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Celebrating a river’s return: Community float highlights the ‘remarkable recovery’ of the White Salmon River

It’s been nearly five years since 700 pounds of dynamite was shoved into a hole at the base of Condit Dam and detonated — blowing a hole in the structure, draining Northwestern Lake behind it, and in the process, signaling a new chapter of the White Salmon River’s life.

Sports Briefs for July 16

HRV water polo info sessions July 18 and 27; Hood River athletes place well in TrackTown Youth League Champs; Youth “Fun and Run” camps coming early August; Bridge of the Gods Kitefest July 29-31

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Entertainment Update for July 16

Shakespeare in the Park; Tess Barr Blues Band Saturday at HoodCrest

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Packer Orchards Farm Place holds Cherry Celebration

It’s that time of year when businesses throughout the Hood River Fruit Loop share the bounty of the Hood River Valley, starting with the annual Cherry Celebration.

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‘Benny Beaver’ stars at OSU Day at County Fair

Hood River County Fair returns July 27-29

Benny Beaver will be showing his trademark buckteeth and flat tail at the Hood River County Fair. The OSU mascot will be cruising the fairgrounds on Thursday, July 28, starting at 1 p.m. with free photo opportunities and a scavenger hunt with prizes. Benny will help fairgoers learn what Oregon State University is doing in Hood River County.

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EnviroGorge Kids summer writing contest

EnviroGorge wants to share what kids have to say about the environment.

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Entertainment Update for July 13

Hit Machine Block Party for United Way Friday; more

Runners caught cutting corners

Strange circumstances led to the delay in getting Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run results; organizer Mary Gumm wanted to get it right.

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Kollas-Cranmer July 4 Run results finalized

The results from the Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run are in after a bit of delay and congratulations go to Jesse McChesney, who finished first place out of the 269 people who registered to run the event (99 walkers), finishing in 39 minutes, 8.10 seconds. He narrowly beat second-place finisher Oscar Bauman, who completed the 7.41-mile course from Odell to Hood River in 39:08.39. Also going sub-40 in the race were Ahrlin Bauman (39:12) and Dusty Lopez (39:32), who finished in third and fourth places, respectively.

Big-air kiteboarding comp Hood River Huck Fest goes on hiatus

An increasingly popular big-air kiteboarding competition located near Rufus for the past three summers will not be held this season as organizers take time off to assess the future of the event.

Friday night party, kids’ wind art, endurance race highlight ‘K4C’

The annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C) event returns to the Hood River Waterfront July 15-17.

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New short track mountain biking event coming to Cooper Spur Mountain Resort next weekend

Cooper Spur Mountain Resort presents the first-ever Short Track Weekend mountain bike event July 15-17 at the resort, located on the north side of Mount Hood.

11th Annual White Salmon River Fest next week

The White Salmon River Fest celebrates the White Salmon River, the communities, and the natural and cultural history that surrounds this watershed. This river is an invaluable social, recreational, agricultural and economic resource to those who call it home.

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GORGE EXPLORER: Indian Point: Climb high for a birds-eye view of the Gorge

I’ve done a lot of view hikes in the Columbia River Gorge during my time here and frankly, that’s not very difficult to do. There are many options on both sides of the Columbia River for those who want to take advantage of a clear summer’s day and take in the view from some overlook or basalt outcropping.

Entertainment Update for July 9

Bram Brata’ Steel Band at Mt. Hood Winery July 9; more