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Mercado del Valle opens June 2 in new location

El Mercado del Valle, the farmers’ market and community gathering space in Odell, will host its opening day of the 2016 season on Thursday, June 2 from 4-7 p.m. on Atkinson Drive in downtown Odell. That’s right: a new time and location near the landmark Odell Methodist Church.

Marble and Shepherd are Elks Students of the Month for May

Hood River Elks No. 1507 have chosen their final two “Students of the Month” for this year. Sophia Marble and Cole Shepherd, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, are May winners, each receiving checks for $100 at a recent meeting.

Sheriff Log, May 15 to 22

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River.

Community Baby Shower June 4

Soroptimist International of Hood River, a local women’s service group, is organizing the annual Community Baby Shower to benefit little ones born to families who, because of stressors or other circumstances, are not able to afford things for their baby that many of us take for granted

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Decision pushed back on DeeTour hotel appeal

The fate of a 50-room hotel addition at DeeTour, a proposed concert venue in the upper valley, remains uncertain. Hood River County Planning Commission decided after a hearing Wednesday to pick up the debate on an appeal against the hotel on June 15, a three week extension. In the meantime, the commission will be accepting more written comments.

McBride to serve dual role on port, county commissions

Double duty awaits Rich McBride. McBride, a Port of Hood River commissioner for five years, was elected last week to the County Board of Commissioners, a position that takes effect Jan. 1, 2017. However, his term at the port expires June 30, 2017 — that means six overlapping months.

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‘Juice Loop’ Benefit happens June 3-4 at HRV

Teens serve community and beyond

Hood River has a new teen service project that is seeking to benefit both the local community and those abroad.

Special meeting to deal with STRs, Picard successor

Hood River City Council will hold a special meeting in early June to address two topics: appointing a new council member to replace Laurent Picard, and wording of licensing rules (aka Title 5) on short term rentals.

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Highway fire knocked down

Fire crews quickly polished off a brush fire on Interstate 84 westbound near milepost 63 in Hood River Thursday afternoon.

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Stairs are open at Sherman

Jay Garcia tells Crestline Construction employee Colleen Kemp Wednesday that, coming down the stairs, he wasn’t sure if they were open at Sherman Street.

The Ale List: ‘Gorge Gulp’ June 3 for Education Foundation

A beer and cider tasting at Venue 301 (301 Oak Street) for the Hood River County Education Foundation will provide tastes of six beers and three ciders on First Friday, June 3.

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Highway brush fire in Hood River knocked down

Fire crews made quick work of a brush fire on I-84 near exit 62 in Hood River Thursday afternoon.

Teen pleads not guilty to stabbing HR woman

BOARDMAN, AP — A 17-year-old Idaho teen pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges related to stabbing a Hood River woman May 14 at a rest stop near Boardman.

EnviroGorge announces bird quiz

EnviroGorge, based in Hood River, created a fun, free online bird identification quiz for all ages and levels to help you learn about birds of the Gorge.

Picard resigns from Hood River city council over STR issue

Recusal matter also affects Councilor Becky Brun,

Passage by City Council of a moratorium on new applications for short term rentals was just one development on Monday in this long-simmering controversy in the City of Hood River.