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Trisha Walker

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Beloved Maggy, ‘the perfect therapy dog,’ dies of cancer

The Hood River community lost one of its special volunteers earlier this month, when Maggy, the 90-pound chocolate Lab, therapy dog at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital for many years, passed away on Nov. 18, six months after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 9.

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Beware of counterfeit Pokémon

Hood River Hobbies owners Miko and Zed Ruhlen have noticed a disturbing trend at their weekly Pokémon Club game sessions: Counterfeits.

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‘Tuekey and masht ptaytows’: County school children share favorite Thanksgiving recipes

“Es el dia de acsoi de grasia”

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving recipe?

Activist and former legislator Suzanne VanOrman moves on from HR

‘I feel very honored to have served’

Suzanne VanOrman, longtime community activist and 18-year resident of Hood River, has worn many hats.

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Gala Fashion Show, benefit for Christmas Project, returns Nov. 17

The Gala Fashion show, the primary fundraising event for the Hood River County Christmas Project, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is set to take center stage at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn on Thursday, Nov. 17. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m.

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‘Operation Christmas Child’ starts Nov. 14

Annual collection for children in need

The annual Operation Christmas Child (OCC) fundraiser has started, and organizers are hoping to raise awareness not only of the project, but how to help.

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Scenes from 'Fill Your Pantry'

Scenes from Saturday’s Fill Your Pantry event, held for the second year at Rockford Grange.

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‘Get yourself a notebook’

Writer makes stops in Hood River

The Hood River Library hosts Portland author Ana Consuelo Matiella on Saturday, Nov. 12 for an author talk and book reading — the second time she’ll have presented in town in less than a month.

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Bringing the past into the future at Mt. View Orchards

Trina McAlexander, a third-generation Hood River Valley farmer, embraces changes in order to maintain the family farm

When Trina McAlexander returned to Mt. View Orchards in Parkdale two years ago — the family farm where she grew up — she was excited and grateful to be the third generation to work the land. Her enthusiasm hasn’t waned. “I love it — farming is in my blood,” she said. “I was born to do it and I’m honored to do it.”

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Dancers step up to Orange Bowl

Twelve teenagers from the newly formed nonprofit Columbia Gorge Company Dancers have their sights set on Florida this December.

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‘Rats’ to the rescue

Mountaineering group celebrates 90 years on Sunday

The community is invited to gather at the Crag Rat Hut in Pine Grove this Sunday, Oct. 30, to help one of Hood River’s oldest organizations celebrate their 90th anniversary.

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‘Fill Your Pantry’ returns Nov. 5

Last year’s debut of the Fill Your Pantry market at Rockford Grange turned out better than organizers dared to hope.

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‘Catch Me’ opens this weekend at HRVHS

Detective Hanratty (Jasper Krehbiel) discusses a lead with fellow detectives Branton (Cooper Case), Cod (Kelsey Stewart) and Dollar (Sam Hannigan, not pictured) in the Hood River Valley High School fall musical performance of “Catch Me If You Can."

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Hood River Liquor packs up and moves — three doors down

Hood River Liquor closed its doors last Saturday night, but only until 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24.

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‘Catch Me If You Can’

HRVHS drama students stage a big musical with funny, moving true story

Hood River Valley High School’s fall musical, “Catch Me If You Can,” is a big production.

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‘Catch Me If You Can’ opens next weekend

Hood River Valley High School’s fall musical, “Catch Me If You Can,” opens next weekend, Oct. 28-29, in the Bowe Theater beginning at 7 p.m.

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‘Age of Dignity’ discussion series starts Oct. 22

With most of the 400 copies of “The Age of Dignity” now out in the greater Gorge, the Aging in the Gorge Alliance (AGA) is gearing up for the second part of their book program: Discussion groups.

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Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest starts service

Six new volunteers with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest began the 2016-2017 session this summer, living in Odell and working at various agencies in Hood River.

HR stylist back from Fashion Week in NYC

For Kalyn Benaroya, stylist and owner of Clutch Hair Co., working backstage at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) has become a yearly excursion.

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‘At Home on Oak’ set to close

At the end of February, a longtime downtown business will close its doors.

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Immigration counseling service meets the community

A group of about 20 gathered Monday at Riverside Community Church for an open house that introduced a new nonprofit immigration law office that opened in Hood River earlier this year.

‘We want to bring people together’

Community barbecue will be Oct. 1 in Odell

Sometimes, you just need to show your neighbors you care.

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High school senior expands book box project

When Lucy Fine began working to bring “little free book boxes” to Hood River last spring, she had no idea she was laying the groundwork for something significantly bigger.

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HR Elks renew support to help local youth attend speech, hearing Camp Meadowood

Hood River Elks Lodge No. 1507 supports a number of local and statewide organizations, but this summer had the opportunity to do something it hasn’t in 25 years — send two local kids to camp.

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Aging in the Gorge: Reading, conversation project hits the Gorge

Aging in the Gorge Alliance (AGA) has begun a new community reading and conversation project this week — and there’s still time to join in.

Aging in Gorge holds reading, community conversation

When Aging in the Gorge Alliance (AGA) began meeting in August 2015, the goal was to give residents of the Mid-Columbia region a place to discuss — and advocate for — the elderly and their caregivers.

CROP Walk against hunger returns Sept. 24

The 27th annual Columbia Gorge CROP Walk won’t run much differently this year than it has in the past. And that’s okay.

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A pastor called to a new house: Anna Carmichael of St. Mark's accepts position in California, passes Warming Shelter baton

When the U-Haul leaves Hood River on Aug. 31, it will take Rev. Anna Carmichael with it.

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County schools start classes on Tuesday

School is back. What’s different this year?

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As time — and transportation — move on, so does Hood River

The population growth of Hood River is probably a lot like you’d expect it would be: As transportation got faster from the 1850s onward, more people came

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Hood River Soaring: New nonprofit begins youth outreach program

There’s a new nonprofit in town encouraging community youth to reach for the sky. Quite literally.

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Mt. Hood Town Hall draws crowd

A large crowd gathered for the second Mt. Hood Town Hall farmers’ market this summer — they’re held every second Thursday of the month, July through September — which features fresh produce, arts and crafts, and live music with upper valley flair.

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Rockin' the park: Smooth moves grace Families in the Park

Hood River got its shake on with another slam hit Families in the Park Thursday.

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‘Harmony’ hits Families in the Park kick-off

The first in the 2016 Families in the Park series last Thursday saw a large turnout despite the summer heat, with plenty of food, music and fun for all.

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For CASA playhouse winner, bad bike ride, good news happen on same day

Anna Cavaleri, of Hood River, purchased just one ticket for the 2016 Columbia Gorge CASA playhouse raffle — but one was all it took.

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Dance in the streets: Mike’s celebrates 30 years with Aug. 13 block party

Mike’s Ice Cream, a downtown Hood River staple since it opened in 1986, has planned a free community block party for Aug. 13 from 6-10 p.m. to celebrate the store’s 30th anniversary.

Upper valley farmers’ market returns to Mt. Hood Town Hall Aug. 11

The second of three upper valley farmers’ markets, held at the Mt. Hood Town Hall, takes place Thursday, Aug. 11, from 4-7 p.m.

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'I could see forever': Woman recounts 1940 climb of Mount Hood

Climbing Mount Hood is not an experience you forget. Just ask Peggy McLucas Tetlow, 94. She was 18 when she climbed Mount Hood on July 21, 1940, part of the annual Legion Climb aided by Crag Rats.

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‘Officer Friendly’ Sergeant Jesse Flem retires after 30 years

Jesse Flem never set out to be a sheriff’s deputy, but, after 30 years on the job, he’s about to retire from a career doing just that. His last day will be July 30 — he’ll be working security at the Hood River County Fair — before going on vacation and coming back on a part time basis.

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Gehrig’s Chevron hits 70 year mark

Odell service station one of longest-running family-owned businesses in the county

It’s pretty impressive when a business hits the 70 year mark.

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‘He is one tough little guy’

Saturday dance event gives hope and help to boy, 4, who faces debilitating illnesses

If there’s one thing Kaius Johnson, 4, needs, it’s friends. And he has them. But he could always use more.

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At County Fair, events expand, basic pleasures return

Fair runs July 27-30 in Odell

Hood River County Fairgrounds Manager Clara Rice said that patrons of this year’s fair, which opens July 27 and runs through July 30, will find many of the same elements they love and expect each year — rides, exhibits and entertainment.

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Relay for Life mixes old traditions with new

Relay for Life, held this year at the Marina Green, kept some of its old traditions — like luminarias.

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Hood River walking tour brings history to life

What downtown business is rumored to have a friendly ghost?

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Love of languages

Multi-lingual HRVHS student pursues unique teaching opportunity

Julia Skwarczynski knows a lot of languages. Besides English, the Hood River Valley High School student — who will be a senior next year — speaks French, Spanish and Polish (her native language), is learning German, and this year began Russian lessons as well.

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HRV students earn Ford Foundation scholarships

Jackie Santa Cruz and Jesus Chavarias, both 18, were two of 5,987 Oregon and Northern California high school seniors to apply for a Ford Family Foundation scholarship their senior year of high school.

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History links Mike’s (30 years) and Tum-A-Lum (110)

I was headed into my freshman year of high school when Mike’s Ice Cream opened in 1986. It was a big deal — there weren’t a lot of places where kids my age could hang out, and having something downtown, across from the library park (that sold ice cream! In waffle cones!) really opened up options for me and my friends. We’d meet, grab a cone, and catch up on what we’d been up to that summer.

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Oregon Trail Tea Time

The Hood River Valley Evening Garden Club hosted this year’s Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs Convention June 13-16 at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn — the first time in more than a decade the state convention has been hosted by a Hood River club.

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Golden Rule docks in Hood River

The Golden Rule, an anti-nuclear sailboat, was in Hood River Wednesday for multiple events, hosted by Columbia Riverkeeper.

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Blueberry Brunch: Fistula Project Benefit returns June 18 with a new name

Linda Chamberlain, who works with The Fistula Project at Kitovu Hospital in Uganda, has held a high tea fundraiser at her Wilinda Blueberry Patch on Frankton Road for the past several years.

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