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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.

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‘Love, Loss, and What I Wore’: A play about more than fashion--and no fourth wall*

The actors’ portrayals stand on their own, but a unique set of visual aids helps convey the variety of stories in the CAST production of “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” opening Thursday at Columbia Center for the Arts.

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July 4: Parade of Events

Hood River, Odell, Cascade Locks celebrate July 4

Fireworks over the river, parades down the main street, and plenty of good times in between all add up to Independence Day in Hood River County on Thursday.

Young buck settles in as brewer

Derrak Smith is the youngest brewer in any of the county’s five commercial breweries, and he works in the oldest, and smallest, ale house. Smith’s story is a unique one, even in the diverse field of ale authors in our midst.

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Big Horse still kickin'

Hood River's oldest brew pub turns 25

A certain vigor was always needed to run a three-story restaurant.

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Connecting with the Great Outdoors

Here, as summer appears on the horizon, are four disparate articles about community connections to the great outdoors: The moment a once-grounded eagle finds his way

After some hesitation May 7, a young, rehabilitated bald eagle decided to take advantage of the freedom offered to him.

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Kaleidoscope: Where do we go from here? Seniors heading in all directions after graduation

Spring is a special and exciting time for high school seniors. With graduation on the horizon, these young adults are about to close one chapter of their lives and begin the next. But before they toss their caps to the wind and go their separate ways, we checked in with seven Hood River Valley High School and two Horizon Christian School seniors to get a glimpse into the heart and soul of the class of 2013.

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Kaleidoscope: Happy trails ... for you

Imagine a sculpted, looping series of trails that wind through city neighborhoods, along creek sides, through parks, schools and open lands — allowing any trail user beautiful and easy access to experience Hood River on a personal, down-to-earth level.

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Kaleidoscope: 'Real is right'

Owners take new approach to running historic business

The futons are gone, but the view remains forever. A six-figure renovation effort continues at Lost Lake Resort and campground, which re-opened May 1 for campers, lodge and cabin guests, hikers and boaters.

An awkward comedy reflects on human foibles

Get ready to “feel the awkward”.

Long time employees talk about ‘a family place’ to work

Diamond turns 100

ODELL — Diamond Fruit Growers is just part of the neighborhood for three employees with 40-plus years with the company.

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Diamond turns 100

Fruit packing house opens doors to public April 24

One of Hood River’s biggest, and oldest, businesses is holding a little party. Diamond Fruit Company hosts an open house on April 24, celebrating its centennial.

An interview with company president David Garcia

Diamond chief says members’ belief in co-op has not wavered with the ups and downs

Wyoming native David Garcia has been with Diamond for more than a third of its existence, including the last three years as president, and chief financial officer for 10 years before that. He started as an entry-level accountant in 1978, a few years after graduating from University of Wyoming.