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Annual Pear Celebration Sept. 19-20

The annual Hood River County Pear Celebration will take place along the Fruit Loop Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20. It’s the time of year when the farm stands and businesses share the full bounty of the Hood River Valley.

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Hurried harvest, but time for pie

Parkdale weigh station operator treats fruit truck drivers to slice of homemade

At Diamond Fruit in Parkdale, the busiest fruit delivery day is also the tastiest.

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Concerning cannabis: HR city, county leaders discuss ‘changing landscape’

Local leaders mulled over marijuana and its effect on youth at a community conversation Thursday at Mid Valley Elementary School in Odell.

Hood River City Council moves toward marijuana tax vote

Monday’s actions also bring adoption of housing strategy

City Council on Monday formalized its strategy on affordable housing, though official changes on the issue are months away, and took one step closer to a decision on potential taxation of marijuana sales — an action it cannot formally move on until 2016.

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‘Wicked Crazy’: Crazy Pepper to become mixed Japanese and Mexican restaurant

Crazy Pepper Cantina and Mexican Restaurant has changed hands. But the new owner, Tommy Ogawa, plans to keep the “crazy” intact by stirring the restaurant’s traditional Latin American cuisine with a new twist: freshly prepared Japanese sushi and burgers.

The Ale List: Hops Fest on Sept. 26 is just one part of fall’s fresh hops fervor

Hops Fest happens Sept. 26 but it is far from the only new thing happening, fresh hops or otherwise, in this beer-centric burg.

Sept. 19 Pig Bowl will benefit two Gorge families

A 5-year-old girl and woman battling cancer will be the recipients of proceeds from the 13th Pig Bowl competition on Saturday, Sept. 19.

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Planners hear feedback on farm zoning update

Dozens crowded into the Hood River County Board of Commissioners meeting room Wednesday to take part in a Planning Commission hearing addressing a countywide farm use zoning update.

Gorge Grown hosts Harvest Dinner Sept. 27

Gorge Grown Food Network will be hosting its second annual farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Sept. 27 at Kiyokawa Family Orchards. Chef Ben Stenn of Celilo Restaurant & Bar will be preparing a four-course seasonal meal featuring local produce and meat with wines from Cor Cellars paired with each dish.

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HR County Library receives new supply of bilingual books

Hood River County Library celebrated the receipt of 501 new bilingual and multilingual children’s books on Aug. 11 with local child care partners.

Port hosts Lot 1 open house

Public feedback taken on Sept. 15

The Port of Hood River will hold an open house next Tuesday to share planned developments for Lot 1, the largest remaining undeveloped patch of land on the waterfront.

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Warm water, warmer welcome for Cross-Channel finishers

A flotilla of volunteers and a riverbank crowded with supporters welcomed the 478 participants in Monday’s 73rd annual Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim.

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Fourth marijuana dispensary ‘High Winds’ blows into town

Hood River’s fourth medical marijuana dispensary, “High Winds NV,” swept in Friday with a bobbing samba.

Education Foundation announces scholarships

Ten college scholars will receive a total of $20,000 in scholarships this year from the Hood River County Education Foundation (HRCEF).

Rep. Johnson hosts energy forum in Hood River

Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) will host a forum next Wednesday to discuss Oregon’s current energy policies and priorities.