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Tim Mayer and Kim Garoutte at VolcanicTim Mayer and Kit Garoutte will be teaming up to play at the Volcanic Bottle Shoppe on Friday, July 19 from 6-8 p.m. Mayer said, “We’ll be playing our usual mix of jazz, funk, blues, rock, and we hope to be outside in back, weather permitting.”

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Hood River County Library District has a popup library site in Odell each Thursday at the Wy’east Community Church’s meeting room from 3-6 p.m. Patrons can check out and return books, sign up for library cards, find wi-fi and internet access, use copiers and scanners, and find craft activiti…

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“Retired” is an interesting concept. I retired figuratively from my job with the county in 2015 due in part to budget cuts at the state level that no longer funded staff for the Commission on Children and Families. I was also 65. I could draw social security and receive Medicare for most of …

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There are many Hood River service organizations that provide great benefit back to the local community such as the Lions, Elks, Kiwanis, and Rotary, but one such group is rarely noticed. It is the Philanthropic Educational Organization, or P.E.O. as it is known, which is a women’s only group…

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Did you know that eggplants have gender? (Females have more seeds than males.) That you can tell if an avocado is good or not by peeking under its stem? (Green is good. If it’s brown, it’s too old.) That you should only store mushrooms in a paper sack? (They get sweaty in plastic — don’t we all?) 

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The Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum hosts its eighth annual Traffic Jam fundraiser on Saturday, July 13. Admission will be $12 for adults and $6 for kids.

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The 2019 Kollas Cranmer July 4th Memorial Run saw hundreds of local residents head to the Odell Fire Station and trek their way across more than seven miles to Jackson Park in Hood River. The weather was warm and sunny, with a slight breeze blowing to keep runners cool, and the roads were cl…

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The annual Odell Fourth of July parade through downtown started at 4 p.m. on the dot, led by Hood River County Sheriff Matt English. From start to finish, the parade lasted 12 minutes. 

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1919 — 100 years agoWith the close of business on June 30, all post offices throughout the United States were ordered to discontinue the sale of 2-cent postal cards and 3-cent stamped envelopes, and at the same time postmasters were ordered to redeem such postcards and stamped envelopes if t…

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Brassicas and Beer, a monthly summer seminar series of casual and informative garden related presentations, will be offered by the Oregon State University Extension Central Gorge Master Gardener Association through the summer.

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UCC hosts ‘Borders and Belonging’ Sunday

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Summer has arrived, and with it a surge of folks wanting to park downtown and on the waterfront. The City of Hood River and the Port of Hood River each implement their own separate paid parking plans, which can cause some confusion for visitors. Below is a guide to help summer visitors strai…

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WELL SAID: — ‘Old future’s gone, old future’s gone/war is the beast of last resort/the old future’s gone.” — John Gorka

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Scotch broom was introduced as an ornamental along highway corridors and in western Oregon as a dune stabilizer. It is now one the most extensive forest weed species.

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June and July are busy times of the year for the Hood River County 4-H program. Members are preparing exhibits for county fair in July. Static exhibits in the Summit Building at the Hood River County Fairgrounds show off skills in art, foods, textiles, photography, gardening and other creati…

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Residents of Hawks Ridge Assisted Living held a “Stay on Target” Nerf target walk and shoot around the Hawks Ridge campus to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter. 

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The 2018-2019 school year ended this week — a little later than originally planned due to snow days — and summer is the perfect time to explore what makes the Gorge such a great place to live.

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Members of the local ham radio club, the Radio Amateurs of the Gorge (RAGS), will be participating in the nation-wide Amateur Radio Field Day exercise on Saturday, June 22 at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM), off of Tucker Road. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and c…

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Whether you find them fascinating, terrifying, or some mix thereof, everyone benefits from having bees around. Not only are bees essential to the Columbia River Gorge’s ecosystem and thriving agricultural industry, they can teach us a lot about nature and social structures, if we’re willing …

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Parkdale native Courtney Erikson, 23, needs a double lung transplant — and family and friends are hosting a spaghetti feed on Sunday, June 23 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds Community Building to help raise funds.

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Almost 30 years ago, I had the notion that I might support the community I love by volunteering to serve on the City of Hood River’s planning commission.  Those three years were educational — I learned so much about land use planning. But the assignment was also grueling and often thankless;…

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When George Johnson was elected to the Oregon State Elks Association Hall of Fame on April 27, he became one of only two Hood River Elks Lodge No. 1507 members to ever receive the prestigious award — the other being John Buckley, who was elected to the hall of fame last year.

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Hood River News continues publishing images and writings on social and political issues by students in the Craft Lab at Hood River Valley High School.

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