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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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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…

Fall has arrived beautifully and I’m sure you are all enjoyed the warm sunny days before the rains came as much as we did at our house. Now is the time when cattle are being moved home from summer pastures and there may be cattle drives on the highways from time to time. Please use caution w…

The top two candidates for Secretary of State said Oct. 12 they did not want to use that office as a stepping stone to running for governor in 2022 and questioned each other’s independence from influence by their political parties.

The Hood River County Education Foundation (HRCEF) board approved a $20,000 gift to Hood River County School District (HRCSD) to support distance learning efforts in its Monday, Sept. 14, meeting.

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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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I don’t know about you, but the idea of fall house cleaning is not high on my bucket list. Now, don’t get me wrong, I clean house … on occasion, but it’s my garden that requires my attention now. The dust bunnies can wait!

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Skyline Health is offering no-cost flu shots beginning October 1 at its medical clinic located at 211 Skyline Drive in White Salmon. The clinic is open Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for flu vaccinations. To make an appointment, call 509-637-2810.

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Portland General Electric Company announced Oct. 17 it has permanently shuttered its Boardman Generating Station in Eastern Oregon’s Morrow County. The closure fulfills an agreement PGE reached with stakeholders, customer groups and regulators in 2010 to significantly reduce air emissions fr…

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The “Columbia River Indian’s Giveaway” event happens Oct. 24 at Discovery Center in The Dalles. The socially-distanced event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 5000 Discovery Drive in The Dalles.

Canned goods and other food donations are requested in the annual Feed the Gorge food drive, through Oct. 31 at locations in Hood River, Klickitat, Skamania and Wasco counties.

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A rare dust event obscures the Washington side of the river Monday in these images taken from Hood River Marina beach at about 1:30 p.m. The plume covers part of Hood River bridge, and walkers on Marina Beach are framed against the plume. A parfait of dust, green river water, and beach strat…

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. Organizations like The Next Door that recruit and certify foster parents are pulling out all the stops to support children and teens in need of loving and consistent foster homes. For more information, call 541-386-6665 or email info@nextdoorinc.org.

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 The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, has released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and admini…

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Crestline Construction will be paving on Jewett Blvd. beginning Monday, Oct. 19 through Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. In addition, the city was notified that Klickitat County PUD will be replacing power poles on Jewett Blvd. between Skyline Drive and Fireman's Park (Grandview) at the same time. Exp…

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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 a…

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The 70th Annual Washington State Weed Conference will be offered online and free to the public, according to the Washington Vegetation Management Association and the Washington Invasive Species Council.

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The City of White Salmon approved their policy priorities for the year 2021 at the latest city council meeting following the city’s annual retreat.

It has become an annual ritual: My Medicare Wellness Visit with my primary care provider. It gives us a chance to update my prevention plan by reviewing my health status and identifying any risk factors — and most importantly a chance for me to grumble about how my body isn’t behaving as it should!

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