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Gnome sighting: A grass-roots turned international project started by the Gorge Hero's Club features little garden gnomes like this, in a wide variety of precarious situations. To learn where this guy has been, where he's going and how the public can join the project that sends letters of support to soldiers overseas, see the August 3 Hood River News.

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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge



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