As of March 31 and since Jan. 1, there have been seven reports of catalytic converters being stolen from vehicles within the city limits of Hood River, said Chief of Police Neal Holste in a press release. In this week’s press log, there are an additional three thefts.

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Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S. each year. No group of children is immune — both boys and girls are likely to experience neglect, sexual and physical abuse. However, girls are four times more likely to experience sexual abuse.

Names of students who have made the Scholastic Honor Roll Winter 2021 have been announced by Oregon State University.

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The Gorge Community Foundation has announced that with the 2021 granting cycle, the Joan Burchell Fund and the Riddell and Athalie Lage Fund will be combined into a single program, the GCF Community Grants program, to increase the amount of funding available. Information about the donors who…

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The Dalles Wasco County Library will hold a virtual meeting with New York Times Best Selling Author in Literature for young people, Carole Lindstrom, author of the children’s book “We Are Water Protectors,” April 22. Lindstrom is Anishinaabe/ Métis, as well as an enrolled citizen of the Turt…

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A conditional use hearing on a proposed luxury camping project near Husum, Wash. has been scheduled for 9 a.m., June 18, Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney David Quesnel told Columbia Gorge News.

Staying strong can mean many things — physically, psychologically, emotionally strong. We’ve heard from the experts that exercise is one of the important ways we can maintain fitness, health and vitality. But finding the right program that fits our lifestyle and abilities as we age can be ve…

Enjoy living history Saturday, April 10 at the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum with the return of the museum’s Second Saturday events. Planes will fly and cars will drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Next Door has announced their 2020 Philanthropist of the Year: Josie Robidoux, 11, of Hood River. From an early age, Josie’s parents, Jayson and Meghan Robidoux, instilled kindness and a sense of civic responsibility in their daughter.

White Salmon — The search for the next White Salmon Valley School District superintendent has commenced, according to information given at the March 25 school board meeting.

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Helping Hands Against Violence, a non-profit that has been based in Hood River for 40 years and serves the Gorge region, is bringing awareness to sexual assault this month.

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The U.S. reported a record over the weekend, with more than 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in 24 hours, according to Hood River County Health Department. “The country now averages more than 3 million doses daily, according to CDC data. We will continue to work with our communi…

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The Dalles — A proclamation naming April “Sexual Assault Action Month,” an initiative designed to help end sexual violence against women and girls in local communities, was approved by the City of The Dalles in March after portions of the proclamation language were removed.

The five-county Mid Columbia Economic Development District has begun a series of virtual meetings, to be held over the next nine months, on planning for the Gorge economy.

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Work this month around the north side of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge may look like construction is beginning to the proposed new bridge, but it’s not. Boring equipment is being used to take core samples as part of an archeological survey of the area around the landing at th…

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HOOD RIVER — Plans for a new hangar and business building at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield two miles south of Hood River got the green light at the Port of Hood River’s Board of Commissioner’s meeting March 2. The commissioners held a special airport work session March 16 to discuss additional …

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, renowned for his annual town halls in Oregon, staged his April 3 town hall virtually from Hood River’s port offices. Wyden answered Hood River County residents’ questions ranging from the local impact of President Biden’s Build Back Better infrastructure bill now bein…

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The U.S. reported a record over the weekend, with more than 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in 24 hours, according to Hood River County Health Department. “The country now averages more than 3 million doses daily, according to CDC data. We will continue to work with our communi…

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HOOD RIVER — In the past decade, the  the City of Hood River, located attractively between the lush Columbia River Gorge and the Cascade Mountains recreation areas, has seen its residential home prices skyrocket, pricing middle income locals out of the market. To encourage developers to buil…

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Large groups of people are newly eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5, including frontline workers and their age-eligible family members living with them, and those 16 and older with underlying health conditions as defined by the CDC.

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Two million dollars in grant funds have been made available to Washington Gorge Action Programs (WAGAP) to help prevent evictions of low income households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Skamania and Klickitat counties.

On March 23, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that between state and local governments, Oregon will get approximately $6.4 billion in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan. The stimulus plan’s payouts will go directly to counties while cities and other local governments will be paid th…

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Hood River — A popular trail in Post Canyon is in danger of closing because it cuts through private property. The Hood River Board of Commissioners March 15 decided to pass on trading a tract of river front forest land in exchange for the private property near Post Canyon Drive owned by Erwi…

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A first alarm structure fire was reported on the morning of Tuesday, March 23 at the 2600 block of Wy’east Road in Odell. All Hood River County fire agencies responded to the blaze. Wy’East Fire Chief Greg Borton said the structure was fully involved on one side when firefighters arrived on …

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All unemployed Oregonians will continue to get uninterrupted supplemental benefits of $300 per week under an extension of federal programs contained in President Joe Biden’s pandemic recovery plan, which is now law.

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A wide range of special taxing districts — ports, education districts, water or fire districts, and others — will be on the May 18 Special Districts election ballots in Wasco County and Hood River County. The election will conducted by mail.

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Starting March 31, the five-county Mid Columbia Economic Development Department holds a series of virtual meetings, to be held over the next nine months, on planning for the Gorge economy.

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In a 2-1 vote, the Klickitat County Board of Commissioners approved a moratorium on commercial and industrial solar projects that are required to go through a conditional use permitting process. The moratorium effectively halts progress on any solar development proposals that would connect t…

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Klickitat County, along with the rest of the state of Washington, is moving to Phase 3 of the state’s “Healthy Washington” reopening plan, starting March 22.

March 29 may or may not be the final decision for a “missing middle” zoning ordinance revision by the City of Hood River in the works for a number of months.

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Wasco County reported on 10 cases of COVID-19 in the past two-week reporting period, and the state risk level map shows all of central Oregon, from the Columbia River to California, in the “green” or lower risk category. “We are crushing it here in central Oregon,” said Mimi McDonell, health…

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