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Pendleton Midnight Whisky receives 2016 Ultimate Spirits award

Hood River Distillers, Inc. earned the top recommendation of “extraordinary” from the 2016 Ultimate Spirits Challenge for its Pendleton Midnight Whisky.

Celebrate ‘Independent Bookstore Day’ with local authors

Waucoma Bookstore will host local authors for a book signing to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 30 at the bookstore, located at 212 Oak St., Hood River.

Free communication disorder screenings available in May

During “May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month,” Play Works Gorge Children’s Therapies will offer free speech and language screenings for the Hood River community.

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Pet of the week: Bogie is ‘super star at the shelter’

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

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‘Rallying point’ Cider Fest sells out

Last weekend’s third Annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest, a Hood River County Chamber of Commerce event, drew approximately 3,000 people to the Odell fruit packing district. The family-friendly celebration was full of cider-seeking locals and visitors from open to close, according to event coordinator Ashley Huckaby May.

The Ale List: Gorge Brewers hold tap takeover April 20

Tarwater Tavern on Jewett in White Salmon hosts a tap takeover by 11 breweries in Breweries in the Gorge, 5 p.m. on April 20.

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420 Famous

Gorge Green Cross, a marijuana dispensary at 602 Oak St., was featured in April’s issue of Oregon Leaf cannabis trade magazine.

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Flammable, but not oil

Mt. Hood Railroad stores ‘mostly’ empty propane cars on upper valley tracks

Black railcars stowed on the tracks from Hood River to Mount Hood may resemble oil trains, but fire officials say they’re actually storage cars that formerly held propane and other raw chemicals.

Planning Commission upholds Windmaster tower approval

A 100-foot cell tower was re-approved this week at Windmaster Corner, behind HRVHS' baseball field.

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Hood River officials urge Vancouver port to reject oil terminal

Hood River elected leaders and environmental advocates on Tuesday called for the Port of Vancouver to end its lease on a proposed Columbia River oil terminal.

Gem documentary gets Oregon Premiere April 21

By traveling to East Africa searching out the finest colored gemstones, Ken Apland of Apland Jewelers has had the opportunity to help local communities in Kenya and Tanzania. While many jewelers wait for gem dealers to come to their store, Apland goes straight to the source — this not only provides access to gemstone rough directly from the mine but also provides much needed business for local miners.

Gorge Grown hosts two school garden workshops

Gorge Grown Food Network is hosting two events this spring to support and celebrate regional school gardens.

Adult Center news: Big Bingo back Tuesdays; thrift shop hours expand

Big Bingo is back at the Hood River Valley Adult Center on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m., but volunteers are needed to keep it running.

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Cascade Locks Council votes against 14-55

Drums and voices rang out from WaNaPa Street as two sides faced off over a voter measure aimed at water bottling corporations such as Nestlé.

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Mt. Hood named top Oregon winery

Here’s a stop for your Blossom Time wanderings this weekend: Mt. Hood Winery, just voted 2016 Oregon Winery of the Year.