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MLK Day speakers retain hope, voice cautions

Hope, awareness, and action. Those are the concepts to take forward, speakers said Monday at the Martin Luther King Day events at Riverside Community Church, sponsored by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries.

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ACA Rally

Eighty or so people gathered at Second and State streets early Monday afternoon to support retention of the Affordable Care Act.

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The Ale List: Brewers in Gorge fest showcases local ales

It was not Hood River’s first beer fest.

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Oregon considers oil train safety bill

Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney has pitched a bill that would tighten regulations on railroads that transport crude oil and other hazardous materials.

Environmental groups concerned about mega-dairy plan

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A coalition of health and environmental groups is asking Oregon officials to investigate construction of a mega-dairy in Morrow County.

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Gorge MINT arrests three

Police say cases involve theft, meth charges

The Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force ended 2016 and started the new year by executing search warrants that led to the arrest of three people.

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Winter weather can’t delay Vaccination Exclusion Day

School children of all ages are coming up on a Feb. 15 deadline for getting vaccinations updated — and though winter weather is keeping some away from clinics, the deadline holds regardless of what Mother Nature brings.

Tax season begins Jan. 23; IRS offers tips, guidelines

The Oregon Department of Revenue and the IRS will begin processing tax returns when the 2016 tax season opens Jan 23. Taxpayers can submit their returns earlier, but processing won’t start until the tax season officially begins. Once processing begins, returns will be processed in the order received.

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Library celebrates updated children’s area

New shelves, furniture and Nilsson mural

Celebrate the newly renovated children’s area of the Hood River Library on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. This kid-friendly event starts with wacky Mo Phillips and his band, followed by food, games, prizes and more. Meet the artists and craftsmen who worked on this project.

GTA hosts presentation on OSU drone programs

Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) will host a Jan. 24 presentation on how Oregon State University (OSU) is using unmanned (or “drone”) systems on land, in the air and on-water/ underwater in faculty and student research.

New plastic surgery clinic opens in HR

Dr. Austin Hayes announces the opening of his new Columbia Gorge plastic surgery office in Hood River at 1750 12th St. The new business opened its doors in September. Procedures can also be performed at The Columbia Gorge Surgery Center in The Dalles, 1020 Webber St.

Broker Candice Richards joins Copper W. Properties

Copper West Properties announces the addition of Candice Richards to its growing team of Brokers.

Darla Kroll becomes Gorge’s only board-certified pediatric PT

‘I have met some amazing kids’

The Gorge’s new — and only — board certified pediatric physical therapist is a familiar face around Hood River. Darla Kroll, a physical therapist (PT) for 23 years, received the certification in July 2016.

Schools adopt ‘Safe Zones’

Thursday the Hood River County School Board passed a resolution described by Superintendent Dan Goldman as a “very powerful” effort to protect undocumented students at school.

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