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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Citizen group rises to oppose Westside plan

A new citizen group has formed to oppose the proposed City of Hood River’s Westside Concept Plan.

The Porch for June 24

News editor Kirby Neumann-Rea recalls his response to a street race proposition and tackles curb issues.

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CenterPointe plans merger with Inland Bank

Shareholders of CenterPointe Community Bank will meet July 6 in Hood River to vote on a merger with Inland Northwest Bank based in Spokane, Wash.

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Whisky Tango: Old friends bring cocktail club to the downtown bar mix

Vince Culp and Steve Vollans will have plenty to tell Sandy High School classmates at their 20th reunion next year.

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‘Insanely photographic’ Hood River

Historic Highway, Trillium Lake also gain online favors

Just in time for the summer rush: The web site Culture Trip has revealed its list of “The Most Beautiful Towns to Visit in Each U.S. State” and Hood River has been named the most beautiful in Oregon.

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Making Noise at the Library

“It’s okay to make some noise in the library,” Rachael Fox, above, tells members of the Chamber of Commerce at the June 16 monthly “Coffee Clatter” event in the reading room at the Hood River Library branch.

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The Ale List: Not particularly Bourbon Street: a look at the ‘Hood Orleans’ myth

Back before I drank beer, LONG before (and I only took it up at age 24) I remember a Seattle Times report that the famed Ivar’s Acre of Clams restaurant got in trouble for putting lesser beer into Heidelberg empties and selling it to go with the bivalves.

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SPAMALOT: Monty Python classic spoof takes stage in Bingen

King Arthur and faithful Knights Bedevere, Lancelot and Dennis pursue the Holy Grail nightly for a couple of weeks in Bingen, parrying hilariously with the French Taunters, the irrepressible (and limbless) Black Knight, Tim the Enchanter, and others along the road to Cametlo. Er, Calmeto — Camelot, that is.

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School’s out, work’s on

Bond construction projects begin this summer

This summer, residents will see many changes in buildings and grounds around the Hood River County School District as long-awaited capital bond construction projects begin in earnest.

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Alternative School mural tells many stories

“This mural is who they are and where they came from,” says teacher Sarah Lyon about the newest large-scale student artwork in the Hood River County School District.

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Peace Village fundraiser

Kickstand Kitchen hosted Wednesday’s fundraiser for the 10th annual Peace Village day camp.

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The Ale List: Second annual Kriekfest returns to Parkdale June 24

Kriekfest, the summer’s first big beer event in the Gorge, returns to Parkdale for its second annual celebration of cherry-based sour ales — local, regional, national and international — on June 24 starting at noon at Clear Creek Station.

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Citizens: Westside planning moves too fast

An unexpected 90 minutes of testimony the Westside Concept Plan dominated Monday’s meeting of the Hood River City Council.

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'17 celebrates: ‘Growing up and getting out’ at HRVHS and Horizon

The stands at Henderson Community Stadium were filled to the brim Friday evening for Hood River Valley High School’s graduation, as family and friends cheered on the class of 2017.

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‘Spamalot’ opens Friday

King Arthur (William Thayer-Daugherty) belts one out with Lady of the Lake (Emily Vawter), right, Patsy (April Sampson), left, Dennis (Peter Tappert) and Lance (Jimmie Oates) in a Vegas-style number in “Spamalot” opening Saturday.

Sliver-thin May race ballots are certified

The results are now official in the election marked by sliver-thin races.

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Mr. HRV: Sean Gray wins senior extravaganza

“Part magic, part circus,” as teacher and emcee Nan Noteboom called it, Mr. HRV 2017 is in the books.

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.

Search crews called out on two trail rescues

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 Eagle Creek fish hatchery.

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Look For The 'i'

Visiting Hood River?

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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.

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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.

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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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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Fire guts answering service business

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

‘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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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.

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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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.

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