The top two candidates for Secretary of State said Oct. 12 they did not want to use that office as a stepping stone to running for governor in 2022 and questioned each other’s independence from influence by their political parties.

The Hood River County Education Foundation (HRCEF) board approved a $20,000 gift to Hood River County School District (HRCSD) to support distance learning efforts in its Monday, Sept. 14, meeting.

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The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) has received approval from Food and Nutrition Services to disburse increased food benefits in October.

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The Hood River City Council directed $195,000 in CARES Act funding to local partners that aid social services agencies, business organizations and individuals economically impacted by COVID-19.

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Fill Your Pantry is back for its sixth year on Nov. 8, with far less of the face-to-face communal aspect to the fall tradition, but with just as much of the bounty.

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A modified Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair took place at the Hood River County Fairgrounds this past weekend, Oct. 16-17, with some COVID-19 safety precautions in place. Painters-tape arrows on the floor guided shoppers on a one-way route through each fair building, hand sanitizer stations were p…

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Skyline Health is offering no-cost flu shots beginning October 1 at its medical clinic located at 211 Skyline Drive in White Salmon. The clinic is open Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for flu vaccinations. To make an appointment, call 509-637-2810.

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John and Joyce LaFollette celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 24. 

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A rare dust event obscures the Washington side of the river Monday in these images taken from Hood River Marina beach at about 1:30 p.m. The plume covers part of Hood River bridge, and walkers on Marina Beach are framed against the plume. A parfait of dust, green river water, and beach strat…

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 The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, has released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and admini…

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The 70th Annual Washington State Weed Conference will be offered online and free to the public, according to the Washington Vegetation Management Association and the Washington Invasive Species Council.

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The City of White Salmon approved their policy priorities for the year 2021 at the latest city council meeting following the city’s annual retreat.

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All residents of Flagstone Senior Living’s Memory Care Unit have been transferred to COVID-19 units at outside facilities so the residents can receive 24/7 care and Flagstone can professionally clean and disinfect the Memory Care Unit, also known as The Atrium. 

A local man released from NORCOR while waiting for his case to go through Hood River County Circuit Court now faces additional Harassment and Contempt of Court charges for allegedly violating a no-contact order on his release agreement. 

City of Hood River Public Works employees install revised signs Friday at Waterfront Park and Children’s Park, the two city-owned playground facilities that remain off-limits during the pandemic, as they have been since April. In late September the City Council affirmed the continued closure…

Parkdale teachers and other community members take tests Wednesday at Parkdale School as Medical Teams International and Oregon Health Authority sponsored free COVID-19 testing events last week. Testing in Cascade Locks, Parkdale and Odell, were the first by Medical Teams in Oregon involving…

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Columbia Gorge Community College’s mission is “Building dreams and transforming lives by providing lifelong educational programs that strengthen our community.” So, how’s the college doing? CGCC invites you to complete this customer survey by Wednesday, Oct. 14. Your responses will help the college gauge public awareness of programs and services; there’s also opportunity for suggestions to improve.

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Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) will be hosting the 2020 Columbia Gorge Economic Symposium on Friday, Nov. 6 in a virtual format. With the impacts on the regional economy from COVID-19, this year’s annual event will focus on economic and employment trends, recovery and res…

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Every year, National 4-H Week sees millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni come together to celebrate the many positive youth development opportunities offered by 4-H. The theme for this year’s National 4-H Week, Opportunity4All, is a campaign that was created by National 4-H Counc…

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Understanding Medicare is not a walk in the park. It’s more like crawling through a dark cave: Disorienting and challenging. And every year during Medicare Open Enrollment from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, you get to explore that cave again!

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Julie and Harley Newland of 419 E. 10th St. are the winners of the October 2020 Beautification Award from The Dalles Beautification Committee and Columbia Gorge Realty. The sign will stay in the Newlands’ yard through the end of October, at which time it’ll move on to November’s winner. Afte…

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Shred Day 2020 happens a month later than usual, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hood River.

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