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HR native heads HUD Portland Field Office

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Bill Block announced the appointment of Hood River native Margaret S. Salazar as Director of HUD’s Portland Field Office.

Vittoria finalist in Martha Stewart contest

Hood River’s Patricia Vittoria, who creates hand-sewn dolls, is a finalist in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made contest. She is competing against up to 1,000 others from around the country for a chance to win $10,000 to grow her business, a spot in the Martha Stewart American Made market, and a feature on marthastewart.com, among other prizes.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Cody Colloton, 15, above center, won the $500 top prize in the annual Rock Paper Scissors competition sponsored by Andrew’s Pizza and Mr. Elive Productions Sept. 5.

Hunting not allowed on most Corps lands

PORTLAND — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prohibits hunting on Corps property between Celilo Park and the city of Arlington in Oregon.

Corps halts Boardman terminal review pending permit outcome

The Oregonian — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has placed on hold its review of Ambre Energy’s application to build a coal shipping terminal on the Columbia River at the Port of Morrow near Boardman.

In wake of product shortages, another marijuana shop opens in Klickitat County

Earlier last week, Margie Lemberger greeted customers at Margie’s Pot Shop in Bingen with some unfortunate news.

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County considering preemptive pot tax

A ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Oregon hasn’t yet been passed by voters, but Hood River County will consider passing its own marijuana tax beforehand just in case they do.

Cascade Locks offering incentive program for EMS volunteers

With a small volunteer pool and faced with rising costs, the city of Cascade Locks is looking for a way to draw more volunteers to its Emergency Medical Services department.

CG Lions review Sternwheeler Days

Congratulations, and a caution, came from President Pat Hesgard of the Columbia Gorge Lions Club as the group last week reviewed the successful Sternwheeler Days 2014 event, the group’s annual major project.

Wyoming appeals Oregon’s denial of coal port

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming is appealing Oregon’s recent decision to deny an application to build a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow, on the Columbia River.

Groups plan suit over Northwest oil-response plan

SEATTLE (AP) — Environmental groups say they plan to sue the federal government for failing to ensure that regional oil-response plans don’t harm endangered species.

Wash. governor says no to extending Hanford deadline

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson said they will not extend Friday’s deadline for resolving a dispute with the U.S Department of Energy over cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site.

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Pet of the Week: Lolo is a 10-pound hiking pal

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

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Witness ‘Cemetery Tales’ Sept. 19-21

Idlewilde is the scene for fifth annual living history event

True stories live in Cemetery Tales.

Public hearing on port zoning Monday

The Hood River Planning Commission will meet this Monday to address two items needed before development planned near the Expo Center property at the Port of Hood River can move forward.