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Trisha Walker

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HRVAC medical equipment service helps those in need

You’ve just had a hip replacement and you need crutches for a couple of weeks. And then there’s that wheelchair gathering dust in the garage that you’d really like to find a new home.

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Are You Ready? Survival 101

Experts list the simple tools of staying alive

Hood River is known as an outdoor mecca, and with the increase in traffic comes an increase in the calls for lost or injured recreationalists.

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CASA Volunteer Manager Susan Baldwin: Leading by example

Next training starts Feb. 16

Ask Susan Baldwin, Columbia Gorge CASA volunteer manager, about her volunteers and the children they serve, and she’ll start to tear up.

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Immanuel Lutheran youth donate bikes to May St., Westside

Pastor Jeff Mueller hopes to start trend

May Street Elementary isn’t usually crowded in the afternoons after school, but on Wednesday, Jan. 27, the entryway was packed.

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Anana’s Boutique goes ‘back to its roots’

For Heidi McLennon, owner and designer at Anana’s Boutique in downtown Hood River, what’s old is new again.

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Bowl for Kid's Sake returns in March

Now is the time to form teams and collect donations

Bowl for Kids’ Sake (BFKS), Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge’s largest fundraiser of the year, takes place March 12, and Hood River Match Coordinator Justine Ziegler says now is the time to form teams and commit to sponsorships.

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'The climate is always changing'

Retired energy consultant issues call to reverse climate trend for agriculture

When Mark Cherniak, a retired energy consultant living in Mosier, spoke about climate change on Thursday, the message was stark: It’s not going to get better; it’s only going to get worse. And we can’t afford to wait any longer to reverse the trend.

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Looking back at "Saturday Spotlight"

With the closing of 2015 and the start of the new year, we take this opportunity to look back on the faces and stories that made up our Saturday Spotlight—a weekly feature about how residents of Hood River County spend their days.

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Rotary dictionary program comes to Horizon

A tradition that has spanned the past 20 years continued at Horizon Christian School on Tuesday morning.

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ROUND TABLE: A Christmas wish fulfilled … against our better judgment

There’s something very stressful about goldfish.

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Terry Draper helps keep Parkdale Elementary up and running

It’s winter break for the Hood River County School District, and that means all students and staff are relaxing at home, right? Not if you’re Terry Draper, longtime Parkdale Elementary head custodian.

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‘Fistula Project’ effort gets Gorge support

Local blueberry farmer serves as ambassador for program to improve health for women in Uganda

Linda Chamberlain appreciates the Gorge-wide support she’s received in her work with The Fistula Project at Kitovu Hospital in Uganda.

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We Remember Christmas: Hood River News staff members look back ...

For me, the holiday season doesn’t officially begin until I hear the opening notes of the music from “Scenes from the Nutcracker.” The festive costumes and magical storyline from the CGDA ballet performance never fails to put me right in the holiday spirit, ready to eat Christmas cookies and make snow angels.

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Planet’s ‘Creations’ is fruition of a dream

Janet Planet dreamed of owning a bead store long before she opened Sparkling Creations in Hood River almost 10 years ago.

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'Leave a Bag, Take a Bag'

Kids start campaign; Robotics teams advance to state

The May Street Rockin’ Robo-Dragons team is saving the world one Hood River grocery shopper at a time.

Hood River County Christmas Project ready for delivery

The Christmas Project will provide more gift boxes this year than ever before to disadvantaged Hood River County residents.

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Don Bales turns gun collection into all-purpose gun shop

Don Bales’ gun shop — aptly named Don’s Gun Shop, Inc. — is a bit of a social club.

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Carlos and Gloria Dennis expand Odell meat market

Carlos Dennis is living his dream. He and wife Gloria own and operate Carniceria y Verdureria La Mexicana (“meat and vegetables”) in downtown Odell.

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Food truck ‘El Cuate’ – made with ‘mucho amor’

Ricardo Lopez has opened El Cuate (“twin” in Spanish), his first food truck, in the parking lot of the Hood River News, located at 419 State Street.

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Sheri Castaneda is a familiar face at Bette’s

If Sheri Castaneda looks familiar, she should — she’s worked at Bette’s Place, a downtown Hood River staple at Fifth and Oak, for the past 27 years. She does a little bit of everything while on duty, from waitressing to washing dishes, seating customers to working the cash register.

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Six Jesuit volunteers work in a year of service

In what has become an annual changing of the guard, six new Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest (JVC) members moved to Odell this August for a year of intensive community service.

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Dogs and cats benefit from fifth grader's birthday

When Lelu Branch, a May Street fifth grader, turned 11 on Nov. 9, she knew she wanted to collect gifts for others instead of for herself.

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Rachel Suits combines love of insects, education at OSU Extension

OSU Extension Education Program Assistant Rachel Suits didn’t know a lot about the extension service prior to attending graduate school at North Carolina State University.

Face to face with family history: Julia’s cold-water toast

I found Grandma the other day, on the front page of the Nov. 20, 1925, Hood River News.

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Grace and Giving: Gala Fashion Show racks up gifts for needy

The high-energy Gala Fashion Show, now in its 19th season, hit the Gorge Room at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn Friday night. A packed, energetic crowd turned out for the musical extravaganza, which is the primary fundraiser for the Hood River Christmas Project.

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Victor Magaña sees package delivery rise — all year long

When Victor Magaña began working as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service (USPS) nine years ago, the bulk of his deliveries were letters.

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Musical ‘Grease’ adds performance

Grease, HRVHS’ fall musical, wraps up this weekend.

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Veterans’ officer Tricia Stevens continues service to country

Tricia Stevens loves serving veterans.

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‘Fill Your Pantry’ Market debuts Nov. 7 at Grange

When Bonnie Cox moved to Hood River from Corvallis about three years ago, she noticed something was missing: a “Fill Your Pantry” market.

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‘Grease’ continues run at HRVHS

The Pink Ladies (left to right, Atari Gauthier, Ann Marie Goodman, Ella Van Cott and Olivia Newcomb) pump Sandy (Lauren Church) for details about her summer love in this scene from Grease, now playing at Hood River Valley High’s Bowe Theater.

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‘Grease’ opens this weekend

Teen Angel (Mathew McCravey) and the ensemble

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Grease: The drama gang is ready to rumble with ‘rebellious’ ‘50s musical

Longtime Hood River Valley High School Theater teacher Rachel Harry is debuting her first fall musical, “Grease,” opening this weekend at the Bowe Theater.

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David Smock and public works crew keep city on track

What do sewer drains, city parks, chip seals and snow plows have in common?

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Remembering

Photos by Trisha Walker

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‘Peony ambassadors’ Jim and Lore Sampson bloom in Parkdale

Jim and Lore Sampson are bringing peonies back. And with more than 600 cultivars, they’re off to a good start.

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ASPIRE’s Roberts receives honor from Michelle Obama

When educators from around the nation meet Oct. 21 for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative conference in Washington, D.C., Lisa Roberts, ASPIRE Coordinator at Hood River Valley High School, will be among them.

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Art Carroll inducted into Oregon Lions Hall of Fame

When the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) met for its seventh annual Hall of Fame gala earlier this month, a Hood River man was among the inductees.

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Romeo and Juliet: A tale of love …and hate

Debut director puts new twist on a classic

“Romeo and Juliet” is the action-packed, witty debut of first-time director Emma Spaulding, now playing at the Columbia Center for the Arts. And while the story isn’t new — it was, after all, written in 1595 and is one of Shakespeare’s most-produced works — Spaulding’s take on it is.

‘Walk to Remember’ honors lost babies

The second annual Walk to Remember will feature a change or two, but the purpose of the walk remains the same: the observance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in support of those who have lost a pregnancy or baby.

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Jean Pearson keeps traffic moving at Bridge of the Gods

Jean Pearson has been a toll taker at Bridge of the Gods for 18 years, and, as you can imagine, she’s seen a lot of changes in that time.

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Patty Lara-Martinez extends library service to all

Patty Lara-Martinez has been the outreach specialist for the Hood River County Library District since December 2011. And while you may recognize her from the Parkdale and Hood River libraries, her range also extends into Odell — where no branch exists.

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Helping Nannette: Benefit for cancer survivor sold out, but donations accepted

A benefit dinner for Nannette Mortenson and her family, to be held Oct. 6 at the Vintage Grille, 102 Oak St., Hood River, quickly sold out.

HRCSD board receives positive budget news

“For a change of pace, I actually have positive news about our budget,” Hood River County School District Supt. Dan Goldman said Tuesday evening.

Hood River County School District on the rise

Despite enrollment increases, district sees class sizes shrink

With Hood River County Schools in their second full week of classes, official enrollment numbers are coming in.

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HRV vice principals support students in learning, safety

When you think of a high school vice principal, what comes to mind? For many, “disciplinarian” is probably the first thought. But how about instructional coach? Kyle Rosselle and Nate Parson, vice principals at Hood River Valley High School, say the latter is what most accurately describes the position.

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Louanna Flint ‘keeps on working’ at May Street

You could say Louanna Flint is a bit of an institution at May Street Elementary School. That’s because Flint, 94, has worked for the school in one form or another for the past 60 years.

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Orchard obscure: The unusual picks of autumn

Fun facts behind some lesser-known apples and pears of the Hood River Valley

All around the county, farmers are bringing in a variety of unique and/or heirloom apples and pears that just aren’t found in traditional markets.

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CROP Walk ready for 27th year

Churches, youth groups and service organizations will come together Sept. 26 to fight hunger.

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Inge Echterhoelter brings zero waste lifestyle to HR

Last October, Inge Echterhoelter examined her kitchen and wondered what it would look like to cook her family’s meals without prepackaged ingredients.

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Work day honors Jerry Cranmer

September 10 dawned bright and clear for the annual day of service in honor of Jerry Cranmer. Friends, family and community members met at Waterfront Park at 9 a.m. — as they have for the past three years — and spent the morning completing grounds-keeping tasks.

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