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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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The Ale List: 64 oz. taproom and growler station opens

A packed house for Saturday’s soft opening gave Lorraine Lyons and Rod Steward a sense of what to expect at their new tap room, 64 oz.

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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.

Security concerns at CGCC highlight board meeting

April 29 incident prompts calls for review of safety policies, procedures

Faculty members and a student voiced strong concerns over safety policies and procedures at Columbia Gorge Community College facilities in Tuesday’s board meeting at Indian Creek campus.

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On the corner of Rand and Canine

All eyes are on Cobey the dog, who would not leave the car after a Tuesday afternoon two-car collision until his owner was out.

Hood River City Council says utility rates going up

Monday’s City Council meeting proved to be like a syllabus of summer work for Hood River City staff, council, and even citizens.

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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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Hail storm damage still being assessed

Wednesday’s surprise hail storm caused some damage in lower Hood River valley orchards, but the extent is still being assessed.

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New home for FISH

Caleb Bell carries Irene Best’s favorite yellow stool, one of the final items to depart the long-tike FISH food bank home in Concordia Lutheran Church on the Heights.

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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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Village assisted by Hood River residents in need after Nepal earthquake

Leader asks for help after village with connections to Hood River is hit hard by last month’s earthquake

“Kumari people are in big difficult situation and all your supports and help will big relief at this moment.” Those words are from Jagat Lama of Kumari, Nepal, a village assisted in the past two years by Hood River residents.

Earth Week networking

Winners of the first Business Competition by Gorge Owned drew 125 or so people to The Pint Shack Thursday, where five businesses gave their pitches and three earned enough audience votes to snare the right to apply for a no-interest Kiva Zip non-profit loan for start-ups.

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Shooting at Hood River Marina: Underwater search yields suspect’s handgun

The motive was not clear but fortunately for investigators the river was, in the case of Saturday’s shooting at Hood River marina.

The Porch: April 25

WELL DONE: Ink drawings by Kristina Cancelmi (above) on display through April 30 at Dog River Coffee. These bittersweet observations on love and life employe images and words, including a lyric by the 1980s Scottish band Big Country. Cancelmi is the graphic artist for Full Sail Brewing.

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Special rose delivery

Gordy Sato delivers roses to Brookside Manor Friday, a sort of Rotary Roses, part 2: Sato, a Hood River Rotarian and Parkdale orchardist, organizes the annual rose sale on the third Thursday of each April.

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Student Ag-art-culture

Concern for community grows from two different, yet connected, creative projects

“We’re learning a bunch of cool stuff about art and I’m also happy we helped our community.”

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Schools looking at $896,000 in budget cuts next year

Saying “it will be impossible to make cuts that don’t affect kids,” Superintendent Dan Goldman announced that he expects budget cuts totaling $896,000 will be required of Hood River County School District for the 2015-16 school year.

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In town hall, Merkley blasts budget, calls for ‘action now’ over climate change

High school students had the first and last words at Sen. Jeff Merkley’s town hall Monday night at Hood River Middle School, calling for action on immigration and climate change.

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Blossom Time: Cider Fest, Studio Tour and more

Blossom Time bubbles up this weekend with the kickoff event, the second annual Hard Pressed Cider Fest, at Mt. Defiance Fruit on Stadelman Drive in Odell, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Earliest bloom in decades

Horticulturist: fruit should weather well when harvest comes

Around dawn Friday, the low but steady flutter reverberated in the Hood River Valley.

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Vintage Grille owners settle in at Hood River Hotel

The serving part has been fun for the owners of Vintage Grill, the new restaurant at Hood River Hotel.

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Heukers now own old CL fire hall

It’s official: the old Cascade Locks Fire Hall is owned by the Heuker family of Dodson.

Curves comes through

The clients at Curves gave a boost to FISH food bank last month.

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With School Aid purchase, ‘You just gave money to kids’

“You do this to this apple, it becomes something different.”

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Rotary stops Wine and Pear Festival

Return of event is possible; club places its focus on other projects

Rotary traded carpentry and weeding for pears and wine this spring.

The Ale List: Knead sells to Logsdon; pFriem releases bottles

Knead Bakery at Fifth and Cascade has a new owner, and soon a new name.

Hapa Hillbillies accompany Chaplin silent films Saturday

A unique marriage of film and music arrives Saturday night with the screening of four c. 1917 Charlie Chaplin silent films accompanied by local musicians performing traditional and newly-written music. The Hapa Hillbillies will perform along with the films in the 7:30 p.m. all-ages show at Columbia Center for the Arts (details below).

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Of Dirty Fingers and holy water: Sunday riders receive blessing of the bicycles

Sunday morning brought a unique pre-ride event at Dirty Fingers Cycles on 13th: a blessing of the bicycles.

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‘Pleased about the road map’

Interview with Mayor Blackburn, second of 2 parts

Paul Blackburn jokes that he is “seven for seven” in elections — the most recent being Mayor of Hood River in November 2014. He was elected to city council in 2004.

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‘Mayor for all of us’: Interview with Paul Blackburn

Paul Blackburn jokes that he is “seven for seven” in elections — the most recent being Mayor of Hood River in November 2014. He was elected to city council in 2004.

Port, school races rise for May 19 ballot

Voters in Hood River and Cascade Locks Port districts will have races in all commission races on May 19.

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College board member calls for CGCC president Toda to resign

Stu Watson cites poor leadership but his motion gets no second

Columbia Gorge Community College board member Stu Watson called for CGCC president Dr. Frank Toda to step down on Tuesday.

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Spring is in bloom

Plenty to do — with your buds

Spring break — March 23 to 27 — is right around the corner for Hood River County School District, Horizon Christian, Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School and Columbia Gorge Community College students.

Pine Grove Reflections

Pine Grove Fire Department supporters are reflected in a heavy framed mirror, just one of hundreds of items sold in live auctions inside the fire hall and outside in the yard in the March 7 fundraiser for the department.

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Schools raise funding alarm

A rush-order letter writing campaign is underway at the urging of Hood River County School District officials.

As March 19 ballot filing deadline nears, many elected positions have no candidates

Wanted: water, sanitation, port and transportation directors.

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Full Sail employees okay brewery sale

At Full Sail, the next rounds are on Encore.

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Three fires in four days raise concerns

One fire jumped a creek, another came close to a home and a third nearly took out a greenhouse.

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Put a price on carbon, council votes

Hood River became the second city in Oregon to adopt a resolution calling on the Oregon Legislature to enact laws creating a price on carbon as a means to stem global warming.

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Congratulations, Esther

Friends gather around Esther Yarnell on March 4, the 95th birthday one of Hood River’s most durable bowlers.

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Police Department ‘grunt’ earns Legion award

Juan Pulido gives himself labels that, on the surface, seem unflattering.

City asks comments on carbon

Climate change: HR council takes input on Monday:

A carbon pricing resolution, along with affordable housing, wastewater treatment plan funding, and public art, make for a busy Hood River City Council agenda on Monday.

‘Madwoman of Chaillot’playing at HRVHS

“The Madwoman of Chaillot” continues its run March 6-7 and March 13-14, all at 7 p.m.

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Tumbling 10th grader takes down teachers in true test of twisters

A Sunday cartoon resonated with me, following a fun event on Friday night.

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HRMS production underscores ‘we are many, we are one…’

“The Girl Who Lived with the Bears,” a play calling on diverse contributions, brings a lively lesson about the value of treasuring diversity.

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Bike donation spokesman wins Gorge Kids’ Soup

The youngest pitch-person came in first in last week’s Kids’ Gorge Kids Soup event.

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Feast of Words: Benefit for library park features food, auction and music

The party inside helps the grounds outside.

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Student actors give color to ‘poetically satirical’ play, which opens at HRVHS this weekend

“Nothing is ever so wrong in the world that a sensible woman can’t set right in the course of the afternoon.”

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