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Photo contest winners remind us about everyday learning opportunities

‘Parenting Together’

Eight great photos have been selected as winners of the fourth annual Columbia Gorge Parenting Together Photo Contest. Winning photographers are Blanca Flores, Elisa Cartwright, Jessica Hoffman, Karen Harding, Karin Tauscher, Lauren Kraemer, Melanie Kelly and Paloma Ayala.

Oregon History Society opens display of iconic American documents

The Declaration of Independence. The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Monroe Doctrine. These bedrock documents laid the foundational "blueprints" of American democracy — and, some of the earliest printings and engravings of these iconic pieces will be on view at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) from July 29 through Feb. 1, 2017, in the original exhibition “Democracy's Blueprints: The Documents that Built America.”

Rolling carts and composting: City Council considers improvements to solid waste collection services

On Monday night, Hood River City Council invites the public to attend a presentation about proposed changes to our solid waste collection services. The presentation will be part of the regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 211 Second St.

ANOTHER VOICE: ‘We cannot let another day go by’

Recently during a visit to New Hampshire, Gregory and Linda Drugan shared with me the painful story of the death of their son, Greg.

Another Voice: Why I am voting Gov. Johnson, President

As an American citizen, I believe he represents the best in American ideals and will act in accordance with America’s best interests.

Another Voice: Immigration reform advocate: ‘It is time to unfreeze the status quo’

During harvest time for corn, the heavy yet melodic rhythm of “El Novillo Despuntado,” a ranchera song performed by an iconic figure for Mexican campesinos, echoes on the southern plains in Jalisco, Mexico.

Another Voice: Trains in the Columbia Gorge are going in the wrong direction

If there is any positive outcome to the Mosier oil train derailment on June 3, it is that many more people are asking the right questions about oil trains traveling along the Columbia River and through our communities. These are questions that challenge our complacency and call for us to stand up for our values as residents of the Columbia Gorge.

Another Voice: Parks District should focus efforts on a west side site, not Barrett property

For the last six months, Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District has partnered with us, Hood River Valley Residents Committee, to explore the feasibility of creating a new 20-acre community park at the corner of Fairview and Belmont, catty corner from Westside Elementary School.

ANOTHER VOICE: Governor Brown: Respect the will of Hood River voters

Hood River County voters made history in the May 17 election.

Another Voice: Leadership needed in dealing with threats from oil trains in the Gorge

The Mosier train derailment on June 3 was a terrible accident. But from the accident, we have learned many valuable things. As the members of the Oregon House who represent the Gorge region in Salem, it was especially instructive for us to be able to witness first-hand how legislation passed in the 2015 session impacted the reaction to events that occurred that weekend

After Orlando: How can US cross our divides and prevent tragedies?

Bethel Church in White Salmon is a place where we sing, pray, hear poetry and scripture, and reflect together in worship on the sermon and our own stories that it brings up. We love potlucks and sidewalk chalk and working for justice.

ANOTHER VOICE: Mosier train disaster provides us with a challenge and opportunity

Last week a train carrying crude oil in 16 tank cars derailed in the tiny river town of Mosier — 42,000 gallons spilled, 32,000 gallons burned, and 10,000 gallons clogged the municipal wastewater plant. As horrible as it is, the community of Mosier and everyone depending on the Columbia River got lucky.

Climate Change: One graduate’s message

Let us help to change the story of destruction and greed

A note to the graduation class of 2016:

Another voice: Superintendent: thank you, community, for your bond vote support

Thank you to the voters of Hood River County for your overwhelming support of our youth and our schools with the passage of Measure 14-58, the school facilities bond. Our school district educators are humbled by your vote of confidence and your dedication to the future of our community - our children.

ANOTHER VOICE: ‘Yes’ vote makes sense for Hood River County

Water is something none of us can live without. It can be easy to take for granted, but we can’t prosper as a community, or even make it though the day without it.

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