Stories for November 2017


Thursday, November 30

Wednesday, November 29


Downtown holiday events kick off busy weekend in the valley

Hood River Holidays happens from 4-7 p.m. on Dec. 1 in downtown Hood River, with the annual parade beginning at 6 p.m. at Oak and Seventh streets and ending at the Hood River News parking lot. Formation starts at 5 p.m. at Seventh and Oak; lineup is first-come, first-served except for parade sponsors.

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Insitu launches Shell contract

Insitu has announced a contract with Shell’s QGC, to leverage Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to deliver automated infrastructure inspection and management services for its operations within Queensland, Australia.

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Panel outlines oil terminal risks

SEATTLE (AP) — A major oil-by-rail terminal proposed on the Columbia River in Washington state poses a potential risk of oil spills, train accidents and longer emergency response times due to road traffic, an environmental study has found.

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‘Warming the Gorge’ returns, Christmas Project gears up

It’s that time of year again — time to make things for others as the holidays grow near. Some are not lucky enough to have anyone to make warm things for them, which is why Yvonne Ellsworth and Sarah Keller started the Warming the Gorge campaign in 2015.

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‘Every, every minute’: lessons from wearing the Happiness Lens

It’s 1963, and I’m in Mrs. Fridley’s first grade class in Salsipuedes Elementary School in Watsonville, Calif. I’ve been handed a thin piece of 8 1/2 by 11 pulpy muddy-white paper, set on a landscape view, the top half empty for a drawing, the bottom half set with wide pale blue lines.

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Clear Creek Distillery moves home to Hood River

The founding member of the Oregon craft spirits scene, Clear Creek Distillery will move its operations from Portland to Hood River in the first half of 2018. This move brings Clear Creek Distillery closer to the source of its signature Pear and Pear-in-Bottle Brandies.

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A Christmas Carol: Plays for Non-Profits presents a compassionate classic

“You are about to show me shadows of the things that have not happened, but will happen in the time before us. Is that so, spirit?” Scrooge’s longest night receives a fresh take starting Dec. 2 from the large cast of “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Lynda Dallman, on stage at Wy’east Middle School.

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Roots and Branches: Traditions new and old

Our Thanksgiving table was overflowing this year with caloric dishes large and small. The turkey was the centerpiece, cooked to perfection by son Corey, who uses a fancy device called a thermometer rather than my old-fashioned method of flapping the oven door open and shut every few hours to check on the bird’s progress. If the bird looks like it is getting too dark I slap a foil tent on its noggin and let it keep cooking.

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Tuesday, November 28


Advent Concerts start Friday

The three-week Advent Concert Series returns to Riverside Community Church, with Rule Beasley of The Dalles in the first performance, Dec. 1.

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Tinsel and Tails benefit Dec. 7

On the evening of Thursday, Dec. 7, the annual Tinsel and Tails concert will be held at Riverside Church. This is a holiday concert presented by students and friends of Diana Beterbide.

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Saturday, November 25


Kegler's Corner: Buntings Tops Fraternal

Buntings Auto won the first round in the competitive Wednesday night Fraternal league at Hood River’s 10 pin fun spot, Orchard Lanes. This puts Buntings in the roll-off for their league championship that will be held at the end of the season. Bowling for Buntings are John Riggleman, Mike Bosse and Ed Busick. Congrats to Buntings; it’s always fun to see some upstarts take it to the big boys. This is what makes league bowling so great.

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Leisure, hospitality grows despite seasonal losses

Hood River County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by a scant 0.1 percentage point in October to 3.7 percent. Ranked among Oregon’s 36 counties, Hood River’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate finished second to Benton County’s 3.3 percent.

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Gleaning: Where surplus and hunger meet

The Columbia Gorge Gleaning Project connects those experiencing hunger to local, farm-fresh produce. The need is high — one in three residents of the Gorge are food insecure — yet produce left in local fields is abundant. According to Feeding America, nearly half of the food grown, processed and transported in the U.S. goes to waste.

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‘National Pear Month’ marked in December

To kick off the 13th year of the U.S. Department of Agriculture proclaiming December to be National Pear Month, Pear Bureau Northwest/USA Pears is once again implementing promotional efforts on a global scale.

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‘Chicago’ preparations: Local choreographer offers dance lessons

Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association Stages is bringing “Chicago: The Musical” to Hood River in June 2018. In anticipation of the production, show choreographer and dance instructor Susan Sorensen, owner of Columbia Gorge Dance Academy, will be offering a class series for interested actors to brush up on their dance moves.

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The Porch for Nov. 25 edition

WELL SAID: “Drink and be thankful to the host! What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it.” — Franz Grillparzer

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Columbia Gorge CASA welcomes new volunteers

Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is pleased to introduce their newest child advocates: Becky Bell, Hood River, Taryn Tkach, White Salmon, and Daylon Donnelly, Antonio Marconi and Michael Wacker, all of The Dalles. The group was sworn into duty by the Honorable Karen Ostrye on Nov. 9 after completing 32 hours of training.

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Local Lure: This holiday, help your community by spending close to home

In the 2011, book “Visit From the Good Squad,” writer Jennifer Egan envisions a future when social media and other cultural interactions and behavior mean certain words and phrases, including friend, change, and identity, become “word husks” — “words that no longer have meaning in English outside of quotation marks, drained of life by their web usage.”

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USDA invests $13 Million to improve healthcare in Columbia River Gorge

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is providing $13.2 million to improve access to health care services for rural communities in the Columbia River Gorge, announced State Director John Huffman Nov. 20. The loan from Rural Development will be used by the nonprofit health care provider One Community Health to replace its Hood River community health center.

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Friday, November 24


Wednesday, November 22

Lisa Muñoz: Talking steps toward broadening community

Latina Lisa Muñoz spoke Nov. 8 at Hood River forum from the perspective of a native Hood Riverite who grew up doing orchard work, went on to gain two degrees in college, and returned to her community to do oral history work at The History Museum of Hood River County.

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Teen suspect’s mom: ‘This is trauma for him’

News brieft: Those close to a 15-year-old boy accused of starting a wildfire by tossing fireworks along a trail in Oregon's scenic Columbia River Gorge says he is from a church-going large Ukrainian family mortified by what happened.

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Highway Crash Monday

A two-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near Mosier caused a traffic crawl Monday afternoon. No serious injuries were reported in the wreck, in which a semi-truck and a passenger van were damaged.

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Fire Photography

A jagged line of fire cuts through the forested hill above Bridge of the Gods in a photo by Jurgen Hess. Gorge Photography Club will give a presentation on Eagle Creek fire photography, featuring Hess’ work, on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Hood River Library, 502 E. State St. Hess will give his impressions of the fire as a photographer and wildlife storyteller.

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Police seek details in Troutdale death

On Friday, Nov. 17, at about 4 p.m., Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Patrol Deputies responded to westbound Interstate 84 near exit 17 (257th Avenue) to investigate a report of a found body. Deputies located a dead adult male near the interstate.

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Search paused for Wash. hunter

Stevenson (AP) — The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 18 suspended search efforts for a 37-year-old elk hunter reported overdue in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

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Gorge Lit continues with Elks Foundation grant

Many people are asking what happened to the summer edition of The Gorge Literary Journal, originally scheduled for publication in August. Editors John Metta and Julie Hatfield were forced to postpone the last edition because of funding difficulties.

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Remains Wall

The Remains wall mural, on Third Street/Industrial Way/Columbia Avenue, is finished.

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Pick of the Week: Turkey Trot happens Thanksgiving morning

The annual Turkey Trot 12K, 5K and 3K run/walk takes place this Thursday, Nov. 23 — Thanksgiving Day — beginning at the Mark Hatfield West Visitor Center in Hood River. Registration is from 8:30-9:50 a.m., with a free kids fun run starting things off at 9:50 a.m. The race will begin at 10 a.m.

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Rotary hands out dictionaries

For the last 24 years, the Hood River Rotary Club has given a paper dictionary to every fifth grader in Hood River County. The club is rolling out this year's program.

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Cultural Trust seeks grant applications

The Hood River Cultural Trust has announced its annual grant cycle. To apply for a grant, view the grant guidelines and download an application at

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Tuesday, November 21


Saturday, November 18


Hood River Warming shelter opens on Sunday

Hood River Shelter Services will open for the 2017-2018 season this Sunday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at Riverside Community Church, 317 State St., in downtown Hood River — the sole site this year.

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Cascade Locks ‘Excel’ program receives funding boost from area businesses

Copperwest Properties, Celilo Restaurant and the Hood River County Education Foundation have joined forces to ensure that after-school programs at Cascade Locks Elementary School are expanded to include more students. The school district has been running the after-school “Excel Program” since 2013, but recently sustained a 50 percent reduction in federal funding for the program. This has resulted in serving fewer students and more limited programming.

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Pet of the Week: Carla loves to play and cuddle

Sweet little Carla has been selected by volunteers as Adopt A Dog’s adoptable pet of the week. She was found skinny and frightened in the streets. She had fur loss around her neck from being tied up too tightly in the past. When she got to the shelter and realized there were comfy laps and tasty treats to be had, she warmed up right away.

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Northwest author pens book of hunting stories

The Miner family has hunted blacktail deer in Goldendale for over 55 years. In that time, they have experienced some nearly unbelievable events. Todd Miner, of Richland, decided to write a book describing these events in detail, said a press release.

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Oregon State Parks celebrate ‘Green Friday’

Oregon State Parks invites you to play for free on Friday, Nov. 24 in celebration of “Green Friday.” The agency will waive day-use parking fees in 26 Oregon State Parks the day after Thanksgiving. For more details, visit

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Friday, November 17


Wednesday, November 15


Roots and Branches: ‘Melody of hope’

I had the great pleasure of watching the high school production of “Fiddler on the Roof” multiple times over the last three weeks. It was a splendid experience seeing these young singers, dancers, actors, musicians and technicians demonstrating an awesome array of talent to an ever-appreciative audience.

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Yesteryears: Partial eclipse hits Mid-Columbia in 1947

Residents of the Mid-Columbia who are interested in the partial eclipse of the sun Wednesday morning had an excellent opportunity to study the phenomena, for nearly clear skies prevailed during the two-hour period of progress of the partial eclipse, which covered about 25 percent of the sun’s surface as visible here.

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Leaf drop-off resumes at City Public Works

The City of Hood River is resuming leaf drop-off at the city’s public works facility effective immediately in response to concerns from residents that this service is important during fall season.

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Elks honor veterans at annual breakfast

Veterans Day morning was a packed house at Elks Lodge. Derek Larson went from passing out prizes in a special Veterans’-only drawing, then dealing with a small emergency as reported by Exalted Ruler Gordon Leigh.

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Meet this year’s HRVHS exchange students

The Hood River Valley High School exchange students arrived this past summer, and call various countries home. Francesca Mela, Javier Pico Escudero, Julia Carmen Van den Broek, Nadja Essing, and Stefan Salmar are among these students, and had a lot to say about their experience and what they have enjoyed about their exchange so far.

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Dam deal goes to ODFW

Portland — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $6.2 million contract to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to operate and maintain the Bonneville Fish Hatchery, on the Columbia River.

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Climb for a Cause: Free info session at pFriem Brewery Nov. 16

The Climb for Clean Air mountaineering and fundraising program announces its 2018 climb dates with honorary co-chairs and climbing professionals Win Whittaker and Stacy Allison, as they inspire new teams of climbers to train for a summit, have an experience of a lifetime and help the fight to end lung disease.

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Tuesday, November 14


‘Putting Your House in Order’ Nov. 30

Anderson’s Tribute Center hosts its next “Putting Your House in Order” seminar at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30.

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Friday, November 10


Another Voice: To invest in a strong country, invest in clean energy jobs

On Veteran’s Day, let’s honor our veterans by taking steps to strengthen and protect our country. As a former captain in the United States Army, I consider the most compelling argument for renewable energy to be homeland security. The Department of Homeland Security says, “Without a stable energy supply, health and welfare are threatened, and the U.S. economy cannot function.”

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The Porch, Nov. 11 edition

WELL SAID: “Gentlemen, I don’t know what came over me. Forgive me. Forget all I said. I don’t remember exactly what it was, but you may be sure there wasn’t a word of truth in it.” — Pozzo, in “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett. Below, Gregory Gilbertson, who plays Pozzo, studies his script during a recent rehearsal at Wy’east Performing Arts Center — see Happenings, page A9.

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'Fiddler' closes this weekend

Hood River Valley High School Performing Arts Department’s fall musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” continues its run this weekend, with shows Nov. 10-11 at 7 p.m

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Waiting for Godot opens this weekend

Gogo (David Dye) struggles to get out of his boots while Didi (Kathleen Morrow) calmly ignores him in the opening scene of the Stages’ production, opening this weekend.

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Thursday, November 9


Wednesday, November 8


CRITFC dispatcher graduates from communications course

Dispatcher Sadie DeShong of Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries will be among the graduates of the 106th Basic Telecommunications class on Nov. 10 in Salem, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) announced.

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Gorge timber forum examines issues

This year’s Columbia Gorge Economic Symposium, organized by The Dalles-based Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, focused primarily upon the Columbia River Gorge region’s forest products industry. Several speakers discussed what they saw as the industry’s challenges and opportunities over the next 10 years.

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On Letters: Keep them coming

As part of our year-end coverage, in a few weeks the Hood River News will reprise the annual list of names of people who wrote in 2017 to “Our Readers Write.”

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City holds Heights URA meeting Nov. 9

The City of Hood River seeks community input on Hood River Heights Urban Renewal District (URD) project priorities at a public meeting this Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Hood River Fire Station.

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Disaster loan program opens for Hood River County

Hood River County businesses can now get direct aid from the Federal SBA (Small Business Administration) disaster loan program to help Hood River businesses recover from lost revenue from September's Eagle Creek fire.

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Cascade Observations: Hitting the trail

We hit the trail recently — not in search of land to homestead, but rather to learn about those who came before us, looking for land and fortune, and who oftentimes found bad luck instead. We packed up our Prius with some provisions, all-weather clothing, and a tandem bicycle, and headed south and east to learn about Northwest history.

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Tuesday, November 7

‘Oregon Talks Genetics’ in TD

Oregon Health and Science University Community Research Hub and Knight Cancer Institute’s Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center (CEDAR) is hosting an event in The Dalles, in which participants can share thoughts and opinions on cancer prevention, cancer research, genetic screening, and cancers that can be inherited, Nov. 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium. Dinner will be provided. For more information, email communityresearch; to sign up, visit

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Flags Lowered: Victims in Southerland Springs

Governor Kate Brown on Monday ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset Nov. 9 in honor of the victims of the Southerland Springs shooting.

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Monday, November 6

Saturday, November 4


Leaf drop-off resumes at City Public Works

The City of Hood River is resuming leaf drop-off at the city’s public works facility effective immediately in response to concerns from residents that this service is important during fall season.

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Children’s Park meeting Nov. 9

At the Nov. 9 evening session, city officials will describe what happens next in the design and construction process and ask for volunteer help moving forward.

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Waiting for Godot

“We always find something, eh Didi, to let us think we exist?” Estragon (David Dye, right) asks his friend Vladamir, aka Didi (Kathleen Morrow), in “Waiting for Godot,” the classic absurdist tragicomedy by Samuel Beckett, written in 1953 and still asking questions humans are still trying to figure out.

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Kegler's Corner: Lively Leads

TEAM of the WEEK: Richard Lively, +131 (731 series), Chad Mason, +123 (780 series), Lance Nielsen, +110 (761 series), Bennie Lopez, +107 (758 series), Phil Wilson, +101 (701 series).

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Tsuruta visit

Guests from Tsuruta High School, Hood River Valley High School’s sister city school in Japan, were in town this week.

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Insitu says thanks to Eagle Creek fire responders

Fun and games, including music by Family Man and Tony Smiley, and pumpkin bowling were part of the Insitu-hosted fire responder appreciation event Oct. 28 at Hood River County Fairgrounds. Ryan Hartman, Insitu CEO, left, and others talk with Hood River County Sheriff Matt English.

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Marching for ‘A Clean Dream’

Community members gathered Wednesday afternoon at Jackson Park for a rally and march to Hood River City Hall in support of DACA Dreamers (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and to encourage the passage of a clean Dream Act in Congress.

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Friday, November 3


'Fiddler on the Roof' continues run this weekend

Hood River Valley High School Performing Arts Department continues its run of "Fiddler on the Roof" in the Bowe Theater this weekend, with 7 p.m. shows Nov. 3-4 and a 2 p.m. show Nov. 5. The show will close next weekend, Nov. 10-11, with 7 p.m. shows.

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‘Resident Rights Month’ focus in October

Across the state, Oregonians living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities had what State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Fred Steele hopes will be considered a very successful Residents’ Rights Month, recognized each October.

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Wednesday, November 1


Hood River Middle School runners cap a successful season

A core group of dedicated Hood River Middle School runners participated in preseason training in August and, at the start of the school year, brought out the rest of the team. Unfortunately, the Eagle Creek fire put a damper on strenuous workouts and cancelled the season’s first two events.

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Governor calls off Nestlé water exchange

Citing legal issues and costs, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown asked state officials Friday to quash a water exchange with Cascade Locks that would make possible a Nestlé water bottling plant.

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Business Notes: Crossfit Viento up and running

Crossfit Viento opened this fall in a new commercial building at 210 Clearwater Lane in west Hood River, under owners Regan Huckaby, Karen McAdam, Bill Vawter and Christine Wells, all veteran Crossfit athletes.

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Sasquatch and Spirituality: A Native American perspective

Join Mel Skahan on Friday, Nov. 10 for “Sasquatch and Spirituality: A Native American Perspective,” at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. Skahan will be joined by the Bigfoot Beast Mode Show crew from KYNR Yakama Nation radio, and special guest Bob Gimlin. A pre-program dinner will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. program.

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Top pickleball player visits HR

Hood River Sports Club brought in the world's number two pickleball player Tyson McGuffin for a full day of pickleball instruction this past weekend as he continues his tour. There were a total of 20 Pickleball enthusiasts that participated in the clinic, players ranging from beginner to advanced levels.

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HRV volleyball heads to state quarterfinals

The Hood River Valley Eagles volleyball team this past Saturday punched their ticket to the state playoff quarterfinals after their sweep against a tough and young Wilsonville team that gave the Eagles all they could handle.

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Saundra Buchanan earns School Finance certification

The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) announced that Saundra Lee Buchanan, SFO, Chief School Financial Officer of Hood River County School District, has earned the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO).

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Democrats host Dist. 2 forum Saturday

Hood River County and Wasco County Democrats host a voter forum Saturday for Democratic candidates who have announced they will run the Oregon’s Dist. 2 Congressional seat, now held by Greg Walden (R-Hood River).

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Annual ‘Rooted’ story event Nov. 2

What secrets can you discover about your community in five minutes? Find out on Thursday, when nonprofit organization Livable Hood River presents an evening of storytelling by a diverse array of area residents.

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YESTERYEARS: Wy’east HS homecoming delayed due to power outage in 1967

Wy’east alumni were a little late for their homecoming this year, and a power outage drew the blame. Lights at the Wy’east field flickered and died as fans packed into the stadium overlooking a rain swept field. They failed to come back on, leaving the crowd to find its way home in the dark, wondering what happened.

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Judge sides with Washington coal hub backers

A Washington state judge on Friday handed a victory to the developers of a massive proposed coal-export terminal on the Columbia River, saying the state acted arbitrarily when it blocked a sublease sought for the project.

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Another Voice: Time to take action — approve Dream Act now

President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Sept. 5. This means that thousands of DACA recipients like me are no longer able to re-enroll. After March 5, 2018, DACA permits will begin to expire and hundreds of young people will be without protection from deportation, a work permit, and a driver’s license

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