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Art to a storm zone

Just as Hurricane Irma bore down on the U.S. south Atlantic region on Friday, Hood River artist C.J. Rench, left, was preparing to send a massive sculpture to Jacksonville, Fla.

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Eagle Creek blaze 11 percent contained

Tuesday morning update

Firefighting containment levels inched up to double digit percentages on the Eagle Creek fire, which is burning roughly 35,600 acres in the Columbia Gorge Tuesday morning.



CCA Writing Up the Gorge extends dates

Columbia Center for the Arts hosts its annual “Writing Up the Gorge” event Sept. 17-23, bringing writers to the Gorge and six different Write Up locations — this year, area wineries.

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Socks for firefighters

UPDATE: The Hood River News has received a generous amount of socks for our drive! We asked what other items firefighters need, and were told moist wipes for face and hands, trail mix, chips and candy.

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Fire update Monday: Growth moderates, evac levels stay same

The Eagle Creek Fire saw some growth this weekend, up to about 34,000 acres, but crews were able to dig in and defend key areas. The blaze is still 7 percent contained.

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County Public Health Department: Tips on protecting yourself from harmful air

Heavy, unhealthy smoke in the Hood River area has prompted questions regarding the use of masks. The best protection is to avoid smoke altogether by staying inside.

City picks up parking on Monday

Parking is bound to be the hot topic on Monday at Hood River City Council.

Friends calls on public to stay out of the Gorge

On the afternoon of Sept. 2, a wildfire erupted in the Eagle Creek area. The wildfire has now grown to over 30,000 acres — including new fires that have started on the Washington side of the Gorge.

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Siblings find summer a good place to start helping FISH food banks

When teachers ask what Leah and Ren Sandahl did over summer vacation, they’ll hear something a little different than the traditional tales of camps and trips.

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‘Remarkable’ community comes up big for Red Cross fire shelter in Stevenson

A half-hour sprinkle of rain and a box of Krispy Kremes brought relief Thursday to the American Red Cross Shelter in Stevenson.

HR woman serves as intern Methodist pastor in The Dalles

Gigi Siekkenen, the new part-time intern pastor at First United Methodist Church in The Dalles, came to seminary as a second career — an ever more common path to the pulpit.

Despite the fires in the Gorge, PCT hikers continue their journey

A group of nine hikers, seven men and two women, made their way into Hood River earlier this week as they’ve been traveling along the Pacific Crest Trail since the beginning of May.

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Odell fire camp supports a growing cadre of firefighters

The largest firefighting department in Oregon is at work in the rugged hills of the Eagle Creek/Indian Creek fire.


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