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Wednesday, July 30

 

‘Art of The Wild’

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.

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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.

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Fair Moments

One of the great things about the Fair is meeting up with friends you haven’t seen for a while.

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Eagle wrestling represents

Hood River Valley High School wrestlers Andrew DeHart, Christian Marquez, Max Lane, Steven Swafford and Jessica DeHart made the long journey east to Fargo, N.D., this month to represent Hood River and the Oregon National Team at the 2014 USA Wrestling Freestyle and Greco Roman national wrestling tournaments.

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Bridge of the Gods goes off in Stevenson

Fueled by steady thermal winds and sizzling summer temps, the 14th annual Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest brought hundreds of kiteboarders and spectators to the Stevenson waterfront over the weekend for two days of friendly but fierce freestyle competition.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, July 29



Saturday, July 26

    

New weight limits for Bridge of the Gods

In July of last year, the Oregon Department of Transportation restricted heavy trucks from crossing the Bridge of the Gods after discovering dozens of corroding bridge components that were in need of repair or replacement.

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Peace Walk Monday

Two Interfaith Peace Walks, in remembrance of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, 1945, will take place Monday, July 28, in Bingen and Hood River.

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Democrats host candidates Sunday

Democratic Legislative candidates Robert Bruce and Stephanie Nystrom will be in Hood River Sunday for a 6 p.m. gathering hosted by the Hood River Democratic Committee. The location is 4420 Riordan Hill Drive (corner of Country Club and Riordan– first house on the right).

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HR port meeting Weds. on Nichols Basin

Port of Hood River Commission will host a public meeting Wednesday, July 30 to review preliminary construction documents for the Nichols Basin West Edge Trail. The meeting will focus on the presentation and discussion of 25-percent construction plans developed by Walker/Macy, the Port’s landscape planning consultant.

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Cemetery Tales returns Sept. 19-21

The sixth annual History Museum of Hood River County Cemetery Tales will take place Sept. 19-21 at Idlewilde Cemetery, with multiple performances each day and evening.

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Wylde wins Windsurfing Nationals event

The Columbia River in front of the Hood River Event Site was swarming with activity last weekend, as sunny weather and solid wind brought out the masses to play on the water and enjoy the classic summer conditions the Gorge is famous for.

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Parole-Probation joins Sheriff’s Office

On the morning of July 1, Parole and Probation personnel raised their right hands as Sheriff Matt English deputized staff. The Sheriff’s Office officially assumed the reins at the beginning of the fiscal year. Four Parole and Probation Deputies, a work crew supervisor and a corrections technician are tasked with supervising individuals in the community who are placed on probation by the court or released from prison. Currently, the division supervises around 300 offenders.

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Cervantes claims ICMGA club title

Indian Creek Men’s Golf Association held its annual Club Championship tournament over the weekend with a competitive field of 42 golfers vying for 19th-hole bragging rights for the rest of the year.

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Thursday, July 24



Wednesday, July 23

 

Horizon senior wins Fort Dalles Rodeo

The cheers and chatter of hundreds of rousted rodeo-goers mingled with the chorus of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” echoing across the brightly-lit Milt Tomilson Arena Saturday night in The Dalles.

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Tim Snyder wants to take his passion for music Underground

Tim Snyder has been hitting the streets and handing out business cards to let people know about his dream project of establishing the Underground Music Station — a music lesson, rehearsal and recording space conveniently located in downtown Hood River.

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Neighbors protest tree takedown

Wilson Street neighbors are protesting the cutting of two black walnut trees on the site of a new multi-family housing development near 12th Street.

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Tuesday, July 22



Saturday, July 19



Eight good reasons to grow and eat organic

1. To keep toxic chemicals out of my body. Even though we’ve been assured that the tiny amounts of pesticide residue present on our fruits and vegetables won’t hurt us, we do know that tiny amounts add up over time. These toxins tend to get stored in our fat, our liver and our brains. The fewer toxins inside me the better.

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Where to shop organic and vegan

The organic food movement isn’t new — Wikipedia claims it began in the early 1900s, before the First World War — but it is enjoying a surge in popularity. There are several organic markets in Hood River, two of which are Mothers Marketplace, located near downtown, and Rosauers’ Huckleberry’s, on the Heights.

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14th annual kitefest runs July 25-27 in Stevenson

The 2014 Bridge of the Gods Kitefest in Stevenson is set for next weekend, with the pro contest July 25, the amateur event July 26 and the Blow-out July 27. In its 14th year, the event is touted as the longest-running amateur kiteboarding competition in the country, and has successfully served as a platform for many young men and women aspiring to climb the ranks of the sport from amateur to professional.

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Forecast’s good for weekend wind events

A busy summer at the Hood River waterfront continues this weekend with two wind-related events, and if forecasts hold true, they’ll escape the occasional “if you schedule it, it won’t blow” curse.

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Sports Briefs for July 19

All HR County Forestry trails closed to OHV use; Indian Creek hosts Bob Hanel Memorial tourney; Youth summer running group meets twice a week; Veatch plays part on U18 state champion team

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Give Blood

During the summer, blood donations typically drop off dramatically as donors go on vacation and schools close, but the need for blood never takes a holiday.

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Friday, July 18



Wednesday, July 16

 

KB4C breaks $100k in fundraising

The wind gods smiled on the Hood River Event Site Saturday afternoon. Despite a less-than-favorable forecast, the wind kicked in at about noon, increased throughout the day and blew strong and steady for several hours, giving the 154 participants of the 7th annual Kiteboarding- 4-Cancer fundraiser a full afternoon of sunny skies and steady wind to make this year’s sixhour endurance race one of the best and most competitive in event history.

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Fire victim thanks rescuers

Elissa Poe is thankful that she was alone at home on July 10. Her children, Madeline, 10 and Nicholas, 15, were safe from the fire that destroyed her Indian Creek Court Apartment. Poe, 43, suffered smoke inhalation, and burns on her arms and face are still painful but healing. Yet Poe and her children grieve the loss in the fire of their beloved two-year-old dog Eleanor, named for Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Mystery of Mary Ann Miller

In the summer of 1921, an incident occurred in the Hood River valley which attracted attention. The incident made the front page of the Hood River News, the Portland Oregonian and a Boise Idaho newspaper.

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Public invited to give input on White Salmon River fish

Goals and priority focus areas to conserve fish habitat in the lower White Salmon River are being sought this month through an interactive online discussion. The online meeting is part of a process to develop a Fish Habitat Conservation Strategy for the lower six miles of the White Salmon River. Input from landowners, residents, recreationists, businesses and land managers is needed to design a successful strategy.

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Cascade Locks EMS fee headed for November ballot

The Cascade Locks City Council voted Monday evening during its regular meeting to put an Emergency Medical Services support fee on the ballot for the November general election, according to City Administrator Gordon Zimmerman, after the original measure failed during the May primary due to a lackluster voter turnout.

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Small fires spark in Mount Hood NF

Weekend lightning across the Mt. Hood National Forest resulted in 40 smoke reports, requiring firefighting crews to staff numerous fires across the forest.

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Six Heights homes evacuated because of natural gas leak

Police and fire helped Northwest Natural Gas evacuate six homes in an east Heights neighborhood Monday night in response to an underground gas leak. No one was hurt and there was no property damage, though residents in the homes on June and May streets between Fourth and Fifth streets were advised to stay elsewhere for the night.

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Meadows stoked to receive summer operations permit

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort announced with enthusiasm last week that it has been granted a summer operations permit from the U.S. Forest Service. Starting with two one-day events this August, Meadows will be allowed to run limited summer operations for the first time in the ski area’s 46- year history.

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‘Fight Back’ at Relay For Life

“Superheroes” will be the theme of this year’s Relay For Life of the Columbia Gorge, the community gathering on July 19-20 for the fight against cancer. For 24 hours starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, teams will walk around the Hood River Valley High School track to raise funds, and awareness, for the American Cancer Society.

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Saturday, July 12

 

Letters to the Editor for June 12, 2014

Judges back Ostrye, Boat basin battle even more ironic, No need for 'mood ring' on waterfront, Recycle batteries, 'Urinetown' a treat, Rights v. Views, Impact of WWI on middle east

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Teens rescued from canyon

A hiking trip for three Portlandarea teens nearly ended in disaster on Thursday after the young men got lost while hiking near Wyeth and then became trapped in a canyon by wildfire — which ironically spread due to the very helicopter that came to rescue them.

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Laser Blowout

Columbia Gorge Racing Association (CGRA.org) hosted the annual Laser Gorge Blowout race from its headquarters in Cascade Locks to the Hood River bridge Thursday (official results unavailable as of presstime Friday morning).

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Barrel racers win big in Scappoose

While many girls their age are relaxing in the sunshine, hanging out with friends, sleeping-in and catching up on the latest Zac Efron movies, Josee Claxton and Maddie May Lewis have been spending their summer vacation taking care of their animals, training and traveling the Northwest to compete in the summer rodeo and barrel racing circuits.

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Friday, July 11

  

Wednesday, July 9

     

HRV Hall of Fame Committee announces inductees

The Hood River Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee recently announced its list of inductees for the 2014 class. Among the athletes being honored for their past accomplishments are five individuals and two teams from HRVHS and one individual from Cascade Locks High School.

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Locals enjoy dog agility trials

Organizers and competitors of the recent American Kennel Club’s Dog Agility Competition raved about the beautiful setting at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, according to organizer Sue Gaulke of Hood River.

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Cascade Observations: What we leave behind

In 1979 author and illustrator David Macaulay produced an extremely clever book called “Motel of the Mysteries.” The publication of the book followed the Tutankhamen exhibit that toured the USA from 1976-79. The premise of the book was ingenious — archaeologists from the future uncover a strange complex of buildings of unknown origin.

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Collaboration invigorates Community Ed soccer offerings

Wy’east defeated White Salmon 5-1 Thursday evening to claim the first-ever boys’ Gorge Area Middle School Soccer League championship. The two teams had met twice earlier in the league’s inaugural season, with Wy’east winning both by a narrow one-goal margin.

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Record numbers: July 4 run draws 507

Organizers of the Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run were pleased, but apologetic, after the conclusion of this year’s July 4 event. A record number of regestered participants – 387 runners and 118 walkers – turned out for the annual tradition, making it the best-attended run since records were started in 1975.

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Truck stuck at Oak and Cascade

Jose Guzman of Guzman Towing maneuvers a Highway Transportation trailer weighing a total of 60,000 pounds after it got stuck Tuesday at the hairpin intersection of Oak and Cascade streets.

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Naito hotel remand remains unresolved

In a debate that has now lasted well over a year, proponents and opponents of a development slated for the south shore of the Nichols Boat Basin continued their verbal sparring Monday evening during a public hearing over whether or not the proposal has met land use criteria.

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Bingen pot retailer one of Washington’s first

Margie’s Pot Shop at 405 E. Steuben St., in Bingen, is one of the first retail marijuana businesses to receive a license to legally sell cannabis, according to a list compiled by the Washington State Liquor Control Board on Monday, the White Salmon Enterprise reported.

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Walden talks wolves in Dufur

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden told ranchers from Wasco and Sherman counties July 3 that Oregon had once been offered more wolves from Idaho.

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‘Decades of Play’ July 13

The History Museum is bringing back “Decades of Play,” a fun filled free Family Day, on Sunday, July 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum will have game stations inside and outside that will allow kids and families of all ages to play games and activities from the past century.

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Friday, July 4



ANOTHER VIEW: Summertime shouldn’t mean hunger for our nation’s children

As a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. I remember the long days of playing outside at a nearby park until I needed to come home for lunch. Unfortunately, many of our nation’s children do not experience the simple joys of summer. In fact, far too many are left worrying where their next breakfast or lunch will come from when schools are dismissed for summer break.

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Second HR Huckfest a success

The second annual Hood River Huckfest was held last Thursday under sunny skies and moderate wind conditions, and at the end of several high-flying rounds, the big-air kiteboarding event had its champions.

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U13 JBO boys snag clutch win

With temps reaching onto the mid 90s Tuesday, the stifling evening heat at Collins Field matched the intensity of a U13 Junior Baseball of Oregon match-up between Hood River and Reedville.

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City holds Naito hearing

The City of Hood River Planning Commission has set a public hearing for Monday, July 7, to decide on whether a hotel and retail development proposed for the Nichols Boat Basin is in compliance with the city’s comprehensive plan.

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History Museum hosts ‘Decades of Play’ July 13

History Museum hosts The History Museum is bringing back “Decades of Play,” a fun filled free Family Day, on Sunday, July 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum will have game stations inside and outside that will allow kids and families of all ages to play games and activities from the past century.

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Odell, CL, HR celebrate 4th

The Hood River parade rolls at 10 a.m. and fireworks shows are planned in Hood River and Cascade Locks, both at dusk. The Odell community parade starts at 4 p.m., with formation at 3:30 p.m. at Mid Valley elementary School.

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Find local produce at Odell’s Mercado del Valle

El Mercado del Valle is open each Saturday for the summer season under the Mid Valley Elementary covered play area. Local vendors provide hot food and cold drinks, craft items and information booths, along with children’s activities.

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Sports briefs for July 5

Strikers vs. Strikers Saturday a sendoff for U14 team; Wachsmuth earns national wrestling title; Gorge FC ties Inter United 2-2 in last game of season

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Momentum builds for TD bike park

THE DALLES – Two residents of The Dalles hope to rally community support for a bike park with dirt jumps and berms that allow riders to test their skills.

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Wednesday, July 2

 

County Fair returns July 23-26

The 2014 Hood River County Fair takes place July 23-26 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Road, south of Hood River near the community of Odell.

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Busy summer coming to Cascade Locks

Some big events are coming to Cascade Locks and Stevenson this summer, a testament to Cascade Locks’ growing place as a prime adventure sport locale: the North American Laser Masters Championship from July 11-13, the 14th annual Bridge of the Gods Kiteboarding Festival July 25-27, and the first Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon on Aug. 10.

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Oilers benefit from HRV baseball success

The Hood River Valley High School baseball team, guided by coach Erich Harjo, enjoyed a remarkable 2014 season that ended with the team playing for a state title in the OSAA Class 5A championship game June 7 against Sandy (HRV lost 8-3). The success of that Eagle team has certainly been a notable factor this summer, with many of those same players contributing to a strong Carson Oilers squad that has notched an impressive 7-1 record in the Oregon Junior State Baseball Association.

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Bowmen hosts annual 3D shoot

The Hood River-based Appleknocker Bowmen archery club hosted its annual Little John 3D shoot late last month, and the record turnout of nearly 350 people is evidence that the sport is seeing a measurable resurgence, particularly in younger age groups.

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Crag Rats and Forest Service host tours of historic Cloud Cap Inn

In partnership with the Hood River Crag Rats Mountain Rescue Organization, the Hood River Ranger District will be hosting free interpretive tours of the historic Cloud Cap Inn. This opportunity to tour the inn, discover its history, and enjoy the majesty of Mt. Hood will be offered on Sundays this summer beginning July 27, weather and road conditions permitting, and will continue through Labor Day.

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HR Police plan July 4 DUII enforcement

From July 3-7 the Hood River Police Department will be conducting a DUII enforcement campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to focus on people driving under the influence of intoxicants. This is in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is the fifth such enforcement effort since New Year’s. There will be a higher number of police officers on patrol during these enforcement periods.

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Lolley plea date pushed back again

A Hood River man arrested in December of last year on over a dozen counts of first-degree sexual abuse has had his plea date pushed back for a second time.

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One of MacArthur’s ‘Jungleers’

(This article was first published on Nov. 13, 2004, in observance of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, when Hood River News invited veterans to write their World War II memories. Bartlien is co-grand marshal of the July 4 parade in Hood River.)

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Honoring Old Glory

"The flag of the United States is the emblem of our identity as a separate nation, which the United States of America has been for more than 200 years. Therefore, citizens should stand at attention and salute when their flag is passing in a parade or being hoisted or lowered.”

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Historic Highway open following landslide

The Historic Columbia River Highway reopened at early in the afternoon of June 24 — nearly three weeks after a rock slide closed the road at the Stark Street Bridge east of Troutdale.

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Gorge Commission looks at oil trains

After not acting on requests in May and June to take a stand against oil and coal shipments in the Gorge, Gorge commissioners promised a frustrated crowd last month it would do so in July.

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Dogs compete in AKC Agility

If you are looking for an exciting family activity and if you love dogs, you won’t want to miss the American Kennel Club’s Dog Agility competition at the Hood River County Fairgrounds from July 4 through July 7. Show times are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

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Sports briefs for July 2

Big Winds ‘Ladies Night’ brings multi-sport camaraderie; Franks sinks hole-in-one; Northwest Area Trails remain open for motorized users; July 4 festivities limit recreational access at waterfront

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Summer Meals served in Odell

The Hood River County School District Summer Meals program started June 30 and will run through July 22 at Mid Valley Elementary cafeteria, 3686 David Dr., Odell.

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