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USDA program assists weather-harmed farms

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought.

Gala Fashion Show Nov. 7

Just on the heels of Halloween comes a chance to see some real costumes – attire for people of all ages – and help a good cause.

Halloween Happenings

For families and adults

Library holds ‘History Resources’ event Oct. 30

Celebrate Family History Month at the Hood River Library at a free event with Library Director Buzzy Nielsen, “Family History Resources at Your Library and Beyond” on Oct. 30, 6 p.m. at the Hood River Library. Free.

The Loop of Fine Wire

Postcard packs his bags

The following trifle has kept growing since I started it years ago, prior to the currently-popular social media platforms. In a year or two, it could probably be written again with Instagram the one slipping out of town unnoticed. Who can foresee the future? But I hate to envision one without postcards.

Paul and Christopher marry near Mount Hood

Christy Johanson Paul and Jason Woodrow Christopher, both of Brookline, Mass., were married July 5, 2014, at Mount Hood Bed and Breakfast in Parkdale. Steve Lusk officiated.

Bryant and Duft marry Oct. 11 in Hood River

The beautiful Columbia River backdrop at the Best Western Hood River Inn patio was the site of the wedding ceremony for Jaclyn Rae Bryant, daughter of Terry Ray and Teri Lynne Bryant of Hood River, and Joshua Wil Duft, son of Thomas Jay and Michelle Duft of Gunnison, Colo. They were married Oct. 11, with Pastor Mike Ballah officiating.

‘Backyard Biodiversity’ Oct. 29 at the White Salmon library

Do you have an interest in attracting pollinators, birds and beneficial insects?

Gorge Soup sign-ups near

Gorge Soup is back, Nov. 11 for adults and Feb. 26 for kids

Middle school girls finish second at XC state

Hood River’s combined middle school cross country team (comprised of runners from Wy’east and Hood River middle schools) completed its season on a high note over the weekend at the middle school state meet in Portland, where the girls team finished in second place in the 3,000 meter Super Champs division (top division).

Kegler's Corner: Pat Olson sizzles

It may have been cool and wet in Hood River last week, but inside Orchard Lanes scores were white hot!

Police Log, Oct. 20 to 26

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

Sheriff Log, Oct. 19 to 27

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

Letters to the Editor for Oct. 29

Edit writings; Get out and vote; Smoky Future?; more

Entertainment Update for Oct. 29

‘Wildlands’ benefit Nov. 6; Henhouse Prowlers play Nov. 7; more

‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’: Local author Vikki Claflin’s new book takes on Parkinson’s, with humor

Hood River writer Vikki Claflin has released her new book, titled “Shake, Rattle & Roll with It: Living and Laughing with Parkinson’s,” available on Amazon.com on Nov. 3.

Marijuana entrepreneurs, law enforcement talk tourism at summit

While gorgeous mountain views, wild rivers, historical significance and much more all play a role in any conversation regarding tourism in the Columbia River Gorge, there is a new reason some tourists are visiting the area, particularly Washington state.

Skamania chamber hosts Small Business Showcase

The Skamania County Chamber of Commerce will host its eighth annual Small Business Showcase on Nov. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. New in 2014 is the showcase location at Cape Horn Estate, 81 Woodard Creek Road in Skamania, Wash.

Helping Hands gets $10,000

Verizon grant will boost shelter outreach services for children

Childhood pleasures such as going to a playground, a swim in the city pool, or a visit to a museum are rare for children who have experienced domestic violence.

Expanded Operation Christmas Child fills boxes for kids in need

Halloween hasn’t even come and gone yet, but Diana Tomson is already thinking about Christmas.

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