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Hood River County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a public information meeting for Thursday, Feb. 21 at Hood River Valley High School to educate the public on the county’s financial strains, as well as share information and take questions about the county’s proposed tax measures planned…

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The public will have two chances next week to engage in the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge Replacement Project: A Traffic & Revenue 101 work session on Tuesday, Feb. 19 and an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) Working Group meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21.

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Rep. Greg Walden met with Port of Hood River officials Monday morning to get an update on the port’s current and upcoming projects, including the status of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge Replacement Project. The informal meeting was a chance for the port to brief Walden on the…

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The informal meeting was a chance for the port to brief Walden on the project’s status, and to get advice on avenues they can explore to find federal funding and to possibly expedite the process.

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Dr. Leslie Drapiza was successfully reunited with her family and friends at the Starvation Creek Trailhead early Tuesday morning, after her nighttime rescue from a 500-foot ledge on the north slope of Mt. Defiance.

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“The Odd Couple,” the debut production of the Gorge’s newest theater company, Big Britches, opening Feb. 8 at Bingen Theater.

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Eat This, Not That!, a media franchise based around the book series of the same name, recently named Taqueria El Cuate on its list titled, “The Most Mouth-Watering Taco in Every State,” which picked food establishments with the best tacos based on Yelp reviews.

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The Art of Bark Rescue Dog Photo Contest allows dog owners to submit their rescue dog(s) photo online. Folks can then vote for their favorites through a donation of their choosing.

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Approximately 60 of Sen. Ron Wyden’s (D-Oregon) constituents gathered in Hood River Middle School’s auditorium Monday evening for Sen. Wyden’s 925th official town hall.

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With prayers, readings and song, about 100 people gathered in the Riverside Community Church sanctuary Monday to commemorate the birth of civil rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday was a federal holiday, with schools, government offices and many businesses closed.

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Town halls originally scheduled for Baker, Wallowa, Union, Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Hood River and Wasco counties the week of Jan. 21 will be rescheduled for later dates and announced accordingly, said a press release.

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As of publication, the government has been partially shut down for 27 days, and with both sides of the aisle unwilling to budge, is expected to stay shut for a while yet.

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Gorge Ecumenical Ministries hosts a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration Jan. 21 with the theme “A Great Nation, A Compassionate Nation.” The community is invited to events at Riverside Community Church celebrating Dr. King.

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Hood River City Council will hold its annual goal-setting meeting on Jan. 12 at 8:30 a.m. at the Hood River Fire Station, 1785 Meyer Parkway, Hood River, next to Hood River Aquatic Center.

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The idea behind the aquapark is to create something that waterfront users of all ages and skill levels can use, since most of the current activities, such as windsurfing and kiteboarding, require some sort of expertise.

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WSP Engineering, the engineering firm contracted by the Port of Hood River to work on finishing environmental studies related to the bridge replacement project, will hold two community outreach events on Saturday, Jan. 12: 10:30-1:30 p.m. at the Hood River Walmart, and 2-5 p.m. at the White Salmon Harvest Market.

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At a special meeting held on Jan. 7, the Hood River County Board of Commissioners worked out the details of two proposed tax measures — a prepared food and beverage tax and a local option levy — that the board intends to put on the May 2019 ballot.

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Indivisible Columbia Gorge in conjunction with Columbia Gorge Women’s Action Network will be hosting a Day of Action on Jan. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. at the wall by the County Courthouse at 309 E. State Street in Hood River entitled, “StoneWalled by Walden”.

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The magic number was 83,250 in the annual Hood River Valley High School The second magic number as 16,511 — the number of cans collected by students in math teacher Troy Tactay’s class. The group won the home room honors for 2018 by a large margin (see list below).

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Hood River County has scheduled a public hearing on potential changes to Short Term Rental (STR) regulations for 6 p.m. on Jan. 22 in the County Business Administration Building, 601 State St., Hood River.

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Responders treat an injured bicyclist Thursday after she was hit by an apparent hit-and-run driver at 9:50 a.m. on Tucker Road at Orchard Drive.

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Community members packed into the Riverview Room of the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn last night to learn more about the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge Replacement Project, speak with project coordinators and give input on the process.

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The Port of Hood River has increased its event rates for the Event Site during the busy summer months to encourage a move to other locations or reschedule to the shoulder season.

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Cathy Higgins, a 19-year Hood River resident and member of the Hood River County Energy Plan executive committee, was recently recognized as a 2018 Women of Vision honoree by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce.

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The Train To Christmas Town embarks numerous times each week between now and Christmas from Mt. Hood Railroad depot at First and Cascade.

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After getting the results back from two budget workshops held during the fall, Hood River County intends to pursue a food and beverage tax and an operating levy.

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