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No vacancy: Swimming, running events reach capacity

If international acclaim and recent nods in such publications as Sunset Magazine, National Geographic and The New York Times weren’t enough, here’s more proof the Gorge is a desirable place to visit: the upcoming Bridge of the Gods Marathon and the Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim are both filled to capacity.

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Wells, Huckaby return from CrossFit Games

Athletes represent CrossFit Hood River on global stage

Christine Wells and Regan Huckaby can grant themselves a much-deserved break from training for the rest of summer, although neither is likely to do so.

One year later: Gorge Ecology Institute director looks back, looks forward

It has been a fulfilling year for the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute’s (CGEI) Executive Director Drew Eastman. He led the efforts in a strategic planning process, was awarded his first-ever grant from Google, and despite having only one other staff member, saw significant growth in program participation from 800 students in all of 2013 to 700 students as of mid-June, 2014.

Sheriff's Log for Aug. 6

July 27 to Aug. 4

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River.

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Pet of the week: ‘Chug’ Marty likes lap time and treats

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Marty as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:

Building permits, July

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Coffman, Hukari named ‘Hearts of Gold’ honorees

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation honors community members through the annual Hearts of Gold celebration to benefit the Medication Assistance Program which provides advocacy in support of patients who cannot afford their medications.

Business Notes for Aug. 6

Castro earns Hearing Board certification; Cascade Hearing has offices in Hood River and The Dalles; HR Supply receives Ace ‘Pinnacle’ award

Ex-Insitu contractor sentenced for theft of trade secrets

A former Insitu contractor was sentenced to jail time last week nearly three years after he was arrested for trying to sell proprietary information related to one of Insitu’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones.

Clark College to expand in the Gorge

New aerospace grant will expand opportunities for Gorge residents

Less than a year after establishing a location in the Columbia River Gorge, Clark College is expanding its academic and technical offerings and moving into a new, larger facility.

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Traffic delays expected in HR and Odell

Paving and excavation work in Hood River and Odell happen in the next two weeks.

Wildfires spread haze throughout the state

Smoke from wildfires currently burning in the southern, central and eastern regions of Oregon has spread throughout most of the state, the Oregon Department of Forestry reported, reducing visibility, but having minor impacts on air quality.

Judge Ostrye takes oath, seat on bench

Judge Karen Ostrye was sworn into office as the new Circuit Court Judge Aug.1 in Hood River Circuit Courtroom.

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A connecting ritual

An airborne arc of water tossed in Monday’s event suggests the connections

The 50 people gathered Monday for the health of the Columbia River invoked the names of many rivers and waterways where they had lived or had seen human impacts: the Pacific Ocean and Great Lakes, San Francisco Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake Bay, Columbia, Willamette, Mississippi, Colorado, Merced, Potomac, Thames, James, Shannon, and the Mekong.

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SUP for pups

At Gorge Paddle Challenge, one competitor will be two

Matt and Hunter make a great pair.