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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Indian Creek Fire is nearly out

Cause still unknown in Sunday blaze that scorched sections of popular trail

This one could have been far worse.

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Soil Solutions renovates former HR Glass building

Renovations continue on a 65-year-old Heights building that, while serving anew as an office, continues its tradition as a hands-dirty place of business.

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Layout changes enhance Hood River Hops Fest

Glass mugs and ease of movement help with smooth sampling of ales

The distinctly named “Crux-Arillo” went fast and some beer lines were longer than others, but Hood River Hops Fest seemed to offer something for everyone, be it experimental ales from all over Oregon and Washington, bluegrass and rock-and-roll music, hot food, or talking with friends under sunny autumn skies.

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Pie with the Mayor

The third “Pie with the Mayor” gathering drew a total of 10 people to Pine Street Bakery Monday for the chance to have a face-to-face sit-down with Mayor Paul Blackburn.

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Hops Fest returns Saturday

Fresh ales from 40 breweries

Smell, taste, and touch the hops at Saturday’s 12th annual Hood River Hops Fest, celebrating the ales enhanced by the flavors and aromas of the thumb-sized conical plant known to scientists as humulus.

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Radio team surprises Odell single mom with Wheels of Hope ride

Destiny Whitaker’s car blew a tire on a Tuesday but the fix came on a Wednesday — in a big, hopeful way. Whitaker, an Odell single mother of five children, aged 7-19, was awarded a van as the result of Wheels of Hope from Bicoastal Media. Whitaker received a big surprise when a crew from Bicoastal arrived at her work place, Heart of Hospice, on Sept. 16 under cover of recording some radio spots for Heart of Hospice.

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A Pillar Moves On: Community thanks Chuck Johnisee

Hood River parks and rec stalwart credits ‘working together with a lot of good people’

This was a summer-ending pool party with meaning.

Hood River City Council moves toward marijuana tax vote

Monday’s actions also bring adoption of housing strategy

City Council on Monday formalized its strategy on affordable housing, though official changes on the issue are months away, and took one step closer to a decision on potential taxation of marijuana sales — an action it cannot formally move on until 2016.

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Hood River 6th grader wins state spelling bee

Sixth-grader Sean Counihan won the elementary division in the 7th annual Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship Sept. 5 at the Oregon State Fair, sponsored by Oregon Spellers.

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Orchard obscure: The unusual picks of autumn

Fun facts behind some lesser-known apples and pears of the Hood River Valley

All around the county, farmers are bringing in a variety of unique and/or heirloom apples and pears that just aren’t found in traditional markets.

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Goodbye, Lila May

Lila May Schow, who made the tutu into a Hood River fashion standard, died on Sept. 12, just weeks after her fifth birthday.

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Hurried harvest, but time for pie

Parkdale weigh station operator treats fruit truck drivers to slice of homemade

At Diamond Fruit in Parkdale, the busiest fruit delivery day is also the tastiest.

Police arrest two in Sept. 5 toll bridge theft case

Police arrested two females on Sept.15 in relation to the Port of Hood River tollbooth deposit bag theft on Sept. 5.

Hood River Middle School boiler to be replaced

The century-old steam boiler at Hood River Middle School is now no more than a massive metal relic.

The Ale List: Hops Fest on Sept. 26 is just one part of fall’s fresh hops fervor

Hops Fest happens Sept. 26 but it is far from the only new thing happening, fresh hops or otherwise, in this beer-centric burg.

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Warm water, warmer welcome for Cross-Channel finishers

A flotilla of volunteers and a riverbank crowded with supporters welcomed the 478 participants in Monday’s 73rd annual Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim.

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Cider Central: Cider Café opens, ’Gorge Society’ rebrands

The Gorge cider scene this fall features a new cider café and return of annual cider event, sponsored by a group that has a new name.

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HRV Health Center opens

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Back to school for students in Hood River County

New faces, details for 2015-2016

On Tuesday it all begins again, for students, at least.

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Health Center opens for HRVHS students

Health partners cut the ribbon Thursday on an innovative new facility at Hood River Valley High School.

New principals at HRCSD, Horizon

With the Hood River County School District and Horizon Christian School back in session Sept. 8, there’s been a fair amount of buzzing around the various sites in the past week or so. And for four new principals — two of whom are new to the area — the work is just beginning.

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Friendly but intense Orienteering event takes visitors all over town

CROC competition provides warm up to Labor Day event

You might have seen a few extra visitors running or quick-walking past your house on Sunday, maps in hand

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Eagle football opens with Jamboree

Dylan Peterson (2) of the Hood River Valley varsity squad loses his helmet during a gang tackle against Summit during Friday’s football jamboree at Henderson Stadium.

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Fire brushes downtown Cascade Locks

Blaze claims Port storage; several homes evacuated, no one injured

The most destructive wildfire of 2015 in Hood River County took out two buildings but no homes, forced evacuations, and charred trees and brush on a hillside near downtown Cascade Locks Thursday night.

Editor's Notebook: Roanoke tragedy asks, ‘are we slaves to our technology?’

How does one respond to the murders on camera of Allison Parker and Alan Ward Wednesday in Roanoke, Va.?

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The Porch for Aug. 29

KUMARI UPDATE: Peter Marbach, a Hood River photographer and friend of Kumari, Nepal, takes his message of help to the flagship store of the L.L. Bean, in Freetown, Maine on Aug. 28.

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Totem pole gift journeys through Gorge

Symbol of opposition to fossil fuel projects makes stop in Hood River

A crowd climbed aboard a flatbed truck Tuesday to touch a sacred object.

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CL Port hosts Aug. 29 Bridge of the Gods walk

The Port of Cascade Locks will again partner with the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) and the Friends of the Columbia Gorge to host a free Community Bridge Walk on the Bridge of the Gods on Aug. 29, at 8:30 a.m

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Living with Smoke

Air quality: the clearest thing is that dangers continue

The famous crystal clear views of the Gorge have been little seen in the past three weeks, but the concern with our smoke-congested environs more for health than aesthetics – especially for the sake of the elderly, those with chronic diseases, and for children.

Horizon Christian ready for the new school year

Horizon Christian School starts the 2015-16 year with “new” people in key staff roles.

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Planting and Preparing

Volunteers Nicole Goldman, left, and Cathy Petersen plant an area between the playground and portables at May Street Elementary on Thursday.

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Bridge of the Gods race returns for an even bigger sophomore year

The city of Cascade Locks more than doubled in size this past Sunday as runners from all over the Gorge and the world came to compete in the Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon and 10K races.

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Plays about Protest: ‘For every human being’s right to think’

‘Thoreau’ and ‘Inherit the Wind’ open Friday at CCA

In two dramas opening together this weekend in Hood River, historical events find new life and current meaning, as Plays for Non-Profits takes the stage at Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA).

Council moves on housing: Rental rules get hard look

Hard work in the past, more hard work in the future.

Council meets Monday on affordable housing

Council meets Monday at 6 p.m. at City Hall in a special meeting, for continuation of the hearing started Aug. 10.

The Ale List: ‘Beer Bible’ author visits Hood River on Aug. 23

“The essence that animates a good beer – the way you recognize when a brewer has combined the elements perfectly – is known as ‘balance’,” Jeff Alworth writes in the “building blocks of beer” segment of his new book “The Beer Bible.”

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Kaze restaurant reopens

Kaze is back.

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Hood River City Council acts on affordable housing shortage Monday

Citizens concerned with housing issues filled every chair, including 30 or so in the hallway, Monday in one of the most heavily-attended Hood River City Council meetings in memory.

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Pear harvest sweeps in early

Harsh summer temperatures ushered in an early pear harvest for Hood River Valley.

Thirsty hikers walk out, after two trail rescues

‘Reach and Treat’ system responding

Back country rescues are part of life in the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood region, regardless of the time of year.

Plein Air and the joy of local writing

Showcase happens Sunday at arts center

You might have seen the writers.

City Council holds hearing on strategies for housing

Monday brings the public’s chance to let Hood River elected officials know their views on proposed city government strategies on affordable housing.

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A true fairytale ball for Lila May

Hundreds show up for Lila May’s birthday party

Six hundred people shared six cakes and the happiness of one special five-year-old girl.

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Tour the ‘Big Art’

People’s Choice votes due Aug. 15

First Friday on Aug. 5 provides a prime opportunity to see “Art of Community”.

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The Ale List: Logsdon sale in works, barrelhouse to open

One permit to go, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales’ long-awaited barrelhouse opening should happen on Friday.