It was a full house — or rather, full park — at Hood River’s Jackson Park on July 17. Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer and his five-piece band joined Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association (CGOA) and Artistic Director and Conductor Mark Steighner for a free concert.

Rodeo is still a big deal here in Glenwood. Emma Patterson, daughter of Shane and Billie, just returned from competing in the Silver State International Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nev. While she didn’t place in her events, the experience was priceless and she is looking forward to the start of the…

Beyond The Block (BTB) is a group of fiber artists living in the Gorge who are committed to creating art utilizing quilting techniques. Established in 2012, BTB members challenge themselves to become more educated about art and design principles, and to improve creatively on an individual ba…

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Since the spring, tour boats have resumed operations on the Columbia River, and on-shore excursions to Gorge museums, restaurants and other entertainment are now back as well. Above, an American Cruise Line ship is met by a quartet of buses while docked at the Port of Hood River in a panoram…

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Family Outing: A heard of bighorn lambs and ewes eye the photographer from rocks overlooking the Deschutes River below Shearers Falls. 

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It’s time again for Hood River Saddle Club’s annual sale (saddles/tack, household goods, furniture and much more). Proceeds promote horseback riding as a sport and are used for clubhouse/grounds’ repairs and improvements.

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A dreaded fire raised its ugly head and challenged many firefighters here in Lyle on July 4. Across the intersection from my property lies what we old timers call the “Old School Property” on the northeast corner of Third and Klickitat streets. No official ruling has been posted yet, but a n…

We all celebrated the return of the Glenwood Rodeo on Father’s Day weekend and it was wonderful to feel “normal” again. Now here’s more good news. The Glenwood Homemakers will be holding their Fall Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Glenwood school. Vendors interested in renting a tab…

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On July 5, Columbia Gorge Women’s Action Network members Marisa Cieloha, Kirsten Dennis and Becky Miles picked up trash left from the Fourth of July community fireworks at the Bingen Marina. Pictured are the three CGWAN members, as well as the litter left behind by those using the marina the…

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The Hood River Library will host several teen lead and teen focused programs, as well as take home projects for teens throughout July. All in person programs will require registration.

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Mt. Hood Meadows is now operating its scenic chair lift and hiking experience five days a week — Thursdays through Mondays — through Labor Day, Sept. 6, according to a press release.

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The Hood River County Fair is back this year after last summer’s hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions. Fair Manager Clara Rice said that this year’s fair will be bigger and better than ever. This year, the fair will run from July 21-24. This year’s theme: Celebrate 100 Years of County Fair.

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July, our first full month of summer, is here. Days are beginning to grow shorter, and nights longer, as the seasons progress. At the start of July, day length will be quite long, with sunset coming at about 9 p.m. and sunrise at about 5:20 a.m. By the end of the month, the Sun will set abou…

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For its first live performance since the pandemic shut down in-person events, the Gorge Sinfonietta is teaming up with rock violinist Aaron Meyer and his five piece band for a free concert in Hood River’s Jackson Park. The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 17.

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Sunday is the Fourth of July holiday, celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the United States in 1776.

HOOD RIVER — One hundred years after the era of flappers and bootleggers, The History Museum of Hood River welcomes the Roaring 2020s with its latest exhibition, “Cheers: From Teetotalers to Tasting Rooms.”

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Hood River County Fair July 21-24; Hood River summer reading program; Newspaper to publish foreclosure list; Subdivision lots platted; USFS contracts with Wasco County for law enforcement

The woolen swimsuit gifted to me came with history, a personal challenge and a lesson in cold water swimming. Could this over a century old garment hold up during a swim from The Best Western Plus beach to the red buoy below the Hood River Bridge and back? I’d done this before in a wet suit …

The performance of Annie Jr. filled The Dalles Civic Auditorium theater with sound and laughter over the weekend for the first time since the first performance of the play, scheduled for March of 2020, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional performances are next weekend, 7 p.m…

Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes brings her latest work, “Flores de Verano, Flamenco en Vivo,” to the Rockford Grange Hall, 4262 Barrett Drive, Hood River, on Sunday, June 27. The show begins at 8 p.m. Ticket information is available at www.eventbrite.com/e/152270427949.

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A small group of birders explore the Klickitat Rails to Trails trail along upper Swale Creek in Klickitat County, accessed from a trailhead on Harms Road. The green of the  small creek contrasts sharply with the dry lands that characterize the unirrigated areas of the valley west of Goldendale.

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Beginning July 2 and running through July 31, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River, presents “Mother River: The Columbia and Her Tributaries.”

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After two years of pandemic-impacted learning, the Class of 2021 can graduate with pride. They did so at the Lyle Football Field June 5. First though, they cruised through Dallesport and Lyle. Building on the success of the 2020 Senior Cruise, the group followed an expanded route in both Dal…

Our three Glenwood high school and junior high school rodeo cowgirls did very well at the State Finals in Okanogan. In the high school rodeo, Joslyn Arnold finished in fourth place for the year in breakaway roping, which qualified her for the National High School Rodeo Finals in Lincoln, Neb…

I’m confused. Most of you are reading this column on June 16, but I’ve been writing it since I finished my last column because my wife and I are driving to California for my son’s college graduation on Saturday. As I’m writing, that will be this coming Saturday — but for you readers, it was …

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Students at Dry Hollow raised $3,000 to purchase trees at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. Classes competed to raise funds, with the winning class choosing which staff member got to "kiss the pig." The pig, Penelope, was provided by River City Saloon owner Clare Kirkwood. Pictured Left to Right: …

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Applications approved; Summer youth activities, programs posted; Auditions: ‘As You Like It’

This year our dine and drink business locations throughout the Gorge have suffered with closures. You can help support your favorites by purchasing take out and gift cards. Many of these business will offer curb-side delivery and some will deliver to your home. Let’s keep the Gorge going strong!

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