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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Special rose delivery

Gordy Sato delivers roses to Brookside Manor Friday, a sort of Rotary Roses, part 2: Sato, a Hood River Rotarian and Parkdale orchardist, organizes the annual rose sale on the third Thursday of each April.

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Student Ag-art-culture

Concern for community grows from two different, yet connected, creative projects

“We’re learning a bunch of cool stuff about art and I’m also happy we helped our community.”

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Schools looking at $896,000 in budget cuts next year

Saying “it will be impossible to make cuts that don’t affect kids,” Superintendent Dan Goldman announced that he expects budget cuts totaling $896,000 will be required of Hood River County School District for the 2015-16 school year.

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In town hall, Merkley blasts budget, calls for ‘action now’ over climate change

High school students had the first and last words at Sen. Jeff Merkley’s town hall Monday night at Hood River Middle School, calling for action on immigration and climate change.

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Blossom Time: Cider Fest, Studio Tour and more

Blossom Time bubbles up this weekend with the kickoff event, the second annual Hard Pressed Cider Fest, at Mt. Defiance Fruit on Stadelman Drive in Odell, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Earliest bloom in decades

Horticulturist: fruit should weather well when harvest comes

Around dawn Friday, the low but steady flutter reverberated in the Hood River Valley.

Curves comes through

The clients at Curves gave a boost to FISH food bank last month.

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With School Aid purchase, ‘You just gave money to kids’

“You do this to this apple, it becomes something different.”

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Vintage Grille owners settle in at Hood River Hotel

The serving part has been fun for the owners of Vintage Grill, the new restaurant at Hood River Hotel.

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Heukers now own old CL fire hall

It’s official: the old Cascade Locks Fire Hall is owned by the Heuker family of Dodson.

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Rotary stops Wine and Pear Festival

Return of event is possible; club places its focus on other projects

Rotary traded carpentry and weeding for pears and wine this spring.

The Ale List: Knead sells to Logsdon; pFriem releases bottles

Knead Bakery at Fifth and Cascade has a new owner, and soon a new name.

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Of Dirty Fingers and holy water: Sunday riders receive blessing of the bicycles

Sunday morning brought a unique pre-ride event at Dirty Fingers Cycles on 13th: a blessing of the bicycles.

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‘Pleased about the road map’

Interview with Mayor Blackburn, second of 2 parts

Paul Blackburn jokes that he is “seven for seven” in elections — the most recent being Mayor of Hood River in November 2014. He was elected to city council in 2004.

Hapa Hillbillies accompany Chaplin silent films Saturday

A unique marriage of film and music arrives Saturday night with the screening of four c. 1917 Charlie Chaplin silent films accompanied by local musicians performing traditional and newly-written music. The Hapa Hillbillies will perform along with the films in the 7:30 p.m. all-ages show at Columbia Center for the Arts (details below).

Port, school races rise for May 19 ballot

Voters in Hood River and Cascade Locks Port districts will have races in all commission races on May 19.

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College board member calls for CGCC president Toda to resign

Stu Watson cites poor leadership but his motion gets no second

Columbia Gorge Community College board member Stu Watson called for CGCC president Dr. Frank Toda to step down on Tuesday.

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‘Mayor for all of us’: Interview with Paul Blackburn

Paul Blackburn jokes that he is “seven for seven” in elections — the most recent being Mayor of Hood River in November 2014. He was elected to city council in 2004.

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Spring is in bloom

Plenty to do — with your buds

Spring break — March 23 to 27 — is right around the corner for Hood River County School District, Horizon Christian, Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School and Columbia Gorge Community College students.

As March 19 ballot filing deadline nears, many elected positions have no candidates

Wanted: water, sanitation, port and transportation directors.

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Schools raise funding alarm

A rush-order letter writing campaign is underway at the urging of Hood River County School District officials.

Pine Grove Reflections

Pine Grove Fire Department supporters are reflected in a heavy framed mirror, just one of hundreds of items sold in live auctions inside the fire hall and outside in the yard in the March 7 fundraiser for the department.

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Full Sail employees okay brewery sale

At Full Sail, the next rounds are on Encore.

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Three fires in four days raise concerns

One fire jumped a creek, another came close to a home and a third nearly took out a greenhouse.

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Put a price on carbon, council votes

Hood River became the second city in Oregon to adopt a resolution calling on the Oregon Legislature to enact laws creating a price on carbon as a means to stem global warming.

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Congratulations, Esther

Friends gather around Esther Yarnell on March 4, the 95th birthday one of Hood River’s most durable bowlers.

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Police Department ‘grunt’ earns Legion award

Juan Pulido gives himself labels that, on the surface, seem unflattering.

City asks comments on carbon

Climate change: HR council takes input on Monday:

A carbon pricing resolution, along with affordable housing, wastewater treatment plan funding, and public art, make for a busy Hood River City Council agenda on Monday.

‘Madwoman of Chaillot’playing at HRVHS

“The Madwoman of Chaillot” continues its run March 6-7 and March 13-14, all at 7 p.m.

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Tumbling 10th grader takes down teachers in true test of twisters

A Sunday cartoon resonated with me, following a fun event on Friday night.

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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.