The Hood River Chamber of Commerce, doing business as Visit Hood River, has rallied in partnership with community stakeholders to bring a celebration of the season to the community this holiday season, despite a global pandemic. 

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Eleven Gorge chambers and tourism organizations are working together to find new ways to support local businesses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Judge Paul Crowley of Hood River, who served Gorge communities for more than 22 years as an Oregon District and Circuit Court judge before retiring in 2014, has been awarded the Oregon Senior Judge of the Year award by the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. 

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At approximately 2:33 a.m. this morning (Nov. 24), Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 68.

The Gratitude University community project is about to publish an on-line book honoring essential and frontline workers and “unsung heroes,”  and submissions are needed this week, “expressing your gratitude for them and their work,” said GU founder Sara Rose Donahue of Parkdale.

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The Oregon Employment Department has announced that it is preparing for an increase in unemployment claims following Governor Kate Brown’s statewide Two-Week Freeze. Oregonians whose employment is impacted by this effort to curb the exponential spread of COVID-19 will need to either file an …

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Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts — filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys — to children worldwide for more than two decades. This is a project that everyone can still be a part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions, according to a pres…

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On Nov. 11, the United States of America takes time to say thank you to the men and women who have served this country in military uniform.

Rachael Fuller, an official of the city of Hood River, has been elected as an officer of the Oregon City/County Management Association (OCCMA).

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Among the countless cancellations wrought by the pandemic this year was the annual United Way of the Columbia Gorge fall gala, which is normally one of the organization’s primary fundraisers. Other United Way fundraising events also have been canceled including the annual holiday benefit concert.

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The Hood River Warming Shelter will be open every night in winter starting Nov. 16.

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Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center has been selected as one of five community mediation centers from around the nation to participate in a grant-funded pilot project. The project will develop conflict resolution and leadership skills in young adults (ages 21-35), with a focus on those who …

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CORRECTION: A Columbia Gorge News article on Nov. 11 stated little scholarship money would be available. This was incorrect. According to Jim White of the Trout Lake Community Foundation, the organization has built up an endowment to provide for scholarships during uncertain times. “We thus …

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Republican Cliff Bentz of Ontario was winning by a wide margin in the race for the open congressional seat representing Central and Eastern Oregon, voting returns showed Nov. 3.

Former local sports coach Kevin Howard Dale, 31, avoided additional jail time and having to register as a sex offender in a plea bargain reached last month in two 2019 cases alleging he inappropriately touched two young women.

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Registrations for the 2020 Hood River County Christmas Project started Nov. 1 and continue through Dec. 7. The program provides assistance with food and children’s gifts for families in need, during the Christmas holiday and benefits Hood River County families that currently meet State of Or…

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Four missionaries from Church of Latter Day Saints set up a table in front of Hood River Stationers last week offering blank cards and pens for people to write notes of support to firefighters. Sisters Aurora Sperry, left, Raquel Grimaldo, Hailey Smith, Chloe Welch are assigned to service in…

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Donated books and bags of Lego toys are going out to Hood River County children in a partnership between Hood River Library District and Library Foundation and Hood River County School District.

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Oregon artists may now apply to a new Artist Relief Program created by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. Awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be distributed until the program fund, totaling ju…

Women who have primary financial responsibility for themselves and their  dependents and have financial need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards for Women. Applications are available online at bit.ly/LYDA-apply …

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The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) has received approval from Food and Nutrition Services to disburse increased food benefits in October.

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The Hood River City Council directed $195,000 in CARES Act funding to local partners that aid social services agencies, business organizations and individuals economically impacted by COVID-19.

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Fill Your Pantry is back for its sixth year on Nov. 8, with far less of the face-to-face communal aspect to the fall tradition, but with just as much of the bounty.

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General Election Day, and the start of election results week, is just under two weeks away. 

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A modified Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair took place at the Hood River County Fairgrounds this past weekend, Oct. 16-17, with some COVID-19 safety precautions in place. Painters-tape arrows on the floor guided shoppers on a one-way route through each fair building, hand sanitizer stations were p…

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