Healthcare ins. deadlines extended for DV survivors

PORTLAND — The current deadline for open enrollment in 2014 for healthcare insurance coverage in Oregon was extended through April 30. However, for survivors of domestic violence who are also married, this open enrollment period is extending to May 31, in recognition by the Department of Health and Human Services of the unique difficulties that these survivors of domestic violence face when attempting to file taxes (

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Pet of the Week: Ruger is ‘super-duper playful’

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

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New industrial development taking shape in Dallesport

Economic development just picked up the pace at the Dallesport Airport.

Motorcyclist crashes while attempting to elude police

Oregon State Police cited a Yakima, Wash., man following a Sunday afternoon motorcycle crash along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Rowena that occurred when the motorcyclist was attempting to elude an OSP trooper.

Mosier evaluates critical water issues

Maintaining regional watersheds remains a critical factor when it comes to supporting Wasco County infrastructure, particularly in Mosier’s watershed. That’s according to District Watershed Coordinator Anna Buckley, who told the Board of Commissioners March 19 about some of the biggest problems that currently inhibit the area watersheds’ efficiency and what the councils are doing to address those issues.

Extension hosts bark beetle workshop Wednesday

White Salmon, Wash. — Pine trees continue to redden and die throughout the Columbia River Gorge. It looks like the bark beetle outbreak will continue through 2014. That’s not good news for foresters and landowners.

Closures possible on State Street

Starting April 7 and running through May 23, some sections of State Street from Sixth Street to Front Street may be closed to vehicular traffic 24 hours a day during the work week. All streets and parking areas within the work zone will be open on the weekends.

Poet Laureate highlights Hood River Reads events

The Hood River County Reads project brings Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen to Hood River April 6.

Collective Voices speak

This weekend brings a special art show, “Collective Voices,” connecting the ideas of about 25 Hood River and Klickitat County middle schoolers.

Benton weds Cushman

Sarah Ann Benton, of Hood River, was married to Peter Alan Cushman, of McMinnville, in a traditional Mayan ceremony on the beach in Tulum, Mexico, on March 1. Close family and friends were in attendance.

Irwins celebrate 50th

Roy and Susie Irwin, longtime Hood River residents now living in Prineville, will celebrate 50 years of marriage with an open house given by their family April 5. The Irwins were married April 4, 1964, in Reno, Nev.

Grannemanns mark 25th anniversary

Glenn and Donnamae (Craber) Grannemann will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an open reception on Sunday, April 6, at noon, (after the 10:30 a.m. worship) at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road.

Alison Lee to marry Daniel Molina

Alison Lee and Daniel Molina, both of Hood River, have announced their engagement. They will be married July 12, 2014.

Fire department plans practice burn on 22nd

The Hood River Fire Department plans to conduct live fire training on the house located at 906 22nd St. on Saturday, starting at 7 a.m.