How to Help: Ways to give locally during the holiday season

Every season is a time of need for some people in this and any community.

USDA invests $13 Million to improve healthcare in Columbia River Gorge

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is providing $13.2 million to improve access to health care services for rural communities in the Columbia River Gorge, announced State Director John Huffman Nov. 20. The loan from Rural Development will be used by the nonprofit health care provider One Community Health to replace its Hood River community health center.

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Columbia Gorge CASA welcomes new volunteers

Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is pleased to introduce their newest child advocates: Becky Bell, Hood River, Taryn Tkach, White Salmon, and Daylon Donnelly, Antonio Marconi and Michael Wacker, all of The Dalles. The group was sworn into duty by the Honorable Karen Ostrye on Nov. 9 after completing 32 hours of training.

‘National Pear Month’ marked in December

To kick off the 13th year of the U.S. Department of Agriculture proclaiming December to be National Pear Month, Pear Bureau Northwest/USA Pears is once again implementing promotional efforts on a global scale.

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Gleaning: Where surplus and hunger meet

The Columbia Gorge Gleaning Project connects those experiencing hunger to local, farm-fresh produce. The need is high — one in three residents of the Gorge are food insecure — yet produce left in local fields is abundant. According to Feeding America, nearly half of the food grown, processed and transported in the U.S. goes to waste.

Hood River Lions give $68,303 in grants

The Hood River Lions Club will be handing out checks totaling $68,303 in early December to 13 non-profit organizations in Hood River County.

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County plans expansion of Kingsley Campground

Hood River County is mulling improvements to a replaced Kingsley Reservoir Campground after an irrigation project floods it.

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As ‘smoke clears,’ HR forum explores post-fire ecology

A Hood River forum will examine what comes post-Eagle Creek fire and how the public can get involved in the forest’s recovery.

Leisure, hospitality grows despite seasonal losses

Hood River County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by a scant 0.1 percentage point in October to 3.7 percent. Ranked among Oregon’s 36 counties, Hood River’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate finished second to Benton County’s 3.3 percent.

Highway 30 update

A six-mile stretch of the Historic Columbia River Highway reopened.

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‘Food Flight’ brings Thanksgiving bounty to Cascade Locks community

The Cascade Locks food flight created quite a stir Wednesday at the normally quiet Cascade Locks airfield on Forest Lane.

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Children’s Park: What the new one could look like

The Children’s Park play structure proposal is now ready for public review.

Christmas Project: Where and when to sign up, and how to help

Registration for the 2017 Hood River County Christmas Project started Nov. 9 and continues for families in need through Dec. 9.

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Lisa Muñoz: Talking steps toward broadening community

Latino Experience in Hood River County

Latina Lisa Muñoz spoke Nov. 8 at Hood River forum from the perspective of a native Hood Riverite who grew up doing orchard work, went on to gain two degrees in college, and returned to her community to do oral history work at The History Museum of Hood River County.

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Museum’s ‘Latino Experience’ on display through December

A new exhibit at the History Museum of Hood River County highlights both the traditional and the modern in the Latino experience.