DeeTour proposal on hold due to HRVRC appeal

Hood River Valley Residents Committee appeals decision to approve Dee music venue

An outdoor music venue planned for the community of Dee has been put on hold due to an appeal filed by a local land use watchdog group that says the county made missteps in its approval process.

Council not interested in pot tax

The vote on a measure that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Oregon is fast approaching and some municipalities are considering passing their own cannabis taxes beforehand in case the measure is approved.

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Colette Todorov finds rhythm in numbers, and in belly dancing

Colette Todorov likes numbers. And it’s a good thing she does, because her job as office manager for Green Home Construction involves a lot of them.

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell backs off wilderness photo restrictions

AP — The U.S. Forest Service’s chief backed off proposed restrictions on photography in wilderness areas Thursday after facing sweeping protests from lawmakers, First Amendment advocates and media outlets across the country.

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Pet of the week: Berkeley is ‘really a playful dog’

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

Fall art sale this weekend

Columbia Center for the Arts will have its Semi Annual Gallery Overstock/Seconds sale Sept. 27-28 in the studio of Art Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grant funding available for local non-profits

Are you a local non-profit organization searching for a grant opportunity?

Despite ban, Klickitat County pot entrepreneurs continue business as usual

Despite the passage of a six-month moratorium on the production, processing, and retail sales of recreational marijuana in Goldendale, it’s business as usual for growers and retailers throughout the rest of the county.

Deal on Nichols Landing, park inches closer

URA authorizes execution of purchase and sale agreement

The long-awaited deal that would bring an end to the Naito Development/Friends of the Hood River Waterfront dispute over Nichols Landing may not be quite done yet, but a big step forward was taken Monday night.

County unemployment falls to 5.1 percent, state’s lowest

Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose by 0.3 percentage point in August to 7.2 percent according to the Oregon Employment Department. Compared with August 2013, Oregon’s unemployment rate fell by 0.5 percentage point over the year.

Yoga for healthy aging in body and mind

Relaxation and deep breathing are the most beneficial part of a yoga practice in terms of overall health and well-being. Stress is now believed to be the culprit of 75-90 percent of all doctor visits.

Spotlight on allergy elimination sessions

At Cascade Acupuncture Center many of our clients have experienced relief from symptoms to environmental allergies, including our local trees, poison oak, weeds and grasses, dust and mold, perfumes, wood and cigarette smoke. In addition they have experienced relief from reactions to the foods they eat.

Healthy Aging: Tips for staying well and happy in later years

The term “aging” often is associated with an assumed decline in physical and mental health, as well as in overall quality of life. Many of us cross our fingers and hope we’ll be among the lucky few who maintain strength, mental acuity and independence later in life — not realizing that the course of our later years is largely up to us.

Take in Pear Party this weekend

The celebration of Oregon’s official state fruit happens this weekend with the annual Pear Celebration all along the famous Hood River County Fruit Loop.

Rail company pledges to fight coal dust

BNSF will use two coats of sealant on loads

In a bid to eliminate coal dust, BNSF Railway will start spraying a second coating of sealant on coal cars in Pasco, before they enter the windy Gorge, a rail official said last week. Andrew Johnsen, assistant vice president of state government affairs for BNSF, which operates on the Washington side of the Gorge, told the Gorge Commission Sept. 9 the railway would do whatever was needed to eliminate coal dust.