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Wednesday, November 30



City honors Water Polo

Mayor Paul Blackburn greets the Hood River Valley High School’s state champion water polo team as they are honored in Monday’s Hood River City Council meeting.

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Travelogue: South India

“Ujire?” I asked the bus driver for the 15th time, butchering the name of the village I would be calling home for the foreseeable future.

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Roots And Branches: The spirits of Willow Flat

A series of losses for our family, community and nation over the last year has left an empty feeling inside that is difficult to dispel. The empty places at our family table leave hollow openings in our heart.

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Holiday Treats: 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 be teaming up with Columbia Center for the Arts to bring eatable art to your 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 for pickup at the arts center.

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Beloved Maggy, ‘the perfect therapy dog,’ dies of cancer

The Hood River community lost one of its special volunteers earlier this month, when Maggy, the 90-pound chocolate Lab, therapy dog at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital for many years, passed away on Nov. 18, six months after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 9.

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‘Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant’ opens Dec. 3

The Christ Church pageant rehearsal is underway, and Owen Meany (Jimmie Oates, second from left) is redefining the crèche experience, to the surprise of Rev. Dudley Wiggin (David Dye, left,) and his best friend Johnny (Aiden Tappert, third from left) and the rest of the pageant cast — youngsters portrayed by adults in the irreverently comic “Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant,” opening Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Riverside Community Church.

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City nears ‘Sanctuary’ status

Sanctuary: a place of refuge and protection — Merriam Webster. Sanctuary city: official status by a city as resisting enactment of federal immigration policies.

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County certifies General Election ballot results

Hood River County Elections Department formally certified the Nov. 8 ballot last Wednesday. As a result, Carl Zerfing is officially the newest member of Cascade Locks City Council, in what has been designated Position 6, after his win in the write-in race.

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Winter sports schedule

Winter sports officially get underway this week for both Hood River Valley High School and Horizon Christian School.

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Yesteryears: Hood River Inn has new owner in 1986

And now it’s Nendels Hood River Inn — no longer just the Hood River Inn. The change came abruptly last week when Gordon Weller took over general management duties after Hood River Village Resort, Inc., closed the purchase arrangement.

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HRVST Osprey clean up at Fall Chinook Open in Astoria

Last weekend, the Hood River Valley Swim Team Osprey swam in Astoria at the Fall Chinook Open. The team had eight individuals who won at least one event. The following are the tops swims for the Osprey — all distances are in yards.

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Tuesday, November 29

  

Monday, November 28

  

Pool closure Monday

The Hood River Aquatic Center will be closed on Monday, Nov. 28 due to heating and electrical issues.

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Saturday, November 26



A Thanksgiving bulge — in Northwest electrical use — seen again this year

Bonneville Power Administration operators are prepared for the energy anomaly that they see every Thanksgiving Day. They have planned for an unusual bulge, or peak, in the morning as millions of people across the Pacific Northwest gather to cook meals, which rely heavily on the use of ovens and other appliances. After the big meal, system operators will be on hand to ramp power down during the tryptophan drop off.

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Arts Center hosts new Holiday Show and Sale

Arts, crafts, toys, wearables, and more will be on display and available for purchase at the Columbia Center for the Arts’ Holiday Show and Sale, Nov. 25 to Dec. 24. Local artists have pulled out all the stops to create beautiful handcrafted items.

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Glassometry’s Laurel Hagner offers Solstice retreat Dec. 17-19

Artist and teacher Laurel Marie Hagner of Glassometry Studios in Odell hosts a weekend Solstice retreat Dec. 17-19. To learn more about Hagner, her artwork or this retreat, visit www.glassometry.com, email laurel @glassometry.com or call 541-354-3015. Registration price includes all activities, art supplies and snacks on Saturday.

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The Ale List: pFriem wins Brussels Beer Challenge Awards

The winners of the international 2016 Brussels Beer Challenge competition have been officially announced and out of all the beers submitted by American Breweries, pFriem Family Brewers took home the American Revelation — Fermentis Trophy for their Super Saison.

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Tim Schell at AniChe Dec. 1

Waucoma Bookstore and AniChe Cellars are hosting Hood River author Tim Schell for a book talk on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at AniChe Cellars Tasting Room in Hood River, 301 Oak St. Schell will be discussing his new book, “Road to the Sea.”

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Entertainment Update for Nov. 26

United Way benefit Dec. 4 with Aaron Meyer; Holiday Open House at Discovery Center Dec. 3; Author Santella at Double Mountain discusses beer book

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The Porch for Nov. 26

WELL SAID: “Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.” — J. Robert Moskin

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Introducing Bart Vervloet, new CGWA executive director

For many people, especially longtime Gorge windsurfers, Bart Vervloet probably needs no introduction. He’s been active in the Gorge windsurfing and local recreation scene since the mid-1980s and has been a resident of the area for just as long.

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Sports Briefs for Nov. 26

Booster Club fundraiser at Springhouse Nov. 29; Hood River’s John Jackson receives first team All-Conference football honors at Middlebury

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Council to act on Title 5 rental rules

Hood River City Council meets on two consecutive evenings this week — its regular meeting Monday and Tuesday’s special meeting held solely to consider passage of an emergency ordinance on Title 5. This pertains to rules for short term rentals in residential zones.

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Friday, November 25

   

Wednesday, November 23

  

First Book awards five grants to local programs

First Book is a national nonprofit organization (501c) with a simple mission: to provide new books to children and youth in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy — access to books. Team First Book/Hood River is part of the national literacy effort and has been awarding book grants since 2000.

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Hood River Holidays kickoff Dec. 2

Hood River Holidays — that time of year when downtown is transformed into a festive wonderland of twinkle lights and holiday cheer — kicks off on Friday, Dec. 2.

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Flagstone executive director receives honor

Oregon native Sharla Mosqueda has received an Executive Director of the Year award for her outstanding performance at Flagstone Senior Living and her dedication to local seniors and their families. The annual award, presented by Milestone Retirement, is a nationwide recognition of exceptional service.

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Oregon cities setting retail pot rules

Some 30 counties and cities in Oregon approved some type of marijuana businesses in last week's election, and officials in those communities now must establish rules for every step in the production and supply chain.

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The Ale List: Fruit comes forward at Logsdon, pFriem

Fruit gains a big lift this month with three beers made from unusual fruits, pouring at pFriem Family Brewing and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales. Both are redolent, colorful ales, distinct but not overpowering with the flavor and aroma of their essential fruit: plums at Logsdon (Zuur Pruim — sour plum in Flemish) and at pFriem the blueberry Bosbesson and Farmhouse made from … kumquats.

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Agencies plan to study federal dams

After nearly two decades, the federal government is taking another look at how to operate and maintain its network of dams through the interior Columbia Basin.

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Nurseries Association honors Mark Johnson

The Oregon Association of Nurseries is honoring Rep. Mark Johnson of Odell (District 52) and four other Oregon legislators as “Friends of Nurseries” for 2016. The five earned the recognition for working with the nursery industry to solve issues of concern.

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Darrin Lingel back as Hawks boys b-ball coach

The Horizon boys high school basketball team’s “new” head coach is feeling right at home at the Hawks Nest, and likely hasn’t had too much of a learning curve when it comes to running drills and getting acquainted with this year’s roster.

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Westside Plan

About 60 people attended the open house Nov. 17 for the Westside Area Concept Plan, conducted by the City of Hood River, at Hood River Fire Station.

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In the huddle

Henderson Community Stadium saw one more football game this season Friday night: an interclass rivalry between the female members of Hood River Valley High School.

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Tuesday, November 22

  

Saturday, November 19

  

HRV XC hangs with the best of the West at NXR

Fresh off a fourth-place finish at the 5A state championships two weeks ago, the HRV boys and girls cross country team had arguably an even better performance last week at a race that was simply for fun… and bragging rights.

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Thanksgiving week: ‘Hymns of Thanksgiving’ benefit Nov. 19

The public is invited to a benefit concert, “Hymns of Thanksgiving,” featuring gospel hymns with Perry Cole, director of the Mid-Columbia Community Choir, along with vocalist friends from the choir, on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Parkdale Community Church, 4910 Baseline Drive, Parkdale. There is no admission at the door, but a freewill offering will benefit the FISH Food Bank.

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250 gather at ‘Somos Uno’ unity event

A standing room only crowd of more than 250 people packed Riverside Church in downtown Hood River on Nov. 12 for a post-election call to unity event sponsored by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries.

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Sports Briefs for Nov. 19

The annual Mosier Twin Tunnels Turkey Trot is happening again this Thanksgiving (Nov. 24), featuring 12K, 5K, and 3K races.

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‘Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant’ starts Dec. 3

Plays for Non-Profits, with director Kathleen Morrow, proudly announces the holiday showing of “Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant,” to be performed at Riverside Community Church, 317 State St., Hood River, on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and continuing Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.

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Mosier Senior Center seeks funds

Since announcing that the Mosier Valley Senior Center is at risk of closing at the end of 2016, board members have received a fund-matching grant through an anonymous charitable foundation, who will match all funds raised up to $5,000.

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Zerfing wins CL write-in council vote

The two-year unexpired Cascade Locks City Council position has been determined by write-in, with Carl Zerfing receiving 119 votes, Joshua Harestad gaining 42 and Shane Corbett 10 in a vote that saw 229 ballots split among 43 names.

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Friday, November 18



Giving Tree back at CL City Hall

The Giving Tree at Cascade Locks City Hall celebrates 25 years this holiday season of providing children in need with gifts — and there is still time to participate.

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Pipeline protest

Dozens rallied Tuesday at the Second Street overpass above Interstate 84 in Hood River, one of many coordinated protests against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, held in cities around the nation this week

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Wednesday, November 16



Volunteers needed for free Thanksgiving dinner

Volunteers are still needed to prepare and serve a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at Riverside Community Church on 4th and State Streets in Hood River.

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Gala Fashion Show raises money for Christmas Project

The Gala Fashion show, the primary fundraising event for the Hood River County Christmas Project, is set to take center stage at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn on Thursday, Nov. 17. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m

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Yesteryears: Crag Rats make vinegar plant run in 1926

Last Sunday, members of the Hood River Crag Rats were all set to scale Wind Mountain when it was reported by one of the “Rats” that 40 tons of vinegar apples were at the Ralph Jarvis ranch, ready to be hauled to the vinegar plant, and nobody ready to haul them.

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‘Polar Express’ begins: New North Pole constructed in Pine Grove

The Mount Hood Railroad is making the holidays a little more merry and bright on The Polar Express train ride this year, with service beginning Nov. 12. The story comes to life when the train departs Hood River for a one hour round-trip to the newly built North Pole set located in Pine Grove.

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Gorge hiker death ruled accident

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Human remains found at the bottom of a cliff in the western Columbia River Gorge have been positively identified as those of a former Utah woman missing since last month.

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Deadline near for SBA federal disaster loans

Director Martin Golden of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Portland District Office reminds Oregon small businesses of the Dec. 9 deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by severe winter storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides and mudslides in Clackamas and Tillamook counties that occurred Dec. 6-23, 2015.

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Thanksgiving week events

MAMA presents Thanksgiving celebration Nov. 21; Hood River Hobbies holds game sessions; Elks holds blood drive Nov. 25

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Thunder Island permit extended

Thunder Island Brewing Co. has been approved to keep doing business at their riverside locale for another two years, pending their move onto WaNaPa Street.

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‘Share the Warmth’ continues at Windermere

The “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drive, a long-standing tradition for Windermere offices throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, kicked off Nov. 7 with 41 offices, including five along the Columbia River, serving as donation drop-off sites.

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Superintendent’s Letter: Schools will remain places that ‘promote opportunity and learning’

We are fortunate to live in a wonderful, supportive and diverse community. In fact, in my three-and-a-half years of living in Hood River, I’ve been struck by your caring, neighborly and giving nature. Our willingness to try to understand one another, to learn from each other, and to honor and celebrate our cultural differences gives me great pride and fulfillment as your school superintendent.

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Tuesday, November 15

 

Saturday, November 12



New rules approved for upcoming prep basketball season

A new rule regarding free throw lane violations in high school basketball has been added for clarification. Players occupying the marked free throw lane line spaces cannot enter the free-throw semicircle until the ball touches the ring or the free throw ends.

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‘Toasted Cheese Day’

The math classroom of Troy Tactay fills with the aroma of cheddar in the twice-monthly lunch gathering “Toasted Cheese Wednesday” on Nov. 9.

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End-of-season accolades pile up for HRV athletes

Another fall sports season is winding down for Hood River Valley High School, concluding this weekend with the HRV Eagles girls water polo, who are aiming for the team’s first-ever state tournament victory.

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‘We are one’ event held on Saturday

Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) invites all community members to participate in a community expression of unity and solidarity, “We Are One—Somos Uno” on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

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Westside Area Plan open house Nov. 17

The City of Hood River hosts an open house on the Hood River Westside Area Concept Plan on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the Hood River Fire Station Training Room, 1785 Meyer Parkway.

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CASA program swears in new child advocates

Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program introduces its newest child advocates: Tonya Flory, Karen Lamp, Owen Lamp and Maresa Roberts, The Dalles residents; Krista Shilvock, White Salmon; and Guy Tauscher, Hood River.

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Gala Fashion Show, benefit for Christmas Project, returns Nov. 17

The Gala Fashion show, the primary fundraising event for the Hood River County Christmas Project, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is set to take center stage at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn on Thursday, Nov. 17. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m.

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Mosier Senior Center seeks grant match funds

Since announcing that the Mosier Valley Senior Center is at risk of closing at the end of 2016, board members have received a fund-matching grant through an anonymous charitable foundation that will match all funds raised up to $5000.

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‘Paradox of the Cascades Tribes’ talk happens Nov. 16

For decades, people have assumed that the Cascades tribes were sent away to reservations and are part of reservation communities. This historical paradox has vexed historians for generations because it appears that for many Cascades people, they did not remove nor are part of reservation communities.

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Tech managers invited to ‘Solutions’ event

Gorge Solution Partners (GSP) is hosting a launch event/reception Nov. 17, from 4 t 6 p.m.at the Hood River Inn’s Columbia Room. It is intended for business and technology managers who are interested in finding opportunities for improving their IT capabilities, and in contributing ideas for how best to bring that knowledge and expertise into the Gorge.

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Friday, November 11

 

Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.: Moment of silence for The Unknown Soldier

Throughout Oregon, on Friday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., houses of worship and fire departments are asked to observe the 21- second moment of silence and/or toll bells 21 times to commemorate the sacrifice of the Unknown Soldier interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Chair Affair Nov. 11

The annual “Chair Affair” event for Westside Elementary will be Nov. 11 at Springhouse Cellars from 6-10 p.m.

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Thursday, November 10

  

Wednesday, November 9

      

Special Olympics thanks

Writes Terry Cannon, Hood River Special Olympics coordinator: “Our local Special Olympics sincerely appreciates community support of the Barb Langer Memorial Shred Day held on Sept. 10."

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Cascade Observations: Isaac Newton’s lessons

I’ve spent the last few days hanging out with Isaac Newton — yes, that Isaac Newton, the guru of gravity, who should properly be addressed as Sir Isaac Newton. This past week, his lordship was reincarnated by local educator and May Street Principal Kelly Beard to help bring science alive — literally — to hundreds of kids from Odell.

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Double Mtn. hosts fundraiser Nov. 10 for Tilly Jane cabin

Blue Collar Agency has partnered with Double Mountain Brewery, Doug’s Sports, Shortt Supply, and the Oregon Nordic Club to host a fundraiser for the iconic Tilly Jane A-Frame. The event will take place at Double Mountain Brewery on Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

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Mosier track expansion denied

Following a Wednesday evening appeal hearing that stretched over five hours, the Wasco County Board of Commissioners reversed an earlier decision by the county’s planning commission and voted unanimously to deny Union Pacific’s application to add several miles of new track through the Mosier area.

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Veggies Rx Program benefits from Copper Apple Farm

While the forecast has been calling for big rains much of October, there has been at least a bit of “sunshine” in the Hood River valley as of late. A crowd of people from throughout the Portland area turned up to experience Copper Apple Farm, partaking in both a Harvest Fest celebration as well as a fundraiser, benefiting the Veggie Rx Program at One Community Health.

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AARP holds Safe Driver class in HR Nov. 10-11

The next AARP Safe Driver class will be held at Down Manor on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10-11 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The two-day class will cover the many changes in Oregon’s driving laws in the past few years.

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City accepts leaves at public works

Hood River City residents may dispose of leaves at the City Public Works facility at 18th and May Streets. Disposal hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

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Chocolate and WINGS

Organizer Erika Doring congratulates Matthew Williams, 11, upon his winning the first “For Love Of Chocolate” bake-off, and $100, Sunday at Springhouse Cellars.

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Sam Bertrand takes fourth

Hood River Valley High School Junior Sam Bertrand won fourth place in radio commentary at the Silverton High School Fox Invitational Speech and Debate tournament on Nov. 5.

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Tuesday, November 8

 

KOOBDOOGA Awards announced

The Friends of the White Salmon Valley Community Library announces the People’s Choice winners for art inspired by the KOOBDOOGA: Community Reads 2016 featured book, “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown.

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Skyline holds ‘Thanks-for-Giving’ food drive

Skyline Hospital will be collecting canned and dry goods Nov. 7-18, with all items benefiting the local food bank. Non-perishable donations can be dropped off in the main lobby of the hospital, located at 211 Skyline Drive in White Salmon.

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Monday, November 7

  

'Equipment failure' causes phone outages around Gorge

Hood River County has warned residents and businesses that Century Link phone lines across the Gorge in four counties in Oregon and Washington — Hood River, Wasco, Skamania and Klickitat — have been out of service, with some cases of temporary restoration.

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Saturday, November 5

  

Girls roll South Albany Rebels in first round game

During the regular season, the HRV girls water polo had a blowout victory in nearly every contest — defeating teams by such large margins that Head Coach Kellie Dunn feared the Eagles’ game could atrophy by the time they faced some stiffer competition in the state playoffs.

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Next Door reports success with mentor recruitment

With a goal of recruiting 30 male mentors in 30 days for its youth mentoring programs in October, The Next Door exceeded its goal. Through a recruitment campaign aimed specifically at men in the Gorge, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Mentor for Success have 34 new prospective male mentors undergoing the vetting process.

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‘Get yourself a notebook’

The Hood River Library hosts Portland author Ana Consuelo Matiella on Saturday, Nov. 12 for an author talk and book reading — the second time she’ll have presented in town in less than a month.

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Gorge honors Veterans

On Nov. 8, Gorge residents are invited to The Dalles Middle School for its 10 a.m. Veterans Day assembly

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Gorge Literary Journal welcomes submissions

The Gorge Literary Journal, a voice for writers in the Columbia Gorge, is now accepting submissions for its fourth edition. The submission deadline is Nov. 15 for this twice-yearly publication.

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‘The B.I.G. Swig’ taps in the Gorge on Nov. 12

The coalition Breweries in the Gorge (B.I.G.) is hosting its first ever multi-brewery event; “The B.I.G. Swig”, a one-day event inviting craft beer fans to get a sneak peek behind the scenes, with beer tastings and more.

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The Porch, Nov. 5

WELL SAID: “Elections determine who is in power, but they do not determine how power is used.” — Paul Collier

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Vienna Boys Choir in concert Nov. 15

The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association proudly presents the world renowned Vienna Boys Choir in concert on their current American tour. The Vienna Boys Choir's deep historical connection to the development of European classical music is unparalleled.

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Boys team bows out with tough loss to Ashland

A young HRV boys water polo team saw its season come to an end Thursday evening in Corvallis as the No. 5 Eagles lost a tough one to No. 4 Ashland, 10-7, failing to advance to the double-elimination round of the tournament for the first time since the 2013 season.

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Mosier city manager nominated for honor

Richard Wolf, project manger II, CH2M, shared at an early October Mosier City Council Meeting that CH2M had nominated Kathy Fitzpatrick, Mosier city manager, for the League of Oregon Cities’ annual Herman Kehrli Award.

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Gorge residents stand in support of Standing Rock protest

On Sunday, Oct. 30, more than 50 people of diverse faiths, ages and backgrounds stood together in the rain at Hood River’s Waterfront Park to show their support for the struggle of indigenous people and their allies at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota.

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Bunny Weather

Warm autumn sunshine brings out the class pet in Penny Davis’ fourth-grade classroom for recess Wednesday at Westside Elementary.

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Sno-Park permits now needed

As you prepare for the coming winter season, be sure to buy a Sno-Park permit. This year’s Sno-Park season began Nov. 1 and runs through April 30, 2017.

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‘Authors Among Us’ Nov. 9

The public is invited to “Authors Among Us,” a reading by area authors at the White Salmon Valley Community Library on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Sprint/Baker Gallery.

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Friday, November 4

   

Winery Chefs Pair Their Wines with Fall Dishes

Six stellar Gorge wineries — Hood Crest, Domaine Pouillon, Viento, Wy’East, Maryhill and Aniche — share favorite family dishes, and the wines they love to drink with them. And it’s not the food you might expect.

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Cooking with Kids

Our family recently moved, and as we are getting settled in our new home, I am reminded that cooking in general doesn’t need to be complex. It’s easy to get whipped up, no pun intended, in complicated ingredients and recipes—which I, of course, love.

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Q & A Laurie Walker, Dickey Farms

Dickey Farms in Bingen, Wash., was homesteaded in 1867 as the Henderson/Warner Farms. It became Dickey Farms in 1921 and has been in continual operation for nearly 150 years. The farm is currently managed and owned by the family’s fifth generation: Stanley Dickey, Janice Leis and Laurie Walker. John Dickey is the sixth generation working the farm.

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Bringing the past into the future at Mt. View Orchards

When Trina McAlexander returned to Mt. View Orchards in Parkdale two years ago — the family farm where she grew up — she was excited and grateful to be the third generation to work the land. Her enthusiasm hasn’t waned. “I love it — farming is in my blood,” she said. “I was born to do it and I’m honored to do it.”

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Thursday, November 3

  

The Daily Bread: O Canada!

There has been a fair amount of press coverage about a mass exodus of Americans heading to Canada if Trump becomes president. I hope this isn’t the case. It’s not because I think people should stay and soldier on with their lives. You see, I have fallen in love with a slice of Canadian heaven, my new true north, and I want it all to myself.

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Wednesday, November 2

    

Shelter Services: The shelter needs a home

Hood River Warming Shelter, the winter service of the non-profit Hood River Shelter Services, faces an 11th hour search for a place that can serve as a shelter for homeless members of the community, from November through March.

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Opportunity Connections makes plans to sell Thomsen Rd. site

The Board of Directors for Opportunity Connections, Inc. (formerly Columbia Gorge Center) has voted to sell its property, which includes three large buildings, at 2940 Thomsen Road, in the Hood River valley. The organization will continue to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as it has since 1967.

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District seeks public input on school bond project designs

On Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. the Hood River County School District will hold the first of several community open houses at Wy’east Middle School to talk about the design, layout, and function of the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) addition.

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Insitu aircraft lands at Smithsonian

ScanEagle, the Gorge-made robotic aircraft that has logged almost one million hours of flight, has landed in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum collection. The most widely known product of Bingen-based Insitu, the ScanEagle X200 was inducted into the museum earlier this month.

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Another Voice: The Oregon Promise vision keeps getting clearer

It’s not often that a legislator comes face to face with the benefits of the policies he or she has passed into law. I had such an experience last month when I was able to address a room full of students at Columbia Gorge Community College, who are the first cohort of Oregon Promise students in the Gorge.

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Tuesday, November 1

 
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