HOOD RIVER — County Chair Mike Oates announced that he will not seek re-election in 2022. Near the end of the Nov. 15 County commissions meeting, Oates declared his intention to step away from the chair position. Oates has been in his current position since December 2019. He hoped his announ…

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HOOD RIVER — Newly hired City Manager Abigail Elder, and Community Engagement Coordinator Nubia Sánchez-Contreras jumped right into the swing of things on Nov. 1 when they were given guided tours around City Hall and other departments.

Soroptimist, in partnership with the Hood River Valley Adult Center, is launching its annual collection of feminine hygiene supplies for women and girls in need. Donations of tampons, pads, shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste are being collected inside the Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place,…

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The Port of Cascade Locks is facing a federal civil rights claim for alleged racial discrimination against Puff Factory owner Jacqueline Alexander. That claim is currently under litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon: No ruling has yet been made, as incorrectly reported in the Columbia Gorge News on Nov. 10.

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Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital is accepting nominations through Friday, Dec. 3 for the annual Heart of Gold event, taking place March 5.

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Local butcher and grocery, Treebird Market, is working with community partners to expand into the former Hood River News building by summer 2022.

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Wy’east class of 1970 held its 50th plus 1 reunion Sept. 10-11. The class of 1970 was the last graduating class from Wy’east High School. Pictured are, bottom row, left to right, Tom Sheirbon, Eric Mortenson, Gary Willis, Loyd Dillenbeck, and Steve Curtiss; second row, Carol Hukari Garibay, …

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Prepare yourself and your loved ones for the holidays by getting vaccinated if you haven’t already, or plan to get a booster dose if you are eligible. Beginning this week, there will be a drive-thru vaccine clinic at the Hood River Marina that can accommodate 1st, 2nd, and 3rd doses and boos…

Oregon Humanities has awarded $717,000 in COVID-19 Emergency SHARP grants to 60 nonprofit organizations and federally recognized tribes across the state. Seventy-eight percent of the organizations that were awarded are led by Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) communities, are…

HOOD RIVER — During the Nov. 10 meeting of the Hood River County School District Board of Directors, special recognition was given to military veterans who now work for HRCSD.

The Hood River City Council approved two separate contracts for construction upgrades at the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) at the Hood River Waterfront location. The newly hired City Manager, Abigail Elder, was in attendance for her first meeting since stepping into the position. Tempora…

A Hood River police officer was indicted on several charges related to domestic violence in August, Columbia Gorge News has learned.


When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and classes were suddenly online, a lot of teachers found themselves thrust into different roles. Though many just went from teaching their subject in-person to teaching it in an online format, Jen Hart found herself teaching a new subject entirely.

Gorge Translink has launched the 2022 Annual GOrge Pass, offering an easy way to travel to and from Portland/Vancouver and around the Columbia Gorge on both sides of the river. Four Gorge transit providers have teamed up to offer the unlimited, fixed route rides with a GOrge Pass:


HOOD RIVER — Hood River County School District Board Members approved an Oregon Department of Education Re-engagement Opportunity Grant of $240,000, received by Hood River Valley High School, at its Oct. 27 virtual board meeting.

Youth Outreach Worker Julio Cobb-Hernandez, center, with co-workers Paola Escobedo (left) and Jesica Campos (right), visited Hood River Middle School Oct. 19 and Hood River Valley High School Oct. 21 (pictured) to make pronoun buttons for students.

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HOOD RIVER — Numerous tasks and chores around yards and public spaces come with fall’s colors and falling leaves. The City of Hood River reminds the community of seasonal services to help.

Last season, while most sports teams were on the benches due to COVID, the Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate Team continued to meet and compete virtually, attending more than 16 tournaments, many of them spanning two days and with weekend commitments. The team went on to become…

CASCADE LOCKS — When Sara Hauman was a contestant on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef Portland,” she said it was hard to live in the moment with the pressure on her to cook at her best. Since she has teamed up with KGW and Travel Oregon to produce the “Oregon in Season” series, she has finally had time …

Gardening education and advice is needed now more than ever. The OSU Extension Master Gardener program is training new community educators in 2022, who will help provide advice and support for Oregon’s growing community of gardeners. Due to the COVID pandemic, training new Master Gardeners w…

Don Nunamaker, well-known in the Hood River community — he opened Don Nunamaker, Realtors, in 1969 — died Oct. 7 at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital at the age of 78.

Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, hosts its annual Veterans Day service Thursday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. The event will also be live-streamed.

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Online registrations for the 2021 Hood River County Christmas Project will start Wednesday, Oct. 27 and continue through Nov. 27. The program assists with food and children’s gifts for Hood River County families in need during the Christmas holiday.

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The Hood River Shelter Services (HRSS) has found a new place to call home and is shifting operations to 1733 Oak St. in Hood River. The Mid-Columbia Community Action Council (MCCAC) received funding from a federal Emergency Solutions Grant that will support site development and cover staffin…

Columbia Gorge CASA Board President Julie Nygaard has announced that Susan Erickson will leave her role as CASA executive director this fall when she and her family move away from the Gorge.


HOOD RIVER — Protesters took to both sides of Eugene Street on Oct. 13 before the Hood River County School District Board Meeting at the Coe Administration Building.

HOOD RIVER — Hood River County School District was notified Aug. 19 that Gov. Kate Brown had issued a new directive legally requiring all K-12 school district staff, substitutes and volunteers to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18.

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HOOD RIVER — A former employee of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital has a filed a notice of intent to sue Hood River County, Hood River County District Attorney’s Office, former Hood River DA John Sewell, and the State of Oregon, asserting a claim for damages over allegations Sewell vi…


HOOD RIVER — When the calendar turns to Nov. 1, the City of Hood River will have a new city manager. Abigail Elder was chosen from a pool of three finalists. Elder’s most recent experience comes from the City of Beaverton where she was the director of community services and engagement. She a…

FEMA — Federal Emergency Management Act — is providing financial reimbursement for funeral and cremation expenses for those who have lost a loved one due to COVID-19, and Jack Trumbull, owner of Anderson’s Tribute Center, is providing assistance to anyone interested in accessing these funds,…

Dr. Marta Yera Cronin, president of Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC), has chosen to be part of Presidents for Latino Student Success and the Excelencia in Action network, according to a press release from CGCC.

HOOD RIVER — The Hood River County Board of Commissioners is considering an ordinance to establish a parking permit program for Post Canyon. If adopted, designated fee parking zones on county forest land would be identified with the goal of managing recreational use in the county’s tree farm…

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Gorge Grown Food Network’s Hood River Farmers Market was held in the old Hood River News parking lot on Oct. 2, as Hops Fest was taking place in its usual spot. The market has returned to the Fifth and Columbia parking lot, and runs through November.

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