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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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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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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.

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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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Understanding Medicare is not a walk in the park. It’s more like crawling through a dark cave: Disorienting and challenging. And every year during Medicare Open Enrollment from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, you get to explore that cave again!

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Just as you’ve worked your way through “500 Ways to Cook Zucchini and Tomatoes,” the Equinox thankfully rolls around and you can finally begin to compost all those spent plants.

While Forth Mobility had to delay the spring launch of their three-year electric carshare pilot program due to COVID-19, the nonprofit has acquired all five parking spots needed for the project, and expects to announce a new launch date soon.

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Welcome back to The Ale List, the Gorge’s basic beer compendium, in print again after a few months’ hiatus for no particularly good reason. The art of beer-making never dies and Gorge brewers and beer businesses have stayed active and creative during coronavirus. No pandemic panic by these m…

Tri-County Recycling hosts its next Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection at Mosier School on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Collection is free to residents and businesses of Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties.

The Hood River County Chamber is hosting a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 6-9 p.m. with District 52 State Representative, Mayoral and City Council candidates. The chamber will randomly choose questions from the community; submit your questions to maryellen@hoodriver.org by Oct. 1.

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Hood River county Early Childhood Committee will host its annual Children’s Fair on Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at River of Life Assembly, 979 Tucker Road, Hood River — with a twist, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Many forest areas that were closed following the Labor Day windstorm will reopen on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 12:01 a.m. The forest suffered extensive and severe damage as a result of the storm so many areas will remain closed or are still blocked by trees, according to the U.S. Department of Ag…

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The pandemic may have stopped the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association (CGOA) from performing live, but it hasn’t stopped the beat. 

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Klickitat County and the Port of Hood River have received a $5 million grant award from the federal BUILD (“Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development”) Transportation Discretionary Grant program to fund Phase 2 of the ongoing effort to replace the Hood River-White Salmon Interstat…

I guess I was too optimistic last week thinking the smoke would fade away by then. But this Saturday morning, I can see the Klickitats out my office window dressed in its velvety shades of brown instead of straining to see their faint gray outline. And now I can put away my KN95 mask (you kn…

Hood River Distillers has announced via press release that David Ballew will serve as its new president. Ballew will lead sales and marketing, and identify growth opportunities for the business, which is continuing its restructuring since the sale of its highly successful Pendleton Whisky br…

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This year, Halloween might be a bit of a mystery as far as trick-or-treating goes, but here at Columbia Gorge News, we are celebrating Halloween by hosting a Halloween photo contest for kids ages 0-10. 

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Columbia Gorge News locations in White Salmon, The Dalles and Hood River (shown here) now have new signage, courtesy of Optimist Printers in The Dalles. Optimist’s David Marvin measures and cuts the bright blue-and-white signs on Sept. 21.

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Fall is approaching and the snow in the mountains is gone, temperatures are warm, and water levels in local streams and rivers are low. Snowpack and precipitation continue to be below normal and temperatures are above normal, causing a strain on local water supplies, impacting fish habitat a…

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SELCO Community Credit Union has begun taking applications for its annual SPARK! Creative Learning Grants with an aim to help educators meet unprecedented challenges in the 2020-21 school year.

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Waucoma Bookstore, in partnership with Oregon State University Press, is pleased to present a virtual event with Tina Ontiveros in celebration of the release of her memoir, rough house. Ontiveros will be joined in conversation by writer Keenan Norris.

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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for a portions of the Cascade foothills, including portions of the following counties, Hood River, Multnomah, Clackamas, Marion, Linn, Lane, Douglas, Coos, Jackson, and Klamath for Thursday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m., through Sept. 18, early…

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The Hood River Watershed Group will host its first virtual meeting and presentation on Sept. 22 from 6-8 p.m. Benjamin Clemens from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will present on The Wondrous Lives of Pacific Lamprey – A Story of Complexity, Diversity, & Adaptability. 

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On Sept. 16, Gov. Kate Brown announced a new program to provide masks and gloves to small business in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor, in partnership with the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, allocated $10 million from the federal CARES Act funding for the purchase of p…

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Last week, residents of Providence Brookside Manor in Hood River enjoyed a live, outdoor concert of some familiar melodies from Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association (CGOA). As two dozen residents and guests relaxed in the shade of their front entrance, CGOA’s Trombone Trio serenaded them for…

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Start: Tokki Art Supply ... — Stop — ... Start: ... opened this summer on Oak Street, its second — Stop — ... home after a short introduction ... — Start — in Bingen.

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Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the City of Hood River joined communities across the nation this summer in signing the Mayor’s Pledge, a national effort to evaluate Use of Force policies, make any necessary changes and listen to the community. In reporting findings, the c…

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