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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Heights traffic

Look for relief by Friday on waterline installation work on the Heights that has resulted in two-way detours on one-way streets since Monday.

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School District faces $800K in budget cuts

When Hood River County School District Board of Directors meets Wednesday, it will meet the new high school principal, and hear updates on the community-wide sports field analysis and the proposed changes in school bus runs and school starting times.

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Heights traffic switch takes effect Monday

The Heights detours will start Monday.

Doonesbury at 44: Don’t put a gate around Walden Pond, Garry

How will the sands of time treat Doonesbury?

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Former Tualatin manager brings city-county experience

City hires Steve Wheeler as city manager

Steve Wheeler will start work in early May as city manager of Hood River. Wheeler, 61, was hired Monday, Mayor Arthur Babitz announced.

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Library throws annual ‘Feast of Words’

On Saturday at the library, the tree hosts a party so the branches can flourish.

'Does my head look big in this?': Drama explores cultural issues, with a focus on peers, principles

“Does My Head Look Big In This?”, a depiction of a dramatic, and oft-comic, culture clash, returns to the Hood River Valley High School stage this weekend (details below).

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A switch on the Heights

Odd two-way detours start March 10 as pipeline work hits critical junctions

Two-way traffic will be the new and different pattern — temporarily — on some normally one-way couplets starting as early as Monday.

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Pine Grove Auction turns 50

Large crowd braves the cold on Saturday; 'It's been amazing what has done through here'

Few items go unsold at the Pine Grove Fire Department Auction, but veteran Leonard Wood saw to it Saturday that one thing stayed in-house.

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Standing for the job: City finalists meet community

It was like political open mic but without the microphone.

HRVHS drama presents: Does My Head Look Big in This?

Peer pressure and expectations are tough enough when you’re in high school.

Robbery suspect linked to HR holdup

A Portland man arrested Feb. 21 as a suspect in a series of motel robberies around western Oregon is believed to be the man who committed an October 2013 robbery at a Hood River motel.

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Street work closes east end of Oak

Heavy equipment moved to the three-block section of Oak and Front streets this week as the Urban Renewal Project continues in downtown Hood River.

Robotics takes Idaho

FTC Blackhawks ‘Inspire’ in Idaho

Black Hawks, the Hood River Valley High School First Tech Challenge robotics team — all seniors — won the Inspire Award at the Idaho State Championship Feb. 15.

One week remains in HRV hoops season

Tuesday’s basketball game at Hood River Valley High School was an entertaining evening, from national anthem to final buzzer. However, the Eagle boys remain winless for the season after the 66-35 defeat by the Pendleton Buckaroos.

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Fish market lands in Cascade Locks

CASCADE LOCKS — Family tradition moves upland in the latest commercial venture in Cascade Locks, the long-awaited Brigham Fish Market, near the west end of WaNaPa Avenue.

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HRMS musical opens: ‘Kid Next Door’ explores timely themes

“The Kid Next Door,” a community collaborative musical production, opens Friday at Hood River Middle School auditorium, presented by the Hood River Middle School Performing Arts Department.

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Schools count on students

The cramp of class size is one thing.

District starts to take a close look at absenteeism

In Wednesday’s meeting, Hood River County School District Board of directors discussed a wide variety of topics and updates, including the dawning issue of student absenteeism.

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Oak St. closes Tuesday from First to Front

Downtown street work moves over; on Heights, work set back to March 3

Look for a big change in traffic in downtown Hood River starting Tuesday. .

Round Table: Getting some traction when rocks come falling down

Monday, as the snow melt began, a caller phoned the Hood River News with a timely suggestion: “Please slow down so you don’t splash icy dirty water on those on sidewalks.”

On ramps and reroutes

Locals, visitors find ways around the slide

The closure of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 has caused an odd situation for the residents of Mitchell Point Drive.

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Helping Hands tries a tasty benefit

“Squeeze the Pig” was the rallying cry for a night of bacon and poetry on behalf of the Helping Hands Against Violence organization.

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Now, the clean-up

First the snowfall, now the melt.

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Kaleidoscope: 'Art' and the pigments of friendship

Center for the Arts presents a comedy about aesthetic and emotional discernment

How do you judge a piece of art?

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Light but thick: snow hits the Gorge

Power company, tow owner offer safety and prevention tips for snow and ice

With a state-high snowfall in Parkdale and up to 10 inches in Hood River, January’s question “where’s our winter?” got a resounding answer Thursday.

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Improvement projects continue downtown, on Heights

Expect east Oak Street closures

Urban Renewal takes a turn next week – literally.

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City Police’s Jake Ferrer honored for 2013 DUII enforcement efforts

People will drive when they should not do so, and Jake Ferrer is adept at catching them at it.

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Meadows holds out hopes for Cooper Spur ski season

As February arrives, Hood River County’s backyard hill, Cooper Spur Ski Area, remains closed for lack of snow, but owner Mt. Hood Meadows stands ready for when the white stuff finally arrives.

‘Hard Pressed Cider Fest’ announced at Chamber of Commerce event

Pressing news emerged from the annual Chamber of Commerce annual Membership event Monday.

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Chamber gives out 2013 honors, awards and thanks

A record number of tuxedos — at least since the Roaring ‘20s — was seen Friday night at the Chamber of Commerce Membership Appreciation event at Columbia Gorge Hotel.

City narrows manager selection to final five

Council hears update on parking survey

What Mayor Arthur Babitz calls “an impressive group” of city manager candidates will meet the public late next month.

Town Hall lunch diners enjoy meal donated by Cooper Spur

The weekly senior meals program at Mount Hood Town Hall had a special guest Jan. 23: a guest chef.

HR Distillers returns to roots with Clear Creek purchase

A landmark Hood River County distiller is selling to his larger neighbor.

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Martin leads Eagles with 10 in CRC opener

The 7-9 Pendleton Buckaroos used a considerable size advantage and accurate shooting to hand the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys basketball team a 79-45 defeat Thursday in the Eagles’ Columbia River Conference opener.

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School district considers ways to reduce buses

The typical family weekday schedule may be in for a change this fall.

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Romuls West seasons well in downtown Hood River

The Romuls rotation is complete.

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Kaleidoscope: Working ahead of schedule on State

Four months to go on major Urban Renewal project for downtown Hood River

Crestline’s Jake Hamilton sat in the excavator with its toothed-bucket the size of a small dorm fridge and nudged a 10-inch trowel off a concrete box he needed to pick up.

MLK Day speakers call for immigration rights

About 250 people filled Riverside Community Church sanctuary on Monday for the Martin Luther King Day service organized by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries, titled “MLK’s Dream Lives On: Building a Community of Justice for All.”

Oldies but goodies

Chevy prop, musical selections help tell the story in ‘Driving Miss Daisy,’ ending its benefit run this weekend

Oldies but goodies:

Doctor teaches class on healthy habit change

Dr. Shelley Smith won’t cut you any slack on your New Year’s Resolution.

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$438K grant means new things for HRVHS

State grant helps shops retool in a major way

CTE is the new ABC.

HRV girls defeat Sprague

Relentless defense, teamwork and contributions from role players boosted the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls hoops team to a 56-50 win over Sprague on Jan. 10 at Vannet Court.

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Kaleidoscope: What would you do?

Don Butzin took a stand. Serving in the Army, he wrote a letter in December 1944 to the Hood River American Legion after they took the names of 16 Japanese-Americans from the Hood River veterans honor roll.

Rookie robotics team wins FFL qualifier

Middle school Horizon 1 advances to state tournament

“Horizon 1” has established itself on the robotics landscape.

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In ‘crazy’ 2-on-5 finale, JV girls hang-on for win

Two HRVHS junior varsity players proved that two-fifths is not half bad.

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Pistil: Room to work and ‘not just a hat company anymore’

If anyone needed a bigger place to hang its hat, it was the folks at Pistil.

School board meeting: Supt. Goldman announces comprehensive review of bus services

School board meeting A large skyward project and an extensive ground-level review of student transportation services were just two matters before the Hood River County School Board of Directors in its meeting Wednesday.

Hawks outplay HRV in cross-town matchup

Horizon rides seven-game winning streak against struggling Eagles squad

The Horizon Hawks boys basketball team built a big lead over the hosting Hood River Valley High School Eagles Friday night, and held onto the win despite a furious fourth-quarter rush led by Eagle reserves.

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HR starts the home stretch on cancer awareness ride

Stephen Swift concedes he might be riding homeward to die.