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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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HRMS production underscores ‘we are many, we are one…’

“The Girl Who Lived with the Bears,” a play calling on diverse contributions, brings a lively lesson about the value of treasuring diversity.

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Bike donation spokesman wins Gorge Kids’ Soup

The youngest pitch-person came in first in last week’s Kids’ Gorge Kids Soup event.

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Feast of Words: Benefit for library park features food, auction and music

The party inside helps the grounds outside.

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Full Sail employees to vote on merger

Full Sail CEO Irene Firmat and executive brewmaster Jamie Emmerson announced Monday that a major change is possible at the brewery this spring.

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Apple Valley sizzles again at Aporkalypse Now

Parkdale eatery repeats victory at the bacon-laden benefit Aporkalypse Now

Apple Valley BBQ has a picture of a pig on its logo, making its dominance at the Gorge’s biggest bacon event hardly a surprising thing.

Youths speak out on climate change; council prepares to seek public input

City Council heard strong words from two young people Monday on the subject of climate change and proposed “carbon price” legislation.

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Student actors give color to ‘poetically satirical’ play, which opens at HRVHS this weekend

“Nothing is ever so wrong in the world that a sensible woman can’t set right in the course of the afternoon.”

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HRV and HRMS drama departments open two productions on Feb. 27

For the first time in memory, three dramatic productions will take place on the same night in Hood River.

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Funland finale?

Rasmussens will sell famed Pine Grove destination farm

For Lynn and Dollie Rasmussen, 2015 will be a landmark year, but without the land.

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Darren Nichols resigns as Gorge Commission executive director

Will take job in Seattle in April after three years with Gorge Comission

Columbia River Gorge Commission executive director Darren Nichols will leave the Commission in April to take on a new role as the Associate Director of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center in Seattle.

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Updated: Schools face grim budget projection

‘Disappointed’ Supt. Goldman heads to Salem

A cold million. That’s how much less the Hood River County School District can expect to receive in State School funding in the next biennium, based on current spending projections out of the Oregon Legislature.

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Maurer house fire ruled accidental, precise cause remains unknown

The cause of the Jan. 30 fire that destroyed a Westcliff Drive home has been ruled accidental.

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Sweet and Sour: pFriem Family Brewing’s ‘overwhelming, and perfect’ expansion

The folks at pFriem will have plenty to tell Zwickelmania visitors this weekend.

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Scouts show tireless ‘can-do’

Lack of snowpack exposed an ugly mountainside scene, but a group of Scouts quickly dealt with it.

Editor's notebook: Running into the ‘what-if motif’ and trying not to nickel-and-dime the odds

A recent visit to Eugene took me to some interesting intersections, figuratively and literally.

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The Ale List: Breweries host Zwickelmania tour

Plenty of beer news this week, what with pFriem Family Brewing starting its second expansion since opening five years ago, and the Zwickelmania statewide brewery tour coming Feb. 14.

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Outpouring of support meets family in need

Cause of housefire under investigation

A large outpouring met the Maurer family after a fire destroyed their home on Jan. 30.

Dan Spatz named director of Education Foundation

Dan Spatz was named as the new Executive Director of the Hood River County Education Foundation, the board announced Monday. On Feb. 8 Spatz will step down from his post as Chief Institutional Advancement Officer and Executive Director of the CGCC Foundation at Columbia Gorge Community College. Spatz will begin his new, part-time, HRCEF position on Feb. 9.

Yellow, Friends

Seen this week, six medium-sized birds whose yellow plumage is unusual, at least for the Heights.

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Sticker Shock: students remind beer buyers to adhere to safety

Teenagers spending time in the beer aisle Thursday was behavior somewhat unusual, yet healthful.

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Fire destroys Westcliff home

The loss appears total in Friday morning’s house fire at 3578 Westcliff Dr., owned by Michael and Suzanne Maurer. They shared the home with their daughter and granddaughter, and all are safe. Westside and Hood River fire departments and Wy’east Fire District responded to the blaze starting at around 5 a.m., about a half-mile east of exit 62. The home and garage, including vehicles, were destroyed

Economic Priority

City council hears detailed appeal on affordable housing

The chronic issue of affordable housing received a thorough airing Monday at City Council, and a sense of progress was evident to the council and those who presented on the issue.

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Gorge breweries craft an alliance

Map, website, and cooperative spirit blend in new group

The ale-liance is ready to pour together.

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At town hall, Walden faces tough climate

A dialog, and silent protest, on climate change wove through U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s hometown town hall meeting at Hood River Adult Center, attended by about 75 people.

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Benton, Hamada named 2014 ‘Hearts of Gold’

It’s been said that certain individuals have a “heart of gold.” These people make a difference and enrich the community through their good works and selfless dedication. They act from the heart and are driven to help others.

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‘Our dreams live on’

Speakers call for continued efforts to fulfill Dr. King’s vision of justice

In music, in readings, and in a challenge to keep on working for justice, a capacity congregation celebrated the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Monday at Riverside Community Church.

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Walden town hall

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden listens as high school students urge him to put a high priority on climate change, during Saturday’s town hall at Hood River Adult Center, attended by about 75 people.

Rotary Ski Day returns Jan. 19 at Meadows

The best deal on skiing you’ll find all year will be Jan. 19 at Mt. Hood Meadows.

The Ale List: Logsdon adds downtown taproom

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales is coming to town.

24: Remembering Charlie, and the connection to those yellow stars

The cowardly massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris put me in an uncomfortably reflective mood last week.

Loose change, no damage: Police report at least six car prowls Friday morning in Heights neighborhood

Hood River Police spent an hour combing a Heights neighborhood early Friday morning following reports of car prowls along June and Pine streets between Fifth and Seventh.

Trailer hitch runaway

A runaway yard debris trailer damaged St. Mark’s Episcopal Church entryway Wednesday just before 3 p.m.

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‘Grow a row for us’

Non-profit’s members look at challenges and opportunities in goal of feeding the Gorge

Gorge Grown, champion of local growers and improved nutrition and access to quality food in the region, hosted a wide-ranging discussion on “feeding the Gorge” Thursday.

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City, county elected officials start new year with oath of office

Mayor announces next council meeting postponed in light of UO football game

The business of transition involved hugs and handshakes, cake, and checks to sign as city and county elected officials formally took office on Monday.

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The state of State: Urban Renewal is complete

For the last two Augusts, State Street was a mess.

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Roman Ortega arrives first in 2015

RIO means river, giving brother a say in the naming year’s first baby

First Baby Roman Isaac Ortega edged the second baby of the new year by one hour on Jan. 1 at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

Shots fired, strike Odell home Jan. 1

Two men charged in what was otherwise a quiet holiday

Two men face multiple charges for a New Year’s Eve celebration that went too far — as in a bullet in the neighbor’s microwave.

Lolley sentenced to 54 months

Former shop owner guilty on three felony sex abuse charges involving children

The case came close to trial, but Kenneth Gordon Lolley, 74, was sentenced to jail Tuesday for multiple sex abuse charges against girls aged 8-11, following a plea agreement.

A year of poems: Trembling on the edge of maybe, with the priests of the invisible

‘And who will tend all the fires the human spirit blazes? The world cooks by them, contends …’

In 2014 I read a poem each day.

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A fun guide to New Year’s Eve (and Day) in the Gorge

Happy New Year, however you mark the occasion. Thursday is 1/1/15, and in the Gorge, residents can enjoy a large variety of ways to “ring in the new year.” The weather prediction is cold, giving the Jan. 1 Polar Bear Plunge at Maryhill State Park a stark appeal.

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Teacher, cider maven, bar owner: Jules Burton buys Pint Shack

Jules Burton has acted on a desire she thinks plenty of people have harbored: “I should own a bar someday.”

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Ortega family opens Lake Taco restaurant on the Heights

Maria Ortega wants her new restaurant to continue the family tradition of cooking, as well as the cultural importance of Mexican food.

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What a gas! People pumped for falling local fuel prices

The anguish of holiday driving was likely a bit more tolerable this season for many American motorists as gas prices continue to fall to levels that haven’t been seen in several years.

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A readerboard year: ‘What will it take to get your attention?’

This is the 13th annual “Readerboard Year” list – an (almost) exhaustive list of all the messages put up at roadside marquees with moveable letters.

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Creating cheer

Why is Lois Vance smiling? Because she’s the one doing the giving

Lois Vance of Hood River is one person who shows the Christmas spirit all year long.

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Helping Hands, and Feet

Helping Hands Against Domestic Violence receives an unusual donation from Footwise of Hood River: 100 pairs of shoes, from the Israeli manufacturer Naot.

The Porch

WELL SAID: The poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote in 1833 “In Memoria” for his friend Arthur Henry Hallam, of “the Christmas bells from hill to hill,” and despairs at the start of the poem: “This year I slept and woke with pain/I almost wished no more to wake/And that my hold on life would break/Before I heard those bells again.”

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‘Cosmo’s Turducken’ makes its entrance at Full Sail dinner

Baked, with their carmelized coat, they looked like elongated cinnamon rolls.

Round Table: ‘I just wish Ricky Ricardo had lived to see the day’

The ridiculous met the sublime last week in international matters.