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HRMS claims first girls Gorge-area middle school soccer league title

Hood River Middle School defeated The Dalles Middle School in a nail-biting league final that went to shootouts after a 4-4 tie.

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Hood River beats out Benton County for lowest unemployment

Hood River County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage point in June to 5.2 percent, which was good enough to rank as Oregon’s lowest, just below Benton County’s 5.3 percent.

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Neighbors protest tree takedown

Wilson Street neighbors are protesting the cutting of two black walnut trees on the site of a new multi-family housing development near 12th Street.

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Tim Snyder wants to take his passion for music Underground

Tim Snyder has been hitting the streets and handing out business cards to let people know about his dream project of establishing the Underground Music Station — a music lesson, rehearsal and recording space conveniently located in downtown Hood River.

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Columbia River Gorge’s pikas may be valuable indicator species for climate change

The Columbia River Gorge is home to an unusual population of pikas, possibly the most adorable harbingers of climate change.

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Teacher Adam Smith returns from rare visit to Arctic Svalbard

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Except for bears — bears will kill you.”

Death notice for July 23

Clarice Deleon

Eight good reasons to grow and eat organic

1. To keep toxic chemicals out of my body. Even though we’ve been assured that the tiny amounts of pesticide residue present on our fruits and vegetables won’t hurt us, we do know that tiny amounts add up over time. These toxins tend to get stored in our fat, our liver and our brains. The fewer toxins inside me the better.

Sports Briefs for July 19

All HR County Forestry trails closed to OHV use; Indian Creek hosts Bob Hanel Memorial tourney; Youth summer running group meets twice a week; Veatch plays part on U18 state champion team

Forecast’s good for weekend wind events

A busy summer at the Hood River waterfront continues this weekend with two wind-related events, and if forecasts hold true, they’ll escape the occasional “if you schedule it, it won’t blow” curse.

Letters to the editor for July 19

Re-think venues; Keep calm; Spay feral cats; Old menu meets new

Give Blood

During the summer, blood donations typically drop off dramatically as donors go on vacation and schools close, but the need for blood never takes a holiday.

ANOTHER VOICE: The 1993 birth of the Hood River Port Event Site

Percy Jensen of Hood River served as Port Commissioner from 1973-1993. He recently wrote this short history of how the Event Site came to be built and developed into the centerpiece of the windsurfing culture in the Gorge.

Entertainment Update for July 19

Lavender DAZE returns; ‘Power Trio’ at River City July 26; more

Medical marijuana dispensary opens in downtown HR

The waiting room of The Gorge Green Cross, Hood River’s first medical marijuana dispensary, looks like any other.

Hood River man gets jail time in horse sex abuse case

A Hood River man has been sentenced to 60 days in jail, 24 months probation, and ordered to obtain a mental health evaluation after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting horses in the Oak Grove area.

Planning commission approves Naito permit, opponents ‘likely’ to appeal

A plan to construct a hotel and retail development near the Hood River Waterfront took a big step forward Tuesday night when the Hood River Planning Commission voted to approve a conditional use permit for the project, despite objections from a local citizen group who say the project is improperly sited.

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Wade Pickering, 14, and family learn together and look ahead to the County Fair

Pigs live where Stephanie Pickering’s garden used to be, but that’s okay with her.

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County Fair is next week

Monday judging kicks-off week of activities

The grounds are ready – are you?

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As Event Site and Port see a flurry of activity, many changes in the works

The hum of summer comes from many sources, and the waterfront is a major one.