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Sunshine Mill makes first urban renewal loan payment

Sunshine Mill Winery’s owners made their first payment on a $600,000 urban renewal loan Friday.

Friends of the Columbia River Gorge sue USDOT over oil train safety rules

Seven U.S. environmental groups, including Friends of the Columbia River Gorge, filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new crude-by-rail safety rules, calling them too “weak” to prevent fiery derailments.

‘Women are Veterans, Too’

Margie Anderson wears a bracelet that says “Women are Veterans Too” and is proud to have been part of the minority population in the military.

Soroptomist names 2015 ‘Women of Distinction’

Soroptimist International of Hood River’s welcomes Allyson Pate, Ann Frodel and Tami Swanson as the 2015 winners of its annual Women of Distinction Award.

HAHRC BEATS: Healthy eating is fun at local farmers’ markets

It is farmers’ market season and the fresh foods our bodies crave are back. The local farmers’ market is the best place to find foods grown, raised and produced here in the Gorge.

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Pet of the Week: RosieBee is still looking for her forever home

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

Tea party a benefit for Opportunity Connections

The fifth annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, a benefit for Opportunity Connections, is about to begin!

Mountain View cemetery featured in TLC episode

Timothy Farrell writes: “Several years ago the Board of the Mountain View Memorial Cemetery suggested that I take Master Gardening classes in order to better manage the historic two acre property just outside the city limits of Hood River.

Hood River City Council says utility rates going up

Monday’s City Council meeting proved to be like a syllabus of summer work for Hood River City staff, council, and even citizens.

Mother’s Day celebration at the Discovery Center

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is giving free admission to everyone during the annual Mother’s Day Celebration on Sunday, May 10, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free admission is offered as a thank you to the Columbia Gorge community for support over the past year.

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Self-serve gasoline coming to the Gorge?

Bill allowing self-service gas in rural Oregon passes House

Drivers in rural stretches of Oregon—including Hood River County—could be pumping their own gas if a new bill makes it through Salem.

Union Pacific president visits

Railroad chief meets with local leaders

The top executive for Union Pacific Railroad and his communication team met Tuesday with city, county and port officials in the gorge to discuss safety concerns related to crude oil shipments.

Nellie Hjaltalin shares Meals on Wheels experience

Nellie Hjaltalin, 88, has found it hard to retire as a driver with the Hood River Valley Adult Center (HRVAC) Meals on Wheels program, where she’s volunteered for the past 25 years.

Next Door plant sale May 9

Find organically grown veggie starts to support the Raices Cooperative Farm, a program of The Next Door, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9 at 965 Tucker Rd. Starts include tomatoes, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers, and basil.

Military vehicles take center stage at WAAAM

Keeping with tradition, the May 9 Second Saturday events at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum will feature the vehicles of the American armed forces.