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Hood River Sew and Vac closes Dec. 26

Quilting is a literal and figurative thing for Eileen Utroske, who will close Hood River Sewing and Vacuum on Dec. 26 after 14 years.

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Holiday Food Drive brings in one ton of food

You know that money and food you gave to local teenagers outside the grocery store in the past month? This is where it went: FISH Food Bank.

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Planet’s ‘Creations’ is fruition of a dream

Janet Planet dreamed of owning a bead store long before she opened Sparkling Creations in Hood River almost 10 years ago.

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The Dalles Moose Lodge Hosts BBBS

The Dalles Moose Lodge hosted Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge (BBBS) for their annual Christmas Breakfast. This was the 10th year for the event.

‘Community meals’ program starts at new FISH building in January

Oregon State University is starting a new Community Meals and Cooking Class to be held the second Monday of each month, said Lauren Kraemer, OSU Extension Service instructor.

Hood River Adopt a Dog hires new Executive Director

Hood River Adopt A Dog is pleased to welcome Jarrod Holmes as its new executive director. Holmes has spent his entire professional career in the nonprofit sector with an emphasis on donor development and organizational management. Recently, he and his wife permanently relocated to Hood River.

On the agenda: Hood River County Board meets Monday

Updated for Dec. 19

A stacked agenda awaits the Hood River County Board of Commissioners Monday, 5:30 p.m. at the County Business Administration Building

Pet of the Week: Misty looking for home for the holidays

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

Public Records: Building permits, city, Nov. 2015

City, November 2015

Riverkeeper director receives state award

Brett VandenHeuvel, Columbia Riverkeeper executive director and attorney, received the Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resource Section’s annual Leadership and Service Award on Thursday, Dec. 10.

Heukers to buy Cascade Locks Port site for smoked fish plant

Heuker Family Lands LLC of Dodson is set to buy a 3.4-acre piece of land from the Port of Cascade Locks, where the company plans to site a fish processing and smoking facility.

Sean Desmond joins Copper West Properties

Copper West Properties announced the addition of Sean Desmond to its growing team of Brokers.

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The Ale List: Awards for pFriem; Logsdon serves brasserie fare

It’s a happy December for the brew crew at pFriem Family Brewers, with its Gose earning an international honor and its German-style Pilsner gaining kudos from the national beer magazine Draft.

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Don Bales turns gun collection into all-purpose gun shop

Don Bales’ gun shop — aptly named Don’s Gun Shop, Inc. — is a bit of a social club.

Anti-water bottling petition garners 1,600 signatures

‘Protection Measure’ will go before voters in May 2016 election

Members of conservation group Local Water Alliance turned in 1,600 signatures Monday for their proposed voter measure, which aims to block water bottling companies from operating within the county, including Nestlé.