Gorge Owned In The News

GO! Green Drinks – The Renewal Workshop

Join Gorge Owned on Wednesday May 10, 2017 from 5:30-7 p.m. for Green Drinks at The Renewal Workshop in Cascade Locks. Hear from co-founder Nicole Bassett on this new kind of apparel company that makes discarded clothing and textiles into something new. They partner with the world’s best-loved brands and retailers to recover value from their unsellable returns and excess inventory.

Renewed apparel is sold direct-to-consumer and in selected stores or back to the brand. They’re the certified renewal partner of their brands and the accompanying labeling in the garment acts as a seal of trust and quality. The Renewal Workshop operates a zero waste circular system that recovers the full value out of what has already been created as a way of serving customers, partners and planet.

Your first beer and light appetizers are courtesy of our friends at Thunder Island Brewing. Brought to you by Gorge Owned and member businesses, Green Drinks is a monthly networking event that aims to raise awareness about environmentally friendly business practices while providing a quality networking opportunity for members of the community. Cost of admission is a $5 suggested donation, waived for Gorge Owned members.

GO! Green Drinks – The Mint: Revitalization through Preservation

Join us Wednesday, April 19th, 5:30 – 7:00 at Freebridge Brewing in The Dalles for a look behind the curtain of the historic Mint Building where the popular brewery is housed.

Originally constructed in 1869 as a United States Mint with the intention of minting gold and silver coins, The Mint is one of the oldest and most celebrated historic structures still in use in The Dalles. Tour the original hand-hewn basalt block cellar (not ordinarily open to the public) and hear a presentation from the Mint’s owner Tim Schechtel about the unique fortress-like building; how adaptive reuse of historic buildings conserves both resources and historic value, and how projects like these have the ability to unite and revitalize the community.

Enjoy your first pint and light appetizers on the house, courtesy of Freebridge Brewing. Freebridge owners Steve and Laurie Light will also let us in on some secrets of sustainable brewing.

Brought to you by Gorge Owned and member businesses, Green Drinks is a monthly networking event that aims to raise awareness about environmentally friendly business practices while providing a quality networking opportunity for members of the community. Cost of admission is a $5 suggested donation, waived for Gorge Owned members.

Nominations Open for Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Champion Awards

Gorge Owned is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Champion Awards. These awards celebrate individuals, businesses and students working on innovative, creative solutions to the environmental, economic and social issues facing the Gorge. This year, winners will be announced at the Gorge March for Science on Saturday, April 22 at Rheingarten Park in White Salmon (more details to come).

This award is named after Tod J. LeFevre, a longtime resident of Hood River and a true champion of sustainability. Tod passed away on March 7, 2011 when his long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis ended before donor lungs could be found. Among many other things, Tod was a respected civil engineer, a mountaineer, skier, adventurer, innovator and teacher. He launched a solar engineering and installation firm, Common Energy, which is now owned by his wife Marti and Scott Sorensen. Tod and Marti have two children, Cassell and Sutton Bell. We honor Tod and his humble determination to make our community and this world a better place.

Click HERE to make a nomination by April 12th.

More info: gorgeowned.org/awards

GORGE OWNED TO HOST WINTER RECOVERY CASH MOBS MARCH 18TH Gorge-wide community event to bolster bleak winter sales for local businesses

On March 18th, the last Saturday of the most punishing winter in the Gorge in more than 40 years, Gorge Owned (GO), a sustainable economic development organization in the Columbia River Gorge, is hosting a series of large scale cash mobs in an effort to lift the economic gloom that the record-breaking winter cast on locally-owned businesses.

For all of the inconveniences that this winter’s storied Snowmaggedon and Icepocalypse hoisted on the Portland area, particularly the Gorge, it was especially severe for locally-owned businesses, many of whom experienced days or weeks with little to no sales, with roadways debilitated by ice and customer parking occupied for extended periods of time by snow banks. Owners report layoffs and high anxiety about the future of their shops’ survival.

GO Executive Director Courtney Christenson says, “These cash mobs are an education campaign about the importance and value of shopping locally, but we’re also ready to celebrate the end of this winter. It’s been hard on everybody. We all need a day to emerge from hibernation and hit the streets as a community to support these businesses.” Gorge Owned is billing the event as a fun opportunity to reconnect with the commercial sector which contributes so much to the character and vibrancy of Gorge communities, and to give back to those locally-owned businesses that are often supporting schools, clubs, and other community initiatives year-round.

Rather than “mobbing” a single establishment, Gorge Owned is encouraging a day for locals and tourists alike to descend on Gorge downtowns and commercial corridors to shop at dozens of participating shops and restaurants, most of whom are offering special sales or promotions for the occasion, and numerous raffle or door prizes for shoppers.

From noon to 5:00pm on the 18th, Gorge Owned will have home bases in three locations: Sedition Brewing on Laughlin St in downtown The Dalles, AniChe Cellars on Oak St in downtown Hood River, and Red Bluff Tap House in downtown Stevenson. Cash mob shoppers can find Gorge Owned at these locations to receive a free organic cotton tote bag featuring artwork from local artist Anna Laxague (while supplies last), and a program directing them to participating businesses. Shoppers can return to any of the three locations before 5:00pm to enter the raffle with more than a dozen prize packages. The extensive raffle includes gift certificates and gift baskets from many of the Gorge’s most beloved establishments, local artwork, museum memberships, performing arts season passes, ski lift tickets, and more. For every locally-owned business that customers patronize (no minimum purchase), they’ll receive one entry in the raffle.

Gorge Owned is a 501(c)(3) member-supported organization with a mission to help people invest in a strong local economy, healthy environment, and vibrant community in the Columbia River Gorge. With more than 200 individual and business members, GO! delivers year-round programing that informs and inspires people to invest in making the Gorge an even better place to live. Programs include Gorge Green Drinks, the Sense of Place Lecture Series, GO! Local, GO! Solar, and more. Learn More: GorgeOwned.org

For more information about the GO! Winter Recovery Cash Mobs, please visit www.facebook.com/GorgeOwned or contact Gorge Owned’s Executive Director Courtney Christenson at (310) 403 – 8460 or director@gorgeowned.org.

Sense of Place March 15, 2017, A Sense of Honor: How Community Members Supported Japanese Americans during World War II, Linda Tamura

Although Hood River garnered national notoriety for anti-Japanese American sentiments during World War II, it’s noteworthy that a small number of local citizens stepped forward on behalf of their neighbors.  In individual acts of support for Japanese Americans and – in some cases – as members of the League for Liberty and Justice, they demonstrated courage and a respect for civil rights.  Join Gorge Owned for this Sense of Place program as we welcome Linda Tamura to reflect on incidents of that time and place. She will be joined by community members who will recall stories of their families’ acts during and leading up to the Internment.  We will reflect on the past while also recognizing lessons for our community’s future.  

Tamura will summarize the immigration, wartime incarceration, and return to the valley of local Japanese Americans.  Integrated throughout will be remembrances of locals about their own family members.  We also plan to invite and recognize family members of affected individuals during the program. This program will be appropriate for youth as well as adults.

Tamura is Professor Emerita, Willamette University and author of two books about her hometown, Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence:  Coming Home to Hood River (University of Washington Press, 2013) and Hood River Issei:  An Oral History of Japanese Settlers in Oregon’s Hood River Valley (University of Illinois Press, 1994).  She also co-curated “What If Heroes Were Not Welcome Home?” an exhibit, now traveling, through the Oregon Historical Society.

Sydney Babson Blaine of Parkdale is granddaughter of an East Coast settler who hired and befriended Japanese workers.  Her family dedicated a plaque at the Mt. Hood Railroad Depot in 2012 to memorialize the forced removal of local Japanese Americans.

Jack Sheppard is retired businessman and son of the co-founder of Shepard’s downtown farm machinery business.  He discovered correspondence between his father and Japanese Americans whom he endeavored to support during and after the war.

Dorothy and Joan Laurance, both of Hood River, are the widow and daughter of the late Capt. Sheldon Laurance, who apologized to a Japanese American veteran who had been denied a haircut by a downtown barber.  Capt. Laurance wore a letter, published in the Oregonian in 1945, decrying “such unjustified prejudices and insults to…some of the nation’s best fighting men…”

Tamura will speak on Wednesday, March 15, at Columbia Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. Come early to enjoy a glass of wine or beer and meet others in the community. Gorge Owned’s (GO!) Sense of Place is an annual lecture series that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to one another.

 

Event Details:

  • GO Sense of Place
  • When – Wednesday, March 15,  7PM
  • Where -Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Oregon
  • Cost – $5-$10 suggested donation

Sense of Place February 15, Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs & The Planned Promised Land In The PNW, Greg Vandy

As a commissioned songwriter for the Portland’s Bonneville Power Administration in 1941, Woody Guthrie wrote 26 songs – including classics like “Roll On, Columbia”, “Hard Travelin’”, and “Pastures of Plenty” extolling the benefits of public power, hydroelectricity, irrigation, and the Grand Coulee Dam. On the 75th anniversary of this amazingly productive song cycle, join Gorge Owned as we welcome KEXP DJ Greg Vandy, author of 26 Songs In 30 Days: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs & The Planned Promised Land In The Pacific Northwest to reveal the unusual partnership between America’s greatest folk artist and the federal government in a never told before story of how the first American folk revival of the 1930’s was a response to hard times, and how Guthrie championed a new Social Democracy in Portland, Oregon

Greg Vandy is host of “The Roadhouse”, a weekly radio show on KEXP- Seattle and the publisher of American Standard Time, a blog dedicated to American music and vintage lifestyle. He also curates for the Pickathon music festival and his first book is titled 26 Songs In 30 Days: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs & The Planned Promised Land In The Pacific Northwest published by Sasquatch Books in Seattle.

Vandy will speak on Wednesday, February 15, at Columbia Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. Come early to enjoy a glass of wine or beer and meet others in the community. Gorge Owned’s (GO!) Sense of Place is an annual lecture series that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to one another.

 

Event Details:

  • GO Sense of Place
  • When – Wednesday, February 15,  7PM
  • Where –Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Oregon
  • Cost – $5-$10 suggested donation

Sense of Place Feb. 1, Connecting our past to our future: Tribal life along the river, Paul Lumley

The Columbia River system is the lifeblood of the tribes. Since time immemorial, the water, salmon, game, roots, and berries—the sacred first foods—have sustained the health, spirit, and cultures of the tribes. So fundamental was this connection to the land, that when the Yakama, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Nez Perce tribes entered into treaties with the United States in 1855, they specifically included language to ensure that they could continue to fish, hunt, and gather their first foods. In these modern times, the tribes have continued to work diligently to protect the salmon and the natural resources that the salmon require. Join Gorge Owned as we welcome Sense of Place speaker Paul Lumley to share the history of tribal fishing rights, salmon restoration initiatives, the economic impact of tribal commercial fisheries, and recent actions taken to address the tribal housing crisis along the river.

Paul Lumley is currently the Executive Director of Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) in Portland. He spent 17 years with Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), working on biological issues relating to U.S. v. Oregon and the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act. From 2004-2009, Mr. Lumley was the Senior Tribal Liaison for the U.S. Department of Defense and also the Executive Director of the National American Indian Housing Council, representing tribal housing nationally. Lumley returned to CRITFC as the Executive Director from 2009-2016. The organization is dedicated to restoring the salmon runs to their historical range and protecting the tribes’ treaty-reserved fishing rights. In recent years, he has worked to address many social issues affecting the tribal community along the Columbia River, especially the tribal housing crisis along the Columbia River. Lumley has also played in integral role in the process to modernize the Columbia River Treaty and addressed issues related to fossil fuel transportation through the Columbia River Gorge.

Lumley will speak on Wednesday, February 1, at Columbia Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. Come early to enjoy a glass of wine or beer and meet others in the community. Gorge Owned’s (GO!) Sense of Place is an annual lecture series that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to one another.

Event Details:

  • GO Sense of Place
  • When – Wednesday, Feb. 1,  7PM
  • Where -Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Oregon
  • Cost – $5-$10 suggested donation

Sense of Place Dec 14, Crag Rats: Eight decades of mountain rescue from Mt Hood to the Columbia River, Christopher Van Tilburg

When the Crag Rats Mountain Rescue beeper goes off, the call may take the elite team of Gorge residents racing up a mountain peak to rescue an injured hiker, scaling a rocky ledge to revive a hiker who has fallen over a cliff, into a blizzard to search for missing skiers, or to a mountain airplane crash scene for body recovery. Established in 1926, the Hood River Crag Rats are the oldest mountain rescue group in the nation, and were a charter member of the Mountain Rescue Association, established in 1955. Join Gorge Owned as we welcome Christopher Van Tilburg to recount the colorful history and thrilling rescues of the Hood River Crag Rats mountain rescue team. Along with 9 decades of tradition and lore, Van Tilburg will show images and tells stories of rescues that span Oregon’s iconoclastic, dangerous Mount Hood and the deep, dark canyons of the Columbia Gorge. Along with rescues, Van tilburg highlights the underlying theme of  risk and responsibility in mountain rescue: why risk is important and how we can mitigate risk when recreating in the Columbia Gorge.

Christopher Van Tilburg is Medical Director of Occupational and Travel Medicine and staff physician in the Emergency Department at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, in Hood River, Oregon. He is a member of Crag Rats, the oldest mountain rescue unit in the USA, serves on the Mountain Rescue Association Medical Committee, and works for International Society of Travel Medicine as editor of Travel Medicine News. He is author of 11 books including Mountain Rescue Doctor: Wilderness Medicine in the Extremes of Nature (St. Martins, 2007) and Adrenaline Junkie’s Bucket List: 100 Extreme Outdoor Adventures to do Before You Die (St. Martins, 2013). He has taught wilderness medicine, served as an expedition doctor, worked as a medical relief physician, served as a cruise ship doctor,  and adventured in 70 countries in 5 continents.

Van Tilburg will speak on Wednesday, December 14, at Columbia Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. Come early to enjoy a glass of wine or beer and meet others in the community. Gorge Owned’s (GO!) Sense of Place is an annual lecture series that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to one another.

Event Details:

  • GO Sense of Place
  • When – Wednesday, Dec 14,  7PM
  • Where -Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Oregon
  • Cost – $5-$10 suggested donation

Sense of Place: November 16th, The Paradox of the Cascades Tribes, David G. Lewis, PhD

For decades people have assumed that the Cascades tribes were sent away to reservations and are part of reservation communities. This historical paradox has vexed historians for generations because it appears that for many Cascades people, they did not remove nor are part of reservation communities. Join Gorge Owned as we welcome David Lewis for a Sense of Place Lecture that will explore new research about the history of the Cascades Tribes, what happened to various tribal divisions, the role of the federal Indian Agents, the role of the United States military, and the events leading up to and following the attack on the settler Cascades community in 1856, and the effects of this history on many of today’s descendants.

Lewis is a Tribal anthropologist, a member of the Grand Ronde Tribe, and holds a PhD from the University of Oregon. Over the past decade he has worked to understand in greater detail what happened to the tribes of Oregon during the settlement period, and what happened to them after removal to Tribal Reservations. David teaches at regional colleges and lives in Salem with his wife Donna, and his sons Saghaley and Inatye.

Lewis will speak on Wednesday, November 16th, at Columbia Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. Come early to enjoy a glass of wine or beer and meet others in the community. Gorge Owned’s (GO!) Sense of Place is an annual lecture series that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to one another.

 

Event Details:

  • GO Sense of Place
  • When – Wednesday, November 16th,  7PM
  • Where -Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Oregon
  • Cost – $5-$10 suggested donation

GOvember! Locals Party 11/11/16

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Join Gorge Owned (GO!) for its third annual GOvember Party & Fundraiser on Friday, November 11th at KickStand Coffee & Kitchen in Hood River. Come out for a great fall party and show your love for Gorge Owned!

  • Friday, November 11th from 6PM – 10PM 
  • Kickstand Coffee & Kitchen 1235 State Street, Hood River
  • Kids welcome!
  • Entry Fee: Pay what you can!
  • Live bluegrass music by The Greenneck Daredevils
  • Fun activities for kids, including face painting by Shining Faces!
  • Great food and drink from Kickstand Coffee & Kitchen 10% of all proceeds are being donated to GO!
  • Official kick off for the GO! Local campaign, this year in partnership with the Chinook Book!
GO! will be raffling off a custom-built Kona Esatto Disc road bike ($1,499 MSRP) from Dirty Fingers Bicycle repair, along with other fantastic prizes from locally owned businesses. Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance at KickStand Coffee & Kitchen, Waucoma Books, and Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers for $5 each or 5 for $20. Raffle tickets are also available online at http://gorgeowned.org/shop/govember-raffle-tickets/. You do not need to be present to win, but we hope to see you at the party!