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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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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.

Election filing season starts; many openings on May ballot

The filing season is up and running, even if the candidates aren’t quite all doing so yet. This will be a big election year in America, and it involves a great many candidates not named Clinton or Trump.

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Freebridge Brewery opens in The Dalles

Freebridge is spanning a beer production gap in the Gorge.

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County Commissioner Maui Meyer decides he won’t run for reelection

Time for a change, Maui Meyer says. Meyer, the Hood River representative on Hood River County Board of Commissioners, said Monday he will serve out his term in 2016 and not run for reelection.

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‘Bennie’ Berg is county’s first baby of 2016

Benjamin Andrew Berg is both a miracle and a first.

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2015 in Review: June to December

Three murder cases — including one discovered Dec. 28 — were major stories in 2015 and so was water, as in the plan to bottle it in Cascade Locks.

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The Readerboard Year, 2015: ‘Soul custody’ and other roadside words

Humor and homilies, friendly greetings, and fire and brimstone.

Eagles empty-handed at Barlow tourney

Turnovers and an injury to a key player hampered Hood River Valley Eagles in this week’s tournament at Sam Barlow High School.

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Drought Days: 2015 in review

January through May

“Snowpack lacking.”

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Make it Champagne or Fresh Air (or both) this New Years

Wear a mask — for any occasion — this New Year’s.

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We Remember Christmas: Hood River News staff members look back ...

For me, the holiday season doesn’t officially begin until I hear the opening notes of the music from “Scenes from the Nutcracker.” The festive costumes and magical storyline from the CGDA ballet performance never fails to put me right in the holiday spirit, ready to eat Christmas cookies and make snow angels.

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Hood River Sew and Vac closes Dec. 26

Quilting is a literal and figurative thing for Eileen Utroske, who will close Hood River Sewing and Vacuum on Dec. 26 after 14 years.

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Snowy conditions leveling off, crews deep in clean up

The first true snow storm of the season blew in during the early hours of Thursday morning, and continued to batter the Hood River Valley throughout the afternoon, as streets caked with icy residue and powder turned to rain and slush.

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Tracks to '26 annual questions: 8-year-olds talk about life now and what is ahead

“Tracks to ‘26,” a yearly inquiry into what drives and inspires six young hearts and minds, returns for installment 3 of 13.

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Gorge Triathlon folks show up in Force

The force awakened and filled the Family Man Trail on Post Canyon with a cast of classic characters Saturday.

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Uplifting Tom

Every time Tom Yates talks to groups of Providence Down Manor Village residents, he has a joke or a trivia quiz.

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Couple makes lucky Christmas box find

Fortuitous was the find in a box of Christmas items for Gary Jones and Tammy Stewart of Mt. Hood.

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The Ale List: Awards for pFriem; Logsdon serves brasserie fare

It’s a happy December for the brew crew at pFriem Family Brewers, with its Gose earning an international honor and its German-style Pilsner gaining kudos from the national beer magazine Draft.

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No one hurt as tree smashes kids’ bedroom

Winds topped a huge pine tree that fell through the Murray family’s children’s bedroom Wednesday morning on the Heights.

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Climate Vigil in Hood River: 'This work we cannot do alone'

About 50 people attended Friday’s 45-minute vigil on climate change, held at Riverside Community Church, literally shedding light on their hopes and fears on the global future.

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‘Today we are part of making things right’

HRMS history teacher Sarah Segal and students honored

Hood River Middle School Teacher Sarah Segal received the Gilder Lehrman Oregon History Teacher of the Year award Friday, but immediately called up a group of students to share the honor.

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‘Get Wilder’ events serve one beloved beer-meister

The big news regarding beer, and the people who drink it and local craft beers in general, comes down to an intriguing business story — Laurelwood’s plans to brew under contract at Full Sail — and an inspiring personal one — the rallying of support for gregarious owner Ed Wilder of da Brewshop.

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The tough and tender art of Kelly Phipps

Don’t call her “shovel girl” anymore.

Editor's Notebook: Sweet layers of Thanksgiving Eve coincidence

Twice I’ve listened to John Coltrane’s jazz masterpiece “A Love Supreme,” on the radio a few years ago and, for the first time, in a live concert c. 1990 at Fort Worden Theater in Port Townsend, Wash.

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On Stage for Christmas

Emelie Pennington-Davis, 15, left, and Anson Campbell, above right, are the youth element of CAST’s production of “Miracle on 34th Street,” the classic tale of faith in Santa Claus, told in radio theater style and directed by Gary Young.

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Looking for fun? Try mini-golf this weekend

Hood River’s only full-size indoor “Glow in the Dark” 18-hole mini-golf course opens its doors again at Immanuel Lutheran Church, at Ninth and State streets.

The Porch, for Nov. 28

WELL SAID: “Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.” ― Cassandra Clare

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The Ale List: Base Camp imbues red with local pear wood

The smell of toasted marshmallow paired with a stout took center stage at a local ale house Thursday, but it’s a quieter beer that deserves that kind of attention.

Minoru Yasui honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

‘Unsung Hero’ gains Medal of Freedom

Hood River native son Minoru Yasui, who forged a life as a champion of civil rights first by breaking the law for walking down a Portland street, will be posthumously honored with the Congressional Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

A Map to the STRs: City Council rallies recommendations for regulating rentals

Break down the big task or get broken down by it. City Council chose the former tack Monday in its continued meeting on the controversial topic of how to regulate short-term rentals — STRs — giving city staff a “roadmap” to follow, according to City Manager Steve Wheeler.

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Shelter is back, warming the night

Hood River Warming Shelter held its first “Warm the Night” fundraiser Nov. 7 and raised nearly $6,000 for the shelter program, now in its sixth year.

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Hood River Council adds Nov. 16 meeting to continue short-term rental debate

Complex debate on short-term rentals stays on the burner

City Council wrangled over proposed restrictions on short-term rentals Monday in a four-hour meeting that left nothing decided except to meet again in a week.

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A live hive: If a honey tree falls in the forest, could you taste its honey?

The wind blew down an oak midday on Nov. 3 in Kendra and Conor Kelly’s front yard, a tree the family cherished for its shade and beauty as well as for the live colony of bees in its trunk.

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Farm hazardous waste collected

Thomas Bolman of Stericycle unloads a pickup bed full of hazardous waste brought by Pine Grove orchardist Vince Ackerman to the Nov. 4 collection event for farmers and businesses at the Hood River Garbage Service facility on Guignard Road.

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WELL SAID: “A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” — John Lubbock

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Powerdale Road closed this week

Pipeline removal starts Sunday

Hood River County Public Works Department will be closing access to the Powerdale Corridor parking lot just off Highway 35 next week beginning Nov. 1 to allow several hundred feet of pipe removed from the site.

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Jessie Page moves ahead yet keeps stationery

Jessie Page shoots the rubber band example at the idea of bulk buying.

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River Travelers

Hood River native Rachel Mallon, left, prepares to leave Hood River marina Monday with Leah Shamlian, as part of an adventure sponsored by OAR Northwest, a non-profit outdoor education program based in Washington state. Mallon and Shamlian are on a 45-day row from the Columbia River headwaters in British Columbia to the mouth of the river.

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Mayor talks outreach at state conference

Mayor Paul Blackburn spoke at a recent League of Oregon Cities conference on his efforts to connect with Spanish-speaking citizens.

Local domestic violence sweep nets two suspects

Local law enforcement did their part during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October by making two arrests of Hood River County men wanted on warrants for domestic violence crimes.

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'Big Art' 2.0: While autumn weather remains pleasant, see new sculptures on view

Art of Community large artworks are all installed, including two new locations on the Heights, three downtown and three on the waterfront.

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The Porch for Oct. 17

WELL SAID: “I saw old Autumn in the misty morn/Stand shadowless like silence, listening/To silence. — Thomas Hood

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Fueled by Beer: More than new tanks shine at Thunder Island

Success gives a heady feeling to Thunder Island Brewery owners and their new head brewer, fermentation expert Brian Perkey.

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Radio Quake drill prepares for 9.0

Gary Hollister of Odell monitors the control equipment connecting radio operators around the county in Saturday’s Hood River County ARES/RACES participation in a statewide communications exercise, dubbed “Quake Ex II”— simulating amateur radio operators’ response in case of a destructive 9.0 earthquake in Oregon.

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Mayor’s apology marks Indigenous Day

‘Let us all share the spirit to make it correct’

“I am sorry.”

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