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Wy’east class of 1970 held its 50th plus 1 reunion Sept. 10-11. The class of 1970 was the last graduating class from Wy’east High School. Pictured are, bottom row, left to right, Tom Sheirbon, Eric Mortenson, Gary Willis, Loyd Dillenbeck, and Steve Curtiss; second row, Carol Hukari Garibay, …

HOOD RIVER — During the Nov. 10 meeting of the Hood River County School District Board of Directors, special recognition was given to military veterans who now work for HRCSD.


When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and classes were suddenly online, a lot of teachers found themselves thrust into different roles. Though many just went from teaching their subject in-person to teaching it in an online format, Jen Hart found herself teaching a new subject entirely.


HOOD RIVER — Hood River County School District Board Members approved an Oregon Department of Education Re-engagement Opportunity Grant of $240,000, received by Hood River Valley High School, at its Oct. 27 virtual board meeting.

Youth Outreach Worker Julio Cobb-Hernandez, center, with co-workers Paola Escobedo (left) and Jesica Campos (right), visited Hood River Middle School Oct. 19 and Hood River Valley High School Oct. 21 (pictured) to make pronoun buttons for students.

Last season, while most sports teams were on the benches due to COVID, the Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate Team continued to meet and compete virtually, attending more than 16 tournaments, many of them spanning two days and with weekend commitments. The team went on to become…

Gardening education and advice is needed now more than ever. The OSU Extension Master Gardener program is training new community educators in 2022, who will help provide advice and support for Oregon’s growing community of gardeners. Due to the COVID pandemic, training new Master Gardeners w…


HOOD RIVER — Protesters took to both sides of Eugene Street on Oct. 13 before the Hood River County School District Board Meeting at the Coe Administration Building.

HOOD RIVER — Hood River County School District was notified Aug. 19 that Gov. Kate Brown had issued a new directive legally requiring all K-12 school district staff, substitutes and volunteers to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18.

Dr. Marta Yera Cronin, president of Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC), has chosen to be part of Presidents for Latino Student Success and the Excelencia in Action network, according to a press release from CGCC.

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Hood River County Early Childhood Committee’s Drive-Thru Children’s Fair, held at River of Life Assembly on Oct. 2 “was a huge success,” said organizer Terri Vann, with 18 agencies present and more than 150 children served. The health department gave 23 flu shots and a COVID vaccine, and Pro…

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The board of directors for Hood River County School District (HRCSD) have adjusted two protocols for school board meetings. The school district will implement these revised protocols on Wednesday, Oct. 13, when the board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Nathaniel Coe Administration Center.

Attending the 50th (plus one) class reunion for Hood River High School class of 1970 — the last graduating class from HRHS — are, first row, left to right: Ron Halvorson, Marlene Colclesser Clymer, Barb Vogt, Jan Mellenthin, Pam Bagley Hoikka, Julie Jensen Cantrell, Karen Talley Owings, Mart…

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.


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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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.

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…

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…


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.

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.

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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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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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.

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

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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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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Graduated seniors at Hood River Valley High School throw their caps into a blue sky as commencement ceremonies conclude Friday evening, June 11. A heavy rain shower greeted family and friends gathered for the ceremony, but as the senior class prepared to take their places, the rain ended and…

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

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE), in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, has named Jim Donnelly, Hood River Valley High School teacher, a Regional Educator of the Year. The award celebrates knowledge, dedication, innovation, and leadership.

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