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Mid Valley News: Wy’east school library will be open Aug. 8, Aug. 21

El Mercado del Valle was closed July 26 because of the Hood River County Fair, but rest assured, it will be back Aug. 2 in the covered play area at Mid Valley Elementary. The market will have a new time — 3 to 7 p.m. — for the rest of the summer; the market ends Sept. 20.

Roots and Branches: Meeting friends, and life, face to face

Saturday night brought part of the family out on our deck for some catch up conversation with Cheyenne Humphrey, a nursing school graduate who interned with our office several years ago

Parkdale News: Hard work pays off for upper valley 4-H, FFA

This year’s Hood River County Fair turned out to be a bountiful one for Upper Valley 4-H’ers and FFA students, many of whom came home with Champion and Grand Champion ribbons for their efforts The students’ animals are judged in two categories, the first one is Confirmation, meaning the breeding, look and salability of the animal at auction, the other is Showmanship, or how the student presents and handles their animal in front of the judge and how much knowledge they have about it, from parts of their animal to particular diseases and treatments for them.

Sports Briefs for July 30

Youth football start soon; Indian Creek hosts two good-cause golf tournaments; more

Helping Hands advocate honored

The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV) has awarded Hood River resident Serra Perino the 2014 Passion Award for her work as an advocate at Helping Hands Against Violence, Inc (www.helpinghandsoregon.com). OCADSV is a state-wide non-profit that promotes equity and social change to end violence for all communities.

Sheriff Log for July 30

July 20 to 28

On Letters: Keep them coming — clarified

We know of a major retailer that has begun soliciting residents who would like to write letters to the editor on its behalf.

Letters to the editor for July 30

Invest in parking;Lot disappoints; RC park inappropriate; more

Another Voice: The work goes on to close the gender equality gap

As you glance through our annual Women in Business supplement (in this issue), you would be forgiven for thinking women are doing just fine in the workforce — but the gender gap persists.

Entertainment update for July 30

Folksinger, storyteller Adam Miller plays Hood River Library Aug. 12; Sallie Ford at Ruins Aug. 15; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Interesting influences for Great Elk

When I spoke to Paul Basile the other day, a band leader and songwriter for the indie-folk band Great Elk, I wasn’t expecting him to mention Billy Joel as an influential artist. But when he did, the insight brought a smile to my face and revived memories of seeing a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden.

After a brief product delay, new Bingen pot shop delivers

On Tuesday, July 15, Bart Cohn strolled into Margie’s Pot Shop in Bingen and became the first person to ever purchase legal recreational marijuana in Klickitat County.

Coal transport: Judge eyes port records status

PORTLAND (AP) — A federal judge said Tuesday he would weigh whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must release environmental review documents involving a proposed coal port criticized by environmentalists.

FAA gives green light to drones monitoring fires

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) clearance to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) manufactured by Insitu in the monitoring of wildfires that pose an urgent threat, the DNR announced July 15.

USFS hopes to open Cloud Cap Road ‘soon’

The U.S. Forest Service is aiming to have Cloud Cap Road open this season for the first time in over a year, which has been closed since 2013 due to dead trees finally toppling years after they were burned in a wildfire in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

‘Art of The Wild’

Hood River show celebrates 50th year of Wilderness Act

The hallmark of First Friday events in Hood River on Aug. 1 will be the new U.S. Forest Service exhibit, “Art of the Wild – Celebrating 50 Years of the Wilderness Act,” at Columbia Center for the Arts during the month of August.

Business owner looks to fight new Mt. Hood Meadows parking lot

Impacts to business worry neighbor

The owner of a local vacation rental business is upset over the county’s approval of a ski resort park and ride planned for the community of Mount Hood and intends to appeal the decision at the state level.

ODOT, Port of Hood River announce bridge closures

Two bridges in Hood River will see closures at night this week as ODOT takes steps to extend the life of the pavement.

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HR County Fair was ‘fantastic’

Record crowds throng to weekend concerts

Record crowds attended the Hood River County Fair Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the Lions were ready.

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