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Aporkalypse: Bacon contest fattens coffers at Helping Hands

A packed house of more than 200 attended the fourth annual Aporkalypse fundraiser for Helping Hands Against Violence on Jan. 29 at Springhouse Cellars.

The Ale List: ‘Zwickelmania’ returns, Full Sail taps Wheatwine

Oregon Craft Beer rolls out another Zwickelmania, a chance to get an inside look at breweries, on Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 120 or more breweries around the state, including four in the Gorge.

YESTERYEARS: DaKine, Pro Motion relocating to Hood River in 1986

Sailboarding Scoop — Port of Hood River Manager Jim O’Banion notes that three sailboard industry manufacturers are planning to set up shop here this year. Da Kine, an international sailboard accessory firm, plans to locate a regional facility here starting next month. Pro Motion, which operated a sail-making operation next to the post office last year, will return this season and will consolidate other regional offices into a central location here. And a Vancouver, B.C., firm also reportedly will locate here. All three firms will be based on port-owned properties.

Cascade Observations: Sweetness of Winter

It must be February. The candy aisles are turning pink and red, enticing us to purchase sweets for our sweeties. It’s the month when we compose our own statements of affection or ask Hallmark for help in expressing our amorous feelings.

Parenting program starts in Cascade Locks

Enrich your child’s life and your own by attending the “Incredible Years” parenting program on Mondays, starting March 7, in English. The series will be held at the Cascade Locks School.

Second Saturday will be all about pilots

Want to learn all about being a Hood River pilot? Come on by the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum on Feb. 13 for a special talk sponsored by Classic Wings at 11 a.m. about Hood River pilots.

Five Gorge wines earn medals

The Columbia Gorge is home to world-class wine, and local wineries are starting to clean up at national competitions.

Revenue steps up fraud, identity theft prevention

Ways listed to protect yourself this tax season

Tax filing season has begun and the Oregon Department of Revenue wants to remind taxpayers to file early, file electronically, and immediately report suspected identity theft.

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Father of the Bride

Show opens Feb. 12

The vexing phone keeps ringing and it’s attached to a cord coming out of the wall. The furniture has doilies on it, teenagers read the newspaper at the breakfast table, and a middle class suburban family employs a maid.

City, county support affordable housing bill

Hood River City and County have penned support for an inclusionary zoning Senate bill, which targets affordable housing development.

City Council hears happy financial news

The Barrel Springs subdivision issue caught the attention of City Council Monday, along with alcohol concerns and a “symbolic” statement on gun control.

Sinfonietta, Stephen Seifert, pay tribute to America in music Feb. 26 and 28

The Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta, Hood River String Quartet, and special guest artist Stephen Seifert will gives audiences a sampling of great music from — or inspired by — America.

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 10

‘Wagging the dog’; Do research; more

School Bond: District crafts a solid plan to put before voters this spring

The Hood River County School District Board of Directors is poised to make a major decision for children tonight.

Entertainment Update for Feb. 10

The Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association brings pianist Krill Giladkovsky to The Dalles on Friday Feb. 12

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‘Speakin’ Eagles’ attend Linfield tournament

Last weekend, the Hood River Valley Speech and Debate Team attended the 81st Linfield Singletary tournament at Linfield college in McMinnville. The college began hosting the tournament back in 1933 and it is one of the oldest in the country.

Accountants add partner

Rowe & Deming, LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Business Advisors, welcomes Mark A. Rothman of Hood River as partner, and in doing so the firm is changing its name to Rowe, Deming & Rothman LLC.

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‘Finding Frémont’ exhibit opens Feb. 20

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum opens a new traveling exhibit, “Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West,” Saturday, Feb. 20.

Second ‘Regional History Forum’ Feb. 13

Local historian Sandy Bisset will share photos and stories at the Original Courthouse, 410 W. Second Place in The Dalles on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Pet of the Week: Foxie needs a patient, cuddly family

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Foxie as the program’s adoptable pet of the week.