Behold (and beware): ‘The 12 Schemes Of Christmas’

Better Business Bureau warns of holiday hoaxes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — and potentially the most profitable for scammers. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has put together a list of 12 common Christmas schemes to help consumers stay safe this holiday season.

Gorge Robotics teams compete in FLL qualifying

Over 350 kids aged 9 to 14 from schools all around the Gorge showed off their robotic talents the last two weekends.

Boeing/Insitu grants HR District $10,000

Boeing/Insitu has granted Hood River County School District $10,000 for middle school math coaching and professional development, district math coach Jane Osborne announced.

Cristina Garcia and Megumi Hosaka are Elks Students of the Month

Cristina Garcia and Megumi Mosaka Moehlman Hosaka, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as November Students of the Month. Each student was presented a check for $100 at a recent Lodge meeting at the Hood River Elks No. 1507.

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Pet of the Week: Lolo patiently waiting for his forever home

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

Masters-Konopasek granted Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse status

Victoria D. Masters-Konopasek, RN, CGRN, CAPA, of Mosier, employed by Kaiser Permanente, Clackamas, Ore., was recently granted Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse status by the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. She joins a cadre of over 11,000 other Perianesthesia nurses who are currently certified in their specialty.

Representative Mark Johnson named to critical legislative committees

Salem, OR — Representative Mark Johnson has been selected by House Speaker Tina Kotek to serve on the following committees during the 78th Legislative Assembly:

Thomsen gains a seat at the education table

Salem, OR — State Senator Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River), entering his fifth year serving Oregon Senate District 26, will continue to serve on the important budget-writing Full Ways and Means Committee, and the Senate Business and Transportation Committee.

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Tribes wary of selling pot, even if feds allow it

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Many in Indian Country are wary of the idea of growing and selling marijuana on tribal lands, even if it could present an economic windfall and the U.S. Department of Justice says it’s OK.

​​New advocacy group looks to form bi-state partnerships

As a unique region spanning two states, the Columbia River Gorge has a long list of individuals, organizations, and businesses that wish to protect and better the area.

Spike strips net suspect in HR to Stevenson police chase

Skamania County Sheriff’s deputies took control of a vehicle pursuit that originated in the city of Hood River Friday morning.

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Wilderness Society honors Darryl Lloyd

Darryl Lloyd was hungry, literally, for his latest prize-winning photo.

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Dec. 20 concert benefits Lila May Schow

Lila May Schow, whose family is facing indefinite travel plans and new medical deductibles in January in her fight against cancer, will be the beneficiary of a concert Dec. 20 at the Hood River Middle School auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Exit Mayor Babitz

Outgoing Mayor Arthur Babitz (right) accepts a plaque adorned with a key to the city from City Manager Steve Wheeler at the conclusion of Monday night’s Hood River City Council meeting.

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Adult Center looks to future

Orion Wattenberg Trust will provide Meals on Wheels assistance, but more help is needed

Hood River Valley Adult Center Director Collice Martens-Sinclair has good news: The center’s 501c3 non-profit tax status, lost in 2010 due to a “series of unfortunate events,” has been retroactively reinstated.