Local News


Small Business Showcase March 13

Small Business Showcase returns March 13 to a new location – Butler Bank Building, 301 Oak St.

‘Destination Weddings’ magazine debuts this week

A new Hood River-based publication hits the stands this week. Destination Weddings: Columbia River Gorge is a full-size magazine dedicated to the growing wedding industry in the Gorge.

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HRVHS AP History students enjoy Progressive-era dinner

History came alive last Friday in the AP U.S. History class at the Hood River Valley High School. Students participated in a Progressive Era dinner party with interactive roles as historical figures.

Elks Lodge names Bell, McLean January students of the month

Joy Bell and Lucy McLean have been selected as January Students of the Month by the Hood River Elks Lodge and were presented $100 checks at a recent Lodge meeting. Both are seniors at Hood River Valley High School. They, along with the other monthly winners, will be honored at a banquet on May 31 of this year.

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Maurer house fire ruled accidental, precise cause remains unknown

The cause of the Jan. 30 fire that destroyed a Westcliff Drive home has been ruled accidental.

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‘Pass the Pig’ happens Tuesday

High school FFA chapter raises funds

National FFA week is Feb. 15-22 this year and the Hood River Valley FFA Chapter has several activities planned at the local level. The first activity in the community is the “Pass The Pig” fundraiser, which will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17 beginning at 9 a.m.

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Vaccine exemptions jeopardizing ‘herd immunity’ in local schools

The state of Oregon has the highest percentage in the U.S. of people seeking non-medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations and new data shows that some schools in Hood River County are above that already high state average.

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Updated: Schools face grim budget projection

‘Disappointed’ Supt. Goldman heads to Salem

A cold million. That’s how much less the Hood River County School District can expect to receive in State School funding in the next biennium, based on current spending projections out of the Oregon Legislature.

Maxam Nutraceutics’ Jim Cole hit with injunction

Court order results in shutdown of HR business

A U.S. District Court judge has ordered a permanent injunction against Hood River businessman James Cole, who has been accused by the federal government of selling “adulterated” and “unapproved” dietary supplements under his company Maxam Nutraceutics.

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Sebastian Barajas ‘super dedicated’ in school, sports

To say Hood River Valley High School junior Sebastian Barajas, 17, is busy would be an understatement.

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Man charged with murder in 2009 Eagle Creek death

A Bend man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a Portland woman that occurred in 2009 west of Cascade Locks. Stephen Wagner Nichols, 40, was arrested Feb. 12 at the San Francisco Airport for allegedly murdering Rhonda Kristen Casto, who was 23 when she died Monday, March 16, 2009 on the popular Eagle Creek Trail.

Community Ed: Survival Spanish for farmers and orchardists

Instructor Paul Kuiper offers a class to help farmers and orchardists communicate with their Spanish-speaking employees.

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Pet of the Week: Tiny Poco awaits his forever home

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Poco as the program’s adoptable pet of the week:

NRCS office moves

The Hood River office of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has been re-located to the USDA Forest Service Hood River Ranger District office, 6780 Highway 35, Mt. Hood-Parkdale.

Police Log, Feb. 2 to 8

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