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Recently, a neighbor stopped by the house and commented on the roses I had planted on the walkway leading to the front door. While maintaining our distance, he asked about the white garden marker installed in the middle of the newly planted roses. I told him that it was a Tomb of the Unknown…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) and its partner, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc., (GOBHI), are honored to join our providers throughout Eastern Oregon and beyond in raising awareness and bringing understanding to the significa…

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A coalition of environmental and fishing organizations have denounced the Trump administration’s latest effort to dismantle laws that protect clean water and public health.On April 16, the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) revoked its own 2016 rule that ensures protective water stan…

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USFS ‘log jam’Implementing the management plan for the White Salmon National Wild and Scenic River hinges on acquiring willing seller property, but for 30 years, the Forest Service has resisted doing that. This mismanagement has resulted in extensive clear cutting and residential development…

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CorrectionThe letter published under the headline “How embarrassing” in the May 6 edition of the Columbia Gorge News was incorrectly attributed to Dan Van Vactor. The letter was written by Tim Arends of The Dalles. We regret the error, which has been corrected online. Dan Van Vactor said he …

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Now more so than ever, we are seeing how important a local, vibrant, healthy food system is. In March, Gov. Kate Brown deemed farmers markets “essential services”, just like grocery stores, during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, Gorge Grown Food Network opened Hood River Farmers Market’s ou…

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Why do they risk their lives?Why are first responders risking their lives for us? They want us to live through COVID-19.Why are they testing people for this disease? So every day, the scientists are trying to find a cure.There are a lot of people who have died from this disease. First respon…

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Vote for KramerPlease vote in the May primary. We have several important races on the line that will determine the future of Wasco County.The race for County Commissioner is between Steve Kramer, a Wasco County native, and Marcus Swift, who, until a year ago, lived in Portland. You cannot po…

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During this coronavirus pandemic, access to accurate and trustworthy information in your community is as critical to life under quarantine and as sought after as hand sanitizer and face masks.Your local newspaper provides the news and information unique to your community. Where are the testi…

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We have all made terrific sacrifices around the country to flatten the curve and have finally begun to see some successes. As New York’s Gov. Cuomo has recently said, “The worst is over.” Here in Oregon and Hood River specifically, we are in the fortunate position of having relatively few co…

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COVID vulnerableSocial distancing, stay-at-home orders, essential workers, flatten the curve, school closures: These are words and phrases that can be heard daily and have become the new norm during this COVD-19 pandemic. Family lives and routines flipped upside down, parents are being asked…

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Opinion page for April 8, 2020, Columbia Gorge News. With this edition, readers of all three papers will find a combined, weekly publication presenting news and information from throughout the Columbia River Gorge.

National FFA Week is Feb. 22-29. Chapters around the country are making plans to celebrate in their own creative ways. The Hood River  Valley FFA Chapter has an impressive roster of FFA Week festivities. FFA Week is an opportunity to introduce our school and community to  FFA. 

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Editorial cartoons, letters to the editor and local commentary—opinion page for Feb. 15.

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