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More and more people are wearing masks when they go to the store or other appointments, perhaps in part to the recent Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation. In Hood River and The Dalles, locals are working to help provide those masks to both community members and healthcare providers.

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The D21 school board has decided not to hire a superintendent this spring but will instead name an internal interim superintendent for a year and pick up the superintendent search again later.

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Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC) opened the region’s first immediate care center Tuesday, April 7, bringing a much-needed service to the local community. MCMC Immediate Care is designed expressly for patients with medical needs that are not life-threatening but cannot wait for a doctor’s visit. 

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee extended the Proclamation 20-25 “Stay Home – Stay Healthy,” stating that the extended proclamation shall remain in effect through May 4.

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Hood River County officials have ordered the closure all forest areas, specifically recreational forest road use. These include forest roads, trails and county forest land. Prohibited used include camping, hunting, fishing, walking, hiking, running, equestrian use, bicycling, motorized vehic…

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Hood River Distillers, the Northwest’s largest and oldest importer, distiller, producer, bottler and marketer of distilled spirits, is now using their distillery and bottling equipment to make hand sanitizer on a large scale for distribution to first responders and medical facilities, it was…

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John Wells, Hood River Supply’s board chairman, announced last week that Michele Jacobs of Prosser, Wash., has been named Hood River Supply’s new president\CEO to succeed Pat McAllister upon his retirement in mid-May.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many, in our community and beyond. In this time of stay-at-home mandates, it’s no surprise that small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open.

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The Hood River County Library District will now tentatively be closed through April 28. This date is subject to change based upon recommendations and guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, Oregon Health Authority, Gov. Kate Brown and Hood River County public health officials.

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As the coronavirus pandemic upends life in the United States and makes public rallies and community events impossible, Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network (CGCAN), which had planned a series of earth-centered events for April, is announcing it will shift to digital outreach instead.

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Hood River County has confirmed its second case of COVID-19, and an additional two cases have been confirmed in Wasco County, bringing the countywide total up to five. Statewide, as of publication Monday afternoon, there are 548 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the State of Oregon — 13 of whic…

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Many local businesses are shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, but some local restaurants are still open, serving takeout and delivery options to comply with Gov. Kate Brown’s March 15 executive order. This list was compiled with the information available to News staff of publication M…

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SALEM – Following the announcement Thursday, March 26 by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) that it will close all recreational fisheries in the state of Washington, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that it will also close recreational salmon and steelh…

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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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With the amount of panic and uncertainty circulating right now, it’s important for us to take care of our mental health, as well as our physical. Here are some tips from the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) on easing some of the anxiety stemming from the pandemic.

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Group Health Foundation awarded a “game-changing” three-year operating grant to Comunidades, a new collaborative project that provides space for more Latinos and people of color to get involved in social justice and environmental issues in the Columbia River Gorge, according to a Columbia Ri…

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Gov. Kate Brown said the far-reaching executive order she issued this week should not stop immediate families from motoring for relaxation or driving to a trailhead, as long as they maintain proper social distancing while hiking.

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The United Way of the Columbia Gorge and the Healthy Gorge Initiative (HGI) have established a fund to address the immediate needs faced by nonprofit organizations and their clients resulting from the COVID-19 virus.

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As COVID-19 continues to spread, local agencies have ramped up their efforts to enforce social distancing guidelines while supporting their communities through the pandemic.While Oregon Health Authority has confirmed a total of 316 cases of COVID-19 — including 11 fatalities — throughout the…

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The Friends of the Hood River County Library announces the postponement of the Hood River Reads 2020 program due to COVID-19.

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Exactly 25 people gathered in a conference room — with a small crowd gathered in the hallway outside the door — for a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. on March 19, where the commissioners would decide whether they were going to pull the Public Safety Local Option Levy from the May 2020 ballot. T…

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Last fall, as Hood River Valley High School robotics FTC (First Tech Challenge) and FRC (First Robotics Challenge) students were preparing for the challenges of upcoming qualifying meets, some began an additional project: Bringing the joys of competition and camaraderie to differently abled …

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There is resiliency in music. Instead of listing all of the cancellations, I’d rather talk about what our local music community is up to, and, of course, try to make you smile while reading it. Thanks to the News for running what they can, in these difficult times. I’d also like to thank the…

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The Hood River County Library District has updated their temporary closure dates. They will now tentatively be closed through April 28, 2020. This date is subject to change based upon recommendations and guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, Oregon Health Authority, Governor Kate B…

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