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Fire Chief Leonard Damian, Hood River Fire & EMS, reported firefighters were dispatched to an active fire at Lone Pine Motel, located at 2429 Cascade Ave., at 8:57 a.m. on Wednesday, May 5. The damage was contained to one unit.

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The cities and counties of the Columbia Gorge are making plans now to spend the millions coming next month from the American Rescue Plan Act, the same act that awarded stimulus funds to individuals. The funds to governmental bodies are meant to offset losses caused by the pandemic.

HOOD RIVER — The City of Hood River’s revenue did not decline last year as expected, due in large part to in-coming federal pandemic stimulus funds known as the American Rescue Plan. City Manager Rachael Fuller and Finance Director Will Norris presented the fiscal year 2021-22’s proposed bud…

The Hood River County Transportation District Board has appointed John Andoh to serve as assistant executive director of Columbia Area Transit (CAT), with a transition to the position of executive director in July 2022, when current Executive Director Patty Fink retires.

Archaeological survey reveals modern refuse; Port budget includes same tax rate; Next Door launches free workshop series for Klickitat County; Google seeks land division; Tree pruning planned May 11-13 in HR

Hood River — COVID-19 rates are going up in Hood River County, Hood River County School District Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn told the board at the April 28 public meeting. Moving from Low Risk to Moderate Risk — and again to High Risk — is a reminder that the pandemic is not over, he said.

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Hood River — Hood River County School District (HRCSD) and Hood River Education Association (HREA) reached a tentative settlement on a new three-year collective bargaining deal in the early hours of Thursday, April 22, during its third meeting with a state-assigned mediator. The HRCSD Board …

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Joel Madsen directs both Mid-Columbia Housing Authority and Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation. The two organizations have separate but related roles working towards a single goal: promoting and administering affordable housing in the Gorge.

HOOD RIVER — Protect Our Parks Hood River, a non-profit parks advocacy group, is building tee-pads and removing invasive species to make Morrison Park a better place for disc golfers and others who enjoy the park.

On May 4, Walmart announced a new COVID-19 vaccine milestone: Immunizations are now available to customers and associates in all of their more than 5,100 pharmacy locations nationwide. This includes the 45 Walmart pharmacies in Oregon.

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The Hood River City Council has chosen Jensen Strategies, a Portland firm, to help recruit its next city manager. Rachael Fuller, the current city manager, announced her resignation in March and leaves July 2.

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HOOD RIVER — The City of Hood River had contracted Gorge Tree Surgeon to complete tree pruning in the following areas, beginning Tuesday, May 11 through Thursday, May 13:

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Hood River — The Hood River County Commissioners are mulling additions to the county zoning ordinance that could extend timelines for some land-use permits, while curtailing the number of extensions that could be allowed for developers to complete projects.

Carola Stepper, LAc, RN retired, founded Cascade Acupuncture Center, LLC in 2005 by opening the Hood River clinic in downtown Hood River at 104 5th Street. In 2006, a second clinic was added in downtown The Dalles, inside the Medical Arts Building at 414 Washington St. The Dalles clinic move…

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Hood River County School District (HRCSD) and Hood River Education Association (HREA) reached a tentative settlement on a new three-year collective bargaining deal in the early hours of Thursday, April 22, during its third meeting with a state-assigned mediator. The HRCSD Board of Directors …

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Hood River — If COVID-19 restrictions continue to improve, this summer’s tourist season in the Columbia Gorge promises to be better than last year — much better.

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The Hood River County Prevention Department recently received a Columbia Gorge Health Council grant, aimed at providing tobacco cessation support in the region. This $40,000 award, plus a similar $27,452 award from the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division’s Health Promotion and Ch…

Hood River — Hood River Distillers has announced promotions for its two lead distillers. Joe O’Sullivan has been promoted to Master Distiller for the entire Hood River Distillers portfolio, and Caitlin Bartlemay has been elevated to Head Distiller of Clear Creek Distillery.

New windows, a restored neon sign, and an upgraded entry on Cascade Avenue were the visible exterior improvements done over the winter at Hood River Elks Lodge. Meanwhile, inside the the lodge, the organization was doing an extensive remodeling on the second floor. At a soft opening on March…

Judy Beckman, director of the Harmony of the Gorge Sweet Adelines Chorus, was selected as the “Heart of the Northwest” recipient for 2021 by the members of Region 13 of Sweet Adelines International, which includes women singers in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

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Hood River Options Academy (HROA) counselor Tammy Hosaka said staff have learned this year “not to make plans” as the program’s participation grew from around 200 middle-and-high-schoolers to closer to 900 K-12 students from across the district.

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.

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.

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