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It still felt like summer on Friday, September 13, but just barely, as I drove toward Mt. View Orchards. The sky was blue and the breeze was warm but promised to turn chilly before the evening was over. I parked at the Mt. View Orchards venue in front of trees heavy with near-ripe pears. Mt.…

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Double Mountain Brewery and Cidery introduces an experimental IPA series, starting with Ol’ Greg, using novel ingredients and techniques, a challenge to the brewers to leave their comfort zones, according to a Double Mountain press release. Ol’ Greg (7 percent ABV, 80 BU) is available in ref…

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Monday is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday, meaning schools, government offices and banks will be closed. Hood River Library and branches will be closed Sunday and Monday, but the pool will be open on Monday (see details below). Hood River News will be open.

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Hood River Saddle Club extends an invitation to folks throughout the Gorge to join them on Tuesday, Feb. 4 and meet Dr. Kayla Shepherd, DVM, who will be the guest speaker at that evening’s club meeting.Shepherd will present information on proper equine nutrition, which is the foundation for …

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The second conversation in the new series “Lunch and Learn” at Hood River Library challenged participants to look closely at the tough topics of white privilege, ingrained and even involuntary racism, and cultural identity; or at least to get up and mingle.

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A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 2 p.m. today until 4 p.m. tomorrow in the Upper Hood River Valley and Central Columbia River Gorge — including the cities of Parkdale, Odell and Hood River — due to snow that is expected to transition into freezing rain on Thursday.

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1910 — 110 years agoThe annual meeting of the Hood River Merchants Association, which was held Tuesday evening last week, was characterized by a large attendance and active interest in the welfare of the organization for the ensuing year. The financial report of the secretary shows that the …

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Vicki Whiting has come full circle in more ways than one. The former teacher’s nearly 35-year career as editor of the children’s newspaper “Kid Scoop” started after students in her third grade class were disappointed there were no books in their school library about their local Sonoma, Calif…

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Art on Oak will be the featured business on Wednesday, Jan. 15 in the next Locals Wednesday Downtown promotion from 3-6 p.m., created by Hood River County Chamber of Commerce Downtown Business Advisory Committee (DBAC) and the downtown business owners in partnership with the City of Hood Riv…

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For the last few months, with the invaluable help of Teresa Hukari, I have devoted some time to researching the history of Finnish settlers in the Hood River Valley. At first there seemed to be a dearth of information, except for the History of Hood River County book 1852-1982. But when I to…

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The Hood River Art Club welcomes artist Nancy Houfek-Brown for a workshop on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the meeting room of the FISH Food Bank, 1130 Tucker Road.

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CCA After-Hours music series startsNew York-based singer and performance artist Robbi Kumalo will be joined by local musicians Tim Mayer, Mike Turley and Mike Groder at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 in the first After-Hours Music event hosted this winter and spring by Columbia Center for the Arts.Sug…

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As we move into the new year, many people choose to refrain from booze for their health, their family, their wallets, and a myriad of other reasons. Additionally, countless adults in the Gorge have been sober for years or are somewhere along the path of their own recovery.

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Once again, CAST brings “The Vagina Monologues,” directed by Judie Hanel, to audiences in the Columbia River Gorge. Much has changed in society as well as the play since Hanel first directed the show in 2006. Sarah Savitt, publisher at The New Yorker, believes that playwright Eve Ensler’s cr…

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A series of storm systems are expected to bring heavy mountain snow, heavy rain, strong winds and potentially hazardous conditions throughout the Northwest this week.

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Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) and Aging in the Gorge Alliance (AGA) invite the community Jan. 15 to the first of three monthly brown bag lunch presentations exploring the ups and downs of caring for an aging loved one and how to navigate delicate topics while maintaining your own persona…

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Hood River’s only full-size indoor “Glow in the Dark” 18-hole mini-golf course will open its doors again for the next three weekends.

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Join Gorge Owned for a Sense of Place lecture series focused on the Finnish history of Hood River on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. the Columbia Center for the Arts. In this lecture, led by Maija Annala Yasui, learn about the Finnish community that settled in the Hood River Valley in the early 1900s. 

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1910 — 110 years agoA very unique reception was held at the Mount Hood Hotel Friday afternoon when about 65 little girls gathered there with their dollies at the invitation of Mrs. C.A. Bell. The occasion was the entrance into doll society of the aristocratic young lady recently won by Miss …

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Dr. Sara Hahn-Huston finished her first six months as Superintendent of Hood River County School District on Jan. 1.Hahn-Huston sat down last fall for an interview with Hood River News Editor Kirby Neumann-Rea.Hahn-Huston started work July 1, succeeding Dan Goldman.Prior to coming to Hood Ri…

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Sabrina and Tyson Turner welcomed their third child, Kenji Hiro Turner, into the world Thursday, Jan. 2 at 8:30 a.m. At 6 pounds 4 ounces, Kenji is the first baby to be born this year in Hood River. Alina Turner, 4, Kenji’s sister, said she initially wanted a sister but is content with her n…

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Our home, built circa 1945, has a beautiful fireplace and mantle. Thanks to modern technology, it also has a functional gas insert, a welcome replacement to the wood-burning fireplace that inevitably filled our home with smoke. Over the 34 years we’ve lived in this house, we’ve frequently ad…

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Jan. 1 was the kickoff of the new Locals Wednesday Downtown (LWD) promotion, with Hood River Hobbies its first featured business. Above, a group plays “Betrayal at the House on the Hill.” “My favorite part was bringing people together in a different and fun setting,” said Hood River Hobbies …

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Lions Peace Poster contest winners, announced last month, remain on display this month in the Hood River Library basement hallway known as Library Lane. Each fall, Hood River Lions invites students at local middle schools to enter the contest. First place winners ran in earlier editions; on …

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WELL SAID: “Join forces; dip our oars into the water/and all pull together, moving forward./Don’t just accept the norm, challenge./ Don’t look away look up; pay attention, care.”

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