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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Visiting Hood River?

Editor's notebook: Back to Park Your Age, or, a warm day in Antarctica

Part trivia project, part exercise program, PYA is back.

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Murals of honor rise in Hood River

Two historic figures, and an artist who died too young are honored in two new murals — one completed, one a work in progress — to become permanent fixtures in Hood River.

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River Daze Café: Renovations expand on the Cascade Avenue vibe

What every restaurant wants — plenty of customers — can create an unwanted reality: “the crunch of people.”

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‘A soldier never dies until they are forgotten’: Memorial Day message: keep it every day

Keep Memorial Day every day, speakers said Monday at Hood River’s annual observance at Idlewilde Cemetery.

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Sheppard’s Work

At the new Sheppard’s location on the waterfront, crews are putting the finishing touches on landscaping and other exterior touches such as fencing for the display yard.

Search starts Tuesday for injured hiker south of Cascade Locks

Crag Rat Rescue volunteers and deputies with Hood River County Sheriff’s Office mobilized early Tuesday afternoon to do a search for an injured hiker on the Benson plateau area, about 8-10 miles south of the at Eagle Creek fish hatchery.

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Fire guts answering service business

Fire destroyed the inside of a Heights answering service business early Wednesday morning.

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DRAGON DASH

Second graders Nancy Mendoza, Grace Vasquez and Sarah MacPherson group up in May Street Elementary’s annual Dragon Dash May 17.

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Council approves Morrison Park rezone

By a 5-2 vote Monday, city council approved the rezone of tax Lot 700, Morrison Park, to create a place for affordable housing. Following formal approval at the June 5 council meeting, the city can move forward with developing a plan for the property with its partner in the project, the non-profit Mid-Columbia Housing Authority.

The Ale List: Tasting notes on newly fermented tangs; no ‘suds’ here

I found Dan Peterson carbonating half-kegs at Pine Street Kitchen the other day, but the contents were not one of his beers. It was kombucha, the newest venture for the Hood River-based Ferment brewery.

‘Guy, Guitar, Girl’: young actor seeks film support

Connor Muhl, 17, is seeking community support for his film project “A Guy, A Guitar And A Girl,” directed by Katie O’Grady and produced by Muhl and his mother, Maura Muhl.

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Morrison Park debate spotlights dual needs of open space, land for housing

Monday will likely bring the last word on the proposed Lot 700, aka Morrison Park re-zone, as city council is scheduled to deliberate after hearing one more piece of testimony.

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‘No’ on NORCOR bond, close races for Port, Schools

Early returns from the May 16 Special District Election show tightly contested races and a narrowly rejected operations levy at Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility.

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The Porch for May 20

WELL SAID: “A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.” — Georg Christoph Lichtenburg

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HR Valley Residents Committee: ‘Long-term watchdogs’ celebrate Sunday

One of the longest-standing conservation groups in the Gorge, Hood River Valley Residents Committee, celebrates four decades of serving Hood River, on May 21, starting with a 3-4 p.m. social.

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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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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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Art of Community

The updated Art of Community outdoor sculpture gallery enters its third year with new works all over town, including this Celilo Falls tribute, designed by Warm Springs artist Foster Kalama and fabricated by C. J. Rench of Hood River.

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Artist Collective opens

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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‘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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‘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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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.

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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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‘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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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”).

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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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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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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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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