How to Help: Updated for Jan. 14

Warming Shelter — A training session is planned Jan. 15 from 7-9 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ninth and State streets. The training is open to anyone 18 or older. Visit for details.

School Board meets tonight

Hood River County School District Board of Directors meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School Library.

Cherry loss may be ‘catastrophic’

Extension agent seeks declaration of emergency

A Wasco County horticulturalist is warning cherry growers that a perfect storm of unusually warm November weather followed by a sharp drop in temperatures may wreak havoc on their fruit trees for up to two years.

Tonkin buys Bob Stone Dealership

The Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships, which has served Portland for half a century, recently acquired Bob Stone Freeway Auto Center in The Dalles.

Hearing on subdivision Wednesday

A public hearing regarding a subdivision proposed for the west side of Hood River will be held Wednesday.

New management plan for Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a new management plan for Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Time to renew burn permits

As of Jan. 1, all burning permits issued by Oregon Department of Forestry in the 2014 calendar year have expired.

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Walmart heads back to LUBA

Retailer files notice of intent to appeal with state agency over store expansion

Just over a month after it was made, a decision rendered by the Hood River City Council on whether Walmart should be allowed to expand its Hood River store has been appealed at the state level.

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HRCSO named SAR program of the year

OSSA also honors Sgt. Casteneda, Dep. Harvey, with Lifesaving Awards

Hood River County Sheriff’s Office received individual as well as collective honors from the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association.

Braceros in the Pacific Northwest exhibit comes to Discovery Center

THE DALLES — Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum presents Culture a la Carte, an evening presentation on the topic of Braceros of the Pacific Northwest, Saturday, Jan. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy an optional dinner for $15, served at 6 p.m., followed by the free presentation at 7 p.m.

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‘Grow a row for us’

Non-profit’s members look at challenges and opportunities in goal of feeding the Gorge

Gorge Grown, champion of local growers and improved nutrition and access to quality food in the region, hosted a wide-ranging discussion on “feeding the Gorge” Thursday.

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Groups seek public input on Punchbowl

First of two public meetings on park proposal held Tues.

Hood River County and conservation groups want to turn an area around a popular waterfall near Dee into a public park and are looking to the public for input on the plan.

The Ale List: Local beer, new and renewed on tap, in bottles, and in books

pFriem Family Brewers hosts “Oregon Breweries” author Brian Yeager for lunch, book signing and question and answer, starting at noon Sunday.

Backcountry Film Festival in HR Jan. 14

The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival comes to Hood River Jan. 14, with a free showing of the festival’s nine video pieces starting at 7 p.m. at Double Mountain Brewery.

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Pet of the Week: Roxie perfect for active home

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