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HOOD RIVER — Nurses who work at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital were joined by members of the Oregon Nursing Association (ONA) during an “informational picket” in front of Providence Hood River on Thursday, Sept. 15. Labor representatives, current and former nurses and residents stood at the intersection of 12th and May Street  with signs in support of ONA members during ongoing union negotiations with Providence.

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This summer, The Next Door’s (TNDI) Youth Services Department hosted a summer camp called Nature’s Greatest Strength (NGS) in collaboration with Juntos Afuera, Oregon State University’s (OSU) Extension Service’s program that encourages youth to learn about and celebrate Latino/a/x culture wh…

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Hood River County Prevention Department Director Belinda Ballah, right, discusses the county’s community health survey with Public Health Project Manager Daron Ryan, Hood River County Health Department. They were two of the public resource booths available to families at Wy’east Middle Schoo…

After receiving the Oregon Department of Education (ODOT) Safe Routes to School grant in June, Megan Ramey was named the manager of the program for Hood River County School District (HRCSD). Ramey is the mother of a HRCSD student and is an advocate for safe routes to school.

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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.

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Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC) and Adventist Health announced today, Aug. 11, the approval of a non-binding letter of intent for MCMC to join Adventist Health. If finalized, MCMC would become part of Adventist Health’s Oregon Network, which includes other medical centers in Portland and Tillamook and more than 47 other clinics.

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.

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.

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On July 16, Oregon launched a new suicide and crisis lifeline (988) that will connect people in need of behavioral health crisis support in Oregon and nationwide to care and support, according to a press release from Oregon Health Authority.

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As high summer temperatures entered the region Monday, July 25, houseless and other vulnerable community members are at extreme risk of heat and sun exposure that threatens their health and well-being. In response, Mid-Columbia Community Action Council (MCCAC) has partnered with the City of Hood River, St. Vincent DePaul of The Dalles, Hood River Alliance Church, North Central Public Health District, Wasco County, Hood River County Emergency Management, Hood River Public Health, Columbia Area Transit, and LINK Public Transit to offer Cooling Centers options and transportation for community members who are experiencing unsheltered houselessness.

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.

HOOD RIVER — For the past three months, Protect Our Parks (POP) Hood River volunteers have worked with Hood River Valley Parks and Rec District employees in Morrison Park to reduce wildfire danger to nearby neighborhoods and restore the park.

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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.

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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.

The Hood River Lions Club recently challenged the community to participate in generating funds to support Ukrainian refugees with immediate relief items including food, clothing, sleeping bags and medicine. In addition, bottles and cans collected and recycled during a two-week period in Apri…

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.

The Columbia Gorge Pride Alliance, once a standalone organization, is now a program of The Next Door.

Sometime in February, Jacquie Barone began planting 29 varieties of tomato seeds in her heated greenhouse. And by April, she had more than 350 healthy plants awaiting new homes.

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On Tuesday, May 3, a Pro Roe Rally in response to the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion signaling the potential end of Roe v Wade took place at 5 p.m. at Overlook Memorial Park in Hood River. 

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

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Amy Mallett, executive director of Hood River Valley Adult Center, has received the Local Service Provider Champion Award from the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

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HOOD RIVER — Fresh off her back-to-back gold medals in the 2021 ICF Stand Up Paddleboard World Championships, Fiona Wylde has returned to Hood River to accomplish something arguably more important than any SUP race: Teaching water safety.

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Join Thunder Island Brewing Company, 601 N.W. WaNaPa St., Cascade Locks, in supporting Helping Hands Against Violence on April 20 from 5-9 p.m. For every drink purchased during this time — alcoholic and nonalcoholic — Thunder Island will donate $1 to Helping Hands Against Violence and their …

HOOD RIVER — In the Pacific Northwest where cultural diversity may be hard to come by, Local Rhoots and owner Sam Rodgers are trying to change that with food. Some may see cooking as a chore, but Rodgers sees cooking and food as an avenue to bridge cultural differences.

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Hood River County Health Department issued a press release March 30 encouraging community members to continue to take precautions as statewide mask mandates are lifted and students return to classes after the Spring Break holiday.

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El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Hood River emitió un comunicado de prensa el 30 de marzo alentando a los miembros de la comunidad a continuar tomando precauciones a medida que se levantan los mandatos de máscaras en todo el estado y los estudiantes regresan a clases después de las va…

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