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Pet of the Week: Garth is ‘playful, sparkly’

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Garth as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:

USDA program assists weather-harmed farms

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought.

Gorge Soup sign-ups near

Gorge Soup is back, Nov. 11 for adults and Feb. 26 for kids

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Lions renew vision screens in schools

Local Lions Clubs once again increased their goal for student vision screenings to include all grades in all of the elementary schools and middle schools in Hood River County, reports Lion Heidi Venture.

‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’: Local author Vikki Claflin’s new book takes on Parkinson’s, with humor

Hood River writer Vikki Claflin has released her new book, titled “Shake, Rattle & Roll with It: Living and Laughing with Parkinson’s,” available on Amazon.com on Nov. 3.

Marijuana entrepreneurs, law enforcement talk tourism at summit

While gorgeous mountain views, wild rivers, historical significance and much more all play a role in any conversation regarding tourism in the Columbia River Gorge, there is a new reason some tourists are visiting the area, particularly Washington state.

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LUBA rejects appeal over park and ride

An appeal filed against Hood River County’s decision to approve the initial concept of a park and ride planned for use by Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort has been rejected by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA).

Helping Hands gets $10,000

Verizon grant will boost shelter outreach services for children

Childhood pleasures such as going to a playground, a swim in the city pool, or a visit to a museum are rare for children who have experienced domestic violence.

Expanded Operation Christmas Child fills boxes for kids in need

Halloween hasn’t even come and gone yet, but Diana Tomson is already thinking about Christmas.

State Street ‘Mad dash’ paving happens downtown

Also, detours at 12th and May on Sunday and Monday

Look for “a mad dash to the finish” on the State Street Urban Renewal Project, with paving throughout the weekend, according to city inspector Gary Lindemyer.

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Rip City meets Swell City

Blazers shoot TV commercial with local fans

The Hood River waterfront was buzzing with activity midday Thursday as local Portland Trail Blazers fans descended upon Waterfront Park to take part in a commercial shoot for the team that will air during the upcoming NBA season.

Pets of the Week: Lolo still waiting for family; Autumn is playful puppy

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Lolo and Autumn as the program’s adoptable pets of the week.

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Wholesale marijuana baker looks to locate in Bingen

A bakery that would produce marijuana-infused edibles has obtained a conditional use permit to locate on Steuben Street in Bingen.

West Side Fire Local Option Levy: Here’s the need

On the Nov. 4 ballot, West Side Fire District voters will be asked to determine a request by the district board for its first Local Option levy over and above the standing property tax levy.

City sets Walmart hearing for Dec. 2

Could decide fate of Walmart expansion

A public hearing that could decide the fate of a planned expansion for the Walmart store in Hood River will be held Dec. 2, although how exactly that meeting will be conducted is still being sorted out.

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