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David Russo helms HR School Board

Staff previews process for facility planning update

In its lone meeting for July, Hood River County School Board on Wednesday welcomed two new members and assigned a new chair and vice-chair.

Governor to speak: Leaders For Tomorrow calls alumni to brunch

Leaders for Tomorrow (LFT) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary on Friday, July 17 at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. Organizers are looking for alumni of the program, originally called Leadership for Youth (a.k.a. Chamber Leaders) with students from Hood River Valley, Cascade Locks and Summit (now Horizon) Christian Schools.

Grave Matters discussion series: funerary practices and green burials

Join in the discussion of funerary rituals and modes of remembering at the Hood River Library on Wednesday, July 15, at 5:30 p.m.

Lions provide sight screenings this weekend in CL

The Columbia Gorge Lions Club will host its 40th annual Sternwheeler Days Festival in Cascade Locks June 26-28. Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation will also be on hand June 28 to conduct free state-of-the-art sight screenings for children.

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Teen rescues Punchbowl Falls swimmer

Barros honored as ‘Crag Rat for the day’

It was a big week for Claudia Barros — the 17-year-old graduated from high school Friday and saved a woman from drowning near Punchbowl Falls Sunday.

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Cascade Locks School, supporters celebrate Walk/Ride to School Month

Twelve students won new bikes, scooters and skateboards during the Walk/Ride to School event in May. Cascade Locks School’s PTO challenged businesses and organizations to make donations to purchase the items with the group donating the most money winning two hours of community service from the school.

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HRV students continue streamside enhancement

Cleaning out your desk in the final days of school is one thing.

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HRVHS Coda

Senior members of the Hood River Valley High School Chamber Singers share a light moment before their final performance Friday during Class of 2015 Commencement.

Cascade Observations: Love, punctuated

May 29, and the handcrafted love notes from second graders keep coming — their teacher has informed them that today is my birthday, and that I will be retiring from teaching in the coming year. If I felt uncomfortable about turning 59 when I awoke this morning, their lovely cards have temporarily banished those feelings.

Hood River student wins Holocaust Center contest

“How can lessons of the Holocaust inspire you to make the world a better place?”

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Elks honor ‘Students of the Year’

The 19th annual Elks Student of the Year ceremony was held in the Elks Lodge ballroom on the evening of May 31. Les Perkins, local businessman and County Commissioner, was the guest speaker. He talked about the value of community service and how the benefits of helping others within the community are long lasting and beneficial in many different ways.

Workshops set for bird and pollinator habitats

Learn to create habitat around your home at the Hood River Watershed Group’s upcoming Backyard Habitat Workshop on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lyle schools unite with ‘Art for Sky’

Lyle — Students from Lyle School District created a grand scale human painting of a crimson salmon last Friday. The schools teamed up with “Art for the Sky” photographer Daniel Dancer of Mosier to make the proposed public art piece a reality.

Stevenson Elementary principal becomes school superintendent

The Stevenson-Carson School District Board of Directors selected Karen Douglass, Principal of Stevenson Elementary, as its new district Superintendent Thursday. Douglass will begin her new position on July 1, replacing outgoing Superintendent Dan Read.

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Preschool options expand in Odell and Pine Grove

Whether it’s a new school in an old location or an old program with a new teacher, preschool options have expanded in the middle valley.