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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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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.

FISH benefit will be Nov. 18 at Hood River Middle School

When the third annual Empty Bowls Dinner happens Nov. 18, it will have an experienced high school junior helping make it happen.

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Team works together in runaway cliffhanger

Boy, 17, climbs down sheer slope, pulled to safety by Crag Rats and plenty friends

While spinouts and pileups dominated on Nov. 13, it was an actual cliffhanger that occupied about 20 emergency responders’ day.

Early snow snarls traffic but causes no major problems in the Gorge

“It looks like a combination of slowing down, stopping to chain, sliding around, or multiple other things.”

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Warming Shelter opens

The Hood River Warming Shelter is open, at Mid-Columbia Center for Living, on Woods Court on the Heights.

ROUND TABLE: Going north, and south, on a snowy day

Does that fluffy stuff want to compete with the leaves for king of autumn splendor?

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Elements of Friendship

Two Gorge artists create art and connect with Korean artists in week-long exchange

“In the End the Elements Win.”

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Round Table: Scar issue, and dissecting a cartoon about a cartoon

Choosing a cartoon (or two) for each issue of the Hood River News is one of the great pleasures, and challenges, of this job

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Blackburn voted Hood River Mayor

Chuck Thomsen, Mark Johnson, Greg Walden win re-election

Paul Blackburn will be the next mayor of Hood River, defeating Greg Colt by a 2-to-1 margin in the Nov. 4 General Election.

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Halloween fun, light and dark

Trick or treat stayed dry as the annual night of costumed hijinks filled Friday night all around town.

Round Table: Can I get a ‘withness’? The beautiful ritual of reading a poem a day

A daily ritual helps cradle the frazzled days, if you will.

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Into the Woods

Sondheim skews fairy tales in musical that opens Friday at HRVHS

Much depends on a bunch of beans in Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed musical, “Into the Woods,” opening Friday, presented by Hood River Valley High School drama department. Directed by Mark Steighner, it’s based on the Grimm Bros. fairy tale characters all famous in their own right but who interact in ways you never dreamed of. Much of what befalls them (off stage but with sound effects) is just as gruesome as in the original tales.

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Round Table: Neither mild nor mean, a mayor’s race to savor

Mayor races I’ve covered in my 34 years in journalism have ranged from yogurt-takes-on-tapioca to acid v. bile.

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Friday hijinks: Where to find Halloween fun

Halloween falls on Friday this year, undoubtedly adding to the festive feeling of the night of trick-or-treating, showing off costumes, and activities for kids (and adults).

Helping Hands gets $10,000

Verizon grant will boost shelter outreach services for children

Childhood pleasures such as going to a playground, a swim in the city pool, or a visit to a museum are rare for children who have experienced domestic violence.

The Loop of Fine Wire

Postcard packs his bags

The following trifle has kept growing since I started it years ago, prior to the currently-popular social media platforms. In a year or two, it could probably be written again with Instagram the one slipping out of town unnoticed. Who can foresee the future? But I hate to envision one without postcards.

State Street ‘Mad dash’ paving happens downtown

Also, detours at 12th and May on Sunday and Monday

Look for “a mad dash to the finish” on the State Street Urban Renewal Project, with paving throughout the weekend, according to city inspector Gary Lindemyer.

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Legislative candidates speak at Forum

Nystrom, Johnson, Thomsen, Bruce Colt, Blackburn share their views

State Legislature candidates gave their view of Oregon’s problems, and possible solutions, in a forum Thursday in Hood River.

West Side Fire Local Option Levy: Here’s the need

On the Nov. 4 ballot, West Side Fire District voters will be asked to determine a request by the district board for its first Local Option levy over and above the standing property tax levy.

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Mayor candidates debate tonight

Join Greg Colt, Paul Blackburn for Wednesday debate

Mayoral candidates Greg Colt and Paul Blackburn face off tonight, Oct. 22, in a debate at Dog River Coffee, a follow-up to an exchange between the two men (see sidebar below) at last Thursday’s Hood River Rotary joint appearance.

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Glass to fabric for quilt winner Charlene Fort

Plenty of helping hands, working with cloth, dough, or glass, have combined on behalf of Helping Hands Against Violence.

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Mark’s Mozart Mix: Voci, Sinfonietta combine to present a grand choral work

What’s old, as in 1791, is new, and that’s the joy of it for a group of 100 Gorge musicians.

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Prevention, and treatment, require an active body and mind

Exercise, healthy diet, and plenty of sleep are part of the prevention.

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Rat Rod comes home

Gary Fisher, Resurrected Rust team leader, delivers the rat rod “Roadmaster Jr.” to Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum on Oct. 11.

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Harvest Fest celebrates nature’s bounty

The festival of the county’s bounty happens this weekend in Hood River and Odell, and all around the Hood River Valley.

General Election ballots to be mailed on Friday

HR candidates start ‘Office Hours’ café appearances Thursday; forum added Oct. 23

General Election ballots go out Friday to 11,270 voters in Hood River County. Expect it in the mail Saturday or Monday.

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A young mother found dead

Police release few details about investigation

An “always smiling” young mother is dead, and Hood River Police are investigating.

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Sculptor Heather Soderberg-Greene forges a love of the Gorge as she transforms as an artist

A sculpture is static. Heather Soderberg-Greene is not.

HR city election events scheduled

Mayoral debate on Oct. 22, ‘Office Hours’ events start Oct. 16

Voters in the City of Hood River will be able to hear directly from mayor and council candidates in two public events.

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Pear, apple pie bakers join in ‘Eat Dessert First’ street party for Helping Hands

The umbrellas kept the rain away and a pie baking tradition returned after a six-year hiatus Saturday in downtown Hood River.

Cornhusker fan knows how to pick ‘em

The top dog in Division 1 college football might be unclear right now, but the Hood River News weekly football contest, now in week four, has a definite premier picker.

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Unoccupied car knocks down two cycles

Locked, found running and in drive – with no one around

The dispatch call was an odd one: a vehicle going uphill on Oak was reported to have knocked over two motorcycles, and stuck in place atop the bikes.

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Marijuana forum

Dr. Kevin Sabet, Ph.D, former Drug Control Policy Advisor to the White House and Executive Director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana non-profit, speaks at Friday’s Marijuana and Our Youth forum at Hood River Valley High School’s Bowe Auditorium.

Mark Peters of Odell dies from crash injuries

Oregon State Police (OSP) has confirmed that an Odell man involved in a Sept. 12 crash at an intersection on Highway 97 near Wasco in Sherman County died Wednesday.

Landing at university: A parent’s rite of passage

We delivered Delaney to school last week, in a ritual numerous parents of college students can appreciate.

Doctors start work in Hood River

Jeffrey Pulk at Cascade Eye; Nic Buser at Summit Family

The newest eye doctor at Cascade Eye Center had the goal of finding a great place to work and live.

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HRV celebrates homecoming

Students dressed as superheroes, nerds and animals are just part of the fun as 2014 homecoming takes over this week at Hood River Valley High School.

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Biggest crowd ever celebrates hops and ales at 11th annual fest

To get to the beer, you had to walk past the hops.

The making of the calendar

Photographer Peter Marbach branches out, in more ways than one, with scenic calendar produced in a new partnership with Columbia Gorge Press

New views of old favorites.

‘Eat Dessert First’ event Saturday invites bakers and pie lovers

It’s so close you can almost taste it.

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The Ale List

The Ale List is an occasional series on local beers

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Under Way: Eight years in the making, Mariana finds water — what will be home port for Hood River man’s giant catamaran?

One of the largest boats ever launched at the Port of Hood River is safely in the water, but the catamaran Mariana remains in an uncertain position: what will be its home port?

Hops Fest returns this weekend

11th annual event celebrates NW ales

Every Hood River County brewery will be there – and plenty of friends.

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‘Big Art’ stands ready to surprise, inspire

“Big Art” is off the ground, so to speak.

4-H State Fair champions agree: give the rabbits credit

Talk about coming through in a hutch.

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All lines point to the coming new season

In many cultures, the September equinox is a sign of fall (autumn) in the northern hemisphere. In Greek mythology fall is associated with when the goddess Persephone returns to the underworld to be with her husband Hades. It was supposedly a good time to enact rituals for protection and security as well as reflect on successes or failures from the previous months.

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Witness ‘Cemetery Tales’ Sept. 19-21

Idlewilde is the scene for fifth annual living history event

True stories live in Cemetery Tales.

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Wildfire damages homes near Underwood

A wildfire sparked by a power line damaged three homes and burned 8.5 acres on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River near Underwood Thursday afternoon, but was mostly contained as of Friday morning.

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Fire breaks out on cliffs West of White Salmon

A wildfire broke out Thursday afternoon at about 3 p.m. on a cliff near White Salmon, just west of the White Salmon River bridge, coming close to a home on the bluff.

Go ahead, take the Big Art walking tour

Outdoor gallery of large sculptures graces the waterfront, downtown

Two notations about sculptures in the new “Big Art” walking art gallery: one of them spins, and the other is not yet in place.