Photo of the day: Snow kite

Never a dull day: Conditions were right Thursday for this rare treat on the east hills of the Hood River Valley. Pictured here is Gorge resident Todd Anderson soaring over the hillside with a snow-covered central valley as the backdrop.

Photo by Adam Lapierre.
Never a dull day: Conditions were right Thursday for this rare treat on the east hills of the Hood River Valley. Pictured here is Gorge resident Todd Anderson soaring over the hillside with a snow-covered central valley as the backdrop.

Never a dull day: Conditions were right Thursday for this rare treat on the east hills of the Hood River Valley. Pictured here is Gorge resident Todd Anderson soaring over the hillside with a snow-covered central valley as the backdrop.

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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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