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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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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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Do you care about social and environmental justice? Do you have an interest in being in intentional community while contributing to a larger vision? Are you trying to discern future next steps in your life?

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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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The City of Hood River Public Works Department, park advocates and neighborhood volunteers worked to remove what a neighbor described as “a mountain of trash” from an abandoned, unauthorized campsite at Morrison Park in the city of Hood River last week.

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Hood River County Prevention Department and Hood River County School District are working together to destigmatize mental health issues and prevent suicide.

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HOOD RIVER — The expected omicron surge is here, but the focus remains on keeping students in classrooms, Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn told Hood River County School Board members at the Jan. 26 virtual meeting.

HOOD RIVER — Join Mt. Adams Institute for a virtual Sense of Place event, “A Model of Health A History of Community Health Workers in the Gorge,” on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

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HOOD RIVER — A new Curative COVID-19 PCR testing site is now open to anyone looking for no-cost testing. Located in the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn parking lot (1108 E. Marina Drive, Hood River), the testing booth is open to the general public. The site is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon…

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HOOD RIVER — COVID-19, and the fast-moving omicron variant, was the focus of Hood River County School District Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn’s opening communication at the Jan. 12 school board meeting.

There’s a new E-Bike owner in the Gorge! The winning ticket for a 2021 Cube Town Sport Hybrid One 400 E-Bike was drawn on Nov. 1 at the Hood River Valley Adult Center. And the winner is … David Meriwether of Hood River. After winning this E-Bike, Meriwether gave it to his grandson, Dash Meri…

Hood River Soroptimist’s “Holiday Delivery” team went to FISH Food Bank on Wednesday, Dec. 15 to drop off feminine hygiene and bath supplies. Pictured are, kneeling, Barbara Young, and, left to right, Lynna Beaman, Kym Zanmiller, Pennie Burns, Linda Gleeson, Lynda Dallman and Linda Chamberlain.

Hood River County School District is working to strengthen partnerships with families and community members — as well as reopen district sites, a challenging task in this time of COVID.

Hood River Rotary demonstrated its ongoing support with a new sign on the front of the FISH Food Bank. Volunteers from the Rotary Club have been working since March 18, 2020, to help their community. Paul Crowley and a team of 14 volunteers work three days a week to organize and distribute f…

When Hood River Valley High School English teacher Hunter Scholtz saw a student walking home in the rain, he wanted to offer a ride to the student, but rules against giving students a ride home from school made him hesitate. The student had to walk a couple miles from home to school each way…

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HOOD RIVER — It wasn’t until Gisela Ayala Echeverria started kindergarten about two decades ago that her family realized she needed glasses.

Her parents are farmworkers and didn’t know where they could receive eye care. While they were eventually referred to a local doctor’s office, the provider didn’t speak Spanish. Despite her young age, she had to provide unofficial interpretation services between her parents and the provider as she had her vision checked.

Now, Ayala Echeverria is determined to ensure others have better — and more culturally appropriate — access to eye care so other families don’t have to go through what hers did.

She is among nine community health workers from Hood River’s One Community Health who were the first to receive training on the basics of eye health in November as part of a statewide effort to improve eye care access for the state’s under-served and under-insured residents.

Called the Oregon Vision Health Network, the effort involves OHSU’s Casey Community Outreach Program growing partnerships with community clinics across the state. OHSU will train local community health workers and clinical staff as vision health navigators who will help local residents determine if they need glasses or if they might have common sight-threatening diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. In addition, OHSU will provide its partner community clinics and their navigators ongoing support and resources, with the ultimate goal of addressing Oregon’s vision health inequities.

“This statewide network provides local health leaders with the knowledge they need to prevent eye issues and preserve vision in their community,” said Mitchel Brinks, M.D., M.P.H., medical director of the OHSU outreach program and associate professor of ophthalmology in the OHSU School of Medicine. “We’re honored to work alongside community health clinics to better meet underserved Oregonians’ eye health needs right in their own backyards.”

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Ayala Echeverria is part of One Community Health’s preventative health team, which offers education and support for patients living with chronic illness. At least 500 of the clinic’s patients have diabetes, which can lead to vision-threatening issues if it isn’t controlled. She plans to use the information she learned at the training to help her fellow community members better understand their eye health risks and prevent conditions such as diabetic retinopathy.

In addition to training local clinic staff, the Oregon Vision Health Network will bring advanced eye imaging equipment that uses a technology called Optical Coherence Tomography, or OCT, to up to eight partner clinics. OCT, which takes a quick cross-dimensional scan of the eye’s interior, provides a non-invasive way to diagnose and inform the treatment of eye diseases such as macular degeneration.

Community clinic staff will operate the OCT equipment locally, and send the resulting images to OHSU Casey Eye Institute ophthalmologists in Portland, who will then review and provide recommendations for the clinics’ patients.

In December, One Community Health in Hood River is expected to become the first partner clinic to receive this equipment.

Being a network partner allows One Community Health to expand the services it offers its 18,000 patients, about 64% of whom are on Medicaid or uninsured and about 40% of whom speak Spanish. The federally qualified health center currently offers behavioral health, primary medical care and dental services. Soon, it will also offer some basic eye health services at its Hood River clinic as well as at its mobile health clinics.

Although they won’t provide advanced eye care in house, they will help connect their patients with local eye providers if needed. One Community Health aims to help its patients understand their risks and take preventative steps now, so specialized care isn’t needed later.

“This creates a new level of access for our community,” said Gladys Rivera, One Community Health’s director of preventative health. “When you screen a patient ahead of time, you can treat eye issues early and prevent blindness.”

Throughout the Oregon Vision Health Network’s first five years, patients will receive care for free. The equipment and infrastructure needed to make this possible is supported by two generous gifts, totaling $3.25 million, that were jointly given to the OHSU Casey Community Outreach Program by philanthropist Heather Killough and the Roundhouse Foundation in early 2021.

The Oregon Vision Health Network expands the OHSU Casey Eye Institute’s efforts to end preventable blindness. The OHSU Casey Community Outreach Program’s mobile eye clinic has provided free eye exams to more than 10,000 Oregonians in every corner of the state since 2010. But while the OHSU mobile clinic can only visit each community about every 1.5-2 years, trained community health workers and clinical staff can screen local residents for eye diseases year-round.

Soroptimist, in partnership with the Hood River Valley Adult Center, is launching its annual collection of feminine hygiene supplies for women and girls in need. Donations of tampons, pads, shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste are being collected inside the Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place,…

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Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital is accepting nominations through Friday, Dec. 3 for the annual Heart of Gold event, taking place March 5.

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Prepare yourself and your loved ones for the holidays by getting vaccinated if you haven’t already, or plan to get a booster dose if you are eligible. Beginning this week, there will be a drive-thru vaccine clinic at the Hood River Marina that can accommodate 1st, 2nd, and 3rd doses and boos…

The Hood River City Council approved two separate contracts for construction upgrades at the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) at the Hood River Waterfront location. The newly hired City Manager, Abigail Elder, was in attendance for her first meeting since stepping into the position. Tempora…

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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.

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.

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Online registrations for the 2021 Hood River County Christmas Project will start Wednesday, Oct. 27 and continue through Nov. 27. The program assists with food and children’s gifts for Hood River County families in need during the Christmas holiday.

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The Hood River Shelter Services (HRSS) has found a new place to call home and is shifting operations to 1733 Oak St. in Hood River. The Mid-Columbia Community Action Council (MCCAC) received funding from a federal Emergency Solutions Grant that will support site development and cover staffin…

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