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Alighery Marizza Jiménez Lozano and Montserrat Pedroza have been selected as the Hood River Elks Students of the Month for December 2019.  Both award winners are seniors at Hood River Valley High School. 

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Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center (DRC), a community non-profit specializing in interpersonal mediations, facilitations and communication workshops, trained and certified 12 new mediators in 2019.  Participants leave the 40-hour Basic Mediation Training prepared to address conflicts in th…

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Hood River Valley’s varsity swim teams swam fast against the Pendleton Buckaroos Thursday night at the Hood River Valley Aquatic Center. The girls won 116-54 while the boys came out ahead 94-72.

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The Hood River County Board of Commissioners is holding a work session on Monday, Jan. 13 at 3:30 p.m., to decide the rate for a public safety levy that they hope to put on the May 2020 ballot.

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During this season of giving, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the gift of life to help ensure patients don’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. Blood and platelet donations of all types are needed, especially type O.

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Board Members of the Hood River Valley Adult Center received the first contribution towards the Capital Funds campaign that is scheduled to start during the Mardi Gras fundraiser in March.

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Twenty-seven teams of students ages 9 to 14 competed at the First Lego League (FLL) robotics tournament over the last two Saturdays: Dec. 7 at the Hood River Middle School and Dec. 14 at The Dalles Middle School.

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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.

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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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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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“Forgotten Toxic Waste Dump on the Columbia: The Bradford Island Story” is next in the Sense of Place series on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Columbia Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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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. 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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Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recently added five new child advocates: Elise Byers, Sonja Good Stefani, and Cynthia Wheeler, Hood River; Barry Ginter, The Dalles; and Michael Marques, Husum. 

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County residents will soon be asked to decide which public safety services they value most, through a survey that, the county commissioners hope, will convey the county’s financial reality without sounding like a threat to cut services.

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Youth in The Next Door’s Independent Living Program and Oregon Trail Transitional Housing program were treated to an afternoon painting party at The Next Door’s office in The Dalles. Joy Kloman, owner of Joy’s Art Studio in Hood River, led the group on Sept. 25.

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Hood River City Police have no suspects in a series of car prowls that were reported the morning of Nov. 7.

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The Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District has $100,000 in grant funding available from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) and is now accepting applications from landowners for projects that improve watershed health.

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Oregon Association of County Engineers and Surveyors (OACES), an affiliate of Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) presented awards recognizing outstanding performance by county engineers and surveyors at its fall conference in Bend, Oct. 20-21.

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For the second year, the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association’s Jazz Collective Big Band will share the stage with five Gorge school jazz bands as CGOA presents Jazz Rocks! on Nov. 15 and 17.

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The continued loss of staff at the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, and the office’s inability to fill those vacant positions due to the county’s  ongoing financial crisis, has resulted in additional service reductions.

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All charges against a former Hood River County Parks employee accused of stealing a significant amount of money from the county have been dismissed with prejudice — a court action that prevents an identical lawsuit from being filed in the future.

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thirteen speakers represented Hood River Valley High School in its first regular tournament of the competitive speech season on Saturday, Oct. 12. The team joined 16 other teams at Wilson High School in Portland for the one-day event.

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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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“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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Once again, the Hood River Saddle Club’s spaghetti dinner scholarship fundraiser was a success; and, once again, clubhouse manager Helen Hansen’s secret sauce had folks lining up at the door before the 5 p.m. start time, bringing many back for seconds. 

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Hood River Valley High School Counseling Department and ASPIRE will hold a college fair and information night for all HRVHS juniors and seniors and their parents/guardians Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. in the HRVHS Commons. 

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Women with dependents who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to continue their education or receive training can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards).

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