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‘MOSIER’ Act demands derailment investigations

Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden introduced a bill last Wednesday that would compel federal regulators to investigate every major oil train derailment.

Gamez steps into Columbia Gorge Community College board vacancy

J. Carmen Gamez, horticulture manager for Orchard View Farms, was sworn in to serve on the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education last Tuesday. He will replace M.D. Van Valkenbergh, who retired from the board in June.

New Farm Fest opens in Trout Lake next month

The first annual Farm Fest will kick off in Trout Lake, Wash. on Aug. 20.

Gorge Community Foundation awards scholarships

Gorge Community Foundation awarded more than $190,000 in scholarships and grants in May and June, benefiting students from several local communities as well as a wide range of public service initiatives across the bi-state region.

Hood River youth receives state 4-H awards

Payton Rigert, a nine-year member of the Hood River County 4-H, received two state recognitions at the annual OSU 4-H Summer Conference in Corvallis.

‘Slopeside Sustainability’ Saturday at Meadows

Mt. Hood Meadows’ weekend scenic chairlift ride and hiking experience will be “cleaned up” Saturday, July 23 at a Slopeside Sustainability and Mountain Cleanup Day.

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At County Fair, events expand, basic pleasures return

Fair runs July 27-30 in Odell

Hood River County Fairgrounds Manager Clara Rice said that patrons of this year’s fair, which opens July 27 and runs through July 30, will find many of the same elements they love and expect each year — rides, exhibits and entertainment.

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Meriwether Send-off

Meriwether is in his last weeks as Hood River County Administrator after 15 years.

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Cancer Society links radon to cancer in women

A new report finds a statistically significant, positive association between high levels of residential radon and the risk of hematologic (blood) cancer in women. The study is the first prospective, population-based study of residential radon exposure and hematologic cancer risk, leading the authors to caution that it requires replication to better understand the association and whether it truly differs by sex.

Great NW Milk Drive to benefit Northwest infants

Aug. 6 collection event to be held at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital

The Northwest Mothers Milk Bank and Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital (PHRMH) are hosting The Great NW Milk Drive to spotlight the importance of human donor milk for preterm infants and to increase the number of milk donors in Hood River.

Suicide awareness training offered July 26

Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI) and the Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative host a free training by national speaker Dr. Patrick Arbore, EdD, on July 26.

HAHRC BEATS PoP: power of your local farmers markets

Many local farmers’ markets in The Gorge are sponsoring programs this year to up your buying power of local produce. The Power of Produce (or PoP) Club is back in action.

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Fresh Start serves first farm supper

Mt. View Orchards and Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program are teaming up for a summer farm supper at the farm’s new dining venue, amidst 50 acres of pears, apples and cherries. The dinner is on Saturday, July 30 at 6 p.m., and features a romantic Italian buffet prepared by Fresh Start staff and students.

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First act: Arts Initiative group unveils plans

An ensemble of artists, patrons, and artistic organizers have formed a new group, Performing Arts Initiative (PAI), for the long-range purpose of developing and presenting larger scale, higher-end artistic performances that are on a par with communities such as Ashland, Park City, Bend and Spokane, and make the Gorge a regional arts destination.

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