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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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SALEM – Following the announcement Thursday, March 26 by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) that it will close all recreational fisheries in the state of Washington, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that it will also close recreational salmon and steelh…

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“Many of you have heard of the Hood River County (HRC) Community ID. One of the goals of the ID is to promote a sense of belonging for all who live in our community,” begins a Next Door Inc. press release. “In this difficult time of social distancing and sheltering in place it is normal to f…

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The Next Door’s annual Buddy Bowl fundraiser to benefit its Gorge Youth Mentoring (GYM) program had another successful year, raising over $25,000.

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With the amount of panic and uncertainty circulating right now, it’s important for us to take care of our mental health, as well as our physical. Here are some tips from the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) on easing some of the anxiety stemming from the pandemic.

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Group Health Foundation awarded a “game-changing” three-year operating grant to Comunidades, a new collaborative project that provides space for more Latinos and people of color to get involved in social justice and environmental issues in the Columbia River Gorge, according to a Columbia Ri…

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Gov. Kate Brown said the far-reaching executive order she issued this week should not stop immediate families from motoring for relaxation or driving to a trailhead, as long as they maintain proper social distancing while hiking.

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Last fall, as Hood River Valley High School robotics FTC (First Tech Challenge) and FRC (First Robotics Challenge) students were preparing for the challenges of upcoming qualifying meets, some began an additional project: Bringing the joys of competition and camaraderie to differently abled …

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There is resiliency in music. Instead of listing all of the cancellations, I’d rather talk about what our local music community is up to, and, of course, try to make you smile while reading it. Thanks to the News for running what they can, in these difficult times. I’d also like to thank the…

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Much is still uncertain for the Hood River County School District during the state-mandated closure — now extended until April 28 — but staff is still working hard to provide resources and information to students and families through the crisis.

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1910 — 110 years agoAutomobiles are making their appearance in town and on the country roads in numbers and the season promises to be a lively one in the use of scoot wagons. Four new cars have been sold recently by the Gilbert-Vaughan Implement Company, one each to J.H. Heilbronner, B.E. Du…

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The Exquisite Gorge Project, designed to connect artists and communities via a single 66-foot steamrolled print, is now in Hood River. Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) is displaying the work, created in July and August 2019.

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The Confluence Story gathering event on March 18, in collaboration with the Sense of Place Lecture Series, has been postponed to a date to be announced, due to coronavirus concerns, according to an emailed statement from Confluence Project Executive Director Colin Fogarty. Purchased tickets …

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On March 16, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown prohibited all gatherings larger than 25 people, effective for the next four weeks, due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Pulling together in times of crisis are the life moments when we country folks most often shine. We know how to reach out to one another, provide emotional support, and share those actual products, food, shelter and clothing for the most vulnerable so we can all weather the storm. Whether a …

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WELL SAID: “And we’re standing on the precipice/of prejudice and fear/We trust science just as long as it tells us what we want to hear/We want our truths fair and balanced/As long as our notions lie within it...” — Drive By Truckers

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Megan Spears, certified professional organizer, productivity consultant and owner of Disorder2Order, wants people to start taking about a particular aspect of aging: What to do with a lifetime of stuff.

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Volunteers from Hood River Alliance Church in Hood River paint rooms at Oregon Department of Human Services used by foster children to meet with biological parents. The work was done Friday and Saturday at the offices on the Heights. The church also donated new furniture and held a Christmas…

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Cold weather and low-elevation snow is forecast for the Hood River Valley this weekend. The Saturday forecast includes daytime rain/snow mix with a snow level around 1,000 feet, dropping to the valley floor Saturday night. Rain/snow showers are expected to decrease Saturday night with precip…

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The Bicoastal Media Radio Auction presented by Chamness Auctions will return on March 14, offering over $200,000 in goods and services from some of the area’s most prominent and popular businesses at substantial savings.

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Beneventi’s, Everybody’s, Feast, Harvest Market, Henni’s, Pioneer Pizza, and the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation (WSVEF) invite the community to shop and dine locally to support education with the annual  “Night out for Schools” event Thursday, March 19.

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Hood River County Reads kicked off its 2020 event -- with featured book, "The Highest Tide" by Jim Lynch -- on March 7 at the Hood River Library. Books were additionally distributed in Parkdale and Cascade Locks March 10. 

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The Friends of the White Salmon Valley Community Library will host a “Spring Used Book and Multi-Media Sale” March 13-15 in the Sprint/Baker Gallery inside the library.

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Scholar, biologist and author Dr. Robert Michael Pyle will be guest speaker at an Earth Day seminar, “People in Nature: Interactions on Mount Adams in a Warming Earth” on April 25 in the Columbia High School Gymnasium, 1455 N.W. Bruin Country Road, White Salmon, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Barley Draught ‘Farewell Tour’ postponed“Barely Draught has decided that gathering people in a tight space with friends and fans coming from Portland and Seattle for our three shows (March 13, 14 and 21) would be irresponsible due to the expected trajectory of the Corona Virus. We are postpo…

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I picked up the newest Gorge magazine this morning.  I love this magazine, although I must make a confession: I’m also a frequent contributor. That said, editor Janet Cook and creative director and graphic designer Renata Kosina deserve praise for this quarterly publication.  The magazine is…

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1910 — 110 years agoGround will soon be broken for a new brick building which J. Otten will erect on the corner of Oak and Fourth streets. The plans for the building are in the hands of R.B. Bartlett, architect, and call for a one story and basement structure which will be designed for an ad…

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