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Yesteryears: Hood River Memorial Hospital begins remodeling project in 1987

Work started Monday on a remodeling project designed to provide all the comforts and conveniences of a Portland facility to Hood River Memorial Hospital patients.

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Roots and Branches: ‘He never gave up’

The seemingly endless blanket of sparkling white snow on the ground exceeded the top rail of our deck this week, blocking the view of the brilliant white valley below.

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Teams forming now: ‘Bowl for Kids’ Sake’ returns March 11

The Next Door’s annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake event benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge is right around the corner. The fun takes place on Saturday, March 11 at Orchard Lanes in Hood River.

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Providence Hood River maintains near-normal functions despite snow

Winter conditions continue to create transportation difficulties in the Columbia Gorge area. The hospital has received several calls about operations.

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Julie Abowitt demonstration at Hood River Art Club meeting Jan. 19

Julie Abowitt, local printmaker and painter, will show her original linoleum block prints, etchings, and monotypes to the Hood River Art Club on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hood River Alliance Church, 2650 Montello Ave.

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ACA Rally

Eighty or so people gathered at Second and State streets early Monday afternoon to support retention of the Affordable Care Act.

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The Ale List: Brewers in Gorge fest showcases local ales

It was not Hood River’s first beer fest.

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 18

Walden unresponsive; Snow good; more

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Dedicated Delivery: In this tough winter, let your carrier know you care

Thank you for the continued dedication of our newspaper delivery crew.

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‘Hero’s journey’ exhibition at arts center

During the January exhibition at the Columbia Art Center, titled, “The Hero’s Journey,” two events focused on the show’s theme will take place. Both are free and open to the public.

Entertainment Update for Jan. 18

‘Community Forgotten’ opens; Winter Festival Jan. 20; more

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Oregon considers oil train safety bill

Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney has pitched a bill that would tighten regulations on railroads that transport crude oil and other hazardous materials.

Environmental groups concerned about mega-dairy plan

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A coalition of health and environmental groups is asking Oregon officials to investigate construction of a mega-dairy in Morrow County.

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Gorge MINT arrests three

Police say cases involve theft, meth charges

The Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force ended 2016 and started the new year by executing search warrants that led to the arrest of three people.

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Winter weather can’t delay Vaccination Exclusion Day

School children of all ages are coming up on a Feb. 15 deadline for getting vaccinations updated — and though winter weather is keeping some away from clinics, the deadline holds regardless of what Mother Nature brings.

Tax season begins Jan. 23; IRS offers tips, guidelines

The Oregon Department of Revenue and the IRS will begin processing tax returns when the 2016 tax season opens Jan 23. Taxpayers can submit their returns earlier, but processing won’t start until the tax season officially begins. Once processing begins, returns will be processed in the order received.

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Library celebrates updated children’s area

New shelves, furniture and Nilsson mural

Celebrate the newly renovated children’s area of the Hood River Library on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. This kid-friendly event starts with wacky Mo Phillips and his band, followed by food, games, prizes and more. Meet the artists and craftsmen who worked on this project.

GTA hosts presentation on OSU drone programs

Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) will host a Jan. 24 presentation on how Oregon State University (OSU) is using unmanned (or “drone”) systems on land, in the air and on-water/ underwater in faculty and student research.

New plastic surgery clinic opens in HR

Dr. Austin Hayes announces the opening of his new Columbia Gorge plastic surgery office in Hood River at 1750 12th St. The new business opened its doors in September. Procedures can also be performed at The Columbia Gorge Surgery Center in The Dalles, 1020 Webber St.

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