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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…

“Es con gran tristeza que hoy informamos sobre el primer fallecimiento de un residente del condado Hood River por COVID-19. Esta persona estaba en sus noventa años, dio positivo el 9 de Octubre y murió el 14 de Octubre. ¡Extendemos nuestro más sentido pésame a familiares y amigos! En este mo…

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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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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PARKDALE — The Mt. Hood Town Hall, the Upper Hood River Valley’s community center, is slowly opening again under the state COVID-19 guidelines. The annual spring event to raise funds to restore, maintain and operate the Town Hall had to be canceled. Town Hall volunteers hope a new donation c…

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On Sunday, Oct. 4 at approximately 2:17 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on I-84 near milepost 64.

I guess I was too optimistic last week thinking the smoke would fade away by then. But this Saturday morning, I can see the Klickitats out my office window dressed in its velvety shades of brown instead of straining to see their faint gray outline. And now I can put away my KN95 mask (you kn…

Hood River Distillers has announced via press release that David Ballew will serve as its new president. Ballew will lead sales and marketing, and identify growth opportunities for the business, which is continuing its restructuring since the sale of its highly successful Pendleton Whisky br…

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Fall is approaching and the snow in the mountains is gone, temperatures are warm, and water levels in local streams and rivers are low. Snowpack and precipitation continue to be below normal and temperatures are above normal, causing a strain on local water supplies, impacting fish habitat a…

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SELCO Community Credit Union has begun taking applications for its annual SPARK! Creative Learning Grants with an aim to help educators meet unprecedented challenges in the 2020-21 school year.

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Waucoma Bookstore, in partnership with Oregon State University Press, is pleased to present a virtual event with Tina Ontiveros in celebration of the release of her memoir, rough house. Ontiveros will be joined in conversation by writer Keenan Norris.

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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for a portions of the Cascade foothills, including portions of the following counties, Hood River, Multnomah, Clackamas, Marion, Linn, Lane, Douglas, Coos, Jackson, and Klamath for Thursday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m., through Sept. 18, early…

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The Hood River Watershed Group will host its first virtual meeting and presentation on Sept. 22 from 6-8 p.m. Benjamin Clemens from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will present on The Wondrous Lives of Pacific Lamprey – A Story of Complexity, Diversity, & Adaptability. 

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On Sept. 16, Gov. Kate Brown announced a new program to provide masks and gloves to small business in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor, in partnership with the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, allocated $10 million from the federal CARES Act funding for the purchase of p…

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Last week, residents of Providence Brookside Manor in Hood River enjoyed a live, outdoor concert of some familiar melodies from Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association (CGOA). As two dozen residents and guests relaxed in the shade of their front entrance, CGOA’s Trombone Trio serenaded them for…

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Start: Tokki Art Supply ... — Stop — ... Start: ... opened this summer on Oak Street, its second — Stop — ... home after a short introduction ... — Start — in Bingen.

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Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the City of Hood River joined communities across the nation this summer in signing the Mayor’s Pledge, a national effort to evaluate Use of Force policies, make any necessary changes and listen to the community. In reporting findings, the c…

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Hopefully, the smoke is now just a bad memory and we can start preparing for the 2020 flu season — and as with everything else this year, it will be different. Because of COVID-19, it will be even more important to get your seasonal flu shot this year. It could help avoid a nightmare scenari…

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