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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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‘Unerring accuracy with snowballs’

Racing is just part of the fun for skiers from Washington School for the Blind

An overnight at Mt. Hood Town Hall was just one part of the fun for a group of novice skiers on March 9-10.

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Call him Parkdale’s ‘Mr. Betzing’

Principal for the Day might just be a cool new tradition at Parkdale Elementary School.

Editor's Notebook: Is Duke a four-gone conclusion? Will Ducks get blue in the face?

Bracket-heads used four-letter words over the weekend.

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The Porch: March 19

LOOK UP: If you’re thirsty and want a soda with a local touch, try a Jones strawberry lime — that’s White Salmon resident Paul Kline’s image on the label. A Jones Soda Co. letter to Kline told him that just one percent of all submitted photos get used.

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Cidery told to take down its ‘Sail’

In the craft beverage world, “sail” is spoken for, meaning Spoke and Sail needs to find a new name.

The Ale List: Double Mountain celebrates ninth year on March 19

Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom holds its ninth anniversary party on March 19, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Kids welcome (free) until 8 p.m. Entry is $5 (21 and over) and includes a souvenir mug.

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Vigil asks love, forgiveness

'May you find peace'

Candlelight, television spotlights and the stream of headlights illuminated the “Love for All” vigil.

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DaBrewshop re-opens

DaBrewshop is back. Dana Price, left, has purchased the tap room and home brew supply, and OLCC permit, and Brian Woodward will serve as bartender.

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‘Other Desert Cities’ dissects questions about family, truth, and memory

CAST Theatre staged reading opens Friday

Nancy Reagan’s death on March 6 adds a poignant timeliness to the opening of “Other Desert Cities."

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Cider on the Heights

Chip Dickenson, one of the new owners of the new cidery on the Heights, talks with customers March 10, the establishment’s first day serving craft cider.

Monk assaulted in Hood River

Following his assault on Feb. 29, Kozen Sampson is feeling “grateful I was not terribly hurt.”

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Hearts of Gold Awards: FISH, long-time health promoter honored

A service group that goes back to 1969 and a woman who has served her neighbors for 25 years received the Hearts of Gold Awards Saturday.

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‘Warm Hearts’ help HR Warming Shelter

Hood River Warming Shelter closes next week but it will have a boost to start the 2016-17 season courtesy of customers of Columbia Bank.

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Oven-baked anniversary: Andrew’s Pizza shapes up a 25th-year celebration

Twenty-five years in, Andrew McElderry allows himself an un-appetizing description of the first pizzas he ever made.

Editor's Notebook: Getting back to that letter-a-day affix-tion

Just as I did in 2003 and in 2005, I am writing a letter a day.

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The Porch for March 5

WELL SAID: “Mend your own fences and own your own crazy/Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.” — Kacey Musgraves

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Fitt Loft raises new health opportunities

Plenty of work went into the newest workout space in town.

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Art of the Dragon: May Street celebrates student creations

It will be dinner with the dragons.

The Ale List: pFriem gains WW honors

The annual Willamette Week Oregon Beer Awards are in, and pFriem Family Brewers did well, with six awards including Brewery of the Year and Best Brewpub Experience. Willamette Week also named its Double IPA as eighth among the Top 10 beers of the year.

Gorge Providence Hospital CEO leaves

Ed Freysinger, who plans a sabbatical, praises Gorge health providers

Ed Freysinger, Providence Gorge Service Area CEO, has stepped down, and the health service provider has started a search for his replacement.

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Heights dining choices quickly expand

The Heights’ newest gathering places are Pine Street Kitchen, which started serving pizza and pasta on Tuesday, and Spoke and Sail Cidery, coming March 10 with its small-batch ciders emphasizing local fruit aged in barrels.

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Oak Grove Store

“A place to remember,” is how owners Patricia Huff and Betty Paddock describe their new Oak Grove Store.

City starts hearings on short-term rentals

Meanwhile, builder sounds an alarm on pending ‘crisis’

The city’s pointed initiative on short term rentals (STRs) starts the formal adoption process next week.

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The Porch for Feb. 20

WELL SAID: “Well done is better than well said.” – New Beginnings Church readerboard, White Salmon.

City Council approves ‘symbolic’ step on gun control

City Council Monday heard from local and state agency representatives on alcohol concerns and took a “symbolic” statement on gun control.

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Hood River School Board okays bond request

The Hood River County School District Board made a deep Primary Election ballot all the deeper.

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Gorge Floods of ’96 revisited

Roads ruined. Houses damaged. Irrigation systems broken.

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Pfriem plans to expand to entire Halyard Building

Hood River’s fastest-growing brewery, pFriem Family Brewing, is preparing to expand for the fourth time in less than four years in operation.

The Ale List: ‘Zwickelmania’ returns, Full Sail taps Wheatwine

Oregon Craft Beer rolls out another Zwickelmania, a chance to get an inside look at breweries, on Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 120 or more breweries around the state, including four in the Gorge.

City Council hears happy financial news

The Barrel Springs subdivision issue caught the attention of City Council Monday, along with alcohol concerns and a “symbolic” statement on gun control.

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Father of the Bride

Show opens Feb. 12

The vexing phone keeps ringing and it’s attached to a cord coming out of the wall. The furniture has doilies on it, teenagers read the newspaper at the breakfast table, and a middle class suburban family employs a maid.

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School District readies capital facilities bond

Board meets tonight to decide on 20-year, $57 million proposal

School improvements take center stage in tonight’s Hood River County School District Board of Directors meeting.

McBride, Kitt announce County Board candidacies

Voters will have a choice on May 17 in the Hood River County Commission Position 2 race.

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The Ale List: Sense of Place lecture focuses on ‘hoppy history’

Today brings the chance to hear about beer from one of Oregon’s true experts, Dave Logsdon: Full Sail founding brewer, co-founder of Wyeast Labs and, for the past eight years, the man whose name is on a long list of award-winning Belgian-style ales.

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Dough-n’t miss this pizza party

Super Bowl 50 is Sunday

Super Bowl weekend arrives — finally — and anyone wanting to watch the Broncos vs. Panthers can find it in plenty of places, from private parties to big-screens in local bars and restaurants.

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Edstravaganza

About 400 people packed the hall for ”EdStravaganza,” the 51st birthday party for Ed Wilder on Jan. 27.

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Tourism summit: Travel Oregon hosts first-of-its-kind vision session in Hood River

Finding new, efficient ways to get people to see the wonders of the Gorge was the focus of the recent Tourism Studio event in Hood River.

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Warming Shelter: Helping Those Who Are Without

“I hear so much flak out on the street. I get flipped off, people say ‘get a job.’ I hear so much BS — it just rolls off my shoulder. I’m like, ‘Whatever you think, it doesn’t matter anymore. I’m goin’ on.’” — Chuck, a Warming Shelter guest

Ed Wilder: A determined road back to da Brewshop

Ed Wilder has always been a one-on-one guy. You go into da Brewshop in Hood River to sample one of the fine ales he curates by instinct, and you get Ed’s focus, even if it’s a brief one before moving on to the next customer.

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On tap: New local ales, places, and Zwickelmania 2016

Oregon Craft Beer rolls out another Zwickelmania, a chance to get an inside look at breweries, on Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 120 or more breweries around the state, including four in the Gorge.

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MLK Day Celebration: 'Let us fight for justice'

Part rally, part seminar, part testimony on climate change, and part concert, the Martin Luther King Day events drew hundreds of people to Riverside Community Church Monday.

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Ellen Dittebrandt and Judith Cunningham: Women of Substance

Untitled work. That’s what the placard says next to many of the paintings in “Women of Substance,” on exhibition in the Columbia Art Gallery through Jan. 31.

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HRVHS robotics runs the table at League

The hosting Hood River Valley High School robotics teams dominated the on-field play and the awards section of Saturday’s League First Technology competition.

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City and Port plan to install parking meters on waterfront

No formal action has yet been taken, but it looks like parking meter fees will rise to $1 per hour, from 75 cents, as early as this summer.

‘Militia’ standoff continues, but coyote hunt will go on

The normally wide open spaces of southeast Oregon have been crowded of late, and now comes the Third Annual Harney County Coyote Classic near Burns and Crane this weekend.

The Porch: Jan. 16

WELL SAID: From late last year, on The Mesquitery chalkboard, and an excellent thought for the New Year:

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Searchers find two men after night on mountain

Favorable weather and snow conditions, an animal den, and sharp-eyed pilots helped bring two skiers off Mount Hood alive and well Sunday after an unplanned night camping out.

Gorge Stamp: Crown Point graces new $22.95 issue honoring the Gorge

If you plan to send a box via Priority Express come Tuesday, you can attach a scenic slice of the Gorge.

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2015 from the files

The year 2016 is settling in with its own personality — hefty snowpack, high desert dramas and elections at all levels — but for our second Kaleidoscope of the year, we take one last look back at 2015, and some of the photos that never made it into the paper.

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City will acquire new ‘passive’ park land between boat basin and new hotel

The City of Hood River gained new park property on the waterfront on Monday night.

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