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The new May Street Elementary School building is all but finished. Teachers return starting Monday, preparing freshly-built classrooms and other spaces for students to arrive Sept. 3. Project Engineer Cameron Davis does a fine-tuning tour of a classroom as part of his “punch list” check prio…

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Dwinell Country Ales in Goldendale will release new beers in 500-milliliter bottles along with several small batches of tasting room-only beers on draft this weekend to celebrate its two-year anniversary.

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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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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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Sheila Heinemann was the winner of the Hood River County Education Foundation scooter raffle. The winning ticket was drawn during the Aug. 8 Families in the Park event. Rosauers had been displaying the scooter and selling tickets for the past two months. All proceeds from the fundraiser will…

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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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West Cascade Avenue has changed greatly since Don Nunamaker, Realtors moved there 22 years ago, but its founder’s words that year hold true.

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Canada thistle is a widespread invasive weed that’s a common problem in cultivated fields and pastures. It’s a perennial plant that spreads both by seed and by creeping horizontal roots (called rhizomes). This weed is very difficult to kill.

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Fair results, Artistic Design:  FloralAdultClass 1, Ferris Wheel Creative Design: Norma Curtis, First; Jackie Shaw, SecondClass 2, Boat Ride Showing Water: Margaret Taylor, First; Jackie Shaw, Second; Judith Wols, Second; Pam Regentin, ThirdClass 3, Roller Coaster Stretch Design: Norma Curti…

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As of Aug. 7, the Oregon Department of Forestry is increasing fire prevention measures for public use of equipment and raising the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) to a Level 3 in an attempt to reduce human-caused wildfires.

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The Hood River Energy Council is requesting $10,000 from its four governing jurisdictions — Hood River County, the City of Hood River, the Port of Hood River and the Port of Cascade Locks — for implementation of the Hood River Energy Plan through the 2019-20 fiscal year.

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On Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m., Mt. View Grange will screen the film “Artifishal” at Andrews Skylight Theater in Hood River, a fundraiser for the grange.

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The quiet ascent of a heron and the robust rooster-tail of a waverunner are all in a day’s view at Riverside restaurant, which gained an msn.com ranking for the panorama seen from the expansive deck.

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Every year, flaggers and other highway workers are injured and killed on highways in Oregon and across the nation. The Oregon Department of Transportation has begun deploying new flagging technology — auto flaggers —  that takes work zone flaggers out of the line of traffic, making them safer.

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HorticultureAdult horticulture entry, Jackie Shaw (Sponsor: Rarity Gardens)Best Show of Horticultural, Norma Curtis (Odell Garden Club)Artistic DesignUsing Fruits and Vegetables, Michelle Kinoshita (Sponsor: Women for Agriculture)Junior Floral Arrangement, Michelle Kinoshita (Tammy’s Floral)…

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ODOT crews will be performing a chip seal on Highway 30 between Mosier and the Rowena Crest Viewpoint (Mileposts 57-65), from Monday, Aug. 12 to Wednesday, Aug. 14. The plan is to start at the Twin Tunnels, just west of Mosier, on Aug. 12 and finish at the viewpoint, said an ODOT press release.

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