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Saturday, December 31

 

Walden wins powerful seat

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has been chosen to chair the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, where some of the biggest legislative battles associated with a major shift in leadership will start.

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2016: The Year in Sports

Historic state titles for the HRV boys track and field and girls water polo teams were the biggest stories of the year, but there were plenty of other triumphs and trials in Gorge sports in 2016. Here are some of the top stories from 2016, sorted by the months in which they were published in the Hood River News.

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2016: year in review

Two turbulent local elections and an oil train wreck in Mosier forged the defining moments of 2016.

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Paint-out Jan. 21 features ‘Heart & Soul’

Calling all community members who love to make art — all levels of artistic ability welcome. Columbia Center for the Arts will be hosting a community paint-out in their studio/classroom at the center on Saturday, Jan. 21, and folks are welcome to drop in between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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‘The Hero’s Journey’ at Columbia Center for Arts

Columbia Center for the Arts’ first exhibition of 2017 is “Men’s Art: The Hero’s Journey,” running Jan. 6-29. This juried show explores the hero’s journey through the eyes of male artists for the region in a variety of artistic forms.

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Friday, December 30



Elks honor Mooney, Graves as Students of the Month for Nov.

Madison Mooney and Morgan Graves, both Hood River Valley High School seniors, have been selected as the November Students of the Month. Both were presented checks for $100 in recognition of their volunteer efforts in the community and their achievements at school during a Lodge Meeting.

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Thursday, December 29

  

Wednesday, December 28

 

Hood River Art Club exhibit

The Hood River Art Club is exhibiting works by members this month at the Hood River Library during regular library hours. Coming in January, the club will hold a show at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital through the month of March.

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‘A Community of Music 2.0’ concert Jan. 15

The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association is proud to present “A Community of Music 2.0” on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. The concert continues the tradition of combining CGOA’s Jazz Collective Big Band with other notable community musical ensembles.

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UP Railroad agrees to changes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The nation's largest freight railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery oil train derailment in Oregon and the discovery of more than 800 potential safety violations across its sprawling network.

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Kayla Bowker: Iron Woman

To this day, Kayla Bowker can’t shake the crunching sound her body made as two tons of moving steel slammed into it.

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Winning Windows 2016

Lucy Gorman, owner of Lucy’s Flowers on Oak Street, stands in front of her winning storefront display

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Tuesday, December 27

 

Saturday, December 24



Honorary Fire Crew

Firefighters Diego Vaca, left, and Kip Miller, right, welcome Finbar O’Donoghue, right, and his friends Jackson Bullock, left, Van Aiken and Jenner Baumhackl, aboard a Hood River Fire Engine for a special ride to school at May Street Elementary last month.

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Eagles blow out the Bruins

It wasn’t on the original schedule, but with all the games that have been canceled due to the winter weather that has hit the Gorge the past couple weeks, HRV basketball teams were grateful for a chance to compete against the Columbia Bruins on Wednesday, and even happier at the end of the contests. The girls whooped the Bruins 63-21 and the boys defeated Columbia 63-48.

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Aging in the Gorge meets Jan. 9

The next Aging in the Gorge Alliance / Alianza de la Tercera Edad meeting is planned for Monday, Jan. 9 from 5:15-7:30 p.m. in the fourth floor Down Manor dining room, Hood River. Dinner will be included.

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‘12 Columns of Christmas’ available at Hood River News

The editorial on A4 continues a long tradition of Christmas editorials in Hood River News. A few years ago, we compiled a dozen into “12 Columns of Christmas,” along with information on supporting Hood River Warming Shelter and other programs for the disadvantaged in Hood River County and the Gorge.

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OSP Log Book: ‘Your Tax Dollars At Wo –‘

From Oregon State Police, selected recent reports: Dec. 22 – Interstate 84, Mile post 66 west-bound: A truck “was still traveling in the fast lane when it lost control on the icy road surface. The truck slid across both lanes of travel, across the Koberg Rest Area on ramp and off the road and collided with a ‘Your Tax Dollars At Work’ sign.”

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PARCEL-EBRATIONS

Patrons line up, and a U.S. Postal Service employee works the window for parcel pickups, Tuesday at the Hood River Post Office.

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Meeting Santa

Second-grader Nolan Buel finds presents as names are called by his dad, Brandon Buel.

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What to do for Winter Break

Wednesdays through December — Pokemon Club, 4-5 p.m. at Hood River Hobbies. Ages 7-13; $5. Registration and parent check-in required. Bring a deck. Learn to play, battle with friends. More at info@ hoodriverhobbies.com

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Goodies to Go

Bonnie Taylor, left, talks with volunteer Darlene Daggett as she picks up her orders of holiday breads and cookies from the Fresh Start Culinary Program.

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Thursday, December 22

  

Wednesday, December 21

   

County Commission votes to allow DeeTour Hotel

Hood River County Board of Commissioners on Monday overturned the Planning Commission ruling against DeeTour Hotel, developed by Apollo Land Holdings, saying the proposal meets the county Comprehensive Plan as an allowed use.

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Swim team aims to repeat last year’s successes

The HRV boys and girls swim teams saw plenty of success during the 2015-16 campaign and though both squads lost some key athletes due to graduation, the teams largely expect to pick up where they left off last season.

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YoHOHs spread cheer with swags and more

Youth of Heart of Hospice/YoHOH visited the home of Bobbi and Bud Jones for their Thanksgiving outing. During their visit, they delivered homemade Thanksgiving cards, shared a few silly turkey jokes, and then received the warmest of welcomes from the Joneses, reports Jayne Mederios, Heart of Hospice volunteer coordinator.

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Un-stuck

Hood River Towing’s Kenton Chandler loosened a jackknifed semi stuck at Third and Cascade streets

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City sends out right-of-way snow cave alert

City of Hood River Foreman Dave Smock said his crews have made several disturbing discoveries during recent snow-removal routes: snow caves built into the piles and berms of plowed snow alongside roads.

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‘Tinsel and Tails’ rescheduled

Matthew Frost, Jason Barringer and Josh Barringer will play a piano trio arrangement of “Ukrainian Bell Carol" in the “Tinsel and Tails” concert on Dec. 29.

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Mosier Valley Senior Center starts online funding campaign

Since announcing that the Mosier Valley Senior Center was at risk for closing at the end of this month, board members report that multiple people and organizations have stepped forward to keep its doors open. A craft fair, held in November, also helped raise some necessary funds, as did a matching grant from an anonymous donor.

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Columbia Arts, Fresh Start team up Dec. 21-22

Students of Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program, under the direction of Pastry Chef Rainbow Trosper, will team up with Columbia Center for the Arts to bring eatable art to the holiday table this Dec. 21-22. Fresh Start will showcase a wide variety of pastries, confections and cakes that can be purchased at the arts center, or ordered in advance.

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Nordic Weather

The HRV Nordic team, along with non-school skiers, enjoyed cold temperatures, no wind, and sunny skies Saturday morning when they took to the cross country ski trails at Mt. Hood Meadows for a 4K/7K community skate race.

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The Bond of Boxes and Bags

Clearly there is not enough space here for all the acts of goodwill shown by Hood River County residents for Christmas Project, FISH food bank and other project to help those in need.

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Tuesday, December 20



Monday, December 19



Weather info for Monday, Dec. 19

Chains are required on I-84 from milepost 64 to Cascade Locks. According to dispatchers, traffic is backed up westbound from milepost 48; semis are stopping in the middle of the freeway and chaining up.

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Saturday, December 17

 

Ducks Unlimited

Steve Pribyl, left, Fred Coleman and Rich Thurman display awards received by the Gorge Chapter of Ducks Unlimited for excellence in gross and net fundraising efficiency at their February 2016 banquet and auction.

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Students spread holiday cheer

Mid Valley Elementary School second graders visited Down Manor, Hawks Ridge and Parkhurst on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 13 to sing and visit residents.

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Stuffing Stuffies

Christmas Project volunteer coordinator Kym Zanmiller, left, laughs with Jacquie Barone at the table laden with stuffed animal toys during this week’s toy and gift organization party at Hood River Fairgrounds.

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Steep Slope

Yellow “Caution/Cuidado” tape stretches from power pole to power pole at Seventh and Montello.

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Santa Visits

Alexia Aguilar, a Westside Elementary kindergartener, hugs Santa Claus Thursday during the annual Hood River Rotary holiday luncheon in the Gorge Room at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn.

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‘Owen Meany,’ ‘Twist’ conclude this weekend

Two local Christmas-themed plays conclude their runs this weekend: “Twist and the Trees” and “Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant.” The CAST production of “Twist” is at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade, and “Owen Meany” is at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State streets. “The Twist and the Trees” runs Dec. 16-17 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.

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Friday, December 16

 

Thursday, December 15



Wednesday, December 14

    

Wreaths from HRVHS

Hood River Valley High School student Ana Mendiola presents a wreath to Twin Peaks Restaurant employee Omar Gallegos.

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HRV Nordic places three on the podium in season debut

About half of the HRV Nordic team traveled valiantly through winter weather to Mount Bachelor for their first Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association (OISRA) race of the season on Saturday. Amid blowing snow and cold temperatures, the Eagles waxed and warmed up, then delivered three podium finishes.

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HRCSD starts process for replacing Virk

At the Nov. 9 meeting of the Hood River County School District Board of Directors, Board Member Jan Veldhuisen Virk announced she will be stepping down from her position effective Feb. 1, 2017.

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Festive Streets

Oak, State and some downtown side streets are illuminated this Christmas season courtesy of the Hood River Chamber of Commerce and local businesses and organizations that donate toward the tree lighting fund.

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All-state soccer announced

The Oregonain/Oregon Live recently released the names for 5A soccer athletes tapped for All-State honors and five members of Hood River Valley High School soccer teams made the list.

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Marijuana tax nets state $54M

Oregon’s retail marijuana program has raked in at least $54.5 million in tax revenue since its inception, the state Department of Revenue announced Monday.

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Kegler's Corner: Winter woes

Old man winter really got in our way last week, interrupting quite a bit of league bowling action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Nevertheless, we still had notable scores.

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Creative cross-country skiing

Snowfall in the Columbia River Gorge meant that many people didn’t have to go up to Mt. Hood Meadows or Teacup Lake to get their winter recreation fixes.

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Gorge Winds Dec. 16, 18

The 17th annual Christmas Concerts for The Gorge Winds Concert Band have been set for 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Wy’east Middle School, 3000 Wy’east Road in Odell and 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at Calvary Baptist Church, 3350 Columbia View Drive in The Dalles.

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‘Upcycling’ class

Trash to Treasure class participants enjoy their “upcycled projects” class Tuesday at Old Trunk Store, owned by Karin and Dan Platt, on Dee Highway.

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Tuesday, December 13



Presidential proclamation: Death of John Glenn

As a mark of respect for the memory of John Glenn, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions, until sunset on the day of internment.

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Saturday, December 10



Swags for Hospice

Odell Garden Club members Judy Wols Jackie Shaw, Jill McBee, Diana Carroll, Margaret Taylor and Norma Curtis, club president, recently made 64 mini swags at Hood River Valley High School for Heart of Hospice patients.

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Travels in India

Enjoy an evening with Hood River Valley High School senior Deylan Gudiel as he shares his travels and experiences abroad on Dec. 10 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Hood River Library.

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The Porch for Dec. 10

WELL SAID: “We can worry about it or we can just wax our skis.” — David Skakel, of Mosier, with the proper attitude about the winter storm.

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‘Twist’ opens this weekend

Sylvester Von Scheister (Ann Marie Goodman) talks with Tailor (Azmat Bhatty) about a coat while children Norman and Edith (Noble Williams and Lara Clute) look on in “The Twist and the Trees."

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Horizon Robotics team receives award

The Brick Busters, Horizon Christian School Robotic team, participated in the First Lego League Qualifying Tournament Dec. 3-4 in The Dalles. There were 20 teams represented at the tournament from around Oregon.

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Holiday show at Arts Center

Arts, crafts, toys, wearables, and more will be on display and available for purchase at the Columbia Arts Center’s Holiday Show and Sale through Dec. 24.

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Friday, December 9



Sports cancellations

The winter weather that arrived late this week has resulted in numerous cancellations of varsity high school sporting events that were scheduled for both Hood River Valley High School and Horizon Christian School

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Thursday, December 8

 

Wednesday, December 7

  

Rural revival returns

Rural Craft Revival, a gathering of local artisans, returns Dec. 8-10 at Springhouse Cellars, located next to Mt. Hood Railroad, on Railroad Avenue, which intersects at the east end of Cascade Avenue.

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Tum-A-Lum acquires Marson and Marson

Tum-A-Lum Lumber, a chain of retail building material centers in Oregon, announced last week it had reached an agreement in principle to acquire Marson and Marson Lumber Inc. in Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Chelan and Cle Elum, Wash.

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Sally Donovan gave her love to Gorge Cat Rescue

Inserting into this Wednesday's edition of the Hood River News is the fourth annual Gorge Giving publication. It’s also mourning the loss of Sally Donovan, CGCR founder and board president, who passed away Nov. 19 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Pinchot Forest holds Huckleberry open house Dec. 8

The Pinchot Partners and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest are hosting a casual open house Thursday, Dec. 8, to talk about huckleberry areas. The open house will be in Packwood at the Packwood Fire Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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SAIF urges winter precautions by employers

With possible snow and ice in the forecast this week, it’s important to keep workplace safety top of mind — even for offices and other businesses that aren’t frequently exposed to the elements.

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Kegler's Corner: Mixed sees tie

The first half of this season’s lively Tuesday Nite Mixed League at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes ended in a tie between Got Sand and You Can’t See Me with 25 points each. This unusual occurrence happened due to a big finish by the powerhouse Got Sand team, who made up a big chunk of ground last week by sweeping their opponents, taking all four points, while You Can’t See Me only got one point.

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Cost of Mosier derailment adding up

Vancouver (AP) — Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed in Mosier, officials in Washington, Oregon, and elsewhere are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific Railroad.

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HR Farmers’ Market will continue January to April

For the first time, Hood River Farmers’ Market is continuing monthly this winter. Gorge residents can continue to choose local food and buy direct from producers the second Saturday of the month, January through April, from 1-4 p.m. at Springhouse Cellars.

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In the Spirit of Giving: HRVHS begins annual donation drive for FISH

Every year, Hood River Valley High School provides the FISH food bank branches with about a third of their food and money donations for the year. The HRVHS canned food drive is now underway, and students are beginning to bring in their spare cash and cans. Leadership students have also been approaching the community to ask for donations.

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YESTERYEARS: Butler Bank Building to become new county courthouse in 1936

By unanimous vote, County Judge H.L. Hasbrouck and Commissioners Forrest L. Moe and J.D. Smullin decided on Wednesday to acquire for county court purposes the former Butler Bank Building, if the offer which they have submitted is acceptable to the State Bank Examiner, Circuit Judge Wilson and the depositors’ committee.

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‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’ this weekend

Local ballet students of the Columbia Gorge Dance Academy present three performances of “Scenes from the Nutcracker” at The Hood River Middle School Auditorium Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Different casts will perform in each show.

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12 ways to stay safe

Tis the season of merriment and gatherings of families and friends. Taking a few minutes to check for safety shows you are a wiseman or wisewoman and will help ensure a festive and fun holiday season.

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Tuesday, December 6

 

Annual Gorge Winds concerts Dec. 16, 18

The 17th annual Christmas Concerts for the Gorge Winds Concert Band have been set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Wy'east Middle School, 3000 Wy'east Rd. in Odell, and 3 p.m. on Dec. 18 at Calvary Baptist Church, 3350 Columbia View Dr. in The Dalles.

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Snowy hills

Hills along the Columbia River have picked up snow, but Hood River is still waiting.

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Saturday, December 3

 

BB gun vandalism

The Hood River Police Department has taken several reports over the last couple of weeks regarding car windows being shot out by a BB gun.

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HR County announces forest road closures

Hood River County Forestry Department requested and the Hood River County Board of Commissioners approved a temporary seasonal closure of gates on forest roads in the Northwest Area, Trails Program Coordinator Henry Buckalew reported this week.

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Hood River Lions Club announces local Peace Poster finalists

Claire Bokovoy, an eighth grade student at Hood River Middle School, Jennifer Alvarez an eighth grade student at Mid Columbia Adventist School, Luke Harden, a seventh grade student at Horizon Christian School, and Mitzi Ortega, and eighth grade student at Wy’east Middle School have all taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Hood River Lions Club.

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Dams scoping meeting in The Dalles Tuesday

The Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will host a public meeting Tuesday, Dec. 6 to seek public input on developing a plan to save endangered wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

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‘Sense of Place’ features Crag Rats Dec. 14 at art center

When the Crag Rats Mountain Rescue beeper goes off, the call may take the elite team of Gorge residents racing up a mountain peak to rescue an injured hiker, scaling a rocky ledge to revive a hiker who has fallen over a cliff, into a blizzard to search for missing skiers, or to a mountain airplane crash scene for body recovery.

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Regional Red Cross reached out to 137 incidents this fall

This fall, volunteers and staff with local American Red Cross in the Cascades Region have worked diligently to help people affected by disasters in this region and beyond. Since Sept.1, 2016, the Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington has helped more than 472 people affected by 137 local disasters.

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