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Horizon girls look to build on breakout 2015-16 season

Team defeats Mitchell/Spray Eagle/Loggers, hangs tough with Top 10 Arlington Honkers

In their home opener, a vastly improved Horizon Christian High Hawks girls basketball team split two games in the Hawk Invitational Tournament Dec. 2-3 at Horizon Christian High School.

HRV girls basketball team defeats La Grande to get first win of the season

The HRV girls basketball team (1-2) already have a third of the wins they achieved in the 2015-16 season, defeating La Grande (0-2) by a score of 47-41 in the opening round of a tournament in Madras last weekend.

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Standing up for Standing Rock

Destination: Cannon Ball, N.D. Two Mosier men are heading to the frozen plains this month to support the protesters at Standing Rock.

The Daily Bread: Living in The Miracle of Now

It’s 5 a.m. on Dec. 1. Six years ago to the minute, my mother, Ethel Pochocki, left the captive bonds of earthly life for a joyful reunion with her beloved parents.

Rural revival returns

Rural Craft Revival, a gathering of local artisans, returns Dec. 8-10 at Springhouse Cellars, located next to Mt. Hood Railroad, on Railroad Avenue, which intersects at the east end of Cascade Avenue.

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HR Farmers’ Market will continue January to April

For the first time, Hood River Farmers’ Market is continuing monthly this winter. Gorge residents can continue to choose local food and buy direct from producers the second Saturday of the month, January through April, from 1-4 p.m. at Springhouse Cellars.

Sense of Place Lecture Series: Crag Rats: Eight decades of mountain rescue service

When the Crag Rats Mountain Rescue beeper goes off, the call may take the elite team of Gorge residents racing up a mountain peak to rescue an injured hiker, scaling a rocky ledge to revive a hiker who has fallen over a cliff, into a blizzard to search for missing skiers, or to a mountain airplane crash scene for body recovery.

12 ways to stay safe

Tis the season of merriment and gatherings of families and friends. Taking a few minutes to check for safety shows you are a wiseman or wisewoman and will help ensure a festive and fun holiday season.

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‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’ this weekend

Local ballet students of the Columbia Gorge Dance Academy present three performances of “Scenes from the Nutcracker” at The Hood River Middle School Auditorium Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Different casts will perform in each show.

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YESTERYEARS: Butler Bank Building to become new county courthouse in 1936

By unanimous vote, County Judge H.L. Hasbrouck and Commissioners Forrest L. Moe and J.D. Smullin decided on Wednesday to acquire for county court purposes the former Butler Bank Building, if the offer which they have submitted is acceptable to the State Bank Examiner, Circuit Judge Wilson and the depositors’ committee.

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'Twist and the Trees': All-ages holiday show

“The Twist and the Trees,” adapted by director Sullivan Mackintosh, is an enchanting family-friendly tale that speaks to the spirit of the holiday season.

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'Owen Meany': Edgy, sardonic pageant

This comedic play is both theatrical AND theological.

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ODOT employee hit, seriously injured by car on Hwy 35

Icy conditions investigated as possible cause of multiple vehicle accident near Parkdale

An Oregon Department of Transportation employee from Hood River was seriously injured in a crash near Parkdale Sunday.

Annual Gorge Winds concerts Dec. 16, 18

The 17th annual Christmas Concerts for the Gorge Winds Concert Band have been set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Wy'east Middle School, 3000 Wy'east Rd. in Odell, and 3 p.m. on Dec. 18 at Calvary Baptist Church, 3350 Columbia View Dr. in The Dalles.

Death notices for Dec. 7: James Lauterbach, Mary Matz and Lester Beaman Jr.

James Lauterbach, Mary Matz and Lester Beaman Jr.

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Snowy hills

Hills along the Columbia River have picked up snow, but Hood River is still waiting.

Dams scoping meeting in The Dalles Tuesday

The Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will host a public meeting Tuesday, Dec. 6 to seek public input on developing a plan to save endangered wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

HR County announces forest road closures

Hood River County Forestry Department requested and the Hood River County Board of Commissioners approved a temporary seasonal closure of gates on forest roads in the Northwest Area, Trails Program Coordinator Henry Buckalew reported this week.

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BB gun vandalism

The Hood River Police Department has taken several reports over the last couple of weeks regarding car windows being shot out by a BB gun.

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Hood River Warming Shelter: Six sites provide warm place, meals

Just as temperatures dipped close to freezing, Hood River Warming Shelter operations got underway this week.