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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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City nears ‘Sanctuary’ status

Sanctuary: a place of refuge and protection — Merriam Webster. Sanctuary city: official status by a city as resisting enactment of federal immigration policies.

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‘He had an incredible gift for helping other people’: Sunday’s Meyer concert tributes Tim Ellis

A concert Sunday honors one of Hood River’s true musical friends, the late Tim Ellis. Violinist Aaron Meyer will dedicate Sunday’s annual holiday concert to guitarist Ellis, his long-time “musical sidekick,” arranger, and musical director.

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Watch a new ’12 Days’ song

Ever heard “The 12 Days of Christmas”?

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The Porch for Nov. 26

WELL SAID: “Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.” — J. Robert Moskin

Council to act on Title 5 rental rules

HR Council meets on Monday and Tuesday

Hood River City Council meets on two consecutive evenings this week — its regular meeting Monday and Tuesday’s special meeting held solely to consider passage of an emergency ordinance on Title 5. This pertains to rules for short term rentals in residential zones.

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Warming Shelter opens Nov. 27, at ‘new’ locations

The Hood River Warming Shelter remains in transition, with a one-week delay for opening.

The Ale List: Fruit comes forward at Logsdon, pFriem

Fruit gains a big lift this month with three beers made from unusual fruits, pouring at pFriem Family Brewing and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales. Both are redolent, colorful ales, distinct but not overpowering with the flavor and aroma of their essential fruit: plums at Logsdon (Zuur Pruim — sour plum in Flemish) and at pFriem the blueberry Bosbesson and Farmhouse made from … kumquats.

County Votes: After Johnson win, Reynolds says work not over in Dist. 52

Ballot tabulation is not quite through for the 2016 General Election and Democrat Mark Reynolds said he’s not done working for future votes.

Walden and Johnson re-elected; CL write-ins could affect city races

Hood River County voters went heavily for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, 6,359 (59.5 percent) to 3,223 (30.2 percent) and gave a solid edge to challenger Mark Reynolds in his failed bid to unseat Mark Johnson in the State House Dist. 52 race.

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‘Toasted Cheese Day’

The math classroom of Troy Tactay fills with the aroma of cheddar in the twice-monthly lunch gathering “Toasted Cheese Wednesday” on Nov. 9.

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Chair Affair Nov. 11

The annual “Chair Affair” event for Westside Elementary will be Nov. 11 at Springhouse Cellars from 6-10 p.m.

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Chocolate and WINGS

Organizer Erika Doring congratulates Matthew Williams, 11, upon his winning the first “For Love Of Chocolate” bake-off, and $100, Sunday at Springhouse Cellars.

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90th anniversary event generates fond memories, hope for the future

The gathering was the first of its kind, at least in years.

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Bunny Weather

Warm autumn sunshine brings out the class pet in Penny Davis’ fourth-grade classroom for recess Wednesday at Westside Elementary.

The Porch, Nov. 5

WELL SAID: “Elections determine who is in power, but they do not determine how power is used.” — Paul Collier

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‘Wheels of Hope’ transports Hood River family

“I want a faster car!” said Kaius Johnson, 5, fueled by a new bouquet of balloons.

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The Art in Farming: 'Harvesting Our Stories' project revealed in film screening Nov. 10

Collaborations that began in the fertility of summer reach their reveal in the season of harvest.

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Counting on the counting: Secretary of State visits, says ballot process for Nov. 8 solid in Oregon

Ballot preparation time included a special visitor in advance of the Nov. 8 General Election.

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Gov. Brown extols Gorge health care program

Gov. Kate Brown spent Wednesday in Hood River, focusing on health and education.

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Furniture burn pile brings down power line

Owner Amy Cannon, center, tells friends what happened Monday afternoon when her furniture burn pile ignited the power line running above the fire at her home on Country Club Road.

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‘Remember Minoru’: Hood River community honors a civil rights hero

He was a 25-year-old man who challenged FDR.

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The Ale List: pFriem ranks tops in Oregonian brewery list

Rating pFriem Family Brewing as producing “some of the best Belgian-style beers west of the Mississippi — and good IPAs, too,” The Oregonian newspaper last week gave the four-year-old Hood River Brewery its number one spot in its list of top 10 breweries in Oregon. Pfriem, is the only Gorge brewery on the list. Breakside, Barley Brown, Deschutes and The Commons rounded out the top five.

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What’s the BUZZ on pollinators?

Bees are critical to pollination, and new sculptures in the community will become homes to bees while standing as artistic representations by middle school students.

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Honoring Citizen Min

Hundreds gathered last week at centennial birth anniversary events for Minoru Yasui, native son and civil rights advocate who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

Storm fears impede water polo tourney splash

A water polo “what if” put a disappointing twist on the Hood River teams’ efforts Saturday.

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Deputy DA speaks on domestic violence

A ‘profound lack of understanding’

Calling it “a disease that touches all of us,” Deputy District Attorney Carrie Rasmussen told her own family’s story of domestic abuse, as keynote speaker at the Helping Hands Against Violence candlelight vigil Oct. 12 at Georgiana Smith Gardens.

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Eagles football gives Bucks a fight

The fight remains in the winless Hood River Valley High School Eagle team, and they gave one to Pendleton Friday.

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Hood River Valley Soccer girls eye title; boys look to senior night

Another Columbia River Conference title is within the grasp of the Hood River Valley High School’s girls soccer team — if it wins its next game, Tuesday at Hermiston (3-1 CRC).

Dr. Erin Burnham receives state honor

Dr. Erin Burnham of Hood River is EMS Medical Director of the Year for 2016.

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HR Council candidates gather

All four candidates for three open positions on Hood River City Council spent the morning together Oct. 8 at Saturday Market greeting voters.

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Hood River water polo girls close in on conference title

Hood River Valley Girls Water Polo took a key match from the 6A powerhouse Barlow Bruins Tuesday,

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Shining a light on domestic violence

As domestic abuse continues, so must the conversation about it.

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'The story has another chapter': first Indigenous Peoples' Day observed

Reconciliation and remembrance were held forth along with gifts in Monday’s first ever Indigenous People Day in Hood River, attended by about 70 people at Overlook Memorial Park.

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On air, on stage: CAST presents two radio theater plays

‘The Maltese Falcon’ and ‘Casablanca’ continue this weekend

A double dose of classic stories forms the third annual radio theater production at Columbia Center for the Arts, with faithful takes on the classic stories “The Maltese Falcon” and “Casablanca.”

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The Porch for Oct. 8

WELL SAID: ”Ours is the age that is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to.” — H. Mumford Jones (1892-1980)

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The Ale List: Baerlic, Solera gain top of the Hops

More than 4,750 fresh-hop beer lovers came to Hood River on Sept. 24 for the 13th annual Hood River Hops Fest, the Pacific Northwest’s largest fresh-hop beer festival. A total of 49 Oregon, Washington and California breweries — the most ever to be featured at Hood River Hops Fest — participated, with 63 original seasonal fresh-hop beers on tap.

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Friday’s ‘Harvesting’ event blends art and ag

“Harvesting Our Stories,” happening Friday during First Friday, is both meal and art show, and the culmination of an Arts in Education of the Gorge project pairing artists with farmers to create works of art about agriculture.

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Rockfall crew works west of Hood River

Crews hired by Oregon Department of Transportation do rock fall abatement last week along Interstate 84 at milepost 61, just west of Hood River.

City, Parks board talk Morrison Park, housing

Council passes resolution for ‘Indigenous Day’

Parks use and city planning policy, both dealing with affordable housing, dominated business this week before both City Council and the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District.

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12th Street opens

12th Street has been closed from May to State streets, limiting access to 12th and connecting streets surrounding Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital since July, but it is now open.

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Taking a stand

“I just had to come down and do something. This country is in trouble,” said Dell Charity, a 37-year-resident of Hood River, who stood downtown Friday afternoon in an impromptu protest.

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Three people, and a dog, survive capsizing in Columbia near Wyeth

All three sailboat occupants, and a dog, were safe after an unexpected swim in the Columbia River at about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

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Union Update

Pasquale Barone describes progress on the residences he and his wife, Jacquie, left, are creating in the historic Union Building at Wednesday’s Gorge Owned Green Drinks event.

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The Porch for Sept. 24

WELL SAID: “The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” — Mark Twain

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Marbach wins ‘Gorge Soup’

Gorge Soup for the Arts winner Peter Marbach, right, talks with Claire Griffin and her daughter, Margo Lydden-Griffin, after Wednesday’s event at Columbia Center for the Arts.

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Prosit! Oktoberfest and Hops Fest happen Saturday

Downtown will be a beer drinker’s paradise on Saturday, with two events open to families happening simultaneously a few blocks apart. The first Oktoberfest at Hood River Elks Lodge, Third and Cascade, runs 4 to 9 p.m. Admission is free for all ages.

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Music fest, triathlon merge their energies

Two events, and the common elements of art and exercise, overlapped last weekend in ways that showed how nimble and creative the Hood River community can be.

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In the Lupulus: As in Hops, and all you need to know for the Sept. 24 festival

FESTIVAL ALSO BRINGS LOCAL CIDER

Hood River Hops Fest, a showcase for fresh hopped ale, has evolved into one of Oregon’s premier beer events.

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