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City of Cascade Locks sells old fire hall

The city of Cascade Locks’ old fire hall finally has some new owners.

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Community mourns loss of crazyman Kjell Sporseen

Kjell Sporseen died doing what he loved, and although that fact doesn’t take the pain away from his loss, it does offer some solace to the disheartened friends and family he left behind.

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City Council passes resolution opposing coal, oil transport

Citing threats to public safety and the Gorge economy, Hood River City Council passed a resolution Monday calling for a ban on coal and oil transports through the Gorge

HR Lions Foundation awards 2014 grants

Ten community groups receive $68,500 Dec. 9

The Hood River Lions Club Foundation has selected 10 community organizations to share the generosity of an anonymous donor who, 16 years ago, gave the club $2.1 million and requested that the club’s foundation distribute the earnings to Hood River County organizations. This year, the charitable endowment provided the club with about $68,500 to donate. Fourteen non-profit organizations applied for the funds.

Agreement reached on controversial Lava Thin

Vista Ridge Trailhead off limits as groups push for more wilderness

After attracting controversy from environmental groups earlier this year, a compromise has been reached that will help move forward a thinning project proposed on Mt. Hood National Forest land west of Parkdale.

Vintage bicycles at WAAAM

On December 13, the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum will feature vintage bicycles for its Second Saturday event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. While the museum has several ordinary bicycles and safety bicycles in its collection, visitors are encouraged to bring a vintage bicycle to share.

‘High-risk’ sex offender returns to HR

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office Parole and Probation Division is alerting the community about a “high-risk” sex offender that has recently returned to the community.

CL Port hires Mayah Frank as recreation coordinator

The Port of Cascade Locks has selected Mayah Frank to fill the new full time position of Port Recreation Coordinator. Frank will focus on facilitating a year-round schedule of recreational events and programming in Cascade Locks. Frank arrives at a critical time as the Port is revising facility rental policies and fees.

Sheriff Log: Nov. 24 to 29

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

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Pet of the Week: Tommy is a fun-loving hound

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Tommy as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:

Gorge Commission hears coal, oil transport update

Representatives from governors’ offices plan to attend Dec. 9 meeting

Representatives from both the Oregon and Washington governors’ offices plan to be in town next week to provide an update on what each state is doing to address coal and oil transport through the Gorge.

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College looks at staff cuts, other bleak alternatives

Directors affirm Indian Creek will remain open

So many people showed up for Tuesday’s college board special meeting that a scheduled class switched rooms to give the board and public more space.

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HR City Council votes down Walmart expansion

Councilors vote 4-3 against; unknown if Walmart will appeal

In a lengthy land use hearing that was fraught with controversy, the Hood River City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to deny Walmart’s application to expand its Hood River location, ruling that the store’s vested right to do so had expired since expansion of the store hadn’t moved forward in years.