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DeeTour appeal hearing set for Dec. 10

HRVRC challenges County’s approval of amphitheater in Dee

The DeeTour development, which attracted controversy when it was announced earlier this year, will go before the Hood River County Planning Commissioners next week, who will consider an appeal filed by a local land use group that accuses the county of making errors in how it approved and noticed the project.

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HRV kicks off canned food drive

You might have seen them already at the markets: Hood River Valley High School kids collecting food and cash donations for the annual holiday food drive.

OSU holds session on bark beetles

Oregon State University Extension Service is holding a presentation and discussion session Dec. 6 on Bark Beetle Infestations and Tree Health in the Hood River area. The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the OSU Extension Service Conference Room at 2990 Experiment Station Drive, Hood River. (Turn east next to Your Party and Rental Center.)

Buy local campaign encourages residents to shop, donate locally

With the holiday shopping and giving season approaching, Gorge Owned (GO!) encourages residents to take the GO! Local Challenge, a sweepstakes that rewards people for supporting locally owned businesses and making donations to local nonprofits.

Gorge wineries celebrate with Thanksgiving open house weekend to benefit local charities

It’s better to give than to receive … unless you can do both at the same time.

HR Distillers join with Blazers via Pendleton

Hood River Distillers, Inc., the largest and oldest importer, distiller, producer and bottler of distilled spirits in the Northwest, announced today a new relationship between its premium whisky spirit, Pendleton Whisky, and the Portland Trail Blazers. The official partnership – the first of its kind for the brand – grants whisky pouring rights to Pendleton Whisky in the Moda Center, the team’s home arena.

Parkhurst Place helps Cat Rescue

Parkhurst Place Senior Living announces a partnership with Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue, a non-profit (501c3), all volunteer organization that helps homeless cats and kittens, and Dutch Bros Coffee of Hood River.

How to Help, updated for Nov. 20

Warming Shelterl HR Care Center; more

Gorge Grown ‘Community Conversation’ Dec. 4

Gorge Grown Food Network will be hosting Feeding the Gorge: Community Conversations this winter in order to provide local residents with the opportunity to share their ideas and inspirations for the local food system.

’12 Days of Christmas’ authors come to Hood River Dec. 6

Waucoma Bookstore hosts Portland authors Susan Blackby and Carolyn Digby Conahan, author and illustrator of “The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oregon” for a book signing on Saturday, Dec. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. at the store (212 Oak St.). From the forest to the desert to the mountains to the beach, cousins Liz and Danny are seeing it all as they spend their Christmas in Oregon. With everything from busy beavers to tumbling waterfalls, Oregon is showcased in this installment of the “Twelve Days of Christmas in America” series.

Council to address Walmart expansion Tuesday

The issue of whether Walmart’s Wasco Avenue store has the right to expand could come down to a Hood River City Council decision to be delivered Tuesday night.

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CGCC board plans special meeting

Budget issues drive Dec. 2 meeting in HR

One week after the campus closure announcement turnabout, the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education will hold a special meeting at the Indian Creek campus.

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Rodrigo Silva brings orchard foreman experience to the gift box line

Rodrigo Silva — or Rigo, as he’s also called — really knows pears. He also really knows gift boxes.

Nora’s ‘Family Dinner Project’ begins with Ethiopia

“My family’s most special and memorable dinner occurred on November 11, 2013, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Yhat morning, after a nearly three year long journey, my husband Brian and I left our adoption agency’s care center in Addis with our two children fully and finally in our custody. It was an entirely surreal moment to realize that we were now officially together as family, months and months of anxious waiting over.”

State Forestry awards WyEast Timber Services of Hood River

Among 2013 “Operators of the Year” awards, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) this year bestowed an Annual Merit Award to WyEast Timber Services, a Hood River company.