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‘Operation Dry Water’ this weekend

The Marine Board and law enforcement from 32 counties and the Oregon State Police will be participating in Operation Dry Water during the weekend of June 24-26 as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII).

The Next Door marks 45 years

Local agency celebrates decades of changing lives

Think back in time to the year 1971. The Vietnam War was dividing the country. Young people turned to drugs to numb their fear and confusion while their parents anxiously watched the fast-paced social changes that were occurring. The Beatles had gone their separate ways.

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HRV students earn Ford Foundation scholarships

Jackie Santa Cruz and Jesus Chavarias, both 18, were two of 5,987 Oregon and Northern California high school seniors to apply for a Ford Family Foundation scholarship their senior year of high school.

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Delayed burn pile fire

Firefighter John Stehlik hoses a burn pile Thursday that had been set more than five weeks ago. The fire spread to four-tenths of an acre before Wy’East Fire District personnel responded and controlled its spread through blackberries and into nearby woods.

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County begins hearings on marijuana business ordinance

Marijuana rules came before Hood River County Planning Commission on Wednesday, the first in a series of hearings deciding local regulations on the cannabis industry in unincorporated parts of the county.

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‘Straw pull’ decides school board vacancy

In a historic first, a “straw pull” decided who will be appointed to the Hood River County School District Board of Directors.

Meet Hood River County administrator candidates on June 29

The public will get a chance to meet five candidates for the Hood River County administrator post at an evening reception Wednesday.

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Federal report blames railroad for Mosier derailment

UP says oil train traffic will resume through Gorge

A day after Union Pacific announced oil trains will begin rolling through the Columbia Gorge again, a federal report blamed the railroad for the fiery derailment in Mosier.

Mt. Hood Town Hall Summer BBQ

The Mt. Hood Town Hall holds its annual Summer Barbecue on Saturday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m.

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Final reunion for Odell High School

Bernice Arthur, left, and Pat Rasmussen Hoodenpile, along with Nate Arthur, far left, greet Delpha Clark, class of 1944, Saturday at the final reunion of the Odell High School, which was founded 100 years ago.

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Oregon Trail Tea Time

The Hood River Valley Evening Garden Club hosted this year’s Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs Convention June 13-16 at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn — the first time in more than a decade the state convention has been hosted by a Hood River club.

‘Art in the Gorge’ show in Hood River July 1-3

Eighteen local artists will host a weekend gallery and sale at Venue 301 (formerly the Butler Bank Building), 301 Oak St., Hood River, July 1-3.

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Parkdale mason crafts new ‘masterpiece’ at Cape Horn

While working on his second masterpiece for the Cape Horn Trail, Michael Byrne hiked a half-mile back to show his granddaughter the waterfall overlook he completed a year ago.

Portland leaders ask governors to ban oil-by-rail

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland and Multnomah County leaders on Tuesday urged the governors of Oregon and Washington to push Congress for a permanent ban on oil-by-rail in the wake of a fiery train derailment along the Columbia River.

What happened to sea lion ‘Ray?’

“Ray,” a 1,300-pound male California sea lion, was a well-known fixture at The Dalles Marina, where he took up residence on a tenant’s dock in 2011. For years, he was a highly visible member of the river community, hauling himself out on a marina dock each day and feasting on salmon migrating through the river.

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