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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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New waste collection bins’ debut

Council chambers take on an unusual look Monday as Jim Winterbottom, right, of Waste Connections, the contractor for solid waste disposal with the City of Hood River, presents to Hood River City Council Monday on a proposal for a set of substantial changes to waste collection service in the city.

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Cool! Fair opens today

Please, come to the fair — just keep the gate closed.

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Evening of Oaths

A new City Council Member and two new police officers took the oaths of office Monday at Hood River City Council.

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The Porch for July 23

TWIST-OFF fate: customers at food carts in the Hood River News parking lot have been imbedding beverage caps in the tar seam. There’s now a line of more than a 100, creeping ever eastward.

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The Ale List: Sweet and sour success, and the cream of the crops

Kriekfest was a low-key success in its July 9 debut at Clear Creek Station in Portland.

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Rand Road water line

Roger Whitecotton comes out of the new subterranean vault installed in the past two weeks at Rand Road and Sherman Avenue, as part of the City of Hood River’s water line upgrade.

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Plenty to go around: with free lunches, volunteers seek those in need

Skating teens and elderly residents alike enjoyed a free sack lunch at Hood River Skate Park Monday, the first day of a unique “work in progress” nutrition outreach by local volunteers.

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Meriwether Send-off

Meriwether is in his last weeks as Hood River County Administrator after 15 years.

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‘KB4C’ this weekend

Kiters and their gear will fill the sands, beaches and waters at Event Site and The Sandbar Friday through Sunday for the 10th annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer event, part fundraiser, part community party, and part celebration of life.

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First act: Arts Initiative group unveils plans

An ensemble of artists, patrons, and artistic organizers have formed a new group, Performing Arts Initiative (PAI), for the long-range purpose of developing and presenting larger scale, higher-end artistic performances that are on a par with communities such as Ashland, Park City, Bend and Spokane, and make the Gorge a regional arts destination.

Rachael Fox chosen as new Library Director

Longtime employee promoted

Rachael Fox will be the Hood River County Library District’s new director.

‘Much Ado’ show added July 13

Rain-out, actor injury complicate Plays for Non-Profits opening

Hood River’s first adult outdoor dramatic production in memory got off to a memorable start last week.

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Creating for Camp Koru: Odell students’ kiteboard artwork auctioned at K4C this weekend

Just as kiteboarding athletes train all winter for summer events such as Kiteboarding 4 Cancer, students from the Odell area worked through the winter to prepare for their part of the activities this weekend.

Tim Counihan named to Hood River city council

On the third ballot, Tim Counihan prevailed as appointee to Hood River City Council.

Runners caught cutting corners

Strange circumstances led to the delay in getting Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run results; organizer Mary Gumm wanted to get it right.

Hood River City Council will interview seven for vacant seat

Sean Corcoran, Tim Counihan, Tina Lassen, Teresa Ocampo, Megan Saunders, Scott Skelton, Elizabeth Whelan

On Monday, City Council will add a seventh member, on appointed basis, following interviews during the 6 p.m. regular meeting at City Hall.

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Delays and detours on freeway and exit ramps

Traffic delays are coming on Interstate 84, and detours in downtown Hood River.

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Much Ado About Nothing brings outside experience

Non-Profits troupe performs the Bard on Stonehedge Gardens lawn

Summer has arrived and Plays for Non-Profits is opening this season with outdoor dinner theatre, a first in the nine-year history of the program.

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Editor's Notebook: Cowboy sing-along and the go-cart doctor give parade true community meaning

“Hit by penny candy, amused by a mouse, hit by a runaway stroller …”

The Ale List: July is Craft Beer Month; BIG celebrates

This one goes to 11 — with a “brewer’s dozen” or more in the pipeline.

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‘Cantina’ style?

Skye Weiseth, as Princess Leia, strikes a pose with her father, Teg, as Chewbacca, and her brother, Jack, as Boba Fett, while Ben Bonham and his “alien band” play swing tunes, at Friday’s Star Wars-themed Hood River Library District celebration fifth anniversary at Georgiana Smith Gardens.

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Work at State and 12th streets

The section of 12th Street where it connects to State Street is the site of ongoing work this summer by Crestline Construction to install new sewer and water lines.

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Kriekfest: Parkdale event features tart cherry ales, rare Belgium keg

The world of krieks is coming to Hood River County.

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Bond of brewer and orchardist

The evolving mystery of kriek, held in balance by Balatons

The source of the Solera kriek fruit connects to the Parkdale pub’s own history.

‘We never cry over spilled wine’

Tucker Road retains an oaky aroma, with more than a hint of neighborliness, after an unfortunate wine incident Tuesday.

The Ale List: Breweries wheel a tart pale collaboration

Save the date: in addition to Kriekfest on July 9, another beer festival is on the schedule this summer. It’s the third annual Solog festival, on Aug. 20 at the railway park in Parkdale. Solera Brewery and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales (hence So and Log) runs noon to 7 p.m. with music, food and ales from both breweries pouring in the park.

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Editor’s Notebook: For your consideration, a few parking ideas that have come of age

The obscure sport of Parking Your Age may be on its last legs, but with my birthday a month ago I got back into it.

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Hood River Council moves on marijuana taxation, hears new STR ideas

In a wide-ranging meeting Monday, Hood River City Council heard new staff suggestions on short term rental regulations, received a report of an unusual development with the new Hampton Inn hotel project, and voted unanimously to place on the Nov. 8 ballot a measure proposing a 3 percent city tax on marijuana items as allowed by Oregon law.

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‘Straw pull’ decides school board vacancy

In a historic first, a “straw pull” decided who will be appointed to the Hood River County School District Board of Directors.

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Delayed burn pile fire

Firefighter John Stehlik hoses a burn pile Thursday that had been set more than five weeks ago. The fire spread to four-tenths of an acre before Wy’East Fire District personnel responded and controlled its spread through blackberries and into nearby woods.

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History links Mike’s (30 years) and Tum-A-Lum (110)

I was headed into my freshman year of high school when Mike’s Ice Cream opened in 1986. It was a big deal — there weren’t a lot of places where kids my age could hang out, and having something downtown, across from the library park (that sold ice cream! In waffle cones!) really opened up options for me and my friends. We’d meet, grab a cone, and catch up on what we’d been up to that summer.

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Chalk and Hopes

The traveling “Before I Die” kiosk awaits all-comers next to the downtown Hood River Library.

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Final reunion for Odell High School

Bernice Arthur, left, and Pat Rasmussen Hoodenpile, along with Nate Arthur, far left, greet Delpha Clark, class of 1944, Saturday at the final reunion of the Odell High School, which was founded 100 years ago.

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Rock ‘n roll, loop ‘n jibe: Relive early ‘80s Gorge surf scene via videos and music

With apologies to vintners of the Gorge, around here there’s no vintage like Surf Vintage.

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‘Much Ado’ about Facetime

“Much Ado About Nothing” preparations began with an unusual rehearsal arrangement: one of the leads, Paul Bowen (Benedick), who was traveling out of state, “phoning it in,” yet giving it his best, via Facetime.

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No Sternwheeler Days in Cascade Locks, but …‘Mountain Man Rendezvous’ still on

Cascade Locks’ annual June festival has been cancelled this year. The Mountain Man Rendezvous will go one as planned, Friday through Sunday on Thunder Island in Port Marine Park.

The Porch for June 18

WELL DONE: The kids in the Westside Elementary talent show, with a special shout-out to emcee Ben Bauman, a fourth-grader, who ably kept things moving with a dryly humorous touch, at Wednesday’s event.

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Thanks to Osborne-Lohr

Kateri Osborne-Lohr receives a parting gift from Superintendent Dan Goldman.

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‘Marshmallow’ tipped arrows fly across Waterfront

Arrows flew at Hood River Waterfront Park Saturday and some struck arms or chests, but no harm was done and it was all in good fun.

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Historic Highway celebration

Warm Springs tribal members begin Tuesday’s Centennial rededication of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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Retirees Honored

Friends and colleagues honored 17 Hood River County School District employees retiring with 400-plus years’ experience at a reception last week hosted by the History Museum of Hood River County.

Summer traffic squeeze starts next week as city starts two utility projects

Headlights up: two utility projects this summer will cause some significant, albeit temporary, traffic changes on the Heights and in west Hood River.

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UPDATED: No one hurt in intense Wednesday burn

This corrects the June 3 print and online versions of this story

Fire heavily damaged a home Wednesday night on an alley just south of Hull Street, near 10th Street on the Heights, consuming the garage and a Volkswagen Transporter vehicle inside. No one was in the structure and police and fire reported no injuries.

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The Porch for June 4

WELL SAID: “Some people have Crossfit. I call it ‘Bookfit.’” — Muir Cohen of Waucoma Bookstore, while schlepping a handcart full of boxes the three blocks from his store to the Post Office.

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Locals help ‘reimagine’ education at forum

“Cradle to career” education and social support, starting at childbirth. “A measurably positive school culture.” “Focus on critical thinking skills instead of facts and data.”

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Honor and Respect on Memorial Day

“Let us honor and respect the sacrifice of all those who sacrificed for their country, and continue to do,” Rev. Carl Casey, American Legion Post commander, said Monday in his benediction at the community Memorial Day observance at Idlewilde Cemetery.

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Travelogue: Greyhound

Towns and times: across the U.S. by bus — and back

"What — were the wagon trains all booked?" This was just one response I got when I told people I had returned from a cross-country Greyhound bus trip.

Special meeting to deal with STRs, Picard successor

Hood River City Council will hold a special meeting in early June to address two topics: appointing a new council member to replace Laurent Picard, and wording of licensing rules (aka Title 5) on short term rentals.

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Stairs are open at Sherman

Jay Garcia tells Crestline Construction employee Colleen Kemp Wednesday that, coming down the stairs, he wasn’t sure if they were open at Sherman Street.

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