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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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In the Lupulus: As in Hops, and all you need to know for the Sept. 24 festival

FESTIVAL ALSO BRINGS LOCAL CIDER

Hood River Hops Fest, a showcase for fresh hopped ale, has evolved into one of Oregon’s premier beer events.

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‘A Team Effort’: Region garners national ‘culture of health’ award

The Gorge’s “collective impact” initiative just got a big boost, monetarily and in morale.

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Smith case aggravates HRCSO staffing crunch

Relief is on the way, but for the next nine months staffing levels at Hood River Sheriff’s Office are way down.

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HR Fly-In 2016: ‘the best one yet’

“The place was packed,” and so were all available fields and potential parking areas for planes and cars, for last weekend’s Fly-In.

Annual Pig Bowl returns Saturday

The 14th annual Pig Bowl, a friendly flag football game between Oregon and Washington law enforcement officer teams, will be Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at Wahtonka Football Field.

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The Ale List: Petersons putting a frame on new ‘Ferment’ brewery, pub

Views of two rivers will help frame Ferment, the “Gather-Culture-Taste” enterprise started last year by Dan and Jenn Peterson of Hood River.

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Big Wheel Keeps On ... One bolt at a time, history gets a fix at The History Museum of Hood River County

“We’re going to be like brothers, this wheel and I,” said Ken Elliott.

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Beer and beams at Double Mountain

Double Mountain Brewery’s Woodstock Taproom at 37th and Woodstock in southeast Portland opened last month.

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Young, but ready, HRV XC aims for CRC title

Hills, mud holes and changing terrain help define cross country, a sport in which runners have to adapt to variations in courses and the very topography of competition, from one meet to the next. Those often-messy physical realities make two things all the more critical for a cross country squad: expectations for training regimen and race strategy, along with team cohesion.

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An artist emerges: Yazmin Villegas

Columbia Center for the Arts will showcase “Emerging Artists” in its new show in the Columbia Arts Gallery through Oct. 2.

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Editor's Notebook: Home stretch in a stamp-strewn stroll through another age

As the year goes on, folks are trying to follow the script.

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Library Tree

A Norway maple at the southeast corner of Hood River Library property, on State Street, is removed due to defects consisting of extensive sun-scald on the main trunk and bark loss on 40 percent of the tree.

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County schools start classes on Tuesday

School is back. What’s different this year?

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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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Ken Jernstedt memorial touches down at WAAAM

Ken Jernstedt and Driscoll are back, in bronze.

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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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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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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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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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‘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.

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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.

Rachael Fox chosen as new Library Director

Longtime employee promoted

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

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.

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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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.

‘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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