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Columbia sturgeon season returns

ASTORIA (AP) — What fights like a salmon, looks like a shark and has the dense meat of a chicken? White sturgeon, apparently.

High Prairie Firehouse Sale back this weekend

The High Prairie Firehouse Sale happens June 23-25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the High Prairie Community Center at 701 Struck Road, about seven miles up Centerville Highway from Lyle, Wash.

Roots and Branches: High energy children and the belief to succeed

June has been jumping, packed with year-end school activities, community projects and preparation for the upcoming harvest.

Entertainment Update for June 21

‘Jazz Adventures’ at Stave & Stone, more

Loretta and Patsy: Together Again

A Tribute to Patsy Cline & Loretta Lynn

Two of the Northwest’s most renowned female singers, Mary Cameron and Julie Amici, will join forces to perform a musical tribute to the great country artists Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline.

Sports briefs for June 21

Sports briefs for June 21.

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Rivera walk-off double highlights Oilers Father’s Day tourney

The Hood River Oilers baseball team enjoyed tremendous success in winning three of four games in a June 16-18 tournament.

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Gorge Explorer: Be mindful of trail conditions; don’t be afraid to turn back

With all this warm weather we’ve had the past few days, it’s easy to forget about the snow still lingering at high elevations from the brutal winter.

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A-TOWN THROWDOWN

The inaugural A-Town Throwdown wind and water sports event was held last weekend in Arlington as a way to show off the Port of Arlington’s new launch site; Hood River’s Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association donated funds to the port to help with the project, which was completed early this spring.

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CenterPointe plans merger with Inland Bank

Shareholders of CenterPointe Community Bank will meet July 6 in Hood River to vote on a merger with Inland Northwest Bank based in Spokane, Wash.

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County will acquire 400 forest acres

Board adopts construction excise tax

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners decided Monday to purchase two tracts of forest land totaling 400 acres from a private timber company, Weyerhaeuser, for $1.78 million.

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‘Insanely photographic’ Hood River

Historic Highway, Trillium Lake also gain online favors

Just in time for the summer rush: The web site Culture Trip has revealed its list of “The Most Beautiful Towns to Visit in Each U.S. State” and Hood River has been named the most beautiful in Oregon.

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Racer visits

Allie Ferrick, Class of 2013 at Hood River Valley High School, and Mazda Miata circuit racer, talks to Westside students during the school field day on June 15.

Westside School thanks West Side Fire District

Towards the end of every school year, Westside Elementary School recognizes the volunteers at the school who provide a tremendous amount of support, notes principal Bill Newton. “This year, Westside Elementary recognized the West Side Volunteer Fire Department as our Volunteers of the Year.

Independence Day events coordinator: ‘You don’t want to miss July 4 activities’

July 4 coordinator Tom Yates writes, “With July 4th event posters printed by the Hood River Chamber of Commerce, I had a pleasant time lately walking the business areas of our county, handing out the posters. I talked to a whole lot of nice people!"

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Whisky Tango: Old friends bring cocktail club to the downtown bar mix

Vince Culp and Steve Vollans will have plenty to tell Sandy High School classmates at their 20th reunion next year.

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YESTERYEARS: Hottest day of the year recorded in 1967

Thermometers here recorded the hottest day so far this year on Monday before thunder clouds moved in to cool off the area during the evening.

Local notes: Thanks and appreciation

Ruby Patterson and Mason Leavitt of HRVHS Speech and Debate write:

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National Theatre Live from London comes to CCA June 25

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast world-class theater to venues around the world. Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River recently obtained the rights to bring this theatrical experience to the communities of the Gorge.

Gorge Grown Food Network

Project brings local produce to corner stores in The Dalles

Gorge Grown Food Network will launch the region's first Healthy Corner Store Project June 28 at Allen’s Grocery Outlet and La Michoacana in The Dalles, meeting the needs of low income families for farm fresh fruit and vegetables in neighborhoods without easy access to a grocery store.