Local committee to develop four year plan for improving dental health of children

A committee of community members will be meeting over the next six months to create a four year plan to improve children’s dental health in Hood River and Wasco counties.

‘Pair it Forward’: local youth collect used shoes

Attention anyone with a closet: Those shoes you no longer want are desperately needed to help fight global poverty.

Climate Action Network plans Earth Day events

Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network (CGCAN) is coordinating a series of Earth Day events on Saturday, April 25 in Hood River to celebrate and connect Columbia Gorge residents around Earth awareness.

HRVHS Cheerleading program holds mandatory tryout meeting April 16

Anyone interested in trying out for cheerleading at HRVHS for the 2015-16 season is required to attend an informational meeting Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in the HRVHS library.

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HRVHS robotics student gives back to community

“I love giving back to the community” is Lucas Gilbert’s response to Hood River Valley High School Robotics newest project.

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Schools looking at $896,000 in budget cuts next year

Saying “it will be impossible to make cuts that don’t affect kids,” Superintendent Dan Goldman announced that he expects budget cuts totaling $896,000 will be required of Hood River County School District for the 2015-16 school year.

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Artist Robin Panzer employs ancient ‘new’ medium

Hood River’s Robin Panzer is a Chigiri-e artist — an ancient Japanese art form (Heian period, 794-1185) that uses layers of hand torn colored paper to create images that, when completed, resemble a textured painting. Although it’s an old technique, she unknowingly stumbled upon it in 2011.

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Hood River man sentenced to 17 years for manslaughter, assault

A Hood River man accused of killing the mother of his child last year was sentenced to 17 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges of manslaughter and assault. Miguel Angel Soto-Quintana, 29, was convicted for the death of Cecilia Campuzano-Ortiz, 23, last October. Soto-Quintana will serve 16 years in prison for manslaughter and 14 months for fourth degree assault. He will also serve three years in a post-prison supervision program and pay $14,611 in restitution, most of which is portioned for the victim’s family.

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Blue Ribbon Campaign raises awareness

The Blue Ribbon Campaign, started in 1989 as a grandmother’s tribute to her grandson, who had died as the result of child abuse, came to downtown Hood River on April 4.

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Baby blanket drive supports hospital’s perinatal loss program

Cameron Teems, RNC-OB, Family Birth Center nurse at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, is organizing a special collection of baby blankets April 13-17.

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Bowl for Kids’ Sake raises funds, awareness

Big bowlers, Little bowlers and bowlers in between made a difference at Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2015 on Saturday, March 14. The event grossed more than $55,000, almost half of the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ annual budget.

Head Start programs earn 5-star rating

Two of Mid-Columbia Children’s Council Head Start facilities — Country Club and Parkdale — recently received the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) five-star rating from the state of Oregon.

Soroptimist accepts ‘Woman of Distinction’ nominations

Soroptimist International of Hood River invites individuals and organizations to honor a woman in their midst whose professional or volunteer work has made a distinctive difference in the life of Hood River County or in the lives of women and girls. Nominations for the service club’s annual “Women of Distinction” award are being accepted until Thursday, April 30th.

Equipment rentals available through OSU/Gorge Grown

Ever want to try out some kitchen equipment for food preservation before you buy them for yourself? Or need some kitchen equipment to use for a short period of time? Or to try out some equipment that you might want to use for your up and coming food business?

Police Log, March 30 to April 5

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