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Judge Crowley and the tale of the starfish

On March 20, 2014, Judge Paul Crowley swore into service his last class of new CASA advocates. Crowley is retiring in July and Columbia Gorge CASA marked the occasion with a gift to honor the vital role he has played in CASA since it began in the Gorge in 1987.

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'Hotel Impossible' films at Vagabond Lodge

Tom Reid, left, and Theo Davis of Green Home Construction of Hood River stand with designer Blanche Garcia on the grounds of the Vagabond Motel Thursday, the final day of filming for an upcoming episode of The Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible,” with TV host Anthony Melichiorri.

Bridge of the Gods toll increases for multi-axles

Effective May 1, the toll will increase on the Bridge of the Gods by 50 cents per axle for all vehicles with three or more axles. This increase comes following a few months of research and deliberation by the Port Commission.

Education and Industry Summit comes April 18

Educators and employers will come together in the first-ever “Columbia Gorge Education and Industry Summit,” April 18 on The Dalles Campus of Columbia Gorge Community College.

Help fill ‘hope chest’ for foster teens

Local insurance agent Tina Pasto has started a project she’s calling “The Hope Chest” to collect new household goods for teens who are leaving foster care. For the next few months, she’s asking community members to fill a Hope Chest in her office.

New memorial fund honors Chuck Beardsley

The Gorge Community Foundation announced Friday that a memorial fund has been established to honor prominent Hood River businessman and philanthropist Chuck Beardsley, who passed away on March 27 at age 73.

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Preschool teacher Socci Galvez: ‘There is so much to learn with them.’

If someone could figure out a way to harness the enthusiasm in Socci Galvez’s preschool class, the energy crisis would be solved.

HRVHS receives funding to install 80 rooftop solar panels

With tight budgets, public schools often have to reconcile cutting costs with maintaining quality educational services.

Leadership changes coming to the Port of Cascade Locks this spring

Some new faces will soon be at the helm of the Port of Cascade Locks following a leadership transition that is expected to wrap up at the end of spring.

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Providence Hospital begins breast milk donor program

Despite the perpetual “breast versus bottle” debate, breastfeeding has been enjoying a renaissance of sorts lately.

Gorge Community Foundation requests grant proposals

The Gorge Community Foundation announced Monday that they are accepting grant applications for projects that promote outdoor education or recreation.

Snowpack is close to average

Late season storms bring SWE to 93% at Mt. Hood

Fantastic February transitioned into marvelous March on Mount Hood, and as this winter’s erratic attitude improved dramatically from depressing December, it delivered enough snow by the start of spring to end in an almost average April.

The Ale List: Full Sail Brewery gains new honor

Full Sail Brewing has been named “Craft Brewer of the Year” by Beverage World Magazine for its 26 years of “sustainable stewardship, quality, consistency and operational ingenuity.”

Cascade Huts starts a new adventure

Oregon’s Cascade Huts came under new ownership March 30. Local mountain bike enthusiasts who started the successful adventure business in 2004 have decided to pursue other interests and are selling to two Oregon natives.

Sheriff Log for April 2

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River March 24-30.