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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Downtown lawn prepared for Yasui Legacy Stone

The Minoru Yasui Legacy Stone might be in place downtown in time for the March 28 statewide Minoru Yasui Day.

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On stage at Wy’east

Kat Blackmar, left, and Barb Berry, right, prepare their calendar poses in the comedy ‘Calendar Girls’ continuing its run at Wy'east Middle School Performing Arts Center in Odell. Also shown, from left, are Kathleen Morrow, Blaire Carroll, Kathy Williams, and Maren Euwer.

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Yasui Day celebrated March 28 at Capitol

Family members from Hood River will be in attendance March 28, and one will participate with song, as the Oregon Legislature observes the first full Minoru Yasui Day at the Capitol in Salem.

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Sunny Climbs

Sunshine warms the steps.

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‘CALENDAR GIRLS’

Kathy Williams, left, and Maren Euwer are among the performers in the comedy opening March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wy'east Middle School Performing Arts Center in Odell.

Schools listen to budget suggestions

Cuts will happen, but maybe not to teaching jobs, in the next two years for Hood River County School District.

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Library celebrates ‘Feast of Words’

Local restaurant goodies, beer, cider and wine, and tunes from Matt Mesa, Mark Reynolds and Jim Drake created the party atmosphere for a successful $31,000 fundraiser for the Hood River Library on Saturday.

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'Calendar Girls' opens this week at Wy’east

Sex may sell, but love redeems.

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Slopeswell unveils ‘charity tap’

Somos Uno cider pours on Thursday

Starting Thursday, Slopeswell Cider gives its support to Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) and its outreach campaign known as Somos Uno — “We Are One” — with the introduction of the eponymous cider at the Heights taproom.

Local races emerge as vote filing deadline nears

Voters will see races in all three Port of Hood River Commission positions up for election May 16.

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Tribute mural project

Artist Nate Chavez power washes a retaining wall Wednesday at Hood River Elks as he and fellow artist Nic Vik start work on what will be Hood River’s longest outdoor mural, to be completed by early June at Third Street and Industrial Way.

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The Ale List: Logsdon, pFriem score well at Oregon Beer Awards

The Best Brewpub Experience award went to pFriem Family Brewing at the Feb. 28 Oregon Beer Awards, hosted by Willamette Week newspaper.

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‘Get involved in the dialog’

Sen. Merkley speaks frankly on ‘poor fits,’ill-advised spending in Hood River town hall

“A lot is going on federally,” Sen. Jeff Merkley said to laughter Saturday in a wide-ranging town hall at Hood River Middle School Saturday.

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City approves annexations on west end along Belmont Drive

Open house Thursday for Westside Area Concept plan

Two parcels totaling 18 acres will be annexed to the City of Hood River.

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Words and Whimsy

Wild hair and hats were common sights at Westside Elementary March 2 for “Crazy Hat and Hair Day,” the annual “Read Across America” tradition honoring Theodore Geisl — Dr. Seuss.

Elections: Carlstrom files for HR Port seat

Filing deadline is March 16

A familiar Hood River name, though new to politics, will appear on the May 16 Hood River County Special Districts election ballot.

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On stage this weekend: She Kills Monsters at HRVHS, Game Night at HRMS

Both Hood River Valley High School and Hood River Middle School have plays opening this weekend.

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Bag Ends: Hood River law reducing plastic takes effect Wednesday

“Paper or plastic?” is now an obsolete phrase at Hood River’s largest stores.

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The Ale List: pFriem expands operations, ales

No way to take in all the Zwickelmania stops on Feb. 25, but I made it to two. It’s the two-weekend (as of this year) celebration at breweries of the art of brewing, and drinking, fine ale.

Editor's Notebook: Inside a tense moment during an otherwise peaceful protest march

Oblige me while I weigh in on a letter to the editor published during my week of vacation at the end of February.

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The Hays Stay: E & L Auto brothers sell landmark, but they’re not going anywhere

Hood River says goodbye to a family business dating to 1955 — though not completely.

Morrison Park: City re-zone request gets hearing on Tuesday

The hotly-contested Morrison Park rezone issue goes before Planning Commission on Feb. 21, meeting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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The Ale List: Best of Craft honors Gorge breweries

Zwickelmania returns Feb. 25

Zwickelmania has expanded to two weekends.

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‘I can fix this!’

Building owner Brad Perron, left, and friends salvage parts of a 110-year-old Philadelphia-made carousel from the wreckage of Perron’s storage building in Dee on Monday.

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New mural, and the Library celebrates Feb. 18

Hood River Library celebrates its children’s section renovation project starting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18.

City adds boom to oil train stance

In diverse agenda, Council okays SDCs for upgraded park

The City of Hood River will seek to add a virtual boom line to its existing opposition to fossil fuel transport through the Gorge.

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Truck Fire

Hood River Fire Department’s Adam Wheat applies water to a vehicle engulfed in flames Sunday afternoon on the westbound exit 62 on-ramp to Interstate 84.

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A Book Bundle

Celebrate reading: Getting through the winter with News staff picks

Hood River News staff shares what they're reading now.

The Porch: Winter driving, dripping and draining edition

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Where does all the white go when the snow melts? Well, since it involves melting, perhaps that is next week’s question, or the week after that …

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City presents Westside plan

Feb. 15: City updates “concept” for options on roads, housing, parks and other issues

What are the “long-term choices, issues, and opportunities for the Westside Area” of Hood River?

Trump wall, ACA repeal get Walden thumb’s up

Dist. 2 rep conducts ‘telephone town hall’

Keep elements of the ACA but not the ACA.

Jan Virk: ‘It’s truly been an honor’

One of Hood River County’s longest-standing elected officials left stepped out of the public eye last month after 18 years of service.

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City Retirees

Mayor Paul Blackburn, right, presents four retirees — with a total of 100 years’ service to the city — with retirement plaques at Monday’s City Council meeting.

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Library Opens

Weather-related closures have kept patrons out of the Hood River Library in the past week, but on Friday, that changed.

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The Porch: Our many slippery slopes

Giving into the juggernaut winter, here is an all-weather, chains off edition of The Porch, asking the question: Will we now add “Yaktrax” to that list of standard Hood River equipment?

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Pedestrian dangers cited as digging out begins

Among the quietest places in the Gorge was Interstate 84 for the past four days; the freeway finally reopened at 11 p.m. Thursday.

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The Ale List: Brewers in Gorge fest showcases local ales

It was not Hood River’s first beer fest.

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Voices at rally say ‘Keep Obamacare’

More than 80 people attended an outdoor rally for health care Sunday in Hood River, braving 15 degree weather and standing in the snow at Overlook Memorial Park at Second and State streets.

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MLK Day speakers retain hope, voice cautions

Hope, awareness, and action. Those are the concepts to take forward, speakers said Monday at the Martin Luther King Day events at Riverside Community Church, sponsored by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries.

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Freeze Frames

Looking for winter work, these three May Street students used a snow day off from school on Wednesday to drum up some snow shoveling business. From left are Grant Hardy, 11, Massimo Blanco, 11, and Sawyer Clement, 10.

Author, climber Leif Whittaker gives ‘My Old

Waucoma Bookstore, Columbia Center for the Arts and Double Mountain Brewery are hosting author Leif Whittaker for a book talk Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave.

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City moves ahead with ‘Sanctuary’ status

Waterfront parking changes postponed

Long discussions of sanctuary city and waterfront parking at city council led to a planned resolution on the former and a delay in the latter.

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Shelter moves

Hood River Warming Shelter host Sandy Spellecy, right, briefs shelter volunteers Leigh Hancock, center, and Michelle Nijhuis on procedures at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the shelter site last week. On Jan. 8, the shelter moved to Covenant Christian Church.

City Council talks Sanctuary Monday

Waterfront merchants ask City to consider a plan to share off-street parking

The sanctuary city proposal and a revisiting of a parking meter decision highlight Monday’s agenda for Hood River City Council, meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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Portland group buys Hood River Hotel

Downtown’s “cornerstone” has new owners.

The Ale List: B.I.G. plans first ‘Holiday Hangover’ Fest

Breweries in the Gorge (B.I.G.) is offering its first “Holiday Hangover Brew Fest” in downtown Hood River. B.I.G. is a non-profit organization that is comprised of 12 breweries located in the Columbia Gorge region of Washington and Oregon, spanning from Washougal to The Dalles.

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Hood River hotel sold

The iconic Hood River Hotel has been sold to a group of Portland investors.