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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Care to Adopt?

Mike Hendricks and other Hood River Adopt-A-Dog volunteers held a meet-and-greet on May 5 during First Friday, introducing prospective pet owners to dogs currently under the care of the shelter, located in Odell

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Artist Collective opens

Columbia River Artist Collective holds its grand opening during First Friday, May 5.

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Leos’ Saturday

Leos and Hood River Speech and Debate students sort cans and bottles May 6 during the monthly Leos container drive on the Heights.

The story so far: on schedule in ‘12 novels in 12 months’

"How much easier it is to move many than to move the few.”

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May 13 food drive

U.S. Postal Service Carrier Brad Heilman walks his beat on the Heights Thursday, and he was delivering more than mail: on his belt are yellow bags that carriers are leaving for patrons to fill with non-perishable food donations.

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‘Moral imperative’ moves CGCC to declare sanctuary

The voices of farm workers were heard, literally, during Tuesday’s Columbia Gorge Community College Board meeting.

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Remembering ‘Train of Tears’

Evacuation anniversary gathering happens Saturday at rail depot, 75 years to the day of Hood River’s ‘most heart-breaking moment’

Where today eager riders board trains to see the scenic splendor of the Hood River Valley, an event Saturday will recall a darker time at the downtown train station in Hood River.

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HR Reads Concludes

Readers meet “Ordinary Grace” author William Kent Krueger at Sunday’s Hood River Reads finale event at the Hood River Library.

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Hood River County Schools Committee makes budget recommendation

An uncertain state funding situation did not deter the budget committee of the Hood River County School District from moving forward for 2017-18.

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Governor’s visit focuses on ag, affordable housing

A room full of agricultural business owners and a near-vacant lot with a view drew Gov. Kate Brown to the Gorge last week.

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Tuesday fire totals Parkdale home

Red Cross responds to home fire affecting four people in Hood River County

Cindy and Blair Posey of Parkdale lost their home and all contents in a housefire Tuesday morning.

City repairs structure at HR Children’s Park

Partial reopening as early as May 22

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New cideries debut at Hard Pressed Cider Fest

Under a tent with other cider makers was the fitting place for two of Oregon’s newest cider makers to have a “pouring-out party.”

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Waste disposal system makes big changes May 1

Roll carts transport household waste

Those bins are about to go to work. The City of Hood River’s new three-cart solid waste system, using large bins on wheels, goes into effect on Monday, May 1.

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Hood River Port, Parks candidates meet public

Tuesday’s candidate forum kicked off the 2017 Special Districts Election season with a lively, though fireworks-free discussion among 16 of the 18 total candidates running for Port of Hood River Commission and Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation Board.

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Cider Fest Tunes

Kerry Williams, Steve Alford and Matt Mesa perform the first set of music at Saturday’s Hard Pressed Cider Fest in Odell

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Rotary installs Peace Pole at Jackson Park

A new Peace Pole for Hood River was dedicated Friday at the Jackson Park entrance, courtesy of Hood River Rotary.

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Matt Swihart’s cider start-up

With new Dry Cider, brewer does double duty

Who better than a brewer to understand that cider takes time?

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CGCC board hears pleas for Sanctuary designation

Speakers in Hood River add to last month’s testimony in The Dalles

You cannot learn when you are afraid. That was the core message delivered by students, instructors, tutors, and community members to the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Directors.

The Porch: A place to sit and watch, but more than that …

WELL SAID: “I tend to live in the past because most of my life is there.” — Herb Caen

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‘Death of a Salesman’ At Bingen Theater: ‘A salesman is got to dream, boy. It comes with the territory.’

Willy Loman’s troubles come down to this: “A man can’t go out the way he came in, Ben, a man has got to add up to something.”

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‘Citizen town hall’ raises dozens of questions for Greg Walden

He wasn’t there to hear, but Gorge residents had plenty to say to Rep. Greg Walden.

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‘After Hours’ Music

Gorge band Oakenfir plays Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at Underground Music Station in Hood River.

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‘Death of a Salesman’ opens

The anguished older son Biff (David Dye), left, pleads for understanding from his father, Willy Loman (Tom Burns) in a critical moment in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” opening April 13 at Bingen Theater.

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HRVHS blood drive

Lauren Greenleaf prepares to give blood Wednesday at the American Red Cross Blood Drive at Hood River Valley High School, with encouragement from her friend Elizabeth Bailey.

Softball sees success, and sunshine, in California trip

Eagles softball team split four games at the Savannah Showcase tournament in Anaheim.

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City vows partial Children’s Park reopening by Memorial Day

Children’s Park laborers from 1993 and active users of 2017 pressed for answers Monday in a community meeting convened by officials of the City of Hood River, which owns and operates the park.

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The context of beer: Brewers talk fellowship of fermentation

Three local brewmasters sat in an unusual place — under the spotlight — for a recent conversation at Columbia Center for the Arts with renowned beer writer Jeff Alworth of Portland (author of 2015’s “The Beer Bible”).

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Children’s Park Meeting Monday over playground closure

A chain link fence went up around the playground structure at Children’s Park Friday.

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Heights Signals

Oregon Department of Transportation crew reconnects traffic lights Sunday in the second of a two-part project at 12th and May streets, next to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

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New Firefighters

Hood River Fire Department has brought on two new staffers.

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Visit the HR County library for a one-room tour of the Gorge

“It lets the architecture speak,” Mark Nilsson said of his new mural in the children’s section of Hood River County Library. “There are a lot of walls here, and angles, and they’re broken up. Initially I was going to paint on the angles but I decided to keep them as natural breaks.”

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2017 ‘Big Art’ additions look to the river

“Big Art” is in transition. Also known as Art of Community, the outdoor gallery is now in its third year with sites downtown, on the waterfront, and the Heights.

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Downtown lawn prepared for Yasui Legacy Stone

The Minoru Yasui Legacy Stone might be in place downtown in time for the March 28 statewide Minoru Yasui Day.

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On stage at Wy’east

Kat Blackmar, left, and Barb Berry, right, prepare their calendar poses in the comedy ‘Calendar Girls’ continuing its run at Wy'east Middle School Performing Arts Center in Odell. Also shown, from left, are Kathleen Morrow, Blaire Carroll, Kathy Williams, and Maren Euwer.

Editor’s Notebook: Those letters, ‘stupid’ or not, keep the conversations going

Last week I received a letter from a Hood River retiree who chided me for typos and other journalistic deficiencies, and for my occasional practice of writing about that fact that I enjoy sending letters and postcards. That’s fine, happy for the feedback, and everyone is entitled to their opinion.

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Yasui Day celebrated March 28 at Capitol

Family members from Hood River will be in attendance March 28, and one will participate with song, as the Oregon Legislature observes the first full Minoru Yasui Day at the Capitol in Salem.

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Sunny Climbs

Sunshine warms the steps.

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‘CALENDAR GIRLS’

Kathy Williams, left, and Maren Euwer are among the performers in the comedy opening March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wy'east Middle School Performing Arts Center in Odell.

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'Calendar Girls' opens this week at Wy’east

Sex may sell, but love redeems.

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Slopeswell unveils ‘charity tap’

Somos Uno cider pours on Thursday

Starting Thursday, Slopeswell Cider gives its support to Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) and its outreach campaign known as Somos Uno — “We Are One” — with the introduction of the eponymous cider at the Heights taproom.

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Library celebrates ‘Feast of Words’

Local restaurant goodies, beer, cider and wine, and tunes from Matt Mesa, Mark Reynolds and Jim Drake created the party atmosphere for a successful $31,000 fundraiser for the Hood River Library on Saturday.

Local races emerge as vote filing deadline nears

Voters will see races in all three Port of Hood River Commission positions up for election May 16.

Schools listen to budget suggestions

Cuts will happen, but maybe not to teaching jobs, in the next two years for Hood River County School District.

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The Ale List: Logsdon, pFriem score well at Oregon Beer Awards

The Best Brewpub Experience award went to pFriem Family Brewing at the Feb. 28 Oregon Beer Awards, hosted by Willamette Week newspaper.

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Tribute mural project

Artist Nate Chavez power washes a retaining wall Wednesday at Hood River Elks as he and fellow artist Nic Vik start work on what will be Hood River’s longest outdoor mural, to be completed by early June at Third Street and Industrial Way.

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‘Get involved in the dialog’

Sen. Merkley speaks frankly on ‘poor fits,’ill-advised spending in Hood River town hall

“A lot is going on federally,” Sen. Jeff Merkley said to laughter Saturday in a wide-ranging town hall at Hood River Middle School Saturday.

Elections: Carlstrom files for HR Port seat

Filing deadline is March 16

A familiar Hood River name, though new to politics, will appear on the May 16 Hood River County Special Districts election ballot.

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Words and Whimsy

Wild hair and hats were common sights at Westside Elementary March 2 for “Crazy Hat and Hair Day,” the annual “Read Across America” tradition honoring Theodore Geisl — Dr. Seuss.

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