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Mt. Hood land bill advances

Sen. Ron Wyden gets his ‘Cooper Spur Clarification’ through Senate committee

A bill launched by Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden to speed up a long-delayed land exchange between Mt. Hood Meadows resort and the U.S. Forest Service has moved forward one key step — the piece of legislation found Senate Committee approval last week.

CL Council approves ‘Gorge Hub’ grant, talks Nestlé status

Cascade Locks City Council tackled a diverse agenda — from utilities to tourism and Nestlé — at a short but busy meeting Monday.

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Six Jesuit volunteers work in a year of service

In what has become an annual changing of the guard, six new Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest (JVC) members moved to Odell this August for a year of intensive community service.

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Allies at ‘Aloha’

At top-flight Hawaii event, Gorge surfers fight crushing waves to reach podium

The 2015 Nove Nove Maui Aloha Classic was one for the record books. The contest, organized by Sam Bittner of the AWT, marked the culmination of the American Windsurfing Tour and the PWA World Tour, bringing together the best windsurfers in the world for one unique competition. The event’s holding period ran from Oct. 28 through Nov. 10, with 10 days of competition.

Holiday Happenings: Photos with Santa at the Columbia Art Center, more

Make memories with a visit and picture with Santa in the lobby of the Columbia Center for the Arts from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 13, and 20. Santa (who also happens to be starring in the CAST Theatre production of “Miracle on 34th Street” in the Columbia Arts Theatre) will be visiting with kids before Sunday show matinees during December.

Climate change march happens Sunday in HR

Citizens will march Sunday in Hood River as part of a “global mobilization” on climate change, in advance of the Paris summit Nov. 30- to Dec. 11.

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Thanksgiving holiday events

The annual Turkey Trot takes place Thanksgiving Day, Mosier Twin Tunnels, 10 a.m. at Mark Hatfield Trailhead; register starting at 9 a.m.; kids’ 200-meter run at 9:50 a.m. Choose the 12-kilometer, 5K and 3K run/walk. Proceeds benefit Mosier Schools.

Eagles rack up All-Conference awards

More than 50 HRV athletes, as well as five coaches, are honored with awards after a stellar fall sports season

One of the best fall sports seasons, if not the best fall sports seasons in the history of Hood River Valley High School concluded the week before last, culminating with the boys soccer team’s second-consecutive 5A state title.

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HRV XC shows its prowess among Northwest teams at NXN race

Boys place fifth out of 45 teams, girls place 17th out of 30 at national-caliber Nike Cross Northwest meet

The HRV cross country team’s season technically ended more than three weeks ago, but athletes recently had an encore to their illustrious season, racing against some of the best runners in the northwest.

The Ale List: Double Mountain’s IRA prevails in Oregonlive voting

The Oregonian newspaper’s online service,, gives kudos to local brews in its own recent ranking, and now, readers’ on-line voting:

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After a winless 2014 season, HRV girls team places third at state tournament

The HRV girls water polo breakout season ended with an impressive third place in the 5A state tournament in Corvallis last weekend.

HAHRC BEATS: November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Every 19 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. That means nearly 30 million children and adults are now living with diabetes and another 86 million are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Recent estimates project that by 2050, one in three adult Americans will have Type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association’s vision is to raise awareness of this disease and for people to live free from it and all its burdens.

National Initiative: Mindfulness Center trains ‘Mental Health First Aid’

The new Gorge Mindfulness Center founded by local psychotherapist Craig Schlarb, Ph.D., LPC (3088) is initiating the Mental Health First Aid program in the Gorge for the Faith Community. The Gorge Mindfulness Center will train up to 30 faith leaders to improve mental health literacy – helping them identify, understand and effectively respond to signs of mental illness.

Red Cross recommends iron-rich foods prior to blood donation

The next Red Cross blood drive will take place on Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hood River Elks Lodge, Third and Cascade.

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 21

Fellowship time; West side park needed; more

Pitch and Pool: Kudos for fall success, and a look ahead

The winter sports season dawns on Saturday, following Thanksgiving break for local students. As noted in This Week at HRVHS, the Blue and Gold Night will be held Nov. 28, and it’s a great opportunity to see the nascent skills of our Eagle teams in action, and give the youngsters the support they deserve.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Doing what it takes to be the ‘Finest’

My theory that all bands, music and interviews in the world are somehow linked together was further confirmed when a press release from Portland jam-banders World’s Finest landed in my in-box earlier this month.

Overlapping ‘Pray for Snow’ parties happen Saturday

Three “Pray For Snow” parties happen Saturday in Hood River County: Mt. Hood Meadows, Oak Street Pub, and Springhouse

Entertainment Update for Nov. 21

Ural Thomas, more River City; Trio Subtonic at CEBU; more

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B Gorge-us Boutique opens, shares space with Gandara

B Gorge-us Boutique, located at 416 Oak Street in the Oak Mall in downtown Hood River, is open for business.