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Trisha Walker

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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.

Friends, family honor Jerry Cranmer with community service project

Every year on Sept. 10, the friends and family of former Vagabond Lodge owner Jerry Cranmer gather to perform an act of service in his memory.

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Gene Mielke — and fellow RAGS — keep swimmers safe

When participants dive off the Sternwheeler early Monday morning to take part in the 73rd annual Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim, members of a Gorge amateur radio group will be helping to ensure it all goes safely.

New principals at HRCSD, Horizon

With the Hood River County School District and Horizon Christian School back in session Sept. 8, there’s been a fair amount of buzzing around the various sites in the past week or so. And for four new principals — two of whom are new to the area — the work is just beginning.

Gorge Kids Tri adds music fest to lineup

Weekend of music, athletics to benefit School Dist. programs on Sept. 19 and 20

The Gorge Kids Triathlon keeps growing.

Pets for Vets comes to Gorge

Kelly Dennis, of Underwood, has just brought a national pet-matching program to the Gorge.

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The dogs are going to the Berens

Betsy Berens has always had dogs. She has not always been a doggy foster parent.

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Barbara Ayers helps county plan for emergencies

Barbara Ayers, Emergency Manager Public Information Officer for Hood River County, says her days aren’t exactly exciting.

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Foster homes needed in HR, Wasco

Foster parents don’t need to be perfect.

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Youth Conservation Corps makes a difference in the Mt. Hood National Forest

Some might go into the woods to live deliberately, but in the case of five Hood River County teens, their time in the forest this summer has been hard work.

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Longtime CAT drivers John Maher and Thad Perry really get around

John Maher and Thad Perry, longtime drivers with Columbia Area Transit (CAT), have a message they really want to get out to the community: CAT is a public transportation service that anyone can use.

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Pear harvest sweeps in early

Harsh summer temperatures ushered in an early pear harvest for Hood River Valley.

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Bob Dill sails new path with handcrafted guitars

Bob Dill, of Mosier, likes to build.

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Gorge Peace Village returns with 200 students, faculty

Campers from around the Gorge came to the eighth annual Columbia Gorge Peace Village this week to participate in what has become a summer traditional at Mosier Community School.

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