks; Local data and regional trends – Dallas Fridley and Scott Bailey. Registration required: $10.



Buckley seals deal to sell Idlewild Market assets to brewer Dave Logsdon

Nina Buckley has found a buyer for her Idlewild Market at Fourth and Cascade in Hood River.

Nina Buckley has found a buyer for her Idlewild Market at Fourth and Cascade.

After three years running her Idlewild Market convenience store diagonal from the Post Office in Hood River, Nina Buckley and partner John Griebling have sold the business assets to Dave Logsdon and his wife, Judith Logsdon-Bams.

The Logsdons, who own Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, took over May 1.

Buckley said the change does not involved a change of property ownership. The Logsdons signed a lease with property owner Rachel Bergin. The Logsdons were traveling and unavailable to comment on plans.

They recently acquired the Knead Bakery space a block west.


Budding beekeeper hopes to harvest investors from passion for bees and honey

Cait Scott working with her bees with hive in background.

Cait Scott working with her bees with hive in background.

We love writing a story at the Buzz about a young lady who is generating buzz about her hives and swarms and Honey by (and for) the People (uh, that would be us).

Cait Scott and her wife, Whitney Ride, followed family north from the Bay Area just over a year ago. Along for the trip came Cait’s first hive of bees. Her father has been making hives for her, and she’s been wrangling local bees to hang out at her place and grow the buzz.

Now she’s launching a Kickstarter campaign — it goes live sometime Friday, May 1 —  in hopes of raising $7,000 to finance the gear and such to take her hobby at least to the micro-business level.

She says she needs honey extractor and jars and lids and … well, “the whole shebang.”

Scott and her startup will be the featured guest of a Kickstarter Launch Party at the Butler Bank Building, 301 Oak, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 1.

Scott has plans to site 11 hives on farm properties of friends in Hood River and Mosier. One of the friends is Pfriem brewer Gavin Lord and his partner, Giselle Kennedy. Scott works with Lord. Kennedy studied and worked in video with Scott’s brother, Whit Scott, who lives in Portland.

Whit raised over $34,000 in a Kickstarter effort to fund a film project, and encouraged his sister to take a similar route.

As Scott grows her collection of hives and harvest of honey, she’s hoping to pay some out to investors and some to people who like it sweet and like it local.

Before all that starts, however, Scott had to track down and figure out how to convince her bees to return home. She says they did a swarm thing Wednesday, in which they all decided to run away at once. Ask a beekeeper what it all means — it’s fascinating, but mysterious to us.

The thing Scott loves is that she put a call-out to the local beekeepers group asking what she should do to resolve this swarm situation, and got a half-dozen responses full of advice and on-site help.

Beekeepers, it seems, gotta stick together — because their bees don’t always share the same sentiment.

Classes for medical staff, pesticide applicators and wild plant lovers

Check out these forthcoming opportunities to add or brush up on skills for Gorge employment:

Pesticide Recertification – Worker Protection Standard. The class provides four core credit hours toward recertification of Oregon certified pesticide applicator licenses. Class meets at The Dalles campus of Columbia Gorge Community College, from 1-5 pm April 28; and from 8 to noon April 29 at the Hood River Indian Creek Campus. The workshops are free. Pre-register by calling 541.506.6011, or online.

Plant stewardship class series of three workshops, each including a presentation and field trip. Take them all, or separately. Instructor Barbara Robinson is a Gorge resident since 1986, and an expert on Gorge plants. She has been in charge of restoration on the Discovery Center grounds since 1997. Classes include Wildflower Stewardship, April 30; Oregon White Oaks, May 20; and Weeds of the Gorge, June 4. Register online or by calling (541) 506.6011. Cost of the series is $69, or $29 each.

Workshop on ICD-10 transition for medical professionals, to prepare for the Oct. 1 deadline. This workshop benefits any organization that reports diagnosis codes for reimbursement, orders management, prior authorization and referrals, or statistical analysis. The class is intended for students with prior knowledge of ICD-9-CM coding. Students should bring a ICD-10-CM code book. Class meets at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 9. The cost is $79. Register online or by calling 541-506-6011.

Workshop will help grant writers employ use of census data

If you write grants — or intend to — you should think about the May 14 “Census Data For Grant Writers Workshop” organized by the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District.

Topics include finding the most current and relevant data, accessing data on over 40 topics, including age, sex, race, income, education and language spoken at home, and how to present Census Data in a grant proposal.

It’s free to attend, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Community College Indian Creek Campus, Room 1.202. Attendance is limited to the first 30 people to sign up.

To reserve your seat, contact Sherry Bohn , 541-296-2266, no  later than April 30.