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Speech-Debate team starts new season

On Dec. 6, the Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate team took 17 students to the Clackamas Holiday Edge Tournament at Clackamas High School. The tournament is the largest in the state, with 47 teams competing from around the region.

Lachino, McDowell named October ‘Students of the Month’

Diana Lachino and Mason McDowell, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as October “Students of the Month” for their outstanding commitment to community. Each student was presented with a check for $100 at a recent meeting.

This Week at HRVHS: Food drive continues through Dec. 18

This Week at HRVHS: Food drive continues through Dec. 18

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Community mourns loss of crazyman Kjell Sporseen

Kjell Sporseen died doing what he loved, and although that fact doesn’t take the pain away from his loss, it does offer some solace to the disheartened friends and family he left behind.

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City Council passes resolution opposing coal, oil transport

Citing threats to public safety and the Gorge economy, Hood River City Council passed a resolution Monday calling for a ban on coal and oil transports through the Gorge

HR Lions Foundation awards 2014 grants

Ten community groups receive $68,500 Dec. 9

The Hood River Lions Club Foundation has selected 10 community organizations to share the generosity of an anonymous donor who, 16 years ago, gave the club $2.1 million and requested that the club’s foundation distribute the earnings to Hood River County organizations. This year, the charitable endowment provided the club with about $68,500 to donate. Fourteen non-profit organizations applied for the funds.

Agreement reached on controversial Lava Thin

Vista Ridge Trailhead off limits as groups push for more wilderness

After attracting controversy from environmental groups earlier this year, a compromise has been reached that will help move forward a thinning project proposed on Mt. Hood National Forest land west of Parkdale.

Vintage bicycles at WAAAM

On December 13, the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum will feature vintage bicycles for its Second Saturday event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. While the museum has several ordinary bicycles and safety bicycles in its collection, visitors are encouraged to bring a vintage bicycle to share.

‘High-risk’ sex offender returns to HR

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office Parole and Probation Division is alerting the community about a “high-risk” sex offender that has recently returned to the community.

CL Port hires Mayah Frank as recreation coordinator

The Port of Cascade Locks has selected Mayah Frank to fill the new full time position of Port Recreation Coordinator. Frank will focus on facilitating a year-round schedule of recreational events and programming in Cascade Locks. Frank arrives at a critical time as the Port is revising facility rental policies and fees.

Hanford nuclear site updates

Feds: Nuke site cleanup request is too expensive; B Reactor historic park advances

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Ambre Energy sells North American assets in bid to save coal ports

An Australian company behind two proposed coal ports in the Pacific Northwest recently sold its North American assets to a Denver private equity firm in an apparent bid to stave off a cash crisis, regulatory filings show.

Sheriff Log: Nov. 24 to 29

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