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Food barrels are out for Christmas Project and other school and community efforts to provide for those in need for the upcoming holidays are underway. Look for these and other ways to help, and let us know at hrnews@hoodrivernews.com if you have something you want the community to know about.

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The Gorge has had its first taste of winter weather, but the forecasts are shifting back to rain for the rest of this week.

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The Hood River Lions Club will award the four selected winners of its annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “Journey of Peace.” The winners will receive their awards on Dec. 7 at the Hood River Library Conference Room at 2 p.m. The public is invited.

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A string of traditional Hood River County holiday events return this weekend, including the annual Hood River parade, starting Friday at 6 p.m. downtown, and the appearance of Santa Claus for the holiday tree lighting ceremony at Second and Oak streets at 7 p.m.

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Visit the Hood River Library on Thursday, Dec.12 at 1 p.m. for a lunch time presentation and discussion about homelessness in the Gorge presented by Sarah Kellems, director of Hood River Shelter Services. Lunch will be provided.

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Back when she was a student at Hood River Valley High School, Kelsey Contreras always knew she would go to college … but her aim was even higher. She wanted to go beyond a Bachelor’s and get a Master’s degree. She wasn’t exactly sure how to get there, but she knew that was her goal. 

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The Christmas season is fast approaching, and Hood River Valley Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is offering a unique invitation to people of all ages throughout the Columbia Gorge.

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Community-based groups in the Columbia River Gorge have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of ending the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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In preparation for the City of Hood River’s annual strategic planning work session, City Council seeks community input and ideas on priority projects to help achieve the City Council’s stated goals for the community. Community members are invited to contribute ideas via a print questionnaire…

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Board Chairman John Wells affirmed Pat McAllister’s plan to retirement after 31-plus years at the helm of Hood River Supply. This announcement came at a fiscal year end employee meeting held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.  McAllister’s retirement will be effective May 15, 2020.

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A winter storm warning for Cascade Locks, Upper Hood River Valley (including Odell and Parkdale) and the Northern Cascades (including Government Camp) is in effect until noon today.

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With winter weather approaching, the City of Hood River reminds the public that, if you haven’t already, it’s time to prepare for winter weather. Hood River is in a snow zone and parking and safety codes facilitate safe travel and efficient snow plow operations, said a press release. The Cit…

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The Hood River Farmers Market opens for the indoor season on Saturday, Dec. 7. The indoor season will move to the May Street Elementary cafeteria from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of the month, December through April. Gorge residents can continue to choose local food firs…

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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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Arts, crafts, toys, jewelry, and more will be on display and available for purchase at the Columbia Arts Center’s Holiday Show & Sale, Nov. 29 to Dec. 24.

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State Sen. Bentz (R-Ontario) announced his intention to resign from the Oregon State Senate, effective Jan. 2, 2020, in order to dedicate time to his Second Congressional District campaign.

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More than $35,000 in grants from endowment investments managed by the Hood River Lions Foundation and Hood River Lions Club will be apportioned among five local groups, plus 20 students selected for scholarships.

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State Champion Water Polo athletes cheer from aboard a fire truck Saturday in the parade honoring the boys’ and girls’ teams that won the Class 5A titles on Nov. 16. Hood River, Wy’east and West Side fire trucks carried the athletes and coaches from the waterfront, through downtown and the H…

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Work is well underway to seismically retrofit the stations of West Side Rural Fire Protection District, starting with its original facility, the Rockford station. Old columns are out of whack and new columns and headers are being added to shore up the station.

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Hood River County’s Public Safety Services Survey is now live at hoodrivercounty.net. There is also a link on the county’s homepage, co.hood-river.or.us, and a Spanish translation will be online soon, also accessible from the county’s homepage. The survey will close on Dec. 15.

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The City of Hood River is hosting its second open house to present findings and recommendations from the 2019 Downtown Parking Study on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at the Hood River Hotel.

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On Oct. 11, more than 100 Horizon Elementary students strapped on their running shoes, bundled up for the cold morning and took to the frosty field running to raise awareness and funds to bless a local friend, Vivian Rose Weaver, who is battling DIPG, a rare brain tumor.Friends and families,…

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Jeanette Burkhardt and David Lindley from Yakama Nation Fisheries will be presenting on the White Salmon River Confluence: Navigation Restoration and Habitat Enhancement at a Watershed Group meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. at the OSU Extension meeting room (2990 Experiment Station Dr.,…

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Canopy overhang construction, top, and extensive plumbing and water service installation, left, are among the main tasks currently at the new One Community Health building project on the Heights. The project is about a week ahead of schedule and the building is almost sealed in and ready for…

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Wednesday, during an Energy and Commerce Committee markup, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), the Republican Leader of the committee, helped advance legislation he co-sponsored that would improve maternal healthcare.

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