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Santa Cruz, Fetkenhour April ‘Students of the Month’

Jakelyn Santa Cruz and Quinn Fetkenhour, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as Hood River Elks April “Students of the Month.” They received checks for $100.

‘Reimagine Education’ community forum happens May 26

On May 26, state and local leaders will be holding an education forum at Best Western Hood River Inn from 6-7:30 p.m.

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Mid Valley third graders replace desk chairs with exercise balls as part of Providence pilot program

Students sat at attention in a loose cluster in Sarah Christiansen’s third grade Mid Valley Elementary classroom at the end of March, listening to Physical Therapist Assistant Nissa Huber explain proper use and care of the new exercise balls that would soon re-place their desk chairs.

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EnviroGorge Kids holds writing contest

EnviroGorge wants to encourage kids to get outside this summer and write about their experiences.

Bailey McManus receives CGCC, Soroptomist International awards

Bailey McManus, Columbia Gorge Community College student and president of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, is Soroptomist International’s $5,000 Live Your Dream award recipient.

Class notes: Johnson graduates from Lewis & Clark

Nicholas Cooper makes Dean’s List; Ellie Rinella featured in student anthology

Woody Alexander Johnson, of Hood River and Portland, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree at Lewis & Clark College’s 143rd commencement ceremony, held on May 7, 2016.

HRCSD ‘cautiously optimistic’ on budget

Budget season typically raises dire warnings — and spending cuts — for school districts across Oregon.

Gorge Culture Fest returns May 19

It’s time to celebrate the diversity of our community.

Next Door honors foster parents

On May 10, The Next Door honored foster parents for their commitment to providing safe places for youth to live while in the Treatment Services Program.

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‘Denim & Diamonds’: FFA annual steak feed, silent auction May 14

The Hood River Valley Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter is gearing up for its ninth annual Steak Feed and Silent Auction, “Denim & Diamonds,” held in the Hood River Valley High School Cafeteria and Commons on Saturday, May 14 starting at 6 p.m. The dinner includes grilled tri tip, baked potato, salad, dinner roll, and a beverage. In addition, the $10 ticket gives you the opportunity to bid on items that have been donated from throughout the Columbia Gorge.

Two WAAAM Flight Scholarships awarded

The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) announces the winners of the 2014 and 2015 Flight Scholarship awards: Hood River High School senior Michael Guzman and Horizon Christian School junior William Decker.

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Grant will pay for seismic upgrades to ‘MPR’ at HRMS

Business Oregon’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Committee announced that it will award an historic $50.3 million in grants for seismic upgrades at 41 schools across the state. Hood River County School District will receive $898,400 to upgrade the gymnasium and classroom building known as Multi-Purpose Room at Hood River Middle School.

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Occam’s Razor back from St. Louis Worlds

Hood River Valley High School robotics team Occam’s Razor competed in the World Competition in St. Louis last week, making it to the semi-finals after nine qualifying matches — making them one of the top 24 teams out of a field of 128.

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Familias juntas: Wy’east families complete OSU ‘Juntos’ sessions

Families gathered at the Wy’east Middle School cafeteria on April 28 for a potluck celebration to mark the end of Juntos (“together” in Spanish), a Latino high school/college and career readiness outreach program that had brought them together the past five weeks.

Elks chose Emmons, Muñoz as March ‘Students of the Month’

Denali Emmons and Blanca Muñoz, seniors at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as Elks Students of the Month for the month of March. Each student received a check for $100 at a recent Lodge meeting.

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