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County holds STR, marijuana hearings in August

Hood River County will tackle two divisive issues in tandem. Rules for short term rentals and marijuana businesses have come before Hood River County Planning Commission, and now the appointed panel’s recommendations will shift up to the elected Board of Commissioners for a pair of hearings in August to decide their legislative fate.

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County moves to fix Barker Road

Hood River County Board of Commissioners took action on a notorious road fix and an industrial zoning change at a brief meeting Monday night.

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‘He is one tough little guy’

Saturday dance event gives hope and help to boy, 4, who faces debilitating illnesses

If there’s one thing Kaius Johnson, 4, needs, it’s friends. And he has them. But he could always use more.

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Plenty to go around: with free lunches, volunteers seek those in need

Skating teens and elderly residents alike enjoyed a free sack lunch at Hood River Skate Park Monday, the first day of a unique “work in progress” nutrition outreach by local volunteers.

Gamez steps into Columbia Gorge Community College board vacancy

J. Carmen Gamez, horticulture manager for Orchard View Farms, was sworn in to serve on the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education last Tuesday. He will replace M.D. Van Valkenbergh, who retired from the board in June.

Gorge Community Foundation awards scholarships

Gorge Community Foundation awarded more than $190,000 in scholarships and grants in May and June, benefiting students from several local communities as well as a wide range of public service initiatives across the bi-state region.

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At County Fair, events expand, basic pleasures return

Fair runs July 27-30 in Odell

Hood River County Fairgrounds Manager Clara Rice said that patrons of this year’s fair, which opens July 27 and runs through July 30, will find many of the same elements they love and expect each year — rides, exhibits and entertainment.

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Meriwether Send-off

Meriwether is in his last weeks as Hood River County Administrator after 15 years.

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Cancer Society links radon to cancer in women

A new report finds a statistically significant, positive association between high levels of residential radon and the risk of hematologic (blood) cancer in women. The study is the first prospective, population-based study of residential radon exposure and hematologic cancer risk, leading the authors to caution that it requires replication to better understand the association and whether it truly differs by sex.

Great NW Milk Drive to benefit Northwest infants

Aug. 6 collection event to be held at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital

The Northwest Mothers Milk Bank and Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital (PHRMH) are hosting The Great NW Milk Drive to spotlight the importance of human donor milk for preterm infants and to increase the number of milk donors in Hood River.

Suicide awareness training offered July 26

Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI) and the Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative host a free training by national speaker Dr. Patrick Arbore, EdD, on July 26.

HAHRC BEATS PoP: power of your local farmers markets

Many local farmers’ markets in The Gorge are sponsoring programs this year to up your buying power of local produce. The Power of Produce (or PoP) Club is back in action.

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Fresh Start serves first farm supper

Mt. View Orchards and Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program are teaming up for a summer farm supper at the farm’s new dining venue, amidst 50 acres of pears, apples and cherries. The dinner is on Saturday, July 30 at 6 p.m., and features a romantic Italian buffet prepared by Fresh Start staff and students.

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First act: Arts Initiative group unveils plans

An ensemble of artists, patrons, and artistic organizers have formed a new group, Performing Arts Initiative (PAI), for the long-range purpose of developing and presenting larger scale, higher-end artistic performances that are on a par with communities such as Ashland, Park City, Bend and Spokane, and make the Gorge a regional arts destination.