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ODOT announces long-term repairs on Highway 26

Look for delays in areas west of Government Camp

Construction will delay travelers over Mt. Hood on U.S. 26 with congestion, one hour road closures, 20-minute traffic stops and increased truck traffic west of Government Camp. This project will take place April through October in 2015 and 2016.

Folklorist Nancy Nusz seeking Gorge traditions, stories

The Oregon Folklife Network is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded it funding to document cultural traditions in the Columbia River Gorge. Folklorist Nancy J. Nusz will be working in Hood River, Wasco, Jefferson, Sherman and Gilliam counties with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs during March and April 2015.

Fire incident conference meets in Vancouver

Agencies from region look at 2015 fire season

The 2015 Northwest Incident Management Team Review Conference will be held in Vancouver on April 7 – 10 at the Vancouver Convention Center.

Saddle Club fundraiser April 17

The Hood River Saddle Club will host their annual spaghetti feed fundraiser on April 17, 2015, from 5-8 p.m. The menu features all you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, beverage and dessert.

County unemployment falls below 5 percent

Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates in the Columbia Gorge for February 2015 ranged from a low of 4.9 percent in Hood River County to 6 percent in Sherman County, according to figures recently released by the Oregon Employment Department.

Senate Democrats seek tougher federal rules for oil trains

SEATTLE (AP) — Senate Democrats have proposed federal legislation to strengthen safety standards for trains that carry volatile shipments of crude oil.

Oregon man who blew himself up had prior mental crisis

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man who killed himself last week in an explosion along a busy highway below Mt. Hood had a recent mental health crisis that sent him to a southwest Washington hospital, authorities said.

Second trial over former MCMC anesthesiologist starts

A second trial against Mid-Columbia Medical Center stemming from a former anesthesiologist’s sexual assault of sedated female patients and hospital employees is underway in The Dalles.

The Dalles sets rules for pot shops

The Dalles City Councilor Dan Spatz was the sole vote last Monday against rules to site medical marijuana dispensaries on properties not located near schools or within residential areas.

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Jail chief hands over keys

NORCOR stable, but Weed says jail ‘expensive way to help mental illness’

When James Weed took the job of executive director at the regional jail in April 2009, he inherited eight pending lawsuits over alleged inmate abuse and a spate of high-profile personnel problems.

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$100K for education in first 15 years

When shoppers at Rosauers pick up a tasty organic apple from the “School Aid” bin, many are unaware that they’re fueling robots — and a new generation of engineers.

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Heukers now own old CL fire hall

It’s official: the old Cascade Locks Fire Hall is owned by the Heuker family of Dodson.

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With School Aid purchase, ‘You just gave money to kids’

“You do this to this apple, it becomes something different.”

Hearing delayed for accused caregiver

A Hood River caregiver accused of stealing over $10,000 from a patient appeared in court Monday March 30, but the hearing was postponed until May 4.

The Ale List: Knead sells to Logsdon; pFriem releases bottles

Knead Bakery at Fifth and Cascade has a new owner, and soon a new name.