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CASA Volunteer Manager Susan Baldwin: Leading by example

Next training starts Feb. 16

Ask Susan Baldwin, Columbia Gorge CASA volunteer manager, about her volunteers and the children they serve, and she’ll start to tear up.

‘Solarize’ campaign relaunches Feb. 1

Gorge Owned offers incentives for solar

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

Hedges and hedgerow workshop Saturday

The Underwood Conservation District (UCD) is inviting the public to come and learn about hedges and hedgerows during a workshop Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Underwood Community Center.

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Hood River City Council approves 25 cent parking rate hike downtown

Parking downtown will put visitors back an extra quarter. Hood River City Council on Monday approved a rate increase from 75 cents to $1 per hour for downtown street parking meters.

American Red Cross Blood Drive Jan. 27

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital volunteers are hosting an American Red Cross blood drive at the Hood River Armory on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 12:30-5:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), visit (sponsor code: HoodRiver), or call Margo Parker at 541-387-3669.

City Council hears short term rental schedule, housing calendar

Hood River City Council touched base Monday with staff and the public on a schedule for “landmarks” on proposed short-term rental (STR) rules.

CGCC considers potential cost of search for new president

President Frank Toda's contract set to expire

Looking forward to the upcoming budget process for the 2016-17 fiscal year, the cost and process of a possible national search for a new college president was discussed by the board at its January board meeting.

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Two fires: quick response quells barn and truck blazes

Two fires broke out in Hood River County in one day’s span — a truck fire on Interstate 84 Sunday night and a barn fire on the Heights Monday morning.

‘Fire Service Appreciation Day’ is Wednesday, Jan. 27

In honor of Fire Service Appreciation Day, held nationally on Jan. 27 this year, West Side Fire Marshall Jim Trammell offers the following “fun facts” about Hood River County’s stations and volunteers:

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Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts mentor appreciation event

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Columbia Gorge hosts an annual Mentor Appreciation event each year to say thank you to volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) for everything they do for children (“Littles”) in the program. This year, the event took place at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles with approximately 30 attendees.

Sheriff Log, Jan. 17 to 24

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

Police Log, Jan.18 to 24

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

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Columbia Gorge CASA welcomes new volunteers

Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) welcomes their newest child advocates, Rob Brostoff, Cascade Locks; Amanda Cummings, Sherilyn Hutchinson, and Barbara Pizzola, The Dalles; and Feliza Greenwald, Giulia Good Stefani, and Steve White, Hood River. They were sworn into duty by the Honorable John A. Olson on Jan. 14.

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Pet of the Week: Max needs energetic home

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

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Anana’s Boutique goes ‘back to its roots’

For Heidi McLennon, owner and designer at Anana’s Boutique in downtown Hood River, what’s old is new again.