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Wyden calls for hike in minimum wage

Senator talks work-force, grad rates at HR town hall

Sen. Ron Wyden hit Hood River on his January town hall sweep.

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Freebridge Brewery opens in The Dalles

Freebridge is spanning a beer production gap in the Gorge.

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Self-serve gas legal in rural Oregon

Hood River County fuel stations consider making transition

A new law strikes down Oregon’s historic ban on customers pumping their own gas — with conditions.

Tourism Studio starts Jan. 20

Travel Oregon workshops focus on the Gorge

The Gorge Tourism Studio, offered by Travel Oregon in partnership with 26 agencies and organizations, is now open for registration.

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Burger options dwindle in Bingen

The City of Bingen saw some changes toward the end of this year in terms of what’s offered in town for quick bites with the closure of two burger joints.

Music, art, cake and beer planned at ‘EdStravaganza’

Artists invited to donate works to help Ed Wilder

Plans are being firmed up for the Jan. 27 “EdStravaganza” art auction and birthday party for Ed Wilder at Butler Bank Social Club.

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The Readerboard Year, 2015: ‘Soul custody’ and other roadside words

Humor and homilies, friendly greetings, and fire and brimstone.

NW Farm Credit gives grant to Gorge Owned

Northwest Farm Credit Services has awarded the Columbia Gorge Earth Center in Hood River a $2,000 Rural Community Grant for the Rural Entrepreneur Working Space.

Columbia Art Center opens studio to community

The Columbia Center for the Arts is throwing open the doors to their classroom studio space for use by individuals in the community. The 700-square-foot studio has capacity for 25 individuals, and includes tables, chairs, sinks, countertops, drying racks, flat-screen television, model lighting, easels, access to restrooms, and free Wi-Fi. CCA staff are excited to see new creative faces in the studio.

Elks honor Kara Kiyokawa and Marelie Vorster

Kara Kiyokawa and Marelie Vorster are the Elks November Students of the Month and were presented checks for $100 at a recent Elks Lodge meeting. They are both seniors at Hood River Valley High School. They, along with all other monthly winners, will be honored at the annual banquet at the end of the school year.

WAAAM receives 1.5M for new hangar

Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM) Director Judy Newman has announced the museum has received a major gift from Jerry Wenger, WAAAM board member and donor of many of the WACO’s and Gliders found at the museum.

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Warm and ‘Ugly’ sweater contest held Christmas Eve

Beauty is found in ugly sweaters in Shortt Supply’s first “Ugly Sweater Contest” on Dec. 24 at the store at Oak and Second.

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‘Best of Belgium’ opens in Mall 202

Isabel and Keith Doroski have opened Best of Belgium by Belle, a new chocolatier located at 202 Cascade Ave., Suite 1 in Mall 202.

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Drought Days: 2015 in review

January through May

“Snowpack lacking.”