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Patrick grew up in Hermiston, graduated from the University of Oregon in Eugene, and now lives in Hood River.
Shoreline Trail got special attention this month, with new paving and safety improvements.
Hood River faces temperatures around 98 degrees Saturday, with no tailing cooldown — Sunday may rear up as a scorcher in the triple digits.
Crews have launched an overhaul of three historic bridges on the Columbia River Historic Highway west of Mosier. Road work began this week, and the endeavor will press on into fall.
Board adopts construction excise tax
The Hood River County Board of Commissioners decided Monday to purchase two tracts of forest land totaling 400 acres from a private timber company, Weyerhaeuser, for $1.78 million.
A damaged section of the Columbia River Historic Highway has been repaved.
Judge: suspect cannot assist in defense
A man charged with shooting and injuring a stranger at the Hood River Marina in April 2015 has been determined incapable of helping in his own defense.
Elected leaders in Cascade Locks are still considering the legal ramifications of a water exchange needed to bring a Nestlé bottling plant to town, according to budget plans.
Risk outlook ‘usual’ despite recent wet
Fire season has rekindled at its ordinary threat level, despite a remarkably snowy winter.
Anti-oil train rally hits Mosier School on anniversary of derailment
One year after an oil train derailment roiled communities throughout the Columbia Gorge, hundreds gathered at Mosier Community School to remember the fiery wreck and speak out against proposed fossil fuel terminal developments.
A burst of Memorial Day weekend traffic signaled a hectic summer for the Bridge of the Gods.