Gorge Kids in Action — filling a wish list for others

The efforts of local children, and Matt Rankin, have benefitted the Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center (CGCAC).

Lions grocery contest winners announced

Chris Heald and the Ortiz Family are the winners of this year’s Hood River Lions Thanksgiving Grocery Raffle.

Down payment assistance offered to first time homebuyers

Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation has received a reservation of $43,000 through Oregon Housing and Community Services to assist first time homebuyers.

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Sheri Castaneda is a familiar face at Bette’s

If Sheri Castaneda looks familiar, she should — she’s worked at Bette’s Place, a downtown Hood River staple at Fifth and Oak, for the past 27 years. She does a little bit of everything while on duty, from waitressing to washing dishes, seating customers to working the cash register.

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Watchdog groups fight oil hub

Gorge environmental advocates protest Vancouver proposed train terminal

The oil train issue has rekindled in the Columbia River Gorge.

March of Dimes honors three Hood River Nurses

Hood River residents Anna Dillon, Lisa Erickson Sosa and Rachel Crowder were among 17 exceptional nurses from across Oregon and Southwest Washington recognized Friday, Nov. 13, at the fifth annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards. With 222 finalists, the state-wide committee selected the 17 winners in a blinded process.

How to Help, updated for Nov. 25

The annual giving tree of Cascade Locks is back up at City Hall at 140 SE WaNaPa St.

Ornament sale benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters

Jack in the Box, located at 1407 W. Sixth Street in The Dalles, is offering a limited-edition JOY Jack antenna ornament for $1, while supplies last. Net proceeds will benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge.

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Pet of the Week: Gigi is ‘goofy, funny, sweet dog’ looking for her forever home

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Gigi as the program’s adoptable pet of the week.

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:

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.

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.