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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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Short end of paper?Combining our newspapers is a very sad situation, but I do appreciate the fact that we are all having to deal with financial issues in this time of COVID-19. I am wondering if we, Wasco County, will get the short end of the paper with little news for us. Just looking at th…

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Who to believe The troubling world we now live in is full of many conflicting voices.  One may ask, who should I believe or trust? May I suggest a proven voice: the voice of the Lord. His words have always been true and have or will yet all be fulfilled. So, where can one find these precious…

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History has a funny way of offering perspective. A couple of weeks ago, I was researching Hood River’s 125th anniversary and came across something which I filed away as a “fun fact” to pull out some day. Today is that day, though the “fun fact” no longer seems fun.Ordinance 5 was the first r…

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Nearly 20 years ago, my dear friend Mary Schlick, known throughout the Hood River Valley and beyond for her skills as a fibers artist, teacher and writer, asked me if I would like to share in the duties of writing a regular column for the Hood River News. For years, Mary had written weekly c…

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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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‘Do unto others’Here is who we are, who I am — me, and every other human person we have ever known or heard of.Studies (at the University of Virginia) show that when we, for example, cheat at a dice game or do something we would admit is wrong, even something “minor,” it “hardens our hearts.…

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Who knew Tom Brady was such a philanthropist?Tuesday morning, in the wake of quarantining and mass closures, came the news of a 42-year-old quarterback who is going to take his ball and play somewhere else.Thanks go to the NFL, and Newport Police Department, for providing us some needed dist…

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Saving livesI was the emergency physician on duty in the Hood River Emergency Department last month when the staff and I started hearing concerning information on the 911 scanner. There was someone downtown with an injury that was bleeding profusely. Hood River police were on the scene and E…

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Gone AWOLSen. Chuck Thomsen, I am so disappointed you have chosen to represent our district by shirking your duty to show up for work. You have opted for governance by no governance. Worse yet, you have joined your other AWOL colleagues, clearly demonstrating that Oregon Republicans will not…

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You may have seen a lot of purple buses around town lately, and heard a lot about some GOrge Pass and are wondering what this is all about. Well, it’s about big changes that have been years in the making. These changes will help more people in the Hood River Valley get to more places for les…

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Like many of you, we have been reading reports of the spread of COVID-19 (Corona Virus Infectious Disease 2019) with increasing concern.At our internal and functional medicine practice in Hood River, we’ve been thinking about how to help our community be as prepared as possible with strategi…

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Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced last week that they and a bipartisan group of 17 Senators are urging the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Dr. Stephen Hahn to comply with the agency’s requirements to reject e-cigarette applications that do not…

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National FFA Week is Feb. 22-29. Chapters around the country are making plans to celebrate in their own creative ways. The Hood River  Valley FFA Chapter has an impressive roster of FFA Week festivities. FFA Week is an opportunity to introduce our school and community to  FFA. 

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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) spoke Wednesday at a House Energy and Commerce joint subcommittee hearing entitled “Out of Control: The Impact of Wildfires on Our Power Sector and Environment.” This hearing is the third hearing the Committee has held on air quality and the effects of wi…

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Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) have urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the international coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).

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