Esther Smith

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Harvest Fest Weekend Sampler 2013

Folks enjoy pumpkins, choose fruit from overflowing bins, and munch on pies throughout a sun-drenched Hood River valley autumn weekend

Large crowds of people having fun.

Fueled by community: School mosaic bubbles with creativity

What is the art equivalent of green thumb? Hood River Middle School eighth-graders have it, whatever it is. The students spent hours this winter and spring on a mural project paying tribute to growing of food and the people who do it.

A runner writes: At Boston, ‘we cried for a different reason’

Mike Gangwer was running his 199th marathon on April 15 when the explosions went off near the finish line.

Expert recommends changes to school finance oversight

Says department needs better communication; more people involved

The Hood River County School District recently hired a consultant to review its financial department’s processes, after learning in February that last year’s expenditures exceeded its budget by $1.4 million.

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Students host April 11 fashion show and auction

Teen talent abounds at Hood River Valley High School, and some of that creativity will fill the Columbia Center for the Arts Thursday evening.

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Lions Follies returns with ‘The Wacky Wild West’

Lions Follies scheduled April 5-6, 11-13

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A slice of local life: Dave Koebel: Passion for river and sky

This week has been mostly cold, windy and rainy; not exactly the kind of weather that makes you want to go flying. But Thursday at Ken Jernstedt Airfield in Hood River, Dave Koebel is doing his pre-flight check to make sure everything is ready for a flight.

Public can still weigh in on school boundaries

Both community forums for the school attendance boundary study have come and gone, but parents and other community members have until the end of March to share their ideas for solutions with the 12-member committee that has been looking at the imbalance in school enrollment and building capacities throughout the district.

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Forums explore answers to school capacity issues

What would be the best way to deal with the problem of overcrowding in some schools and under-enrollment in others?

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Hood River County School District picks Dan Goldman as new superintendant

The Hood River County School Board concluded its search for a new superintendent Wednesday evening and offered the position to Dan Goldman, current director of instruction and elementary education with the Tigard-Tualatin School District.

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