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Fair Time: Take time to see the many ways it shines

The theme of this year’s Hood River County Fair is “Carnival Lights and Country Nights,” which nicely summarizes two of the main reasons people flock to the event in Odell.

Flags Lowered: Victims in Nice, France, and Baton Rouge

Governor Kate Brown on Friday, July 15 ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the attack in Nice, France, and Baton Rouge, La.

KB4C, 4U

The best events are the ones that start as acts of love, and so it is with the highly successful Kiteboarding 4 Cancer weekend that fills the Hood River waterfront July 15-17

Getting Around: Take a long, hard look at congestion and pedestrian-based solutions

A pedestrian bridge serving the west end of the waterfront was just one idea mentioned Monday in City Council applicant interviews (story, page A9). Not a new idea, but one worth renewing, especially as the city embarks on a long-range transportation management plan for the west side of the city.

Summer Travel: Know before you go: a few road tips

The Troutdale-to-Biggs paving project is coming in one week to the Interstate 84 section at Hood River.

Fire Works

Thanks for the Lions pyro show; public caution remains a high need

An explosive Fourth of July celebration yielded, gratefully, no major fires in thanks to cool weather and the vigilance of fire crews, and despite the bone-headed behavior of some people using illegal fireworks.

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Editor’s Notebook: For your consideration, a few parking ideas that have come of age

The obscure sport of Parking Your Age may be on its last legs, but with my birthday a month ago I got back into it.

Fire season is here: enjoy yourself, safely and legally

Hood River County Library District invites the community to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the libraries’ reopening at its “Star Wars birthday party” on Friday, July 1 from 5-7 p.m. (details on page A5) as just one part of First Friday, which features the STEM fair postponed from a month ago, two art openings, and plenty more happening downtown.

No to oil trains

Union Pacific’s poor stewardship of the tracks as revealed by federal findings and the ominous likelihood of another derailment, worse than the one at Mosier June 3, points simply to the need to end oil train travel through the Gorge.

HR Parks District needs to answer for open meetings law violations

A general sense of gratitude must go out to the volunteer elected officials, and usually underpaid appointed ones, serving special taxing districts, for the tasks they have agreed to do: making small, medium and large decisions, usually without much recognition, attention, praise or criticism.

Flags Lowered: Victims in Orlando shooting

Gov. Kate Brown on Monday ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on Thursday, June 16 in honor of the victims of the Orlando shooting.

Community Works: Donate to fireworks, enter the fair, or get involved in a deeper way

Community-building comes in many forms. Here are four to think about for early summer and beyond:

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Right by rail: Union Pacific must step up

The damage is done, and yes, it could have been far worse.

Commencement Etiquette: It’s a formal event and should be treated that way — for everyone’s sake

More than 1,100 students are graduating from Yamhill County high schools this year. Willamina High, which traditionally opens graduation season, will graduate its 44-member class Saturday. The bulk of the commencement events will follow two weeks later: McMinnville and Newberg, Friday, June 10; Amity, Dayton and Sheridan Saturday, June 11; and Yamhill-Carlton Sunday, June 12.

Congrats, grads: Scholars excel with help in many directions

Commencement ceremonies are less than a week away. Early June is a time both tense and magical as students (and teachers) bear down on the final business of the school year and preparations for the ceremonies themselves.

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