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Oregon Cultural Trust ( released its fiscal year 2023 grant allocations on Aug. 15, and Columbia Center for the Arts, located in Hood River, was awarded $9,682 “to support a strategic business planning process and program implementation for FY2023-2026,” according to a pres…

Comunidades is announcing the launch of our website on Monday, Aug. 29.

OLYMPIA — More than 75% of Washington residents choose to not litter and about 26% of litterers would be motivated to stop if a friend, family member, or passenger asked them to refrain, according to 2021 research commissioned by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). These nu…

THE DALLES — Multiple members of the community voiced concerns about the potential adoption of the Employment Buildable Lands Inventory (BLI) at the regular city council meeting on Sept. 12.

Columbia Riverkeeper hosts the free “Restoring the River: What a New Superfund Site on the Columbia Means for Public Health and Clean Water” webinar on Sept. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

HOOD RIVER — On Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cascade Forest Conservancy (CFC) and the Green River Valley Alliance (GRVA) will be hosting their next “No Place For a Mine” event at Ferment Brewing, 403 Portway Ave. This free event, open to the public, is part of CFC and GRVA’s ongoi…

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To true-up differences between estimated and actual natural gas costs, NW Natural filed an annual Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) on Sept. 14.

The Johnson O’Malley (JOM) Indian Parent committee partnered with Columbia Gorge Educational Service District’s Native Education program and The Next Door, Inc.’s (TNDI) Native Supports program to offer a Native American Youth Culture Camp, which was free for youth in the Columbia River Gorg…

THE DALLES — Landowners requesting Wasco County assistance in repairing Seven Mile High Road and Ridge Road in the Seven Mile Hill area were encouraged to contact a private contractor during Wednesday’s meeting of the Board of Commissioners Sept. 7.


WHITE SALMON — The White Salmon Valley Pool District held a discussion surrounding potential benefits to be gained from forming a non-profit organization at their Sept. 8 regular meeting.

Well, this hasn’t been a good week! On Saturday, the third, my cough started worsening, and to be safe I decided to take a COVID test. I wasn’t worried. I haven’t been infected with COVID and I didn’t even get it when my wife was sick from COVID.


THE DALLES — It was a long time coming, but partners in the building and the outfitting of two new facilities at Columbia Gorge Community College — a skills center and on-campus student housing, both at The Dalles campus — celebrated the opening of both with a ribbon-cutting Saturday, Sept. 10.

TROUT LAKE — Residents of the Trout Lake School District interested in becoming more involved in the community are invited to run for election to the Trout Lake Community Council.

Several years ago, I came to the Columbia River Gorge to visit some family members who had settled near Hood River. And 26 years later, I’m still visiting! A bit of a joke there, but quite true.

The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum will host the 2022 Hood River Fly-In at the Hood River Airport on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the hundreds of airplanes that are expect to arrive from across the country to visit this event.

Long-time community volunteer Corliss Marsh is a successful entrepreneur who loves teaching and helping others discover the importance of education.

Ah, the body. The vehicle that used to attract young women with such ease, that could zig-zag through the backfield of the opposing team and catch passes with a single leap; and could stay up all night and still get to class in the morning — on time. Where, my friend, have you gone?

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One Community Health OCH is helping newly eligible Oregonians enroll in and navigate Oregon Health Plan benefits, according to a press release. One Community Health’s Patient Care Advocate team is working to ensure all eligible community members are enrolled in a program called “Healthier Oregon.”

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Stevenson Grange No. 121, as part of its on-going Community Resiliency programs, in partnership with Stevenson Community Library and Rural Minds, presents the “Rural Suicide Awareness and Prevention Webinar” on Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m. Online registration for the event is listed below.

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This summer, The Next Door’s (TNDI) Youth Services Department hosted a summer camp called Nature’s Greatest Strength (NGS) in collaboration with Juntos Afuera, Oregon State University’s (OSU) Extension Service’s program that encourages youth to learn about and celebrate Latino/a/x culture wh…

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Parents are invited to register for “Guiding Good Choices,” a free and confidential series designed around promoting healthy development and reducing risky behavior for children as they enter their teenage years.

The Next Door’s (TNDI) Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) kicked off the summer season with three crews. SYEP employs local youth between the ages of 14-18 to work on forestry and park restoration crews.

As shared at the Aug. 18 Hood River County School District board meeting, migrant students participating in summer school this month have been learning water safety, paddle boarding and kayaking on the Columbia River.

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