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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Wade Pickering, 14, and family learn together and look ahead to the County Fair

Pigs live where Stephanie Pickering’s garden used to be, but that’s okay with her.

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‘Discover Oregon’ photographers seek Kickstarter donations

Tamara Logsdon and Tyler Hulett are taking the long view with their Kickstarter campaign.

Six Heights homes evacuated because of natural gas leak

Police and fire helped Northwest Natural Gas evacuate six homes in an east Heights neighborhood Monday night in response to an underground gas leak. No one was hurt and there was no property damage, though residents in the homes on June and May streets between Fourth and Fifth streets were advised to stay elsewhere for the night.

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‘Fight Back’ at Relay For Life

Teams walk this weekend at HRVHS to raise funds for ACS

“Superheroes” will be the theme of this year’s Relay For Life of the Columbia Gorge, the community gathering on July 19-20 for the fight against cancer. For 24 hours starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, teams will walk around the Hood River Valley High School track to raise funds, and awareness, for the American Cancer Society.

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Officers take ‘Cold Water Challenge’ to honor fallen colleagues

They were the coolest guys in town. Literally and figuratively. Four Hood River law enforcement officers dumped water on their own heads Friday in the parking lot of Hood River Supply. 41 buckets of ice water.

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Fire victim thanks rescuers

Elissa Poe is thankful that she was alone at home on July 10. Her children, Madeline, 10 and Nicholas, 15, were safe from the fire that destroyed her Indian Creek Court Apartment. Poe, 43, suffered smoke inhalation, and burns on her arms and face are still painful but healing. Yet Poe and her children grieve the loss in the fire of their beloved two-year-old dog Eleanor, named for Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Truck stuck at Oak and Cascade

Jose Guzman of Guzman Towing maneuvers a Highway Transportation trailer weighing a total of 60,000 pounds after it got stuck Tuesday at the hairpin intersection of Oak and Cascade streets.

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Jungleer Ed Bartlien, trouper Lila May Schow honored as Hood River parade grand marshals

Hood River County communities join the rest of the nation in celebrating Independence Day on Friday.

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Busy summer coming to Cascade Locks

A spirited Sternwheeler Days festival starts a busy Cascade Locks summer, bringing visitors from all over

Some big events are coming to Cascade Locks and Stevenson this summer, a testament to Cascade Locks’ growing place as a prime adventure sport locale: the North American Laser Masters Championship from July 11-13, the 14th annual Bridge of the Gods Kiteboarding Festival July 25-27, and the first Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon on Aug. 10.

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‘Everyone’s story deserves to be told’

County Museum supporters throw party to thank Connie Nice

Hugs were a mixed blessing for Connie Nice Monday at the reception in her honor.

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‘Big sound’ and smoked salmon

Brigham Fish Market receives a cultural blessing attended by more than 100 people

More than 100 people, led by a group of Umatilla drummers divided by men and women on the north and south, gathered Saturday to spiritually dedicate one of Cascade Locks’ newest businesses.

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Sustainability: New owners expand Cutie Pie’s offerings

Do you have small children and did you forget something on your way to go camping?

CGCAN forum on oil trains yields stark numbers, muted optimism

Action Network looks to limit regional fuel export terminals

Oil and coal transport opponents rallied some dramatic numbers in a multimedia forum Monday convened by the Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network at Riverside Community Church.

Ostrye appointed to fill Seventh Judicial Post

Governor names HR attorney to finish Judge Crowley’s term

Gov. John Kitzhaber announced Monday the appointment of Karen Ostrye to fill the vacancy on the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District created by the retirement of Judge Paul Crowley. The Seventh Judicial District encompasses Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler counties.

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Father-daughter duo to race in Pacific Cup

Pair races to raise awareness for child sex trafficking foundation

The “Mirage” points its bow at something all too real: the horrors of child sex trafficking.

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Honors extended to Mayor Nakano as Tsuruta group arrives Tuesday

Sister City’s 37th year

The Tsuruta-Hood River Sister city Program has seen some big celebrations in its 37 years, but none like next week’s.

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Horizon grad sums it up: ‘We made it through together’

Roller-skating incidents, teachers’ waistlines, and misplaced homework assignments lined up as humor fodder in Saturday’s Class of 2014 commencement at Horizon Christian School.

This summer, look for changes – again – at 12th and May streets

For weeks the yellow caution tape has flapped at three of the four corners of 12th and May streets where pedestrian access changes were started by the city and left incomplete.

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D-Day Anniversary: A ‘country kid’ dies for his country, and a Londoner helps build harbors

June 6 was the 70th anniversary of one of the most important military actions in history: the Allied forces’ landing on the Normandy beaches, the turning point in the defeat of the Nazi regime in Europe.

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HRV baseball plays Sandy Saturday for OSAA 5A state title

Eagles stun Crescent Valley to advance; watch game live at OSAA.org/media

CORVALLIS — The “grind” continued with a stroke as Hood River Valley Eagles stunned the host and second-ranked Crescent Valley Raiders 8-1 on Tuesday, to win the Class 5A semifinal game and advance to the state final for the first time in 21 years. Eagle teams won state in 1986, 1988 and 1990 and reached the final in 1985, 1987 and 1993.

Election 2014: Former councilor Blackburn announces run for mayor

The open position of Hood River mayor has its first announced contestant.

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This Vagabond is here to stay

‘Hotel Impossible’ visit transforms a local landmark — but owner Grant Polson says there is more work to be done

Grant Polson carries bridesmaid dresses across the threshold in the “Hotel Impossible” episode about Polson’s Vagabond Motel, which aired Monday on The Travel Channel.

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‘Keep on playing’: Music, stories and laughter usher Rick Hulett to that ‘Stage In Some Other Place’

“Keep on playing” was the hilarious punch line of the story Hood River musician Kerry Williams told of his friend Rick Hulett, during Saturday’s memorial service attended by about 300 people, filling Riverside Community Church.

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HRV seniors Spezia-Schwiff, Schlosser surprised by top citizen honors

Humility may be the dominant trait of the two stand-out students honored with the 2013-14 Citizenship Award at Hood River Valley High School.

Parkdale’s Gene Euwer, farm mentor, dies at 79

Hood River’s agricultural community lost a patriarch with the death of Eugene Euwer of Parkdale on May 21.

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In Memory: Hundreds pay respects at Idlewilde on Monday

Respect and gratitude were in the wind during Monday’s Memorial Day observance, held in breezy but sunny weather at Idlewilde Cemetery.

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Reverent Remodel: Asbury’s new owner respects, yet transforms, the former church

A well-preserved felt banner, reading “Asbury, Hood River,” lies folded on the floor of what was once a Sunday school room of the 100-year-old Methodist Church, left behind 15 months ago when the church closed its doors.

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Riders spur funds for Lila May, Donovan

“I got it, Dad!” Lila May Schow, 3, called out when her stepfather, Blake, urged her to hold on tight during a Saturday horse ride.

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Same-sex couple makes Hood River County history

Samantha Meyers and Amanda Durnez made Hood River County history Tuesday: They purchased an Oregon marriage certificate, entitling them to marry, following a federal judge’s ruling Monday that the ban on same-sex marriage in Oregon is unconstitutional.

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City holds State Street info meeting Thursday

You can pretty well see the outline of the new State Street.

Wine & Pear Fest was a sweet success

Event layout changes worked well; Rotary looks ahead to fifth annual in 2015

Red wines are famous — red pears, not so much

Wine-Pear Festival returns May 17-18

The Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Festival returns May 17-18, and meeting the vintners and the growers is a big part of its appeal.

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Peter Pan flies at Wy’east

Students learn about community while presenting drama this weekend

You can’t script what happens backstage — but you can use it as a teaching moment.

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Crag Rats lift ‘victim’ from cliff in rock face training

Crag Rats clung to a jagged cliff worthy of their name Saturday afternoon.

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New scoreboard lights up at Collins Field

Collins Memorial Field is a scenic ballpark, between views of Mount Adams to the north, Jackson Park to the east, Tsuruta Tennis Courts to the west, the historic Hood River Middle School across May Street, and the green ball field itself.

Vandals damage Mike’s patio furniture

Sometime Sunday night, vandals damaged three chairs and a bench at the popular Mike’s Ice Cream patio on Oak Street.

May 20 Primary Election ballots are in the mail

Weekend tasks: Mow the lawn, check the oil, open your ballot.

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Nutrition Within Reach: Mealtime in the Schools

In school cafeterias, it’s food for thought

You could say the classrooms move each weekday to the warm, aromatic basement of Parkdale Elementary School, starting at about 11 a.m. Kitchen staff are there to help with the learning.

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Revitalized Little League ready for fun

High points in Saturday’s Little League Opening Day included the ceremonial first pitch — a high ball across the plate — by HRVHS varsity baseball coach Erich Harjo, flurries of fireworks amid teams of chilly but excited young players from T-ballers to teenagers lining the infield. Stands full of parents and grandparents added to the fun as the reconstituted Mid-Columbia Little League kicked off the season with gratitude for youth baseball leaders of the past.

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Families flock to Jackson Park for community egg hunt

Smokey, Sparky, Bunny greet kids as safety fair blends with hunt

Several hundred young children (with parents’ help) scooped up a total of 6,500 eggs at Saturday’s annual community Easter egg hunt in Jackson Park. Some of those eggs were refilled on the spot and distributed again by “secret egg layers.” The Easter Bunny was on hand, along with Sparky the Firedog.

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Stan Ocheskey, Jenny Packer take ag leadership roles

Meet them at Saturday’s FFA steak feed, auction

The FFA chapter at Hood River Valley High School is an active bunch, as you will learn Saturday if you attend the fifth-annual Steak Feed and Silent Auction, 6 p.m. at HRVHS.

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Blossom festivities reflect Hood River’s small-town goodness

We Eat Well — "You can't find gooseberry pie anywhere, but we get it here every year," said Longview's Harry Blair, who ate at the Parkdale Grange Blossom Dinner with his wife, Dorothy, and his brother, Terry, and his wife, Suzie.

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SMART supporters read with kids, learn about literacy program

The Start Making A Reader Today “Reading Matters” tour visited Westside Elementary School on April 18.

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Sen. Wyden hosts town hall at HRVHS

When Ron Wyden told an auditorium full of students, “Let’s focus on the big issues and just have some fun,” he went first.

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Can artificial glaciers be grown on Mount Hood?

Watershed Group meets Tuesday

A pioneering method of bringing more ice on the north side of Mount Hood will be the topic of the Hood River Watershed Group’s meeting on Tuesday, 7 p.m. at the OSU Extension meeting room, 2990 Experiment Station Road, Hood River (turn north just after Your Party and Rental Center).

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Rep. Mark Johnson stumps for education, criticizes Salem’s

Mark Johnson called his Thursday talk to Hood River Rotary “the good, bad and the ugly.”

‘Grey Lady’ gets a little lost in its 36-hour Hood River tour

The New York Times has once again found favor with the Gorge, in an article they call “Hood River in 36 hours,” published April 3 in the newspaper’s online edition.