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HR County announces forest road closures

Hood River County Forestry Department requested and the Hood River County Board of Commissioners approved a temporary seasonal closure of gates on forest roads in the Northwest Area, Trails Program Coordinator Henry Buckalew reported this week.

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Hood River Warming Shelter: Six sites provide warm place, meals

Just as temperatures dipped close to freezing, Hood River Warming Shelter operations got underway this week.

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Parking meters planned at waterfront

Public invited to comment on Dec. 15

Drivers can park for free at most spaces at the waterfront year-round, but that’s likely to change.

State Parks Day Use permits now on sale

Give the gift of the great outdoors this holiday season with an annual Oregon State Parks day-use parking permit.

Holiday Treats: Columbia Arts, Fresh Start team up Dec. 21-22

Students of Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program under the direction of Pastry Chef Rainbow Trosper will be teaming up with Columbia Center for the Arts to bring eatable art to your holiday table this Dec. 21-22. Fresh Start will showcase a wide variety of pastries, confections and cakes that can be purchased at the arts center, or ordered in advance for pickup at the arts center.

Christmas Project: Where to sign up, how to help

Registration for the 2016 Hood River County Christmas Project will continue for families in need through Dec. 3.

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Beware of counterfeit Pokémon

Hood River Hobbies owners Miko and Zed Ruhlen have noticed a disturbing trend at their weekly Pokémon Club game sessions: Counterfeits.

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Watch a new ’12 Days’ song

Ever heard “The 12 Days of Christmas”?

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A Thanksgiving bulge — in Northwest electrical use — seen again this year

Bonneville Power Administration operators are prepared for the energy anomaly that they see every Thanksgiving Day. They have planned for an unusual bulge, or peak, in the morning as millions of people across the Pacific Northwest gather to cook meals, which rely heavily on the use of ovens and other appliances. After the big meal, system operators will be on hand to ramp power down during the tryptophan drop off.

Jobs report: Hood River employment steady in fall

Despite shedding some jobs, Hood River County employment held firm at second best statewide.

The Ale List: pFriem wins Brussels Beer Challenge Awards

pFriem brings home ‘Revelation’ trophy for Super Saison

The winners of the international 2016 Brussels Beer Challenge competition have been officially announced and out of all the beers submitted by American Breweries, pFriem Family Brewers took home the American Revelation — Fermentis Trophy for their Super Saison.

Council to act on Title 5 rental rules

HR Council meets on Monday and Tuesday

Hood River City Council meets on two consecutive evenings this week — its regular meeting Monday and Tuesday’s special meeting held solely to consider passage of an emergency ordinance on Title 5. This pertains to rules for short term rentals in residential zones.

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Proposed ‘Barrett Vista’ subdivision would add 24 houses in Odell

A Lake Oswego developer is seeking permits to build a 24-lot subdivision northeast of Odell, expanding an existing neighborhood.

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Feds grant $28M for Mitchell Point crossing

Oregon Department of Transportation has found a light at the end of the tunnel in its endeavor to fully restore the Historic Columbia River Highway as a single trail.

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Oregon cities setting retail pot rules

Some 30 counties and cities in Oregon approved some type of marijuana businesses in last week's election, and officials in those communities now must establish rules for every step in the production and supply chain.

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