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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Thanks to Osborne-Lohr

Kateri Osborne-Lohr receives a parting gift from Superintendent Dan Goldman.

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‘Marshmallow’ tipped arrows fly across Waterfront

Arrows flew at Hood River Waterfront Park Saturday and some struck arms or chests, but no harm was done and it was all in good fun.

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Historic Highway celebration

Warm Springs tribal members begin Tuesday’s Centennial rededication of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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Retirees Honored

Friends and colleagues honored 17 Hood River County School District employees retiring with 400-plus years’ experience at a reception last week hosted by the History Museum of Hood River County.

Summer traffic squeeze starts next week as city starts two utility projects

Headlights up: two utility projects this summer will cause some significant, albeit temporary, traffic changes on the Heights and in west Hood River.

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UPDATED: No one hurt in intense Wednesday burn

This corrects the June 3 print and online versions of this story

Fire heavily damaged a home Wednesday night on an alley just south of Hull Street, near 10th Street on the Heights, consuming the garage and a Volkswagen Transporter vehicle inside. No one was in the structure and police and fire reported no injuries.

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The Porch for June 4

WELL SAID: “Some people have Crossfit. I call it ‘Bookfit.’” — Muir Cohen of Waucoma Bookstore, while schlepping a handcart full of boxes the three blocks from his store to the Post Office.

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Locals help ‘reimagine’ education at forum

“Cradle to career” education and social support, starting at childbirth. “A measurably positive school culture.” “Focus on critical thinking skills instead of facts and data.”

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Honor and Respect on Memorial Day

“Let us honor and respect the sacrifice of all those who sacrificed for their country, and continue to do,” Rev. Carl Casey, American Legion Post commander, said Monday in his benediction at the community Memorial Day observance at Idlewilde Cemetery.

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Travelogue: Greyhound

Towns and times: across the U.S. by bus — and back

"What — were the wagon trains all booked?" This was just one response I got when I told people I had returned from a cross-country Greyhound bus trip.

Special meeting to deal with STRs, Picard successor

Hood River City Council will hold a special meeting in early June to address two topics: appointing a new council member to replace Laurent Picard, and wording of licensing rules (aka Title 5) on short term rentals.

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Stairs are open at Sherman

Jay Garcia tells Crestline Construction employee Colleen Kemp Wednesday that, coming down the stairs, he wasn’t sure if they were open at Sherman Street.

The Ale List: ‘Gorge Gulp’ June 3 for Education Foundation

A beer and cider tasting at Venue 301 (301 Oak Street) for the Hood River County Education Foundation will provide tastes of six beers and three ciders on First Friday, June 3.

Picard resigns from Hood River city council over STR issue

Recusal matter also affects Councilor Becky Brun,

Passage by City Council of a moratorium on new applications for short term rentals was just one development on Monday in this long-simmering controversy in the City of Hood River.

In Cascade Locks, Greg Walden talks forests, easements, USFS, and Trump

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden wrapped up a district-wide tour Friday with a sparsely-attended town hall at the Port of Cascade Locks’ pavilion.

On the Marks: Dist. 52 candidates talk next moves

Talk about the chance to Mark your ballot.

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Student artists help ‘Empty Bowl’ project

The bowls don’t stay empty for long.

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Election Time

Joanna Holmes drops off her ballot Monday at the Hood River County Administration building, Sixth and State, one of two official drop-off points for May 17 Primary ballots.

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The Porch for May 7

WELL SAID: “An inch is a long time.”

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Stop-motion animator shares her skills

Emmy-award winning animator Teresa Drilling of Portland visited Hood River recently for a series of school and after-school workshops on stop-motion animation, which she terms “an esoteric little art form.”

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Kombucha brewery/Gorge Kitchen opens

Gorge Kitchen, Hood River’s new Kombucha brewery and dairy-free ice cream creamery, is scheduled to open May 6.

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‘Music at the Dawn’ brings early 1900s to life

Wednesday brought a listening event unlike any other to Hood River.

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GOP governor candidates spar in Hood River

The April 21 Hood River Republican Central Committee gathering was part GOP meeting, part debate, and it held its share of lively moments. At Hood River Valley Adult Center, a crowd of mostly retirees gathered, a table filled with juice and coffee on one side of the room, tables covered with lawn signs, brochures and other campaign material on the other, and four speakers up front.

Primary ballots in the mail

Check your mail in the next few days: the distinctive long envelope with the pink “Election” logo should arrive no later than Monday.

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Forest fire stopped near Panorama Point

Wy’east Fire District firefighter Dave Rummel sprays water on a permitted burn that got out of hand April 21 near Panorama Point.

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Bike Buddies reports successful weekend event

A homeless man and a family with three children were among the recipients of bikes Sunday in the spring bike drive held by Anson Pulk, 9, and friends.

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Two sides weigh in on short term rentals issue

City Council will deliberate May 9

Economic impacts and private property rights. Housing availability and neighborhood preservation.

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Columbia Center for the Arts gives out 10th anniversary awards

CCA founder and theater veteran Judie Hanel is first recipient of the award named for her

Judie Hanel took home a new award that is named for her, the Judie Hanel Service award, at the 10th anniversary awards night at Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) on April 2.

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Puffy Pucker

Spring is a fascinating time; sometimes you can just taste it, with strange results.

The Ale List: Gorge Brewers hold tap takeover April 20

Tarwater Tavern on Jewett in White Salmon hosts a tap takeover by 11 breweries in Breweries in the Gorge, 5 p.m. on April 20.

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Art center’s got poTENtial

Columbia Center for the Arts has poTENtial — the center’s 10th anniversary series started off April 4 with 100 people in attendance to hear “Martin Marten” author Brian Doyle in a wide-ranging and hilarious talk.

Cosi Fan Tutte cast features opera singing HRVHS grad

The Mozart opera in town this weekend won’t be longhair music, unless you mean the hipsters’ beards.

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The Porch for April 16

WELL SAID: As City Council and staff discussed the water line installation project for busy Rand Road set to happen next month — see notice at right — Public Works director Mark Lago was asked by Councilor Mark Zanmiller if sidewalk improvements could be done at the same time (answer, no, this is being done with water line funding) so Planning Director Cindy Walbridge joked, “How about a kind of slip and slide for the summer?” That drew a laugh, but City Manager Steve Wheeler’s wry remark was, “Cindy is a great planning director, but perhaps she is not ready for the job of parks and rec director.”

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Pressing Matters: Cider Fest returns April 16 in Odell

Hood River’s two newest cideries will be among those pouring Saturday at the third annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest in Odell.

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Mower fire

On Portland Drive on the afternoon of April 7, firefighters responded to a fire in a row of arborvitae at the home of Lee and Norma Curtis.

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Table, kitchen blend at Pine St.

The cooking area is part of the name and the experience at Pine Street Kitchen, which opened in February and is doing brisk business. It’s next door to, and shares a dish room with, the founders’ Pine Street Bakery.

The Ale List: Dan Peterson starts Ferment, plans HR brewery

Dan Peterson of Hood River is the microbiology-trained brains and brawn behind Ferment, one of Oregon’s newest breweries, and a unique one.

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Short term rental question heads to City Council

‘Feel free’ to comment again, planning director says Monday

The protracted and controversial work of short term rental (STRs) regulations moves from the appointed Planning Commission to the elected City Council.

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‘Buddy Up’: after assault, runners unite on the trail

About 30 people, young and old, turned out Friday afternoon for an impromptu “community run” on Indian Creek Trail.

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A Basket Ball: The squishy rush at Jackson Park

Boots were as helpful as baskets Saturday at the egg hunt.

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Sewer outfall project almost done on Hook

Work is almost complete on the City of Hood River’s $1.3 million sewer outfall relocation project that has closed the Hook recreation area all winter.

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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.

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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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.

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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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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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