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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Rat Rod comes home

Gary Fisher, Resurrected Rust team leader, delivers the rat rod “Roadmaster Jr.” to Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum on Oct. 11.

General Election ballots to be mailed on Friday

HR candidates start ‘Office Hours’ café appearances Thursday; forum added Oct. 23

General Election ballots go out Friday to 11,270 voters in Hood River County. Expect it in the mail Saturday or Monday.

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Harvest Fest celebrates nature’s bounty

The festival of the county’s bounty happens this weekend in Hood River and Odell, and all around the Hood River Valley.

HR city election events scheduled

Mayoral debate on Oct. 22, ‘Office Hours’ events start Oct. 16

Voters in the City of Hood River will be able to hear directly from mayor and council candidates in two public events.

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A young mother found dead

Police release few details about investigation

An “always smiling” young mother is dead, and Hood River Police are investigating.

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Sculptor Heather Soderberg-Greene forges a love of the Gorge as she transforms as an artist

A sculpture is static. Heather Soderberg-Greene is not.

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Pear, apple pie bakers join in ‘Eat Dessert First’ street party for Helping Hands

The umbrellas kept the rain away and a pie baking tradition returned after a six-year hiatus Saturday in downtown Hood River.

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Unoccupied car knocks down two cycles

Locked, found running and in drive – with no one around

The dispatch call was an odd one: a vehicle going uphill on Oak was reported to have knocked over two motorcycles, and stuck in place atop the bikes.

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Marijuana forum

Dr. Kevin Sabet, Ph.D, former Drug Control Policy Advisor to the White House and Executive Director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana non-profit, speaks at Friday’s Marijuana and Our Youth forum at Hood River Valley High School’s Bowe Auditorium.

Cornhusker fan knows how to pick ‘em

The top dog in Division 1 college football might be unclear right now, but the Hood River News weekly football contest, now in week four, has a definite premier picker.

Mark Peters of Odell dies from crash injuries

Oregon State Police (OSP) has confirmed that an Odell man involved in a Sept. 12 crash at an intersection on Highway 97 near Wasco in Sherman County died Wednesday.

Doctors start work in Hood River

Jeffrey Pulk at Cascade Eye; Nic Buser at Summit Family

The newest eye doctor at Cascade Eye Center had the goal of finding a great place to work and live.

Landing at university: A parent’s rite of passage

We delivered Delaney to school last week, in a ritual numerous parents of college students can appreciate.

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Biggest crowd ever celebrates hops and ales at 11th annual fest

To get to the beer, you had to walk past the hops.

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HRV celebrates homecoming

Students dressed as superheroes, nerds and animals are just part of the fun as 2014 homecoming takes over this week at Hood River Valley High School.

The making of the calendar

Photographer Peter Marbach branches out, in more ways than one, with scenic calendar produced in a new partnership with Columbia Gorge Press

New views of old favorites.

‘Eat Dessert First’ event Saturday invites bakers and pie lovers

It’s so close you can almost taste it.

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The Ale List

The Ale List is an occasional series on local beers

Hops Fest returns this weekend

11th annual event celebrates NW ales

Every Hood River County brewery will be there – and plenty of friends.

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Under Way: Eight years in the making, Mariana finds water — what will be home port for Hood River man’s giant catamaran?

One of the largest boats ever launched at the Port of Hood River is safely in the water, but the catamaran Mariana remains in an uncertain position: what will be its home port?

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‘Big Art’ stands ready to surprise, inspire

“Big Art” is off the ground, so to speak.

4-H State Fair champions agree: give the rabbits credit

Talk about coming through in a hutch.

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All lines point to the coming new season

In many cultures, the September equinox is a sign of fall (autumn) in the northern hemisphere. In Greek mythology fall is associated with when the goddess Persephone returns to the underworld to be with her husband Hades. It was supposedly a good time to enact rituals for protection and security as well as reflect on successes or failures from the previous months.

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Witness ‘Cemetery Tales’ Sept. 19-21

Idlewilde is the scene for fifth annual living history event

True stories live in Cemetery Tales.

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Wildfire damages homes near Underwood

A wildfire sparked by a power line damaged three homes and burned 8.5 acres on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River near Underwood Thursday afternoon, but was mostly contained as of Friday morning.

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Fire breaks out on cliffs West of White Salmon

A wildfire broke out Thursday afternoon at about 3 p.m. on a cliff near White Salmon, just west of the White Salmon River bridge, coming close to a home on the bluff.

Go ahead, take the Big Art walking tour

Outdoor gallery of large sculptures graces the waterfront, downtown

Two notations about sculptures in the new “Big Art” walking art gallery: one of them spins, and the other is not yet in place.

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Weather, volunteers enable biggest Fly-In

A record 300-plus visiting planes landed at the Fly-In last weekend at Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum.

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‘Resurrected Rust’ goes for glory

Hood River team heads to national ‘Rat Rod’ competition

Remember your first $3,000 car?

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‘It is high time we put our money toward this’

In education forum, Supt. Dan Goldman calls for action on improving literacy

Dan Goldman used data to vigorously agree with Nancy Golden on her statement, “the single-most important investment a country can make is ensuring as many students as possible are reading well when they leave third grade.”

Words flow smoothly for Counihan

Victory, even a shared one, has a pleasant sound to state co-champion speller Sean Counihan of Hood River.

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Ellen Dittebrandt: The Art of Living

Ellen Dittebrandt’s gifts are already missed.

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State Street work will impede traffic

Downtown Urban Renewal gets going in earnest on Tuesday

After the Labor Day flags of Monday starts the flagging on Tuesday.

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Regional health workers certified

It all started with El Nino Sana.

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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.

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.

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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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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.

Mosier resident dies in I-84 accident

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

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.

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.

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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.

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?

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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.

Two hurt in Odell shooting

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

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.