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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Fair Moment: Getting rid of the cell phone

Talk about quickly going off the grid.

Editor's Notebook: Steee-rike one for technology! Ump-o-tron is at the plate

It’s a great thing when you see the connection between two apparently unconnected news items you read in the newspaper. (That kind of serendipity just doesn’t happen as well when you read online, can’t explain why.)

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Fair Moment: By design, local quilt makers stitch together

Quilts and textiles are an aspect of the fair I always turn to after spending time in the hot sun, or at the carnival, Park stage, animal barn, or other higher-volume attraction at county fair.

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Cougar sighted again, Thursday on Heights

A cougar was seen on the Heights for the second time in four days.

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Cider Central: Cidermasters welcome cider makers from all over

Cider makers from all over the country gathered recently in a private party that celebrated a convivial beverage and its increasing role in the Gorge.

Editor's Notebook: Softball season now over, savoring a sweet slice of summertime

Church League softball ended another season last week.

Cougar sighted Sunday morning near Rosauers

Three Hood River men reported a rare cougar sighting inside Hood River city limits early Sunday.

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The Ale List: Stoked and Everybody’s combine in coffee porter

There’s no real secret behind Cold Pressed Porter at Stoked Roasters in Hood River — but that doesn’t mean this unique new ale is not deceptive.

‘It’s dry out there:’ Parkdale, Wy’east firefighters respond to pair of challenging fires

Two fires, each hard to get to in their own ways, challenged local firefighters in the past week.

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Senior Expo helps highlight 2015 County Fair

Hood River County Fair brings entertainment, activities for kids and adults, displays and exhibits, carnival and midway fun, horses, livestock, flowers, and food.

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Birthday girl Lila May will get a birthday high five

Cancer will have to step aside for prom night-birthday party

A downtown party like never seen before happens July 31, and the guest of honor will be prom queen and birthday girl Lila May Schow.

LUBA again upholds City of Hood River's right to deny Walmart expansion

Walmart, round 3, goes to the City of Hood River.

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The Ale List: Tip the Volkanische Vijf, (or, how a 3-way collaboration celebrates a 5)

Volcanic Bottle Shoppe on the Heights hosts a fifth-anniversary party today with plenty of ales to choose from but a special one in honor of the occasion — Volkanische Vijf from Solera Brewery and Everybody’s Brewing.

David Russo helms HR School Board

Staff previews process for facility planning update

In its lone meeting for July, Hood River County School Board on Wednesday welcomed two new members and assigned a new chair and vice-chair.

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Hoover Trust donation of $55,000 fuels crucial kitchen restorations at Mt. Hood Town Hall

The countertop requires a plastic covering, the dishwasher doesn’t work, and you have to lie on your back to light the pilot light to the stove.

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July 4 rolls out the fun, despite the heat

Annual festivities bring out crowds in Hood River, Odell, Bingen

Barbecue smoke wafted over an empty main lawn of Jackson Park on July 4.

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Irrigation Limitations: Farmers water district goes to rotation schedule

The FID Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday declaring an emergency authorizing the district to implement water rotation procedures to address drought conditions.

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Tucker-ed Out

Swimmers pause on the Hood River bank just below Tucker Bridge, where property owner Bob White is trying to get word out that access is not allowed.

Farmers Irrigation asks users to reduce water use

Farmers Irrigation District is making it official: keep your lawn brown for much-needed conservation of water.

The Ale List: Solog Fest returns

The second annual Solog Festival will return to Parkdale on an August date to be announced, said brewer Jason Kahler of one of two breweries involved in the collabora-fest, Solera Brewery of Parkdale and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales of Hood River. Watch The Ale List for details.

Fire watch: Lightning storm Illuminates the fact that Gorge fuels remain tinder-dry

Like flash pots in a stadium rock show, the lighting and thunder impressed with nature’s power Sunday night.

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Wyden calls out USFS over stalled Mt. Hood landswap

Sen. Ron Wyden joked at Saturday’s town hall meeting that “there’s no script, no teleprompters” in his town halls. The Hood River town hall, his 734th, was a wide-ranging forum attended by about 75 people. Wyden discussed trade, education, infrastructure, Medicare reform, foreign policy, oil train transport and many other issues, but when it came to stalled land swap between Mt. Hood Meadows and US Forest Service, Wyden was clearly working without a script.

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Kiters and barge in a river drama

Sam Grotte of White Salmon enjoys taking scenic photos and his close-ups of hummingbirds are true micro-examinations of the world around us.

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Tuesday crash near Odell

All occupants escaped serious injury in this two-car head-on crash Tuesday at about 1 p.m. at Highway 35 and Willow Flat Road.

Prevention Program thanks its supporters

Prevention supporters said one goodbye and issued numerous thank yous on June 16 at an appreciation luncheon at China Gorge Restaurant sponsored by the Hood River county Prevention Department.

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City takes first look at housing ideas

The figure 2,000 hasn’t been as important since we hit the millennium.

Cider Central: Cider group chooses ‘Spoke and Sail’ name

The June 17 Hood River News edition mentioned two new cideries due to open this summer and fall in Hood River.

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‘Hydration Station’ opens downtown

Water pours freely at the new “hydration station” at Shortt Supply at Second and Oak streets.

Parks-Rec hosts community meeting June 24 on ballfields development

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District hosts a community meeting Wednesday on sports field and park development, with an emphasis on potential acquisition of an 8.29-acre parcel located just south of City Limits near Tucker Road.

A foundation for affordability

Council to hear housing strategy Monday

The City of Hood River’s draft Housing Needs Analysis and the Hood River Housing Strategy gets its first public look on Monday.

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‘Beach Bash’ celebrates, wakes things up June 25-28

This is a case of “at home, go big.”

Editor's notebook: Overcoming, and understanding, the tourist’s PTSQ Syndrome

On Sunday I found myself crossing a busy street in Cannon Beach, though I was stopped short of a rash and dangerous act.

FISH food bank holds open house Saturday

FISH Food Bank is fully permitted for occupation, and the organization celebrates Saturday with a ribbon cutting and open house, followed by a dance, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

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‘The Home Place’

Frances Goe Arnold and Ken Goe talk about 100 years of farming during Sunday’s celebration at the Goe farm on Webster Road just outside of Odell.

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HRV students continue streamside enhancement

Cleaning out your desk in the final days of school is one thing.

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Wind stokes Thursday morning brush fire

About 1,000 customers lost power after blaze next to freeway

A wind-rocked power line apparently sparked and caused Thursday morning’s fire that resulted in about 1,000 electrical customers losing power.

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Finale for ‘15 as HRV, Horizon award diplomas

Eagle voices filled the evening air with a choral farewell Friday evening.

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The ‘Reset’ on State Street

City celebrates Urban Renewal completion

The new street trees added needed shade as the City of Hood River formally dedicated the 18-month State Street Urban Renewal Project on the warm evening of June 5.

Audition: an intimidating word for what is an enjoyable community experience

Editor's Notebook

My first foray into community theater happened nearly nine years ago when I was asked to be in a production of “Our Town” in which community members were cast in the roles matching their real-life jobs.

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‘Gorge’ book released

Linda and John Hardham of Cook, Wash., meet writer Janet Cook, seated at left, and photographer Peter Marbach at Wednesday’s book release event and photo presentation at Columbia Center for the Arts, attended by about 40 people.

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HRV Engineering Fair highlights long list of First Friday events

A unique “pizza” party is planned for downtown Hood River on Friday.

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Light load, sharp turn

The driver of an empty moving van heading east on Sherman Street attempted a left turn onto angular E. Second Street Thursday and got pinched by the slope and an oak tree and home on the northeast corner.

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Planks for the memories: ‘Park Your Age’ folly fills its last space

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It’s been 57 years since the creation of Velcro and I know of a 57-year-old man who defines sticking to it.

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So long and ‘See You Again’

The time is nearly here: commencement events for the Class of 2015.

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Parking change at Cascade Lot

Public Works crew installs new signage, the kiosk, and heat-thermal striping on Thursday morning as the City of Hood River prepares for a change in the parking system at the Cascade Avenue parking lot — at Fifth and Cascade across the street from the Post Office — to a shared parking lot effective June 1.

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