Gorge Soup for Kids applications due Dec. 4

Gorge Soup for adults has been cancelled this year due to lack of applicants, but the program is still stirring the pot for two early 2016 events: Gorge Soup for Kids (Feb. 25) and Gorge Soup for Arts, at a date to be announced.

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Grace and Giving: Gala Fashion Show racks up gifts for needy

The high-energy Gala Fashion Show, now in its 19th season, hit the Gorge Room at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn Friday night. A packed, energetic crowd turned out for the musical extravaganza, which is the primary fundraiser for the Hood River Christmas Project.

A Map to the STRs: City Council rallies recommendations for regulating rentals

Break down the big task or get broken down by it. City Council chose the former tack Monday in its continued meeting on the controversial topic of how to regulate short-term rentals — STRs — giving city staff a “roadmap” to follow, according to City Manager Steve Wheeler.

How to help, updated for Nov. 18

Start-up operations for the 2015 Hood River County Christmas Project have begun.

Chinese hydropower company hopes to partner with Klickitat PUD

A Chinese hydropower company valued at $70 billion is looking to partner with Klickitat Public Utility District (KPUD) on its plan to build a pumped storage facility, the Yakima Herald reported.

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County weighs planners’ input on farm zoning code update

Decision tabled on ‘agritourism’ rules

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners zeroed in on recommendations Tuesday from the Planning Commission addressing a countywide farm and forest resource zone update.

‘Blossom Hill’ opens in Odell

Andrea Fox has reopened the food cart in downtown Odell. The new Blossom Hill Coffee Company, in what was the Hood to Hills location, opened Nov. 4 for winter hours — Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Party Like A Local: Gorge Owned presents ‘GOvember’ Party

Kickstand Coffee and Kitchen, recently expanded and refurbished, hosts the second annual GOvember Party & Fundraiser Nov. 20, 6 to 10 p.m.

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Shelter is back, warming the night

Hood River Warming Shelter held its first “Warm the Night” fundraiser Nov. 7 and raised nearly $6,000 for the shelter program, now in its sixth year.

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Victor Magaña sees package delivery rise — all year long

When Victor Magaña began working as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service (USPS) nine years ago, the bulk of his deliveries were letters.

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Farm hazardous waste collected

Thomas Bolman of Stericycle unloads a pickup bed full of hazardous waste brought by Pine Grove orchardist Vince Ackerman to the Nov. 4 collection event for farmers and businesses at the Hood River Garbage Service facility on Guignard Road.

Next Door families get aboard ‘Polar Express’ on Thursday

On Nov. 12, Mount Hood Railroad will host more than 200 Next Door Inc. program clients, employees and their families for two Polar Express practice runs at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Cascade Pet Camp celebrates 10 years

Cascade Pet Camp, the lodging and training facility for dogs and cats, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a client appreciation party Thursday, Nov. 12, from 5-8 p.m.

Gorge residents named finalists for 2015 Nurse of the Year

Nurses from the Columbia River Gorge have earned a place in the finals for Oregon and southwest Washington’s 2015 Nurse of the Year Awards.

Governor intervenes on Nestlé water transfer

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has intervened on the cross water rights transfer that would make possible Nestlé’s proposed water bottling plant in Cascade Locks.