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How to Help during the holidays

Parkhurst Place food drive; Volunteers needed at Next Door; more

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Insitu launches Shell contract

Insitu has announced a contract with Shell’s QGC, to leverage Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to deliver automated infrastructure inspection and management services for its operations within Queensland, Australia.

How to Help: Ways to give locally during the holiday season

Every season is a time of need for some people in this and any community.

USDA invests $13 Million to improve healthcare in Columbia River Gorge

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is providing $13.2 million to improve access to health care services for rural communities in the Columbia River Gorge, announced State Director John Huffman Nov. 20. The loan from Rural Development will be used by the nonprofit health care provider One Community Health to replace its Hood River community health center.

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Columbia Gorge CASA welcomes new volunteers

Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is pleased to introduce their newest child advocates: Becky Bell, Hood River, Taryn Tkach, White Salmon, and Daylon Donnelly, Antonio Marconi and Michael Wacker, all of The Dalles. The group was sworn into duty by the Honorable Karen Ostrye on Nov. 9 after completing 32 hours of training.

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Gleaning: Where surplus and hunger meet

The Columbia Gorge Gleaning Project connects those experiencing hunger to local, farm-fresh produce. The need is high — one in three residents of the Gorge are food insecure — yet produce left in local fields is abundant. According to Feeding America, nearly half of the food grown, processed and transported in the U.S. goes to waste.

Leisure, hospitality grows despite seasonal losses

Hood River County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by a scant 0.1 percentage point in October to 3.7 percent. Ranked among Oregon’s 36 counties, Hood River’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate finished second to Benton County’s 3.3 percent.

Christmas Project: Where and when to sign up, and how to help

Registration for the 2017 Hood River County Christmas Project started Nov. 9 and continues for families in need through Dec. 9.

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Lisa Muñoz: Talking steps toward broadening community

Latino Experience in Hood River County

Latina Lisa Muñoz spoke Nov. 8 at Hood River forum from the perspective of a native Hood Riverite who grew up doing orchard work, went on to gain two degrees in college, and returned to her community to do oral history work at The History Museum of Hood River County.

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Museum’s ‘Latino Experience’ on display through December

A new exhibit at the History Museum of Hood River County highlights both the traditional and the modern in the Latino experience.

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Pet of the Week: Sweet Hank ‘loves all dogs’

Handsome Hank has been selected by volunteers as Adopt a Dog’s adoptable pet of the week.

Funds raised for Underwood Fruit employees

Three big announcements were made during the recent Fruta del Fuego.

Gorge Foundation provides many routes to seasonal giving

Nov. 21 was Giving Tuesday, a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year charitable support.

Gorge Owned receives Parks grant for history podcasts

Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 18 grants totaling $230,000 to organizations across the state for projects that conserve, develop and interpret Oregon's cultural heritage.

Cultural Trust seeks grant applications

The Hood River Cultural Trust has announced its annual grant cycle. To apply for a grant, view the grant guidelines and download an application at


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