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Saturday, March 31

      

Ashley Home Store opens in Hood River

Ashley Home Store opens Saturday at the previous site of Murray’s Furniture’s sister store, Murray’s Furniture Clearance Center. Murray’s Furniture recently announced its partnership with Ashley Furniture Industries.

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Children’s Theater, Adult Center troupe highlight busy spring and summer

Selections will vary greatly, from quiet two-person studies on aging to the boisterous “Chicago: The Musical,” as local actors look ahead to a busy 2018 for local stage productions including Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association (CGOA), Hood River Valley Adult Center, Columbia Center for the Arts, and Plays for Non-Profits.

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Keeping up with former HRV athletes

Three-straight Small Coed Show Cheer National Championships: that’s how former Hood River Valley High School cheerleader Mason Bailey would end her four-year collegiate career as part of the cheer squad team at Boise State University.

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Abstract art show opens at CCA

n April, Columbia Center for the Arts presents “Internal Dialogue,” an exhibition of abstract art, including cubist, figurative abstraction, surrealist abstraction, geometric abstraction, and abstract impressionist works. This non-representational art uses shapes, forms, designs, and color to evoke its effects.

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County holds budget talks next week

Next week looks busy for the Hood River County Board of Commissioners and budget committee, with a pair of government meetings concerning financial shortages and a land use dispute.

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Wednesday, March 28



Scouting awards Dave Slover

Local youth mentor Dave Slover of the Mid-Columbia District of the Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America, was presented the volunteerism award on Feb. 22, at a special recognition ceremony in his honor.

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HRV baseball ends two-game losing streak

On a two-game losing streak and 1-3 through the first three games of the season, HRV baseball had to gather some positive momentum before heading to Arizona this week for the Pride Classic baseball tournament.

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‘Lion in Winter’ concludes run

Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (Eden McGrew) adds a layer of treachery to Christmas Court in the year 1183 as she and her sons plot against King Henry II in the drama “The Lion in Winter,” a Plays for Non-Profits Production at Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center.

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George Nakata remembers

George Nakata, child of the World War II Japanese Internment Camps, comes to Hood River on March 28 to help celebrate the statewide commemoration of Japanese-American activist Minoru Yasui (1916-1986).

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Community Notes: Cherry blossom buffet April 8

The Mosier Grange is sponsoring a buffet on Sunday, April 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the grange hall — take exit 69 off I-84 and follow the signs. The buffet will feature grilled salmon, ham, main dishes, salads and a cherry dessert.

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Spot opens on Mosier School Board

A position has opened on the Mosier Community School Board, which will be filled by appointment. The term for this position will be two years, through May 2020.

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Tuesday, March 27

    

Saturday, March 24



Yasui Day March for Justice planned in Portland March 28

The Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee and the Oregon Nikkei Endowment present the Minoru Yasui Day March for Justice, scheduled to take place on March 28 from 4-6 p.m. This event is being held in celebration of the historic bill passed by the Oregon Senate and House in 2016 designating March 28 of each year as Minoru Yasui Day.

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Horizon golf results

Golf is underway in Hood River as the Horizon golf team played in its first match of the season last week at the Broadmoor Country Club in Portland.

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County hears two sides on DeeTour Hotel

Disputes have resurfaced over a proposed upper Hood River Valley hotel. This time the debate entails a developer’s plans for a shrunken down 27-room building to supplement a concert venue.

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Flag Waiver: Artist Michael Stevens wants ‘patriotism with heart’

Mosier Artist Michael Stevens’ cones are bullets and the artist has made malleable these killing objects and turned them into pleas for compassion: bullets take the place of the stars in the American flag, and a heart-shaped flag bears words such as forgiveness, tolerance, equanimity, and love.

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‘Call it disruption’

In a talk on climate change Monday in Hood River, the term “think globally, act locally,” was never uttered, but the spirit of the phrase was evident in the room.

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The Ale List: New releases and a late-spring homecoming

Breweries in the Gorge alliance has grown by one more member, Ferment Brewing. Owners Dan and Jenn Peterson are amidst a rebranding program as they prepare for their physical move to the SkyLab building, under construction on the waterfront at Second and Portway.

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HRV art students win awards

HRV art students win awards Hood River Valley High School art students Leticia Pacheco and Grace Schlemmer have won silver medals in the national level of the Scholastic Art Awards. Pacheco won for photography, and Schlemmer for her portfolio. The two won gold key honors in the Oregon competition.

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Lock-in success

Hood River Valley High School held its annual lock-in event on March 9 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., writes HRVHS Activities Director Lindsy Weseman.

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Friday, March 23

 

Western States Stock Horse Seminar April 7 at HR Saddle Club

On Saturday, April 7, the Hood River Saddle Club will host Western States Stock Horse (WSSH) chairman Robert Hartley, who will give an informative classroom presentation, geared to help riders of all ages improve their horsemanship skills in a show environment, stated a press release.

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Wednesday, March 21

 

County talks budget and NORCOR

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners vowed to run a more “aggressive” work session schedule in the next few months as they look for solutions to the county’s budget struggle.

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Logsdon Ales makes changes

Major changes are happening with Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, established in 2011, in its namesake building on Booth Hill Road south of Hood River.

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HR Bridge closed for half hour March 21

Port of Hood River announced a full closure of the Hood River/White Salmon Interstate Bridge beginning at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21 as port crews perform a full-height lift of the bridge's lift span for maintenance work.

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March for Science seeking participants for STEM fair

The second annual March for Science takes over Rheingarten Park April 28 in White Salmon. The science fair will start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday; speakers will be at 10:45 a.m. and the march kicks off at noon. There will also be a raffle for science-themed prizes at 11:45 a.m. (prizes include telescopes donated by Meade and Celestron).

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Car flips on Highway 35

Driver Raymond LeMons of Salem, center, walked away from a rollover accident Monday afternoon, northbound at the first curve on Highway 35 just south of Hood River.

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Wind turbine design competition and fair fosters STEM skills, fun learning environment

Students from around the Gorge took part in the 5th annual Google Wind Challenge on Saturday, March 17 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles. This year, more than 190 students from 16 local high schools and middle schools competed to build the competition’s top turbines. First place in high school and middle school categories went to Pacific Crest Innovation Academy and STEMINIST2, Henkle Middle School.

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‘Lion in Winter’ opens

Kings Henry II of England and Philip of France — Paul Bowen, left, and Emma Spaulding — toast their tenuous alliance in an early scene of “The Lion in Winter."

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‘Virtual Incubation’ project starts

Rural entrepreneurs with a promising business idea could win $1000 at the conclusion of an eight-week Virtual Incubation Program (VIP) beginning April 5, offered by the Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC) with sponsorship from the Oregon Community Foundation.

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Victoria Ervin wins National Flight scholarship

Victoria Ervin, Hood River Soaring’s first student female pilot, has been awarded the Soaring Society of America’s National flight training scholarship. This scholarship will help pay for her instruction and other fees associated with her goal of becoming a certified glider pilot by her 18th birthday and get her one step closer to her ultimate goal of being a Fighter Pilot.

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Hood River Therapy offers Mommy Wellness classes

Mothers and their babies, from birth to 2 years old, are the focus of a series of free Mommy Wellness classes at Hood River Therapy, 33 Nichols Parkway Suite 350 (new location), on Tuesdays from May 8 through June 26, from noon to 1 p.m. Mothers are encouraged to wear comfortable exercise clothing and bring along their little ones.

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Employment cools off in January

Hood River County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.2 percent in January, ranking third (out of 36 counties) behind Benton County’s 2.9 percent and Wheeler County’s 3.0 percent. Over the year, Hood River County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by 0.9 percentage point.

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Hood River County Reads starts a two-book season

Hood River County Reads, a county-wide project sponsored by Friends of the Library, kicked off March 17 at the Hood River Library. This year’s selections, “Moreno. Prieto. Brown.” by Alejandro Jimenez and “brown girl dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson — both works of poetry — were distributed.

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Roots and Branches: Young super-connectors

Reading the local newspaper headlines, watching Facebook posts and television coverage of students advocating for change has strengthened my belief that our future is in better hands with this generation than those presently in power. Ironically, it is the adults who are acting in a childish manner while the youth are behaving like responsible, respectful adults.

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Tuesday, March 20



Pole Crash

Tuesday morning commuters on Tucker Road saw an unusual site shortly before 8 a.m. in front of Orchard Lanes.

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Flags Lowered: Officer Malcus Williams

Gov. Kate Brown on Friday ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff in honor of Ashland Police Officer Malcus Williams, who died on duty while responding to an emergency call on March 2. Flags were lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, March 17, the date of Officer Williams’ memorial service.

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Pulliam, Clark to wed

Shannon Pulliam announces the engagement of her daughter, Bethany Pulliam, Hood River, to Adam Clark of Moreno Valley, Calif.

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Saturday, March 17

      

One Community Health unveils mobile-friendly, bilingual website

The red ribbon has been cut, and One Community Health has a brand new presence — online, that is. This past week, the nonprofit, federally qualified health center launched a revamped bilingual website, onecommunityhealth.org. The fresh look supports greater patient engagement and offers tools, features and exclusive content.

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Watershed Group meets March 20

The next Hood River Watershed Group meeting is Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. at the OSU Extension Center meeting room, 2990 Experiment Station Drive.

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Blossom Craft and Quilt Show returns to fairgrounds April 21-22

In springtime, the Hood River Valley is famous for its blanket of thousands of acres of blooming pear, apple, and cherry orchards. The valley's communities celebrate this floral display with the annual Blossom Festival. Two of the festival's events — Blossom Craft Show and the Blossom Fest Quilt Show — take place Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Hood River County Fairgrounds are located in the midst of orchard country at 3020 Wy'east Road, near the community of Odell.

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Riverkeeper hosts volunteer training

Columbia Riverkeeper will host a volunteer training that includes a Nichols Natural Area orientation and introduction to the Picture Post project, water quality monitoring, and other assessment tools on March 21 from 5:30-7 p.m. at 1 Nichols Parkway, Hood River. Meet in front of the Hampton Inn.

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Learn about STEM Education, robotics March 19

Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) invites the community to interact with three levels of youth robotics in the Gorge and learn easy ways to make a difference supporting STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) education on March 19 at 6 p.m. at Springhouse Cellar Winery, 13 Railroad Ave.

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‘No buzz’ before Wy’east walkout

While other Hood River County School District sites had advanced warning of a 17-minute student walkout on March 14, at Wy’east Middle School, there was “no buzz” in the days leading up to the event, said Principal Sarah Braman-Smith.

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Friday, March 16

  

Wednesday, March 14

 

School District spells out policy on walkout

Students who participate in today’s national school walkout will be in violation of school policy, but not necessarily subject to discipline, according to documents issued by the Hood River County School District.

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Feast of Words

Several hundred people filled the Hood River Library downtown branch Saturday night for the eighth annual Feast of Words, sponsored by the Hood River Library Foundation.

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The Ale List: Logsdon, pFriem gain gold honors

In January, Draft magazine rated the Vienna Lager from pFriem Family Brewing among the top 17 U.S. beers of 2017, saying, “Outside of Vienna, Mexico or, well, anywhere, pFriem’s is as perfect an example of the style as you’ll find.”

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Five HRV basketball players make CRC All-League teams

With the 2017-18 basketball season over for both the boys and girls teams at HRV, the Columbia River Conference committee has announced league accolades for the season, including players of the year, all-league teams and coaches of the year.

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Keeping up with former HRVHS athletes

It seems like yesterday former HRV softball player Annie Veatch was out on the softball field hitting home runs deep to center field for the Eagles, but now she’s in her senior season at George Fox University.

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Tuesday, March 13

 

Saturday, March 10

  

HRV senior signs letter of intent with D-2 school

Hood River Valley soccer continues its accomplishments beyond regular season success. Erik Siekkinen, starting defender as a senior on this year’s HRV soccer team, has signed a letter of intent to study and play soccer at Colorado School of Mines.

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Audit looks at NORCOR juvenile detention

This week an outside expert begins a policy and practice review of the juvenile detention facility, which came under intense criticism in December, causing other entities to stop sending kids here.

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The Gorge magazine is out

The Spring 2018 edition of The Gorge magazine is available at the Hood River News and at area businesses and visitor centers.

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City agrees to sale of Morrison Park property

Hood River City Council, in a special meeting on Tuesday, March 6, authorized a purchase option agreement between the city and Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation for Lot 700 — also known as Morrison Park — contingent on development of an affordable housing complex that includes a sizable park/open space element.

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HRV baseball season preview

Despite the HRV baseball team winning its third straight Columbia River Conference title last year, the boys season would end unusually.

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Thursday, March 8



Wednesday, March 7

 

SMART holds successful first ‘Sip’ fundraiser

The first “SMART Sip,” a benefit for the Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) literacy programs in Hood River and Wasco counties, raised just over $12,000 on Feb. 22, the most successful fundraiser for Hood River County SMART.

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DACA rally

The rally was staged “to let (U.S. Rep.) Greg Walden know we’re here and fighting for it,” said event organizer Gabriela Garcia of Hood River

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Legislators tell of ‘efficient’ short session

The 2018 Legislative Short Session ended on Saturday, which included the passage of numerous budget allotments. Of these funds, a significant portion will directly benefit Hood River County for fire relief and economic development.

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HRVST Osprey results from swimming championships

The Hood River Valley Swim Team continued their championship meet swimming success with a strong showing at the Oregon Swimming Arena Short Course 11-14 Swimming Championships in Corvallis at the Osborne Aquatic Center last weekend.

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Solstice Anniversary

Solstice Café owners Aaron and Suzanne Baumhackl admire their 11th anniversary cake, held by Kent Sweeney, in a Feb. 28 party at the cafe for vendors and friends.

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Kegler's Corner: Cousins and Pinbusters Win

Two leagues concluded at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week. Cousins won the scrappy Tuesday Nite Mixed league (TNM) in a four team roll off against Double A Orchards, Got Sand?, and Big Blue.

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Steelhead to Super Regionals

Hood River Valley High School FTC Robotics team Steelhead competed at the Oregon State Championships last weekend and will advance to the super regionals competition held in Spokane later this week.

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Legislature ends session after tackling guns

Salem (AP) — Oregon’s Legislature ended its 2018 session on Saturday after nearly a month that saw additional gun controls, an attempt to curb opioid abuse and a remedy to prevent losses to state coffers from the federal tax overhaul.

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Between Seasons

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” — Hal Borland, 1900-1978

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Yesteryears: Bids open on proposed new Elks temple in 1948

Bids for the construction of a new Elks temple will be opened at the local lodge rooms on Friday, March 20. A building committee, chairmaned (sic) by Art Hansen, met with Annand and Kennedy, architects, on Feb. 23 to accept final plans and authorize the advertising of bids.

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Tuesday, March 6

 

Red Cross presents Hero Awards March 9

The American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) will honor ordinary people and their extraordinary and lifesaving actions at its 21st Annual Heroes Breakfast event on March 9.

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Monday, March 5

 

How much does it cost to start a new business?

It is an exciting time when someone decides to start their own business. This time can be an accumulation of months, sometimes years, of thinking and planning of what you want in your new business. Now, the thinking phase is over and the implementation or startup phase begins. The future business owner often contacts the Small Business Development Center for advice during this implementation phase.

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MCEDD Spotlight: Woop!Wear

Started in 2007, Woop!Wear is a small alpaca clothing company with a desire to bring alpaca fiber into the outdoor apparel industry.

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Saturday, March 3

     

‘Mega Everything’ sale coming to Saddle Club

The Hood River Saddle Club is planning a mega "Tack and Everything" fundraiser sale on Saturday, March 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the clubhouse (so if it rains and blows, no worries. The sale will go on).

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SMART Sip

Sandy and Gary McFarlen, left, talk with fellow volunteer reader Cindy Yoshimura, at the first “SMART Sip,” the Feb. 22 benefit for the Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) literacy programs in Hood River and Wasco counties.

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Schools, County gather Wednesday for safety forum

About 30 community members attended a Wednesday work session between educators and public safety officials, a 90-minute round table to assess existing and potential practices and policies aimed at ensuring and improving student safety.

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Change at May Street

The last pieces of the Larry Madsen pavilion at May Street Elementary School were removed Thursday and Friday as Kirby Nagelhout Construction continues with early preparations for construction of a new school on the Hood River County School District site.

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Oregon Legislature passes achievement gap bill

The Oregon House and Senate have both approved legislation aiming to reduce Oregon’s achievement gap among at-risk students. Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Helfrich (R-Hood River) and Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River), HB 4044 requires the Chief Education Office (CEO) to work with local school districts to identify strategies for recruiting, retaining and mentoring educators who serve at risk student populations.

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Grad party project seeks funds

On June 8, the Hood River Valley High School senior class will graduate, and to celebrate, parents are organizing an all-night party, which will be drug, alcohol, tobacco and smoke free. “Graduation night has historically been a high-risk event,” said organizers. “Project Graduation 2018 is a community effort organized by volunteer

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Friday, March 2

 

DACA rally today in HR

Two immigration reform groups are convening events on Saturday including a march and rally starting at 10 a.m. in Hood River to put pressure on Congress to support a clean Dream Act for undocumented youth who came to the United States in their parents’ custody.

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DACA rally Saturday in Hood River

Two immigration reform groups are convening events on Saturday including a march and rally starting at 10 a.m. in Hood River to put pressure on Congress to support a clean Dream Act for undocumented youth who came to the United States in their parents’ custody.

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Thursday, March 1



Real wedding: Allison Kortge & Isaac Bailey

Allison and Isaac both grew up in the Gorge — Allison’s father is a fourth-generation wheat farmer in The Dalles — and they wanted to get married at a venue that was close to family and friends. They wanted to meld country and farm elements with a classic and elegant setting, and The Dalles Country Club proved to be the perfect venue.

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Real Wedding: Jacqueline Delo & Ethan Howard

The couple frequently drives through the Gorge on their way to and from Idaho (Ethan is from Philomath, Ore., and Jacqueline is from Yakima, Wash.) and love its beauty. “We considered other locations, but none really compared,” Jacqueline said. “We found Wahclella Falls and knew immediately this was where we wanted to celebrate our special day.” It was close enough to both families so that everyone could attend.

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Real Wedding: Becca Allen & Ethan Moser

The couple wanted to get married in the Gorge because they love the outdoors, but most of the options seemed out of their price range. They were looking at other locations when they discovered a wedding package giveaway at Mt. View Orchards. They entered and won!

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Q&A: The Perfect Pour

Christie Clarke and her company The Perfect Pour provide professional bartending services at weddings and rehearsal dinners, as well as fundraising events and corporate and private parties in the Gorge.

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Real Wedding: Chelsea Fox & Chris Hemingway

The couple has spent most of their summer weekends in the Gorge for the past 10 years — windsurfing, biking, hiking and enjoying the breweries, wineries and restaurants in the area. “It’s one of our favorite locations on earth,” Chelsea said. They got engaged in the Gorge and immediately knew they wanted to get married here, too. “Besides the significant spot the Gorge holds in our hearts,” she added, “how can you beat the backdrop? The Columbia River, surrounding hillsides and Mount Hood — it doesn’t get much better.”

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Real Wedding: Claire Harvey & Joseph Duvall

The couple is originally from the Portland area, and they love the scenery and general vibe of the Gorge. They first visited Gorge Crest Vineyards in the dead of winter and it was covered in snow.

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