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Planning commission approves Naito permit, opponents ‘likely’ to appeal

A plan to construct a hotel and retail development near the Hood River Waterfront took a big step forward Tuesday night when the Hood River Planning Commission voted to approve a conditional use permit for the project, despite objections from a local citizen group who say the project is improperly sited.

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County Fair is next week

Monday judging kicks-off week of activities

The grounds are ready – are you?

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Wade Pickering, 14, and family learn together and look ahead to the County Fair

Pigs live where Stephanie Pickering’s garden used to be, but that’s okay with her.

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‘Fight Back’ at Relay For Life

Teams walk this weekend at HRVHS to raise funds for ACS

“Superheroes” will be the theme of this year’s Relay For Life of the Columbia Gorge, the community gathering on July 19-20 for the fight against cancer. For 24 hours starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, teams will walk around the Hood River Valley High School track to raise funds, and awareness, for the American Cancer Society.

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Fire victim thanks rescuers

Elissa Poe is thankful that she was alone at home on July 10. Her children, Madeline, 10 and Nicholas, 15, were safe from the fire that destroyed her Indian Creek Court Apartment. Poe, 43, suffered smoke inhalation, and burns on her arms and face are still painful but healing. Yet Poe and her children grieve the loss in the fire of their beloved two-year-old dog Eleanor, named for Eleanor Roosevelt.

Fire restrictions issued on east side of Mt. Hood

Due to extremely dry and hot weather conditions on the east side of the Mt. Hood National Forest, officials have issued public use restrictions effective Friday, July 11.

Cascade Locks EMS fee headed for November ballot

The Cascade Locks City Council voted Monday evening during its regular meeting to put an Emergency Medical Services support fee on the ballot for the November general election, according to City Administrator Gordon Zimmerman, after the original measure failed during the May primary due to a lackluster voter turnout.

Small fires spark in Mount Hood NF

Weekend lightning across the Mt. Hood National Forest resulted in 40 smoke reports, requiring firefighting crews to staff numerous fires across the forest.

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Sewer lift station project starts soon on Heights

Look for traffic delays at 12th and May streets

Look for two impacts of the city’s sewer lift station project on the Heights, which upgrades the city’s sewer capacity from areas west of the city that are served by the system.

Port revises HR bridge overlay project dates

One lane closures to start July 21

Repair work scheduled to start earlier this week on the Hood River Bridge has now been pushed back according to the Port of Hood River.

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Teens rescued from canyon

Portland-area youths safe after harrowing ordeal near Wyeth

A hiking trip for three Portlandarea teens nearly ended in disaster on Thursday after the young men got lost while hiking near Wyeth and then became trapped in a canyon by wildfire — which ironically spread due to the very helicopter that came to rescue them.

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Hood River woman escapes apartment fire

Fire at Indian Creek Apts. remains under investigation

A Thursday night fire gutted a ground-floor apartment at Indian Creek Court Apartments on the Heights.

Building permits June 2014

Building permits

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Pet of the week:Terrier Maury is the ‘total package’

Maury ... what a dog! Maury is about 10 years old, likely a rat terrier mix and a happy, perky fella!

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