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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.

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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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PARKDALE — The Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast is one of 29 bed and breakfasts across the state of Oregon that have come together to draw a doodle map and encourage travelers to fill their tanks, hit the road, and seize the summer — one waterfall at a time.

Six of the seven Hood River County School Board members met at Parkdale Elementary July 14 for its regularly scheduled board meeting. The board unanimously elected Chrissy Reitz as new chair and Julia Garcia-Ramirez to continue as vice chair for the coming school year.

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At approximately 3:17 a.m., Hood River Police officers responded to a nuisance call regarding a subject yelling and throwing fireworks in the 100 block of E. State Street. Hood River Police responded to the area and found a male, later identified as Herbert Victor Blount, 38, of Tyrone, Ga.,…

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On July 3, Hood River Police Officer Sgt. Sal Rivera made a traffic stop on a 1982 Dodge pickup at the intersection of Highway 30 and Highway 35. The traffic stop was regarding a theft case Det. Erin Mason had been working on, according to a press release.

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Natural Grocers company, based in Lakewood, Colo., has decided not to open a new store in the old Hood River News building, 419 State St., according to Pamela Lipshitz, director of Public Relations for Natural Grocers. The store was due to open this July or August, and would have been their …

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Peace Corps volunteers are going door to door in The Dalles to spread the word about the mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic at St. Mary’s Academy. The clinic is only here through next Wednesday, July 14, and this is a final push to get the word out.

The Hood River Planning Commission June 21 approved a small development — two houses and eight townhouses — on the hillside on E. Eugene Street. The approval includes 47 conditions which must be met by the Portland developer, Inland Pacific Oregon, to continue the project.

The White Salmon Planning Commission has approved the city’s draft comprehensive plan with minor amendments. The 100-page document now proceeds to the White Salmon City Council for final approval and adoption.

4-H has been a large part of The Hood River County Fair, offering programs for Hood River youth since even the arrival of the Extension Service in 1911. The fair has always served as a showcase of a years’ worth of hard work and learning. In the early years, the superintendent of schools was…

June 23 was the last Hood River County School Board meeting for Board Chair Rich Truax, member at large, and Dr. David Russo, position 2. Neither ran for re-election in the May 18 general election. The two were recognized during the meeting for their commitment to the district.

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On July 3, Hood River Police Officer Sgt. Sal Rivera made a traffic stop on a 1982 Dodge pickup at the intersection of Highway 30 and Highway 35. The traffic stop was regarding a theft case Det. Erin Mason had been working on, according to a press release.

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Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum invites all to come see the action on Saturday, July 10 at the Ninth Annual Traffic Jam fundraising event.

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Hood River County School District (HRCSD) looks forward to continuing to work with three staff members who assumed new leadership roles within the school district beginning July 1. In addition, it welcomes a new transportation director who joined the team this June, just in time for supporti…

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Laurel Gallery, a new art gallery in historic downtown Hood River, joins the Gorge art community with a Grand Opening on Friday, July 9. Doors will open that day from 1-8 p.m. A reception will be held from 5-8 p.m.

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HOOD RIVER — Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn presented a draft of the 2026 Strategic Plan to the Hood River County School Board during the June 23 meeting.

Hood River County Commissioners on June 21 approved its $70.6 million budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year, including $28.2 million in unappropriated funds. Unappropriated funds are carried over from the previous year.

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Maintenance paving on I-84 thru July 9; Summer Reading at Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries; Habitat for Humanity accepting applications

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Drought and extreme heat create early fire warnings, firework bans and fires throughout the Columbia River Gorge.

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In the summer of 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy funded a project to bring environmentally clean transportation to the Gorge. Clean Rural Shared Electric Mobility (CRuSE) project is hoping to “demonstrate that round trip plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) car sharing can serve rural communit…

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Crystal Springs Water District will need to shut off the main transmission line for the entire District at 7 a.m. on July 6. Upper Valley customers will experience intermittent outages and low pressure. The outage should last for approximately four hours. Due to the loss of pressure, there i…

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HOOD RIVER — On Wednesday, June 30, just after 2 p.m. the Hood River County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a child missing in the water on the Columbia River at Nichols Boat Basin in Hood River. A 10-year-old girl from Portland fell out of an inflatable raft that she was riding in…

Hood River Valley High School’s class of 2021 has two Ford Scholar Program award recipients: Gisell Carabantes of Dee and Karla Barajas of Hood River. This fall, Carabantes will head to the University of Portland to study sociology with a criminology focus, and Barajas to the University of O…

The new Sohler Scholarship Fund, created by the family of the late George “Larry” Sohler, a community leader who passed away in March 2021, will provide scholarships for seniors at Hood River Valley High School beginning with the class of 2022 to pursue skilled vocational training. Sohler ha…

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Mill land that once supported the small community of Dee for more than 80 years is for sale, according to a listing with real estate broker Maui Meyer of Cooper West, in Hood River.

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Kicking off the second phase of the Hood River-White Salmon bridge replacement, the Port of Hood River’s Board of Commissioners on June 22 approved agreements that aim at managing and raising money for the estimated $400 million project.

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Hood River County Health Department gave a big thanks to all of the volunteers who helped Hood River County reach the 70% vaccination mark with a luncheon June 21 at Toll Bridge Park in Parkdale. Hood River remains a leader among the state.

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HOOD RIVER — Meleah Bauman has been selected as the new executive director for the Hood River County Education Foundation (HRCEF). She starts on July 1, succeeding Laurie Stephens, who has been the foundation’s executive director for the past five years.

HOOD RIVER — Catherine Dalbey, director of human resources, and Deputy George Economou, Hood River County Sheriff school resource deputy, presented the results of a multi-agency tabletop safety drill conducted May 27 in the Hood River Valley High School gym.

When recent Hood River Valley High School graduate Dora Plascencia-Macias applied to Stanford University, she thought of it as a “reach school” — that is, one that would be a stretch to attend.

Hood River Valley High School recognized the 34 valedictorians for the class of 2021 during graduation on June 11. Those honored are: Reid Blaine, Luka Paider, Griffin LaVigne, Taryn Schilling, Maranatha Beckman, Alejandro Morales Cernas, Emma Kelly, Dora Plascencia-Macias, Hailey Betts, Mir…

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HOOD RIVER — Forth is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the launch of The CRuSE Project, a program for community carsharing in Hood River, at 11 a.m. on June 24 at the Hood River Fire Department, 1785 Meyer Parkway.

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