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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, renowned for his annual town halls in Oregon, staged his April 3 town hall virtually from Hood River’s port offices. Wyden answered Hood River County residents’ questions ranging from the local impact of President Biden’s Build Back Better infrastructure bill now bein…

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HOOD RIVER — In the past decade, the  the City of Hood River, located attractively between the lush Columbia River Gorge and the Cascade Mountains recreation areas, has seen its residential home prices skyrocket, pricing middle income locals out of the market. To encourage developers to buil…

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Large groups of people are newly eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5, including frontline workers and their age-eligible family members living with them, and those 16 and older with underlying health conditions as defined by the CDC.

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A first alarm structure fire was reported on the morning of Tuesday, March 23 at the 2600 block of Wy’east Road in Odell. All Hood River County fire agencies responded to the blaze. Wy’East Fire Chief Greg Borton said the structure was fully involved on one side when firefighters arrived on …

A contingent of about 60 people, including Hood River County School District teachers and supporters, gather Wednesdays at 4 p.m. at Overlook Memorial Park to present their case to the public over negotiations for a Hood River Education Association contract, which expired a year ago. The dis…

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Join Mt. Adams Institute for a virtual Sense of Place event, “The Legacy & Promise of Land Grant Universities and Oregon State University Extension in the Gorge,” March 10 at 7 p.m. on Zoom featuring Ann Harris.

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As Bingen-based SDS Lumber Company prepares to sell their corporate assets, local groups are likewise preparing to engage the community in an effort to bring about awareness of the potential impacts the sale could have in the Gorge region.

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The City of Mosier has secured a $750,000 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to construct a plaza, public restrooms and a "bike hub."

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Water usage by Google, especially as it relates to two new proposed data centers in The Dalles, is currently being negotiated between Google LLC and the City of The Dalles, and details of that agreement will be made public when negotiations are complete, Mayor Rich Mays said during the publi…

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UPDATED March 4 to clarify that Google (Design LLC) could choose to develop only only one project, or none; and that the Community Service Fee distribution is decided among the taxing districts, but the districts could choose to distribute those funds in any manner.

A wide range of special taxing districts — ports, school districts, fire districts and others — will be on the May 18 Hood River County Special Districts election ballot for the purpose of electing members, commissioners or directors. The election will conducted by mail.

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The state’s switch of Hood River’s coronavirus rating from Extreme up to High Risk two weeks ago allows some indoor seating for the first time in months and opened up limited opportunities for Hood River County restaurants.

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The Hood River County Library District, Library Foundation and Friends of the Library are launching a fundraising campaign for the Library District to purchase a bookmobile. The Library District is excited to support Hood River County with the services a mobile library can provide, according…

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Hood River — Starting Feb. 1, the Hood River County Library District went fine free for all patrons. “Fine free” means that patrons will not be fined daily for overdue materials. This change is a part of an institutional movement from libraries nationwide, guided by the recommendations of th…

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Because of this thoughtful and caring community, The Next Door’s year-end fundraising campaign had its most successful year yet, raising over $187,000. 

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Many know OF the garden, but most don’t know ABOUT the garden. Let me start at the very beginning ... there were once two Hood River churches, Asbury United Methodist Church and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, that decided to join forces to become Spirit of Grace Church. Located at 1140 Tucker…

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Starting Feb. 1, the Hood River County Library District is going fine free for all patrons. “Fine free” means that patrons will not be fined daily for overdue materials. This change is a part of an institutional movement from libraries nationwide, guided by the recommendations of the America…

Beginning the week of Jan. 25, Hood River County School District plans to offer limited in-person instruction (LIPI) to eligible students within Hood River County.

Gorge residents are invited to participate in a celebration of the life, work and dreams of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — virtually — on Monday, Jan. 18. The theme of this year’s celebration, sponsored by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM), is a paraphrased quote by Dr. King: “We are tied…

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Doug Kelly started Dec. 1 as Chief Administrative Officer and Fire Marshal for West Side Fire District, succeeding Jim Trammell, who has retired from fire service after 50 years.

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A group of businesses in Wasco County have been strategizing and preparing for a legal battle as they seek to challenge the governor’s order restricting indoor gatherings due to COVID-19.

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Five women wearing down jackets and gloves spread out across a patio on May Street in Hood River. They lunge and squat as a child watches curiously from the back of a passing tandem bike.

On Dec. 4-5, the Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate Team competed at the Virtual Holiday Edge Cleveland/Clackamas Tournament. There were 46 schools from around the state attending, with 583 entries. It is the largest tournament in the state.

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Washington, D.C. — Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) delivered farewell remarks on the House Floor.

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When Dr. Lynn Orr was interviewed by Hood River News in October 2015, shortly after arriving in her new job as director of The History Museum of Hood River County, she said, “I’ve always been captivated by the physical presence of objects and the stories they tell ... the time they were made…

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The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, has announced Oregon’s 2021 Regional Teachers of the Year.

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The annual Hood River County Christmas Lighted Truck Parade will take place Dec. 7 in the Odell area, Dec. 8 in Parkdale and Dee, in Hood River on Dec. 9, and new this year, in Cascade Locks on Dec. 10, all from 6-9 p.m.

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Judge Paul Crowley of Hood River, who served Gorge communities for more than 22 years as an Oregon District and Circuit Court judge before retiring in 2014, has been awarded the Oregon Senior Judge of the Year award by the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. 

The Gratitude University community project is about to publish an on-line book honoring essential and frontline workers and “unsung heroes,”  and submissions are needed this week, “expressing your gratitude for them and their work,” said GU founder Sara Rose Donahue of Parkdale.

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