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Bikes for Books Ryan Floyd and Lydia Haugen of Dry Hollow Elementary won bikes as part of the Books for Bikes program sponsored by the Masons. All the students who meet their trimester reading goals put their name in to win one of the bikes donated by the Masonic Lodge.

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White Salmon — Local, state, and tribal partners are exploring if the White Salmon River could be used as an alternative source for drinking water during the summer.

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The second special session of the Oregon Legislature on Monday careened between boredom and anger, spiritual quotes and name calling as it dragged on from early morning into the night.

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Enrolled members of the Confederated Bands and Tribes of the Yakama Nation and the Yakama Nation’s tribal government employees will no longer be charged toll payments when crossing the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge, the Yakama Nation announced July 10. 

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has appointed a Racial Justice Council to advise her on the next state budget and to help reform a wide range of state programs and policies. 

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Eastern Oregon State Reps. Dan Bonham and Mark Owens and State Sen. Lynn Findley held the seventh of their biweekly town halls on Thursday. District 59 Rep. Bonham said all of them had been working hard on various legislative topics.

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A new section of the City of Hood River’s pedestrian/bicycle network has been added — the Wilson-A Street Bicycle Corridor, with 18 new thermoplastic bicycle "sharrows" recently installed on the stretch and more improvements to come. 

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Over 30 local offices in Wasco County are up for election this November — including the Wasco County Sheriff, Clerk and Treasurer, and mayoral seats in The Dalles, Dufur, Maupin, Mosier, Antelope and Shaniko. 

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Oregon’s U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced July 16 that Oregon will receive more than $16 million in grants to support health care providers that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The funding will target small and rural hospitals, as well as certain acute care hospitals.

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Candidates running for local and state offices spoke on various issues at an editorial board meeting of the Goldendale Sentinel this past Friday, fielding questions from both the community and the board.

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Whether lawmakers went too far last year in changing the public-pension system to reduce its future obligations is now in the hands of the Oregon Supreme Court.

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) answered questions about COVID-19 and other current topics during his appearance at a Hood River Rotary Club meeting held via Zoom last week.

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