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Trisha Walker

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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.

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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.

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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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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‘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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Photos by Trisha Walker

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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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