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Pet of the Week: Gigi is ‘goofy, funny, sweet dog’ looking for her forever home

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

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Columbia River Historic Highway trail work underway

Trail work has begun on the last piece of the Columbia River Historic Highway Trail.

Yakama Agency shocks KPUD with $65M fire damage claim

In an Oct. 21 letter to the president of Klickitat County Public Utility District’s board of commissioners, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Yakama Agency issued a demand for payment of more than $65 million for calculated losses due to the Mile Marker 28 Fire of July 2013.

The Ale List: Double Mountain’s IRA prevails in Oregonlive voting

The Oregonian newspaper’s online service,, gives kudos to local brews in its own recent ranking, and now, readers’ on-line voting:

DIY Gift Day at HR History Museum Dec. 5

Are you tired of giving the same old store bought gifts year after year? Do you want to give gifts with a more personal touch but are great looking? Come to the History Museum of Hood River County’s DIY Holiday Gift Day and learn how!

Mt. Hood land bill advances

Sen. Ron Wyden gets his ‘Cooper Spur Clarification’ through Senate committee

A bill launched by Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden to speed up a long-delayed land exchange between Mt. Hood Meadows resort and the U.S. Forest Service has moved forward one key step — the piece of legislation found Senate Committee approval last week.

CL Council approves ‘Gorge Hub’ grant, talks Nestlé status

Cascade Locks City Council tackled a diverse agenda — from utilities to tourism and Nestlé — at a short but busy meeting Monday.

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Six Jesuit volunteers work in a year of service

In what has become an annual changing of the guard, six new Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest (JVC) members moved to Odell this August for a year of intensive community service.

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Allies at ‘Aloha’

At top-flight Hawaii event, Gorge surfers fight crushing waves to reach podium

The 2015 Nove Nove Maui Aloha Classic was one for the record books. The contest, organized by Sam Bittner of the AWT, marked the culmination of the American Windsurfing Tour and the PWA World Tour, bringing together the best windsurfers in the world for one unique competition. The event’s holding period ran from Oct. 28 through Nov. 10, with 10 days of competition.

Holiday Happenings: Photos with Santa at the Columbia Art Center, more

Make memories with a visit and picture with Santa in the lobby of the Columbia Center for the Arts from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 13, and 20. Santa (who also happens to be starring in the CAST Theatre production of “Miracle on 34th Street” in the Columbia Arts Theatre) will be visiting with kids before Sunday show matinees during December.

Climate change march happens Sunday in HR

Citizens will march Sunday in Hood River as part of a “global mobilization” on climate change, in advance of the Paris summit Nov. 30- to Dec. 11.

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Thanksgiving holiday events

The annual Turkey Trot takes place Thanksgiving Day, Mosier Twin Tunnels, 10 a.m. at Mark Hatfield Trailhead; register starting at 9 a.m.; kids’ 200-meter run at 9:50 a.m. Choose the 12-kilometer, 5K and 3K run/walk. Proceeds benefit Mosier Schools.

HAHRC BEATS: November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Every 19 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. That means nearly 30 million children and adults are now living with diabetes and another 86 million are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Recent estimates project that by 2050, one in three adult Americans will have Type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association’s vision is to raise awareness of this disease and for people to live free from it and all its burdens.

National Initiative: Mindfulness Center trains ‘Mental Health First Aid’

The new Gorge Mindfulness Center founded by local psychotherapist Craig Schlarb, Ph.D., LPC (3088) is initiating the Mental Health First Aid program in the Gorge for the Faith Community. The Gorge Mindfulness Center will train up to 30 faith leaders to improve mental health literacy – helping them identify, understand and effectively respond to signs of mental illness.

Red Cross recommends iron-rich foods prior to blood donation

The next Red Cross blood drive will take place on Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hood River Elks Lodge, Third and Cascade.