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Former Haven From Domestic Violence Executive Director Tara Koch, who is currently accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the non-profit organization, was publicly indicted via Webex on Monday, Aug. 1, at 9:45 a.m.

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HOOD RIVER — While most kids were out enjoying the rides, eating cotton candy and soaking in the sun, FFA (Future Farmers of America) and 4-H member Abby Kahler was busy taking care of her market swine and goat. She spent most of the week keeping them cool during the recent heat wave that sw…

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.

Members of the Parkdale Garden Club will hold an ice cream social at the Parkdale Memorial Garden, located at the intersection of Baseline Road and Dee Highway in Parkdale, on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 1-4 p.m.

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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SALEM — A bill passed by the Oregon legislature that would dedicate a highway in honor of Oregon Japanese American World War II veterans was signed by Gov. Kate Brown in March. With Brown’s signature on Senate Bill 1509, State Highway 35 will be dedicated on Aug. 13 as the Oregon Nisei Veterans World War II Memorial Highway.

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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.

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ODELL — The Hood River County Fair, 3020 Wy’east Road, opens today, Wednesday, July 27, and fairgoers will notice a change in admission pricing.

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HOOD RIVER — Bridge engineers and inspection crews from ODOT contractor David Evans & Associates will be on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate bridge Tuesday through Thursday, July 26-28 to conduct the ODOT-required bridge inspections.

Hood River County School District held its first board meeting for the 2022-2023 school year on July 13 at Parkdale Elementary School. All seven members were present for the in-person meeting.

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BINGEN — Mount Adams Fruit, a family-owned and operated fruit company based in the Pacific Northwest since 1909, has entered into a deal to acquire the majority of the Oregon pear assets formerly owned by Stadelman Fruit Company LLC, based in Zillah, Wash., from the S.S. Steiner Company.

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A group of Bridge Replacement Project representatives will travel to Washington, D.C. next week to advocate for funds to be directed to the new Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge. Mike Fox, Hood River Port Commission and Bi-State Working Group chair; Kate McBride, mayor of Hood River;…

HOOD RIVER — Overwatch Imaging received a Business Oregon matching grant of more than $45,000, backed with Oregon Lottery funds, to help design, build and test upgraded search and rescue technology for maritime environments.

As the Hood River County Library District develops its priorities for the next five years, community members are invited to share thoughts to help determine its future areas of focus.

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.

The Hood River County School District (HRCSD) Board of Education will vote to appoint Rolland Hayden as the next principal of Hood River Middle School on Wednesday, July 13, in its board meeting.

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Accessible, affordable, and reliable internet is an essential piece of infrastructure for residents, communities, and businesses. To fulfill this goal, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) has been working closely with the Wasco County Broadband Action Team to develop the Mid-Columbia Broadband Speed Survey. The survey is now open and available for public participation for residents and businesses in Hood River, Wasco, and Sherman counties in Oregon and Klickitat and Skamania counties in Washington.

Seeding Justice, a funder of groups fighting for racial and social justice in Oregon, has received a $25,000 gift from the Portland Trail Blazers to help grow the Reproductive Health Equity Fund.

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Jen Dillard Real Estate Team has announced that their brokerage, The Hasson Co., has merged with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.

“This partnership brings together two of the biggest real estate firms in Oregon that will now operate as Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty,” said a press release.

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Washington Gorge Action Programs (WAGAP) is partnering with Mid-Columbia Community Action Council (MCCAC) and other agencies and nonprofits to provide Emergency Cooling Shelters and relief from unhealthy air quality events for vulnerable populations during this summer’s expected extreme conditions.

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On June 30, Derek and Domonique Krentz, owners of Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon and Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel in Goldendale, retired from the funeral industry after 26 years.

Hood River P.E.O. generates scholarship funds through an annual multi-family yard sale. This year’s yard sale will be Friday and Saturday, July 8-9, at the Pine Grove Grange, 2835 Van Horn Drive, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will include everything from household items to recreational equi…

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Entertainment Update is a weekly listing of live performances happening in our communities. Submit entries by email to Jacob Bertram at jacobb@gorgenews.com, or call 541-296-2141 ext. 106. Entries are free of charge and are published as space permits.

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Washougal Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, located and captured escaped inmate Cody Alan Bliss, 28, of Carson.

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HOOD RIVER — On Monday, June 13, the Gorge region’s entire federal congressional delegation sent a letter to United State Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg expressing unanimous support for the Port of Hood River and Klickitat County’s joint grant application to help fund replacement of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge.

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After two years of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the traditional Fourth of July community celebrations are back for 2022.

Pre-Fourth fun begins Saturday, July 2 in The Dalles on Fourth and Federal streets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with music, food, vendors and kids’ activities presented by First Interstate Bank.

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On June 18 at approximately 11:57 a.m., the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a deceased person, floating in the water, at or near the Fish Hatchery at the inlet of the Little White Salmon River at Drano Lake.

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