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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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The Art of Christmas

Nine kids, nine visions

Look to the Christmas Carols special section in this edition for the annual presentation of kids’ holiday drawings.

The Ale List: Double Mountain diversifies its taps, Solera gets plummy

Something new is always bubbling up at local breweries. Between now and January you’ll find four distinct new beers at Double Mountain Brewery, notes brewmaster Matt Swihart, including a sweet take on cherries.

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FISH Milestone

A significant milestone was reached this week on the construction of the new FISH Food Bank building.

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The community delivers

Food banks receive pre-Christmas boost

The serious business of food delivery certainly had a humorous side.

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Annual questions: 7-year-olds talk about life now and what is ahead

Tracks to '26

“Tracks to ‘26,” a yearly inquiry into what drives and inspires six young hearts and minds, returns for Installment 2 of 13.

Postal service hits crunch time Monday

The triple treatment of reduced staffing, increased volume and bad weather over the past weeks has resulted in U.S. Mail delivery delayed into the evening hours for many recipients.

The Porch, Dec. 13

SCANNING: In years past we’ve published “a scanner year” – entertaining excerpts from what we heard over the dispatch communications device in our office – and while we did not get it together in 2014 to compile such a list, one item overheard on Dec. 9 was funny in itself: the words of the officer were, in full and verbatim: “An inquisitive toddler.”

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Training, on the House

Firefighers, officers punch holes in 12th Street house to gain new skills before the place is torn down

Call it construction demolition.

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City Council passes resolution opposing coal, oil transport

Citing threats to public safety and the Gorge economy, Hood River City Council passed a resolution Monday calling for a ban on coal and oil transports through the Gorge

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College looks at staff cuts, other bleak alternatives

Directors affirm Indian Creek will remain open

So many people showed up for Tuesday’s college board special meeting that a scheduled class switched rooms to give the board and public more space.

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

“I just happen to have the key …”

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Friday night Lights

Tree decorator Bryan Atwood installs lights on the Hood River downtown tree at Second and State streets.

String of car prowls reported

About 10 cases of unlawful vehicle entry have been reported in recent weeks in Hood River.

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It's A Wonderful Life

In words, music and sound effects, CAST recreates '40s radio play

Take a step back in time- be a part of a live radio show audience for the CAST Theater production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Columbia Center for the Arts Dec. 6-20. Sponsored by Jeff Sacre of Director’s Mortgage and Ruby Mason of Windermere Realty this is the first performance of the play in the Columbia River Gorge.

Round Table: On the drive from college, not just another roadside attraction

I think there’s a connection between the fact that I learned you can see snow-capped peaks from Eugene on Sunday and a phone hang-up I got on Monday.

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ANOTHER VOICE: Thankful for no cinder pie: in a zone at the Thanksgiving Day games

The turf was like gravy and my hands were like mashed potatoes.

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CGCC board plans special meeting

Budget issues drive Dec. 2 meeting in HR

One week after the campus closure announcement turnabout, the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education will hold a special meeting at the Indian Creek campus.

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Urban logging: Crews keep busy as beetle-kill trees become neighborhood hazards

When a tree falls in an urban wood, many people hear it.

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Mark Steighner’s not-so-final act

Students hold the curtain using director’s own words to close his last HRVHS show

Coffee mug in hand, with a quick check of his watch, Mark Steighner headed to the podium for one last time Saturday night.

Food bank ‘hit hard’

Cupboards nearly bare at all four FISH sites

Thanksgiving Day is everywhere an occasion based on what’s to eat, yet there are no reported community meals in Hood River this week.

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‘Phoenix’ rises

At Cascade Locks School on Wednesday, elementary students laughed and moved in equal amounts, with help from Phoenix Theater of Hood River Valley High School.

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‘Two Jims’ continue Hood River-Nepal connection

Two men are firming up the Hood River connection to Kumari, Nepal.

Round Table: Bless the space between a friend and his fatal pain

We all have people in our lives like Greg Herman. You meet him through one part of your life, or through mutual friends, and while you rarely see him, you enjoy every single contact. You might not develop into buddies, but at each long-separated encounter you connect with him as if you were longtime friends.

CGCC president calls for Indian Creek campus closure

Deficit leads to Toda’s recommendation, which would be temporary – but ‘not a done deal,’ one board member says

Citing a $2 million budget deficit, the president of Columbia Gorge Community College on Tuesday recommended to the College board that it close the Indian Creek Campus temporarily in mid-2015. CGCC president Dr. Frank Toda has suggested a three-part restructuring plan involving an undetermined number of layoffs and program cuts.

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Cliffhanger Cooperation

Teamwork and training pay off as Crag Rats and plenty of friends rescue runaway youth

Summertime training came in handy in wintry conditions last week on a Hood River cliff’s edge.

Round Table: Hand me down those comet harpoons!

As a rule, I don’t go in for Nascar and other macho stuff. Gadgets and gizmos bore me. It’s fine for other people, but I just try not to think about current masculine exemplars, such as long bearded guys in reality shows about duck calls.