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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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Why do they risk their lives?Why are first responders risking their lives for us? They want us to live through COVID-19.Why are they testing people for this disease? So every day, the scientists are trying to find a cure.There are a lot of people who have died from this disease. First respon…

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Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about significant stress and uncertainty. In Oregon, among many other impacts, it has revealed weaknesses in our state’s social service systems as households isolate themselves from one another to prevent the disease’s spread. Although chil…

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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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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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The last few decades have been a whirlwind. Globalization has redrawn boundaries we’ve long lived by and counted on. Technology has transformed everything about how we work, shop and even socialize.

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Our world is full of so-called “influencers” vying for our attention. You can’t miss them: They create tons of noise and are always in the spotlight. From spiritually bankrupt politicians to super-wealthy tech geniuses to charismatic online personalities who use their influence to sway audie…

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If you’re like most of us, you overindulged a bit too much in 2019. No, not on calories (well, maybe those too!), but on “noise.” That’s the name for the dizzying onslaught of information from work emails, app notifications, the 24/7 news cycle, social media updates, and other forms of scree…

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If you looked only at the big picture, you’d have to say we live in deeply troubled times. It seems we’ve never been more polarized. Political discourse feels more like a war zone than a thoughtful national conversation. But what happens when you zoom in closer?That’s the question I ask myse…

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Picture it: Your living room, December 2019. The tree is all aglow, the eggnog poured (and spiked), the whole family gathered ‘round — and you’re only half-present. Your mind keeps wandering to what might be waiting for you just a click or a scroll away. Work emails. News updates. Candy Crus…

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Nov. 30 was Small Business Saturday (observed locally by Chamber of Commerce and independent business owners). Starting in 2010, American Express designated this day — the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year — to encourage people to “Shop Small.” The financial services company reports that…

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The televised impeachment inquiry is roaring in the background as I write this column. It began with a few theatrics but settled down as the two witnesses, Taylor and Kent, provided their opening statements. They were calm, organized and thorough in the information they were providing. There…

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Wednesday, during an Energy and Commerce Committee markup, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), the Republican Leader of the committee, helped advance legislation he co-sponsored that would improve maternal healthcare.

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Sincere thanks to everyone who took part in last week’s election. Your participation encompassed positive and thoughtful debates, messages to neighbors about parks and heartfelt letters to the newspaper and social media commentaries. Your actions enriched our democratic society. Your vote, w…

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The current administration has put forward an unprecedented immigration agenda in an attempt to reshape immigration policy. President Trump’s successful agenda in the field of immigration has shown that the Executive Branch has much power in restricting immigration laws, and that all you nee…

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A city’s charter is like a constitution. It provides the fundamental principles that guide how the city is governed. On Nov. 5, City of Hood River voters will decide the fate of Measure 14-67, the Parks Protection Measure, a citizen initiative to change the city’s charter.

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The green signs around town make Measure 14-67 seem simple — it is not. Measure 14-67 would change the City Charter (the constitution for the City of Hood River) to require a vote before leasing or selling park land. While we all value parks, changing the City Charter changes our democratic …

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Sixteen-year-old activist Greta Thunberg is a powerful spokesperson for action on climate change — having uniquely captured the world’s imagination with words and actions.This week, in association with the United Nations Climate Summit, her moral clarity and that of youth around the world, c…

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Open, accessible and accountable government with freedom to public information without interference from governing bodies — or elected officials — is essential to our democratic republic.But that fundamental value may be at stake in Oregon, where the newly appointed Office of the Public Reco…

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Flags at all public institutions throughout Oregon will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today for Patriot Day.

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As we anticipate gathering in Idlewilde Cemetery for another presentation of “Cemetery Tales,” the History Museum of Hood River County wishes to focus attention on the history of the cemetery itself. Our event is staged among Idlewilde’s tombstones and grave markers for good reason: A quiet …

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions. The National Cancer Institute estimated that more than 15,000 children and ad…

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