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THE DALLES — Serious Theater announced Jan. 11 that it has been awarded a $3,000 grant from Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) to support their upcoming 2022 theater and concert season.

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Join The History Museum of Hood River County on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. for a virtual brewers' roundtable talk and tasting, inspired by the current museum exhibit, Cheers! From Teetotalers to Tasting Rooms, the third and final installment of which covers the history of craft brewing in H…

Start your year off right by creating an emergency kit with all the necessary items that you most likely will need. For a list of those items, visit your local fire department or website MIL.WA.GOV/KITS. One never knows when or where a catastrophe can hit and it’s far better to be prepared t…

On Dec. 31, Discover Hood River and Neal Creek Forest Products announced the winners of the 2021 Woodstack Contest, a small contest held in Hood River.

Columbia Gorge News, in partnership with Anderson's Tribute Center, presents this alphabetical listing of those we lost this year, whose obituaries, death notices and service announcements were submitted to and appeared in Columbia Gorge News between Jan. 6 and Dec. 29, 2021.

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Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in Hood River had the first baby of 2022 born on Jan. 2, pictured above. Haily and Stan Vanourek of The Dalles welcomed newborn Tayla Ann Faith. She is baby sister to brother SJ, who is 19-months. Vanourek parents said, “We are mostly looking forward t…

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A cow elk eyes The Dalles photographer Gary Elkinton on New Year’s Day. The animal is pictured at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, and after being photographed it headed across Old Highway 30 to The Dalles Country Club.

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A chukar was seen in the Upper Hood River Valley on Christmas Eve, an unusual siting for Hood River County, said photographer Tracie Hornung. Have a winter photo to share? Send it (1 MB or larger) with a short description to

I hope you all had a fun, festive, and joyous holiday season. Now here we are charging ahead into 2022 already. The pandemic still lingers, but it’s good to see people looking forward to what we can achieve instead of dwelling on all the negatives that came with COVID-19. Happy New Year, everyone.


We met them in 2014 as kindergartners: Six youths from Hood River County who are now in the eighth grade. Each fall, we get to talk with them again: Jess Aubert of Parkdale, Diego Bustos of Hood River, Jaden Evans of Cascade Locks, Jack Miller of Hood River, Sofia Rodriguez of Odell and Nich…

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I saw on Facebook (on one of the Lyle sites) that someone looking for “the gal that has the Santa photos.” That’s me! I still have many more that have not been claimed. If your child was photographed or you know of children that were and have not picked up their photos, call 509-365-2273.

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Winter Visitor

As 2021 comes to a close — and as I prepare some of the end of the year lists that will appear in future editions — I can’t help but look back and reflect on all that has happened.

Santa was escorted in his sleigh by the local first responders with their vehicles lavishly decorated with various forms of flashing lights. He was greeted by a group of very excited families as the night held off the rain but kept a chill in the air. He heard the children’s wishes and posed…

Glenwood children enjoyed a fun visit from Santa on Dec. 7 at the Glenwood Station. His visit was very brief as he’s quite a busy man and had other communities to visit that evening. He had Mrs. Santa and a couple other helpers with him when he made his stop at the station. After sharing the…

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The Wasco County Cultural Trust Coalition is now accepting grant applications for 2022 projects. Grants are available to individuals and organizations for projects in the arts, humanities, and heritage. Applications and guidelines can be found on the website: Gran…

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A young mule deer doe licks the fur at its shoulders near upper Mill Creek in The Dalles. In fall, deer begin to exchange their thinner summer coat of fur for a thicker, warmer winter coat.

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The History Museum of Hood River County presents a virtual (Zoom) book talk with Sam Grotte on Dec.18 at 1 p.m. Grotte will talk about his life, as documented in his book, “A Life; Or as Much of It as I Can Factually Recall.”  Grotte’s book has been described as a “captivating autobiography …

PACT — Performances at Adult Center Theater — will present the family-friendly “Holly Jolly Holiday Revue” this weekend, Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at Hood River Valley Adult Center.

HOOD RIVER— Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) presents The Groove Project, a concert celebrating the holiday season, Dec. 17-18. The revamped holiday set, from producer Tim Mayer, gives familiar standards a fresh perspective, making them entertaining and enjoyable for both the audience and …

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A cedar waxwing feeds from a berry-laden bush at the Port of The Dalles Industrial Park last weekend.

Winter is a season of gifts and giving for many cultures and several religious faiths. People of various ages and backgrounds, connected with our Gorge communities, have generously written here about some of the most meaningful gifts they’ve received…or given. Remembering special gifts can b…

I heard that the reason the pumps at the Murdock Mini Mart are out for a spell is that there was a gas ball erupted as a gas delivery man was filling the underground tanks and a woman started her car after fueling up. The proprietor wants you to know that they will be up and running again sh…

HR History Museum hosts open house; Cascade Locks celebrates Dec. 4; Music at Valley Christian; Nativities in the Gorge this weekend; St. Mark’s bazaar

A recent press release from Cedarville University in Ohio has the headline, “Glenwood Native Aims for the Sky at NASA Competition.” That Glenwood native is Forrest Putnam, son of Nate and Betsy. The press release goes on to say, “Students from the Cedarville University School of Engineering …

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