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Holiday stress: It’s not how much stress, but how well you handle it

New research is showing that it is more important to improve the way we respond to stress than it is to try to eliminate stress in our lives. For this reason, yoga, meditation, and breath practices are key to training the nervous system how to respond to the realities of daily life with less stress-inducing reactivity.

Holiday eating myth busters

There are a few holiday eating myths that may prevent you from enjoying some of your favorite holiday foods. Below is some advice that may help you enjoy your holiday favorites without expanding your waist line.

Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression

When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.

Self-care for handling holiday-induced stress

Start every day with a large glass of lukewarm water. Fill your favorite glass with water and drink it slowly, followed by taking some deep breaths into your abdomen. This morning ritual helps keep your body hydrated and relaxed at a time when more-than-usual amounts of alcohol and caffeine (both dehydrators) meet higher-than-usual stress levels.

How to help, updated for Dec. 20

Warming Shelters open; coat donations needed

Sheriff Log, Dec. 7 to 15

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

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FISH Milestone

A significant milestone was reached this week on the construction of the new FISH Food Bank building.

Gorge Commission receives a mixed message on funding

Budget to stay mostly flat; increases had been earmarked for oil, coal train issue

A year after its executive director warned the agency was on the “verge of collapse” due to a lack of funding, the Columbia River Gorge Commission will not be receiving the financial boost it had hoped for.

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The community delivers

Food banks receive pre-Christmas boost

The serious business of food delivery certainly had a humorous side.

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Jeff McCaw and Boy Scout Troop 282 help bring Christmas cheer to families in need

Leadership. Responsibility. Generosity. Thrift.

HR County Commissioners approve garbage rate hike

Increase larger than last year’s

Garbage rates will be going up again in January following a decision from the Hood River County Board of Commissioners to approve a request for the increase from Hood River Garbage.

Flood alert issued as heavy rains pound Northwest

Meteorologists are warning of heavy rainfall throughout the Pacific Northwest, with potential for river flooding.

Public Records: CIRCUIT COURT

Nov. 2014

CGCC offers class in Basic Electricity for Maintenance

Columbia Gorge Community College is offering Basic Electricity for Maintenance Technicians beginning Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, from 4-7p.m. at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center Renewable Energy Technology classroom and labs.

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