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Hood River County is reading William Stafford

Hood River County Reads, an annual community reading adventure, returns this month.

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School District faces $800K in budget cuts

When Hood River County School District Board of Directors meets Wednesday, it will meet the new high school principal, and hear updates on the community-wide sports field analysis and the proposed changes in school bus runs and school starting times.

Robotics ‘Channel 4’ team advances

Channel 4 News Team — Russel Grim, Will Lamer, Charles Sutherland and Myles Cameron — advanced to Super Regionals in California with its performance last weekend at the Oregon First Technology Challenge competition at Benson Tech High School in Portland.

‘Six Steps’ seminar happens March 12

Green Home Construction hosts a free seminar on March 12, “Six Steps to a Successful Building Project,” 6:30-8 p.m. at Viento’s new tasting room at 301 Country Club Road, just west of Frankton Road.

Cohn, Dolan Elks ‘Most Valuable Student’ scholars

The Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.74 million in college scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs, of which the “Most Valuable Student” is one. (This does not include any awards from the local level.)

Marble leads sophomore sweep in Poetry Out Loud

Sophia Marble won the 2014 Hood River Poetry Out Loud competition, edging two other sophomores for the top honor.

Weekly ‘Pencil Pushers’ creative writing workshop for all genres starts March 7

Writers of all skill levels and genres are welcome to join “Pencil Pushers,” a weekly creative writing workshop series taught by Lois Colton.

Digital photography classes offered this spring

Jurgen Hess of Hood River leads two photography classes this spring. The classes cost $70 each. This is what is covered in each class:

HRVHS maintains high grad rates ranking

Deputy Supt. Rob Saxton announced last week that Oregon’s four-year graduation rate for 2013 was 68.7 percent, up only slightly from the previous year’s rate of 68.4 percent. The statewide four-year graduation rate has increased 2.5 percent over the past five years.

Sense of Place lecture series continues March 5

Gorge Owned invites the community to the next in its Sense of Place lecture series, “Mount Hood: Shaping the People and Places of the Pacific Northwest,” with Jon Bell. It will be held March 5 at Columbia Center for the Arts. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7.

Time to nominate a ‘Woman of Distinction’

Soroptimist International of Hood River invites individuals and organizations to honor a woman in their midst whose professional or volunteer work has made a distinctive difference in the life of Hood River County or in the lives of women and girls.

HRV honors artists: Hanson, Echevarria win Scholastic Gold Key honors

Seniors Tove Hanson and Gisela Ayala Echevarria have won Gold Key awards in the Regional Scholastic Art competition. The students’ work was judged against students from other western states, and next they will be considered for national awards in New York later this spring.

Robotics takes Idaho

FTC Blackhawks ‘Inspire’ in Idaho

Black Hawks, the Hood River Valley High School First Tech Challenge robotics team — all seniors — won the Inspire Award at the Idaho State Championship Feb. 15.

CGCC hosts renewable energy technology career fair

Columbia Gorge Community College is hosting an annual Renewable Energy Technology Career Fair for enrolled students on April 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. This career fair attracts highly skilled RET students with experience in electrical systems, mechanical systems, and electronics with a focus on the renewable-energy industry.