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HRVHS robotics student gives back to community

“I love giving back to the community” is Lucas Gilbert’s response to Hood River Valley High School Robotics newest project.

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Schools looking at $896,000 in budget cuts next year

Saying “it will be impossible to make cuts that don’t affect kids,” Superintendent Dan Goldman announced that he expects budget cuts totaling $896,000 will be required of Hood River County School District for the 2015-16 school year.

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Artist Robin Panzer employs ancient ‘new’ medium

Hood River’s Robin Panzer is a Chigiri-e artist — an ancient Japanese art form (Heian period, 794-1185) that uses layers of hand torn colored paper to create images that, when completed, resemble a textured painting. Although it’s an old technique, she unknowingly stumbled upon it in 2011.

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Baby blanket drive supports hospital’s perinatal loss program

Cameron Teems, RNC-OB, Family Birth Center nurse at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, is organizing a special collection of baby blankets April 13-17.

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Bowl for Kids’ Sake raises funds, awareness

Big bowlers, Little bowlers and bowlers in between made a difference at Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2015 on Saturday, March 14. The event grossed more than $55,000, almost half of the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ annual budget.

Head Start programs earn 5-star rating

Two of Mid-Columbia Children’s Council Head Start facilities — Country Club and Parkdale — recently received the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) five-star rating from the state of Oregon.

Soroptimist accepts ‘Woman of Distinction’ nominations

Soroptimist International of Hood River invites individuals and organizations to honor a woman in their midst whose professional or volunteer work has made a distinctive difference in the life of Hood River County or in the lives of women and girls. Nominations for the service club’s annual “Women of Distinction” award are being accepted until Thursday, April 30th.

Equipment rentals available through OSU/Gorge Grown

Ever want to try out some kitchen equipment for food preservation before you buy them for yourself? Or need some kitchen equipment to use for a short period of time? Or to try out some equipment that you might want to use for your up and coming food business?

Police Log, March 30 to April 5

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

Sheriff Log, March 29 to April 5

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

ODOT holds on-line open house on pedestrian and bicycling route inventory

ODOT has launched a virtual open house to enlist public help in preparing an inventory of “active transportation” (walking and biking) needs on ODOT highways in the Portland area. The virtual open house can be found at www.oregon.gov/ODOT/ATNI and will be accepting public comments until April 19.

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In town hall, Merkley blasts budget, calls for ‘action now’ over climate change

High school students had the first and last words at Sen. Jeff Merkley’s town hall Monday night at Hood River Middle School, calling for action on immigration and climate change.

‘Politics of Climate Change’ speaker today

“The Politics of Climate Change” will be the focus of a presentation this Wednesday, April 8, featuring former White House staffer Dr. Johannes Loschnigg at Springhouse Cellars in Hood River. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the presentation is at 7:30 p.m., followed by questions and answers.

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Port plans to close on Lower Hanel land buy

The Port of Hood River is taking final steps to close on the purchase of a 9-acre property in Odell, the former lower Hanel Mill site. The vacant lot could become a valuable property for the Port as early as July.

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Blossom Time: Cider Fest, Studio Tour and more

Blossom Time bubbles up this weekend with the kickoff event, the second annual Hard Pressed Cider Fest, at Mt. Defiance Fruit on Stadelman Drive in Odell, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday.