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School District holds listening sessions on 2017-18 budget

In light of a state-wide budget shortfall announcement from the Oregon Legislature of $1.8 billion dollars, Hood River County School District Superintendent Dan Goldman will be holding two community listening sessions with the public in the month of March.

HRCEF college scholarship applications due April 14

Hood River County Education Foundation (HRCEF) has announced that April 14 is the application deadline for scholarships for Hood River Valley High graduates who will be sophomore, juniors or seniors 2017, and continuing in two- or four-year colleges, or a trade school.

Lions will invade Hood River

On this 100th year of Lions Clubs serving all over the world, the Hood River Lions Club will soon be hosting the eastern Oregon annual Lions Convention.

Women’s Day benefit: Yarn shop helps Helping Hands shelter program

Hood River yarn shop Knot Another Hat is planning an International Women’s Day celebration on March 8 to benefit local domestic violence service agency Helping Hands Against Domestic Violence.

Cuts are coming; School District wants public input

Hood River County School District must reduce spending by $4.75 million in the 2017-19 biennium, in light of a statewide K-12 budget shortfall announcement from the Oregon Legislature of $1.8 billion dollars, Superintendent Dan Goldman has announced.

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Land swap spurred: Mt. Hood bill clears House

A bill renewing efforts by lawmakers to push forward a land exchange on Mount Hood cleared the U.S. House Feb. 27.

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City approves annexations on west end along Belmont Drive

Open house Thursday for Westside Area Concept plan

Two parcels totaling 18 acres will be annexed to the City of Hood River.

Arts Center renews ‘spring cleaning’ sale

The Columbia Center for the Arts is hosting a spring cleaning art sale in its main gallery, featuring deeply discounted original art by local artists, donated original art, and pre-loved original art from local community members, from now until April 1.

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Low snowpacks of 2014, 2015 may become more common

Hood River basin, other regions surprisingly low, after heavy winter snowfall

Oregon experienced very low snowpack levels in 2014 and historically low snowpack levels in 2015; now a new study suggests that these occurrences may not be anomalous in the future and could become much more common if average temperatures warm just two degrees (Celsius).

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HR County Forestry Department recognized for efforts

At the Feb. 21 Hood River County Board of Commissioners meeting, the Hood River County (HRC) Forestry Department was awarded a Letter of Commendation by the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee for consistently meeting and exceeding the requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act.

Sheriff Log, Feb. 19 to 25

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River.

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The Ale List: pFriem expands operations, ales

No way to take in all the Zwickelmania stops on Feb. 25, but I made it to two. It’s the two-weekend (as of this year) celebration at breweries of the art of brewing, and drinking, fine ale.

Feast of Words returns March 11

The Hood River County Library Foundation invites you to a Feast of Words Saturday, March 11 from 6-9 p.m. to raise money for the library.

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Bag Ends: Hood River law reducing plastic takes effect Wednesday

“Paper or plastic?” is now an obsolete phrase at Hood River’s largest stores.