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Holiday stress: It’s not how much stress, but how well you handle it

New research is showing that it is more important to improve the way we respond to stress than it is to try to eliminate stress in our lives. For this reason, yoga, meditation, and breath practices are key to training the nervous system how to respond to the realities of daily life with less stress-inducing reactivity.

Holiday eating myth busters

There are a few holiday eating myths that may prevent you from enjoying some of your favorite holiday foods. Below is some advice that may help you enjoy your holiday favorites without expanding your waist line.

Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression

When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.

Self-care for handling holiday-induced stress

Start every day with a large glass of lukewarm water. Fill your favorite glass with water and drink it slowly, followed by taking some deep breaths into your abdomen. This morning ritual helps keep your body hydrated and relaxed at a time when more-than-usual amounts of alcohol and caffeine (both dehydrators) meet higher-than-usual stress levels.

How to help, updated for Dec. 20

Warming Shelters open; coat donations needed

Sheriff Log, Dec. 7 to 15

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River.

Advent and Christmas, updated for Dec. 20

Valley Worship Center is hosting a one-hour Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24, including the reading of the Christmas story, Christmas caroling and a candlelight ceremony. The church is located at 5780 Hwy 35 in Mt. Hood.

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 20

Christmas memory; Support HEALTH Media Club; more

Free parking?

It’s a reality, and a good thing for everyone this holiday season

What do you mean, free parking?

Another Voice: Look to a model of cooperation in protecting our natural treasures

It was encouraging to read about the recent story reported in the Hood River News regarding the renewed efforts to protect Mount Hood. At a time when most issues are becoming more polarized, it is great to close the year out with this good news story of people coming together to protect the mountain we all love.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 20

Live Fire Dancing at Solstice; Smiley at Everybody’s Brewing; more

Sports briefs for Dec. 20

Meadows hosts brewfest, pineapple toss Saturday; Bonneville pool winter sturgeon season set

Local gymnasts bring home state hardware

Representing Hood River on The Dalles-based Riverside Gymnastics Academy lineup at the 2014 Oregon Fall State Championships were young athletes Sophia Riviello, Ava Krentz, Regina Sanchez-Macias, Jacy Johnston and Poppy Miller.

Parker Kennedy leads with 17 in boys’ loss at Gresham

Elevated by a four-game winning streak, the Hood River Valley varsity boys basketball team traveled to Gresham Tuesday to take on the 6A Mt. Hood Conference Gophers (2-2), and although the Eagles finished with a loss, they still have plenty of reason for optimism.

Winter activities for kids

Hood River County Community Education is offering several sports-related options to help keep kids occupied over the winter break and through the winter. More information and registration for the following activities can be found at hrcommunityed.com or by calling 541-386-2055.

Swim team competes

Hood River Valley High School swimming traveled south last weekend for an eight-school meet at Bend High. Although a smaller team than many of the others, the Eagles put in some quality marks, including top three finishes by Dhani Freeland, Kylie Webb, Trey Schilling, Stan Ocheskey and the girls 400 freestyle relay team.

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HRV outshoots Barlow for first win

Kelsey Wells leads with 17, Winans nets 10

After a rough start to the season, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls basketball team got a much-needed win at home Tuesday night over Barlow. Senior Kelsey Wells had a team-high 17 points and Laruen Winans had ten points and seven rebounds to lead the Eagles to the 46-30 win against the 6A Mt. Hood Conference Bruins.

Gorge Commission receives a mixed message on funding

Budget to stay mostly flat; increases had been earmarked for oil, coal train issue

A year after its executive director warned the agency was on the “verge of collapse” due to a lack of funding, the Columbia River Gorge Commission will not be receiving the financial boost it had hoped for.

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The community delivers

Food banks receive pre-Christmas boost

The serious business of food delivery certainly had a humorous side.

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Jeff McCaw and Boy Scout Troop 282 help bring Christmas cheer to families in need

Leadership. Responsibility. Generosity. Thrift.

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