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A blue Motiv bike and a boy named Josue

Do you remember the feeling of cruising the neighborhood on your first bike, having the freedom to ride from soccer practice to the local creek and making it home just before nightfall?

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Pet of the week: Buford ‘all-around great dog’

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Buford as the program’s adoptable pet of the week.

TD Mayor invites pot advocate to share stance with council

The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence recently invited Aaron Morin, a local resident, to address the city council as an advocate of siting more marijuana retail stores in The Dalles. “I’m here to ask you to opt in,” said Morin at the Oct. 12 council meeting.

Heritage Heights breaks ground in The Dalles

The Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation celebrated its ground breaking Oct. 27 for Heritage Heights Apartments. This will be a 24 unit complex located at 1324 W. 10th St. in The Dalles.

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Water districts assess ‘tenuous’ drought outcome

Hood River County’s water sources hit the hurdles of virtually zero snowpack on Mount Hood and record high temperatures this summer, but irrigation district managers feel the impact on users was a “close call” averted.

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‘Fill Your Pantry’ Market debuts Nov. 7 at Grange

When Bonnie Cox moved to Hood River from Corvallis about three years ago, she noticed something was missing: a “Fill Your Pantry” market.

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‘Warm the Night’: Warming Shelter holds kick-off at new location

The Hood River Warming Shelter will hold a “Warm the Night” silent auction of services 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, to kick off its 2015-16 season at its new location, the former “Fruit Tree” building, 4041 Westcliff Drive. An entry donation of $5 is suggested.

Freeze dried fruit producer The Puff Factory looks to build plant in Odell

Owner has a pending agreement with Port of Cascade Locks

Puff Factory LLC has requested a permit to build a 26,000-square-foot industrial fruit production and cold storage plant at the Lower Mill Industrial Park in Odell.

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Jessie Page moves ahead yet keeps stationery

Jessie Page shoots the rubber band example at the idea of bulk buying.

Christmas Project signups begin

Operations for the 2015 The Hood River County Christmas Project will begin this week with the start of family registration signups.

‘Making Energy Work’ workshop Nov. 6

Focus will be on community-owned and other renewable projects

Residents interested in renewable energy may attend Making Energy Work for Rural Oregon, a one-day workshop on Nov. 6 designed to help Hood River increase its investment in clean energy, and benefit from local energy programs and projects.

Fiber Fest moves to Fort Dalles Readiness Center

Artisans, novices gather Nov. 4-8

Columbia River Gorge yarn shop Knot Another Hat is bringing the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival (CGFF) to the new Fort Dalles Readiness Center for its fifth showing. The festival brings hundreds of fiber enthusiasts from throughout the United States and Canada to the Gorge.

Home heating assist programs available

Home heating assist

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Powerdale Road closed this week

Pipeline removal starts Sunday

Hood River County Public Works Department will be closing access to the Powerdale Corridor parking lot just off Highway 35 next week beginning Nov. 1 to allow several hundred feet of pipe removed from the site.

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Apland supports African children’s library

Apland Jewelers has an open suitcase for the community to fill with books to support the initiation of a library at the Kitarini Maasai Children’s School in the rural Longido district of northern Tanzania, where 450 children attend.