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1978 grads return to lead service at Valley Worship

Rev. Rod Howell and his wife Joani Marshall Howell, both 1978 graduates of Hood River Valley High School, will be returning to the valley to hold the morning service at Valley Worship Center on Aug. 23.

Bethel Congregational hosts ‘musical alchemist’ Mindy Dillard Aug. 25

Mindy Dillard is an adventurer and an award-winning singer-songwriter. She plays clawhammer banjo and rhythm guitar, often in alternate tunings to accompany her electric and raw, crystal-clear voice. Her music pulsates with funky rhythmic grooves and sparkles with heartfelt storytelling.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 15

Gospel concert Aug. 16; Tony Furtado at CEBU Lounge; more

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Travelogue: In remote west Pacific tropics, traditions charm, then startle

Papua New Guinea: Hood River woman witnesses rituals beautiful and brutal

After three flights, two days, and a 16 hour time difference, I arrived at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, exhausted and apprehensive but full of anticipation.

Discovery Ctr. presents ‘World War II Stories’

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Oregon Historical Society present Oregon Transformed: World War II Stories on the Columbia River, Thursday, Aug. 20, with an optional dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m.

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Big Winds hosts SUP event for Big Brothers

Big Winds’ Junior Elite Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Team held its fourth annual SUP clinic for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge on Aug. 1 at the newly re-vamped Nichols Basin.

Yesteryears: Packing houses need workers in 1945

Approximately 24,000 men and women will be needed in nearly a dozen “hot spots” throughout Oregon to meet the peak needs of Oregon’s large food processing industry. The Apple Growers Association, as reported by Earl Ziegler, will need about 400 men and 1,000 women. E.R. Pooley, American Fruit Growers, will need 60 workers in their packing operations, John Duckwall of Duckwall Bros., Inc., will need about 30 more men for the fall season, and “Pep” Mann of Stadelman Fruit will need 100 men and women.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 12

Hell’s Belles at the Columbia Gorge Hotel Aug. 14; MacMillan at Lyle Hotel; more

Gorge Literary Journal debuts this month

Arts Center sponsors new local publication

The Columbia Center for the Arts announces its one-year sponsorship of the new Gorge Literary Journal. The publication is coordinated and edited by Julie Hatfield and John Metta and assistant editor Sarah Sullivan, and is a joint project with Hood River News. Gorge Literary Journal will debut in the Aug. 15 Hood River News, as a two-page pullout.

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GORGE EXPLORER: See snow-free ski runs, scenic waterfalls at HRM

Winter is probably my favorite time of year in the Columbia River Gorge. Seeing as I am an avid snowboarder and cross country skier — and just about nothing else, as far as sports go — that’s pretty to understand why. For me, taking a smooth, quiet run down a Mt. Hood Meadows hill dusted with a few inches of new is one of the best experiences in the world.

Cascade Observations: Looking for a Calling

These days, “calling” someone usually means pulling out a cell phone from a pocket or purse, rapidly typing a message in abbreviated “text” format using nothing more than two thumbs, or talking “face to face” or better said “screen to screen” via Face Time.

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The Porch for Aug. 8

WELL SAID: “Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath.” — Jonathan Swift

Plein Air and the joy of local writing

Showcase happens Sunday at arts center

You might have seen the writers.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 8

Dufur Threshing Bee Aug. 8-9; Music at Maryhill features The Bylines, Willy & Nelson; more

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Yesteryears: Spruce budworm infestation hits forests in 1985

Brown needles on large tracts of forest land trees could spell problems down the road for the county treasury, and Ken Galloway explained some of the details Monday. Addressing the Hood River County Board of Commissioners, Galloway explained that large chunks of Hood River County Forest have been hit by spruce budworm infestation, and more may be on the way.