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Trisha Walker

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A pastor called to a new house: Anna Carmichael of St. Mark's accepts position in California, passes Warming Shelter baton

When the U-Haul leaves Hood River on Aug. 31, it will take Rev. Anna Carmichael with it.

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County schools start classes on Tuesday

School is back. What’s different this year?

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As time — and transportation — move on, so does Hood River

The population growth of Hood River is probably a lot like you’d expect it would be: As transportation got faster from the 1850s onward, more people came

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Hood River Soaring: New nonprofit begins youth outreach program

There’s a new nonprofit in town encouraging community youth to reach for the sky. Quite literally.

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Mt. Hood Town Hall draws crowd

A large crowd gathered for the second Mt. Hood Town Hall farmers’ market this summer — they’re held every second Thursday of the month, July through September — which features fresh produce, arts and crafts, and live music with upper valley flair.

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‘Harmony’ hits Families in the Park kick-off

The first in the 2016 Families in the Park series last Thursday saw a large turnout despite the summer heat, with plenty of food, music and fun for all.

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Rockin' the park: Smooth moves grace Families in the Park

Hood River got its shake on with another slam hit Families in the Park Thursday.

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Dance in the streets: Mike’s celebrates 30 years with Aug. 13 block party

Mike’s Ice Cream, a downtown Hood River staple since it opened in 1986, has planned a free community block party for Aug. 13 from 6-10 p.m. to celebrate the store’s 30th anniversary.

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For CASA playhouse winner, bad bike ride, good news happen on same day

Anna Cavaleri, of Hood River, purchased just one ticket for the 2016 Columbia Gorge CASA playhouse raffle — but one was all it took.

Upper valley farmers’ market returns to Mt. Hood Town Hall Aug. 11

The second of three upper valley farmers’ markets, held at the Mt. Hood Town Hall, takes place Thursday, Aug. 11, from 4-7 p.m.

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'I could see forever': Woman recounts 1940 climb of Mount Hood

Climbing Mount Hood is not an experience you forget. Just ask Peggy McLucas Tetlow, 94. She was 18 when she climbed Mount Hood on July 21, 1940, part of the annual Legion Climb aided by Crag Rats.

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‘Officer Friendly’ Sergeant Jesse Flem retires after 30 years

Jesse Flem never set out to be a sheriff’s deputy, but, after 30 years on the job, he’s about to retire from a career doing just that. His last day will be July 30 — he’ll be working security at the Hood River County Fair — before going on vacation and coming back on a part time basis.

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Gehrig’s Chevron hits 70 year mark

Odell service station one of longest-running family-owned businesses in the county

It’s pretty impressive when a business hits the 70 year mark.

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‘He is one tough little guy’

Saturday dance event gives hope and help to boy, 4, who faces debilitating illnesses

If there’s one thing Kaius Johnson, 4, needs, it’s friends. And he has them. But he could always use more.

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At County Fair, events expand, basic pleasures return

Fair runs July 27-30 in Odell

Hood River County Fairgrounds Manager Clara Rice said that patrons of this year’s fair, which opens July 27 and runs through July 30, will find many of the same elements they love and expect each year — rides, exhibits and entertainment.

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Relay for Life mixes old traditions with new

Relay for Life, held this year at the Marina Green, kept some of its old traditions — like luminarias.

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Hood River walking tour brings history to life

What downtown business is rumored to have a friendly ghost?

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Love of languages

Multi-lingual HRVHS student pursues unique teaching opportunity

Julia Skwarczynski knows a lot of languages. Besides English, the Hood River Valley High School student — who will be a senior next year — speaks French, Spanish and Polish (her native language), is learning German, and this year began Russian lessons as well.

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HRV students earn Ford Foundation scholarships

Jackie Santa Cruz and Jesus Chavarias, both 18, were two of 5,987 Oregon and Northern California high school seniors to apply for a Ford Family Foundation scholarship their senior year of high school.

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Oregon Trail Tea Time

The Hood River Valley Evening Garden Club hosted this year’s Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs Convention June 13-16 at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn — the first time in more than a decade the state convention has been hosted by a Hood River club.

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History links Mike’s (30 years) and Tum-A-Lum (110)

I was headed into my freshman year of high school when Mike’s Ice Cream opened in 1986. It was a big deal — there weren’t a lot of places where kids my age could hang out, and having something downtown, across from the library park (that sold ice cream! In waffle cones!) really opened up options for me and my friends. We’d meet, grab a cone, and catch up on what we’d been up to that summer.

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Golden Rule docks in Hood River

The Golden Rule, an anti-nuclear sailboat, was in Hood River Wednesday for multiple events, hosted by Columbia Riverkeeper.

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Rain damage on cherries ‘Too Soon to Tell’

Frost fans and helicopters, like this one above an orchard in Odell, have been employed the past few days as rains moved through the valley at just the wrong time for cherry growers.

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Blueberry Brunch: Fistula Project Benefit returns June 18 with a new name

Linda Chamberlain, who works with The Fistula Project at Kitovu Hospital in Uganda, has held a high tea fundraiser at her Wilinda Blueberry Patch on Frankton Road for the past several years.

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Rachel Harry wins a Tony

Current, former students nominate theater teacher

Sunday’s Tony Awards playbill will contain a familiar name and school, thanks to the efforts of students and community members.

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New ‘Farm Place’ opens this weekend

The Packer Family has been busy lately.

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Grads come to May Street

New this year at schools in the Hood River County School District: Graduating seniors visited their elementary schools to parade the hallways in cap and gown.

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Blake Winner crowned Mr. HRV

Mr. HRV played to a full house June 2 at Hood River Valley High School.

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‘Juice Loop’ Benefit happens June 3-4 at HRV

Teens serve community and beyond

Hood River has a new teen service project that is seeking to benefit both the local community and those abroad.

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Mid Valley third graders replace desk chairs with exercise balls as part of Providence pilot program

Students sat at attention in a loose cluster in Sarah Christiansen’s third grade Mid Valley Elementary classroom at the end of March, listening to Physical Therapist Assistant Nissa Huber explain proper use and care of the new exercise balls that would soon re-place their desk chairs.

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Going to the dogs: Hood River’s dog-friendly vibe doesn’t end at the office

It’s no secret that Hood River is a dog-friendly town — go literally anywhere and you’ll see dogs and their humans together.

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HRVAC honors Suzanne VanOrman

Outgoing Hood River Valley Adult Center (HRVAC) Interim Executive Director Suzanne VanOrman was the honored guest at Wednesday’s senior center luncheon.

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Coe Primary turns 100

A crowd of former students, teachers and administrators, many with old photographs and other memorabilia to share, gathered at Coe Primary Building Thursday to celebrate the building’s 100th birthday.

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Familias juntas: Wy’east families complete OSU ‘Juntos’ sessions

Families gathered at the Wy’east Middle School cafeteria on April 28 for a potluck celebration to mark the end of Juntos (“together” in Spanish), a Latino high school/college and career readiness outreach program that had brought them together the past five weeks.

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Work Day Pride

Hood River Valley High School’s annual Community Work Day was back April 27 with a new name — Community and Campus Pride Work Day.

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Hood River County Reads celebrates its 10th anniversary — 11 years in

‘Ten years of reading together’

Hood River County Reads celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and kicked off the 2016 season with book distribution of this year’s selection, “Martin Marten” by Brian Doyle, at the Hood River Library on sunny Sunday, April 17, with additional books at the Parkdale and Cascade Locks branches April 19.

March of Dimes walk/run April 30

Walkers, runners — and volunteers — needed for Saturday event

The Hood River Valley March of Dimes 5K-10K walk/run takes place this Saturday, April 30, beginning and ending at the Parkdale Rural Fire Protection District Station, 4895 Baseline Drive.

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Ora Cantrell remembers Hood River as ‘bare town’

Ora Cantrell turned 93 on February 1, and she’s seen a lot of changes in Hood River during her time here — stories she figures it’s time to share.

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'Little free book boxes': Student to bring libraries to 3 neighborhoods

A trio of “little free book boxes” will come to Hood River this spring, thanks to Lucy Fine, Hood River Valley High School junior.

Hood River County Reads kicks off April 17

Hood River County Reads will kick off its 10th year with “Martin Marten” on April 17.

Community Meals fights food insecurity

OSU Extension’s Community Meals and Cooking Class is entering its fourth month, and has proven a popular way to not only fight food insecurity in the Gorge, but teach cooking and nutrition.

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In support of a superhero

Friends mobilize for Kyle McCarthy

When Mid Valley staff and students set out to help third grader Kyle McCarthy and family raise the $6,000 needed to get him a new ultra-light wheelchair, no one imagined they would do it — and then some — all in one day.

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E-car races today in downtown HR

Hood River Valley High School students in Jeff Blackman’s electric car (e-car) class have been preparing all year for this Saturday’s Electrathon America race, and will host eight teams from around Oregon and Washington.

Going the mile (or 10k) for Kyle

Mid Valley staff hopes fun run will equip student with new wheelchair

Remember Mid Valley Elementary’s Blossom Boogie 5-10K? The school is bringing it back this year, with a new name and a new cause.

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The Future of Water: HR Watershed Group presents conservation strategies, costs

When the Hood River Watershed Group (HRWG) met March 22 for its regular monthly meeting, members and interested citizens — from Hood River and The Dalles — got a first glimpse of the Hood River Water Conservation Strategy, presented by Ed Salminen and Nicklas Christensen, Watershed Professionals Network, and Cindy Thieman, HRWG coordinator.

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‘Prom Dress Project’ returns: HRVHS junior organizes event for EA project

A popular prom dress sale will continue this year thanks to the work of a Hood River Valley High School junior.

Gambling Awareness Month: Free addiction treatment offered to gamblers, families

March has been nationally designated as Gambling Awareness Month, and locally, the Center for Living is spreading the word about gambling addiction and free treatment options available to both gamblers and family members.

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Student art show debuts at The Remains

The Remains art gallery is hosting something new on Feb. 26 — a student art show, the first in the gallery’s history.

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Taming of the Shrew: HRVHS students tackle one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays

Hood River Valley High School’s theater department is ready to debut its winter play, “Taming of the Shrew,” written by William Shakespeare and directed by Rachel Harry, this weekend.

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New billboard highlights Health Media Club mission

Hood River County Prevention, in cooperation with Hood River Valley High School’s Health Media Club, has a new bilingual billboard on 12th Street, promoting the message, “Brains Develop Better Without Drugs/Alcohol.”

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