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MT. HOOD, ORE. – On Wednesday, Oct. 28 at about 5 p.m., the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing climber on Mount Hood. The search for missing climber Austin Mishler, 27, of Bend, Ore., ended Thursday, Oct. 29 at about 2 p.m., when his body was discovered in a cr…

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Chris Pothiers of The Dalles maneuvers to place one of the last boards for the allltogetherthedalles mural, located on the south wall of the former The Dalles Chronicle/Tum-A-Lum Lumber building at 811 E. Second Street in The Dalles. The full mural will be unveiled this Saturday, Oct. 31, fr…

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There is something decidedly welcoming and comforting about houseplants, which is what I seek during trying times — and these are trying times. The old standards, philodendron and spider plants, are still around (and I believe those macramé hangers are making a comeback), but there are so ma…

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Four missionaries from Church of Latter Day Saints set up a table in front of Hood River Stationers last week offering blank cards and pens for people to write notes of support to firefighters. Sisters Aurora Sperry, left, Raquel Grimaldo, Hailey Smith, Chloe Welch are assigned to service in…

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Clinics in Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties, and Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, have recently received rapid COVID-19 tests that produce results in just 15 minutes.

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Hood River County School District is on track to meet Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) health metrics to reopen schools for in-person instruction for students in kindergarten through third grade (K-3) by Nov. 9. 

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Donated books and bags of Lego toys are going out to Hood River County children in a partnership between Hood River Library District and Library Foundation and Hood River County School District.

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Willow Bill hadn’t always been a “water guy,” but now at the age of 51, he is making his second trip down the Snake and Columbia rivers to the Pacific ocean and back in a handmade canoe, recreating the final stretch of Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition of 1804-1806.

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Oregon artists may now apply to a new Artist Relief Program created by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. Awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be distributed until the program fund, totaling ju…

Women who have primary financial responsibility for themselves and their  dependents and have financial need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards for Women. Applications are available online at bit.ly/LYDA-apply …

John Miller of Goldendale was recently appointed to the Advisory Council of the Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington (AAADSW), representing Klickitat County.

Every year in October I have written about Gorge Happiness Month and with all that is happening, it may be more important than ever. Because of the many challenges we face — unable to visit friends or participate in favorite activities, worried about leaving the house — you may find happines…

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Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center has been selected as one of five community mediation centers from around the nation to participate in a grant-funded pilot project. The project will develop conflict resolution and leadership skills in young adults (ages 21-35), with a focus on those who …

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Are you a high school senior or have one in your life? Are you wondering how life in the time of COVID may impact your plans after graduation? For students, it probably feels stressful enough to navigate the unexpected challenge of high school online. Knowing that the end of high school is o…

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Dewey Thomas, a long-time resident of Wasco and now living in The Dalles, is celebrating his 106th birthday Wednesday, Nov. 3, and the event will be celebrated with a “Birthday Card Party.”

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On a stormy Saturday, the annual “Shred Day” for Special Olympics made $2,321 “in spite of the rain,” said Geri Murray, who started the annual event about 10 years ago.

The LINK Public Transportation has an additional bus route serving key stops in The Dalles, circling the city on a one-hour loop Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Riders can get on stops at The Dalles Transit Center, Seufert Park, Water’s Edge, East 12th Street and Dry Hollow Road, Mid…

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Uno de los residentes de cuidado de la memoria en Flagstone Senior Living que había contraído COVID-19 falleció durante el fin de semana. Eso marca la decimotercera muerte en la instalación relacionada con el brote allí y eleva el total de muertes del condado de Wasco a 16.

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Another memory care resident at Flagstone Senior Living who had contracted COVID-19 passed away over the weekend. That marks the 13th death at the facility related to the outbreak there, and brings Wasco County’s total deaths to 16.

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Dickey Farms, 511 W. Steuben St., Bingen, hosts a family-friendly “Mini Harvest Fest” Oct. 24-25. Every child is invited and Halloween costumes are encouraged, said a press release. The event will include apples, cider, candy, pumpkins, corn on the cob, tamales, pizza, hot chocolate and more…

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The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) has received approval from Food and Nutrition Services to disburse increased food benefits in October.

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You may remember this Emo Philips quote that I’ve shared before. “I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this.”

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It really does take a whole village — and because kindness knows no boundaries, the devastating wildfires are proof of the Northwest’s enduring spirit of generosity.

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The Hood River City Council directed $195,000 in CARES Act funding to local partners that aid social services agencies, business organizations and individuals economically impacted by COVID-19.

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Fill Your Pantry is back for its sixth year on Nov. 8, with far less of the face-to-face communal aspect to the fall tradition, but with just as much of the bounty.

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General Election Day, and the start of election results week, is just under two weeks away. 

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A modified Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair took place at the Hood River County Fairgrounds this past weekend, Oct. 16-17, with some COVID-19 safety precautions in place. Painters-tape arrows on the floor guided shoppers on a one-way route through each fair building, hand sanitizer stations were p…

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