HOOD RIVER — Catherine Dalbey, director of human resources, and Deputy George Economou, Hood River County Sheriff school resource deputy, presented the results of a multi-agency tabletop safety drill conducted May 27 in the Hood River Valley High School gym.

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When recent Hood River Valley High School graduate Dora Plascencia-Macias applied to Stanford University, she thought of it as a “reach school” — that is, one that would be a stretch to attend.

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HOOD RIVER — Forth is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the launch of The CRuSE Project, a program for community carsharing in Hood River, at 11 a.m. on June 24 at the Hood River Fire Department, 1785 Meyer Parkway.

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The Hood River City Council has appointed Will Norris interim city manager beginning July 1, current City Manager Rachael Fuller’s last day. Norris has been the city’s finance director and assistant city manager since 2016.

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Graduated seniors at Hood River Valley High School throw their caps into a blue sky as commencement ceremonies conclude Friday evening, June 11. A heavy rain shower greeted family and friends gathered for the ceremony, but as the senior class prepared to take their places, the rain ended and…

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Gorge Youth Mentoring (GYM), a program of The Next Door, announces its summer-time virtual fundraiser: GYM Gets You Moving!

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE), in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, has named Jim Donnelly, Hood River Valley High School teacher, a Regional Educator of the Year. The award celebrates knowledge, dedication, innovation, and leadership.

First Book Hood River and First Book Wasco County were busy this spring providing books to kids who would not normally have a chance to own them.

Signs of the post-pandemic times: The Port of Hood River will begin public in-person meetings in its regular session at 5 p.m. June 22 at the Port office conference room, 1000 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood River. The conference room is on the east side of the port reception area, which is curre…

Horizon Christian School, Hood River, graduated a class of 15 during commencement ceremonies June 5. Rachel Caldwell, community relations director, said the class of 2021 averaged at GPA of 3.4, with 40% at a 4.0 or higher.

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A Hood River man was struck with lightning Sunday while taking photos on Ehrck Hill, near the community of Odell.

Valerie Bruggeman, 18, is the first student to be awarded the Ford Scholar Program award at Horizon Christian School, Hood River, since 2014. Bruggeman is a two-sport athlete, playing soccer and track and field, competing in the sprint, pole vault and relay events. She will attend George Fox…

HOOD RIVER — Hood River County School District Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn and department heads Catherine Dalbey, Bill Newton, Anne Carloss and Patricia Ortega-Cooper presented an update on the district’s equity plan at the May 26 board meeting.

HOOD RIVER — Effective July 1, the rates for System Development Charges (SDC)throughout the entire Hood River County Parks District will increase. They will be $6,077 for single-family dwellings, $4,384 for multi-family, $3,524 for lodging units and $2,716 for Farm Worker Units. Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District will be collecting SDCs throughout Hood River County, excluding Cascade Locks.

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Nearly all COVID-19 restrictions could be lifted in as early as just over two weeks, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday.

The state is about 127,000 adults short of the goal of getting at least one shot of vaccine into 70 percent of eligible residents.

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HOOD RIVER — Hood River Valley High School will double the size of its summer school program and offer students more options to regain credit, participate in experiential learning classes, and get back on track for graduation this year.

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The progress of the Bi-State Working Group had Port of Hood River Board of Commissioners in a self-congratulatory mood June 1.

The Hood River and Cascade Locks branches are open for Library Express Services. Patrons are invited into the buildings for 30 minutes. They can pick up holds, browse for books, or use a public computer. No appointment needed! There are occupancy limits in the Children’s Library in Hood Rive…

The Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail, a 73-mile restoration project aimed at off-freeway travel, is close to connecting with Hood River, bringing with it added opportunities and concerns for city leaders. The highway and associated trail improvements are not yet fully reconnec…

Carlos Márquez le da crédito a su tía, Maura Rosa Cody, por haberlo puesto en el camino de su carrera. Cuando tenía 7 años, la tía Rosa murió de una enfermedad cardíaca y eso lo impactó mucho.

Port of Hood River’s Board of Commissioners June 1 considered renewing a three-year contract with Kevin Greenwood, the Hood River-White Salmon bridge replacement project director since 2018 (results unavailable by press time).

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Carlos Marquez credits his aunt, Maura Rosa Cody, with setting him on his career path. When he was 7, Aunt Rosa died of heart disease, and that impacted him greatly.

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Peter Lawson, Hood River Valley High School (HRVHS) community works instructor, received the Statewide Excellence Award at the annual Oregon Statewide Transition Conference in May. Lawson has led the community works program at HRVHS for the past five years, building a classroom with students…

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Mayor Kate McBride joked that only Superman or Superwoman might qualify for the Hood River City Manager’s position, as described in the first draft of a May 26 report describing desired qualifications for candidates. Her aside referred to the seven-page list of suggestions for the next city …

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Hood River’s Heights-area residents and users said they want a livable community with improvements that balance safety with business access and mixed-use development.

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A vigil was held on May 25 to mark the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death. The vigil was sponsored by the Somos Uno campaign of Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM), and was the last in a series of four held on Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m. at the Second and State Street Overlook Park in Hoo…

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HOOD RIVER — Unhappy with “Middle Housing” changes to Hood River’s zoning and building codes, Brian Towey and four other city residents say they will appeal the city’s decisions to a higher court. The City of Hood River did not give residents adequate notice for the March 8 public hearing on the new codes, Towey said in “Intent to File,” an appeal to Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA), the state’s highest tribunal for land-use decisions. As of publication, LUBA had received, but not yet agreed to hear, the case.

Hood River Mayor Kate McBride said she welcomed LUBA’s opinion.

ODELL — As Wy’east Middle School students returned to their school campus this spring, they saw the beginning of the Wy’east Bike Park, which was designed to create accessible opportunities for the Odell community to engage in healthy physical activities.

Cascade Locks Elementary students participated in the first-ever Eagles Flight Jog-A-Thon May 10-14, a weeklong fundraising event that saw kids tracking their movement minutes. On May 12, classes took turns running around a course located on the north end of the field set up by Principal Adr…

Hood River County is willing to work with the City of Hood River to provide affordable housing on properties along Rand Road and Wine Country Avenue. On May 17, county commissioners announced support for a joint project by adding the county’s two acres to the city’s seven to create a larger …

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The Hood River City Council is planning to eliminate new hotels, motels and resorts from receiving future enterprise zone benefits that include tax credits and other construction cost reductions. The plan does not include those businesses currently in the zone.

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Those visiting popular recreation sites along the Lewis River in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Lewis River Recreation Area can expect some changes this year. Visitors who park within the Lewis River Recreation Area will now be required to obtain a reserved parking ticket during the busy visitor season: June 15 through Sept. 30.

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SDS Lumber Company is partnering with an international financial advisory firm to assist with the company’s plans to divest its and sister company Stevenson Land Company’s corporate assets, Columbia Gorge News has learned.

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It’s 2 p.m. on a sunny Saturday. Do you know where your children are?

If you live near Hood River’s waterfront, they might be jumping into the cool waters of the Columbia River from the Nichols Boat Basin dock.

And that, according to Todd Anderson of the Gorge Paddling Center, is dangerously pitting young swimmers against his paddleboard and kayak guests. The center has leased a portion of the dock from the Port of Hood River since 2014.

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Thursday mornings in May from 9 a.m. to noon, business owners can pick up free business Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and residents can get free Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines at Hood River County’s COVID Vaccine Clinics, held at Hood River County Health Department, 1109 June…

HOOD RIVER — A move to a trimester system for middle school and high school students was announced at the May 12 Hood River County School Board meeting by Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn. The board will have an opportunity to vote on the proposed plan at a later date.

Hood River — Hood River County’s Budget Committee May 13 approved the 2021-22 county’s $43.1 million all-funds budget, adding salary increases to last-minute changes. The general fund, the portion of the budget supported in part by property tax revenues, makes up $23.4 million of the total.

Hood River — Residents near the Ken Jernstedt Airfield may get a little noise relief this summer, thanks to a quieter propeller on the tow plane used by the Hood River Soaring group. The non-profit organization uses gliders to provide pilot training and sport gliding staged from a Glider Por…

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Unofficial results in the 2021 May 18 district election, from the Oregon Secretary of State website, primarily contested races in Hood River and Wasco counties.

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Five Oregon counties — including Hood River County — will move to the most permissive risk category for the spread of COVID-19 this Friday, May 21. Washington County, the state’s second-most populous county, is also among the five.

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Hood River — Hood River parents can help plan safer walking, rolling and biking routes to school at a Safety Routes to School “Walk Audit” event May 19-20. Parents and guardians of Hood River Middle School and May Street Elementary School are invited to participate in a live, COVID-safe even…

Hood River — Hood River County’s Budget Committee May 13 approved the 2021-22 county’s $43.1 million all-funds budget, adding salary increases to last-minute changes. The general fund, the portion of the budget supported in part by property tax revenues, makes up $23.4 million of the total.

The Budget Committee increased County Commissioners’ $15,904 annual salaries by 10 percent for 2021-22, in an attempt to bring salaries into line with other county commissions. Wasco County’s three part-time commissioners, for example, are paid $47,680.08.

Hood River — Residents near the Ken Jernstedt Airfield may get a little noise relief this summer, thanks to a quieter propeller on the tow plane used by the Hood River Soaring group. The non-profit organization uses gliders to provide pilot training and sport gliding staged from a Glider Port at the Airfield. At the recommendation of the Airport Noise Workgroup, the Port of Hood River, owner of the airfield, is pitching in $6,000 — about 75 percent of the four-blade propeller’s cost and delivery.

Hood River — For years, the City of Hood River has talked about a new police station. May 12, the city’s Budget Committee heard compelling reasons to take action. Police Chief Neal Holste told the Budget Committee that, due to lack of space, collected crime evidence — including toxic drugs — were sometimes displayed on the same tables in the squad room used for staff meals.

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