Bolland named Meadows Chief Operating Officer

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort has named Charles Jake Bolland as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Meadows Chairman and CEO Matthew Drake made the announcement, saying, “It gives me great pleasure to promote Jake to this position. Jake has an exceptional understanding of our operations and financial structure. He also possesses the core values and solid leadership qualities to help guide and support our outstanding management team. With day-to-day operations in Jake’s very capable hands, I can focus more on future growth opportunities for our company.”

Pot business moratorium extended for Klickitat County

Six-month moratorium would affect new businesses

No new marijuana businesses will be permitted in Klickitat County’s unincorporated areas until a six-month moratorium lapses or is called off by county commissioners.

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CL looks to expedite Nestlé bottling plant

City of Cascade Locks officials say they have found a way to help move along a Nestlé water bottling plant that has been in a state of arrested development for years due to appeals from environmental groups.

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Local food drive keeps on moving

FISH food banks and Hood River Christmas Project delivered food to needy residents in time for Christmas, and schools are out for winter break but the holiday canned food drive goes on.

Police, Sheriff mount DUII enforcement

From Dec. 12 to Jan.5, 2015, the Hood River Police Department and Hood River County Sheriff will be conducting a DUII enforcement period. The purpose of this campaign will be to focus on people driving under the influence of intoxicants. This is in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This will be the first of several high visibility enforcement efforts throughout the year. There will be a higher number of officers on patrol during these enforcement periods.

Holiday stress: It’s not how much stress, but how well you handle it

New research is showing that it is more important to improve the way we respond to stress than it is to try to eliminate stress in our lives. For this reason, yoga, meditation, and breath practices are key to training the nervous system how to respond to the realities of daily life with less stress-inducing reactivity.

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FISH Milestone

A significant milestone was reached this week on the construction of the new FISH Food Bank building.

Gorge Commission receives a mixed message on funding

Budget to stay mostly flat; increases had been earmarked for oil, coal train issue

A year after its executive director warned the agency was on the “verge of collapse” due to a lack of funding, the Columbia River Gorge Commission will not be receiving the financial boost it had hoped for.

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The community delivers

Food banks receive pre-Christmas boost

The serious business of food delivery certainly had a humorous side.

HR County Commissioners approve garbage rate hike

Increase larger than last year’s

Garbage rates will be going up again in January following a decision from the Hood River County Board of Commissioners to approve a request for the increase from Hood River Garbage.

Gorge Robotics teams compete in FLL qualifying

Over 350 kids aged 9 to 14 from schools all around the Gorge showed off their robotic talents the last two weekends.

Boeing/Insitu grants HR District $10,000

Boeing/Insitu has granted Hood River County School District $10,000 for middle school math coaching and professional development, district math coach Jane Osborne announced.

Cristina Garcia and Megumi Hosaka are Elks Students of the Month

Cristina Garcia and Megumi Mosaka Moehlman Hosaka, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as November Students of the Month. Each student was presented a check for $100 at a recent Lodge meeting at the Hood River Elks No. 1507.

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Pet of the Week: Lolo patiently waiting for his forever home

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Lolo as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows: