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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…

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.

Oregon Cultural Trust ( 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…

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.


HOOD RIVER — Volunteers in Action is back with a new name and location, but its mission is the same: To assist seniors in remaining at home for as long as possible.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, gyms and fitness centers were some of those hit hardest by the closures, with stricter regulations than many other types of businesses. For some of these facilities, these closures ended up becoming permanent, as they were unable to recover.

Members of the Parkdale Garden Club will hold an ice cream social at the Parkdale Memorial Garden, located at the intersection of Baseline Road and Dee Highway in Parkdale, on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 1-4 p.m.

Wilinda Blueberry Patch, 730 Frankton Road, Hood River, has opened for the season — and proceeds will provide surgeries for women suffering from obstetric fistulas.

Thrive Hood River held its third annual Kids Bike Giveaway throughout June and July. Along with community partners evo and Mt. View Cycles, the group delivered 11 bikes to local kids in Hood River County.

Round Room, LLC, the nation’s largest Verizon Authorized Retailer, announces that its TCC and Wireless Zone stores are donating 140,000 backpacks full of school supplies in the upcoming milestone 10th annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. In its 10 years of occurrence, the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway has provided more than 1.2 million backpacks full of school supplies to children across the U.S. as they prepare for their upcoming school years.


BINGEN — Mount Adams Fruit, a family-owned and operated fruit company based in the Pacific Northwest since 1909, has entered into a deal to acquire the majority of the Oregon pear assets formerly owned by Stadelman Fruit Company LLC, based in Zillah, Wash., from the S.S. Steiner Company.


A group of Bridge Replacement Project representatives will travel to Washington, D.C. next week to advocate for funds to be directed to the new Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge. Mike Fox, Hood River Port Commission and Bi-State Working Group chair; Kate McBride, mayor of Hood River;…

HOOD RIVER — Overwatch Imaging received a Business Oregon matching grant of more than $45,000, backed with Oregon Lottery funds, to help design, build and test upgraded search and rescue technology for maritime environments.

The staff, board of directors, and Capital Funds Campaign Committee for the Hood River Valley Adult Center recently announced that Business Oregon has awarded $987,299 from the Oregon Community Block Grant program for replacement of the aging kitchen at the center.

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On June 30, Derek and Domonique Krentz, owners of Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon and Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel in Goldendale, retired from the funeral industry after 26 years.

HOOD RIVER — Horizon Christian School graduate Augustina “Gus” Decker has been accepted into the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. On Saturday, June 11, she ended her high school career and began her next big endeavor. Director of Admission Liaison Officer in the sta…

The Hood River Rotary awarded 12 high school seniors scholarships totaling $38,200 at The Best Western Plus Hood River Inn on June 2. Hood River Rotary raises the money for scholarships for local high school seniors that will be attending college primarily through their annual fall golf tour…

The Oregon Department of Education (ODOT) awarded Hood River County School District (HRCSD) a Safe Routes to School education (non-infrastructure) grant for the federal fiscal years of 2023 and 2024. The total award amount over this two-year period is $100,000 plus up to $50,000 toward help …

The History Museum of Hood River County and Big Britches Productions have learned that the video documentary, Cemetery Tales 2021, was selected as a Telly Winner in the 43rd Annual Telly Awards.


HOOD RIVER — The school shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24 was very much on the minds of administrators, board members and the lone public commenter at the June 1 Hood River County School District board meeting, held in person at Hood River Valley High School.

Cascade Farm and Outdoor — Bi-Mart’s employee-owned farm and outdoor division — opens its newest store in Hood River June 15. It is their third store in Oregon, and fourth store in the northwest.

Downtown in The Dalles, nestled away on Second Street, there’s a narrow storefront that might catch your eye as a type of store you don’t see very often nowadays. With a spinning record in the window and a name taken from a Beatles song, Yesterday and Today evokes the feeling of a different era.

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Once again, Hood River Valley High School will offer the students the chance to earn credit and have great experiences during the summer from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 11-29.

HOOD RIVER ­— On March 23, President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced $2.9 billion available in funding opportunities for major infrastructure projects under Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Multimodal Projects Discretionary Grant (MPDG) program. P…


HOOD RIVER — After two years of parking lot pickups, FISH Food Bank is readying for the full reopening of in-person self-shopping on June 1.


Brad Gaylord, new sexton at Idlewilde Cemetery in Hood River, is preparing for his first Memorial Day in that role.


HOOD RIVER — “Possibilities” was the theme of the May 11 Hood River County School Board meeting, held in person at the Nathaniel Coe Administration Center.

The Hood River Farmers Market opened for the season on May 7 and returns each Saturday through November from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Fifth and Columbia parking lot across from Full Sail Brewing.

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