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From hostile to habitat

Willow Ponds neighborhood bands together on community wetlands project

Where once there was a bristling tangle of bramble and noxious weeds, the Friends of Willow Ponds are shaping a patch of healthy wetlands for native creatures to enjoy.

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Energy meeting brings interest of renewal

More than 50 people gathered on Nov. 6 at the Hood River fire station to explore ways Hood River can increase its investment in clean energy and benefit from local energy projects. On the same day that President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline, local government leaders, including city councilors and State Rep. Mark Johnson, came together with city staff, business owners, residents and regional experts to discuss Hood River’s clean energy future.

How to help, updated for Nov. 18

Start-up operations for the 2015 Hood River County Christmas Project have begun.

Payton Rigert and Charley Boonstra earn Elks Lodge Students of the Month

Payton Rigert and Charley (Kayla) Boonstra, both Hood River Valley High School seniors, have been selected as October Students of the Month and were presented checks for $100 at a recent Lodge meeting.

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County weighs planners’ input on farm zoning code update

Decision tabled on ‘agritourism’ rules

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners zeroed in on recommendations Tuesday from the Planning Commission addressing a countywide farm and forest resource zone update.

Being with Dying: Music and spiritual care at end-of-life

Join the Grave Matters Discussion Group for a conversation about contemplative care of the dying and music-thanatology at the Hood River Library on Monday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Sheriff Log, Nov. 1 to 8

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

Johnson convenes recreational liability forum

Thursday event looks at ‘outdated’ Ski Activities Statute

State Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) will host a forum Thursday to discuss Oregon’s current Ski Activities Statue and how it relates to recreation based businesses in Oregon. The event will happen from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Benson Ballroom of Columbia Gorge Hotel.

‘Blossom Hill’ opens in Odell

Andrea Fox has reopened the food cart in downtown Odell. The new Blossom Hill Coffee Company, in what was the Hood to Hills location, opened Nov. 4 for winter hours — Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Party Like A Local: Gorge Owned presents ‘GOvember’ Party

Kickstand Coffee and Kitchen, recently expanded and refurbished, hosts the second annual GOvember Party & Fundraiser Nov. 20, 6 to 10 p.m.

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Shelter is back, warming the night

Hood River Warming Shelter held its first “Warm the Night” fundraiser Nov. 7 and raised nearly $6,000 for the shelter program, now in its sixth year.

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About Ebola: Hood River doctor tells of her 2015 experiences in west Africa

Dr. Beth Foster will speak Nov. 17 about her experiences in helping deal with the biggest international health crisis of 2015.

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Victor Magaña sees package delivery rise — all year long

When Victor Magaña began working as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service (USPS) nine years ago, the bulk of his deliveries were letters.

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Veterans Day ceremony at Anderson’s recognizes troops

A Veterans Day ceremony at Anderson’s Tribute Center brought in several dozen audience members Wednesday for a morning of reflection and tribute to the men and women who put their lives on the line for what they believed.

Next Door families get aboard ‘Polar Express’ on Thursday

On Nov. 12, Mount Hood Railroad will host more than 200 Next Door Inc. program clients, employees and their families for two Polar Express practice runs at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.