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HOOD RIVER — Gorge Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, located at the Hood River Airport, hosted an Awards Evening on June 1. Cadets who demonstrated leadership during the past year of quarantine by attending meetings regularly, teaching lessons on aerospace, leading leadership activ…

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…


Elijah Perkins isn’t put off that the University of Chicago’s best known catch phrase is “where fun goes to die.”

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.

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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.

Montana State University has announced its undergraduate honor rolls for spring semester 2021. There are two MSU honor roll lists, the President’s List and the Dean’s List. To be eligible for the lists, students must have earned in at least 12 college- level credits.

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The Dalles High School Graduation will be taking place Saturday, June 5, 2021 beginnng at 10:30 a.m. at Sorosis Park. The first potion of the ceremony will be the procession of the graduates, the hearing of speakers, and the ceremonial moving of tassels. In order to keep attendance low, only…

Ariana Asevedo — Harris & Anna K. Stout Memorial Scholarship; The Dalles High School Student First Generation Scholarship; Carter Family Orchards Scholarship and Randy Rood Memorial Scholarship.

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.


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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For Ashlyn Jones, attending The Dalles’ Riverbend Community School has been nothing short of life-changing.

Jones, 16, of The Dalles, says she used to struggle with her grades. She didn’t get along with her teachers. She didn’t think college was a viable option for her.

Not anymore. Since enrolling at Riverbend in November, Jones is thriving, loves her classes, and is thinking of attending culinary school — a dream she had previously deferred because she didn’t think she would get good enough grades to get in.

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 — 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.


Jesse Larson earned good marks in preschool, but he remembers realizing in first grade, at the tender age of 6, that he had to really apply himself to get top grades.

The Columbia Gorge chapter of Oregon Women for Agriculture (OWA) recently selected teacher Jennifer Scotland of Mosier Community School to attend the annual Oregon Agriculture Institute (SAI) training this summer. Her sponsorship for SAI will be paid by both the chapter and the Wasco County …

At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, YouthThink will present a virtual showing of the movie, “Screenagers – Next Chapter.” Parents and youth are encouraged to watch together. A limited number of viewing slots are available. This presentation is opened to all Columbia River Gorge residents. RSVP …

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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…

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The speech and debate team of Hood River Valley High School (HRVHS) won the only 2021 Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) 5A state team championship this year. The OSAA speech and debate state championships were altered by COVID-19 protocols this year. Rather than a live, in-person p…

On April 23, students and staff from Horizon Christian School took a fieldtrip to Ken Jernsted Airfield to visit with Hood River Soaring pilots.

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Licensed child care providers who operate in-person services throughout Washington have an opportunity to apply for grant funding through the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) to help them stay open during continued COVID-19 conditions, according to a press release from Washi…

Only 3.4 percent of applicants got accepted to Harvard this year, the most competitive year in the university’s history. And Yahir Santillan-Guzman of The Dalles High School is still in shock that he’s one of them.

Hood River — COVID-19 rates are going up in Hood River County, Hood River County School District Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn told the board at the April 28 public meeting. Moving from Low Risk to Moderate Risk — and again to High Risk — is a reminder that the pandemic is not over, he said.


Hood River — Hood River County School District (HRCSD) and Hood River Education Association (HREA) reached a tentative settlement on a new three-year collective bargaining deal in the early hours of Thursday, April 22, during its third meeting with a state-assigned mediator. The HRCSD Board …

Grade schoolers join a “bike train” to ride safely to May Street school. Parents earn prizes by cycling to work. And more Hood River kids discover the joys of biking, thanks to local bike donation programs.

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Mt. Adams Elks Lodge No. 1868 in White Salmon has announced Jacob Lockman, a senior at Columbia High School in White Salmon is the first place male winner of the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship.

Lola Marti, 12, a sixth grader at Wallace and Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School, White Salmon, earned $5,000 for her classroom after winning first prize in a creative contest highlighting Suicide Prevention Month.

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Hood River County School District (HRCSD) and Hood River Education Association (HREA) reached a tentative settlement on a new three-year collective bargaining deal in the early hours of Thursday, April 22, during its third meeting with a state-assigned mediator. The HRCSD Board of Directors …

Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S. each year. No group of children is immune — both boys and girls are likely to experience neglect, sexual and physical abuse. However, girls are four times more likely to experience sexual abuse.

Staying strong can mean many things — physically, psychologically, emotionally strong. We’ve heard from the experts that exercise is one of the important ways we can maintain fitness, health and vitality. But finding the right program that fits our lifestyle and abilities as we age can be ve…

OSU Hood River County Extension Central Gorge Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who are available to research and offer suggestions for your home gardening questions. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Hood River County Master Gardener plant clinics will be held virtually, April thr…

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The North Wasco County Education Foundation has launched a new Spring Pledge Drive, with a goal of raising $10,000 to bolster their programs that support the North Wasco County School District #21. As we all know, this past school year has been incredibly difficult for students, teachers, pa…

This year our dine and drink business locations throughout the Gorge have suffered with closures. You can help support your favorites by purchasing take out and gift cards. Many of these business will offer curb-side delivery and some will deliver to your home. Let’s keep the Gorge going strong!

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