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Environmentalists sue over Hanford reactor

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Three environmental groups sued a state agency Thursday over the effects of the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant on the water quality of the Columbia River. The Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Northwest Environmental Advocates, and Columbia Riverkeeper filed the lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court against the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.

Menus and Memory: Nora’s Table seeks recipes for ‘Family Dinner Project’

What do you remember about special family dinners at your house, or your grandparent’s house? This fall and winter, Nora’s Table restaurant is launching the Family Dinner Project. Send the restaurant your story of an important family dinner, complete with menu and recipes if you have them, and the restaurant will select six winning family dinners.

Free discussion Nov. 2 about food and citizenship

Oregon is famous for its food — for its long traditions in agriculture and fisheries, and also for its role in the movement to promote whole food in communities, schools, and home kitchens.

Next Door adds solar awning

The Next Door hosted a ribbon-cutting for the new solar panel awning on Oct. 22 at its Hood River building, 965 Tucker Rd.

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The Ale List: Full Sail Session ales win national honors

Full Sail Brewing Company’s Session and Session Black lagers were recently honored with gold medals at the 2014 United States Open Beer Championships.

Gorge Soup application deadline extended

Gorge Soup organizers announced Wednesday they are extending the application deadline for the next Gorge Soup to Monday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. sharp.

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Katrina McAlexander feels honored to keep Parkdale’s Mt. View Farm in the family

Parkdale resident Katrina McAlexander — or Trina, as she is commonly known — is in the process of purchasing Mt. View Orchards, and she couldn’t be happier.

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Pet of the Week: Garth is ‘playful, sparkly’

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

USDA program assists weather-harmed farms

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought.

Gorge Soup sign-ups near

Gorge Soup is back, Nov. 11 for adults and Feb. 26 for kids

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Lions renew vision screens in schools

Local Lions Clubs once again increased their goal for student vision screenings to include all grades in all of the elementary schools and middle schools in Hood River County, reports Lion Heidi Venture.

‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’: Local author Vikki Claflin’s new book takes on Parkinson’s, with humor

Hood River writer Vikki Claflin has released her new book, titled “Shake, Rattle & Roll with It: Living and Laughing with Parkinson’s,” available on Amazon.com on Nov. 3.

Marijuana entrepreneurs, law enforcement talk tourism at summit

While gorgeous mountain views, wild rivers, historical significance and much more all play a role in any conversation regarding tourism in the Columbia River Gorge, there is a new reason some tourists are visiting the area, particularly Washington state.

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LUBA rejects appeal over park and ride

An appeal filed against Hood River County’s decision to approve the initial concept of a park and ride planned for use by Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort has been rejected by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA).

Helping Hands gets $10,000

Verizon grant will boost shelter outreach services for children

Childhood pleasures such as going to a playground, a swim in the city pool, or a visit to a museum are rare for children who have experienced domestic violence.