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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Hanel Development auctions all equipment this weekend

Hanel Development Group, the last corporate vestige of Sterling Hanel’s legacy, is closing shop and selling equipment large and small.

Time for Art at May Street

May Street Lasagna Dinner and Art Auction happens Thursday

May Street Elementary School holds its annual Teddy Webber Scholarship Dinner and Student Art Auction on Thursday. This event, which began in 1997, raises money for the school’s artist-in-residence program and the Teddy Webber Scholarship fund.

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Video: Firefighters get valuable training from practice burn

A rare practice burn in a Hood River residential neighborhood gave firefighters from several Hood River County agencies the chance to practice hose handling techniques and other interior and exterior strategies for suppressing a house fire.

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'Hotel Impossible' films at Vagabond Lodge

Tom Reid, left, and Theo Davis of Green Home Construction of Hood River stand with designer Blanche Garcia on the grounds of the Vagabond Motel Thursday, the final day of filming for an upcoming episode of The Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible,” with TV host Anthony Melichiorri.

Collective Voices speak

This weekend brings a special art show, “Collective Voices,” connecting the ideas of about 25 Hood River and Klickitat County middle schoolers.

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Downtown businesses ‘need relief’ from construction impacts

City responds to merchants’ State Street concerns

City officials pledged to take steps to respond to merchants’ complaints that the Urban Renewal Project in downtown Hood River is hurting business.

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City councils take different tacks on marijuana

On April 14, CL talks moratorium; HR puts issue on agenda

By 4-2 vote, Hood River City Council took a measured step Monday toward an official action on requesting a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits.

Time to put a light on the 10-foot smoking rule

Among my circle of basketball-loving family and friends I am known for my relentless rant in which I call for a major change in the game’s 10-foot rule: As players 18 years and older are so much taller and more talented than their 1891 equivalents, I think the basket should be raised to 11 feet: no more 10-foot rule.

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‘A Few Good Men’ opens: Large cast aligns veteran actors with new faces on local stage

The cool thing about a large-cast theater production is the greater likelihood of seeing new faces on stage.

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Candles burn long and bright for Owen Stolte

A 200-flame constellation shone in the Friday night air as the community gathered to celebrate Owen Stolte, who died March 20 at age 14.

ROUND TABLE: My ‘Bracketology’ is a muddle of Madness

March Madness is one of my favorite times of year:

State Street update: City, Crestline host status meeting on Wednesday

Dust, pedestrian access, and signage issues, and the potential of summer street work, are among the topics expected to be addressed on Wednesday in a morning meeting about the downtown Urban Renewal Project.

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Big day for Little Red

Mid Valley thanks Joann Frazier for 18 years of cape-able leadership

Joann Frazier was the leader of the pack Thursday, red cape and all.

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HRMS performers get to watch themselves in ‘Kid Next Door’ screening at Skylight Theatre

A group of middle schoolers got together Wednesday after school at Skylight Theatre.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake ‘strikes’ it rich for BBBS

A $50,000 goal is the best birthday present Kristin Reese could ask for.

‘Feast of Words’ raises $25,000

About 200 people attended the third-annual Feast of Words at Hood River Library on March 8.

HR Reads kicks off Sunday

Hood River starts with a community gathering Sunday, but is underlined by a moral question.

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School Board hears bleak fiscal picture

One percent, or five, is not enough, says Dan Goldman.

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‘New’ principal for HRVHS

Meet the new principal: same as the old principal.

‘Voice of My Own’ enlivens words of women

Voices rise as 16 women stand and deliver in a new staged reading production at CAST March 14-15. “A Voice of My Own,” by Elinor Jones, happens Friday and Saturday at the Columbia Center for the Arts. Short monologues, scenes and songs illustrate the rich history of women writers (Lady Murasaki, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, George Sand, and more) finding their voices, making themselves heard, and the prices many of them paid.

‘Voice of My Own’ enlivens words of women writers

Voices rise as 16 women stand and deliver in a new staged reading production at CAST March 14-15.

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School District faces $800K in budget cuts

When Hood River County School District Board of Directors meets Wednesday, it will meet the new high school principal, and hear updates on the community-wide sports field analysis and the proposed changes in school bus runs and school starting times.

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Parking patrols are back on

The City of Hood River has hired a new community service officer and the highest- profile part of his job, parking meter patrols, resumed Tuesday.

Heights traffic

Look for relief by Friday on waterline installation work on the Heights that has resulted in two-way detours on one-way streets since Monday.

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Heights traffic switch takes effect Monday

The Heights detours will start Monday.

Doonesbury at 44: Don’t put a gate around Walden Pond, Garry

How will the sands of time treat Doonesbury?

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Former Tualatin manager brings city-county experience

City hires Steve Wheeler as city manager

Steve Wheeler will start work in early May as city manager of Hood River. Wheeler, 61, was hired Monday, Mayor Arthur Babitz announced.

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Library throws annual ‘Feast of Words’

On Saturday at the library, the tree hosts a party so the branches can flourish.

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A switch on the Heights

Odd two-way detours start March 10 as pipeline work hits critical junctions

Two-way traffic will be the new and different pattern — temporarily — on some normally one-way couplets starting as early as Monday.

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Pine Grove Auction turns 50

Large crowd braves the cold on Saturday; 'It's been amazing what has done through here'

Few items go unsold at the Pine Grove Fire Department Auction, but veteran Leonard Wood saw to it Saturday that one thing stayed in-house.

'Does my head look big in this?': Drama explores cultural issues, with a focus on peers, principles

“Does My Head Look Big In This?”, a depiction of a dramatic, and oft-comic, culture clash, returns to the Hood River Valley High School stage this weekend (details below).

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Standing for the job: City finalists meet community

It was like political open mic but without the microphone.

Robbery suspect linked to HR holdup

A Portland man arrested Feb. 21 as a suspect in a series of motel robberies around western Oregon is believed to be the man who committed an October 2013 robbery at a Hood River motel.

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Street work closes east end of Oak

Heavy equipment moved to the three-block section of Oak and Front streets this week as the Urban Renewal Project continues in downtown Hood River.

HRVHS drama presents: Does My Head Look Big in This?

Peer pressure and expectations are tough enough when you’re in high school.

One week remains in HRV hoops season

Tuesday’s basketball game at Hood River Valley High School was an entertaining evening, from national anthem to final buzzer. However, the Eagle boys remain winless for the season after the 66-35 defeat by the Pendleton Buckaroos.

Robotics takes Idaho

FTC Blackhawks ‘Inspire’ in Idaho

Black Hawks, the Hood River Valley High School First Tech Challenge robotics team — all seniors — won the Inspire Award at the Idaho State Championship Feb. 15.

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Fish market lands in Cascade Locks

CASCADE LOCKS — Family tradition moves upland in the latest commercial venture in Cascade Locks, the long-awaited Brigham Fish Market, near the west end of WaNaPa Avenue.

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Schools count on students

The cramp of class size is one thing.

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HRMS musical opens: ‘Kid Next Door’ explores timely themes

“The Kid Next Door,” a community collaborative musical production, opens Friday at Hood River Middle School auditorium, presented by the Hood River Middle School Performing Arts Department.

Round Table: Getting some traction when rocks come falling down

Monday, as the snow melt began, a caller phoned the Hood River News with a timely suggestion: “Please slow down so you don’t splash icy dirty water on those on sidewalks.”

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Oak St. closes Tuesday from First to Front

Downtown street work moves over; on Heights, work set back to March 3

Look for a big change in traffic in downtown Hood River starting Tuesday. .

On ramps and reroutes

Locals, visitors find ways around the slide

The closure of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 has caused an odd situation for the residents of Mitchell Point Drive.

District starts to take a close look at absenteeism

In Wednesday’s meeting, Hood River County School District Board of directors discussed a wide variety of topics and updates, including the dawning issue of student absenteeism.

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Kaleidoscope: 'Art' and the pigments of friendship

Center for the Arts presents a comedy about aesthetic and emotional discernment

How do you judge a piece of art?

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Helping Hands tries a tasty benefit

“Squeeze the Pig” was the rallying cry for a night of bacon and poetry on behalf of the Helping Hands Against Violence organization.

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Now, the clean-up

First the snowfall, now the melt.

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Light but thick: snow hits the Gorge

Power company, tow owner offer safety and prevention tips for snow and ice

With a state-high snowfall in Parkdale and up to 10 inches in Hood River, January’s question “where’s our winter?” got a resounding answer Thursday.

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City Police’s Jake Ferrer honored for 2013 DUII enforcement efforts

People will drive when they should not do so, and Jake Ferrer is adept at catching them at it.