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PARKDALE NEWS: Deer and elk planning session in Parkdale

As Upper Valley growers, residents and property owners know, deer and elk are causing damage to property and crops in the valley, and in turn financial losses.

The Hood River County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a comprehensive planning session at the Parkdale Fire Department on Wednesday, July 10, at 3 p.m. to discuss the situation and the possibility of putting together a comprehensive plan to help residents.

Local grower and Farm Bureau President Randy Kiyokawa will lead the discussion on the purpose for the meeting and a final discussion period.

“I met Forrest Franz who has been studying these animals and the idea fell into place to try to come up with a comprehensive plan in the best interests for all valley landowners,” said Kiyokawa. “We hope to see a lot of people at this discussion because they will hear a lot of useful information.”

Presenters will include Franz, who has been tracking habitat and migration patterns of these animals by observing photos, herd sightings by hunters and property owners, and noting fence locations and damage.

Franz will share some innovative ideas and cost-effective methods to direct these animals away from a path of destruction, such as placing strategic fencing and feeding stations, to steer deer and elk along a selected path.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Assistant District Wildlife Biologist Mike Moore will present information about the differences between deer and elk behavior and movement, the kinds of damage happening and remediation and current studies of the animals around Mount Hood.

Information will also be presented on how the Oregon Farm Bureau has been working with state agencies and landowners in Eastern Oregon in dealing with these same issues.

All Hood River Valley growers, residents and concerned property owners are invited to attend the discussion.

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Everyone is encouraged to come out this Saturday, July 13, to support two great Upper Valley institutions.

The Mt. Hood Town Hall is having its big annual community yard sale from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Community members are encouraged to make this fundraiser a big success by donating gently used items in good condition from July 8-12 at the town hall or by arranging for pickup of large donations by calling 541-490-5581.

As part of the fun local band Top Gun Conspiracy, along with band member Town Hall Youth Board Representative Elliot Cain, will be playing from noon until 2 p.m. for your shopping enjoyment.

All proceeds from the yard sale go toward renovations needed at the Mt. Hood Town Hall.

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Parkdale resident Ozzie Treichel will be celebrating turning 85 years young on Sunday, July 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Hood River. All his friends are invited to gift Ozzie with only their presence at the party in his honor.

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After finding bargains at the community yard sale it will be time for hungry shoppers to eat.

The Parkdale Grange is serving up a big barbecue lunch/early dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grange Hall on Clear Creek Road.

Hamburgers and hot dogs, a variety of salads, and ice cream dessert is available for just $5 per person.

This is the 100th year for the Parkdale Grange and the barbecue is a continuation of the celebration.

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Former Parkdale High and Wy’east High School students are reminded that the annual picnic will be held Sunday, July 21, at Toll Bridge Park.

All grads are encouraged to come out for a simple potluck of cooked or purchased food and visit with their former classmates.

For more information contact Marie Pickering at mpick@gorge.net.

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Upper Valley 4-H kids from the Hood Hoppers in Parkdale and the Mt. Hood 4-H groups are working hard this summer raising everything from rabbits, chickens and turkeys, to goats, pigs, sheep and steer for Fair.

On Friday, July 26, at 4:30 p.m. these 4-H’ers will be selling their animals at auction at the Hood River County Fair.

If you or your business is interested in supporting them by bidding on these animals for yourself or for resale, or if you would like to simply donate a specific amount to the bidding pool before the auction, you can contact the Hood River County Extension Office by calling 541-386-3343.

Many animal buyers support 4-H year after year and both the Hood Hoppers and Mt. Hood 4-H would like to thank them for their past support and for coming out this year to bid again!

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