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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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County schools start classes on Tuesday

School is back. What’s different this year?

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Gridders Get Ready

Coach Caleb Sperry (above) and his staff are busy prepping the 2016 Eagle football team for a new season.

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Ken Jernstedt memorial touches down at WAAAM

Ken Jernstedt and Driscoll are back, in bronze.

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Safe Tree

Adam Alsop (photo at left) reaches Wednesday to make just the right trim to the maple on the Hood River Library’s State Street grounds.

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City honors Devon Wells for service

Hood River City Council paid tribute to its out-going fire chief Monday, passing a resolution stating Chief Devon Wells “devoted time, talents and energy to the Hood River Fire Department for more than 16 years.”

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Hood Crest goes from whim to solid rock ‘n wood winery

Add a rock ‘n wood vibe to the rock ‘n roll beat at Hood Crest Winery in Hood River.

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12th Street update

A downed power line closed the lower part of 13th Street in Hood River for several hours Friday afternoon.

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HR Council adopts STR regulations

On a night when a local builder decried “the critical lack of affordable housing” and called for city action on the issue, Hood River City Council adopted short term rental regulations a year after the issue came to dominate its docket.

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Bloomin’ fun

Aunt Eller (Lisa Roth) shakes her bloomers in the rousing “Farmer and the Cowman” dance number in the musical “Oklahoma!”

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Gleaners Get Going

Columbia Gorge Gleaning held a kick-off event on Aug. 13 .

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Talking about bags

Mayor Paul Blackburn talks with Shallon Courser, Hood River Walmart representative, at Wednesday’s “plastic bag summit” at Hood River Library.

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Trail Runner magazine names Hood River among top trail towns

Other towns making the list include Jackson, Wyo., and Lake Placid, N.Y.

“Be on constant lookout for mountain bikes.” That’s one bit of advice about Hood River, termed “A Multi Sport Mecca,” in an article in the September 2016 Trail Runner magazine.

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Portland climber dies at Dry Creek Falls

A Portland man fell to his death Saturday at Dry Creek Falls south of Cascade Locks, the second such fatality in Hood River County in August.

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The Ale List: Solog fest returns; Full Sail says ‘Aloha’ to Hawaii

It seems like something is happening at every brewery in the county these days.

Editor’s Notebook: Only Olympics can pit Flamingo v. Centurion

I have been watching some Olympics, and am about to get the gold medal in Shooting … myself in the foot.

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Crowd welcomes Hampton Inns at grand opening

At Thursday’s grand opening of Hampton Inns, the hundred or so visitors enjoyed local beer and wine, and chocolates, ate freshly prepared pizza and wings, and you could say some gladly ate a little crow.

City hires Will Norris as director of finance

Also: big changes coming in local transit services

Will Norris is the new finance officer and assistant city manager for the City of Hood River.

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Community creates masks for United Way

A series of mask-making workshops this summer throughout the Gorge are adding colorful, imaginative and festive visages to the Sept. 22 Fall Masquerade, a benefit for Columbia Gorge United Way.

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The Ale List: New brewer and blueprints reshape Big Horse

Big Horse Brewery reshaping, Double Mountain gets Portland digs

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Peace Walk for nuclear-free future

About a dozen people joined in on the Hood River leg of the annual Pacific Northwest Interfaith Peace Walk on Wednesday, July 27.

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Oklahoma!: Shows benefit non-profits

Opening Aug. 5 at HRMS

“Brand new state! Gonna treat you great!” A classic romance, with plenty of comedy and action, and a touch of tragedy, “Oklahoma!” unfolds against the historic backdrop of the eponymous Midwest prairie territory preparing to become a state, as it did in 1907.

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Chief Wells resigns from Fire Dept.

Devon Wells, the City of Hood River Fire Chief, has announced his resignation.

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New waste collection bins’ debut

Council chambers take on an unusual look Monday as Jim Winterbottom, right, of Waste Connections, the contractor for solid waste disposal with the City of Hood River, presents to Hood River City Council Monday on a proposal for a set of substantial changes to waste collection service in the city.

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Cool! Fair opens today

Please, come to the fair — just keep the gate closed.

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Evening of Oaths

A new City Council Member and two new police officers took the oaths of office Monday at Hood River City Council.

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The Ale List: Sweet and sour success, and the cream of the crops

Kriekfest was a low-key success in its July 9 debut at Clear Creek Station in Portland.

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Rand Road water line

Roger Whitecotton comes out of the new subterranean vault installed in the past two weeks at Rand Road and Sherman Avenue, as part of the City of Hood River’s water line upgrade.

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The Porch for July 23

TWIST-OFF fate: customers at food carts in the Hood River News parking lot have been imbedding beverage caps in the tar seam. There’s now a line of more than a 100, creeping ever eastward.

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Plenty to go around: with free lunches, volunteers seek those in need

Skating teens and elderly residents alike enjoyed a free sack lunch at Hood River Skate Park Monday, the first day of a unique “work in progress” nutrition outreach by local volunteers.

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Meriwether Send-off

Meriwether is in his last weeks as Hood River County Administrator after 15 years.

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First act: Arts Initiative group unveils plans

An ensemble of artists, patrons, and artistic organizers have formed a new group, Performing Arts Initiative (PAI), for the long-range purpose of developing and presenting larger scale, higher-end artistic performances that are on a par with communities such as Ashland, Park City, Bend and Spokane, and make the Gorge a regional arts destination.

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‘KB4C’ this weekend

Kiters and their gear will fill the sands, beaches and waters at Event Site and The Sandbar Friday through Sunday for the 10th annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer event, part fundraiser, part community party, and part celebration of life.

Runners caught cutting corners

Strange circumstances led to the delay in getting Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run results; organizer Mary Gumm wanted to get it right.

Rachael Fox chosen as new Library Director

Longtime employee promoted

Rachael Fox will be the Hood River County Library District’s new director.

‘Much Ado’ show added July 13

Rain-out, actor injury complicate Plays for Non-Profits opening

Hood River’s first adult outdoor dramatic production in memory got off to a memorable start last week.

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Creating for Camp Koru: Odell students’ kiteboard artwork auctioned at K4C this weekend

Just as kiteboarding athletes train all winter for summer events such as Kiteboarding 4 Cancer, students from the Odell area worked through the winter to prepare for their part of the activities this weekend.

Tim Counihan named to Hood River city council

On the third ballot, Tim Counihan prevailed as appointee to Hood River City Council.

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Delays and detours on freeway and exit ramps

Traffic delays are coming on Interstate 84, and detours in downtown Hood River.

Hood River City Council will interview seven for vacant seat

Sean Corcoran, Tim Counihan, Tina Lassen, Teresa Ocampo, Megan Saunders, Scott Skelton, Elizabeth Whelan

On Monday, City Council will add a seventh member, on appointed basis, following interviews during the 6 p.m. regular meeting at City Hall.

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Much Ado About Nothing brings outside experience

Non-Profits troupe performs the Bard on Stonehedge Gardens lawn

Summer has arrived and Plays for Non-Profits is opening this season with outdoor dinner theatre, a first in the nine-year history of the program.

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Editor's Notebook: Cowboy sing-along and the go-cart doctor give parade true community meaning

“Hit by penny candy, amused by a mouse, hit by a runaway stroller …”

The Ale List: July is Craft Beer Month; BIG celebrates

This one goes to 11 — with a “brewer’s dozen” or more in the pipeline.

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‘Cantina’ style?

Skye Weiseth, as Princess Leia, strikes a pose with her father, Teg, as Chewbacca, and her brother, Jack, as Boba Fett, while Ben Bonham and his “alien band” play swing tunes, at Friday’s Star Wars-themed Hood River Library District celebration fifth anniversary at Georgiana Smith Gardens.

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Work at State and 12th streets

The section of 12th Street where it connects to State Street is the site of ongoing work this summer by Crestline Construction to install new sewer and water lines.

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Kriekfest: Parkdale event features tart cherry ales, rare Belgium keg

The world of krieks is coming to Hood River County.

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Bond of brewer and orchardist

The evolving mystery of kriek, held in balance by Balatons

The source of the Solera kriek fruit connects to the Parkdale pub’s own history.

‘We never cry over spilled wine’

Tucker Road retains an oaky aroma, with more than a hint of neighborliness, after an unfortunate wine incident Tuesday.

The Ale List: Breweries wheel a tart pale collaboration

Save the date: in addition to Kriekfest on July 9, another beer festival is on the schedule this summer. It’s the third annual Solog festival, on Aug. 20 at the railway park in Parkdale. Solera Brewery and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales (hence So and Log) runs noon to 7 p.m. with music, food and ales from both breweries pouring in the park.

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Editor’s Notebook: For your consideration, a few parking ideas that have come of age

The obscure sport of Parking Your Age may be on its last legs, but with my birthday a month ago I got back into it.

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