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Your kids have left home and you’re thinking your 2,500 square-foot house is better suited for a young family with kids instead of a couple of 70-year oldies. Or you now want to live someplace where crawling under the sink is no longer your responsibility, but the landlord’s. Or you are tire…

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Wearing masks or cloth face coverings in public can slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and in-person schooling in both Washington and Oregon — when it does occur — will require a majority of students to wear masks if attending in-person classes. 

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The Dalles Beautification Committee has awarded the August “Beautification Award” to The Dalles’ homeowners Stephen and Vande Wegner, who reworked the outdoor areas of their home at 317 West 12th St. this spring. 

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The Hood River County Library District has expanded their Curbside Services and hours. Cardholders may continue to reserve and pick up books, movies, Wi-Fi hot spots, Library of Things Food Preservation items and much more, all while practicing physical distancing. In addition, patrons can p…

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Vernon Labsch, above left, celebrated his 100th birthday Sunday, July 20, at his home south of The Dalles. A World War II veteran of the Army and Navy, Labsch served over 20 years. He was joined in celebration by local national guard soldiers, who gave him a ride in one of their vehicles.

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 The Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE) program celebrates healthy aging and educates older adults on a variety of topics. This free program will take place virtually beginning Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. and is open to anyone 60 or older.

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When you think of “mental health therapy,” what comes to mind? Especially now, it’s important to remember that our mental health matters and, sometimes, we need a little help to get through the day. 

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Is there anything certain anymore? I mean besides death and taxes. It feels like the pandemic has turned the world upside down and inside out — elevating the uncertainty and unpredictability in a world that has always been uncertain, whether it is our own safety or the national partisan post…

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As I write this in mid-July, the big story in the night skies is Comet Neowise. By the time you read this, Neowise will likely be much dimmer than it is now. The brightness of comets can be difficult to estimate though, and it will probably be too dim to see with the naked dye in early Augus…

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The heat of summer is here across the state, and with extreme temperatures and dry conditions comes increased risks. Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management offers a few simple tips to help Oregonians keep cool, stay safe and prevent wildfires as we all navigate the continued impacts of COVID-19.

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To support safely continuing to worship, local officials distributed masks to over a dozen churches in Wasco County recently, according to a press release from Unified Command, which serves Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties. 

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I never thought cognitive tests would be such a headline story, but here we are. One benefit though is this interest can encourage us to think more about what we can do to keep our brain healthy and strong as we age.

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Klickitat County successfully responded to the counties first large fire during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from Klickitat County Emergency Operations Center. Early preparation was key to their success, the release stated.

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Animals were the main attraction at Hood River County Fairgrounds last weekend, which, under normal circumstances, would have been prime time of Hood River County Fair, but it was canceled due to the pandemic. Fair Board and 4-H and FFA superintendents organized the annual livestock auction,…

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Jamey Mossengren, the self-billed “World Famous Unicycling Unicorn,” dips his mountain unicycle into the Columbia River July 22 at Hood River Waterfront Park, having just fulfilled his goal to be the first to travel by unicycle the length of the 700-mile off-road Oregon Timber Trail. Mosseng…

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To support public health, Streets Alive! Hood River won’t be holding its second annual event this summer, instead giving away free bikes to kids. “With schools, playgrounds, and so many of the activities that make us happy and healthy closed, we thought this would be a great way to share the…

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When the pandemic caused schools and Lyle’s single market to close in March and April, Lyle Community Council President Julie Larson organized a purely volunteer grassroots effort to feed vulnerable community members. A small cadre of people delivered food boxes to around 80 families through…

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