Stories for October 2014

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Friday, October 31



Wednesday, October 29



Eagle football season ends Friday

It was a dark and stormy night … and, as is generally the case with narratives that begin this way, Friday’s home football game quickly went the way of a horror story, for Hood River Valley fans anyway.

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Middle school girls finish second at XC state

Hood River’s combined middle school cross country team (comprised of runners from Wy’east and Hood River middle schools) completed its season on a high note over the weekend at the middle school state meet in Portland, where the girls team finished in second place in the 3,000 meter Super Champs division (top division).

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Bryant and Duft marry Oct. 11 in Hood River

The beautiful Columbia River backdrop at the Best Western Hood River Inn patio was the site of the wedding ceremony for Jaclyn Rae Bryant, daughter of Terry Ray and Teri Lynne Bryant of Hood River, and Joshua Wil Duft, son of Thomas Jay and Michelle Duft of Gunnison, Colo. They were married Oct. 11, with Pastor Mike Ballah officiating.

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The Loop of Fine Wire

The following trifle has kept growing since I started it years ago, prior to the currently-popular social media platforms. In a year or two, it could probably be written again with Instagram the one slipping out of town unnoticed. Who can foresee the future? But I hate to envision one without postcards.

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Library holds ‘History Resources’ event Oct. 30

Celebrate Family History Month at the Hood River Library at a free event with Library Director Buzzy Nielsen, “Family History Resources at Your Library and Beyond” on Oct. 30, 6 p.m. at the Hood River Library. Free.

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Gala Fashion Show Nov. 7

Just on the heels of Halloween comes a chance to see some real costumes – attire for people of all ages – and help a good cause.

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USDA program assists weather-harmed farms

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought.

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Lions renew vision screens in schools

Local Lions Clubs once again increased their goal for student vision screenings to include all grades in all of the elementary schools and middle schools in Hood River County, reports Lion Heidi Venture.

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LUBA rejects appeal over park and ride

An appeal filed against Hood River County’s decision to approve the initial concept of a park and ride planned for use by Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort has been rejected by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA).

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Senior send-off is end of rocky road for HRV volleyball season

“This has been a special group of girls and they will be missed,” Scott Walker, Hood River Valley High School volleyball coach, said of his seven seniors following the team’s final game of the season last Tuesday. At a senior night ceremony during the team’s final dual against The Dalles, seniors Jestena Mattson, Lauren Winans, Jenni Packer, Giulia Bezzi, Kayla McCafferty, JoJo Karr and Jessie Karr were recognized for their character, leadership and contribution to the program.

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Helping Hands gets $10,000

Childhood pleasures such as going to a playground, a swim in the city pool, or a visit to a museum are rare for children who have experienced domestic violence.

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Skamania chamber hosts Small Business Showcase

The Skamania County Chamber of Commerce will host its eighth annual Small Business Showcase on Nov. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. New in 2014 is the showcase location at Cape Horn Estate, 81 Woodard Creek Road in Skamania, Wash.

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Tuesday, October 28

 

Saturday, October 25



Hood River's 5/6 team wins GYFL championship

Hood River’s 5th/6th grade football team held off a last-minute offensive charge by White Salmon to finish with a thrilling 20-16 win and take the championship title last Saturday in the Gorge Youth Football League season finale.

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Senior-night slaughter ups Eagles to 5A No. 1

Although a win Wednesday night against Hermiston didn’t come as much of a surprise, the absolute annihilation the HRV varsity boys soccer team achieved against the 5A No. 4 ranked Bulldogs seemed to leave both teams, and the rain-hearty fans watching from Henderson Community Stadium, in disbelief.

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Rip City meets Swell City

The Hood River waterfront was buzzing with activity midday Thursday as local Portland Trail Blazers fans descended upon Waterfront Park to take part in a commercial shoot for the team that will air during the upcoming NBA season.

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Outdoor News: Tips for finding elk

It had been two days since we’d found a fresh track in the blanket of snow that covered the forest floor. Some members of our group were worried, suggesting that every elk had left the area for parts unknown.

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Gorge Roller Girls start new season

The Gorge Roller Girls derby team hits the hardwood for its first bout of the 2014-15 season Saturday in an inter-squad contest between its two lineups, the Cherry Bombers and the River Reapers at Dufur High School. Doors open at 5 p.m. and action starts at 6 p.m., with tickets for sale at the door. The event will be run as a fundraiser for the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Julie Beliel Cancer Screening Voucher Fund.

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Friday, October 24



Wednesday, October 22



Sports Briefs for Oct. 22

Get ready for the Gorge Gear Swap; Saddle Club hosts rummage sale; HRV football to 2-5; HRATS, Dirty Fingers host Halloween-themed Kleeway fundraiser party

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Mayor candidates debate tonight

Mayoral candidates Greg Colt and Paul Blackburn face off tonight, Oct. 22, in a debate at Dog River Coffee, a follow-up to an exchange between the two men (see sidebar below) at last Thursday’s Hood River Rotary joint appearance.

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HR water polo makes state

After six straight wins — all by fairly large margins — Hood River Valley High School varsity boys water polo hosted league rivals, the Reynolds Raiders, last Thursday for an action-packed matchup between the Mt. Hood League’s top two team, and rematch of the Eagles’ only loss of the season. Reynolds again proved too tough to overcome, as they finished with a 12-9 win to secure the No. 1 league position with about two weeks left in the regular season.

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Columbia Gorge Marathon runs Sunday

The sixth-annual Columbia Gorge Marathon and Half Marathon returns to Hood River this Sunday, and with fall foliage well on its way and the potential for sunny weather in the forecast, the event promises to live up to its reputation as one of the most scenic marathons in the nation.

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City sets Walmart hearing for Dec. 2

A public hearing that could decide the fate of a planned expansion for the Walmart store in Hood River will be held Dec. 2, although how exactly that meeting will be conducted is still being sorted out.

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Tuesday, October 21

 

Saturday, October 18



Fourth shutout gives HRV girls clear shot at CRC title

Sophomore midfielder Mona Diaz picked up a loose ball, drove into scoring territory and found the back of the net in the opening minute of Tuesday’s varsity girls’ soccer matchup between the Hood River Valley Eagles and The Dalles River Hawks.

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HRV boys soccer shows no mercy

To say the Hood River Valley High School varsity boy soccer team is on a roll would be putting it lightly. From the looks of it, in fact, they’re darn near unstoppable.

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MHM parking lot decision appealed

A Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort park and ride proposed for the community of Mt. Hood has been put on hold while the county addresses an appeal from a neighboring property owner challenging the county’s decision to approve the project.

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Sports Briefs for Oct. 18

Vampires and Victims run is Saturday; Saddle Club hosts rummage sale; HRATS, Dirty Fingers host Halloween-themed Kleeway fundraiser party; Middle school coaches needed; CSRT FreeRide Team signups start

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Crosswhite, Robinson lead HRV XC

Justin Crosswhite and Lauren Robinson posted personal records and the Columbia River Conference’s fastest times of the season last weekend at the annual George Fox XC Classic at Willamette Mission State Park.

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Rat Rod comes home

Gary Fisher, Resurrected Rust team leader, delivers the rat rod “Roadmaster Jr.” to Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum on Oct. 11.

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Although short of forecasts, salmon run still breaks records

Although about 12,000 stragglers made their way through Bonneville Dam in the last week, the 2014 fall Chinook salmon run on the Columbia River is quickly tapering to an end. All told, some 2.5 million salmon and steelhead will have been counted at the Bonneville fish ladder this year (between Jan. 1 and the end of fall) as they continue their long journey from open ocean to their home streams anywhere from Eagle Creek just above the dam to the upper reaches of the Columbia and Snake River systems.

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Wednesday, October 15

 

ANOTHER VOICE: Support Measure 88 for a healthy, safe community

Yard signs dot our landscape, appealing for us to vote for the kind of policies and leadership we most want for our community. Every campaign and every vote matters. But no choice offered to us on Nov. 6 is more important to families in our community than Measure 88.

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HRVST hosts Harvest of Gold Invitational

The Hood River Valley Swim Team Ospreys hosted their annual Harvest of Gold Invitational over the weekend, with nearly 400 competitors from eight teams packing the house at the Hood River Aquatic Center.

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HRV football starts league schedule

Hood River Valley High School varsity football traveled to Salem last Thursday to take on the 6A McKay Royal Scots in the Eagles’ last non-league game of the season.

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Mid Valley News: Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair this weekend

St. Francis House held its annual pet blessing ceremony Oct. 10 at the youth center in Odell. Dogs, one very brave cat, and even a chicken came with their humans for a special blessing by Fr. Ron Maag, pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hood River.

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Youth football season peaks

Gorge Youth Football League action comes to a head this weekend in The Dalles, where teams will face-off in an exciting day of season-ending league championship games.

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Man charged in murder case

A Hood River man is behind bars and has been indicted by a grand jury for murder for allegedly killing the mother of his child.

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Logan Glass of HRVHS named National Merit semi-finalist

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced Hood River Valley High School senior Logan “Maui” Glass as a semifinalist in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. This academically talented high school senior has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

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Tuesday, October 14

 

Saturday, October 11

   

HRV XC continues ‘climbing the mountain’

“There’s no magic in running, there’s just hard work,” says Brandon Bertam, Hood River Valley High School cross country coach, and with just two meets remaining before the Columbia River Conference championships, the first-year Eagles’ coach says he’s extremely happy with just how much hard work the team has put in to get ready for the season finale.

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Hermiston? No problem for Eagle soccer

Matching muscle with muscle, Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team kept its cool and outplayed a very physical Hermiston lineup Tuesday afternoon in a 2-0 home win at Westside School.

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CL seeking approval of EMS support fee

After it failed due to a subpar voter turnout in May, a measure that would charge Cascade Locks electric customers a fee to support the city’s fire and EMS department is heading back to the ballot this November.

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Parks and Rec expands focus on ball fields

The question of how Hood River County will solve its ball field shortage is still up in the air as the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District continues to search for viable parcels that could be home to new public recreation facilities.

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This Week at HRVHS

This Week at HRVHS will be a new feature in the Hood River News, compiled by teacher Tom Ames.

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Christmas chorus is starting

Harmony of the Gorge Chorus is, once again, inviting women who love to sing to join us for our Christmas Chorus. Tuesday rehearsals in October and most of November will be dedicated to learning the carols.

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Thursday, October 9



Wednesday, October 8

 

‘Mountains are a part of my soul’

Life changed in July of 2010 for mountain climber Isabel Suppé. While climbing a wall of ice high in the Bolivian Andes, her climbing partner slipped and fell, causing both of them to fall 1,100 feet.

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Walmart expansion back before city council

You may have seen the mailers this summer or the full-page color ads in recent weeks in the News from Walmart regarding a potential expansion of the retailer’s Hood River location, asking citizens write or call the city and voice their support for the store’s expansion.

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Marijuana forum

Dr. Kevin Sabet, Ph.D, former Drug Control Policy Advisor to the White House and Executive Director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana non-profit, speaks at Friday’s Marijuana and Our Youth forum at Hood River Valley High School’s Bowe Auditorium.

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Big homecoming win for HRV football

The one-two punch of runningbacks Patrick Crompton and Parker Irusta combined for 201 yards rushing to help the Hood River Valley Eagles celebrate a festive Homecoming with a 56-14 win over the North Eugene Highlanders in a Class 5A football game Friday in front of a capacity crowd at HRV’s Henderson Community Stadium.

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Elks Lodge honors Anneke Virk, Caitlyn Fick

The Hood River Elks Lodge starts the new school year with the selection of Anneke Virk and Caitlyn Fick as their first two Students of the Month. They are both seniors at Hood River Valley High School and are very active at school, with extracurricular activities and volunteer service for their community.

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Oregon rejects Wyoming’s appeal of proposed coal port

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of State Lands has denied an appeal by the State of Wyoming that sought to revive a proposed coal terminal project on the Columbia River, leaving proponents with fewer avenues to bring it to life.

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Local writer Jane Kirkpatrick speaks Oct. 10 in The Dalles

Wasco County Historical Society invites the public to hear award-winning Central Oregon author, Jane Kirkpatrick, discuss historical writing and her latest novel, “A Light in the Wilderness,” Oct. 10, from 3-6 p.m. at Riverenza, 401 E. 10th St., The Dalles.

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A year in the life of a 4-H participant

4-H means many things depending on whom you ask. It can require different levels of commitment and countless activities, but one thing always remains the same, 4-H grows skills that you will have forever.

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‘MedReturn’ installed at Courthouse

Hood River County residents looking to dispose of excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications can now visit the safe and secure permanent drop off location at the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office located at 309 State St.

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Help Special Olympics

Hood River’s Special Olympics athletes and coaches are gearing-up and gathering donations for one of the local program’s biggest fundraisers of the year – Bowling with the Cops and Firemen. The event, in its ninth year, will take place Oct. 27 at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes Bowling Alley and will pair Gorge-area Special Olympics athletes with and against local police officers and firefighters in a friendly but fiercely-contested roll-off.

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Cascade Observations: The peace of sweet honesty

Two lost wallets, one six year old girl, one Great Blue Heron and a random license plate may not seem to have anything in common, but this week they collectively have reminded me that life’s messages are everywhere.

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Paisley caves make historic sites list

National Park Service has added the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves to the United States’ listing of the nation’s most important archaeological and historic sites. Situated near the town of Paisley in south-central Oregon, archaeological excavations at the site has produced evidence of human occupation in Oregon beginning 14,300 years ago, nearly 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.

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Olivas vies for Miss Teen Portland title

Vanessa Olivas of Hood River was recently selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Teen Portland pageant competition that will take place Oct. 12. Olivas learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviews in the Portland area. Olivas submitted an application and took part in an interview session conducted by this year’s Portland Pageant Coordinator.

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Tuesday, October 7



Saturday, October 4

      

National 4-H Week celebrates youth

More than 6 million young people across the country today will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of October.

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Close but not quite for HRV volleyball

Jestena Mattson nailed a team-high nine kills, Jenny Packer scored four aces and Jessie Karr gave seven perfect passes to highlight Hood River Valley High School varsity volleyball action Tuesday evening in a home match against the Pendleton Buckaroos.

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Crush caps off a great grape-growing season

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, the leaves are beginning to turn colors, and snows are slowly creeping from their summer homes on mountain summits down the rocky slopes of the Cascades.

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HR water polo gets revenge

Hood River Valley High School varsity boys water polo picked up two big wins this week against Mount Hood Conference opponents Barlow and Gresham.

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HRV soccer shuts out Pendleton in CRC opener

In their ninth straight victory, the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team continued its heavy-footed quest toward a return trip to the state championship with a 6-0 home win Tuesday against the Pendleton Buckaroos.

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Friday, October 3



Wednesday, October 1

  

Elephant-rhino event Oct. 4 in Parkdale

On Oct. 4, people from around the world, on six continents in 123 cities, will march for elephants and rhinos to raise awareness and ask governments to take action to end trafficking in ivory and rhino horn.

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Kegler’s Corner: Eskildsen shines

Woody Eskildsen earned top honors in league action last week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Woody scattered the sticks like a pro in the Monday night Industrial league, finishing the session with a super scratch 258 game. For the evening’s work, Woody was 138 pins over his average. We’ve been watching Woody’s progress and he’s definitely found some keys to successful bowling. The right hander has a nice smooth approach, finishes on the right side of the lane at the foul line which gives the best strike angle into the pins and rolls a nice hook.

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‘Blue Sky’ opens over HRVHS

Hood River Valley High School is now producing clean, renewable solar energy due to a grant through Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Program, additional funding from Energy Trust of Oregon and the actual solar panel installation by Scott Sorenson, Common Energy LLC.

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Apply soon for 2015 ‘Rain’ show

Columbia Center for the Arts asks artist to look to familiar weather for inspiration for the October 2015 “RAIN: an Exhibition,” celebrating the Pacific Northwest’s iconic phenomenon.

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HRV celebrates homecoming

Students dressed as superheroes, nerds and animals are just part of the fun as 2014 homecoming takes over this week at Hood River Valley High School.

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New location for one of town’s oldest businesses

Farm and orchard equipment retailer Sheppard’s has been at its location near the corner of First and State streets in downtown Hood River since the beginning of the Great Depression, but it appears it’s time for a change.

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APPLE TRUCK BURNS

A semi-trailer loaded with 42,000 pounds of apples destined for the east coast was heavily damaged Saturday after it caught fire along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about three miles east of The Dalles.

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Three suspected car prowlers arrested

On Sept. 23, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office took three people into custody who were allegedly actively breaking into parked vehicles on the Historic Columbia River Highway near Angels Rest in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Redmond rushing overwhelms Eagles

Hood River Valley High School varsity football got off to an exciting start Friday night in a non-league matchup against the Redmond Panthers. After jumping out to an early lead, however, the Eagles lost momentum to a powerful and undefeated Panthers lineup that dished the home team a 49-27 loss. The Eagles (1-3) will look to bounce back from the result this Friday as they host the struggling North Eugene Highlanders (0-4) for their annual Homecoming game at 7 p.m.

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HRV XC represents at Nike Pre

Hood River cross country was in fine form Saturday at the annual Nike Pre Nationals meet at Portland Meadows Race Track, where more than 100 teams from several states were there to compete in one of the northwest’s premier running events.

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Mid Valley News: El Mercado ends season

El Mercado del Valle celebrated its last farmers market Sept. 20 with piñatas — some made by St. Francis House, others donated by local businesses — music and dancing.

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Study shows ‘alarming levels’ of toxics in Columbia River fish

Columbia Riverkeeper recently announced results from the second phase of the group’s “Is Your Fish Toxic Study,” and Riverkeepr reports that the findings show “alarming levels” of heavy metals, toxic flame retardants, cancer-causing PCBs, and endocrine disrupting chemicals in Columbia River fish.

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