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Kaleidoscope: Feeling right at home...

Exchange students are too busy to be homesick

All are European, all are accomplished English speakers, and they hail from a range of places, from small villages to a capital city.

Air Guitar rocks on

Staff remember — and repeat — glory days

Shortly after its birth as a sideshow, Air Guitar evolved into the main event.

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Debut of a view: New hiking trail takes teamwork and tenacity to complete

In 2007, a year before she passed away, Friends of the Columbia Gorge Founder Nancy Russell purchased a 42-acre parcel of land east of Mosier overlooking the Gorge and donated it to the nonprofit she helped form nearly 30 years prior.

Understanding the past is more complex than we think

Roger Blashfield of Hood River, who portrays Philip Carroll in Cemetery Tales, wrote this observation about his participation in the program and what it means to him. Philip Carroll’s was a life spent partly in Hood River, and it ended here, but in researching Carroll, Blashfield found that Carroll’s reach went far beyond Hood River.

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Kaleidoscope: The Big Huddle

Under Friday night lights, community rallies HRVHS tradition

Fireworks and plenty else burst forth in customary style under perfect weather conditions Sept. 6 at Hood River Valley High School.

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Summer Stories: unseen images from the season

‘Ah, Baby, Those Are Such Great Shoes’

The line from Jack Johnson’s hit song fit like comfy loafers in not one but two downtown Hood River events this summer: Elena Kroll and Matthew Oldfield make “comic book shoes” as part of the teen craft program at the Hood River Library, guided by Harley Judd.

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Kaleidoscope: The Upside

Russ Paddock remains awed by flying

Look skyward every July 4 night and, as the fireworks go off, Russ Paddock of Hood River is behind what’s aloft.

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A soaring prevention message

Community creates massive mural declaring Wy’east to be a ‘zona libre’

The largest mural in Hood River County faces west on the back of the historic grandstands at Wy’east Middle School — a community facility used year-round for the county fair and other events, and recreation including soccer and Ultimate Frisbee. There are actually two murals, both giving a prevention message; the main one on the west side of the grandstands and a smaller one on the east.

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Keeping up with quilts

Quilting is an indoor activity, except when it comes to the new Bridge of the Gods Quilt Block Trail.

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Kaleidoscope -- Gorge Grown Food Network: A fertile first seven years

Drive past Hood River Middle School on a late Thursday afternoon, and you’ll see the colorful canopies and crowds that converge to make up Gorge Grown Farmers Market.

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Fair moments: News staff returns from County Fair with stories to share

Once upon a time, like at last year’s Hood River County Fair, I dreamed that someday I would have unlimited time to actually look at the exhibits instead of just following my kids around and watching them ride roller coasters in varying degrees of scariness (not for them, but for me).

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Kaleidoscope: At Relay for Life, community bonds in cancer fight

People from all walks of life came to Hood River Valley High School last Saturday to participate in Relay for Life of the Columbia Gorge and help end one of the most devastating diseases known to humankind: cancer.

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Kaleidoscope: WAAAM Traffic Jam honors vehicles restored with love

A sports car and a delivery truck that were literally resurrected from Gorge pastures drew honors Saturday at a well-attended car show.