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HRV grad rates among top in Oregon

For the fourth year in a row, Hood River Valley High School’s four-year graduation rate ranked amongst the state’s best.

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Pet of the Week: Susie has a smile that never stops

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Susie as the program’s adoptable pet of the week:

GTA hosts Feb. 25 forum on technology, community

Many social theorists agree that community life has been transformed by communications technologies. Is community disappearing or strengthening as we gaze at smartphones, video games, online movies, and web pages? How do these technologies both connect and disconnect us? Where online do we engage deeply with friends, family, and neighbors alike?

‘Species Art Making’ series starts Feb. 25

Join Peace Village and the Art of Community, Feb. 26 at the Design Studio of local artist, CJ Rench (1457 Barker Road) for the first of four free workshops to create large-scale paper maiche puppets and costumes for a Procession of Species celebration on Earth Day, April 25.

Class Notes, Feb. 21

Nina Barone; Terry Norton

Clink! A Taste of Oregon exhibit visits History Museum

Celebrate the wonders of Oregon wine and the people who make it possible in Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine, a traveling exhibition curated by the Oregon Historical Society in collaboration with local history organizations and industry leaders.

Oil train issue is heating up again

Report shows increased oil going through the Gorge

The focus on oil trains running through the Gorge has largely remained on the Washington side, where the vast majority of crude, particularly coming from the Bakken formation in North Dakota, enters the National Scenic area.

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New Business Profile: On the Heights, Tropicali Fruit satisfies ‘cravings’ for Mexico

Alfonso and Sylvia Delgadillo have enjoyed a steady stream of loyal customers since opening Tropicali Fruit, their Heights-area business serving Mexican-inspired fresh fruit cups, smoothies, juices and sorbets.

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Drug dog goes from Shelter to Sheriff

Luke patrols with Deputy Travis Paulsen

One of the newest additions to the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office has already been making a name for himself around the department, helping deputies make drug bust after drug bust — and looking pretty adorable in the process.

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Melodi Johnson makes difference as nurse, legislator’s wife

Melodi Johnson is recognizable as the wife of Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River. After all, her face adorned his campaign fliers during the last election cycle, too (definitely not her idea), and she is often seen at a variety of events, either alone or with her husband.

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Hook project provides great new river access

Should be done by the end of the month

A welcomed addition to the Hood River Waterfront is quickly taking shape, and with a finish date of the end of February, the new river access at the west end of the Hook will be ready for windsurfers, kayakers and stand-up-paddlers who come out of the woodwork in droves as winter winds down and the river-recreation season rapidly approaches.

Crop Talks return Feb. 23 at Rockford Grange

Crop Talks starts up again on Monday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at Rockford Community Grange.

Zumba event helps Lila May Schow on Saturday

Cancer victim, 4, loves to dance

Friends and family continue to work, and play, on behalf of Lila May Schow, a Hood River four-year-old who is fighting cancer.

Gorge Commission, Klickitat County sign pact

In a historic agreement — nearly 18 months in the making — Klickitat County will devote planning staff time to help the Columbia River Gorge Commission process land use applications within its borders.