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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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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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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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Earlier this month, I received a phone call from someone who was dismayed that a submitted press release did not run, as expected, in a particular issue of the newspaper. The exchange was not contentious by any means, but it did remind me that, while the process of getting a PR into print is…

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1919 — 100 years ago“To be or not to be” is the question that many users of the highway are asking anent the report that no traffic will be permitted between Hood River and Cascade Locks while paving is in progress. The various authorities who should know have been interrogated, but the resu…

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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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