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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 Next Door, Inc., held a Stories of Hope breakfast on Sept. 27 at the Columbia Gorge Hotel, where staff shared personal stories from those who participate in its programs. Below is the text of two of the stories, edited for space. First names have been used to protect privacy.

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Alix Danielsen, Watershed Restoration and Outreach project manager for Hood River Watershed Group, will be presenting on the “Clean Rivers Coalition: An Introduction to Oregon’s Statewide Clean Water Outreach Campaign” on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at the OSU Extension meeting room, 2990 Exp…

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Standing on the banks of a calm section of the Columbia River that was once Celilo Falls on Columbus Day — reclaimed as Indigenous Peoples’ Day — representatives from the Yakama and Lummi nations called for the federal government to remove three hydroelectric dams in the lower Columbia river…

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Radio Tierra turns 15 this year, and to celebrate, its board of directors is hosting a Radio-Thon on Saturday, Oct. 26 from noon to 5 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts. The event will be broadcast live over Radio Tierra.Board member Nubia Contreras said music and entertainment will be pro…

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Ballots were mailed Oct. 16 for in-state residents eligible to vote on either of two local measures on the Nov. 5 Hood River County special election ballot.If you are a voter in precincts 1-6 and you haven’t received a ballot by Oct. 21 but think you should, call the Elections office at 541-…

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The United Way of the Columbia Gorge (UWCG) held its “Viva Las Vegas Benefit Gala” on Oct. 5 at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. This was the 11th year for the campaign kickoff event and it was supported by more than 100 volunteers and part-time staff.Guests were dressed in festive even…

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Biannual bridge deck maintenance welding on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge will begin on Monday, Oct. 21 and, because the work is weather-dependent, it will continue until the work is complete. Single lane closures will occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; fl…

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“Heart of Gold” honorees  — they are people who make a difference: People who enrich our community through their good works, selfless dedication and commitment to health.

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With the Hood River Aquatic Center building well past its usable lifespan, the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District (HRVPRD) is still working on a way to make a brand new facility, with an added community center, a reality.

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“Across the Poliical Divide” is a timely event for Gorge Happiness Month, Oct. 15 in White Salmon. Happiness Month is 31 days focused on the three daily actions scientifically proven to make people happier: Gratitude, acts of kindness and moments of silence.The goal is to inspire as many peo…

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Between the bounty of fall fruit, the plethora of fall foliage, and the Gorge as a haven for runners as well as quilters, this weekend brings a big variety of events to the Hood River area.

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Hood River Valley High School AVID and SUMMIT programs took 18 students to Western Oregon University Oct. 4 for the annual WOU Instant Wolf Day. All of the students were accepted into the school; 90 percent are the first in their families to be accepted into a four-year college, said HRVHS A…

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“Into the Beautiful North” is set in the U.S.-Mexican border region, is the featured book for “The Big Read” in Hood River and The Dalles.

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Award winning poet, writer and educator Alejandro Jimenez will speak at Riverside Church on Oct. 20.Jimenez is a two-time National Poetry Slam Semi-Finalist, multiple time TEDx Speaker/Performer, and Emmy-nominated poet, whose book “Moreno. Prieto. Brown.” was the Hood River Reads selection …

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Get There Challenge, spearheaded locally by the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, is underway.The annual Get There Challenge helps people who live or work in Oregon discover healthy and economical travel options like public transit, walking, or biking to work, school, or play, said…

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As the marketing of tobacco products is increasingly targeted towards youth, the Hood River County Prevention Department is continuing to spread the word on the dangers these products pose to people of all ages.Recent surveys conducted by the Oregon Health Authority shows that while cigarett…

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Columbia Center for the Arts is offering a series of events and performances featuring a blend of Spanish and English language and cultural traditions. The program is made possible by a grant from the Kinsman Foundation. All events are free and open to the public (see sidebar).The program’s …

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On Second Saturday, Oct. 12, the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM) will have several of its antique gliders out soaring for visitors to see and enjoy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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The Columbia Gorge Community College received a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grant to distribute free copies of Luis Urrea’s “Into the Beautiful North,” and to provide related programming throughout the month of October.

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A touch of rain and a heart-breaking football loss did not dampen the Homecoming spirit at Hood River Valley High School Friday.Eagles past, present and future celebrated the 50th HRVHS Homecoming at a packed-house football game on Oct. 4.Brenda Perez and Cole Yinger were crowned Homecoming …

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Gorge Happiness Month events return for the fourth year in the Gorge in October with 20 different free events and participation by more than 140 different businesses and organizations in 10 different towns.

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The Underwood Community Blood Drive happens Friday, Oct. 11, and 10 more donors are needed. There are appointments open starting at 11:45 a.m. until 4 p.m., said a press release. 

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ArtAge Publications, the largest distributor of plays, books, and materials for older actors, will soon release its 2020 catalog. The catalog, will include “Love in 4/4 Time,” written by Hood River playwright Gary Young.“Love in 4/4 Time” received a development grant from the Salvador Fund o…

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On stage this weekend: ‘Cell’ cast members Leti Valle, left, as Jenny; Viviana Rafakowski as Rosa; and Sonja Marquez as Marti; not pictured, Angel Reyes as Leo. Gary Young directs Cassandra Medley’s play. The limited-run production is Oct. 4-6 at the Hood River Valley Adult Center.

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