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2016 year in review: High heat, enduring snow

Part Two: July to December

More snow. Six new inches fell in Hood River on Jan. 2, and nine or more inches in the upper valley, bringing the Gorge to within five days of one solid month with snow on the ground — the snowiest December in memory for the valley floor.

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‘Violent’ CL crash sends three to hospital

Three people were sent to a hospital Thursday in what Oregon State Police termed a “violent” highway crash near Cascade Locks.

Start your planting with Soil and Water District annual plant sale

The Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District has begun taking orders for its annual native plant sale, with a large selection of native plant species at discounted prices.

Vaca, Bricker are December Elks Students of the Month

Adrianna Vaca and Elizabeth Bricker, both Hood River Valley High School seniors, have been selected as Elks December Students of the Month. Both were presented checks for $100 in recognition of their volunteer efforts in the community and their achievements at school during a Lodge meeting.

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Celebrating ‘Tinsel & Tails,’ a benefit for Adopt-A-Dog

Twilight, the chill of winter air, and the promise of holiday music welcomed people and their dogs to the fifth annual Hood River Adopt a Dog “Tinsel & Tails” festivities on Dec. 29, at Riverside Church, writes Sarah Segal.

‘Thank you for your support’

Dan Pratt, board president of the Mosier Valley Senior Center, writes: “The Board of Directors of the Mosier Senior Center would like to thank all the people who so generously responded to our appeal for funding so that we could remain open."

County targets affordable housing with construction tax

Hood River County Board of Commissioners last week asked staff to write up an ordinance creating a new construction tax devoted to funding affordable housing programs.

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Q and A with Maui Meyer: ‘I don’t think you ever put anything behind you’

Maui Meyer came to Hood River for the surfing, and it is that verb, in an allegorical sense, he uses to describe his next phase of life. Meyer hopes to be appointed by the governor’s office to the Regional Solutions Team and plans to serve on the Rural Development Initiative, a non-profit group.

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2016: year in review

Rail fire, water politics

Two turbulent local elections and an oil train wreck in Mosier forged the defining moments of 2016.

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Interesting People Series: Nepali trek guide speaks Jan. 5 at Mt. Hood Town Hall

Chandra Man Bajyoo, a 43-year-old Nepali guide who has done more than 100 treks in the Himalayas, will speak about his experiences at the Mt. Hood Town Hall on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. This is the first in a series of “Interesting People” talks at the community center, located at 6575 Hwy. 35 in the upper Hood River valley.

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One Community Health dentist Kevin Prates honored with Leadership Citation

Kevin Prates, DDS, was recently honored with the Oregon Dental Association’s Presidential Leadership Citation for 2016, announced his employer, One Community Health (OCH).

Free recreational crabbing this weekend

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to make it easy for anglers to kick off the new year with a free fishing weekend on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Walden wins powerful seat

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has been chosen to chair the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, where some of the biggest legislative battles associated with a major shift in leadership will start.

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Fermentation 101: new course toasts brewers of all stripes

The Columbia Gorge is now home to an estimated 45 wineries, 14 breweries, 13 cideries, two distilleries, and one of the world’s largest yeast laboratories — not counting dozens, probably hundreds, of home brewers.

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Three hospitalized in Cascade Locks crash

Vehicle caught fire, extinguished by bystander

Three people were sent to the hospital after a crash on Interstate 84 near Cascade Locks Thursday afternoon, Oregon State Police reported.