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Trail Keepers

Volunteers build trails—and appreciation—through recreation paradise By Drew Myron Dense forests, dramatic basalt cliffs, majestic river views: The Columbia Gorge is a recreation mecca. Thanks to three volunteer groups, the area’s best—and most popular—trails survive and thrive. While on one of these paths through paradise, recreationists should give a nod to Hood River Area Trail […]

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Lead with a Whisper

Kristin Reese empowers others in supporting role Story and photos by Drew Myron Everyone loves Kristin Reese, but she doesn’t want to hear it. Though she has earned awards, fellowships, and adoration from area youth, Kristin turns from attention. “Oh, I don’t want to talk about me,” she says, in a practiced pivot. “I want […]

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Annual Meeting October 8, 2020

Hood River Electric Cooperative will hold its 74th Annual Member Meeting on October 8, 2020. Come to our office between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to cast your vote for directors and to pick up your annual meeting gift. Then, join us online at 6:00 p.m. for a Zoom streaming video meeting to hear the […]

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A Voice for Justice

By Drew Myron Martha Verduzco rallies for change Even without a megaphone, Martha Verduzco commands a crowd—not because she is loud, but because she is driven, energized, and working hard for change. A leader in Hood River’s Latino community, Martha has been called a true force in the Gorge. “Martha is fire, and she is […]

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Pour Girls Success

In tough times, an outdoor diner finds its niche Story and photos by Drew Myron Never made coffee. Nearly no food experience. A global health crisis. This is not the recipe for success. Against all odds and timing, Pour Girls is experiencing unexpected achievement. What began as a coffee cart on a struggling corner lot […]