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Ash River Vaday, 18, was arrested Tuesday on six charges of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse, four charges of coercion, seven charges of attempt to commit a crime, and one charge of first degree possession of material depicting sexually explicit conduct of a child — all felonies.

Hood River County Sheriff Matt English and his staff have been hosting a series of community meetings this spring for the public to learn about the department’s resources and responsibilities in light of budget cuts for 2018-19 and more severe cuts expected starting in 2019.

Three Native American anglers declined medical treatment after rescuers pulled them from the cold and wind-shipped Columbia River waters near Wyeth on Wednesday morning.

Skyline Hospital in White Salmon served as the drop-off site for the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28. Skyline was the Columbia Gorge regional take back site for people in Hood River and Wasco counties in addition to Klickitat and Skamania counties in Washington.

The 2018 Legislative Short Session ended on Saturday, which included the passage of numerous budget allotments. Of these funds, a significant portion will directly benefit Hood River County for fire relief and economic development.

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners decided after a second hearing Tuesday night to abandon a proposal asking voters in the May election for a countywide sales tax.