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Trisha Walker

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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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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.

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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.

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.

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Joe O’Neill goes worldwide with ‘Red Hand Adventures’

Hood River author Joe O’Neill is a little busy these days.

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Kim Yasui named principal at Mid Valley Elementary

When longtime Mid Valley Elementary principal Dennis McCauley retires June 30, his replacement won’t need any introductions.

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‘Rejection Proof’ author Jia Jiang visits HRV

‘Rejection is really just an opinion’

Don’t let your fear of rejection hold you back.

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‘Remembering the Year 1980’: Lloyd presents slide show of St. Helens

Local photographer Darryl Lloyd will present “Remembering the Year 1980” at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson on May 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is part of the Mount St. Helens Institute’s Volcanic Views and Brews Scenic Pub Lecture Series, which is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the mountain’s eruption.

Nellie Hjaltalin shares Meals on Wheels experience

Nellie Hjaltalin, 88, has found it hard to retire as a driver with the Hood River Valley Adult Center (HRVAC) Meals on Wheels program, where she’s volunteered for the past 25 years.

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MDA raises over $13,000 during Lock Up event

Community members helped raise critical funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during its Hood River Lock Up 2015, which took place on Thursday at Pietro’s Pizza.

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Doug Nichols ‘blessed’ at wastewater treatment plant

Doug Nichols, Project Manager for Hood River Public Works, has a job that not many people understand: Wastewater treatment.

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Tyson Miller gains ag experience, has fun, in FFA

Tyson Miller, 16, Hood River Valley High School sophomore, has been busy the past few weeks, helping get ready for the school’s 8th Annual FFA Steak Feed and Silent Auction fundraiser, held today (April 25) in the HRVHS cafeteria and Commons beginning at 6 p.m.

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Experiencing Blossom Time

Fair weather shines on valley events: more this weekend

While most agreed that Saturday was the busier day, the weekend’s warm, sunny weather brought scores of visitors to the valley for the second weekend of Blossom Time.

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Saving ‘speed demons’: Mosier residents do impromptu salmon rescue

About 16 or so volunteers gathered at Rock Creek in Mosier to help Coho salmon fry reach the Columbia River on Thursday morning.

Blue Ribbon Campaign continues to shine light

It’s time to tie a blue ribbon around the ol’ oak tree. Or your car antenna. Or wear on your jacket.

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Divide and culture: Jackie Shaw leads club plant sale

No one is quite sure how long the Odell Garden Club has been putting on their annual Blossom Fest plant sale — it’s estimated at around 20 or 30 years — but whatever the tally, it’s the club’s largest fundraiser.

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Pelinti Pizza opens in Pizzicato location

Pizzicato Hood River has a new name — but lots of familiar food and faces.

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Artist Robin Panzer employs ancient ‘new’ medium

Hood River’s Robin Panzer is a Chigiri-e artist — an ancient Japanese art form (Heian period, 794-1185) that uses layers of hand torn colored paper to create images that, when completed, resemble a textured painting. Although it’s an old technique, she unknowingly stumbled upon it in 2011.

Head Start programs earn 5-star rating

Two of Mid-Columbia Children’s Council Head Start facilities — Country Club and Parkdale — recently received the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) five-star rating from the state of Oregon.

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Baby blanket drive supports hospital’s perinatal loss program

Cameron Teems, RNC-OB, Family Birth Center nurse at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, is organizing a special collection of baby blankets April 13-17.

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Jim Dummer ‘lovin’ it’ at McDonald’s

Jim Dummer has been Director of Operations for Gorge-area McDonald’s since 2009, but to get there, he worked his way up through the ranks, from a part-time crew to grill crew to counter to store manager to general manager to supervisor to director — with many steps in between.

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Holly Webster brings Tooth Fairy to life

If your preschooler or kindergartener says the Tooth Fairy came for a visit at school, chances are this is not a new imaginary friend they’re talking about.

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Gordon Pillon mixes doughnuts with vehicle repair

Gordon Pillon aims for 100 percent customer satisfaction at Expertec Automotive Repair, located on the Heights at 1802 12th Street.

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Spring is in bloom

Plenty to do — with your buds

Spring break — March 23 to 27 — is right around the corner for Hood River County School District, Horizon Christian, Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School and Columbia Gorge Community College students.

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Craftsman David McClure ‘builds’ life in HR

David McClure, of the Dave McClure, Co., and its subsidiary Hood River Woodworking, has made a name for himself over the past two decades he’s lived and worked in Hood River.

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Pastor Judy Zimmerman living her dream

The Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is holding a special ceremony today, March 7.

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Creative Rhythms: Art Week returns to Mid Valley

Artistic expression in all forms took center stage at Mid Valley Elementary this week.

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Page contest coming to an end at library

Michele Dearing, Collection Development Specialist for the Hood River County Library District, updated the Million Page Challenge board at the Hood River Library Thursday afternoon. And we’ve got sad news, Hood River County — we’re in last place.

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Odell landmark reopens with new menu, name

Clems is reopening after a three month closure. The one-time convenience store and deli in downtown Odell is now a restaurant operated by longtime Hood River residents Graciela and Rodolfo Gomez.

Hood River County Reads kicks off March 15

Where can people of all ages come together to read the same book, discuss its contents, participate in related activities and even hear it read over the radio?

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Longtime planning commissioner Benson retires

Stan Benson has retired after 25 years on the County Planning Commission.

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HRVHS sophomore gives inside look at art competitions

Hood River Valley High School sophomore Brynn Searcy is an artist. And a state and nationally recognized artist at that.

HRVHS artists, writers win awards

‘Keys to Talent:’ students excel in creative works

Hood River Valley High School honored artists and writers on Friday with an all-school Fine Arts assembly.

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Kristi Thomsen finds ‘new job’ this year

Life hasn’t slowed down much for Kristi Thomsen the past couple of years.

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New Business Profile: Remedy organic juice café opens downtown

There’s a new organic juice and food bar in downtown Hood River.

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New Business Profile: On the Heights, Tropicali Fruit satisfies ‘cravings’ for Mexico

Alfonso and Sylvia Delgadillo have enjoyed a steady stream of loyal customers since opening Tropicali Fruit, their Heights-area business serving Mexican-inspired fresh fruit cups, smoothies, juices and sorbets.

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Melodi Johnson makes difference as nurse, legislator’s wife

Melodi Johnson is recognizable as the wife of Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River. After all, her face adorned his campaign fliers during the last election cycle, too (definitely not her idea), and she is often seen at a variety of events, either alone or with her husband.

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AVID learners need tutors

Hood River County School District middle and high school students are AVID for college.

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Sebastian Barajas ‘super dedicated’ in school, sports

To say Hood River Valley High School junior Sebastian Barajas, 17, is busy would be an understatement.

Planning director dives in

The Hood River County Planning Department has a new director of community development.

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Tom Yates begins a new path at an old career

Tom Yates is going through a bit of a transition at Providence Down Manor, where he’s worked as community relations coordinator for almost two years.

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