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Children and teachers are starting to get ready for school. First Book/Hood River is also getting ready for the new school year.

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Columbia Area Transit (CAT) has scheduled three public meetings to inform the public of their expanded services and to gather input from residents and businesses. Through funding from an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) grant, CAT will begin providing the Columbia Gorge Express service.

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WELL SAID: “Social media marks a new era in the intensity, density and pervasiveness of social comparison processes especially for the youngest among us, who are ‘almost constantly online’ at a time of life when one’s own identity, voice and moral agency are a work in progress.” — Shoshana Zuboff.

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Many issues divide and connect us as communities — from polarizing local challenges, politics and ethnicity, geography and economics, even our ability as locals to experience a sense of belonging (or not) here in the Gorge. What are the perceived and real differences that divide us in the Go…

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Friday night’s dramatic thunder-and-lightning storm split this 45-foot Sequoia tree in the yard of Pat and Susan Hartford of Thomsen Road. The lighting struck the tree about halfway up, showering wood for yards around. The Hartfords were in Hood River for the evening, and came home to find t…

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Summer time, and the living may be easy, but driving through some of the West’s most scenic routes isn’t easy at all — it’s congested!  Thank goodness for drives like the 171-mile long Oregon Outback Scenic Byway, described on the Oregon Department of Transportation’s website as “Solitude aw…

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As of Aug. 7, the Oregon Department of Forestry is increasing fire prevention measures for public use of equipment and raising the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) to a Level 3 in an attempt to reduce human-caused wildfires.

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On Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m., Mt. View Grange will screen the film “Artifishal” at Andrews Skylight Theater in Hood River, a fundraiser for the grange.

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Robb Freed, a resident from the state of New York, stopped in Hood River this week during his cross-country cycling trip, dubbed The Big Ride for EB. Freed is traveling from Yorktown, Va., to Astoria, Wash., and back, a feat that will see him travel roughly 8,500 miles. The inspiration for F…

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It’s the summer of 1989 in Hood River. The town, smaller than it is today, is at its busiest with water enthusiasts flocking to the riverfront to take advantage of the prime conditions as they still do 30 years later. Crowds of teenagers and 20-somethings mingle from the heart of downtown to…

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Summer Music Series at Dwinell AlesJoin Dwinell Ales for live music on the patio throughout the summer, Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Outside food, minors and leashed dogs welcome. Friday, Aug. 16: McDougall plays the Two-Year Anniversary Party; Friday, Aug. 30: P. Barton; Friday, Sept. 20: Mark Male…

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An offering to help those in need will be part of the annual “Worship in the Park” service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Jackson Park.

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Keep your eyes open as you pass through Odell throughout the month of August. The west side of the new cold storage building at Diamond Central will be transformed from a blank gray slate to a vibrant mural depicting the history of the fruit industry in Hood River Valley. 

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Columbia Center for the Art’s August show is the annual Art-A-Day, highlighting the work of artists who have created 30 pieces of art in sequence. Each artist’s work will be shown in groupings that follow the progress of committing to making new art and keeping a journal of the process, said…

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1919 — 100 years agoOrchardists of the Parkdale district are to meet in McIsaacs hall on Saturday to consider ways and means of securing a packing house for the use of growers in that section. In the past, orchardists in the Parkdale section have had the use of the Apple Growers’ Association…

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Taking in everything from cavies to carnival rides, Hood River News photographers Emily Fitzgerald, Kirby Neumann-Rea, Noah Noteboom and Trisha Walker visited the fair throughout the 2019 run and found these faces and festivities on the midway, in the livestock barns, Summit Building and the…

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Never Come Down, and more, at the RuinsThursday, Aug. 1: Never Come Down (bluegrass), 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6: Tango Alpha Tango (indie rock) with Cedar Teeth, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8: Vitamin D (hip hop) with DJ Zinker, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13: Quick & Easy Boys (rock) with The Hazelnuts…

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Providence Brookside Manor will soon generate its own clean, renewable power thanks to a funding award from Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program participants. The money will support the installation of solar panels at Providence Brookside, a facility in Hood River providing memory care and assis…

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At the old May Street Elementary School, demolition began Tuesday on the west side of the building, after weeks of asbestos abatement work and other site preparation. The new school project, and removal of the old building, will be done in time for staff to return to classrooms on Aug. 19, a…

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Wildwood Academy’s lawsuit against Mt. Hood Railroad for violating an easement is in process but on pause, said Wildwood Academy co-founder Carrington Barrs, as Wildwood tries to pick up negotiations with the railroad for a parking deal.

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Lizzie Weekly, daughter of Lucky Littles co-owner Christy Weekly, stands in the new Oak Street location Wednesday. The shop, which sells baby and children’s clothing and accessories, moved from its State Street site on June 1 after eight months. “We have more styles and accessories in our ne…

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After a month’s delay, work resumed Tuesday on May Street between Eighth and 10th streets, in front of the soon-to-be demolished May Street School. Northwest Natural Gas spent the day digging a trench the length of the property to lower its gas main, the first step the process of moving and …

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