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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Odell fire camp supports a growing cadre of firefighters

The largest firefighting department in Oregon is at work in the rugged hills of the Eagle Creek/Indian Creek fire.

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Trail mix: a few observations on a Labor Day weekend beset by wildfire

Editor's Notebook

An ongoing event such as the Eagle Creek/Indian Creek fire will produce many stories. After two days covering the event in Cascade Locks and environs, here are a few observations, with no pretense of having personally experienced hardship or difficulty.

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Shelter Scenes: Cascade Locks evacuation update

By Tuesday morning the evacuation orders in Cascade Locks had been heightened and “everybody’s ready” to get out of their homes, according to Joe Wampler, deputy with Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.

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‘Day hike’ turns into overnight rescue along Eagle Creek trail

UPDATED: Tunnel Falls is not designed to sleep anyone, let alone 140 people, but it was the scene of the biggest and most famous impromptu campout in years in Hood River County.

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Eagle Creek Fire expands to 10,000 acres

Fires are raging throughout the western Columbia River Gorge, burning thousands of acres, forcing evacuations, and choking transportation corridors.

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The Porch for Sept. 2 edition

WELL SAID: “If books didn’t have chapters, we wouldn’t know when to stop reading and have lunch.” — George Earley, the sage of Mt. Hood

Don Benton leaves a life of giving to others

Don Benton, Hood River’s grand uncle, died Tuesday at age 68.

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2017-18 school year starts on Tuesday

What’s old is new in some schools as the 2017-18 year starts up.

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Beyond the Loft: 6 Street's next 25 years

Long-time regulars at Sixth Street Bistro and Pub might remember that loft.

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‘Canoe’ coming

In Parkdale, The Blue Canoe café is taking shape, with opening around Oct. 1.

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Farmworker Celebration: Gracias, Campesinos

The first Farmworker Celebration in Hood River on Sunday in Jackson Park honored long-time orchard employees.

Dr. T. J. Finlayson joins Marshall dental office

Navy veteran and father of three, Dr. T.J. Finlayson recently joined the dental offices of Dr. Dennis Marshall, 1835 Belmont Drive, on the Heights.

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Road 44 Fire defeated

Crews caught and quickly controlled a 400-foot fire off the 44 Road, reported at 10 a.m. Sunday, southeast of Parkdale.

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Eclipse recap: A mid-morning dusk descends on the Gorge

On Aug. 21 shortly after 10 a.m. the morning looked like 8:15 p.m. as the 98 percent totality eclipse shaded the Gorge in brief dusk conditions for about two minutes, and caused a notable drop in air temperature.

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Nate Chavez benefit events continue at Underground

A Silent Auction and Party to benefit the family of Chavez will fill Underground Music Station on Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., is in back. Underground Station is located at 500 Industrial Way.

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First Farmworker Celebration hits Jackson Park Sunday

The community’s first celebration of farm workers happens Sunday at Jackson Park from 2-8 p.m.

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Peace Village in Mosier draws 150 campers

The 11th annual Columbia Gorge Peace Village last month drew a record 150 campers to Mosier School for a week of active learning about social justice, environmental citizenship, wellness, collaboration, media literacy, and self-empowerment.

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School registration starts

Students registered at Hood River Middle School Thursday.

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New lodgings

Andreas Ochoa of Rogue Adventures Group power-washes the roof of Hood River Adventure Lodge at Oak and 13th streets as workers prepare for opening on about Sept. 15.

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Golden Eagle

The old picnic shelter is gone and where it stood is the new asphalt base for tennis and pickleball courts and basketball hoops at Golden Eagle Park.

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School Construction

Construction continues at both middle schools in the Hood River County School District as Kirby Naglehout Construction crews and sub-contractors work to prepare the heavily remodeled buildings for school reopening Sept. 5.

The Ale List: Full Sail and Harrington team up with Red Ale

Full Sail Brewing last week released Harrington’s Bourbon Aged Northwest Red Ale, sales benefiting the Harrington Family Foundation, which provides collegiate scholarships and mentorship support to Oregon’s future leaders. “This beer is 100 percent in the red zone,” said Oregon Duck legend and former NFL quarterback Joey Harrington. The release is available for a limited time in 16.9-ounce bottles and on draft (10.2 percent ABV, 39 IBUs).

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FILL THE BOOT

Engineer Jason Wilkins of Hood River Fire and EMS accepts a donation from a motorist during the Aug. 5 “Fill the Boot” campaign at 13th and Cascade streets.

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Nuttin’ to do? Our final daily activity summer guide for the Gorge

As the end of summer nears, remember there is more to do than just watch the eclipse. Here is the final installment of our School’s Out-to-Labor Day list of one-a-day activities for the busy Gorge summer. (As this is intended for fun, we have not included “back to school shopping.”)

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‘He helped me see things in a different light’

Nate Chavez’s work speaks for ‘Los otro de lado’ by m. Eugene

Nate Chavez brought energy to all he did, and the response following his death seems to be in keeping with that.

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EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Two guys, one contested parking space, two police officers: one wonders

The paper was out and an otherwise quiet Tuesday afternoon brought a scanner call I just had to go check out: two drivers refusing to relinquish one parking spot. What we heard was that one guy was preparing to back into a space when another guy squeezed in and stole it from behind. But both were stuck at angles, and blocking traffic.

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Wy’East honors firefighters’ memory

“We honor and try to keep the memory of all our deceased brothers and sisters alive so they are never forgotten,” Fire Chief Greg Borton said Sunday at the Odell fire hall.

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The Ale List: pFriem celebrates, gets a national ‘Best’ nod

A national nod comes pFriem Family Brewery’s way upon the celebration of its fifth anniversary.

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Wyden vows to push for government transparency

‘Not on my watch’ is Senator’s slogan at Cascade Locks town hall

On Sunday, Sen. Ron Wyden came close to creating a new acronym: NOMY. “Not On My Watch.”

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HRMS: A school transformed

Hood River Middle School will be a “smart building with an old look,” said the man overseeing the transformation of one of the county’s most iconic structures.

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The not so simple ‘hike to the falls’

MSN ‘best of’ list gives nod to the Gorge, again

We sure are popular here in the Gorge.

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Middle school revamps in full swing

Wy’east and Hood River middle schools are seeing major facility changes this summer.

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Curb appeal

City of Hood River Public Works employee James Faring carefully applies a fresh coat of paint to the curb on 17th Street Wednesday, part of a mid-summer detailing of curbs, crosswalks, stop lines and other street surfaces.

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A very busy Thursday and Friday

Families in the Park series returns Aug. 3, First Friday events downtown on Aug. 4

Families in the Park starts its new season Thursday, and Friday brings another long list of events for all ages in Hood River.

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SUMMER SHAKESPEARE: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Plays for Non-Profits performed on the lawn

William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opens Aug. 3, in dinner theater, on the lawn at Stonehedge Gardens.

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Nuttin’ to do? Every day, we’ve got you covered this summer

Summer passes the halfway point now that August is upon us, yet plenty of summer fun remains to be had around here. Here is the latest installment of our summer-long list of one thing a day to do in the Gorge.

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Columbia Gorge United Way gives $275,000 for 2017

Columbia Gorge United Way held its annual funding allocation social at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn on Tuesday, handing out checks to 36 agencies in Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Klickitat and Gilliam counties.

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Photo gallery: Hood River County Fair

Scenes from the Hood River County Fair; photos by Kirby Neumann-Rea

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All you need to know about HR County Fair

Hood River County Fair is back, starting today.

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The Porch: July 22

WELL SAID: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank

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Big 6: City takes close look at unsafe intersections

“The Big 6” problem intersections are getting the attention of City Hall.

Editor's Notebook: By George, one’s own name is a basic sweet spot in your sense of identity

“Maybe each of us is Cain to some Abel, and slays him in the field without knowing it through the things he does to him, the things he says to him, and the things he should say and doesn’t.” — Primo Levi

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Deep-rooted friendship: Tsuruta Sister City Program turns 40

Gifts took their accustomed honored place at Thursday’s 40th anniversary dinner celebrating the Hood River-Tsuruta Sister City program.

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Providence CEO: No plans for layoffs in Oregon

No layoffs are currently planned in the Providence Health System in the Gorge, Chief Executive Officer David Underriner said Monday.

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The Ale List: Double Mountain Brewery goes ‘Dark and Moody’ for summer

Double Mountain Brewery and a national direct to door craft beer delivery service are officially “Beer Buddies.”

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Antique steam tractor

ANTIQUE steam tractor, restored over the last few years by driver Jack Sheppard and others, announces the start of the July 4 parade.

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A musical plus

The Lack Family performs a rollicking show on July 4 at Jackson Park as part of the post-parade festivities.

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A Full Fourth

Independence Day celebrations ...

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‘Big Art’ adds works, moves others, gets mayor’s pie as a reward

Pie from the mayor was the unusual twist at Hood River City Council on June 26. Mayor Paul Blackburn, who holds periodic citizen conversation sessions called “Pie with the Mayor,” presented a round baked good to the Art of Community committee in thanks for their completion of a new gallery of art works installed around the city.

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Wy’east Transformation: Major work happens at Odell middle school

The east parking lot of Wy’east Middle School serves as an important public space, and not just for school activities.