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2017 INNOVATIVE TEACHING GRANTS: Education Foundation announces new funds

The Hood River County Education Foundation has awarded its annual grants to Hood River County School staff for funding innovative educational projects. Each year the foundation accepts grants from teachers and staff for enhancing student learning.

CGCC master plan aims for ‘cost-effective’ degree route, service to Hispanics

A “constant focus on student success,” outreach to the region’s Hispanic community and reinvigorated industry partnerships provide the compass points in 2017 for Columbia Gorge Community College, which entered the new year with a strategic roadmap to turn those priorities into reality, according to a press release.

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‘Green’ gainers

Hood River team Men In Green (back rows) won the field competition first place award at the recent Super Qualifiers in Portland.

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CAT seeks feedback on plan improvements

Columbia Area Transit (CAT) is proposing several bus route improvements as part of the new Hood River County Transit Master Plan. The goal of the plan is to enhance public access to key destinations for people of all ages and abilities by expanding the area’s public bus service in the near term and over the next 20 years.

Tri-County Recycling announces collection events

Tri-County Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program hold hazardous waste collection events periodically throughout the year around the Gorge.

DeeTour Hotel conflict heading to state land board

A citizen watchdog group plans to appeal Hood River County Board of Commissioner’s decision to allow DeeTour Hotel, which could bring a long-running dispute over commercial development in the upper valley to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.

Paris Fair building sold; New owner considers adding housing

The historic Paris Fair Building at Fourth and Oak Street has passed into new ownership. Paris Fair LLC, represented by Jeff Pickhardt, bought the property from owner North Cheatham on Feb. 1.

HAHRC Beats: Coalition works to help improve dental health for local children

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. To celebrate the Columbia River Gorge area has a host of oral health opportunities for youth in the community.

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The Ale List: Best of Craft honors Gorge breweries

Zwickelmania returns Feb. 25

Zwickelmania has expanded to two weekends.

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Environment Oregon launches solar campaign

Environment Oregon hosted a happy hour event Feb. 1 to address the importance of continuing the Residential Energy Tax Credits for solar energy in Oregon. At the launching of their spring campaign, Stand up for Solar, Environment Oregon had speakers from the Hood River City Council to speak about solar energy’s future in Oregon.

Morrison Park: City re-zone request gets hearing on Tuesday

The hotly-contested Morrison Park rezone issue goes before Planning Commission on Feb. 21, meeting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Tri-County Recycling announces hazardous waste collection events

Tri-County Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program hold hazardous waste collection events periodically throughout the year around the Gorge.

Next Door parenting program starts March 1

Enrich your child’s life and your own by attending the “Incredible Years” parenting program on Wednesdays beginning March 1 in English.

Coal hub backer appeals lease denial

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Developers of a proposed coal-export terminal in southwest Washington have appealed after the state last month denied the project an aquatic lands sublease.

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