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Library Foundation issues a fundraising challenge now through June 30

The deadline for a $200,000 matching challenge through Gorge Community Foundation is approaching quickly, and members of the Hood River Library Foundation are hard at work doing their part, according to Dan Spatz, the community foundation’s director.

Look for a full First Friday on June 3

First Friday brings a bevy of activities to downtown Hood River, including two street closures:

Entertainment Update for June 1

Ruth Moody in TD June 10; John Bunzow at White Buffalo; Kit Garoutte at Stave & Stone; more

Letters to the Editor for May 28

Not a business; Answers; Imagine; more

Mercado del Valle opens June 2 in new location

El Mercado del Valle, the farmers’ market and community gathering space in Odell, will host its opening day of the 2016 season on Thursday, June 2 from 4-7 p.m. on Atkinson Drive in downtown Odell. That’s right: a new time and location near the landmark Odell Methodist Church.

Marble and Shepherd are Elks Students of the Month for May

Hood River Elks No. 1507 have chosen their final two “Students of the Month” for this year. Sophia Marble and Cole Shepherd, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, are May winners, each receiving checks for $100 at a recent meeting.

Riverside UCC votes for fossil fuel divestment

Riverside Community Church in Hood River has become the first faith-based congregation in the Gorge and the first within the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC) to vote to divest funds from the fossil fuel industry.

Sheriff Log, May 15 to 22

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

Community Baby Shower June 4

Soroptimist International of Hood River, a local women’s service group, is organizing the annual Community Baby Shower to benefit little ones born to families who, because of stressors or other circumstances, are not able to afford things for their baby that many of us take for granted

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‘Air Panther’ goes aloft

Hood River Middle School will be involved in a school-wide art project on Friday, June 3 from 2:45-3:25 p.m. All students will be participating in a giant, living painting of a hot air balloon on the athletic field. This is the culminating event of local aerial artist Daniel Dancer’s Art For the Sky residency.

HRV beats OES, Lincoln, to take sailing state championship

Last Saturday and Sunday, Cascade Locks held the third annual state championship regatta. HRV, Lincoln, and Oregon Episcopal High school were contending for the championship previously held by HRV.

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HRV girls lax wins inaugural Navy championship

Eagles defeat Newberg Tigers 7-4 to take the title

Capping off the best season in the history of the HRV girls lacrosse program, the Eagles finished their playoff run Wednesday night in Wilsonville with a 7-4 defeat of the Newberg Tigers to win the first-ever Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association Navy bracket championship.

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HRV baseball routs Eagle Point in Battle of the Eagles, advances to quarterfinal matchup with Ashland

HRV 17, Eagle Point 3

The HRV Eagles baseball team made quite the opening statement to accompany what they hope will be another deep playoff run, clobbering the Eagle Point Eagles 17-3 in Hood River Wednesday evening in the first round of the OSAA 5A state tournament.

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Decision pushed back on DeeTour hotel appeal

The fate of a 50-room hotel addition at DeeTour, a proposed concert venue in the upper valley, remains uncertain. Hood River County Planning Commission decided after a hearing Wednesday to pick up the debate on an appeal against the hotel on June 15, a three week extension. In the meantime, the commission will be accepting more written comments.

Sports Briefs for May 28

Mt. Adams Country Bike Tour next month; White Salmon Backyard Half returns June 18; Columbia Chinook season reopens; sturgeon season closes; Oregon beach wrestling state championships June 4; Triple Threat basketball camp June 20-24

HRVHS announces March and April Athletes of the Month

The Hood River Valley High School Athletic Department recently announced their Athletes of the Month for March and April: Parker Irusta (track), Ella Rand (girls lacrosse), Patrick Harvey (baseball), and Madè Vallejo (softball).

Special meeting to deal with STRs, Picard successor

Hood River City Council will hold a special meeting in early June to address two topics: appointing a new council member to replace Laurent Picard, and wording of licensing rules (aka Title 5) on short term rentals.

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HRSC hosts Gorge Classic Racquetball Tournament

The Hood River Sports Club hosted a racquetball tournament May 12 through May 15.

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Two locals, Kickstand Coffee & Kitchen owner Nick Hardin and his wife, Kim Hardin, took home the top spot in the Pro division on both days of racing this past weekend for the first round of the Cascadia Dirt Cup mountain bike race series, dubbed the “Deux-Deuro,” which was held at the Post Canyon trail system west of Hood River.