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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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.

Council moves on housing: Rental rules get hard look

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

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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).

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.”

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.

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Kaze restaurant reopens

Kaze is back.

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.

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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.

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.

Plein Air and the joy of local writing

Showcase happens Sunday at arts center

You might have seen the writers.

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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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At museum camp, youngsters play and create as they learn about recycling

How long does it take a disposable diaper to break down?

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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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Your guide to al fresco options: mobile and stationary food trucks and carts abound around the county

Mobile and stationary food trucks and carts abound around Hood River County.

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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.

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Cougar sighted again, Thursday on Heights

A cougar was seen on the Heights for the second time in four days.

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Fair Moment: By design, local quilt makers stitch together

Quilts and textiles are an aspect of the fair I always turn to after spending time in the hot sun, or at the carnival, Park stage, animal barn, or other higher-volume attraction at county fair.

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Fair Moment: Getting rid of the cell phone

Talk about quickly going off the grid.

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Cider Central: Cidermasters welcome cider makers from all over

Cider makers from all over the country gathered recently in a private party that celebrated a convivial beverage and its increasing role in the Gorge.

Editor's Notebook: Steee-rike one for technology! Ump-o-tron is at the plate

It’s a great thing when you see the connection between two apparently unconnected news items you read in the newspaper. (That kind of serendipity just doesn’t happen as well when you read online, can’t explain why.)

Editor's Notebook: Softball season now over, savoring a sweet slice of summertime

Church League softball ended another season last week.

Cougar sighted Sunday morning near Rosauers

Three Hood River men reported a rare cougar sighting inside Hood River city limits early Sunday.

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The Ale List: Stoked and Everybody’s combine in coffee porter

There’s no real secret behind Cold Pressed Porter at Stoked Roasters in Hood River — but that doesn’t mean this unique new ale is not deceptive.

‘It’s dry out there:’ Parkdale, Wy’east firefighters respond to pair of challenging fires

Two fires, each hard to get to in their own ways, challenged local firefighters in the past week.

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Senior Expo helps highlight 2015 County Fair

Hood River County Fair brings entertainment, activities for kids and adults, displays and exhibits, carnival and midway fun, horses, livestock, flowers, and food.

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Birthday girl Lila May will get a birthday high five

Cancer will have to step aside for prom night-birthday party

A downtown party like never seen before happens July 31, and the guest of honor will be prom queen and birthday girl Lila May Schow.

LUBA again upholds City of Hood River's right to deny Walmart expansion

Walmart, round 3, goes to the City of Hood River.

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The Ale List: Tip the Volkanische Vijf, (or, how a 3-way collaboration celebrates a 5)

Volcanic Bottle Shoppe on the Heights hosts a fifth-anniversary party today with plenty of ales to choose from but a special one in honor of the occasion — Volkanische Vijf from Solera Brewery and Everybody’s Brewing.

David Russo helms HR School Board

Staff previews process for facility planning update

In its lone meeting for July, Hood River County School Board on Wednesday welcomed two new members and assigned a new chair and vice-chair.

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Hoover Trust donation of $55,000 fuels crucial kitchen restorations at Mt. Hood Town Hall

The countertop requires a plastic covering, the dishwasher doesn’t work, and you have to lie on your back to light the pilot light to the stove.

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July 4 rolls out the fun, despite the heat

Annual festivities bring out crowds in Hood River, Odell, Bingen

Barbecue smoke wafted over an empty main lawn of Jackson Park on July 4.

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Tucker-ed Out

Swimmers pause on the Hood River bank just below Tucker Bridge, where property owner Bob White is trying to get word out that access is not allowed.

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Irrigation Limitations: Farmers water district goes to rotation schedule

The FID Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday declaring an emergency authorizing the district to implement water rotation procedures to address drought conditions.

The Ale List: Solog Fest returns

The second annual Solog Festival will return to Parkdale on an August date to be announced, said brewer Jason Kahler of one of two breweries involved in the collabora-fest, Solera Brewery of Parkdale and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales of Hood River. Watch The Ale List for details.

Farmers Irrigation asks users to reduce water use

Farmers Irrigation District is making it official: keep your lawn brown for much-needed conservation of water.

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Kiters and barge in a river drama

Sam Grotte of White Salmon enjoys taking scenic photos and his close-ups of hummingbirds are true micro-examinations of the world around us.

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Wyden calls out USFS over stalled Mt. Hood landswap

Sen. Ron Wyden joked at Saturday’s town hall meeting that “there’s no script, no teleprompters” in his town halls. The Hood River town hall, his 734th, was a wide-ranging forum attended by about 75 people. Wyden discussed trade, education, infrastructure, Medicare reform, foreign policy, oil train transport and many other issues, but when it came to stalled land swap between Mt. Hood Meadows and US Forest Service, Wyden was clearly working without a script.