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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thrillist pumps up Hood River as top Oregon destination

Waterfalls of the Gorge also gain national mention

Hood River travel kudos keep coming from the national media. Two weeks ago, Hood River News reported on the Culture Trip website’s designation of Hood River as “The Most Beautiful Town in Oregon.”

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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.

Ben and Benjamin: Same-name pair among newly-elected officials

Port of Hood River says goodbye to three commissioners

The Port of Hood River gave three of its five commissioners a sendoff Tuesday, marking an unusual transition: the majority of its commission left office June 30.

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‘Stick to the Westside plan’

At Council meeting, supporters speak up for affordable housing

Speakers rose in defense of the City of Hood River’s pending Westside Concept Plan during public comment Monday.

The Porch for June 24

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

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Peace Village fundraiser

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

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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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‘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.

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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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'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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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.

Sliver-thin May race ballots are certified

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

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Look For The 'i'

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.

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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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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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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