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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Savor Summer

Kids get into the getting out

Thinking of an educational adventure for your kids next summer?

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Fire damages planting area along 12th Street

A kite stuck on power lines caused sparks to fly and a grass fire to break out on the Heights on Friday.

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Communities mourn loss of artist, firefighter and friend Ellen Dittebrandt

Memorial planned for this weekend

Ellen Dittebrandt — artist, firefighter and triathlete — died Sunday after she was struck from behind by a vehicle on Interstate 84.

Seven people file to run for HR Council

Former city manager Bob Francis among candidates seeking election

Seven candidates have filed for election to Hood River City Council, including former City Manager Bob Francis and former Mayor Bob Palmer, while in Cascade Locks the mayor and council incumbents are the only people to file as of 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Mosier resident dies in I-84 accident

Ellen Dittebrandt, 52, was a local firefighter, EMT and artist.

Blue-Gold action: HRVHS squads begin practices, show skills at Aug. 22 event

The community can see Hood River Valley High School fall sports teams up close for the first time on Aug. 22 with the annual Blue-Gold Night.

Reptile Man draws crowd

Corralling a snake is not as easy as it looks, as Cara Perry of Parkdale learned Wednesday.

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'New' WAAAM sign goes up

The “new” sign went up Friday morning at Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum on Tucker Road in Hood River.

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Another grass fire near Indian Creek Trail

Hood River Fire and EMS responded to a grass fire Friday, Aug. 22, just before 1 p.m., at 12th Street near Pacific Avenue.

Two hurt in Odell shooting

Two Odell residents suffered gunshot wounds Tuesday morning and were transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

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‘Dad dunk’ yields Queen of the Hook for Kayla Schurton

Dressed in gold lamé glory and dunking her dad, Kayla Schurton took away top honors, and a valuable prize, in Saturday’s King of the Hook contest.

City of Hood River to enforce sign violations

What if all your hard-earned garage sale proceeds went to paying off a city fine for those signs you stuck on power poles?

UPDATED: Sheriff's deputies investigating double shooting in Odell

Two Odell residents suffered gunshot wounds Tuesday morning and were transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

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‘Pears aren’t fast’: Dwight Moe and family sustain orchard tradition at Glacier Ranch

Dwight Moe spends his days in August answering the 65-pound question. Will the boss help pick the fruit? The answer is a resounding yes, if only because the owner-foreman-maintenance man of many hats believes in working by example, including taking a shift filling bags with fruit.

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E.Coli advisory posted, then lifted, at Waterfront Beach

Event Site, Hook water quality ‘meets standards’ according to County Health

Update to print story: City Public Works director Mark Lago called Hood River News at 4 p.m. Friday to say that Thursday’s E. Coli alert on Waterfront Beach has been lifted, following latest tests by Riverkeeper. “The beach is open again,” he said.

‘It’s a dry tinderbox out there’

Chief Wells says fire season vigilance helps prevention

Two fires in just over two weeks on the Indian Creek Trail are apparently unconnected.

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Settle in at Mt. Hood Socialize

The name is like an invitation.

Round Table: Taking a deep breath and offering some advice about the Fair

Overheard, father to son, at the 2014 Hood River County Fair: “In this case, the carnival is part of the fair, but there doesn’t need to be a carnival on for there to be a fair.”

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A sweet snack in a cool place

The best fruit in the fair is not available to eat.

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The prolific, delicious blackberry

Thinking of a blackberry binge?

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A connecting ritual

An airborne arc of water tossed in Monday’s event suggests the connections

The 50 people gathered Monday for the health of the Columbia River invoked the names of many rivers and waterways where they had lived or had seen human impacts: the Pacific Ocean and Great Lakes, San Francisco Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake Bay, Columbia, Willamette, Mississippi, Colorado, Merced, Potomac, Thames, James, Shannon, and the Mekong.

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Quilting three ways: This hot August, it makes perfect sense to wrap yourself in quilting

This 90-degree weather doesn’t exactly say “warm blankets,” but in fact August is the month to wrap yourself in quilting.

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Spotting some big assists at the County Fair

It’s a community gathering like no other.

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Fire chars part of Indian Creek Trail

Neighbors knock down blaze with hoses

A ground fire along Indian Creek is under investigation after it flared along the popular Indian Creek trail Thursday afternoon, with no damage to property.

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Fair Moments

One of the great things about the Fair is meeting up with friends you haven’t seen for a while.

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HR County Fair was ‘fantastic’

Record crowds throng to weekend concerts

Record crowds attended the Hood River County Fair Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the Lions were ready.

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Peace Walk visits Gorge with call for nuclear-free world

A quiet call to peace brought two Buddhist monks and friends to Hood River Monday.

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FISH food bank breaks ground on $1 million center to open late 2014

‘A true community project’

FISH food bank’s oldest and youngest servants joined in Monday’s groundbreaking for the Hood River food bank and warehouse center.

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Neighbors protest tree takedown

Wilson Street neighbors are protesting the cutting of two black walnut trees on the site of a new multi-family housing development near 12th Street.

ELECTION 2014: Realtor Greg Colt announces Hood River Mayoral run

Greg Colt will run for mayor in November.

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‘Discover Oregon’ photographers seek Kickstarter donations

Tamara Logsdon and Tyler Hulett are taking the long view with their Kickstarter campaign.

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Wade Pickering, 14, and family learn together and look ahead to the County Fair

Pigs live where Stephanie Pickering’s garden used to be, but that’s okay with her.

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County Fair is next week

Monday judging kicks-off week of activities

The grounds are ready – are you?

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Officers take ‘Cold Water Challenge’ to honor fallen colleagues

They were the coolest guys in town. Literally and figuratively. Four Hood River law enforcement officers dumped water on their own heads Friday in the parking lot of Hood River Supply. 41 buckets of ice water.

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Fire victim thanks rescuers

Elissa Poe is thankful that she was alone at home on July 10. Her children, Madeline, 10 and Nicholas, 15, were safe from the fire that destroyed her Indian Creek Court Apartment. Poe, 43, suffered smoke inhalation, and burns on her arms and face are still painful but healing. Yet Poe and her children grieve the loss in the fire of their beloved two-year-old dog Eleanor, named for Eleanor Roosevelt.

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‘Fight Back’ at Relay For Life

Teams walk this weekend at HRVHS to raise funds for ACS

“Superheroes” will be the theme of this year’s Relay For Life of the Columbia Gorge, the community gathering on July 19-20 for the fight against cancer. For 24 hours starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, teams will walk around the Hood River Valley High School track to raise funds, and awareness, for the American Cancer Society.

Six Heights homes evacuated because of natural gas leak

Police and fire helped Northwest Natural Gas evacuate six homes in an east Heights neighborhood Monday night in response to an underground gas leak. No one was hurt and there was no property damage, though residents in the homes on June and May streets between Fourth and Fifth streets were advised to stay elsewhere for the night.

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Truck stuck at Oak and Cascade

Jose Guzman of Guzman Towing maneuvers a Highway Transportation trailer weighing a total of 60,000 pounds after it got stuck Tuesday at the hairpin intersection of Oak and Cascade streets.

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Jungleer Ed Bartlien, trouper Lila May Schow honored as Hood River parade grand marshals

Hood River County communities join the rest of the nation in celebrating Independence Day on Friday.

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Busy summer coming to Cascade Locks

A spirited Sternwheeler Days festival starts a busy Cascade Locks summer, bringing visitors from all over

Some big events are coming to Cascade Locks and Stevenson this summer, a testament to Cascade Locks’ growing place as a prime adventure sport locale: the North American Laser Masters Championship from July 11-13, the 14th annual Bridge of the Gods Kiteboarding Festival July 25-27, and the first Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon on Aug. 10.

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‘Everyone’s story deserves to be told’

County Museum supporters throw party to thank Connie Nice

Hugs were a mixed blessing for Connie Nice Monday at the reception in her honor.

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Sustainability: New owners expand Cutie Pie’s offerings

Do you have small children and did you forget something on your way to go camping?

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‘Big sound’ and smoked salmon

Brigham Fish Market receives a cultural blessing attended by more than 100 people

More than 100 people, led by a group of Umatilla drummers divided by men and women on the north and south, gathered Saturday to spiritually dedicate one of Cascade Locks’ newest businesses.

Ostrye appointed to fill Seventh Judicial Post

Governor names HR attorney to finish Judge Crowley’s term

Gov. John Kitzhaber announced Monday the appointment of Karen Ostrye to fill the vacancy on the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District created by the retirement of Judge Paul Crowley. The Seventh Judicial District encompasses Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler counties.

CGCAN forum on oil trains yields stark numbers, muted optimism

Action Network looks to limit regional fuel export terminals

Oil and coal transport opponents rallied some dramatic numbers in a multimedia forum Monday convened by the Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network at Riverside Community Church.

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Father-daughter duo to race in Pacific Cup

Pair races to raise awareness for child sex trafficking foundation

The “Mirage” points its bow at something all too real: the horrors of child sex trafficking.

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Honors extended to Mayor Nakano as Tsuruta group arrives Tuesday

Sister City’s 37th year

The Tsuruta-Hood River Sister city Program has seen some big celebrations in its 37 years, but none like next week’s.

This summer, look for changes – again – at 12th and May streets

For weeks the yellow caution tape has flapped at three of the four corners of 12th and May streets where pedestrian access changes were started by the city and left incomplete.

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