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Trisha Walker

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Doug Nichols ‘blessed’ at wastewater treatment plant

Doug Nichols, Project Manager for Hood River Public Works, has a job that not many people understand: Wastewater treatment.

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Tyson Miller gains ag experience, has fun, in FFA

Tyson Miller, 16, Hood River Valley High School sophomore, has been busy the past few weeks, helping get ready for the school’s 8th Annual FFA Steak Feed and Silent Auction fundraiser, held today (April 25) in the HRVHS cafeteria and Commons beginning at 6 p.m.

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Experiencing Blossom Time

Fair weather shines on valley events: more this weekend

While most agreed that Saturday was the busier day, the weekend’s warm, sunny weather brought scores of visitors to the valley for the second weekend of Blossom Time.

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Pelinti Pizza opens in Pizzicato location

Pizzicato Hood River has a new name — but lots of familiar food and faces.

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Saving ‘speed demons’: Mosier residents do impromptu salmon rescue

About 16 or so volunteers gathered at Rock Creek in Mosier to help Coho salmon fry reach the Columbia River on Thursday morning.

Blue Ribbon Campaign continues to shine light

It’s time to tie a blue ribbon around the ol’ oak tree. Or your car antenna. Or wear on your jacket.

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Divide and culture: Jackie Shaw leads club plant sale

No one is quite sure how long the Odell Garden Club has been putting on their annual Blossom Fest plant sale — it’s estimated at around 20 or 30 years — but whatever the tally, it’s the club’s largest fundraiser.

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Artist Robin Panzer employs ancient ‘new’ medium

Hood River’s Robin Panzer is a Chigiri-e artist — an ancient Japanese art form (Heian period, 794-1185) that uses layers of hand torn colored paper to create images that, when completed, resemble a textured painting. Although it’s an old technique, she unknowingly stumbled upon it in 2011.

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Baby blanket drive supports hospital’s perinatal loss program

Cameron Teems, RNC-OB, Family Birth Center nurse at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, is organizing a special collection of baby blankets April 13-17.

Head Start programs earn 5-star rating

Two of Mid-Columbia Children’s Council Head Start facilities — Country Club and Parkdale — recently received the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) five-star rating from the state of Oregon.

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Jim Dummer ‘lovin’ it’ at McDonald’s

Jim Dummer has been Director of Operations for Gorge-area McDonald’s since 2009, but to get there, he worked his way up through the ranks, from a part-time crew to grill crew to counter to store manager to general manager to supervisor to director — with many steps in between.

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Holly Webster brings Tooth Fairy to life

If your preschooler or kindergartener says the Tooth Fairy came for a visit at school, chances are this is not a new imaginary friend they’re talking about.

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Gordon Pillon mixes doughnuts with vehicle repair

Gordon Pillon aims for 100 percent customer satisfaction at Expertec Automotive Repair, located on the Heights at 1802 12th Street.

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Spring is in bloom

Plenty to do — with your buds

Spring break — March 23 to 27 — is right around the corner for Hood River County School District, Horizon Christian, Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School and Columbia Gorge Community College students.

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Craftsman David McClure ‘builds’ life in HR

David McClure, of the Dave McClure, Co., and its subsidiary Hood River Woodworking, has made a name for himself over the past two decades he’s lived and worked in Hood River.

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Pastor Judy Zimmerman living her dream

The Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is holding a special ceremony today, March 7.

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Page contest coming to an end at library

Michele Dearing, Collection Development Specialist for the Hood River County Library District, updated the Million Page Challenge board at the Hood River Library Thursday afternoon. And we’ve got sad news, Hood River County — we’re in last place.

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Creative Rhythms: Art Week returns to Mid Valley

Artistic expression in all forms took center stage at Mid Valley Elementary this week.

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Odell landmark reopens with new menu, name

Clems is reopening after a three month closure. The one-time convenience store and deli in downtown Odell is now a restaurant operated by longtime Hood River residents Graciela and Rodolfo Gomez.

Hood River County Reads kicks off March 15

Where can people of all ages come together to read the same book, discuss its contents, participate in related activities and even hear it read over the radio?

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Longtime planning commissioner Benson retires

Stan Benson has retired after 25 years on the County Planning Commission.

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HRVHS sophomore gives inside look at art competitions

Hood River Valley High School sophomore Brynn Searcy is an artist. And a state and nationally recognized artist at that.

HRVHS artists, writers win awards

‘Keys to Talent:’ students excel in creative works

Hood River Valley High School honored artists and writers on Friday with an all-school Fine Arts assembly.

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Kristi Thomsen finds ‘new job’ this year

Life hasn’t slowed down much for Kristi Thomsen the past couple of years.

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New Business Profile: Remedy organic juice café opens downtown

There’s a new organic juice and food bar in downtown Hood River.

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New Business Profile: On the Heights, Tropicali Fruit satisfies ‘cravings’ for Mexico

Alfonso and Sylvia Delgadillo have enjoyed a steady stream of loyal customers since opening Tropicali Fruit, their Heights-area business serving Mexican-inspired fresh fruit cups, smoothies, juices and sorbets.

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Melodi Johnson makes difference as nurse, legislator’s wife

Melodi Johnson is recognizable as the wife of Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River. After all, her face adorned his campaign fliers during the last election cycle, too (definitely not her idea), and she is often seen at a variety of events, either alone or with her husband.

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AVID learners need tutors

Hood River County School District middle and high school students are AVID for college.

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Sebastian Barajas ‘super dedicated’ in school, sports

To say Hood River Valley High School junior Sebastian Barajas, 17, is busy would be an understatement.

Planning director dives in

The Hood River County Planning Department has a new director of community development.

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Tom Yates begins a new path at an old career

Tom Yates is going through a bit of a transition at Providence Down Manor, where he’s worked as community relations coordinator for almost two years.

Julie Salcido tackles County’s code enforcement backlog

Second dwellings, solid waste disposal among Salcido’s key challenge

Hood River County created the new post of code enforcement coordinator last fall, and on Oct. 1, 2014, Julie Salcido took on the task of managing the intake, investigation and resolution of various land use, health and safety ordinances within the county, not including the cities of Hood River or Cascade Locks.

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FTC Robotics teams head to The Dalles for Tournament Saturday

‘Confidence will come’

Eight Robotics teams from Hood River Valley High School — along with two each from Hood River Middle School and Wy’east Middle School — are competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Tournament in The Dalles today, Jan. 31, at The Dalles Middle School.

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Justine Ziegler enjoys challenges of mentoring

Justine Ziegler has been Match Coordinator with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) — part of The Next Door, Inc. — since June 2012.

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At annual banquet, Chamber looks to ‘15

Hood River Chamber of Commerce members gathered at the Columbia Gorge Hotel on Friday for the group’s annual Membership Appreciation dinner. Many members came decked out in their formal best in keeping with the evening’s prom theme.

Freshies Bagels and Juice opens on Oak

Matthew Joyce opened Freshies Bagels and Juice on Nov. 1, 2014 — without any previous knowledge of baking — and business is booming. Located in the former Hood River Bagel Co. store, earnings are up 25 percent over the last eight months than in all 12 months of the previous year.

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Karen Gass finds joy in teaching, hiking

Karen Gass — or Teacher Karen, as she’s commonly known — has been teaching at Little Feet Cooperative Preschool for the past 20 years.

Domestic Violence panel

Lauren Kraemer, left, Hood River County Extension Facility, led a panel presentation on domestic violence and sexual assault Jan. 15 at the Hood River Oregon State University Extension Office classroom.

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Kirk Miller enjoys the challenges of Ski Patrol

Kirk Miller has a day job — he’s a software designer at Insitu — and, with his 50 hour work weeks, you’d think that would be enough to keep him plenty busy.

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Parkdale Elementary spreads holiday cheer to HR Care Center residents

Residents travel to Parkdale to meet with students

December was service project month at Parkdale Elementary School, and 30 Hood River Care Center residents were the recipients of concentrated holiday cheer

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Megan Spears brings Disorder 2 Order

Saturday Spotlight

Megan Spears is not a naturally organized person.

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A look back at A slice of local life

As the year comes to a close, so does A Slice of Local Life, a feature that has run every Saturday for the past two years.

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Rev. Anna Carmichael helps keep Hood River warm, safe and healthy in Warming Shelter program

From the middle of November through the beginning of March, the homeless of Hood River have a warm place to stay at the Hood River Warming Shelter.

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Jeff McCaw and Boy Scout Troop 282 help bring Christmas cheer to families in need

Leadership. Responsibility. Generosity. Thrift.

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Adult Center looks to future

Orion Wattenberg Trust will provide Meals on Wheels assistance, but more help is needed

Hood River Valley Adult Center Director Collice Martens-Sinclair has good news: The center’s 501c3 non-profit tax status, lost in 2010 due to a “series of unfortunate events,” has been retroactively reinstated.

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Rev. Maggie Sebastian, Emergency Voucher Program coordinator, lives ordination vows through service

Emergency Voucher Program coordinator Rev. Maggie Sebastian hit the ground running when she became the Clinical Chaplin at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital almost 3 years ago.

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A golden anniversary

Charlotte Arnold celebrates 50 years teaching tap in Hood River

“ONE and TWO and THREE and FOUR!”

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Gale Arnold blends food and education at Odell FISH Food Bank location

The FISH Food Bank in Odell has opened many doors for the people of the community — and not just in the area of food assistance.

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Rodrigo Silva brings orchard foreman experience to the gift box line

Rodrigo Silva — or Rigo, as he’s also called — really knows pears. He also really knows gift boxes.

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