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Polar Express canceled

Rail Events Inc., Iowa Pacific holdings unable to reach agreement

After several months of ongoing negotiations, Rail Events Inc. has announced several U.S. locations of The Polar Express Train Ride, previously operated by Iowa Pacific Holdings, will not return for the 2017 season, including Mt. Hood Railroad in Hood River.

Business workshop offered Oct. 13

Columbia Gorge Community College/Small Business Development Center is offering an “Increasing Your Bottom Line” workshop at the CGCC Hood River Indian Creek Campus on Friday, Oct. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per business.

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Pet of the Week: Miya is ‘happiest thing on four legs’

Oh me, oh Miya! Miya has been selected by volunteers as Adopt A Dog’s adoptable pet of the week.

Crush Cider Café, Waucoma host cider book author visit

Waucoma Bookstore and Crush Cider Café are hosting “Tasting Cider” author Erin James for a book talk and cider tasting on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Crush Cider Café, 1020 Wasco St. James is the editor-in-chief of CiderCraft magazine and will be discussing her new book, subtitled “The CiderCraft Guide to the Distinctive Flavors of North American Hard Cider.”

HR County holds next meeting on Energy Plan Wednesday in Odell

Through a series of town hall meetings, Hood River County invites the public to learn about and provide insights into a countywide Energy Plan that charts a course for the future.

Westside meetings Wednesday at Fire Hall

The last meetings, for now, of the two Westside Area Plan committees are scheduled for Oct. 11 at Hood River Fire Hall.

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KAYAK SHED: Spanning Three Centuries

The old building bridged the downtown enterprises of three centuries. From 19th century blacksmiths through its machine shop era of the early- and mid-1990s, to the wind and water sports of the 20th and 21st century, the Schlosser family-owned Kayak Shed building had served multiple needs for more than 100 years.

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The Ale List: Rescheduled Hops Fest happens Saturday

The 14th annual Hood River Hops Fest, staged by Hood River Chamber of Commerce, pours fresh-hopped ales from around the Northwest on a new date, Oct. 7 (delayed from Sept. 23).

First brewery opens in Goldendale

Dwinell Country Ales in Goldendale will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 14 from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15 from noon to 9 p.m.

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Wash. coal hub suffers blow

Olympia, Wash. (AP) — A company that wants to build and operate a large terminal to export coal from the western U.S. to Asia was denied a key permit by Washington state on Sept. 26 because of environmental concerns.

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A ‘Divine Surprise’ emerges from ashes

Kayak Shed fire spares documents

Wreckage revealed a “divine” result at Kayak Shed, which was gutted by fire on Sept. 27.

Hood River News’ ad staff wins awards

The Hood River News recently won 10 awards at the 2017 Better Ad Ideas contest on Sept. 22 in Lake Oswego.

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Cycle of empowerment: Girl Up club hosts film, fundraisers to help young women globally

HRVHS Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation club, is hosting a three-part movie series to raise money for School Cycle, which sends bikes to Malawi and Guatemala so that girls can get to school. The event was Tuesday, but it is just one part of a new set of efforts by young women at Hood River Valley High School.

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‘Farm Punk’ artist donates sculpture to Arts Center

Local metal artist Alan Root has donated his sculpture, “Heron Viewing Spawning Salmon,” to Columbia Center for the Arts.

Pet of the Week: Frankie is a ‘lovebug’

Frankie has been selected by volunteers as Adopt A Dog’s adoptable pet of the week. If you’re looking for a whole lotta love on tiny legs, meet Frankie (like frankfurter ... get it?), the cutest lil' Dachshund around.

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