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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 […]

Lisa Perry standing next to a full box of pears.
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Coping With COVID-19

Hood River Valley growers work through new rules By Drew Myron Maija Yasui is searching for toilets. At the peak of harvest, her family farm employs 140 workers, and she is working hard to keep them safe. “We need more port-a-potties,” she says, calculating the sweeping changes a pandemic brings. “They must be no more […]

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Lights On and Energized

General Manager Libby Calnon highlights the co-op’s accomplishments By Drew Myron The lights stay on. In every hour of every day, through fire and storm and even amid a global health crisis, Hood River Electric Cooperative keeps its members energized. It’s a fact HREC General Manager Libby Calnon believes in now more than ever. “Our […]

Clinton Childs working on a welding project in a shop
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Beyond Shop Class

From fabrication to aviation, technical education is on the rise Story by Drew Myron With a careful eye, Clinton Child sizes up a handrail that will line a flight of stairs. From his shop in Parkdale, he measures, calculates, designs, mocks, tacks, welds, sands, refines and, finally, installs. Metal fabrication is precise and painstaking work, […]