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Hood River County School District (HRCSD) conducted its biannual core values survey in June 2022. The purpose of these surveys, which are conducted in the fall and spring each year, is to assess the school district’s performance on each core values.

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The Dalles High School (TDHS) ASPIRE program is seeking community volunteers to mentor TDHS students as they navigate their post-graduation plans.

HOOD RIVER — Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn gave board members a stark overview of challenges faced by area school districts this school year at the Sept. 28 Hood River County School District board meeting.


At the regular city council meeting on Sept. 26, The Dalles Police Chief Tom Worthy presented lifesaving awards to four The Dalles police officers for their actions in late June of this year.

Oregon Agricultural Trust (OAT) announces the October launch of Cheers to the Land, a campaign in which nine breweries across the state are making new beers with Oregon-sourced ingredients and supporting the work of OAT to permanently protect Oregon’s bountiful farm and ranch lands from deve…

PORTLAND — On Sept. 14, Sustainable Northwest, in partnership with the Climate Smart Wood Group, was awarded a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to bring together Tribal, small family forest, and nonprofit wood producers with data scientists and the design and constru…

On Sept. 22, Wylde Wind & Water (WW&W) intern Erandy Galindo, 16, was invited to testify in front of the Oregon Senate Interim Committee on Education chaired by Sen. Michael Dembrow. Galindo, an intern for WW&W this summer, is a junior at Hood River Valley High School.

BINGEN — In a unique turn of events, the Washington State Community Action Partnership secured $7.3 million of state funding in 2022 as a match to federal Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) funding.

HOOD RIVER — Work on the Hood River Middle School entryway construction project is ahead of schedule, Dale Kuykendall, senior project manager, Wenaha Group, reported at the Sept. 28 Hood River County School District board meeting.

During the Sept. 22 North Wasco County District 21 School Board meeting, Superintendent Carolyn Bernal, along with Teaching, Learning and Assessment Director Lauren Merklin, Human Resources Director Sandy Harris, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Kara Flath and Amy Hampton presented the year one…

Hood River Lavender Farms was featured by TheTravel, a travel website with more than 3 million users per month, in a list of 10 of the most beautiful farms to visit.

Landowners might generally know what steps should be taken to prepare for wildfire, but a new program rolling out in Klickitat County will eliminate the guesswork.

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WHITE SALMON — The White Salmon City Council agreed to an increase in the salaries of all elected officials, with a raise for the mayor effective almost immediately, and a raise for councilors effective following the next election for each position.

Blessing of Animals service Oct. 9; Burrito Bash at HRV football game; 'Ageless Awards’ nominations sought; Operation Christmas Child event Oct. 6; Past HRV yearbooks available at game; Discovery Center benefit Oct. 15

BINGEN — Washington Gorge Action Programs (WAGAP) expanded operations of its new Mobile Food Bank into Skamania County in October in addition to routes in Klickitat County.

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The Hood River County Transportation District, operating as Columbia Area Transit and locally known as “CAT,” seeks community input on potential transit service options. As part of the update to CAT’s 2017 Transit Master Plan (TMP) — a key guiding document that outlines the future delivery o…

Columbia Gorge Food Bank will be hosting a benefit soup dinner on Thursday at Bargeway Pub in The Dalles. The event will be The Dalles’ first Empty Bowls Benefit soup dinner, with the intention for it to become an annual event.

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Starting Monday, Oct. 3 and continuing through Thursday, Oct. 6, The Dalles Public Works crews will be cleaning storm water catch basins in the downtown area. Cleaning catch basins allows for fast drainage into the storm water conveyance system.

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Ongoing election coverage for the Nov. 8 general election, featuring races pertaining to the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon and Washington.

HOOD RIVER — The Port of Hood River was recently awarded $5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant program to help spur the design and engineering phase of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge Replacement project.

For the second consecutive year, Columbia Gorge Community College will participate in the Metallica Scholars program, receiving $50,000 to help transform the future of Mid-Columbia students. Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation matched the award to offer $100,000 in scholarships for s…

Well, it only took me six months to get to that third stage of retirement: "Now What?" I was finding the less I did, because there wasn’t anything I had to do, the less I felt like doing. But in life, you never know when a new door will open.

Welcome to October, our first full month of Autumn. We’re still in daylight saving time, but the seasonal change is apparent in the change of day length. At the start of October, sunrise is just after 7 a.m., and sunset is at about 6:45 p.m. By Halloween, sunrise will back off to about 7:45 …

BINGEN — First Interstate Bank observed the company’s fifth annual Volunteer Day Sept. 14 by completing much needed yardwork projects at The Guided Path.


Ironsmith Alan Root often starts a project with unusual materials — 500 wrenches, for instance, or a wagon wheel — and ends with a freeform sculpture. His art can begin with things that others have already shaped or discarded: scrap metal, rebar and a vision.

As do all of our staff here at Columbia Gorge News, I wear a lot of hats: I’m lifestyle editor; I’m a features and news reporter; I put together our event calendar; and I go through our bound copies of previous editions to find noteworthy or humorous stories to include in our Yesteryears column.

AJ Valencia, incoming athletic director for White Salmon Valley Schools, spoke at last week’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Bingen-White Salmon, outlining his priorities for the year.

Riverside Community Church, United Church of Christ invites community members to join in a family friendly worship experience on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at its location in downtown Hood River.

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Due to the high wildfire hazard conditions experienced this summer and continued lack of sufficient precipitation, Klickitat County has extended  the ban on outdoor burning through Oct. 14.

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HOOD RIVER ­— Urban renewal is near the top of the City of Hood River’s project goals. Listed as a critical project, formation of the Westside Urban Renewal District is gaining traction while the already established Columbia Cascade Urban Renewal District — listed as a significant priority — has more than $4 million to spend on infrastructure upgrades. The Columbia Cascade District was established in 1987 and encompasses most of downtown and sections of Industrial Street.

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Free community playgroup meets; Operation Christmas Child event; ‘The Eagle Tree’ artists reception Thursday; Past HRV yearbooks available; Skamania EDC holds luncheon

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.

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