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Another voice: Combating mental illness and drug addiction in our communities

Across Oregon, I’ve talked with many families who are struggling with mental illness and drug addiction. These touch every segment of our communities, no matter where you live or what you look like. Tragically, they often carry with them a major stigma in society, and help is hard to find. Fortunately, Congress is working in a bipartisan way to help solve these problems and offer relief to those who need help.

Another voice: ‘The greenest corner in the richest nation on earth’

The fiery wreck of an oil train at Mosier is what galvanized many of us to sit on the Burlington Northern railroad tracks in downtown Vancouver on June 18. Twenty-one protesters, ranging in age from 20 to 84, were repeatedly warned of 90 days’ jail time and $1,000 fines for criminal trespassing. And still, we sat.

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‘A Sound Future’: An open letter from the Center for the Arts’ board

The Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) is a well-loved, cultural icon in the Gorge community.

Blood donations urgently needed in the final weeks of summer

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a critical summer blood shortage.

In the wild, stay safe by being prepared

There are those among us who live for adventure, always climbing higher, jumping farther, going faster.

Another Voice: Saturday mail is extremely important to small towns

I got the mail today.

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Marine safety: With low water, have fun but get to know the conditions

It’s easy to see the exposed gravel bars and shoals that formed on area waterways as the water levels drop and the temperature steadily creeps up. Many reservoirs too, are showing previously submerged stumps. Low water levels can create specific challenges that boaters need to be aware of.

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Photo contest winners remind us about everyday learning opportunities

‘Parenting Together’

Eight great photos have been selected as winners of the fourth annual Columbia Gorge Parenting Together Photo Contest. Winning photographers are Blanca Flores, Elisa Cartwright, Jessica Hoffman, Karen Harding, Karin Tauscher, Lauren Kraemer, Melanie Kelly and Paloma Ayala.

Oregon History Society opens display of iconic American documents

The Declaration of Independence. The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Monroe Doctrine. These bedrock documents laid the foundational "blueprints" of American democracy — and, some of the earliest printings and engravings of these iconic pieces will be on view at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) from July 29 through Feb. 1, 2017, in the original exhibition “Democracy's Blueprints: The Documents that Built America.”

Rolling carts and composting: City Council considers improvements to solid waste collection services

On Monday night, Hood River City Council invites the public to attend a presentation about proposed changes to our solid waste collection services. The presentation will be part of the regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 211 Second St.

ANOTHER VOICE: ‘We cannot let another day go by’

Recently during a visit to New Hampshire, Gregory and Linda Drugan shared with me the painful story of the death of their son, Greg.

Another Voice: Why I am voting Gov. Johnson, President

As an American citizen, I believe he represents the best in American ideals and will act in accordance with America’s best interests.

Another Voice: Immigration reform advocate: ‘It is time to unfreeze the status quo’

During harvest time for corn, the heavy yet melodic rhythm of “El Novillo Despuntado,” a ranchera song performed by an iconic figure for Mexican campesinos, echoes on the southern plains in Jalisco, Mexico.

Another Voice: Trains in the Columbia Gorge are going in the wrong direction

If there is any positive outcome to the Mosier oil train derailment on June 3, it is that many more people are asking the right questions about oil trains traveling along the Columbia River and through our communities. These are questions that challenge our complacency and call for us to stand up for our values as residents of the Columbia Gorge.

Another Voice: Parks District should focus efforts on a west side site, not Barrett property

For the last six months, Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District has partnered with us, Hood River Valley Residents Committee, to explore the feasibility of creating a new 20-acre community park at the corner of Fairview and Belmont, catty corner from Westside Elementary School.

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