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.

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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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The Hood River City Council has appointed Will Norris interim city manager beginning July 1, current City Manager Rachael Fuller’s last day. Norris has been the city’s finance director and assistant city manager since 2016.

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Gorge Youth Mentoring (GYM), a program of The Next Door, announces its summer-time virtual fundraiser: GYM Gets You Moving!

Valerie Bruggeman, 18, is the first student to be awarded the Ford Scholar Program award at Horizon Christian School, Hood River, since 2014. Bruggeman is a two-sport athlete, playing soccer and track and field, competing in the sprint, pole vault and relay events. She will attend George Fox…

HOOD RIVER — Hood River County School District Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn and department heads Catherine Dalbey, Bill Newton, Anne Carloss and Patricia Ortega-Cooper presented an update on the district’s equity plan at the May 26 board meeting.

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HOOD RIVER — Hood River Valley High School will double the size of its summer school program and offer students more options to regain credit, participate in experiential learning classes, and get back on track for graduation this year.

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The progress of the Bi-State Working Group had Port of Hood River Board of Commissioners in a self-congratulatory mood June 1.

The Hood River and Cascade Locks branches are open for Library Express Services. Patrons are invited into the buildings for 30 minutes. They can pick up holds, browse for books, or use a public computer. No appointment needed! There are occupancy limits in the Children’s Library in Hood Rive…

Port of Hood River’s Board of Commissioners June 1 considered renewing a three-year contract with Kevin Greenwood, the Hood River-White Salmon bridge replacement project director since 2018 (results unavailable by press time).

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Hood River’s Heights-area residents and users said they want a livable community with improvements that balance safety with business access and mixed-use development.

The Central Gorge Master Gardener Association has selected four Master Gardeners as recipients of the Master Gardener of the Year and Behind the Scenes Awards for their contributions to the OSU Extension Central Gorge Master Gardener program.

Hood River — Residents near the Ken Jernstedt Airfield may get a little noise relief this summer, thanks to a quieter propeller on the tow plane used by the Hood River Soaring group. The non-profit organization uses gliders to provide pilot training and sport gliding staged from a Glider Por…

HOOD RIVER — Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) has installed its newest child advocates: Tori Ratliff, Kathy Nishimoto, and Monica Carson, Hood River; Carol Goter, Mosier; and Brigitte Barnes, Stevenson.

The radio stations of Bicoastal Media, Gills Point S Tire and Auto, Ray Schultens Motors, Washington Gorge Action Program, Car Stereo Specialists, and Columbia Veterinary Hospital are teaming up for the seventh year to help a Columbia Gorge family in need. Wheels of Hope will provide a strug…

After three years of looking for the perfect buyers, Peggy Thompson, founder and owner of Hood River Coffee Roasters, has sold the business to Mike and Susie Margotta of Birmingham, Ala. She’s spent the past three months helping the Margottas with the transition.

On April 23, students and staff from Horizon Christian School took a fieldtrip to Ken Jernsted Airfield to visit with Hood River Soaring pilots.

HOOD RIVER — Visit Hood River opened a visitor center and office within common area space at the History Museum of Hood River County, located at 300 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood River, on May 1. The visitor center reopening is a significant leap forward for Visit Hood River, following a year o…

Despite pandemic challenges, many of Hood River’s waterfront activities and river sports are resuming this summer, and in some cases, expanding. For example, the Port of Hood River Board of Commissioners last month approved a use agreement with a new sailboat charter company that will begin …

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Hood River — Hood River residents have until May 20 to participate in a survey about plans to build affordable homes and apartments on the city-owned seven-acre site along Rand Road, at the west end. The city will include community comments in its development plans, due for completion in June.

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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.

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.


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 …


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.

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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:

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 …

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…

Staying strong can mean many things — physically, psychologically, emotionally strong. We’ve heard from the experts that exercise is one of the important ways we can maintain fitness, health and vitality. But finding the right program that fits our lifestyle and abilities as we age can be ve…

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