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Raising the bar at Kingsley Reservoir

Expansion will improve irrigation, relocate campground

Kingsley Reservoir, a major water source for Hood River valley agriculture, will play an even bigger role in the coming years.

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Storm watch continues: Winter prepares another punch

Prepare for power outages that could last several days.

Trump wall, ACA repeal get Walden thumb’s up

Dist. 2 rep conducts ‘telephone town hall’

Keep elements of the ACA but not the ACA.

The Ale List: Breweries roll out some new year barrels

Stave yourself for barrel and other releases from local breweries, with notes courtesy of the brewers:

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Mt. Hood snowpack returns to ‘normal’ level

The Hood basin is enjoying more snowpack than it’s seen in recent years.

‘Give Kids a Smile’ returns Feb. 14

Uninsured children from throughout the Columbia River Gorge will be all grins this upcoming Valentine’s Day. But these big smiles won’t necessarily be from eating lots of heart-shaped, sugary treats.

State posts pot tax data

As of Dec. 31, 2016, the Department of Revenue has received $60.2 million in marijuana tax payments since the state began taxing recreational marijuana in January 2016. Additional marijuana tax data is available at www.oregon.gov /dor/stats.

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Snow Days: School calendar extended until June 16

Hood River County School District and Hood River Education Association, the certified employees’ union, agreed Wednesday on changes to the 2016-17 school calendar as a result of the many hours of instructional time lost due to weather in January.

Upcoming events help Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge hosts its 11th annual Italian Night and Raffle on Friday, Feb. 17 from 5-8 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 1280 W Jewett Blvd., White Salmon. This yearly event is hosted by the Beneventi family and features all-you-can-eat vegetarian lasagna, chicken parmesan, penne pasta, garlic bread, salad and dessert.

‘Putting Your House in Order’ at Anderson’s Tribute Center Feb. 21

Anderson’s Tribute Center hosts a “Putting Your House in Order” seminar on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Refreshments will be served at 5 p.m., with the seminar beginning at 5:30 p.m.

This month at HRVAC: Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 25

Hood River Valley Adult Center was closed for several days last month due to inclement weather, which canceled many events, including the January regular board of directors meeting, which had to be rescheduled. The next board meeting will be held on Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. Three newly elected board members were welcomed in January: Sue Sanchez, Sally Fairchild and Lynn Rasmussen.

Public Records — Building Permits, January 2017

City and county records

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School Board selects Rich Truax to fill post

On Jan. 25, the Hood River County School District Board of Directors selected Rich Truax to replace Jan Veldhuisen Virk for the at-large position after her 18 years of service.

Jan Virk: ‘It’s truly been an honor’

One of Hood River County’s longest-standing elected officials left stepped out of the public eye last month after 18 years of service.

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Fender bender crashes abound in Hood River Friday

Slick winter conditions led to a "domino" effect of minor vehicle crashes in Hood River this afternoon.


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