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Council votes 4-3 against Walmart expansion

In a lengthy four-hour land use hearing that was fraught with controversy, the Hood River City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to deny the expansion of Walmart's store on Wasco Avenue.

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Pet of the Week: Janni is a sweetheart in need of warm forever home

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

State parks sell discount day permits

What better stocking stuffer than a year of free parking at Oregon’s state parks? From Dec. 1-31, holiday shoppers can buy an annual day-use parking permit for only $25 — a $5 discount from the regular price of $30.

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Friday Festivities: parade and treelighting happen downtown

Oak Street will close at 5 p.m. Friday to make way for the annual Hood River Christmas parade, organized by the Chamber of Commerce.

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HR Bridge toll pricing changes start next month

Hood River Bridge customers are advised that beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the discount for purchasing convenience tickets (ticket books) will be discontinued due to increased handling costs.

‘Learning Unleashed’

FLL Robotics events return starting this weekend

Families and robot lovers of all ages are invited to watch the fun at the Columbia Gorge First Lego League (FLL) Tournaments in December.

DeeTour appeal hearing set for Dec. 10

HRVRC challenges County’s approval of amphitheater in Dee

The DeeTour development, which attracted controversy when it was announced earlier this year, will go before the Hood River County Planning Commissioners next week, who will consider an appeal filed by a local land use group that accuses the county of making errors in how it approved and noticed the project.

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HRV kicks off canned food drive

You might have seen them already at the markets: Hood River Valley High School kids collecting food and cash donations for the annual holiday food drive.

OSU holds session on bark beetles

Oregon State University Extension Service is holding a presentation and discussion session Dec. 6 on Bark Beetle Infestations and Tree Health in the Hood River area. The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the OSU Extension Service Conference Room at 2990 Experiment Station Drive, Hood River. (Turn east next to Your Party and Rental Center.)

Buy local campaign encourages residents to shop, donate locally

With the holiday shopping and giving season approaching, Gorge Owned (GO!) encourages residents to take the GO! Local Challenge, a sweepstakes that rewards people for supporting locally owned businesses and making donations to local nonprofits.

Gorge wineries celebrate with Thanksgiving open house weekend to benefit local charities

It’s better to give than to receive … unless you can do both at the same time.

HR Distillers join with Blazers via Pendleton

Hood River Distillers, Inc., the largest and oldest importer, distiller, producer and bottler of distilled spirits in the Northwest, announced today a new relationship between its premium whisky spirit, Pendleton Whisky, and the Portland Trail Blazers. The official partnership – the first of its kind for the brand – grants whisky pouring rights to Pendleton Whisky in the Moda Center, the team’s home arena.

Parkhurst Place helps Cat Rescue

Parkhurst Place Senior Living announces a partnership with Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue, a non-profit (501c3), all volunteer organization that helps homeless cats and kittens, and Dutch Bros Coffee of Hood River.

How to Help, updated for Nov. 20

Warming Shelterl HR Care Center; more

Gorge Grown ‘Community Conversation’ Dec. 4

Gorge Grown Food Network will be hosting Feeding the Gorge: Community Conversations this winter in order to provide local residents with the opportunity to share their ideas and inspirations for the local food system.