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Trisha Walker

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Patty Lara-Martinez extends library service to all

Patty Lara-Martinez has been the outreach specialist for the Hood River County Library District since December 2011. And while you may recognize her from the Parkdale and Hood River libraries, her range also extends into Odell — where no branch exists.

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Helping Nannette: Benefit for cancer survivor sold out, but donations accepted

A benefit dinner for Nannette Mortenson and her family, to be held Oct. 6 at the Vintage Grille, 102 Oak St., Hood River, quickly sold out.

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HRV vice principals support students in learning, safety

When you think of a high school vice principal, what comes to mind? For many, “disciplinarian” is probably the first thought. But how about instructional coach? Kyle Rosselle and Nate Parson, vice principals at Hood River Valley High School, say the latter is what most accurately describes the position.

Hood River County School District on the rise

Despite enrollment increases, district sees class sizes shrink

With Hood River County Schools in their second full week of classes, official enrollment numbers are coming in.

HRCSD board receives positive budget news

“For a change of pace, I actually have positive news about our budget,” Hood River County School District Supt. Dan Goldman said Tuesday evening.

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Louanna Flint ‘keeps on working’ at May Street

You could say Louanna Flint is a bit of an institution at May Street Elementary School. That’s because Flint, 94, has worked for the school in one form or another for the past 60 years.

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Orchard obscure: The unusual picks of autumn

Fun facts behind some lesser-known apples and pears of the Hood River Valley

All around the county, farmers are bringing in a variety of unique and/or heirloom apples and pears that just aren’t found in traditional markets.

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Work day honors Jerry Cranmer

September 10 dawned bright and clear for the annual day of service in honor of Jerry Cranmer. Friends, family and community members met at Waterfront Park at 9 a.m. — as they have for the past three years — and spent the morning completing grounds-keeping tasks.

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Inge Echterhoelter brings zero waste lifestyle to HR

Last October, Inge Echterhoelter examined her kitchen and wondered what it would look like to cook her family’s meals without prepackaged ingredients.

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CROP Walk ready for 27th year

Churches, youth groups and service organizations will come together Sept. 26 to fight hunger.

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Gene Mielke — and fellow RAGS — keep swimmers safe

When participants dive off the Sternwheeler early Monday morning to take part in the 73rd annual Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim, members of a Gorge amateur radio group will be helping to ensure it all goes safely.

Friends, family honor Jerry Cranmer with community service project

Every year on Sept. 10, the friends and family of former Vagabond Lodge owner Jerry Cranmer gather to perform an act of service in his memory.

New principals at HRCSD, Horizon

With the Hood River County School District and Horizon Christian School back in session Sept. 8, there’s been a fair amount of buzzing around the various sites in the past week or so. And for four new principals — two of whom are new to the area — the work is just beginning.

Pets for Vets comes to Gorge

Kelly Dennis, of Underwood, has just brought a national pet-matching program to the Gorge.

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The dogs are going to the Berens

Betsy Berens has always had dogs. She has not always been a doggy foster parent.

Gorge Kids Tri adds music fest to lineup

Weekend of music, athletics to benefit School Dist. programs on Sept. 19 and 20

The Gorge Kids Triathlon keeps growing.

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Barbara Ayers helps county plan for emergencies

Barbara Ayers, Emergency Manager Public Information Officer for Hood River County, says her days aren’t exactly exciting.

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Foster homes needed in HR, Wasco

Foster parents don’t need to be perfect.

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Youth Conservation Corps makes a difference in the Mt. Hood National Forest

Some might go into the woods to live deliberately, but in the case of five Hood River County teens, their time in the forest this summer has been hard work.

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Longtime CAT drivers John Maher and Thad Perry really get around

John Maher and Thad Perry, longtime drivers with Columbia Area Transit (CAT), have a message they really want to get out to the community: CAT is a public transportation service that anyone can use.

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Pear harvest sweeps in early

Harsh summer temperatures ushered in an early pear harvest for Hood River Valley.

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Gorge Peace Village returns with 200 students, faculty

Campers from around the Gorge came to the eighth annual Columbia Gorge Peace Village this week to participate in what has become a summer traditional at Mosier Community School.

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Bob Dill sails new path with handcrafted guitars

Bob Dill, of Mosier, likes to build.

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Your guide to al fresco options: mobile and stationary food trucks and carts abound around the county

Mobile and stationary food trucks and carts abound around Hood River County.

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Normy Vega brings a taste of Chile to Hood River

Norma Vega — or Normy, as she’s also known — is the woman behind Empanadas Maria Elbas, the Chilean empanadas food cart open every Thursday at Gorge Grown Hood River Farmers’ Market, located at Hood River Middle School through November.

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2015 Hood River News Staff Fair Moments

I’m not going to lie — cows freak me out.

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Community rallies around woman in need

A group of Hood River County residents spent the weekend of July 10-12 helping a neighbor in need.

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‘End of an Era:' Rasmussen’s offer last chance to see farm, buy a memory

Lynn and Dollie Rasmussen are selling Rasmussen’s Farms, but the public will have one last opportunity to see the well-known Pine Grove landmark.

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Re-siding makes room for birds residing

Construction workers rescue house swallows

What should have been a basic building residing job turned into a rescue mission earlier this week.

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Diana Blackmon promotes health and healing through Reflexology

As a child, Diana Blackmon would often hear she saved the best for last, and that’s how she feels about her practice, Reflexology Hood River, located on Sherman Avenue.

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Dress dedicated to brother

Faith Ocheskey, 13, models the dress she made using her brother Stanley’s Hood River Valley High School cap and gown at Wednesday’s 4-H Style Review at the Hood River County Fair.

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McDonald's holds grand re-opening

Connie Potter, left, of Beaverton, and sister Glenda Holland, of Lebanon, are greeted by Ronald McDonald at the grand re-opening of the Marina Drive McDonald’s Wednesday.

Elderly Long-Term Care: Ombudsman training a first for the Gorge

Gretchen Jordan, Coordinator of Volunteers, Oregon Long Term Care Ombudsman, has an opportunity that hasn’t been seen before in Hood River or Wasco counties: A volunteer training to be held in The Dalles Aug. 12-13, Aug. 26-27 and Sept. 10, at a location to be announced.

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Round Table -- Summer morning surprise: A tale of two tails

Late Tuesday evening. Or maybe it’s Wednesday now, because it’s 1:45 a.m. It’s hot. Well, of course it’s hot. We’ve got the windows open in our bedroom, and I’m awake because something as of yet unidentified has woken me up.

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Hood River Art Club celebrates 66 years at Museum

The Hood River Art Club — started in 1949 by a group of local artists — is celebrating its 66th anniversary with an art show July 10-18 at the History Museum of Hood River County.

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Genesis Quezada, 16, takes summer one scoop at a time

Genesis Quezada just turned 16, but she already has four years of business experience under her belt.

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Dave and Sarah Kalousdian spark fun on the Fourth

Dave Kalousdian’s Fourth of July will be different this year, but only just.

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MID VALLEY NEWS: Celebrate the Fourth in Odell

First, a correction: I inadvertently typed the wrong date for the 50-Plus Expo coming to the Hood River County Fair on Senior’s Day in my last column — it will be on July 23, to correlate with the special admission price to the fairgrounds for seniors on that day.

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Ailene Hibbard keeps history alive for News staff

You’re on deadline and you really should have done your research earlier, but you’ve been pulled a hundred ways all week (excuses!) and you’re just now getting to your story. Which is due in four hours. And okay, you’re panicking more than a little bit. Because this is going to be impossible.

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Gerardo Bobadilla changing history with Mercado Guadalajara

In the early 1990s, while working in a local orchard, Gerardo Bobadilla was challenged by an old-time farmworker to change the course of Mexican history in the Hood River Valley.

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Care to Yoga?: Care Center brings free community yoga to Hood River

When Activities Director Christine Shannon began her free “Gentle Yoga for Beginning Seniors 50 and Over” at the Hood River Care Center mid-February, she started with three students.

Mid Valley news: Fifty-Plus Expo comes to Hood River County Fair this summer

I know it’s been a few months (or six), but rest assured, the Odell community column really does still exist. Grab your calendar — there’s a lot going on in our little community over the next few weeks.

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Cruz Torres enjoys busy, social aspect at The Boys

Life is busy for Cruz Torres, but you wouldn’t know it from his easygoing demeanor.

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Planting the seeds of good health

Mid Valley School garden brings fresh, local produce to students and community

Walk the path leading to Mid Valley Elementary School’s playground on a Friday afternoon, and you just might be greeted by the sounds of children in the garden.

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Preschool options expand in Odell and Pine Grove

Whether it’s a new school in an old location or an old program with a new teacher, preschool options have expanded in the middle valley.

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Melissa Vovou finds right steps with Pilates

When Melissa Vovou was growing up, she wanted to be a veterinarian.

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Suzanne VanOrman takes the helm at Adult Center

“We’ve changed direction.”

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Mid-Columbia Celilo DAR makes donation of books, bags to Children’s Book Bank

The Mid-Columbia Celilo Daughters of the American Revolution chapter donated over 550 books for the Children’s Book Bank, a nonprofit located in Portland, which will distribute them in the Portland area to low income preschool and grade school children.

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Denny Leonard honors those who served

Denny Leonard will have been involved with the Hood River American Legion Post 22 for 37 years in June, and all because of a bet.