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East Fork Irrigation District has hired Steve Pappas as its new district manager. Pappas is originally from John Day, and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Portland. He has worked for more than 20 years in the natural gas industry, overseeing and managing large pipeline p…

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The Mid-Columbia Association of REALTORS (MCAR) is sponsoring a Shred Day fundraiser benefitting Hood River Special Olympics this Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Rite Aid parking lot, 2049 W. Cascade Ave. in Hood River. Shred NW will have a document shredding vehicle i…

In response to the rise in COVID cases throughout the Gorge, the Port of Hood River met virtually on August 24. Conversations centered around planned repairs and testing of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge and changes at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield. Engineers gave updates on the …

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In response to the rise in COVID cases throughout the Gorge, the Port of Hood River met virtually on August 24. Conversations centered around planned repairs and testing of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge and changes at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield. Engineers gave updates on the planning for replacement of lift span’s deteriorating wire ropes and live load testing related to the lowered weight limit imposed in March. Considerably far along on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Project Director Kevin Greenwood expects the final draft to be presented sometime early next year, after he announced a delay for the final EIS.

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When Casey Hardi and Zoe Mitchell met working at a little bakery in Davidson, Calif., they never would have imagined that, just a few years later, they would be living in Hood River with a backyard full of ducks, their own business and a booth at the farmers market.

“It’s been sort of a crazy ride,” Hardi said.

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The CDC issued a health advisory today about a rapid increase in ivermectin prescriptions — now up 24-fold over pre-pandemic levels — and reports of severe illness associated with use of ivermectin products to prevent or treat COVID-19, according to North Central Public Health (NCPHD) in The Dalles.

Ivermectin is not FDA approved for use in preventing or treating COVID, and has not been proven as a way to prevent or treat it. Calls to poison control centers have gone up nationwide as a result of people taking ivermectin improperly, NCPHD reported.

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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 — On Aug. 10, a team from Protect Our Parks Hood River (POP) joined Mike Parziale, supervisor with Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation, for a Morrison Park clean-up. The morning’s primary goal was a major push to remove some of the heavy overgrowth of invasive blackberries at t…

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Riding dirt bikes through narrow trails and the steep hills of central Idaho, five women became the first all-female dirt bike team to complete the Great R’Idaho Trails Challenge. Kalyn Benaroya of Hood River, assembled a squad of dirt bike fanatics and small business owners to make history.

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…

On Aug. 15, Hood River Police Officer Emelike Delancy made a traffic stop near the Marina Shell station. During the traffic stop, more than two pounds of methamphetamine, one ounce of heroin, two firearms and cash were seized. The firearms were possessed by a convicted felon. Three individua…

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John Andoh, assistant executive director at Columbia Area Transit, was fired by the board Wednesday, Aug. 18. Andoh began work under a probationary contract with the agency on May 1.

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Hiking the short Hood River Pipeline Trail is to cross paths with history, stewardship, nature and modern art all mixed together into a unique, 2.8 mile adventure.

The out-and-back trail (officially the Hood River Penstock Flume Pipeline Trail) begins at the Powerdale Substation just upstream from downtown Hood River, with access via a short paved (mostly) access road off Highway 35 an estimated 1/2 mile from Interstate 84.

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HOOD RIVER — The potential Westside Park is slowly becoming a reality for Hood River Parks and Recreation District. The 20-acre plot of land directly northwest of Westside Elementary School has been sitting mostly unoccupied for years. The Parks and Recreation organization is considering pur…

Hood River — City of Hood River residents could be smelling strange odors and seeing smoke associated with their household plumbing and the city sewer system during daylight hours Aug. 12-13 as city utility crews “smoke test” the system, according to a press release from the city’s utility d…

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Thrive Hood River, in the spirit of advocacy for equitable access to transportation and Safe Routes to School, partnered with Wy’east Middle School’s ExCEL Bike Club for its second annual Kids’ Bike Giveaway. Four students received new specialized mountain bikes provided at cost to Thrive by the Outride Foundation. Two additional bikes were donated by community members and teachers, so every bike club member had a bike of their own to ride over the summer.

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One Community Health is hosting a series of back to school health fairs to help kids catch up on their health care before the school year starts, according to a press release. The fairs will take place at One Community Health’s clinics in Hood River and The Dalles and are for kids ages 2-17.

HOOD RIVER — Leith Gaines is stepping down from her position as executive director at Columbia Center for the Arts. According to a press release, her resignation is effective Aug. 27.

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…

The Port of Cascade Locks has been allocated $1.3 million from the 2021 Oregon Legislature to support key projects and economic development in Cascade Locks. The funds were secured by Sen. Chuck Thomsen from American Recovery Act money that Oregon received and was made available for legislat…

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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.

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On July 3, Hood River Police Officer Sgt. Sal Rivera made a traffic stop on a 1982 Dodge pickup at the intersection of Highway 30 and Highway 35. The traffic stop was regarding a theft case Det. Erin Mason had been working on, according to a press release.

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Natural Grocers company, based in Lakewood, Colo., has decided not to open a new store in the old Hood River News building, 419 State St., according to Pamela Lipshitz, director of Public Relations for Natural Grocers. The store was due to open this July or August, and would have been their …

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Peace Corps volunteers are going door to door in The Dalles to spread the word about the mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic at St. Mary’s Academy. The clinic is only here through next Wednesday, July 14, and this is a final push to get the word out.

The Hood River Planning Commission June 21 approved a small development — two houses and eight townhouses — on the hillside on E. Eugene Street. The approval includes 47 conditions which must be met by the Portland developer, Inland Pacific Oregon, to continue the project.

4-H has been a large part of The Hood River County Fair, offering programs for Hood River youth since even the arrival of the Extension Service in 1911. The fair has always served as a showcase of a years’ worth of hard work and learning. In the early years, the superintendent of schools was…

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On July 3, Hood River Police Officer Sgt. Sal Rivera made a traffic stop on a 1982 Dodge pickup at the intersection of Highway 30 and Highway 35. The traffic stop was regarding a theft case Det. Erin Mason had been working on, according to a press release.

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