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Esther Smith

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Subscription contest underway at the News

Our hard-working team of sales kids has hit the streets for the 2016 Kids Subscription Contest, and chances are one will be knocking at or calling your house soon, if they haven’t already.

February 24, 2016 midnight read more..

Public can still weigh in on school boundaries

Both community forums for the school attendance boundary study have come and gone, but parents and other community members have until the end of March to share their ideas for solutions with the 12-member committee that has been looking at the imbalance in school enrollment and building capacities throughout the district.

March 22, 2013 2:10 p.m. read more..

It's all in the family

Mother and son personify yin and yang; Davises grow, work together; Sheppards: Business success rests on enjoying each other's company; Capovillas: 'Simple, straight-up' pub family

March 12, 2013 2:56 p.m. read more..

2-hour school delay explained

It may have been a surprise to some people that the Hood River County School District chose to have a two-hour delay on Wednesday, when most of the valley had just a trace of snow.

January 25, 2013 2:28 p.m. read more..

School District Boundary changes in 2013?

With some elementary school classes bursting at the seams and others not so much, the Hood River County School District administration and board of directors believe it is time to take another look at the district’s boundaries in the hope of evening out student distribution.

December 11, 2012 12:50 p.m. read more..

School board reschedules meeting

The Hood River County School Board meeting scheduled for Dec. 12 has been moved up to Tuesday, Dec. 4. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the district office board room. The agenda is available at, as well as the minutes from the Nov. 14 meeting.

November 30, 2012 2:07 p.m. read more..

HR School Board celebrates levy vote

In its first regular meeting since the Nov. 6 general election, the Hood River County School District board of directors celebrated the passage of the local option levy.

November 16, 2012 2:42 p.m. read more..

First-graders crowded at Mid Valley, parents say

The school year is still new, but a group of Mid Valley Elementary School parents already have a few concerns, which they voiced at Wednesday’s school board meeting. Among the complaints were that classroom sizes are too large, new bus schedules are creating safety issues and there is a distinct lack of dual-language instruction.

September 15, 2012 noon read more..

School work

This summer Hood River County schools may not have seen the major construction projects that were undertaken in 2011, but some of the schools got some pretty welcome upgrades.

September 5, 2012 noon read more..

Wanted: ‘Forever Homes’

Four kitten siblings are busy scampering, chasing, leaping and tackling each other in a spare bedroom in Jane Keeler’s house. They are the picture of health and happiness.

July 25, 2012 noon read more..

At Hood River Reads finale: The journey

Cardboard boxes were a constant in Francisco Jiménez’s childhood. The author of this year’s book selection for Hood River County Reads, “The Circuit,” told a large audience Monday evening that the boxes represented the fragile and unstable life of a migrant family.

April 25, 2012 noon read more..

Pirates of Neverland

The Mid-Columbia Lions Follies continues its run of “Pirates of Neverland” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 19, 20 and 21. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. at Hood River Middle School’s auditorium.

April 18, 2012 noon read more..

Fake obit causes a different kind of grief

A woman came in, distraught, with two family members last week, asking to put in an obituary. As the person who handles obituaries at the News, this is something that happens occasionally, and is always a sad job.

March 3, 2012 noon read more..

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