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A boss already at 17, Jenni Packer sees a future in agriculture

Jenni Packer, 17, will start her senior year at Hood River Valley High School in September. Like many of her peers, she plays sports (right now, it’s volleyball; in the spring, it will be softball) and is looking forward to “doing all the senior activities” in the coming year.

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'New' WAAAM sign goes up

The “new” sign went up Friday morning at Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum on Tucker Road in Hood River.

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Another grass fire near Indian Creek Trail

Hood River Fire and EMS responded to a grass fire Friday, Aug. 22, just before 1 p.m., at 12th Street near Pacific Avenue.

Armed robber strikes Astro station

Police are looking for information on an armed robbery that occurred Wednesday morning at the Astro gas station in downtown Hood River.

Pet of the week: ‘Sweet’ Cari loves people

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Cari as this week’s adoptable pet. This is a courtesy posting; for more information on Cari, please contact her owner, Craig Asher, at 516-729-0327 or craigash-er@me.com.

Fitness events celebrate new OSU health college

Oregon State University Extension is celebrating the new accreditation of the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences with two days of healthy activities in the Gorge.

Public Records: Marriage Permits

June 9 to Aug. 4

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Local volunteers replenish Parkdale Bicentennial Gardens

What Upper Valley residents are seeing lately isn’t a mirage, but rather the oasis of the Bicentennial Gardens in Parkdale, taking shape once again through the combined hard work and efforts of the Parkdale Garden Club, The Central Columbia Master Gardeners and the Parkdale Grange.

Judges pick best parenting photos

Eight photos have been selected as winners of the Columbia Gorge Parenting Education Awareness photo contest.

Police Log for Aug. 20

Aug. 8 to 11

County unemployment holds steady as state’s lowest

Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly in July, climbing by 0.1 percentage point to 6.9 percent. Compared with July 2013, Oregon’s unemployment rate fell by 0.9 percentage point over the year.

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One dead in Mt. Hood NF flash flood

An Illinois man is dead after getting swept away in a flash flood on the Sandy River last week.

Man dies in Hwy. 197

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Thursday morning’s two-vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an adult male and injuries to his wife and daughter on Highway 197, about 5 miles north of Dufur. The names of the victim and his injured wife and daughter are released in this update.

Mom gets five years for crash that killed daughter

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman who crashed her SUV after falling asleep while drunk driving — killing one of her children — has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide and other charges.

State denies key permit for proposed coal terminal

Critics hail decision as a ‘huge blow’ to Port of Morrow project

After more than two years of public review, analysis, and permit filings, delays, and extensions, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) announced on Monday that it had rejected a crucial permit needed for the construction of the Coyote Island coal export terminal proposed for the Port of Morrow.