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‘Solarize’ campaign starts with launch party Feb. 3

Gorge Owned, local contractors offer incentives

With support from Northwest Solar Communities, Gorge Owned (GO!) is working with local solar contractors to offer discounted, bulk rates on solar panel installations to Gorge homeowners in Klickitat, Skamania, Wasco and Hood River counties.

Walmart site in The Dalles appealed again

A local citizens group opposing a proposed Walmart superstore in The Dalles has appealed for a second time a wetlands permit issued to the retail giant.

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Pet of the Week: Larry is a playful, happy pup

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

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HR Hostel, Ahi’s host open house

Hood River Hostel opens next month on Clearwater Lane, off West Cascade, for individual guests or groups.

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Gorge breweries craft an alliance

Map, website, and cooperative spirit blend in new group

The ale-liance is ready to pour together.

Economic Priority

City council hears detailed appeal on affordable housing

The chronic issue of affordable housing received a thorough airing Monday at City Council, and a sense of progress was evident to the council and those who presented on the issue.

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At annual banquet, Chamber looks to ‘15

Hood River Chamber of Commerce members gathered at the Columbia Gorge Hotel on Friday for the group’s annual Membership Appreciation dinner. Many members came decked out in their formal best in keeping with the evening’s prom theme.

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Port hires Genevieve Scholl for new post

Genevieve Scholl joined the Port of Hood River staff on Jan. 12 as Special Projects Manager.

Freshies Bagels and Juice opens on Oak

Matthew Joyce opened Freshies Bagels and Juice on Nov. 1, 2014 — without any previous knowledge of baking — and business is booming. Located in the former Hood River Bagel Co. store, earnings are up 25 percent over the last eight months than in all 12 months of the previous year.

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Tensing up: Bridge lift span issue tied to cables; re-tension work likely this summer

The Hood River Bridge’s lift span has not been setting correctly and an engineering firm contracted with the Port of Hood River believes it has discovered why.

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Giving a boost to Gorge Commission

Legislation would create taskforce, fund more employees

The Gorge may be renowned for its beauty, but the law that protects the area, the National Scenic Act, and the entity that implements it, the Columbia River Gorge Commission, aren’t always so visible.

Rockford Grange looks ahead to next 100 years

The Rockford Community Grange 501 is celebrating the New Year as the renewed owners of its 92-year-old Grange Hall building.

A Small Big Year 2015: Friendly bird counting competition in the Gorge

Join your friends and neighbors in the Gorge by tracking each species you count in both Hood River County and Klickitat County throughout 2015, now through Dec. 31, 2015.

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Pet of the Week: Alice loves kids and walks

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

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Nora’s Family Dinner Project: ‘Cooking, like life, can be an adventure if we choose to be bold’

My mother Jyl (pictured above) was an innovative and audacious cook way back before it was cool.