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Democrats will remain in charge of both chambers of the Oregon Legislature when the new session opens Jan. 9, but will lack the 60% majorities required to pass revenue-raising measures on their own.

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HOOD RIVER — The City of Hood River is recognizing its employees with bonuses worth up to $2,500. Hood River City Manager Abigail Elder approached the city council with a proposition to reward workers for their dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic, and council approved the bonuses in their Oct. 10 meeting.

“Lots of businesses and institutions shut down, but the city and government functions couldn’t,” said Elder.

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Tribute to Oregon Nisei Veterans is theme for HR Veterans Day ceremony

HOOD RIVER - A tribute of respect to honor all Japanese American (Nisei) veterans statewide and to make amends and reconcile past actions will be the theme for the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Anderson Tribute Center in Hood River on Friday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

HOOD RIVER — On Oct. 30, the Hood River Police Department responded to the 1500 block of Hope Avenue on a report of shots fired.

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The second annual Literary Journal of Columbia Gorge Community College, Otolith, was released this spring and is available at the college bookstore.

Writing as managing editor, Kendra Bettelyoun introduced the publication:

"CGCC offers a wealth of experience. It is a confluence. A place where paths varied by age, income, ethnicity and personal history, meet and travel together for a time towards educational enrichment," she wrote. "In the pieces chosen for this edition, you will find many examples of human connection."

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Thrive Hood River and the Historic Hood River Hotel are will host a November Election Candidate Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.

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To help raise awareness and provide in person opportunities for feedback on Pacific Power’s Wildfire Protection Plan, the company is hosting a public input forum at the Mosier Grange Hall, 1000 Fourth Ave., Mosier, on Oct. 20 from 6-8 p.m.

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HOOD RIVER — Operations and safety brought Hood River County School District administration and the new school resource deputy together to update board members and the community during the Sept. 28 meeting.

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Michael McElwee has been selected by the Hood River County Education Foundation (HRCEF) board as its new executive director. 

Hood River County School District (HRCSD) conducted its biannual core values survey in June 2022. The purpose of these surveys, which are conducted in the fall and spring each year, is to assess the school district’s performance on each core values.

HOOD RIVER — Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn gave board members a stark overview of challenges faced by area school districts this school year at the Sept. 28 Hood River County School District board meeting.

HOOD RIVER — Work on the Hood River Middle School entryway construction project is ahead of schedule, Dale Kuykendall, senior project manager, Wenaha Group, reported at the Sept. 28 Hood River County School District board meeting.

Hood River Lavender Farms was featured by TheTravel, a travel website with more than 3 million users per month, in a list of 10 of the most beautiful farms to visit.

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The Hood River County Transportation District, operating as Columbia Area Transit and locally known as “CAT,” seeks community input on potential transit service options. As part of the update to CAT’s 2017 Transit Master Plan (TMP) — a key guiding document that outlines the future delivery o…

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Ongoing election coverage for the Nov. 8 general election, featuring races pertaining to the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon and Washington.

HOOD RIVER — The Port of Hood River was recently awarded $5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant program to help spur the design and engineering phase of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge Replacement project.

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The Wasco County Republican Party hosted their 50th Beef & Burgundy Dinner and Auction at the The Dalles’ Shilo Inn.

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Ironsmith Alan Root often starts a project with unusual materials — 500 wrenches, for instance, or a wagon wheel — and ends with a freeform sculpture. His art can begin with things that others have already shaped or discarded: scrap metal, rebar and a vision.

HOOD RIVER — Hood River’s fall festival line-up returns this October with signature events, including Hood River Hops Fest and Hood River Valley Harvest Fest.

As do all of our staff here at Columbia Gorge News, I wear a lot of hats: I’m lifestyle editor; I’m a features and news reporter; I put together our event calendar; and I go through our bound copies of previous editions to find noteworthy or humorous stories to include in our Yesteryears column.

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Joe Yetter is the Democrat candidate in Oregon’s recently revised 2nd Congressional District. Yetter is running against the Republican incumbent, Rep. Cliff Bentz. He was interviewed at Cousin’s Inn and Restaurant in The Dalles as he concluded a road trip that included an appearance at the Pendleton Round-Up.

Riverside Community Church, United Church of Christ invites community members to join in a family friendly worship experience on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at its location in downtown Hood River.

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HOOD RIVER ­— Urban renewal is near the top of the City of Hood River’s project goals. Listed as a critical project, formation of the Westside Urban Renewal District is gaining traction while the already established Columbia Cascade Urban Renewal District — listed as a significant priority — has more than $4 million to spend on infrastructure upgrades. The Columbia Cascade District was established in 1987 and encompasses most of downtown and sections of Industrial Street.

Oregon Cultural Trust (culturaltrust.org) released its fiscal year 2023 grant allocations on Aug. 15, and Columbia Center for the Arts, located in Hood River, was awarded $9,682 “to support a strategic business planning process and program implementation for FY2023-2026,” according to a pres…

HOOD RIVER — On Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cascade Forest Conservancy (CFC) and the Green River Valley Alliance (GRVA) will be hosting their next “No Place For a Mine” event at Ferment Brewing, 403 Portway Ave. This free event, open to the public, is part of CFC and GRVA’s ongoi…

HOOD RIVER — Hood River Shelter Services (HRSS) and Mid-Columbia Community Action Council (MCCAC) have announced that they will be working together to operate a warming shelter in Hood River this winter.

HOOD RIVER — From new staff to new positions, the theme of the Sept. 14 Hood River County School District Board of Directors meeting was the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

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HOOD RIVER — Nurses who work at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital were joined by members of the Oregon Nursing Association (ONA) during an “informational picket” in front of Providence Hood River on Thursday, Sept. 15. Labor representatives, current and former nurses and residents stood at the intersection of 12th and May Street  with signs in support of ONA members during ongoing union negotiations with Providence.

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While human anglers toiled through 90 degree temperatures this summer, northern pikeminnow, a native salmon predator with a bounty on its head, lived apparently unaffected by the heat.

HOOD RIVER — Hood River County and a former employee agreed to a settlement regarding 2018 allegations that he stole money from the Tollbridge and Tucker Park cash deposits while working for the Public Works Department (PWD).

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Columbia Gorge Community College is home to America’s newest aviation maintenance technician training program upon official recognition this month by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Sept. 30 marks the end of burn bans across Klickitat County, and as private individuals begin to prepare their slash piles, so too will Mt. Adams Resource Stewards prepare for prescribed open burns in state forests.

The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum will host the 2022 Hood River Fly-In at the Hood River Airport on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the hundreds of airplanes that are expect to arrive from across the country to visit this event.

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This summer, The Next Door’s (TNDI) Youth Services Department hosted a summer camp called Nature’s Greatest Strength (NGS) in collaboration with Juntos Afuera, Oregon State University’s (OSU) Extension Service’s program that encourages youth to learn about and celebrate Latino/a/x culture wh…

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