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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…

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…

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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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.

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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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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…

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.

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.

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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 …

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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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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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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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.

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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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