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2017 INNOVATIVE TEACHING GRANTS: Education Foundation announces new funds

The Hood River County Education Foundation has awarded its annual grants to Hood River County School staff for funding innovative educational projects. Each year the foundation accepts grants from teachers and staff for enhancing student learning.

CGCC master plan aims for ‘cost-effective’ degree route, service to Hispanics

A “constant focus on student success,” outreach to the region’s Hispanic community and reinvigorated industry partnerships provide the compass points in 2017 for Columbia Gorge Community College, which entered the new year with a strategic roadmap to turn those priorities into reality, according to a press release.

Speech-Debate team readies for busy spring

Ten Hood River Valley High School students competed in the Feb. 11 Saints Invitational Forensics Tournament held at Mt Hood Community College.

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‘Green’ gainers

Hood River team Men In Green (back rows) won the field competition first place award at the recent Super Qualifiers in Portland.

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CAT seeks feedback on plan improvements

Columbia Area Transit (CAT) is proposing several bus route improvements as part of the new Hood River County Transit Master Plan. The goal of the plan is to enhance public access to key destinations for people of all ages and abilities by expanding the area’s public bus service in the near term and over the next 20 years.

Hood River Library partners with Kickstand

The Hood River Library will partner with Kickstand Coffee & Kitchen to provide a once-monthly book club located at the café.

Tri-County Recycling announces collection events

Tri-County Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program hold hazardous waste collection events periodically throughout the year around the Gorge.

‘Tongue Twister’ benefits SMART literacy program Feb. 24

With a new location and a familiar set of faces, the SMART Tongue Twister Tournament returns Feb. 24 for its seventh year.

Pile burning planned near upper Major Cr. in Gorge

Fire managers at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area are planning to conduct pile burns near the upper East Fork of Major Creek in Klickitat County, Wash., this month.

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Gorge farms face unpredictable year

There’s only one thing that Gorge area farmers know for certain about the upcoming growing season — nothing is going to be predictable this year.

House fire affects two adults in Carson

Emergency crews have been busy responding to house fires.

DeeTour Hotel conflict heading to state land board

A citizen watchdog group plans to appeal Hood River County Board of Commissioner’s decision to allow DeeTour Hotel, which could bring a long-running dispute over commercial development in the upper valley to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.

Adult Center: New director Amy Mallett makes changes

Amy Mallett, Hood River Valley Adult Center executive director since June 2016, has a long history of working with seniors. She served as senior director of the Goleta Valley Community Center for 12 years, and, most recently, program manager of Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, Area Agency on Aging, for a year, located in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties in California.

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New resolution serves as ‘commitment to protect our liberties today ‘

State Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River, has sponsored a resolution to recognize the historical significance of Feb. 19, 1942, the date President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which restricted the freedom of Japanese Americans and other legal resident aliens through required identification cards, travel restrictions and seizure of personal property.

Paris Fair building sold; New owner considers adding housing

The historic Paris Fair Building at Fourth and Oak Street has passed into new ownership. Paris Fair LLC, represented by Jeff Pickhardt, bought the property from owner North Cheatham on Feb. 1.