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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1910 — 110 years agoIt was a beautiful day that the grange selected for their first all day meeting. The first day of the New Year and the first meeting of its kind to be held in Hood River County. As the hour approached for the “Gathering of the Clans,” grangers could be seen approaching th…

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The year 2019 saw building and leadership changes within Hood River County School District, and a pair of Hood River County tax measures go down in defeat, among other stories

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These are the gifts left not under but ON the tree — and the lawn, the shrubs, the eaves, the gutters, fences, and more.

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1919 — 100 years agoThe general dampness which developed last weekend invaded some of the business houses and homes, and a number of residents who were priding themselves on having escaped damage to pipes in the freeze found that their hopes were shattered when leaks developed in their water…

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Twenty-two student government students from Hood River Valley High School dropped off food collected from local elementary schools to the FISH Food Bank on Dec. 20. The day before, they unloaded food and money donated at the high school.

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A joke or two, and plenty of intended spiritual guidance, can be found along the roadsides of Hood River County.Welcome to Readerboards 2019, our annual review of the year’s messages from faith communities and other locations around the mid-Columbia.Some newcomers, or return places with new …

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It’s been a lively beer year in Hood River County, with two established breweries reaching major milestones and others, Ferment included, hitting their strides with award-winning beers.Between Breweries in the Gorge cooperation and the general camaraderie that is repeatedly evident among bre…

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WELL DONE: Soroptimists International Hood River, stepping up for Helping Hands Against Violence with a painting party and a list of donations including gift cards. (Needed: Used but reuseable kitchen objects such as pots and pans to equip the shelter’s apartment where women victimized by ab…

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Hood River Christmas Project numbers went from 408 families last year to 482 this year, coordinator Bruce Holmstrom said on the eve of the Dec. 20-21 distribution days at Hood River County Fairgrounds.

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1919 — 100 years agoDespite the inclement weather and dampness overhead and underfoot, the businessmen of Hood River determined that the spirit of Christmas should prevail and many of the stores presented a very Christmassy aspect during the past week. Many of the stores remained open after …

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Friday and Saturday bring delivery days for Hood River Christmas Project recipients. This culiminates months of work by volunteers in planning the annual effort to spread some cheer at the holidays to families and seniors in need.

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Deli sandwiches were set out in the Hood River Library Conference Room during the lunch hour on Thursday, Dec. 12, in preparation for the library’s first Lunch and Learn event: Homelessness in the Gorge. 

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The series of free noon concerts conclude for 2019 on Dec. 20 at Riverside Community Church, whose music director, Diana Beterbide, and friends, will perform a variety of Christmas musical offerings. Beterbide is shown at left with violinist Chari Huntington and cellist Michelle Edwards at B…

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School is out for Hood River County School District and Horizon Christian School students beginning Monday, Dec. 23 and running through Friday, Jan. 3. For students at Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School, vacation begins Dec. 19 and runs through Jan. 2.

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Hood River Adopt A Dog, in conjunction with Gorge Dog and Naked Winery Underground, is holding its second Pictures with Santa Paws fundraiser for fur babies, non-fur babies and their families on Dec. 14 from noon to 3 p.m. at Naked Winery Underground, 606 Oak St.

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Hood River Valley High School senior CJ Thorp, pictured, won first place in Congressional Debate at the Cleveland High School Holiday Edgy Debate tournament held Dec. 6-7 in Portland. Eight other HRVHS debaters competed, including senior Zach Marble, who competed in Public Forum debate and O…

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