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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Thomsen-Reitz recount looks certain, but not for a few weeks

By law, any vote result separating candidates by one-half a percentage point or less means an automatic hand recount. As of press time, incumbent Chuck Thomsen (R-Pine Grove) has 29,344 votes to Democrat Chrissy Reitz’s 29,086, according to the latest figures from the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office.

November 17, 2018 midnight read more..

Succulent fire

West Side Fire Department faces an unusual challenge Thursday when a small fire broke out in a back greenhouse at Good News Gardening on Tucker Road: How to save succulents and other house plants while dousing the fire underneath them.

November 14, 2018 midnight read more..

Hood River County Election results: Anna Williams wins Dist. 52 race

Anna Williams wrested the Oregon House Dist. 52 position away from Rep. Jeff Helfrich (R-Hood River), while Dist. 26 State Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Pine Grove) and his Democrat challenger, Chrissy Reitz, are locked at 50 percent of the vote each, in Nov. 6 General Election voting in Hood River County.

November 7, 2018 9:21 a.m. read more..

‘Nunsense’: Five Sisters put on a rollicking show at CCA

“Nunsense” stars Jennifer Harty as Sister Leo, Kathleen Morrow as Reverend Mother, Rebecca Stryker as Sister Mary Amnesia, Emily Vawter as Sister Hubert and Cynthia Yoshida as Sister Robert Ann. This is a show that showcases music, dancing, and even ventriloquism.

November 7, 2018 midnight read more..

Walden believes the Oregon Delegation needs a touch of red

A solid track record and a Republican presence in the Oregon delegations are among the reasons U.S. Rep. Greg Walden lists as to why he is deserving of a ninth term as Oregon’s Second District House Representative. What follows is a Q-and-A with the candidate, edited for length.

November 3, 2018 midnight read more..

Rep. Walden announces broader tools in opioid fight

New federal legislation directed at combating opioid addictions mark “a day of hope for families who are dealing with opioids and other substance,” U.S. Dist. 2 House Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) said in a telephone press conference with reporters Oct. 24. The bills were signed into law that day by President Donald Trump.

October 31, 2018 midnight read more..

McLeod-Skinner challenges Rep. Walden ‘because we can do better’

Jamie McLeod-Skinner is running for the chance to provide what she feels is a fresh perspective and new energy in Congress on behalf of House District Two. She is running against what she believes to be a lackluster and partisan record by the office-holder, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) and ineffective representation of his constituents.

October 27, 2018 midnight read more..

‘God of Carnage’ Opens at River Daze

“Sticks and stones can break my bones” … but when Benjamin hits Henry and breaks two of his teeth at a nearby park, it starts two sets of parents on a comically explosive downhill slide from political correctness to character assassination.

October 17, 2018 midnight read more..

Election 2018

The bulk of ballots for the Nov. 6 election will be mailed on Oct. 17 to registered voters in the county. Voter registration deadline is Oct. 16 for new registrants and current voters with a change of address or other update to their registration information.

October 13, 2018 midnight read more..

Mark Johnson hired as CL Port lobbyist

The Port of Cascade Locks Commission has hired Mark Johnson as the Port Government Affairs Manager. As Government Affairs Manager, Johnson will lead Port efforts to influence legislation to benefit the Port and the community of Cascade Locks.

October 6, 2018 midnight read more..

Kaleidoscope: Along the Road

A quiet weekday drive down the scenic east flank of the Hood River Valley yields plenty of beautiful vistas and tableaux on a day near the cusp of summer and autumn:

October 3, 2018 midnight read more..

Smiles abound at ‘Streets Alive’

A colorful mandala at 10th and Pine and the crosswalk at 12th two blocks away were the focal points of “Streets Alive,” Sunday’s first-time event that brought out throngs of walkers and bikers to 20-square block expanse of the Heights.

October 3, 2018 midnight read more..

State Court of Appeals remands Morrison Park rezone

On Tuesday, the Oregon Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a decision from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals that originally upheld the City of Hood River’s rezoning of Morrison Park, also known as Lot 700, for affordable housing, open space and regional trail connectivity.

September 29, 2018 midnight read more..

Sandbar sojourn

Few stretches of landscape feel so solid and so transitory at the same time. Welcome to The Sandbar, late September, where winds continue to entertain and shape the terrain.

September 26, 2018 midnight read more..

Streets Alive creates an opening

A free event, Streets Alive! HR/Fiesta en la Calle on Sept. 30 will restrict vehicle use on 1.5 miles of streets on the Heights and open them to non-motorized use. There will be a wide array of activities to promote health and community.

September 22, 2018 midnight read more..

County sustains Veterans Office funding

Hood River County leaders vowed Monday to sustain its support for the County Veterans Service Office. But the move came with sobering budget warnings from Board of Commission members.

September 19, 2018 midnight read more..

Faces of Triathlon

“Sunday was a tremendous day for the Gorge Kids Triathlon and the kids of our community,” said to organizer Nicole Sibert-Faaborg.

September 19, 2018 midnight read more..

Woman found dead inside parked car

A woman’s body was found Sunday inside a parked car in the Starbuck’s parking lot at Hood River Marketplace, adjacent to exit 64 off Interstate 84.

September 14, 2018 11:30 a.m. read more..

Insitu donates ScanEagle to WAAAM

Calling it “an incredible moment for our company and this community,” Insitu CEO Esina Alic dedicated a 2004 ScanEagle model unmanned aircraft to Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum on Saturday.

September 12, 2018 midnight read more..

‘Tina’ wins Rock Paper Scissors competition

First Friday Sept. 6 had it all: One of the largest crowds ever taking in a vibrant variety of events and displays, ranging from new artwork to fire trucks and State Police boats filling Oak Street, and the annual “Rock Paper Scissors” (RPS) competition, which drew more than 500 people.

September 12, 2018 midnight read more..

Cougar spotted in Hood River

A cougar first spotted near Westside Elementary School Wednesday, or one like it, has been seen in other west Hood River locations as of Thursday.

September 8, 2018 midnight read more..



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