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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Citizens ask priority for parks, parking, and better streetscape

Heights Urban Renewal

Citizens let city officials know their priorities for future investment in the Heights Urban Renewal District.

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‘Christmas Town’ trip replaces Polar Express

Mt. Hood Railroad renews its holiday train under a new name in 2017.

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Veterans Day bells and words toll for honor and respect

‘Pray for those who have yet to die’ for their country, speakers urge community

Saturday’s Veterans Day observance at Anderson’s Tribute Center made a particular point about remembering the past but also looking to the future.

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Children’s Park ideas finding their way to proposed design

A castle, fire pole, and lots of slides make the cut

Yes, look for slides.

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The Ale list: ‘Pitchering Oregon’ event features pFriem lager

Picturing beer provided a blend of tastes and insights into fermenting at the Nov. 4 “Art & Beer: Pitchering Oregon” event at Portland Art Museum.

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Elks honor veterans at annual breakfast

Veterans Day morning was a packed house at Elks Lodge. Derek Larson went from passing out prizes in a special Veterans’-only drawing, then dealing with a small emergency as reported by Exalted Ruler Gordon Leigh.

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Shelter warms up for Nov. 19 opening

A place of warmth and rest has a new home this winter.

‘Sense of Place’ provides forum on immigrant stories

Hard work and dreams define the Latino experience

Who among us can “read the tree”?

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Gotta have slides: Children’s Park plan unveiled Thursday

Slides, bigger monkey bars, a maze, and “a zip line straight to Mike’s Ice Cream” were among the imaginative ideas students have called for in a redesigned Children’s Park play structure at Ninth and Eugene streets.

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Waiting for Godot: Classic Beckett tragicomedy opens this weekend

Two men wait by the side of a deserted road, near a barren tree.

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Mark Johnson resigns House, takes job with business group

State Representative Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) announced Friday he would retire from the Legislature effective Nov. 6.

Hood River City Council holds goal setting Nov. 11

City council and staff will meet for their annual goal-setting session, on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Hood River Library, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Waiting for Godot

“We always find something, eh Didi, to let us think we exist?” Estragon (David Dye, right) asks his friend Vladamir, aka Didi (Kathleen Morrow), in “Waiting for Godot,” the classic absurdist tragicomedy by Samuel Beckett, written in 1953 and still asking questions humans are still trying to figure out.

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Youngsters ship big supply of Legos to Houston

Houston has plenty to celebrate. The Astros winning the World Series, and in the same week, the arrival of 144 pounds of Lego toys.

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I-84 blast causes long delay Monday

Rocks, and rolling slowdown, will echo at least three more times on Interstate 84 this month.

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Lone kayak survives fire at Kayak Shed

Owners contemplate next steps for burned building and business

Significant objects keep emerging from the Kayak Shed fire.

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Calm and collected: deputies, citizen help kiter stuck in river

Conditions were calm, but cold, Wednesday as two river users and Hood River County Sheriff’s deputies helped a kiteboarder from the water in an unusual rescue just off Event Site.

Cinemas closure is a real Thor point

“The Wrong Parts.” This is not a title of a mad-scientist horror movie but a description of why Hood River Cinemas is closed for an extended period.

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Recycling in Oregon in ‘slowdown’ but not at an end

DEQ officials clarify report

This includes corrections to an earlier article.

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Recycling in Oregon ends, for now

City Council moves on in-lieu proposal, first steps for Rand-Cascade

Recycled materials in Oregon are heading to landfills.

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Cascade Locks: ‘We are truly grateful’

Community gathers for a special edition appreciation dinner at the fire hall

“First responders, first in line for food!”

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Painting Paris Fair

Historic Paris Fair Building over the past week has received a new coat of paint — Stonington grey, to be precise — with charcoal accents on the storefront, according to Claudia von Flotow of Key Development, which owns the building at Oak and Fourth streets.

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Westside Plan directed to city council

The wide-ranging Westside Area Concept Plan (WACP) moved on, with plenty of grinding gears, to its next phase, initial review by Hood River City Council, following an often-contentious meeting the evening of Oct. 11 at the Hood River Fire Hall. About 100 people filled the meeting room.

HRMS water turned off, boiler chemicals enter pipes

The water system at Hood River Middle School has been turned off since Thursday morning after water described as smelly, yellowish, and cloudy emerged from drinking fountains and faucets. It was the result of an installation error that allowed a chemical solution used in the school’s new boiler to enter the potable water system, according to Principal Brent Emmons.

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Distillers’ welcome

Erin Campbell, manager of the Hood River Distillers’ tasting room, samples some Boda’s Kitchen delectables during the Oct. 6 Business After Hours gathering at the tasting room on Oak Street in downtown Hood River.

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Fetal Deaths: Stillborn but always loved

Remembrance ceremony gathers Sunday at Riverside

“You bond. Just because of the outcome does not make Cole any less my child.”

Musician and HRVHS grad Vaughan Heppe found dead in Florida

Vaughan Heppe’s compassion, musical skills and fearless nature will long be remembered, according to family and friends.

Editor's Notebook: The final chapters in one man’s 12 books in 12 months reading goal

“When you come to think of it, real life largely consists of things that never make it into the papers.”

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Arson ruled out in Kayak Shed blaze

Arson has been ruled out in the Kayak Shed fire, but the specific cause of the fire has not been determined.

Good Governance award goes to Hood River

LOC honors city for outreach program

The City of Hood River was presented the 2017 Helen and Alan Berg Good Governance award at the 92nd Annual League of Oregon Cities (LOC) conference last week in Portland.

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Community thanks retiring Planning Director Cindy Walbridge

Cindy Walbridge’s long and productive career with the City of Hood River came to an official end at one of her favorite places.

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The Ale List: Rescheduled Hops Fest happens Saturday

The 14th annual Hood River Hops Fest, staged by Hood River Chamber of Commerce, pours fresh-hopped ales from around the Northwest on a new date, Oct. 7 (delayed from Sept. 23).

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KAYAK SHED: Spanning Three Centuries

The old building bridged the downtown enterprises of three centuries. From 19th century blacksmiths through its machine shop era of the early- and mid-1990s, to the wind and water sports of the 20th and 21st century, the Schlosser family-owned Kayak Shed building had served multiple needs for more than 100 years.

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A ‘Divine Surprise’ emerges from ashes

Kayak Shed fire spares documents

Wreckage revealed a “divine” result at Kayak Shed, which was gutted by fire on Sept. 27.

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Pomegranates focus of speaker’s free talk

Pomegranates and their topographical and cultural power will be the focus when artist Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield speaks Oct. 6 at Columbia Center for the Arts.

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‘Tremendous loss’: fire levels Kayak Shed

Neighboring Ground café is up and running again

Fire consumed a major piece of Hood River history Wednesday as the 110-year-old Kayak Shed building fell to flames in a nine-alarm fire.

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‘Tremendous loss’: Kayak Shed fire Thursday update

Crews worked through Thursday morning mopping up the fire that destroyed Kayak Shed Wednesday night.

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Packing Out History

Nearly complete is the slow unlocking of a time capsule that is a historic agriculture building near Odell.

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City Council hones new ‘in-lieu’ fee

Gov. Brown to visit CL, HR on Friday

The pendulum-like “in-lieu” fee issue took another swing Monday after a lengthy discussion by Hood River City Council.

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‘The Tangled Skirt’

Director Judie Hanel presents the Steve Braunstein play “The Tangled Skirt” in an unusual theatrical setting, River Daze Café.

Thank you, firefighters

More images of community appreciation expressed to firefighters and first responders: Charburger Restaurant, a private vehicle on the Heights, and Hood River Seventh Day Adventist’s signboard on Cascade Avenue.

Editor’s Notebook: Helping kids be better readers is a SMART move

I won an award and haven’t even bragged about it to my brothers.

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Clear sky opportunities: Things to do now that smoke has lifted in Gorge

Cancelled school and community events, and a general limitation of activity in the Gorge have been the norm since Sept. 2, thanks to the Eagle Creek fire.

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WAAAM Fly-In dampened, but not done in, by heavy smoke

To the surprise of no one living here, the Eagle Creek fire had a damping influence on turnout at the Hood River Fly-In.

The Ale List: Hood River Hops Fest returns Sept. 23

The 14th annual Hood River Hops Fest pours fresh-hopped ales from around the Northwest Sept. 23 in what has become a hugely-popular mainstay fermentology event in Oregon.

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Eagle Creek blaze 11 percent contained

Tuesday morning update

Firefighting containment levels inched up to double digit percentages on the Eagle Creek fire, which is burning roughly 35,600 acres in the Columbia Gorge Tuesday morning.

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Three Flags and a pit stop

Back on Sept. 1, when Gorge smoke was more of a bothersome haze than a choking blanket, approximately 300 motorcyclists passed through Hood River en route to Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

City picks up parking on Monday

Parking is bound to be the hot topic on Monday at Hood River City Council.

Seasonal carousel: do not change the page on your calendar …

Editor’s Notebook

Things are confusing, with smoke filling the air and cool temps inverting like fall on the heels of summer heat.

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‘Remarkable’ community comes up big for Red Cross fire shelter in Stevenson

A half-hour sprinkle of rain and a box of Krispy Kremes brought relief Thursday to the American Red Cross Shelter in Stevenson.

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