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USFS pre-approves Meadows’ parking lot

After three years of planning and analysis, a new parking lot slated for construction at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort looks like it might be a go.

Robbery suspect linked to HR holdup

A Portland man arrested Feb. 21 as a suspect in a series of motel robberies around western Oregon is believed to be the man who committed an October 2013 robbery at a Hood River motel.

Who wants bacon?

Kids dig in at Helping Hands fundraiser

Plenty of kids got into the fun at the first Aporkalypse Now event for Helping Hands Against Violence, at Springhouse Cellar Feb. 12.

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Landslide forces closure of Dee Hwy. Tuesday

Another weather-related landslide occurred Tuesday evening outside of Hood River, this time on the Dee Highway, capping off a series of geologic events in the Columbia River Gorge that closed roads and snarled traffic for days.

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PET OF THE WEEK: Harmony is ‘easy-going and lovable’

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

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A Sense of Place: Randy Kiyokawa discusses farms and family

Different farming practices may have fallen in and out of favor over the years, but the importance of family is one aspect of life that hasn’t changed for the Kiyokawas.

Lolley makes bail in child sex abuse case

Kenneth Gordon Lolley has made bail and has been released from the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles where he has been held for the past three months on first-degree sexual abuse charges.

City of Hood River will interview five city manager finalists Feb. 27

Public reception planned Feb. 26

Four men and one woman are the finalists for the job of Hood River City Manager. A reception for the public is planned on Feb. 26, to meet the candidates for the position.

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Christina McGhee of Parkdale brings local thrust to a life in fitness

Christina McGhee has a lifetime of experience to share during her fitness classes at the historic Mount Hood Town Hall, located at 6575 Highway 35 in Mount Hood. The 10-year board member is one of three who teach morning, afternoon and evening classes that are catered toward the Mount Hood-Parkdale community, although everyone is welcome to attend.

County looks at ball fields

Does the Hood River Valley need more ball fields? Or do local agencies need to be more efficient in how they manage their fields?

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Fish market lands in Cascade Locks

CASCADE LOCKS — Family tradition moves upland in the latest commercial venture in Cascade Locks, the long-awaited Brigham Fish Market, near the west end of WaNaPa Avenue.

Tax prep assistance offered

The AARP Tax-Aide program, administered by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS, provides free income tax assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those aged 60 or older.

Business Notes for Feb. 19

Hearts of Gold receives trio of awards; more

Washington coal terminal to get extensive review

Additional certification required for Oregon terminal proposal

SEATTLE (AP) — State and local regulators said Wednesday they’ll consider a sweeping environmental review of the effects of a proposed terminal along the Columbia River in Washington that would export millions of tons of coal to Asia.

Applications being accepted for CGCC Gorge Scholarships

Columbia Gorge Community College has just opened the gates for eligible high school students to apply for its best-kept secret: the Gorge Scholars program. Applications are being accepted until July 1 for this unique tuition-waiver program that awards students a chance to attend CGCC for up to two years and receive 18 college credits per term — for free.