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Saturday, April 28



April is Safe Digging Month

April is National Safe Digging Month, and NW Natural reminds anyone who plans to dig to call 811 to have underground utilities located first.

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Thieman receives partnership award

Cindy Thieman, Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District coordinator, received the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) District Employee Partnership Award at a ceremony April 18, held in Seaside and hosted by the Oregon Conservation Education and Assistance Network.

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‘Major asset’ leaves HR School Board

Mark Johnson has separated himself from a racist comment attributed to him, and separated himself officially from the Hood River County School District Board of Directors, on which he has served since 2005.

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CCA Children’s Theater information, volunteer evening

Parents, children, and those interested in learning about the program elements available for kids and about volunteer opportunities with the Columbia Center for the Arts’ Children’s Theater are invited to attend an evening of information and free pizza at 6 p.m. on May 3 at the center, 213 Cascade Ave.

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HRVHS Speech-Debate wins second in state

The Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate team won second place in the 5A Division at the OSAA State Championship last weekend. Hood River entered 19 students, including 10 seniors, in the competition held at Western Oregon University.

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The Porch: April 28

WELL DONE: At Parkdale Grange hall, grangers providing the meal, and Tigard motorcycle club members riding over to enjoy it (see photo) as they do every year at the annual Blossom Dinner April 21-22.

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Center for Living makes staff changes, expands services

The Mid-Columbia Center for Living, Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties’ community mental health, addictions and developmental disabilities service provider, announces numerous new staff assignments including medical director, deputy director and managers, plus expanded medical services and hours of operations.

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Senior Moments

Actors Irene Fields and Ken McCarty appear in two of the five short segments that make up the comic vignettes in “Senior Moments,” closing this weekend, the first production of the new Adult Center Theater at Hood River Valley Adult Center.

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HRV runs into a hot Jesuit team after Grant win

Last weekend, the HRV girls lacrosse team traveled to Jesuit to match up with one of the better lacrosse programs in the state. But before this matchup, the Eagles were up against Grant in a home game on April 19.

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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: Martine Geeraert, Hood River; Patty Hyde, The Dalles; Katie Layne, White Salmon; Sheri Sharp, Grass Valley; and Corrie Smith, Hood River. The group was sworn into duty by the Honorable Janet L. Stauffer in The Dalles on April 18 after completing 32 hours of training.

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Children’s Park playground removed

Hood River Children’s Park closed April 22 and by April 23, removal of the play structure was in full force. In this photo, the last portion stands on Wednesday morning.

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Tenth annual FFA steak feed May 5

The Hood River Valley High School FFA Chapter will hold its 10th annual Steak Feed and Silent Auction in the Community Building at the Hood River County Fairgrounds in Odell on Saturday, May 5.

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Friday, April 27

  

Wednesday, April 25

      

Kegler's Corner: Supply vs. Lanes

Here are the results from the final four tenpin bowling matches in the Monday night Industrial league bracket championship at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.

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HRV softball suffers back-to-back losses

Before the HRV softball team hosted a double header against Pendleton this past weekend, the Eagles were at home against Hermiston for the third of four meetings between the two schools this season.

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First Foods ceremony lives on in Celilo

Long ago, when the world began, the Creator called a grand council of all plants and animals. He asked each for a gift to give the helpless new humans, who needed help to survive.

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Entertainment Update, April 25

An award-winning tribute band to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers rolls into town on Friday, April 27 for a show at the Granada Theater in The Dalles.

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Tuesday, April 24

 

Saturday, April 21

   

Blossom Time hits full swing

It’s a weekend of pastoral and floral scenes in the valley, as orchards show off their blossoms. Spring events abound with not only displays of agricultural bounty, but also climate and environment themed happenings coinciding with Earth Day, April 22.

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How to help those with mental illness or substance abuse

Do you care about someone with a mental illness or substance abuse problem? You are not alone. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that one out of five Americans have a mental health condition. SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) estimates almost one in 10 Americans have a substance use disorder.

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May is Mental Health Month

HAHRC (Healthy Active Hood River County) features May as Mental Health Month, which was started 69 years ago by the organization “Mental Health America” and its affiliates. (For more information on May is Mental Health Month, visit Mental Health America’s website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.) Well, what is mental health?

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Annual silent auction supports WSV PTO Friday, April 27

The White Salmon Valley K-8 PTO will be holding its 26th Annual Silent Auction on Friday, April 27 from 5-7:30 p.m. at Whitson Elementary School in White Salmon. The local business community has generously donated hundreds of items and there is something for everyone, said a press release.

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Don’t look away: how to reduce the feral cat population

When I volunteered for the Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue (CGCR), I was prepared to see the sad consequences of people’s indifference to the suffering of animals. And I have. What I didn’t expect to see was the flip side to that indifference, which is an abundance of kindness.

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‘Shakespeare week’

Shakespeare Week at the Hood River Library celebrates the world’s most famous playwright with fun events for kids and families, beginning with a Knight’s Quest on Sunday, April 22, from noon-2 p.m

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Pine Grove Crash

A two-vehicle wreck Tuesday resulted in an injured patient and vehicle debris scattered on Highway 35.

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Walden gains Energy Secretary commitment on BPA privatization

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, last week secured a commitment from Energy Secretary Rick Perry to not sell off assets of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) without Congressional authorization, Walden’s office said in a press statement.

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County tables STR zone rules

Amid a zoning code update, short-term rental rules are taking center stage — but the matter likely won’t be settled until summer.

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Coe Building renovation

In March, crews from Griffin Construction took out “a dozen dump truck loads” from the historic Coe Building — asbestos, flooring, ceiling tiles, and old pipes, among other near-century-old building material — as renovation of the Hood River County School District building continues on Eugene Street.

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CGCC holds dance fundraiser

Expect line dancing lessons, a live auction, a prime rib buffet and fun for the entire family when Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation launches its “Saddle Up and Celebrate” fundraiser April 26 during Northwest Cherry Festival.

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Friday, April 20

 

Wednesday, April 18

     

Kegler's Corner: Industrial Final Four

Just a few weeks left in the current bowling season at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Here are the results from the first week of bracket matches in the Monday night Industrial league championship: the No. 1 seed, Mid-Columbia Diesel, vs. No. 8 seed, Split Shots, couldn’t have been much closer as they tied with 15 points each.

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Family Physician of the Year

Dr. Molly Fauth, arms raised at center, celebrates along with co-workers her honor as Family Physician of the Year from Oregon Academy of Family Physicians.

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Wy’East firefighters remember Dean Kinne

Wy’East Fire and EMS Association recently held an Open House/Taco Feed on March 3. This date was chosen because the Pine Grove Fire Department used to hold an auction on the first Saturday of March every year.

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Businesses, organizations sought for Gorge STEM Fair

Columbia Gorge STEM Hub and Hood River Valley High School’s Steelhead Robotics Team are seeking businesses and organizations to sign-up to host booths at the annual Gorge STEM Fair. This free event, open to the public, will be held June 1 from 5-7 p.m. in downtown Hood River.

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STEM Hub microgrants announced

The Columbia Gorge STEM Hub recently announced the recipients of the spring 2018 STEM Educator Microgrants. These ideas for innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) were selected by a committee from a competitive pool.

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Water line street closures continue

The City of Hood River will close Sixth from State to Sherman Street from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through April 20, and motorists can expect delays in the area this week and beyond because of ongoing work on Sherman Street from Ninth Street east. The entire project will be resurfaced with new asphalt following the water line replacement as Beam Excavating and other city crews install water mains in the neighborhood.

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County moves to keep same NORCOR funding

Despite talks about closing the regional jail’s juvenile facility, Hood River County leaders moved Monday to maintain their portion of overall funding to Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility for the next budget cycle.

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Upcoming concerts highlight Gorge music

Two Gorge musical ensembles have announced sets of concerts in coming weeks. Voci Choir presents Renaissance music and Gorge Winds Concert Band will perform 20th and 21st century music, including a recent composition.

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Oregon wolf population keeps growing

SALEM — Oregon wildlife officials counted at least 124 wolves at the end of 2017, an 11 percent increase over the year end total for 2016, according to the latest annual report released Thursday.

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‘Paths of Water and Earth’

The orchards of Hood River Valley and the water that sustains them find a branch in bustling downtown Hood River, via the newest downtown public art piece.

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Submit questions for ‘Talk about Race’

On Friday, May 4 at 6 p.m., Columbia Center for the Arts will present “Talk to Everyone & Everything about Race,” an ongoing, socially engaged art project. This community discussion brings participants together to talk with people and places about race in open and meaningful ways.

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Tuesday, April 17

 

Monday, April 16

    

Saturday, April 14



HRV girls lacrosse winning streak snapped

After a 5-0 start to the season and a 2-0 start in conference, the HRV girls lacrosse team dropped its first game of the season on Tuesday, April 10 against conference opponent the Lincoln Cardinals. However, the girls wouldn’t go down without a fight.

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HRV tennis takes down Hermiston

Before HRV boys tennis traveled to Hermiston on Tuesday, April 10 for its first conference match of the season, they were at home on Monday, April 9 versus La Salle.

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HRV Speech and Debate heads to state

Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate Team hosted the District 9 State Qualifier Tournament on April 7. Students from HRVHS competed with students from Pine Eagle High School and Pendleton High School.

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Wildwood begins

On May 1, Springhouse Cellar will become Wildwood, a private middle school and community center.

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Next Door hosts annual pool party

The Next Door’s youth mentoring programs Big Brothers Big Sisters and Mentor for Success hosted their annual pool party on April 8 at the Hood River Aquatic Center.

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Sunshine Club resumes

Providence Senior Village has resumed its Sunshine Club Adult Day Respite service on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Starting May 1, Wednesdays will be added.

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A voyage by canoe across America

Over the past eight years, former CNN journalist Neal Moore has not traveled, but has lived in Africa and China to try and understand different cultures instead of just experience them.

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Earth: Think the World of It

Saturday, April 21 the Columbia Gorge will celebrate Earth Day with a festive event including speakers, music, parade, and fellowship.

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Greg Walden: A communications clarification

Our April 11 editorial asked, “Where is Walden?” and called on the Republican Second District Representative to immediately schedule a Hood River town hall to take place this month, while also asserted that Walden’s office had “all but discontinued” communications with this newspaper.

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Another Voice: Gun safety advocates examine Helfrich vote

The Oregon legislature recently passed HB 4145, closing the “boyfriend loophole” and providing much-needed protection for victims of domestic violence. Representative Jeff Helfrich’s “Another Voice” article (April 7 Another Voice) tried to explain his “no” vote on the bill.

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New audit lauds juvenile facility

An independent audit found a scathing report last year on the juvenile detention facility in The Dalles misinterpreted some information, but did call attention to issues that needed to be addressed.

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Walden comments on Facebook, House Speaker change

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan will retire at the end of his term and not seek reelection. A broadcast industry website published a story Wednesday suggesting U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) could be the next speaker.

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Del Val withdraws

Aurora del Val of Cascade Locks has stepped away from the Oregon House Dist. 52 contest.

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Friday, April 13

 

This month at HRVAC

Amy Mallet, executive director of the Hood River Valley Adult Center, said the Meals on Wheels program has received a $12,000 grant from the United Way of the Columbia Gorge.

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Wednesday, April 11

  

Cascade Observations: Planes, trains and automobiles

Studded tires still click on pavement, but fruit blossoms, chirping birds and out-of-state license plates are irrefutable evidence that it’s spring and time to dig in the garden, or hit the road, or the skies, or the rails. Warmer weather adventures await.

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‘Gilligan’s Island, the Untold Story’

Mid-Columbia Lions Follies’ “Gilligan’s Island, the Untold Story” continues April 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30 p.m. Follies is an annual fundraiser for Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation (OLSHF). This year, 50 percent of the proceeds will also go to the Hood River Children’s Park playground project.

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Goodbye, old park

Bright balloons whipped in the wind Saturday for the swan song for the 26-year-old Children’s Park play structure.

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Pet of the Week: Biggie is … actually pretty small

Biggie is just about as cute as they come, and he’s been selected by volunteers as Hood River Adopt A Dog’s adoptable pet of the week. He’s a 1-year-old, Miniature Pinscher/Miniature Australian Shepard, just 12 pounds, and knows how to work it for the camera.

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HRV Golf

Indian Creek Golf Course was home to HRV’s golf exhibition on Monday, April 9.

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Kegler's Corner: Go Granny Goes

The Go Granny Go foursome sewed up the second half with one week to go in the Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Bowling for the winners are Esther Yarnell, Kim McCartney, Quinton Cox and the indomitable Lynn Spellman.

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Four straight wins for HRV baseball

A 2-7 start this season brought out the thought of hitting the panic button for this year’s HRV baseball team, but after the Eagles’ winless trip to Arizona during spring break, the boys have responded with a stretch of four straight wins.

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Abstract Exhibit: Artist Laurie Danial speaks April 15 at CCA

Columbia Center for the Arts invites the community to a talk by artist and printmaker Laurie Danial on Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. in the Columbia Art Gallery. Danial is the featured artist in the CCA April gallery exhibition “Internal Dialogue: Abstract Art.”

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Jail’s mental health unit ‘a blessing’

Robert was 4 years old when he got his first mental health diagnosis, for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Others would follow: Tourette’s, anxiety, high functioning autism, bi-polar disorder and PTSD.

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City’s proclamation honors Shelter Services

Hood River Shelter Services was honored Monday with passage and reading of a proclamation “in recognition and gratitude for the community support of residents in Hood River without adequate shelter.”

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Tuesday, April 10

  

On the Agenda: April 11 edition

April 11 — Hood River County School District Board of Directors meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Port of Hood River meeting room, 1000 East Marina Way.

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Saturday, April 7

 

The Remains Wall

The six-month Remains mural project, on Third Street/Industrial Way/Columbia Street, has redefined the northern edge of downtown Hood River. In spring 2017, Nic Vik and Nate Chavez spent weeks power-washing grime and moss from the gray-green wall to prepare it for what they would paint on the plain surface in summer and fall 2017: vibrant images of native fishers, drones, wasps, flowers, apples, mountains, flying hats, a rocket sturgeon, and a certain mystery lady.

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Second annual Sally Donovan award presented April 12

Oregon Heritage Commission has announced the second annual Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation will go to Valerie Vines Magee for being instrumental in safety measures and the beautification of the Nehalem American Legion Cemetery.

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Robotics at Rotary

Steelhead robotics team members demonstrate their creation’s ability to find, pick up and put down foam blocks during Thursday’s Hood River Rotary luncheon at Columbia Gorge Hotel.

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Beta Sigma Phi to host fundraising sale

Beta Sigma Phi Preceptor Theta Sorority will host a garage sale Thursday and Friday, April 12-13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hood River Saddle Club. There will also be a plant and bake sale.

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Stevenson man killed in wreck

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle traffic collision just north of Stevenson, Wash., on April 3, at approximately 11:08 p.m.

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Safety Fair

Families flock to tables laden with stickers, pencils, fresh fruit, and other objects and information sources from more than a dozen local public safety and social services agencies at Jackson Park on March 31.

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Walk-off homerun snaps Eagles losing streak

Before HRV’s baseball game on Monday, April 2 versus Tualatin, head coach Erich Harjo was “really excited” to see how his team was going to respond after going 0-4 during the team’s trip to Arizona last week.

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One Acts Fest at high school

Hood River Valley High School Theater Department presents its annual Student-Directed One Acts Festival on Friday and Saturday, April 6-7.

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Big Art update: ‘La Manana’

The newest “Big Art” work was installed this week in front of The History Museum of Hood River County, off Marina Drive next to the Hood River Marina.

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Friday, April 6

  

Four to Go, April 7 edition

Cherry blossom buffet April 8, Leos collect containers Saturday to benefit HRVHS music tour, History Museum hosts James Supp Saturday, Delta Kappa hosts annual Spring Fling Bingo

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Wednesday, April 4

     

The Remains rebounds

“It has been like a total comeback,” artist and owner Nik Vik said. He started the gallery four years ago with his friend and fellow artist, the late Nate Chavez, who died in August 2017.

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Walden touts ‘great wins’ for Oregon

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., held a press conference March 26 to brief reporters about restoration of a compensation program for rural counties hurt by logging cutbacks and other benefits in the $1.3 trillion funding package adopted last week.

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Don’t get me wrong about this: The Lives of the Rich and Famous!

I find this a little embarrassing to admit — perhaps even more than just a little embarrassing — okay, it’s downright humiliating! — but ever since I’ve become a Celebrity Billionaire, I find that women still don’t appreciate it when I attempt to touch them inappropriately.

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Cornett joins Copper West as broker

Copper West Properties announces the addition of Cody Cornett to its team of brokers. Owner and Principal Broker Maui Meyer said, “We are happy to have Cody on our team and he brings a vibrant new energy to The Dalles during this vibrant new era in The Dalles.”

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Mark Johnson joins YEBW Board

Young Entrepreneurs Business Week announces Mark Johnson, president and CEO of Oregon Business & Industry (OBI), has been elected to YEBW’s board of directors.

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Manager Search

Consultant Phil McKenney convenes a listening session Monday at Hood River Fire Hall to hear from community members about what they would like to see in a new city manager.

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Hearts of Gold receives fifth Excellence Award

Hearts of Gold Caregivers has announced it received the distinguished Best of Home Care – Leader in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse, the leading firm in quality assurance for home care, stated a press release.

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New firefighters take oath

Jake Wegener, left, and Matt Picchiottino, the newest firefighters hired by Hood River Fire Department, take the oath of service Monday from Council Member Kate McBride, who presided at March 26 council meeting.

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