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Yesteryears: Silver gray squirrels released in county this week in 1935

1915: The first shipment of Northwest apples to be made by way of the Panama Canal arrived in New York last week and was unloaded in the pink of condition.

Parkdale News: The Upper Valley takes care of one of its own

To those living near the Columbia River, Parkdale seems a long ways to drive home to, but to those living at the base of Mt. Hood, this community is a special place not only for its beauty, but also in the closeness of friends and neighbors.

Breastfeeding support group begins meetings

The Columbia Gorge Breastfeeding Coalition has formed a mother-to-mother support group to offer a place to turn during this important time.

Harmony of the Gorge hosts ‘Girls’ Night Out’

Singers are invited to come and see what being a Sweet Adeline is all about on Jan. 27.

‘Solarize’ campaign starts with launch party Feb. 3

Gorge Owned, local contractors offer incentives

With support from Northwest Solar Communities, Gorge Owned (GO!) is working with local solar contractors to offer discounted, bulk rates on solar panel installations to Gorge homeowners in Klickitat, Skamania, Wasco and Hood River counties.

Police Log, Jan. 19 to 25

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River.

Sheriff Log, Jan. 18 to 25

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River.

Walmart site in The Dalles appealed again

A local citizens group opposing a proposed Walmart superstore in The Dalles has appealed for a second time a wetlands permit issued to the retail giant.

May Street Elementary hosts Battle of Books

May Street Elementary is hosting the second annual Gorge OBOB Invitational Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

Entertainment Update for Jan. 28

HRVHS benefit show set for Jan. 31; Club notes for this week; save the date

‘Full Monty’ tickets, packages on sale

Tickets – but not just regular tickets – are now on sale for “The Full Monty,” at Columbia Center for the Arts Feb. 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 28

Protect water rights; State Street concerns; Punchbowl questions

Editor’s notebook: Two bits on XLIX and 50

Who thinks about the football?

It all makes sense to me!

I would like to extend an apology to Rep. Greg Walden and his wife, Mylene, for a tasteless joke I made at their expense in my last published column.

Young Voices: What Being an Oregon pioneer descendent means to me

Starting in the early 1840s, whispers of a new territory rich with opportunity were beginning to reach the ears of those living in the east. Its name was Oregon, and it promised a fresh start for whomever dared make the journey west. It was the start of a mass exodus. Brave settlers craving better lives took their fates into their own hands, packed what they could into covered wagons, and left their old lives behind. They knew what they sought would be dangerous to obtain, and that many would not survive. But they were determined to fulfill their dreams, or to die trying.

Despite lost jobs due to low snow, HRC has lowest unemployment

The Oregon Employment Department released its unemployment numbers for the month of December this week and though it lost well over a 100 jobs compared to last year, Hood River County still has the lowest unemployment rate in the state.

Community Health Worker training offered

Nuestra Comunidad Sana, a program of The Next Door, brings Community Health Worker (CHW) Training to the Gorge. Participants who complete the rigorous 90 hour course requirements are eligible for certification as CHWs in Oregon.

Feds slash timber payments to counties

Funds greatly reduced as Secure Rural Schools ends

Counties that have federal forestland within their borders recently received some bad news after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that this year’s federal timber payments to counties would be drastically reduced due to Congress’ failure to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools Act.

Economic Priority

City council hears detailed appeal on affordable housing

The chronic issue of affordable housing received a thorough airing Monday at City Council, and a sense of progress was evident to the council and those who presented on the issue.

Sports Briefs for Jan. 28

Babe Ruth, Little League sign-ups start this week; CSRT excels in first race