Stories for September 2017

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Saturday, September 30

 

‘BLIMP’ band will open for Ben Jones at Oct. 7 Gabay Peace Scholarship benefit

The BLIMP Band, aka “Bingen Loving Interstate Mystical Peace Band” opens for headliner Portland funk bass master Ben Jones and his band “Just Friends” in an Oct. 7 show at the Bingen Theater. The event is a benefit for the Susanna Blake Gabay Peace Scholarship Fund, “and a fun way to show support for our high school seniors,” said organizer Trish Leighton.

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District holds College Night

Wednesday, Oct. 4 is Junior and Senior College Information Night at Hood River Valley High School, as well as College Colors Day throughout the school district.

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Kegler's Corner: League scores soar

League action really heated up last week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. There was a passel full of mighty fine scores. Chad Mason is back after finishing college and the youngster has been pounding the pins just like he did when he starred on the award winning HRVHS squad a few years ago.

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Horizon challenges top team in state

The Horizon Hawks were riding a two-game winning streak heading into Wednesday, but that was before an undefeated Livingstone Adventist Academy team traveled to Hood River.

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Gorge Works hosts career tours for Manufacturing Day

Gorge Works is celebrating National Manufacturing Day, with business tours and other events on Thursday, Oct. 5, and Friday, Oct. 6, designed to let people know about the job and training opportunities available in the Columbia Gorge.

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Pet of the Week: Frankie is a ‘lovebug’

Frankie has been selected by volunteers as Adopt A Dog’s adoptable pet of the week. If you’re looking for a whole lotta love on tiny legs, meet Frankie (like frankfurter ... get it?), the cutest lil' Dachshund around.

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Friday, September 29



Thursday, September 28



Wednesday, September 27

  

Eagle Cr. Fire impacts dwindle despite size

In sheer size, the Eagle Creek fire hasn’t significantly diminished — 48,573 acres Tuesday — but its burden on traffic and firefighting resources is leveling off as fall weather settles in.

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Packing Out History

Nearly complete is the slow unlocking of a time capsule that is a historic agriculture building near Odell.

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National Merit nominates HRVHS seniors

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has named Hood River Valley High School seniors Brynnan Burns, Levi Geller, Katherine McElderry, Carson Orr and Ella Rand as Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program, HRVHS principal Rich Polkinghorn announced.

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Preparing to evacuate: ‘What Did You Pack?’

Eagle Creek fire and all its impacts have gripped the attention of everyone in the Gorge since Sept. 2. This was most true for the hundreds of residents who either had to evacuate their homes in early- and mid-September, or who lived in areas subject to evacuation alerts.

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The Daily Bread: Out of the ashes

In the first few days of the rapidly burning Eagle Creek wildfire, my heart hurt. It was a hurt that was raw, and penetrated to a previously unknown depth in my soul.

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Tuesday, September 26

 

‘The Tangled Skirt’

Director Judie Hanel presents the Steve Braunstein play “The Tangled Skirt” in an unusual theatrical setting, River Daze Café.

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Saturday, September 23

  

Symbol of Peace

Austrian exchange student Stefan Salmer talks with Judy Dutcher and other Rotarians Thursday as Hood River Rotary dedicated the third Peace Pole in the community, at Hood River waterfront where the Event Site meets the Nichols Basin trail.

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Walden proposes Gorge forest restoration bill

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) has introduced a bill that fast-tracks salvage logging and reforestation projects within the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and other scenic areas stricken by wildfires — such as the Eagle Creek fire.

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HRV Soccer: Late-game heroics

It’s unusual for a high school team to play its fall season home opener three weeks into September, but for the HRV boys’ soccer team, that was the case this week. On Sept. 19, the Eagles welcomed La Salle Prep for a non-conference matchup.

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Indian Creek Road cell tower hearing continues Tuesday

Hood River County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing concerning a proposed cell tower near Hood River Valley High School on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at the County Business Administration building conference room, 601 State St.

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Oktoberfest is Sept. 23

The second annual Hood River Elks Oktoberfest fills the parking lot at Third and Cascade, overlooking Industrial Way, from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. There is no cover charge. The community is welcome, and the event is family-friendly.

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‘HeART of Our Gorge’

The West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce is hosting the third annual Fall Festival of the Arts event Sept. 23-24 at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. This juried event of 40-60 artists is free and includes Hood River ceramicist Rebecca Brochu among the artists.

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‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’ Sunday

The Columbia Center for the Arts has rescheduled the showing of the National Theater Live broadcast “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern,” starring Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter”), Joshua McGuire (“The Hour”) and David Haig (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”), for Sunday, Sept. 24 at noon.

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Hawk Migration Festival Sept. 23

HawkWatch International (HWI) partners with USFS Mt. Hood National Forest, Portland Audubon, and Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum to host a Hawk Migration Festival on Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Summer of Smoke

Susan Crowley’s early-September image of a kiteboarder on the Hood River Sandbar invokes the pervasive impacts of the Eagle Creek fire.

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Thank you, firefighters

More images of community appreciation expressed to firefighters and first responders: Charburger Restaurant, a private vehicle on the Heights, and Hood River Seventh Day Adventist’s signboard on Cascade Avenue.

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Wednesday, September 20



Pick of the Week: Elks’ Oktoberfest returns Sept. 23

The second annual Hood River Elks Oktoberfest fills the parking lot at Third and Cascade, overlooking Industrial Way, from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. There is no cover charge. The community is welcome, and the event is family-friendly.

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Success is one caring adult away

To many who knew him, “Daniel” probably seemed to be just another sad statistic. Growing up on the tough streets of North Portland, he first started getting in trouble at age 12.

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Wy’east class of ’67 celebrates 50-year reunion

The Wy’east High School Class of 1967 held a 50-year reunion Aug. 18-19. Former teachers Joan Fowler, Roy Nellermoe and Mary Neville attended. On Friday, 62 gathered at the private campground of Mike and Sue Faulkender in Parkdale.

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Roots and Branches: There is no masking care

Farming is an honorable profession that can be immensely rewarding on one hand or exceedingly costly on the other, depending on often uncontrollable factors. I am reminded of the decades-old television commercial where the smirking actress says, “It’s not right to fool with Mother Nature.” Either we are getting our comeuppance for fooling with Mother Nature as of late, or she is fooling with us.

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Volleyball: big winners this past weekend

Last week, the Eagles opened league play against undefeated Pendleton at home. Losing in three sets, the Eagles moved to 2-3 on the season heading into their tournament at Century over the weekend.

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Tuesday, September 19



Hawk Migration Festival Sept. 23

HawkWatch International (HWI) partners with USFS Mt. Hood National Forest, Portland Audubon, and Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum to host a Hawk Migration Festival on Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Monday, September 18



Evacuations lifted for all Hood River Valley

The Hood River County Sheriff's Office is downgrading evacuation levels for the valley. Note that the west end of the county, including Cascade Locks, remains under a Level One (Get Ready) notice.

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Saturday, September 16

  

Weed of the month: English ivy

English ivy is a rapidly growing evergreen vine typically seen growing on hillsides, climbing trees, growing over fences and up the sides of houses. It out-competes other plants for soil, sunlight and water. English ivy can kill large trees by suffocating their trunks and weighing down branches. A mature English ivy plant can weigh up to 2,100 pounds, with trunk-like stems that can be nearly a foot thick.

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Remembrance ceremony Oct. 15

The Family Birth Center at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital (PHRMH) is hosting a remembrance ceremony for the parents and families within the community whose babies and/or children have passed away on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. at Riverside Community Church, 317 State St. Those who have been touched by loss are invited to attend the ceremony, which coincides with National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

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‘Conoce Tu Columbia’ launch party Sept. 19

Join Columbia Riverkeeper for the launch of its new Radio Tierra broadcast, “Conoce Tu Columbia / Know Your Columbia,” on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Lake Taco, 1213 June St., Hood River. Free tacos for the first 20 people.

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Another Voice: Eagle Creek Fire: The Gorge will recover

It’s all too easy to do Monday morning quarter backing as to what should have been done. The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a complex mosaic of ownership and management responsibilities. The 292,500 acre land base includes wilderness, state parks and national forest lands and about 50 percent of the scenic area in private ownership. Management of scenic area lands is divided between the U.S. Forest Service, Columbia River Gorge Commission, counties and state and federal agencies such as State Parks and Bonneville Power Administration.

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Aero Drone adds software mission

Tygh Valley is becoming a little bit more of a “Mecca” for drone activity in Oregon. A growing startup business — Tygh Valley-based Aero Drone Corporation — is opening a new front in its operations with a plan to create software to help manage fleets of drones.

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Saddle Club hosts annual spaghetti feed Sept. 22, thanks community for support

The Hood River Saddle Club will host its annual spaghetti feed, a fundraiser for the Mt. Hood Pony Club and scholarships for high school seniors, on Friday, Sept. 22 from 5-8 p.m. at the club, located at the corner of Country Club and Belmont. Enjoy all-you-can-eat spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, beverage and dessert. Adult tickets are $10, and children ages 6-12 are $5.

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Thanks, Firefighters

Signs thanking firefighters and first responders are cropping up all over the valley on church buildings, storefronts and yards.

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Kegler's Corner: Fall Leagues Begin

Fall league action has begun at Hood River’s tenpin palace, venerable Orchard Lanes. There’s nothing quite like the little, friendly competition that leagues provide. When there is a little on the line we tend to do better.

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Improvement is the focus for young Hawks

For Horizon’s soccer team, the plan wasn’t to open their season against defending state champions Umpqua Valley Christian, but with the cancellation of games due to the smoke, that’s how it ended up.

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Fire stalls Hood River business community

Businesses go through numerous challenges in any given year and many of those are things that they can prepare for. However, the fire burning throughout the Gorge is not one of them.

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Friday, September 15

   

Thursday, September 14

 

Boil water advisory for all Crystal Springs Water District

Updated Information: All of Crystal Springs Water District is under a boil water advisory. This means boil your water. Do not consume raw tap water. This expands the alert that was issued yesterday. Questions should be directed to the Crystal Springs Water District at 541-354-1818.

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HRCSD to close early Sept. 14

Just In: The Hood River County School District is releasing all students two hours early today, Thursday, Sept. 14, due to worsening air quality conditions.

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Wednesday, September 13

   

Art to a storm zone

Just as Hurricane Irma bore down on the U.S. south Atlantic region on Friday, Hood River artist C.J. Rench, left, was preparing to send a massive sculpture to Jacksonville, Fla.

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Responding to Eagle Creek fire

Nearly 1,000 people have put themselves in harm’s way to fight the Eagle Creek/Indian Creek fire in the past two weeks, and as the fire grows so does community support for the fire crews and other responders.

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Another Voice: The unDACAmented status

Although Donald Trump had pledged to reverse Obama’s executive orders on immigration during his presidential campaign, the president had softened and showed some “heart” for the DREAMERs protected under DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. However, the president has callously decided to terminate the irenic DACA program that temporarily deferred deportations for nearly 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. The president’s final decision on DACA was delivered on Sept. 5 by the Attorney General Jeff Sessions, one of the leading opponents of DACA. Sessions emphasized that the government will no longer accept new applications from undocumented immigrants to shield them from deportation.

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Tuesday, September 12



Eagle Creek blaze 11 percent contained

Firefighting containment levels inched up to double digit percentages on the Eagle Creek fire, which is burning roughly 35,600 acres in the Columbia Gorge Tuesday morning.

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CCA Writing Up the Gorge extends dates

Columbia Center for the Arts hosts its annual “Writing Up the Gorge” event Sept. 17-23, bringing writers to the Gorge and six different Write Up locations — this year, area wineries.

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Three Flags and a pit stop

Back on Sept. 1, when Gorge smoke was more of a bothersome haze than a choking blanket, approximately 300 motorcyclists passed through Hood River en route to Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

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Monday, September 11



Socks for firefighters

UPDATE: The Hood River News has received a generous amount of socks for our drive! We asked what other items firefighters need, and were told moist wipes for face and hands, trail mix, chips and candy.

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Saturday, September 9

  

CCA holds holiday play auditions

Auditions for Columbia Center for the Arts’ holiday play, “Merry Christmas, Strega Nona,” by Tomie de Paola, will be held at the center, 215 Cascade Ave., on Friday, Sept. 22 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Community boosted Farm Worker Celebration

The first Celebration Day for Farm Workers, held Aug. 26, was a major success, according to organizer Nubia Contreras of the sponsoring Oregon Human Development Corporation (OHDC). The event at Jackson Park drew around 450-500 people throughout the day.

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First loss of the season comes at home for the Eagles

With HRV and Horizon soccer games being cancelled on Tuesday due to the fires surrounding the area making it difficult for players to participate in any athletic events, the Eagles volleyball team was left unsure if Mountain View High School would be making the trip to Hood River for the non-league matchup between the two schools.

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Friday, September 8

       

Music Fest of the Gorge expands to two venues

The third annual Music Festival of the Gorge (MFOG) expands this year to include two venues for live music — at the Hood River Waterfront Park Amphitheater, and at Springhouse Cellar Winery and Tasting Room.

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‘Insurance 101’ sets workshop

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will sponsor “Health Insurance 101,” a free one-hour workshop on understanding health insurance in The Dalles.

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Wednesday, September 6

 

Friends call on public to stay out of Gorge

On the afternoon of Sept. 2, a wildfire erupted in the Eagle Creek area. The wildfire has now grown to over 30,000 acres — in addition to new fires that have started on the Washington side of the Gorge.

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Shelter Scenes: Cascade Locks evacuation update

By Tuesday morning the evacuation orders in Cascade Locks had been heightened and “everybody’s ready” to get out of their homes, according to Joe Wampler, deputy with Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.

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Feds asked to sidestep salmon rules

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration to sidestep endangered species laws.

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‘Coloring Book Challenge’ brings donations to FISH, Klahre House

Columbia Center for the Art’s recent Coloring Book Challenge Project has resulted in a donation of 300 coloring books and coloring utensils to the FISH Food Bank and The Next Door’s Klahre House. Many of the coloring books are by local artists Sally Bills Bailey and Charlene Rivers, and the coloring kits include crayons, colored pencils and markers.

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‘The absolutely necessary teaching of empathy and humanity’

This is an edited version of Dan Goldman’s prepared speech at the Aug. 30 all-staff back-to-school assembly, in which he stressed both the need to embrace technology in learning and for teachers and other staff to engage in true relationships with each other and students, to make sure all students feel accepted where they are welcome to fully experience their learning environments. Included is a link to video featuring Hood River Middle School students expressing “I believe”:

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‘ASPIRE’ program seeks volunteers

The ASPIRE program at Hood River Valley High School is seeking volunteers to help encourage all students to further their education, set goals and achieve career dreams.

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Travelogue: GUATEMALA

As we touched down with two pronounced bumps on the puddled runway at Guatemala City International airport, I took one more big breath, whispered a prayer, and prepared for the unknown week of hard work waiting for us in this incredible country.

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Champion crowned

Ethan Woo, right, victor at the Rock Paper Scissors Tournament on Oak Street, battles Nick Piersall Friday evening.

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YESTERYEARS: Bill Walton surprises Cross Channel Swim organizers in 1977

Just under 140 swimmers paddled across the Columbia River Monday during Hood River’s annual Labor Day swim, but most of the attention focused on just one surprise entrant. Nobody was more surprised than Chamber of Commerce Manager Tina O’Banion when Portland Trail Blazer basketball star Bill Walton checked in for the crossing. “Really,” she said, “I didn’t know.” She said he had sent his application in more than a month early. “He signed as William Walton, Portland,

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Pick of the Week: WAAAM Fly-in Sept. 8-10

Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) celebrates their 10th anniversary and its fifth annual Hood River Fly-in Sept. 8-10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, 1600 Air Museum Road, Hood River.

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DACA bilingual info sessions planned

Immigration Counseling Service, a non-profit immigration legal services program with an office in Hood River, is hosting two bilingual community information sessions this week.

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Tuesday, September 5

 

‘Citizen Activism 101’ workshop Sept. 16

Want to improve life for yourself and your neighbors or have a concern about local, state or federal laws? Learn about strategies for change and more during Donna Cohen’s workshop, “Citizen Activism 101.”

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Sunday, September 3

 

Roy Webster swim cancelled

Emergency responders and support are busy fighting the Eagle Creek Fire in Hood River County, which has greatly impacted the air quality in the Gorge and throughout Hood River County. Without necessary emergency support for the swim, and with deteriorating air quality, the Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim has been cancelled.

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Saturday, September 2

 

Bree Loewen book talk Sept. 8 at art center

Waucoma Bookstore and Columbia Center for the Arts are hosting author Bree Loewen for a book talk at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Loewen will be discussing her new book, “Found: A Life in Mountain Rescue.”

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The Porch for Sept. 2 edition

WELL SAID: “If books didn’t have chapters, we wouldn’t know when to stop reading and have lunch.” — George Earley, the sage of Mt. Hood

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CGCC Nursing to join State consortium

Beginning next fall, the nursing program at Columbia Gorge Community College will begin using a statewide curriculum developed through the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE). This is in use by several OCNE partner schools as well as the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing.

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Friday, September 1



Sports Briefs for Sept. 2 edition

Fifth Annual Love Your Community Tennis Tournament and Fundraiser Sept. 9; HRVHS cheer to host junior cheer clinic Sept. 9; Tenth Annual Hood River Hall of Fame Banquet Sept. 9

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