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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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‘Cosmo’s Turducken’ makes its entrance at Full Sail dinner

Baked, with their carmelized coat, they looked like elongated cinnamon rolls.

Round Table: ‘I just wish Ricky Ricardo had lived to see the day’

The ridiculous met the sublime last week in international matters.

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The Art of Christmas

Nine kids, nine visions

Look to the Christmas Carols special section in this edition for the annual presentation of kids’ holiday drawings.

The Ale List: Double Mountain diversifies its taps, Solera gets plummy

Something new is always bubbling up at local breweries. Between now and January you’ll find four distinct new beers at Double Mountain Brewery, notes brewmaster Matt Swihart, including a sweet take on cherries.

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FISH Milestone

A significant milestone was reached this week on the construction of the new FISH Food Bank building.

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The community delivers

Food banks receive pre-Christmas boost

The serious business of food delivery certainly had a humorous side.

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Annual questions: 7-year-olds talk about life now and what is ahead

Tracks to '26

“Tracks to ‘26,” a yearly inquiry into what drives and inspires six young hearts and minds, returns for Installment 2 of 13.

Postal service hits crunch time Monday

The triple treatment of reduced staffing, increased volume and bad weather over the past weeks has resulted in U.S. Mail delivery delayed into the evening hours for many recipients.

The Porch, Dec. 13

SCANNING: In years past we’ve published “a scanner year” – entertaining excerpts from what we heard over the dispatch communications device in our office – and while we did not get it together in 2014 to compile such a list, one item overheard on Dec. 9 was funny in itself: the words of the officer were, in full and verbatim: “An inquisitive toddler.”

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Training, on the House

Firefighers, officers punch holes in 12th Street house to gain new skills before the place is torn down

Call it construction demolition.

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City Council passes resolution opposing coal, oil transport

Citing threats to public safety and the Gorge economy, Hood River City Council passed a resolution Monday calling for a ban on coal and oil transports through the Gorge

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

“I just happen to have the key …”

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College looks at staff cuts, other bleak alternatives

Directors affirm Indian Creek will remain open

So many people showed up for Tuesday’s college board special meeting that a scheduled class switched rooms to give the board and public more space.

String of car prowls reported

About 10 cases of unlawful vehicle entry have been reported in recent weeks in Hood River.

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It's A Wonderful Life

In words, music and sound effects, CAST recreates '40s radio play

Take a step back in time- be a part of a live radio show audience for the CAST Theater production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Columbia Center for the Arts Dec. 6-20. Sponsored by Jeff Sacre of Director’s Mortgage and Ruby Mason of Windermere Realty this is the first performance of the play in the Columbia River Gorge.

Round Table: On the drive from college, not just another roadside attraction

I think there’s a connection between the fact that I learned you can see snow-capped peaks from Eugene on Sunday and a phone hang-up I got on Monday.

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Friday night Lights

Tree decorator Bryan Atwood installs lights on the Hood River downtown tree at Second and State streets.

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ANOTHER VOICE: Thankful for no cinder pie: in a zone at the Thanksgiving Day games

The turf was like gravy and my hands were like mashed potatoes.

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CGCC board plans special meeting

Budget issues drive Dec. 2 meeting in HR

One week after the campus closure announcement turnabout, the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education will hold a special meeting at the Indian Creek campus.

Food bank ‘hit hard’

Cupboards nearly bare at all four FISH sites

Thanksgiving Day is everywhere an occasion based on what’s to eat, yet there are no reported community meals in Hood River this week.

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Mark Steighner’s not-so-final act

Students hold the curtain using director’s own words to close his last HRVHS show

Coffee mug in hand, with a quick check of his watch, Mark Steighner headed to the podium for one last time Saturday night.

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Urban logging: Crews keep busy as beetle-kill trees become neighborhood hazards

When a tree falls in an urban wood, many people hear it.

Round Table: Bless the space between a friend and his fatal pain

We all have people in our lives like Greg Herman. You meet him through one part of your life, or through mutual friends, and while you rarely see him, you enjoy every single contact. You might not develop into buddies, but at each long-separated encounter you connect with him as if you were longtime friends.

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‘Two Jims’ continue Hood River-Nepal connection

Two men are firming up the Hood River connection to Kumari, Nepal.

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‘Phoenix’ rises

At Cascade Locks School on Wednesday, elementary students laughed and moved in equal amounts, with help from Phoenix Theater of Hood River Valley High School.

CGCC president calls for Indian Creek campus closure

Deficit leads to Toda’s recommendation, which would be temporary – but ‘not a done deal,’ one board member says

Citing a $2 million budget deficit, the president of Columbia Gorge Community College on Tuesday recommended to the College board that it close the Indian Creek Campus temporarily in mid-2015. CGCC president Dr. Frank Toda has suggested a three-part restructuring plan involving an undetermined number of layoffs and program cuts.

Round Table: Hand me down those comet harpoons!

As a rule, I don’t go in for Nascar and other macho stuff. Gadgets and gizmos bore me. It’s fine for other people, but I just try not to think about current masculine exemplars, such as long bearded guys in reality shows about duck calls.

Walden: ‘We're making farmers and workers illegal’

On immigration reform, Rep. Walden calls for ‘long View,’ says Obama order would ‘poison the well’

In Hood River Saturday, Greg Walden coined a 2014 variation of the old saying, "we put a man on the moon, why can't we ..." The issue was immigration reform, which Walden, the newly-elected Second District Congressman, said must include visa reform, border security and a consistent guest workers program, all of which he thinks can be managed through technology.

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Cliffhanger Cooperation

Teamwork and training pay off as Crag Rats and plenty of friends rescue runaway youth

Summertime training came in handy in wintry conditions last week on a Hood River cliff’s edge.

FISH benefit will be Nov. 18 at Hood River Middle School

When the third annual Empty Bowls Dinner happens Nov. 18, it will have an experienced high school junior helping make it happen.

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Team works together in runaway cliffhanger

Boy, 17, climbs down sheer slope, pulled to safety by Crag Rats and plenty friends

While spinouts and pileups dominated on Nov. 13, it was an actual cliffhanger that occupied about 20 emergency responders’ day.

Early snow snarls traffic but causes no major problems in the Gorge

“It looks like a combination of slowing down, stopping to chain, sliding around, or multiple other things.”

ROUND TABLE: Going north, and south, on a snowy day

Does that fluffy stuff want to compete with the leaves for king of autumn splendor?

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Warming Shelter opens

The Hood River Warming Shelter is open, at Mid-Columbia Center for Living, on Woods Court on the Heights.

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Elements of Friendship

Two Gorge artists create art and connect with Korean artists in week-long exchange

“In the End the Elements Win.”

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Round Table: Scar issue, and dissecting a cartoon about a cartoon

Choosing a cartoon (or two) for each issue of the Hood River News is one of the great pleasures, and challenges, of this job

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Blackburn voted Hood River Mayor

Chuck Thomsen, Mark Johnson, Greg Walden win re-election

Paul Blackburn will be the next mayor of Hood River, defeating Greg Colt by a 2-to-1 margin in the Nov. 4 General Election.

Round Table: Can I get a ‘withness’? The beautiful ritual of reading a poem a day

A daily ritual helps cradle the frazzled days, if you will.

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Into the Woods

Sondheim skews fairy tales in musical that opens Friday at HRVHS

Much depends on a bunch of beans in Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed musical, “Into the Woods,” opening Friday, presented by Hood River Valley High School drama department. Directed by Mark Steighner, it’s based on the Grimm Bros. fairy tale characters all famous in their own right but who interact in ways you never dreamed of. Much of what befalls them (off stage but with sound effects) is just as gruesome as in the original tales.

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Halloween fun, light and dark

Trick or treat stayed dry as the annual night of costumed hijinks filled Friday night all around town.

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Round Table: Neither mild nor mean, a mayor’s race to savor

Mayor races I’ve covered in my 34 years in journalism have ranged from yogurt-takes-on-tapioca to acid v. bile.

Helping Hands gets $10,000

Verizon grant will boost shelter outreach services for children

Childhood pleasures such as going to a playground, a swim in the city pool, or a visit to a museum are rare for children who have experienced domestic violence.

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Friday hijinks: Where to find Halloween fun

Halloween falls on Friday this year, undoubtedly adding to the festive feeling of the night of trick-or-treating, showing off costumes, and activities for kids (and adults).

The Loop of Fine Wire

Postcard packs his bags

The following trifle has kept growing since I started it years ago, prior to the currently-popular social media platforms. In a year or two, it could probably be written again with Instagram the one slipping out of town unnoticed. Who can foresee the future? But I hate to envision one without postcards.

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Legislative candidates speak at Forum

Nystrom, Johnson, Thomsen, Bruce Colt, Blackburn share their views

State Legislature candidates gave their view of Oregon’s problems, and possible solutions, in a forum Thursday in Hood River.

State Street ‘Mad dash’ paving happens downtown

Also, detours at 12th and May on Sunday and Monday

Look for “a mad dash to the finish” on the State Street Urban Renewal Project, with paving throughout the weekend, according to city inspector Gary Lindemyer.

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Mark’s Mozart Mix: Voci, Sinfonietta combine to present a grand choral work

What’s old, as in 1791, is new, and that’s the joy of it for a group of 100 Gorge musicians.

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