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2015 Hood River News Staff Fair Moments

I’m not going to lie — cows freak me out.

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From slopes to stage: a history of Jackson Park

The decades have matured Jackson Park. What began as a humble, hilly plot of grass and trees has become a truly impressive family gathering place, thanks to a continued effort from the community throughout the years.

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Steppes in the right direction: New friends via Transiberian rail

It started as a casual conversation. We were spending a long weekend at the coast with some good friends.

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Chasing Normal: CAST Theater tackles mental illness, heartbreak and redemption

CAST Theater’s summer play is anything but ordinary — “Next to Normal” covers the dark terrain of mental disorder and family dysfunction, but treads with humor and tenderness.

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Katie Crafts is addicted to high latitudes: Wanders and wonders in Antarctica and Alaska

“How much money do you have?”

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In Borneo, a solo traveler sets out to help with rainforest conservation

I heard crashing to my right. My heart jumped. I imagined the biggest and most dangerous of creatures just beyond my view.

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Hawai’i: Good food, friendship and elders’ blessings yield ‘ohara,’ healing for cancer survivors

Travelogue

Right after high school, I tried going to college, but it didn’t appeal to me. I was working as a cook and my father didn’t like that career path. So one day I came home and there were two options laying on the desk for me. One was an application to the Air Force via my Dad, and the other was an up and coming culinary school in Portland that my Mom found in an article in the newspaper. I thought about it for about 30 seconds and culinary school won out.

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Finale for ‘15 as HRV, Horizon award diplomas

Eagle voices filled the evening air with a choral farewell Friday evening.

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Travelogue: Finland

Border to Border ski: Finding solitude and friendship in a week’s Arctic Circle trek

The Rahalta Rajalle Hiihto is a classic (kick and glide) cross country ski event that crosses Finland from the Russian border to the Swedish border along the Arctic Circle.

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The Downtown Lady: 10 years after its expansion, Georgiana Smith Gardens undergoes more changes

In 2005, two years after the successful expansion of the Hood River County Library, the grounds surrounding the Jacobethan-style library building were completely renovated.

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Tons of tutus for Lila May

Fun run raises over $10,000

“I get knocked down/But I get up again/No, you’re never going to keep me down...”

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‘Good People’ at Columbia Arts Center

The title of the play is itself full of irony: “good people,” the phrase used in South Boston and elsewhere to loosely describe firm acquaintances for whom you know, both the good and not-so-good.

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EARTH WEEK: Hood River celebrates the Spirit and Diversity of the planet

More than 100 people turned out Saturday for the Procession of the Species Parade and a cleanup of the Hood River waterfront. These are just a few scenes from a busy culmination of Earth Week observances in Hood River County.

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