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Mid Valley news: Mercado del Valle to open in June

It’s been long rumored that a farmers market was coming to Odell … sometime. This summer, the Gorge Grown Mercado del Valle (Valley Market) becomes a reality.

Japanese Studies at CGCC teaches more than just language

Columbia Gorge Community College’s foreign language program fosters cross-cultural collaboration, problem solving and character development for both students and the community at large.

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Rebranded, Gorge FC looks to the future

With new ownership and new name, local semi-pro soccer team forges ahead

Gorge FC hosted Inter United of Seattle Saturday evening at Hood River Valley High School the newly formed semi-pro soccer team’s first home league game since being formed last year. After breaking out with an exciting 2-0 first-half lead off goals from Raul Marquez — both assisted by Felipe Heredia — the home team lost steam in the second half, allowing four goals to finish with a 4-2 loss.

Pet of the Week: Brownie is ‘15 pounds of pure sweetness’

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Brownie as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:

Sheriff Log for April 23

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River April 15-21.

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Families flock to Jackson Park for community egg hunt

Smokey, Sparky, Bunny greet kids as safety fair blends with hunt

Several hundred young children (with parents’ help) scooped up a total of 6,500 eggs at Saturday’s annual community Easter egg hunt in Jackson Park. Some of those eggs were refilled on the spot and distributed again by “secret egg layers.” The Easter Bunny was on hand, along with Sparky the Firedog.

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Stan Ocheskey, Jenny Packer take ag leadership roles

Meet them at Saturday’s FFA steak feed, auction

The FFA chapter at Hood River Valley High School is an active bunch, as you will learn Saturday if you attend the fifth-annual Steak Feed and Silent Auction, 6 p.m. at HRVHS.

Poster contest for Fusion event underway

The White Salmon Arts Council is offering $250 for the poster design selected for this year’s Art and Wine Fusion. This is the 10th annual Fusion event in White Salmon, scheduled for Saturday, July 26.

Analemma opens in Mosier

Mosier is now home to one of the Columbia Gorge’s newest wineries.

Klickitat County offers scenic aid

As a backlog-busting move, Klickitat County proposed that its planners do the legwork for scenic area applications in the county, and hand over completed paperwork for Gorge Commission planners to sign off on. It is the county’s response to a request from the Gorge Commission last fall to have Klickitat County provide resources to the Gorge Commission to ease a growing backlog of land use applications from the county.

Lolley plea date pushed back to June

A Hood River man arrested in December of last year on over a dozen counts of first-degree sexual abuse won’t plea to the charges until this summer, following a request from his attorney to extend proceedings.

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SMART supporters read with kids, learn about literacy program

The Start Making A Reader Today “Reading Matters” tour visited Westside Elementary School on April 18.

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Sen. Wyden hosts town hall at HRVHS

When Ron Wyden told an auditorium full of students, “Let’s focus on the big issues and just have some fun,” he went first.

Commission says yes to dispensary moratorium

Six-month medical marijuana dispensary ban gets unanimous approval from Hood River County Board of Commissioners

Like the Hood River City Council the week before, the Hood River County Board of Commissioners made a unanimous vote during its Monday night meeting on an emergency ordinance that would place a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Schools go to staggered start this fall

The Hood River County School Board recently approved new staggered school start and end times for the 2014-15 school year.

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