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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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A special night at the theater

A classic children’s Christmas tale fills the Columbia Center for the Arts stage starting Saturday.

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No one hurt in Mt. Hood Railroad derailment

The first evening run of the Mt. Hood Railroad “Train to Christmas Town” derailed late Friday afternoon about four miles south of Hood River, with no injuries. Four train cars, with about 200 passengers aboard, slid off the tracks but stayed upright, according to MHRR General Manager Ron Kaufman.

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Monday accident

HEIGHTS traffic saw a lengthy back-up Monday morning just after 8 a.m.

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'Merry Christmas, Strega Nona' opens Dec. 9

Columbia Center for the Arts presents family-friendly holiday comedy

A fun, joyful and poignant story of how villagers in southern Italy discover the magic of Christmas comes to the stage in Hood River starting Saturday.

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CAT bus adds Odell and Cascade Locks service

New schedule starts Dec. 4

CAT’s new executive director, Patty Fink, has announced that the local bus service provider will move to expanded fixed route service Dec. 4, while also providing its traditional dial-a-ride service.

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The Porch, Dec. 2 edition

WELL SAID: “Don’t stumble over something behind you.” — Buster, the State and Ninth Street Bear

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A Christmas Carol: Plays for Non-Profits presents a compassionate classic

“You are about to show me shadows of the things that have not happened, but will happen in the time before us. Is that so, spirit?” Scrooge’s longest night receives a fresh take starting Dec. 2 from the large cast of “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Lynda Dallman, on stage at Wy’east Middle School.

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‘Food Flight’ brings Thanksgiving bounty to Cascade Locks community

The Cascade Locks food flight created quite a stir Wednesday at the normally quiet Cascade Locks airfield on Forest Lane.

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Lisa Muñoz: Talking steps toward broadening community

Latino Experience in Hood River County

Latina Lisa Muñoz spoke Nov. 8 at Hood River forum from the perspective of a native Hood Riverite who grew up doing orchard work, went on to gain two degrees in college, and returned to her community to do oral history work at The History Museum of Hood River County.

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Remains Wall

The Remains wall mural, on Third Street/Industrial Way/Columbia Avenue, is finished.

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Citizens ask priority for parks, parking, and better streetscape

Heights Urban Renewal

Citizens let city officials know their priorities for future investment in the Heights Urban Renewal District.

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‘Christmas Town’ trip replaces Polar Express

Mt. Hood Railroad renews its holiday train under a new name in 2017.

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Elks honor veterans at annual breakfast

Veterans Day morning was a packed house at Elks Lodge. Derek Larson went from passing out prizes in a special Veterans’-only drawing, then dealing with a small emergency as reported by Exalted Ruler Gordon Leigh.

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The Ale list: ‘Pitchering Oregon’ event features pFriem lager

Picturing beer provided a blend of tastes and insights into fermenting at the Nov. 4 “Art & Beer: Pitchering Oregon” event at Portland Art Museum.

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Children’s Park ideas finding their way to proposed design

A castle, fire pole, and lots of slides make the cut

Yes, look for slides.

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Veterans Day bells and words toll for honor and respect

‘Pray for those who have yet to die’ for their country, speakers urge community

Saturday’s Veterans Day observance at Anderson’s Tribute Center made a particular point about remembering the past but also looking to the future.

‘Sense of Place’ provides forum on immigrant stories

Hard work and dreams define the Latino experience

Who among us can “read the tree”?

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Shelter warms up for Nov. 19 opening

A place of warmth and rest has a new home this winter.

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Gotta have slides: Children’s Park plan unveiled Thursday

Slides, bigger monkey bars, a maze, and “a zip line straight to Mike’s Ice Cream” were among the imaginative ideas students have called for in a redesigned Children’s Park play structure at Ninth and Eugene streets.

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Waiting for Godot: Classic Beckett tragicomedy opens this weekend

Two men wait by the side of a deserted road, near a barren tree.

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Mark Johnson resigns House, takes job with business group

State Representative Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) announced Friday he would retire from the Legislature effective Nov. 6.

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Youngsters ship big supply of Legos to Houston

Houston has plenty to celebrate. The Astros winning the World Series, and in the same week, the arrival of 144 pounds of Lego toys.

Hood River City Council holds goal setting Nov. 11

City council and staff will meet for their annual goal-setting session, on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Hood River Library, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Waiting for Godot

“We always find something, eh Didi, to let us think we exist?” Estragon (David Dye, right) asks his friend Vladamir, aka Didi (Kathleen Morrow), in “Waiting for Godot,” the classic absurdist tragicomedy by Samuel Beckett, written in 1953 and still asking questions humans are still trying to figure out.

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I-84 blast causes long delay Monday

Rocks, and rolling slowdown, will echo at least three more times on Interstate 84 this month.

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Lone kayak survives fire at Kayak Shed

Owners contemplate next steps for burned building and business

Significant objects keep emerging from the Kayak Shed fire.

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Calm and collected: deputies, citizen help kiter stuck in river

Conditions were calm, but cold, Wednesday as two river users and Hood River County Sheriff’s deputies helped a kiteboarder from the water in an unusual rescue just off Event Site.

Cinemas closure is a real Thor point

“The Wrong Parts.” This is not a title of a mad-scientist horror movie but a description of why Hood River Cinemas is closed for an extended period.

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Recycling in Oregon in ‘slowdown’ but not at an end

DEQ officials clarify report

This includes corrections to an earlier article.

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Recycling in Oregon ends, for now

City Council moves on in-lieu proposal, first steps for Rand-Cascade

Recycled materials in Oregon are heading to landfills.

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Cascade Locks: ‘We are truly grateful’

Community gathers for a special edition appreciation dinner at the fire hall

“First responders, first in line for food!”

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Painting Paris Fair

Historic Paris Fair Building over the past week has received a new coat of paint — Stonington grey, to be precise — with charcoal accents on the storefront, according to Claudia von Flotow of Key Development, which owns the building at Oak and Fourth streets.

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Westside Plan directed to city council

The wide-ranging Westside Area Concept Plan (WACP) moved on, with plenty of grinding gears, to its next phase, initial review by Hood River City Council, following an often-contentious meeting the evening of Oct. 11 at the Hood River Fire Hall. About 100 people filled the meeting room.

HRMS water turned off, boiler chemicals enter pipes

The water system at Hood River Middle School has been turned off since Thursday morning after water described as smelly, yellowish, and cloudy emerged from drinking fountains and faucets. It was the result of an installation error that allowed a chemical solution used in the school’s new boiler to enter the potable water system, according to Principal Brent Emmons.

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Distillers’ welcome

Erin Campbell, manager of the Hood River Distillers’ tasting room, samples some Boda’s Kitchen delectables during the Oct. 6 Business After Hours gathering at the tasting room on Oak Street in downtown Hood River.

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Fetal Deaths: Stillborn but always loved

Remembrance ceremony gathers Sunday at Riverside

“You bond. Just because of the outcome does not make Cole any less my child.”

Musician and HRVHS grad Vaughan Heppe found dead in Florida

Vaughan Heppe’s compassion, musical skills and fearless nature will long be remembered, according to family and friends.

Editor's Notebook: The final chapters in one man’s 12 books in 12 months reading goal

“When you come to think of it, real life largely consists of things that never make it into the papers.”

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Arson ruled out in Kayak Shed blaze

Arson has been ruled out in the Kayak Shed fire, but the specific cause of the fire has not been determined.

Good Governance award goes to Hood River

LOC honors city for outreach program

The City of Hood River was presented the 2017 Helen and Alan Berg Good Governance award at the 92nd Annual League of Oregon Cities (LOC) conference last week in Portland.

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Community thanks retiring Planning Director Cindy Walbridge

Cindy Walbridge’s long and productive career with the City of Hood River came to an official end at one of her favorite places.

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The Ale List: Rescheduled Hops Fest happens Saturday

The 14th annual Hood River Hops Fest, staged by Hood River Chamber of Commerce, pours fresh-hopped ales from around the Northwest on a new date, Oct. 7 (delayed from Sept. 23).

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KAYAK SHED: Spanning Three Centuries

The old building bridged the downtown enterprises of three centuries. From 19th century blacksmiths through its machine shop era of the early- and mid-1990s, to the wind and water sports of the 20th and 21st century, the Schlosser family-owned Kayak Shed building had served multiple needs for more than 100 years.

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A ‘Divine Surprise’ emerges from ashes

Kayak Shed fire spares documents

Wreckage revealed a “divine” result at Kayak Shed, which was gutted by fire on Sept. 27.

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Pomegranates focus of speaker’s free talk

Pomegranates and their topographical and cultural power will be the focus when artist Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield speaks Oct. 6 at Columbia Center for the Arts.

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‘Tremendous loss’: fire levels Kayak Shed

Neighboring Ground café is up and running again

Fire consumed a major piece of Hood River history Wednesday as the 110-year-old Kayak Shed building fell to flames in a nine-alarm fire.

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‘Tremendous loss’: Kayak Shed fire Thursday update

Crews worked through Thursday morning mopping up the fire that destroyed Kayak Shed Wednesday night.

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Packing Out History

Nearly complete is the slow unlocking of a time capsule that is a historic agriculture building near Odell.

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City Council hones new ‘in-lieu’ fee

Gov. Brown to visit CL, HR on Friday

The pendulum-like “in-lieu” fee issue took another swing Monday after a lengthy discussion by Hood River City Council.

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‘The Tangled Skirt’

Director Judie Hanel presents the Steve Braunstein play “The Tangled Skirt” in an unusual theatrical setting, River Daze Café.

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