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Meadows back on track with night skiing

Santa flew over the summit of Mt. Hood and dropped the much-needed Christmas gift of about six inches of fresh snow on the slopes of Meadows in time to spare the always-popular holiday break ski and snowboard season.

Sports Briefs for Dec. 27

Knights’ free-throw contest Dec. 31; Middle School wrestling, girls basketball starts soon

PLENTY to do over Winter Break! (Updated for Dec. 27)

Hey kids — are you looking for something fun to do over winter break, either by yourself, with your siblings or with your parents, too?

Walden nominates HRV’s Stan Ochesky

Stanley (Stan) Ocheskey, son of Brent and Emily Ocheskey of Hood River, attending Hood River Valley High School, has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy.

Free discussion about cross-cultural ideas of life and death

Contemporary American culture is commonly portrayed as death-denying or death-defying.

Police Log, Dec. 8 to 21

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River.

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 27

Mencken and ‘The Interview’; Well-defined love; ‘Old Timer’ responds

How to Help, updated for Dec. 27

Next Door — The Next Door is in need of full time and part time foster parents in Hood River and Wasco Counties. The Next Door provides care and behavioral treatment for children and teens age 6-18 and is seeking individuals who are willing to open their hearts and homes.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 27

Cripple Hop at Volcanic NYE; Ben Ballinger solo show Jan. 2; more

‘Living with Thunder’ explores the Gorge’s geologic past Jan. 10

The Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute and Waucoma Bookstore are hosting author Ellen Morris Bishop for a reading and presentation at the Hood River Library on Saturday, January 10 at 1 p.m.

Gorge Owned kicks off the New Year with Green Drinks at Volcanic Bottle Shoppe

Known for having the best beer selection in the Gorge, Volcanic Bottle Shoppe, located in Hood River’s The Heights neighborhood, has become a favorite community gathering spot as well as a convenient place to fill a growler, grab a bottle of wine or cider, or hear live music.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Finally, a movie review that makes sense to me

A year ago I had the pleasure to interview NYC-based folk singer Christine Lavin. She was supposed to do a show at the Aladdin Theater in Portland but unfortunately the show got cancelled at the last minute.

The Porch

WELL SAID: The poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote in 1833 “In Memoria” for his friend Arthur Henry Hallam, of “the Christmas bells from hill to hill,” and despairs at the start of the poem: “This year I slept and woke with pain/I almost wished no more to wake/And that my hold on life would break/Before I heard those bells again.”

Take the Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 1 at Maryhill Park

Are you looking for a cool, fun and refreshing way to start the New Year? The Central Klickitat County Park and Recreation District has the answer for you: the 8th Annual Polar Plunge at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day at Maryhill State Park.

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Hood River’s Jax Mariash-Koudele inspires others to focus on fitness

Get outside, get stoked, dream it and go do it, Jax Mariash-Koudele proclaims with conviction.

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Greenough vs. Hukari (HRMS vs. Wy’east)

Longtime figures in Hood River Valley athletics, Tom Greenough (at left) coaches the Hood River Middle School 8th grade boys basketball team while Phil Hukari rallies his boys from Wy’east during the two teams’ final meeting of the season last week.

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A readerboard year: ‘What will it take to get your attention?’

This is the 13th annual “Readerboard Year” list – an (almost) exhaustive list of all the messages put up at roadside marquees with moveable letters.

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Whalen named Next Door’s volunteer of the year

The Next Door has announced its 2014 Volunteer of the Year, Catherine Whalen.

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Helping Hands, and Feet

Helping Hands Against Domestic Violence receives an unusual donation from Footwise of Hood River: 100 pairs of shoes, from the Israeli manufacturer Naot.

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Creating cheer

Why is Lois Vance smiling? Because she’s the one doing the giving

Lois Vance of Hood River is one person who shows the Christmas spirit all year long.