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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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The Ale List: Base Camp imbues red with local pear wood

The smell of toasted marshmallow paired with a stout took center stage at a local ale house Thursday, but it’s a quieter beer that deserves that kind of attention.

Minoru Yasui honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

‘Unsung Hero’ gains Medal of Freedom

Hood River native son Minoru Yasui, who forged a life as a champion of civil rights first by breaking the law for walking down a Portland street, will be posthumously honored with the Congressional Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

A Map to the STRs: City Council rallies recommendations for regulating rentals

Break down the big task or get broken down by it. City Council chose the former tack Monday in its continued meeting on the controversial topic of how to regulate short-term rentals — STRs — giving city staff a “roadmap” to follow, according to City Manager Steve Wheeler.

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Shelter is back, warming the night

Hood River Warming Shelter held its first “Warm the Night” fundraiser Nov. 7 and raised nearly $6,000 for the shelter program, now in its sixth year.

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Hood River Council adds Nov. 16 meeting to continue short-term rental debate

Complex debate on short-term rentals stays on the burner

City Council wrangled over proposed restrictions on short-term rentals Monday in a four-hour meeting that left nothing decided except to meet again in a week.

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Farm hazardous waste collected

Thomas Bolman of Stericycle unloads a pickup bed full of hazardous waste brought by Pine Grove orchardist Vince Ackerman to the Nov. 4 collection event for farmers and businesses at the Hood River Garbage Service facility on Guignard Road.

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A live hive: If a honey tree falls in the forest, could you taste its honey?

The wind blew down an oak midday on Nov. 3 in Kendra and Conor Kelly’s front yard, a tree the family cherished for its shade and beauty as well as for the live colony of bees in its trunk.

The Porch

WELL SAID: “A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” — John Lubbock

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Powerdale Road closed this week

Pipeline removal starts Sunday

Hood River County Public Works Department will be closing access to the Powerdale Corridor parking lot just off Highway 35 next week beginning Nov. 1 to allow several hundred feet of pipe removed from the site.

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Jessie Page moves ahead yet keeps stationery

Jessie Page shoots the rubber band example at the idea of bulk buying.

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River Travelers

Hood River native Rachel Mallon, left, prepares to leave Hood River marina Monday with Leah Shamlian, as part of an adventure sponsored by OAR Northwest, a non-profit outdoor education program based in Washington state. Mallon and Shamlian are on a 45-day row from the Columbia River headwaters in British Columbia to the mouth of the river.

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Mayor talks outreach at state conference

Mayor Paul Blackburn spoke at a recent League of Oregon Cities conference on his efforts to connect with Spanish-speaking citizens.

Local domestic violence sweep nets two suspects

Local law enforcement did their part during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October by making two arrests of Hood River County men wanted on warrants for domestic violence crimes.

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'Big Art' 2.0: While autumn weather remains pleasant, see new sculptures on view

Art of Community large artworks are all installed, including two new locations on the Heights, three downtown and three on the waterfront.

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Fueled by Beer: More than new tanks shine at Thunder Island

Success gives a heady feeling to Thunder Island Brewery owners and their new head brewer, fermentation expert Brian Perkey.

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The Porch for Oct. 17

WELL SAID: “I saw old Autumn in the misty morn/Stand shadowless like silence, listening/To silence. — Thomas Hood

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Mayor’s apology marks Indigenous Day

‘Let us all share the spirit to make it correct’

“I am sorry.”

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Radio Quake drill prepares for 9.0

Gary Hollister of Odell monitors the control equipment connecting radio operators around the county in Saturday’s Hood River County ARES/RACES participation in a statewide communications exercise, dubbed “Quake Ex II”— simulating amateur radio operators’ response in case of a destructive 9.0 earthquake in Oregon.

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Appeals Court court affirms Hood River denial of Walmart expansion

City attorney: ‘zero’ chance of an appeal

Hood River officials are confident the Walmart store will remain the size and shape it is now.

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ staged with masks and music

William Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy comes to the Hood River stage this weekend for the first time.

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Solo kayaker reflects on Columbia journey

You could say Jonathan Richardson made it to the throat of the Columbia, if not the mouth.

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Get some ‘Uptown Funk’ with coronation

Homecoming 2015 – Event details and more

Calling all Hood River Valley High School, as well as Hood River High and Wy’east High grads, and anyone else wanting to see some traditional Friday Night Lights pageantry.

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Pie with the Mayor

The third “Pie with the Mayor” gathering drew a total of 10 people to Pine Street Bakery Monday for the chance to have a face-to-face sit-down with Mayor Paul Blackburn.

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Indian Creek Fire is nearly out

Cause still unknown in Sunday blaze that scorched sections of popular trail

This one could have been far worse.

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Layout changes enhance Hood River Hops Fest

Glass mugs and ease of movement help with smooth sampling of ales

The distinctly named “Crux-Arillo” went fast and some beer lines were longer than others, but Hood River Hops Fest seemed to offer something for everyone, be it experimental ales from all over Oregon and Washington, bluegrass and rock-and-roll music, hot food, or talking with friends under sunny autumn skies.

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Soil Solutions renovates former HR Glass building

Renovations continue on a 65-year-old Heights building that, while serving anew as an office, continues its tradition as a hands-dirty place of business.

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Hops Fest returns Saturday

Fresh ales from 40 breweries

Smell, taste, and touch the hops at Saturday’s 12th annual Hood River Hops Fest, celebrating the ales enhanced by the flavors and aromas of the thumb-sized conical plant known to scientists as humulus.

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A Pillar Moves On: Community thanks Chuck Johnisee

Hood River parks and rec stalwart credits ‘working together with a lot of good people’

This was a summer-ending pool party with meaning.

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Radio team surprises Odell single mom with Wheels of Hope ride

Destiny Whitaker’s car blew a tire on a Tuesday but the fix came on a Wednesday — in a big, hopeful way. Whitaker, an Odell single mother of five children, aged 7-19, was awarded a van as the result of Wheels of Hope from Bicoastal Media. Whitaker received a big surprise when a crew from Bicoastal arrived at her work place, Heart of Hospice, on Sept. 16 under cover of recording some radio spots for Heart of Hospice.

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Goodbye, Lila May

Lila May Schow, who made the tutu into a Hood River fashion standard, died on Sept. 12, just weeks after her fifth birthday.

Hood River City Council moves toward marijuana tax vote

Monday’s actions also bring adoption of housing strategy

City Council on Monday formalized its strategy on affordable housing, though official changes on the issue are months away, and took one step closer to a decision on potential taxation of marijuana sales — an action it cannot formally move on until 2016.

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Orchard obscure: The unusual picks of autumn

Fun facts behind some lesser-known apples and pears of the Hood River Valley

All around the county, farmers are bringing in a variety of unique and/or heirloom apples and pears that just aren’t found in traditional markets.

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Hood River 6th grader wins state spelling bee

Sixth-grader Sean Counihan won the elementary division in the 7th annual Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship Sept. 5 at the Oregon State Fair, sponsored by Oregon Spellers.

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Hurried harvest, but time for pie

Parkdale weigh station operator treats fruit truck drivers to slice of homemade

At Diamond Fruit in Parkdale, the busiest fruit delivery day is also the tastiest.

Police arrest two in Sept. 5 toll bridge theft case

Police arrested two females on Sept.15 in relation to the Port of Hood River tollbooth deposit bag theft on Sept. 5.

Hood River Middle School boiler to be replaced

The century-old steam boiler at Hood River Middle School is now no more than a massive metal relic.

The Ale List: Hops Fest on Sept. 26 is just one part of fall’s fresh hops fervor

Hops Fest happens Sept. 26 but it is far from the only new thing happening, fresh hops or otherwise, in this beer-centric burg.

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Warm water, warmer welcome for Cross-Channel finishers

A flotilla of volunteers and a riverbank crowded with supporters welcomed the 478 participants in Monday’s 73rd annual Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim.

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Cider Central: Cider Café opens, ’Gorge Society’ rebrands

The Gorge cider scene this fall features a new cider café and return of annual cider event, sponsored by a group that has a new name.

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HRV Health Center opens

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Back to school for students in Hood River County

New faces, details for 2015-2016

On Tuesday it all begins again, for students, at least.

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Health Center opens for HRVHS students

Health partners cut the ribbon Thursday on an innovative new facility at Hood River Valley High School.

New principals at HRCSD, Horizon

With the Hood River County School District and Horizon Christian School back in session Sept. 8, there’s been a fair amount of buzzing around the various sites in the past week or so. And for four new principals — two of whom are new to the area — the work is just beginning.

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Friendly but intense Orienteering event takes visitors all over town

CROC competition provides warm up to Labor Day event

You might have seen a few extra visitors running or quick-walking past your house on Sunday, maps in hand

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Eagle football opens with Jamboree

Dylan Peterson (2) of the Hood River Valley varsity squad loses his helmet during a gang tackle against Summit during Friday’s football jamboree at Henderson Stadium.