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Hood River Blossom Festival starts this weekend

Blossom Fest’s first of three weekends offers plenty of family-friendly activities around the Hood River valley. The Hood River News’ Panorama special section, published April 12, gives the full Blossom schedule and map, but here is the list of what’s happening this Friday through Sunday, weekend one.

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Fire destroys house, garage in Odell

At least one dog also lost in the Mud Alley Drive blaze

An Odell man is homeless after a fire that started Monday morning in his garage eventually spread to the main portion of his Mud Alley Drive home, totally burning the inside of the residence, and killing at least one of his pets.

Time for Art at May Street

May Street Lasagna Dinner and Art Auction happens Thursday

May Street Elementary School holds its annual Teddy Webber Scholarship Dinner and Student Art Auction on Thursday. This event, which began in 1997, raises money for the school’s artist-in-residence program and the Teddy Webber Scholarship fund.

Blossom Fest starts with cider

Hard-Pressed Fest in Odell celebrates valley’s burgeoning libation industry

It is blossom time again, and Hood River Blossom Festival starts off Saturday with a new event: Hard-Pressed Cider Fest, noon to 6 p.m. in Odell.

Hanel Development auctions all equipment this weekend

Hanel Development Group, the last corporate vestige of Sterling Hanel’s legacy, is closing shop and selling equipment large and small.

Building Permits – March

City, county

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Judge Crowley and the tale of the starfish

On March 20, 2014, Judge Paul Crowley swore into service his last class of new CASA advocates. Crowley is retiring in July and Columbia Gorge CASA marked the occasion with a gift to honor the vital role he has played in CASA since it began in the Gorge in 1987.

Bridge of the Gods toll increases for multi-axles

Effective May 1, the toll will increase on the Bridge of the Gods by 50 cents per axle for all vehicles with three or more axles. This increase comes following a few months of research and deliberation by the Port Commission.

Help fill ‘hope chest’ for foster teens

Local insurance agent Tina Pasto has started a project she’s calling “The Hope Chest” to collect new household goods for teens who are leaving foster care. For the next few months, she’s asking community members to fill a Hope Chest in her office.

New memorial fund honors Chuck Beardsley

The Gorge Community Foundation announced Friday that a memorial fund has been established to honor prominent Hood River businessman and philanthropist Chuck Beardsley, who passed away on March 27 at age 73.

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Preschool teacher Socci Galvez: ‘There is so much to learn with them.’

If someone could figure out a way to harness the enthusiasm in Socci Galvez’s preschool class, the energy crisis would be solved.

HRVHS receives funding to install 80 rooftop solar panels

With tight budgets, public schools often have to reconcile cutting costs with maintaining quality educational services.

Leadership changes coming to the Port of Cascade Locks this spring

Some new faces will soon be at the helm of the Port of Cascade Locks following a leadership transition that is expected to wrap up at the end of spring.

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Providence Hospital begins breast milk donor program

Despite the perpetual “breast versus bottle” debate, breastfeeding has been enjoying a renaissance of sorts lately.

Gorge Community Foundation requests grant proposals

The Gorge Community Foundation announced Monday that they are accepting grant applications for projects that promote outdoor education or recreation.