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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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The annual Lunafest Film Festival, the first all-women traveling film festival, now in its 19th season, will be screening virtually for the first time in its history on Thursday, May 21 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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2000—20 years agoSun West Management of Salem has announced plans to build a $5 million assisted care residential facility with 70 apartments in the Sieverkropp addition behind the Hood River Shopping Center.

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I’m a CFI/CFIG (Certified Flight Instructor, Power and Glider) with Hood River Soaring and I have been learning about Sailplane Racing also called Contest Soaring. I’ve been using an inexpensive software ($70) called Condor Soaring using the Cascades Scenery (see Screen Shots of Mount Hood, …

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1900 — 120 years agoThe first copy of the Shaniko Leader came to hand today. It is a clean, handsome eight-column sheet, well edited and full of bright, well-told paragraphs of local and personal happenings of the new town. There is no mistaking its politics. It is Republican to the core. Br…

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Previously a holiday feature of the Hood River News, Columbia Gorge News presents this list of ways to help neighbors around the Gorge during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your group would like to be included in the listing, email information to Trisha Walker at twalker@hoodrivernews.com.

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This year 2020 has not shown to be a happy and friendly one. With all the social gatherings being canceled and government telling us to stay in doors for our own good, the human suffers. We are meant to socialize and when that is deprived we must turn to other ways of keeping our spirits up.…

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WELL SAID: “I’m on my way to understanding/Things that I might yet not know/In the dark night of the soul/In the dark night of the soul/Sitting here but I didn’t plan it/Well, the plans of mice and men have gone astray/Standing here on the landing/Looking at a brand new day.” — Van Morrison,…

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1910 — 110 years agoOne of the largest land sales that has ever taken place at Mosier was consummated Friday when C.A. McCarger purchased the George Sellinger place, for which he paid in the neighborhood of $40,000. The purchase consists of 296 acres of what is considered some of the finest …

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To readers of this column: I want to simply say Thank You to the community.* I’d have to check, but I believe we’ve been running for more than 15** years. One thing I’ve always known: Music and performing arts events could have filled the entire paper, each and every time. But, sadly, you ca…

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Nearly 20 years ago, my dear friend Mary Schlick, known throughout the Hood River Valley and beyond for her skills as a fibers artist, teacher and writer, asked me if I would like to share in the duties of writing a regular column for the Hood River News. For years, Mary had written weekly c…

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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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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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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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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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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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Last Saturday, Hood River Rotarians and Hood River Valley High School students helped clean up and organize the Gorge Rebuild-It Center, motivated by the recent Hood River News article about the damage done at the center during the recent burglary, said Rotarian Paul Crowley. “That led me to…

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Visit the Hood River Library District throughout March and April to participate in the annual Hood River Reads program sponsored by the Friends of the Hood River Library.

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1910 — 110 years agoPlans have been approved by R.J. McIsaac for a new store building at Parkdale in the terminus of the Mt. Hood Railroad, that will be one of the largest in the valley. The structure will be 38x80 feet and two stories high. The ground floor will be occupied by the store and…

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Longtime Pietros Pizza Assistant Manager Vickie Farley retired Feb. 26. She’s been at the restaurant for more than 20 years. “She has been much a fixture at the Hood River location as the pizza is,” said Pietros Manager Michelle Ochsner. “Vickie has always been up for the challenge of runnin…

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