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Saturday, November 28



On Stage for Christmas

Emelie Pennington-Davis, 15, left, and Anson Campbell, above right, are the youth element of CAST’s production of “Miracle on 34th Street,” the classic tale of faith in Santa Claus, told in radio theater style and directed by Gary Young.

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HRV athletics unveils new website

Just in time for the prep winter sports season that starts next week, the Hood River Valley High School athletics department has rolled out a new website that administrators hope will help players, coaches, parents, and fans stay connected and updated throughout the season.

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KEGLER’S CORNER: Aron Asai Stars

Last week was a good one in league action on the friendly boards at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. In fact, it was probably the best one this season as scores were significantly higher.

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The Porch, for Nov. 28

WELL SAID: “Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.” ― Cassandra Clare

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March of Dimes honors three Hood River Nurses

Hood River residents Anna Dillon, Lisa Erickson Sosa and Rachel Crowder were among 17 exceptional nurses from across Oregon and Southwest Washington recognized Friday, Nov. 13, at the fifth annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards. With 222 finalists, the state-wide committee selected the 17 winners in a blinded process.

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Sheri Castaneda is a familiar face at Bette’s

If Sheri Castaneda looks familiar, she should — she’s worked at Bette’s Place, a downtown Hood River staple at Fifth and Oak, for the past 27 years. She does a little bit of everything while on duty, from waitressing to washing dishes, seating customers to working the cash register.

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HRV senior organizes concert for Tanzania outreach

A senior at Hood River Valley High School, Olivia Newcomb is in the last stretch of a two-year effort to bring Full Circle Learning (FCL) to Your Sisters, an orphanage for girls and the Dinka School in Tanzania, Africa.

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Class of ’66 seeks classmates

The Hood River High School class of 1966 will hold their 50th class reunion Sept. 16-18, 2016, and are searching for the following classmates:

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Warm gifts: Parkhurst says thank you

After a performance of Thanksgiving and patriotic songs, students visiting Parkhurst Place on Nov. 22 were told, “Thank you for your gift, and now we have gifts for each of you.”

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Friday, November 27



Wednesday, November 25

 

Daily Bread: The parting gift

If I have learned anything in all my years of wandering in wilderness, it’s that there is the plan for the day and then there is what actually happens. And while I have come to expect the unexpected, the gift that came from putting fear aside on a hot August night in 2004 still resonates deep in the marrow of my memory.

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Eagles rack up All-Conference awards

One of the best fall sports seasons, if not the best fall sports seasons in the history of Hood River Valley High School concluded the week before last, culminating with the boys soccer team’s second-consecutive 5A state title.

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Thanksgiving holiday events

The annual Turkey Trot takes place Thanksgiving Day, Mosier Twin Tunnels, 10 a.m. at Mark Hatfield Trailhead; register starting at 9 a.m.; kids’ 200-meter run at 9:50 a.m. Choose the 12-kilometer, 5K and 3K run/walk. Proceeds benefit Mosier Schools.

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Holiday Happenings: Photos with Santa at the Columbia Art Center, more

Make memories with a visit and picture with Santa in the lobby of the Columbia Center for the Arts from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 13, and 20. Santa (who also happens to be starring in the CAST Theatre production of “Miracle on 34th Street” in the Columbia Arts Theatre) will be visiting with kids before Sunday show matinees during December.

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Allies at ‘Aloha’

The 2015 Nove Nove Maui Aloha Classic was one for the record books. The contest, organized by Sam Bittner of the AWT, marked the culmination of the American Windsurfing Tour and the PWA World Tour, bringing together the best windsurfers in the world for one unique competition. The event’s holding period ran from Oct. 28 through Nov. 10, with 10 days of competition.

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Mt. Hood land bill advances

A bill launched by Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden to speed up a long-delayed land exchange between Mt. Hood Meadows resort and the U.S. Forest Service has moved forward one key step — the piece of legislation found Senate Committee approval last week.

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Film festival features young farmers’ movement

Gorge Grown Food Network and the Rockford Grange present the Greenhorn’s Up Up! Film Festival, a series of independent films and shorts that explore the questions of farmland, access, rural livelihoods and sustainability of people and place, at the Rockford Grange Dec. 11.

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DIY Gift Day at HR History Museum Dec. 5

Are you tired of giving the same old store bought gifts year after year? Do you want to give gifts with a more personal touch but are great looking? Come to the History Museum of Hood River County’s DIY Holiday Gift Day and learn how!

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Thanks

Hearts form leaves and handwritten messages form a cornucopia of expression taking the shape of a long-branched tree.

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Yakama Agency shocks KPUD with $65M fire damage claim

In an Oct. 21 letter to the president of Klickitat County Public Utility District’s board of commissioners, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Yakama Agency issued a demand for payment of more than $65 million for calculated losses due to the Mile Marker 28 Fire of July 2013.

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Gorge Owned presents ‘Glacier Caves of the Pacific Northwest’

Until recently, little was known about the extent and value of glacier caves hidden under the Cascade Mountains. But new studies show that these caves are much more than just curious holes in the ice; they serve as valuable climatic and volcanic indicators, and laboratories for astrobiological studies.

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Ornament sale benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters

Jack in the Box, located at 1407 W. Sixth Street in The Dalles, is offering a limited-edition JOY Jack antenna ornament for $1, while supplies last. Net proceeds will benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge.

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Art Sale and Show at CCA

Arts, crafts, toys, wearables, and more will be on display and available for purchase at the Columbia Arts Center’s Holiday Show & Sale, Nov. 27-Dec. 24, featuring works by local artists suitable as gifts.

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Yesteryears: Postal Route 6 added to HR Postal Service 1975

A whole new series of addresses went into effect Saturday when the Hood River Postal Service added Rural Route 6 to its delivery schedule. Postmaster Stanley Hendrickson said the new route was added as an auxiliary route because of overloading on other rural routes.

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Saturday, November 21



National Initiative: Mindfulness Center trains ‘Mental Health First Aid’

The new Gorge Mindfulness Center founded by local psychotherapist Craig Schlarb, Ph.D., LPC (3088) is initiating the Mental Health First Aid program in the Gorge for the Faith Community. The Gorge Mindfulness Center will train up to 30 faith leaders to improve mental health literacy – helping them identify, understand and effectively respond to signs of mental illness.

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HAHRC BEATS: November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Every 19 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. That means nearly 30 million children and adults are now living with diabetes and another 86 million are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Recent estimates project that by 2050, one in three adult Americans will have Type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association’s vision is to raise awareness of this disease and for people to live free from it and all its burdens.

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Sheriff’s Office, MINT serve narcotics search warrants

Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force (MINT) conducted an investigation into the possession and delivery of methamphetamine which led to search warrants at 2350 Montello Ave., and 1623 Fifth Street, both in Hood River, on Nov. 12.

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Storm smacks Gorge

High winds and rain pummeled the Columbia River Gorge Tuesday, toppling trees and closing Interstate 84 eastbound from Troutdale to Hood River for the night.

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HRV seeks volunteer judges

Volunteers are needed to judge first semester Extended Application (EA) presentations on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 6:20-8:45 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 4-5:30 p.m.

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Business Notes for Nov. 21

Mid-Columbia realtors honor Julie Gilbert; Von Flotow finishes grading on Country Club; Brewery buys building from Diamond; State orders work ceased on Ryan property

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Pitch and Pool: Kudos for fall success, and a look ahead

The winter sports season dawns on Saturday, following Thanksgiving break for local students. As noted in This Week at HRVHS, the Blue and Gold Night will be held Nov. 28, and it’s a great opportunity to see the nascent skills of our Eagle teams in action, and give the youngsters the support they deserve.

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Friday, November 20



Wednesday, November 18

 

Gorge Soup for Kids applications due Dec. 4

Gorge Soup for adults has been cancelled this year due to lack of applicants, but the program is still stirring the pot for two early 2016 events: Gorge Soup for Kids (Feb. 25) and Gorge Soup for Arts, at a date to be announced.

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Churches, FISH renew Thankgiving Dinner tradition

FISH Food Bank, Asbury Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Riverside Community Church and volunteers from around Hood River are teaming up to serve a free Community Thanksgiving dinner at Riverside Community Church, 317 State Street, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, from 1-5 p.m.

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‘Most Valuable Student’ scholarship deadline Dec. 4

The Hood River Elks local “Most Valuable Student” scholarship deadline is Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. Applications must be registered online, or must be turned into the Hood River Elks Lodge, located at Third and Cascade, by 6 p.m. Applications may also submitted to the high school by 3 p.m.

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Voci gives winter choral concerts Dec. 3-4

Fresh off its inspiring, sold-out performance of Beethoven’s 9th, the Voci Community Choir is preparing to present its second “Voci and Friends” winter choral concerts. The performances are Dec. 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. in Wy’east Middle School’s Performing Arts Center.

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Yesteryears: McIsaac’s Store no longer operated by family for first time ever in 1985

An agreement has been reached that will transfer the oldest business in the upper Hood River Valley to new ownership next month. Malcom McIsaac, manager of McIsaac’s Store in Parkdale, said that on Dec. 15, 1985, the new owners will be in charge of the store his father, R.J. McIsaac, opened 75 years ago. It has been continuously operated by the family since that time, except for about a year after the old frame burned down. New owners are family members of a corporation headed by Jim Weseman. Others are his wife, Cleo; Wendell and Christine DeHart; and Joyce and Tony Weseman.

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Gorge Ecology Institute gives WS students hands on education

Fifth grade students at Wallace and Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School in White Salmon got a chance to experience outdoor education and stewardship firsthand thanks to a Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute program funded by Hood River’s annual Festival of the Fly.

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Grace and Giving: Gala Fashion Show racks up gifts for needy

The high-energy Gala Fashion Show, now in its 19th season, hit the Gorge Room at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn Friday night. A packed, energetic crowd turned out for the musical extravaganza, which is the primary fundraiser for the Hood River Christmas Project.

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Energy meeting brings interest of renewal

More than 50 people gathered on Nov. 6 at the Hood River fire station to explore ways Hood River can increase its investment in clean energy and benefit from local energy projects. On the same day that President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline, local government leaders, including city councilors and State Rep. Mark Johnson, came together with city staff, business owners, residents and regional experts to discuss Hood River’s clean energy future.

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Kegler's Corner: Ebersole & Spellman Shine in Senior Tourney

Our seniors had quite a 10-pin week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. The results from the recently completed senior tournament came in and it was definitely dominated by Joyce Ebersole and Lynn Spellman. Joyce and Lynn each won two titles. And, if you look at the leaderboard, you’ll see Joyce and Lynn each had a second place too.

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Minoru Yasui honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Hood River native son Minoru Yasui, who forged a life as a champion of civil rights first by breaking the law for walking down a Portland street, will be posthumously honored with the Congressional Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

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From hostile to habitat

Where once there was a bristling tangle of bramble and noxious weeds, the Friends of Willow Ponds are shaping a patch of healthy wetlands for native creatures to enjoy.

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Tuesday, November 17

 

Saturday, November 14

    

The Porch for Nov. 14

WELL SAID: “The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.” — Norman Cousins

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‘Blossom Hill’ opens in Odell

Andrea Fox has reopened the food cart in downtown Odell. The new Blossom Hill Coffee Company, in what was the Hood to Hills location, opened Nov. 4 for winter hours — Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Survivors of Suicide Loss Day set for Nov. 21

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as stories of healing and hope are shared through viewing a video created by the American Federation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

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Johnson convenes recreational liability forum

State Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) will host a forum Thursday to discuss Oregon’s current Ski Activities Statue and how it relates to recreation based businesses in Oregon. The event will happen from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Benson Ballroom of Columbia Gorge Hotel.

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Tuesday avalanche on Eliot glacier

Veteran Hood River climber Walter Burkhardt and friends set out before dawn Tuesday for a climb on Eliot Glacier, via Cooper Spur, on the north face of Mt. Hood.

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Friday, November 13

 

Wednesday, November 11

   

Christmas Project: When and where to register

Start-up operations for the 2015 The Hood River County Christmas Project have begun. The Nov. 13 Gala Fashion Show at Best Western Inn Gorge Room is the primary fundraising event for the Christmas Project: turn to page B3 for details.

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Meals That Matter

Meals Thanksgiving community meal – open to anyone, regardless of income – happens on Nov. 26 from 1-5 p.m. at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State streets.

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Boys dominate in quarterfinal win over Bend

After a rocky game against Silverton last Tuesday, the HRV boys soccer team returned to form Saturday with a decisive victory over Bend, besting the visiting Lava Bears, 2-0, and earning a trip to the 5A semifinals once again.

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Kegler's Corner: Rich Hoyt reigns

Bowling is such a great game — it never ceases to amaze and this team of the week is more proof in the pudding. A great mix of bowlers excelled in league action at Hood River’s venerable Orchard Lanes last week. Our fab five is comprised of a new bowler, a young bowler, a couple of top bowlers and a bowler who is part of the vast silent majority who enjoy the game week-in and week-out without much fanfare.

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‘Something to Talk About’: Celebrate Bonnie Raitt, the queen of the bottleneck blues

All Bonnie Raitt songs, all night. “Something to Talk About” will feature star Portland performers Lisa Mann, Anne Weiss, Bre Gregg, Ara Lee, Shelly Rudolph, Mark Bowden, Rich Landar, and Dan Stueber in a show that will be a rocking romp down memory lane and an in-your-face authentic blues-soul-folk diva power performance on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts.

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Cascade Pet Camp celebrates 10 years

Cascade Pet Camp, the lodging and training facility for dogs and cats, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a client appreciation party Thursday, Nov. 12, from 5-8 p.m.

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‘Nutcracker’ dates set

This year’s production of “Scenes from the Nutcracker,” presented by the students of Columbia Gorge Dance Academy ballet department, will be Dec. 12, with shows at 1 and 4 p.m., and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Hood River Middle School Auditorium.

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Farm hazardous waste collected

Thomas Bolman of Stericycle unloads a pickup bed full of hazardous waste brought by Pine Grove orchardist Vince Ackerman to the Nov. 4 collection event for farmers and businesses at the Hood River Garbage Service facility on Guignard Road.

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Cascade Observations: Trees speak to us

His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi has invited me to visit his country, the United Arab Emirates, come April 2016. Well, he’s sort of invited me, a little part of me — a six-inch handmade paper circle, formed inside a two-quart empty container of Nancy’s Nonfat Plain Yogurt, and made from construction paper scraps and a handful of dried prunes.

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Gala Fashion Show hits stage on Friday

The Gala Fashion show, the primary fundraising event for the Hood River County Christmas Project, takes place this Friday, Nov. 13, at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show beginning at 7 p.m.

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Yesteryears: Weather damages unpicked apples in 1935

Any hope of salvage of apples, which were on the trees during the cold spell, was abandoned on Tuesday of this week, for, with rising temperature, the frost went out and left the fruit a mass of pulp. A considerable percentage of fruit, which was unprotected in orchards, also has been so badly damaged as to be of little value. Late estimates are that the loss will be about 20,000 boxes.

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Tuesday, November 10

 

Monday, November 9

   

HRV water polo girls and boys advance to state semifinals

Thursday in Corvallis, both the girls and the boys battled in the 5A state quarterfinals after having qualified for berths with undefeated Metro 5A records while taking first place. While this will be the boys second year going to the semifinals, this is the first time the girls not only had a winning season, but are heading to the semifinals next weekend as well.

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Saturday, November 7

 

Tribes urge Gov. Brown to pull back water transfer

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation met with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s staff in Portland Wednesday to express their concerns over a cross water rights transfer between the City of Cascade Locks and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Another Voice: Land use planning can reduce wildfire threat and costs

The 2015 fire season was worse than any on record and summertime temperatures are steadily escalating. Increasing the average summer temperature by just one degree Fahrenheit results in an increase of 420 wildfires in the State annually, according to estimates by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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Port investigating bridge damages

The Port of Hood River is assessing damages to the Hood River Bridge where a suspected barge struck the concrete pier that supports the north lift span tower in October.

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Friday, November 6



Wednesday, November 4

  

HRV Boys XC brings home hardware from 5A state meet

The Hood River boys cross country team grabbed its first state trophy in recent years at the 5A state championship meet last weekend at Lane Community College in Eugene, where the boys once again edged Hermiston to take fourth-place overall.

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A blue Motiv bike and a boy named Josue

Do you remember the feeling of cruising the neighborhood on your first bike, having the freedom to ride from soccer practice to the local creek and making it home just before nightfall?

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ANOTHER VOICE: A new park needs a community’s shared vision

The City of Hood River is expected to grow by 4,500 people in the next 20 years. As the city grows we need to carefully plan for our future so that Hood River becomes a stronger, healthier, and more vibrant community, not just a bigger one. Public parks have a pivotal role in enhancing quality of life. We need to provide for the future livability of Hood River by investing in parkland now.

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‘Grease’ continues run at HRVHS

The Pink Ladies (left to right, Atari Gauthier, Ann Marie Goodman, Ella Van Cott and Olivia Newcomb) pump Sandy (Lauren Church) for details about her summer love in this scene from Grease, now playing at Hood River Valley High’s Bowe Theater.

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The Dalles Art auction Nov. 14

The Dalles Art Association and Gallery is gearing up for its 58th Annual Art Auction Saturday at 6 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.

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TD Mayor invites pot advocate to share stance with council

The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence recently invited Aaron Morin, a local resident, to address the city council as an advocate of siting more marijuana retail stores in The Dalles. “I’m here to ask you to opt in,” said Morin at the Oct. 12 council meeting.

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Yesteryears: Anderson Funeral Home partners purchase Belmont property in 1965

Partners in the Anderson Funeral Home have completed purchase arrangements on Belmont Road property for construction sometime in the indefinite future. Lela Vogt, one of the partners, explained lack of parking at the present Fifth and State street location convinced them that a move would be wise. Their new two and a half acre site should solve that problem.

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HRV football team in state playoffs for first time since 2004

The Hood River Valley Eagles advanced to the state playoffs for the first time in 11 years following a 33-14 win over The Dalles Riverhawks (1-7) on Friday in The Dalles. The No. 25-ranked Eagles (5-4), guided by coach Caleb Sperry, finished second to Hermiston (3-0) in the Columbia River Conference with a 2-1 record to earn their first ever 5A playoff berth.

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