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Feds slash timber payments to counties

Funds greatly reduced as Secure Rural Schools ends

Counties that have federal forestland within their borders recently received some bad news after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that this year’s federal timber payments to counties would be drastically reduced due to Congress’ failure to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools Act.

Breastfeeding support group begins meetings

The Columbia Gorge Breastfeeding Coalition has formed a mother-to-mother support group to offer a place to turn during this important time.

‘Solarize’ campaign starts with launch party Feb. 3

Gorge Owned, local contractors offer incentives

With support from Northwest Solar Communities, Gorge Owned (GO!) is working with local solar contractors to offer discounted, bulk rates on solar panel installations to Gorge homeowners in Klickitat, Skamania, Wasco and Hood River counties.

Police Log, Jan. 19 to 25

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River.

Sheriff Log, Jan. 18 to 25

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River.

Walmart site in The Dalles appealed again

A local citizens group opposing a proposed Walmart superstore in The Dalles has appealed for a second time a wetlands permit issued to the retail giant.

May Street Elementary hosts Battle of Books

May Street Elementary is hosting the second annual Gorge OBOB Invitational Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

Despite lost jobs due to low snow, HRC has lowest unemployment

The Oregon Employment Department released its unemployment numbers for the month of December this week and though it lost well over a 100 jobs compared to last year, Hood River County still has the lowest unemployment rate in the state.

Community Health Worker training offered

Nuestra Comunidad Sana, a program of The Next Door, brings Community Health Worker (CHW) Training to the Gorge. Participants who complete the rigorous 90 hour course requirements are eligible for certification as CHWs in Oregon.

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Pet of the Week: Larry is a playful, happy pup

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Larry as the program’s adoptable pet of the week:

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HR Hostel, Ahi’s host open house

Hood River Hostel opens next month on Clearwater Lane, off West Cascade, for individual guests or groups.

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Gorge breweries craft an alliance

Map, website, and cooperative spirit blend in new group

The ale-liance is ready to pour together.

Economic Priority

City council hears detailed appeal on affordable housing

The chronic issue of affordable housing received a thorough airing Monday at City Council, and a sense of progress was evident to the council and those who presented on the issue.

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At annual banquet, Chamber looks to ‘15

Hood River Chamber of Commerce members gathered at the Columbia Gorge Hotel on Friday for the group’s annual Membership Appreciation dinner. Many members came decked out in their formal best in keeping with the evening’s prom theme.

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Port hires Genevieve Scholl for new post

Genevieve Scholl joined the Port of Hood River staff on Jan. 12 as Special Projects Manager.