Stories for July 2016


Saturday, July 30


HRV water polo gets ‘new’ leadership

Over the past four years, the Hood River Valley High School water polo team has quickly grown from a handful of athletes who struggled to win games to a team of more than 40 players who have state tournament experience.

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Richard Tillinghast concert at library Aug 10

With an acoustic guitar, Richard Tillinghast incorporates the sounds of Appalachian banjo, distortion, bottleneck slide, and syncopation into his poetic songs about wilderness, adventure, and self-discovery.

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Gorge quilters featured in area shows this summer and fall

Several upcoming exhibits will feature quilts and fiber art by members of the Columbia River Gorge Quilters’ Guild. Through Saturday, visit the Hood River County Fair to see 21 quilts created by members in answer to a guild challenge: Participants were asked to make a 24-inch square quilt using only two colors — plus lime green.

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‘Officer Friendly’ Sergeant Jesse Flem retires after 30 years

Jesse Flem never set out to be a sheriff’s deputy, but, after 30 years on the job, he’s about to retire from a career doing just that. His last day will be July 30 — he’ll be working security at the Hood River County Fair — before going on vacation and coming back on a part time basis.

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Ways of the Wind: July weather a windfall

July has come and gone, and what a windy one it was! Looking back at the iWindsurf records shows that there has been wind every single day. The least windy day, so far, still gusted to 20 mph. Even with a little bit of heat to finish off the month, there still appears to be enough wind to call it a prefect month!

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Friday, July 29


Wednesday, July 27


New waste collection bins’ debut

Council chambers take on an unusual look Monday as Jim Winterbottom, right, of Waste Connections, the contractor for solid waste disposal with the City of Hood River, presents to Hood River City Council Monday on a proposal for a set of substantial changes to waste collection service in the city.

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Evening of Oaths

A new City Council Member and two new police officers took the oaths of office Monday at Hood River City Council.

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Immigration Counseling office opens in downtown Hood River

Immigration Counseling Service (ICS), a not-for-profit immigration law firm based in Portland, has opened a new regional office in Hood River, located in the Union Building at 216 Columbia St. The office is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Gorge Downwind Champs sees big spike in participation

A flotilla of bright, red-orange shirts bobbing in the Columbia River provided a great contrast to the moody Pacific Northwest sky Friday afternoon as around 250 paddlers took to the water to participate in this year’s Gorge Downwind Championships.

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Herrera Beutler to BPA on wires: ‘Get it done’

At a meeting Monday in White Salmon, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler bluntly told the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) it should immediately get safety marker balls placed on its new transmission lines across the Columbia River.

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Oregon History Society opens display of iconic American documents

The Declaration of Independence. The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Monroe Doctrine. These bedrock documents laid the foundational "blueprints" of American democracy — and, some of the earliest printings and engravings of these iconic pieces will be on view at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) from July 29 through Feb. 1, 2017, in the original exhibition “Democracy's Blueprints: The Documents that Built America.”

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FFA, 4-H livestock auction July 29

The all-important culmination of a year’s work — the annual 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction — happens at the Hood River County Fair July 29 beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Kirby Ring.

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History Museum offers chance to ‘step back in time’

The Oregon Department of Transportation is sharing with The History Museum of Hood River County a brand new portable history display, “A Road Trip of Historic Proportions,” that the agency developed as part of the centennial celebration for the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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Tuesday, July 26

Sports Briefs for July 27

Payton Rigert receives honorable mention naming to All-American team; HRV alum named as new TD boys soccer coach; Reminder: BOTG Kitefest July 29-31

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Peters and Lassila engaged

Tim and Kris Peters, former longtime residents of Hood River, announce the engagement of their son, David, to Lynsay Lassila, both of Brush Prairie, Wash.

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Saturday, July 23


The Porch for July 23

TWIST-OFF fate: customers at food carts in the Hood River News parking lot have been imbedding beverage caps in the tar seam. There’s now a line of more than a 100, creeping ever eastward.

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Plenty to cheer about

The 2016-2017 fall Hood River Valley High School cheerleaders came home with several awards from a Universal Cheerleaders Association camp last week at the University of Portland.

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Sports Briefs for July 23

KB4C has best year yet for fundraising; Register before Aug. 1 to save money on BOTG Half Marathon & 10K; Hole-in-one recorded at Indian Creek Golf Course

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Rand Road water line

Roger Whitecotton comes out of the new subterranean vault installed in the past two weeks at Rand Road and Sherman Avenue, as part of the City of Hood River’s water line upgrade.

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Foster parent recruitment meeting July 25 in TD

Amy Lindley, The Next Door’s foster parent recruiter, will host an informational open house on Monday, July 25 from noon to 1 p.m. at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, 1400 W. 8th in The Dalles. Lunch will be provided and registration is appreciated.

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Paving closes exit 62

The I-84 paving project between Cascade Locks and Hood River is underway and as part of the project, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be paving the on- and off-ramps on I-84 from Hood River to Cascade Locks, including those in Hood River (at exits 62, 63, and 64).

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July 23 Stoked anniversary bash helps LymeLight

Stoked Roasters celebrates its second anniversary with a 6-9 p.m. party July 23 at the café, 603 Portway Ave., across from Waterfront Park. The event is also a benefit for LymeLight Foundation, whose mission is to help children and young adults struggling with Lyme disease to gain access and pay for proper medical treatment, and to prevent the long-term effects of Lyme disease through public awareness and education.

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Friday, July 22


Wednesday, July 20


KB4C enjoys great wind, major milestone

Before the event kicked off Friday night, Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C) had already achieved a significant milestone, celebrating its 10th anniversary. But by the time the last kite had come back to shore at the Event Site, it was clear that KB4C had reached an even bigger one.

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At County Fair, events expand, basic pleasures return

Hood River County Fairgrounds Manager Clara Rice said that patrons of this year’s fair, which opens July 27 and runs through July 30, will find many of the same elements they love and expect each year — rides, exhibits and entertainment.

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With changes, youth football starts Aug. 1

Football season is right around the corner and the Hood River Youth Football program begins Monday, Aug. 1. The first week of August is the Blue & Gold camp held Monday through Thursday evenings for kids grades 3-8. Led by Caleb Sperry, head coach for the Hood River Valley High School varsity football program, the camp is a chance for kids to learn skills and get ready for practices to start on the week of Aug. 8. Register now at

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Gorge Community Foundation awards scholarships

Gorge Community Foundation awarded more than $190,000 in scholarships and grants in May and June, benefiting students from several local communities as well as a wide range of public service initiatives across the bi-state region.

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Free Comedia Dell’Arte workshop at HR Library

Children ages 8-12 are invited to attend a free Comedia Dell’Arte workshop at the Hood River Library July 26-29 from 2-5 p.m. Preregistration is required at the library, and students must commit to attending all four days of the workshop, which will be taught by Sullivan Macintosh.

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County holds STR, marijuana hearings in August

Hood River County will tackle two divisive issues in tandem. Rules for short term rentals and marijuana businesses have come before Hood River County Planning Commission, and now the appointed panel’s recommendations will shift up to the elected Board of Commissioners for a pair of hearings in August to decide their legislative fate.

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Tuesday, July 19


Saturday, July 16


Art show in TD celebrates Oregon

Two Portland artists are featured in a local show that opened July 9 in The Dalles. The installation at the former Morin Printing building joins 24 other venues around the state celebrating the unique landscapes and culture of Oregon.

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Great NW Milk Drive to benefit Northwest infants

The Northwest Mothers Milk Bank and Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital (PHRMH) are hosting The Great NW Milk Drive to spotlight the importance of human donor milk for preterm infants and to increase the number of milk donors in Hood River.

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Fresh Start serves first farm supper

Mt. View Orchards and Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program are teaming up for a summer farm supper at the farm’s new dining venue, amidst 50 acres of pears, apples and cherries. The dinner is on Saturday, July 30 at 6 p.m., and features a romantic Italian buffet prepared by Fresh Start staff and students.

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Cancer Society links radon to cancer in women

A new report finds a statistically significant, positive association between high levels of residential radon and the risk of hematologic (blood) cancer in women. The study is the first prospective, population-based study of residential radon exposure and hematologic cancer risk, leading the authors to caution that it requires replication to better understand the association and whether it truly differs by sex.

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KB4C, 4U

The best events are the ones that start as acts of love, and so it is with the highly successful Kiteboarding 4 Cancer weekend that fills the Hood River waterfront July 15-17

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Sports Briefs for July 16

HRV water polo info sessions July 18 and 27; Hood River athletes place well in TrackTown Youth League Champs; Youth “Fun and Run” camps coming early August; Bridge of the Gods Kitefest July 29-31

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The 2016 Oregon girls wrestling national team just finished a successful training camp at Hood River Valley High School and are headed to Fargo, N.D., to compete in the USA Wrestling High School Freestyle National Championships.

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First act: Arts Initiative group unveils plans

An ensemble of artists, patrons, and artistic organizers have formed a new group, Performing Arts Initiative (PAI), for the long-range purpose of developing and presenting larger scale, higher-end artistic performances that are on a par with communities such as Ashland, Park City, Bend and Spokane, and make the Gorge a regional arts destination.

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Economic Symposium

The Dalles cherry grower Ken Bailey of Orchard View Farms, keynotes the Mid Columbia Economic Development District economic symposium Wednesday at Hood River Middle School.

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‘Eating Well’ magazine features Parkdale’s Tumbleweed Farm

The mouth-watering recipes of Parkdale’s Andrea Beemis gained local exposure this spring and can now be found in the July/August edition of the national publication Eating Well. Beemis and her husband, Taylor, own Tumbleweed Farm near Parkdale. Beemis writes a blog, “Dishing up the Dirt,” and is developing a cookbook due out next year.

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‘KB4C’ this weekend

Kiters and their gear will fill the sands, beaches and waters at Event Site and The Sandbar Friday through Sunday for the 10th annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer event, part fundraiser, part community party, and part celebration of life.

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Friday, July 15


‘Animal Habitats’ camp offered Aug. 2-4 in TD

What would it be like to be a bear, a fox, a raccoon, or an eagle? Kids ages 5 to 9 years old can explore “Animal Habitats of the Gorge” Aug. 1 through Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles.

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Thursday, July 14

Delays on I-84 near Rowena

Drivers should expect delays on Interstate 84 near Rowena Thursday afternoon, roughly 13 miles east of Hood River. Traffic is backed up for several miles eastbound and westbound due to an overturned semi-trailer. Crews were removing the semi from the roadway at about 11:50, and single lanes of traffic have been allowed through.

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Wednesday, July 13


Kollas-Cranmer July 4 Run results finalized

The results from the Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run are in after a bit of delay and congratulations go to Jesse McChesney, who finished first place out of the 269 people who registered to run the event (99 walkers), finishing in 39 minutes, 8.10 seconds. He narrowly beat second-place finisher Oscar Bauman, who completed the 7.41-mile course from Odell to Hood River in 39:08.39. Also going sub-40 in the race were Ahrlin Bauman (39:12) and Dusty Lopez (39:32), who finished in third and fourth places, respectively.

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Columbia River salmon fishing deal in the works

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities are working on a plan aimed at deciding how much sport, commercial and tribal fishing for salmon and steelhead will be allowed in the Columbia River and its tributaries as part of a long-term agreement starting in 2018.

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Boat runs aground at sandbar

This Bayliner vessel, owned by John Herrin out of the Tri-Cities area, ran aground late Thursday night after the pilot strayed too far from the shipping channel and struck the Hood River sandbar.

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Cascade Observations: Hidden Lessons

I’m trained as an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher, having received my endorsement after an intense program at Portland State University. During my studies there, I learned about the acquisition of language, including funny sounding subjects such as glottal stops and schwas. But who knew, years later, that I would continue informally studying linguistics while preparing for surgery and practicing yoga?

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HR County selects new administrator

Jeff Hecksel will step into Hood River County’s top staff position on Aug. 15. The Hood River County Board of Commissioners voted Monday afternoon to hire Hecksel, signing off on his employment contract.

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HR Babe Ruth All-Stars

Hood River athletes will be represented on The Dalles Babe Ruth All-Star teams, who will be playing in the state tournament later this week.

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Market, other changes happen at Town Hall

The Mt. Hood Town Hall will hold its first farmers’ market on July 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. The market will be held on the second Thursday of each month through September. The facility is located on Highway 35, 14 miles south of Hood River.

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‘Benny Beaver’ stars at OSU Day at County Fair

Benny Beaver will be showing his trademark buckteeth and flat tail at the Hood River County Fair. The OSU mascot will be cruising the fairgrounds on Thursday, July 28, starting at 1 p.m. with free photo opportunities and a scavenger hunt with prizes. Benny will help fairgoers learn what Oregon State University is doing in Hood River County.

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‘What’s In a Name?’ Klahre House students unveil new art work

“What’s In A Name?” art projects from the students at Next Door Inc.’s Klahre House program were on display last month at Hawk’s Ridge Assisted Living, located just a few blocks away. The student work moves this week to Klahre House, located at the Next Door Inc., 965 Tucker Road.

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Tuesday, July 12

Pet of the Week: JellyBean ‘the perfect size for any lap’

JellyBean has been selected by volunteers as Adopt A Dog’s adoptable pet of the week. He’s about 1 to 2 years old, and maybe a mix of JRT/Doxie/Chi and your-guess-is-as-good-as-mine! He’s 10 pounds, and we just can’t figure why the phone’s not ringing off the hook for this young dog. He’s got that premature gray, charmer thing going on, and couldn’t be sweeter.

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Saturday, July 9

11th Annual White Salmon River Fest next week

The White Salmon River Fest celebrates the White Salmon River, the communities, and the natural and cultural history that surrounds this watershed. This river is an invaluable social, recreational, agricultural and economic resource to those who call it home.

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Mt. Hood Town Hall holds first farmers’ market July 14

The Mt. Hood Town Hall will be holding its first farmers’ market on Thursday, July 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. The market will be held monthly on the second Thursday of each month through September. The facility is located on Highway 35 14 miles south of Hood River.

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Library Tree

Columbia Tree Service crew removes a 50-foot maple next to the downtown Hood River Library Wednesday.

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Stop Oil Trains

About 90 Gorge residents gathered Wednesday in front of Mosier Community School for a group photo as part of a day of consciousness about rail-borne fossil fuel transportation.

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Church News: Pastor Tim Willis installed

Wy’east Community Church, formerly Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist, will install Pastor Tim Willis on Sunday, July 10 at the Pine Grove church location. The service will begin at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

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Ames wins scholarship

Oregon Retired Teachers, Unit 20, from Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties, has selected Natalia Ames.

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Green Drinks heads to Mosier July 19

Gorge Green Drinks will be at The Dwelling Station in downtown Mosier on Tuesday, July 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The suggested donation for the event is $5, or free for GO! members.

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Friday, July 8


Thursday, July 7

Wednesday, July 6


Riverkeeper sues feds over Coulee Dam pollution

SEATTLE (AP) — An environmental group sued the federal agency that operates the nation’s largest hydropower producer Wednesday, saying operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state are polluting the Columbia River in violation of federal clean-water laws.

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The Dalles brings pot sales tax to voters

It’s tax time in the city. On June 27, The Dalles City Council voted 4-0 to approve an ordinance to impose a 3 percent tax on the sale of marijuana items by retailers in the city. However, the city’s voters will have the final say.

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‘Cantina’ style?

Skye Weiseth, as Princess Leia, strikes a pose with her father, Teg, as Chewbacca, and her brother, Jack, as Boba Fett, while Ben Bonham and his “alien band” play swing tunes, at Friday’s Star Wars-themed Hood River Library District celebration fifth anniversary at Georgiana Smith Gardens.

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Matthew Frost gains Eagle rank, landscapes high school health clinic

Matthew Frost, a junior at Hood River Valley High School, has just finished making a corner of his world a better place. But not just for himself — it’s for students who, when school starts up, can start receiving medical and behavioral health services at the high school’s School-Based Health Center (SBHC), a satellite site managed by One Community Health.

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Robber holds up Subway

The Hood River Police were called to Subway restaurant, located at 1920 West Cascade Avenue, for a report of an armed robbery on July 3 at approximately 6:58 p.m.

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Work at State and 12th streets

The section of 12th Street where it connects to State Street is the site of ongoing work this summer by Crestline Construction to install new sewer and water lines.

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HRMS’ Adam Smith named STEM Fellow

Adam Smith, a Hood River Middle School teacher, is one of 13 K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers from across the United States been named 2016-2017 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows.

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Avenue Q is no Sesame Street

Yes, Avenue Q features puppet and human characters interacting together. And yes, there are intermittent, computerized visuals reminiscent of The Electric Company and Sesame Street.

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Fire Works

An explosive Fourth of July celebration yielded, gratefully, no major fires in thanks to cool weather and the vigilance of fire crews, and despite the bone-headed behavior of some people using illegal fireworks.

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Daily Bread: Mending broken hearts

Last week was the 15 year anniversary of my open heart surgery. Since that time, I have always honored that day with something celebratory out in nature, like watching the sunrise from the summit of Mount Hood. There is no equal to the power of wilderness therapy.

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Tuesday, July 5


Saturday, July 2


Liz Tostada joins enforcement officer Marty Morgan on parking enforcement in Hood River this summer.

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Tour mill and logging sites July 16

Join managers of the Mt. Hood Forest Products Mill, U.S. Forest Service and Hood River County Forestry Department for a behind-the-scenes look at our local forestry industry, from planting to processing.

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The Ale List: Breweries wheel a tart pale collaboration

Save the date: in addition to Kriekfest on July 9, another beer festival is on the schedule this summer. It’s the third annual Solog festival, on Aug. 20 at the railway park in Parkdale. Solera Brewery and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales (hence So and Log) runs noon to 7 p.m. with music, food and ales from both breweries pouring in the park.

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Antique cars tour Historic Highway

As part of the Historic Columbia River Highway Centennial Celebration, the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway is hosting an Antique Car Tour, Saturday, July 23, 2016 from Troutdale to The Dalles.

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Lipps resigns from CL Port

A new spot has opened on the Port of Cascade Locks Board of Commissioners, following Commissioner David Lipps’ resignation last Thursday.

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Avenue Q opens next weekend

Avenue Q, a coming of age musical suitable for adults 18 and over, opens next weekend at the Columbia Center for the Arts for a four-week run. Show dates are July 8-9, 14-16, 21-23 and 29-30, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The show combines human and puppet characters and centers on the theme of the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood.

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With changes, ‘Relay For Life’ moves to marina

The Columbia River Relay For Life, titled “Evening of Hope,” moves July 9 to a new location, and proceeds on a different, shorter schedule, with an emphasis on music, dancing, and active fun while honoring cancer survivors and treasuring loved ones’ memories.

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Highway centennial celebration continues this month in The Dalles

Wasco County Historical Society invites the public to a program featuring the Historic Columbia River Highway’s centennial on Saturday, July 9 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Moody/Rorick House, located at 300 W. 13th St., The Dalles. Presenter Carolyn Wood, longtime member of the HCRH Advisory Committee, will highlight the history and centennial events. The program is free.

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Providence gains ‘Baby Friendly’ designation

“Baby Friendly.” It may sound cute and simple, but it’s not. Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital recently joined 11 hospitals in Oregon and 355 hospitals in the United States as a certified Baby Friendly facility, according to a Providence press release.

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Crews begin constructing Fallen Trooper Memorial

Flag Day, June 14, was celebrated with the groundbreaking for the long-awaited Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial. The memorial is located in front of the Public Service Building on the Capitol Mall in Salem. The groundbreaking was organized by White Oak Construction, the company chosen to construct the memorial.

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Friday, July 1

Hey, Dustin, The Wearhouse has your jacket

Garrick and Kelly Fisher have a bit of a mystery on their hands. The couple, who purchased The Wearhouse in October, discovered two lettermen’s jackets in their backroom they are now looking to reunite free of charge with their owners.

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