Hood River County School Board met Sept. 8 at the Nathaniel Coe Administration Center, on what was the second day back in the classroom for most of the district’s sites.

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HOOD RIVER — At the Sept. 8 Hood River County School Board Meeting, members unanimously voted to approve an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) that would transfer the district’s Community Education recreation and sports programming to Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District.

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month. In a collaboration between Gorge Wellness Alliance, Survivors of Suicide Loss Support group, Hood River Valley High School, Columbia Gorge Community College, Hood River County Library and Hood River County Prevention Department, signs of hope …

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Hood River Valley scored with 28 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game and then won its Intermountain Conference football opener in overtime, 27-26, Saturday afternoon at Ridgeview High in Redmond.

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The ongoing surge COVID-19 , driven by the highly contagious delta variant, appears to have peaked in Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge, but hospitals, healthcare workers and emergency responders continue to see an increase in patients needing emergency and critical care.

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East Fork Irrigation District has hired Steve Pappas as its new district manager. Pappas is originally from John Day, and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Portland. He has worked for more than 20 years in the natural gas industry, overseeing and managing large pipeline p…

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The Mid-Columbia Association of REALTORS (MCAR) is sponsoring a Shred Day fundraiser benefitting Hood River Special Olympics this Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Rite Aid parking lot, 2049 W. Cascade Ave. in Hood River. Shred NW will have a document shredding vehicle i…

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HOOD RIVER — Now in its 30th year, the annual Columbia Gorge CROP Hunger Walk is going virtual to keep everyone safe and healthy during the pandemic. Walk alone, with immediate family or in small groups, keeping a safe distance apart.

HOOD RIVER — The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM), 1600 Air Museum Road, will host the 2021 Hood River Fly-in at the Hood River Airport on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11-12. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the hundreds of airplanes that are expect to arrive from a…

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HOOD RIVER — In response to a positive COVID-19 case within Columbia Center for the Arts, the center is announcing the following changes to the gallery schedule to enable full completion of quarantine, testing, and sanitation protocols:

In response to the rise in COVID cases throughout the Gorge, the Port of Hood River met virtually on August 24. Conversations centered around planned repairs and testing of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge and changes at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield. Engineers gave updates on the …

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In response to the rise in COVID cases throughout the Gorge, the Port of Hood River met virtually on August 24. Conversations centered around planned repairs and testing of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge and changes at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield. Engineers gave updates on the planning for replacement of lift span’s deteriorating wire ropes and live load testing related to the lowered weight limit imposed in March. Considerably far along on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Project Director Kevin Greenwood expects the final draft to be presented sometime early next year, after he announced a delay for the final EIS.

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When Casey Hardi and Zoe Mitchell met working at a little bakery in Davidson, Calif., they never would have imagined that, just a few years later, they would be living in Hood River with a backyard full of ducks, their own business and a booth at the farmers market.

“It’s been sort of a crazy ride,” Hardi said.

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The CDC issued a health advisory today about a rapid increase in ivermectin prescriptions — now up 24-fold over pre-pandemic levels — and reports of severe illness associated with use of ivermectin products to prevent or treat COVID-19, according to North Central Public Health (NCPHD) in The Dalles.

Ivermectin is not FDA approved for use in preventing or treating COVID, and has not been proven as a way to prevent or treat it. Calls to poison control centers have gone up nationwide as a result of people taking ivermectin improperly, NCPHD reported.

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When Suzanne Thomas was laid off from her position as an in-home caregiver, she really didn’t know what she was going to do. Being in her 50s, it almost felt too late to start over or go back to school. However, as a single woman, she knew she needed to make ends meet somehow.

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HOOD RIVER — Hood River County School District Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn shared the district’s operating and COVID precaution plans at the Aug. 25 board meeting. The first day of school will be Sept. 7.

“This year we start the year still gripped in a COVID pandemic,” Polkinghorn told the board in his opening remarks.

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Vaccination rates continue to rise steadily in Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties, but COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are also climbing as the surge in Delta variant COVID cases continues.

As of Friday morning, Aug. 27, MCMC had no open ICU beds, and 26 percent of its patient beds were taken by COVID positive patients. It has had to turn away ambulances due to increased volume in its ER. Also Friday, it re-instituted its policy of not allowing visitors due to the surge.

HOOD RIVER — On Aug. 10, a team from Protect Our Parks Hood River (POP) joined Mike Parziale, supervisor with Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation, for a Morrison Park clean-up. The morning’s primary goal was a major push to remove some of the heavy overgrowth of invasive blackberries at t…

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Riding dirt bikes through narrow trails and the steep hills of central Idaho, five women became the first all-female dirt bike team to complete the Great R’Idaho Trails Challenge. Kalyn Benaroya of Hood River, assembled a squad of dirt bike fanatics and small business owners to make history.

Hood River Valley High School hosted the annual Blue and Gold scrimmages on Friday August 20. Intra-squad games were held on the teams respective fields. Men’s and women’s soccer played at Westside Elementary, while the football team ran through some plays at Henderson Stadium, on the campus…

On Aug. 15, Hood River Police Officer Emelike Delancy made a traffic stop near the Marina Shell station. During the traffic stop, more than two pounds of methamphetamine, one ounce of heroin, two firearms and cash were seized. The firearms were possessed by a convicted felon. Three individua…

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John Andoh, assistant executive director at Columbia Area Transit, was fired by the board Wednesday, Aug. 18. Andoh began work under a probationary contract with the agency on May 1.

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The beginning of the new week brought a torrent of bad numbers that measure the skyrocketing spike in COVID-19 cases in Oregon.

Oregon’s hospitals continue to head toward unknown medical territory as the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients hit 937 in a report Monday, 37 more than Sunday. There 253 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds, up 22 from the day before.

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Hiking the short Hood River Pipeline Trail is to cross paths with history, stewardship, nature and modern art all mixed together into a unique, 2.8 mile adventure.

The out-and-back trail (officially the Hood River Penstock Flume Pipeline Trail) begins at the Powerdale Substation just upstream from downtown Hood River, with access via a short paved (mostly) access road off Highway 35 an estimated 1/2 mile from Interstate 84.

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Once again, as high summer temperatures enter the region, our houseless and most vulnerable community members are at extreme risk of heat and sun exposure that threatens their health and well-being.

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HOOD RIVER — The potential Westside Park is slowly becoming a reality for Hood River Parks and Recreation District. The 20-acre plot of land directly northwest of Westside Elementary School has been sitting mostly unoccupied for years. The Parks and Recreation organization is considering pur…

Hood River — City of Hood River residents could be smelling strange odors and seeing smoke associated with their household plumbing and the city sewer system during daylight hours Aug. 12-13 as city utility crews “smoke test” the system, according to a press release from the city’s utility d…

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Thrive Hood River, in the spirit of advocacy for equitable access to transportation and Safe Routes to School, partnered with Wy’east Middle School’s ExCEL Bike Club for its second annual Kids’ Bike Giveaway. Four students received new specialized mountain bikes provided at cost to Thrive by the Outride Foundation. Two additional bikes were donated by community members and teachers, so every bike club member had a bike of their own to ride over the summer.

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One Community Health is hosting a series of back to school health fairs to help kids catch up on their health care before the school year starts, according to a press release. The fairs will take place at One Community Health’s clinics in Hood River and The Dalles and are for kids ages 2-17.

HOOD RIVER — Leith Gaines is stepping down from her position as executive director at Columbia Center for the Arts. According to a press release, her resignation is effective Aug. 27.

La preparatoria de Hood River Valley está ofreciendo una academia de verano para estudiantes migrantes cuyas familias viven en viviendas temporales y trabajan en la industria agrícola. El especialista en participación familiar del distrito escolar del condado de Hood River, Jamie Rivera, dij…

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Since Friday, July 23 through late morning Friday, July 30, Wasco County has had 62 cases of COVID-19. More were coming in Friday afternoon.

Of those 62 cases, 55 were in unvaccinated people.

The Port of Cascade Locks has been allocated $1.3 million from the 2021 Oregon Legislature to support key projects and economic development in Cascade Locks. The funds were secured by Sen. Chuck Thomsen from American Recovery Act money that Oregon received and was made available for legislat…

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Hood River County School District Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn told the school board at its July 14 business meeting that 800 students are enrolled in summer school this year in an expanded program made possible by grant funding through the State of Oregon.

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