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Hey, Dustin, The Wearhouse has your jacket

Garrick and Kelly Fisher have a bit of a mystery on their hands. The couple, who purchased The Wearhouse in October, discovered two lettermen’s jackets in their backroom they are now looking to reunite free of charge with their owners.

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‘Before I Die’ encourages reflection

“Before I Die” walls have sprouted up throughout the Gorge over the last three summers, first appearing in Mosier, then in The Dalles and now near the corner of Sixth and Oak in Hood River.

‘Weed of the Month for June’ is the invasive Scotch broom

Scotch broom was introduced as an ornamental along highway corridors and in western Oregon as a dune stabilizer.

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Pet of the Week: Jack is ‘full of energy and fun’

Jack has been selected by volunteers as Adopt A Dog’s adoptable pet of the week. He’s about a year old, and just discovering how great the life of a dog can be!

Sheriff Log, June 16 to 25

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

Red Cross urges blood donations for summer

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients now and throughout the summer.

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Art, and more art

Venue 301, CCA open varied shows featuring Gorge artists

Two downtown venues host art openings Friday, providing the community two opportunities to meet with artists and purchase works. The shows will be at the Columbia Center for the Arts, and the historic Venue 301, located a block away from each other.

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Downtown streets closed for First Friday

Library celebrates Friday with ‘Star Wars’ party

Nearly six years ago, Hood River County’s three public libraries in Hood River, Cascade Locks, and Parkdale closed. Thanks to a vote of the people, those libraries reopened on July 1, 2011, as an independent special district. Hood River County Library District invites the community to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the libraries’ reopening at its “Star Wars birthday party” on Friday, July 1, 5-7 p.m., in the Georgiana Smith Memorial Gardens.

Woodburn shooting suspect arrested on I-84

Local law enforcement officials on Monday arrested a man suspected of shooting four people in Woodburn, killing three and injuring another.

Cascade Locks Council seeks Nestlé traffic solutions

The City of Cascade Locks is still considering a Nestlé water bottling plant, but concerns over truck congestion have spurred city officials to ask the multinational corporation for an alternative traffic plan.

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Love of languages

Multi-lingual HRVHS student pursues unique teaching opportunity

Julia Skwarczynski knows a lot of languages. Besides English, the Hood River Valley High School student — who will be a senior next year — speaks French, Spanish and Polish (her native language), is learning German, and this year began Russian lessons as well.

WSDOT to repair damage to SR-14

A series of unfortunate events surrounding State Route 14 in the Columbia Gorge is leading the Washington State Department of Transportation to schedule a contractor to come in and repair damage to the roadway.

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Fresh Start Culinary gains CGCC certification connection

Columbia Gorge Community College approved the college’s first non-credit certificate of completion for training offered by the off-campus Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program.

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Hood River Council moves on marijuana taxation, hears new STR ideas

In a wide-ranging meeting Monday, Hood River City Council heard new staff suggestions on short term rental regulations, received a report of an unusual development with the new Hampton Inn hotel project, and voted unanimously to place on the Nov. 8 ballot a measure proposing a 3 percent city tax on marijuana items as allowed by Oregon law.

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Railroad to replace bolts after Mosier derailment

PORTLAND — Union Pacific Railroad said it will replace a type of bolt on its track that led to a fiery oil train derailment in Mosier on June 3.

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