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‘Operation Dry Water’ this weekend

The Marine Board and law enforcement from 32 counties and the Oregon State Police will be participating in Operation Dry Water during the weekend of June 24-26 as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII).

The Next Door marks 45 years

Local agency celebrates decades of changing lives

Think back in time to the year 1971. The Vietnam War was dividing the country. Young people turned to drugs to numb their fear and confusion while their parents anxiously watched the fast-paced social changes that were occurring. The Beatles had gone their separate ways.

Letter to the Editor for June 25

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No to oil trains

Union Pacific’s poor stewardship of the tracks as revealed by federal findings and the ominous likelihood of another derailment, worse than the one at Mosier June 3, points simply to the need to end oil train travel through the Gorge.

Another Voice: Trains in the Columbia Gorge are going in the wrong direction

If there is any positive outcome to the Mosier oil train derailment on June 3, it is that many more people are asking the right questions about oil trains traveling along the Columbia River and through our communities. These are questions that challenge our complacency and call for us to stand up for our values as residents of the Columbia Gorge.

Another Voice: Parks District should focus efforts on a west side site, not Barrett property

For the last six months, Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District has partnered with us, Hood River Valley Residents Committee, to explore the feasibility of creating a new 20-acre community park at the corner of Fairview and Belmont, catty corner from Westside Elementary School.

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HRV students earn Ford Foundation scholarships

Jackie Santa Cruz and Jesus Chavarias, both 18, were two of 5,987 Oregon and Northern California high school seniors to apply for a Ford Family Foundation scholarship their senior year of high school.

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This summer, 'Have a Free Book'

Each year, the Leaders for Tomorrow high school senior group participate in a community project.

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New varsity basketball coaches Christopher Dirks and Donnie Herneisen look to reinvigorate HRV program

In an outdoorsy community such as this one, it’s no surprise that Hood River Valley High School has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to talented athletes, and the school has the hardware in its trophy case to prove it.

Sports Briefs for June 25

Beach Bash this weekend; more

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Teen teaches paddling to help food banks

A Hood River teen is organizing a special water event on July 8: SUP for FISH is an event for young ladies (8-18) in the Gorge. It happens at Hood River Waterfront Park starting at 9:30 a.m. T-shirts, lunch, and hats are included.

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Delayed burn pile fire

Firefighter John Stehlik hoses a burn pile Thursday that had been set more than five weeks ago. The fire spread to four-tenths of an acre before Wy’East Fire District personnel responded and controlled its spread through blackberries and into nearby woods.

Entertainment Update for June 25

Lavender DAZE July 2-3; HR County Fair July 27-30; more

Meet Hood River County administrator candidates on June 29

The public will get a chance to meet five candidates for the Hood River County administrator post at an evening reception Wednesday.

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‘Straw pull’ decides school board vacancy

In a historic first, a “straw pull” decided who will be appointed to the Hood River County School District Board of Directors.

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County begins hearings on marijuana business ordinance

Marijuana rules came before Hood River County Planning Commission on Wednesday, the first in a series of hearings deciding local regulations on the cannabis industry in unincorporated parts of the county.

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Federal report blames railroad for Mosier derailment

UP says oil train traffic will resume through Gorge

A day after Union Pacific announced oil trains will begin rolling through the Columbia Gorge again, a federal report blamed the railroad for the fiery derailment in Mosier.

Church News: Updated Vacation Bible School list

As of June 25

Faith Bible Church, Parkdale churches, HR Nazarene, Riverside UCC, River of Life and Covenant Christian

Death notices for June 25: Dorothy McPherren and Victoria Long

Dorothy McPherren and Victoria Long

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Yesteryears: 911 comes to Hood River County in 1986

On July 1, a Tuesday, almost all Hood River County emergency phone numbers will be switched over to one combination, 9-1-1, bringing the area into conformance with a state-mandated regulation.

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